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”

Guide to Advancement 2021

Guide to AdvancementThe Boy Scouts of America’s National Advancement Team has completed its biennial review and updates to the Guide to Advancement, BSA’s canonical reference to all things related to advancement.

First published in its current form in 2011 and updated every two years since, the Guide has chapters covering all aspects of advancement across all the BSA’s programs. In the past, updates have been quietly published with little fanfare, but in recent years – and especially with changes necessitated in the last year or so – there’s been more publicity surrounding its release. So you’ve probably heard or read about some of the changes.

Just in case you haven’t, though, here’s a quick rundown: Continue reading “Guide to Advancement 2021”

Let’s just have some fun!

Summer is approaching – something we may have lost track of, despite the change in weather, because our routines have been substantially altered over the last year. Pack and den meetings have taken on a completely different look from what we were used to. Many of the ways that Cub Scouts took part in activities that lead to advancement in rank have had to adapt to the changing circumstances of social distancing and meeting remotely.

The National Advancement Team of the Boy Scouts of America reminds us that even though our Cub Scouts roll up to their next rank in June, special provisions are in place for them to complete the ranks they are departing while they begin to enjoy activities of their next rank. Continue reading “Let’s just have some fun!”