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Site updated 19-MAR-2017

Youth Protection for Online and Digital Communication

The current BSA Youth Protection Training videos cover many issues and situations.  Noticeably lacking, however, is instruction on how to apply the principles of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youths to online and digital communication.

In order to make up for this lack of instruction, the "Online Guidelines" section has been added to the "Training" page of the this Web site.

To learn about the BSA's guidelines for online and digital communication, follow this link to open the "Training" page and then follow the "Online Guidelines" link.

The topics covered in the "Online Guidelines" section are:

1)  Two-Deep Leadership and No One-On-One Contact Between Adults and Youth Members Includes Digital Communication

2)  Two-Deep Administration of Online Platforms

3)  Social Media Guidelines

4)  Council Web Site Guidelines

5)  Unit Web Site Guidelines

This section includes links to the BSA Web pages that discuss these topics in detail, as well as excerpts from these pages that highlight key points of each topic.

If you need further assistance with these guidelines, you can contact the BSA National Council social media team at Social.Media@Scouting.org.


Cub Scout Advancement Changes

The Boy Scouts of America has announced changes to Cub Scout Adventure requirements in response to feedback from den leaders who have run the new Cub Scout program for a year.  All Adventures from Tiger through Webelos and Arrow of Light are affected.  There have also been some changes to the general requirements for advancement for each rank.

Most of the recommended changes involve reducing the number of requirements necessary to earn an Adventure.  These changes will speed up advancement, making it easier to fit everything into a typical program year of Cub Scouting.  In addition, the content of some Adventures has been changed.

[The changes are effective immediately (December 2016), and dens] may begin using the modified requirements as soon as they begin working on their next Adventure.  This implies that dens should complete their current Adventure using the old requirements.

UPDATE:  Changes to the Cub Scout Adventure and rank advancement requirements have been published as four separate PDFs, one each for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos/Arrow of Light.  These PDFs can be downloaded from this page:  "Program Updates:  Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Made."

For more information about these changes, please read these two blog posts on ScoutingMagazine.org: "Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility" and "Answers to your questions about the Cub Scout modifications."


Youth Protection and Digital Communication

There's a seldom discussed section of the BSA's Youth Protection guidelines that all Scouts and Scouters must be aware of and need to follow. It deals with digital communications, in all the various forms available today.

This post is meant to inform Scouters and their units how the guideline on digital communication applies to e-mail. This is important for Life Scouts who need to communicate with a District Eagle Representative in order to begin work on their Eagle service project, but it applies to all Scouts regardless of rank and all registered Scouters regardless of their position.

Any e-mail a youth sends to any adult Scout leader MUST be copied (CC:) to a parent or guardian AND to an adult leader in the youth's unit. The same holds true when an adult Scout leader sends an e-mail to a youth.

The wording of the relevant section of the Youth Protection guidelines is as follows:

"Two-Deep Leadership and No One-On-One Contact Between Adults and Youth Members Includes Digital Communication

"Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members.  Leaders [and youths] should copy a parent [or guardian] and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact exists in [e-mail,] text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication."

This and other Youth Protection guidelines can be found in "Youth Protection and Adult Leadership," which is Chapter 1 of the Guide to Safe Scouting. It can also be found on Scouting.org using this link.


Roundtable Split Topics for 2016-17

Roundtable Split Topics for 2016-17 have been added to the Roundtable Page.  Go here to see what's ahead and what you may have missed.


Scouter Reserves

Unit College Scouter Reserve, Venturing College Scouter Reserve, and Unit Scouter Reserve

Does your troop or crew have a former Scout who has turned 18 and is away at college, on a mission, or in the service and wants to stay registered in your unit?

To help keep these young adults in Scouting and connected to your unit, two registration codes exist:  92U, Unit College Scouter Reserve (UCSR) and 92V, Venturing College Scouter Reserve (VCSR).  Only the appropriate Youth Protection Training is required.  All other adult registration application criteria and fees apply.

These positions are meant primarily for college students who want to occasionally help out as an adult leader when they are home on break, but who don’t have the time to take the training required for an Assistant Scoutmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, or Assistant Crew Advisor.

Young adults who serve regularly as an adult leader should register as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, or Assistant Crew Advisor and complete all the normal training requirements.

If you have adults who assist the leadership in your unit and are available to fill-in as a leader on an as-needed basis, they should use registration code 91U, Unit Scouter Reserve (USR).  Only the appropriate Youth Protection Training is required.  All other adult registration application criteria and fees apply.

An additional benefit of the 92U, 92V and 91U registrations is that they remove untrained Assistant Scoutmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, and Assistant Crew Advisors from your unit's registration.  This change will improve your unit's Journey to Excellence score.

Adult leaders registered as 92U, 92V or 91U are permitted to wear a uniform when appropriate, but there is no position patch.

Adult Application Registration Codes

92U (Unit College Scouter Reserve):  For troop & pack leaders 18 years and older away at college.
92V (Venturing College Scouter Reserve):  For crew leaders 21 years and older away at college.
91U (Unit Scouter Reserve):  For troop, pack & crew adults 21 years and older living at home.


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