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 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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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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The Scoutmaster Conference… Not Just for Rank Advancement Anymore

The Scoutmaster conference is exclusive to Troop operations. However, the concepts and policies apply to all unit leaders*. Its recommended that confidential notes be taken during the conference. A scoutmaster conference is not meant to be a retesting of scout skills. In Scoutmaster training its described as; “The conference is not a retest of the requirements upon which a Scout has been signed off. It is a forum for discussing topics such as ambitions, life purpose, and goals for future achievement, for counseling, and also for obtaining feedback on the unit’s program. “

The Scoutmaster Conference for non-rank advancement:

  • 🧩 Observed Behavior
  • 🧩 Slowing Down Advancement or Participation
  • 🧩 Addressing Issues from Other Scouts
  • 🧩 Planning Advancement or Leadership Positions
  • 🧩 More… New Scout Interview, Patrol Satisfaction, Special Updates, etc.

* More information is available in the Scouts BSA Guide to Advancement section 4.2.3.5 Unit Leader (Scoutmaster) Conference: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/mechanics-of-advancement/scouts-bsa/

🌎 Scouts BSA Guide to Advancement: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/

🌎 Understanding the Scoutmaster conference: https://scoutingmagazine.org/2014/12/understanding-scoutmaster-conference/

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Who Created The Scout Law? – Ernest Seton or Robert Baden-Powell?

The 12 points of the BSA’s Scout Law was put together by Robert Baden-Powell and Ernest Seton. The first publication of ‘Scouting for Boys’ in 1908 Baden-Powell first proposed only the first 9 points of the Scout Law. The original 1908 Baden-Powell’s Scout Law was defined as; A Scout is…Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, and Thrifty.

When Seton started working on the “Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook” he collaborated with Baden-Powell on the Scout Law for the book. The original Baden-Powell 9 points of Scout Law was printed in the 1910 first edition on pages 32-34 (ref. Note & Link). Both of them worked out a 12 point Scout Law for the “second edition” published the following year. Using some inspiration from Seton’s Woodcraft Indian Law.

The Ernest Seton 1910 Woodcraft Indian Law was defined as; Obedience, Courage, Cleanliness, No Smoking, No Fire-Water, Wild-Life, No Wild-Fire, Kindness, Play Fair, Silence, Reverence, and Word of Honor.

Baden-Powell & Seton’s added 3 points from Woodcraft Indian Law to the BSA’s Scout Law in 1911; Seton’s Courage became Brave, Cleanliness became Clean and Reverence became Reverent.

⚜️ Note: The 1911 edition of the ‘Boy Scout Handbook’ claims to be the first edition. Many (including ScouterStan) consider the 1910 ‘Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook’ to be the first true edition. The 1910 edition is actually the 9th edition of Seton’s (1902) ‘Birch-Back Rolls’ combined with Baden-Powell’s (1908) ‘Scouting for Boys’. Tetnickly both books are the first editions in their own way.

📄 1910 Edition of the ‘Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook’ Pages 32-34 PDF: http://scouterstan.com/storage/1910-BSA-Handbook-Scout-Law.pdf

📄 1911 Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (with all 12 points on pages 8-10): https://books.google.com/books?id=7bI5TJR9ONUC

⚠️ Important: Baden-Powell added “Clean” to the British Scout Law in 1911 making it 10 principles.

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How Did Scouting Start in America?

The history of scoutings beginnings and how scouting came to America is a fascinating subject. We first must understand the basics of youth organizations at the turn of the 20th century. In 1844, George Williams founded the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in England. The youth of the age ware struggling to establish there generation. George Williams organization was to help develop a healthy body, mind, and spirit. In 1900 Baden-Powel authored “Aids to Scouting For NCOs & Men”. This book was quickly picked up by youth groups all over England. In the United States, Ernest Seton in 1902 founded Woodcraft Indians. The book “The Berch-Bark Rolls of the Woodcraft Indians” was the foundation of their organization. In 1905 Daniel Beard founded Sons of Daniel Boone. Baden-Powell or ‘BP’ (as he preferred) conducted the Brown Sea Island camp experiment in 1907. B-P author “Scouting For Boys” that same year. By 1908 the first Scout Troops in Britain were well established.

At around that time William D Boyce an American newspaperman was lost in the fog of London when a Scout offered to help. This act of kindness (good turn) impressed him to research Scouting and bring it back to America. On February 8,1910 the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was incorporated. Boyce, Seton, Beard, Charles Eastman (YMCA – Dakota Native American) established the foundation. Boyce developed the organization with Edgar Robinson (YMCA) and Lee Hanmer (Later Camp Fire Girls 1912) In 1911 James West became the first Chief Scout Executive. The United States Congress passed a Congressional Charter in 1916 officially establishing The Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The mission statement then and now is basically the same:

“To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”

🌎 About the Boy Scouts of America: https://www.scouting.org/about/

🌎 The Man Who Got Lost in the Fog: https://scoutingmagazine.org/issues/0110/d-wwas.html

🌐 Wikipedia – History of the Boy Scouts of America: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Boy_Scouts_of_America

🌎 Boy Scouts Movement Begins: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/boy-scouts-movement-begins

🌎 BSA Description and History: http://www.usscouts.org/aboutbsa/bsahistory.asp

🌎 BSA Mission & Vision: https://www.scouting.org/legal/mission/

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