Sco uters ’ News October 2017 Volume 41 Issue 10
Great Great Trail Trail Council, of America, Akron, Council,Boy Boy Scouts Scouts of America, Akron, Ohio Ohio Attention all unit leaders!
Disaster relief: How to help
There are two new developments that will affect your unit!
The summer of 2017 has brought some of the worst weather in recent memory. Thousands of Scouting units have been or will be affected. As a result, the National Service Center and local council offices have been receiving questions about how the Scouting family can help those in need. Help a Scouting Unit: Other councils/packs/troops looking to support affected Scouting units in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida can purchase new items so they can resume activities as soon as possible. To help units in Texas/Louisiana:
YOUTH PROTECTION Effective September 1, 2017, all new leader applications and disclosure forms being turned in must include a copy of their Youth Protection Training certificate. If a copy of their Youth Protection Training certificate is not included, their application cannot be accepted. There will no longer be a 30 day grace period for taking Youth Protection Training. All currently registered leaders or previously registered leaders that are turning in applications and disclosure forms for new positions must be current in Youth Protection Training as well. Each unit’s Key 3 has access to a Youth Protection Training aging report through www.my.scouting.org by going to the Training Manager page. This report will give you the information that is needed to keep your unit leadership up-to-date with Youth Protection Training. It is important that all unit leadership have current Youth Protection Training at the time of recharter, or there will be a delay in processing.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/ d/1nppUEAk3RYK97JksE61O5V_IJqviwKtQDRI9Yxvc9W4/ edit#gid=0
To help units in Florida: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12vp9i64L6fz0BKyZey0q6Txy-UTG3wDkzNQU5imOcc/edit#gid=616268636
Help a Local Council: Donors can give to a special BSA fund established to help those councils most affected by the flooding. Donations can be designated for specific councils or shared among all affected councils. All donations will be used to help rebuild and restore BSA facilities and programs. To make a donation, please visit:
REGISTRATION FEES Effective December 1, 2017, the annual membership fee for both youth and adult membership fees will increase to $33 per year. This increase is due to the number and the size of claims made against the General Liability Insurance Plan (GLIP). As a movement we are self-insured, so every time there is a claim or litigation the GLIP takes a hit. The timing of this is not good due to many Cub Scout packs just starting the process of recruiting new members, and many units completed their budgeting and planning over the summer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but continuing to protect our charter partners, Scouts, leaders, parents, and staff has to be done. If there are any questions, please contact the council service center.
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Other Ways to Help—American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey? campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot
Salvation Army: https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/site/ Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app30117a? df_id=28057&mfc_pref=T&28057.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKE N=59F56205A42D75167C933D2FDBC53B10
C am p But l e r ’ss H au nt e d H a yr i de Bring the whole family for this frighteningly popular good time at Camp Butler. Dates this year are October 13-14, October 20-21, and October 27. Rides begin at dark and everyone in line at 9:30 p.m. will get to ride! The cost is $7 per person at the Scout Shop or online, $9 per person at the gate. Hayride goes rain or shine and tickets are nonrefundable. Tickets are available on the web at: www.scoutingevent.com/433-hayride and at the GTC Scout Shops now. Need more information? Contact Chris Bergdorf at 330-657-2418.
Jeff Kline Named 2018 Council FOS Chair The Great Trail Council is pleased to announce that Jeff Kline, owner of Robert J. Events & Catering and Fun Services, has been appointed as the 2018 Friends of Scouting Council Chairman. Jeff is an Eagle Scout, graduate of Leadership Akron, and a Silver Beaver recipient. Jeff is a community leader in Northeast Ohio and brings a wealth of experience and passion to everything he does. 1
Cou nc il I nformat ion All new MyScouting Mobile App
Get your Webelos II ready to join a troop
BSA’s IDG team along with many volunteer beta testers are excited to announce a new look, with added features, to the myScouting Mobile App available now for both iPhone (iOS 9.0 or greater) and Android (4.4 or greater) devices! The new app allows you the ability to access your training resources and take courses including YPT; track training completions; download or send by email your completed training certificate; communicate with members within your organization level and below (for Key 3s and those having that access); manage your profile; manage announcements and calendar events for your organization; and, importantly access many of your Commissioner Tools. (Accessible by clicking the Commissioner wreath at the bottom right hand corner on the home screen.) Under Settings the new app also supports both English and Spanish, has a night-mode feature and allows the user to turn tutorials on or off. The focus of Commissioner Tools is primarily for unit commissioners to make it easier to access their assigned units. This has the added benefits of increased speed, efficiency and agility of the app. Consequently, commissioners are limited to the units they are assigned. The incentive is to ensure one or more commissioners are assigned to every unit. Commissioner Tools functions supported include: • Commissioner and unit assignments; • Entering and completing contacts for Simple Assessments; • Creating and managing roundtables. Completed contacts and roundtable entries will be synchronized between the web and mobile platforms. However, the ability to delete or enter a future assessment or roundtable is not available with this release. Additional Commissioner Tools functionality not currently supported on mobile devices include:
The Webelos-to-Scout Transition program is designed to improve the chances that a second year Webelos Scout will become a Boy Scout. It has been successful in almost doubling the percentage of Webelos who join a troop. The program will improve the chances that an unsure 10 year-old will find the courage to give it a try. The heart of the program is cooperation between a troop and a pack to schedule joint activities so that the second year Webelos will get to know the Scouts and feel at home with normal troop activities. The joint activities should not shove the Webelos Scout into full-fledged Scouting. Just the fringes. This takes careful cooperation between the Webelos leader and an assistant Scoutmaster assigned to this purpose. A commissioner can often ease this process. It is suggested that the second year Webelos den can participate in the troop opening and then retire to another room for their own program. Then they can come together for the closing. On campouts there can be similar partial togetherness. This can continue for most of the program year.
Volunteers benefit from Scouting Although the primary reason to get involved in Scouting is our desire to share our skills and values with young people, keep in mind that new volunteers—parents and families—also benefit by gaining skills through training and Scouting activities that help them become better parents, managers, employees, and citizens in their community. Volunteers show their commitment to improving themselves and the Scouting program by giving an average of 20 hours of their time each month. They say volunteering for Scouting helps them develop in several ways. The following results were published in the Volunteer Outcomes Study. Community service and citizenship: ♦ Helps them be better citizens (90%) ♦ Increases participation in service activities (73%) ♦ Volunteer for other youth organizations (66%) Enjoyment and self-esteem: ♦ Adds more fun to their lives (85%) Relationship skills: ♦ Helps them be a better parent (88%) ♦ Builds friendships with other adults (73%) ♦ Helps them relate to young people (70%) ♦ Helps them be more patient with people (69%)
• Detailed Assessments • Unit Service plans • Reports These and other features are planned to be added through an automatic release upgrade that will be available by the end of 2017. However, if you need to use that functionality now, you must access it via the full application using your standard My.Scouting login on the web at www.my.scouting.org.
