Scouter's Backpack Newsletter - November 2022

As we head into the Holiday Season we would like to express our GRATITUDE for your continued support and leadership. We appreciate every member of our Scouting family!

We hope you can join in one or more of our fall activities or just get out and enjoy the great camping weather.

However you are kicking off your Holiday Season take a moment to count all the things you are grateful for!

Well done volunteers!

Thank you for your effort in this year's fall recruitment. We have recently recruited over 1,000 new Scouts in Mecklenburg County Council.

Leaders, make sure you turn in all your new youth and adult applications to the Scout Office in a timely manner. Also, unit key 3 leaders should follow up with all invitation and application manager leads that have generated from

Many thanks to Patrick Short, VP of Membership for his leadership and marketing skills. This year has truly been an awesome recruiting experience.

If you need more marketing materials or still need more youth, reach out to your District Executive for assistance. Great job EVERYONE!!!

Scouting. For Fun! Prepared. For Life.


Merit Badge Opportunities

Register now for the following Merit Badges:

Schedule Your Own MB Course at:


  • Piedmont Council MB University - Feb 25, 2023
  • Spring Camp at Camp Grimes - April 21-23, 2023

Eagle Project Opportunities

Niner University Elementary (NUE) School, located at 2414 Lester Street, needs Eagle projects to develop an outdoor classroom and eating area. The students will appreciate projects to construct and install benches, tables, and picnic tables. A possibly unique feature of these projects will be constructing the furniture in smaller-than-normal sizes appropriate for the young children who attend NUE. For more information, please contact the NUE principal Pamela Broome.

Are you looking for an Eagle Project Opportunity for a Scout? Rea Farms STEAM Academy is a new CMS K-8 school that opened last year in South Charlotte. As a new school, it doesn't have a lot of stuff that kids would like and appreciate (and frankly need for mental health) like good older recess equipment (Swings, Gaga ball pit, or other outdoor equipment). The school is new and does not have a heritage of Scouts, Eagle projects are needed. If interested, please contact Dayna Perkowski-Galdun.


Mecklenburg County Council has adopted a 100% Trained policy to ensure every Scout has a trained leader. All registered leaders, including non-uniform leaders such as committee members, must complete position training.

For merit badge counselors, the deadline is this December's renewal.

For unit leaders, it is rechartering in 2023.

Don't delay! Log in to My.Scouting and complete your position training today.


Contact your district training chair.

10 Things Every New Cub Scout Leader Should Know

2022-02 S.E.A.L.S.

November 11 - 13, 2022 at Belk Scout Camp.

Scoutmasters - Each troop/crew can recommend 2 (two) primary scouts and 2 (two) alternates on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Register Today

Wilderness First Aid


Wilderness First Aid is required for most National BSA High Adventure Trips. It is recommend for any areas were the unit would be more than one hour away from medical care. The council will be offering 4 classes this winter. The certification is good for two years, which would cover summer 2023 and 2024. Each class is limited to 10 people and fills up fast. Class starts at 6:00 pm on Friday and stops at 10:00 pm. Class starts back at 8:00 am on Saturday and runs to no later than 8:00 pm Saturday. You must be present for all sessions. As classes fill up, the next one will be opened for registration. Classes need to be full for good group learning. The cost is $95.00 per person. You can sign up by using the Mecklenburg County Council BSA website. Sign up is under the training tab. If you sign up for the class, the cost is none refundable. If after signing up, you find you cannot attend, you can get someone to take your place. You are required to be current in CPR at the time of taking the class. You will find more details on the training website.


The dates are as follows;

November 4 and 5, 2022 - Full
January 27 and 28, 2023 - Full
February 24 and 25, 2023 - Full


The goal is to have each class full to generate good learning. If you have questions, email Joe Culpepper.




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.

Click for more information:

Training Quicklinks

Training Updates

2022 Youth and Adult Training Courses at the Summit

NAYLE - National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience at Philmont

NAYLE - National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience at Summit

Trained Leader Strip Patches for Youth Leaders

Scout youth leaders who have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), den chiefs (Scouts, Sea Scouts, or Venturers) who have completed Den Chief Training, and Venturing youth leaders who have completed the Crew Officers Orientation or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) may wear the Trained Leader emblem with their badge of office.

Two Tools to Help Onboard New Den Leaders

First is a Den Leader Video that walks den leaders through getting started using the den leader tools.


The second is a digital brochure specific to a Cub Scout rank and gives new Den Leaders step-by-step instructions on how to get started.


Welcome, New Lion or Tiger Den Leader

Welcome, New Wolf or Bear Den Leader

Welcome, New Webelos Den Leader


Scouting for Food 2023

Thursday, January 12: Door hanger cards distributed at Roundtables.

Saturday, January 28: Scouts distribute door hanger cards to homes in their assigned neighborhoods.

Saturday, February 4: Scouts will go door–to-door to collect bags and boxes of non-perishable food and deliver food to collection sites.

Sunday, February 5: Scouts may collect food brought for donation by worshippers at local churches.


The 2022 Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade

Thanksgiving Eve - Thursday, November 23, 2022.

Once again, Scouts will be marching through the streets of uptown Charlotte with a huge America Flag!

Register to Join Us!

Scout Night with the Charlotte Hornets

HORNETS vs Hawks
Friday, December 16th
Tipoff at 7:00pm

Welcome all scouts as the Charlotte Hornets take on the Atlanta Hawks. Discounted tickets their families as well as access to the Hornets court from 3pm-3:30pm. Tickets must be purchased through this link in order to have access to the special fan experience.

Register Here

Tickets as low as $23


VIP Access to Pre-Game Behind the Scenes & the Hornets court for an Hour. Come get in the doors early and watch shoot around at 4pm!

