Youth Protection Training Required Before Registration
Important Changes to the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Training Policies
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA. To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies:
Effective June 1, 2010:
- Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.
- 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.
- Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
BSA Youth Protection Training Policy [effective 06-01-2010] (260.48 kB)
SSS Minnow - 2010 Boat U.S. National Flagship
Sea Scout Ship 1659 S.S.S. Minnow of Houston, Texas from the Sam Houston Area Council is the recipient of the 2010 BoatU.S. Sea Scout National Flagship Award. The award was created by BoatU.S. in 2002 to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting and is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment.
Congratulations go to Samuel W. Sexton (Boatswain), Spencer Rawlins, Jr.(Skipper), and the dedicated crew and adult volunteers of their committee. The S.S.S. Minnow name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy now on display at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. An identical trophy has been presented to the Ship’s leadership at the National Annual Meeting for the Boy Scouts of America on May 28, 2010.
Skipper Mike Duffey - Martinez, CA Man of the Year
It is primarily for his fierce dedication to and leadership of the Martinez Sea Scout Ship Sea Witch that Duffey is recognized this year as Martinez Man of the Year.
Born in Grass Valley, CA and mostly raised in Concord, Duffey’s mother was a homemaker and his father first worked in a foundry, and then switched careers to that as an auto mechanic, eventually retiring from Walnut Creek Toyota. Duffey, 52, graduated from Concord High School and went straight to work, following in his dad’s footsteps in auto mechanics. Over the years, his mechanical skills focused on the marine environment and today he does freelance work fixing and maintaining his client’s boats, as well as working with a tour boat company in Suisun City.