Add new boys and adults to your troop The magic formula is a troop open house! We are encouraging you to hold an open house. If you hold an open house you should recruit at least two new boys and a couple of new adults. Call your district executive today to set up that troop open house! 2
Cou nc il I nformat ion University of Akron Cub Scout Sleepover
Fall Cub Leader Training To be a trained Cub Scout leader you must complete the appropriate Cub Scout Position Specific Training and have up-to-date Youth Protection Training. All courses are $6. There are additional fees if you choose to purchase a book. You may attend any course. Saturday, October 14—8 a.m.-11 a.m.—Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd., Medina Questions? Contact Chuck Hale at 440-554-1353 or [email protected]
Wednesday, October 25—5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.—Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Akron Questions? Contact Dennis Vargo at 330-773-0415 ext. 214 or [email protected]
Saturday, November 18—8 a.m.-11 a.m.—Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent Questions? Contact Nate Watson at 330-773-0415 ext. 227 or [email protected]
Come cheer on the University of Akron Zips as they face the University of Buffalo Bulls at Infocision Stadium! On Friday, October 27, you have the opportunity to watch a movie and spend the night at Stile Athletics Field House. On Saturday, you will be provided with breakfast, have an opportunity to swim at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, you will be able to participate in ZipsFest with inflatables, be a part of the pregame high-5 tunnel and you will receive a ticket for the football game that day! The cost of this event is $15 per person if you spend the night or $10 per person for the game only. Flyers went out at your August roundtable and are posted online at http://www.gtcbsa.org/council-event-information. If you have any questions, please contact Kirstin Weaver at [email protected]
Fall Boy Scout Leader Training
Den Chief Training
Scoutmaster & ASM Specific October 14—8 a.m.—Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd., Medina—Cost $6—Contact Craig Wrobleski at 440-552-0676 or [email protected]
November 18—8 a.m.—Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent—Cost $6—Contact Dan McClory at 330-677-4628 or [email protected]
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training October 13—7 p.m.—Camp Manatoc, 1075 Truxell Rd., Peninsula—Cost $20—Contact Rick Alkire at 330-523-7456 or [email protected]
Troop Committee Training October 24—6 p.m.—Camp Stambaugh, 3712 Leffingwell Rd., Canfield—Cost $6—Contact Bill Moss at 330-755-6796 or [email protected]
This training is designed for den chiefs, however all adult leaders who recruit or work with den chiefs are encouraged to attend with them. Den leaders should attend to learn how to make the best use of a den chief. The training date is Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., at Camp Stambaugh, 3712 Leffingwell Rd., Canfield. Questions? Contact Bill Moss at [email protected]
BALOO Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation This training is for leaders and parents in the Cub pack who plan the pack’s camping and outdoor programs. This course teaches the basics of Cub Scout camping through hands on experiences. Each pack must have a BALOO trained person in order to go camping. Training will be on October 14, at Camp Stambaugh’s Rotary Building, 3712 Leffingwell Rd., Canfield. Sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and training will end at 4:30 p.m. Registration deadline is October 9. Registration is online at: www.scoutingevent.com/433-baloo_stambaugh. For more information call Rich Gent at 330-629-8272 or email [email protected]
or Bill Moss at 330-7556795 or email [email protected]
Tiger/Lion Leader/Parent Specifics Join us on Saturday, October 14, at the Scout Service Center, 1601 S. Main St., Akron, from 8 a.m. —noon for a fun training that will help you get started in Cub Scouts, Tiger Cubs, and Lions. Training includes “Cub Scouts and How We have Fun” along with Youth Protection Training from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. After that we will cover “How to have a Successful Tiger/Lion Program,” from 10:30 until noon. Registration deadline is October 12. The fee is $6 and is payable to Great Trail Council. Continental breakfast and snacks will be provided. For more info call Christine Pizzute at 330-701-1262 or [email protected]
Cou nc il I nformat ion Is your troop registered for summer camp at Manatoc?
2018 GTC Philmont Contingent The council announces the 2018 high adventure trip to Philmont! The council has secured 3 crews of 12 per crew to travel to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico from June 16-June 29, 2018. The budgeted cost of this trip is $1,900 and includes all travel, touring, all meals, 2 custom sweatwicking t-shirts, GTC Philmont hat, all Philmont fees and transportation in New Mexico! This is a highly popular, once in a lifetime trip, and participants will be assigned, first come (with deposit), first served! The $400 deposit is due with the registration form. Forms have been placed in the saddlebags and online at: http://www.gtcbsa.org/council-event-information. This trip is open to Scouts, Venturers, and registered adults. Youth must be at least 14 by January 1, 2018 or must complete the 8th grade in June, 2018 to be eligible to go. Participants must be physically capable to complete a backpacking trek in the mountainous region of Philmont (6,000-12,441’ elevation.) Questions? Contact GTC High Adventure Chair Stephen York at [email protected]
Troops that have the most fun come to Camp Manatoc for summer camp. You can register now for Summer Camp 2018 at: https://www.scoutingevent.com/433-manatoc2018. The deposit fee is only $100 and you get that back when you register your Scouts for camp in the spring. Sites are available, but filling up fast. If you need help with your reservation, please contact Peggy at 330773-0415 ext. 221.
Lights, Camera, Action! Boy Scouts & Venturing video contest Lights, Camera, Action! Is a Great Trail Council video contest for Boy Scouts and Venturers to show what Scouting/ Venturing means to them. All you need to do is record a short 1-3 minute video showing you and your fellow Scouts/ Venturers participating in fun activities. All videos need to be reviewed by troop/crew leaders to ensure that they meet the contest requirements, however a troop/crew can submit as many videos as they like. Videos will be judged on their ability to educate, engage, and entertain while telling a story about how the activity showcases Scouting/Venturing. The contest will run in two segments, the first segment ends September 31 and the second segment runs October 1-December 31. The troop/ crew with the best video in each contest segment will receive a $100 GTC gift card that can be used at either the Scout Shop in Akron or the Scout Shop at Camp Stambaugh. All Scouts/Venturers who participate in creating and submitting a video will have their names entered into a drawing for a GoPro Camera! If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected]
The flyer and all rules can be found at: http://www.gtcbsa.org/council-event-information.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) at Camp Stambaugh is October 21 Scouts who are interested in earning their “Radio” merit badge can learn about ham radio and should attend Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) at Camp Stambaugh’s Brown Pavilion on October 21. The Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association will have antennas in the air and radios working by 9 a.m., and will have a special call sign for this event. Contacts may be made across the state, country, or around the world with just the airwaves and a wire antenna. Questions? Contact Chris Bergdorf at 330-657-2418 or Scott Wilson at 727-501-5195 or email [email protected]
Area 4 Training Conference
Dinner and a Movie
Join the Central Region BSA on October 7, for a unique Scouting opportunity. Many forums, workshops, and trainings will be presented. Our very own Dr. David Weyrick will be the featured lunch speaker with “So How Are the Boy Scouts Doing?” Conference will be held at Ohio University Zanesville/ Zane State College, 1425 Newark Rd., Zanesville. Cost is $20 for adults at the door. More info can be found at https://area4scouting.org.
November 18—6 p.m. Camp Manatoc Dining Hall All you can eat pasta dinner! $10 adults—$6 kids (ages 3-12) Brought to you by the Famous Lady Engineers! Reservations: Please leave count on answering machine at 330-657-2418 (Deadline: November 15)
Cou nc il I nformat ion Did you recruit a new Scout With a special need?
3rd Saturday Series is back! So, you have a special need or two in your unit? Maybe, you just heard that this year’s Cub will be next year’s Scout in your unit. Breathe! We’ve got some really good training available to all registered Scouters. AND—it’s FREE. The 3rd Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon, we’ll be at the council office. October 21—Behavior Modification for Scouters-practical, applied behavior techniques. November 18—Boys Leading Boys—A course for youth leaders AND their Scoutmasters on how to deal with behaviors and use the precepts of Universal Scouting to help their troop succeed. To RSVP to any class, shoot an e-mail to [email protected]
Are you unsure of how to help the Scout be successful in your unit? Is the Scout’s extraordinary need significant enough that his best placement is in a pack—but his age puts him firmly in the troop? Are you concerned about safely meeting the needs of all of your Scouts? Is the Scout’s family concerned that safety might be an issue? Great Trail Council’s Special Needs Advisory Committee (SNAC) can help you answer all of the above questions—and still allow Scouts of diverse abilities to participate fully in Scouting. Call us— now—before question marks turn into exclamation points. We look forward to helping. As always, Wendy is available at 330-256-0996 and Dennis is at 330-773-0415, ext. 214.
The Special Needs Advisory Committee (SNAC) is looking for some really awesome Scouters. Perhaps you’ve been programming with a pack for a number of years, and now you’re tired. Come, re-invigorate with us as we come up with innovative ways to make Scouting possible for all of our Scouts. Do you know of an issue in Great Trail Council regarding the extraordinary needs of a Scout that wasn’t addressed quite the right way? Don’t sit there grumping, come join us as we work the kinks out of our system. Call Wendy Greathouse at 330-256-0996 or Dennis Vargo at 330-773-0415 ext. 214.
As of this writing, we can only guess that most of the School Nights were a huge success. As with any campaign, there is always a certain amount of followup that needs to be accomplished. First, it is the obligation of every unit to promote training as the primary source of information for all of its new leaders. We find that many units don’t promote training to all of their leaders because they hate to impose upon their free-time. All the best units in the council, the units that consistently out-perform all others, believe in training for all leaders. Second, we are a membership organization, and in order to receive the benefits of this organization one must be registered. No rights or obligations are to be extended to any individual not duly registered within the guideline set by the National Council, Boys Scout of America. Third, proper procedures as to the guidelines for new adults must be followed. All adults must be approved by the chartered head of the organization. The chartered head should approve applications based on the reference checks and recommendations provided by the committee of the unit. Lastly, boys should be meeting with their dens. There should be no waiting lists. If you have the names of boys you cannot place, don’t place them on a list that you will not actively pursue. Please notify your district executive so that we can follow up on the names to get them into Scouting.
