An Update from the Michigan Crossroads Council

Dear Scouting Friends:

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (the “National Council (BSA)”) has confirmed that a Youth Protection oriented segment that was expected to run on the TODAY Show tomorrow (July 10th) has been postponed and that a new air date has yet to be confirmed.  As the nature of content could change in the interim, the National Council (BSA) will continue to stay in touch with the producers of the segment so that it can provide our Council and other Councils with helpful information before the expected airing of the segment.

Like the National Council (BSA), we will continue to monitor these news reports and endeavor to keep you appraised of further developments.  We also will provide you with information relating to these matters that you can share with business associates, friends or Scouting leaders and families.  [READ MORE]


Scouting Safely Resources

We want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience. Youth develop traits of citizenship, character, fitness, and leadership during age-appropriate events when challenged to move beyond their normal comfort level, and discover their abilities. This is appropriate when risks are identified and mitigated.

The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.

Commit yourself to creating a safe and healthy environment by:
  • Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications
  • Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided
  • Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program
  • Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks
  • Reporting incidents in a timely manner

Thank you for being part of the Scouting movement and creating an exciting and safe experience for every participant.

Scouting Safely Resources

Scouting Safety Moments


New BSA Incident Reporting Requirements — Effective Immediately

When an injury, illness, or other incident occurs during a Scouting activity, the safety of our youth is top concern. It is essential that we all help mitigate potential impacts by following mandatory reporting requirements.

To better enable this, https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-016_fillable.pdf, and a new online form have been put in place at the national level and are effective now. The form is available to councils and volunteers. Serious incidents need to be reported within 24 hours both online and to the regional and area directors as well as emailed to pr@scouting.org.

Online incident reports on serious youth-protection violations, membership standards infractions and medical treatment beyond first-aid will need to submitted within 72 hours. The process for submitting reports has been streamlined and simplified so please ensure you, your leaders, your troop, etc. comply with these requirements.

Learn more about the New Incident Reporting requirements here — https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/


Nationally Accredited Camp – Camp Rotary

Congratulations to Andrew Wright and the Camp Rotary Staff on achieving their NCAP accreditation.  Andrew and his team did an awesome job and are off to great start to the summer!

Special thanks to NCAP Team Leader Jeff Neal and the SS FSC visitation team for their dedicated effort in helping to make sure our camps provide an awesome summer camp experience for our campers!


Nationally Accredited Camp – Cole Canoe Base

Congratulations to Gus Chutorash and the Cole Canoe Base Staff on achieving their NCAP accreditation [Boy Scout Resident & High Adventure].  Gus and his team did an awesome job and are off to great summer!

Special thanks to NCAP Team Leaders Jay Sherwood and Dick Hewitt and the SS FSC visitation team for their dedicated effort in helping to make sure our camps provide an awesome summer camp experience for our campers!


Upgrades to Internet Advancement

Good news for unit leaders who use Internet Advancement to track their Scouts’ progress along the Scouting trail.

The BSA has introduced an array of upgrades designed to make your life easier. The improvements make inputting advancement updates faster, allow leaders to search advancement history in a snap and give Scouters more control over printable reports — like the kind used to make purchases at the Scout Shop.

And because sometimes those rare pockets of free time happen when you’re away from your desktop or laptop, the BSA has optimized Internet Advancement for all devices: desktop, tablet or smartphone.

These enhancements to Internet Advancement are only the beginning. More improvements are coming later in 2019.

Who uses Internet Advancement?

Unit Key 3 users, unit Key 3 delegate users and unit advancement chairs can access Internet Advancement.

Internet Advancement is primarily used by unit leaders who have decided they aren’t yet ready to switch over to Scoutbook. If you’re already using Scoutbook’s robust and user-friendly features, you can stop reading now. You already have these new features baked into the unit-management platform you love.

(By the way, now that Scoutbook is free, most units — including all new units — will want to use Scoutbook to manage and track their Scouts’ advancement.)

The previous version of Internet Advancement will be retired for all programs except Exploring on June 10, 2019.

Non-Exploring units — that means Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships — will have until June 10 to download any advancement forms they need from the previous version of Internet Advancement.

