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From the Chairman’s Campsite….
Be Prepared. The Boy Scout Motto. Two words, simple enough.
Be prepared for what you ask? Well…lots of things. Your first day at school or a day at the beach. You make sure you have your backpack or you grab sunblock and a towel.
Your daily life is making sure you are ready for new classes, hanging out with friends for these last days of summer, signing up for the team or the school band or just goofing off. You are living your life as a kid and there is a lot going on, just being a kid. You do some school shopping and make sure your X-box controller has batteries. You’re prepared for daily life. Right?
But what about adulthood? Being prepared for daily adulthood is a little different than being prepared for daily life.
Daily adulthood is a bunch of things that reflect personal responsibility – and the list is long. Get ready, it’s coming.
The question is, is your character prepared?
A link has been added to the Resources page pertaining to Scouting and Autism. Parents with autisitc children and leaders with autistic Scouts in their units will find valuable information from National BSA and other organizations.
Recently, the Boy Scouts of America announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. The purpose of these changes is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting.
Effective June 1, 2010:
Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating a secure environmont for our youth members. To support this effort, the BSA has developed numerous youth protection resources for parents and leaders.
The Boy Scouts of America is now officially on YouTube!