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One of Scouting’s top priorities is to ensure that all youth feel safe and welcome in our programs. To give further guidance to our leaders and youth, Scouting has released two new training modules dedicated to youth protection and inclusiveness.
The first is Scouting’s new “Stop Bullying Now” initiative. Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. The values of Scouting make clear that diversity should be embraced and bullying cannot be tolerated. As leaders, we have a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others. Training materials are available for leaders and Scouts. These presentations are available at http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult/Supplemental.aspx.
The second concerns the implementation of Scouting’s revised membership standards. These materials provide policies and guidelines to help ensure a smooth transition on January 1, 2014. The presentations provide answers to frequently asked questions, as our Scouting family continues to lead our youth to grow into strong citizens, consistent with the Scout Oath and Law. These presentations, for leaders and youth, are available at http://www.scouting.org/Training/Membership_Standards.aspx.
We remind everyone that basic Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered Scouting volunteers. This training must be renewed every two years. Please take a moment to check on the status of your Youth Protection training in MyScouting. If this training has recently expired, or will soon expire, please renew this critical training now.
“All Scouts deserve a trained leader.” To simplify the registration process for live training courses offered by the New Birth of Freedom Council, we have begun a new online registration process. To review and register for currently available courses, just go to the new Sign Up tab at the top of this page. Select your course, click on Register, and you will be taken to the Eventbrite registration page. Complete and submit the form electronically, and you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration. This registration process will improve our ability to provide follow up information prior to course.
After countless hours of research and work, the Venturing sub-committee of the National Strategic Plan’s 4.1.1 task force, has made its recommendations for updates in the Venturing program. These proposed program enhancements will take effect in May of 2014. So in the mean time we’re busy writing new training to match the changes. Be on the lookout for a new and unique training for Crew Committee members, entitled… The Crew Committee Challenge.
In addition, we will be giving a much needed facelift to the current Venturing Leader Specific Training, and writing four new youth training components that will support the changes in the recognition model. These will include, “Mentoring Others,” “Goal Setting,” and “Project Management.” As a bonus, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews will be regaining its unique Venturing feel as we update it to be more relevant to the Crews of today
The Shooting Sports Committee is hosting NRA training for Scouters who are interested and meet the requirements to become Range Safety Officers (RSO), and Certified Instructors for Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, and Muzzleloading Rifle. Please view the class list for a complete description of what each course covers as well as dates and fees.
We have received “The Larry and Brenda Potterfield BSA Shooting Sports Grant” which has allowed us to reduce the cost of the course for our in council Scouters. To register for any of these courses please complete the registration form and return it to the council office. If you have any questions please contact Chuck Essig.
Have you looked at MyScouting Tools lately? At “press time” (late June) the BSA’s Information Delivery Group was about to release some new tools including:
- Ability to add administrators to the unit or district Key-3
- Ability to update and report training records
- Ability to indicate patrol, den, squad or other unit sub-group
- Ability to add social network information
- Ability to add additional personal info such as employer, awards earned, etc.
- And more!