There will be a training and information update session on Internet Advancement Version 2 on Wednesday 11 September at 7 PM at Garner United Methodist Church. The training and Q/A session will be led by Gantt Edminston who handles computer programming issues for the Council. Gantt has been very involved with the development and roll out of IA2. There are bugs and some of our units have had issues with IA2. Since all units are required to do advancements electronically all units should send their advancement person or other representative. Gantt will discuss how IA2 works, relationship with Scoutbook, synchronization with other programs, identified issues, how to get help, and planned updates/improvements.
Black River District Troop Leadership training will be here before you know it. We are still expecting to hear from more units. Several units have already signaled their intention to participate. Attendance will help your unit with JTE.
The 14th edition of the Scouts BSA Handbook includes changes to advancement requirements. For example, the number of overnight camping activities required for the First-Class rank was reduced from six to three, and for the Scout Rank, members are no longer required to demonstrate, but must discuss, pocketknife safety to satisfy the requirement. The text in the corresponding chapters of the handbook was not properly edited to reflect these changes and reflects the old requirements. It is important that troops utilize the requirements listed in the Rank Requirements section of the handbook (pages 441–454).
Internet Advancement is being upgraded and the new and more useful Internet Advancement 2.0
As girls now join Scouts BSA some of the new members to scouting will not have sufficient time to earn the rank of Eagle because of their age at joining. Earning the rank of Eagle takes a minimum of 19 to 20 months. Therefore, a one-time extension for earning the rank of Eagle has been created for all Scouts age 16 or 17, who first join Scouting BSA between 1 February and 31 December 2019. This one time extension is not just for our new female members of scouting but also boys age 16 or 17 who have never been a member of the BSA/Scouting BSA. The detailed information regarding requesting this one time extension is available at the attached link or you may contact Curt Lunchick at firstname.lastname@example.org for the details.