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The Northern Star Council-Boys Scouts of America worked with Wilder Research to assess the Scouts’ progress during 2012-2013 in achieving their program outcomes. This is the full report.

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The Northern Star Council-Boys Scouts of America worked with Wilder Research to assess the Scouts’ progress during 2012-2013 in achieving their program outcomes. This is a summary of those outcomes.

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We have over 15,500 volunteers and 37,000 boy and girls, ages 6 - 20, that join us in Scouting activities and that's just the start! You May Also Be Interested In:

A sample crossover ceremony

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Welcome to the 2016 session of the College of Commissioner Service! And, thank you for your commitment to the families and young people we serve through Scouting.

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Invest in Scouting. 88% of all revenue goes into local Scouting programs

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Let us say thank you and help show your support for Scouting with one of these recognition items during the 2016 Friends of Scouting Annual Campaign.

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Funding is available to finance innovation

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This document outlines the official car and race rules for the annual Northern Star Council Pinewood Derby race.

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A Scout is Courteous – How does S’More Cub Scout Fun relate to this point of the Scout Law?

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A Scout Is Kind. How Does “Creepy Crawlers” Relate to This Point of the Scout Law?

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It is time to begin planning to re‐charter your unit. Please read and keep the important information below to ensure a successful re‐charter. This letter is also being sent to your Committee Chair.

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Nominate a worthy Scouter for the silver beaver award.

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Make meetings more fun for the entire family

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This annual agreement is between the chartering organization of a pack, troop, crew, team, or ship and the local council.

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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 (680-001 parts A, B, and sometimes C) is the first step in making sure you have a great Scouting experience. This National BSA web page will guide you to downloading the right parts of the form for your camp, activity, or adventure. You May Also Be Interested In:

This application form is for full and part-time position postings with Northern Star Council. For Seasonal Camp Staff employment, please use the camp staff application form.

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Other organizations may request this certificate when a Scout Unit is conducting an event at their site. If the organization requires being listed as an additional insured there is a separate request form for those certificates.

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To be trained as a BSA Lifeguard, you must successfully complete the course as outlined in the BSA Lifeguard Instructor Manual and demonstrate the ability to perform each item specified in these requirements

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The purpose of the BSA’s National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) is to help councils elevate camps to new levels of excellence in delivering Scouting’s promise to youth. Councils will engage in rigorous review of camps and properties, continuous improvement, and correction or elimination of substandard practices.

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Training resources supporting that Scout should treat others as he or she wants to be treated—a Scout is kind

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Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures

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Vision: Northern Star Council is a positive influence in the lives of 100% of the young people in the communities we serve.

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Complete and submit withing 90 days of the incident. Ths policy is excess to any other available source of medical benefits. This means that you must file your bills through your primary, or personal, insurance carrier prior to this policy responding. When your primary insurance company processes the charges, they will send you an Explanation of Benefits, or “EOB”. You must forward a copy of the Explanation of Benefits for EACH CHARGE.

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This new Guidepost in Journey 2.0 is designed to encourage the unit leadership to think about their vision for their Crew and put plans in place to help the Crew achieve that vision.

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Reflection is the process of giving deep thought to a situation, in this case your Venture Crew.

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This National BSA web page lists advancement, awards, and other Cub Scout forms, resources, and applications

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This document lists all of the requirements for Cub Scout ranks, loops, and pins

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The Diversity Award was created by the Northern Star Council Diversity Committee to strengthen inclusiveness and create cultural awareness and understanding.

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If you can check off each of the items listed on this document you are ready to submit your Eagle Scout Application. Includes a list of the top 10 mistakes that delay processing of your Eagle Scout Rank application

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When submitting the Eagle Scout Rank Application the unit leader collects letters of recommendation from the Scout's parent or guardian, school, place of worship, and other references on these forms. These letter of recommendation are provided to the Eagle Scout Board of Review committee and remain confidential.

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Include this card with your Eagle Scout Paperwork. The council registrar will use this information to contact the Scout or unit leader if there are missing or incomplete items.

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Submit this form to our local council office after completing the requirements for Eagle Scout Palms

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This application is to be submitted after you have completed all requirements for the Eagle Scout rank.

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See all the steps involved in earning and completing the Eagle Scout Rank and rank application process from earning Life Scout rank through the Court of Honor.

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While a Life Scout, the Eagle candidate must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a religious institution, school or community. All the steps and key tips and information are outlined in this handy guide.

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The Eagle Scout Service Project is a major part of earning the Eagle rank.

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Eagle Scout candidates must use the official Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, as produced by the BSA, and available here.

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Use this as a guide to send news releases to your community newspapers and publications upon achieving the high honor of Eagle Scout

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As a merit badge counselor, your mission is to join fun with learning. You are both a teacher and mentor as the Scout works on a merit badge and learns by doing. Your hands-on involvement could inspire a Scout to develop a lifelong hobby, pursue a particular career, or become an independent, self-supporting adult.

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Common sense tells us training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders.

