Prepared. For Life.
Scouting in Cascade Pacific Council is full of exciting opportunities for LDS Scouts and LDS Scout Leaders.
Here are a few things for LDS leaders to be aware of:
New LDS Scouting email newsletter - sign up here
Newly available is a periodic (once a month or so) email newsletter for LDS Scouting leaders. We'll highlight upcoming events, ideas, programs, and more of interest to LDS leaders. Click below to sign up:
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July 8-13, 2013, Meriwether
July 15-20, 2013, Baldwin
July 21-27, 2013, Cooper
July 29-Aug 3, 2013, Meriwether
Aug 5-10, 2013, Pioneer
Be sure to visit the camp availability page to view the current status for each session.
LDS 11 Year Old Overnighters
At the Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scout resident summer camps, LDS troops now have camp options for their youngest Scouts. Eleven-year-old Scouts will enjoy new council-organized LDS 11 Year Old Overnighters which offer Scout skills and activities focused on requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, and First Class ranks...all the basic Scout skills that every new Scout needs to learn.
For information on this program, including how to register, please Click Here.
LDS Winter Lodge Opportunities
Be sure to get your Scouts out to one of the winter lodges this winter for outstanding winter fun! Cub Scouts go as a pack, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturers can go together on the same day. All require a reservation. There's even a special LDS Venturing event that will take place over a Friday/Saturday in February.
For information on the lodges, including how to register, please visit www.cpcbsa.org/winterlodge.
Blending Duty to God and Scouting
The LDSScouting.org website has an interesting page that gives advice and tips for integrating Duty to God and the Scouting program successfully for Aaronic Priesthood quorums.
LDS Relationship Committee
Guide to Safe Scouting
One of the most important resources that ANY Scouting leader can utilize is the Guide to Safe Scouting. This contains guidelines and policies that leaders should use when planning Scouting activities. For example, did you know that paintball and lazertag are prohibited activities? Do you know how to operate a safe swimming or boating activity? These topics and many more are covered in this must-have document. Available at Scout Shops, Volunteer Service Centers, and online by clicking here.
Online Learning Center
Every LDS Scouting leader should visit the online learning center as soon as possible after recieving a Scouting calling. The first course to take online is the Fast Start Training, which gives the basics of Scouting...even important for leaders who were involved in the past and now are returning to Scouting. The online learning center offers a number of courses such as Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat courses, and the number-one must-take course, Youth Protection. You'll also find Varsity Leader Fast Start, Venturing Leader Fast Start, Boy Scout Leader Fast Start, Cub Scout Leader Fast Start, Generational Diversity, Hazardous Weather, and more.
To utilize the online learning center, you'll need your membership number (ask your district executive, or call the council registrar at 503.226.3423); as you complete courses your membership record will reflect that you have completed those trainings.
Philmont Training Center
The Philmont Training Center in New Mexico presents outstanding learning opportunities. Serving as the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America since 1950, the Philmont Training Center (PTC) provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.
Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. Invitation to these conferences is upon recommendation of the local council or a national committee.
Links to other LDS Scouting resources:
www.lds.org - link to Scouting page on official LDS website
www.ldsbsa.org - official LDS Relationships website
www.dutytogod.com - LDS religious award (non-official)
www.ldsscouting.org - LDS Scouting (non-official)
www.mormonscouting.com - LDS Scouting (non-official)
ldsscouter blog - a non-official LDS Scouting blog