New "Position Manager Tool" in My.Scouting
A new Position Manager tool, found on the Organization Manager page of My.Scouting, will be rolled out in the next few days. This new tool updates and replaces the current Organization Security Manager and gives any currently chartered unit the ability to change leader registrations without having to fill out applications and take to the office. This process does follow all registration rules.
Position Manager will allow Chartered Organization Representatives and their designee to change any leader positions, except the Chartered Organization Representative, with the drag of the mouse. It will require an overnight sync, and then the new leadership position will be updated in the unit.
The assignment of functional assignments like Key 3 Delegates and Membership Chair can be done in Position Manager too. The Position Manager Job Aid PDF illustrates the new tool and its features.
Camp Information Webinars
The Northern Lights Council Camping Committee in partnership with the Order of the Arrow Lodge been hosting webinars the past few months and will have more in the future (see below).
Learn about what's being planned for the 2021 camp season by participating in a live webinar.
Dates for upcoming webinars are:
Day Camp Information Webinars
Scouts BSA Summer Camp & Cub Scout Adventure Camps Webinars
Webinars start at 7:00 pm. After you register, you will receive reminder emails one day and one hour before the webinar starts.
Did you miss the Scouts BSA Summer Camp - Cub Adventure Camp webinar on March 9?
No problem - click on the button below for the recording.
Before you head to camp - complete the Annual Health and Medical Record.
Proposed Eagle Scout Required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed
January 7, 2021
The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the Eagle-required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is introduced, Scouts in the process of earning the rank of Eagle Scout will be given adequate time to earn it.
Specific questions are welcome via email at Officeof.ChiefDiversityOfficer@scouting.org.
These Key BSA Tools and Applications Now Feature Simplified Logins
You can use your Apple ID or Google login to access Scoutbook, Internet Advancement or my.Scouting.org.
The Steps You Can Take Right Now to Help You Return to Scouting Activities
October 4, 2020
While many Scout units have a desire to return to Scouting activities, they have questions about how to do so safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During the recent webinar on how to hold meetings safely during COVID-19, attendees received tips on the key steps they can be taking right now to find a safe way to return to their meeting activities.
Step 1: Check your local requirements to see if you can meet. The safety requirements vary greatly around the nation, so it’s vital to check on what your local government requires and abide by those regulations. The BSA SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist has been specifically created to help you guide you through this as you build a framework for getting back to your Scouting activities.
Step 2: Call the families in your Scout unit to see how they’re doing. Check in by phone to connect personally with these families. Listen to their responses and gauge their readiness to return to Scouting activities. If laws in your community permit meeting, and you’ve met the other requirements of the SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist, spend some time talking about your process and the intention to return to Scouting activities safely.
Step 3: Connect with other leaders and families to find solutions for ways the unit can meet safely. Currently, some traditional meeting places for Scout units are not available because of the pandemic, but there may be other viable, safe options for meeting that can be discussed. Some of these options may be outdoors using social distancing. Other options may be virtual. Be sure to use the guidance for Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities when meeting virtually.
Step 4: Engage your chartered organization. Especially if you’re having difficulty finding a meeting place, talk with your chartered organization to see what other options they might be able to provide. While a meeting room might not be available, perhaps the parking lot, a field, or a park could be a safe alternative. Whatever the proposed location, the chartered organization should be made aware of the issue and brought into the discussion.
Step 5: Reach out to the school in your community. If you’re used to working with your local school for a recruiting night, meeting space or otherwise, connect with them to talk about ways your Scout unit could be of service and assist them during this time.
Step 6: Make sure you’ve updated your BeAScout pin and are using all of the available easy-to-use online registration tools. As you get back to Scouting, help new families find and join your unit without ever needing any paper to change hands.
Though the times remain uncertain, Scouts and Scouters are resilient, and following the above steps can help you to Be Prepared and ease the process of getting back to Scouting quickly and safely whenever local requirements allow it.
Scout Handbooks and Merit Badge Pamphlets Now Available on Kindle