MY.SCOUTING.ORG A GREAT NEW RESOURCE FROM BSA!
One of the most important new tools available from BSA National is My.Scouting.org.
Through My.Scouting.org, every registered member has the ability to:
- Update his or her own profile so you can keep up to date with all of Scouting's announcements and activities
- View completed training information and print training certificates
- Print membership cards
But that's not all. If you are a registered volunteer, My.Scouting.org is an incredibly useful and powerful tool.
Key 3 and their designees can view and export certain information from their membership roster. They can manage trainings for their Districts, assign Commissioners to Units, plan Roundtable, and much more.
No matter what position you hold, from registered member to Council leadership, My.Scouting.org has something for you.
Visit My.Scouting.org today, or click here for an overview of many of the tools you can find through the site.
NEW YOUTH PROTECTION AUTOMATIC NOTIFICATIONS
A new notification email feature will be implemented on Dec. 3. This feature will automatically and regularly notify registered adult leaders who have not yet taken Youth Protection Training, or whose training expired, or will expire in 30-60-90 days, about the importance of taking Youth Protection Training. The notification includes a direct link to the online YPT course to complete.
This feature can be successful only if there is a valid, current email account in each person's profile, so we encourage ALL leaders to log in to their MyScouting.org account and update their profile information, as well as provide current email addresses to the Council Service Center.
REMINDER: IT'S DECEMBER!!!
Popcorn $$ and 2015 Unit Re-charters are due DECEMBER 1!
Don't forget the following regarding turning in your Re-Charter:
1. After completing the process online, you must print a copy of your re-charter and obtain necessary signatures, then bring the signed, completed recharter along with 2015 fees due to the Rome or Dalton Scout offices before it counts as DONE.
2. Any adult leader who is not showing as Youth Protection trained, including new leaders, CANNOT be re-registered for 2015 until they provide proof of completion! If the adult leader is in a key leadership position required for the unit to re-charter, the re-charter is NOT complete until either they provide proof of YPT or another eligible leader is designated.
3. A completed, signed copy of the unit's 2014 Journey to Excellence form should be submitted at the same time the re-charter is turned in!
If you need assistance, contact the Rome Scout Office at 706-235-5545 or contact your District Executive ASAP. Thanks!
YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING AND BASIC TRAINING REMINDER:
ALL registered leaders, regardless of position or tenure, MUST be current in Youth Protection Training at time of re-charter or they will NOT be re-registered for 2015. All Direct Contact Leaders (Unit Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Den Leaders, etc.) must complete Basic Training for their position before they will be allowed to re-register unless they have signed up as a new Leader or changed position since August 1, 2014. Re-charters are due on Dec. 1, so if you're one of those leaders who have not completed this process, go online and do so ASAP or contact your District Training Chair or District Executive.
2014-15 NWGA Calendar available as a downloadable .pdf
The 2014-15 NWGA Calendar is available as a downloadable .pdf. Check the "Resources" section to the left of this space.
UNIT RE-CHARTER/REGISTRATION RULES CHANGING ON JAN. 1, 2015!!!
It seems early to be talking about Re-chartering, but we wanted to make you aware of a new national policy about to go into effect. Any NWGA units that have not completed and submitted their re-charter paperwork and fees by Dec. 31, 2014 will no longer have a "grace" period during which they are considered "lapsed". They will be considered "dropped" units on Jan. 1, 2015. These units will not be allowed to purchase advancement or file advancement reports, get tour permits approved, do fundraisers, or meet as BSA units until the paperwork has been submitted and processed. All Scouts and leaders in those units will no longer be considered as BSA members until the recharter paperwork is submitted. Also, unit-level leaders who have not completed Youth Protection Training and Basic Leader Training for their position will NOT be eligible to re-charter for 2015, which may also affect a unit's ability to re-charter on time.
How can your unit, leaders and Scouts avoid being affected by this policy change? Simple! Recharter paperwork and Internet Rechartering will be available beginning in early October, 2014. There are also many, many training opportunities for adult leaders as well as online trainings available. All you have to do to ensure that your tenure, privileges, insurance, etc. is NOT interrupted is to complete and submit your re-charter paperwork BEFORE Dec. 31! You don't have to wait, you can complete the process as soon as you want! If you need assistance, our office staff, Commissioners and Scouting professionals will be glad to help you!