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Posted on March 31, 2017 by Bryan Wendell in Health and Safety.
Be prepared to spend less time filling out forms and more time having fun.
The Boy Scouts of America has eliminated
its Tour and Activity Plan, shifting the focus away from paperwork and
toward creating a safe space for Scouts to enjoy the program as
The Tour and Activity Plan was a two-page document submitted to your
local council for approval at least 21 days before longer trips. As of
April 1, 2017, it is no more.
Richard Bourlon, team leader for Health and Safety, encourages unit leaders to instead use a “flexible risk-assessment strategy” when planning outings.
“We looked at how the old plan was being used, how many people were using it, how many calls we received about it, and how much time this took staff and volunteers, versus the return – did it create a safer environment?” Bourlon says. “There wasn’t a correlation, so we’re giving them that time back.”
The old method: One adult leader filled out the form and submitted it to his or her council.
The new method: Have a plan. Get everyone on the same page. For Cub Scouts, that means the pack leadership. For other units, that means adult leaders work with Scouts/Venturers to plan a trip that’s safe, fun and engaging. No forms required.
“Getting everyone on the same page is a beautiful thing,” Bourlon says. “And then we also know you are using a handbook or other program literature consistent with BSA rules, regulations and policies.”
Going to do an activity that supports Scouting’s values but isn’t in any book? Consult the flexible risk-assessment tools in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the Enterprise Risk Management Guidebook when planning.
This change has added significance in Boy Scouting, Sea Scouting, Varsity and Venturing, where older youth should be doing most of the planning anyway.
“Before, this was only available to adults,” Bourlon says. “Our materials are now publicly accessible and appropriate for youth to use.”
Though you might find some still floating around, tour permits (local and national) were eliminated in March 2011 and were superseded by tour plans — and then by the Tour and Activity Plan in 2012.
All have now been eliminated.
The Tour and Activity Plan wasn’t a determining factor in insurance coverage. (Neither, by the way, is wearing a uniform. You’re covered whether in or out of uniform.)
Registered volunteers have primary coverage for official Scouting activities, and nonregistered volunteers are provided excess coverage for official activities.
If an automobile or watercraft is used, the BSA provides additional excess auto coverage.
To be official, the activity should be consistent with the values, Charter and Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, the operations manuals, and applicable literature of the Boy Scouts of America.
No. But you should use the BSA planning tools available here. In most cases, this doesn’t include forms to complete and submit. These tools are meant to prompt discussions and conversations about risks.
The manual process Learning for Life and Exploring used in the past for outing permits is discontinued, too.
It doesn’t. The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. But no policy or form will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.
Moreover, the program hasn’t changed. For example, parents still must give permission for leaders to take youth on a trip. Cub Scouts should only camp at council-approved locations. Etc.
As always, this page is your best source.
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The 2017 Camp Card Sale is Here!!!!
Each Card is only $5.00 and has Multiple Discounts to Local Business in Your Area including Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Bass Pro and Carowinds just to name a few.
Not only will each youth earn $2.50 per card to use toward any camp for each $5.00 card sold, any youth that sells 20 Cards will be entered into a Weekly Drawing for a Free Week at Camp and Will Receive a Draw String Backpack!! (limit 1 backpack per youth). To enter in the drawing, please follow this link; https://centralnccouncilbsa.doubleknot.com/form/takesurvey.aspx?bidx=0&surveyID=54602&OrgKey=2390
We have added more prizes and incentives which include an IPod for any youth that sells 500 Cards, Xbox One or an IPad for any youth that sells 1000 cards and chances to win a trip to Summer Camp.
Remember this is a risk free fundraiser. Simply return any unsold cards by the end of the sale and only pay for what is sold!!!
Posted on November 30, 2016 by Bryan Wendell in Advancement, Cub Scouting
Published 12:05 am Sunday, April 10, 2016
By Shavonne Walker
SPENCER — Seth Warren carefully placed his blue and red “Superman” inspired wooden car on the aluminum track. He would later excitedly announce he won first place in his particular heat. The 10-year-old Cub Scout isn’t a stranger to the District Pinewood Derby races, but he had just as much enthusiasm as if for the first time.
Seth was one of 21 Cub Scouts from the Sapona District, formerly the Rowan District, to enter into the competition held Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum. The race was open to those Tigers, Bears, Wolves and first-year Webelos who won in their pack and those who wanted to participate.
