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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


 


 


 

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