ICDT March 2024 e-DITION

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Greater St. Louis Area Council SCOUTING

March 2024 e-DITION

Experiences, Activities, Events and Resources Special Needs Awareness Training April 27th, 2024, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Sign up for the Special Needs Awareness Training for all ages. There will be activities for the Cub Scouts, Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge for Scouts BSA, and adult classes for leaders and parents. Attend this training with Special Needs and Education professionals to learn how to provide the best services for every Scout. https://stlbsa.org/training/special-needs-awareness/ Questions: Don't hesitate to get in touch with help@stlbsa.org

Youth Safety & General Policy Updates – 2 Scout Safety Moment – 3 Scout Family Life – 3 Financial Assistance – 3 All-Scouts Activities - 4 Council Pinewood Derby 2024 (Hurry, registration closes 2/23) March 02, 2024, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison IL 62060 All Scouts can race to celebrate 71 years of pinewood car racing! This event will bring Scouts from across the council and is open to ALL Cub Scouts regardless of their placement at the Pack or District level. In a separate league, Scouts BSA and Venturers will go headto-head with their peers. Registration Closes: February 23, 2024. Look for COUNCIL-WIDE PINEWOOD DERBY banner at: https://stlbsa.org/cub-scouts-calendar/ .For questions email help@stlbsa.org

Cub Scouts Activities -5 Scouts BSA Activities – 6 Venturing Activities – 6 Youth Training and Advancement – 7 Adult Training and Recognition - 8 ALL things Camp – 9 Quick-find resources - 10 Sponsor Gratitude - 11


True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, territory, area, council, district, and unit levels.

MANDATORY Youth Protection Training The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing programs. • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers and is a joining requirement. • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered. Read and know more: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protectio n/

The Guide to Safe Scouting Activities An overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. Registered unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities. In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/

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Youth Safety & Policy Updates

Youth Protection Mission Statement


Serving Scouts W/ Disabilities Many units have at least one Scout with Special Needs, which includes autism, attention deficit disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, asthma, diabetes, hearing or visual impairment, and many others. Find support, training, and resources to help your Scout and unit be more successful. https://stlbsa.org/special-needs-scouts/ Families needing financial assistance For families needing additional assistance, please share this link https://stlbsa.org/resources/membership-fees-faq/

Parent/Leader Resources Check out the toolbox and helpful links for parents and adult leaders. https://stlbsa.org/resources/

Volunteer! Are you looking to volunteer? Let us help match you with the perfect volunteer experience using the skills, talents, and resources you wish to share with the Scouts and their families! https://stlbsa.org/get-involved/volunteer/ Reconnect w/ Scout Alumni Alums like you are passionate voices strengthening the program, promoting alum accomplishments, and celebrating the Scouting spirit and traditions. https://stlbsa.org/get-involved/alumni-association/

Safety Moments > Annual Health and Medical Record Safety Moment What is the Annual Health and Medical Record? The Scouting adventure, camping trips, high-adventure excursions, and having fun are important to everyone in Scouting—and so is your safety and well-being. Completing the Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) is the first step in making sure you have a great Scouting experience. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/annual-health-and-medical-record/

Scout Family Life

Submit your Scouting Story We know you are snapping away and taking lots of videos when out doing Scouting activities, and we want to see them so we can share all the great things our Scouts are doing! https://stlbsa.org/digital-submissions/


Council Pinewood Derby 2024 (Hurry, registration closes 2/23) March 02, 2024, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison IL 62060 All Scouts can race to celebrate 71 years of pinewood car racing! This event will bring Scouts from across the council and is open to ALL Cub Scouts regardless of their placement at the Pack or District level. In a separate league, Scouts BSA and Venturers will go head-tohead with their peers. Registration Closes: February 23, 2024. Look for COUNCIL-WIDE PINEWOOD DERBY banner at: https://stlbsa.org/cub-scouts-calendar/ .For questions email help@stlbsa.org

S Bar F Eclipse Celebration April 5th, 2024, 5:00 PM to April 8th, 2024, 2:00 PM S BAR F SCOUT RANCH - Farmington, MO 63640 Scouts and registered Volunteers welcome. Join us for STEM Activities, Scout Skills, Campfire Program, Amazing Race Competition, Climbing & Rappelling, boating, merit badge workshops, and even a dance party! Monday will feature special solar eclipse activities, and a viewing of the eclipse of course! Look for S Bar F Eclipse Celebration: https://stlbsa.org/calendar Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org Scouts Read Sacred Texts Worldwide May 02, 2024, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Scouts will read their portions from the Catholic and Protestant Bibles, Torah, and Quran in 15 minutes intervals until the sacred texts of their faith community are read in full. Participate from home with your family by reading any portion of your family faith’s Sacred Texts. Or ask a faith leader in your community to have a group of Scouts in your faith come together at your own faith location. https://stlbsa.org/scouts-read-sacred-texts-worldwide/ For questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email help@stlbsa.org

