Cub Scout Day Camps and Cub Scout Twilight Camps are just around the
Each year, we promise our Cub Scouts an adventure! We want to provide
them with the chance to explore the great outdoors, shoot a bow & arrow, or
build their own robot. Cub Scout Camps are an adventure that we don't
want our youth to miss.
This year's theme for day camp is "Galactic Trek." Each camp
across the council is preparing to trek through OUTER SPACE!
The Greater St. Louis Area Council has lots of new day camps this year
including STEM camps (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics),
shooting sports, fishing, and traditional day camps that offer shooting sports,
games, crafts, and nature. While you (and your Scouts) can attend any of
the Council Day Camps, I'd like to introduce you to two camps held by the
Pathfinder District (Please note the location changes). The
are both excellent camps that will provide an amazing opportunities for
Pathfinder South Day Camp
Irv Zeid Park, Olivette, MO
July 29 - August 2, 2013, 9:00 am - 2:45pm
Greg Webb, Camp Director
Jennifer Rice, Program
Please do not hesitate to contact either of our Camp Directors or
Program Directors with questions. We believe that Cub Scout Camp is a
significant part of the promise we make to our youth to provide a quality
program. They will remember their experiences there for a lifetime.
Savings Days will continue through May 1st. All Cub Scouts who register
for Cub Scout Camp before May 1st will receive a $10 discount on their
registration. If you have even a Pack of 5 boys . . . that adds up fast.
Online Now: http://stlbsa.kintera.org/daycamp
STEM University will take place on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, North Campus.
This is a great opportunity for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ventures, unit
leaders, and parents to learn about and for the Scouts to earn the new NOVA
awards and other STEM related advancement badges. Counselor and Supernova
Mentor training will be available for adults.
The Cub Scout Program
The Cub Scout program will be focused on
earning the Science NOVA “Science Everywhere” and accompanying academic
Five 30-Minute Sessions / 50 Scouts per session
1. Videos featuring either “Mythbusters”, “Good Eats”, or TED Talks
2. Earning academic belt loop – 3 choices: Astronomy, Map & Compass, and Weather
3. Orientation on Science – paper airplanes activity
4. Science Demo – robotics
5. Discussion on how Science effects everyday life
Day will end with a cool STEM movie in the auditorium
The Boy Scout Program
The Boy Scout program will offer the
Scouts their choice to pick from a list for one morning session topic and one
They can do one of 4 NOVA awards
and pick from 6 merit badges (Space Exploration, Weather, Nuclear Science,
Composite Materials, Engineering, and Personal Management).
We may end up adding a few more
merit badge choices before the registration materials go out.
The Venturing Program
The Exploring/Venturing program will
focus will be on the Technology NOVA – Power Up! The Venturers will be divided into
4 groups and rotate round robin style thru 4 program areas thru the start of the
The four program sessions to
rotate through will be:
session – Mythbusters (on transportation technology)
Planetarium – Space Exploration orientation session / Science Center
car building session
session - Space videos/discuss
The program day will end up with
Blast car races for distance and speed
Registration opportunities will become available by November
9 and more details will be provided then. The fee (still to be
determined) will cover event patch and lunch. We don’t anticipate taking
walk-ins and registrations will be due by Friday, December 14th.
There will also be an online registration process for youth and
adult staff. We do welcome any Scouter
to help on the event staff.
Please remind leaders to sign up to be Supernova Mentors. More info at STEM.stlbsa.org
Opening for October 2012 District Meeting
At a recent District meeting puzzle pieces and ‘tags’ were
distributed to each participant. Each
person was asked to place the ‘tag’ on the puzzle piece.
These pieces represent the jobs and tasks needed in scouting
to help make a district strong…..things like district operating committees,
activities, leadership positions, paid staffers, volunteers, to name just a
All of these pieces are needed to make the whole
successful. Each person was asked to bring
their puzzle piece to the center of the room and let’s build a strong district.
After all the puzzle pieces were connected, it was noted that
not all the pieces were oriented the same way…….not all the pieces were the
same color…..not all the pieces were surrounded by other pieces.
Some pieces form the border….these pieces the help hold us
in and form us………some pieces connect to multiple functions and activities using
their talents in various ways……some are connected to just one or two other
pieces using their specialized talents to make those functions a success.
