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April 10
Cub Scouts -- Get Signed Up For Summer Camp!


summer camp logo.gifThe highlight of a Cub Scout's year in Scouting is summer camp! Statistics show that boys who attend summer camp are FAR more likely to stay in Scouting longer and studies show many benefits of attending camp like trying new things and making new friends.  As you know, Scouting is built around age-specific programs.  As such, we have very different camp experiences planned this summer for each age group of Cub Scouting, from Tiger Cubs through Webelos Scouts.  Here's the breakdown so you can be ready!

What's available:  Parent & PalWebelos Mini-CampWebelos Weeklong-Camp,Grizzly  Camp, and Cub Scout Day Camp

 
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Which Camp Does My Scout Attend?

Parent & Pal ​Webelos Mini-Camp ​Webelos Weeklong-Camp ​Cub Scout Day Camp ​Grizzly Camp
​Graduated Kindergarteners
X*​ X (with 1:1 adult supervision)​ ​X (with 1:1 adult supervision)
​Graduated 1st graders ​X ​X ​X
​Graduated 2nd graders ​X ​X ​X
​Graduated 3rd graders

​X* ​X ​X ​X
​Graduated 4th graders
X​* ​X ​X X​
​Graduated 5th graders ​ Boy Scout Summer Camp With A Troop!  Click Here For More Information.  Not In A Troop? Click Here To Find A Troop.
 

*Parent & Pal camps are open to "new" Webelos Scouts (graduated 3rd and 4th graders that are considered moved up to 4th and 5th grade after June 1) after Feb. 1 after the graduated 1st and 2nd grade boys are given priority.

 
  1. Parent & Pal - An overnight campout for parents and sons.  Two nights, one day, two meals, $40, held at most of our council camps.  Click HERE for more info and registration forms.
  2. Webelos Mini-Camp -- Webelos Scouts camp in tents with their dens, hike trails, swim twice daily, have fun at campfires, work on activity badges, learn outdoor skills, and much more.  Three days, two nights, six meals, held at most of our council camps, $135.  Click HERE for more info and registration forms.
  3. Webelos Weeklong-Camp -- A very similar program to the mini-camp above, this camp is simply extended to give older boys an enhanced experience.  Six days, five nights, fifteen meals, held at most of our council camps, $250.  Click HERE for more info and registration forms.
  4. Grizzly Camp -- A daily activity camp for Cub Scouts with no overnight camping, similar to our district's Cub Scout Day Camps, but at Camp Grizzly Cub World (part of Beaumont Scout Reservation in St. Louis).  There are three sessions:  June 23-27 (at Tilles Day Camp), July 7-11 (at Beaumont), and July 14-18 (at Beaumont).  This council activity is a great addition or alternative to our district's Cub Scout Day Camps (see below).  Click HERE for more info and registration forms. 

 

And now..... the big enchilada.... Cub Scout Day Camps!

There are three Cub Scout Day Camps offered in North Star District (North St. Louis County); and we want to make sure you attend one or ALL of them!  That's right you can attend more than one! Click HERE to download registration forms, medical forms, etc. and you can even register online.

When:  June 9-13; 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. dailyDay Camp Pic 1.jpg
Where:  St. Ferdinand Park (1 St. Ferdinand Park Dr., Florissant, 63031)
Theme:  Knights of the Roundtable
Cost:  $65 per Scout
Day Camp Director:  Roxie Tiek314-583-1854
Day Camp Program Director: Donna Yarbrough314-852-7814

When:  July 7-11; 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily
Where:  Knights of Columbus Park (50 Rue St. Francois, Florissant, 63031)
Theme:  Knights of the Roundtable
Cost:  $65 per Scout
Day Camp Director:  Delores Garrett, 314-838-1557
Day Camp Program Director:  Lois Westbrook314-921-7305

When: July 21-24; 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily
Where: St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Campus (3400 Pershall Rd., Pershall Rd., Ferguson, 63135)
Theme:  STEM (Science, Techology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
Cost:  $65 per Scout
Day Camp Director:  Erika Bailey
Day Camp Program Director: Theresa Hacker314-458-4898​

April 03
April Roundtable is CANCELLED -- Check here for what you missed!

​DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER, THE ROUNDTABLE PRESENTERS HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO CANCEL APRIL'S ROUNDTABLE.  IT WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED.  

