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===May 30, 2010===
 
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{{Prepare|'''NOTICE: Effective June 1, 2010: Youth Protection Training ([[YPT]]) is required for ''ALL'' registered volunteers.'''
 
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* '''New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training ''before'' they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.'''
 
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* Volunteers who wish to take the '''''online''''' Youth Protection Training Course in the E-Learning module at [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] may do so at any time &mdash; you do not need a member ID to take ''this'' course.
 
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:&ndash; Once you have registered at MyScouting.Org, click on ''E-Learning'' and select ''Youth Protection Training'' under the ''General'' tab.
 
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====New Game Design Merit Badge/Contest====
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The BSA has released a new [[Game Design]] merit badge. In addition, they are encouraging participation in the STEM game design contest to promote the new merit badge. Here is the info from the BSA:
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===April 29, 2010===
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:Compete in the National STEM Video Game Challenge and win prizes.
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===Updates coming===
 
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The wiki was backed up today... some administrative (MediaWiki) changes are coming soon, i.e., user rights, security, etc.
 
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Advancement changes for rank and merit badges based on the new '''2013 Boy Scout Requirements''' have been completed.
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We need your help; so, if you are interested, you can contact me via this link: [[Special:Emailuser/RWSmith|'''RWSmith''']]
 
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==April 2010==
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===April 23, 2012===
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* [[2010 Historic Merit Badge Program]] available in 2010 ONLY:
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====New BSA Health and Safety guidance====
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/healthsafety/pdf/680-027.pdf ''Service Project Planning Guidelines''] BSA Pub. 680-027''' (2012 Printing) (5 pgs) {{PDF}} &mdash; ''Note: Fillable, savable''
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{{Quote-source|These guidelines can be utilized for all Scouting service projects, not just those for an Eagle Scout leadership service project. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout leadership service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.|''Service Project Planning Guidelines'', BSA Pub. 680-027}}
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{{Quote-source|These guidelines can be utilized for all Scouting service projects, not just those for an Eagle Scout leadership service project. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout leadership service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.|''Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations'', BSA Pub. 680-028}}
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I've just finished uploading '''''all''''' '''[[Merit Badge Worksheets]]''' (workbooks), which were recently reviewed and updated by ''''' User [[User:PaulSWolf|PaulSWolf]]'''''. &mdash;'''''[[User:RWSmith|RWSmith]]''''' <small>''[[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Bureaucrat|(Bureaucrat)]]''</small>, 16:53, March 25, 2012 (EDT)
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Congratulations to '''''User [[User:Miksmi|Miksmi]]''''', who has been nominated for and approved for promotion to '''[[Sysop]]''' status. &mdash;'''''[[User:RWSmith|RWSmith]]''''' <small>''[[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Bureaucrat|(Bureaucrat)]]''</small>, 14:58, February 28, 2012 (EST)
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Contents

March 08, 2013

New Game Design Merit Badge/Contest

The BSA has released a new Game Design merit badge. In addition, they are encouraging participation in the STEM game design contest to promote the new merit badge. Here is the info from the BSA:

Compete in the National STEM Video Game Challenge and win prizes.
Entry submissions for the competition, which is for middle school
and high school students, are due by April 12.
Visit http://stemchallenge.org/ for more details.


February 08, 2013

Wiki Updates

Advancement changes for rank and merit badges based on the new 2013 Boy Scout Requirements have been completed.


July 08, 2012

Unscheduled maintenance

There may be some occasional, unscheduled site maintenance during "normal hours" today... i.e., due to upgrades, off-site back-ups, etc. We'll try to limit downtime to just a few minutes at a time. (See MeritBadgeDotOrg:Maintenance for details.) — The Staff


April 23, 2012

New BSA Health and Safety guidance

Just released:

These guidelines can be utilized for all Scouting service projects, not just those for an Eagle Scout leadership service project. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout leadership service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.
Service Project Planning Guidelines, BSA Pub. 680-027
These guidelines can be utilized for all Scouting service projects, not just those for an Eagle Scout leadership service project. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout leadership service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.
Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations, BSA Pub. 680-028

March 25, 2012

All merit badge worksheets have been updated

I've just finished uploading all Merit Badge Worksheets (workbooks), which were recently reviewed and updated by User PaulSWolf. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 16:53, March 25, 2012 (EDT)

Special thanks to... PaulSWolf and the U.S. Scouting Service Project (USSSP) for allowing us permission to use his work and re-format (wikify) it for our use here. Paul is a Sysop (here and on our forums), as well as Secretary of the USSSP.


February 21, 2012

New Sysop

Congratulations to User Miksmi, who has been nominated for and approved for promotion to Sysop status. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 14:58, February 28, 2012 (EST)

If you are interested, see: Can I become a Sysop on this wiki?

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