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BSA response to the 2017 National Jamboree Presidential Visit

The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one political position, candidate or philosophy.

 The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937. Since then, an invitation to speak has been extended to every U.S. President that has had a Scout Jamboree occur during his term. This 80-year-old custom of inviting Presidents to speak to Scouts is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. Rather, the speaking invitation is based on our “Duty to Country” from the Scout Oath and out of respect for the Office of the President of the United States.


As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America reflects a number of cultures and beliefs. We will continue to be respectful of the wide variety of viewpoints in this country.


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In April, BSA announced the com­ple­tion of online train­ing for unit lead­ers. This doesn’t mean group train­ing is going away. How­ev­er, this ser­vice gives you access at any time to get trained. Scout­ing U explained it like this:

Log onto

  1. Click on “BSA Learn Cen­ter” (look to your right under the Youth Pro­tec­tion Shield, then click on the BSA Learn Cen­ter in red).
  2. Pick your pro­gram under Pro­gram Speci­fic Train­ing (Ven­tur­ing, Boy Scout­ing or Cub Scout­ing).
  3. Select a train­ing pro­gram for your posi­tion (see below).

Once you are in, you will build your own train­ing cat­a­log. Mod­ules range from five to 15 min­utes in length, and they are designed to be com­plet­ed at your own pace—all at once or one at a time, but always when you need them.

The mod­ules are grouped into three learn­ing plans:

  • Com­plete before the first meet­ing
  • Com­plete with­in the first 30 days in your vol­un­teer role
  • Com­plete to become “posi­tion trained”

Each mod­ule records what you’ve done and where you are, so you can return to review any sec­tion at any time.

For most posi­tions, there are three hours or less of total train­ing. Best of all, you can take what you need when you want to take it in the con­ve­nience of your home. If you are not sure what your cat­a­log should include, just click here for Posi­tion Trained Require­ments for all Scout­ing­Pro­grams.

Cours­es include:

  • All Ven­tur­ing, Boy Scout and Cub Scout train­ing (except Intro to Out­door Lead­er Skills), includ­ing Lead­er-speci­fic Train­ing and ori­en­ta­tion cours­es.
  • For Com­mit­tees, this new train­ing replaces the old Com­mit­tee Chal­lenge
  • There is a new mod­ule for Mer­it Badge Coun­selor training/
  • All of the­se train­ings, when com­plete, will update the indi­vid­u­als train­ing record auto­mat­i­cal­ly if you log in with your mem­ber num­ber the first time to set up your account (get your mem­ber num­ber from your unit’s inter­net advance­ment coor­di­na­tor).

In their announce­ment, Scout­ing U said they were “pleased to bring learn­ing closer to home with the launch of Boy Scout eLearn­ing con­tent.”

Work­ing close­ly with a team of Boy Scout pro­gram experts and expe­ri­enced vol­un­teers, speci­fic con­tent was devel­oped to provide a high-qual­i­ty learn­ing expe­ri­ence while cre­at­ing an addi­tion­al train­ing option for lead­ers and vol­un­teers who need to com­plete their posi­tion-speci­fic train­ing require­ments for the Boy Scout pro­gram.

Nine­teen mod­ules, each rang­ing from 4–12 min­utes in length, were designed to be viewed over a peri­od of time, and can be com­plet­ed on any time of day, from any loca­tion. The­se mod­ules are a valu­able resource for lead­ers to refer to when need­ed.

For unit and assis­tant unit lead­ers, com­ple­tion of the required eLearn­ing mod­ules for your role — in addi­tion to the com­ple­tion of the Intro­duc­tion to Out­door Lead­er Skills (IOLS) face-to-face course — will trig­ger you as posi­tion-trained in the BSA Learn Cen­ter.

The­se online mod­ules replace the Troop Com­mit­tee Chal­lenge for posi­tion-trained require­ments for Com­mit­tee Chairs and Com­mit­tee Mem­bers. If you are already posi­tion trained, it will not affect your trained sta­tus.

Last fall, as Scout­ing U launched the new BSA Learn Cen­ter, they said it was designed “to provide new and robust meth­ods of deliv­er­ing learn­ing to lead­ers” and it is “self-paced, allow­ing the vol­un­teer to com­plete the train­ing as quick­ly as they would like.”

They also sug­gest­ed:

Keep up to date on new con­tent by select­ing the “What’s New” tab in the BSA Learn­Cen­ter. New con­tent will be added reg­u­lar­ly to sup­port our vol­un­teers.”

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