How to get the info you missed:

1. Check your email, we will send out a summary that includes links to information and flyers on our website. 

2. A unit representative can pick up your "folder" at our District Committee Meeting on April 17 at Black Jack Fire Protection District Admin. Building/House #3 (5675 N US Hwy 67, Florissant, MO  63034) from 6-7pm.

3. A unit representative can pick up your "folder" on April 8 at St. Louis Bread Co. (2375 N Hwy 67, Florissant, MO  63033) from 3-7pm.  Look for McFarlane or Mark.  We will have signage. 

4.  If you want us to mail your "folder" to you, let us know.  Contact Mark Hays at mark.hays@scouting.org or 314-550-4233. 

5. Check THIS post (below).  We will update it over the next few days to include all info that would have been shared at Roundtable. 


 

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HERE IS THE INFO THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SHARED AT ROUNDTABLE
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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 that would have been covered at April Roundtable:

 

Click on the hyperlinks for more info.

 

 
ALL PROGRAMS

 

 
·         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 – 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.
 
 ·         Youth Protection Training Kits - These kits are designed for you to use so all adults in your unit can take training in a group setting.  Kits include: dvd, facilitator guide, participant questionnaires, and a training report form.  You can check out the kits at no charge.  Leaders can still take the training online or in other venues, this is just an additional way. Check them out at any office.  Contact the "Program Department" at 361-0600 for any questions.
 
 ·         Scout Days at Six Flags - On May 17 and 18 Scouts can receive special discounted admission, parking, and meals; or take part in an advancement workshop at the park or a behind-the-scenes tour of Hurrican Harbor!  Lots of options are available so check out the website linked above.
 
 
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

 

·         Cub Scout Day Camp, Parent & Pal Camp, Grizzly Camp, and Webelos Camps -- We know that Scouts who attend summer camp stay in Scouting longer.  We know that this Fall, a Scout who did not attend summer camp is very likely to drop out of Scouting.  Attending a camp is imperative for your Scouts.  This is why we offer several camps, with several themes, at several locations, and at several cost points.  Scouts do not have to go to the same camp as everyone else in the pack if that date does not work.  Check our website by clicking on this link to learn about all the options.

·         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.      
 
  ·         Spring Recruiting - Cub Scouting is for boys in grades 1-5.  Any boy currently in kindergarten can join as of June 1, because we consider him to have graduated.  This class is the easiest to excite about the cool things your pack does.  Do not miss the chance to invite them to your pack in April and May.  Families want something to do over the summer.  If you wait until the fall you will miss these families.  Additionally, that will be 3 months for them to learn about and join other youth activities instead of your pack.  Recruiting can be as easy as sending a flyer to the school inviting them to your pack meeting.  We will print and deliver free, color flyers.  We will work with the school to try and visit and talk to the boys.  But we need you to ask us first.  Contact Mark Hays at Mark.Hays@Scouting.org ASAP.
 
 
 ·         2014 Shoot-o-Ree - The new Shoot-O-Ree event is for the whole family! The 2014 Shoot-O-Ree is open to registered Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. Cub Scout-age siblings may participate too, provided they pay the event registration fee and their parent or adult is present during the day.  All shooting programs are designed to be age-appropriate. Programs for Cub Scouts: BB guns, archery, sling shots, water balloons, rubber band shooters, marshmallow shooters, and much more! Saturday, May 3 from 9AM-3PM at Beaumont Scout Reservation. Cost is $10 by April 30.  Cub Scouts who bring a friend to sign up for Scouting that day will also receive a special patch!
 
 ·         Cub Scout Leader Training: "How To Camp" - Do you admit you're not the best camper?  Or do you want to hone your outdoor survival skills to be more appropriate with Cub Scouts?  "Leader Outdoor Experience" (LOE) is designed for Cub Scout leaders to do just those things.  Attend either of 2 sessions: April 26-27 at Beaumont Scout Reservation or May 3-4 at Pine Ridge Scout Camp (Makanda, IL).  Fee is $20 and includes 3 meals + materials. Contact 256-3126 for more info.
 
BOY SCOUTS
  • ·         Spring Camporee - All Boy Scouts are inivted to join us as we kick-off the camping seasons as a district.  There will be games, competitions, a campfire, and great bonding.  Spring Camporee is April 25-27 at Camp Famous Eagle (on S bar F Scout Ranch).  Cost is $10/person by April 18.  Click the link above for the manual and to register.

