April Newsletter for the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America
April 2019 Tarheel Scouter
Dear Scouts and Scouters:

Lots of exciting things happening in the East Carolina Council!

The 2019 Council Camporee is just one month away. The dates were moved back one weekend because 21 of our 22 school districts will still be on spring break the last weekend on April. The ECC Camporee has been held annually since 1936, except for two years during WWII. Join us for “ Raiders of the Lost Scout ” May 3 – 5 at East Carolina Scout Reservation.

Registration is open for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) at Camp Boddie this August. I promise the knowledge and skills a Scout learns there will improve your troop, crew, or ship. Only 30 spaces remain – they will fill fast.

We have many camp improvements underway. The Order of the Arrow built three Gaga pits and the first of six hammock gardens. Ranger Nelson is hard at work adding an additional trading post near the Eco Lodge.

Girls have only been able to register in Scouts BSA for sixty days. There are already 47 Scouts BSA girls in five troops East Carolina Council. Several more troops are in the works.

Read the story in the Tarheel Scouter about Family Adventure Camp July 15 – 19 at Camp Boddie. This is the first time we have offered this unique opportunity for families to enjoy Scouting together. We are one of three councils in the country offering this experience.

I’m very pleased that 95.8% of our adult leaders have completed Youth Protection Training . We have just a few remaining in the council to complete training.

There are several situations of which I am aware that could have been prevented if Scouts were better educated to protect themselves. I strongly encourage troops to show the video A Time to Tell at a troop meeting and lead a group discussion before summer camp. Pack leaders should show the video It Happened to Me and lead a group discussion before summer. Both are available at the Kinston Scout Shop and the discussion guides are available online. We are in the process of making both videos available for free online.

We were informed recently there are more spaces available for Scouts to register for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree . I had the opportunity to attend one many years ago. Phenomenal experience! I highly recommend anyone interested read the information and apply.

In service,

Doug Brown, Jr.
Scout Executive / CEO

2019 ECC NYLT Announcment
Registration is Now Open!
Registration is now open for the 2019 ECC NYLT Course going August 9-11 & August 16-18, 2019. This This course is opent to Boy Sxcouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.

Qualifications: Any Scout participating in this course must be at least a First Class Scout, completed at least eighth grade or 13 years old (but not yet 18), and a Scout that the Unit Leader feels is mature and currently filling a Unit leadership position or likely to assume a leadership position in the near future. The Scout may only attend on the Unit Leader’s recommendation. It is important that the Scout have camping, cooking and hiking skills. There is no rank requirement for Venturers but a recommendation is required.

* For 2019 only, an exception will be granted for girls registered in Scouts BSA to attend NYLT without first achieving the First Class rank.

The updated participation form can be found here.
On February 1, 2018, the Boy Scouts of America released updated youth protection training, called YPT2. There is now only one YPT training for all levels of Scouting adults from Cub Scouts through our young adult programs. This is the one designated Youth Protection Training for all adults.
The mandatory training is closed captioned and includes three modules covering the following:
·          Overview and Policies
·          Sexual Abuse
·          Bullying
YPT2 is accessible from a my.Scouting.org account, but BSA registration is not required to take the training. BSA chartering organization members are welcome to take the training free of charge. The training certificate will only be available for printing after completing the three required training modules and passing the test which completes the Youth Protection Training. The training certificate must accompany a new BSA adult application.
By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training . The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth.
Other recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:
  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
·          Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, all adults accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a volunteer, and complete YPT2.
·          Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older. Adult program participants (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application.
·          The only position exceptions to taking the required the Youth Protection Training are institutional heads of chartering organizations and adult partners in Tiger and Lion programs.
·          Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to take the training.
·          Youth Protection Training for youth members will be available in 2019.
·          New supplemental youth-on-youth training resources required for camp staff were released.

The announcement from the National Key-3 stated, “When it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve. Sustained vigilance on youth protection is a central part of our culture. Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. The Boy Scouts of America will not stand by while people take advantage of our trusted program to harm children.”
Updated Training
At the end of February, the online Youth Protection course was replaced with an updated version. 

