“Sgt. Snorkel was a Scout,” or “Why ‘Leave No Trace’ is Mean to Nature”

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In honor of “Rocky & Bullwinkle” titling conventions, this post has two titles.

“What ‘Leave No Trace’ Instructors don’t tell us …
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National Jamboree 2017 Sign Up Open

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So did you see the news? Jambo 2017 sign up is open!

So who’s going?

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2015 Cub Scout Recruiting Rally

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 Adventure is Waiting… Launch into Scouting!

Join us at the Council Recruiting Rally at Victory Field

Our council will be conducting a “Picnic in the Park” –Recruiting Rally at Victory Field on Thursday, July 16th. This will be a great opportunity for Scout leaders to get ready for the council-wide Sign Up night on August 27th.

There will be food, prizes and lots of excitement and information sharing. Scout leaders will also be able to:

• Pick up posters, yard signs & all of the other materials needed for the sign up meeting

• Learn about the new online registration for youth membership

• Meet with your district membership team and district executive

• Get details about the rocket launch events and family camping weekends

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Trivia Question

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Here is your question: 

What is this? 

 

This is from Church at the Crossing’s Troop 191’s campsite.

Post your guesses in the Comment Section below.  

White Stag National Youth Leadership Training slots still available 

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Attention Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches and Crew Advisors! Space is still available for youth to attend National Youth Leadership Training / White Stag. Courses offered in June and July. NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program focused on developing your Scout’s leadership skills they can then use in your unit. Register a Scout today at the Council website.

Carolyn Small | Program Director – Special Initiatives

Old News made New: Boy Scout as Lifesaver

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Did you catch this story last year? WRTV-6 has re-visited last summer’s life saving story.

Del-Mi District’s Tyler Hulka, 11, was re-united with A.J. Barrickman, 3, at the pool where the near-drowning occurred in Cicero. Click the photo to see the whole story.

Good story to start the summer swimming season.

Victim hugs his scout-lifesaver
Victim hugs his scout-lifesaver

High Adventure Trips in Winter, Too

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Our Team Leader for District Operations Darin Stendl joined our new District Executive Con Sullivan in attending our Roundtable Meeting last Thursday. At the RoundTable, the agenda was focused on High Adventure Trip Planning. As we were reviewing the opportunities provided by National Council, the topic of Minnesota’s cold weather program Okpik came up.  I asked if anyone was familiar with Okpik. Darin volunteered that he had attended twice.  As a result of his story, I asked him to Read the rest of this entry »

Scouting with the Handbook

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“Do you have your handbook?” How many times at meetings have you asked this question?

As a passionate scouter, I enjoy the opportunity to interact with the scouts. As I sit to reflect about how to improve my skills, I often wonder if my passion is getting in the way of truly allowing the boys to play the game of scouting.

The story of the spread of scouting in the early 1900’s keeps coming to mind. There were two parts to the process: boys naturally grouping together in patrols to camp and play the game of scouting versus the adults trying to promote its spread for their own purposes. Each has furthered scouting.

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District Training Status

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One of the key duties of District is to encourage units to improve their programs in order to make the scouting more inviting to boys. BSA offers training for each position in order that adults can better understand the duties that they have accepted. Training is required for Rechartering.

Council records training records to be able to find out where training needs to be encouraged.

Among our units district wide, our training rate looks like this (if you are registered for more than one position, you can be trained and untrained simultaneously, appearing on this chart for each): 

The pattern is clear. Units in Zionsville and northern Pike Township tend to have adult leader ship rates well over 50%. Moving toward the south and east, training rates plummet to the point where some units have no properly trained leaders.

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