Boy Scout Parents Introduction


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Boy Scout Parents Introduction

  1. 1. 1 ScoutParents Robert Grupe Committee Chair Chesterfield Missouri Troop 848 2015-02-18 tags :: BSA, Boy Scouts, ScoutParents, introduction, overview
  2. 2. Agenda • Welcome & Introduction • Parenting Benefits of Scouting • Financial Investment – Starting Your Scout Out Right, uniform & camping – Dues & Fees • Personal Development Opportunities • Parental Involvement 2
  3. 3. Welcome & Introduction Your ScoutParent Coordinator • Provide an orientation for all parents about how the unit works and the benefits to their family – This presentation • Facilitate parental involvement with troop administration – Many hands make light work – Leadership in Depth for backup and succession • Keep parents updated on the unit’s program and their child’s involvement – Helping you help your son 3
  4. 4. What’s Your Interest In Scouting? • What is your current interest in Boy Scouting ? • What is your interest in Troop 848 ? • What has your family involvement history with Scouting? 4
  5. 5. Scouting Method Reinforcing Parenting / Maturity • Building capable, responsible men for family, community, and nation. • Scouting Builds CHARACTER • Scouting Builds VALUES • Scouting Builds COMMUNITY • Scouting Builds FAMILY 5
  6. 6. Scouting Builds CHARACTER • Skill-development opportunities your child might not otherwise find at home, school or through other extracurricular programs, including leadership, team building and conflict resolution. Scouting also builds character by developing confidence and self-reliance through positive role models as your child matures. 6
  7. 7. Scouting Builds VALUES • A Scout is… – Trustworthy: 75% always be honest and to be a leader. – Loyal: 88% proud to live in the USA and 83% family is important. – Helpful: 80% helping others should come before their own self-interest. – Friendly: 80% treat others with respect and 78% to get along with others. – Courteous: 87% older people should be treated with respect. – Kind: 78% taught them to care for other people. – Obedient: in Scouting five+ years more likely to reject negative peer pressure. – Cheerful: 78% happy with their schools and their neighborhoods. – Thrifty: 82% say that saving money for the future is a priority. – Brave: 80% increased their confidence and 51% self-confidence as excellent. – Clean: 79% more respect for the environment and their physical fitness. – Reverent: 83% 5+ years attending religious services as a family is important. 7
  8. 8. Scouting Builds COMMUNITY • Community service projects are a requirement of every Scouting program. • Projects find the Scouts and leaders working side by side, often earning the funds to offset their dues and other expenses throughout the year. 8
  9. 9. Scouting Builds FAMILIES • Scout parents are available and a positive influence on their children at a time in their lives when they often don’t want parents around. • Siblings and extended family members can also benefit by participating in family-based activities and programs, and a Scout can serve as a positive role model to younger family members. 9
  10. 10. Framework for Successful Parenting • Critical time during 11-14 formative years – don’t let this time slip by, it will be over before you know it, there will not be any ‘do overs’ or other opportunities with this depth • Establishes and reinforces moral compass and work ethic with peer group influence (more powerful that parental words and example at this questioning and forming age). • For you as parents to help guide your children. One of the few opportunities you have to share experiences with your son and pass along knowledge – Career preparation has been dedicated to schools – Religious education to Sunday schools – Sports to team coaches – Spectator sports • Puts you in a positive & reinforcing role, instead of negative & enforcing – Positive: Can I help you, this might interest you, etc. – Negative: Have you done ABC • You get to explore and learn together – Especially if you are active with the troop adult support organization 10
  11. 11. Finances 11
  12. 12. Starting Your Scout :: Uniform ~ $150 • Shirt – (Short $25+ / Long $30) – Activity Shirt (from troop for outings) • Kerchief (troop supplied) • Shorts $25 Or Trousers $35 • Belt $11 • Socks $6 • Hiking Boots $50+ • Hat (optional / any billed) • Handbooks – Boy Scout Handbook $12 (required) – Cover $7 (recommended) – Field Book $10 (optional) 12
  13. 13. Starting Your Scout :: Backpacking Equipment ~ $500+ Minimum Essentials • Backpack • 3 season sleeping bag & sleeping pad • Water bags • Rain gear • Flashlight • Towel & toiletries • Mess kit Further • Watch • Pocket knife • Compass • Tent • Etc 13
  14. 14. Annual Dues & Fees • $24 Annual national registration for Youth • $101 Troop Dues – New scout kerchief, slide, troop numbers, troop patches, etc. – Camping fees – Rank award patches – Youth Training Leadership fees – Adult leader registrations • $12 Boy’s Life magazine (optional, recommended) • District Fundraising (optional, for those who can) – Annual Friends of Scouting Campaign – James E West Fellowship Award: $1,000+ council donation 14
