News & Notes – June 2022

A few items to be aware of this month:

2022 Journey to Excellence scorecards

The Boy Scouts of America has released the latest update to the annual Journey to Excellence scorecards, which list the unit evaluation items that go into determining a unit’s JTE status at the end of the year. We’ve always encouraged unit leaders to use the scorecard a few times a year to see how they’re doing. Now is a good time to see how the first half of the year went and what might need to be improved upon going forward.

Here are the key differences: Continue reading “News & Notes – June 2022”

News & Notes – May 2022

A few items to be aware of this month:

ScoutsBSA joining requirements tweaked

A minor change has been made to the requirements to join a ScoutsBSA troop effective on April 18. Those youth who are ten years old, but who have not yet earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light award, need not wait until they’ve completed fifth grade.  They can join a troop on or after March 1 of their fifth-grade year. This will allow them to get in the swing of things with the troop, go on a couple campouts, and be more ready to attend summer camp than if they waited until June. Continue reading “News & Notes – May 2022”

News & notes – April 2022

I’m back with a look at some topics that you may find of interest.

National Jamboree 2023

Registration is now live for the 2023 National Scout Jamboree, to be held again at the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in West Virginia July 19-28, 2023. As that is only fifteen months away, councils are assembling contingents and making travel arrangements. Jamboree is the adventure of a lifetime for Scouts. Continue reading “News & notes – April 2022”

News & notes, January 2022

Happy New Year! Thank you for your efforts to bring Scouting to youth throughout the last year despite the challenges we faced. Here’s hoping that the new year brings success and prosperity for your unit and a rewarding experience for you as a volunteer.

Temporary accommodations

At the outset of the pandemic, the Advancement Team approved several temporary changes to a few of the requirements that allowed them to be met despite the isolation and social distancing that we faced. Effective March 1, 2022, these changes will sunset and requirements will revert to those as written. Continue reading “News & notes, January 2022”

News & Notes, December 2021

A few items for this month:

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

The requirements for the new Citizenship in Society merit badge have been released, along with guidelines for counselors for the badge.

There is great concern that counselors for this badge have the correct understanding about how the badge is to be facilitated (not taught), and that they have a temperament that will foster discussions without promoting particular views.   Continue reading “News & Notes, December 2021”