Smoke Signals - 6.1.20
An online edition of our Apache District Newsletter can also be found @ http://www.mccscouting.org/apache under the Smoke Signals tab
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy
From your Apache District Committee
Apache Roundtable for Thursday, June 11, 2020
Zoom meeting, 7:00 p.m.—Presentation Topic: Pending
Canceled --- Eagle Project Reviews, Thursday, June 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-scouts, then Project Review Information, or
NEW – Updates for Rank Advancement/Camping Requirements in COVID-19 FAQ
BSA National has added temporary changes to rank requirements.
NEW -- Eagle Project Reviews during COVID-19, Update as of 5/27.2020
Having moved into Phase two of the Governor’s Plan to reopen North Carolina, the Mecklenburg County Council’s Advancement Committee has approved limited in-person reviews of Eagle Projects. Project Proposal reviews will not be at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church for the immediate future. The Scout is to follow the normal protocol of requesting a review via email to Apache.firstname.lastname@example.org. These requests will be distributed periodically to Eagle Project Reviewers. Once a reviewer has been assigned, the reviewer will contact the Scout (with a copy to another adult to maintain 2-deep leadership) to coordinate a mutually agreed location that allows appropriate social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines. For those Scouts and Reviewers that have safety concerns with in-person reviews, the Apache District will continue to allow virtual reviews until further notice. The Scout should indicate their preference (or lack thereof) in their request for a project review. The reviewer will contact the Scout and will establish plans to complete the review.
NEW – Eagle Application Packet Processing and Reviews, Update of 5/27/2020
With the Council office and Scout Shop now open with its normal operating hours, a Scout or troop leader may drop off a newly completed Eagle application packet during Scout Shop hours. If the Scout or leader is uncomfortable with entering the Scout Shop, he or she should call the Scout Shop number 704 342 9323 when they arrive at the Council office and let Scout Shop Manager Jennifer Adkins know that they have an Eagle packet to leave. She will come out to their car to retrieve the packet. Laura Bachelder of the Council staff will review the application material for completeness and notify the District Eagle Scout Board of Review Coordinator that the application is ready to be picked up.
NEW – Eagle Scout Boards of Review, Update as of 5/27/2020
Having moved into Phase 2 of the Governor’s Plan to reopen North Carolina, the Mecklenburg County Council’s Advancement Committee has approved the following: Effective immediately, in-person Eagle Boards of Review can now be resumed if all parties are comfortable and feel safe following CDC guidelines. Virtual Eagle Boards of Review are an option if in-person Eagle Boards of Review are not possible. In-person Eagle Boards of Review are encouraged where the situation allows.
The District Advancement Chairs, along with the District Advancement Committees, will immediately start expediting the backlog of Eagle Scout packets submitted to the Scout Office during the COVID shutdown. Also, Eagle Scout packets ready to be turned in may be submitted to the Scout Office during normal working hours.
If units are restricted from their normal EBOR meeting place for COVID reasons and have no other option, the conference rooms at the Scout Office are available. Please contact your District Advancement Chair, or District Director, to reserve a date and space at the Scout Office for your EBOR.
Utilization of outdoor facilities such as public parks where one might have access to picnic tables and benches is another option.
After an Eagle Board, a District Eagle Board Reviewer can return the signed Eagle application and all letters of recommendation to the Council office by following the same schedule and process.
NEW - Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Begins June 1. Be Weather Smart – Have a Plan
“An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.”*
It important that all of us to be mindful of changing weather patterns in our area. Does your unit and family have a severe weather plan and/or evacuation plan in case of emergencies? History has taught us that we are not immune to these types of storms even if we are inland. BSA, the State of North Carolina, and FEMA all have excellent resources available to us on hazardous weather training. Please check out https://www.ready.gov/be-informed and https://www.readync.org/
Would you like to track a hurricane? Visit National Hurricane Center
Remember… No matter how many storms are predicted; it only takes ONE!
NEW - WCNC Weather School
Would you or your Scouts like to know more about weather? Learn from the pros at www.wcnc.com/weatherschool
NEW - Revised Fishing and Fly-Fishing Merit Badge Counselor Guides
Are you a Merit Badge Counselor for Fishing or Fly Fishing or Both? Have we got a surprise for you. Fresh off the press! The BSA National Fishing Committee has just released revised Merit Badge Counselor Guides. These guides provide you awesome information to be used when working with your Scouts.