This update includes new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February 2018 , however our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The on-line version of the Guide to Safe Scouting is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.
Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two-year period.
Four new VOLUNTARY modules were added and are available under the “VOLUNTARY programs” heading. These include:
1.     Physical Abuse
2.     Neglect
3.     Emotional Abuse
4.     Witnessing Violence
These new VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse.

Leaders who had any of the prior YPT modules in progress, but not completed, had their progress lost when the course was updated. For example, if a leader had completed one, two, or three of the four modules, but had not completed all four, their completed modules were erased and they have to start over again to complete all four required modules. 

If you already completed the Youth Protection Training since February 1, 2018, you are not affected and do not have to complete YPT until your current certification is due for renewal.
YPT Videos
Help Scouts Protect Themselves
The Boy Scouts of America produced two age appropriate videos designed to educate boys about child abuse and how to protect themselves.

The video, A Time to Tell, is for boys 11 years of age and older. It Happened to Me is designed for boys ages 6 to 9 years of age. These videos are an important part of the BSA’s Youth Protection training. The videos present common situations in which sexual abuse might occur and emphasize the BSA’s “three Rs” of Youth Protection.

Each Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack are encouraged to show the age appropriate video to its members once a year .

It is important that we all recognize that child sexual abuse is a serious problem in our society and that Scouts are prepared to take appropriate steps to protect themselves if they, or their friends, are confronted by a person who attempts to put them in a situation where sexual abuse could occur. Nobody expects that Scouts are going to be sexually abused. However, just as we learn first aid skills to prepare ourselves in case we ever need to use them, we also need to learn about sexual abuse.

Leaders are encouraged to view the appropriate video and read the discussion guide before showing to Scouts at a pack or troop meeting. There are difficult, yet realistic, scenarios presented in the videos. Parents are encouraged to participate as well.

The videos may purchased from the East Carolina Council Scout Shop of ordered from www.scoutstuff.org . The troop leader discussion guide may be found online at: www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/boy-scout/ .  The pack leader discussion guide may be found online at: www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cub-scout/ .
Going Home
Memory of Tommy Lewis

MH & Diana Pridgen
Camp Improvements
March 22-24, 2019
We have many camp improvements underway at Camp Boddie and Pamlico Sea Base. 
Croatan Lodge, Order of the Arrow built three Ga-ga pits for Scouts to enjoy. One is located at Pamlico Sea Base, one near the Eco Lodge, and one near the main camp trading post. 
They also installed the first hammock garden at Pamlico Sea Base. Before summer camp, a second one will be built at Pamlico Sea Base and four more at Camp Boddie. The plan is for six more in 2020.
Ranger Nelson is work hard converting a shipping container into an additional trading post near the Eco Lodge. This will provide a place for Scouts to grab a cold drink or a snack without walking to the front of camp.
Family Adventure Camp
Adventure is out there!
East Carolina Council is one of three councils in the nation offering families the opportunity to enjoy Scouting together at Camp Boddie July 15 – 19, 2019.

Families register and attend together, eating in the dining hall, staying in camp tents (or bring their own), and experiencing the activities of camp: swimming, boating, making crafts, shooting rifles or BB guns, archery, learning about nature and ecology, and much more. In keeping with BSA policies and guidelines, all activities are age-appropriate.

Families will arrive on Monday morning, get settled into their campsite, and select their activities for the week. Monday will include an opening campfire with camp skits and songs, followed by s’mores in their campsites. In addition to daily activities, families will enjoy a luau and camp carnival. Thursday will end with a closing campfire and families head home on Friday morning.

While Family Adventure Camp is not designed to complete merit badges or rank requirements, many of those same activities will be offered.

Families can register here: https://ecc.tentaroo.com/admin2/login

We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer! More info can be found here .
New Staff
Welcome Aboard!
Sarah Steele joined the East Carolina Council staff on March 15. Sarah serves as District Executive serving Croatan Trails and Neuse Basin districts. Sarah is a native of Bluffton, SC and is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Sarah is married to Chris who is a Navy Hospital Corpsman on Cherry Point.
John Porter joined the East Carolina Council staff on April 1. John serves the Blackbeard and Lewis Deanes Districts. John is an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and has a master’s degree from University of Massachusetts in Boston. John previously worked for National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound. John is married to Toni, who works at ECU.

