BSA National Update (Part 3)
Fri, 19 May 1995 06:08:25 -0400
Part 3 - BSA National Update from Mike McDonald
*Supply Division Tests Interactive Media
National supply division has tested Kiosks with
interactive CD players using Kodak photoCD technology.
Using the theme "If you go the attitude we go the look" a
with test material focusing on uniforming. Advertising
division is hoping to expand the technology, but no
mention was made of future projects or if this one will
be expanded to wide use in the field.
*If you are in the Order of the arrow, get a copy of item #70-
907, that is the supply division catalog supplement that
highlights order of the arrow items. Includes patches,
clocks, rings, paperweights, books, etc.
*Supply division is selling a 85th anniversary Holiday
ornament. $8.95 Order form # 70-914.
*1996 National Explorer Leadership Conference Update
*Location: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ.
Dates: June 24-28, 1996
Competition in: Aviation, Fire/Rescue, Health Careers,
Law, Outdoor, Engineering/Technology, Sports, and some new
*For My Patch Collector Friends (and other trivia lovers)
Council Mergers from Jan, 1994 to present.
Council That Merged Remaining
or Consolidated: Council: Date
--------------------- -------------------- --------
Batavia, NY Lockport, NY 1/1/94
Marion, OH &
Vermillion, OH Mansfield, OH 1/1/94
Portsmouth, OH &
Chillicothe, OH Columbus, OH 1/1/94
San Mateo, CA Palo Alto, CA 1/1/94
San Luie Obispo, CA Santa Barbara, CA 1/1/94
Bellingham, WA Everett, WA 1/1/94
Burlington, NC Greeneboro, NC 4/1/94
Paducah, KY Owensboro, KY 7/1/94
Herrin, IL St. Louis, MO 7/1/94
Joplin, MO Springfield, MO 7/1/94
Hibbing, MN Duluth, MN 8/1/94
Yantic, CT Hartford, CT 1/1/95
Sarasota, FL Ft. Myers, FL. 1/1/95
My apologies for spelling errors, my copy of this list was
very poor (2nd or 3rd generation photocopy)
The April 1995 issue of "Sports Afield" Magazine has a paid
advertising supplement about the Boy Scouts and their many
conservation and education efforts.
*A New Exploring Marketing Flyer:
National Exploring division has a new 3-fold flyer that
introduces youth to Exploring. Useful at first nighters or to
distribute through a School Guidance Counselor office. #23-
*Family Camping - Major Changes
I spent over 18 hours at National Camping School in a
classroom trying to understand the new BSA policies that
effect family camping. I will post a much longer posting
sometime in the near future with more details, but here is the
In response to insurance/liability issues as well as
other issues that have been reported in past years the
BSA is developing a program to manage "family camping."
Family camping can be defined as any time an overnight
0 opportunity is offered by the Council or a
Pack/Troop/Post that encourages family members to attend
(read that as having a program where adults and youth
that are not registered with a unit are camping under the
banner of "Scouting"
1. Any council Mom & Me, Dad & Lad, Parent and Pal
programs. Reasoning: In most cases the youth is a
registered member but the parent is not. The
parent needs insurance coverage.
2. Any time a Scout family uses a council property
for camping. Reasoning: same as above.
3. Any unit that goes camping and invites parents,
other siblings (male or female), etc. Reasoning:
unregistered adults and youth need insurance
It Does not Include:
1. Asking unregistered parents to go on a camping
trip to provide leadership or transportation.
Reasoning: The event is not open to the families
of the Scouts, just to select adults that are
needed. These adults are covered under the "being
recruited to do join the unit" clause of our
2. Having Webelos youth and parents go camping with a
Boy Scout troop. Reasoning: Webelos camping is a
"gray" are that is covered under existing safe-
scouting guidelines and if done correctly is
covered by our liability insurance.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
Most councils will implement standards for family
camping that will most likely:
1) Limit family camping to council owned or managed
2) Develop a group of trained family camping
volunteers called "wagonmasters" that will
coordinate all family camping.
3) The council will appoint a "Family Camping
Administrator" to review family camping activity
in the council in conjunction with the Council
camping committee. That person will need national
camp school certification. I hold that job for my
MUCH MORE DUE SOON......
Mike McDonald | Exploring Executive &
SCOUTPRO@TIAC.NET | 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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