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One-stop shopping for news on what’s changing in the BSA and when

New Cub Scout handbooks are just part of the story.

New Cub Scout handbooks are just part of the story.

Keeping up with one BSA program change after another (after another) can feel a little like drinking from a fire hose.

It doesn’t have to.

Just consider scouting.org/programupdates your one-stop shop for promotional fliers, training information and the latest news about changes coming in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Venturing, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting.

The fliers are especially useful for leaders who want something tangible to distribute to educate parents about changes to BSA programs.

I’ll continue to share and analyze the latest BSA news right here on Bryan on Scouting, but the BSA’s official Program Updates page is an important tool that belongs in your Scouting toolbox — and in your browser’s bookmarks folder.

Merit Badge counselors, there’s a related resource for you. Find promotional fliers about new merit badges at this similarly handy page. (And don’t forget about my regularly updated Calendar of New Merit Badges.)

Thanks to the Innovation team’s Janice Downey and Bob Scott for the info.


Photo from Flickr:  Some rights reserved by gerlos

11 Comments on One-stop shopping for news on what’s changing in the BSA and when

  1. Bryan said: “…BSA’s official Program Updates page is an important tool that belongs in your Scouting toolbox — and in your browser’s bookmarks folder.”

    Thoughts on making that site a ‘subscribe for changes/updates’ vs. a remember to periodically check for changes? SCOUTING.ORG makes it very difficult to find this information without the direct URL. You can’t follow the breadcrumbs, and even if you use the search tool specifically for “Program Updates – 2014 and Beyond” you don’t get http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx as a result.

    Positive side benefit… in performing the searches I learned and found “THE TRAINING TIMES”; full of additional upcoming training changes (aka Scouting U). Doesn’t appear that I can subscribe to it either so another bookmark I need to remember to visit. Scouting U sounds like another topic for a Bryan on Scouting blog…

    :-)

    • scouting.org is a labyrinthine nightmare.

  2. How many BSA merit badges are there total now? As of 2014?

    • As of today there are 134 according to the list at this site:

      http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/
      AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges.aspx

      It will increase to 135 in February when Mining in Society is released. A Boy Scout would need to average about one merit badge every nineteen days to earn them all while he is in the eleven to seventeen year age range.

  3. Do we know if BSA is going to retire any of the merit badges?

  4. How are they incorporating the sports and academics or what is going to take its place?

    • theneisesguy // January 14, 2014 at 6:59 am // Reply

      Being dropped.

  5. theneisesguy // January 14, 2014 at 6:58 am // Reply

    Will Webelos Scouts who are mid-way through their program when the changes are implemented be able to complete under the existing program?

    • Step 1: Click the link. Step 2: Read the material.

      • CentralILScouter // February 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm // Reply

        Step 3: Ask again, because answer isn’t there.

        Step 4: Do whatever you want.

      • I’ve read, re-read, asked, and I’ll freely admit I’m an idiot if I’ve just been missing it, but I have NOT found an answer to this. Since I’m in Bears now I will be one of the many caught in the transition so I’d really like to know how much work I need to put into my Webelos program next year and if it’s all going to be for naught because of the changes.

        All I have found is when the changes are going into effect. Nothing about a transition time if you’re caught in the middle of Webelos, or what to do about that. It would be really nice of this could be made clear for all of us who will have to deal with that.

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