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[rec.scouting.usa] Commonly asked questions (FAQ 4) Part 2

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Added information on Cub Scout Belt Loops and Pins
Added Values and Ethics Resources 
Added info on Lion rank
Added info on Boy Scout Handshake

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4.2.1  BSA -- Two Organizations
4.2.2  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Aims
4.2.3  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Mission
4.2.4  BSA -- Learning for Life/Exploring - Mission 
4.2.5  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Methods
4.2.6  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Boy Scout Oath
4.2.7  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Boy Scout Law
4.2.8  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Famous Scouts
4.2.9  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Scouting as Education
4.2.10  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Values and Ethics Resources
4.2.11  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Leadership
4.2.12  BSA -- Cub Scouting - Sports and Academic Belt Loops and Pins
4.2.13  BSA -- Cub Scouting - Pinewood Derby
4.2.14  BSA -- Cub Scouting - What Happened to Lion?
4.2.15  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Why Did the handshake change?

More can be found in Part 1.  Part 1 can be found at:

The following is in Part 1:
4.1.1  General Introduction -- rec.scouting.usa
4.1.2  On-Line Etiquette Guidelines
4.1.3  Organizations -- Official Information
4.1.4  Organizations -- Internet Official information on the net
4.1.6  Organizations -- Unofficial (but useful) information
4.1.5  BSA -- Uniform
4.1.6  BSA -- Free uniforms
4.1.7  BSA -- Clipart and fonts
4.1.8  BSA -- How the BSA is organized
4.1.9  BSA -- Official BSA literature & catalog
4.1.10  General -- Proper etiquette for the US Flag, ceremonies
4.1.11  BSA -- Boy Scouting - Addresses of people who will send letters
          to Scouts that make Eagle
4.1.12  BSA -- Cub Scouting - Cub Scouts and Webelos Camping
4.1.13  BSA -- Unauthorized or restricted activities
4.1.14  BSA -- District and Council Volunteer Scouters
4.1.15  BSA -- Unit Management Software
4.1.16  BSA -- Ceremonies
4.1.17  BSA -- Advancement Information