Please welcome Sarah and John!
Where it is hotter, under the water!
$70 if signed up by June 7; $85 after June 7

See flyer and registration forms: 
For questions contact:
Darcy Guill, Camp Director
Leader Training
***ATTENTION: Position-specific training courses for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (Scouts BSA) are being updated and will be available January 2, 2019. Any progress on current training materials will not carry over to the new learning plan so plan to complete any in-progress training before December 31, 2018.***
LIVE Training Courses – register and see flyers at: http://www.eccbsa.org/Event%20Flyers

CONTINUING ED – Monthly at your district Roundtable
We believe that every Scout deserves a trained leader. We want to make sure that you understand how Scouting works and that you're properly equipped to deliver a fun and fulfilling program to our youth. The Boy Scouts of America provides a wealth of training opportunities at every level of Scouting. Whether you're a first-time Cub leader or a high adventure veteran, there's a training course for you. Continual learning is a key to the success of our programs.

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse.

CUBMASTER AND ASSISTANT CUBMASTER POSITION TRAINING intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training as well as Youth Protection, and Weather Hazards training are considered “trained” for both positions.

DEN LEADER POSITION TRAINING provides Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout den leader training, along with Youth Protection training and Weather Hazards training are considered trained for their position.

SCOUTMASTER POSITION TRAINING provides Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, must also complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), Youth Protection Training, and Weather Hazards Training in order to be "trained" for those positions. The Outdoor course must be taken in during a course held by a district or council. The Outdoor course is required to be considered fully trained.

VENTURING ADVISOR AND ASSOCIATE POSITION TRAINING provides an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience

merit badge counselor training provides an introduction to the responsibilities, and advancement guidelines used by merit badge counselors, who also must take Youth Protection Training

Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role?
Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses -      Basic Leader Requirements

Where do I find out about live courses if I missed Roundtable in my district? Training Courses and other events are also listed on the East Carolina Council Website. To register for live training go to the Council home page at www.eccbsa.org and click on Event Flyers.


baloo – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, an instructor led course that is required of a minimum of one adult leader on pack family campouts and Webelos Den Camping. An online training component is required prior to participating.

IOLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops in order to be considered “trained”.

Fundamentals of Training – required training for Unit Trainers, and district/council training team members

The Trainers EDGE – required for Wood Badge and NYLT Staff and continuing education for Trainers after taking Fundamentals of Training.

STEM Nova Counselor Training – to provide training for STEM Nova counselors
STEM Supernova Mentor Training – self study course available at https://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

Wood Badge – an advanced national leadership course for Scouting volunteers and professionals. For more see the ECC home page and click on Wood Badge under Quick Links

Exploring Ride-Along Safety
Hazardous Weather Training
Safe Swim Defense
Safety Afloat
Trek Safely
Climb on Safely
Drive Safely

continue learning by
Viewing current and archived podcasts for Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting

Attending Roundtable – from the home page click on districts to locate information on your local roundtable meetings held monthly. These meetings are held to give out information, provide useful program enhancements, discuss relevant Scouting topics, fellowship with other Scouters, and to learn and well as to share ideas, techniques and more.
Cub leader Training
A Scouter is prepared!!
During the month of March, seventy-one Cub Leaders from all over East Carolina Council completed position-specific training with supplemental Guide to Safe Scouting training. During the first event, on March 9 in Winterville, thirty one-leaders from Pitt District, Lewis-Deanes District, Caswell District, Neuse Basin District, and White Oak River District attended. The second event on March 23 in Jacksonville was attended by forty-one Cub Leaders from White Oak River and Neuse Basin Districts.

The training included Cubmaster, Den Leader, and Pack Committee training. The instruction included all recent updates to the Cub Scout program, notably changes to pack organization. Supplemental instruction to the Guide to Safe Scouting included a review of the Scouter Code of Conduct, the Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety, and all rules and policies from the guide relevant to the Cub Scout Program.

Training was conducted by a team of experienced volunteer Scouters from White Oak River and Pitt Districts with impressive credentials including Eagle Scouts, Wood Badge training, National Camp School training, district committee members, former and current den leaders, Cubmasters, and pack committee members, BALOO trainers, camp directors, and the list goes on. The training event was coordinated by Timothy Brouhard and Darcy Guill with Erica Wilson, Cassandra Young, Nicholas Brewer, and Eric Cundiff contributing and instructing. Colin Young also provided support.

