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Minor Modifications to Scouts BSA Rank Requirements

In 2021, all outdoor-related rank advancement requirements were reviewed and realigned based on guidance from the National Outdoor Ethics and Conservation Subcommittee. These adjustments will help more effectively build a Scout’s outdoor ethics knowledge and align with the information in the Scouts BSA Handbook and Fieldbook. The requirements now build in a logical way through the ranks, with Leave No Trace (LNT) and the Outdoor Code (OC) used as references throughout.

Beginning August 1, 2022, these minor modifications to the Scouts BSA requirements........READ MORE


 

National registration fees

starting August 1st, 2022: 

Youth - $75/yr

Adults - $45/yr

Exploring - $45/yr

 

New Member Joining Fee - $25

Unit Recharter fee - $100

 


  

Digital Safety Guidelines for Councils to Communicate to Unit Leaders


As local councils and units use digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects and advancement during the COVID-19 outbreak, the National Council is providing guidance. Note this guidance is not comprehensive, and if it differs from the legal requirements of your state or local jurisdiction, please consult with your local council attorney.

Topics addressed in the Digital Safety Guidelines that volunteer leaders should be aware of:
BSA’s youth protection policies apply to all online activities.
Safeguard personal information.
Recording online meetings is not authorized.
Collecting personal information from youth under 13 is not recommended.


More details on each topic are included in the full Digital Safety Guidelines document.

Relevant information from these Digital Safety Guidelines can be shared with your volunteer leaders.


 

 

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Why every Scout unit needs a New Member Coordinator

Joining a new Scout unit can be a little overwhelming at first.
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It is the mission of the Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

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MSC Scouting at Home Patch Program for Scouts BSA!

Scouting at Home Patch 2020
Scouts BSA just need to complete 6 of the listed options in the Scouts BSA requirements.

Once a Scout has completed the requirements to earn the patch, an adult should send the completed MSC Scouting from Home Patch Program Tracker form (a scanned copy or a photo is fine) to the District Executive Robert Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Scouting Advancement can still happen from home!

Remember, Scouts still need their Unit Leader's approval to start working on a Merit Badge, and Youth Protection policies must be observed even in a digital setting.

 

 

Online Merit Badge Opportunities:

This is a great time to encourage Scouts to complete their Cyber Chip!


Piedmont Council - $5 cost to cover resources


Gulf Stream Council- Remote Activity Workshops


Cascade Pacific Council - Advancement Academymeritbadge

 

 

Merit Badges

Below are merit badges that can be worked on from home. As always, check with your Scoutmaster for approval before starting a new merit badge. Most of these will require online research during this time, so be sure you have completed your Cyber Chip first. Remember some requirements require supervision, so ask a parent or counselor about these before you start.

 

No outside requirements:

AmericanBusinessAnimationBasketryCollectionsElectricityElectronicsEnergyEntrepreneurship

Family LifeFingerprintingGenealogyHome RepairsModel Design and BuildingNaturePainting

Personal FitnessPersonal ManagementPhotographyPlumbingProgramming

Reptile and Amphibian StudyWood Carving

 

Can be done with no outside requirements (depending on options chosen):

American HeritageAnimal ScienceArchaeologyAstronomyBird StudyChemistry

Citizenship in the WorldCoin CollectingDigital TechnologiesDrafting

Emergency PreparednessLeatherworkMoviemakingNuclear SciencePets

Pulp and PaperRailroadingReadingRoboticsSafetySculpture

Soil and Water ConservationStamp CollectingSustainabilityTextile

   

Take the 30 Day Scout Challenge

  Click on the following links to open/view/download the 30 Day Challenges:

 

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30 Day Scout Rank Challenge 

 

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30 Day First Class Challenge

 

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30 Day Second Class Challenge

 

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30 Day Tenderfoot Challenge

 

 

 

The Merits of Scouting @ Home

Across the nation, councils are finding ways to help keep our youth members engaged and Scouting. These out-of-the-box, in-home activities are centered around providing advancement-related content to help keep kids safe, engaged and to help them make the best of home time

 

Boys’ LifeProjects That Can Be Done at Home

Goal Setting For Scouts, Leaders, and Families

 

 

Resources:

Questions and Answers Cub Scouting/Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scouting Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bryan on Scouting - Merit Badges

Bryan on Scouting - Working on Merit Badges at home

Bryan on Scouting - Conducting a Board of Review through video conferencing

Bryan on Scouting - Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

 

For more information and activities check the scouting at home link regularly, and let your friends know about these great options for at-home fun and learning for Scouting families and non-Scouting families alike.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Scout together make something happen!

Scouts do stuff. They build things. Play with purpose. Make friends and work together.

Set goals and clear them. They go places. Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. These life-changing experiences — and the confidence they provide — become bricks in the wall of childhood. Bricks that eventually form a foundation. One a Scout can stand on to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles. For the parents watching in awe, it’s not a question of where their Scout will go, but where won’t he go.

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