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Website update as of 1/9/2015

New registration / course information updated

New PSC Shooting Sports Waiver form is now required for any shooting / archery event. This is in addition to the national waiver form.

A new update to the BSA shooting sports manual will be available on-line for downloading- due out by end of January 2015.

Website update as of 1/13/2014

A new update to the BSA shooting sports manual is now available on-line for downloading- a new published version is due this spring. Note this document is 60 pages.

Archery level 1 and 2 instructors there are new requirements relating to your certifications. see the usaarchery.org site for details.

Website update as of 9/13/2013

Updated schedule of class offerings
The 2014 class dates have been added. See the updated information in the Course Information & Registration Page.

New in the forms and document section is a PDF for the BSA shooting sports update news letter. sign up to keep up to date on changes to shooting sports.

The guide to safe scouting has been updated specially in the shooting sports section. Check it out to keep up to date.

The shooting sports manual has been upadted go to the link in the forms and documents section.

Updated schedule of class offerings
The 2013 class dates have been added. See the updated information in the Course Information & Registration Page.


Effective March 1, 2011, what are currently known as local and national tour permits will be superseded by what will be called the tour plan. *The online tour permit system will be suspended. This update is the accumulation of work by a cross-functional team of volunteers and staff including the Health and Safety Support Committee, Council Solutions, Outdoor Program Group, and Risk Management Advisory Panels.

Here is the definition of the tour plan in the Language of Scouting: "Units complete this form when planning for local, national, or international adventure. The plan helps ensure the unit is properly prepared, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure."

The plan is available for your staff to see and begin training with at this link: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-014_fillable.pdf

What's different?

1) The council is the reviewer of all tour plans; there is no regional review required.

2) The tour plan consists of a tour planning worksheet to be completed by the unit/contingent. It is retained by the council and a tour plan is returned to the unit after processing.

3) It's on standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper!

4) There is a 21-day advance notice requested for units to submit the plan for your review.

5) A single point of contact (not on the tour) for council use is included.

6) Defined reasons/times when a tour plan must be submitted for council review:

a. Trips of 500 miles or more

b. Trips outside of council borders not to a council-owned property

c. Trips to any national high-adventure base, national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, or regionally sponsored event

d. When conducting the following activities outside of council or district events:
• Aquatics activities (swimming, boating, floating, scuba, etc.)
• Climbing and rappelling
• Orientation flights (process flying plan)
• Shooting sports
• Any activities involving motorized vehicles as part of the program (snowmobiles, boating, etc.)

e. At a council's request (allows council to add review times based on local needs)

7) There is an updated Pledge of Performance.

What is not changed?

1) A council can define "local" tour plan review needs in addition to the above.

2) The Scout executive still needs to have in place a policy/procedure for tour plans.

3) Requirements for qualified supervision, training, insurance, etc., remain unchanged-for example, CPR and Wilderness First Aid requirements for high-adventure camps.

Recommended council implementation strategies include:

1) Review and update your tour permit policy to a tour plan policy. Using the administrative review checklist points, you should make sure this includes:

a. Definition of activities or conditions that require a tour plan submission

b. Numbering, log sheet, and filing system for quick retrieval

c. Fax policy/procedure

d. Systems for handling and maintaining online tour plans*

e. Rules that find forms submitted after the fact, forms with only one signature, and incomplete forms defective (notify the submitters)

f. Procedure for "after-action" reporting

g. Retention of forms until the statute of limitations has expired

h. Training is provided on the use of and requirements for tour plans

2) Set up your newsletters, council websites, and round table helps to communicate the changes.

3) Destroy any paper copies of the local or national tour permits you may have in place.

4) Hyperlink the tour plan, http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-014_fillable.pdf, and the FAQ page, http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/TourPlanFAQ.aspx, on your websites effective March 1 vs. hosting the document so that it can remain evergreen.

If you, your staff, or your volunteers have any other concerns, please direct them to Health.Safety@scouting.org.


Effective December 27,2010

Online registration is now available for all class registrations.
Click on the link in the Course Information and Registration page.


Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.

To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.

Effective June 1, 2010:

•-- Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.

•-- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.

•-- Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:

•-- If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card.

•-- If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist.

•-- A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to MyScouting and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

•-- If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to your records.

•-- If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.

•-- Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
Thank you for your commitment to our nation's young people and to Scouting.


James Terry
Assistant Chief Scout Executive