Presentation on theme: "SASLAT September 21, 2013 Advancement Program Learning and Advancement are interchangeable Framework for guiding the learning of Scouts and then their."— Presentation transcript:
SASLAT September 21, 2013 Advancement Program Learning and Advancement are interchangeable Framework for guiding the learning of Scouts and then their recognition Opportunities to explore and master Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class teach the core skills and values Star, Life and Eagle focus on personal growth, leadership and responsibility
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Advancement ideas and methods of Boy Scouting are defined and presented in National BSA pub # 33088 “Guide to Advancement 2013”
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide to Advancement 2013(the Guide) an Overview: Very detailed Table of Contents Covers all programs, Cubbing, Boy Scouts, Venturing, etc. Has general information and program specific information Starts by giving key definitions and guidelines Then discusses, in multiple sections, the mechanics of Advancement Has sections oriented to complex situations (e.g.: Eagle; Special Needs; appeals)
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide, Section 2: Advancement Defined The process by which Scouts progress from rank to rank Based on learning from education and most of all from doing (EDGE – Explaining, Demonstrating, Guiding, Enabling ) Personal growth is the prime consideration Built into the Troop’s program Leads to –Scouts accepting responsibility –Demonstrating self-reliance –Caring for themselves and others –Making Scout ideals part of their lives –Showing signs they will be positive contributors in life
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide, Section 3: Guidelines for … Committees Council, District, Unit Advancement – all have roles Unit Advancement Obvious basics: –Records keeping –Advancement reporting – using Internet Advancement –Court of Honor preparations and planning Unit Goal Setting Unit Progress Evaluation
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide, Section 4: The Mechanics of Advancement 4 Steps in Advancement: Active Participation: Defined – complex: read it! Demonstrate Scout Spirit: Discussed – usefulness of imperfection Positions of Responsibility: Definitions and Procedures – complex! Scoutmaster Conference: Why and when
SASLAT September 21, 2013 Definitions of Active and Scout Spirit from National meeting presentation
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide, Section 5: Special Considerations –Camp, Extended Absence, Lone Scouting, Foreign Youth –Religious Principles – needs reading – parent role defined –Posthumous Awards & “Spirit of the Eagle” Award The Guide, Section 6: Internet Advancement Highlights The Guide, Section 7: The Merit Badge Program –Not part of this presentation – but clearly part of Advancement –Currently 130+ Merit Badges –Covers A-Z on MB: definitions, process, procedures, and qualification of counselors
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide, Section 8: Boards of Review: An Overview for All Ranks What the Scout is due Who can’t be on any Board of Review –Unit Leaders and Assistants, Parents of Scout, Specially Chosen Conduct of the Board How Boards lead to improvement Decisions must be unanimous Post-Review requirements if disapproved Particulars for Tenderfoot through Life Particulars for the Eagle Scout Rank Appeals
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide, Section 9: The Eagle Scout Rank The Rank Application Process –Completed, Signed, Reviewed by Council –References are confidential, not Scout’s responsibility to get The Eagle Scout Service Project –This part is in sync with material in the Service Project Workbook –Evaluating the Project, Risk Management, Insurance: read it! Eagle Palms Time Extensions (As the gecko says, “fuh-gedda-bout-it”) –For limited, last-minute, temporary situations –Special Needs handled by registration as handicapped
SASLAT September 21, 2013 The Guide, Section 10: Adv. For Members with Special Needs –Registration, Flexibility, Program Specifics The Guide, Section 11: –FAQ by program; point back to main text of the Guide –Obscure forms –List of Advancement-related Literature –BSA Charter and Bylaws related to Advancement An Index
SASLAT September 21, 2013 Advancement Program 4 Steps to Advancement 1)A Scout Learns 2)A Scout is Tested 3)A Scout is Reviewed 4)A Scout is Recognized
SASLAT September 21, 2013 A Scout is Tested Older Scouts (leaders) who have already earned the rank may determine if other Scouts have learned the skill. In a new Scout patrol, testing may have to be conducted by ASM or Troop Guide assigned to patrol. Scoutmasters should monitor testing to assure quality control.
SASLAT September 21, 2013 A Scout is Reviewed Scoutmaster’s Conference
SASLAT September 21, 2013 Scoutmaster’s Conference Notice that it is not a re-test. It is not a pass-fail. Should establish trust. Provide positive reinforcement. Ask Scout to set goals – leadership, summer camp, etc. Congratulate the Scout. Explain what the Scout is to expect at the board of review. Per Youth Protection Guidelines the Scoutmaster’s Conference is always conducted in view of others.
SASLAT September 21, 2013 Board of Review Except for Eagle, Boards of Review are conducted by the troop’s committee. Purpose is not a retest, but rather to insure completion of rank requirements and to determine quality of Scout’s troop experience. Make every effort to put the Scout at ease. Offer encouragement and praise.
SASLAT September 21, 2013 A Scout is Recognized Immediate recognition of achievement is a powerful incentive for Scouts to continue. A Scout should receive his new badge of rank ASAP. Troops should hold Courts of Honor every three months to recognize all Scouts who have moved up in rank or earned Merit Badges.
SASLAT September 21, 2013 How are you doing? Is your troop running the BSA way? Consider: 220.127.116.11 item 7: Establish practices that will allow each new Boy Scout to achieve First Class rank within 12-18 months of joining, and then to Star rank soon thereafter. 18.104.22.168 item 8: Arrange for timely (monthly suggested) Boards of Review, and see that Scouts ready for them are invited.
SASLAT September 21, 2013 Strengths of the Advancement Program It’s fun. It offers adventure. It allows Scouts to measure their progress. It provides recognition. It promotes the development of physical fitness, character and citizenship.
SASLAT September 21, 2013 Any Questions? Contact Neal Townsend 221 – 9063 email@example.com This presentation and other material will be posted on www.ntown.info.