·         Boy Scout Leader Training - For Scoutmasters and Asst. Scoutmasters to be "trained" and wear the "trained" patch on your uniform, you must complete this training course and Intro. to Outdoor Skills.  Training is offered in three evening sessions.  You must attend all three sessions.  These trainings are NOT available online.   April 15, 22, 29 from 6:30-9:30 pm at St. Peters United Church of Christ, Ferguson.  RSVP to Steve Rechtien  at 660-4674. Cost is $20 and includes leader manual, participant resource notebook, and TRAINED patch. Intro. to Outdoor Skills is May 2-4 at Beaumont.  We will tell you more about it at the evening training sessions.

 ·         Spring Recruiting - Boy Scouting is for boys in grades 6+.  Any boy currently in 5th grade can join as of June 1, because we consider him to have graduated.  This class is the easiest to excite about the outdoor activities and high adventure outings your troop does.  Do not miss the chance to invite them to your troop in April and May.  Families want something for thier sons to do over the summer.  If you wait until the fall you will miss these families.  Additionally, that will be 3 months for them to learn about and join other youth activities instead of your troop.  Recruiting can be as easy as sending a flyer to the school inviting them to your troop meeting.  We will print and deliver free, color flyers.  We will work with the school to try and visit and talk to the students.  But we need you to ask us first.  Contact Mark Hays at Mark.Hays@Scouting.org ASAP.

   ·         Second Week of Summer Camp DISCOUNT - Sign up for 2 or more summer camps and save!  Attend a week of Boy Scout or Venturing Camp and get a second week at $160 (a $100 discount) at one of these camps:  Fishing Camp, STEM Camp, Eagle Trail Camp, or Catholic Adventure Week.  Are you going to camp in another council?  You can come back and do a 2nd week at one of these camps and get a $50 discount!  Talk to our Camping Department at 314-361-0600 for help registering.

  ·         "2013 Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner" - Know a Scout who earned the Eagle rank in 2013?  He and a parent are invited on behalf of our council president Richard McCluer and Scout Executive Ronald Green to honor David L. and Thelma Steward and the entire Eagle Scout Class of 2013.  May 14 at Chase Park Plaza. Free to Eagle Scout and one parent. Seating is limited. One guest ticket can be purchased. RSVP due April 30.

  ·         2014 Shoot-o-Ree - The new Shoot-O-Ree event is for the whole family! The 2014 Shoot-O-Ree is open to registered Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. Cub Scout-age siblings may participate too, provided they pay the event registration fee and their parent or adult is present during the day.  All shooting programs are designed to be age-appropriate. Programs for Boy Scouts/Venturers/Explorers: Tomahawk throwing, handguns, shotguns, rifles, archery, and more!!  May 3 from 9AM-3PM at Beaumont Scout Reservation. Cost is $10 by April 30. 

 

VENTURERS
·         Venturing Website – Don’t forget to check out our council’s Venturing website for activities and announcements throughout the year​.
 
·         Spring Recruiting - Venturing is for students in grades 9+.   Any student currently in 8th grade can join as of June 1, because we consider them to have graduated.  This class is the easiest to excite about the high adventure outings, social activities, and co-ed membership of your crew.  Do not miss the chance to invite them to your crew in April and May.  Suggestions include setting up a display at the school, promoting your crew at city-wide events, phone calls or post cards directly to students (if you have a "Buzz Book"/directory from the school).    Contact Mark Hays at ugContactSMark Hays at Mark.Hays@Scouting.org or McFarlane Dunan at McFarlane.Duncan@Scouting.orgfor help. for help.
 
   ·         Second Week of Summer Camp DISCOUNT - Sign up for 2 or more summer camps and save!  Attend a week of Boy Scout or Venturing Camp and get a second week at $160 (a $100 discount) at one of these camps:  Fishing Camp, STEM Camp, Eagle Trail Camp, or Catholic Adventure Week.  Are you going to camp in another council?  You can come back and do a 2nd week at one of these camps and get a $50 discount!  Talk to our Camping Department at 314-361-0600 for help registering.
 

 ·         Important Dates:

April 24 - Deadline for Advancement Reports to be filed for recognition at Celebration Dinner

May 19 - Council VOA Meeting

May 29 - Venturing Celebration Dinner

June 15-21 - Swift Base Summer Camp "Past, Present, Future"

June 22-28 - Swift Base Summer Camp "Sea Scouts vs. Pirates"

July 6-12 - Swift Base Summer Camp "Are you tough enough?"

