General Informaiton

General Information

TIGER CUBS: Tiger Cubs is a family oriented program for the first grade ( or age 7) boy and an adult who participates with him. The program stresses fun, activity, and positive relationship building between the boy and the adult as well as his Tiger Cub den. The Boy and the adult are introduced to Scouting and strongly encouraged to graduate to Cub Scouts. Each Tiger Cub den is part of a Cub Scout Pack.

CUB SCOUTING: Cub Scouting is a family and home centered program for boys who are in the second through fifth grades (or ages 8 or 9). The second half of this program is called Webelos and prepares them to become Boy Scouts. Boys may become Webelos Scouts if they are 10 years of age or have completed the third grade. The Cub Scout meetings weekly in his den and the family meets monthly at the Pack meeting.

BOY SCOUTING: For boys grades 6-12, and is designed to achieve Scouting's objectives through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys may become a Scout if he has completed the fifth grade, or is 11 years old, or has earned the Arrow of Light Award, but is younger than 10 years of age).

EXPLORING/VENTURING: Through the worksite-based career education program of Exploring and the exploration of avocations or hobby interests through Venturing, young men and women age 14-20 are exposed to exciting and meaningful activities that help youth to pursue a special area of interest, to grow to develop leadership skills, and to become responsible and caring adults. (Young adults may become Explorers/Venturers if they are at least 14 years of age and have completed eighth grade or 15 years of age and not yet 21.)

REGISTRATION: A person is not a member of the BSA until he or she is properly registered. This is accomplished by submitting a new member application or rechartering with the unit, district or council.. Applications must be sent to the Council Service Center as soon as the new member joins. By doing this, paperwork doesn't become misplaced, mailing lists are accurate and the new member will receive his or her membership card promptly through the unit leader of record. Registration fees are pro-rated on the basis of your unit charter expiration date and support the unit budget plan concept. Please ensure that all addresses are the mailing addresses of the youth member or adult leader registering. All adult leaders and Merit Badge Counselors must be registered.

CHARTERED ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE: Your COR is a very important part of you units and chartered organization's leadership. In addition to overseeing the program and selecting and approving unit leadership, they are also a voting member of the council and a member of the district committee. Each COR should make a concerted effort to attend the monthly District Committee meetings and the Council Annual Meeting.

COMMISSIONERS: A Unit Commissioner works with the adult leaders of a unit to help them operate at maximum efficiency. A Commissioner is concerned with the unit's ability to deliver the ideals and purposes of Scouting to boys. You will find your unit's Commissioner to be extremely helpful. If you do not know the Commissioner who is assigned to your unit, please contact your District Commissioner.

ROUNDTABLES FOR CUB SCOUT LEADERS: These monthly meetings, for adult Cub Scout leaders are held on a district basis. Den and Pack leaders join for fun and fellowship while learning tricks, stunts, games, crafts, ceremonies, songs, skits and other ideas that will help them with their packs and dens. These Roundtables are under the guidance of a highly competent and experienced Roundtable Commissioner Staff. Upcoming details on district and council activities for Cub Scouts and their leaders are also shared. Roundtable attendance is a must for Cubmasters, Den Leaders and Coaches, and Webelos Leaders

ROUNDTABLES FOR BOY SCOUT LEADERS: A monthly gathering of Scoutmasters, Assistants and Committee Chairmen of the district to receive program ideas for the coming month. It gives a chance to share ideas with others. New ideas for games, ceremonies, song, stunts, etc., are offered. Council and District Activities for Scout Troops are outlined at the Roundtable. Under the leadership of an experienced staff, all interested Scout Leaders are invited to attend.

UNIFORMING: One of the important methods used in achieving the aims of Scouting is the uniform. It builds a sense of identity and pride, provides a place of rank and leadership insignia, and influences the member s behavior and expectations. Each youth member should be encouraged to secure and wear his uniform at all Scouting functions. Of course, as a leader, you will want to create a positive environment for uniform wearing by setting the right example. The uniform does cost money and many boys grow fast. Many units maintain a uniform exchange in order for youth members, no matter his socioeconomic background, to have the chance to be uniformed.

UNIT ACCOUNTS: As a service and convenience, your unit may have a unit account in the Council Service Center. The council recommends that all units maintain a unit account of $50. This will permit instant processing of applications for membership and unit purchases. Since prices change, adjustments may be handled on the spot. In addition, your unit has accountability for all transactions through a receipt with balance information. Any leader from your unit may charge on the account unless otherwise restricted by the unit. For unit monies not in the unit account, a checking account or a savings account should be established with 2 signatures required for each withdrawal. Banks require that interest bearing accounts must be identified with an employer identification number. The council recommends that you apply for this number and a tax exempt number to earn and save your unit's finances.

ADVANCEMENT REPORTS: Advancement Reports are required to purchase badges of rank for both Cub and Boy Scouts and merit badges from our Council Service Center. These reports are used to compile year-end reports for the National Council as well as to show the local council monthly and yearly advancement progress of our units. They are also used to verify advancement for the Eagle Award. If these reports are not received and recorded, processing delays for the Eagle Award may result. It is important to enter the correct date (date completed) MM/DD/YY on advancement form badge and rank. Also, advancement reports should be submitted to the council on a monthly basis. Information requested on the report include Cub Scout Ranks (including Bobcat, Arrow Points, Webelos Activity Badges). Boy Scout Ranks, and Merit Badges earned by Boy Scouts

MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS: A program offered by the BSA to all youth and youth leaders. Youth are encouraged to look seriously at decision making and the consequences of their actions. Adults, parents, and youth leaders are provided with a structured way to be supportive in this decision making process. The program is based on values and strives to reinforce the values in the Scout Oath and Law, duty to God, country, others and self.

COUNCIL OPERATIONS: Scouting in this area is operated by the Iroquois Trail  Council, Boy Scouts of America. The administrative body, called the Executive Board, is staffed by many volunteers who oversee all Scouting within Eastern Niagara, Orleans,  Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, and Northern Alligany Counties. Working with these volunteers is a small group of professional Scouters. For administrative purposes, the Council is divided into four Districts: Genishaua, Lethworth, Orleans, and NIagara. The Council and its Districts have operating committees made up of volunteers to deal with particular parts of the entire program. committees such as training, camping, activities, finance, etc. Both the Council and District operating committees meet on a regular basis.

REPORTING SERIOUS ACCIDENTS: If a serious accident or property damage occurs, you should notify the Council Office immediately if during normal office hours. If a serious accident, major property damage, lost child, child abuse, or death occurs after office hours or during the weekend, the Council Executive or Council President must be called immediately. They have legal responsibilities for notification of kin, insurance carrier, and press relations which necessitates knowing immediately what has happened and advising on proper procedures to follow. 

INSURANCE: As part of the council budget and your unit's $20 charter fee, the council maintains a general liability insurance policy for you and your chartered organization's protection to cover damages caused by an occurrence arising out of or in the course of official Scouting functions and activities. When necessary, "Certificates of Insurance" can be issued in favor of owners of premises and other facilities used by your unit for Scouting. Although medical insurance is primarily a family's responsibility, the Council has a Council-wide Scout Accident Insurance Plan. This will cost your unit a nominal yearly premium but will help to reduce the cost of Council Camps and activities.


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