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Montana BSA Resources

Youth protection

Our Ongoing Commitment to keeping Scouts Safe

The safety and protection of children is the most important priority of the BSA and the Montana Council.

BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection Training. 

Report any good-faith suspicion to the Scout Executive, Jory Dellinger, immediately: (406) 370-3464. 

For questions concerning YPT requirements, contact the Council YPT Champion, Gary Ely (406) 752-2193 or mt.bsacommish@gmail.com.

Council and District positions (including anyone who is a merit badge counselor):

Charter runs from 1 July of the current year through 30 June of the next year.  Anyone who holds a position on either the district or council charter needs to have an expiration date beyond 30 June of the following year. 

Unit positions:

Charter runs from 1 Jan through 31 December each year.  Anyone with a unit position must have an expiration date beyond 31 December.

Combined District and Unit positions:

Anyone who holds both a district AND a unit position needs to follow the first example (i.e. – 1 July to 30 June) as the district YPT date will also cover the unit date.

The BSA’s mandatory reporting policy requires that all persons involved in Scouting report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any youth participant is being, or has been, physically or sexually abused. This policy empowers all in the Scouting community to recognize, respond, and report abuse. 

In addition to the mandatory reporting policy that removes perpetrators from Scouting and reports them to law enforcement, the BSA has established a multi-layered process of safeguards, including the following, all of which help to act as barriers to abuse: 

  • Ongoing mandatory youth-protection training for all volunteers, along with educational materials for parents and Scouts that is prominently featured in handbooks and integrated into our programs; 
  • A formal leader selection process that includes criminal background checks and other screening efforts;
  • A leadership policy that always requires at least two youth-protection trained adults be present with youth, and prohibits one-on-one situations where adults would have any interactions alone with children – either in person, online, or via text; 
  • A 24/7 Scouts First Helpline (1-844-SCOUTS1 or 1-844-726-8871) and email contact address to access counseling and help needed to report any suspected abuse or inappropriate behavior; and 
  • The Volunteer Screening Database, a tool the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for all youth-serving organizations, to prevent individuals that were removed from Scouting from reregistering. 

The BSA strongly supports the following efforts to help keep children safe nationwide, including: 

  • Funding the CDC study to update the guidelines that all organizations should consider in determining how to keep children in their programs safe; 
  • Establishing and funding a national system where volunteers can register and be cleared through a common screening process applicable to all states and organizations, with an affordable process for conducting background checks and periodically renewing the clearance to reduce the risk that potential abusers can gain access to children by moving across state lines or to other youth-serving organizations; 
  • Enabling youth-serving organizations to share information about individuals who have been removed from their programs for alleged inappropriate conduct – even if the individuals have not been arrested or convicted – to keep potential abusers out of these organizations; and 
  • Strengthening mandatory reporting laws and requiring that sex abuse offenders serve full sentences.
  • Background check requirements

To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. For more information visit the National Council Youth Protection page.

Unit Resources

Program Guide

The Montana Council’s Program Planning Guide was created for Unit Leaders to help plan their annual program. Contents include district and council calendars, training information, camp information, budgeting, insurance information, Web resources, staff contacts, a who to call list and much, much more.

Camping Guide

The Camping Guide was created to help your unit determine its council camping opportunities for the upcoming year.

Update your Unit Beascout Pin

The Boy Scouts of America and the Montana Council drive folks to Beascout.org to find out more information on Scouting. Unit information needs to be up-to-date so that folks can connect with local scouting. The link here gives step by step instructions on how to update your Unit Pin.

Unit Rechartering

Montana Council uses the online rechartering process, which you can access.

You need the Unit Access Code that was sent with your recharter to begin the process. This number changes every year so make sure you’re using the current year’s number. If you have not yet received your packet, or your access code is missing, please contact your district executive or the council offices for help. 

The BSA requires criminal background checks for all Scouting leaders. The background checks are administered by a nationally recognized third party that also provides this service to many local, state and federal governments; educational institutions; and other nonprofits.