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The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is that every boy wants to participate fully and be treated and respected like every other member of the troop. Use the resources around you, and this pamphlet to help fufill the promise of Scouting for every boy.

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This scholarship is designed to support students who have the Eagle Scout rank or the Girl Scout Gold Award. This award is renewable annually for three additional years and is awarded in amounts varying from $1,000 to $3,000 per year. Application due January 15.

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Finish the maze and crossword puzzle so that you'll be superhero trained!

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This document describes the trail segment locations for the 1862 US Dakota War historic trail. Complete the trail segments, answer the questions, and submit the form to purchase a patch.

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This document contains the Fort Snelling Historic Trail guide and questions. After completing the trail and answering the questions, you can submit the answer sheet and purchase a patch.

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This document contains the directions and questions for the L'etoile Du Nord Historic Trail. Complete the questions and submit the form to purchase your patch.

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The Historic Trails Award requirements emphasize cooperation between historic societies and Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing units.

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Honor Bright by Dave Kenney was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of Scouting in Northern Star Council. Share the stories of our local area and the people who were there from the 1st eagle Scout to the addition of Base Camp at Fort Snelling.

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Complete this form any time documentation is needed for a medical or non-medical (e.g. youth protection, harassment, physical injury, council building/property damage, etc.) type situation.

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The Individual Scout Advancement Plan is the basic plan that can be used for all Scouts to document proposed and approved alternative advancement requirements.

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Contribute $1000 or more to the council endowment funds and be recognized as a member or honor another as a James E West Fellow.

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The key award recognizes adult leaders who complete specific training and performance goals over a three-year period. A Commissioner may also earn the Arrowhead Honor, which is for commissioners who exhibit quality performance and leadership. Use this form for tracking both awards for District Commissioners and Assistant District Commissioners.

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The key award recognizes adult leaders who complete specific training and performance goals over a three-year period. A Commissioner may also earn the Arrowhead Honor, which is for commissioners who exhibit quality performance and leadership. Use this form for tracking both awards. You May Also Be Interested In:

The key award recognizes adult leaders who complete specific training and performance goals over a three-year period. A Commissioner may also earn the Arrowhead Honor, which is for commissioners who exhibit quality performance and leadership. Use this form for tracking both awards. You May Also Be Interested In:

Training Keys may be presented to an Advisor.

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Training Keys may be presented to the Coach

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Training Keys may be presented to the primary unit leader positions of Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, Skipper and district operating committee chair meeting additional tenure and performance requirements.

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Training Keys may be presented to district operating committee chairs meeting additional tenure and performance requirements.

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Training Keys may be presented to Scoutmasters

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Training Keys may be presented to a Skipper

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Learn about how supporting the Leaders. For Life. campaign will foster youth who are better leaders and more resilient embodiments of the values of service and citizenship. The community will benefit from the expanded leadership skills of Scouts and non-Scouting youth and adults who participate in the proven leadership training of the Boy Scouts of America.

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Complete this form as part of the merit badge counselor application process (along with the Adult Member Application and Youth Protection Training).

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Use this form to request a counselor for specific merit badge(s) from our council office

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The National BSA Mile Swim award requirements

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This document is made available electronically by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library as part of an ongoing digital archiving project. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/lrl.asp

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The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.

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The purpose of the Venturing awards program is to provide a pathway for accomplishment in the Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth, Service model.

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The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.

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The National Rifle Association, working with the BSA and the Shooting Sports Committee, has compiled clarification in the terminology and delivery of the BSA shooting sports programs here

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The Venturing awards and recognitions programs are designed to help Venturers grow in the areas of adventure, leadership, personal development, and service.

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A compilation of quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program.

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Our staff will provide and assist in completing this form to officially start a new pack, troop, or crew.

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The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.

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This new Guidepost in Journey 2.0 is designed to encourage the unit leadership to think about their vision for their Pack and put plans in place to help the Pack achieve that vision.

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The Cub Scout Pack Unit Reflection is a new Guidepost in Journey 2.0. It is designed to help you think about your vision for success in your Pack and put plans in place to help you achieve that vision.

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The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award a local council can present to a volunteer Scouter. The award is given to registered Scouters of exceptional character upon the recommendation of the local council, and approval of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, for noteworthy service to youth.

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This form can only be used to change positions within a unit. Any new registrationsor transfers from other units must fill out a full adult application.

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These are records collected nationwide since the early days of Scouting (1920s) of individuals who have been dismissed from Scouting, and kept as a barrier to their re‐entry. The files predate the modern database technology. The keeping of such information is a best practice as defined by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their 2007 report on youth protection.

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The requirements a Scout must complete to earn the rank of Eagle Scout

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The requirements a Scout must complete to earn the rank of First Class

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The requirements a Scout must complete to earn the rank of Life

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The requirements a Scout must complete to earn the rank of Second Class

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The requirements a Scout must complete to earn the rank of Star

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The requirements a Scout must complete to earn the rank of Tenderfoot

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Upon consideration of the evidence submitted from all sources, as set forth in this recommendation form, we respectfully recommend that the National Court of Honor grant the award checked below. Note: If the action being considered is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, do not submit this form. The Local Council Certificate of Merit, No. 606760, is suitable for this purpose.

