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

I’ve been at Camp Boddie and Pamlico Sea Base every week this summer. Fantastic comments from everyone! Lots of really good food, pool is great, kayaking treks are “amazing”, and the staff goes out of their way to help every Scout.

I asked a Scout last week what he thought of girls in Scouts BSA. I loved his answer. He said, “They need to learn the same things as boys, like lifesaving, first aid, metalwork, camping, and leadership. This just makes it all equal. I think it’s great. It will take some time to get used to since it was only boys for more than a century, but girls can learn important stuff just like boys.” That’s a lot of wisdom from a 14-year-old Scout.

I need your help. I’m looking for good stories of Scouts in action – helping others, learning a new skill, practicing leadership, service projects, etc. Please email them to me. Just a couple of sentences is perfect.

We need every family to share the Scouting story. Families are bombarded with messages today on television and especially social media. To inform families about all the good we do in Scouting, we need to share our own Scouting stories – especially on social media. A group of Scout parents in April started a website called BSA Parents. ( www.bsaparents.com) Check it out. Add your story. Share your story.

Fall recruiting will be in full swing before you know it. Make plans now for a fun hands-on activity before the end of September for your pack, troop, crew, or ship. Have your Scouts invite their friends.

Start gearing up for the fall with some important events:
Program Kickoff – Aug 3, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Greenville. LOTS of great information or recruiting and activities and time to pick up your new popcorn sales materials.
Aquatics Weekend – Jul 26-29, East Carolina Scout Reservation. Every water related merit badge is offered!
Popcorn sales – Aug 27 – Nov 4. Fund your entire year of Scouting with one sale!
Camp Boddie Fall Family Cub Weekend – Oct 4-6. Fun for the whole family!
Camp Charles Cub Family Campout – Nov 1-3. More fun for the whole family!

Have a safe summer on your Scouting and family adventures. Please check out (and like) our council Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eccbsa and encourage others to do the same. Lots of updated information is shared from our Facebook page.

I’d appreciate your feedback on what you think or ideas you’d like to share. Please email me at doug.brown@scouting.org. I’ll see you on the trail.

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.
RSVP 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/ .
Troop 381 Service Project
Scouts do things that matter!
The Scouts of Troop 381 spent part of the weekend cleaning up Trash and Storm debris from the Camping and Shelter area located at the Firestone Habitat Area in Wilson, NC. The area is used by Youth and Community groups throughout the year to view area Wildlife. The site has several camping sites on the property, a Wildlife viewing platform, an Wooden Deck located in the wet area of the wood land, plus open fields, a wooded Tree and Plant identification area, and an open grass area for events. Members of Troop 381 spent 15 hours picking up litter that had blown into the site from recent storms and cleared fallen storm debris from one of the camping sites. The Troop plans to perform additional debris removal at additional sites in the Firestone Habitat area. I have attached a few photos of their efforts.

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.
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 Weekend
Time to get back in the water!
It's that time of year again for the Camp Boddie Aquatics Merit Badge weekend:

When: 26-29 July
Where: Camp Boddie
Cost: $85 per youth/$35 per adult (additional fees for motor boating and water sports)

More information can be found here.
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.

Scout Shop Sales
Keep your money local!
The East Carolina Council has many sources of income: summer camp, Friends of Scouting, United Ways, activity fees, and property rental are just a few. A good portion comes from Scout Shop sales.

At a recent gathering, District Chairs and Commissioners asked this information be included in the Tarheel Scouter.

East Carolina Council makes 30% on all sales in our Scout Shop. Anything purchased from Scoutshop.org provides a 6% return to the council sixty days after the sale. Purchases from Scout Shops in other councils or from Amazon.com provides no revenue to East Carolina Council.

The District Chairs and Commissioners shared that some people choose to go to Scout Shops in Raleigh or Wilmington for their selection. East Carolina Council has access to the very same merchandise. Those Scout Shops are operated by BSA National Supply which has a much larger budget to purchase items and stock them in stores. They also have more square footage for more items. East Carolina Council can order and provide the same items. We even ship to your home for about the same price as online shipping.

Last year East Carolina Council made $2,544 from sales made to ScoutShop.org. Had those same purchases been made from our local Scout Shop, the council revenue would have been $12,444. That could help provide insurance on buildings at camp, pay utilities, make technology upgrades, and more.

Order through the East Carolina Council Scout Shop and we will have the items shipped to the Scout Shop, then delivered to monthly roundtable.

The next time you need a Scouting item, or even an outdoor item, buy it from the East Carolina Scout Shop. It makes a difference in the resources for our Scouts.
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