Re: BSA - National Update
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 7 Apr 1995 00:27:18 CDT
Thanks ever so much for publishing the information from the "pouch
mail". ALL of us here really do appreciate it.
I've been "behind the scenes" on a couple of things and wanted to
share a LITTLE with all of you on some of the upcoming changes.
Please note that the FINAL changes will be done in the coming months
and most of this will be released to your Council in May or early
scoutpro <scoutpro@TIAC.NET> writes:
> BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
> NATIONAL UPDATE
>* General Update
> The BSA as of 3/1/95 has 340 Councils, with:
> Northeast Region: 91 Councils
> 411 Unit Serving Professionals
> Southern Region: 102 Councils
> 662 Unit Serving Professionals
> Central Region: 86 Councils
> 567 Unit Serving Professionals
> Western Region: 61 Councils
> 376 Unit Serving Professionals
There has still been NO OFFICIAL WORD on the status of creating a new
local Council to serve Americans living in the Southwest Asia area.
The BSA has received a request to form a new local Council, to
tentatively be called the "Crossroads of Civilization" Council, in
Saudi Arabia. The new local Council would take territory currently
served by the Transatlantic Council, which has experienced a terrific
amount of growth in the past two years; and from the Direct Service
Council, which also has experienced a lot of growth especially in that
part of the world. There used to be only seventeen units chartered in
that area of the world; today, there's a small local Council's worth,
as the number of units swelled to well over fifty.
Friends of mine with the National office tells me that the biggest
obsticle has been the reluctance of several parties to provide initial
funding and support as the new local Council takes shape (the American
military has been named as one party; the problem has been that
there's not many military personnel there, and the majority of the
flag officers in that region are not presently "pro-Scouting".
Hopefully, those problems will be resolved in the coming months, as
new commmanding generals/admirals will be named as a couple of them are
> 1995 Philmont Conference - Exploring Programs offered
> 7/10 - 7/15. See local council for an invite. For
> district Exploring committee and professional.
Please attend this course if you can, and if you're a District or
Council Exploring volunteer or professional. It's a GRAND course,
taught by the best in the Exploring business (I can't fit in it my
summer military schedule this year, or Jessica and I would be
attending!) You MUST be recommended by your Council Scout Executive
(the process is easy) BEFORE attending. Part of the committment, like
Wood Badge, is that you return to your local Council as a certified
National Exploring Instructor, and teach the basic and advanced
Exploring courses within your Council or Area (and we can use some
more staff members for several Exploring Advanced Seminars!!)
> Explorer Leadership Award
> This award is being updated. A new recognition item
> will be awarded, and a new adult version is being
Thanks to ALL of you here, the National Exploring Division is
considering an adult award similar to the Scoutmaster's Award of Merit
for Exploring adult leaders. The youth award (which I had a strong
hand in creating), is being revamped to include a way in which
previous Post Presidents/Ship Boatswains can receive the award (like
the ill-famous Youth Leadership in America Awards of past). What we
are wanting to do, is to somehow develop a group of potential National
Explorer Presidents and cabinet members, and the award could serve as
a steppingstone for those elections.
( of course, I've been advocating the return of the old National
Explorer President and cabinet format, with each Area having a
national representative (like the Order of the Arrow, with Section
Chiefs) and a little more control (ala REAL JOB DESCRIPTIONS!) as to
what the Area Exploring Chair *can* and *cannot* do as far as
influncing the Council Executive Staffs of their Area. )
> Hometown USA award. #00356, earn 3 merit badges from a
> select list and do a community service project, see
> local Scout service center
This award has been reformulated so many times over the past five
years!!! The problem is that Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (the
financial partner with the BSA on this national project) is kinda
disappointed in the number of units and Scouts participating in this
program. There's LOTS of the nice-looking patches left over, so let's
see if we can get our Scouts to earn this nice award!!!!
> Hornaday Awards - changes soon in requirements check
> with local Scout service center.
More merit badges, guidelines in how projects are carried out and
approved by, more emphasis on recycling and water resource
conservation and a return to land resource conservation projects.
Also, look for improvements to the BSA Conservation Handbook, which
was originally designed to be the "Hornaday Award Handbook" and events
overcame themselves quickly. Also, be looking for improved guidelines for
the adult (Gold) Medal (which is supposed to be presented one per
Region; very few awards of the Gold medallion have been made since
The biggest changes to the William T. Hornaday award will be the time
period and how the award will be evaluated and approved. I won't go
into detail, but you will see that the intent is to get more Scouts to
earn the award and more Scouters to think about promoting the award
among their Scouts.
Hope this information helps out those interested and whets their
Scouting appetite for more information. As ScoutPro/Mike explained
throughout, check with your local Council or be reading your Councils'
newsletter for more information on these and other items...they are
really your "first line of information" (at least for now).
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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