The Boy Scouts of America is committed to dialogue on its membership standards within the Scouting family at the local and national levels. To continue and expand this important discussion, the National Executive Board has authorized its committees, representative of Scouting’s members, to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns.
The committees will review a number of issues and how they will impact the BSA, including youth, chartered organizations, parents, and financial, fundraising, and legal concerns. The goals of the committee’s work will be to:
- Provide a channel where every voice can be heard
- Receive feedback from the field
- Educate Scouting’s members
- Define core values
- Identify members’ concerns
The committee’s recommendations will inform the officers’ work on a resolution regarding membership standards. The voting members of the National Council will take action on the resolution at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013.
(This was released by the National Council February 2013)
- 2013 Journey to Excellence Scorecards Now Available Online
The new 2013 JTE scorecards for packs, troops, teams, crews, ships are now online. Go to www.scouting.org/jte for all of the up to date information on Journey to Excellence.
- Charter Fee Increases, Changes Name for 2013
Jan. 1, 2013, what is now known as the “unit charter fee” will be
renamed the “unit liability insurance fee” and will increase in cost
from $20 to $40 yearly. As a result, the new fee will begin with units
that have December 31, 2012 charter expiration dates (a charter period
beginning Jan. 1, 2013).
Click here to read more.
- Updated Annual Health and Medical Record Rolling Out in September
updated Annual Health and Medical Record will be available to Scouts
everywhere Sept. 3. Its use will be mandated by Jan. 1, 2014. Click here to read more.
- The Commissioner: Spring 2012 Issue is Out
The Spring 2012 issue of The Commissioner newsletter has been published and is available online.
Click here to download the newsletter.
- Adopt-a-School Program Connects Units, Schools
BSA’s Adopt-a-School program is an exciting new undertaking that will
connect Scout packs, troops, and crews across the country with schools
in their communities. Click here to read more.
- Training Awards Updated for Adult Unit Leaders
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, basic and continuing training, and successful performance in their leadership role. Many recommendations were made to update procedures and the awards themselves. Read more.
- New Cyber Chip Program Aims to Keep Youth Safe Online
Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. Read more.