Subject: 4.2.1 BSA -- Two Organizations Many people do not know that the BSA is two organizations. The traditional Boy Scout organization and a wholly owned subsidiary called Learning for Life/Exploring. Learning for Life/Exploring has gained some attention lately as the BSA has rolled career Exploring groups into it. Learning for Life/Exploring is designed to support schools and other youth-serving organizations in their efforts toward preparing youth to successfully handle the complexities of today's society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-worth. Learning for Life/Exploring also helps youth develop social and life skills, assists in character development, and helps them formulate positive personal values. It prepares youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential. Learning for Life/Exploring enhances teacher capacity and increases youth learning! For more information on Learning for Life/Exploring see: For more information on the Boy Scouts of America see:
Subject: 4.2.2 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Aims There are three aims to BSA Scouting: To build character To build self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect To foster citizenship To foster love of community, country and world, along with a commitment of service to others and an understanding of democratic principles. To develop fitness To develop physical, mental, emotional, and moral fitness that will stay with a Scout for the rest of his life. These three aims are the bedrock of the American Scouting movement. They represent the long term outcomes we want for every boy.
Subject: 4.2.3 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Mission It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law. For more information see:
Subject: 4.2.4 BSA -- Learning for Life/Exploring - Mission It is the mission of Learning for Life to serve others by helping to instill core values in young people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices throughout their lives so they can achieve their full potential. For more information see:
Subject: 4.2.5 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Methods The Eight Methods of Scouting 1. Ideals Each Scout commits himself to the personal behavior guides and standards in the Scout motto, the slogan, the Oath and the Law 2. Patrols Patrols give Scouts experience in teamwork, democracy and leadership. 3. Outdoors Scouting emphasizes outdoors activities which foster an appreciation of nature and our ecology. Along the way, Scouts practice and learn new skills and develop confidence in their own abilities to cope with obstacles. Scouting is outing! 4. Advancement The advancement program provides Scouts with a ladder of skills to climb at his own pace. On the way up, he has many opportunities to learn and to be recognized for his achievements. 5. Personal growth All of the other methods contribute to the personal growth of a Scout through experience. The quest for growth is a method, too. 6. Adult association Adult leaders, male and female, provide an example to Scouts of the high character they should strive for in their personal growth. 7. Leadership development Making boys get leadership experiences is one of the most valuable things Scouting does. 8. Uniform The uniform reminds a Scout of who he is and what is expected of him. It identifies him as part of a patrol, troop, council and worldwide youth movement. He can take pride in being a Scout, and in the achievements shown on his uniform and sash. Even neighborhood gangs recognize the importance of wearing a uniform, their colors. see:
Subject: 4.2.6 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Boy Scout Oath On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Subject: 4.2.7 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Boy Scout Law A Scout is: Trustworthy Loyal Helpful Friendly Courteous Kind Obedient Cheerful Thrifty Brave Clean Reverent
Subject: 4.2.8 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Famous Scouts Since 1910, these principles have been taught in an atmosphere of recreation and fun which allows young people to develop self confidence, leadership and moral character. More and more men, trained as Scouts, are taking their places in today's world as responsible adult leaders. Men who earned badges as Scouts, sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. Others hold important offices in our government, business and industry. Most of the members of the present U.S. Congress were Scouts. Of the 214 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, more than 125 were Scouts or have been active in Scouting, as well as most of the astronauts who have walked on the moon. The new Suns head coach, Danny Ainge, is an Eagle Scout. The long list of famous Scouts includes: President John F. Kennedy Boy Scout President Gerald Ford Eagle Scout J. Willard Marriott, Jr. President of Marriott Corporation Eagle Scout Sam M. Walton Chairman/CEO, Wal-Mart Eagle Scout Neil A. Armstrong, First person to set foot on the Moon Eagle Scout Steven Spielberg, Director, Producer Eagle Scout William C. Devries, M.D.; Transplanted First Artificial Heart Eagle Scout Barber B. Conable, Jr. President, World Bank Eagle Scout More can be found at:
Subject: 4.2.9 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Scouting as Education The Boy Scouts of America is the largest youth oriented organization in the United States. More than 4 million young people and leaders are currently registered in the Boy Scouts of America. Unlike Cub Scouting, which many of you are familiar with, Boy Scouting is a youth-lead organization. The boys learn how to organize and lead the Troop. After training, and with adult supervision, the boys run the show. The boys in the Troop will be working towards their 1st class and then Eagle ranks. As they travel on their trail to Eagle and beyond, they will not only learn how to lead a team to a goal, they will lead teams of Scouts in a number of challenging situations. Boy Scouting also provides for growth of moral strength and character, teaches citizenship, and enhances the development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. This is all done in the spirit of fun and adventure. Please take a few minutes to read Chapter One of your son's Boy Scout Handbook. For families to achieve the full benefit from the program, parents should realize that Scouting is as educational as sitting in a classroom.