  15. 15. Troop Finances • Annual Report & Plan – Starting Balance in budget categories – Ending Balance – Itemized expenses – Upcoming planned expenses – Remaining projected amounts • Available for review when wanted 15
  16. 16. Activities • Local troop campouts • Spring & Autumn District Camporees • Summer Camp • High Adventure: Philmont & Seabase • Community Service Programs – Scouting for Food in November – Earth Day in Spring 16
  17. 17. Youth Protection Training • No One-On-One Contact – One-on-one contact between an adult and a youth member is not permitted. In situations that require personal interaction, such as a Scoutmaster conference, the meeting must be conducted in view of at least one other adult. • Respect of Privacy – Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing into swimsuits or taking showers at camp. In similar situations, adults should also protect their own privacy. • Separate Accommodations – When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian. Councils are strongly encouraged to have separate shower and latrine facilities for females. Where separate facilities are not available, separate shower times for males and females should be scheduled and posted. • No Secret Organizations – There are no secret organizations recognized within the Boy Scouts of America. All aspects of Scouting are open at any time for observation by parents or guardians and troop leaders. • No Hazing – Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited by the Boy Scouts of America and may not be included as part of any Scouting activity. • Appropriate Attire – Proper clothing is required for all Scouting activities. Skinny-dipping is not condoned by the Boy Scouts of America. • Junior Leader Training and Supervision – Adult leaders must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by junior leaders and ensure that Boy Scouts of America policies are followed. 17
  18. 18. Adult Participation Opportunities • Youth Leadership Development – Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmasters – Patrol mentor – Troop Chaplain • ScoutParents – Merit Badge Counselor – Service Project Coordinator – Activity Coordinator – Events Coordinator • Troop Committee – Committee Chairman – Secretary – Treasurer – Advancement Chair – Equipment Coordinator – Outdoor/Activities Chair – Membership Chair – Training Chair – Public Relations Chair – Friends of Scouting (FOS) Chair – Scouting for Food Chair – Fundraising Chair – ScoutParent Unit Coordinator 18
  19. 19. Adult Scouter Awards 19
  20. 20. Adult Development Opportunities • Online Quick Start Training • District Training • Literature • University of Scouting • Wood Badge • Philmont Training Center 20
  21. 21. Online Training: Quick Starts • Youth Protection • This is Scouting • Safe Swim Defense • Physical Wellness • Safety Afloat • Climb On Safely • Trek Safely • Weather Hazards • Leader Position-Specific Training – Troop Committee Challenge Retake Course | View Certificate – Fast Start Orientation Training – Fast Start: Boy Scouting – ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start 21
  22. 22. District Training • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (required for Scoutmasters) – contact your local District Executive (New Horizons) at (314) 361- 0600. • Red Cross First Aid • Powder Horn – Motivate and prepare adult and youth leaders to provide their unit with a safe and correct Outdoor / High Adventure activities – Weekend one will take place on April 25-27, 2014 at Beaumont Scout Ranch in High Ridge, Missouri. – Weekend two will take place on May 9-11, 2014 at the S-F Scout Ranch in Knob Lick, Missouri. • Red Cross First Aid 22
  23. 23. Council Training January University of Scouting • Scoutmaster Indoor Training • Troop Committee Training • Eagle is just the beginning! • Fundraising, Popcorn & Individual Accounts • Boy Scout Advancement • Scoutmaster Conferences • Boards of Review • Courts of Honor • Merit Badge Counselor Training & FAQ • Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects • From Life to Eagle • First Class-First Year & Scout Skills • Boy Scout First Aid Skills • Boy Scout Camping Skills • Boy Scout Hiking and Backpacking • Boy Scout Orienteering & GPS • Pioneering & Lashings 101 • Indian Lore 101 • Leatherwork 101 • How to have a great Advancement Campout • The Boy-Led Troop • Scouter Awards • The Insider's Guide to Summer Camp • Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Boy Scouts 23
  24. 24. Literature • Troop Committee Guidebook • Scoutmaster Handbook • Boy Scouts Troop Program Features (Volumes I-III) – Also online for free • Camping and Outdoor Program Committee Guide Book • Etc. 24
  25. 25. Wood Badge • Eight-day training course involving Scoutcraft and leadership skills for unit-, district-, and council-level volunteers. • $250 (VFW scholarships available) • Spring Course – Pre-Course evening in April – Two weekends in May – Beaumont Scout Reservation, High Ridge, MO • Fall Course – Pre-Course evening in August – Two weekends in September – Pine Ridge Scout Camp, Makanda, IL 25
