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2009 National Advanced Leadership Experience (NAYLE) Information Available

Posted on 29 December 2008 by Dan

The National Advanced youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) Website has been updated with information for the 2009 courses.

What is NAYLE?
The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is a course offered by the Philmont Training Center that is based at the Rocky Mountain Scout Camp.

The Course is designed to provide Scouts with a Philmont based wilderness experience that motivates them to follow a life of helping others succeed based on the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouts will camp in a patrol setting where they will use leadership skills to overcome exciting and challenging back country situations.

NAYLE will equip youth leaders to be better Troop Leaders, NYLT staff members and/or superior camp staff. It will help guide a Scouts’ journey in leadership service to others, able to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.

2009 NAYLE Sessions:
Nayle Session #1: June 14 – June 20, 2009
Nayle Session #2: June 21 – June 27, 2009
Nayle Session #3: June 27 – July 3, 2009
Nayle Session #4: July 4 – July 10, 2009
Nayle Session #5: July 12 – July 18, 2009
Nayle Session #6: July 19 – July 25, 2009
Nayle Session #7: July 26 – August 1, 2009
Nayle Session #8: August 2 – August 8, 2009

Basic Participation Requirements: (See application for complete list)
– Scouts must be 14 but not yet 18.
– Scouts must hold a Troop leadership position.
– Scouts must have completed either NYLT or JLTC.
– Cost for the program is $340. (Does not include transportation)
– Council Scout Executive must approve (sign) your application.

You can learn more or download an application at the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) Website.

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2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers Elected

Posted on 28 December 2008 by Dan

The National Order of the Arrow (OA) Planning meeting is currently taking place down in Dallas, Texas (TX). Part of the meeting is the election of the 2009 National Officers. These young men will represent the Order of the Arrow across the country for the next year, and will have an integral part of running the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and planning the OA’s presence at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Here are the 2009 election results coming out of Dallas:

Jack O\'Neill - 2009 National OA Chief2009 National Chief: Jack O’Neill
Jack O’Neill is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Columbia, Missouri.

Jack is a member of the Shawnee Lodge #51, Greater St Louis Area Council and has recently served as Section C-5C Chief.

According to the Central Region Order of the Arrow website, Jack enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, camping, hanging out with friends, flag football, working on camp staff, working out, and playing basketball.

Dan Higham - 2009 OA National Vice Chief2009 National Vice Chief: Dan Higham
Dan Higham is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Vestal, New York in the Northeast Region.

Dan is a member of the Otahnagon Lodge, Baden Powell Council and has recently served as Section NE-3A Chief.

According to the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow website, Dan is attending Oswego State University majoring in Human Resource Management. Dan served on the national program committee to develop the program for Arrowcorps5 as well as being the Youth program director at the Shasta-Trinity site. Dan enjoys basketball, working out, golf, relaxing, and fishing.

2009 Central Region Chief: Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman has been elected the 2009 Central Region Chief. Michael is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Kuh-Ni-Eh Lodge, Dan Beard Council. You can learn more about Michael on the Central Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Northeast Region Chief: Ryan Hay
Ryan Hay has been elected the 2009 Northeast Region Chief. Ryan is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Witauchsoman Lodge #44, Minsi Trails Council. You can learn more about Ryan on the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow Website.

2009 Southern Region Chief: Mark Norris
Mark Norris has been elected the 2009 Southern Region Chief. Mark is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Woa Cholena Lodge, Mobile Area Council. You can learn more about Mark on the Southern Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Western Region Chief: David Harrell
David Harrell has been elected the 2009 Western Region Chief. David is a a member of Kola Lodge, Longs Peak Council. You can learn more about David on the Western Region Order of the Arrow website.

Congratulations to the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers!

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Council Plans to Go Bigger After Dining Hall Collapse

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Council Plans to Go Bigger After Dining Hall Collapse

Posted on 28 December 2008 by Dan

Camp Gerber Dining Hall CollapseGerald R. Ford Council is able to thank the heavy snow in Michigan for making a tough property decision easier. The Council was debating whether or not they should expand the main dining hall at their Boy Scout Camp, Gerber Scout Camp.

