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Let’s get a Boy Scout or Venturer on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

fema-applicationScouts worldwide have lived the “Be Prepared” motto since 1907.

So who better than a Boy Scout or Venturer to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council?

Right now FEMA’s seeking out “youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness.”

Let’s encourage preparedness-focused Scouts we know to apply. Having a Scout selected to serve would be some great positive publicity for Scouting and further strengthen our “Be Prepared” ties.

Applicants must be between 12 and 17 years old and  “engaged in individual and community preparedness” or have “experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community.”

The reward for those selected, in addition to a nice bullet point on a résumé or college application, is a chance to spread the word on youth preparedness, communicate directly with FEMA leaders and attend a summit in Washington, D.C., at FEMA’s expense.

Last year’s council members were an impressive bunch who promoted preparedness in their communities and across the country. But I know there’s more than a few Scouts and Venturers out there who have gone beyond earning the Emergency Preparedness merit badge and made a lasting difference in their community.

Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation.

Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than Feb. 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST in order to be eligible.

New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014. If a Scout you know is selected, be sure to let me know. Good luck!

H/T to Gary Wilson of the Bucks County Council for the blog post idea. Photo from Flickr: Some rights reserved by Inventorchris

9 Comments on Let’s get a Boy Scout or Venturer on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

  1. John Kavanaugh // January 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm // Reply

    Emily Rosenblum from Crew 2633, Midamerica Teen CERT, in the Greater St. Louis Area Council currently serves on the youth preparedness council. She is an asset to Venturing and FEMA.

  2. Thanks, Bryan for posting it.

    BTW, among the previous year’s members resumes, I now see an Eagle Scout, a Life Scout, and a Fire Explorer. I didn’t know that when I got the blurb through my local Emergency Management Office, but I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. So we’re really just making sure we continue our Scouting presence there next year!

  3. Cayman Kirkhart is an Eagle Scout, and Region X representative on the YPC. There are actually several scouts on the Council.

    • Nice! Let’s hope the trend continues.

  4. I tried to even get the adults in our troop to finalize an Emergency Mobilization Plan but had no success. The response was that the boys are busy enough as it is, so they wouldn’t even discuss it. They simply didn’t get the point.

    • An Old Scout // January 30, 2014 at 8:08 am // Reply

      Unfortunately, some adult Scouters are so interested in the outdoors aspect of Scouting that they can not see the emergency preparedness and public service part of Scouting.

      The “emergency mobilization plan” (requirement for Search & Reassure MB) is simply a telephone list of member and calling trree that any good organization should have — and keep current.

  5. Having worked with Explorer Search and Rescue in the Seattle area, I know there a number of youth here that would fit that profile. The local ESAR is mostly youth and is the primary search and rescue unit in King County, which includes Seattle. They work urban, but mostly rural searches. They has to be one that qualifies here, too.

  6. Currently, Venturing Crew 2633 in St. Charles County, MO (Greater St. Louis Area Council) is the only emergency preparedness based and TEEN CERT Venturing program in the country. I have heard that there might be an Explorer Post as well. The St. Louis Area Council is hosting a huge emergency preparedness summit in November 2015, presented by Mid America TEEN CERT and Venturing Crew 2633 ( being attended by over 500 scouts and adult leaders.

    • We attended the Gslac program by Mid America TEEN CERT. I knew two instructors involved from the Maryland Hgts adult CERT program. These folks are truly professional and dedicated to passing on what they know. This program was non-stop and intensive. They kept scouts on task, engaged and interested. It was amazing to watch so many scouts at the final field exercises, truly impressive!

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