The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent
value-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is the key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
SUMMER CAMP GUIDE BOOK
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COUNCIL EAGLE SCOUT BANQUET
Date: Friday, March 8, 2013
Place: Thad Cochran Center, USM
New Unit and District Tools
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Discover Card Program Benefits Scouts, Scouting
BSA Unveils New Discover Card Programs
For those who couldn’t make it to the 2012 National Annual Meeting in Orlando, the BSA’s Development and Corporate Alliances Department announced some exciting new relationships, including one with Discover, UMB Bank, mFunds, and First California Bank. Through this exciting new partnership, we will soon be offering the first-ever Scout prepaid card and BSA Discover credit card.
The Scout prepaid card is designed as a Scout’s first financial tool to teach financial education and responsibility. It will include many of the same features of a typical bank account, as well as these additional benefits:
- Online and mobile access to the card account
- Special financial education information for parents and Scouts to discuss
- Direct ties to earning-related merit badges
- Safety concierge service for Scouts in emergency situations
- Access to discounts at tens of thousands of merchants nationwide
The BSA Discover credit card is designed to be used by adults as a responsible financial tool that will benefit the BSA and cardholders alike. The cards will include many of the same features as a typical credit card, but with ties to Scouting.
To learn more about the Scout prepaid card program, please visitwww.ScoutsAreThrifty.com. To learn more about the BSA Discover credit card program, please visit www.BoyScoutCreditCard.com. While there, be sure to sign up for ongoing notifications as the cards draw closer to launch. We will be unveiling new pages on the sites over the coming weeks and will keep you updated on these enhancements. Local councils are expected to earn as much as $10 million through this program over the next five years. You can start spreading the word now and encouraging Scouters and parents to visit the above mentioned sites and sign up for more information.
The Boy Scouts of America credit card will be issued by UMB Bank, N.A. pursuant to a license from the Discover Network. The Boy Scouts of America prepaid card will be issued by First California Bank (FCB) pursuant to a license from the Discover Network. mFunds Global Payment Solutions is a registered ISO of FCB. UMB® is a registered trademark of UMB Financial Corporation. Discover® and the Discover acceptance mark are service marks used by mFunds and UMB Bank N.A. under a license from Discover Financial Services.
Council Pinewood Derby Rules
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The Council is developing a NAYLE (National Advanced Leadership Experience) course for Scouts. This will most likely be held the last week of summer camp. More information will be given out at the Camp Tiak promotion on January 14th.
ANNOUNCING THE BSA VEHICLE DONATION PROGRAM!
2013 BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE!
JULY 15-24, 2013 AT THE SUMMIT BECHTEL RESERVE
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TOUR PLAN (replaces the National and Local Tour Permits)
Effective March 1, 2011, what are currently known as local and national tour permits will be superseded by what will be called the tour plan. *The online tour permit system will be suspended. This update is the accumulation of work by a cross-functional team of volunteers and staff including the Health and Safety Support Committee, Council Solutions, Outdoor Program Group, and Risk Management Advisory Panels.
Here is the definition of the tour plan in the Language of Scouting: "Units complete this form when planning for local, national, or international adventure. The plan helps ensure the unit is properly prepared, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure."
The plan is available for your staff to see and begin training with at this link:
If you, your staff, or your volunteers have any other concerns, please direct them to Health.Safety@scouting.org.
Annual Health and Medical Record Update
The Annual Health and Medical Record was released in December 2008, and its use became mandatory on January 1, 2010. The latest update to the record consolidates all records from the National Council and the three national high-adventure base forms, enabling a single medical form to be used across all BSA activities. The new form, bin No. 680-001, supersedes the previous, catalog No. 34605; this new item should be phased in immediately as it renders the old forms obsolete.
The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for participation in all Scouting events, including day and resident camps and high-adventure bases. It should be updated no less than annually.
Highlights/changes with the 2011 update:
? The record now lives on an interactive web page on Scouting Safely. Scouts, Scouters, parents and staff can download, fill in, and print it on standard paper, and can save an electronic copy for their personal files. The link is now live at
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx and should be substituted for any outdated links you may have hosting the record.
? Parts A and B-the health history and release statement-will be utilized the most.
? Part C is the physical exam.
? Part D is a review piece for participants attending any of the national high-adventure bases.
? The record 680-001 supersedes and is the equivalent for meeting day and resident camp standard requirements that for 2011 still reference No. 34605.
? Local councils should not modify the medical record. If customization is deemed necessary, please contact us at
The frequently asked questions (FAQs),
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/Resources/MedicalFormFAQs.aspx, have been updated to reflect the changes in the record. We strongly encourage councils to highlight the link to the FAQs; experience indicates that 95 percent of the questions we receive are answered on this page.
If you, your staff, or your volunteers have any other concerns, please direct them to
Health.Safety@scouting.org. If you have questions for a specific high-adventure base, please contact the base directly.
Thank you for all you do for Scouting!
Scouting Safety Alert
The electronic version of the Winter Sports Safety Section (item#3) in the Guide To Safe Scouting reads as follows: APPROPRIATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES. THIS INCLUDES THE RECOMMENDED USE OF HELMETS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS ENGAGED IN WINTER SPORTS SUCH AS SLEDDING AND OTHER SLIDING DEVICES. THE USE OF HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: DOWNHILL SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, AND OPERATIONS OF SNOWMOBILES (FULL FACE HELMETS)
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Internet Rechartering now available!
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Internet Advancement now available!
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Pine Burr Area Council Scouter's Walk Brick Order Form
Funding for the Future.......Paving the Way!!
All money raised from the Scouter's Walk program will be designed to the Council's general operating and capital funds. In keeping with the desire to promote family loyalty and pride offering quality Scouting for future Scouts of the Pine Burr Area Council.To order your personal or corporate brick(s), please complete the order form and return it with your donation to Pine Burr Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1318 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.
Questions reguarding brick orders and logos for corporate bricks may be directed to the office of the Scout Executive at (601) 582-2326.
Contact you local District Executive or the Council Service Center at 601-582-2326 or 1-866-424-3188.