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

https://www.mccscouting.org/apache-roundtables

https://screenstrong.com/about-us/

 

Canceled --- Eagle Project Reviews, Thursday, June 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-scouts, then Project Review Information, or

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/176532_a901c5127e164caebbb165cb131bb7c7.pdf

NEW – Updates for Rank Advancement/Camping Requirements in COVID-19 FAQ

BSA National has added temporary changes to rank requirements.

https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

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.advancement@gmail.com.  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.”*

https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/busy-atlantic-hurricane-season-predicted-for-2020

 

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:

Fishing MB Counselor Guide

Fly Fishing MB Counselor Guide

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 mccfishing415@gmail.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.

https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

Age-Extension Beyond the 18th Birthday for Eagle Requirements during COVID-19

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/25/advancement-during-covid-19-official-details-about-eagle-extensions-and-more/

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

joelmoser@earthlink.net 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  jennifer.adkins@scouting.org  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 laura.bachelder@scouting.org

 

NEW - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Ain%27t_Heavy,_He%27s_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.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/14/us/teenager-cardiac-arrest-coronavirus-illness-trnd/index.html

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/05/29/life-scout-performs-lifesaving-cpr-on-brother-with-illness-linked-to-covid-19/

 

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

https://www.mccscouting.org/around-the-campfire

 

Information on regional and national courses is posted at

http://www.meritbadge.info/

http://www.meritbadge.info/mbn/default.aspx

Spreadsheet sorts by date and by state are recommended.

 

Current merit badge requirements:

https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/

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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vIpd6yXG6T1rmBE0vNfgZ9w9eFIf2G-G/view?usp=sharing

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

Website:  https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/reed-gold-mine

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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IlEgVzzdaEsyJvOW2ZPEQkPAWINgLmZg/view?usp=sharing

 

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.

Information:  https://www.aviationcamps.org/

 

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

http://www.charpex.info/

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

https://www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs---Tours/BSA.aspx

 

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

ADVANCEMENT NEWS:

NEW -- How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/16/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

https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/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

https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/

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 apache.advancement@gmail.com.

 

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.

For further Advancement information, please contact your Apache District Advancement Chair or visit https://www.mccscouting.org/advancement or https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-scouts

Eagle Board of Review Questions

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/09/14/20-questions-to-ask-at-your-next-eagle-board-of-review/

Tools for Eagle Projects

Charlotte Community ToolBank provides inexpensive access to tools for group projects.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWqwzlkJWv8

http://charlotte.toolbank.org/

Outing in Scouting

 

Long distance trails in NC

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article239278463.html?intcid=connatix

 

Subscribe for free printable USGS Topo maps

https://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

Scouting at Home

 

Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/20/merit-badges-for-social-distancing/

Movies that Scouts might watch to fulfill merit badge requirements

 

Three merit badges include requirements that can be fulfilled by watching movies:

American Heritage

American Labor

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

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/American_Heritage.pdf

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.

 

https://www.scouter.com/topic/10805-movie-ideas-for-american-heritage/?page=2

 

American Labor, requirement 5c

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/American_Labor.pdf

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.

 

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls031955974/

 

Citizenship in the Community, requirement 5

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Citizenship_in_the_Community.pdf

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

 

http://www.eaglecoach.org/merit-badges/citizenship-in-the-community-movie-list/

 

http://www.eaglecoach.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Citizenship-in-the-Community-Acceptable-Movies.pdf

 

https://scoutermom.com/1244/movies-for-citizenship-in-the-community-merit-badge/

 

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Citizenship_in_the_Community#Movies_With_a_Meaning

 

 

100 movies that every Scout should see, a list published by Boys' Life. (Some suggestions will require parental guidance.)

https://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/funstuff/18651/100-movies-for-kids/

 

100 books that every Scout should read, a list published by Boys' Life. (Some suggestions will require parental guidance.)

https://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/funstuff/18215/100-books-for-kids/

 

Podcast--Listen to Mecklenburg County Scouting from BrandBuilders on Apple Podcasts