Click on the links below to access the files:
If you are not a merit badge counselor and are called to service by reading these guides, please visit https://www.mccscouting.org/advancement If you have any questions about our fishing program, please check https://www.mccscouting.org/fishing or contact the Mecklenburg County Council Fishing Committee at email@example.com
Remember, there is more to fishing than just putting a worm on a hook. You can find tons of resources for Cubs, Scouts, and adults at https://www.mccscouting.org/fishing Be sure to follow us on https://www.facebook.com/MCCFishing415/
Stay safe and FISH ON!!!
Updates for Rank Advancement/Camping Requirements in COVID-19 FAQ
BSA National has added temporary changes to rank requirements.
Age-Extension Beyond the 18th Birthday for Eagle Requirements during COVID-19
With new national guidelines to adapt to COVID-19, age extensions beyond the 18th birthday for Eagle Scout requirements (and Summit Award requirements) are available for current Life Scouts. These extensions include, but are not limited to, hardships in completing Eagle Projects. Many organizations that are currently the beneficiaries, or may be the beneficiaries of planned projects, may have enacted rules that prevent Scouts from completing their projects before their 18th birthdays. In addition, the Scout may not be able to organize sufficient assistance (or may not be able to enlist the assistance of others due to the social distancing requirements) to allow them to meet the supervisory goals of the Eagle project during this period.
National Advancement Committee has delegated the local council advancement committee and Scout executive permission to approve age-extensions for the Eagle Scout candidate. This applies to Life Scouts who cannot complete Eagle (and Venturing Summit) requirements prior to the 18th birthday because of the corona virus shutdown. Scouts have three months after their 18th birthday to complete any requirements. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th (21st for Sea Scouts and Venturers) birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the Guide to Advancement. Life Scouts may apply for age-extension approval between now and September 30, 2020, for local approval. After that date, National must grant such approvals. Please email all requests for such local approval to Joel Moser, Council Advancement Chair at
firstname.lastname@example.org by using Form 512-077, available at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-077.pdf.
Blue Card and Advancement Report Processing
Advancement reports (with supporting blue cards and/or summer camp advancement reports) can be mailed in or dropped off at any time in the mail slot at the back door of the office (the mail slot is 1.5 inches tall). Although many troops use Scoutbook for advancement reports, some may use the BSA Advancement form as posted at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34403.pdf . Blue cards are very strongly recommended to all Scouts and to all troops because blue card records can be invaluable to confirm merit badges for Star, Life, and especially for Eagle Boards of Review.
After the Scout Shop receives the reports and cards, processing may take up to 7 to 10 business days. Troop leaders should please include contact information so that the Scout Shop can call when reports and blue cards are ready for pickup. Pickup can occur during curbside Scout Shop hours, currently Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. If leaders would like to purchase badges, they can note it with the packet delivery or can email a copy of the advancement report to Scout Shop Manager Jennifer Adkins at email@example.com so that badges can be pulled for curbside pickup. Costs for badges can be deducted from unit Scout Shop accounts with express permission from an authorized user or can be paid for by credit card.
Signatures for advancements
All advancement reports require at least one signature. If any ranks 1st Class and above are listed on the report, 3 signatures are still required. Unit leaders can send e-signatures by email to Council Program Assistant Laura Bachelder at
NEW - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Life Scout Tyron Hardowar in Queens, New York saved his 8-year brother’s life with CPR he learned when he earned First Aid Merit Badge.
Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food for 2020 has formally ended but the need is on-going and greater than ever in this time of COVID-19. If you wish to donate money on-line directly or through a Virtual Food Drive, please check out options under the green “Donate” tab at https://loavesandfishes.org/
Merit Badge Information
More information on local courses is available at
Information on regional and national courses is posted at
Spreadsheet sorts by date and by state are recommended.
Current merit badge requirements:
Scheduled Merit Badge Courses
Discovery Place Science and Discovery Place Nature have closed for the indefinite future. When those facilities open again, we will post an updated schedule for their merit badge courses.
Rescheduled with New Date - Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge
scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Charlotte AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed and rescheduled with new date of Saturday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Free entry to Charlotte AutoFair and free parking in the Youth Program area with tickets and parking passes obtained by registration in advance. Scout leaders and parents are welcome to attend.
