What's been happening and what's in store for Pack 194
Our Pinewood Derby event won't be for another four months, so you might want to bookmark this one, but this looks like a great guide to use if you really want to end up with a great derby car.How to Make the Best Pinewood Derby Car Ever
This update from the BSA has a lot of interesting information about recent changes to the Cub Scout Program, including program development, advancement, transition and training updates. Take a few minutes to look through it when you can.2015-2016 Cub Scout Program FAQs - March 6, 2015 Update
Note that the BSA policy on the requirement for leaders to renew their YPT training has changed. It is now necessary to ensure that your training will not lapse before the end of the following membership (calendar) year.
Here is the process for completing your YPT:
2. Sign in, or create an account.
3. Click on "Home" at the top left of the window.
4. Click on "My Dashboard".
5. A new window should appear, called "My Training", if My Training doesn't show up, click on the three white bars and then on "My Training".
6. "YPT" should also be preselected. If it isn't, click on "YPT" near the top of the screen.
7. Completing the course takes only about 20 minutes.
8. Once completed, please print a PDF copy of your certificate and email it to our Pack Trainer, Ken Mauldin at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Note that Youth Protection Training must be retaken every two years and now must be active through to past the end of each calendar year of membership. For example, let's say your current YPT expires in August 2016. For your BSA membership for 2016 to be valid, you should undertake YPT again before the end of this year, in order to be covered for all of 2016.
Seeing your boy grow into a well-rounded young man is an unequaled experience for Scouting parents.
On her blog
, Michelle sings Scouting’s praises, nine of them to be exact. These benefits go to show what Scouting can offer your family and how your son can grow through the program’s one-of-a-kind youth development.
From giving kids parental bonding time to providing positive role models outside the family, Scouting has given Michelle’s son a wealth of character-molding experiences.
Do you have a family that you could introduce to Scouting in Steamboat?
We have two service projects coming up for the Steamboat Lake and Catamount Lake Triathlons.
This is the same thing we did recently for the Steamboat Marathon and the scouts had a great time then.
We are always looking for opportunities for the pack to give back to the community and to give the pack greater exposure and these types of events are a great way to do it.
The triathlon organizers have also kindly offered to kick in a $20 donation to the pack for each volunteer.
Volunteers will set up an aid/water station along the route and hand out water, Gatorade and snacks to the athletes.
The Steamboat Lake Triathlon will be held on July 19th. Volunteers need to be at Steamboat Lake by 7:15 a.m.
The Catamount Lake Triathlon will be held on August 16th. Volunteers need to be at Catamount Lake by 7:45 a.m.
We need a minimum of four people (adults and kids) for each aid station, but a larger group will have more energy and be more fun.
Both races will be finished by around 11 to noon, but the aid station will likely wrap up much before that.
Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms and don't forget the sunscreen, but you can probably skip the water bottles for this one.
Sign up now and avoid the rush!!
Sign up for the Steamboat Lake Triathlon on July 19th
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Rocket Launch event for this evening.
Please join us (weather permitting) on our alternate date, next Wednesday, May 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the Middle School football field.
Wolf/Bear Sessions (3 days, 2 nights)
Wolf and Bear sessions are designed for Cub Scouts going to be a Wolf or Bear Scout (Scouts coming out of 1st or 2nd grade). These programs are designed to be a fun first time camping experience for these Scouts. If your den is not attending camp this summer, you can still attend this session as a parent and son.
Cost includes: lodging, meals, camp patch and program supplies. Session Dates are as follows:
W/B #2 - June 21-23 Scout Fee - $110 Adult Fee - $65
W/B #5 - July 5-7 Scout Fee - $110 Adult Fee - $65
W/B #9 - July19-21 Scout Fee - $110 Adult Fee - $65
W/B #11 - July 26-28 Scout Fee - $110 Adult Fee - $65
Recognize Your Volunteer's Dedication
Unit, District and Council Recognition:
This is your chance to express your sincere gratitude to all those volunteer leaders who have gone above and beyond to make the Scouting program a success in 2014.
Please have all your nominations to your District Executive by 1/15/2015.
JTE is the BSA's performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. What's your score
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress record forms for these awards can be found at the links below.
Cub Scouting-----> Cubmaster/Den Leader
Boy Scouting-----> Scoutmaster
Varsity Scouting-----> Coach
Quality unit leadership is one of the strongest contributors to youth retention. When young people are engaged in Scouting for at least five years, the BSA's influence will stay with them for the rest of their lives.The Unit Leader Award of Merit recognizes those unit leaders with thetraining, dedication and organizational skills to provide excellence in programming and retention.
