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January 14
January Roundtable Topics -- Get Them Here If You Missed It

The first Thursday of each month is "Roundtable" for leaders and parents.  This is a training opportunity to learn about upcoming programs as well as meet with your peers in small-group break-outs to share successes and obstacles, and learn about more specific programs for your pack, troop, or crew.  

Here are some of the topics covered at January's Roundtable:

Click on the hyperlinks for more info.

 

ALL PROGRAMS

·         Camp Card Fundraiser – Scouts were encouraged to set a goal in the Popcorn Fundraiser to “Pay Their Own Way” in Scouting this year.  Many earned summer camp, field trips, uniforms, gear, handbooks, and more at no cost to them.  If your Scouts found they still need a bit more to earn their year of Scouting, we endorse only one other fundraiser – Camp Cards.  This is a high profit, ZERO RISK fundraiser.  Scouts sell discount cards for $5 each.  Discounts are valued at significantly more than $5 (e.g. save $20+ off Six Flags ticket).  You keep 50% of profit and return any unsold cards to us at no loss.  Sale runs from Feb. 1 – March 31 so you must sign up ASAP. 

·         Swimming Skills Center – For as little as $2.50 per swim lesson, any Scout can sign up.  Our first course is underway, but you can still sign up online or at the door ($18 for 5 sessions).  Next course starts Feb. 22  ($15 for 6 sessions).  There are sessions for all ages – from nonswimmers to Boy Scouts earning swimming merit badge. 

·         University of Scouting – This is one day where we offer training courses in about everything you could need for Scouting.  Pick up to three courses!  It’s on Jan. 25 in Arnold; classes start at 9AM; cost is $20 by Jan. 10, $25 after and includes lunch

·         Journey to Excellence – All packs, troops, and crews are given a template of items that define a quality program.  This scale, “Journey to Excellence,” allows them to identify strengths and opportunities.  This month we need each unit to submit its JTE Scorecard, which states whether the achieved Bronze, Silver, Gold, or no award.  The link above gives you some of the data you need for the Scorecard.

·         District Adult Recognition Dinner – At our annual dinner, we will recognize successes in 2013, induct 2014 district committee members, and most importantly recognize recipients of the District Award of Merit.  This is the highest award our district can bestow.  Dinner is Friday, Jan. 17 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Ferguson, 6 p.m.; cost is $15 by tomorrow or $17 after. 

·         Wood Badge – This is an advanced leadership training course for adults.  Typically this is done beyond the position training you have taken (e.g. Scoutmaster Training, Den Leader Training).  Participants have found it to be useful for Scouting, but also their careers and family lives.  There are some peculiarities with registering, so if you are interested then don’t hesitate to ask for help.  Next course is May 16-18  AND May 30-June 1 (total 6 days, 4 nights) at Beaumont Scout Reservation; cost is $250 if paid by March 5 or $275 after. 

·         Summer Camp – It’s freezing out & a great time to think about summer camp!  Summer camp is the highlight of each Scout’s year.  It is not only for recreation, but is an enhanced part of their yearly program.  Summer camps exist for all ages, in several locations, and of varying length.  Visit our website to start learning about opportunities.  We work hard to ensure every Scout can attend a camp.  This includes providing leadership, financial assistance,  and more.  Just tell us what obstacles are in your way and we are committed to helping overcome them.

·         Rechartering – If you have not heard of rechartering, you likely don’t need to know about it yet!  Packs/troops/crews are sponsored for one-year terms (Feb. 1 – Jan. 31).  Each year we have to prepare the new charter.  This is an online process with 5 easy steps:  add new adult leaders, remove inactive leaders, add new Scouts, remove inactive Scouts, and collect dues.  At the end of the form, it calculates how much $ is owed for the members and tells you who has to sign/approve the charter.  It will tell you if you have errors too!  This is all due – online, print copy, get signatures and dues – to our office no later than January 15.  This gives us 15 days to correct any errors.  Contact us if you need help.