For updated Merit Badge Guide with information on merit badge homework, optional camping, and registration by email, please click on
Mining in Society Merit Badge
Saturdays, June 6, June 20, July 11, July 25, August 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Rd, Midland, NC 28107
Cost is $5, which includes ticket for gold panning.
For Merit Badge Guide with information on optional camping, pre-course homework, and registration by phone or email, please click on
POSTPONED – Aviation Merit Badge
Previously scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Charlotte–Monroe Executive Airport, Aviation Merit Badge has been postponed until fall of 2020, with date and location pending as of 4/29/2020.
Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Please Save This Date
Saturday, July 25, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Charlotte Philatelic Society’s Annual Stamp Show
CPCC Central Campus, Worrell Building, formerly Taylor Hall
1228 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
NEW – Aquatics Merit Badge Days at Belk Scout Camp
have been rescheduled to the new dates below, contingent on national, state, local, and BSA public health guidelines.
Please Save These Dates
Monday, July 27, 2020
Swimming Merit Badge - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ($35)
Canoeing Merit Badge - 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. ($40)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Lifesaving Merit Badge - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(Includes 30-min BYO lunch break) ($45)
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Swimming Merit Badge - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ($35)
Kayaking Merit Badge - 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. ($40)
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Lifesaving Merit Badge - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(Includes 30-min BYO lunch break) ($45)
Friday, July 31, 2020
Swimming Merit Badge - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ($35)
Swimming Merit Badge - 1:00 to 4:00 pm ($35)
The Aquatics Committee hopes to open registration on Monday June 15, 2020, through a link posted at https://www.mccscouting.org/around-the-campfire
Please check that page for news on registration and scheduling.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17-18, 2020 Rail Camp, Railroading Merit Badge
Winter Camp 2020
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, December 18-19-20, 2020 Please Save These Dates
Belk Scout Camp
Snow Sports Merit Badge
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 26-27-28, 2021 Please Save these Dates
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center
91 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
NEW -- How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing
The Mecklenburg County Council Advancement Committee has endorsed and approved Boards of Review conducted through videoconferencing.
NEW – Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities
NEW – Updated Merit Badges
Scouts BSA has updated requirements for several merit badges for 2020. The full list of 137 merit badges and their current requirements are available at
As always, Scouts that have already started working on a merit badge when revised requirements and a new edition of the pamphlet are introduced, they may continue to follow the old requirements and use the same pamphlet to earn the badge. They need not start over again with revised requirements and the new pamphlet.
Volunteers Needed – Eagle Projects and Eagle Boards of Review
Last year 120 Scouts in the Apache District earned their Eagle Rank. In addition, a similar number of Scouts presented had their Eagle Project Proposals to members of the District Advancement Committee for their review of the projects prior to the Scout’s commencement of their project. As Scouting grows in the Apache District, so does our need for Project Proposal reviewers and Eagle Board reviewers. Project Proposal reviews occur on Roundtable nights on the second Thursday of each month at St. Vincent de Paul Church beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eagle Boards of Review are usually scheduled on troop meeting nights with the respective Scoutmasters. We will provide the necessary guidance and training. For those interested, please email the Apache Advancement Chair, Dean Elledge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagle Application Packets with Complete Merit Badge Advancement Records Requested Life Scouts and Troop Advancement Chairs: please include a printout of a Scout’s advancement record, including all merit badges earned, in the Eagle Application Packet that goes to Council. These records will allow the Troop and the Council to promptly process recognition of the Scout with Eagle Palms, if he or she qualifies.
Eagle Board of Review Questions
Tools for Eagle Projects
Charlotte Community ToolBank provides inexpensive access to tools for group projects.
Outing in Scouting
Long distance trails in NC
Subscribe for free printable USGS Topo maps
Scouting at Home
Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home
Movies that Scouts might watch to fulfill merit badge requirements
Three merit badges include requirements that can be fulfilled by watching movies:
Citizenship in the Community
Below are links to lists of movies that may be applicable to requirements from each of these merit badges. Before a Scout watches any of these movies or any other movie, whether for merit badge work or for school or for entertainment, the Scout must receive permission from their parents. Before a Scout watches any movie for merit badge work, the Scout must also have permission from their merit badge counselor.
