Leader Training Opportunities in April

Course: Scoutmaster Position Specific Training (S24)
Who should take: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, or anyone working directly with youth in a Boy Scout troop.
The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.
Date: Saturday, April 9 2016, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location TBD, Likely St. Ann’s, 180 Samuel Blvd, Coppell TX 75019
Registration fee: $20 (includes lunch)
More Information: Pete Parish, 972-814-9502, pete.parish@verizon.net

Course: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (S11)
Who should take: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, or anyone working directly with youth in a Boy Scout troop.
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank.
Date: Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, April 24, 2016
Location: Camp Wisdom,
Registration fee: $15 (price does NOT include cost of food while camping)
More Information: Terry Smith, 214-636-9268, tes621@verizon.net

Both courses are required to considered “trained” as a Scoutmaster / Assistant Scoutmaster.
You are strongly encouraged to take both courses together in the same cycle.

Registration for both courses will be through the Circle Ten CampMaster.

NYLT Training dates for 2016

Download 2016 NYLT Flyer here

Scouts and parents of Scouts,
Boy leader training is important to our troop.
NYLT training is a requirement of the top position in Boy Scouts: Senior Patrol Leader
NYLT training is recommended for any troop leadership position
Scouts must be 13 years old.
The training is only offered six times a year.

Session 1: March 14 – 19, 2016 (Camp James Ray)

Session 2: July 11-16, 2016 (Camp James Ray)

Session 3: July 12-17, 2016 (Camp James Ray)

Session 4: July 18-23, 2016 (Camp James Ray)

Session 5: July 19-24, 2016 (Camp James Ray)

Session 6: December 26-31, 2016 (Camp James Ray)

The National Youth Leadership Training is an intense, 5½ day, outdoor leadership training experience for youth troop, team, and crew leaders. The course goal is to prepare young men and women to become superior leaders in their troop, crew, district , council, and other organizations they belong to now, and in the future.

Participants learn to use current corporate leadership skills within the framework of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. BSA National carefully developed the NYLT curriculum with input from current corporate trainers, the United States Air Force Academy, and others in the training community. When regional pilot courses of NYLT were completed, Wood Badge for the 21st Century (advanced adult leadership training), was aligned to the NYLT Course Syllabus. Graduates of this program become senior leadership in their troop, team, crew as well as leaders in their Schools, Churches, and Communities.

The course is led and taught by some of the best youth leaders in the Council; all of whom are graduates of the NYLT program and typically have staffed multiple courses. The adult advisors who assist the Youth Staff are Wood Badge-trained with extensive experience in training programs.”

2016 NEW BSA Requirements

A new set of Boy Scout requirements will become effective on January 1st, 2016.

Beginning work in the new requirements will be determined by the Scout’s joining date or current rank as of January 1, 2016.

For 2016:

  • Boys joining on or after  Jan. 1, 2016  MUST use the new requirements.
  • Boys who have joined prior to Jan. 1, 2016:
    • Who are working on the Scout badge MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon completion of the Scout badge.
    • Who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.
    • Who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.

For 2017:  All Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.

BSA Guide to Advancement updated in 2015

The 2015 Guide to Advancement, your official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs, is now available.

Download the entire document here: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
Some official wording that may interest you:

1. Merit badge worksheets not allowed for certain requirements


What’s new: This language clarifies the official policy on merit badge worksheets. Filling out a worksheet will not be allowed for requirements that use words like “show,” “demonstrate” or “discuss.”

Excerpt from 2015 Guide to Advancement“In Boy Scouting, advancement requirements must be passed as written. If, for example, a requirement uses words like ‘show,’ ‘demonstrate,’ or ‘discuss,’ then that is what Scouts must do. Filling out a worksheet, for example, would not suffice”

7. Merit badge instruction should be small in scale


What’s new: Rather than large merit badge classes reminiscent of a boy’s time in high school, the BSA encourages smaller-scale instruction.

Excerpt from 2015 Guide to Advancement“The sort of hands-on interactive experience described here, with personal coaching and guidance, is hardly ever achieved in any setting except when one counselor works directly with one Scout and his buddy, or with a very small group. Thus, this small-scale approach is the recommended best practice for merit badge instruction and requirement fulfillment. Units, districts, and councils should focus on providing the most direct merit badge experiences possible. Large group and Web-based instruction, while perhaps efficient, do not measure up in terms of the desired outcomes with regard to learning and positive association with adults.”

Source: Bryan on Scouting blog

Swim Test


Passing the BSA Swim test is required for all Adult Leaders and Scouts who will participate in Swimming events at Summer Camp or on any Camp-outs. It is good for one year so if you took it last year, you will have to take it again this year.

Adult Leaders and Scouts each need to bring $5 at day/time they come for Swim Test and you only need to attend one day/time for Swim Test.

 Swim test will be held at the Coppell YMCA

·         May 9, 2015 from 12N to 2:00pm

·         May 16, 2015 from 12N to 2:00pm

Summer Camp Parent’s Meeting May 11

A parent  meeting will be held Monday May 11th during the normal Scout meeting. Please keep in mind your Scout will need to have a physical to attend Camp Hale. We will discuss paper work and what to bring to Camp Hale at the meeting.