Be prepared to spend less time filling out forms and more time having fun.
The Boy Scouts of America has eliminated its Tour and Activity Plan, shifting the focus away from paperwork and toward creating a safe space for Scouts to enjoy the program as designed.
The Tour and Activity Plan was a two-page document submitted to your local council for approval at least 21 days before longer trips. As of April 1, 2017, it is no more.
Richard Bourlon, team leader for Health and Safety, encourages unit leaders to instead use a “flexible risk-assessment strategy” when planning outings.
“We looked at how the old plan was being used, how many people were using it, how many calls we received about it, and how much time this took staff and volunteers, versus the return – did it create a safer environment?” Bourlon says. “There wasn’t a correlation, so we’re giving them that time back.”
See these official FAQs on Scouting.org for more details, or click on the Read more: link, below.
"As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.
“While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.
“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.
“The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”
CLICK on the Read more: link below, to see a summary of the Council's results for 2016, the complete 2016 NEPA Council Finish Line Report & Scorecard, and a summary of the Council's focus areas for 2017.
The next three years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development!
Venturing is first up in 2014 with a totally new program and recognition approach focusing on progressive development in adventure, leadership, and service to others and personal growth.
Then in 2015, Cub Scouting will be updated with a new Adventure-based advancement system, activities that are more active and more aligned with the Aims/Mission, Tiger Cub becomes simply - Tiger, with a new image, and the earning of the Webelos badge no longer being required for the Arrow of Light.
And then in 2016, additions and revisions will be rolled-out to the Boy Scout requirements, including making Scout a rank.
To keep everyone up to date with all of the upcoming changes, the BSA has created a special Program Updates page in scouting.org.
04/26/2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
TM - Boy Scout Roundtable
04/26/2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting
04/28/2017 - 04/30/2017
Great Medicine Weekend #1
04/29/2017 - 04/30/2017
SM/ASM Outdoor Training
04/29/2017 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
TM - District Derby
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TM - Cub Scout Roundtable
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Great Medicine Weekend #2
Camp Card Sale Ends
05/06/2017 - 05/07/2017
BALOO/Webelos Leader Outdoor Training