American Heritage, requirement 5a
5. Do ONE of the following: (a) Watch two motion pictures (with the approval and permission of your counselor and parent) that are set in some period of American history. Describe to your counselor how accurate each film is with regard to the historical events depicted and also with regard to the way the characters are portrayed.
American Labor, requirement 5c
5. Do ONE of the following:
(c) With your counselor’s and parent’s approval and permission, watch a movie that addresses organized labor in the United States. Afterward, discuss the movie with your counselor and explain what you learned.
Citizenship in the Community, requirement 5
5. With the approval of your counselor and a parent, watch a movie that shows how the actions of one individual or group of individuals can have a positive effect on a community. Discuss with your counselor what you learned from the movie about what it means to be a valuable and concerned member of the community
100 movies that every Scout should see, a list published by Boys' Life. (Some suggestions will require parental guidance.)
100 books that every Scout should read, a list published by Boys' Life. (Some suggestions will require parental guidance.)
Podcast--Listen to Mecklenburg County Scouting from BrandBuilders on Apple Podcasts
Recorded by Mark Turner, Eric Davis, Jennifer Clutter
APACHE DISTRICT NEWS AND EVENTS:
Attention: Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and AOL Dens
Apache Day Camp scheduled for Monday through Friday, June 22-26, 2020 has been rescheduled.
Apache, Etowah, and Hornets Nest Day Camps (combined) all are scheduled for
Monday through Friday, August 3-7, 2020 Theme is “Space”.
Registration is open at
Attention: Lion, Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Dens
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 9-10-11, 2020 Please Save These Dates
Apache Fall Cuboree at Belk Scout Camp
Attention: Webelos and AOL Dens and Scouts BSA Troops
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 23-24-25, 2020 - Please Save These Dates
Apache Webeloree + Camporee at Camp Grimes
Fall Recruiting is the Beginning, not the End
As a reminder, Units should recruit year-round. Don’t just rely on fall back to school. Use local events in your area, at your Charter Organization, and in the schools.
Share Your Recruiting Success
Did you do something new or take a different approach? Did the Choose your own night work better than one common night? What didn’t work? What could the District/ Council do differently to support your Unit? Share with Andy Waligowski at email@example.com for a chance to win a gift card at November Roundtable!
Six recruiting secrets from a Scouts BSA troop that doubled in size in the past year
Membership Committee – WE WANT YOU!
Apache District NEEDS you. As the newly appointed Apache District Membership Chair, my goal is to ensure we cover all available programs – Boys, Girls, Adults, Cubs, Venture, Scouts BSA, Special Initiatives and retention/ cross over.
For more information contact Andy Waligowski – firstname.lastname@example.org
COUNCIL NEWS AND EVENTS:
Webelos Adventure Camp (WAC) 2020 at Belk Scout Camp -- Theme is “Luau”
WAC dates will be:
Session 1: Sunday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 15
Session 2: Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19
Session 3: Sunday, July 19 through Wednesday, July 22
Session 4: Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26
Questions? Please email: Monica Zeleznik at email@example.com
NEW -- WAC is On
Webelos Adventure Camp is still on schedule. We are taking every precaution possible to deliver a safe and clean Resident Camp for Webelos this year. Most of our planned activities have not been cancelled. We worked out safe ways to deliver our program. We have plenty of space available for dens and packs to register for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd sessions. (July 12th - 15th, 16th - 19th, and 19th - 22nd, respectively). To sign up, please contact Camp Director Monica Zeleznik, Wacdirector@gmail.com
WAC needs some daytime Adult Volunteers with variable and flexible scheduling. If you are interested and able, please contact Program Director Chalmers Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
WAC Email Contact List
Please help to keep the WAC email contact list current. If you have moved on from your position and someone else should be receiving WAC information, please send email to
WAC Camp Director Monica Zeleznik at WACdirector@gmail.com
WAC Staff Registration is now live!
WAC Council Web Page
WAC Facebook Page
Adult Volunteer Registration and Renewals
BSA National now requires an updated Background Check Form to be submitted with each new Adult Application (along with BSA Youth Protection certificate) and with each adult registration renewal for rechartering units, merit badge counselors, districts and councils. Here are links to information and forms:
Trailblazer Day at Belk Scout Camp for new Cub Scouts
Saturday, September 26, 2020 Please Save These Dates
Attention: All Girl Scouts BSA Troops
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 20-21-22, 2020 Please Save These Dates
Second Annual All Girl Camporee at Belk Scout Camp
Please contact Stuart Tucker at email@example.com if you can help to plan this event. Youth participation in planning is welcome. All emails from youth should be copied to a parent or troop leader to follow BSA Youth Protection guidelines for 2-deep adult leadership.
