Council News

The next three years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development!

Venturing is first up in 2014 with a totally new program and recognition approach focusing on progressive development in adventure, leadership, and service to others and personal growth.

Then in 2015, Cub Scouting will be updated with a new Adventure-based advancement system, activities that are more active and more aligned with the Aims/Mission, Tiger Cub becomes simply - Tiger, with a  new image, and the earning of the Webelos badge no longer being required for the Arrow of Light.

And then in 2016, additions and revisions will be rolled-out to the Boy Scout requirements, including making Scout a rank.

To keep everyone up to date with all of the upcoming changes, the BSA has created a special Program Updates page in scouting.org.

CLICK HERE for more Information.

Deciding which version of the BSA's Annual Health and Medical Record to use and completing it shouldn't raise your blood pressure!

Effective immediately, there are new streamlined versions of the BSA health forms available and an easier-to-use website to accompany them. The site is the result of several BSA teams (professionals and volunteers) joining forces to make this process a painless one for you and other Scouters.

The Annual Health and Medical Record (hereafter AHMR) comes in several flavors, and until now some Scouters and parents found it a little difficult to determine which version of the AHMR they or their Scout/Venturer needed.

Read more: New BSA Health Forms

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Your best recruiting and retention tool is an adult volunteer already in your unit. He/she just doesn’t know it yet.

Don’t delay in filling the newly created Unit Membership Chairman position. This Scouter is a member of your unit’s committee whose sole focus is membership growth and retention. Think of it like the district or council membership chairmen who are responsible for growth at those levels of Scouting.

What do they do? And what resources are available to take the stress off whoever takes on this daunting but vital job?

CLICK on the READ MORE, below, to find out more about this newly created position - what the responsibilities are of the individual in this position and what resources are available to assist units in Membership recruiting and retention.

Read more: Unit Membership Chairman