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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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.


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.

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!


Shawnee Trails District Vice Chairman for Advancement Lowell Teague