Hurricane Maria: An update on BSA members in Puerto Rico | #ScoutingMagazine

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Members of the Boy Scouts of America living in Puerto Rico — including nearly 11,000 members across 300 Scout units — have been severely impacted by Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island as a Category 4 hurricane on Sept. 20.

The damaged Guajataca Dam, at risk of failing completely, is next to the Guajataka Scout Reservation. While the camp is above the dam and would likely remain safe and dry if the dam fails, there is great concern that the camp was already damaged in the storm. And, of course, there is worry that the rushing water would cause further damage to residents.

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was drenched with feet of rain and battered with 150 mph winds. It could be months before power is fully restored for Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents and even longer before everyone has clean drinking water.

While we keep all of our fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico in our minds, many in the Scouting community have asked how the Concilio de Puerto Rico de los Boy Scouts of America — or Puerto Rico Council, BSA — fared in the storm.

Information is limited, but we have heard from Maria Molinelli, the council’s Scout executive. She has been sending updates to a number of Scout officials, including John Mosby, director of the Northeast Region, of which Puerto Rico is a member.

Left: The BSA council office in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Right: Guajataka Scout Reservation. Both photos are from well before Hurricane Maria hit.
What we know so far

Thankfully, Molinelli says BSA staffers at the council office in Puerto Rico are physically OK. Emotionally, the storm has left them frazzled.

The council office in Guaynabo, just south of the capital of San Juan, was damaged in the storm. There’s physical and water damage, and both air conditioning units were lost. Power is still off, and cell service is poor.

As was the case immediately after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it is too soon to understand the full impact of Hurricane Maria on our Scouting brethren.

Of concern as well is the beautiful Guajataka Scout Reservation. I have not yet heard of its current status. This Scout camp is where Scouts get some of their first exposure to the Scouting movement and where Scouters built lifelong memories at a Wood Badge course I blogged about in 2013.

Once more is known about the situation in Puerto Rico, including specific information on what the council needs in terms of financial support or volunteer labor, I will share it here.

Rob Hofmann, Area 2 Director in the Southern Region, has been coordinating all relief for hurricane disasters. He has been quite busy this year and will pass along updates as he can.

What you can do right now

The BSA has established an Emergency Assistance Fund to help our Scouting brothers and sisters in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and beyond. You can contribute to that fund here.

The BSA has also created this special disaster relief page that outlines all the ways you can help. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

via Hurricane Maria: An update on BSA members in Puerto Rico

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After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Boy Scouts sprang into action

Be Prepared for Emergencies. Excellent article from Scouting Magazine about how Scouts were prepared in first aid and emergency communications

For many months leading up to Dec. 7, 1941, the Boy Scouts of the Honolulu Council had been training. They were sharpening their skills in first aid and emergency communications.Like Scouts today, they didn’t know when — or if — they might put these skills to use. They just wanted to Be Prepared.

Source: After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Boy Scouts sprang into action

Scout executive loses 112 pounds to ride new zip line at West Virginia camp — Bryan on Scouting

If you are living your #SecondChange you better stay healthy. If you are in your #FirstChange, please don’t take the risk. #HealthyHearts.

Scout Executive Jeff Doty was proud of his efforts to bring a zip line to Camp Mountaineer in West Virginia. There was just one problem: At the time the zip line was announced, Doty weighed too much to ride the quarter-mile zip line himself. And so the busy Scout professional from the Mountaineer Area Council made a change.…

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Scouter who completes 1 millionth eLearning module will win free Philmont conference registration — Bryan on Scouting

Getting trained for your Scouting position is its own reward. But the Scouter who completes the 1 millionth module in the BSA Learn Center will get an additional reward: free registration for a conference at the Philmont Training Center — up to $540 in value. The BSA Learn Center’s web-based training courses, created in response to feedback from leaders saying…

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The Best Scouting Apps of 2016 — Bryan on Scouting

The “Next Generation of Digital Leaders” uses “Device Oriented Learning” to expand their knowledge.

It’s 2016. The smartphone doesn’t detract from the Scouting experience; it enhances it. Where in the past there was a debate over whether smartphone use is appropriate in Scouting, these days most Scouters see the devices like pocketknives. They are multitools that — with guidance to prevent misuse — are an important part of the Scouting experience. With the right apps,…

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A study to explore the impact of Boy Scouts of America programs on youth character development. #TuftsUniversity

A study to explore the impact of Boy Scouts of America programs on youth character development.

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Tufts University CAMP Study Website!

Welcome to the website for the Tufts Character and Merit Project, or the CAMP study. In collaboration with the Cradle of Liberty Council and funded through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Tufts University is conducting a study to gauge the impact of the Boy Scouts of America programs on the academic and personal development of male students.

This website is dedicated to informing the national community of this monumental study and to serve as a resource for those interested in learning more about the research.
Visit Tufts University CAMP Study Website. Several presentations have been made available which detail the CAMP Study and its results. Share them.
Reports about the study:

Research proves that Scouting builds character in youth

Best Scouting apps for iPhone and Android, 2014 edition

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Empty your backpack and leave everything behind. All you need on your next Scouting outing is your smartphone.

OK, so maybe that’s an exaggeration.

What is true, though, is that for the two-thirds of Americans who own smartphones, it’s now possible to fit reference books, a GPS device, a weather radio, a compass, a map, a camera, a field guide, a recipe book and more in your pocket.

But which apps are worthy of downloading (or even — gasp! — paying for) to enhance your Scouting experience? Your fellow Scouters helped me compile the ultimate list below.

First, though, a quick note on smartphones in Scouting. They’re here to stay; resistance is futile. When used properly, these technological tools can actually improve your Scout unit. The BSA’s Deputy Chief Scout Executive, Gary Butler, made a compelling case for viewing them as a cure, not a curse. Read his comments here.

With that out of the way, check out the best Scouting-related apps after…

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