2019 Guide to Awards and Insignia

Just released. Here is your resource for everything awards and insignia.  Download this resource guide for the latest information.

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Youth Protection Training Update – March 1

Youth Protection Training Update:
The updated online and facilitator-led (face to face) Y01 Youth Protection Training has been released. Updates include a new learning plan, as well as a Spanish-translated version of the training.

If you HAVE already completed Y01 Youth Protection Training you DO NOT have to retake the training with the March 1, 2019 release.

Coming soon:

Watch for additional recommended training modules covering Youth Protection topics such as: 
• Physical abuse,
• Emotional abuse,
• Neglect, and
• Impact of violence in the home


Summer Camp 2019

Summer camp is just around the corner.  It’s not too early to start thinking about your summer plans and adventures.  The Michigan Crossroads Council offers a variety of summer camp opportunities for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturers.

2019 Summer Camp opportunities:
Cub Scout Day Camp
Cub Scout Resident Camp
Webelos Resident Camp
Scouts BSA Camp
High Adventure – Cole Canoe Base
High Adventure – BSA National Bases


Guide to Safe Scouting Updated

The Guide to Safe Scouting has been updated and is now live as both a pdf for download (dated January 2019), or the HTML version.

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf

UPDATES

– Updated language throughout to reference “Scouts BSA” rather than “Boy Scouts.”
– Youth Protection and Adult Leadership Clarified language in the Adult Supervision and Accommodations sections.
– Camping Updated information about Webelos overnight camping. Corrected publication number for Pack Overnight – Campout Site Appraisal Form and provided URL to access form.
– Sports and Activities Clarified Sea Scout participation in Climbing and Rappelling section.
– Animal and Insect Hazards Replaced entire chapter.
– Incident Reporting Provided URL for incident reporting.
– Appendix Replaced Event Safety Checklist


IMPORTANT: Online Youth Protection Update

Information about online Youth Protection Training:

At the end of February, the online Youth Protection Course will be replaced with an updated version. Please get the word out to all leaders that any courses in progress (completions of some but not all of the required four modules) will be lost when the course is updated. For example, if a leader had completed one, two, or three of the four modules, but had not completed all four, their completed modules will be erased and they will have to start over again to complete all four required modules. You must have completed all four modules successfully by February 28th, as the new Learning Plan will be launched March 1, 2019 .

If you have started-but not completed-the current Y01 (YPT-2) Youth Protection Training:

You must complete the training before March 1, 2019, or any progress you have made will not transfer, due to the new learning plan. Otherwise, you may simply start over with the new training plan on March 1, 2019.

If you HAVE already completed the current Y01 (YPT-2) Youth Protection Training:

You WILL NOT be affected. You DO NOT have to retake the training when the March 1, 2019 course is released.

This update will include new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February 2018, however our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The on-line version of the Guide to Safe Scouting is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.

Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two year period.

When the course update is complete, four new VOLUNTARY modules will be added and will be available under the “VOLUNTARY programs.” These include:

1. Physical Abuse
2. Neglect
3. Emotional Abuse
4. Witnessing Violence

These new, VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse.


A Scout is Reverent: Scout Sunday Religious Observances

When is Scout Sunday 2019?

The BSA’s Calendar of Religious Dates lists Feb. 10, 2019, as “Scout Sunday, interfaith.” It lists Feb. 17, 2019, as “Scout Sunday, United Methodist.” But those are just guidelines. The BSA says a local church may celebrate “on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.” So check with your chartered organization representative or faith leader.

Depending on your faith organization, Scout Sunday could be held any Sunday in February. It could be Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 or even Feb. 24. In the past, Scout Sunday was always held on the Sunday before the birthday of the BSA on Feb. 8. Realizing that each chartered organization has a unique schedule of worship, the BSA no longer uses that guideline.

When is Scout Sabbath 2019?

The BSA’s Calendar of Religious Dates lists Feb. 8 and 9, 2019, as Scout Sabbath. Scout Sabbath (also called Scout Shabbat), for Jewish Scout units, begins at sundown on Friday, Feb. 8, and continues into the next day. Though the National Jewish Committee on Scouting has designated Feb. 8-9 as Scout Sabbath for 2019, some councils or units will celebrate the occasion on other days. You’re advised to check with your council or local Jewish Committee on Scouting to verify the date.

When is Scout Jumuah 2019?

Scout Jumuah is Feb. 8, 2019, but units may adjust this date to best meet their needs.  Scout Jumuah offers a chance to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting within the Muslim community. Find Scout Jumuah program ideas on this page about Scout Jumuah 2018, published by the National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting.


A Message from the WWFSC Scout Executive

December 31, 2018

Dear Volunteers and Staff of the Water and Woods Field Service Council,

I am incredibly excited to begin my journey as the new Water and Woods Field Service Council Scout Executive. I look forward to working hand in hand with you to promote the values of Scouting while continuing to increase membership participation within our service area. Throughout my 26 year Scouting career I have learned that our important mission cannot be accomplished without the dedication and support of committed volunteer leaders. It will be my role to ensure that our highly trained and motivated staff support you, the volunteer, in every aspect of program delivery.

Today’s youth face many challenges, these challenges are opportunities for us to work together and expose more families to our life changing program.

Thank you for your commitment to the Scouting program. May the New Year bring joy, peace and happiness to you and your family.

I look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely yours,

Sean Henneman


BSA Safety Moments

It just takes a moment to make your pack, troop or crew a little bit safer.

