Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Scouting is for everyone

Loved this story. Four new Eagles before Ramadan. With Scouts like these, we can safely ignore fear-mongering politicians and their dead-wrong ideas.  Scouting, like the country in general, is a very big tent.

Click here.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New Reqs, New Tools

I've updated some of my planning tools with the 2016 requirements. These are designed for Leaders of 11YO Scouts, but hopefully are useful to anybody. 
These are MS Excel spreadsheets, so the advancement tracker contains formatting, formulas and pivot tables. I have provided instructions on how to configure the pivot tables to generate individualized reports.  The Program Plan is basically something I found, modified, and improved to suit my own way of working, including sheets for lesson ideas in each skill area. The six-month version is something I wanted to do a while ago, but never got around to until now. It hasn't been tested yet, so caveat emptor.

I wrote the following into the draft six-month plan:  'think of the requirements as a lesson plan outline, so you're teaching skills, not "doing requirements"...Skills are what the boys learn, requirements are how they demonstrate that learning.'

If anyone winds up using these, let me know how useful you found them, and what modifications you made to make them better.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Scouting Matters.

If only to build individuals who are able to think through a situation. Here's to smart Scouts. And Scouters:


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

New Policy Statement - Code of Conduct

This showed up in my email today.

Preface from the Great Salt Lake Council:
"Please review the newly released Scouter Code of Conduct from the Boy Scouts of America. The Code of Conduct outlines the standards of leadership for all adult leaders in Scouting. This Code demonstrates that Scouting values are still intact with Duty to God strengthened as a core principle. Scouters are not judged by any labels but are accountable to the behavior outlined in the Code."
I don't read it so much as a new policy per se, but as a reiteration of those things Scout Leaders should already be in compliance with. The items below are nothing new. Putting them all in one place, with no wiggle room, is; it eliminates ignorance of policy as an excuse by unequivocally stating that these policies exist.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
SCOUTER CODE OF CONDUCT

On my honor I promise to do my best to comply with this Boy Scouts of America Scouter Code of Conduct while serving in my capacity as an adult leader:
  1. I have or will complete my registration with the Boy Scouts of America, answering all questions truthfully and honestly.

  2. I will do my best to live up to the Scout Oath and Scout Law, obey all laws, and hold others in Scouting accountable to those standards. I will exercise sound judgment and demonstrate good leadership and use the Scouting program for its intended purpose consistent with the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

  3. I will make the protection of youth a personal priority. I will complete and remain current with youth protection training requirements. I will be familiar with and follow:

    1. BSA youth protection policies and guidelines, including mandatory reporting:
      http://www.scouting.org/YouthProtection.aspx
    2. The Guide to Safe Scouting:
      http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx
    3. The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety:
      http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/Resources/sweet16.aspx

  4. When transporting Scouts I will obey all laws, comply with youth protection guidelines, and follow safe driving practices.

  5. I will respect and abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, BSA policies, and BSA-provided training, including but not limited to, those relating to:

    1. Unauthorized fundraising activities
    2. Advocacy on social and political issues, including prohibited use of the BSA uniform and brand
    3. Bullying, hazing, harassment, and unlawful discrimination of any kind

  6. I will not discuss or engage in any form of sexual conduct while engaged in Scouting activities.

  7. I will refer Scouts with questions regarding these topics to talk to their parents or spiritual advisor. I confirm that I have fully disclosed and will disclose in the future any of the following:

    1. Any criminal suspicion, charges or convictions of a crime or offense involving abuse, violence, sexual misconduct, or any misconduct involving minors or juveniles
    2. Any investigation or court order involving domestic violence, child abuse, or similar matter
    3. Any criminal charges or convictions for offenses involving controlled substances, driving while intoxicated, firearms or dangerous weapons.

  8. I will not possess, distribute, transport, consume, or use any of the following items prohibited by law or in violation of any Scouting rules, regulations and policies:

    1. Alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, including marijuana.
    2. Concealed or unconcealed firearms, fireworks, or explosives.
    3. Pornography or materials containing words or images inconsistent with Scouting values.

  9. If I am taking prescription medications with the potential of impairing my functioning or judgment, I will not engage in activities which would put Scouts at risk, including driving or operating equipment.

  10. I will take steps to prevent or report any violation of this code of conduct by others in connection with Scouting activities.

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