August 11 - Council VOA Meeting

Sept. 26-28 - Fall Fun Rally

October 17-18 - VOA Officer Training

November 24 - Council VOA Meeting


 


 


 

March 19
Spring Camporee for Boy Scouts & Webelos Scouts -- April 25-27

Ahoy fellow Scouts and Scouters,

Arr!! We would like to welcome you to the most extravagant, exilerating North Star 2014 Spring Camporee, “Scouting the Seven Seas”, at our very own S-F Scout Ranch.

This year we are having a pirate themed camporee!  A couple of requests for the weekend: First, during this camporee we would like each troop to make their very own pirate flag!  This flag can have any type of pirate design, as long as it is scout appropriate. Next, we would like each patrol to create their own crew name.  This crew name will be used for tracking the score of the crew in order to determine the best pirate crew of 2014!  The scoring system will be as follows: at each station, the crew will be scored on performance, effort, and enthusiasm using a 10 point scale, 10 out of 10 being the highest.  The scores for each station will be totaled along with bonus points if your crew has a flag and crew name.  The best crew will be announced at the closing campfire and be given an award.  So brush up on your pirates skills or ya'll land lubbers will be marooned back to Rumrunner's Isle!  Strap on your sea legs and be ready for a nautical adventure of fun and laughter for all ages and sizes!  We hope to see everyone there.   Be prepared for enthusiastic enthusiasm throughout the weekend!!  This will be a chant shouted throughout the weekend, so remember "enthusiastic enthusiasm!"

 Overall the weekend will be jam packed with fun and the chance to learn new skills.  We are proud and happy to invite you to our Camporee “Scouting the Seven Seas”.


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WHAT:  Spring Camporee -- "Scouting the Seven Seas"
WHEN:  April 25-27, 2014
WHERE:  SbarF Scout Ranch (Knob Lick, MO)
WHO:  Boy Scouts, Webelos Scouts (camping with a troop), and adults
COST:  $10 per youth or adult before April 18 or; $12 on or after April 18

You can register online (see below), through the mail, or at any service center.
 
ACTIVITY STATIONS:  Patch 'em Up, Protect Your Ship, et Your Rigging, Raiding Party, Boat Hopping,  Human Cannon, Shock and Awe, Test Your Accuracy, Pirate Boot Camp, Treasure Hunt, S.O.S., Liar's Dice, and more!
 
 
 

Download the manual: Spring Camporee Manual.pdfSpring Camporee Manual.pdf

For more info, contact Adult Campmaster Advisor Kelly Henley at 314-346-2630 or Adult Webelos Campmaster Advisor Steven Garrett at 314-302-8856.
February 11
Catholic Scouts and Units Earn Awards at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

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Sunday 2/2/14 was the annual Scout Sunday for the Boy Scouts of America

The Catholic Committee on Scouting celebrates this day with a Scout Sunday award presentation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  Individual Catholic Boy Scouts who have earned the Ad Altare Dei award along with Boy Scouts and Venturers who earn the Pope Pius XII award are presented their metal by Bishop Rice.  A total of 20 North Star Scouts from Sacred Heart, St. Angela Merici, St. Ferdinand, St. Martin Deporres, St. Norbert, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, and St. Sabina Parishes were recognized.  In addition, competitive Unit awards were presented to Scouting units that have demonstrated community service, participation in religious activities, and individual spiritual growth with youth earning individual awards.  Units must submit an application form to be eligible.  North Star units took 5 of the 12 Unit awards.  The following units were recognized:
 
Cub Scout Pack 829 - Chaplain's Honor Unit
Boy Scout Troop 939 - Archbishop's Participation Unit
Boy Scout Troop 940 - Archbishop's Honor Unit
Boy Scout Troop 829 - Archbishop's Outstanding Unit
Venturing Crew 829 - Archbishop's Honor Unit

View the Office of Catholic Scouting's Facebook page for lots of pictures. 

February 01
Swimming Skills Center -- Earn Swimming or Lifesaving Merit Badge, Aquanaut, Learn Swimming Skills or Life Guard Certification


Update  Registration for Session 2 (Feb. 22-March 29) is NOW OPEN.  Class sizes are limited so register online today! You cannot beat the price of $2.50 per lesson!  Cost increases Feb. 14.  Register at http://stlbsa.kintera.org/swimmingskills

Overview

Recreational swimming is a great way to relax.  Swimming ​is an excellent form of exercise, providing a full-body workout.  Some occupations even require workers to swim, such as lifeguarding and marine biology.  Swimming is a competitive sport and art.  However, it can be a very dangerous activity for the inexperienced.  

