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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Leader Resources, National News

SQUARE KNOT Program Changes

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...

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Leader Resources, National News

Make your life easier with next-gen troop program features

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...

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Leader Resources, National News

BSA membership resolution passes with more than 60 percent of vote

  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...

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