Details

We are looking for 100% of units to charter. Issues that usually interfere with this goal are:

1. Youth Protection Training – if a unit knows that someone won’t be continuing, please have them removed from the charter to clear any training issues.

2. Signatures – Plan on getting the Institutional Head’s signature processed early on (BTW, the charter organization fee also saw an increase this year, so get them ready as well)

3. Money – Ensure that the unit has sufficient funds to process the charter this year.

Along with the charter, Commissioners will be working through the new Journey To Excellence (COVID edition) with units.  Contact your unit commissioner to set up an appointment to walk through the form.
 
Have further questions? Contact Gary Ely, Council Commissioner 

Commissioner Resources

The Montana Council and our commissioners believe that training is critical for council success as well as the success of units/districts. This space provides information to Scouters as to what the Council Commissioner Service Team is all about. For specific questions concerning commissioners in your unit or district, consult the Commissioner Roster or contact Gary Ely, Montana Council Commissioner, directly.

The next College of Commissioner Science is on March 11, 2023, in Helena. This is an excellent opportunity for Scouters of all walks to meet and learn about the functions of a commissioner. 

For current commissioners, it provides them with up-to-date information on how to support their units better.  For anyone else, it provides information on the commissioner’s function and how to make effective use of your commissioner to improve communications and improve your programs.

For specific questions concerning commissioners in your unit or district, consult the Commissioner Roster or contact Gary Ely, Montana Council Commissioner, directly.

Upcoming

College of Commissioner Science

  • When: March 11, 2023
  • Location: Helena, MT
    Big Sky Fellowship
    7610 Roughsawn Dr.

This is a virtual event for all commissioners to attend.  This gathering provides commissioners the opportunity to engage with other commissioners across the council and to exchange ideas on how to improve the service to our units.  District members are encouraged to provide a location for locals to gather (best effort) to enhance the fellowship (contact your respective District Commissioner for details and locations as needed).

The main session provided by Jeff Green, ACC – Technology deals with volunteer burnout for both the units and ourselves.  This is becoming critical after dealing with COVID-19 and the loss of folks due to the national legal issues.  As a lead in to this important session, the two breakout sessions will discuss Leadership/Succession Planning and Unit Training, A Method Approach.

This is NOT intended to be a lecture, but an open discussion for all to participate.  The topics are important to the success of our council and units.  It is a ZOOM event vs. in-person because of the cost of travel for all but a few.  Likewise, I am keeping it to a morning so as not to blow the entire day.  Uniforms are strongly encouraged.

I am looking forward to “seeing” you at the Montana Council Commissioner Summit!

Gary A. Ely
Montana Council Commissioner
mt.bsacommish@gmail.com

Who:  The College is open to all adults and we encourage district members, unit leaders, or unit committee as well as current commissioners to attend.  We encourage participation in person, if possible.

Time:  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., the program starts at 10:00 a.m., and the college concludes at 3:30 p.m. Note this is a shorter college to allow folks to travel home during the afternoon. 

Four courses for each degree will be offered at this college.

This CCS is 1 of 2, which offers 4 of 8 courses of each curriculum.  7 courses are required to graduate, which means participants can miss 1 of 8.

BACHELORS

  • BCS 101—Core Concepts of Unit Service
  • BCS 103—Linking District Resources
  • BCS 104—Contacting Units
  • BCS 105—Resolving Common Unit Issues
Instructor: Ryan Lee and Mary Westover
 
MASTERS
  • MCS 303—Managing Unit Service at the District Level
  • MCS 304—Service to Units at Risk
  • MCS 305—Resolving Critical Unit Issues
  • MCS 306—Mentoring Skills

Instructor: Julie Hillie and Dennie Stephenson

 CONTINUING EDUCATION
(SILVER LEVEL – Intermediate to Roundtable Science)

  • CED 751 – Role of the Adminsistrative Commissioner in the Roundtable Program
  • MCS 353 – The Cub Scout Roundtable Breakout
  • MCS 354 – TheScouts BSA Roundtable Breakout
  • MCS 357 – Managing Long Distrance Roundtables

Instructor: Jesse Fulbright and Travor Wilkerson

 DOCTORATE

  • DCS 503—Developing Your Project or Thesis
  • DCS 506—Coaching Commissioners
  • DCS 509—Legacy of Servant Leadership

Instructor: Paul Gritz and Randl Ockey

No cost for training with certificate upon graduation. Lunch is included for those attending in person.