Plan now for Universal Scouting Training During the University of Scouting, on March 3, 2018, please plan to earn our trained patch and show your fellow Scouters that you’re interested in serving all of our Scouts. We’ll have 18 courses to choose from. 18! If you have questions about boards of review for a special needs Scout, bring them to the University of Scouting. Need specific behavioral modification techniques to tame your den or troop? You’ll find it there. If you can’t wait until training happens, please contact us. We can help with emergent situations, and make your Scouting experience much more pleasant for everyone involved. Email Wendy at [email protected]
or Dennis at [email protected]
Cou nc il I nformat ion The Commissioners’ Corner
Top 10 reasons to have Tiger Cubs
The Commissioners’ Corner is presented by the district commissioners of the Great Trail Council. Its purpose is to inform unit leaders about the role that unit commissioners play in delivering service to the units. College of Commisioner Science It’s not too early to begin thinking about attending this year’s College of Commissioner Science on Saturday, November 11, at the Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., in Kent, OH. The day begins with a continental breakfast and registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. The College of Commissioner Science is the highest form of commissioner education available at the local level. The college is modeled after college courses and degrees. A commissioner has the opportunity to earn a Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree by attending the college and satisfying the requirements and prerequisites. They may also take courses as part of a continuing education program. The purpose of the College of Commissioner Science is to provide ongoing practical training for all commissioners to allow them to better serve their units. “Learning is a lifetime activity. As commissioners, we must continually adjust our skills to provide a more valuable service to our units. Therefore, commissioners should view learning as an important part of their Scouting lives—every month, every year.” Why do commissioners need the college? The college offers the opportunity to:
1. Tiger Cubs BSA gives parents an opportunity to provide their children with a safe, structured, nurturing environment. 2. Tiger Cubs and their adult partners have fun together while developing closer relationships within the family. The Tiger Cub program is one of the few available designed to bring the boy and his family closer together. 3. The Cub Scout pack benefits by gaining a group of future Cub Scouts who are ready and eager to become more deeply involved in helping the pack to go. 4. The pack gains a pool of adults who are already experienced in leading activities for boys. 5. Pack leadership has nine months to orient the new parents to Cub Scouting values—instead of nine minutes during School Night for Scouting recruiting. 6. Tiger Cubs can be a most important part of the new Cub Scout pack’s total program and structure. 7. The Tiger Cub program parallels the first grade school year allowing boys and their parents to participate socially with other families. 8. Scouting can provide positive, enriching experiences to complement a child’s formal classroom education. Scouting’s programs help young people grow up into self-reliant, dependable adults. 9. Tiger Cubs provides flexible meetings and an easy to operate, low cost program. 10. Tiger Cubs allows boys to enter the Scouting family at an age that is important to strong character development.
Learn the information essentials to provide the best service to their units;
Provide fellowship amongst the commissioner corps;
2018 VenturingFest Contingent, July 1-6
Reinforce and expand on the lessons learned during basic training;
Want to go back to the Jamboree? Or did you miss seeing the Summit this year? Was it too expensive or just too long? Well let’s fix that! We are getting excited for next summer’s celebration of the 20th birthday of Venturing. Venturing is forming a council contingent to VenturingFest 2018 (July 1-6) at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. It’s a great deal for a week of high adventure and is almost impossibly cheap at $500 for youth and $400 for adults. A meeting will take place in October those who have signed up. Your crew can sign up on its own of course, or signup with the council contingent. Either way, please let us know at the link. In the council, there will be an up-charge to cover transportation, shirts and patches if any. As a contingent we are all guaranteed to be able to camp together. Sign up for more information at: http://gtcventuring.org/news/venturingfest/.
Provide updates on commissioner service and Scouting. The final result is a stronger and more knowledgeable commissioner corps serving the units. The mission of the commissioner is to help the unit succeed and the way to accomplish this mission is through education and practical learning experiences. The college provides that in-depth knowledge in all of the essential aspects of the commissioner’s duties and responsibilities. Just as every Scout deserves a trained leader, every unit deserves a trained commissioner! Online registration is now open for this year’s college. The direct link to sign up is: •
Cou nc il I nformat ion Tributes & Memorials In Memory of:
Jane & Gary Medkeff Jeanette Scott Marie Lam Christine (Chris) Bedell
In Memory of:
Bruce & Audrey Wright
Big news for Camp Stambaugh! Plans are in the works to install city water at Camp Stambaugh. Installation should be completed during December of this year. Thanks to Aqua Ohio and Arcadis Engineering who have been working on plans to bring water lines in from Tippecanoe Road.
Murphy’s Scout Laws •
The child with the fewest clean clothes will invariably be the first to get wet.
The easier the rules of the game the fewer will want to play.
If it can be lost, at some point it will be. This goes for hats, shoes, cups, tents, and the occasional kid.
The leader everyone is depending on will always be the last to arrive at the meeting.
The attention span of the group is inversely proportional to the importance of what is being taught.
The higher the climbable object, the sooner someone will be dared to climb it.
If you pack extra food, no one will be hungry. If you pack just enough they will be ravenous.
The cleaner the uniform the more attractive it is to mustard/paint/mud/etc.
The more hours of sleep the leaders need, the earlier the kids will wake up.
Whoever put their hand up first knows the least about it.
College of Commissioner Science The College of Commissioner Science is advanced training designed to help commissioners keep up to date with the newest training materials and problem solving techniques to better help units deliver a quality Scouting program. All commissioners should attend this nationally recognized program. There is a four-year cycle to this program; Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate Degrees can be earned. The college will be held on November 17, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent. Cost is $25 before October 31 or $30 after. Register at: https:/www.scoutingevent.com/433-217COCS_GTC
University of Scouting Save the Date! Saturday, March 3, 2018 Ravenna High School 7
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Order of the Arrow
2018 Charter Time Frame
Lodge Chief Jacob Schul [email protected]
Lodge Adviser Allen Hoy 330-864-1720 [email protected]
Staff Adviser Shannon Sinex 330-773-0415 ext. 217 [email protected]
Marnoc Website: www.marnoc.org
Access Codes will be in each unit’s charter packet on bright green paper! Arrowhead District serving Trumbull County **Charters must be turned in by Wednesday, December 13, 2017** Charter Training/Pick-Up—Wednesday, October 11—Roundtable—7 p.m., Electrical Trade Institute of NEO, 4550 Research Pkwy., Warren Charter Window Opens November 1 Charter Turn-In Party—Wednesday, December 13—Roundtable—7 p.m., Electrical Trade Institute of NEO, 4550 Research Pkwy., Warren
Fall Fellowship The Fall Fellowship will be held at Camp Butler on October 6-8. Service will include assisting in setting up the Haunted Hayride. Join us for some fun and service. Please plan to attend. Register now at: https://scoutingevent.com/433-fallfellowship.
Whispering Pines District serving Mahoning County **Charters must be turned in by Thursday, December 7 OR Thursday, December 14, 2017** Charter Training & Pick-Up—Thursday, October 5, - Roundtable, 7-7:30 p.m., Westminister Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Dr., Boardman Charter Window Opens November 1, 2017 Charter Turn-In Party—Thursday, December 7, 7-7:30pm, Westminister Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Dr., Boardman, OH OR Thursday, December 14, 6-7 p.m., Starbucks, 4546 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Canfield
Service Day There is a service day on October 28, at Camp Butler to assist in putting the Haunted Hayride away. Please plan to meet at Camp Butler at 9 a.m., lunch will be provided.
Tri-Fires District serving the East Akron area and Tallmadge **Charters must be turned in by Thursday, January 11, 2018.** Charter Training & Pick-Up—Thursday, November 9—Roundtable, 7 p.m., Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge Charter Window Opens December 1, 2017 Charter Turn-In Party—Roundtable, Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7 p.m., Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge
Winter Banquet—Save the Date Mark your calendar now, the 2017 Winter Banquet will be held December 16, at the St. Thomas Eastern Orthodox Church in Fairlawn. Registration will be available in late October. If you register before the published deadline your 2018 Membership Renewal is included! Registration is available at: https://scoutingevent.com/433-winterbanquet.
