Saturday, December 26, 2009

Correction to new Cub Scout Sports and Academics Loops and Pins

The new belt loops and pins are now available from (National Supply).

Video Games is listed as a SPORT, not an Academics subject as previously reported, based on the listing on that web site.

I've updated our site accordingly, and added color images of all the new belt loops (except Reading & Writing, which wasn't available to download).

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merit Badge Counselor Database for Districts and Councils.

James Eager has supplied the USSSP with a new version of his Merit Badge Counselor Data Base. This is a ZIP file (approx 100 KB each), he developed for the Thunderbird District, Gulf Ridge Council, containing 3 files: (1) An empty Access Data Base, (2) An rtf file with instructions, and (3) a pdf file of the instructions (the rtf and pdf files contain the exact same information). The RTF file can be opened by most word processing programs, like MSWord, WordPerfect, etc. The database is for tracking Merit Badge counselors within a District.

Anyone wishing to use this program will need a copy of any version of Microsoft Access from version 97 onwards. Note that there are two different versions of the database available for download. The original version works with Access 97, Access 2000, or Access 2002, while the new version works with Access 2003 or Access 2007.

Download this version if you are going to use Access 97, Access 2000, or Access 2002

Download this version if you are going to use Access 2003 or Access 2007

Cub Scout Sports and Acadenics Belt Loops and Pins

BSA has released the official requirements for the 13 new academics and sports belt loops and pins. We've updated our pages to reflect the changes, since our earlier posts had requirements based on earlier drafts. The 2009 Printing of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide (34299) should be available in February, according to our sources at BSA.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Greetings and 2010 Challenge

Hi Scouters, parents of Scouts, Ventures and Sea Scouts, and friends of American Scouting! I bring you warm Holiday greetings on behalf of the team here at the U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.

I wanted to take a few lines and ask each of you to assist us and more importantly the Boy Scouts of America as they enter into the 100th year of service to youth. Officially the BSA will become 100 years young in Feburary of next year. Unofficially, Scouting in America either started with the organization of a British Boy Scout Troop in the United States outside of Bartlesville, Oklahoma or as part of a YMCA program in Burnside, Kentucky in 1908.

The challenge is not in celebrating our heritage, our spirit, our service. That is easy to do and many of the BSA's local Councils, including the one where I am posting to all of you from here in Europe, will be doing so in some grand manner this coming year. There is something more important, however, which local Councils and their volunteer and professional staffs cannot do solely by themselves -- it is too large of a task for them to do alone.

I ask each of you to share the importance -- the relevance -- of Scouting to your friends, your co-workers, your communities during 2010. Many communities have simply forgotten the value of the Scouting program in the United States. Over the last 100 years, we have provided a quality set of programs which developed and created leaders with strong personal character, civic spirit and strong mental and physical abilities. Many of our high schools have been been led in the classroom and on the sports fields by Scouts -- First Class, Star, Life and Eagle Scouts. Our businesses, industries, and governmental bodies were led and are being led today by Scouting graduates. Some, more famous alumni became national figures in law, government, sciences, medicine, and the arts. Others, less famous and perhaps not even Eagle Scouts -- have strong and pleasant memories of their youth as Scouts, Explorers, Rovers, Sea Explorers, or just knowing friends who were part of Scouting. These men are contributing to our economy, our way of life, "the way we roll today".

It will become VERY IMPORTANT for you and me and everyone else involved in Scouting at any level to please tell the Scouting story -- YOUR Scouting story -- and share it with the world.

Whether you are a parent of a Scout; a longtime Scouter like myself with lots of great memories of Scouting; a former Girl Scout; or a youth member of one of the BSA's programs of ANY rank -- we do need you to tell YOUR Scouting story to the public! We need you to share how important -- how relevant -- Scouting is today with your friends, those you work with and where you live!

As we move forward with additional ways to bring Scouting information and resources to all of you, the USSSP thanks you for using our vast family of websites and their content to assist you. With your help, we have pledged to continue this Project well into the next century of service to our nation -- and it's youth!

Happy Holidays to you and your families and may the New Year bring a wealth of great positive to you, our Scouting programs, and to our nation!


Mike Walton
Board member
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Scouting Takes to the Road!

Whether it is 300 Eagle Scouts marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade or the impressive mobile Adventure Base 100 that will visit 40 locations nationwide, Scouting is taking to the road to show its stuff. For the full story, check out the BSA press release:

Boy Scouts of America Launch 100th Year With Scouting Experience of a Lifetime

When you watch the Tournament of Roses Parade - watch for the BSA Float surrounded by 300 Eagle Scouts!

