Now Seeing in 2020 – A New Year of Scouting

Happy New Year! 2020 will be a big year for us scout leaders. Sometime in September, we should see the first girl Eagle Scouts. This will be a big event but it should not be treated as a race. Achieving the Eagle rank is serious for anyone, regardless of gender. Membership fees have changed to accommodate additional insurance requirements. The professional staff is implementing a new management program called “Polaris Method”. This will help make Scouting professionals more effective, efficient, and empowered.

🌎 The BSA Polaris Method: https://www.scouting.org/polarismethod/

🌎 New JTE 2020 Score Cards: https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence-1/unit/2020-scorecards-english/

📄⚕ New 2020 Health Forms: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf

🎨Thumbnail graphic by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay.com

⚜️ Note: Please understand that any of the opinions and comments expressed here are not necessarily the policies and opinions of Scouts BSA. ScouterStan presents this information to the adult leaders based on his training and experience. ScouterStan and you should too follow to the best of our understanding of the policies, procedures, and training from the Scouts BSA.

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Scouting Knowledge 🎁 The REAL Gift for Americas Youth

During this vacation time, it would be ideal to check into your scout leader training. Records of your training are attached to your Scouts BSA ID number. Check your training records in your My.Scouting.org account. If no training is reporting to your account this may be to your personal settings or a duplicate ID number. This can happen if you register with multiple units. If everything matches your ID number and you still see no records, you should call the council office for help. During this Holiday season, it would be a good time to update YPT. This training is good for 2 years but you can update it anytime. Online Training (ScoutingU) should keep records attached to your Scouts BSA ID number. Live/Classroom training should be reported and added to your online profile/account by council advancement. Remember to keep your records in case it gets lost by the instructor or eaten by the family pet. University of Scouting or Pow-Wow is a good place to get non-traditional scout leader training. This type of training is normally not tracked online.

🌎 My.Scouting.org: https://my.scouting.org/

⚜️ Note: Please understand that any of the opinions and comments expressed here are not necessarily the policies and opinions of Scouts BSA. ScouterStan presents this information to the adult leaders based on his training and experience. ScouterStan and you should too follow to the best of our understanding of the policies, procedures, and training from the Scouts BSA.

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Dutch Oven Stuff❓🔥 Cooking in the Great Outdoors with Camping Gadgets

Every Chef has a deep respect for the skillet… Scouters love something much deeper. Dutch ovens! Many Scouters discover that cooking in the great outdoors can be challenging. Gaining some quick knowledge about the Dutch oven will help Scouters set an example. Learn the absolute basics of Dutch oven equipment and gadgets. The Dutch oven can be used for many different cooking methods. Understanding some of the tools can make using a Dutch oven much easier to master. Scout leaders will set a great example when the menu includes incredible dishes that everyone will be envious of.

🎬 Dutch Oven Cooking for Beginners: https://youtu.be/qSREmqZT2xM

🌎 Dutch Oven Stuff on ScoutShop.org: https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=dutch+oven

🌎 Camp Chef Website: https://www.campchef.com/

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Discovering Winter Camping

All across the nation scouts are discovering the joys of winter camping. ScouterStan recalls his youth in’s winter camping experiences. Even though ScouterStan lives in Central Florida winter camping is exciting. Similar to summertime camping up North. ScouterStan loves winter camping even though it’s done in the snow. Scout leaders need to be aware of the dangers and have a Plan B to fall back on. Staying dry is the key to keeping warm. ScouterStan discussed humiture and wind chill factors. Winter camping and Klondike derbies can be inspiring to help scouts learn scout-skills and face challenges. Adult leaders need to always be mindful of safety.

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I’m Thankful for Scouting

Thanksgiving is this week and Scout Leaders need to reflect on Things there thankful for. I’m back with a new season of commissioners weekly. We are going to cover a lot of stuff you don’t wont to miss… so subscribe and get other leaders to do it too.

⚠️ Impotent: Last Season we ended each video with a teaser for a knot tying series called Knotty Thoughts. Filming had started and then got delayed do to FTC – COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act) concerns. Hopefully, we will have this all worked out by the end of the year. 😬

What Scouting means to me… Scouting is my personal ministry. Scouting is different than any other charity. A souter friend of mine once sed in a speech…“When you get paid to do work, that’s called a job. When you do work without getting paid, it’s called volunteering. When you pay someone and you do the work, it’s called Scouting.” I’m thankful for Scouting in my fothers life, my life and sons life. I’m Thankful for the over 40 Scouts I mentored to Eagle. I’m thankful for the professional staff that dedicates countless hours to America’s children, we call Scouts. I’m thankful for this series of commissioners weekly. I’m thankful for the adult leaders like you, who made it all possible.

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What’s a Den Chief? The Most Important Youth Leadership Position!

A Den Chief is a youth position in a Troop that is helping the Den Leader in a Cub Scout Pack. Often this position is dismissed as unimportant and trivial. However, it’s one of the most important in the life of a Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Den. ScouterStan explores this little know youth position and how important it is. The new Den Chief training is outlined in 3 modules;

  1. The Den Chief’s role and understanding Cub Scouts
  2. The Den Meeting
  3. How to lead activities

The Den Leader and the Den Chief Scout should attend this training together. Techanaly, the Den Chief can be of any rank, but only First Class Scout or higher can count their service for rank advancement. Scoutmasters should only select responsible scouts for this position. As the Den Leader doesn’t need an older Cub Scout… They need a real youth leader. Scoutmasters should also consider the many commitments on this youth leader. Troop meetings ever week, Den meeting 3 times a month and Pack meeting or Pack activity once a month. Plus Troop camping and OA commitments and more… A Den Chief is a natural recruiter for your Troop. Encourage the Den Chief to work in the older Den’s and have them cross over into the Troop. Then the former Den Chief can become a Troop Guide to the first year patrol.

🌎 Den Chief Website: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/den-chief-training
📄 Instructors Syllabus PDF: https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Den-Chief-Syllabus-v4.pdf
🎓 Online Den Cheif Training: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/den-chief-training

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