On Wednesday morning, the dining hall collapsed under the weight of the heavy snow. No one was in the building when it collapsed. The only portion that is still standing is the kitchen area.

The current dining hall was build in 1997 and could seat 480 people. The new dining hall, which the Council plans to have finished by June will seat approximately 600 people.

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Friday Funny: Christmas Edition

Posted on 26 December 2008 by Dan

Welcome to Friday Funny! Every Friday, Scouting News will share a Scouting related joke with our readers. Hopefully you find it just as funny as we did!

Sorry this one isn’t Scouting related, but it is Christmas related.

Rudolph and his wife, Hilga, were shopping in downtown Moscow one day. It started to snow, and Hilga delightedly said, “Oh Rudolph dear, we are going to have a white Christmas!”

Rudolph sternly replied, “It is NOT snowing, it is raining, dear!”

Hilga said, “Can’t you see the snowflakes? It is obviously snowing, dear!”

“No, Hilga dear, it is raining!”, replied Rudolph, somewhat annoyed.

“I am am sorry to disagree with you, dear, but it is snowing, Rudolph.” said Hilga.

In exasperation, Rudolph replied, “Listen, Hilga! Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!”

Do you have a Scouting related joke? Would you like to see it featured on a future Friday Funny? If so please use the contact us page to send it to us. If you include your Unit and / or website address it will be included with the joke.

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Merry Christmas 2008!

Posted on 25 December 2008 by Dan

Merry Christmas from Scouting News! While things have been quiet on the news front, I just wanted to remind everyone we are still here. Hopefully everyone had a good Christmas Day with family and friends and will have a joyous holiday season!

Last night, Steve from Melrose Scouting Productions, joined Cubmaster Chris during his live “An Hour A Week” Christmas show, and read the story “A Christmas Scout”. I’d encourage you to check it out, A Reading of “The Christmas Scout”.

Scouting Goals for the New Year
What do you want to do during 2009? What Scouting Goals or resolutions do you have? Any Scouting events you are looking forward to? I’m looking to hear what you are focusing on in the new year! Please let me know via twitter @scoutingnews or via email. I would really like to hear from at least five readers!

Merry Christmas!

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Caption Contest Winner Announced!

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Caption Contest Winner Announced!

Posted on 21 December 2008 by Dan

There were 14 great entries to the first Scouting News Caption Contest.

The task at hand was to provide a caption for this photo:

After the contest closed yesterday, I worked to narrow down the entries to one winning entry. I’ll be honest, it was a lot harder than I had expected, and I probably won’t hold another caption contest unless I can get someone else to judge it ; )

It came down to Ivan’s “Just a minute ago they let Den leader Bob know that committee was looking for a new Cubmaster.” and Steve’s “This was not what I had in mind when I was asked to run the meeting“.

In the end I only have one Scouting for Adventure Season One Dvd prize to give away so I had to pick one. I thought about flipping a coin or picking a random number, but in the end it came to my love of puns.

So the winner is Steve’s “This was not what I had in mind when I was asked to run the meeting“. Congratulations to Steve and to all the other entrants!

On a side note if anyone knows the individual in the picture or more of the story behind it please contact us. I’d like to do an interview with the Boston Marathon Cub Scout Leader!

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Friday Funny: I Followed the Tracks!

Posted on 19 December 2008 by Dan

Welcome to Friday Funny! Every Friday, Scouting News will share a Scouting related joke with our readers. Hopefully you find it just as funny as we did!

An Eagle Scout, a Star Scout, and a Tenderfoot Scout get lost in the woods. The Eagle Scout tells the other two that they should make camp while he finds them something they can cook up for dinner.

About 30 minutes later the Eagle Scout comes back to their base camp dragging a small deer. The other two Scouts are in awe and wanted to know how he found it. The Eagle Scout said, “It was easy, I found some tracks and followed them.”

The next morning, the Star Scout decides to go find them breakfast. He takes off into the woods, finds some tracks and shows back up at their base camp dragging a rabbit. The Tenderfoot Scout is in awe and wanted to know how he found it. The Star Scout said, “It was easy, I found some tracks and followed them.”

