Michael A. McDonald (MCDONALD23@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 15 Nov 1994 21:53:20 -0500
To all the people who responded positively to my first
"National Update" I thank you. It appears to be the unanimous
opinion of the list readers that I should put as much
information as possible into these updates, so that is what I
will try to do.
It appears at this time that this posting will be monthly
rather than weekly; for two reasons: 1) I just don't have the
time to do it more often and 2) some weeks I just don't get
anything interesting to tell you about.
My apology to anyone who sent me e-mail with specific
questions about my posting. As a rule I will not be able to
answer specific questions. In most cases you must approach
your local council; only they can give you a FINAL answer on
Final Note: It was interesting to see the fury of posting
over an item from my last posting (the issue of citizenship
for certain volunteer jobs in the BSA). I must say again that
anything that I post here is from current official sources
(most of them national sources) BUT it is a fact of life that
local councils do not always follow national rules. Please,
please, please, do not assume that anything printed by me is
valid in your local council. Always ask, and if they say that
they don't follow a policy then ask why; you may find the
answer valid (or not).
Council Packet (October 28, 1994)
* Fall 1994 Issue of the Commissioner (A newsletter for
Council Commissioners and Scout Executives) articles
* National President Applauds Commissioners, new
National President Norman Augustine's remarks at
regional leadership conferences focus in part on
* New Guidebook available for Native American Outreach,
"Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Exploring in Native
American Communities" item # 7-110
* Standard Unit Service Plan dates for October -
December (October - Uniform Inspection, November -
Youth Protection, December - Membership Inventory)
Region Units Needed Registered
------ ----- -------------- --------------
Northeast 22,479 7,493 5,703
Southern 32,869 10,957 6,931
Central 28,316 9,439 7,970
Western 35,736 11,912 8,502
* The International Adventure (A newsletter from the
International Division of the BSA)
* A new Exhibit kit is available for Councils to borrow
to use with Scout Shows, roundtables, etc. requests
the kit at least 4 weeks in advance. Only cost is the
2 way shipping and insurance for $1000. The kit is a 6
panel display board about the international Scouting
division and up-coming world events.
* List of new direct Service Eagle Scouts
* Article about the National Meeting in Nashville, TN
and new international appointments.
* BSA Today (a newsletter published for chartering
* New president of the LDS church, Howard W. Hunter
* New Chairman of the National Catholic Committee on
Scouting, Robert Runnels, Jr.
* Philmont training schedule info that relates to
* An article about Unit Commissioners, as "frontline
* A new edition of the "A Scout is Reverent" flyer is
available #05-206, a listing of all current religious
awards and who to contact for more information.
* New edition of Eagles Soaring High, a trail worship
book for Christians, Muslims, and Jews. This revision
is the first to have the Muslim faith included. Every
youth and adult to attend Philmont receives a copy.
* Catholic Scouting Committee kicks off a national
Supply Division Hotline (A newsletter for Scout Stores and
Revisions in Material:
* Cub Sports Baseball Pamphlet, minor revisions
* Law Enforcement Exploring Proficiency Award and
Progress chart, minor revisions
* Learning for life grade 1 pamphlet, major revision
* New edition of the guide to safe scouting
* The conservation good turn emblem #00149 will be
available for purchase by November 15, 1994
* The American Cultures merit badge pamphlet is held up
ProSpeak (A newsletter for professional Scouters) October
* Youth protection guidelines training updated:
The update to the video training for youth protection
will be released late this fall. The video have been
shortened to 60 minutes to allow questions and
discussion of each Council's reporting procedure and
still allow the entire training to be around 90
* 1995 Quality Units will be required to have one unit
leader trained in youth protection to qualify for
"Quality Unit" status.
* Packs will have two additional changes to their
"Quality" unit requirements, the first; the
advancement requirement is set at 70%, and the unit
must earn the national summertime pack award.
* An article highlighting the new materials released for
Exploring in religious institutions. #5-938.
* Venture/Varsity Terminology to change. Starting in
1995 the older boy program used in the troop will be
called Venture regardless of whether the boys are
doing high adventure or sports activities. Only
separately registered Varsity teams will continue to
use the varsity term.
* New Explorer recruitment video. AV-03V008, "The
Exploring Challenge" testimonials from Explorers with
rock and roll background. Career and high adventure
* January 5 is the deadline for the National Young
American Awards program.
Current Membership Numbers:
1994 From Last Year
Tigers 137,122 +5.3%
Cub Scouts 802,140 -4.0
Webelos 769,541 +0.3
Boy Scout 823,594 +0.2
Varsity Scout 59,876 +6.4
Explorers 281,748 +6.2
Elem - LFL 119,402 +16.1
Middle - LFL 66,403 +10.8
High S - LFL 474,852 +2.6
Spec Needs - LFL 41,560 +22.2
* Akela Calls, June 9 - 11, East Stroudsburg, PA. A gathering
for Volunteer Cub Scout leaders and professionals. $110.
Seminars, a midway.
* The American Indianist Society of Worcester, MA announces a
Native American Education Seminar, crafts seminar and Pow
Wow to be held on November 19, in Springfield, MA. Scouts
and others are invited, Contact Bob Gurney (508-485-8217)
or Rick Conway (413-732-5756).
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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