Boy Scout Pack 306 facilitated the event, said organizer Ann Barber, but the participants and volunteers were from several area packs.
The event would crown three overall winners, but there were many who walked away winners with trophies and medals.
The best part for Seth of course, he said, was getting to race his car. Seth and his father, Kevin, painted, sanded and placed the wheels on the car. Next year Seth will age out of the competition since he’ll be a second-year Webelos. This is his fourth year with the Pinewood Derby.
“He’s grown tremendously,” said his mother, Rory.
She was initially terrified to let Seth participate in Scouts, she said, but her husband assured her their son would be fine. Seth has high functioning autism and has central processing disorder as well as a number of life-threatening food allergies.
Rory said having to adhere to eating specific foods was really a concern, but her fears were allayed when the Scout pack made sure Seth had a specific type of hot dog while on a camping trip.
“The troop has gone out of their way to help him,” Rory said.
Scouting has helped with his socialization skills, Rory said.
Oliver Shue, 7, is the third generation in his family to be involved in Boy Scouts. His father, Mark and grandfather were all a part of Scouting. Mark is a Scout leader and his father was a Scout Master. Oliver is in his first year as a Scout.
Oliver helped his dad paint and sand his car, he said proudly. Oliver’s favorite part of Scouting is getting to go on trips — camping, the beach, and a tour of the Ronald McDonald House.
The scouts race within their pack with cars that have to weigh a certain amount and be built using a kit provided to them by the Boy Scouts organization, explained District Executive Howard Torrence.
“A big part of this is that they built the cars themselves,” Torrence said.
The event is the culmination of all of their hard work, he said.
This year, the event fell on the same day as Little League for some Scouts. In the past, the derby has had closer to 60 participants.
The Pinewood Derby takes place once a year.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take aim at fun and excitement in your council with the new Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards. Insignia will arrive in national Scout shops and become available for wholesale customers in February. The awards will be offered in three disciplines: BB guns, archery, and slingshots. Councils may choose to offer one or more of the disciplines. With rank-specific requirements and insignia, there is incentive for boys to earn the awards year after year at camp. Our youth members consistently list shooting sports as one of their most-desired outdoor activities. With these new awards, Cub Scouts will hit the bull’s-eye with fun!
Note: Cub Scouts may not shoot archery or BB guns except at district or council events.
Irving, Texas (March 23, 2016) — How can you use the sun for directions when your smartphone dies? How can you cook a meal using just foil? What’s the best way to help a friend who’s being cyberbullied? While many turn to their favorite search engine to find these answers, Scouts know the answers and they learned them from the Boy Scout Handbook. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) today released the 13th edition of its Boy Scout Handbook, a book that has been used by millions of Scouts to guide them through Scouting and life’s many adventures.
First published in 1910, the Boy Scout Handbook includes lessons on citizenship, character and outdoor survival skills – elements that have been built into the fabric of Scouting. Just as the BSA continuously innovates its programming to appeal to the interests and needs of today’s youth, the Boy Scout Handbook has also been updated to include new content addressing some of the latest youth topics and trends, such as cyberbullying, STEM education and sustainability.
“What young people experience in Scouting truly prepares them for life,” said Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of Boy Scouts of America. “From the small things like cooking techniques to bigger lessons about citizenship and character, the Boy Scout Handbook can help Scouts build an adventure and prepare them for various situations they may encounter in their lives.”
To celebrate the new edition of the Boy Scout Handbook and showcase how Scouting can help prepare youth for life, the BSA developed a new video series called Handbook Hacks. The videos demonstrate how the lessons learned through Scouting and skills found within the Handbook can be knowledge that Scouts use throughout their lifetimes. The videos series begins this week with a video on Geocaching, a fun way to learn about navigation and uncover hidden treasures. The new videos will be introduced via the BSA’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
“Handbook Hacks showcase general tips and skills that Scouts learn and can ease or improve anyone’s life,” added Surbaugh. “From fun ways to spend an afternoon as a family to treating aches and sprains, we invite everyone to take a page from our book and find how Scouting can help you in your everyday life.”
Scouts will be encouraged to get involved and share skills learned from reading the Boy Scout Handbook by using #HandbookHacks on social media. They can create their own Handbook Hack video or simply share a tip from the Handbook. The BSA will feature these stories in various ways over the coming weeks.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and nearly 1 million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.
