Boy Scouts of America Amends Adult Leadership Policy
by Newsroom Blog
On Monday, July 27, the National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees. Of those present and voting, 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution. The resolution was recommended for ratification by the Executive Committee earlier this month. The resolution is effective immediately.
Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.
Moving forward, we will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.
Also, today the Boy Scouts of America shared this video of National President Dr. Robert M. Gates speaking on the policy change.
A new feature of the Los Padres Council website is the Scout TV Link of the Week. You will find the near the top of the left-side blue column of Scout Departments. It is our intent to rotate different YouTube Scout related videos at the normal rate of one per week. Currently there are three videos on the web page:
A Cub Scout Mom's Comments on Why Scouting Is Important for Her Webelos Son
The address of Dr. Robert Gates, National President of the BSA, at the Annual Conference last month
A Guide for Parents and Scout on what to pack for Summer Camp
Readers who scout YouTube are encouraged to send suggestions for future video presentation. Send to the webmaster at RanchoAlegre@cox.net.
FRIENDS OF SCOUTING - 2015
To download the 2015 Friends of Scouting Brochure, click here.
To make an on-line donation to Friends of Scouting, click here.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Congratulations to David Brown and the Cachuma TEAM/district and to Lynn Johnson and the Live Oak TEAM/district for being over 40% on their FOS campaign goal.
April and May are crucial times in FOS as units are getting ready to take on their summer adventures and we have to be “Prepared” for the remainder of the year. As we keep supporting our youth and units please keep in mind that your financial support is needed to keep Scouting strong for the youth in your unit. If everyone committed to $5 per week towards Friends of Scouting, FOS, every district would make its goal and we will be able to provide the best program available. Please keep the Scouts in mind and commit to helping more youth achieve their dreams.
Yours in Scouting, Carlos Cortez| Scout Executive
Campaign Goals and Results updated July 27, 2015
2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign
% of Goal
No. of Contributors
Camino Real District
Del Norte District
Live Oak District
South Coast District
Direct Mail Campaign
REVISED COUNCIL TRAINING POLICY
ANNUAL YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING NOW REQUIRED
Check out the revised Training Matrix for trained leaders and the change in Youth Protection Training to an annual requirement on out Council Training Policy web page.
To learn more about these opportunities below, click on the graphic
Check out Scouting's premier leadership program for adults being offered at Rancho Alegre and Camp 3 Falls this September and October. This training will not only help you as a Scout Leader, but also in your professional and personal life as well.
Below you will find a list of the next 40 upcoming Council-wide events for Los Padres Council. To register and/or pay for any of these events, click on the line and it will take you directly to the registration page. For events beyond the last date, click on the link to the calendar.
Check here for news releases and stories about upcoming Scouting events and changes. After each title is given a short synopsis of the article. Click on the title to read the entire article. Additional stories may be accessed by using the bottom link.
For a BSA prepared Powerpoint presentation on bullying - Scout Version - Leader Version Scouting’s values make it clear that bullying is not tolerated—both inside and outside of our organization. Our position on bullying—coupled with our commitment to serving America’s youth with a quality Scouting experience—provides Scout leaders a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others. --Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive
Youth Protection and Risk Management Information
To report a suspected case of child abuse in Scouting, download this form with instructions.
Safe Meeting Environment The beginning of a new school year is a good time to check out the physical location of your meeting to make sure that they comply with safety rules and requlations.
Free Snake Bite Poster The American Association of Poison Control Centers is offering free-of-charge to Scout units a poster on identifying and treating snake bites...
Hot Air Ballooning Activity From the official BLOG of Scouting Magazine, BSA announces that certain forms of Hot Air Ballooning are now permissible activities. Read the details to find out what is permissible.
Important Insurance Information for Volunteers REVISED INSURANCE POLICY FOR VOLUNTEER and SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS:
The Boy Scouts of America has revised its fact sheet on insurance coverage provisions for volunteers and sponsoring organizations.
Working with Scouts with Autism Most units have Scouts with learning challenges and leaders are not prepared. Prepared as a Woodbadge project, this article may help the leader with extending the Scouting experience to Scouts with autism.
Promoting Scouting Events on the Website and in the Newsletter
Los Padres Council will only promote approved Scouting events on its website, in its newsletter, and in social media. If you have any question about approval, contact either Carlos Cortez (Carlos.Cortez@scouting.org) or Scott Oldenburg (Scott.Oldenburg@scouting.org).).
Copy, fliers, forms, and photographs should be sent to volunteer Webmaster (RanchoAlegre@cox.net). Please send this material well in advance of the event.
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