2011 Silver Beavers Honorees are: Bob Murray, Steve von Dohlen, Cynthia Beaudette, Alan Munch
The next time you see one of our 2011 Silver Beaver Award recipients, congratulate them
on receiving the highest award the Los Padres Council can bestow upon a volunteer.
The Key 3 is Key to Success
There is a group of key leaders in the Boy Scout program called the Key 3. The Los Padres Council Key 3 (pictured below, left to right) are Laurie Tamura, Council President, Rebecca Fields, Scout Executive, and Rick TerBorch, Council Commissioner.
Each of these key Council leaders has decades of successful experience in providing a quality Scouting experience for our youth. If we add up their decades of experience it easily exceed a century’s worth of Scouting leadership. This seems very appropriate as we begin our second century of successful Scouting in America and most importantly Scouting success right here in the Los Padres Council.
The Los Padres Council Key 3 has big responsibilities for achieving success in our Scouting program locally. This includes ensuring we fulfill the aims of Scouting as we offer a quality Scouting program, maintaining growth in Scouting units and traditional membership, providing adequate funding to complete our Scouting mission and the very important task of providing quality unit service via the good work of our Commissioner Staff.
New BSA policy developed on the use of the Annual Health and Medical Record. In order to provide better care for its members and to assist them in better understanding their own physical capabilities, the Boy Scouts of America recommends that everyone who participates in a Scouting event have an annual medical evaluation by a certified and licensed health-care provider—a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
Providing your medical information on this four-part Health and Medical Form will help ensure you meet the minimum standards for participation in various activities. Note that unit leaders must always protect the privacy of unit participants by protecting their medical information.
Effective immediately, the Local and National tour permits are replaced by Tour Plans developed using the Tour Planning Worksheet. The online Tour Permit system is now suspended and the new Tour Planning Worksheet and Tour Plan takes its place.
"Proper advanced tour planning helps keep our Scouts safer."
Units will complete this form when planning for local, national, or international adventure. The plan helps ensure the unit is properly prepared, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right resources are available for the adventure.
This change means one-stop shopping for your Tour Plans, it is streamlined as it is all at the Council level, there is less paperwork, as the PDF form can be filled out on line, and there are fewer activities that require the new tour plan.
Los Padres Council added the following requirements:
For Scout Troops/Varsity Teams/Venture Crews, any outing that is more than two nights, including backpacking, camping, treks, etc. whether the activity is in our council territory or not.
For Cub Packs, ANY overnight activity including Den outings, Pack camping, etc., whether or not the activity is in our council territory or not.
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. Youth Protection training is now required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position. Take Youth Protection Training online at My Scouting.
Wood Badge is advanced training for adult leaders in Scouting. Wood Badge develops contemporary leadership skills so participants become effective Scout leaders. More information on the Fall 2011 course is on our Council Web site: Wood Badge page
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to teach youth members leadership, communication, planning and organizational skills they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
As Scouting observes this year’s Youth Protection Month in April, it’s fitting that the BSA recently welcomed a strong new advocate for young people.
“This is my mission and goal: To ensure that the Boy Scouts of America has the best possible Youth Protection program for the safety and well-being of our youth, their parents, and our volunteers,” says Mike Johnson. And Johnson is exactly the type of person to play this role.
Ever want to see those issues of Boys Life that were in print when you were a kid? Want to see the very first issues of Boys Life? You are in luck! Boys Life has set ups a new area on its site that will allow you to view nearly 100 years of Boys Life Magazine. For example, you can go back in time and read "The Lost Express" by John Carisford in the March 1911 edition of Boys Life!
April brings the long-awaited debut of the Robotics merit badge. Along with the
recently unveiled Inventing and Geocaching badges, this one enhances Scouting’s
commitment to activities associated with science, technology, engineering, and math.
Rick Tyler, who advises a Redmond, Wash., robotics Venturing crew and served on the merit badge’s development team, believes the new badge —which depicts a Mars rover— helps to keep Scouting relevant to 21st-century youth who are huge consumers of technology but may feel “intimidated” by the idea of creating it themselves.
Look for requirements and more information online on April 12.
Earn the BSA National Outdoor Awards
From short day hikes to challenging wilderness expeditions, Scouting opportunities for adventure are almost without limit. Master the skills of the outdoors, add plenty of time along trails, on open water, and in camp, and you've got the perfect recipe for becoming a seasoned back country traveler.
The National Outdoor Awards recognize Scouts who have demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience in camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure. Requirements for each badge are full of exciting possibilities. For example:
The camping badge asks for a minimum of 25 nights under the stars.
The hiking badge requires at least 100 miles on the trail.
The swimming and lifesaving merit badges and Mile Swim, BSA are the gateway to the aquatics badge.
Hundreds of miles on a horse or bicycle carry you toward the riding badge.
The adventure badge combines backpacking with rock climbing and your choice of
canoeing, rowing, or sailing.
Complete these and the rest of the requirements for each badge, then add the embroidered bar to the main patch. Silver and gold devices attached to the bars indicate even more time in the field.