That afternoon, it’s the Tenderfoot Scouts turn to go find dinner. He takes off into the woods, two hours latter he comes hobbling back to camp with a broken leg, bruises all over his body, and scratches on his arms.

The Eagle and Star Scout ask “What Happened?”

The Tenderfoot Scout replies, “Just like you said, I found some tracks and followed them, then I got hit by a train.”

Do you have a Scouting related joke? Would you like to see it featured on a future Friday Funny? If so please use the contact us page to send it to us. If you include your Unit and / or website address it will be included with the joke.

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New ‘Annual Health and Medical Record’ to Replace Class 1, 2, & 3 Health Forms

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New ‘Annual Health and Medical Record’ to Replace Class 1, 2, & 3 Health Forms

Posted on 19 December 2008 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America has released a new Annual Health and Medical Record, a new one stop medical record for your use. This new form will replace the former Class 1, 2, and 3 forms, which will be phased out during 2009. The new form, No. 34605, will be required effective January 1, 2010, and for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Links to download the new form are below.

The form consists of three parts:
Parts A and C are to be completed annually by all BSA unit members. Both parts are required for all events that do not exceed 72 consecutive hours, where the level of activity is similar to that normally expended at home or at school, such as day camp, day hikes, swimming parties, or an overnight camp, and where medical care is readily available. Medical information required includes a current health history and list of medications. Part C also includes the parental informed consent and hold harmless/release agreement (with an area for notarization if required by your state) as well as a talent release statement. Adult unit leaders should review participants’ health histories and become knowledgeable about the medical needs of the youth members in their unit. This form is to
be filled out by participants and parents or guardians and kept on file for easy reference.

Part B is required with parts A and C for any event that exceeds 72 consecutive hours, a resident camp setting, or when the nature of the activity is strenuous and demanding, such as service projects, work weekends, or high-adventure treks. It is to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed health-care provider—physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant as appropriate for your state. The level of activity ranges from what is normally expended at home or at school to strenuous activity such as hiking and backpacking. Other examples include tour camping, jamborees, and Wood Badge training courses. It is important to note that the height/weight chart must be strictly adhered to if the event will take the unit beyond a radius wherein emergency evacuation is more than 30 minutes by ground transportation, such as backpacking trips, high-adventure activities, and conservation projects in remote areas.

The new pdf version of the form can be filled out on your computer and saved for future updates. It comes with warnings against units emailing or saving electronically the forms.

A few snippets from the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q. What are the major changes?
A. A health history is still sufficient for typical activities lasting less than 72 hours (Parts A and C of the new form—similar to the old Class 1 form). For activities lasting longer than 72 hours, a medical evaluation by a health-care provider is now required annually (Part B). For high-adventure activities for which medical care may be delayed, restrictions based on standardized height/weight ratios are now mandatory.

Q. When does the Annual Health and Medical Record go into effect?
A. Everyone should begin using the Annual Health and Medical Record immediately. The existing stock of Class 1, 2, and 3 forms can continue to be used while supplies last in 2009. The only supported form effective January 1, 2010, is the Annual Health and Medical Record. Its use will be mandatory for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Q. How often will I need to renew/update my Annual Health and Medical Record?
A. This form will need to be updated annually, just as many schools or sporting leagues require an annual update. Many changes can happen throughout a year, including changes in disease processes, medication, address, and insurance.

Q. Why do I need to put my child’s or my own social security number on the record?
A. It is your choice as to whether you fill in this number; however, in many states, medical care cannot be rendered without it.

Read the rest of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

The new forms come in two printing styles:
Annual Health and Medical Record (Prints on four 8.5 x 11 sheets)
Annual Health and Medical Record spread (Prints on two 8.5 x 11 sheets)

The new Annual Health and Medical Record cites two additional forms:
– Immunization Exemption Request – Request for exemption from tetanus immunization requirement.
– Medical Care Exemption Request – Request for exemption from medical care.

Both of which, according to the Scouting Safely section of the National Council website, will be coming soon.

