New Scoutbook Help Knowledge Base

Looking for help guides and videos for Scoutbook just got easier! BSA IT and the SUAC have just launched the new Scoutbook help knowledge base. Located at http://help.scoutbook.com the knowledge base has all the previous SUAC guides and videos and even more information!

It has an extensive search feature and also has topics arranged by category.

Take it for a spin today at: http://help.scoutbook.com

Over time we will be adding more and more information to the knowledge base. If you know of common questions and answers that we should put in the knowledge base please send them to: suacinformation@gmail.com


Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Update

BALOO’s online modules have been updated! As part of a two-part blended learning format, these online modules are the first step to become BALOO trained. The online training modules contain introductory and basic information that will be built upon during the practical training that is completed during an in-person, council instructed course. The in-person syllabus is facilitated by the council training committee. Reminder: In order to host any Cub Scout pack camping overnighters and Webelos den overnighters, a Cub Scout pack must have at least one BALOO trained adult in attendance at the event.

The online component must be completed prior to the practical component. The newly updated BALOO on-line training modules are now available at my.scouting.org in the BSA Learning Center and the syllabus for the in person part of the training can be found here: https://filestore.scouting.org/…/t…/pdf/510-033(17)baloo.pdf


The ABC’s about the Annual Health & Medical Record

From the Annual Health and Medial Record website, a pre-participation physical is needed for resident campers (at summer or winter camps) and for Scouts and adult leaders attending events that last 72 hours or more.

Why is an Annual Health and Medical Record required?

Since at least the 1930s, the BSA has required the use of standardized health and medical information. The Annual Health and Medical Record …

  • Promotes health awareness
  • Collects necessary data
  • Provides medical professionals with critical information needed to treat a patient in the event of an illness or injury
  • Supplies emergency contact information
  • Prepares participants for high-adventure activities and increased physical activity
  • Reviews participants’ readiness for gatherings like the national Scout jamboree and other specialized activities
  • Enables councils to operate day and resident camps in a way that adheres to state and BSA requirements
  • Standardizes medical records in a way that can be used by members in all 50 states

Which are the different parts of the Annual Health and Medical Record?

The Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) comes in three parts:

  • Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
  • Part B is general information and a health history.
  • Part C is your pre-participation physical certification completed by a certified and licensed physician.


Scoutify your Commute with Scouting Podcasts

With CubCast and ScoutCast, the BSA’s pair of monthly podcasts, you’ll become a more-informed Scouting volunteer as you drive to work, empty the dishwasher or walk your dog.

Each month’s topic is so expertly timed to give you helpful information, you’ll think the team behind CubCast and ScoutCast can read your mind.


National Scouts BSA Committee – LIVE OFFICE HOURS

Join the National Scouts BSA committee and Scouters from around the country to learn more about the Scouts BSA program on April 18, 2019 during our live office hours.

Time:  Apr 18, 2019 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)

This Q&A session is great for new Scouts BSA leaders to get answers to any question they have about the program. For example:

  • How to help new Scouts advance in rank
  • How to reinforce the Patrol Method
  • How to prepare for weekend overnight outdoor experiences
  • How to grow your new Scouts BSA troop

Please submit any questions you’d like to have addressed via email to family.scouting@scouting.org by April 15th. All questions will be answered, either during our live presentation or at a later time.

REGISTER


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.

Download Guide


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.