A Perk for Webelos

For just being a fourth grader, the National Parks Service is giving you a very cool opportunity.

Leave No Trace for Every Kid — in a Park!

Boulder, CO: Becoming a 4th grader has never been more exciting than since the start of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, at least we here at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics think so! In an effort to increase access and stewardship of public lands for and by all Americans, the Every Kid in a Park program was created. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their guests to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year. 

If you have a 4th grader in your life, here are some tips to make it a year you all won’t soon forget:

  • Remember that these lands are YOUR lands, and that makes you their protector. Refresh yourself and the group on the Seven Leave No Trace Principles. These guidelines have allowed millions of people to make responsible decisions that help protect the outdoors!
  • Check out the Leave No Trace for Every Kid webpage for fun activities to engage the whole group. Use these tips and activities when you’re exploring the trails!
  • Participate in an education program led by park staff. Not only will kids (and adults) get a behind the scenes look at some cool park features, but they will learn a lot about why it is so important to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
  • Find opportunities to volunteer during your time at the park or protected area. Even 30 minutes of volunteering can help kids understand the value of service on public lands!

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Unit Update 9/1/18

The following is the September 1, 2018 update for all Unit Leaders in the Shawnee Trails District. Please disseminate widely.

Update for All Shawnee Trails Scouters

September 1, 2018 


Recruiting:

Cortland Boles gave an update on recruitment. Shawnee Trails is leading the Council in recruitment for 2018 with 361 youth recruited. Shawnee Trails is 36 youth ahead of last year’s recruitment totals. The next closest recruiting district is Iron Horse with 242 youth recruited this year. Thank you Commissioners for your involvement with these packs. Now is the time to dig in with positive contacts so the Packs can have your insights and experience as they get the program year kicked off with enthusiasm and fun in mind. Below, you will see the recent guidance sent to school buildings with regard to our access to students:

GUIDANCE ON OUTSIDE GROUPS 

Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts may post signs on school grounds advertising an after school information meeting, post flyers to PeachJar, and leave paper fliers to be distributed if schools have an organized system to distribute to students (i.e. Friday Folder, etc.). When outside groups want to invite students/parents to information sessions, they are to be scheduled outside of the school day. The principal may work with groups to schedule meetings after school, but all meetings after 5:00 must work through the district facilities process to reserve space.


Youth Protection Update:

Too many of our adult leaders have not completed their New Youth Protection Training. The specifics are included in the link. We have to do better at this! Please direct all leaders to make the final push in their Unit. This is important. 

Giant Push for YPT 2: https://wp.me/p7baZC-nv


Training Changes for Direct Contact Leaders:

The U91 (Scouter Reserve) designation is being eliminated. All leaders who have direct contact with youth must be Position Specific Trained. This is a major change which will have rechartering implications. Please make certain that every direct contact leader is position specific trained. This is equally important. See the link below for more specifics. 

Direct Contact Training Changes: https://wp.me/p7baZC-ny


University of Scouting:

Registration for the University of Scouting is now open. Lots of great training and program advice. Good for all leaders. 

University of Scouting Registration: https://www.hoac-bsa.org/university-of-scouting


Camping:

The camping committee formed a sub-committee to explore how girls in Scouts BSA would camp in 2019. The committee is still in process of coming up with a final recommendation. Reminder: Feb. 1 2019 is the kick off for the new Scouts BSA which includes both buy and girls in our scouting ranks. 


Unit Service Plans for September 2018:

  • Detailed Unit Assessments for Shawnee Trails Packs
  • Visit the Cub Scout Family Campout
  • Continue Fall Recruitment
  • Distribute the District Commissioner Minute

Here you can find the Monthly Service Plans https://wp.me/p9uFKq-5R


Roundtable:

Roundtable occurs the first Thursday of every month at 7PM at Shawnee United Methodist Church

At September Roundtable:

  • Tribute to Patrick Rohrer
  • Popcorn update
  • Games to help teach youth leadership
  • Recruitment, Retention and Engaging New Leaders
  • YPT2 in-person training

At October Roundtable:

  • Starting to talk recharter
  • SPL Reception and Activities with their Scoutmasters
  • Den Chief Reception, new games and songs and how to work with adult Cub Leaders

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.

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Recognition for doing your best

From Frank

Cub Scouts, even boys of the same age, may have very different developmental timetables. For this reason, Cub Scouting advancement is centered on its motto: “Do Your Best.”

When a boy has done this, his very best, then regardless of the requirements for any rank or award, it is enough; accomplishment is noted.

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For the Packs

Cub_Scouting_(Boy_Scouts_of_America)Hello Pack Leaders. During January and February of 2018, the Shawnee Trails (ST) Commissioner Corps is focused on three key outcomes before the first day of March 2018:

  1. All ST Packs turn in their Journey to Excellence Forms no later than 19 January, 2018.
  2. All ST Packs turn in their rechartering Packet to the Council Office no later than 31 January, 2018.
  3. All ST Packs have a Detailed Unit Assessment completed with their assigned Unit Commissioner no later than close of business on 1 March, 2018.

By clicking here, each Pack will see the contact information for their Detailed Assessment Unit Commissioner. This may be a person you have never met before…and that’s okay. We are really trying to get an unvarnished look at things the District can do to be of assistance to the Packs as a whole.

We all appreciate your willingness to participate in these three important deadlines.

Resource: Pinewood Derby Tips

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Most fun? A Scout makes his own car.

The Internet is full of resources for Cub Scouts wanting to make a better, faster Pinewood Derby car.  (Not surprisingly, the best source for this is Boys’ Life.)

But what about parents and Scouters wanting to plan a better Pinewood Derby?

I’ve got you covered with these 10 Pinewood Derby planning tips. Read the Full Story!

Girls Welcome!

On October 11, 2017, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable females to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Starting this year (2018), families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. The Chartered Partner (your sponsoring church, school, or other sponsoring organization) of our Cub Scout packs will have the option to invite girls now, wait until this fall, or remain a single-gender pack.

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