Notes from the PLC and Adult Leaders

Troop Committee Meeting October 1st

posted Jul 26, 2018, 1:22 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 3:09 PM ]

All Troop parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The next Committee meeting will be held Monday, October 1st from 7:20 -8:30.

Love scouting and want to work or need Volunteer hours?

posted Jul 23, 2018, 3:39 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

If you are 14 and want to volunteer to work at Base Camp, you can click on the link below to apply to be a volunteer. You may want to work during the summer with younger scouts or be in a CIT (Counselor in Training) Program.  You might even get paid work if you are an older scout.  OR you might be able to work on weekend programs during the school year.

Maybe you wish to help around the camp as part of a work crew beautifying the camp or doing conservation work.  So many possibilities.   

Apply to be a Base Camp Volunteer!
The New England Base Camps and their 5 satellite programs locations provide outdoor education and character education opportunities across Eastern MA. The two primary locations (Blue Hills – just outside Boston and Kingston NH on the MA border) provide year-round programs for families and school age children each weekend.
The Boy Scouts of America has long been one of America’s largest volunteer organization with over 100 years of youth development experience and 50 million alumni nationwide. Now that the Boy Scouts are actively seeking to unlock the magic of their curriculum for all families who want to raise children of character – they are also able to provide impactful short-term volunteer opportunities.
These opportunities are great for older teens looking for hands on experience in teaching, coaching or youth development. The volunteer hours are often recognized by school districts and other organizations to fulfill community service requirements. Young adults will be trained and often work along-side educational or recreation professionals.
The opportunities are also great for older folks or retirees. Most the volunteer “heavy lifting” in Scouting is provided by the parents of the children in the program. The short-term volunteer roles provide support and expertise to those parents. As a weekend program volunteer your role will be to impart skills that you’ve acquired throughout your life to children. The program is so robust that virtually every life skill is a part of the curriculum, so even if you’ve never camped, and can’t navigate by the stars, it’s OK! We still need your unique skills so kids can learn about computers, citizenship, gardening and hundreds of other activities.

Logging Your BSA activities and Blue Cards

posted Jul 21, 2018, 5:41 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jul 21, 2018, 5:46 AM ]

Tip of the Day: When you have earned an Blue Card, before you turn it in, or once you get your Merit Badge at a C.O.H., scan in the Blue Card and upload it to Scoutbook under the appropriate Merit badge.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see Notes and a camera icon.  Click the camera icon upload the image of the blue card.  Here is a copy of your proof if you ever lose a blue card.  You will need these for your Star, Life and Eagle Boards of Review.  You don't want to lose of copy of your hard earned work.

Remember to keep logging your camping, hiking, water, riding and conservation hours and keep them up-to-date.  (You can use the notes section to keep a running journal of the hours).
Please also check the Awards section and go through all of the National Awards for Outdoor awards and start to log your hours of time spent in a BSA Program where you spent time for the following:
  • Water Time (Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, fly-fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba, small-boat sailing, stand up paddleboarding, water sports, or whitewater activity) - High Adventure gives a lot of hours.
  • Camping (Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive 264 days (five nights) of camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America—including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above. Boy Scouts must complete six consecutive days (five nights) of the 25 nights at a BSA accredited resident camp)
  • Conservation Work (Complete 25 hours of conservation work under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America)
  • RidingComplete 200 miles of riding activities, including cycling, stock riding, skating, motor boating, mountain boarding, snowmobiling, (including ATV or PWC riding at an approved council program)
  • Hiking Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America (AT Trips are a great source of hours)
Please note - Skiing, camping or swimming etc. with your family does not count - all must be done through a BSA program.  Your hours at Yawgoog or Base Camp count as well as High Adventure and hiking/camping with the Troop.  Most of the senior scouts should have already achieved Camping and Hiking....just saying....

June Election Results - your new leaders

posted Jun 12, 2018, 11:17 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Congratulations to Troop 13's newly elected leaders.
Your New Leaders Are:
SPL- Zach 
ASPL- Eddie 
Patrol Leader- Ian 
Patrol Leader- Brian 
Patrol Leader- Jack C
Troop Guide- Kabir 
Scribe- John 
Historian- Ronan 
Librarian- Kurt 
Quartermaster- Von 
Outdoor Ethics Guide- Peter 

(IOLS) Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills Training

posted May 23, 2018, 4:07 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Do you need your IOLS Training? IOLS Training available every week at Open Program at Base Camp in Milton (Camp Sayre)!

(Note: Overnight camping is required for this training, so one can either earn the certification by booking an overnight or providing proof of one.)

Needham Scouter's Club Annual Meeting July 17th 7:00 - 8:30 PM

posted May 21, 2018, 1:20 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Scouters of Needham,
You are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Needham Scouters Club.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  

If you cannot attend, please send an email to Tim Huemiller at KD1VA@ARRL.NET stating that you appoint Tim Huemiller as your proxy for the 2018 Needham Scouters Club Annual Meeting.