With its Safety Moments, covering a range of topics from acute mountain sickness to zip lines, the Boy Scouts of America’s Health and Safety team hopes to make Scouting an even safer place, one page at a time.

“These are attempts to simplify and streamline complex topics,” says Health and Safety team lead Richard Bourlon. “It’s so much better to prevent rather than react to an incident.”

How does a Scouter use a Safety Moment?

Safety Moments can be viewed online or downloaded as a print-suitable PDF to share with others.

Speaking of, Bourlon suggests starting each meeting with a Safety Moment on a timely topic.

Winter camping trip coming up? There’s a Safety Moment for that. Horseback riding? There’s one for that, too. Launching model rockets? Yes, indeed.

“Use them at your University of Scouting, your board meetings, your roundtables, as well,” he says.

But remember the operative word: moment. Don’t spend more than a few minutes on this.

What topics are covered in Safety Moments?

There are 76 Safety Moments so far, and they’re all collected on this page.

Some of the Safety Moments, like the ones about frostbite or snake bites, offer practical solutions to use in emergencies.

Take a look, and see which Safety Moments will benefit your Scouts.

What are the most popular Safety Moments?

About 40,000 people have visited the Safety Moments page so far. The three most popular, as of this writing:

  1. Annual Health and Medical Record
  2. Aquatics
  3. Bunk Beds

What’s the plan for adding more Safety Moments?

The team’s original goal was to have 36 Safety Moments, says BSA Health and Safety consultant Hannah Coffey.

“However, based on their popularity, we have been adding them as we see an opportunity for timely topics,” she says. “We know many people are crunched for time, so a Safety Moment is a great way to quickly convey a message about possible risks or hazards.”

If you have an idea for a new Safety Moment, contact the Health and Safety team


Scoutbook Single Sign On (SSO) FAQ’s

Q. What is Single Sign On (SSO)?   A. Single Sign On helps you to logon in one application and switch to another application with the same identity (the same username and password). With SSO, you can use one set of login credentials (username and password) to access multiple applications. The service authenticates the end user for all the applications the user has been given rights to and eliminates further prompts when the user switches applications during the same session.   Q. Which BSA systems will be using SSO (such as Scoutbook, my.scouting.org)?  A. Scoutbook, my.Scouting, BSA Learn Center (ScoutingU), Scoutbook Lite, and other BSA systems to be determined in the future.  [READ MORE]


A Message from the Council Leadership

Dear Scouting friends,

As we learn more about the financial discussions underway at our national organization, it’s important to note that Scouting in the Michigan Crossroads Council is as strong financially and programmatically today as it’s been in many years. As our council is a separate non-profit 501c3 corporation based in the state of Michigan, the Michigan Crossroads Council should not be impacted by the recent news stories regarding issues that affect the National Council BSA and its operations based in Texas.

Below are a few facts about the Michigan Crossroads Council:

  • The Michigan Crossroads Council is financially strong and membership is growing! More than 60,185 boys and girls participate in Scouting in our Council, despite a declining demographic and more competition than ever.
  • Our Council receives no funding from the National BSA organization. In fact, we pay fees to National BSA as a part of our charter agreement and for specific services. We receive value back from the national organization, but we operate as a financially independent not-for-profit corporation.
  • Dollars given locally to support Scouting in the Michigan Crossroads Council stay at the Michigan Crossroads Council.
  • Our programming and services will go on uninterrupted regardless of what, if any, financial restructuring the National Council BSA pursues.
  • 12,089 youth have joined Scouting in Michigan Crossroads Council this year alone, a growth of 3.8%. The Michigan Crossroads Council’s retention rate of 72.2% is equal to the regional average and is further evidence of our success here, and the benefits of Scouting.
  • Also included among the thousands who already participate in our program are our newest members — over 2,444 girls have enthusiastically joined Cub Scouts in our council for the first time. Excited families are in the process of organizing more than 104 new Scouts BSA female troops in our communities and preparing to launch in February 2019. We are on track to continue our overall membership growth trend at the end of this year.
  • Our Scoutreach program continues to break down barriers to membership for lower-income, under-served families in urban communities. This program has assisted 10,378 youth this year to date.
  • As they have for over a century, our Scouts continue to make a real difference in our Michigan communities. In 2017, a total of 499,110 community service hours were completed by our Scouts and volunteer leaders.
  • Summer camps are a great part of our Scouting adventure. Last summer a total of 15,994 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers and their families attended.
  • Scouting is the finest and most effective youth development program in America instilling character, leadership and service. Youth in our programs gain an advantage in life that prepares them for success. A recent 3-year study by Tufts University finds that youth in Scouting report increased happiness, trustworthiness, hopefulness for the future and kindness as a result of our programming.

Given the achievements of our Scouts and volunteers this year, we have no reason to believe that the future is anything but bright for Scouting and the Michigan Crossroads Council.

It’s more important than ever to make sure that the next generation of Americans learn character, leadership, citizenship – and the importance of being a kind, caring and decent person. For over 100 years the Michigan Crossroads Council has done that, while helping to create memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Thanks to our volunteers, donors, and families, we will continue this vital work for many, many years to come.

It is our hope that the National Council BSA organization can navigate the difficult waters that many organizations face. The Michigan Crossroads Council will continue to focus on bringing high-quality and safe programs to the families we serve throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan.

Thank you for your continued support, help and leadership.