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posted Dec 3, 2014, 11:03 AM by Cub Pack
Volume 6
 December 2014
Three Rivers Review

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.


Training Awards

Cub Scouting-----> Cubmaster/Den Leader

Boy Scouting-----> Scoutmaster

Varsity Scouting-----> Coach

Venturing-----> Advisor


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.

The 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
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!


Click Here 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!

In This Issue
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.
Year-Round Recruiting!!!

Recharters 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 Excellencestandards.
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.
Preparations in Full Swing!
A number of units have already reserved camp spots for 2015. SOAR is filling quickly--don't wait! If you want to know what's happening, contact Michael Brandt to set a camp presentation date:

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!
Kathy Jo
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

Western Colorado Council, Boy Scouts of America
839 Grand Ave
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501