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Troop Guidebook Now Online

The current version of the Troop 108 Guidebook is now available. Log in then go to the Documents section to download it.

A Busy Summer

Summer 2008 was very productive for the scouts of Troop 108. During a single week of summer camp, 14 scouts completed 58 merit badges and partially completed another eight badges. But that's not all! Five scouts completed the requirements for their next rank, and eight scouts earned their Totin' Chip, which grants them the right to carry and use woods tools. Troop 108 scouts were busy outside of summer camp too: five scouts earned a total of eleven merit badges and three other scouts advanced to their next rank. That's a total of 69 merit badges and eight rank advancements completed over the summer -- an accomplishment you can all be very proud of! Special thanks to the senior scouts and adult scouters that worked with these scouts to make it possible.

Why Fire Safety Training Is Important!

Three Boy Scouts are recovering from burns suffered during a "ring of fire" demonstration that went awry at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation.

Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said the incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, when an 18-year-old Scout, who is also a senior staff member at the reservation, used rubbing alcohol from a bottle to create a flammable circle on a makeshift table, Mohel said.

Safety Resouces Now Online

The BSA has a new online resource regarding questions of health, safety, and risk management. The information can be found on the BSA’s Web site, www.scouting.org.

By clicking on the “Scouting Safely” tab along the left-hand side of the home page, volunteers can access risk management, health, safety, and training information. The Guide to Safe Scouting, as well as health and safety alerts and other health- and safety-related publications, will be available. A frequently asked questions (FAQ) section will be updated periodically with new information.

New Water Safety Guide

Don’t let your Scouts take the plunge without reading and referencing the new leaders’ guide to BSA aquatics.

"Aquatics Supervision: A Leader’s Guide to Youth Swimming and Boating Activities", serves as an invaluable resource for learning the roles and responsibilities of council aquatics committees, provides support to unit leaders so they have the training and resources necessary to supervise swimming and boating activities, and gives direction for dispensing special aquatics awards such as Snorkeling BSA and Boardsailing BSA.

Lifeguard Training Revised

Learning how to save lives at BSA-operated facilities like summer camps just got a bit less complicated.

Over the past 25 years, the lifeguard program had grown to include many other specialized skills such as swimming, lifesaving, canoeing, rowing, first aid, and even spinal-injury management. It had become difficult for Scouting to meet the needs of both unit leaders and summer-camp lifeguards in a single course of doable length.

Now, though, the BSA Lifeguard program will focus solely on teaching the necessary requirements for professional lifeguards at BSA aquatic venues.

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