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

Troop 428 Summer Camp

Planning page for Troop 428’s 2018 Summer Camp.

Dates for Summer Camp 2018:

▪ 4-16-18 Summer Camp T-shirt Design Ideas Due to Mr. Wilson

▪ 4-18-18 Final deadline for Roster and Fees to be paid

▪ 5-7-18 Parent’s Informational Meeting

▪ 5-7-18 All Special Needs Meetings Concluded

▪ 5-12-18 Program Work Day at Day

▪ 5-14-18 Show and Tell gear night for the Troop

▪ 5-21-18 Summer Camp Goal Setting for the Troop

▪ 5-15-18 Merit Badge Signups Open

▪ 5-15-18 Special Needs information due to Council

▪ 5-15-18 Final T-shirt Orders Due

▪ 5-21-18 Camp Master visits Laura Campbell at HOAC

▪ 5-21-18 Camp Master visits with food service staff at HOAC

▪ 6-1/3-18 MOS Tribal Celebration

▪ 6-4-18 Summer Camp Gear Shakedown/Goal Review

▪ 6-11-18 Health Forms should be delivered to Mr. Kouri

▪ 6-11-18 Hot Dog Dinner, Trailer Preparation and Permethrin Spraying

▪ 6-13-18 Begin mailing packages and letters

▪ 6-15-18 Medicines and Instructions delivered to Mr. Kouri in Zip Lock Bag

▪ 6-15-18 Money and Camp Box key delivered to Mr. Farkes in Ziplock Bag

▪ 6-15-18 Bring Canned Goods for Bartle Food Drive

▪ 6-15-18 Depart for Camp – Bartle Scout Reservation, Camp Lonestar, Ottawa

▪ 6-15-18 Camp Master: turn in all health forms

▪ 6-15-18 Camp Master: turn in all recommendation forms

▪ 6-15-18 Assistant Camp Master: Check in with campsite commissioner

▪ 6-16-18 Scoutmaster Assistant Scoutmaster Training (All Day – Catholic Chapel)

▪ 6-17-18 Parents, Family and Visitor Day 10AM-5PM

▪ 6-17-18 Wilderness First Aid (8:30-4:00, 2 days)

▪ 6-19-18 IOLS (1) Training offered on Reservation (Report 8AM, 2 days)

▪ 6-19-18 Wilderness First Aid (8:30-4:00, 2 days)

▪ 6-20-18 Climb on Safely Training on Reservation

▪ 6-20-18 Mail no additional letters or packages

▪ 6-21-18 IOLS (2) Training offered on Reservation

▪ 6-24-18 Return from Camp

Additional Calendar Items to be determined:

▪ Swimming Practice

▪ Second Parent’s Meeting if needed

▪ Committee meeting to discuss MOS

Camp Staff for Summer Camp 2018:

▪ Campmaster: RJ Wilson

▪ Assistant Campmaster: Mark Ford

▪ Mic-o-Say Representative: Mike Douglas

▪ Banker:

▪ Health Officer:

▪ Merit Badge Coordinator: Nate Baldwin

▪ Special Needs Coordinator:

Campmaster Goals:

▪ Everyone gets to camp safely.

▪ Everyone gets through camp safely.

▪ Everyone returns home safely.

▪ Everyone has a positive and memorable experience.

Adults Need:

▪ It its not required that you have taken the new YPT before summer camp but it is highly recommended. The word on the street is that you will need at least the new YPT and Troop Committee Challenge for certain MOS activities. https://my.scouting.org

▪ An up to date medical form.

▪ A packed lunch or money for pizza/sandwich from Caseys. A cooler with some ice will be available for those with refrigerated items.

Youth Need:

▪ A packed lunch or money for pizza/sandwich from Caseys. A cooler with some ice will be available for those with refrigerated items.

▪ An up to date medical form.

▪ Money to cover merit badges, trading post items, extra program costs, and an Iconium run. Merit badges should receive first priority for money spent.

▪ Locking Camp Box

▪ Swim Trunks

▪ Field Uniform for travel

▪ Scout Book

▪ Merit Badge Forms

Things to know:

▪ Emergency camp contact line: 417-646-8115

▪ Emergency campsite contact line: 913-209-3936

▪ Mail Call: Full Name and Troop Number, Bartle Scout Reservation, Camp Lone Star, Campsite Ottawa, 5525 NE Scout Camp Road, Osceola MO 64776-9000.

▪ If you send packages to your Scout please do not include food.

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”

Scouts BSA FAQ

The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has confirmed a scheduled February 1, 2019 launch date for the program to serve girls, ages 11-17. This program will be known as Scouts BSA.

The timing of this change is intended to align with the programmatic timeline so that girls who join Cub Scouts in 2018 and will have earned their Arrow of Light are able to cross over to a troop to continue their Scouting journey.

