Youth Protection Policy Established

 

Youth Protection TrainingThe Pushmataha Area Council has adopted a Youth Protection Training (YPT) policy.  This policy went into force in November, 2014.The policy can be downloaded from the RESOURCES section on the left side of this page.

BSA National Council requires all registered leaders in the BSA to complete Youth Protection Training, and renew that training every two years.  Since it is up to local councils to enforce this mandate, registered leaders in the Pushmataha Area Council now must meet the national mandate in order to remain registered as a leader in this council.

If you are keeping your YPT current, thank you!  This policy won't impact you one way or the other, since you are keeping your YPT in force.

This policy will have the greatest impact on two groups of leaders.

The first group is brand-new leaders.  In order for the council office to accept the new leader application, the new leader must go to Scouting.Org, create an account, and complete YPT.  The certificate from that completion needs to be attached to the new leader application form before it is sent to the Columbus office.  Please note that a new leader does not have to have a membership number to take the online training.

The second group is registered leaders who have not taken YPT, or who have let their YPT status lapse.  If you have let your YPT lapse, just renew your YPT within 30 days, and fax or email a copy of your YPT certificate to the council office (Fax number is 662-328-7052). If you completed the YPT online using your MyScouting account, BSA should have that renewal attached to your membership record.  Just to be sure, please keep that YPT certificate on hand.

Please note: Registered leaders who are not current with their YPT may not be included on the charter at recharter time.

It is up to all of us to keep our youth safe, and YPT is a great way to keep our awareness sharp.

 
2014 District Recognition Dinner

 

2014 Pushmataha Area Council District Award of Merit

An evening of great food and fellowship was enjoyed at our annual District Recognition Dinner on Thursday, December 4 at Camp Seminole.  Various presentations were made highlighted by the awarding of the District Award of Merit to Mike Hughes of Ackerman, Billy Abbott of Mantee and Gerhard Lehnerer of Starkville.  Thanks to everyone that participated in this special evening!

 
Millsaps College Offers $60,000 Eagle Scout Scholarship

Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, has announced that it will offer a "minimum" scholarship of $60,000 to Eagle Scouts who enter Millsaps College as freshmen in the fall semester of 2015.   This is the equivalent of about two years' tuition at the private Methodist college.

You can read the official announcement by following this link.

 
Wood Badge...Scouting's premier adult leader training experience

Wood Badge is the BSA's most advanced leadership training for all volunteer adult leaders.  It teaches skills that are useful in Scouting, work, family and other community service activities.

The focus is on leadership and team-building, not outdoor skills.  Our council is able to present this training experience every three years...and our next course is in the spring of 2015...don't miss out!

See the RESOURCE section on the left and click on 2015 Wood Badge Brochure for more information and registration form.

 

 
Eagle Scout Scholarships

Eagle Scouts know to be prepared, and when it comes to being prepared for college, being prepared includes making sure you're not overlooking available scholarships.

For the fall, 2014 college semester, the National Eagle Scout Association awarded 86 scholarships in the 14 states that comprise the Southern Region.   The scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $25,000.

Only two of those 84 scholarships were awarded to Mississippi Eagle Scouts.

Scholarships are awarded based on academics and merit.   Applying is relatively easy compared to some of the other scholarship opportunities available to freshmen, so why not apply?

This link gives all the details on the scholarships.

This is the link to the scholarship application information.

Note that the scholarship window for 2015 scholarships starts October 1, 2014,  and ends Dec. 31, 2014.

Let's get our NESA application numbers up, and get Mississippi (and our council) better represented in the awarding of NESA scholarships!