Service Hours on Journey to Excellence
Thanks to all the units that recorded service hours on Journey to Excellence, Voyageur Trace District recorded a record of 10,898 hours in 2017; an increase of 2,068 hours over 2016.
Thank you to the following units for recording their hours: Packs 24, 33, 73, 90, 177 & 901, along with Troops 3, 13, 19, 24, 31, 32, 73, 90, 92, 111, 216, 301 & Crew 35.
Reporting Eagle Projects in 2017 were Troops 12 (5), 24 (4), 32 (6), 33 (5), 90 (3), 111 (5), 117 (4), 216 (3) & 337.
We look forward to having all of our units join us in reporting their service hours in 2018.
From Linda Baran-Voyageur Trace Service Hours Coordinator
First, a big kudos to the Units that took time throughout 2017 to record their Service Hours. We had some great numbers, but as always, it could have been better. So many points of our program come back to giving back to those around us, and so many do it, we just want to brag about it!!
During the recent snow storm as my family finished shoveling out our driveway, I headed to the house to get warm. When I turned around my son was gone. I looked back past the cars to see him at our neighbors house helping shovel their driveway. It was a heartwarming moment, because I know he was not asked to do it, nor was he obligated to do it, HE JUST DID IT because it was the right thing to do!! His years as a scout have impacted him in so many ways, it's a program we all obviously believe in and just like I am proud to share this story, we want to share your stories as well.
With us being 2 months into 2018, we encourage all Units to NOT wait until December, but to record things as they happen. Remember to take into consideration that several ranks require Service Hours, so please have your Scouts give you the details so you can record those as well.
Whether it be shoveling for a neighbor or your Charter Organization or cleaning a trail as your Unit takes a hike, there is no hour to minor to be recorded.
I am usually (not always) as smart as my computer, so if you need some help recording the hours, please feel free to let me know. I will do my best to be available to help either at your location or mine.
Please reach way down and consider making 2018 the best year ever in terms of each and every Unit recording as many hours as possible.
Please see attachment for service hours reporting for 2017.
Also, here’s service hours instructions on how to record hours. If you have any questions, feel free to email me:
VT Service Hours Coordinator
The Boy Scouts of America volunteer-led national board of directors voted unanimously last week to welcome girls age 5-10 (including Lions) into Cub Scouts in Fall 2018 and will deliver a program for girls age 11-17 in 2019 that will mirror the Boy Scout program right up and through Eagle.
The values of Scouting as outlined in the Scout Law — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent — are relevant and important for both young men and women. We are excited to partner with you to provide Scouting’s life-changing experiences to even more young people and their families.
Please read the applicable section below and view the infographic and program model. Feel free to contact your local district executive with any questions.
Cub Scout leaders
As a Cub Scout leader, you and your chartering organization will have the opportunity beginning in Fall 2018 to:
- Establish a new all-girl pack
- Establish a coed pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens
- Remain or establish an all-boy pack
Dens will remain single gender in all scenarios. This hybrid model builds on the benefit of a single-gender program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. The choice for what type of pack you have in Fall 2018 is up to you in consultation with your chartering organization.
Education experts have evaluated the current program content and activities and confirmed the relevancy of the program for girls and young women. Activities, rank advancement requirements and Youth Protection policies will not change. As is current policy for a Scouting activity that includes both boys and girls, there must be both female and male leaders present. At least one of those leaders must be registered as an adult member of the BSA.
Uniforms will also stay the same, although the fit and styling may change.
Boy Scout leaders
A program for girls age 11 to 17 will be announced in 2018 with a projected introduction in 2019. It will use the same curriculum as the current Boy Scouts program, which will give participating girls the opportunity to earn Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle. Eagle Scout requirements will be the same for young women as they are for young men.
Girls who are in the fourth grade in Fall 2018 will likely want to continue their Scouting experience once they complete their time in Cub Scouts. An outstanding program will be in place for them when that time arrives.
If contacted by a member of the media, please direct them to our Marketing and Communications Director Kate Jacobs who may be reached at Kate.Jacobs@Scouting.org or at (630) 796-4256. Please understand that only Council officers may speak for the Council or BSA.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with you as Scouting embraces all members of our communities. Thanks for all that you have done and will continue to do for Scouting. Additional information is available at http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/family-scouting/. For questions, please contact your local district executive.
Your unit is missing out on community support if service hours are not being reported…
•Units reporting their service will receive a certificate from the council officially stating the number of service hours they have contributed to their community.
•Units that register an average of 4 hours per Scout or more will get patches for each of their Scouts.Starting in 2018 the competition begins-
•Monthly bragging rights – Best or most impactful project submitted by the 15th of each month will be featured in the council newsletter. Submit two to three sentences and up to four pictures to be considered.
•The 10 best projects will be selected in November of 2018 to be featured in the 2017 Annual Report.Click here for more info