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ALL SCOUTS

Shoot-o-Ree Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge Missouri 63049 March 23rd, 2024, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Shooting Sports activities for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Explorers! Cubs will get to shoot BB guns, archery, slingshots, nerf guns, and more! Scouts BSA and older scouts will get to shoot rifles, shotguns, airsoft, paintball, and more! All attendees will receive a patch! Look for the SHOOT-O-REE banner at: https://stlbsa.org/calendar/ Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org


Council Pinewood Derby 2024 (Hurry, registration closes 2/23) March 02, 2024, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison IL 62060 All Scouts can race to celebrate 71 years of pinewood car racing! This event will bring Scouts from across the council and is open to ALL Cub Scouts regardless of their placement at the Pack or District level. In a separate league, Scouts BSA and Venturers will go head-to-head with their peers. Registration Closes: February 23, 2024. Look for COUNCIL-WIDE PINEWOOD DERBY banner at: https://stlbsa.org/cub-scouts-calendar/ .For questions email help@stlbsa.org

Shoot-o-Ree Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge Missouri 63049 March 23rd, 2024, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Shooting Sports activities for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Explorers! Cubs will get to shoot BB guns, archery, slingshots, nerf guns, and more! Scouts BSA and older scouts will get to shoot rifles, shotguns, airsoft, paintball, and more! All attendees will receive a patch! Look for the SHOOT-O-REE banner at: https://stlbsa.org/calendar/ Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org

S Bar F Eclipse Celebration April 5th, 2024, 5:00 PM to April 8th, 2024, 2:00 PM S BAR F SCOUT RANCH - Farmington, MO 63640 Scouts and registered Volunteers welcome. Join us for STEM Activities, Scout Skills, Campfire Program, Amazing Race Competition, Climbing & Rappelling, boating, merit badge workshops, and even a dance party! Monday will feature special solar eclipse activities, and a viewing of the eclipse of course! Look for S Bar F Eclipse Celebration: https://stlbsa.org/calendar Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org Preparing for summer camp video = Annual Health and Medical Record The Scouting adventure, camping trips, high-adventure excursions, and having fun are important to everyone in Scouting—and so is your safety and well-being. Completing the Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) is the first step in making sure you have a great Scouting experience. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/annual-health-and-medical-record/ Get the most out of your Scouting membership! Sign up to receive program offerings, updates and reminders via text message Click here to sign-up

CUB SCOUTS

Parent & Pal April 19th, 2024, 5:00 PM to April 21st, 2024, 12:00 PM CAMP WARREN LEVIS - Godfrey, IL 62035 Parents, join your Scout as they search for their "hidden treasures" at beautiful Camp Warren Levis. Make wonderful memories with your Scout (s) as they catch their first fish, hit their first bulls-eyes, climb the tower, and explore the adventure and fun of the outdoors during Parent & Pal 2024. Activities will include hiking, fishing, bb guns, archery, s'mores, and more! All attendees will receive a patch and their meals provided! Look for Parent & Pal at: https://stlbsa.org/cub-scouts-calendar/ Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org