The Needham Scouters Club will hold its annual meeting:
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018,   
7:00 - 8:30 pm. 
At the the home of Tom Whiteley
118 Sylvan Road
Needham, MA

RSVP to Tim Huemiller - 
  • Agenda for the 2018 Meeting

    • Review minutes of 2017 Annual Meeting
    • Election of Officers
    • Report on 2018 Scouting For Food
    • Report on 2017 Needham Scout Camporee
    • Past year's use of Camp Nehoiden
    • Financial Report
    • Investment Options
    • NSC Grants
    • Disposition of NSC-held equipment
Why are you receiving this announcement?
Because you are an adult registered in a BSA unit chartered to an organization in Needham, Massachusetts, you are a member of the Needham Scouters Club. 
Why should you attend?
To support the Needham Scouters Club.  The Needham Scouters Club charter requires it hold an annual meeting to elect officers and discharge other business.  A sufficient number of members must attend to have a quorum. If annual meetings are not held, the Needham Scouters Club will cease to exist.  We need you to attend this once-a-year meeting to continue the good work of the Needham Scouters Club.  

If you can support the NSC by serving as an officer, please talk to President Tim Huemiller. 
What does the Needham Scouters Club do?
The Needham Scouters Club supports the BSA-chartered units in Needham for the benefit of Needham youth.  Its programs include:
  • Administration and maintenance of the NSC-owned Camp Nehoiden, the location of the Needham Camporee (Camp Nehoiden is owned by the NSC)
  • Sponsorship of the town-wide Scouting For Food program
  • Administration of the endowment of the Needham Scouters Club in support of:
    • Needham Scouters Club Grants for
      • training,
      • camp-staff uniforms 
      • participation in local and national BSA High Adventure activities
      • Needham Camporee
      • Needham units for significant unplanned expenses
      • Matching grants to units for equipment purchases
Please make every effort to attend.  The Needham Scouters Club needs the support of every unit in Needham!

Happy Trails
Tim Huemiller

Memorial Day Flag Placement May 21st 5:00 Needham Cemetary

posted May 13, 2018, 1:23 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Please come to the Needham Cemetary to replace the flags on the graves of veterans.  

Meet at the Cannons at 5:00 pm on May 21st.  After completion, we will hike to the church for the Troop Meeting.  

Make sure you bring a water bottle and please wear your Class A uniform.  

Sign-Up to help with the Presbyterian Church Yard Sale May 12th

posted Apr 21, 2018, 12:00 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Please sign up to help the Presbyterian Church with their Yard Sale.  Scouts are needed to assist with set-up, helping to carry items to cars, and the break-down of the Yard Sale.  The majority of scouts are needed from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 1:30 - 3:00 pm, however, we still need scouts to help with the in-between hours to assist customers to carry items to their cars.   Sign up is located on the left sidebar of the webpage under sign-ups and PayPal. 

Scoutbook instructions for new parents

posted Apr 7, 2018, 3:24 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 4:43 AM ]

Welcome to Scoutbook.  Below is a pamphlet from Scoutbook on suggested things for parents to do.  You don't need to have a picture or write a bio (but it is nice).  Trained leader status does include committee members for Youth Protection status.  The instructions are a general guide to get to know Scoutbook.

Mandatory New Youth Protection Training before Oct 1, 2018

posted Mar 15, 2018, 6:28 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

All adult leaders must take the new BSA YPT training before Oct 1, 2018 regardless of when your YPT expires. 

Update Your Training by October 1, 2018

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated youth protection training doesn’t just talk about the dangers of child predators – it shows how they work to gain access to their victims.

In early February, the BSA introduced newly updated youth protection training that is required for all volunteers before October 1, 2018. Even if they took the previous training prior to the February rollout, it will need to be taken it again.

The updated training, which includes three modules and a test that take a little over an hour to complete, draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and maltreatment to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse, including: bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse. Once completed, volunteers will not have to retake the training for two years.

New to this version of the training program are video interviews with psychologists and law enforcement professionals who discuss the root causes of abuse, how to recognize it, and how to respond.

“There is no substitute for hearing directly from experts who have spent their careers studying child predators and abusers,” said Michael Johnson, the BSA’s director of youth protection. “They shine a new light on the challenge we all face in protecting kids and how parents and volunteers can put barriers in place to keep them away.”

Some of the most impactful aspects of the training are interviews with abuse survivors, who give their first-hand perspectives. “In developing this training, we discussed whether or not to include survivor videos,” said Johnson. “It was the right decision. Their testimony is powerful and highlights how predators work and the tragic impact like nothing else.”

In addition to updated training, the BSA recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.

Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. All together, it’s a bold new approach that will serve as just one part of the BSA’s ongoing effort to enroll the entire community in the fight against child abuse both in and out of Scouting.

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