BSA National Update (Week of / ending 10/14)
Michael A. McDonald (MCDONALD23@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 23:02:24 -0400
As a Scout Professional and a fan of Scouts-L I feel I have a unique
obligation to keep you all as well informed as possible.
This begins what I hope to be a once a week posting that will detail
all the information of interest that has crossed my desk.
I hope that by publishing this information on the list I'm not
circumventing the authority of my fellow professionals, some of whom like
to control the information flow in their jurisdictions.
ITEMS IN ALL CAPS SHOULD BE OF MAJOR INTEREST TO UNIT LEVEL SCOUTERS.
P.S.: Please Send Private E-Mail telling me what types of information
is of greatest interest and what is worthless, I hope to make these
postings shorter in the future based on what you REALLY want to read.
From the Council Packet: September 30, 1994
* Bulletin #4, World Jamboree. 5th payment due. Reminder to get
passport now. Interesting info on manners of other cultures. Info on
what equipment to bring.
* Boy's Life Circulation report. National average: 44.9% of youth are
subscribing, +.2% from 1993. 1,027,816 subscriptions.
From News&Notes (Newsletter for Council Registrars) October 1994
* Important clarifications on what BSA positions non-US citizens may
hold. Summary: Non-US citizens may not register as unit leaders or
den leaders or Charter Organization reps. They may register as
assistants in most unit positions well as committee chairs and
From ProSpeak (Monthly professional newsletter) September 1994
* Article about the new Troop Development and retention kit (new tools
for recruitment of youth and retention)
* New letters of endorsement from the Elks
* National Scout Council Endowment Seminar set for New Orleans, Nov 6-
* 1995 National Meeting set for Chicago, May 17-19.
* Scouting growth continues in Russia, +7,000 youth to 25,000.
* Clarification on placement of World crest "It should be centered
horizontally over the left pocket and vertically between the left
shoulder seam and the top of the pocket."
* New Items from financial support division to support SME/FOS and
endowment development. Brochures and video.
* New National Explorer President: Geoffrey J. Smarte of Medical
Explorer Post 520 of Old Baldy Council, Ontario, California.
* Highlights of European Camp Staff Program
* Resources available for starting Explorer posts on churches
* Complete Philmont training schedule - too long to type sorry :(
* Councils with highest % of cub leaders trained (fast start and
basic) Chief Cornplanter - Warren, PA 58.8%, with the next 19
highest also listed. #20 is Pioneer Valley - Chicopee, MA with 38.2%
* National Membership as of August 21, 1994
Program Members Change from last year
------- ------- ---------------------
Tiger Cubs 13,023 +10.6
Cubs 682,986 - 4.5
Webelos 745,906 - 0.6
Boy Scout 816,454 - 0.2
Varsity Scout 59,641 + 6.0
Explorers 274,361 + 5.6
Elementary 119,402 +16.1
Middle/Jr 66,377 +10.9
High School 474,910 + 2.0
Special Needs 41,550 + 6.4
TOTAL YOUTH 3,294,610 + .9
From the Northeast Region Newsletter (October 1994)
* 1995 Wood Badge director's conference, Camp Alpine, NJ Oct 21-23
* Jersey Shore Council and Six Flags/Great Adventure will work with
Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to earn achievements and merit badges as
they visit the Great Adventure Safari theme park. (they will stay at
Citta Scout reservation) Fee is $25.00 per person. Contact Jersey
Shore Council at (908) 349-1037. The Council HQ is in Tom's River NJ
* Cub Trainer Woodbadge
June 11-17 - Camp Freedom, Germany, Transatlantic Council
July 30-August 5, Pine Tree Education & Environmental Center,
Tabernacle, NJ - Burlington County Council
August 27 - September 2 - Camp Alpine, Alpine NJ, Greater New York
* OA sectional officers training: Camp Alpine, NJ Nov 11-13
* Cub Camp School - Nov 18-Nov 20,. Camp Alpine, NJ
* New Safety rules on Farm Class Tractors (seat belts etc.)
* MERIT BADGE PARTIALS. FROM TIME TO TIME CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSE A SCOUT
TO CONTINUE WORKING ON A MERIT BADGE WITH A MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR
OTHER THAN THE ONE HE STARTED. THE ORIGINAL MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR
PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION ON THE WORK COMPLETED AND THE SCOUT IS
PROVIDED WITH A "PARTIAL." THE QUESTION ARISES: HOW LONG IS A
"PARTIAL" VALID? THE ANSWER: AS LONG AS THE SCOUT IS NOT YET 18
YEARS OLD AND CAN SATISFY THE COUNSELOR THAT HE IS KNOWLEDGEABLE
ABOUT THE SUBJECT. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE NEW COUNSELOR MAY
DECIDE TO ACCEPT THE PARTIAL OR NOT. THE COUNSELOR SHOULD DISCUSS
WITH THE SCOUT ABOUT PAST WORK DONE TO SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT THE
SCOUT DID THE WORK OR NOT.
* Philmont youth camperships (for Philmont and Philmont Junior Leader
Instructor Training Course). Material in councils in December.
* Scouting for Food in 93/94 = 10,162 units collected 15,038,446 cans
of food with 243,351 youth taking part.
* Sea Badge - March 24-25, 1995 at Norwalk Inn and Conference center
in Norwalk, Ct.
Mike McDonald | Exploring Executive &
MCDONALD23@DELPHI.COM | Inner-City District Executive
| Mohegan Council, Worcester, MA
| Boy Scouts of America
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are just that, my opinions. Statements
about Scouting policy are based on the most current information
I have available, and I document my sources if asked nicely.
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