 Who is this event for?

-Youths or adults of any age who would like to learn how to swim or swim better
-Webelos Scout (grades 4 & 5) who wants to earn the Aquanaut activity badge
-Boy Scouts (grades 6+) who want to earn the Swimming merit badge
-Boy Scouts (grades 6+) who want to earn the Lifesaving merit badge
-Youths or adults 15+ years old who would like to become certified lifeguards
 

Classes

Sign up for one time slot in either the first or second course.  You can attend multiple classes or even both courses, but pay the additional $15 registration fee for each.  Every participant is required to take a swimming test at the first class.  The test will place participants of all ages in ability groups.  


Students taking Lifeguard Certification should read the prerequisites below.  A refund is available to those students who do not pass them when tested. 
 
​​Course 1:  January 4, 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 8 ​
​9:30-10:45 AM Boy Scouts (Grades 6-12):  Lifesaving or Swimming Merit Badge
10:45-11:30 AM​ Webelos Scouts (Grades 4-5):  Aquanaut Activity Badge
Boy Scouts:  (Grades 6-12) Swimming Skills
Adults (Ages 18+):  Swimming Skills
​11:30 AM-12:15 PM ​Youth (Grades 1+):  Swimming Skills 
​12:15-1:00 PM ​Youth (Grades 1+):  Swimming Skills
​1:00-1:45 PM ​CANCELLED
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​Course 2 :  February 22 & March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
​9:30-10:45 AM Boy Scouts (Grades 6-12):  Lifesaving or Swimming Merit Badge​
​10:45-11:30 AM Webelos Scouts (Grades 4-5):  Aquanaut Activity Badge
Boy Scouts (Grades 6-12):  Swimming Skills​
Adults (Ages 18+):  Swimming Skills
​11:30 AM-12:15 PM Youth (Grades 1+):  Swimming Skills 
​12:15-1:00 PM Youth (Grades 1+):  Swimming Skills
​1:00-1:45 PM

Youth (Grades 1+):  Swimming Skills 

​10:00 AM-2:00 PM ​​American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (Ages 15+) --  Course Instructions.pdfCourse Instructions.pdf
*** Students must register by January 25. 
 
 
Where:  James Eagen Center (1 Civic Center Dr., Florissant, MO  63033)
 

Cost:  $15 per participant by Feb. 14  ($18 per participant after);
           $110  per participant for Lifeguard Certification

Class size:  Some classes are limited to 20 students and others to 50 students.  Visit the online registration below to see availability.

Registration MUST be done online.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For additional information or questions, contact Steven Miller at 314-223-4426 or John Kavanaugh at 314-839-8226.​

February 01
North Star Chapter Order of the Arrow Annual Fellowship Banquet

​In case you missed the post card, ignore our Facebook and Twitter posts, never check the chapter's website - http://northstar.shawneelodge.org - and forgot that "annual" means every year, our North Star Order of the Arrow Annual Chapter Banquet is coming!


Meal will be spaghetti and meatballs, and large portions are assured!

Our banquet theme is "Scouting Heritage Trivia." You are encouraged to bring a table of 8 people to the banquet, as you would for a trivia night. If you cannot gather 8 people, we'll still find a place for you! 

Who:  All Order of the Arrow members, especially those who received Ordeal membership this summer and those who received Brotherhood membership this fall

Where:  St. Sabina Catholic Church, 1625 Swallow Ln., Florissant, MO  63031

When:  Sunday, February 9; 1-5 p.m.

Cost:  $12

How:  RSVP at http://northstar.kintera.org/oabanquet​ (preferred) or walk-in

January 14
Boy Scout Klondike Derby February 15

Boy Scout Troops:  We hope you plan to attend our 2014 district Klondike Derby!  This year's event is a traditional derby - with ​sleds, skills centers, and surely a lot of snow!  The theme is Winter Olympics Survival.  What is your motivation?


While traveling to SOCHI, the US Olympians' jet crashes into the Canadian tundra.  The Olympians must use their gear, talents, and whatever is around them on the land to survive and signal for help.  Remember to bring your sleds (likely you were on the Olypic bobsled team) and hope for snow!   


