Pandemic Scouting Update

Just an update of the “new normal”? We need to start thinking about getting back into things. Start the conversations now with your charter organization about starting up again.

What is Wood Badge? (Compilation of videos.)

Wood Badge is the premier training for all adult leaders in Scouting. Understanding the basics will help any adult leader appreciate this training. Here are two critical videos about Wood Badge that explains the basics and how after training beads are earned. This is your chance to pull a “Heinz 57” and “Catch-Up” too us.

🎬 Wood Badge is the Highest Level of Adult Scout Leader Training: https://youtu.be/P9OUM97ux4s

🎬 Working Your Ticket If You Can? – Finishing Up Wood Badge: https://youtu.be/4Nxf5C6xyLM

🎬 Wood Bage Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9OUM97ux4s&list=PLlP1tCTA5P8w9QFlFbRYrnJaF0mcXyvfw

What is Scouting? (Compilation of videos.)

Scouting is the world’s best hope for training youth to become productive leaders. For such an important organization it’s not understood widely. ScouterStan Has put together 3 videos that explain the origins and history of scouting. This is a good place to start finding out more information about scouting. This video is the first in a compilation series called “Heinz 57”… so you can “Catch-Up”.

🎬 How Did Scouting Start in America? https://youtu.be/mpyqSZFA8Hs

🎬 Who Was Baden-Powell? & How B-P Changed the World! https://youtu.be/OY9pv8iF4wg

🎬 Who Created The Scout Law? – Ernest Seton or Robert Baden-Powell? https://youtu.be/dqaKrXDnXSo

Special Report on Pandemic Scouting

Season 2 ended filming Mid-February. Just as the pandemic lockdown started. A Scout is Obedient. Fallowing federal and state guidelines it’s our duty to scouts and our communities. (Be the example, not the exception…) We must work together (?) on curbing this pandemic independently. Use social distancing technology. Scouting Went Virtual:

  • First World Jamboree JOTI
  • Your Scout Meetings
  • Merit Badge University (YPT & Buddy System)
  • Campouts at home with online campfire
  • Day Camp & Summer Camp

Troop and Pack Committee need to have online meetings:

  • 🔑 Make sure to get your Unit Commissioner, Dist. Commissioner or DE and as many parents as you can attend.
  • 🔑 Start planning for a post-pandemic return to Scouting.
    • Den Leaders – Should have a meeting with their parents going over the requirements.
    • Scoutmasters – Should have an online meeting with all “Scout-Facing” leaders and parents.
  • 🔑 Talk about how to do MB online.
  • 🔑 Scoutmaster Conferences and BOR’s online.

⚠️ Important: Two deep YPT applies to everything online, email, texting, and phone calls.

🌎 National Statement on COVID-19: https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/🎬 World Scouting Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WorldScouting 🎬 World Scouting JOTI Live Show 1 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKrzNzmZtDk&list=PLyXFqYL0H2ENQvUIhnThaDhgV_CJAGO5Z

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Honoring Others, Is a Scout Thing To Do.

In scouting, we promise in our oath to help other people at all times. Honoring our nation’s armed services is important in building strong citizenship. Honoring all that helped out in the CoVid19 pandemic is important too. The nation and Scouts BSA is grateful and honors everyone who has embraced the “help others” spirit.

🌎A Facebook Favor, a Memorial Day Honor: https://www.scouting.org/cubhub/a-facebook-favor-a-memorial-day-honor/🌎 5 Things to do with your Cub Scouts on Memorial Day: https://www.scouting.org/cubhub/5-things-to-do-with-your-cub-scouts-on-memorial-day/

⚜️ Note: ScouterStan is on a break until Season 3 starts back up on June 3, 2020. He will be checking in on the community and will be available during the break.

🎬 Using the ScouterStan Community on this YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/LW_ZtrdQSsQ

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Using the ScouterStan Community on this YouTube Channel

You’re invited to become apart of our scout leader community we have here on YouTube. With almost 250K views in 9 years*, only 0.003% of viewers of this channel are subscribers (not 8% as ScouterStan stated in the video). Even less have used the channel comments section. ScouterStan personally views and responds to all of the comments and questions. If you have a subject or a question that we have not covered please ask. Everything here is governed by the Scout Oath and Law. Tell your leaders in your Pack, Troop, or Crew about the ScouterStan Channel. “Don’t keep it a secret!” This channel is for adult leaders, but its content is always scout and family-friendly. Our goal is to have “Opal Level” (1K+) subscribers by our 10th Channel anniversary on March 12, 2021. This will unlock many community features for all of us here on the channel.