Seneca District serving Portage County **Charters must be turned in by Thursday, January 11, 2018** Charter Training & Pick-Up—Thursday, November 11—Roundtable, 7 p.m., Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent Charter Window Opens December 1, 2017 Charter Turn-In Party—Roundtable, Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7 p.m., Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent
Post summer camp! Vice Chief of Inductions Anthony Brown and the Inductions staff(s) for a successful Ordeal and Brotherhood season. This year they inducted 199 new Ordeal members in five ordeals.
Moecomdws District serving Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson area **Charters must be turned in by Thursday, February 8, 2018** Charter Training & Pick-Up—Thursday, December 14—Roundtable, 7:15 p.m., St. Stephen’s Church, 3725 Kent Rd., Stow Charter Window Opens January 1, 2018 Charter Turn-In Party—Roundtable, Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:15 p.m., St. Stephen’s Church, 3725 Kent Rd., Stow
2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference contingent application
Lakes District serving southern Summit County **Charters must be turned in by Thursday, February 8, 2018** Charter Training & Pick-Up—Thursday, December 14—Roundtable, 7 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main St., Akron Charter Window Opens January 1, 2018 Charter Turn-In Party—Roundtable, Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main St., Akron
Arrowmen who are interested in attending the 2018 NOAC (July 30-August 4, 2018) at Indiana University please visit: https://scoutingevent.com/433-noac_apply to apply to contingent. We have space for 22 youth and seven adults. The contingent will be selected from the Arrowmen who express interest using this application procedure. The working budget for the trip is approximately $800 but is still a bit of a work in progress. Applications will close on December 4, 2017 and those selected will be notified shortly thereafter.
Chippewa District serving Medina County **Charters must be turned in by Thursday, March 8, 2018** Charter Training & Pick-Up—Thursday, January 11—Roundtable, 7 p.m., Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd., Medina Charter Window Opens February 1, 2018 Charter Turn-In Party—Roundtable, Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5-8:30 p.m.— Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd., Medina
Old Portage District serving the west Akron area **Charters must be turned in by Thursday, March 8, 2018** Charter Training & Pick-Up—Thursday, January 12—Roundtable, 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Akron Charter Window Opens February 1, 2018 Charter Turn-In Party—Roundtable, Thursday, March 9, 2018, 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Akron
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Fall Fellowship—Camp Butler—Haunted Hayride setup Service Day—Camp Butler—Haunted Hayride teardown
Cou nc il I nformat ion Important dates September • Show’N’Deliver orders due—Tuesday, September 5 • Show’N’Deliver distribution—Saturday, September 16 October • District Blitz Days—Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 • Take Orders due/Show’N’Sell money— Tuesday, October 31 November • All prize orders due—Friday, November 3 • Take Order distribution—Saturday, November 11 December All popcorn money due to council office—Friday, December 8
2017 Pecatonica River Popcorn Sale www.gtcpopcorn.org Everything you need to know about this year’s Popcorn Sale: •
Products…what we are selling.
Sales methods…how you should be selling.
Incentive items…awesome prizes and rewards.
Ordering…how to order your popcorn and prizes.
Unit Kernels Guide…your popcorn sale “playbook”.
Popcorn sale Excel worksheet…help manage your sale.
District popcorn contacts
Online sales Arrowhead
Important websites •
Brochure Prizes - www.boyscouts-gcc.com
Popcorn Guidebook, Forms, Incentives— Great Trail Council Website www.gtcpopcorn.org
Q For a Day Website—Quicken Loans Arena Website- www.theqarena.com/boyscouts
Moecomdws Andrew Cole
Commit Unit to Sell, Order Popcorn, Online Sales, Winners Circle Prizes Pecatonica River Popcorn Website—www.Prpopcorn.com
Council Popcorn Advisor—Jody Gildersleeve 330-773-0415 ext. 218 or email [email protected]
ng.org Council Popcorn Assistant—Lisa Lambert 330-773-0415 ext. 241 or email [email protected]
Sabrina Finney [email protected]
Lori Fonk [email protected]
Gena Valloric Kate Breth
[email protected] [email protected]
Marion Sweely [email protected]
A rrow hea d Dist ric t District Commissioner Jim Dade District Executive David Michalec
[email protected] [email protected]
Recharter packets at roundtable!
Pecatonica River Popcorn Sale
October’s roundtable will have recharter packets for all units and a special training by Mary Hostetler of Troop 8. Come join us on Wednesday, October 11, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at 4550 Research Pkwy. NW, Warren, OH 44483. Each roundtable’s opening and closing ceremonies are now presented by a different unit. Our new Cracker Barrel Showdown is a friendly competition where anyone can prepare their favorite Cracker Barrel to serve. Attendees vote on the food based on 10 criteria and the winner of the 2017/2018 program year will receive a Scouting Dutch Oven! All adults are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly roundtables. These meetings offer important announcements about upcoming events, handouts and informational flyers for district events, plus information about council-wide programs. We hope that you will join us as the training and opportunity for fellowship at these meetings is one that cannot be matched! Arrowhead District holds roundtable the second Wednesday of every month. Arrowhead Roundtable Commissioner: Ray Deluga [email protected]
As you need product for Show’N’Sell, additional popcorn is available at the Council Service Center in Akron and Camp Stambaugh in Canfield. Email [email protected]
if you need assistance ordering additional product. Bill Everett has provided Arrowhead District with a warehouse and distribution center for many years. This will be our last year using Everett Industries as our warehouse and distribution center as Bill has sold the company and is retiring. We all owe Bill Everett and the staff of Everett Industries a huge “Thank You” for everything they have done for us! The new owner has agreed to let us use Everett Industries for TakeOrder on November 10 and there will be no changes in procedure, but we are now on the lookout for a new location to use in 2018. Important Popcorn Dates October 7, 14, 21, 28 District Blitz Days October 31 Show’N’Sell payments due/all TakeOrders due November 3 All prize orders due November 10 Take-Order sort and distribution at Everett Industries December 8 All popcorn money due to council office Arrowhead Popcorn Kernel: Teresa Prentiss [email protected]
Save the dates for Boy Scout Klondike and Cub Scout Freeze-Out! Mark your calendars for the Arrowhead Boy Scout Klondike at Camp Stambaugh on January 12-14, 2018 and the Arrowhead Cub Scout Freeze-Out at Camp Stambaugh on Saturday, February 17, 2018. This year, Arrowhead’s Boy Scout Klondike will be chaired by the team of Tim Sandor (Troop 4050), Ken Workman (Troop 4008), Ken LaPolla (Troop 4101), and Bonnie Dade (Arrowhead Vice Chair of Program). If you have any interest in helping with the event, please contact Tim Sandor. Cub Scout Freeze-Out saw 400 people at Camp Stambaugh this year, next year we are hoping to see more. Arrowhead’s Saturday at Camp Stambaugh invites all Cub Scouts to participate in the activities and everyone is encouraged to stay overnight! Thank you Tim Sandor for all of your hard work, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018! Arrowhead Klondike Chair & Cub Scout Freeze-Out Chair: Tim Sandor at [email protected]
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Roundtable—7 p.m.—ETINEO, 4550 Research Pkwy., Warren 13-15 Fall Camporee—Camp Stambaugh 18 District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Kent State Trumbull, 4314 Mahoning Ave., Warren 19 Advancement Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St., Warren 26 Advancement Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St., Warren 31 Show’N’Sell popcorn payment due/Take Order due Registration $6 Boys’ Life $3
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Popcorn Prize Order due Roundtable—7 p.m.—ETINEO, 4550 Research Pkwy., Warren Popcorn sort and distribution—noon-6:30 p.m.— Everett Industries District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Kent State Trumbull, 4314 Mahoning Ave., Warren Advancement Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St., Warren Registration $4 Boys’ Life $2
Ch ippe wa District “Scouting, From Tiger Paws to Eagle Claws” Chairman Sherri Buck 330-635-1200 sbuck0[email protected]
Commissioner Ed Martin 330-350-1290 [email protected]
Sr. District Executive Steve Jindra 330-773-0415 X 235 [email protected]
Chippewa Website: www.facebook.com/pages/GTC-Chippewa-District
Roundtable resources Roundtable’s purpose is to train, educate, and inspire adult unit leaders by directing them towards the tools and resources needed to create and sustain a quality youth Scouting program. All registered leaders are highly encouraged to attend this monthly informative class session. Take advantage of the networking opportunity with fellow Scouters and join in on the extensive format of information sharing while building relationships with similar individuals who value their faith, core family activities, and their community. Attendees can expect to become a knowledgeable Scout volunteer. Then share their learned information within their committee and chartered partnered organization. Be Prepared. Become a great Scout leader. The definition of an outstanding volunteer is simply put others first towards the mission and cause you believe in. Thursday, October 12 - 7 p.m. - Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd. Joint Session - “Big Rock” discussion - Conducting Adult Awards 10 minute topic CS Session - New member coordinator BS Session - TBA Thursday, November 9 - 7 p.m. - Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd. Joint Session - “Big Rock” discussion Breakout Session - CS & BS Course instructors: Boy Scout Chair: Andrew West [email protected]
, 330-461-0305 Cub Scout Chair: Chuck Hale [email protected]
, 440-554-1353 District Commissioner: Ed Martin [email protected]
Proper training is required! Are you new to Scouting? Or perhaps expanding your role as an adult volunteer? The only way to be qualified for any position with your unit is to receive the proper certifications required. Every Scout that joins the Boy Scouts of America deserves a quality program and an educated leader guiding them along. The district training team is prepared to instruct any registered adult on the morning of Saturday, October 14. Earlier fast start training is made available on www.my.scouting.org. The Great Trail Council is only as great as our trained leaders and staff. Cub Scout Leader Training Saturday, October 14 - 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd. Trainer: Chuck Hale, [email protected]
440-554-1353 Intro to Outdoor Leader Training Saturday, October 14 - 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd. Trainer: Craig Wrobleski, [email protected]
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Membership fees and outstanding applications
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Any new youth or adult applications must be submitted to the Great Trail Council. Scouts cannot participate without being registered. Within the Chippewa District we have conducted 21 pack signup nights and have recruited 227 new youth members! The National fee to join in the month of October is: $12 (membership fee) and Boys’ Life magazine (optional) is $6.
