Round Table Our monthly meeting for adults to find out what’s going on in the district, get training, share ideas with other Scouters, and have a little fun while we’re at it. Roundtable is held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the First United Methodist Church (address & directions below.) We start at 7pm. Roundtable is for all adult Scouters and Scout Parents. Address: 125 N Lakeview Ave Winter Garden, FL 34787 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— District Commissioners Meeting District Commissioners meet the 1st Thursday of the month at the First United Methodist Church, 125 N Lakeview Ave Winter Garden, FL 34787 Education Room ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- District Committee Meeting The District Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the First United Methodist Church, 125 N Lakeview Ave Winter Garden, FL 34787 Education Room...Read More
SQUARE KNOT CHANGES The following knots will change and combine How? After monitoring and reviewing recommendations, the National Council’s Awards Committee has consolidated several knots into a whole new knot. Training awards and the Cub Scouting awards are the ones affected. The Cubmaster Award becomes the Cubmaster’s Key and the Scouter’s Key knot is used instead. Devices to be worn on the knots indicate the exact award and for which Scout program were earned. If you are wearing a knot that is no longer available, there’s no need to spend the extra money or hours of training, although additional training never hurts. Your recognition is grandfathered in and you may continue to wear the knot. Like an Eagle Scout, once something becomes a part of an official BSA uniform or insignia, it will always remain official. Reviews are currently taking place to discuss the possibility of updating the awards’ requirements. We can expect more details in early...Read More
The new design for the Science program feature (above) and the old design. In Scouting, one size doesn’t fit all. So suggesting a month-by-month troop planning calendar on a national level, as in the past, just doesn’t work. For example, take the Fishing program feature. A troop in Texas could make that work in March, but a troop in Wisconsin would find that timing a little less, well, comfortable. Enter the next generation of troop program plans, sure to make your life easier. I have a preview of two from the upcoming generation that I’ve been authorized to share with you. There will be 48 in all, delivered in three volumes of 16 each over the course of 2013 and early 2014. But the best part is that the new program helps are flexible, and troops can customize their own year from the 48 months of activity ideas. Selection is key as youth leaders plan the upcoming year. There’s also customization within the program features themselves. You don’t expect every...Read More
After an extensive discussion within the organization, the Boy Scouts of America’s approximately 1,400 volunteer voting members chose to adopt the membership policy resolution and remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The final vote breakdown was 61.44 percent for the proposal, and 38.56 percent against. The change takes effect Jan. 1, 2014. Voting results were tabulated and certified by TrueBallot, an independent, third-party voting firm. Read more at this site, or find the full text of the BSA’s official media statement below: For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization’s long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting’s mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting...Read More
Ask the Expert: Can a troop prevent a Scout from earning a merit badge at a workshop or summer camp?
Updated May 15 with some clarifications. Not all merit badges are earned in the traditional troop setting. Enterprising Scouts can earn them at council-run merit badge “colleges” or workshops, summer or winter camps, or on their own with a registered counselor. But some troops restrict or even prohibit this practice, insisting that merit badges must be earned under their own roof — with only troop-sanctioned counselors. True, the Guide to Advancement says Scouts must discuss their choice of merit badge counselor with their Scoutmaster, but some troops take it one step farther, declaring that merit badge workshops themselves aren’t kosher. Is that OK? That’s what a Scouter named Thomas wondered in an email last week. In his troop, Scouts cannot earn Eagle-required merit badges at events like workshops, instead needing to earn those merit badges in-house. He writes: Bryan, Our BSA district holds various workshops such as Merit Badge Saturday and has arranged for qualified and approved MB counselors to run these sessions. The workshops offer many merit badges including...Read More
At summer camp, what’s more important for Scouts, advancement or fun? Trick question. Scouts who attend the best summer camps and have effective Scout leaders guiding them don’t have to choose. For these Scouts, advancement is part of the fun. That said, there are always Scouts who take it to the extreme. There are the overachievers, who cram their schedule with merit badge classes and don’t leave any time to visit the waterfront, horse around with friends, or relax. And then there are Scouts who do exactly the opposite, choosing to wander around the camp all week or just stay in their campsite and play cards. Part of the responsibility for maximizing a boy’s time at summer camp falls on you, the Scout leader. With that in mind, here are 10 ways you can maximize both fun and advancement at summer camp this year. They come courtesy of our Facebook friends. 1. Make fun the priority “Have the Scouts put on plenty of sunscreen, let the fun begin, and...Read More