Scout Wire – November 11, 2010

Benefits Enrollment Ends Tomorrow—Log On Today!

You can enroll or make any changes to your benefits through Friday, November 12, on the BSA Benefits website. The changes you make will be effective January 1, 2011. If you need assistance using the site, call the BSA Benefits Center at 800-444-4416 (972-720-2000 from outside the United States) any business day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time. If you make no changes, your medical plan option will be the new High Deductible plan for 2011 (unless you enrolled after August 1, 2010). Current elections for all remaining benefits will continue into 2011.

BSA and Ducks Unlimited Team Up to Promote Scouting, Conservation

The BSA and Ducks Unlimited are coming together to promote conservation and offer program options for Scouts. DU will encourage its chapters to offer programs for units, serve as merit badge counselors and unit volunteers, and assist with projects in support of habitat conservation. The BSA will be encouraged to participate in DU programs such as Greenwing or other conservation and educational opportunities. You can search for local DU chapters at www.ducks.org. (Click “In Your State” at the top of the screen.)

Sea Scouts Get New Manual in Preparation for 100th Year in 2012

The latest edition of the Sea Scout Manual is now available for purchase through scoutstuff.org. The new manual is designed to support Sea Scouting’s youth members and to provide guidance and information in four main areas: ship organization and uniform, ship operation, advancement and recognition, and safety and seamanship. For more information, go to www.seascout.org and look under the “News” header on the right side of the screen.

NESA Introduces Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Eagle Scout Association has created the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award to honor Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Unlike the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which is a national award, the NOESA recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact closer to home. For more information about the award’s requirements and procedures, contact the NESA office at nesa@scouting.org.

2011 is Almost Here—Time to Set Your Goals in PDS

With 2011 fast approaching, it’s time to set your annual goals and enter them into PDS. Once inside the system, click “Add a goal” to add three to five goals for the performance period. Be sure to write your goals in the SMART format: Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Time- and Resource-Based. Also, try to align one or more of your goals (or a component of a goal) to the national Strategic Plan.

Philmont Offers Web Widget for Council Websites

Would you like an easy way to link Scouts and Scouters in your council with the latest Philmont information? Shown at left is a widget that can easily be added to your website, guaranteeing that you’ll never have to update broken or out-of-date Philmont links again. A click on each mini window will take visitors to a website featuring one of Philmont’s program areas. To install the widget on your site, simply copy the embed code and paste it into your website’s HTML. If your site is powered by Sitecore, follow the Sitecore Step-by-Step instructions.

The National Outdoor Adventure Summit Needs Your Input

The National Outdoor Adventure Summit steering committee is accepting proposals from local councils that wish to conduct an elective at the 2011 National Outdoor Adventure Summit, scheduled for September 7–11, 2011, at the Northern Tier National High Adventure Base in Ely, Minn. The committee is seeking innovative programs that councils are willing to share with volunteers and professionals from across the county. These electives will supplement other electives presented by the BSA, national partners, agencies, and other organizations. For more information, check out the National Outdoor Adventure Summit RFP [Word].

Join Scouts from Six Continents at the 2011 World Jamboree

Be a part of Simply Scouting, the 2011 World Scout Jamboree on the fields of Rinkaby, not far from the town of Kristianstad, in the province of Skåne, southern Sweden. Hosted by The Swedish Guide and Scout Council, the 22nd World Scout Jamboree will run July 27 through August 7, 2011. The purpose of the event is to bring together Boy Scouts, Venturers, adult leaders, and staff to share international friendship and adventure for personal growth and development.

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