AWARDS for 2018
Recommend your favorite Scouters for district level awards
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Due date March 1st 2018!
In March of 2018 the Edelweiss District will join the entire council during the Scouter's Annual Conference for a district awards and a fellowship dinner. The 2018 SAC event is scheduled to be held in the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort amidst the breath-taking views of Germany's Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
We look forward to seeing all our Edelweiss Scouters and their families in Garmisch in 2018.
BSA Mission Statement: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
“Every Scouting activity moves boys toward three basic aims: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness.”
“Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help boys fulfill the aims of the BSA.”
Policy on Unauthorized Changes to Advancement Program: No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to youth members with special needs. For details see section 10, “Advancement for Members With Special Needs.”
Mandated Procedures and Recommended Practices: This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as“must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee,district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered, without the written permission of the national Advancement Team.
Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or“can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the national Advancement Team.
The Guide to Safe Scouting Applies: Policies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting apply to all BSA activities, including those related to advancement and Eagle Scout service projects.
What Does "Unit Leader" Mean? Throughout this publication the term “unit leader” refers only to a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity team Coach, Venture crew Advisor, or Sea Scout Skipper. “Unit leadership” is sometimes used as a generic reference to any adult leader in a unit and as such would include the unit leader along with any other adult leaders.
EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT WORKBOOK PROCEDURES:
How to Download the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
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Transatlantic Council strives to have 100% Internet Advancement Reporting in all PROGRAMS (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing)!
Reporting advancement is a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America. Internet Advancement makes this a simple process. All councils should strive for 100 percent of their units using this functionality.
126.96.36.199 Importance and Benefits of Internet Advancement: Internet Advancement is available to any council using Internet Rechartering. It is for reporting Cub Scout,Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Sea Scout ranks;Venturing advancement awards; Webelos activity badges; merit badges; and various other awards available in all BSA programs.
As stated in "Reporting Advancement," 188.8.131.52, all advancement must be reported to local councils. This is important in keeping member records up to date, and it assures an accurate count in the Journey to Excellence performance recognition program. "Unit Advancement Responsibilities," 184.108.40.206, suggests the unit advancement coordinator should use Internet Advancement to accomplish the reporting.
When Internet Advancement is used to comply with reporting responsibilities, it alleviates issues in documenting progress as Scouts submit Eagle applications or transfer from one unit to another within a council. Consistent and constant reporting also assures accurate records for use by commissioners, other district and council volunteers, and the National Council. These are critical in evaluating unit health, adjusting service delivery, and researching changes in programs and requirements.
220.127.116.11 How Internet Advancement Works: Simple and intuitive, Internet Advancement works best from a faster Internet connection using Internet Explorer 6 or higher. Units can enter advancement at any time, print reports, obtain current rosters from the BSA system, and print order sheets for the Scout shop.
Units select an advancement processor who is granted access with a council-provided unit ID. It is recommended that units report advancement monthly. They must submit a final annual report each December. These reporting cycles are important because they support local and National Council data collection for the Journey to Excellence program as well as statistical analysis.
Because of documentation requirements, the Eagle Scout rank may not be entered through this system. Neither may nominated recognitions such as meritorious action awards.
Internet Advancement is accessed through the local council's website or from MyScouting. When first-time unit processors enter, they are greeted by a welcome page with instructions and invited to log in and accept a confidentiality agreement.Once they have provided some registration information,they move to an overview page with additional instructions.Returning users skip these steps and go directly to selecting members for advancement.
If units choose to upload advancement files generated from PackMaster©, TroopMaster©, or ScoutSoft© instead of manually entering information, Internet Advancement will load the unit's roster and then allow upload of new advancement information. When manually entering ranks, you must enter each individual's rank in proper sequence. Once everything is done and verified, an advancement report is printed, signed, and provided to the local council so awards can be purchased.
Because unit advancement processors access data directly from ScoutNET, deciphering handwriting is not an issue. The system also validates entries against advancement rules and generates error messages when needed. Errors must be corrected before the process can proceed.
18.104.22.168 Where to Find Internet Advancement Help: The system includes a link to Frequently Asked Questions on every page, as well as an indexed help tool that can be searched by keyword or topic. The presentation"Getting the Most From Internet Advancement,"found at http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/resources.aspx, has been developed by the national Advancement Committee's Webinars and Education Task Force to help in orienting unit and district volunteers on functionality and benefits.It also covers the operating systems and browsers with which Internet Advancement works or does not work.Councils can add local processes and information to the presentation.
Most councils have established "Help Desk"–style assistance. Staff members can answer questions, provide unit access IDs, monitor activity, change passwords, reset profiles and data, and create reports requested by council management for staff and volunteer use.
22.214.171.124 Internet Advancement Miscellany:
Board of Review Signatures. Because entering rank advancement into Internet Advancement and printing the system-generated Unit Advancement Reports typically occur sometime after boards of review are held, obtaining signatures on the report may not be practical. Therefore,after a board of review is held, it is permissible for board members to sign a completed copy of the Unit Advancement Report found at http://www.scouting.org/forms.aspx. This signed report may then be attached to the Internet Advancement–generated report and submitted to the local council.
