This fall, we’ll be joined by families new to Scouting. Curious about the flyer they might have picked up at a school assembly or by what their excited son or daughter told them about Cub Scouts, they’ll be walking through our doors into what – for them – is a great unknown.
Think back to when you were brand new to Scouting. Was there someone who welcomed you in and showed you what our program is all about?
If not, there should have been, and now we have that someone who can help your new families feel welcome and get them into the swing of things. Continue reading “Roll out the welcome mat!”
Periodically, the Boy Scouts of America’s national advancement team updates everyone involved with advancement with the latest trends, ideas and changes. Here are a few topics covered in the latest update:
Order of the Arrow Cub Crossover Ceremonies
If you’ve been around Scouting for long, you’ve probably seen an Arrow of Light or Crossover ceremony performed by the ceremonies team of your local Order of the Arrow lodge or chapter. Continue reading “Advancement notes: Girls in Cub Scouts, OA crossover ceremonies, more”
As we have discussed recently, the revised Youth Protection Training is now available, and all Scouters are required to take it regardless of when your current training expires.
If you have not taken the new course, which was released in mid-February, your YPT expiration date has been reset to September 30. Now would be a great time to re-take YPT if you haven’t done so since February.
This training is mandatory for all registered adults regardless of position and highly recommended for all non-registered parents. Scouters who do not take the new YPT prior to October 1 will have their registration cancelled, meaning they are no longer a registered leader – ineligible to lead a den or pack, serve as Scoutmaster or on the committee, or counsel Scouts in merit badges.
Go to https://my.scouting.org to check your training status or to retake Youth Protection Training. Do it now before the program year gets going and you’re short on time and before the site gets overloaded by last minute re-trainers!
It’s already mid-August, which means school will be starting very soon for most, and with it the Cub Scout program year. Packs should have been planning their recruiting activities – Boy (and Girl!) Talks, exhibits and demonstrations at school activity nights, School Nights for Scouting (evening presentations and orientation for new Scouts and families) and the first whiz-bang pack meeting.
But there are three things you need to do as soon as possible. Continue reading “Three things you must do now”
The Boy Scouts of America’s Scouting Magazine blog posted an article this week on using Google’s Morse keyboard and flash cards to teach Morse Code to Scouts.
Morse is a requirement for the recently introduced Signs, Signals and Codes merit badge. It’s an expansion of the original Signaling merit badge, one of the first ones offered at the founding of the BSA in 1910. Continue reading “Teaching Morse Code to Scouts”