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:
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 TO SUBSCRIBE to the LDS Scouting eNews.
The Church released a new version of the 'green book,' the LDS Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States. This new handbook, with a revision date of May 2012, replaces previous versions.
Each Boy Scout camp offers at least one session that begins on Monday rather than the traditional Sunday. These weeks subtract nothing from the regular weeks, they just start a few hours later. All merit badges and special programs are offered as normal. Arrival is Monday morning (7:00 AM typically), with Scouts and leaders jumping right into program offerings.
Be sure to attend one of the Pre-Camp Leader Meeting in June to get all the details about camp and these special Monday-Start sessions.
Monday-Start sessions are available for ANY unit, so there may be a mixture of LDS and non-LDS units, giving your Scouts a great opportunity to mix with other Scouts.
LDS troops now have summer camp experience options for eleven-year-old Boy Scouts. These boys can enjoy 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. The boys are invited to attend these dates during the week that their ward troop is at that camp, so that they get to camp with the other boys from their ward and become involved a bit with them before they move up when they turn twelve.
For information on this program, including how to register, please Click Here.
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.
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.
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.
Every LDS Scouting leader should visit the online learning center as soon as possible after receiving 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.
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, audio-visuals, 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.
Please note - several of these links are not official BSA or LDS sites.
They are listed here for leaders seeking additional 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