New Scouting Mobile App Pulls Advancement Data from Scoutbook
BSA’s Information Technology Group, along with many volunteer beta testers, are excited to announce the new Scouting mobile app, which is now available for both iPhone and Android devices.
Scouting makes it easier than ever for youth and their parents to view and track advancement in the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs — as well as youth recognition in the Venturing program. The app pulls existing advancement data straight from Scoutbook for viewing on an enhanced user interface.
No cell service? No problem! If your Scouting Adventures take you off the grid, this app’s offline capability allows parents and youth (13 and older) to access advancement data anywhere at any time.
Once the app is downloaded, parents and youth should use their Scoutbook credentials to login. If you don’t have a Scoutbook account yet, visit Scoutbook.com to create one. Note, a youth and parent can still setup a Scouting account for the new mobile app without a unit subscription to Scoutbook.
The initial release of the app contains the following functions:
Track a Scout’s advancement
Track logs like service hours, hiking, and camping
View parent and/or Scout profile
Provide parent access to your Scouts’ accounts
The new app also supports a night-mode feature, user default data settings, and offline capabilities (under settings). Additional features like a Scout community, notifications, leadership, calendar, and Scout challenges will also be added throughout 2018.
For screen captures from the new app, check out the full story on Scouting Wire.
Don’t Miss the 2019 World Jamboree
The 2019 World Jamboree will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico and will be held at the Summit in West Virginia on July 21-August 2 2019. The United States has only hosted one other World Jamboree in 1967 in Idaho. This one is only a few hours from your home. How can you compare a National Jamboree and a World Jamboree? The answer is, You Can’t. A World Jamboree is about meeting people from other countries and learning about them and their cultures. There are dinner exchanges and an opportunity to go around to visit Troops from other countries and sample their food and activities. Your Troop will be camped next to Troops from other countries. Whereas, the activities in most Jamborees are limited, the 2019 World Jamboree will also have all of the activities available at the Summit. There has never been another Jamboree like this one and probably will not be another like it in the future. We are allotted 6 units from Area 6 with one being a coed Venturing Troop. At this time there are only 126 openings left, so sign up today at www.2019wsj.us. You must be 14 and not yet 18 years old by July 21, 2019. The cost is $2500.00. There will be some scholarship money available with information on this available about March 1st. Be sure you are one of the Scouts who have the opportunity to experience this mountain top experience. These web sites will fill in the details:
Congratulations to the 2017 Platinum Journey to Excellence Achieving Unit
This recognition honors units that are the best of the best. 20 of our units met these standards, or 10.7% of the total units.
National Executive Board Approves Lions Integration Into Cub Scouts Program
Recognizing the success of the national Lion pilot program, the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors has approved integrating Lions into the Cub Scout program empowering chartered partners with packs to offer the experience to Kindergarten-age children nationwide.
Integrating the national Lion pilot into the Cub Scout program enables chartered partners, along with the adult leadership in the pack, to offer the program to Kindergarten-age children, which families have requested and appreciated in markets where the pilot was offered to date.
For more information on this announcement, please see the attached FAQ document. Plus, be sure to check Scouting magazine's "Bryan on Scouting" blog and Scouting Wire — as well as the BSA's official social media channels —for additional coverage.
Character Connections Q1 2018 Now Available, which includes the announcement of the 2018 Class of Silver Beavers
Congratulations to the 2018 Class of Silver Beavers! The 2018 Gala celebration will culminate with the presentation of the 2018 Class of Silver Beaver Award recipients. The Silver Beaver is the highest award that a council can bestow upon a volunteer and is presented in recognition of outstanding service to youth. The 2018 Silver Beaver recipients are:
The Gala, the Hoosier Trails Council’s annual awards ceremony, will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at The Seasons Lodge in Nashville, Indiana. The program will include recognition of 82 Eagle Scouts who earned their award in 2017, additionally Religious Awards, James E West and Heritage Society Awards, William D. Boyce Award for new Scouting unit development, Popcorn Sales achievement, Wood Badge, Veterans Awards, volunteer recognition, Venturing awards, District Award of Merit recognition, Distinguished Commissioner Awards, Journey to Excellence achievements, and Heroism awards will be presented.
2018 Summer Camp Registration and Merit Badge Sign-ups are now live!
Don't miss out on a summer full of fun and excitement! Longtime Favorites such as Welding, Sailing, Discover Scuba, and COVERT are coming back! We are also reintroducing Photography, Electricity, Moviemaking, Painting, and Rowing Merit Badges to our lineup! Some brand new merit badges we are offering this year include Engineering, Gardening, Animal Science! The Mountaineer Challenge program will be back for its second year and will be offering Ridge Runner and the new Voyageur challenge, now open all day! We are looking forward to providing your unit and scouts a top-notch program and a week full of memorable experiences! We can't wait to see you! As always, welcome to camp. Sites are already filling up, register your troop today.
Trail Signs February-April Edition
Our printed newsletter will be reaching mailboxes soon; however, it is available to you right now here. Great articles about up-coming events, changes, tips, deals, and more!
BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls
The BSA's board of directors has unanimously approved welcoming girls into our Cub Scouts program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who have never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.
More information on this exciting, developing change, click here.
Major Gifts Initiative
We have added content to our MGI webpage, including site plans, project spec sheets, building drawings, an MGI newsletter and more. Check it out. Scout units can participate in the investments in our camps, an Adopt a Campsite option has been made available, through which a Scout unit or individual can commit to a gift of support, payable over three years. Special recognition will be posted in the campsite. Presently four such shelters are being installed at MSR. Get more details on this opportunity.
Wood Badge 2018
In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s leaders by organizing a series of lectures and activities. Wood Badge provides the opportunity to: Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth. Recognize contemporary leadership concepts and discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement and life in general. Apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team. Renew one’s commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that provides Scouting with revitalized leadership. And, Have FUN !
Order of the Arrow Dues
Brothers in the OA can now pay their 2018 Lodge Dues conveniently here to remain in good standing in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.
Help Spread the Word About Scouting Podcasts
It goes without saying that Scouting's adult volunteers are busy. To help them stay current with the latest program and membership developments, the National Service Center has created two podcasts, ScoutCast and CubCast, that can be enjoyed while exercising, commuting, or while multitasking at home.
To access both, as well as several years'-worth of past episodes, head to: https://podcast.scouting.org. You also can subscribe on iTunes (search for "CubCast" or "ScoutCast