This note is to let all know the results of the District Name Change Vote. After the original vote ended up with Catawba and Sapona tied at the top, we proceeded with a run-off on-line vote that closed on midnight on Tuesday, December 15th. Beginning, January 1, 2016 we will be known as the Sapona District. A little information that can be shared about the name should serve to let you know that we should be proud and excited about this change. Please see below some perspective on the Sapona name:
Sapona (Sappony) is a Native American tribe that once resided in Rowan County. The tribe’s history is one of family bonds, hard work, moral values and loyalty. It is the history of a people whose lives changed with the changing of times — from hunters and farmers of pre-contact days to trading partners with the English during colonial times, from tenant and landed farmers throughout the 1800s and 1900s to a contemporary Indian people in a diversified world today.
I think that the references to family bonds, hard work, moral values, loyalty and adaptability embody everything for which both scouting as a whole and our district should strive:
Thanks to everyone who participated in this process. We have a rich history as the Rowan District and I look forward to seeing us begin to make an even richer one as we transition to the Sapona District. I am honored and proud to serve with each and every one of you as we make this program great for the youth we serve. Thanks so much for your past, present, and future leadership and service. Your impact is extraordinary.
Have a joyous holiday and let’s make 2016 our best Scouting year yet.
By Jeanie GrohScouting for Food Pics: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.789024917838984.1073741837.377793258962154&type=3
Rowan County Boy Scouts, along with scouts across the nation, hit the streets this weekend to collect bags of food for Rowan Helping Ministries, through the annual Scouting for Food event.
Last week, the boys went door-to-door, leaving behind large paper bags for the food collection. This week, those who wished to donate left their donations in the bags outside their front doors and the Scouts came by to pick them up.
Organizers say this could be a record setting year for Rowan County Boy Scouts.
They collected a grand total of 20,537 pounds of food – nearly three weeks worth of food for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Food Lion gave an initial donation of 1,000 pounds of food, and then promised to match the Rowan County Scouts’ collection, up to 4,000 pounds – a goal the Scouts far surpassed.
The boys collected 10,214 pounds of nonperishable food items from local neighborhoods. They received two monetary donations equivalent to 980 pounds of food and Colton Opel, a member of Troop 317 who is working on his Eagle Scout project, collected 4,343 pounds on his own.
The China Grove Troop’s donations have not yet been counted, but will go to Main Street Mission.
Pack 306, chartered by North Hills Christian School, tackled the Plantation Ridge subdivision in Salisbury on Saturday morning.
The boys darted from house to house, looking for bags on front porches. As they walked, parents and troop leaders talked about where the food was going and why it was important.
When they found a bag, they’d load it into the back of the pick up truck they had followed them around.
After they finished canvasing the neighborhood, Troop Leader John McGrail dropped off the 829 pounds of food the boys collected at Rowan Helping Ministries.
At Rowan Helping Ministries, boy scouts sorted the food, put it in boxes and loaded it into a trailer.
According to Nate Valentine, food manager at Rowan Helping Ministries, the food will go into back stock, and will be used to replenish the shelves of the soup kitchen as needed.
“This is outstanding,” said Valentine. “We start getting a little low at this time of year.”
This is the first year Rowan County Boy Scout Troops have donated their Scouting for Food collections to Rowan Helping Ministries.
In the past, the donations have gone to Second Harvest, along with the donations from all the other districts in the council.
In an effort to keep the donations local, they did things differently this year.
Not only do donations stay local, having all of the troops drop off their donations at Rowan Helping Ministries simplified things and made them easier, according to John Barden, executive of the Rowan District.
“This is definitely a win-win for both organizations,” Barden said.
The boys also benefitted from their work. It gave Scout leaders the opportunity to teach them teach them the benefits of civic service.
Debbie Guimond, a cub scout master and supply chain manager for Food Lion, helped coordinate the effort between Food Lion and the Boy Scout troops.
This year, Food Lion plans to donate 75 million meals to families in need through its Food Lion Feeds Program. Saturday’s donations are a part of that program.
“With our Food Lion Feeds, it was a great alignment in what the scouts are trying to do,” Guimond said.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my company,” she said. “I grew up very poor and I know what it’s like to go hungry.”
“It means a lot,” Guimond added.
Link to Original Article: http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/02/08/scouting-for-food-pays-off/
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