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New Leave No Trace Supplemental Training

Posted on 18 December 2008 by Dan

The National Council Boy Scouts of America has made available another great supplemental training module: Leave No Trace: Preserving the Beauty and Maintaining Our Access to the Land

If you haven’t checked out the supplemental training modules section of the National Council’s website you are missing some great opportunities:

    • Disc Golf in Support of Scouting
      Mentoring
      Chain Saw Safety
      Merit Badge Counselor Instructors Guide
      Board of Review Training
      Geocaching to Promote Scouting
      The Order of the Arrow and Your Troop
      Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents
      Planning and Conducting a Safe Scout Outing
      Recruiting Quality Training Staff
      Scoutmaster Conference Training
      Varsity Leader Fast Start
      Selecting Quality Leaders
      The Youth Leadership Training Continuum
      Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents
      Conducting an Interfaith Service
      Cub Scout Commissioner Roundtable Fast Start
  • The new Leave No Trace module is everything you need to be able to teach the basics of Leave No Trace.

    Training Summary
    Participants will identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals. Advanced skills, but simple ones, will be learned to ensure a minimum-impact (Leave No Trace) experience on all outdoor experiences.

    Time Required
    60 minutes

    Target Audience
    Training is effective for adults and youth within all families of the Boy Scouts of America: Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts.

    Learning Objectives
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals.
      Learn simple, but effective, skills related to minimum impact outdoor activities.
      Develop an action plan for implementing Leave No Trace principles on future outdoor activities.
  • Training Format
    Training will be a lecture format with an individual goal-setting period at the end of the session. It is suggested that training take place in an outdoor setting, even if it is only on the lawn where you normally meet for training.

    When possible, use photos and articles that illustrate high impact on local areas. The addition of local resources will create meaningful teaching moments that make the training real, relevant, and personal to participants.

    Required Materials
    Each section includes a list of training props. These can be actual items or photos of the item from magazines, the Internet, etc. It is not necessary to have all of the items. The training will be more effective with props and/or photos but will still be successful without them.

    See the entire supplemental training module :
    http://scouting.org/BoyScouts/TrainingModules/LeaveNoTrace.aspx

    Please note the link to download the module in pdf is incorrect on the National Council’s website. Until it is fixed, this is the correct link to the Leave No Trace PDF module:
    http://scouting.org/filestore/pdf/LeaveNoTrace.pdf

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    Troop 150 Celebrates 50 Years

    Posted on 18 December 2008 by Dan

    Troop 150 Villiage of Deerfield ProclamationTroop 150, located in the Village of Deerfield, Illinois is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Troop 150, chartered by the Zion Lutheran Church in Deerfeild, was chartered in 1958 by Vern Swanson, and is part of the Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America.

    On November 8th, 2008, the Village of Deerfield presented the Scouts and Leaders of Troop with a proclamation recognizing them for providing area youth with the many worthwhile activities for the past 50 years.

    WHEREAS, Boy Scout Troop #150 was founded in Deerfield in 1958 to pursue and promote the positive development of youth to the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America; and

    WHEREAS, it is recognized that the Boy Scouts of America actively prepares its members to be good citizens throughout life; and

    WHEREAS, long-serving Village Trustee Vern Swanson was instrumental in the founding of Boy Scout Troop #150; and

    WHEREAS Boy Scout Troop #150 has conducted many worthwhile activities and events benefiting the Deerfield Community and beyond throughout its history; and

    WHEREAS, current and former members of Boy Scout Troop #150 are to be commended for their positive impact on the Village of Deerfield since its founding in 1958.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I STEVEN M. HARRIS, Mayor of the Village of Deerfield, do hereby recognize and congratulate Deerfield Boy Scout Troop #150 on its 50th Anniversary.

    PROCLAIMED: This 3rd day of November A.D. 2008.

    //ORIGINAL SIGNED//
    STEVEN M. HARRIS, Mayor

    To commemorate the occasion, Troop members and their families planted a tree on their charted organization’s property and conducted a day of service at the church, followed by a cookout and campfire. You can view pictures of the Troop’s service day on their website’s photo album.

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