  26. 26. Philmont Training Center (PTC) • First Track [$495 in NM] – Attend the Philmont Training Center as a summer or fall conference (week 11) • Camp Standards - Procedures and Compliance • Camping and Outdoor Program Committee Administration • Climbing Instructor Level II • Conservation USA • Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC) • Project COPE and Climbing Manager • Project COPE Instructor Level II • Properties Conference • Recruiting and Serving Ethnic Markets • Shooting Sports Program • Trek Leader Planning and Advanced Outdoor Skills • Wilderness First Aid Train the Trainer • Second Track – Attend an additional (second) course as a summer or fall conference (week 11) participant. – Recruit three (3) people to attend PTC as a summer or fall conference (week 11) conference participant. – Teach a BSA course* in one of the following: District, Council, Area, Region 26
  27. 27. Troop Adult Training Financial Assistance • Various scouting events require different adult supervision for safety and compliance with BSA guidelines – Pressurized Fuels, First Aid, Swimming, High Ropes, Rock Climbing, Tee Pee, Pioneering Kit, Boating, Shooting Sports, etc. • With prior troop committee review and approval – 50% of cost, up to $155 – BSA certifications and adult leader training only (i.e. not general classes) • Outdoor Leader Training • Wood Badge • Etc. 27
  28. 28. Troop 848 :: You’re In Good Company 28 • Chartered Org Rep, Secretary, Advancement Chair: Jennifer Adams • Scoutmaster: Jun Fabella • Primary Assistant Scoutmasters: Mark Alan, Jeff Alley • Committee Chairman: Robert Grupe • Treasurer: Mark DeStefano • Pack Liaison: Jim Bunn * Order of the Arrow
  29. 29. Troop Events Coordination Opportunities • Troop Campouts • Scouting for Food • Annual Friends of Scouting fundraising • Summer Camp • Community Service Opportunities 29
  30. 30. Merit Badge Counselor • Complete Youth Protection training. • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America (position code 42). • Be recognized as having the skills and education in the merit badge subjects covered and hold any required qualifications and training as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting or the Guide to Advancement—or use others so qualified. • STL District Application form (4) subjects max. • NOVA Awards (STEM) Counselor – Science (Shoot) • Merit badge choice: Archery, Robotics, Astronomy, Shotgun Shooting, Athletics, Space Exploration, Aviation, Weather, Rifle Shooting – Technology (Start Your Engines) • Merit badges choice: Automotive Maintenance, Farm Mechanics, Aviation, Motorboating, Canoeing, Nuclear Science, Cycling, Railroading, Drafting, Small - Boat Sailing, Electricity, Space Exploration, Energy, Truck Transportation – Engineering (Whoosh) • Merit badges choice: Archery, Inventing, Aviation, Model Design and Building, Composite Materials, Railroading, Drafting, Rifle Shooting, Electronics, Robotics, Engineering, Shotgun Shooting – Math (Design to Crunch) • Merit badges choice: American Business, Orienteering, Chess, Personal Management, Computers, Radio, Drafting, Surveying, Entrepreneurship, Weather 30
  31. 31. Current Merit Badges Without Troop Counselors 31 American Cultures Dog Care Mammal Study Rowing American Labor Drafting Metalwork Safety Animal Science Electricity Model Design Scholarship Archaeology Electronics Motorboating Scuba Diving Archery Energy Music Sculpture Architecture Engineering Nature Search and Rescue Astronomy Farm Mechanics Nuclear Science Shotgun Shooting Athletics Fingerprinting Oceanography Small Boat Sailing Auto Maintenance Fish and Wildlife Painting Snow Sports Backpacking Fly Fishing Pets Soil and Water Basketry Forestry Photography Stamp Collecting Bird Study Gardening Pioneering Surveying Bugling Genealogy Plant Science Textile Canoeing Geology Plumbing Theater Chemistry Golf Pottery Truck Transport Chess Home Repairs Public Health Veterinary Medicine Cinematography Horsemanship Public Speaking Water Sports Coin Collecting Indian Lore Pulp and Paper Weather Collections Insect Study Radio Welding Composite Materials Inventing Railroading Whitewater Cooking Journalism Reading Wilderness Survival Crime Prevention Kayaking Reptile/Amphibian Woodwork Dentistry Landscape Architect Rifle Shooting Disability Aware Leatherwork Robotics
  32. 32. Adult Volunteer Positions 32 Volunteer Position Description of Tasks to be Accomplished Activity Coordinator Promote attendance at council, district, and unit activities and events. Activity leader Offer to lead a nature hike or other unit activity based on your skills or interests. Advancement Chairperson Order, pick up, and package Scout recognition awards from the Scout shop or Council office. Advancement Committee Maintain a Scout advancement display board. Advancement Recorder Keep advancement records. Aquatics Counselor Make your boat available to the unit for an activity or provide support to those teaching aquatics skills. Assistant Leader Assist as a second adult to sit in on Scoutmaster conference. Audiovisual Coordinator Set up the public address system at special events. Board of Review Supporter Serve on a board of review. Ceremony Chair Make props for troop/team ceremonies. Charter Presentation Chair Help plan a charter presentation. Commissioner Support one or more units as a liaison with the district/council. Court of Honor Coordinator Coordinate the troop's regular or special Eagle Court of Honor. Equipment