Fall Roundup Is Just Around The Corner!
Now is the time to begin thinking about your Pack, Troop or Crew's recruiting this fall! Preparation for this essential September recruiting will take place during the month of August. An orientation will be held at the Leader's Forum to be held on Monday, August 8th, 7pm at Camp Mountain Run in the Walker Center. Please have a representative from your Pack, Troop or Crew in attendance to get all of the materials that you will need to have a successful recruitment. Scouting is a program that everyone needs. Let's offer it to them!
Scoutbook Makes Tracking Your Scouts Advancement Easier
From Leaders to Scouts to Parents, Scoutbook makes it easier to track day-to-day essentials in Scouting. Scoutbook is "the whole Scouting experience rolled into one great web app"! Check it out!
My.Scouting.org and MyScouting.org Consolidated
In an effort to move towards simplification, we have consolidated the two volunteer sites, myscouting.org and my.scouting.org. The remaining links in the legacy myscouting.org were moved to my.scouting.org and appear in the Menu drop down list under Legacy Web Tools. The links include:
• Best Practices Portal
• Internet Advancement
• Internet Rechartering
• Journey to Excellence
• Manage Member ID
• National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course
• Service Hours Reporting
• Tour and Activity Plan
• Voice of the Scout
Access to these services is still dependent on one’s registered position. So for example, if your myscouting.org login gave you access to Journey to Excellence in your Council Tools on the left side menu then you will now access this same dashboard by logging into my.scouting.org, select Menu and then Legacy Web Tools in the dropdown list.
We also moved the ability to manage your member/person id’s that was previously located in the profile section to a new tool called Manage Member ID. If you have multiple member numbers (for example you are registered in more than one council) and you need to add or change one and set as primary for your my.scouting.org role, then select Manage Member ID from the drop down list. Once the change is made you must log out and log back in to have the system recognize the alternate membership, its corresponding security and tools access.
This consolidation was made to eliminate ongoing frustration about needing to go to two different places. We hope you agree this is a positive step forward!
New Boy Scout Requirements - January 1, 2016
New Boy Scout Requirements will be taking effect beginning on January 1, 2016. In order to prepare for this change, here are some resources to help with the transition. 2016 Boy Scout Requirements, 2016 Boy Scout Requirements FAQ's, and Transitioning to the New Boy Scout Requirements.
As a new adult leader in the Scouting program, we are committed to get you the resources that you need to put on a quality Scouting program for your Scouts. Program Resources and information on the PA Act 15 (volunteer clearances) are available on this site. Please note that all new leaders need to have the clearances prior to becoming a Scout leader. (Currently registered leaders will need to get their clearances by December and submit them as part of the rechartering process.) For additional information, please download these FAQ's or contact the Council Service Center at 814-371-5650.
Want a Sneak Preview of the NEW Cub Scout Meeting Plans?
Check out the new Cub Scout Meeting Plans - Cub Scout Meeting Plans 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
Revised Youth and Adult Applications
Last year, the National Executive Board approved a resolution to ensure that moving forward, participants who are 18 but not yet 21 register as adults. This does not affect their eligibility to participate in programs such as Venturing and Sea Scouting.
The primary purpose of the change is to ensure that all persons legally considered adults meet adult membership requirements, including undergoing a criminal background check and meeting the BSA’s Youth Protection requirements and membership standards. The changes are required to allow the performance of criminal background checks in connection with the registration process.
New Venturing and Sea Scouting participants 18 but not yet 21, must complete an Adult Application and Criminal Background Check Disclosure/Authorization form. To support this change, the youth and adult applications have been revised. The new Youth Application, No. 524-406 (SKU 619506), and the new Adult Application, No. 524-501 (SKU 619504), should be used starting March 1, 2015. Spanish versions of the Youth Application, No. 524-423 (SKU 619507), and the Adult Application, No. 524-502 (SKU 619505), are also available. All new youth and adult applications can be identified with the number 115 located at the bottom right corner on the cover of the application. An announcement regarding system changes and frequently asked questions will be made soon.
In addition, unit adult applications will no longer require council approval, unless the applicant has answered “yes” to any of the background questions. Council approval will still be required for adults in district and council-level positions. This change is documented on page 2 of the Adult Application under the section titled APPROVAL REQUIRED-UNIT ADULTS.
Send your Trading Post Orders via Email
Packs, Troops and others may now opt to send their trading post orders for badges, books, etc. to Bucktail Council Trading Post. This will allow us to more efficiently get your orders ready for you to pick up.
Go to BeaScout.org to find the Cub Scout Pack nearest to you!
Go to BeaScout.org to find out how you and your son can sign up for Cub Scouting! Just type in your zip code and a Google Map with pins will appear with the Cub Scout Packs in your area. There will also be contact information for the Pack so that you can call or email for more information. You can also contact the Council Service Center at 814-371-5650.
The mission of the Bucktail Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices during their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We fulfill our mission by establishing and supporting strong relationships with organizations that use the program of the Boy Scouts of America to accomplish mutually acceptable goals.
Boy Scouts of America Profile
The Boy Scouts of America promise youth of America an exciting, challenging, outdoor program filled with fun and adventure, which will build character, train in the responsibility of participating citizenship, and develop personal fitness.
What area does the Bucktail Council cover? Simply put, it services an area within the Boy Scouts of America that covers Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, Jefferson and the western portion of Centre County of Pennsylvania.