 

CUB SCOUTS

·         Leader Outdoor Experience – Training opportunity for Cub Scout leaders to learn about camping opportunities and procedures.  Next course April 26-27 (overnight) at High Ridge, MO; cost is $20

·         District Pinewood Derby – All Cub Scouts can raise their pinewood derby cars in the district race, where they compete against other packs.  Saturday, Feb. 22 at St. Louis Outlet Mall; cost is $7

·         Den Chief Training – Den Chiefs are older “Boy Scouts” who work with your Cub Scout dens.  They can help with supervision, programs, and more.  In some cases, the Boy Scout benefits from service or leadership hours.  Most importantly, Cub Scouts look up to the older boys and it helps them transition into a Boy Scout Troop when able.  Den Chief Training is for Boy Scouts, but if your pack/den already has Den Chiefs, please share the opportunity with them.  Course  is Feb. 15 at Beaumont Scout Reservation, High Ridge/ cost is $20; preregistration required.

·         Let Go of Your Webelos Scouts – A boy can join a Boy Scout Troop when he is (a) 11 years old, (b) on June 1 after he graduates 5th grade, or (c) if he is 10 & has earned the Arrow of Light award.  If you have Webelos Scouts who are eligible to join a troop right now, make it happen!  The longer they attend pack meetings after this time, the less likely they are to ever join a troop.  Troops do more advanced and exciting activities (e.g. winter camping, horse treks, sailing).  If your pack doesn’t intend to do a graduation ceremony until May, then just invite them back to be a part of it; but do not make them wait.  Each day that passes when they could be in a troop, increases the likelihood they will never join.      

·         Crossover Ceremonies – Boy Scouts in the “Order of the Arrow” can provide a special program during your crossover ceremony (a meeting at which you crossover boys from the pack into a troop).  It is a memorable enhancement to your ceremony.  Contact Adult Advisor Richard Tiek at 583-1874 or tiekx6@att.net for more info.  

·         Blue & Gold Banquets –  Friends of Scouting (FOS) raises money that provides a fourth of our council’s revenue.  We need the details of your Blue & Gold Banquet (February Pack Meeting) and will have a volunteer leader give a 5-10 minute presentation on FOS.  Please send the date, time, and location to Family FOS Chairman Dan Robinson at 839-0317 or daniel.robinson@sbcglobal.net or reply to this email. 

 

BOY SCOUTS

·         Den Chief Training – Den Chiefs are older “Boy Scouts” who work with Cub Scout dens.  They can help with supervision, programs, and more.  In some cases, the Boy Scout benefits from service or leadership hours.  Most importantly, Cub Scouts look up to the older boys and it helps them transition into your Boy Scout Troop when able.  If you already have Den Chiefs, please share the opportunity with them.  If you don’t, now is the time to ask someone!  Course  is Feb. 15 at Beaumont Scout Reservation, High Ridge/ cost is $20; preregistration required.

·         Courts of Honor - Friends of Scouting (FOS) raises money that provides a fourth of our council’s revenue.  We need the details of your next Court of Honor (January-April) and will have a volunteer leader give a 5-10 minute presentation on FOS.  Please send the date, time, and location to Family FOS Chairman Dan Robinson at 839-0317 or daniel.robinson@sbcglobal.net or reply to this email. 

 

VENTURERS

·         Parents’ Meeting – Friends of Scouting (FOS) raises money that provides a fourth of our council’s revenue.  We need the details of your next well-attended meeting (January-April).  This may be a planning meeting or a summer camp orientation meeting, where parents are likely present.  At them meeting we will have a volunteer leader give a 5-10 minute presentation on FOS.  Please send the date, time, and location to Family FOS Chairman Dan Robinson at 839-0317 or daniel.robinson@sbcglobal.net or reply to this email. 

·         Venturing Website – Don’t forget to check out our council’s Venturing website for activities and announcements throughout the year​

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