Tiger Day at the Zoo Roundtable/Committee Meeting—Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd. Scoutmaster Specific & Cub Leader Training—8 a.m. —Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd. Den Chief Training Show’N’Sell and Take Order popcorn money due Registration $12 Boys’ Life $6
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E xploring “Discover Your Future” Exploring Executive Caroline Altizer
330-773-0415 X 245
Are you interested in promoting teen career development? Many of our Scouting families are familiar with Law Enforcement and Fire and EMS Exploring. Did you know Exploring covers 12 different career fields? Those 12 fields are: 1. Health Care 2. Social Services 3. Arts and Humanities 4. Communications 5. Engineering and technology 6. Law and Government 7. Science 8. Business 9. Aviation 10. Skilled Trades 11. Law Enforcement 12. Fire and EMS There are elements of your career that you are truly passionate about – why not share your passion with young people interested in discovering their future career? If you are interested in learning more about how to bring Exploring to your career give us a call at 330-773-0415 ext. 254.
Stay up to date with all things Exploring! Please like the new Great Trail Council Exploring page on Facebook @ExlporingGTC to stay up to date on anything and everything Exploring at the local level. This is where you will find the information for upcoming events as well as photos of all our Explorers at work. https://www.facebook.com/ExploringGTC/
Haven’t scheduled your open house? It’s not too late! If you have not scheduled your fall open house yet, it’s not too late! Exploring recommends an open house timeline from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. An open house is the best way to gather as many interested young people and their parents in one place at one time. Teens spend all day in the classroom being lectured, the last thing we want to do is lecture in Exploring. Make it fun! Use this time to provide the teens an opportunity to get a taste of what your post is all about. Don’t forget to promote your open house in seven different ways! 1. Personal invitations sent to teens; 2. Reach out to your personal contacts; 3. Fliers/posters in the schools and your place of business; 4. Fliers/posters in the community; 5. Promotion on the Exploring Facebook page; 6. Featuring the event on your school’s social media; 7. Setting up a time to speak to the students at school. Please be sure you are communicating your open house plans to your district executive.
Upcoming Open Houses: •
Akron Police Department—October 10, 7 p.m.
Akron Fire Department—October 11, 6 p.m.
Akron Children’s Hospital—October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Summit Metro Parks—October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Copley/Bath Police Department—November 2, 6:30 p.m. Please check our new Facebook @ExploringGTC for more info! •
L ake s Dist rict “Leads the Way” District Chairman District Commissioner District Executive
Chas Schreckenberger 330-962-7631 [email protected]
Joe Testa 330-418-3117 [email protected]
Tom Craig 330-773-0415 X 239 [email protected]
District Website: www.lakesdistrict.org
Popcorn, Popcorn, Popcorn
There is still an entire month left to sell popcorn! Remember, selling popcorn only once a year makes it possible for your unit to fund all its activities for the Scouting year. Keep up the good work!
We would like to announce the addition of several new volunteers to the district committee and commissioner staff. Brandie Reedy has agreed to serve as Lakes District Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner. Brandie is the children’s librarian at the Green branch of the Summit County Public Library and a den leader/ assistant Cubmaster at Pack 3334. She brings energy and knowledge to the position that will make roundtable awesome! We would like to welcome Dr. Tom Tallant as the Cub Scout Training Chairman for the district and are excited for him to teach our young leaders as he is well versed in teaching at local colleges and universities. Kathy Bugajski is accepting a new position with the district as a unit commissioner as we continue to build our commissioner core. Kathy has experience as a professional Girl Scout and has successfully started a pack in the Lakes District as well as seen her son through to the rank of Eagle Scout. She is excited for her second son to reach this rank as well.
Are all your new Scouts registration forms turned in? We are in the heart of a very busy fall School Night to Join Scouting. Remember to follow up with boys who came to the SNTJS and did not register, as well as with the boys who turned in surveys that went home. Don’t let any boys fall through the cracks, we want every boy to have the opportunity to be a Scout! Also, please don’t let any registration forms linger in briefcases or boxes.
Are your leaders trained? Do you have new leaders joining your pack this fall, or did you have current leaders change positions within the pack? If either of these situations applies to you, then you need to be aware of the Great Trail Council Cub Scout Training. This is a three hour training where your leaders will receive Basic Leader Training for their specific job within the pack. Please see a Cub Scout Fall Training brochure for more information or different dates that are available in other districts. Youth Protection Training is also required for all adult leaders and offered online at www.lakesdistrict.org.
Don’t forget roundtable! By now, Boy Scout leaders should be back in the swing of things after a fantastic summer and all new Cub Scout leaders should be getting settled into their new positions. So, let’s not forget our monthly leaders’ roundtable. For those of you who don’t know, the roundtable is a monthly training meeting for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing leaders. Roundtable is the best place to keep up-to-date on current activities and information, get supplemental training, and mingle with leaders from other units and hear what they have going on. The Lakes District Roundtable is on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main St., Akron. We look forward to seeing new faces as well as the “regulars”.
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District Committee Meeting—7 a.m.—Green Market District, 1700 Corporate Woods Pkwy., Uniontown District Commissioners Meeting—6:30 p.m.—Acme, 3235 Manchester Rd., Akron District Roundtable—7 p.m.—Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main St., Akron Registration $10 Boys’ Life $5
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District Commissioners Meeting—6:30 p.m.—Acme, 3235 Manchester Rd., Akron District Committee Meeting—7 a.m.—Green Market District, 1700 Corporate Woods Pkwy., Uniontown District Roundtable Kick-Off—7 p.m.—Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main St., Akron Registration $8 Boys’ Life $4
Moec omdws Dist ric t “It’s A Matter Of Pride” District Chairman District Commissioner District Executive
Paul Schumacher 330-650-2122 [email protected]
Ruth Mundy 330-962-2353 [email protected]
Wayne Nieman 330-773-0415 X 242 [email protected]
District Website: www.moescouts.org
Build an Adventure with Scouting
Are your leaders trained?