Coordinator Provide tools for conservation projects. Equipment Repairperson Repair damaged camp gear and equipment. Facility Committee Make a cabin on the lake or in the mountains available. First Aider Keep unit first aid kit fully stocked. Flag Ceremony Coordinator Coordinate the unit's involvement in local flag ceremonies. Friends of Scouting Helper Chair or work on the FOS campaign in the unit. Fund-raising Coordinator Chair or work on the unit fund-raising activity. Historian Make a unit scrapbook or display of photos of past events. Historic Trail Coordinator Spearhead arrangements for an outing on a historic trail. Hobby Instructor Teach your hobby to the Scouts in the unit. Interfaith Religious Coordinator Help plan interfaith worship services on unit outings. Librarian Maintain a unit library of merit badge pamphlets and other resources. Logistics Coordinator Be responsible for unit meeting place logistics. Medical Coordinator Keep a record of the health history of each Scout. Meeting Host Make your home available for patrol meetings. Merit Badge Counselor Serve as a merit badge counselor. Open House Coordinator Coordinate a unit open house for new members. Parent Initiative Coordinator Make sure new Scouts and families are welcomed. Print Coordinator Print programs for a court of honor. Publicity Chair Serve as unit publicity chairman. Recharter Coordinator Assist with the troop/team rechartering process. Recognition Committee Thank the spouses of the adult leaders, as well as parents and other adults who volunteer to help. Recognition Coordinator Thank leaders with a note or token of appreciation. Refreshment Committee Make refreshment arrangements at the court of honor. Religious Awards Coordinator Promote the religious awards programs. Service Project Committee Chair or assist with troop/team community service projects. Skills Coordinator Arrange for special subject experts to visit troop/team meetings. Snorkeling and Scuba Instructor Teach Scouts snorkeling and/or scuba. Summer Camp Coordinator Promote adult leader and youth attendance at summer camp. Survey Coordinator Help collect a troop resource survey from all families. Telephone Tree Committee Serve on a phone committee to remind people of events. Tour Permit Coordinator Be responsible for tour permits for activities. Training Coordinator Keep training records for the troop/team. Transportation Helper Provide transportation to activities. Treasurer Assist with unit budget plan. Uniform Bank Coordinator Maintain a uniform bank. Webelos Transition Chair Coordinate Webelos transition and the establishment of new Scout patrols. Webmaster for Unit Develop and maintain a unit Web-site. Youth Protection Training Coordinator Promote Youth Protection training. Lots of ways you can help (big and small) “Many hands make light work” “It takes a village to raise responsible adults”
  33. 33. After The Troop • Commissioner • Campmaster • Order of the Arrow • Multicultural, Low Income, and Juvenile Diversion Programs • Starting new programs with units 33
  34. 34. What You Will Get Out Of Scouting • Community Service – 73% Increased opportunities (resulting in recognition, provides professional credit for your employer) • Personal Values and Traits – 62% Moral and ethical decision making • A Communication Skills – 68% improves teaching and mentoring skills – 40% public speaking • A Relationship Skills – 69% Patience and understanding – Becoming better parents • 88% helps become a better parent • 71% being a positive example to your children • 67% building positive bond with child – 71% Better relationship skills with children – 73% Build friendships with other adults • Improves Self Esteem • 85% adds more fun, be a kid again • A Survival and Outdoor Skills – 62% developed “a great deal” • A Management and Leadership Skills – 74% helping become a better manager/supervisor – 66% being a better employee • Leadership Training – 57% organizing groups • Peer Parent Network – Learn from & support other parents 34
  35. 35. Summary :: Preparing for the Future 35 • Your son will only get one chance to earn Eagle Scout that will benefit him for the rest of his life. • You will only get one chance to help guide him through these formative years to equip him for the future. – Opportunity for you to learn and develop new skills – Share your knowledge – Strengthen you parenting – Develop your son and provide best life opportunities – Demonstrates love and commitment to your son • No other youth program provides the depth of methods and parental development tools as Boy Scouting • Don’t let these years go by
  36. 36. Next Steps • Indication your interest to be an active parent – Youth Application ScoutParent checkbox – Troop Resource Sheet • Take Online Certification (about 20 minutes) – Youth Protection Training – This is Scouting • Register as an Adult Scouter – [So can serve as a chaperone and assist with advancements] – Indicate your level of participation (occasional, monthly, youth) – Identify your Merit Badges 36
  37. 37. Youth Application Form Check the block to be an active ScoutParent
  38. 38. Thank You • Robert Grupe Troop 848 Committee Chair 636.236.8434 skype:rgrupe • Online Resources – Scouting: • Guides, checklists, etc. – Troop 848: 38