Theme, structure (competitions vs. skills), budget, stations, activities all await your input.
Mecklenburg County Council COPE and Climbing Committee will have the Climbing Tower open so that participants (and leaders) can rappel to complete one adventure option for Camping Merit Badge requirement # 9b6.
Palmetto Council National Eagle Scout Association members plan to prepare Dutch oven desserts for everyone on Saturday night, a reprise of their delicious performance from 2019.
NEW – 2021 National Scout Jamboree (NSJ)
Council Recruitment is now OPEN for Scouts and unit leaders and for Jamboree Service Team (JST) youth and adult staff !!!
Council fees $1,695 for Youth participants and $950 for adult leaders.
All youth and adults must register online at https://jamboree.scouting.org/
For more information on participation through a Mecklenburg County Council unit, see link posted at https://www.mccscouting.org/around-the-campfire
Chair of the 2021 MCC Jamboree Committee is Courtney Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Scouts BSA will host the 20th National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia on July 21-30, 2021. Although the Jamboree is 15 months away, the Council is well along in planning for this event.
Attending a National Jamboree is a pinnacle Scouting experience for youth and adults alike. There is nothing like the rush that Scouts and leaders get from spending 10 days with 32,000 Scouts and 6,000 staff from across the USA making new Scouting friends, taking part in fantastic activities, and seeing incredible world-class talent at the Jamboree Arena Shows.
Mecklenburg County Council will send:
3 Boy BSA Troops (each with 36 Scouts and 4 adult leaders)
½ Girl BSA Troop (with 18 Scouts and 2 adult leaders)
½ Venture Crew (with 18 Venturers and 2 adult leaders)
Each BSA unit will have a Scoutmaster and three assistant Scoutmasters. Each Venture crew will have an Advisor and an Associate Advisor.
Adult leader expectations and commitments are:
1. Attend monthly meetings of the Jamboree Steering Committee at the Council office
2. Help interview and classify youth participants for assignment to Jamboree units
3. Attend monthly Scouts BSA National-hosted webinars on the Jamboree
4. Schedule and lead monthly or bi-monthly meetings of their units once participants are assigned to units (planned for October/November 2020)
5. Assist the Council in collecting fees and paperwork from participants as requested
6. Lead their unit at a pre-Jamboree Shakedown weekend camp out (Friday-Sunday) at Belk Scout Camp in April 2021
7. Attend the full Jamboree with departure from Charlotte on July 19 and return on July 30, 2021
If you are interested in interviewing for an adult leader position for the 2021 National Jamboree, please contact Courtenay Miller, Chair of 2021 MCC Jamboree Steering Committee at
With the current in-person meeting restrictions, 20-minute Zoom interviews are planned.
Recruitment is now open for youth and adult staff for Jamboree Service Team (JST)
JST have options for 1-week and 2-week sessions of service.
Jamboree Service Team Session 1 – 7/17-7/24 – $500
Jamboree Service Team Session 2 – 7/24-7/31 – $500
Jamboree Service Team Session 3 – 7/17-7/31 – $895
Ages 16-25 - regardless of session - $450
JST fees are paid directly to Scouts BSA.
All youth and adults must register online at https://jamboree.scouting.org/
Exploring is for young men and women 14-20 years old (or 13 and have completed eighth grade). Local organizations matched to the interests of young people in the community using the career interest survey. Engaging with career professionals, young adults gain unique, real-life opportunities to experience varied career choices aiding in a more informed decision about future careers. Many times, these programs provide a hands-on experience, which could enhance financial success, career preparation, and college endorsements.
Exploring Career Interest Survey
If you know a young adult that might benefit from Exploring, please have them complete this 5-minute survey: http://bit.ly/exploringsurvey2020
For assistance on the survey, please email Monica.Zeleznik@scouting.org
Visible Commitment to the Welfare of the Community and Organizations
If your organization or business is interested in starting an Exploring Post or simply wants to learn more about the program and perhaps support as a consultant to one of our Posts, please contact Monica Zeleznik at Monica.Zeleznik@scouting.org.