Activities will include:  Hockey Stick Hut Build, Biathlon Blitz, Ice Fishing Frenzy, Sled Sorrows, Curling Capers, Some Like It Hot, Golden Gate Bridge, SOCHI Scramble, and the Sled Race!  

 

Date:  Saturday, Feb. 15

Time:  8:00-9:00 a.m. check-in / 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. activities

Location:  Sioux Passage Park, 17930 Old Jamestown Rd., Florissant, MO  
 
Who:  Boy Scouts
 
Cost:  $5 per adult/Scout (or) $7 per adult/Scout after Feb. 6
 

 
There is a registration form in the manual that you can submit by mail or to a council service center.  
 
 
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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​

December 30
Journey to Excellence - Be a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Unit!  Important Year-end Information To Help Unit Leaders

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December brings a bit of tedious paperwork for Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews as they renew their annual charters for the upcoming year. This process is due, in completion, to any service center by January 15, 2014. 

An additional, very important component is the Journey to Excellence unit recognition program. Journey to Excellence (JTE) is an ongoing strategic plan to help you track quality and performance of your program.   

 Unit Scorecards:  All you have to do is fill out this form.

·         Pack Scorecard 

 If you cannot click on the direct links, visit www.scouting.org/jte

These scorecards can be used the way they are or you can use the help of an Excel spreadsheet that has been designed for you to plug in the data and have it output the results for you!  A sample and tutorial is below.  The spreadsheets can be HERE.

The JTE program follows the calendar year.  So even though your charter renewal is not due until Jan. 15, this is due by Jan. 1 to qualify your unit to possibly earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold recognition.

 

To complete the JTE Scorecard, you will find the following Journey to Excellence Scorecard Tutorial.pdf (same as shown below; but use 2013 instead of 2012) and 2013 JTE Data for Units.pdf2013 JTE Data for Units.pdf (data to use for completing the Scorecard when it says "refer to council") VERY HELPFUL!   If you think there is an error, please contact District Director Mark Hays at mark.hays@scouting.org or 314-550-4233 and he will double check your data.

 

Need help entering the service hours at http://servicehours.scouting.org (one of the JTE requirements)?  Here's another handy tutorial for you!  Entering Journey to Excellence Service Hours Instructions.pdf

 

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December 11
Thank You Friends of Scouting!

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On behalf of approximately 2,300 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers in North Saint Louis County, we want to thank the following individuals and businesses for their financial support of Scouting.  You help make a difference in the lives of our kids.  Thank you!