Feedback from course evaluations was overwhelmingly positive. The training team plans on improving the courses and providing training events again in the fall. A lot has changed in the Cub Scout Program over the past five years. Not only is live training encouraged for new leaders, but also existing leaders who want to stay current with the Cub Scout Program and leaders who trained online. Every Scout not only deserves a trained leader, but every Scout deserves a well-trained leader.
May 17-18
Pamlico Sea Base

See the flyer for more details:

Darcy Guill, Course Director
Scouts BSA Girl Troops
Welcome Aboard!
Girls could first register as members of Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019. Nationwide there are nearly 12,000 Scouts BSA girls in roughly 1,800 troops. In East Carolina Council, 44 girls are in five Scouts BSA girl troops, and three more girls are registered as Lone Scouts until troops are organized in their areas. Additionally, there are 116 girls in 25 Cub Scout packs in the council.
Our five troops are:
1.      Troop 219 chartered to Garber United Methodist Church in New Bern. Their Scoutmaster is Jennifer Potter.
2.      Troop 437 chartered to Queens Creek United Methodist Church in Hubert. Their Scoutmaster is Tim Owings.
3.      Troop 789 chartered to Winstead United Methodist Church in Wilson. Their Scoutmaster is Michael Summers.
4.      Troop 867 chartered to First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. Their Scoutmaster is Jennifer Camara.
5.      Troop 7730 chartered to Rotary Club of Passport in Swansboro. Their Scoutmaster is Jennifer Bolding.
Troops are in various stages of forming in Washington, Kinston, Rocky Mount, and Holly Ridge. Anyone interested in forming a Scouts BSA girl troop or interested in joining should contact Richard Bogan at 252-522-1521 or Richard.Bogan@Scouting.org .  
Popcorn Update
What's Popping!
After much research and review, East Carolina Council will be utilizing Camp Master Popcorn for its fall popcorn sale in 2019.
Camp Master is a brand of Ramsey Popcorn, from Ramsey, Indiana. Founded in 1944, Ramsey is family owned and operated. Ramsey created the Camp Master brand to support Scouting fund raising over 15 years ago, currently serving just over 50 councils. Nearly every employee at Camp Master is a registered Scouter or a Scout parent.
Camp Master is organizing an exclusive popcorn sales training for all packs, troops, crews, ships, and posts. This training features Michael Beck, a nationally known sales recruiter. Michael is the father of two Scouts. Units who participate in his training session and follow his sales techniques have seen their sales grow over 10%. One unit in Pennsylvania had their sale grow from $1,500 to $80,000!  The location is still being coordinated, but the Michael Beck will be in the East Carolina Council on Thursday, May 23.
In researching popcorn vendors, every council cited they enjoyed working with Camp Master for many reasons. The top reason given was Camp master offers fantastic customer service. As a family owned and operated company, they take pride in personal contact. Council representatives or unit kernels are welcome to call and receive help at any time.
Camp Master offers a unique variety of popcorn like other vendors. Popcorn comes in bags, boxes, and collector’s tins popular with so many customers. They have online ordering and a mobile sales app for use on smart phones. As always, Scout prizes and incentives are still available. Unit commissions will be similar.