Recorded by Mark Turner, Eric Davis, Jennifer Clutter

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brandbuilders/id1337132135#episodeGuid=http%3A%2F%2Fdunstangroup.blubrry.net%2F%3Fp%3D503

 

 

Remote Scouting

http://www.scoutshare.org/

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

https://www.mccscouting.org/apache-day-camp

https://www.mccscouting.org/etowah-camps

https://www.mccscouting.org/hornets-nest-day-camp

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, 2020Please 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 awaligowski@icloud.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

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/27/six-recruiting-secrets/

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 – awaligowski@icloud.com

 

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 wacdirector@gmail.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 wacprogramdirector@gmail.com

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!

https://www.mycampgrimes.org/wac/staffapp.phtml?apply

WAC Council Web Page

https://www.mccscouting.org/webelos-adventure-camp

WAC Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/WebelosAdventureCampMCC/

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:

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/se-packet/2019-09-30/Background-Check-Disclosure.pdf

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/se-packet/2019-09-30/Additional-Disclosures-And-Background-Check-Authorization-NOT-CALIFORNIA.pdf

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/10/14/rechecks-of-criminal-backgrounds-explained/

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 stutucker@aol.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 (cmiller@cplanning.com).

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

980-235-7813 or cmiller@cplanning.com.

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 2020!

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:

https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/

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:

https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/medical-formfaqs/

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:

https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/how-to-review-the-ahmr/

AHMR Safety Moment:

https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/annual-health-and-medical-record/

Bryan on Scouting

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/12/10/theres-an-updated-annual-health-and-medical-record-to-use-for-2020/

ORDER OF THE ARROW – APACHE CHAPTER

 

Greetings Brothers,

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

Contact Information

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! 

 

Ryan Coverston

Chapter Secretary

TRAINING:

 

SEALS and IOLS courses at Belk Scout Camp are planned for the second weekend in November on an ongoing basis.

https://sites.google.com/site/bsamcctraining/

 

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.

http://topgun.mcc-bsa.org/home-1

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

https://sites.google.com/site/mccseals/home

 

IOLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills [for adults] at Belk Scout Camp

Friday - Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14-15, 2020    Please Save These Dates

https://sites.google.com/site/outdoorleaderskillsmcc/home

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

https://www.mccscouting.org/cope-climbing

You may also reach out to Rob Seate (rseate@carolina.rr.com) or

Sasha Timkovich (timkovich@gmail.com) 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

https://sites.google.com/site/bsamcctraining/

for information on course dates and registration.

 

Online Training

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

 

Spread the Word About Scouting.

Please don’t keep us a secret

With all the new parents coming into our Scouting family, please don’t keep Smoke Signals, and the Apache District Web page a secret. We welcome new subscribers and it is easy to do. Also, please help us by sharing these links:

Apache District Webpage

http://www.mccscouting.org/apache

 

Like the Apache Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/ApacheDistrict

Apache Twitter Account

Be sure to follow us on twitter @ApacheDistrict

Mecklenburg County Council

MCC Scouting.Org

Mecklenburg County Council Backpack monthly e-newsletter

Go to https://www.mccscouting.org/

Scroll to the bottom of the page, fill in your “Name” and “Email Address”, then

Click on the blue “Subscribe Now” bar.

 

Like the Mecklenburg County Council STEM Facebook page

https://b-m.facebook.com/MCCBSASTEM/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0

 

BSA National

Scouting Wire Volunteer Newsletter - The Official Blog of the Scouting Movement.

http://scoutingwire.org

 

Bryan on Scouting is the official blog of Scouting magazine, a Boy Scouts of America publication.  The blog post is sent as one email per weekday.  To subscribe, please go to https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/

Smoke Signals. To subscribe, just send a blank e-mail to: smokesignals-subscribe@apachemcc.org from the e-mail address you want subscribed and the rest is automatic.

To Submit a Notice:

If you have any information you would like to share with the district, please send that information to stutucker@aol.com and it will be forwarded to the team to be added. Please make sure you have your contact information included should there be any questions.

To Subscribe or Unsubscribe:

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