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On January 21, 2017 at the Council’s annual business meeting, the Council Board passed new training requirements for adult leaders. The Boy Scouts of America provides some of the finest leadership, team building, and outdoor skill training available anywhere and the dedicated volunteer trainers in our Council are waiting to provide that training to all Scout Leaders and volunteers. Whether you have been with Scouting for over 20 years or if this is your first, there is something new to learn. This training is provided for all adult and youth leaders because the training is vital to the Scouting program at all levels. The Black Hills Area Council understands the importance of training to the success of a unit and this policy requires all unit to adopt and adhere to it.
Black Hills Area Council Youth Protection Training Policy
The Black Hills Area Council believes that every registered Scout leader should have a current Youth Protection Training (YPT) Certificate.
First, all newly registering Scout Leaders must provide certification that they have completed the YPT training in order for the registration to be processed, as a membership requirement. This can be accomplished either online or at the Scout Service Center.
Second, unfortunately, some YPT certifications expire during the year that a leader is registered with the BSA, thus leaving the registered leader uncertified in YPT. Many of these registered leaders have not been timely in getting the YPT competed once lapsed.
Effective January 1, 2018, without exception, all adult registrations and re-registrations will require that the Scouter’s YPT Certificate be valid for the full duration of the new registration or recharter term.
While the YPT certificate is good for two (2) years of training, any Scouter taking the course in 2017 is covered for the reregistration in 2018 but will have to take the course again at some time in 2018 to be covered for registration for the year 2019.
This policy will reduce the time required by staff and volunteers to manage the compliance with the BSA standard of 100% YPT training. The Council Registrar shall be responsible for ensuring full implementation of this policy.
- YPT is the one training that BSA mandates for every Scouter, regardless of seniority or position in Scouting.
- Parents who entrust their youth in our care expect us to take every step and every precaution to ensure their safety.
- YPT principles are widely recognized as among the best in the field of youth protection. BSA’s YPT course for Cubs and Scouts, as well as the YPT course for Explorers, Venturers and Sea Scouts, have been carefully designed to address issues that might occur in the respective programs.
- Completion of YPT not only makes the individual Scouter aware of the YPT standards in their own conduct, but it also raises the sensitivity and awareness of those standards in a group situation.
- The BSA and the Black Hills Area Council currently do not have effective programs that will notify a Scouter that his/her YPT Certificate is about to expire.
- The names and units of Scouters whose YPT has expired or who has not never taken YPT are available to the leadership of the Council and each District through https://my.scouting.org and can be provided to all units upon request so that expiration dates may be reviewed. Any unit key-3 leader can request a copy of the unit YPT status at any time. The Council will send a copy to the unit each year in September to allow the unit to start the YPT training update prior to the recharter process starting.
- YPT completion is not difficult to achieve. Taking 30 minutes annually helps ensure our Scouts are safer is time well spent. All the courses are offered online, for free, at https//My.Scouting.org, and can also be offered at the unit level by request and is available during any office hours at the Scout Service Center in Rapid City. If a Scouter needs help to get on My.Scouting.org, they should contact the Scout Service Center.
- The Council’s current policy of requiring a current YPT Certification at the time of registering or re-registering has not worked to improve the situation. Since mid-2013 the percentage of Black Hills Area Council Scouters with a current YPT Certification has ranged between 80-85%.
- The BSA has been sued for alleged youth abuse acts that took place in the past and that would be in clear violation of today’s YPT standards. Such suits defame BSA and are costly. While there may not be much we can do about events that occurred in the past, and in some cases, decades ago, if we implement the above policy we can say, “today the Black Hills Area Council aggressively pursues a 100% Youth Protection Training Policy.”
Black Hills Area Council Position\Leader Specific Training Policy
The Black Hills Area Council believes that every registered Scout leader should be trained in the primary position in which they are registered. This is also may be defined as those Scout Leaders in Direct-Contact position. It shall be the policy of the Black Hills Area Council that all direct-contact leaders must become trained in that position within the first year as registered in the position. Much of this training is provided online at my.scouting.org so an early investment in that training is vital to providing the best quality program for the unit they are serving. This is especially important to any new Cub Scout leader with no previous Scouting experience.
Direct-Contact leader positions are those that have direct responsibilities for the operations of a unit’s program as are as follow:
- Cub Scouts: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leaders, and Committee Chairman
- Boy Scouts: Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Committee Chairman
- Venturing: Crew Advisor, Associate Crew Advisor, and Committee Chairman
- Varsity Scouts: Coach, Assistant Coach, and Committee Chairman
- Exploring: Post Advisor, Assocaite Post Advisor, and Committee Chairman
- Other: Chartered Organization Representative, Merit Badge Counselors, committee members, etc. (a trained leader report can be provided for any unit upon request)
Unit Leaders who have not completed the required training will not be permitted to re-register in that position when the unit’s charter is being renewed. Over the past few years, the Council has struggled to attain a trained percentage above 25%. It is widely known that units and Councils that maintained a higher trained leader level, generally have better programs that comply with the BSA guidelines, and then retain more youth and leaders for longer periods of time.
The Black Hills Area Council sponsors a Scouting ‘U’ annually with numerous adult training opportunities to meet these requirements. Adult training is also offered during the youth Merit Badge Midway and other training for a unit may be offered upon request by units or as the needs exist. Supplemental adult training is also offered at the Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch as well as other camps that a unit may visit during the summer. The Council requires all contact leaders to be trained and wearing the “Trained” patch for the position they are registered in.
