NEW YOUTH, ADULT APPLICATIONS NOW IN EFFECT
We have received new BSA Youth and Adult applications, which are in effect immediately. We can no longer accept older versions of these applications, so please destroy any back stock you may have to avoid confusion.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR VENTURERS: Per new BSA Policy, any new Venturers who are 18 years of age or older are required to complete an Adult application instead of a Youth application and submit to a background check. They will still be considered Venturers until their 21st birthday, but must complete the adult application and take adult leader Youth Protection Training. For more information regarding this change, click on the link below:
NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) date change:
NYLT 2015, originally scheduled for July 13-18, 2015 has been moved up one week, to July 6-11. The course, open to all Boy Scout and Venturing youth leaders, has not been offered for several years in NWGA and we are excited to provide this great training in 2015! Jonathan "Boulder" Stone will be the Course Director. Fee for the course will be $220 and we're limited to the first 48 paid participants. Details can be found by clicking on NYLT in the Council Calendar. There is also a discount rate for those wishing to attend both CSD Summer Camp and NYLT! For a "bundle" fee of $400, attend both!
Dec. 29, 2014
It is our sad duty to report that Mr. Ronnie Simmons passed away this morning. "Ranger Ronnie" was a fixture at Camp Sidney Dew for many years and was instrumental in helping make Sidney Dew what it is today. He was a great Scouter and a great friend, and left a huge impact on thousands of Scouts and Scouters over the years. Even though his health in recent years kept him from being as active at camp as he once was, he is still an inspiration to all who knew him and he leaves a permanent legacy, both with his home unit, Troop 113, and at Camp Sidney Dew. He will be greatly missed. We'll miss you, Ranger Ronnie!
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.
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!
Consider a permanent gift to the Boy Scouts!
For more information on how to make an endowment or capital gift, go to www.bsagiftplan.org .