Your Unit Advancement Team?

Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help youth fulfill the aims of the BSA. A new or small unit could use the committee secretary as an advancement person temporarily. Eventually, the advancement team is developed by the parent leaders of the unit.

  • Additional advancement team members will give more opportunities for proper interactions.
  • Scheduling boards of review for rank advancement.
  • Delegation of record-keeping and leader interactions.

Most Packs rely on parents to submit advancement records to a designated leader. This changes to youth submitting records directly to a Troop or Crew advancement team of adult leaders. Cross over parents (Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA) needs to understand this advancement system.

The troop committee can vote in an Eagle Project subcommittee. This subcommittee should have tradesmen experience and organization skills. This will help determine the project’s feasibility and scope. The troop committee chairmen oversee all subcommittees and still signs off on approved projects.

With the introduction of Scoutbook, everyone is involved with the process. Advancement people can run reports, submit records, and acquirer badges from Scoutbook data. Leaders can check records and work with the scout on advancement needs. Parents can work with the Den Leaders on advancement.

🌐 Guide to Advancement: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/

🎬 Scoutbook? The Official Scouts BSA Online Unit Management Tool: https://youtu.be/uMdqEVgH-cM

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

Burnout Prevention and ScouterStan’s Rule of Five

Scout leaders are notorious for volunteering and over-committing. We like to say and hear the word YES! Leaders often get burnout when they over-commit to anything. ScouterStan explains how to help prevent burnout by keeping the “Rule of Five” in balance.

The Rule of Five 🖐

(1) Family – That’s your family and friends you would consider family.
(2) Faith – Putting God in your life will help give it purpose and meaning.
(3) Career – Using your skills to pay the bills.
(4) Self – Taking time for your self, downtime is important.
(5) Others – Helping others become better people and doing good turns for them.

It’s natural for each person to rearrange their own Rule of Five. However, the list is the same and no one of the five is more important than any other. The perception of burnout happens quickly when there is an imbalance of one or more of these. Balancing these five priorities and helping others balance their commitments, makes everyone happier people. Always remember you can say NO (politely) and still help find someone who is able to say yes. Just think about the Rule of Five before committing yourself or others to anything.

The Body Mind Zone Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BodyMindZone

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