Huffman returns to HOAC

From the Council President….a Shawnee Trails Scouter himself.

Heart of America Council Scouters,

I am most excited to share with you that following a thorough and thoughtful nationwide search we have selected a new Scout Executive for the Heart of America Council.

Please join me in welcoming Richard “Brick” Huffman, Eagle Scout, Sachem Little Rolling Iron Quill back to Kansas City.

He grew up in Belton, MO. He has held a variety of Scouting positions around the country. Cedar Rapids, IA,

St. Cloud, MN, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Amarillo, TX, and most recently as Scout Executive for the South Florida Council in Miami Lakes, FL.

I look forward to working with Brick as he leads us forward to ensure that we have a Scouting program that is building tomorrow’s leaders today.

I thank all of you for your contributions and support of Scouting here in the Heart of America Council.

 

Zachary H. Shafran

Council President

Heart of America Council, BSA

Why Change YPT?

From the National Committee regarding Youth Protection Training.

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth.

These changes include:

  • Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.
  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

With these changes, and many more outlined in the documents listed below, as well as the overview video, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth.

As an advocate and champion for youth protection in Scouting movement, I encourage you to watch the video, become familiar with the resource documents, take the training and spread the word.

We realize the Oct 1 training deadline will be a challenge for some – but the safety of our children is too important to delay.

Thank you for your work in sharing the message of safety in Scouting. You make difference every day, in ways you may never know. Truly, Youth Protection Begins with You.

Sincerely,

Michael Johnson
Director, Youth Protection

Additional Resources:

 

New Youth Protection

Below you will find information about the new Youth Protection Training. All registered leaders must complete this new training by October 1, 2018. 

Here are the highlights:

  • There are three modules and a test module in this new training. It will take just over an hour to complete.
  • You can not leave a module in the middle and pick up where you left off. You must complete a module once you start it or you will have to start the module over.

Continue reading “New Youth Protection”

Our Leader for Disability Advancement

Karen Jones

This volunteer, Karen Jones,  received the Woods Services Award for her work with special-needs Scouts in the Heart of America Council.

If you would like more specific information about Karen and her recent national recognition please click the link below. If you would like more information about disability advancement in the Heart of America and the Shawnee Trails District, Click here.

Source: Scouting magazine

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How does Boy Scouts work?

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a complex organization that requires organizational charts and committees and sub-committees and layers upon layers of bureaucracy to assure that the Scouting program is carried out to the benefit of the youth we serve. It can make you dizzy just thinking about it.

What does that mean to you? Not a dang thing. BUT…when you need help, you’ll find that it is within your reach.

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