New My.Scouting Hazardous Weather Training Expiration E-mails

For direct contact leaders, staying current on Hazardous Weather Training is an important part of offering a safe Scouting program and needs to be renewed every 2 years.

Like Youth Protection Mandatory Training, My.Scouting will now provide notification e-mails at 14-30-60-90-day intervals prior to expiring. Upon expiration of a person’s training, an e-mail will also be sent.

These notifications are important. Knowing how to recognize and manage weather and environmental risks is key to keeping our participants SAFE in Scouting’s outdoor classroom.

Please take the time before you venture out on your next outdoor adventure and update your training by going to and then selecting the BSA Learn Center. You can quickly access the course in the Learn Center by selecting My Learning and typing “hazardous weather” in the search box. Clicking the “Retake” button will take you to the course so you can “Start Again” and complete it to update your training record in My.Scouting.

Thank you for all you do in serving youth and keeping Scouting safe!

click here for Hazardous Weather Training - BSA website


The current edition of the Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. It replaces any previous BSA advancement manuals and previous editions of the Guide to Advancement. Producing the Guide to Advancement has involved many members of the Boy Scouts of America’s national staff and many volunteer advancement administrators and subject matter experts at all levels from across the country. The result is a resource intended to efficiently meet the needs of those who would most often consult it. 


Additional information and best practices appear in other official BSA resources such as Advancement News and the Advancement Resources web page found at


Note that the National Advancement Program Team addresses many questions through the e-newsletter, Advancement News. You can find the Advancement News archive at


Click here to view/download 2021 Guide to Advancement in PDF format


  (click on links for more information)



BSA - National Statement - Coronavirus


Restart Scouting Checklist

Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist

As is our practice in Scouting, our efforts are focused on preparation and responsiveness guided by official health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


As a scout is clean, continue to educate your scouts and families by promoting the following:

- Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.

- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.

- Stay home when sick.

- If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.



We thank you all for being patient and for Scouting at Home.

We hope that the suggestions we posted on our website and shared with you were found to be helpful.

Please refer to the information that has been shared regarding the safety aspects that are in place for each program.

 Scouting at Home Patch 2020

If you continue to Scout from home, you can still earn the Scouting at Home patches while supply lasts.


The requirements for both Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members can be found here



Please remember to practice social distancing and hand washing. Scouting is still strong in Interior and North Slope Alaska. Work on your advancements at home, go outside and have fun, and check our Facebook page and website for updates. We will continue to share information and updates.

Thank you again for all you do for Scouting and our youth.


Stephen Smith

Scout Executive







Journey to Excellence Update

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA’s planning, performance and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

The BSA recognizes that given the extraordinary circumstances occurring in 2020, benchmarking 2019 to 2020 and 2021 to 2020 is not constructive, therefore, effective immediately, the Journey to Excellence recognition program for Districts and Councils will be discontinued for 2020 and 2021.

The Journey to Excellence Unit recognition program will continue.

The JTE data is valuable information, and to assist with membership data analysis in the future, a new membership reporting tool is under development. This tool will provide councils and districts with key membership data, including gender and ethnic diversity. Stay tuned for details about the rollout of the new tool.
Unit Recognition
Revised unit criteria, due to the pandemic, is available at

2021 unit scorecards are available at

Topics for Cub Chat Live

for July and August  Cub chat

What is new in Cub Scouting? Find out by tuning in every Friday at 2 p.m. Central to Cub Chat Live.

This Facebook Live event is broadcasted over all of our Facebook pages every Friday at 2 p.m. Central. They are recorded and posted on the Scouting Magazine Facebook Page.
In the past we have covered hot topics each week and to keep content fresh we only planned topics one month at a time. However, we are all focused over the next several months on one thing... the main thing, welcoming new families into Cub Scouting!

The next six episodes of Cub Chat Live will focus on membership. Help promote Cub Chat Live to all your volunteers as we cover the basics and share new and innovative ideas to welcome families into Cub Scouting. Join the conversation live or watch it later at your convenience.

· July 9 Plan Your Join Night Now
· July 16 A Recruiting Strategy: Tigers
· July 23 Recruiting Materials and The Brand Center
· July 30 Onboarding New Families
· August 6 Everyone Volunteers!
· August 13 Finding Parent and Den Leader Resources

Click "Be A Scout" to find a pack or troop!

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