Winter Camp

Mecklenburg County Council will hold its 7th annual Winter Camp, modeled on summer camp with 21 merit badge courses offered.

Adult volunteers, all registered with BSA as merit badge counselors, will serve as instructors and merit badge counselors. Our cook-from-scratch Cook Team will prepare meals and Cracker Barrel (evening social hour) desserts for weekend Overnight Campers.

Scouts may attend also for Saturday only as Day Campers.

Before registering, please read the Winter Camp Guide with information on the program, schedule, and merit badge homework for Scouts to complete before they arrive.

Register for Winter Camp

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 BSA Troops (boys and girls) and a Venture crew to this event.

Youth $2,210 and Adult leaders $1,710 ON or AFTER 11/1/2022.

YOUTH FEES – Due on following dates
With registration.................... $550.00
November 1, 2022................... $830.00
February 1, 2023...................... $830.00

TOTAL $2,210.00

ADULT LEADER FEES – Due on following dates
With registration....................... $450.00
November 1, 2022...................... $630.00
February 1, 2023......................... $630.00

TOTAL FEE $1,710.00

Register online by clicking the link below. Participant online registration does not involve any payments. You will make all payments separately to Mecklenburg County Council. Fees include:

  • 10 days of attendance and activities at Jamboree including all meals
  • Duffle bag for gear
  • Two Official 2023 Jamboree uniform patches, two Council shoulder patches, two troop numerals, Jamboree uniform nameplate
  • One set of Mecklenburg County Council Jamboree patches (additional available for purchase)
  • Unit Jamboree T-shirt and hat (or other SWAG at unit discretion)
  • Pre-Jamboree shakedown campout at Belk Scout Camp (April 2023) inclusive of meals
  • Bus transportation to and from Jamboree

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!

Jamboree Scholarships Available

Need-based scholarships are available for the 2023 Jamboree for Scouts who qualify. These are provided through the national BSA. To learn more about this, click here.

?If you have already registered and need to apply for financial assistance, please email and ask that they re-open your registration so that you can apply for a Jamboree scholarship opportunity.

Sign Up for Jamboree



High Adventure


As your unit plans for 2023,

take a look at the BSA High Adventure Bases.


Contact Courtenay Miller for more information on any of these programs.


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

More Info

Gotta Go to Grimes!

Registration for our 2023 Summer Camp at Camp Grimes is now open.

Go to the My Camp Grimes website, click on the Online Campsite Reservation link under the section titled 2023 Summer Camp Season.

Sea Scouts

For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Sea Scout units– called ships- are established all across the country on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes. They provide limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won’t ?nd anywhere else. Sea Scouts is a place to grow and learn, ?nd adventure, and build long lasting friendships. For more information on starting a Ship in your area, contact Sea Scout Commandant Larry Banks.



Important Dates:

November 2 - Show and Sell returns, noon-2PM

November 8 - Final orders due from units

November 29 - Show and Sell Settlement

December 3 - Take order distribution to units, 8-11AM

December 1-15 - Take Order Settlement Dates

December 15 - Deadline to receive 33% commission

December 30 - Commission is reduced to 30%

Popcorn Details

Camp Grimes

We are looking for slightly used, but much loved, Sun Fish Sailboats to add to our flotilla for Summer Camp. If you have one or know of someone who has one and would like to donate it to Camp Grimes, please reach out to Program Director, Alan Keiger, at 704-342-9325.

Henry A. Harkey Memorial Golf Tournament

A big THANK YOU to the 32 teams that came out and played in the Henry A. Harkey Memorial Golf Tournament.

We have a tentative date of May 15, 2023 for our next Henry A. Harkey Memorial Golf Tournament. Keep an eye on the MCC Scouting website for more information.

Scout Sporting Clays

A big THANK YOU to the 49 teams that came out and shot at the Meadow Wood Farm.

We have a tentative date of October 18, 2023 for our next Sporting Clay event. Keep an eye on the MCC Scouting website for more information.

OA News

Catawba Lodge

Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 2, OA Annual Banquet at Belk Scout Camp

OA High Adventure Opportunities:

OA Ocean Adventure (Florida Sea Base)

OA Summit Experience (Summit Bechtel Reserve)

OA Trail Crew (Philmont Scout Ranch)

OA Wilderness Voyage (Northern Tier)

OA Eastern Region and Gateway Region Leadership Training Events

Scout Shop

Beginning November 1st: The Scout Shop will no longer be able to accept credit card payments for event or membership registration or unit account funding.

The Scout Shop and Council Service Center will be closed:

November 27th - 30th
December 5th

National Scouting

Check out the searchable national BSA calendar for training, advancement and other events within 100-200-2000 miles of your zip code.

International Scouting

August 1-12, 2023, 25th World Scout Jamboree,

?Saemanguem, South Korea

2023 World Jamboree Host web page

European Scout Voluntary Program

Participants must be 18 to 30 years old and must commit to serve on camp staff in Europe for at least 6 weeks.

Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland is now open.

Baden-Powell's dream of a permanent Jamboree in the Swiss Alps has been a reality for nearly 100 years. Kandersteg will celebrate its centenary in 2023 and would like Scouts and Venturers from the USA to join them for a birthday celebration. The anniversary will last all year, but will focus on Kander100, a mini-Jamboree from 28 July to 7 August, 2023.

International BSA Blog

Leave a Scouting Legacy

Have you thought about putting the Boy Scouts in your estate plans? Contact us.

With the help of your advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to the Mecklenburg County Council, BSA. In fact, you can even designate support for a specific purpose like camp scholarships, the endowment, or capital projects.

A retirement asset like an IRA or 401(k) makes an excellent option to maximize giving and minimize taxes.

Interested? Questions?

Contact Dave Ritchie at 704-342-9328 or