Archive | November, 2011

Black Friday ScoutingNews Giveaway

Black Friday ScoutingNews Giveaway

Posted on 24 November 2011 by admin

Forget about the crowds, and enter the Black Friday contest!

There are three great prizes being given away:

All you have to do to enter the Black Friday contest is to complete at least one of the entry methods below. You can complete additional tasks for additional entries. There will be three winners (one per item above) selected at random.  Good Luck!

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National Council Releases Strategic Plan Progress Report

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National Council Releases Strategic Plan Progress Report

Posted on 22 November 2011 by admin

The National Council has set up a special section on their website to review progress of the 2011-2015 National Council Strategic Plan.  If you never checked out the National Strategic Plan, you can check it out as a flipbook or a pdf download (pdf).

The latest update is called: “Strategic Plan Progress Report:  Holiday Season 2011“.  You can view two videos, the first is the Top Hands presentation on the Strategic Plan, Journey to Excellence, and the Main Thing; the second is a compilation of news broadcasts about The Summit.  Also available is information about the pilot Scouting Ambassadors program that helps to welcome new BSA employees into the Scouting family.

This special section of the BSA website introduces the new Scouting Honors Program, which celebrates the achievements of National Council employees when they demonstrate a commitment to the BSA operating principles and deliver a quality Scouting experience to more youth.  Three employees were chosen by the Diversity Committee to receive the Silver Blaze Award which was presented at the November National Staff Meeting:

Janine Halverson was recognized for Thinking and Acting in the Greater Interest of the BSA. She gives volunteers everything they need to promote international Scouting which in turn helps in retention of Scouts.

Dan Buckhout was recognized for Thinking Strategically–Acting Boldly. He pioneered the use of QR codes in BSA’s publications and marketing communications.

Corry Kanzenberg, Curator at the National Scouting Museum, was recognized for Practicing Authentic Leadership. After being at the BSA only a few days, she presented a strong case to leadership about not loaning $8 million in BSA artwork to individual donors.

Before leaving, be sure to check out the Strategic Plan Report (pdf), which shows you the goals and progress in each area of the strategic plan.


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All-Terain Vehicles and Personal Watercraft

All-Terain Vehicles and Personal Watercraft

Posted on 17 November 2011 by admin

In 2009,the BSA Innovation and Strategy Group conducted a survey to determine the level of interest in various high adventure activities.  Four of the top survey responses were banned in the Guide to Safe Scouting.  Shortly after that survey was conducted, in 2010 and 2011, select councils were able to conduct pilot for all-terrain vehicles and a pilot for personal watercraft programs.

Soon Scouts nationwide could have the opportunity to participate in two of the activities: all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and personal watercraft (PWC).  Now both activites have been authorized for council-level programming.

The 2012 resident camp standards, No. 430-111 (pdf), define the parameters for both programs.  Interested councils must complete an application for each program:

In addition, Scouts and Venturers must complete permission forms to participate:

All-Terrain Vehicles and Personal Watercrafts remain unauthorized for use at the unit level; these programs may only be operated at the council level with appropriate authorization.

Source: Scout-Wire

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