Jan 282014
 
MPAA ratings — G, PG, PG-13, R — take the guesswork out of deciding which movies are appropriate for your son or daughter.

Fortunately, deciding which Scouting activities are age-appropriate is just as easy, thanks to this Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities PDF.

The BSA’s Health and Safety team developed the age- and rank-appropriate guidelines based on the mental, physical, emotional and social maturity of Boy Scouts of America youth members. The guidelines apply to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams and Venturing crews.

Should Bear Cub Scouts build campfires? Can Webelos Scouts use bow saws? Can Boy Scouts go scuba diving? Can Venturers ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)?

The answers: No. Yes. Yes. And yes, but only through their approved local council.

The guide covers outdoor skills, sports, tools, trekking, aircraft, vehicles, shooting sports, climbing, aquatics and camping.

It’s a great resource for answering questions from parents or from youth leaders planning future trips.

More specific guidelines on tools

Service projects are an iconic Scouting tradition, and you may be wondering whether certain tools are OK for 13-, 14- or 15-year-old boys and girls. Wonder no more.

This PDF gives a tool-by-tool breakdown.

Can Scouts use zip lines?

Zip-lining is considered age-appropriate for Venturing-age …read more

Via: Bryan On Scouting

Jan 282014
 

Even the most finely tuned pinewood derby event needs an occasional tune-up.

So before your pack waves the green flag this year, ask yourself three questions to make sure your derby doesn’t have any red flags.

With each question, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section below. After all, I don’t call it Tuesday Talkback for nothing.

Question 1: Who really made that pinewood derby car?

pinewood-derby-2In Cub Scouter Stephen K.‘s pack, “there are some Scouts who do not see their car until race time.” Ken D. said he “actually had a Scout who couldn’t tell me which car was his to take home after the derby!”

Not good. An 8-year-old boy shouldn’t carve and paint the car by himself, but neither should Mom or Dad. The point is to make it a fun, collaborative process that ends with a boy who takes ownership in his work.

Does a dad who built the car from start to finish get much joy out of seeing his son’s car take first place? He shouldn’t.

Carl B. says you can tell who did the majority of the work by seeing who carries the car to the check-in table. “There seems to be a …read more

Via: Bryan On Scouting

Jan 282014
 
New Cub Scout handbooks are just part of the story.

Keeping up with one BSA program change after another (after another) can feel a little like drinking from a fire hose.

It doesn’t have to.

Just consider scouting.org/programupdates your one-stop shop for promotional fliers, training information and the latest news about changes coming in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Venturing, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting.

The fliers are especially useful for leaders who want something tangible to distribute to educate parents about changes to BSA programs.

I’ll continue to share and analyze the latest BSA news right here on Bryan on Scouting, but the BSA’s official Program Updates page is an important tool that belongs in your Scouting toolbox — and in your browser’s bookmarks folder.

Merit Badge counselors, there’s a related resource for you. Find promotional fliers about new merit badges at this similarly handy page. (And don’t forget about my regularly updated Calendar of New Merit Badges.)

Thanks to the Innovation …read more

Via: Bryan On Scouting

Jan 152014
 

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Support Scouting Today In The Washington District By Going To http://s.colbsa.org/washingtonfos
Make Sure To Select Washington District when you are prompted

Jan 132014
 

This guide will help your unit resolve any outstanding issues that you might have with your recharter. Please review the steps below to assist you in completing your paperwork.  Please note that until the outstanding items are addressed, your unit will be unregistered. Contact information for Anthony Weiss (484-654-9217 or [email protected]) & Joseph Leiss (484-654-9206 or [email protected]). Also, Fax to 610-688-2951 or Mail to Boy Scouts of America ATTN: Anthony Weiss / Joseph Leiss, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA 19087

Download A PDF Copy Of This Guide Here Read More About: How To Resolve Issues With Your Recharter

Jan 082014
 

Scout Shop Announcement 

Date: January 8, 2014

To: Cradle of Liberty Council Unit Leaders
From: Robin Crowl, National BSA Supply Group Territory Manager
Re: Change to Sales Tax Exempt Process

Recently we were notified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, along with numerous other states, that they will be more diligent in monitoring sales tax laws as they apply to Scout Shop sales. This will result in some changes in the way our local Scout Shop handles unit purchases.

