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Official BSA Letter
Cub Scouting
Role of Women

BSA Chief Scout Executive is Retiring

On Friday, January 14, 2000, the National Office, Boy Scouts of America, reported that Chief Scout Executive Jere Radcliffe will retire effective 5/31/00. The selection committee for a replacement will be headed by Edward Whitacre, the current President of the BSA.

A fax stating this was sent to all field staff, to Regional Directors and staff, and to all professional and professional-technical members of all local Councils.

Changes Made to Quality Awards Standards for the Year 2000

The standards for units, districts, and councils to earn a Quality award have been modified for the year 2000. Now, all Units - packs, troops, and teams must have a Boys' Life subscription sent to the homes of all youth members, rather than the previous 50 percent requirement.

Districts Councils - (1) The standard for percentage of Quality Units has been raised from 55 to 60 percent of total units registered in the district or council on Jan. 1. (2) The membership standard has been modified to include Explorers as part of Learning for Life, rather than clustered with traditional membership in 1999.

Year 2000 Quality Units will receive a unique red, white, and blue streamer with gold lettering, to decorate their flagpole in recognition of being one of first Quality Units of the new millennium. Other Quality award recognition will have similar colors. See our "Quality Unit" page for more program information.

New Tenure Requirement for the Webelos Leader Award

Effective September 1st, 1999 the "Cub Scout Leader Recognition Plan" has been modified to reduce the tenure requirement for the "Webelos Den Leader Award." A Webelos Den Leader who completes one year of registered service after that date meets the tenure requirement for the award. All other leader award requirements remain the same at this time, however, ALL aspects of the Leader Recognition Plan are currently being reviewed by a volunteer task force. The BSA welcomes input on this subject. Send your comments to the Cub Scout Division at the BSA National Office. 

A New Academics and Sports Award Program

"The "Sports and Academics" program for the new millennium is now referred to as the "Academics and Sports" program. With four new Academics loop/pin awards, and a bottom to top re-design, the new incarnation of the "Sports and Academics" program includes MANY sweeping changes. See our "Academics and Sports" pages to get the scoop!

The Guide to Safe Scouting is Now On-Line!

The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through eighty-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures. There are two versions of the BSA's on-line Guide to Safe Scouting. One for reading on-line - this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine. The other is for reading off-line - the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.

Wood Badge Program Re-Design

The BSA periodically reviews all of their programs to better meet the contemporary needs of their membership. Wood Badge is no exception. After a comprehensive review, a Wood Badge task force has recommended that the Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge course be eliminated, and that the contemporary Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge course be revised to meet the needs of all leaders in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. The objective of the new course will be a heightened focus on the development and strengthening of leadership skills in a single course for leaders in all areas of Scouting. The new course will be unveiled in the Councils in 2000, and training will commence in 2001. Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge courses conducted in 1999 and 2000 will remain unchanged, and 1999 will be the final year for Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge. Many of the training delivery elements of the Cub Trainer Wood Badge course will be incorporated into a new Train - the - Trainer program currently being developed for leadership trainers in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing, as well as council and district operations.

Pack 121 Leader - Michael Daigneault

The Pack 121 web site is maintained by
Jennifer Todd-Whitson and Kellie Malo

Pack 121 is a member of the
Mohegan Council
19 Harvard St.
Worcester, MA 01609-2870
Phone: 508-752-3768

This page was updated on 10/17/00

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