⚜️ NEW VIEWER: Most of the videos are “evergreen” here. If you’re just joining us now, try to limit yourself to just two videos a day to avoid overload. You can leave a comment on any video here and ScouterStan will reply. Don’t forget to tell your scouting friends about the channel. A thumbs-up 👍 is always appreciated. Thanks for joining us. 😊

🎬 ScouterStan Playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/scouterstanley/playlists

🌎 Official Website of ScouterStan: http://www.scouterstan.com/

🎵 The theme music used in Season Two of Commissioner Weekly is “Fargo” by Riot. You can download it from the YouTube Audio Library here: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary_download?vid=6187c94ae427bba6

🎨 The logo of the ScouterStan Channel was created by Eagle Scout Daniel Richards. It was inspired by the famous artisan R. Tait McKenzie “Ideal Scout” bronze statue (1937) that was just outside the BSA headquarters in NJ in the 60s. Logo Designer, Daniel Richards of OSHOBE Graphic Arts Company is available at http://oshobe.com.

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Cub Scout Day Camp is Camp School Certified? OR What is National Camp Accreditation Program about?

Your district Cub Scout Day Camp has a minimum of two Camp School Certified directors. The Day Camp Director and Program Director. This training ensures the health and well-being of all campers and staff. It also improves the quality of the scouting program. The Scouts BSA National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) helps all councils and it’s districts adopt national camping standards.

🌎 National Camping School Website: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/

📄 National Camping School Brochure: https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/NCS-brochure-1-22-2020.pdf

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Retiring From Scouting? Aging Out? Eagle Out? Moving On? What Now?

Most scout leaders leave Scouting when their children do (but not required). Some units have “term-limits” on positions like Scoutmaster, Cubmaster or Committee Chairmen. Passing the torch on to the next leader should be done in an orderly way. Always have a succession plan in case of emergencies. It’s the departing leader’s job to have someone step into there position temporarily/permanently. Passed leaders should plane to act as a guide/consultant for a few months after departing. Some Scout leaders chose to leave a unit position and take on a district or council position. Some Scout leaders have a calling to make Scouting a ministry (like @ScouterStan). After leaving Scouting, please join the Scouting Alumni association to keep informed. You’re always welcome to return even just to visit.

⚜️ John Madden – Asked, “What are my feelings about the LDS Church leaving Scouting?” The LDS Church in the US is transitioning its youth program from Scouting to its own program to be consistent with its churches around the world. This change has created a flood of Eagle Scouts and transfers over to other traditional troops. I welcome everyone that is staying with Scouts BSA and I have the heartfelt, best wishes for all that are leaving. Scouting is a century-old youth movement and will always welcome anyone.

🌎 Succession Planning for Volunteer Leaders on ScoutingU (You will need to log into your account and navigate threw training to take the course.): https://my.scouting.org/

⚠️ Important: Scouting Alumni and Friends Training is also available from ScoutingU. Just log into your my.scouting.org account and navigate to the training.

🌎 Scouting Alumni: https://scoutingalumni.org/🎬 Scouting Alumni & Friends YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUaCKENyhRuuw9gdHnstQHA

🎬 Understanding Scout Facing or Backstage: https://youtu.be/9DHD1zcdCH0

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Are Donations to Scouting Taxable? Yes and No…

Basically, only cash/check/charge donations to Scouts BSA or your local council office fall under charitable donations. Everything else is your property and asset. Donations to a scout unit are given to the chartering institution. If the charter is a non-taxable charity, the donation is deductible. You and your family’s memberships, subscriptions, camping fees, uniforms, equipment, and insurance are your property and your responsibilities. Make sure you check with your accountant or tax professional before taking any tax deductions your not sure of.

🌎 Tips for deducting Scouting-related Expenses: https://scoutingmagazine.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/tax-time/comment-page-1/

📄 Giving Questions/Scouting Answers: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Giving_Questions_Booklet_2011.pdf

⚠️ Impotent: Scouts BSA out of Irving TX is a code 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Most councils are also charitable organizations, however financially separated. Check with your local council service center to make sure.

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Thinking Outside The Tent? – Keeping Scouting New & Fresh

If you’re stuck in a rut.. with the same old schedule of campouts. You NEED to change it before your Scouts lose interest. Youth like new and different things even things that don’t work. Adult Scout leaders like reliability and consistency. “News Flash” Scouts BSA is about the youth, not us old things!

Here are some ways to mix things up on the schedule and have fun:

1️⃣ – Put 2 years between campsites. Go to a different summer camp area every other year.

2️⃣ – Always look to do it differently. Look for themed events.

3️⃣ – “When in doubt, throw it out”! Avoid the tendency to use fallbacks or standards.

Always think outside the tent. A good event should never be attempted repeatedly. You know how hard it is to drag Scouts to an old worn-out event… Thay won’t put up with it for long.

⚜️ Note: Your local camp needs your support year-round (including Summer Camp). If they don’t make it different each year then you should tell them. If it is the same old thing after that, then go out of the area and leave the camp as a provisional option.

🌎 Cub Scout Day Camp: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/camping/cub-day-camp/

🌎 Scouts BSA Outdoor Program: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/camping/scouts-bsa-outdoor-program/

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