The Board also approved the option of a linked troop structure that would allow existing boy troops and future girl troops the opportunity to be linked through a shared COR and troop committee.

FAQs

Q. What program is available to girls that are older than Cub Scout age?

Using the same Scouting program offered to older boys, the organization will deliver a program for older girls that is scheduled to launch in February 2019 through which girls will be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Q: What ages would be eligible for the program?

Mirroring the ages served by the existing Boy Scout program, Scouts BSA would serve girls who have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least 10 years old, or are age 11 but have not reached age 18.

Q. Will you change the program to accommodate girls?

Our existing programs are relevant for both young men and women. After all, the values of Scouting as outlined in the Scout Law – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent – are relevant and important values for both young men and women. As such, the program for girls, ages 11 to 17 will be the same curriculum offered in the Boy Scout program.

Q: Will the Scoutmaster position change in the program for girls?

No, the Scoutmaster is still responsible for training and guiding youth leaders in the operation of the troop and for managing, training and supporting assistant scoutmasters in their role.

Q: Can a boy troop and a girl troop share the same Scoutmaster?

No. Chartered organizations should have separate Scoutmasters for their boy troop and girl troop.

Q: Can both male troops and girl troops share the same committee?

A chartered organization can decide if they want the same or separate committee.

Q: Can a boy troop and girl troop meet at the same time?

Yes. Based on the preferences of the chartered organization, the boy troop and girl troop could meet at the same time and place.

Q: If a chartered organization is not able to establish a new unit based on the required number of same-gender youth needed, can boy patrols and girl patrols be combined to form a troop?

No. A new unit must be started using the current youth and adult requirements; however, chartered organizations can consider the linked troop model so that the newly-established girl troop will have the same COR and can share the troop committee.

Q: Can a boy troop and girl troop meet as one big troop?

Opening and closing of the meetings can be together or separate, depending on space and desire of the chartered organization and unit leadership. The other components of the Scout meeting should be run separately.

Q: Can boy and girl patrols make up a troop?

No. Troops must be all male or all female youth members. Scouting is not “Co-Ed”

Q: Must the leaders of a boy troop be men and all the leaders of the girl troop be women?

No. Adult leadership may be men, women, or both men and women together. All youth protection guidelines are to be in use no matter the make-up of the adult leadership.

Q: Can a boy troop and girl troop plan events together?

Yes, they can plan events together, as troops currently do.

Q: Can courts of honor be held jointly?

Yes, courts of honor can be held jointly if the chartered organization chooses.

Q: Can a council and district run camporees for boy troops and girl troops?

Yes, a council and district can run council and district events for both boy troops and girl troops if they are following the Guide to Safe Scouting and all current youth protection guidelines.

Q: Will all current Boy Scout troops be required to offer a program for girls?

Chartered organizations can decide which programs best serve the needs of their community, which means that the chartered organization can continue to offer Scouting for boys, or they may choose to add a unit for older girls.

Eagle is important…

…but it’s not everything

223px-First_Class_(Boy_Scouts_of_America).svgThe short version:

If you give a First Class Scout a tent, a sleeping bag, and a backpack that is properly stocked (food, water, a first aid kit, a compass, a map, a knife, matches, cooking utensils, rain gear, a change of clothes, etc.), you can drop that Scout in the woods anywhere and he’ll be able to take care of himself for three days and find his way home safely.

And probably have fun along the way.

Continue reading “Eagle is important…”

Eagle Matters

EagleScoutIf you give a First Class Scout a tent, a sleeping bag, and a backpack that is properly stocked (food, water, a first aid kit, a compass, a map, a knife, matches, cooking utensils, rain gear, a change of clothes, etc.), you can drop that Scout in the woods anywhere and he’ll be able to take care of himself for three days and find his way home safely.

And probably have fun along the way.

That’s pretty impressive stuff. But when they progress through Star, Life and Eagle ranks, a lot more happens. See what we mean below: Continue reading “Eagle Matters”

Eagles Need Projects

EagleScoutDear Community Organization Leader:

Our kids are in need of projects. We need your help in making sure we have a reliable pipeline of projects our kids can complete. You have projects you need completed and we have Scouts eager and ready for the challenge.

Below, you will find a submission form which will allow you to send our District Eagle Board Leadership ideas for projects which would be beneficial to your organization.

Our team is committed to lending the resources to our youth so they can make good decisions and have a quality experience as they learn to lead others in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout. Your assistance in partnering with us, so together, we can achieving our commitment to our youth, is sincerely appreciated.

Our Eagle Boards of Review are meeting at least once a month and Troops are looking for more and more Eagle projects. Please take the time to fill out this form and assist our young men in completing the path to Eagle by giving leadership to your worthwhile cause.

Thank you!

Sincerely:

Shawnee Trails District Vice Chairman for Advancement Lowell Teague