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Youth Protection Procedures
Tour and Activity Plans
Volunteer Background Checks
BSA Training Courses for Health & Safety
The September - October Trailblazer is available now.
2014-2015 Council Calendar UPDATE
An updated (9/30/14) council calendar is online here and in the menu system above.
Den Chief Training
Saturday, Oct 25:
Successful Boy Scout Troops know that having a strong relationship with a Cub Scout Pack practically guarantees an annual transition of boys from the pack to the troop. Having a trained Den Chief for every den, particularly Webelos Dens, will help solidify the pack/troop relationship and foster a greater awareness and familiarity with your troop for the Cub Scouts. Den Chief Training helps boys to have a successful experience as mentors for Cub Scouts.
Begin today! Go to this On-line module for Fast Start.
Boy Scout Competition Announced
The Bill of Rights Institute is excited to announce its third annual Boy Scout competition, with the chance for Scouts to win up to $1,000 plus $500 for their BSA units!
Deadline: January 30, 2015
The competition is structured around one short essay (800 words or fewer) related to the Constitution and the founding principles:
Abraham Lincoln described the Declaration of Independence as an ‘apple of gold’ and the Constitution as the ‘frame of silver,’ which encases it. For Lincoln, the Declaration asserts the moral and philosophical standard which the Constitution aims to implement.
The Bill of Rights Institute is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to educate young people on the ideas of the Constitution and the rights it protects. The Institute develops curricula and provides professional development opportunities for educators. It also provides high school students with opportunities to develop their understanding of the founding documents through essay contests, Constitution clubs, online games, resources, and summer programs. For more information on the Bill of Rights Institute’s programs, visit
Growth Incentives for Units
FREE Space Derby kits available for packs who meet requirements for growth through new recruits. Boy Scout Troops earn access to attend a Shooting Day when they reach requirements for their growth incentives!
The Lincoln Trails Council will be hosting a Commissioner College on November 15. This is a great training opportunity for our commissioners; unit, district, council, roundtable, etc.
Here is a flier.
A new simplified
Physical Form is available now from National or from the Camp Leaders Guides in the Resources Menu above. It becomes the required form as of March 1, 2014
2015 Philmont Contingent
Lincoln Trails Council announces a 2015 high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico! The council has 2 crews (12 people per crew) that will travel to Philmont in Cimarron, NM July 11th - 25th, 2015. The cost of this trek will be $1,400 per person which includes train fare to and from Philmont, 2 T-shirts, all Philmont fees and all but one lunch upon arrival on July 12th. This is the first council Philmont Contingent since 2008 so get signed up early. To reserve a spot today, send in the form below along with at least $150 (deposits must be received by March 31st, 2014).
This trip is open to Boy Scouts, Venturers, and registered adults. Youth must be at least 14 years old or be at least 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade by June, 2015. Participants must be physically capable to complete a backcountry trek in the mountainous regions of Philmont Scout Ranch (6,000 to 12,441 feet in elevation). All participants must meet the health and medical requirements set by Philmont.
Read the flier here.
Health Requirments page
Risk Management Guide for Units
The purpose of this guide is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. Policies and guidelines have been established because of the need to protect members from risk and hazards that have been identified through one hundred-plus years of Scouting experience. This guide provides adult leaders with information on:
Read the guide here.
Eagle Recomendation Form
There is a new Eagle Scout Recomendation Form for people to use writing references for Eagle candidates. The form is avalable here or from the resources menu above.
FISCAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR BSA UNITS
This document contains answers to many of the frequently asked questions on unit financial procedures.
Should our unit have a checking or savings account?
Does a pack or troop need its own tax identification number?
Who is responsible for the finances of the unit?
Should our unit consider insuring our unit equipment?
Can our unit deposit funds with the local council?
What happens to the unit funds and equipment should the unit dissolve?
When should our unit submit a BSA Unit Money-Earning Application?
Is our pack or troop considered tax-exempt by the IRS?
What is the IRS Form 990-N and does our unit need to file annually with the IRS a
electronic postcard 990-N?
Can our pack or troop be covered under the BSA’s group exemption?
Form SS-4 asks us for a “GEN.” What is that – and do we have one?
A volunteer suggested that our unit apply for its own tax-exempt status. Can we?
We can’t solicit gifts for our unit?
Does that mean people can’t make gifts to our troop?
Can gifts go to the local council to benefit our unit, then “pass through” the council to
My local company has employee volunteerism grants and they will contribute to charities
where I volunteer my time. Can these gifts go to our unit?
Read the answers.
Camp Usage Form
The Camp Usage Form has been revised to reflect changes made at Rhodes-France. If your unit wants to request the use of any of the camp facilities please use the new form found in the resources menu above.
View the form here
Recently, the Boy Scouts of America announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. The purpose of these changes is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting.
Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to
To take the training online go to https://myscouting.scouting.org