Get the schedule for Adventure Base 100 and see when it will be in a location near you.

You can also check out 100 Years of BSA History (link updated) to get some amazing stats about the history of BSA.

BSA Coin Announced by US Mint

The United States Mint has announced that it will issue a commemorative coin honoring the first 100 years of Boy Scouts of America. 350,000 of these silver dollar coins will be issued.

More information about this coin can be found at The United States Mint web site. At the time this note was posted, the coin was not yet available for purchase. Check back at the Mint web site to keep tabs on this one.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ask Andy Dec 13 Column

Read the latest Ask Andy column at and find the answer to this and other questions:

Our troop’s having a disagreement about Totin’ Chip and Firem'n Chit patches. I’ve always though that these were like merit badges, that the card and the patch go together. Others feel it should be just the card. Who’s right? Do most troops give them both, or is just the card normally given?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

100th Anniversary Rally Reminder

From BSA:

One final reminder about the audiocast rally this Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. Central. Thanks to the ten-of-thousands who have signed-up already. We want this to be the largest virtual gathering in BSA history. We hope you will join us!

Not yet registered? Here are three things you'll NOT want to miss:

  • Hear about plans for the 100th Anniversary celebration and how to become involved.
  • THIS JUST IN! Get a sneak-peak preview of the BSA's new high-energy, high-adventure recruitment film for the Adventure Base 100 tour.
  • Become eligible for some very special prize drawings, including two tickets to Gala Twenty-Ten in Washington, D.C. (along with a one night's stay at a D.C. hotel).

To participate, you don't have to go any further than your own computer. Just register and then listen-in at

If you have a previously scheduled, Scout meeting at the audiocast time, consider making the rally part of the meeting agenda. Tune in as a group (but register as individuals to be eligible for prizes)!

"See" you on December 10!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Revised Edition - Baloo's Bugle for Power Up (Jan Theme, Dec RT)

A change was made to the list of new Belt Loops and Pins for CS Sports and Academics and

Alice's stuff is there now. Be sure to read her popcorn activity. It is really great!!!!!!!!!!

Plus as I said before -

Lots of hints for Power Up - games, openings, closings, ceremonies, jokes, and more
Ideas are technical and physical to help our Cubs power themselves up
Jim Jones talks about Training and Little Blue Box of Energy.
Bill Smith, the Roundtable guy, returns and writes about the Cub Scout Program
Have your Scouts do their Good Turn for America
Do your Blue & Gold Vegas Style -The Pack Admin hints article is from their Pow Wow CD
Activities for Webelos Fitness and Scientist

Link to National's website section on Cub Scouts 2010 -Read it and have fun.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ask Andy - Dec. 2, 2009 Column

What do we do with a Scout who can’t or won’t pass the First Class swimming test? He’s a good Scout, but how do I give him First Class rank? The swimming test is the only thing holding him back. His mother and I have tried every thing we know, but he just won’t take the test. (Scoutmaster, French Creek Council, PA)

See what Andy has to say - read the answer at:

Advancement and Awards news of note - corrections

We just made a few corrections and updates to the blog item posted last week.

The new Belt Loop and pin list was corrected to indicate the "Abilities Awareness" loop and pin will actually be named "Disabilities Awareness". The new name is in line with what the belt loop and pin really are and is also the accepted industry standard. The original name was what had been listed in the Insignia Guide last year.

We also updated information on four new Merit Badges that will appear during 2010.

Cub Scouting Program Gears Up - Changes in 2010

2010 will see the biggest change to Cub Scouting since the introduction of Program Helps in the 50s – a new way of delivering the Cub Scout program that is handbook based, builds leader confidence (especially new ones), leverages the boy’s fun with advancement activities and has demonstrated improved retention.

All the current information is available at

100th Anniversary Rally - Prizes

More information about the exciting 100th Anniversary Rally arrived today thanks to Julie Bulthaus.

Big news about the Dec. 10 BSA virtual 100th Anniversary rally!

During this rally by audiocast, BSA will get folks pumped up and energized for the 100th Anniversary celebration ... and will be giving away three once-in-a-lifetime prizes: two tickets and hotel accommodations to attend Gala Twenty-Ten (a special event in Washington, D.C. on February 9, 2010); a signed, limited edition Joseph Csatari 100th Anniversary print; and a limited edition U.S. Mint commemorative silver dollar honoring BSA's 100 years.


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