Message from Piedmont Council Scout Executive
December 14, 2018
Dear Scouting Family,
I am sharing with you the Wall Street Journal article stating that National BSA has hired a bankruptcy attorney considering the costs of defending sexual abuse lawsuits. The purpose of potential bankruptcy is financial restructuring under court supervision and not a liquidation of the BSA. The National BSA office is committed to communicate transparently and stated there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected considering the Wall Street Journal news story. However, the organization is exploring all options available to ensure that the programing of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted.
New Adult Application
Reminder, BSA has a new Adult Application available (see link below). As of July 1, 2018 this will be the only version that we will be able to accept. New applications will be available at your June Roundtable, from your District Executive, District or Unit Commissioner, or you can pick them up from the Council Office.
To help ensure that you only use the new version, we ask that you please recycle any other versions that you have of the adult application.
The name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.
"Scout Me In"
Hazardous Weather Training
Effective April 30, 2018 direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. - Link
This requirement is for “Direct Contact Leaders” only.
Updated Youth Protection Training Now Available
An updated youth protection training is available for staff, leaders and parents (Youth Protection Y01). The training includes a three-module course that all leaders will be required to complete by September 30, 2018. The training encompasses Venturing and Exploring Youth Protection, therefore those videos are no longer available.
The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout
Research reinforces interest expressed by families and girls nationwide as organization looks to offer programs that meet the needs of today’s families
Irving, Texas – October 11, 2017 – Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver 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 organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve 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.
“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”
Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before , making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing. Additionally, many groups currently underserved by Scouting, including the Hispanic and Asian communities, prefer to participate in activities as a family. Recent surveys  of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts. Education experts also evaluated the curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.
“The BSA’s record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing” said Randall Stephenson, BSA’s national board chairman. “I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization. It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.”
Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.
This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.
For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page.