Exploring builds familiarity and trust between communities and organizations by engaging youth and creating opportunities for regular and positive interactions, sharing a mutual interest and getting to know each other in a setting that offers a benefit for the community.
Post sponsors benefit by creating a culture of motivated, knowledgeable, and properly educated future employees while creating a positive impact on the education of youth and families.
BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR)
BSA has revised the AHMR set for health forms with Parts A, B, and C. The new forms are available here:
BSA does not permit a website to host any version, even a blank version, of the AHMR; rather, websites must show the link to the current form.
Frequently Asked Questions are available here:
Other questions may be directed by email to the Health & Safety Team at Health.Safety@scouting.org
Information on How to Review the AHMR is available here:
AHMR Safety Moment:
Bryan on Scouting
ORDER OF THE ARROW – APACHE CHAPTER
Just a few things I'd like to draw to your attention for June.
Apache Chapter Remind
Get in the Know! Join the Apache Chapter Remind below to receive announcements and news updates about important information within the chapter.
Text @apachecha to 81010 to join
If there are any Arrowmen that should be included in these notifications that are not currently, please let Mr. Roux or myself know so we can add them to the database. We hope to expand the Apache database even more in this new term of officers.
Link your Lodge Email to your Personal Email
I'm aware some of you may not know how to access your Lodge email account, or are unaware that you have one. Therefore, I put together a set of instructions on forwarding all of your Lodge emails to your personal email account! Please see the following Google Drive link for instructions- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwrGkVVw08OudS1xSHZlb1RSS1U/view?usp=sharing Please follow these instructions to keep up on Lodge Events.
Thank you for reading!
SEALS and IOLS courses at Belk Scout Camp are planned for the second weekend in November on an ongoing basis.
CANCELED National Youth Leader Training (NYLT, AKA “Top Gun”) at Belk Scout Camp
Sunday-Friday, June 28 (noon) - July 3, 2020
Registration opened January 1, 2020.
MCC Wood Badge S5-415-20 at Belk Scout Camp
Friday, July 31, 2020, 7:00 am through Sunday, August 2, 2020, 5:00 pm and
Saturday, August 22, 2020,7:00 am through Sunday, August 23, 2020, 5:00 pm
For those seeking to participate in Mecklenburg County Council’s 2020 Wood Badge course:
Please submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Course Director to consider you for invitation to this Premier Leadership Development Course. Please register online at https://www.mycampgrimes.org/woodbadge/program.phtml?register
OR by submitting the LOI form to the Council office. Here is the link to the LOI form: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxzNTQxNXdvb2RiYWRnZXxneDo3ZDY0NTgzZTgxMDFmNg
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) [for adults]
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 18-19, 2020 Please Save These Dates
BALOO is an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program.
Scouter Success Training [for adults]
Saturday, September 26, 2020 Please Save This Date
CPCC Levine Campus
SEALS - Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills [for youth] at Belk Scout Camp
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14-15, 2020 Please Save These Dates
IOLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills [for adults] at Belk Scout Camp
Friday - Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14-15, 2020 Please Save These Dates
COPE & Climbing Training
Calling All Adult Scouters (18 years & older) and Scouts BSA Youth (16-17 years old who have completed the Climbing Merit Badge)
COPE [Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience] & Climbing Instructors are always needed to help support our year round activities including summer and day camp programs.
The MCC COPE & Climbing Committee is excited to offer the following training courses:
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, May 1-3, 2020 COPE & Climbing Foundations Level I course at Belk Scout Camp has been rescheduled to Friday-Saturday-Sunday, June 12-14, 2020.
COPE & Climbing Foundations Level I Instructor Courses at Belk Scout Camp
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 11-12-13, 2020
Online registration is open by following links at https://sites.google.com/site/bsamcctraining/
For more information please visit our COPE & Climbing Program page at
You may also reach out to Rob Seate (email@example.com) or
Sasha Timkovich (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid courses at Camp Grimes are planned for the last weekend of March and for the last weekend in September on an on-going basis. Please check often at
for information on course dates and registration.
Earning the Trained patch for your left sleeve requires being “Trained to Position”, often including online modules available at https://my.scouting.org
If you have any questions, please contact Joanne White, Apache Training Chair @ Ioanamw@carolina.rr.com
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