Black River District News

All Posts Author: Curt Lunchick

2019 Scout Advancement Changes

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).

Eagle Scout Extension Is Not Just For Girls

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 curt.lunchick@bayer.com for the details.

Eagle Coach and Unit Training

Black River District will hold a training session for both individuals interested in becoming an Eagle Coach and for troops on unit responsibility regarding preparing our Life rank Scouts for the earning the rank of Eagle. The District requires all Eagle Coaches to have the training before they coach Eagle Scout candidates. The unit responsibility training is for a troop's SM, ASMs, Committee members, and other registered adults in a troop. The goal of the training is to ensure that all Eagle candidates are properly prepared for both the concept preparation and the final Eagle Board of Reviews. It is the unit's responsibility to properly prepare the Eagle candidate before the appear before the District Board. The training is 22 June 2019 at Campbell University from 0900 to 1100 in Room 311 Leslie Campbell Science Building. Parking is available in the faculty parking lot with the exception of the handicap spaces unless you have placard.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Any ...

2019 Guide to Advancement Is Now Available

The 2019 Guide to Advancement is now available and replaces the 2017 version. The 2019 guide can be downloaded at the following url:  https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf   All units should begin using the 2019 guide as soon as possible.2019 Guide to Advancement

Unit Advancement Report 34403 Phase Out

During the first week in February, the National council announced that it is no longer printing the three-part NCR-paper Unit Advancement Report 34403.  Unit Advancment Report 34403 (2019 printing) *will* continue to be available as a fillable form at www.scouting.org    Unit Advancement Report 34403.  

John William Pope Scholarship Application

The application and information for the 2019 John William Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is now available.  If you visit our council website, it is currently the first item shown on our homepage (www.ocscouts.org).  Scouts who are recommended for the Eagle rank at the 12 December Eagle Board of Review are included in those who can apply. No better time than now for interested scouts to start the process!

Den Chief – Training Syllabus for this Leadership Position Revised

As packs and troops begin to develop their programs for the next year, planning to train and support den chiefs is an important part of the Scouting process for leadership development. The Den Chief training syllabus, which was recently updated, is available at this web address: www.scouting.org/training/youth/.