Subject: 4.2.10 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Values and Ethics Resources Here is a listing of resources and references that discuss BSA values and ethics. 1995 Harris Poll on the Effect of Scouting: The meaning of the Scout Oath and Law can be found at: Below are resources for instilling values in young people. More info can be found at: The Values of Men and Boys in America...A Call to Action for Parents - A pamphlet to give to current and prospective Scouting parents. B.S.A. No. 2-121. Ages and Stages videocassette -- explains the changes that take place is boys grow, the typical patterns of physical, mental, social, and moral growth during childhood and adolescence. Helps you to understand age-appropriate behavior and developmentally appropriate activities. Guide to Safe Scouting: A Unit Leaders Guide for Current Policies and Procedures to Safe Activities -- When planning any Scouting activity, safety is a primary concern. B.S.A. No. 10-212. Ethics in Action for Cub Scouts -- Contains 14 activity modules each with a theme targeted for Cub Scout age boys. B.S.A. No. 33015. Ethics in Action modules may be found in the Cub Scout Leader How-to Book, No. 33831, also. Ethics in Action videocassette -- explains the Cub Scout ethics program and how to guide a reflection. BSA Family Book -- an easy to follow guide to developing "family talks" on such matters as becoming responsible, learning to trust, communicating, and developing belief in self, family, God, and country. B.S.A. No. 33012 Learning for Life/Exploring -- a BSA subsidiary providing school systems with action-learning lesson plans to enhance and supplement core curricula. The kindergarten through sixth grade lesson plans include moral and character development themes. Youth's Frontier -- Making Ethical Decisions - A Manual for Parents and Youth Leaders -- A Guide to Help Youth Meet Today's Challenges . B.S.A. No. 33620. On My Honor videocassette with President Ford - view and share information with your Scouts. Ethical Controversies, B.S.A. No. 23-823, combines with the Explorer Leaders Handbook, to provide the outline for Ethics in Action in Exploring. Moments in Common, AV-03V005, is a twenty four minute film for post Advisors and other adults involved in Exploring. It shows how caring adults can make a difference in the lives of young people. The training outline that comes with the video structures a one and a half hour workshop for adult leaders. For the full text of the DELTA Handbook (Developing Ethical Leaders Through Action) ... this is a wonderful sourcebook ... see "Scouting is a Game with a Purpose" -- a series of pages on Scouting's approach to developing ethical leaders. The pages include material on the Reflection process used in most of today's Scout leader training and a Listing of useful resources outside of Scouting literature. See: Maintaining BSA Standards The Scout Oath and Law are not up for negotiation. Our values are not for sale. Text of this article from Scouting magazine, September 1992. can be found at: A number of writings from the Pennington Group on values and ethics in leadership can be found at: (how the Scout Oath can be used to build ethical leaders and companies). On My Honor is a book about truthfulness and used in many classrooms. When his best friend drowns while they are swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience. "A powerful, soul-stirring novel told simply and well." A Newbery Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's Book. see: More resources can be found at:
Subject: 4.2.11 BSA -- Cub Scouting - Sports and Academic Belt Loops and Pins The Cub Scouts Sports and Academic Program is one method of addressing the third aim of Scouting: the development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect). As in most activities in Cub Scouting, this is not meant to be a highly competitive program, instead, the boys are encouraged to DO THEIR BEST. The Sports and Academic Program is an optional program for all Cub Scouts. It is not part of the normal requirements towards ranks (except were used in obtaining the Webelos Sportsman and Athlete activity badges). Its purpose is to assist the Scouts in learning a new skill, or improving one they already posses. Loops, pins, letters can be are earned by all Cub Scouts. Complete details on using the sports program are contained in the the Leader Guide for Cub Scouts Sports and Academics,(#34295). For some more information see:
Subject: 4.2.12 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Leadership Resources for Leadership Lays the foundation for how we overtly pass on to others this oft-times loosely defined concept called leadership. Describes the underpinnings of what makes a group, how groups come about. Discusses the special role of the manager of learning. They delve into some of the special skills a manager of learning may use to help develop the group, and skill...
Subject: 4.2.13 BSA -- Cub Scouting - Pinewood Derby There is a lot of information on the Web about the Pinewood Derby The U.S. Scouting Service pages have a lot of information about the Pinewood Derby, see: Also see the Pinewood Derby Racing Webring, a small group of excellent Pinewood Derby sites. Many of the sites are extensive, and several have Pinewood Derby track plans. Several have information on running a PWD. The ring index is at:
Subject: 4.2.14 BSA -- Cub Scouting - What happened to Lion? The Lion program was dropped in 1967 when the Webelos program became the program for 10 year-olds. The WEBELOS rank replaced the Lion rank, and the Arrow of Light replaced the Webelos rank. Also, in 1967, the Bobcat cloth patch was introduced. 1973 - updated Cub Scout program introduced with new colorful insignia for Wolf and Bear and NEW patch insignia (in addition to pin) for Bobcat. 1980 - Term "Den Mother" officially retired; all male and female leaders of dens will now be simply called "Den Leaders" and "Assistant Den Leaders". 1986 - Cub Scouting expands to a four-year program, to include a two-year WEBELOS Cub Scout program. Tiger Cubs implemented as separate Pack program (source: BSA Fact Sheet: Historical Highlights, BSA #2-551)
Subject: 4.2.15 BSA -- Boy Scouting - Why did the handshake change? In 1972 "The Scout Handclasp: It is made like a right handshake of greeting except Scout use the left hand. The little finger is not separated from the other fingers. The handclasp in the United States is the same as for Scouting in all the other countries of the world." For more information visit: End of rec.scouting.usa (part2) FAQ **************************

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