What’s different about Internet Advancement now?

New features include:

  • The ability for unit leaders to quickly select multiple youth before recording one or more advancements, speeding up data entry.
  • A notification for unit leaders when youth have completed advancements. All pending items can be approved at once.
  • The ability for unit leaders to quickly search the full advancement history for all youth in their unit using the activity tab. Search criteria may include youth name, rank, advancement type or advancement status.
  • A choice of three reports — all of which can be run for one or more selected youth in the roster or for everyone in the roster if no one is selected. These reports are: Advancement History, Unit Roster and the Advancement Report, which is used to make purchases at the local Scout Shop.
  • A Private Unit Forum, where unit leaders can hold private discussions within their unit. Go to discussions.scouting.org to give it a try.
  • A unit roster that’s fully searchable by youth name, member ID or rank.
  • The ability for unit leaders with multiple units to quickly switch between units by clicking on their unit icon in the upper right corner.
  • The ability for unit leaders with multiple units to save a default unit in their settings page so their device remembers which unit to load by default.
  • Instant feedback if the unit leader attempts to record a rank out of order or after the youth has aged out of a program.
  • The ability to provide a partially completed Eagle application for youth who have completed the Life rank. Unit leaders can find this by attempting to record the Eagle Rank for a youth.

How can someone access Internet Advancement?

End users will access Internet Advancement via one of the following locations using their my.Scouting credentials:

What do Internet Advancement users need to know about the new version?

  • When units make the transition to the new version, they should fully transition. Users may experience unexpected problems if they continue to use the old version after they have transitioned to the new one.
  • Unlike before, advancement approvals are immediately stored in the BSA database with the new version. There is no longer a “Submit to Council” step after users have approved all desired items.
  • In addition to the FAQs on help.scoutbook.coma thread has been created on the BSA forums platform to assist users with any questions they may have.
  • The report Unit Leaders will use to purchase items at the Scout Shop is called the “Advancement Report” and can be run from the reports menu just above the roster. The report will include all items that have been approved since the report was last run.
  • The “Advancement Report” looks a little different from the report in the previous version. But don’t worry. The BSA has informed Scout Shops about the new format, so they’ll recognize it right away.

What’s next for Internet Advancement?

After the initial release, the BSA’s tech team will continue to add additional features on a regular basis.

Visit help.scoutbook.com for answers to commonly asked questions.

Screenshots: Old vs. New


Nationally Accredited Camp – Gerber Scout Reservation

Congratulations to Reservation Director Ryan Kriesch, Scouts BSA Camp Director Joe Singerling, Cub Scout Camp Director Andrew Brown and the Gerber Scouts BSA and Cub Scout Resident staffs on achieving their NCAP accreditation [Scouts BSA & Cub Scout Resident].  Ryan and his team did an awesome job and are off to great summer!

Special thanks to NCAP Team Leader Eric Sansburn and the WW FSC visitation team for their dedicated effort in helping to make sure our camps provide an awesome summer camp experience for our campers!


The Cub Scouter Newsletter

Check out The Cub Scouter newsletter for everything Cub Scouting in the Michigan Crossroads Council.  This newsletter contains important and valuable information for Cub Scout leaders and families.   Each monthly edition will be delivered to your inbox.  You can also receive it to your phone by texting MCCSCOUTS to 555888


Popcorn Sale Kickoffs – Register Today

Attending your District or FSC Popcorn Sale is an important step in having a successful sale for your unit.   Learn all about the sale including sales tips, ordering, using the Trail’s End App for your Scouts and managing your unit sale.   Register here >> michiganscouting.org/pocporn


New Youth Protection Animated Videos

Have you seen the new youth protection animated shorts? A special thanks to the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center for this new interactive experience for over 1.2 million Cub Scouts and their families across the nation. The Boy Scouts of America has partnered with subject-matter experts from the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation to present the “Protect Yourself Rules” that help children recognize, respond to, and report abuse.

https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/preview-adventures/protect-yourself-rules/

Learn more – https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/barbara-sinatra-childrens-center-and-boy-scouts-of-america-partner-to-expand-programming-on-child-abuse-awareness-and-prevention