We made it through the month of September! It was a busy month for all of us, especially the Cub packs who worked so hard to recruit new members. A special thank you goes out to everyone on the membership and commissioner teams for taking extra time to attend additional School Nights and offering a hand to packs with their recruiting. Reminder----get those apps in! No Cub Scout should be participating in activities if they are not registered. If you have any applications that have not yet been turned in please bring those to the October roundtable.
Do you have new leaders joining your unit this fall, or did you have current leaders change positions within your unit? Are all of your direct contact leaders trained (direct contact leader is Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, assistant Cubmaster, den leader, assistant den leader)? There are a list of trainings going on this fall, so GET YOUR LEADERS TRAINED!. If you have any questions about Cub Training, please contact Jericho Johnson at [email protected]
, or Wayne Nieman at [email protected]
Cub Scout Leader Specific 10/25, 5:30 p.m. - at Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44333 11/18, 8 a.m. - at Kent UCC, 1400 E. Main St., Kent, OH 44240 Tiger/Lion Specific 10/14, 8 a.m. - at Council Service Center BALOO/OWL 10/14, 8 a.m. - at Camp Stambaugh Den Chief Training 10/21, 8:45 a.m. - at Camp Stambaugh Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific 10/14, 8 a.m. - at Medina UMC, 4747 Foote Rd., Medina, OH 44256 11/18, 8 a.m. - at Kent UCC Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills 10/13, 7 p.m. - at Camp Manatoc
2017 Popcorn Sale Last month was our Popcorn Kick-off, this month, let’s sell, sell, sell! Don’t forget to register your unit at www.prpopcorn.com. Important dates to remember are below. If you have any questions, please contact Moe Popcorn Kernel Andrew Cole at [email protected]
October 31 Show-n-sell money and popcorn orders due to Service Center November 3 Popcorn prize orders due November 11 Popcorn pick-up December 8 Popcorn money due to Service Center
Cub Scout Punkin’ Chunkin’ This year will be our 3rd Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’! It will be held on Saturday, October 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., at the Camp Butler Sports Field. Punkin’ Chunkin’ is for all Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos, the cost is $10 per Scout. Included in the fee is a patch, pumpkin, craft, snack and lots of other fun activities. Registration forms were put in pack saddlebags in August and are available on our website at www.moescouts.org. You can also register online at: https://scoutingevent.com/433-PunkinChunkin17.
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Tiger Day at the Zoo District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Hudson Presbyterian Church Moe Punkin Chunkin District Commissioners Meeting—6:30 p.m.—St. Stephen Church Roundtable—7:15 p.m.—St. Stephen Church BALOO Training Registration $10 Boys’ Life $5
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District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Hudson Presbyterian Church 4 Goodwill/Good Turn Day 9 District Commissioner Meeting—6:30 p.m.—St. Stephen Church 9 Roundtable—7:15 p.m.—St/ Stephen Church 11 Popcorn distribution—VMI Group, 4670 Allen Rd., Stow 18 Dinner & a Movie at Manatoc 23-26 Thanksgiving—Scout Shop/office closed Registration $8 Boys’ Life $4
Have you checked out the new MOE website at www.moescouts.org? Listening to your demands, your District Executive Wayne, entered the 21st century by learning how to build a website. The website provides links for district info, events, advancement, BeAScout.org, leader contacts, etc. Also like us on Facebook---Moecomdws District, Great Trail Council, B.S.A. 14
O ld Portage Dist ric t “THE Quality District” District Chairman Bart Sauer 216-744-4255 [email protected]
District Commissioner Pete Shepker 330-715-7658 [email protected]
District Executive Dennis Vargo 330-773-0415 X 214 [email protected]
Old Portage Website https://oldportage.com/
Don’t forget to attend roundtable! By now, Boy Scout leaders should be back in the swing of things after a fantastic summer and all new Cub Scout leaders should be getting settled into their new positions. So, let’s not forget our monthly leaders’ roundtable. For those of you who don’t know, the roundtable is a monthly training meeting for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing leaders. Roundtable is the best place to keep up to date on current activities and information, get supplemental training, and mingle with leaders from other units and hear what they have going on. The Old Portage District Roundtable is on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., in Fairlawn). We look forward to seeing new faces as well as the “regulars”. Questions? Contact Dale Sroka at [email protected]
Pecatonica River Popcorn There is still an entire month left to sell popcorn! Remember, selling popcorn only once a year makes it possible for your unit to fund all of its activities for the Scouting year. Keep up the good work! Please check your calendars for the following dates: October 31 Show-n-Deliver money and popcorn orders due to Service Center November 11 Popcorn Pick Up Cotter Storage 1564 Firestone Pkwy—email Trent Dye for more details: [email protected]
December 8 Popcorn money due to Service Center
Klondike is coming up soon The Old Portage Klondike will be returning to Camp Butler on January 19-21, 2018, with headquarters at the Conference Center. Every unit (troop and crews) from the district are urged to participate. More details to follow.
Are all of your new Scouts registration forms turned in? We are in the heart of a very busy fall School Night to Join Scouting. Remember to follow up with boys who came to the SNTJS and did not register as well as with the boys who turned in surveys that went home. Don’t let any boys fall through the cracks, we want every boy to have the opportunity to be a Scout! Also, please don’t let any registration forms linger in briefcases or boxes. At our October roundtable, please turn-in any registration forms that you may still have. Any questions, contact Dennis at [email protected]
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Tiger Day at the Zoo District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn 12 District Commissioners Meeting—7:30 p.m.—Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn 12 Roundtable—7:30 p.m.—Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn 13-14 Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Leader Training 14 BALOO 25 Cub Specific Leader Training 31 Popcorn order and Show’N’Sell money due to Council Service Center Registration $12 Boys’ Life $6
Are your leaders trained? Do you have new leaders joining your pack this fall, or did you have current leaders change positions within the pack? If either of these situations applies to you, then you need to be aware of the Old Portage District Cub Scout Training. This is a three hour training where your leaders will receive Basic Leader Training for their specific job within the pack. The date for fall training is Wednesday, October, 25. Please see a Cub Scout or Boy Scout Fall Training brochure for more information or different dates that are available in other districts. Youth Protection Training is also required for all adult leaders and new leaders must take the training before they can be registered. Youth Protection Training is offered online at http://www.gtcbsa.org/youth-protection-training
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Popcorn prize forms due Goodwill/Good Turn Day District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn 9 District Commissioners Meeting—6:30 p.m.—Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn 9 Roundtable—7:15 p.m.—Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn 11 Popcorn distribution 23-26 Thanksgiving—Scout Shop/office closed Registration $10 Boys’ Life $5
S e nec a Dist ric t “The Heart of the Great Trail Council” District Chairman District Commissioner District Executive
Bruce Dockstader 330-678-4376 Keith Pearson 330-931-9544 [email protected]
Nate Watson 330-773-0415 X 227 [email protected]
Seneca Website: www.senecadistrict.org
SNTJS is over, now what?
New leaders? Training is November 18
The month of September is over. It was a busy one for everyone, especially the Cub packs who worked so hard to recruit new members. A special thank you goes out to everyone on the membership and commissioner teams for attending School Nights and offering their helping hands to packs with their recruiting. A special thank you goes to Beth Meyer for organizing district attendance at school open houses and scheduling SNTJS and making sure proper district representation was in attendance. Now that school nights are over, make sure to hand in any applications that haven’t been turned in yet. Please bring any outstanding apps to the October roundtable!
Do you have new leaders you recruited this fall? If so, send them to get trained! Remember every youth deserves a properly trained leader! Seneca will be hosting a Cub and Boy Scout Leader training session. Cub Scout Leader Training will be held on Saturday, November 18, and will go from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Training will be held at the Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent. Deadline for registration is October 30. For Boy Scout information contact Dan McClory at 330-677-4628. For Cub Scout information contact Tom Torres at 216-926-2086.
SNTJS II Community Nights
Klondike is coming!
Please keep in mind that in October we will be doing Community Nights for our SNTJS II. We will be scheduling multiple packs at central locations to have one more chance at recruiting those last few Cub Scouts. The idea of this is to have packs in the same towns meet at one location and to have any last boys who want to join Scouts meet there. At this central location the boys will have the opportunity to join a pack based on location, schedule, friends, etc. Any questions contact Nate Watson at 330-773-0415 ext. 227.
Save the date for our 2018 Klondike Derby, being held at Camp Stambaugh, January 19-21! Our theme this year is, “ARE YOU TOUGHER THAN AN EAGLE SCOUT?” Our program staff has organized this year’s event with the help of ONLY Eagle Scouts to test your skills, and see if you are, “Tougher than an Eagle Scout?”
Troop open houses begin in October
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Do not forget to recruit some new youth from the 6th grade this fall. Every troop should plan a formal troop open house program. Use all of the tools available to you—including your Scouts who could invite their friends who are not yet Scouts to join you at your open house! Contact Nate Watson at 330-773-0415 ext. 227 and provide the date, time, and location of your troop’s open house!
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Youth Protection Training to be provided in November
Tiger Day at the Zoo District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent Roundtable—7 p.m.—Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent District Commissioners Meeting—7 p.m.—Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent Baloo—Camp Stambaugh (Rotary Cabin & Brown Pavilion) Registration $8 Boys’ Life $4
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District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent 3 Popcorn prize forms due 9 Roundtable—7 p.m.—Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent 9 District Commissioners Meeting—before roundtable 10 Popcorn sorting—Duracote 11 Popcorn pick-up—Duracote 18 Seneca Cub Leader Training 18 Seneca Scout Leader Training 23-25 Happy Thanksgiving—Scout Shop/office closed Registration $6 Boys’ Life $3
It’s now a requirement to have Youth Protection Training if you are a paid, registered adult. For those of you who haven’t been youth protection trained, we will be offering the training at November’s roundtable. Be sure not to miss this important meeting! This will be a new updated training that should take about 1520 minutes! We need to make sure every adult leader receives their Youth Protection Training to ensure that our youth as well as adults are safe! 16
Tri F ire s Dist rict “Fired Up Scouting!” District Chair District Commissioner District Executive
Dan Cargill 330-631-8810 [email protected]
Wes Ramp 330-338-7917 [email protected]
Dean Tunberg 330-773-0415 X 232 [email protected]
2017 Popcorn Sale
Troop open houses begin in October
Last month was our Popcorn Kick-off, this month, let’s sell, sell, sell! Don’t forget to register your unit at www.prpopcorn.com. Important dates to remember are below. If you have any questions, please contact Tri-Fires Popcorn Kernel Tosha Curren at [email protected]
October 31 Show’N’Sell money and popcorn orders due to Service Center November 3 Popcorn prize orders due November 11 Popcorn pick-up December 8 Popcorn money due to Service Center Please consider helping at our November 11 popcorn distribution. This is a huge event and we need everyone who can help!
Don’t forget to recruit some new youth from the 6th grade this fall. Every troop should plan a formal troop open house program. This is an opportunity to help your troop grow! Use all of the tools available to you - including your Scouts who could invite their friends who are not yet Scouts to join you at your open house! Contact Dean Tunberg at 330-773-0415 ext. 232 or [email protected]
and provide the date, time, and location of your troop’s open house!
“Build an Adventure: Rocket into Scouting” We made it through the month of September! It was a busy month for all of us, especially the Cub packs who worked so hard to recruit new members. A special thank you goes out to everyone on the membership and commissioner teams for taking extra time to attend additional School Nights and offering a hand to packs with their recruiting. Reminder----get those apps in! No Cub Scout should be participating in activities if they are not registered. If you have any applications that haven’t been turned in please bring them to the October roundtable.
Are your leaders trained? Do you have new leaders joining your unit this fall, or did you have current leaders change positions within your unit? Are all of your direct contact leaders trained (direct contact leader is Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, assistant Cubmaster, den leader, assistant den leader)? Here is a list of trainings going on this fall, so GET YOUR LEADERS TRAINED!. Cub Scout Leader Specific 10/25, 5:30 p.m. - Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44333 11/18, 8 a.m. - Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent, OH 44240 Tiger/Lion Specific 10/14, 8 a.m. - Council Service Center BALOO/OWL 10/14, 8 am at Camp Stambaugh Den Chief Training 10/21, 8:45 a.m. - Camp Stambaugh Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific 10/14, 8 a.m. - Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Rd., Medina, OH 44256 11/18, 8 a.m. - Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent, OH 44240 Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills 10/13, 7 p.m. - Camp Manatoc
Tri-Fires on Facebook Are you on Facebook? Do you like the Tri-Fires page? If not, you should! Go to Facebook, and “like” the page Tri-Fires District, Great Trail Council.
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Tiger Day at the Zoo District Commissioners Meeting—6 p.m.—Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge Roundtable—7 p.m.—Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge BALOO Training Registration $8 Boys’ Life $4
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District Committee Meeting—6 p.m.—Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge 4 Goodwill/Good Turn Day 5 District Commissioners Meeting—7 p.m.—Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge 9 Roundtable—7 p.m.—Northwest Ave. Church of Christ, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge 11 Popcorn distribution 23-26 Thanksgiving—Scout Shop/office closed Registration $6 Boys’ Life $3
Venturing Chairman Elizabeth Murphy Advisor Kimberly Myers Staff Advisor Dennis Vargo Council Venturing President Jake Toman
330-434-9300 [email protected]
330-801-0111 [email protected]
330-773-0415 ext. 214 [email protected]
Council Venturing President selected
Venturing Fun Weekend, November 3-5
Jake Toman, 18, an Eagle Scout from Troop 1 and a member of Crew 2001, has been selected by the Crew Presidents of the GTC VOA to serve as the 2017-2018 Venturing President. He will lead the VOA supported by his three vice presidents, and with his Adviser will represent the council to the Central Region Area 4 VOA. Jake is a senior at Archbishop Hoban High School. He has participated in over 100 nights of camping including attending VenturingFest in 2016. He has already spoken multiple times to encourage youth to sign up for VenturingFest 2018 and will be a great spokesperson for the Venturing motto to Lead the Adventure. He likes music especially playing steel drums and singing show tunes with friends. Also, he excels in mock trial and loves anything Harry Potter. You can contact Jake at [email protected]
Save the date and plan to join Venturers from across the council for this fun event. We will announce registration and give details of the event just as soon as our new officers can make their plans. Signup, as always, will be at http://GTCVenturing.org/events.
2018 VenturingFest Contingent, July 1-6 Great Trail Council Venturing is forming a council contingent to VenturingFest 2018 (July 1-6, 2018) at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Visit our page and sign up for more information at: http://gtcventuring.org/news/venturingfest/.
Plan an open house in October Crews in Venturing are small. The average size of our traditional crews are less than 10 Venturers under 21. The loss of only a few members to work or other pursuits means the whole crew may have a struggle to get anything done. You need new members, especially those new high school freshmen. We need a lot of new 14 year-olds to be invited to join in the fun. So go get them! Pick an open house date in October for a fun activity, tell your DE when it is and get the word out to as many as you can including your crew members’ friends, the local troop, school, anywhere. Invite them to your open house planned around a fun activity. Your crew can hold this at a bowling alley, that trampoline place up the road, or plan a game night at your regular meeting location, that is, meet anywhere you can have fun. Let your new friends enjoy the fun and invite them back for more. Oh yeah and spend some time sharing your plans and hopes for the coming year and showing them about Venturing. Find some help online at: http://www.venturing.org/recruiting.html. Fun fact: The words ‘Open House’ appear in the Guidebook for Advisors only four times, but appear 42 times in the Handbook for Venturers. Who do you think should be running the open house? Detailed plans are in the handbook you can get at the Scout Shop.
Vice presidents selected Three other Great Trail youth have agreed to take on the roles of vice presidents of administration, program and communication. They are Isabel Zager, Jacob Schul, and Adelaide White respectively.
September VOA Kick-off, Silver, VLAs and new officers Jake and his vice presidents selection was led by Central Region Area 4 Venturing President Grace Prorok. She presented to Scout Executive Patrick Scherer and VOA Advisor Kimberly Myers, for the second year in a row, a national award for achieving the Silver level of the Council Standards of Venturing Excellence. Also, at the VOA kickoff, Grace presented Kimberly Myers with the Area Venturing Leadership Award. She joins Wendy Greathouse who was also presented the area award last month. Patrick Scherer spoke to the youth assembled and told of his Venturing experience and hopes for the growth of Venturing in GTC. He spoke of the lack of good programming for high school and college youth and said the new Council Venturing President would be involved in needed strategic planning. It was so good to have the Scout Executive give his time to address the youth and advisors assembled.
