The Big Cypress District and the CyFair/Fairfield Community has suffered a tremendous loss of a Scout in a traffic accident yesterday evening. Zachary Prill was a member of Pack 1533 at Ault Elementary, an active Webelos Scout and a member of the Cobra Dragon Patrol. His mother and sister were also in the accident and are currently in stable condition at the hospital. Zachary’s father was preparing for Easter service at Community of Faith Church and was not injured. We mourn the loss of Zachary and offer our prayers and condolences, as well as thoughts of comfort and healing to the Prill family.
A Give Forward campaign has been set up to provide financial support for the Prill Family to assist with expenses during this difficult time for them. Please consider visiting the link to donate, members of Cub Scout Pack 1533 are coordinating this effort. The Big Cypress District is posting this info to encourage support for this Scouting family, if you have any questions about this campaign, please reach out to Pack 1533 (message us directly if you need their contact information).
Courtesy of Paul Roberts, Big Cypress District Advancement Chair via Bryan Wendell and the fine folks at Scouting Magazine (visit their fantastic blog at http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/), have you ever wondered what Merit Badges your Boy Scouts are earning? There are currently 136 Merit Badges that a Scout can earn, everything from Camping, Canoeing, Digital Technology, Traffic Safety and Nuclear Science.
Scouting Magazine compiled a list of Merit Badges by popularity and the results are what you would expect from today's Scouts focused on safety, ecology and citizenship.
Top 5 Merit Badges:
Citizenship in the World
Citizenship in the Nation
Interestingly enough, some of the newest Merit Badges such as Robotics, Welding and Search and Rescue are proving to be very popular. Sadly some of the older Merit Badges aren't as popular as they used to be. Near the bottom of the list is Journalism, American Business and Bugling. Programming, a relatively new Merit Badge sits at the bottom but I suspect it will take off fairly quickly.
Check out the rest of the list below or visit the Scouting Magazine Blog for all the details.
Many of our Units in the Big Cypress District host their own websites and Facebook pages, this is just a reminder that the BSA does offer Social Media Guidelines which are also a key component of the Youth Protection Program. If you are posting pictures or updates from events such as Blue and Gold or Red and Tan, please ensure that no personally identifiable information (Scouts full names, ages) are posted and that you respect the privacy of those that have requested that no photographs are made available (via Part B of the Annual Health and Medical Record Form).
Also, please note the following regarding Facebook pages:
"When creating a Facebook page, you should make it a public fan page. In addition, you should designate at least two administrators who have access to the login, password, and page management/monitoring information. This conforms to the two-deep leadership policies of the BSA. At least one of these page administrators should be a BSA employee, a local council employee, or registered volunteer who has taken Youth Protection training. All Youth Protection policies that govern the use of email are applicable to the use of the messaging capabilities of Facebook."
Official BSA Social Media Guidelines: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx
The Sam Houston Area Council BSA has updated their process to earn patches for Service related activites, including Scouting for Food. Visit the link below to register all your Scouts & Volunteers that participated in the event, this ensures that they recieve credit for the hours that they have served. This process will be intregal part of the Council's attempt to record 100,000 service hours on Saturday, November 15th for the Sam Houston Area Council Day of Service.
For more information about Service Hours, vist shac.org and scroll down to the bottom of the Welcome page. You'll see links posted for "Journey to Excellence Service Hours Information".