We are about to begin yet another program year for Scouting and I am excited. We have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. WE can provide them a quality program that can have a marked impact on the life of a child.
A change in the reporting of membership data on national membership reports will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Starting then, a unit that has not reregistered by its expiration date will be considered “separated” and immediately dropped from the BSA’s membership reporting. There will no longer be what we now call a lapse period for units that do not reregister on time.
We will no longer use the term “lapsed” for a unit that has not renewed. This is also a change in the way we currently report membership totals. Currently a lapsed unit’s membership continues to be counted for 60 days in council membership totals.
The new definition will begin with units that have an effective date of Jan. 1, 2015. This means that units with a Dec. 31, 2014, expiration date will be included. Volunteers will retain access to MyScouting, my.Scouting Tools, Internet Rechartering, and Internet Advancement for 30 days after their unit has expired and become separated. A separated unit will have 12 months to reregister as a separated-reregistered unit. Once a separated unit has been reregistered, the unit will be included on membership reports starting in the business month the charter renewal was posted.
The BADGE OF HONOR fall recruitment campaign is a concerted recruiting effort by the Council and district Membership committees, taking place in September and October in all school systems – private, public, and parochial. One evening is designated for all parents to gather at a BADGE OF HONOR location to align themselves and their son(s) with the Boy Scouts of America through an existing or new pack or troop.
WHY “BADGE OF HONOR”?
BADGE OF HONOR means membership, and for all Scouting leaders, membership is registration in the Boy Scouts of America – giving young people an opportunity to participate in a program that has been tried and proved. It is reaching out to families who have eligible boys and inviting them to join. It’s organizing new groups, dens, and/or patrols and recruiting qualified leadership. GOOD membership is a sign of a healthy pack or troop and a quality pack or troop program.
Remember, adding boys means a better Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and/or Boy Scout program for all, more families involved, more exciting things to do, and more friendships made. Adding families means more people involved in your chartered organization, and more leaders. Adding leaders means more hands to help and more personal satisfaction.
Flyer requests forms will be sent to the Cubmaster of each of the Cub Scout Packs in the Council. Be sure your pack’s request has been submitted.
Travis Manion Heroes Run
Bucks County Council, BSA & the Travis Manion Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership for the 9/11 Heroes Run in Bucks County!
CONGRATULATIONS James Trontell (Troop 200 – Hunterdon Arrowhead District) for being awarded the Medal of Merit Award for assisting a family involved in a car accident in February, 2014.
Attention Propsepctive Eagle Scouts: As a reminder, when submitting your application and packet to the Council Office, please do not your put paperwork it in a binder or use page protectors. They will not be returned when you pick up your Eagle Certificate.
Attention Merit Badge Counselors: Lists for all districts are currently being updated. As a reminder, all MBC are required to complete an MBC Information Form (example attached) as well as a BSA adult application with disclosure page, and be current in youth protection training. Once membership and ypt are confirmed, MBC information sheets are sent to the respective District Advancement Chairs for approval. The same procedure will be used for STEM/NOVA Counselors.
The purpose of the Bucks County Council’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee is to ensure that all scouting activities are conducted safely. The adventure of scouting activities often includes a certain level of real or implied risk. Rather than diminish the thrill of new experiences, the leaders must be able to recognize the risks and hazards and develop plans to manage and minimize these risks.
CUB SCOUT PACKS! Thank you to all who attended our Ice Cream Social! We had eight of our fourteen packs represented and we hope everyone there got something out of it. We ask you to please review the materials that were distributed and be mindful of the timelines. We already have plenty of flyer requests and OPEN HOUSE dates scheduled and we definitely appreciate that! If you have any questions or need help, please contact Joel Perkins at [email protected] or John Blewitt at [email protected].
There are 30 schools located within our district… Imagine if we recruited just 10 kids out of each school; we’d have 300 new Cub Scouts this fall!
Thank you to everyone for a great 2014 camping season at OSR! We are very proud to deliver high quality programs to your youth and we are grateful many of you chose to spend the 2014 camping season with us.
Many of you have already submitted your deposit for the 2015 camping season at OSR and we are excited to have you!
Two Weekend Course
November 7th to 9th & November 14th to 16th
Ockanickon Scout Reservation
Do you have Scouts that are ready to experience NYLT? Eagles' Nest NYLT centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he/she must KNOW, and what he/she must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus of HOW TO.