Previously, Cradle of Liberty Council permitted Scout units to use the council tax exempt number for purchases in the Scout Shop. This will no longer be possible as Scout units are “owned” by their chartered organization (sponsor), not the local council. To continue to be exempt from paying sales tax and also be in compliance with applicable tax laws, units will have two options.

1. Unit Account

If your unit has a unit account with Cradle of Liberty Council, you can continue to do your shopping in the Scout Shop and use the council’s tax exempt number. This is possible because the law views the council to be in “ownership” of the funds being held and ultimately used in the purchase process, therefore allowing the tax exempt number to be used. If you do not currently have a unit account at the council office, you may open one at any time.

2. Unit Check or Unit Debit Card

You can use your unit check or debit card to purchase items at the Scout Shop, but as it is not the council’s money, you will need to provide a state sales tax exemption certificate in order to be tax exempt. You can obtain a copy of this form from your chartered organization, providing they are tax exempt. After providing the form to the Scout Shop, it will be entered and held in the system allowing you to make tax-free purchases in the future without presenting the form each time.

Please be aware, volunteers from your unit can still pay with personal checks, credit cards, or cash; however, as the individual owning the method of payment is not tax exempt, sales tax will be charged.
Beginning this month, units will need to utilize one of the methods listed above in order to be exempt from paying sales tax. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but also hope you understand the importance of being in compliance with the laws connected to this issue.

Should you need help securing a tax exempt form from your chartered organization or establishing a unit account at the council office, please feel free to contact the council office for assistance. Thank you for help in this matter.

 To download a copy of this letter, click here.

Jan 082014
 

When Scouts sign up for Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews, we make a promise to them: That the Scouting program will deliver untold adventures to the youth, provide them with opportunities to explore and learn, and discover new and unfamiliar places. Of all of our different classrooms, the meeting rooms, zoos, parks, and living rooms, there are few that can compare to the versatility and flexibility of the great outdoors.

The Scouting program provides opportunities for its youth members to experience an entire week in the outdoors at Scout Camp.  Whether it is Day Camp, Cub Scout Camping at Camp Hart, or Boy Scout and Venturing Camping at Resica Falls, Scouts can experience opportunities not available anywhere else for youth their age.

It is with great pride that the Cradle of Liberty Council is announcing the 2014 Camp Card Fundraising Program, which is geared to promote youth earning their way to Summer Camp. The “Camp Card” is a discount card for consumers to local businesses. This program will feature the following: Read More About: Every Scout Deserves To Go To Camp – 2014 Camp Card Sale!

Jan 082014
 
Welcome to the First Edition of the Training Newsletter! This is the first issue of the monthly Cradle of Liberty Council Training Newsletter, Trained Today. Each issue will feature upcoming training events of interest to Scout leaders in our council. For more information, please contact your local district training chair or Dick Clark, Council Training Chair.Going forward, this newsletter will be distributed on the second Wednesday of each month. If you received this directly from the Cradle of Liberty Council, you’re subscribed to the Training Newsletter list.If this was forwarded to you and you’d like to subscribe, please click here.

Take training online: MyScouting.org

Find out more about BSA adult leader training programs»

Click here for a calendar of upcoming training courses offered in the Cradle of Liberty Council»


Read More About: “Trained Today” Newsletter

Jan 082014
 

Camping is an important aspect of the Scouting experience. It provides Scouts an opportunity to learn important life lessons and develop self-reliance and other valuable skills. Summer camp provides these opportunities in an extended format, while also encouraging team building and conflict resolution.

While the Summer Scouting program is certainly affordable, we understand that there are certainly families that still need assistance.  The Cradle of Liberty Council has camperships available to families in need of assistance to attend Cradle of Liberty Council summer camping programs. When applying for these scholarships, please note the following:

  • Be as accurate as possible
  • Provide descriptive reasons for your need such as unemployed, reduced hours, medical costs, high student loan payments, low income, on financial assistance, etc.
  • Avoid phrases such as “Financial Hardship” or “Without assistance we can not go to camp”
  • Forms must be signed by your unit leader and returned by March 1st.
  • No money is required to be submitted with the campership application

When you are ready to apply, you can find the form & more information at https://www.colbsa.org/camperships/camperships/2013-campership-application.html

Please note that all applications must be received by March 1st

Jan 072014
 

The Shooting Sports Committee is hosting a Range Safety Officer Course on January 18, 2014 at the Council Office in Wayne. If you are interested in taking the training, please register for this course at nrainstructors.org  or for more information, contact Lambert Liebel at [email protected]