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Some organizations, other than chartered partners, may require listing them as an additional insured for a specific time period or event. Use this request form to get a copy of the certificate listing your Scouting group as additional insured. Otherwise, just download the BSA Certificate of General Liability Insurance available elsewhere on this site.

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In order for an individual to qualify for registration beyond the age of eligibility, his disability must be permanent and so severe that it precludes advancement even at a rate significantly slower than considered typical.

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After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing these requirements.

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General information and requirements on more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout or Varsity Scout, or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time.

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A communication plan checklist you can use during your annual program planning.

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An Excel budget template you can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A budget template for packs you can use during your annual planning

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Use this guide during your annual program planning to help build the budget

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Use this resource to help build your annual program plan

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An Excel template you can use as a starting point for your troop budget during your annual planning.

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All the details on budgeting, fundraising, and money management in you pack, troop, or crew.

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Worked at a Northern Star Camp last year and interested in returning for another summer? Complete this simplified application form for the next season.

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A sample program calendar your crew can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample communication plan your crew can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample Excel pack budget you can use as a starting point in your annual budgeting.

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A sample pack budget you can use as a starting point in your annual budgeting.

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An Excel spreadsheet you can use as a starting point in your annual program planning

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A sample annual communication plan you can use as a starting point during your pack's annual planning.

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A sample budget your troop can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample budget your troop can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample budget your troop can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample program calendar you can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample communication plan your troop can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample communication plan your troop can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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A sample budget you can use as a starting point in your annual planning.

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A sample communication plan you can use as a starting point during your annual planning.

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Tips for a successful silver beaver nomination.

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The Boy Scouts have labored for decades to curtail sexual abuse of scouts by adult volunteers. But when their name was evoked in a lawsuit linked to the Penn State abuse scandal, the reference was not to problems — it was acknowledgment that the Scouts' current prevention policies are considered state of the art.

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Apply for a camp scholarship

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The application to join summer camp staff.

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The Summit Achievement award recognizes those Webelos Scouts who have gone above and beyond their Arrow of Light requirements and have a strong start on their Boy Scout adventure.

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This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3) in Scouting and is intended for both youth and adult trainers.

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At the heart of the Kodiak experience is the Kodiak guide. The purpose of the guide is to help the participants with their adventure. This document is to assist the Kodiak Guide in delivering the Kodiak Challenge.

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The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience.

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The tour and activity plan is a planning tool for best practices to be prepared for safe and fun adventure. Completing the plan may not address all possible challenges, but it can help ensure that appropriate planning has been conducted, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure.  You May Also Be Interested In:

Presented for tenure, training, and performance in leadership roles in Boy Scouting

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Presented for tenure, training, and performance in a Cub Scouting leadership role. You May Also Be Interested In:

Presented for tenure, training, and performance in a Den Leader role. You May Also Be Interested In:

Presented for tenure, training, and performance in leadership roles in a district committee

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Presented for tenure, training, and performance in leadership roles in Sea Scouts

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Presented for tenure, training, and performance in leadership roles in Varsity Scouting

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Presented for tenure, training, and performance in leadership roles in Venturing

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our gift to the Tribute Fund is a way to recognize a special occasion or person.

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The Boy Scout Troop Unit Reflection is a new Guidepost in Journey 2.0.

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Thank you for your help in facilitating this unit reflection with the Troop.

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If you're looking to either purchase or donate a good condition, used, uniform - we can help. It's best to visit in person to try on your new uniform, but you can also email an order form and we'll do our best to find the perfect uniform for you! We'll find a way to get it to you (but it may take a bit longer).

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We encourage units to use Internet Advancement Reporting, but this form is also available. Submit the form at the Scout Shop when you purchase the awards.

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A spreadsheet that can be used by the crew to help track members progress toward the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit Awards

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Apply for veteran the veteran award for every five years of registration. Submit this form to our local council office for processing.

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Statement of Dr. Janet I. Warren Regarding BSA's Ineligible Volunteer Files

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Complete this form to certify the creation of a new Scouting pack, troop, crew, team, or ship and be recognized with the Wm. D Boyce New Unit Organizer Award.

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The Wood Badge Course Direcotr serves during the Wood Badge course as Scoutmaster of Gilwell Troop 1. Complete this application for consideration as a course director.

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No Scouter should miss training for financial reasons. Apply for assistance to attend a world class Wood Badge course.

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Wood Badge staff positions are service opportunities. Volunteers representing Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing as well as people whose Scouting involvement is at the district and council levels are encouraged to express interest in serving by submitting this form.

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A form for registering youth members, in English.

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A form for registering youth members, in Spanish.

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Report your Youth Protection Training for both Youth and Adults

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These nationally produced videos are part of the Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Training courses designed for youth.

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