Additional information can be seen here.
Scouter Code of Conduct
On my honor I promise to do my best to comply with this Boy Scouts of America Scouter Code of Conduct while serving in my capacity as an adult leader:
1.     I have or will complete my registration with the Boy Scouts of America, answering all questions truthfully and honestly.
2.     I will do my best to live up to the Scout Oath and Scout Law, obey all laws, and hold others in Scouting accountable to those standards. I will exercise sound judgment and demonstrate good leadership and use the Scouting program for its intended purpose consistent with the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.
3.     I will make the protection of youth a personal priority. I will complete and remain current with youth protection training requirements. I will be familiar with and follow:
a.      BSA youth protection policies and guidelines, including mandatory reporting: www.scouting.org/YouthProtection.aspx
b.      The Guide to Safe Scouting : www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx
c.      The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety:
4.     When transporting Scouts I will obey all laws, comply with youth protection guidelines, and follow safe driving practices.
5.     I will respect and abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, BSA policies, and BSA-provided training, including but not limited to, those relating to:
a.      Unauthorized fundraising activities.
b.     Advocacy on social and political issues, including prohibited use of the BSA uniform and brand.
c.      Bullying, hazing, harassment, and unlawful discrimination of any kind.
6.     I will not discuss or engage in any form of sexual conduct while engaged in Scouting activities. I will refer Scouts with questions regarding these topics to talk to their parents or spiritual advisor.
7.     I confirm that I have fully disclosed and will disclose in the future any of the following:
a.      Any criminal suspicion, charges or convictions of a crime or offense involving abuse, violence, sexual misconduct, or any misconduct involving minors or juveniles.
b.     Any investigation or court order involving domestic violence, child abuse, or similar matter.
c.      Any criminal charges or convictions for offenses involving controlled substances, driving while intoxicated, firearms or dangerous weapons.
8.     I will not possess, distribute, transport, consume, or use any of the following items prohibited by law or in violation of any Scouting rules, regulations and policies:
a.      Alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, including marijuana.
b.     Concealed or unconcealed firearms, fireworks, or explosives.
c.      Pornography or materials containing words or images inconsistent with Scouting values.
9.     If I am taking prescription medications with the potential of impairing my functioning or judgment, I will not engage in activities which would put Scouts at risk, including driving or operating equipment.
10. I will take steps to prevent or report any violation of this code of conduct by others in connection with Scouting activities.
Aquatics Committee Recruitment
Aquatics Committee wants you!
"Did someone say Aquatics? How many of you have a background in aquatics, even if it is just swimming merit badge? How many of you want to get more involved in training offered by the council? How many of you want to teach? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, the East Carolina Council Aquatics Committee could use your help. The purpose of the committee is to help not only with Aquatics events during summer camp, but also offer and assist with training throughout the year. Anyone who is interested in the committee should contact the committee adviser Matt Compton,  Matthew.Compton@scouting.org ."
24 th World Scout Jamboree Mondial
July 22 – August 2, 2019
Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia
DON’T WAIT! More spaces just made available!
East Carolina Council has additional spaces for youth.  A true once-in-a-lifetime Scouting experience comes every four years. The World Scout Jamboree, organized by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM), brings Scouts from 169 countries together for two weeks to share their Scouting and cultural experiences. Requirements and prices are set by WOSM. This WSJ is co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Currently 16 East Carolina Council Scouts are registered to attend.  It’s not too late.
·          Youth participants : Boys and girls age 14 to 17 on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday between July 22, 2001, and July 21, 2005)
·          IST (Staff) : Age 18 or older on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday before July 22, 2001)

·          Scouts: $2,500. Price includes travel from a nearby “hub city” to be announced.
·          IST (Staff): $1,800 (plus travel costs)
How to apply:
·          All Scouts and IST (Staff) apply online to the BSA.
·          https://wsj2019.us/apply

Scouts will be notified if they have been accepted or are being put on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list that are not selected will receive a full refund (including their initial deposit).

All unit leadership has been selected. 

IST (International Service Team)
Once approved by the U.S. contingent leadership, the application will be sent to the WSJ organizers. The host will notify the applicant of acceptance and job assignment. If an applicant is not accepted, he or she will receive a full refund.

New at the ECC Scout office
*NEW women and girl uniforms are now available at our store...
*Summer Camp- In just a couple of months, summer camp will be here. Don't wait til the last minute to come and get your scouts camping attire and supplies.
*Eagle supplies- we have all your EAGLE needs. Invitations, programs, plates, cups, napkins, gifts, etc. If we don't have an item you have seen online, we will be glad to order it for you.
*Starting in the month of April we would like for your unit to take part in our "Bring your order to Roundtable" promotion. If you or your unit will place your order through our scout shop no later than 14 business days before your districts Roundtable, we will have your DE bring it to you at your meeting.
NO postage fees
NO waiting on the mail
NO lost packages
We will still mail out any items that you want shipped, you may have forgotten or added on since placing your order.
Come see us at your council's local scout store.
313 Boy Scout Blvd. Kinston NC 28501