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Cyber Chip

Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America created the Cyber Chip Award. To develop this important tool for internet safety, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Cyber Chip is REQUIRED for the ranks of Scout & Star, and for some merit badges.  It is recommended that every Scout maintain a current Cyber Chip card every year.

Cyber Chip is AGE / GRADE SPECIFIC and is valid for one year from date of earning it.  You must earn the Cyber Chip for each grade level, then in subsequent years of the same grade level, you may ‘recharge’ your card for another year.

Cyber Chip for Grades 6-8

  • Follow this link to Netsmartz to work on your Cyber Chip Award.
  • Click on the green tab for Grades 6-8
  • Req 1 – Will be completed during meeting with Mr. Vreeland.
  • Req 2 – Complete with your parents, here is a sample contract that can be edited.
  • Req 3 – Watch the video “Friend of Fake?” and any two other videos available in the new window once you follow link to 1st video.
  • Req 4 – Teach internet safety and appropriate online behavior to other Scouts using one of the mini activities, (download or via link on netsmartz page).  Schedule this with your PL or the SPL and it may be done as a group if 2 or 3 Scouts want to work together, so long as everyone participates in the teaching.  Please have an ASM attend your teaching session, they can assist you if needed with your teaching and using the E.D.G.E. method.
  • Req 5 – Once you have completed requirements 2-4, meet with Mr. Vreeland to review them and complete requirements 1 & 5.  Both you and Mr. Vreeland will sign your Cyberchip Card, which will then be presented back to you at closing circle.

 

Cyber Chip for Grades 9-12

  • Follow this link to Netsmartz to work your Cyber Chip Award.
  • Click on the purple tab for Grades 9-12
  • Req 1 – Will be completed during meeting with Mr. Vreeland
  • Req 2 – Complete with your parents, here is a sample contract that can be edited.
  • Req 3 – Discuss with your parents the benefits and dangers of social media, be ready to summarize conversation for Mr. Vreeland
  • Req 4 – Watch 3 of the 20 available  “Real Life Stories” videos
  • Req 5 – Teach internet safety and appropriate online behavior to younger Scouts using one of the student project kit, (download or via link on netsmartz page).  Schedule this with your PL or the SPL and it may be done as a group if 2 or 3 Scouts want to work together, so long as everyone participates in the teaching.  Please have an ASM attend your teaching session, they can assist you if needed with your teaching and using the E.D.G.E. method.
  • Req 6 – Once you have completed requirements 2-5, meet with Mr. Vreeland to review them and complete requirements 1 & 6.  Both you and Mr. Vreeland will sign your Cyberchip Card, which will then be presented back to you at closing circle.

 

‘Recharging’ your Cyber Chip

  • Follow this link to Netsmartz to recharge your Cyber Chip card.
  • Click on the appropriate tab (green for grades 6-8, or purple for grades 9-12)
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the RECHARGE area.
  • Watch the video, or another video that you have not already watched.
  • Bring your current/expired Cyber Chip card and meet with Mr. Vreeland to review internet safety, the video you watched, and troop electronics policy.  After which he will sign and put new recharge date on your card.

 

New Scouts, still in 5th Grade
A transitioning Webelos Scout who holds an unexpired Cyber Chip card for his current school grade has fulfilled this portion of the Scout rank requirement as part of the Webelos “Scouting Adventure.”

  • If his Cyber Chip card is currently valid, he should meet with Mr. Vreeland to simply demonstrate his knowledge. This is not a retest.  If, however, the Scout has not grasped these concepts, they may be reviewed (based on Cyber Chip requirements for 5th grade) to ensure understanding.
  • If a new Scout’s Cyber Chip card for his current grade has expired, he simply needs to “recharge” the chip by following the instructions above for ‘Recharging’ but click on the blue tab for 5th grade.

Ski Weekend: Feb 8-10, 2019

Remember to dress appropriate for the cold weather on the slopes.  Dress in layers, wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement, with an outer waterproof layer to keep you dry.

Merit Badge Pamphlets

If you’re thinking of working on a Merit Badge, but aren’t quite sure where to start, you may want to check out Troop 22’s on-line Merit Badge Pamphlet archive.

Merit Badge Pamphlets Archive

Please be advised that the BSA is constantly updating Merit Badge requirements, so some of these pamphlets might not have the most current information.  To be sure you may want to check out the most up-to-date requirements as found on Scouting.org

BSA Merit Badge Requirements

And finally, you may want to go over to MeritBadge.org and download the merit badge worksheet – just remember filling out the worksheet doesn’t mean you have completed the merit badge requirements.  The worksheets are a great tool to keep track of what work you completed for each requirement and as handy notes to be used when discussing what you have done with your Merit Badge Counselor (you can find an updated list of MB Counselors in the Troop Forms section of this website).

Merit Badge Worksheets

Cheap Camping Gear!

If anyone is looking to save a few bucks on camping gear, you may want to check out some of the below deals that are currently available on Craigslist.

I’ve purchased a lot of gear off of Craiglist in the last couple of years…the trick is to do your homework and know what the items are worth new and make sure you’re getting a good deal based on the condition the item is in.

Another tip I found to be useful – tell them you’re buying it for an active Boy Scout…a lot of these sellers are former Boy Scouts and will usually give you a better deal if they know the item will get some good use.

 

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/for/d/sleeping-bag-25f/6389138765.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/spo/d/sleeping-bag/6365173416.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/spo/d/alps-mountaineering-zero/6359664543.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/for/d/sleeping-pad/6389375665.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/for/d/camping-folding-cot/6389376172.html

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/spo/d/the-north-face-terra-30/6378110921.html

 

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Troop & Patrol Meeting Planners

If you look in the Troop Forms page of this website you will notice 2 new documents that have been uploaded for our Scouts to use when planning Troop and Patrol Meetings.

The Troop Meeting Plan and Patrol Meeting Agenda are very useful forms that will help the SPL, ASPLs, PLs plan more productive, efficient, meaningful and enjoyable meetings.

Going forward, all PLs should have a Patrol Meeting Agenda completed and in-hand at every Troop Meeting.  If you have any questions or concerns as to how to use these agendas, please see either the SPL or one of the ASPLs.

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