There will be NO Roundtable at the regularly scheduled time and place on August 8th. Roundtables will resume on September 13th on the second Thursday at Vancouver First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA.
You are invited to the Fort Vancouver District Barbeque on Thursday, August 23rd, 6 to 9 pm. The event is hosted by your Fort Vancouver Commissioner team.
* Come enjoy a relaxing evening, casual attire, wear your favorite scout or camp t-shirt (if you have one), be prepared to share your best "What our Scouts did this summer stories". (I'll be anxious to share my great one week experience at Camp Pioneer, and all about the big doings at WashJam 2012.)
* Try your hand at our "non-Olympic style Beach Volleyball", "Cub Scout Croquet" and "Boy Scout Flying Disc Golf" - there will be prizes!
* Location: the outdoor pavilion and picnic area behind the LDS Church at the intersection of NE 50th Avenue and NE 99th Street.
Just a gentle reminder that Youth protection training must be renewed every 24 months for ALL adults who work directly with youth. The time goes by so quickly. Please do your part to comply with Scouting policy in this matter.
We will hold a classroom Leader Specific Training for all prospective leaders on September 29 at the Air Academy, Mill Plain Blvd and Grand Ave. Mark your calendars and make sure the parents in your unit get the suggestion to attend. When parents are new to Scouting, they are often hesitant to get involved because of lack of knowledge, ESPECIALLY if you have strong leaders already who know Scouting inside and out. It can be daunting. One of the great values of training is to eliminate that fear of the unknown for those important people who will serve your unit in the future. Todd Kestner will have more later, but YOUR job begins now!
Training begins at 8 AM and ends in the early afternoon. Bring your own lunch or plan to acquire in the neighborhood.
* The next time you see Dale DeField, our District Chaplain (or his wife, Nancy), give them a hug and offer congratulations for the 50th anniversary of their marriage!
* News came to me that our good friend and fellow Scouter, Jay Burke, had a successful liver transplant and was doing well. Proof positive came when I saw him out walking in downtown Vancouver this week - he looked fabulous!
Sometimes you read about lifesaving efforts by Scouts and Scouters in the newspaper, sometimes they go completely under the radar, usually because of the modesty of the people involved and the heartfelt belief that it was the only thing they could do. Both have come to the fore very recently in our District. To borrow some language from the Eagle Scout Pledge, "...to make my training and example...count strongly...in my community." Beyond the truism that the best place to have an emergency is when you're hanging around Scouts because they are all trained, the innate presumption that training has to be used when it is needed and that just isn't a big deal reflects the servant leadership that Scouting teaches. Are we not all so fortunate to be influenced by this movement?