All the pieces play important roles….no piece is more
important than another…….but all pieces are important to the youth that we
serve and to the programs we produce.
The more pieces we connect to our puzzle the stronger our district
Activity and blog post provided by Beth Zumwalt.
Below are some ideas for increasing the tenure of leaders in your Pack. In the process of cleaning up the offices here at West Pine, we found an old publication from 1993.
There are some solid truth in this top ten list. We're giving it to you in original form, but know that there have been some advances in technology in the last 20 years. Enjoy.
Rention Ideas for Leaders: 10 Ideas for Increasing Leader Tenure
1. Proper Recruiting. Use proper recruiting techniques. Show the need - boys need quality leadership. Be sure to ask the right persons. Stress commitment, support, and training.
2. Training. Leaders need training. Introduce them to Fast Start training, and offer them an early invitation to basic training. Impress upon them the importance of roundtables. Continuous training is vital.
3. Recognition. Recognize your leaders for a job well done. Let them know they are important and appreciated.
4. Support. Leaders need good support. Let them know what support and what resources are available. Publicize your program.
5. Uniforming. Leaders must set the example of proper uniforming. Make uniforming important. Investing in a uniform shows commitment and belief in the Scouting principals.
6. Family Participation and Cooperation. Stress the whole family concept. Secure parent cooperation as each family joins. Provide good family orientation. Inform parents - involve parents.
7. Good Communication. Good communication is vital for good leadership. Communication is through roundtables, commissioners, planning meetings. Follow pack/district/council calendars.
8. Chartered Organization and Pack Relationships. Make Cub Scouting important! The chartered organization provides a FULL pack committee for the unit. Use the pack budget plan. Follow through to ensure a quality pack program. Plan and work toward the National Quality Unit Award.
9. District/Council Cooperation Relationships. Develop a good relationship between the pack and its district and council. Participate in district and council activities, training, etc. Get to know the district executive and commissioners. Invite leaders to visit your pack. Strengthen relationships. Let your leaders get involved and participate in council and district events.
10. Relax and Enjoy. Leaders should relax and enjoy their assignments. Be flexible and follow the Cub Scout program as outlined. Try it - it works! Plan well, keep pack standards high. Enjoy your time with the boys! Create lasting friendships with boys, leaders, and parents. There is a great joy in giving service to the boys! Cub Scouting is a great program.
Please do not hesitate to contact your District Executive with questions or concerns. We are here to support you. District Director William Humphrey serves the Normandy, Pattonville, and University City areas. District Executive Joshua Stockstill serves the Clayton, Ladue, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, and Ritenour areas.
Call of the Wild is Pathfinder District's advancement program for Tigers, Wolves, and Bears. This one day session on October 27th will give Scouts a head start on earning their rank! This program is held outdoors at McDonnell Park so be sure to dress Scouts appropriately (Layers!). To learn more about Call of the Wild, open the registration form below:
Call of the Wild Registration 2012.pdf
“Disability Awareness” is the theme of the Fall 2012 Camporee, which will be held in the Nusser area of Beaumont Scout Reservation on October 19 – 21, 2012.
TROOP SPONSORSHIP - Please be aware that each Cub Pack must be sponsored by a Boy Scout Troop to camp over the weekend. Be sure to list your sponsoring Troop’s Unit number on the attached registration form. If you are planning on camping that weekend and do not have a sponsoring Troop, we will be happy to work with you to find one. If you wish to come up for the Saturday program only, you do not need a sponsoring Troop; however, you will need to make arrangements to supply your own lunch and dinner (if staying for the campfire). Registration MUST be made on the same sheet that your host troop is registering with…so all the #s and contact info is together!
Cost is $7.00 per person (Scout/Leader/Parent) until October 12, 2012 at Council Office. After that date, cost is $11.00. Since your host troop needs to submit this material…..be sure to get it to them early!
Check out the Webelos Camporee Manual Below:
Webelos Camporee Manual Fall 2012 Updated.pdf
Join us for STEM Univeristy on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the University of Missouri – St. Louis,
WHO: For Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ventures, unit
leaders, and parents
WHAT: An opportunity to earn the new NOVA awards
and other STEM related advancement badges.