The Black Hills Area National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee will be holding an Eagle Scout Recognition Reception, held in honor of the 2017 class of Eagle Scouts. This reception will occur on March 23, 2018, from 5:00PM – 6:00PM in the Hall of Fame in the King Center on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Campus. Check-in will begin at 4:30PM in the hallway outside of the Hall of Fame. Refreshments and Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided and complimentary for 2017 Eagle Scouts, and just $10 per person for any guests you wish to bring (parents, mentors, etc.).
We hope you join us as we recognize our Eagle Scout class of 2017!
Eagle Scout Class of 2017
|Simon K.||Troop 12|
|Heath V.||Troop 44|
|Hunter K.||Troop 7|
|Andrew W.||Troop 72|
|Ben S.||Troop 72|
|Landon O.||Troop 72|
|Ryan A.||Troop 72|
|Logan B.||Troop 25|
|Nathan S.||Troop 72|
|Jacob F.||Troop 7|
|Wesley S.||Troop 85|
|Sam N.||Troop 25|
|Cole K.||Troop 60|
|James P.||Troop 99|
|Ben P.||Troop 72|
|Ethan E.||Troop 72|
|David R.||Troop 72|
|Ethan J.||Troop 12|
|Seamus E.||Troop 72|
About the Eagle Scout Rank
The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance.
The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. This represents more than 2.25 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912.
Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—the mission of the BSA, citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.
Merit badges signify the mastery of certain Scoutcraft skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 136 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout.
Of this group, 13 badges are required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, and Environmental Science and Sustainability.
While a Life Scout, a Scout plans, develops and gives leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or the community. In addition to providing service and fulfilling the part of the Scout Oath, “to help other people at all times,” one of the primary purposes of the Eagle Scout service project is to demonstrate or hone or to learn and develop, leadership skills. Related to this are important lessons in project management and taking responsibility for a significant accomplishment.
The wait is over, and we now know what we’ll call the program for 11- to 17-year-old youth when girls can begin joining during the scheduled launch on Feb. 1, 2019.
Let’s hear it for Scouts BSA!
Boys and girls who are part of Scouts BSA will be known as Scouts. Just as before, these Scouts will earn merit badges, go camping and work toward the Eagle Scout Award.
The organization name, Boy Scouts of America, will not change.
Scouts BSA builds on the legacy of the Scout name. There’s a Scout salute, a Scout rank, a Scout Oath and a Scout Law. The word “Scout” carries with it more than 108 years of character-building tradition, and the young men and young women of Scouts BSA will carry that tradition forward.
“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible,” says BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. “That is why it is important that the name for our iconic Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single-name approach used for the Cub Scouts.”
Beginning during the scheduled launch of Feb. 1, 2019, girls can join all-girl troops. Boys can continue to join all-boy troops. Scouts BSA will not have any mixed-gender, or coed, troops.
This is an exciting time for the BSA, and the Scouts BSA name is the perfect representation of this new, welcoming program for older youth.
Questions and answers about Scouts BSA
Q: Will the name of the organization change?
A: No, the organization’s name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.
Q: When will the change from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA be effective?
A: The scheduled launch date for Scouts BSA is Feb. 1, 2019.
Q: What will the members of the program be called?
A: Scouts — same as today. A boy or girl might say, “I’m in Scouts BSA. I’m a Scout.”
Q: Will the Boy Scout Handbook be updated to reflect the new name?
Q: What does the change to Scouts BSA mean for Venturing?
A: Nothing about Venturing will change. The BSA’s program for boys and girls ages 14 to 20 (or 13 and done with the 8th grade) will continue as normal.
BSA introduces ‘Scout Me In’ campaign
Today’s excitement only begins with Scouts BSA.
The BSA also announced “Scout Me In,” a crisp, modern campaign to invite young people and families to be a part of the life-changing experience of Scouting.
“Scout Me In” is more than a catchy tagline. It’s a reinforcement that the values we all celebrate in Scouting — encapsulated in the Scout Oath and Scout Law — are relevant for both young men and young women.
“Scout Me In” is a call to action. A call for togetherness. A call for celebration.
It’s also a call to create a cool new campaign logo.
The BSA has unveiled three versions of the logo: one with the BSA fleur-de-lis, one with the Cub Scout logo and one with the Boy Scouts/Scouts BSA logo. A Spanish-language version is coming soon.
Also coming soon: More than 300 recruiting assets showing boys, girls, and pack activities with boys and girls — all in English, Spanish and bilingual versions. You’ll find those at the BSA Brand Center.
These recruiting materials will help councils and packs give families the invitation to say, “Scout Me In.”
How to use ‘Scout Me In’
Here are just a few ideas:
- Include the “Scout Me In” assets in recruitment campaigns this fall.
- Add the “Scout Me In” logo and assets to websites, social media channels, emails, newsletters, events, banners and signage. Basically, use it anywhere you can reach volunteers and families.
- Use the “Scout Me In” concept to tell the story of Family Scouting in your community.
- Post with the hashtag #ScoutMeIn when sharing Family Scouting-focused social media content.
There is an opportunity for individuals to sign up for service hours through collecting canned food at the Central States Fair on Friday, August 17th beginning at 2pm. Scouts are asked to be in Class A uniform, bring water bottles, and sunscreen. There is also room for adults as well! Sign up for a shift today at http://signup.com/go/tJmFWHT