The District Committee Training Award and Key are designed to recognize Scouters at the district level for tenure, basic and continuing training, and successful performance in their leadership role.
District Award of Merit is presented to anyregistered adult volunteer who has provided outstanding service at the district level. Consideration shall be given to the nominee's position and the corresponding opportunity to render noteworthy service beyond normal expectations in the district.
The Silver Beaver Award is the Boy Scouts of America's council-level distinguished service award.Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who
have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.
While most leaders don't do it for the recognition or the knot on their shirt, they do appreciated being thanked for their hard work.
Email concerns or questions to Michael Brandt:firstname.lastname@example.org
Every youth deserves a 'TRAINED' leader!
December and January are great months to update your personal MyScouting profile and for Units to update their Unit Training Records! By making sure your MyScouting Account Profile is set-up correctly, you help ensure your training records are uploaded to the national database.
Events You Don't Want to Miss...
December Roundtable (Potluck) December 11th
OA Winter Banquet January 10th
Winter Biathlon January 24th
Scout Sunday February 1st
District Klondike February 20, 21
District Pinewood Derby March 21st
District New Cub Program Training April 11th
Council Pinewood Derby April 11th
District Scoutmaster Training April 11th
OA Conclave April 17, 18, 19
District Training April 24, 25, 26
Spring Camporee May 15, 16, 17
District Day Camp June 5, 6, 7
District Day Camp (Craig) June 26, 27
Webelos Family Camp June 28, 29, 30 and July 1st
Merit Badge Rally Results!!!
Our Western Colorado Scouts attended two days of class in early November to successfully complete dozens of merit badges. Our newest merit badge, Robotics, seemed to be a hit with the classes filling and all the scouts having a great time building the robotics kit to complete the badge. Great job all scouts and thank you for participating in this annual event!
for a list of your Scouts's accomplishments! If you have a partial please click here
to see a list of merit badge counselors near you.
Awards and Recognition
Your Three Rivers District Eagle Scout. Congratulations and welcome to the Eagles Nest!
:Our Newest Eagle Scout:
Joey Klaas from Troop 187, Breckenridge
Venturing?! Consider SOAR!
Is your crew in search of an exceptional summer experience? Look no further than your backyard! Your vary own Western Colorado Council summer camp, SOAR, has every activity you and your crew need for an amazing experience!
SOAR is a 6-day summer camp with 3-day offsite experiences incorporated into the 6-day camp week. Whether you are looking for wild rappids on a rafting trip, fresh air on horseback or climbing one of Colorado's select 14,000'mountain peaks--SOAR has what you are looking for.
If you do not know what Venturing is click here!
New Merit Badge:
Estimated release: 2015
Description: The demand for individuals capable of communicating via nonverbal modes. This merit badge will cover American Sign Language, Morse Code, Braille, Signaling, Trail Marking and other types of nonverbal communication. Look for the following merit badge to be available in January: Signs, Signals and Codes.
Requirements due out soon.
Email to find a counselor near you now for other merit badges.
are now due for 2015; however, your units can and should recruit all year to maintain healthy and stable growth. If you're not sure how your unit is tracking refer to your Journey to Excellence
Thank you to the following units for submitting your charter online. Do not forget to get them signed and returned to the Council Service Center:
Pack: 104, 186, 189, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 198, 201, 224, 227, 230, 232, 233, 235, 285.
Troop: 125, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 198, 201, 230, 231, 232, 233, 235, 242, 277, 285.
Team: 189, 192, 198, 230, 232, 233, 277, 285.
Crew: 189, 192, 198, 230, 232, 233, 242, 277, 285.
If you need help with the charter or would like free recruiting supplies email.
The 2014 Popcorn Campaign is complete! Thank you for your support and giving the Scouts an opportunity to pay their way to camp
If you would like to try a Holiday Sale the Council Supply Center has a limited inventory that can be provided!
Looking for a tax write-off that will support local Scouting?!
Visit our site
to learn more or contact Michael Brandt:
New Castle Pack Conducts Successful Food Drive!
In November Pack 221 in New Castle, Colorado conducted a food drive that collected 1,076 bags at 6 lbs per bag. That's over 7,000 pounds in one day!!! We went from 4,300 poundsto 6,400 in only one year; a huge 50% increase.
Thank you for keeping our communities strong through your continued participation in Scouting.
Have something you think might be a good fit for the next newsletter? Please send your thoughts and photos to Michael Brandt at email@example.com
Western Colorado Council, Boy Scouts of America
839 Grand Ave
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501