Counselor and Mentor training for adults
WHY: For an awesome day of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics fun.
WHEN: Saturday December 29, 2012 at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Tentative).
calendars and don’t miss this great day of STEM adventures. More details will be coming out in November
and Scouts are encouraged to start looking into this new NOVA and Supernova
leaders and parents, we do plan to have training sessions available at the
event to educate you on being an awards Counselor or Supernova Mentor.
about this event and other STEM activities at stem.stlbsa.org.
Use the flyer below to promote STEM Univeristy to your unit!
Nearly 300 people from the Ritenour School District community dedicated the new media center and building renovations at Iveland Elementary School on Wednesday (Sept. 26) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 369 led the Flag Ceremony. To learn more about Iveland Elementary School Media Center Dedciation, please check out the Iveland Elementary school website. Pictures of flag ceremony below.
ALL REGISTERED ADULT LEADERS MUST BE CURRENT ON THEIR YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING BY DECEMBER 31st.
All adults registered with the
Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America must hold current
training in Youth Protection. Youth
Protection Training must be completed at
least every two years.
Every adult registered in your unit including Committee
Members, Assistant Den Leaders, Committee Chairman, etc. can complete Youth
Protection Training at www.myscouting.org.
Adults who complete Youth Protection Training Online
should print their certificate of completion for their Unit’s Committee
Chairman. Adults should ALSO verify that their Membership ID
Number has been accepted in www.myscouting.org.
If you are having login issues with www.myscouting.org or have forgotten your
passcode, please contact the National Office at 972.580.2267.
REGISTERED ADULTS WHO DO NOT HOLD
CURRENT YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING WILL BE DROPPED AT RECHARTER.
Over the last month, our district has been focused on recruitment for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Our leaders have done an excellent job giving every boy living in the Pathfinder District the opportunity to join in the Scouting progarm - the best youth program in the world!
So . . . now that you have recruited youth in your program it is essential that we run a Quality Program that will keep our youth engaged.
Yesterday, I found a flyer created by the National Office that was printed in 1993. The information and ideas here are decades old, but the flyer couldn't be more timely. Don't take the information below word for word, but let it stir ideas in the way you lead your unit. Check it out the uneditted 1993 version below.
Rentention Ideas for Boys:
Ten Ideas for Increasing Cub Scout Retention
1. Quality Leaders. Cub Scouts need quality leaders. Boys deserve trained, responsible leadership, leaders who enjoy boys and have pride and commitment in being a Cub Scout leader.
2. Quality Program. Present a quality Cub Scout program for boys built around the Cub Scout purposes. Make it a fun-filled, well-planned, year-round progarm.
3. Pride in Being a Cub Scout. Develop pide in your boys. Make and display den and pack flags, do fun and important things together, develop great den and pack spirit.
4. Fun-Fun-Fun: KISMIF. Develop a year-round program - weekly den meetings with fun games, instant recognition, singing, preparation for pack meeting, monthly pack meetings with meaningful advancements, ceremonies, skits, outside activities with day camps, field trips, community events.
5. Recognition and Advancement. Recognize boys and parents. Boys like earned recognition presented in impressive and meaningful ways. Advancement is the result of an effective Cub Scout Program.
6. Parent Involvement. Induct families, not just boys. Involve and invite the entire family to participate. Cub Scouting is a family program that can aid family unity.
7. Uniforming. Cub Scouting is a uniformed organization. Make wearing the uniform important and orient parents to the importance of proper uniforming.
8. Communication. Develop a good communication in your pack. Have annual planning meetings, yearly calendars, monthly planning meetings. Telephone-calling sessions, newsletters, etc., prove to be beneficial. Develop den meetings around the Cub Scouts' wants and needs.
9. Chartered Organization and Pack Committee. A good relationship between the chartered organization and pack committee is vital. Work together to build a quality pack. Work with the council in effectively utilizing the renewal plan.
10. District and Council Activities. Have your pack take advantage of activities offered by district and council, such as day camps; Scoutoramas; bicycle safety, physical fitness, and learn-to-swim activities; service projects; parades; pinewood and space derbies; etc.
PS - I've found a couple of these flyers. Look forward to some Throw-Backs!