Meanwhile scoutingmagazine.org reports the renewal the National Park Service/BSA agreement.
To summarize, same old same old - the NPS will continue to do with the BSA what it does with everyone else and the BSA will advertise the agreement.
That said, IMO a deeper examination of the resources and needs of both the NPS and BSA should be done.
- The NPS "Scout Ranger Resource Stewardship" is geared towards grade school youth; they need not be scouts. And that seems fine for that age group. Here the BSA should approach NPS, "we have this Hornaday Award and this merit badge and... that might be just the thing to incorporate with your NPS Youth Conservation Corps for teens.
- Why not allow NPS Rangers to sign-off on related environmental/citizenship merit badges? They have had federal background checks. Save them from the becoming a MBC song and dance. The BSA should do this with other professions - medical, teachers, Fire/EMT, police that have the knowledge and existing background checks in place. KISS and get the community more involved in Scouting.
- Entrance fees. Scouts working with NPS, should get the Educational Fee Waiver instead of the Non-Commercial Group Fee.
- Realize NPS internships are mostly for undergrad and grad students.
Hopefully the incoming Secretary of Interior, an Eagle Scout, will help step up the NPS/BSA relationship.
Edited by RememberSchiff, 22 December 2016 - 07:14 AM.