Scout Transfers. BSA member identification numbers are unique only within each local council. They are not nationally universal, although it is likely they will become so as the National Council updates its computer systems in the future. Thus, advancement data associated with a Scout's ID number cannot be accessed by any other councils. For this reason, if a Scout moves to a different council, he must obtain either a printout of his advancement from the council he is leaving or a copy of the Internet Advancement Member Summary Report from his old unit.Either of these should be attached to the application used to transfer the youth's membership to his new council and unit. It is important to enter the Scout's name and BSA identification number on the youth application exactly as they appear in the records of the former council.Nicknames and other differences will only delay the transfer process.
Dual Registration. If a Scout has multiple registrations with units in different councils, his advancement records should be maintained in only one of the units. As he passes requirements in any other unit, the information should be relayed to his primary unit so only one advancement record is maintained. It is not possible to electronically consolidate data across different units indifferent councils. If advancement records are maintained in multiple units, then cooperation between the units will be required in order to generate the reports necessary to report and obtain the awards.
UNIT ADVANCEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Unit advancement coordinators (or chairs) and those who assist them have the basic responsibility to support the unit leader's advancement program, to maximize rank achievement, and otherwise facilitate a smooth implementation of the process. Specific responsibilities are outlined in the leader literature for each program.The following responsibilities are not all-inclusive,but typical.
1. Support and facilitate the unit leader's vision for advancement, providing consultation on the policies and procedures put forth in the Guide to Advancement.
2. Educate parents, guardians, unit leadership,and committee members on appropriate methods to stimulate and encourage advancement. For example,help build unit programming rich in advancement opportunities, encourage members who are advancing slowly, and post advancement charts.
3. Help plan, facilitate, or conduct advancement ceremonies. In troops, teams, and crews, schedule and support regular courts of honor—quarterly is generally sufficient. Ships will want regular bridges of honor, and packs should make recognition a key part of every pack meeting.
4. Obtain necessary badges and certificates, etc.,and arrange for timely presentation of ranks,Arrow Points, merit badges, awards, and other recognitions. It is best to obtain and present the seas soon as possible after they are earned. They can then be re-presented in more formal settings.
5. Ensure Cub Scouts advance in rank annually by the blue and gold dinner (or similar event) or by school year's end.
6. Know and understand the advancement procedures for the program served, especially those applicable to Eagle Scout and Quartermaster candidates.
7. Assist the unit leader in establishing practices that will provide opportunities for each new Boy Scout to achieve First Class rank within 12 to 18 months of joining, and Star rank soon thereafter.
8. Arrange for timely (monthly suggested) boards of review, and see that Scouts ready for them are invited.
9. Maintain advancement records and submit reports to the unit committee. It is appropriate in Boy Scouting,Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts to involve youth leaders in this process.
10. Use the BSA's Internet Advancement to report advancement to the local council.
11. Keep a current and accessible copy of the district or council merit badge counselor list. As needed to fill in, develop and maintain a list of unit merit badge counselors. Note that all merit badge counselors must be registered as such, annually, and also approved through the council advancement committee.
12. In troops, teams, crews, and ships, work with the unit's youth leadership to maintain a library of advancement literature, such as merit badge pamphlets and the annual Boy Scout Requirements book.
13. Learn about other BSA awards and recognition opportunities that may be helpful in delivering a well-rounded unit program. A good resource for this is the Guide to Awards and Insignia.
DISTRICT ADVANCEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Although the council advancement committee or executive board determines specific responsibilities for district advancement committees, district advancement chairs report to their respective district chairs. The following is a guide to the responsibilities that might be established.
1. Recruit enough members to fulfill the responsibilities and accomplish any objectives established by the council advancement committee or executive board.
2. Provide members with ongoing training to maintain awareness of updated procedures, best practices,and details related to Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. See"Building an Advancement Committee," 126.96.36.199.
3. Establish objectives and implement action plans that stimulate advancement and lead to maximum success in the Journey to Excellence.
4. Maintain advancement records and share them with commissioners, trainers, and other district volunteers who serve units. Point out units with little or no advancement.
5. Plan, present, and submit for the district and council calendars those advancement conferences and training experiences that will improve the results of unit advancement volunteers.
6. As appropriate, support advancement elements involved in training, and in events and activities presented by other committees of the district.
7. Support outdoor programs where advancement may take place, such as district day camps,camporees, etc.
8. Support and promote the BSA's Internet Advancement.Accurate advancement records are critical to program planning and analysis. Districts should work toward 100 percent electronic data entry.
9. Follow national and local council procedures in administering the merit badge program and in recruiting, approving, and training a sufficient number of merit badge counselors. Provide units with access to a current listing of council-approved merit badge counselors.
10. Follow national and local council procedures as prescribed regarding appeals, Eagle Scout and Quartermaster references, service project proposal approvals, boards and bridges of review support,and time extensions.
11. Support and promote the religious emblems program. A very small percentage of members earn a religious award. Committees should work to build on this important element of spiritual growth.
12. Recommend, according to council and district practices, recipients for the Award of Merit or other recognitions.
13. Notify the media to recognize significant youth achievements such as Eagle Scout or Quartermaster rank, Venturing Silver Award, lifesaving and meritorious action awards, and other noteworthy accomplishments.
14. To strengthen units through strong advancement programs, consider the following: