Scouter's Backpack Newsletter - August 2022

We are excited to announce we have launched a new website! Just in time for back-to-school and fall recruiting. Check out the newly designed today!

Keep reading to see all the training opportunities and recruiting activities we have planned for this fall.

Scouting. For Fun! Prepared. For Life!


This issue covers:

• Scouter Success Seminar
• Wood Badge Information
• Recruiting
• Training Opportunities
• Advancement information
• Webelos Adventure Camp
• And more...



Recruiting News

Marketing Materials and Important Recruiting Events

Please attend your District Roundtable on Thursday, August 11th to pick up all your Scout recruiting materials and to get the latest information on recruiting. We have new stickers, yard signs, banners, bracelets, posters, and more to help market your Scouting program. Make sure you get the word out to your community about Scout sign-ups, at your Charter Organization Open House, on the date you selected in August.

Also, each elementary and middle school in our Council will be open one evening in September for recruiting. Check with your District Executive on all the latest dates that have been set. If you can help with rallying (talking to youth) the day before the school night, please let your District Executive know. Click on the unit resources tab for more helpful recruiting information.

Space Derby Build and Blast
Recruiting Activity

During the month of August, we are going to have a couple of Space Derby Fun Day's to help recruit new families in to Scouting.
 Please invite non-Scout friends to join the fun and be a part of Space Derby at the following locations:


Etowah District
August 6th - 10am-2pm
at Sardis Presbyterian Church

Hornet's Nest District
August 13th - 10am -1pm
at Veterans Park in Huntersville

Apache District
August 20th - 10am - Noon
at Sharon Presbyterian Church.

This is a great time to join Scouts!

Recruiting Is So Important

Summer is the perfect time to get the word out to your non-scout neighbors and friends on why they should join you at your next Scouting outing.

Most units meet for a couple special events during the summer to earn the Summertime Pack Award. So why not focus one of those on a recruiting opportunity? It could be a pool party, cookout, hike or just about anything FUN! Always invite a friend to join your Scouting Adventure.

Another good idea is for your Scouts to take over your local Park for a couple of hours. Meet at the Park in class B uniform, have fun and play games. Other families will see you and hopefully come over and ask how they can join in on the FUN! Always have your unit information handout ready with your upcoming schedule to give to prospective parents and youth.

If you need any yard signs for recruiting purposes, stop by the Scout Office and we will give you a couple. Don't forget to advertise your Scouting activities on social media as well.


Training Opportunities

Wood Badge

Registration is now open for Wood Badge Course 15-415-22 to be held over two weekends: September 16-18 and October 8-9, 2022 at Belk Scout Camp. Don't miss out on your chance to make lifelong friends!

Wood Badge is designed for registered leaders, both volunteer and professional, from all of the current BSA programs (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing). Wood Badge’s effectiveness as a leadership development experience has been applauded by industry training professionals. Its positive influence on graduates’ individual unit-level programs is unparalleled.


So are you ready to experience the premier adult leadership training offered by the Boy Scouts of America? If so, click the link below, get yourself registered, and get ready for a Scouting experience of a lifetime.

If you have questions or are ready to register, please visit the Mecklenburg County Council's Wood Badge site below. Feel free to reach out with additional questions to our Program ASM Kendal McAteer. We look forward to seeing you out at camp this fall!


Climbing Instructors Needed


With growing interest from our scouts and increased COPE and climbing elements, Mecklenburg County Council needs climbing instructors.

You’ll start with the entry level course, designed to cover the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) and Climbing Instructor Level I Foundations core competencies for both Belk and Camp Grimes.

No experience necessary. Just a love for adventure and scouts! You do not need to be an ASM or Den Leader.

Sign up now for Level I training on Sept. 9-11th, 2022 at Belk Scout Camp.

Learn More About COPE & Climbing

Register for Lvl 1 Climbing Instructor Training


Scouter Success Training


The Scouter Success Seminar will be held Saturday, September 10, 2022
8 AM to 5 PM at Central Piedmont Community College near uptown.

Over twenty hour-long sessions on a wide range of skills, administration, and programs. Learn about fundraising, marketing your unit, managing advancement, orienteering, knots, cooking, and more!

  • Leave No Trace 101 certification course
  • Detailed Scoutbook training for Packs, Crews, and Troops.
  • Position specific training for leaders and committees of Packs, Troops, and Crews.
  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) for youth leaders, a prerequisite for SEALS and NYLT.
  • Den Chief training for Scouts providing this important service to Cub Packs.
  • How to use the Eagle workbook and avoid mistakes in the Eagle application.
  • CPR/AED certification.

Registration Now Open

NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed for youth to learn and practice the leadership skills that will help them succeed in Scouting and in life!


The next MCC NYLT course will occur summer 2023, with registration opening early January 2023.


2023 National Jamboree

Scouts BSA National Jamboree Set for July 19-28, 2023

The BSA is hosting a national Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from July 19-28, 2023. Online registration for youth and staff is now open at

The Council is sending several BSA Troops (boys and girls) and a Venture crew to this event. Participant fees are $1,995, and are payable in easy installments. The first installment of $485 is due at the council office by July 1, 2022. Payments must be made with either cash or a check. No credit card payment will be accepted.

Don't miss out on the once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy ten days of fantastic Scouting adventures with Scouts from all across the USA. The BSA has been holding national Jamborees since 1937, so attending in 2023 will connect you to this grand tradition.

Plus, Jamborees are a ton of fun!




Do you have Scouts interested in attending the 2023 National Scout Jamboree? Please get this information out to members of your Troop, Crew, or Ship, and let them know of this extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the ultimate Scouting Adventure. You can watch the official Jamboree Launch Party on the web by going to the Jamboree’s Facebook Live page below.


Fund Your Scouting Adventure


The 2022 Popcorn season is quickly approaching, and we are gearing up for what promises to be a great fall sale. This will be our third year of direct consumer shipping and Trails End has made the on-line tools even better this year. Click the Buttons below for all the details.

Popcorn Details

Register to Sell

Trails End Webinars


Webelos Adventure Camp 2023



Webelos Adventure Camp 2023 Save the Dates The dates for Webelos Adventure Camp have been set.
Mark your calendars and check upcoming editions of the Backpacker, the council website and our Facebook page for more information.
Session 1: Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 16th
Session 2: Sunday, July 16th through Wednesday, July 19th
Session 3: Thursday, July 20th through Sunday, July 23rd
For more information contact the WAC Camp Director at



Rank Advancement Changes

In 2021, all outdoor-related rank advancement requirements were reviewed and realigned based on guidance from the National Outdoor Ethics and Conservation Subcommittee. These adjustments will help more effectively build a Scout’s outdoor ethics knowledge and align with the information in the Scouts BSA Handbook and Fieldbook. The requirements now build in a logical way through the ranks, with Leave No Trace (LNT) and the Outdoor Code (OC) used as references throughout.

Beginning August 1, 2022, these minor modifications to the Scouts BSA requirements for the ranks of Scout through Star will take effect. Scouts may continue using the existing requirements for the rank on which they are currently working, or they may choose to use the new requirements. Scouts must use the new requirements once they advance to their next rank. On January 1, 2023, all Scouts must use only the new requirements.

Rank Advancement Changes Updated Merit Badge Requirements Useful Links for Merit Badges


From The Pond

New: Cabela’s Kid’s Weekend Events
August 6 & 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Try your archery skills at Cabela’s inflatable archery hover ball archery game.

August 27 & August 28,

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Try your skills at Cabela’s inflatable BB Shooting range.
Great fun for all ages. Free giveaways for both events.
Cabela’s is located at 1000 Cabela’s Dr., Ft. Mill, SC 29708; just across the road from Carowinds.


Want your unit to go fishing with a Certified Angling Instructor (CAI)? Just ask us how. FISH ON!


MCC Fishing Information Request


Henry A. Harkey Memorial Gold Tournament


The Henry Harkey Memorial Golf Tournament, presented by Ernst & Young, has been rescheduled for, Monday, October 10, 2022. registration will open at 9:30 am and the tournament’s “Shotgun start” is at 11:00 am. The tournament will be a modified Captain’s Choice format. We will present individual and team awards at a reception and dinner immediately following play. As part of your sponsorship, each player will receive green fee/cart, range time, lunch, dinner, snacks, beverages, a complimentary sleeve of golf balls, special competitions, and a fun day on a great course.


22nd Annual Sporting Clays

TRAINED to Position Requirement Coming

Every youth Scout deserves a TRAINED leader. To that end, the Mecklenburg County Council will begin requiring that each adult leader be TRAINED to position in order to either register or re-register. This process will begin with the 2023 unit rechartering process. More information will be coming this summer from our council TRAINING committee.

Did You Know?

Scoutbook is for recording and tracking advancement, sending message to your unit and tracking payments. is for all things registrations. Transferring Scouts between units, taking online applications, and assigning roles to adult volunteers.

If a Scout is on your Scoutbook roster, but not your my.scouting roster, then one of two things has happened. They are not registered, or they are registered under a different BSA ID number.

Click the link below if you are having trouble with one of your Scouts or adults or they have a yellow triangle next to their name in Scoutbook.

MCC Support Form

CMS Eagle Scout Service Projects

Eagle Scout Service Projects for CMS – New Process:


1. Life Scout creates project concept and initial BSA “Eagle Scout Services Project Proposal” and reviews with/gains approval from: Unit Leader, Unit Committee and Beneficiary.

2. Life Scout submits/reviews BSA “Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal” with District Review Committee.

  1. When appropriate, District Review Committee approves project and signs off with notation “Must follow CMS guidelines on council website under Advancement.”
  2. District Review Committee refers Life Scout to new CMS “Eagle Scout Project

Proposal” form/process.

  1. Scout completes CMS “Eagle Scout Project Proposal” form; emails completed form and original BSA “Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal” to:

Phil A. Berman, CMS Eagle Project Coordinator

6. Phil Berman assigns a Senior Portfolio Manager to Life Scout/project.

  1. Senior Portfolio Manager works with Life Scout to review/approve project; once complete, sends email to Life Scout confirming CMS approval.
  2. Life Scout proceeds to set up project workdays and completes project.

9. Life Scout circles back with SPM and Phil Berman with details and photos of project completion.

10. Life Scout gets beneficiary and unit leader to sign off and completes/submits BSA “Eagle Scout Service Project Report.”