April Roundtable



If you missed the April 2020 Roundtable about Program Planning, you can still view the recording by clicking on the image above or using this link: Link to recording of April 2020 Roundtable


Questions & Answers from the April Roundtable

Camp & Summer Program Related Questions

Will summer camp still be held this year?

At this time, the Council Camping & Outdoor Activities committee is monitoring government guidelines and building contingency plans for summer camp with the goal of conducting camp in a healthy and safe way.

  • The deadline to register for merit badges has been extended to May 9
  • Early bird deadline for summer camp and resident camp has been extended to June 1
  • "Worry free" refund policy for COVID-19 cancelations
  • Full refunds if camp needs to be canceled

How can we get a physical done before summer camp if "routine" appointments are being canceled?

Sanford and Essentia have confirmed that they can still conduct physicals through "virtual" office visits. If your physician is not part of those two health facilities, ask if they can do is also.

You can email the Health form ABC to your physician to fill out for Scouts BSA summer camp or the Health form AB for Cub Scout resident camp.

Some parents have been out of work for a few weeks and may not be going back to work soon. Is there financial assistance to help their Scout go camp this summer?

We don't want any Scout miss out on going to camp because they can't afford it. Visit our financial assistance page for more information.

Are there any updates about the status of NYLT or the Medora Service Project?

For any changes to scheduled meetings and events, make sure to monitor our Coronavirus - Scouting Update page. If any changes are announced, they will be listed there.

Training Related Questions

Will there be a change in the Youth Protection Training from a year or two ago?

An updated Youth Protection Training was released in February 2019. The majority of volunteers were required to complete training before the end of 2018, so there training certification will expire sometime in 2020 and they will be completing a different Youth Protection Training than they did in 2018.

The updated training can be completed at my.scouting at any time.  In the past, the council has trained volunteers to be certified to conduct in person training sessions. Those certifications ended when the updated training was released. The Council Training committee is developing a plan to certify trainers again so that in person sessions can be offered later in the year.

Is there any plan to offer training for volunteers regarding using video conferencing, the budget templates, Google forms, etc.?

We are looking at the results of the survey that was conducted at the end of the April Roundtable webinar. If there is enough interest, we would offer additional training on different subjects.

To make sure you receive notice of these upcoming trainings, send an email message to Darin Steindl and ask to be added to the Council Roundtable email distribution list.

Will IOLS be offered at summer camp for leaders?

The Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills will be offered during summer camp at Camp Wilderness.

There were some BALOO training courses being offered this spring, but they have been canceled. Can this training be completed online?

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training consists of two components: online and hands-on. You’ll need to complete both in order to qualify as a “Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and receive the BALOO recognition patch.

  • Online component: The online portion of BALOO is available 24/7 on the BSA Learn Center. Just log in to My.Scouting.org to begin. The goal of the online portion is to make the best use of time to allow leaders to experience as much as possible during the practical hands-on training.
  • Practical, hands-on component: This 1-day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities.

So you can complete the online portion now and when another BALOO session is scheduled, you can finish the training.

Advancement Related Questions

Where can I find the official rules and times frames for the Eagle process?

Information about the Life to Eagle process and other advancement related topics can be found on our Advancement page. There are also links on that page to information on the national council website.

Are there some mechanisms in place to prevent parents from "signing off" on merit badge requirements that are not done to a merit badge counselor's satisfaction?

Before a Scout begins working on any merit badge, they need to discuss it with their Scoutmaster and work with a registered merit badge counselor. Unless a parent is a registered merit badge counselor, they can't "sign off" on merit badge requirements. There is additional information about the merit badge program on the national council website.

I was in the process of getting paperwork turned in to be a merit badge counselor, but have been unable to get in touch with our troop leader. How can I get it submitted?

Merit Badge Counselors are not approved by the troop leadership, they are approved by the Council Advancement committee. So you don't need to get any signatures from the chartered organization representative of troop committee chair. The merit badge counselor application form and adult leader application form can be mailed to the Jon L. Wanzek Center for Scouting or emailed to Tom Barry.

Are Cub Scout rank advancements expected to be completed as usual or are they being modified due to our current situation of isolation and social distancing?

Cub Scouts are being given additional time to complete their rank advancement in 2020. For additional information, go to our Advancement page.

With public pools being closed, have any changes been made to Swimming Test requirements?

At this time, no adjustments have been made related to swimming test requirements.

Can rank be earned without conducting a court of honor?

Ranks can be earned and presented at any time. The court of honor is only a ceremonial event to celebrate the achievements that the Scouts have completed. For example, a Scout could be presented a rank patch or merit badge at a regular troop meeting (or in our current situation - mailed to them). When the next court of honor is conducted, the Scout can be presented the rank or merit badge card as a celebration of their achievement.

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