Oceanography Merit Badge February 24th, 2024, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM St. Louis Aquarium, St. Louis, MO 63103 Scouts will have the opportunity to learn about oceanography and earn a merit badge in a fun and interactive environment. https://stlbsa.org/stem/upcoming-stem-events/ Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org Horseback Trail Rides Now until October 31, 2024 Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge Missouri 63049 Hit the trail, beginning and ending at Nagel Base located on Beaumont Scout Reservation. Trail Rides are available for 1.5-, 3-, and 6-hour lengths. Overnight rides are also available! All experience levels are welcome. Look for the HORSES banner at https://stlbsa.org/scouts-bsa-calendar/ For questions about this event, email help@stlbsa.org Horsemanship Merit Badge Skill Center Virtual Orientation: March 7, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm. March 9, March 16, and March 23 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge Missouri 63049 The Horsemanship merit badge skills center will provide Scouts with the knowledge of how to care for, groom, and ride a horse. In addition to riding, Scouts who take this merit badge will gain an understanding of horse instincts and behaviors to better their horsemanship. Look for the HORSES banner at https://stlbsa.org/scouts-bsa-calendar/ For questions about this event, email help@stlbsa.org 2024 Taste of Venturing March 22, 2024, 5:00 PM to March 24, 2024, 12:00 PM CAMP WARREN LEVIS - Godfrey, IL 62035 Taste of Venturing will be a day event with camping both on Friday and Saturday nights as part of your registration. Food for the weekend will be provided by your individual units. Whether your unit comes for the weekend or just for the day, it's going to be an action-packed weekend of fun at Warren Levis! Event is open to youth 14 years and older or 13 and in the 8th grade. For questions about this event, email help@stlbsa.org Look for the TASTE OF VENTURING banner at https://stlbsa.org/venturing-calendar/ Wilderness First Aid Training April 20, 2024, 8:00 AM CAMP WARREN LEVIS - Godfrey, IL 62035 A 16-hour blended learning certification course meets requirements for BSA’s National High Adventure Bases (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier, Summit Bechtel Reservation) and is recommended for registered Scout Leaders, Venturers and Scouts who are planning back country camping, hiking, canoeing, and other high adventure activities. This certification is good for two years. Participants must be 14 years old or older. https://buff.ly/3jbTIdT For questions about this event, email help@stlbsa.org Get the most out of your Scouting membership! Sign up to receive program offerings, updates and reminders via text message Click here to sign-up

SCOUTS BSA & VENTURING

Environmental Science Merit Badge March 16th, 2024, 9:00 am to 12:00 PM St. Louis Aquarium, St. Louis, MO 63103 Scouts will have the opportunity to learn about Environmental Science and earn a merit badge in a fun and interactive environment. https://stlbsa.org/stem/upcoming-stem-events/ Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org


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YOUTH TRAINING AND ADVANCEMENT

Lifeguard Training Begins April 07, 2024 Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center, 62025 SCOUTS BSA, VENTURING, REGISTERED ADULT VOLUNTEERS BSA Lifeguard is professional-level training that meets the requirements of government agencies for professional lifeguards at regulated swimming activities. This course includes American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding with CPR and First Aid certification in addition to BSA Lifeguard certification. Those who want to work the waterfront at any BSA summer camp need this training. The course includes 7 ½ hours of online pre-work that must be completed before the first-class session. Online pre-work details are provided at the orientation session. Follow this link for details: https://stlbsa.org/training/aquatics/ For questions about this event, email help@stlbsa.org


Wood Badge Information Dinner February 26, 2024, 6:00 PM Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge Missouri 63049 REGISTERED ADULT VOLUNTEERS Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level? Wood Badge training is not only learning more about how you can improve your leadership skills, but to help you build a stronger unit to retain more youth and parents. Join us on February 26th to learn more about the Wood Badge program and meet our staff! https://stlbsa.org/training/wood-badge/ For questions email help@stlbsa.org Wilderness First Aid Training April 20, 2024, 8:00 AM CAMP WARREN LEVIS - Godfrey, IL 62035 A 16-hour blended learning certification course meets requirements for BSA’s National High Adventure Bases (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier, Summit Bechtel Reservation) and is recommended for registered Scout Leaders, Venturers and Scouts who are planning back country camping, hiking, canoeing, and other high adventure activities. This certification is good for two years. Participants must be 14 years old or older. https://buff.ly/3jbTIdT For questions about this event, email help@stlbsa.org

NEW Den Leader Tips and Tricks Videos Looking for help with meeting ideas or how to plan Den Meetings? Scoutbook Hacks? Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestones There are videos covering; Rank Overview | Den Leader Tips | Scoutbook Hacks https://buff.ly/3OVIdZg Get the most out of your Scouting membership! Sign up to receive program offerings, updates and reminders via text message Click here to sign-up

ADULT TRAINING & RECOGNITION

Updates to the Cub Scout program Cub Scout parents and adult volunteers Every Friday at 2 p.m. Central It’s time for a huge announcement! On last week’s #CubChatLive, the national organization officially revealed the updates to the Cub Scout program that go into effect next year. This is one episode you won’t want to miss! So many exciting things to talk about! Tune into #CubChatLive, every Friday at 2 p.m. Central for useful tips, tricks and ideas to help your den or pack. To watch last weeks, UPDATES TO THE CUB SCOUT PROGRAM, episode visit: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/cubchatlive/


2024 Scouts BSA and Venturing Summer Camp Reservations Open Scouts BSA Troops can choose their camp, reserve their week, and list their campsite preferences https://stlbsa.org/camps/scouts-bsa-venturing-summer-camp/