OPTIONAL – $10 for Round Montana Council CCS Patch with Rocker, and/or $25 for Metal Medallion, which are available for BACHELORS (Bronze), MASTERS (Gold), and DOCTORATE (Silver). There is no medallion for CONTINUING EDUCATION.

Camp Staff

To apply

An application is required for both paid and volunteer positions. For paid staff positions, preference is given to full-summer availability.

Camp Employment Dates: 

  • K-M: July 1 – Aug 7
  • Melita: July 1 – Aug 14
  • Aquatics staff may require a June 25 start date
Camp Leadership Interviews
(area director, commissioner, admin, etc.)
  • October/November 2022
General Staff Interviews
  • December 2022/January 2023
Late Interviews
  • March/April 2023
Administration:
  • Camp Director (age 21)
  • Program Director (age 21)
  • Business Manager (age 21)
Support Staff:
  • Assistant Ranger
  • Cook (age 21)
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Commissioner (age 18)
  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Trading Post Staff
  • Camp Health Officer (age 18)
  • Assistant Medic (age 18)
Program Staff:
  • Scoutcraft Director (age 18)
  • Scoutcraft Staff
  • Nature Director (age 18)
  • Nature Staff
  • Fine Arts Director (age 18)
  • Fine Arts Staff
  • Shooting Sports Director (age 21)
  • Shooting Sports Instructor
  • Shooting Sports Staff
  • Archery Director (age 18)
  • Archery Staff
  • Climbing Director (age 21)
  • Climbing Staff
  • Aquatics Director (age 21)
  • Lifeguard (age 16)
  • ATV Instructor (age 21)
  • Mountain Biking Staff
  • STEM Director
  • STEM Staff
  • Trail to Eagle Staff
  • Trek Director (age 21)
  • Trek Staff (age 18)
  • Counselor In Training (age 14)
Administration:
  • Camp Director (age 21+)
  • Program Director (age 21+)
  • Business Manager (age 21+)
Support Staff:
  • Assistant Ranger
  • Cook (age 21+)
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Assistant Commissioner (age 18+)
  • Trading Post Staff
  • Camp Health Officer (age 18+)
  • Assistant Medic (18+)
  • Volunteer Sailors (age 21+)
  • Harbor Master (age 21+)
  • Boat Driver (age 18+)
Program Staff:
  • Outdoor Skills Director (age 18+)
  • Outdoor Skills Staff
  • Nature Director (age 18+)
  • Nature Staff
  • Fine Arts Director (age 18+)
  • Fine Arts Staff
  • First Aid Counselor
  • Archery Director (age 18+)
  • Archery Staff
  • ACE Director (age 21+)
  • ACE Staff (age 18+)
  • Aquatics Director/Swimming (age 21+)
  • Aquatics Director/Boating (age 21+)
  • Lifeguard (age 16+)
  • Sailing Director (age 18+)
  • Science/Technology Director (age 18+)
  • Sci/Tech Staff
  • Trail to First Class Director (age 18+)
  • TTFC Staff
  • Counselor in Training (age 14)

Questions?

Contact Montana Council Service Center
406-761-6000 | mtcouncil@montanabsa.org

Camps

Scout Book

From the first knot tied to the final hours of service performed, the Scouting experience is a journey like none other. And Scoutbook is your go-to tool to ensure not a moment is missed – tracking advancement, milestone achievements nd all the fun along the way.

download the free app. With Scoutbook I can: Track advancements, upload photos, send messages to leaders, Scouts and Parents, plan events and track activities.

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report

Team 315: 2021 Year In Review

volunteer Opportunities

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