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Venturing Fun Weekend—Camp Butler
VOA Officers and Advisors Midyear Planning Meeting
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W h ispe ring Pine s District District Chairman Terry Daprile 330-502-8133 [email protected]
District Commissioner Beth Harnishfeger 330-758-3853 [email protected]
District Executive John Brkic [email protected]
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Join us for roundtable
Sign up for this year’s Webelos Woods Campout
Join us for our October roundtable on Thursday, October 5, at 7 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Dr., Boardman, OH 44512. Our October roundtable topic is Aquatics Safety Afloat and Canoe Safety. Looking forward to November, our roundtable will be held on Thursday, November 2, and the topic will be new gadgets and equipment. All adults are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly roundtables. These meetings offer important announcements about upcoming events, handouts and informational flyers for district led endeavors, plus information about council-wide programs.
Join us for the fall Webelos Woods program that will be held at Camp Stambaugh on November 4. You can sign up by visiting: https://scoutingevent.com/433-2017WPWebelosWoods
Please direct questions to Webelos Woods Chair Steph Kelly at [email protected]
Scout Museum tours and programs Tours can be arranged for the Camp Stambaugh Scout Museum by calling Bill Moss at 330-755-6795 or better yet by emailing at [email protected]
with a request to tour the museum or request a special program for your unit. Both Cub packs and Scout troops are encouraged to come out to the museum and have a short meeting there and tour the museum. Boy Scouts can work on building a commando rope, which they get to keep, it's free. Cub Scouts can build an Indian Bone Game, which they get to keep, it's free. We even do History Hunts for answers to questions about Scouting which can be run as a competition between dens and/or patrols. We can even run a History Hunt as a station during district or council activities. There also is a store in the museum where you can get FREE things and even buy some of the historical things from Scouting's past.
Recharter packet distribution Recharter packets for the 2018 calendar year will be distributed at the October roundtable. Please make sure a representative from your unit will be attending the meeting to receive your unit’s recharter packet.
Popcorn sale information We hope everyone is out there selling their popcorn! Don’t forget that Take Orders will be due to the council at the end of this month! Make sure your Scouts have everything turned in to your unit kernel in time so that we don’t miss any orders. Our Take Order distribution will be held at Dearing Compressor and Pump Co. on Friday, November 10,. Please pay attention to your e-mails for further instructions.
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A huge thank you!
A huge thank you goes out to the team at Dearing Compressor and Pump Co. for allowing us to use their facility as our Popcorn Distribution Warehouse this year. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them!
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District Commissioners Meeting—6:30 p.m.— Boardman Library District Advancement Committee Meeting—6:30 p.m. —Boardman Library District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Boardman Library Roundtable—7 p.m.—Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Dr., Boardman Registration $6 Boys’ Life $3
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District Commissioners Meeting—6:30 p.m.— Boardman Library District Advancement Committee Meeting—6:30 p.m. —Boardman Library District Committee Meeting—7 p.m.—Boardman Library Roundtable—7 p.m.—Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Dr., Boardman Webelos Woods Campout—Camp Stambaugh Popcorn distribution Registration $4 Boys’ Life $2
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Journey to Excellence
The 2017 popcorn season is off and running! Remember to turn in your order forms and prize forms on Tuesday, October 31, to the Scout Service Center in Akron! We sold $180,000 worth of popcorn last year, let’s see if we can beat it! If you attended the Seneca District Popcorn Kick-Off, hopefully you remember the challenge issued by Nate Watson. The Seneca District unit who has the greatest percentage increase over their 2016 sales; Nate Watson will attend your prize party and allow each of your selling Scouts AND your popcorn kernel to PIE him in the face! Nate will bring the whipped cream and supplies for the pies! Make sure your boys have a chance to pie our district executive in the FACE! Questions? Contact District Kernel Sabrina Finney at 330-607-7290 or [email protected]
As we get started in the new Scouting year please remember to track your unit’s Journey to Excellence. Journey to Excellence is the BSA’s performance recognition program designed to encourage, reward success, and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. You can follow your journey at the link below. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/commissioners/journey.aspx
Venturing cont ’ d. Troops need a crew You can see Older Boy Scouts and your Mission: Why your troop, why your older Scouts need a crew at http://gtcventuring.org/news/2017/08/troops-need-crews/. Learn that (1) Venturing is as beneficial to a Boy Scout troop as is a Cub pack, (2) Crews do not substitute for troops, but add value to them, and (3) Troop – Crew partnerships can help young adults flourish. Bonus material in the online slides too.
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Journey to Excellence
As our units continue to sell Pecatonica River Popcorn remember to mark your Scout calendar with these important details: October 31 - Final take order sales are due November 3 - Scout prize forms are due December 8 - All payments are due Shipment, Sorting and Distribution Thursday, November 9 - 8 a.m.-4 p.m. - Take Order delivery - Ohio Army National Guard, 920 Lafayette Rd., Medina Unit volunteer assistance is needed. Any adult volunteers able to help will be allowed to pick up their orders early. Saturday, November 11 - 8 a.m.-noon - Take Order distribution - Ohio Army National Guard, 920 Lafayette Rd., Medina Pick up is by appointment only. Questions & Appointments Contact: District Popcorn Kernel: Julio Esis [email protected]
, 305-607-5339 Communication & Logistics Coordinator: Nicole Spry, [email protected]
, 330-391-1753 *Popcorn sales supports program and yearly Scouting activities.
Youth deserve excellent crews and trained leaders. To get Gold on your JTE, the advisor and all associate advisors and at least two committee members must be trained. Go to: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/mission/pdf/2017_Crew_JTE_Guidebook.pdf to check out the resources and download the 2017 guidebook for JTE. Get your vice president of administration to work with the youth to see how you are doing and what you need to do to get Bronze, Silver or Gold. Don’t wait until recharter, use the form now to improve your crew and give your youth excellent crews. Need help, contact your unit or district commissioner.
Goal 100% trained Let’s achieve 100 percent of all our adult leaders being trained. We are offering inperson Adult Leader Specific Training on Saturday, November 4, at the Camp Butler Conference Center during the Fall Fun Weekend. Come out and take it while your youth have a great time. Sign up for training by going to the Fall Fun Venturing event registration site http://GTCVenturing.org/events. There is another way, you can get trained, take it online at home at http://my.scouting.org in bite sized modules. Modules are listed at: http://GTCVenturing.org/training. If you want youth training help, email Kimberly Myers at [email protected]
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Tiger Day at the Zoo Training Committee Meeting Program Committee Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Haunted Hayride Set Up Popcorn Blitz Executive Committee Meeting Boy Scout Camp Promotion Meeting Wood Badge Dinner Committee Meeting Haunted Hayride—Camp Butler Haunted Hayride—Camp Butler Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Baloo Training—Camp Stambaugh Popcorn Blitz Tiger/Lion Leader Training Scoutmaster Specific Training Council Membership Meeting Cub Camping Promotion Committee Meeting Family FOS Chair Meeting Haunted Hayride—Camp Butler Haunted Hayride—Camp Butler JOTA—Brown Pavilion, Camp Stambaugh Den Chief Training Council Commissioners Meeting Recharter Orientation Religious Committee Meeting Advancement Committee Meeting Risk Management Committee Meeting Haunted Hayride (last night!)—Camp Butler Popcorn Blitz Tiger/Lion Leader Training Popcorn Take Orders due Show’N’Sell money due
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Auction Committee Meeting M&M Training Committee Meeting Philmont Committee Meeting Endowment Committee Meeting Popcorn Prize Orders due Goodwill/Good Turn Day Shooting Sports Saturday Eagle Dinner Committee Boy Scout Camp Promotion Wood Badge Dinner Committee Meeting Finance Committee Meeting College of Commissioner Science Popcorn distribution Council Board FOS Kick-Off Executive Board Meeting Funding Committee Meeting Camping Committee Meeting Council FOS Orientation University of Scouting Committee Meeting Marketing Committee Meeting Nominating Committee Meeting Cub Leader Training Scoutmaster Specific Training Dinner & Movie—Camp Manatoc NYLT Reunion & Interviews Scout Shop/office closed Thanksgiving Day Council Commissioner Meeting Properties Committee Meeting
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