For Parents: Youth Protection Training & Scoutbook

posted Sep 10, 2018, 3:49 PM by Kevin Snow   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 2:09 PM ]

Re-posted from "Troop 584 Committee New for September 2018" email from the Troop Committee Chair...

Youth Protection Training

BSA updated its Youth Protection Training (YPT) program this Spring. All registered adults and merit badge counselors, even those who took the training last year, must take the new training by October 1, 2018. If you need help signing up for YPT at my.scouting.org, please reference the YPT attachment or on the Tutorials and How-to Documents page. If you don't know the login for the members area, please send email to scoutmaster@bsatroop584.com.

The annual membership renewal process begins in October. No adult can be renewed unless they’ve taken the new YPT course. Scouts and Scouters who do not renew on time will have to fill out a new scout application, so please renew through the recharter paperwork and save yourself and our volunteers the hassle of more paperwork.

Scoutbook

The Troop has produced some documentation and video tutorials related to Scoutbook. If you are unfamiliar with Scoutbook, please reference the Scoutbook attachment or file(s) on the Tutorial and How-to Documents page. In short, the scout handbook is still where every rank requirements is signed off by the scoutmaster - from earning credit for a tenderfoot knot to his Eagle scoutmaster conference. Similarly, we still use the “blue card process” for merit badges. The Scoutbook web app is just how we transfer records from the troop to BSA. The attachment and video tutorials explain how the scout can take a picture of his handbook and upload through Scoutbook for the Advancement Coordinator to update. Once in Scoutbook, scouts and their families view the troops records that the troop has sent to the BSA which allows us to purchase the corresponding badges for our Courts of Honors.

For our troop, Scoutbook is missing too many features to replace the scout handbook. In the opinion of the Scoutmaster, Advancement Coordinator, and the Troop Committee, while Scoutbook is capable of replacing the Cub Scout handbook, it is far from capable of taking over the role of the Boy Scout Handbook. Our troop will continue to use the Boy Scout Handbook exclusively as the place for signoffs and we will update Scoutbook only after the data is entered in the Boy Scout Handbook. In the opinion of your chairman, trying to use both the Handbook for some requirements and the Scoutbook for other requirements, would be like Bill Murray said in Ghostbusters, "Mass Hysteria", so please continue to encourage your scout to bring his scout handbook to all scout meetings and campouts.

Note: Only a parent can signup a scout for a Scoutbook account. If you have not yet signed your son up, please check the instructions in the attachment. 
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Kevin Snow,
Sep 10, 2018, 3:49 PM
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Kevin Snow,
Sep 10, 2018, 3:49 PM
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