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Site updated 12-FEB-2016
 
Seneca District Annual Volunteer Recognition Night - Call for Nominations

In April, Seneca District will hold its annual Volunteer Recognition Night to publicly honor volunteer Scouters who have, during the past charter year, demonstrated exceptional dedication and outstanding service to Scouts and Scouting.  We are now accepting nominations for Leader of the Year Awards in the following categories:  Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Den Leader, Crew Advisor, Pack Committee Chair, Troop Committee Chair, and Crew Committee Chair.

We will also recognize Seneca District units that have, during the past charter year, conducted outstanding unit programs that delivered the Promise of Scouting.  We are accepting nominations for Clyde Hazle Awards in the following categories:  Pack, Troop, Crew and Post.

Nomination forms for each award are available on the "Forms & Documents" tab under the heading "Seneca District."

Nominations should be submitted to Nate Watson, the Seneca District Executive.  The deadline for all submissions is 11 March 2016.

 

2016 Seneca District Pinewood Derby

The Seneca District Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, 12 March 2016 at the Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna (7075 State Route 88).

Car weigh-in and inspection starts at 9:00 AM and racing begins at 10:00 AM.  Cars will also be judged in the following categories:  Best Scout Theme, Most Artistic, Most Aerodynamic, Best Funny Car, and Crowd Favorite.

Download the flyer for more details and a copy of the Pinewood Derby Rules and Regulations.

 

New Lifesaving Merit Badge Requirements for 2016

The requirements for the Lifesaving merit badge have been changed for 2016.  You can learn about the changes to this alternate required badge here.  You can download a PDF of the new requirements here.

 

New Cooking Merit Badge Requirements for 2016

The requirements for the Cooking merit badge have been changed for 2016.  They have been simplified and duplications have been removed.  You can download a PDF of the new requirements here.  If you want to learn more about the changes, Bryan on Scouting describes them here.

This is the second time since 2014 that the Cooking merit badge has changed.  The obvious question then is "Which requirements should a Scout use?"  A Scout just starting the badge must use the 2016 requirements.  A Scout who began the badge under old requirements may continue using them until he finishes or he may switch to the 2016 requirements.  While this rule applies to both the 2015 and the 2014 requirements, a merit badge counselor may decide that too much time has passed since the Scout last worked on the badge and that the 2016 requirements should be used.  This subject is covered in the Guide to Advancement, Section 7.0.4.3.

The good news is that the principle of "Once it's earned, it's earned." applies (Guide to Advancement, Section 7.0.4.6).  If a counselor decides that the 2016 requirements should be used, then any work completed and approved under the old requirements may be applied to the new requirements.  The counselor has the final say, however, and if the counselor decides the Scout would be better served by repeating a requirement or starting the badge over, the counselor can require it.

 

2016 University of Scouting

Registration is now open for this year's University of Scouting.  It will be held on Saturday, 05 March 2016 at Wadsworth High School.  This all day event will run from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

You can register or download the Class Catalog and Class Schedule here.

What is the University of Scouting?

"The University of Scouting is the largest supplemental training course offered by Great Trail Council to Scouting volunteers of all levels. During this fun-filled day, experienced volunteer leaders will present programs to help you improve your skills and expand your knowledge. You will also meet other leaders, gather new resources, and share ideas on building the best possible program for your Scouts."

 

New Boy Scout Handbook Now Available

The new Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition) is now available in the Great Trail Council Scout Shop and online at ScoutStuff.org. It can be ordered here.

 

Dutch Oven Recipes Available

Recipes from the January Roundtable's Dutch Oven cooking demonstration are now available.  Just go to the "Roundtable" tab and follow the "Saddlebags" link.

You'll find recipes for Jambalaya, Roast Chicken - Italian Style, Pizza, Cinnamon Roll French Toast, and Baked Oatmeal. All were delicious and should be a big hit on your next campout.

 

2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements & Rank Requirement Sign-Off Sheets

2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements

The requirements for all Boy Scout ranks changed on 1 January 2016.

A Scout registered in a troop (team, crew or ship) prior to 1 January 2016 may begin using the new requirements immediately, or he may continue using the old requirements with the following restrictions:  1) A Scout working on Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank in 2016 may use the old requirements until he achieves First Class rank.  He must then switch to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.  2)  A Scout working on Star, Life or Eagle rank in 2016 may complete the rank he is working on using the old requirements.  He must then switch to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.

A Scout registering in a troop (team, crew or ship) for the first time on or after 1 January 2016 must use the new requirements.

Beginning on 1 January 2017, the new requirements must be used for all ranks.  If a Scout has not finished a rank by this date, he does not have to start over.  Following the principle of "Once it's earned, it's earned.", a completed and signed-off rank requirement can be transferred to the new requirements with the following restrictions:  1)  The wording of the requirement has not changed.  2)  The requirement was signed-off prior to 1 January 2017.

Some old requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks have been moved to become new requirements for a different rank.  If such a requirement has been signed-off, moving it to a different rank does not change the fact that it has been earned.  A Scout does not have to repeat it.

Rank Requirement Sign-Off Sheets

A new Boy Scout Handbook is being published, but a Scout does not have to buy it to use the new requirements.  He may continue to use the 2015 Handbook as a reference.  He does, however, need updated rank requirement sign-off sheets.

The National Council has produced two PDFs of the new sign-off sheets for a Scout to print out and use.

The first PDF, "2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements," is designed to print out one page per sheet of paper.  Printing this PDF on 8.5"x11" paper produces an easy to read copy, best suited for a three-ring binder.  The second PDF, "2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Printable Insert," is designed to be folded and stapled together to form a 5.5"x8.5" booklet, but requires double-sided printing.  This booklet fits inside a Handbook, but it can be difficult to print correctly.  Also, the staples must be centered on the fold, which is tricky to do with an average sized stapler.

A third PDF, "2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Simplified Insert," has been created as an alternative to the "Printable Insert" PDF.  This third PDF is designed to print two pages per sheet of paper.  The sheets are stapled together at one corner and can be folded in half to fit in a Handbook.  This "Simplified Insert" is recommended for most Scouts since it does not require double-sided printing and is easy to staple together.

DOWNLOADS:

1) 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements
2) 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Printable Insert
3) 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Simplified Insert [Recommended]

 


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