James Agnew Charles Hayner Ken Poczekaj
David Albright Mark Hays Mark Price
David Albright Deborah Head Jim Pulliam
Ron Ameln Jeffrey Hedlesky Keith Rackers
Ryan Anderson Fred Held Gustave Rauschenbach
  Applied Power Systems Inc. Kelly Hendricks Linda Raynes
Candice Babbitt Kelly Henley Stephen Rechtien
Anthony Bada Ralph Herzmark Betty Rechtien
Carl Banholzer Neil Hesselbach Joan Reddy
Randul Baumgarth   Hewkin Auto Body Joan Reddy
Janice Beavers April Hinson Julie Reed
Christopher Becker Kristine Hittner David Rice
Mark Behlmann Charles Hoffman Pamela Rice
Joseph Bell Jeanne Holmes Jane Richter
Linda Bennett Paul Homsher Kirk Richter
John Bennett Dawn Hopkins Kent Richter
Walter Bentrup Daryl Hopkins Rodrick Robins
Gary Bequette Olevia Hopkins Dan Robinson
William Berhorst Teresa Horner Beverly Robinson
 Berkeley Lumber Co. Eric Hotze Michelle Robinson
Benjamin Birgen Richard Hoyt   Robinwood Automotive
Melissa Bishop Michael Huber Tracy Rone
Bill Blackburn Raymond Huber   Rotary Club of Florissant
Linda Boyle Samuel Huhman Mike Roth
Barbara Bradford John Hussey Gary Rottler
Patrick Brady Philip Hutsler Thomas Rozanski
Joe Brady Hector Irizarry Edward Ruhbeck
Robert Branom G. Janowski Rebecca Rushing
Mavus Brooks Donald Jansen James Sanderson
Fred Brown Wanna Janwatanagool Alfred Saunders
Louis Buck Janine Jedding   Scarab Inc.
Barbara Buenemann Denise Jensen Donald Schaefer
Timothy Buerk Marvin Johnson Fred & Georgia Schaljo
Phillip Bump Heather Jones Joe Schenberg
Christine Burke Rick Jones Sharon Schiller
Randy Campbell Demetria Jones Rick Schlueter
Charles Carey Walter Kaiser Jim Schneider
Carol Casolari Lynn Kalkbrenner Rebecca Scurlock
Wendy Christian Diane Kamp Frank Sealise
  Colliers Funeral Home Andrea Kaufman Eugene Segasture
Catherine Cook John Kavanaugh Helene Seper
Patrick Cooley Katherine Kavanaugh James Sheahan
Linda Cornelius John Kavanaugh Mark Shelton
Autumn Cortivo Michael Kavanaugh John Shinstock
Daniel Cottrell Katherine Kavanaugh Aimce Sides
Robert Coyle Michael Keating Carol Siebert
James Cribbett David Kedge   Sigma-Aldrich
Virginia Crosby Thomas Kennedy Mary Simon
Francis Curran Kathy Kennedy Freddie Simshauser
William Danforth Paul Kessler John Slagle
Willis Davenport Gordon King Dianna Smith
Michael Dawson Henry Kipp James Smith
Michael Decker Tom Kirchner Melanie Staab
Heyward Decker Frank Kirchner David Stevens
Edgar Dick Kathleen Kissel Mary Steyer
Warren Doerle Avrom Klatch Jerry Stoliar
Vernon Dohm Kenneth Kleinberg Greg Stout
Richard Dorsey Kevin Klotz Suzanne Tesson
Ronald Dougherty Matthew Koch Raymond Thillet
McFarlane Duncan Alan Kreppert Ann Thoebes
Stephanie Drysdale Donald Lamers Gloria Thomas
Deana Dulle Brian Lewis Tina Thomas
  Duplex Metals Inc. Jane Lindstrom James Thompkins
John Ebert Fran Liszewski Trevor Thompson
Daniel Edwards Scott Lloyd Neal Thompson
Jonathan Edwards Zita Locher Earl Thuet
Elizabeth Eissler Bonn1e Loftus Cory Timblin
  Elantas PDG Inc. Albert Ludwig J. Towle
Dianne Elliott Albert Ludwig  Troop 940
Veronica Eskridge Bruce Marolt Marc Turgeon
Paul Fellin Sterling Marshall Melissa Ulrich
  Ferguson Lions Club Sonya Martin Mark Ulrich
Barry Flachsbart Mary MarxKors Rose Ulrich-Clancy
Paul Flickinger Cory Mattaline Robert Vasquez
  Florissant Valley Kiwanis Club Karen Matthews Luana VonHall
Jerome Flynn James May Orney Walker
Stephen Freisthler James May Steve Walton
J. Fuentes Robert McAdams Karen Weber
Jeffrey Furman Daniel McDonough Julie Wehling
Ken Gaeke Eric McDowell Jim Weis
Theresa Gaglio Pauline McFall Mark Weisheit
Steven Garrett Jim McGuire Pat Weiss
Delores Garrett Bruce McKnought Brian Wenzara
Thomas Gasperoni John Meier Phyllis Westermeyer
Gateway Buick GMC Kenneth Meyer Sidney White
John Geerling Sherry Miller Ken Wibbenmeyer
Jeremy Gettemeier Paul Mills David Wichlinski
Steve Gettemeier E. Mleczko David Wickersheim
Glen Gettemeyer Craig Molden Mark Wilbur
Vicky Gibbons David Moon Timothy Wilhite
Wesley Gibbs Benjamin Moore Lilla Wilhite
Lorri Gibson James Nipper Grant Wilke
Vickie Goehri Maurice Noellsch Larry Wilke
John Goforth Kurt Oberreither L. Williams
Art Goodall Michael OBrien Ebony Williams
Kimberly Gordon Morelda Ogunjobi   Williams Patent Crusher Co.
Michelle Green Thomas Orf Sarah Wills
Dave Griesemer  Pace Industries Inc. Nakeshia Wilson
Greg Hackl  Pack 749 Rick Wisa
Lance Hackney  Patriot Machine Inc. Timothy Woelbling
Duane Hagen Eric Patzke Jenny Wolf
David Hamm John Pedrotty Christina Wolf
Arthur Harding Jeremy Penn Arthur Woodward
Casey Hayes Michael Petroff Ann Zeman
John Hayes Paul Pilla
​Gifts and pledges honored as of 12/13/13. 




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