Swift High Adventure Base 2024 Summer camp June 23 to June 29 S BAR F SCOUT RANCH - Farmington, MO 63640 Activities will be provided for SCOUTS BSA & VENTURING Scouts who are at least 14! 🎉 Individual Scouts can register for this camp and will be paired with a Venturing Crew for the week. This is a wonderful experience for older Scouts who feel they have done everything at a traditional summer camp. Prerequisites: All Scouts who are at least 14 years old. https://buff.ly/3wcax44

Preparing for summer camp video = Swim Test The BSA swim test plays a vital role in keeping Scouts safe during aquatic activities. In this #TroopTalkLive, from Monday 021224 answered frequently asked questions and talked about why right now — in the middle of winter! — is the perfect time to start thinking about this essential test. For questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email help@stlbsa.org Preparing for summer camp video = Annual Health and Medical Record The Scouting adventure, camping trips, high-adventure excursions, and having fun are important to everyone in Scouting—and so is your safety and well-being. Completing the Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) is the first step in making sure you have a great Scouting experience. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/annual-health-and-medical-record/

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ALL THINGS SCOUT CAMP

2024 STEM & Skilled Trades Camp July 14th, 2024, 1:00 PM to July 20, 2024, 9:00 AM Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge Missouri 63049 Preregistration Required: open to all Scouts BSA youth members STEM & Skilled Trades Camp is an extraordinary overnight experience for Scouts full of many STEM and Skilled Trades based merit badges and over-the-top activities. Scouts will attend one merit badge (over 60 to choose from!) or NOVA Award session each day and may have the opportunity to work on other badges in the evening. 🎉Leadership is provided, so individual Scouts can register and attend. Learn more and register at: https://stlbsa.org/camps/scouts-bsa-venturing-summer-camp/ Questions: Please contact help@stlbsa.org


MANDATORY Youth Protection Training Direct Link

Quick find Resources

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing programs. • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers and is a joining requirement. • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.

Guide to safe Scouting

The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources.

Work At Our 2024 Camps

We are looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to serve on 2024 summer camp staff who can help provide a fun, positive experience for campers. Camp Staff also have the opportunity to earn a college scholarship worth up to $1,250.

Serving Scouts W/ Disabilities

Many units have at least one Scout with Special Needs, which includes autism, attention deficit disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, asthma, diabetes, hearing or visual impairment and many others. Find support, training, and resources to help your Scout and unit be more successful.

2024 Summer Camp Experiences

We are excited to be offering all different types of camp experiences throughout our 63-county footprint this coming summer! There’s adventure and fun for all! CUB SCOUTS | SCOUTS BSA | VENTURING | SEA SCOUTS | EXPLORERS | ADULTS

Advancement and Awards

Whether you’re looking for information regarding the many Advancement opportunities or Awards that may be earned, you’ve come to the right place! Explore the opportunities that are available to leaders, parents, and youth. CUB SCOUT WORKSHOPS | MERIT BADGE RESOURCES | EAGLE WORKSHOPS

Training Opportunities

Learn more about the training opportunities that are available to leaders, parents, and youth. You will find training for REQUIRED FOR ADULT LEADERS | YOUTH | SUPPLEMENT & OUTDOOR SKILLS

Submit your Scouting Story

We know you are snapping away and taking lots of video when out doing Scouting activities and we want to see them so we can share all the great things our Scouts are doing!

Parent/Leader Resources

Check out the toolbox and helpful links for parents and adult leaders.

Volunteer!

Looking to volunteer? Let us help match you with the perfect volunteer experience using skills, talents, and resources to wish to share with the Scouts and their families!

Reconnect w/ Scout Alumni

Alumni, like you, are passionate voices that strengthen the program, promote alumni accomplishments, and celebrate the Scouting spirit and traditions.

Marketing Resources

Love Scouting and want to tell the world…. well, at least your family and friends?? Check out the toolbox and helpful links for parents and adult leaders. You’ll find LOGOS | INFOGRAPHICS | PHOTOS | SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOS | VIDEOS

Shop Outdoor Gear

The Greater St. Louis Area Council has six Scout Shops to serve its members. Scouts and volunteers can also shop online at any time at ScoutShop.org or fill out an Order Request for their local store for pickup or shipping.

Camp Sponsorships

Here’s a variety of affordable opportunities to develop a positive image of your business and be associated with Scouting and our camps. Discover the possibilities!

Merit Badge Sponsorships

Market Your Business While Helping Youth By participating in the Merit Badge Sponsorship Program, your company is choosing to make a positive investment in the lives of the young people in our community.

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2023 Merit Badge Sponsors


2023 Merit Badge Sponsors


2023 Merit Badge Sponsors


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