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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 Eagle Project Proposal In-person Reviews and

Apache Roundtable for April are on scheduled Thursday, June 9.

because of conflict with Holy Thursday leading into the Easter weekend.

Location:  St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Timetable:

5:30 pm, Eagle Project Proposals reviews begin

6:15 pm, Apache District Committee meets

6:45 pm, Apache Commissioners meet

7:00 pm, Cracker Barrel

7:30 pm, General Meeting

7:30 pm, OA Apache Chapter meeting

8:15 pm Joint Cub Scout and Scouts BSA breakout:  "Looking for a “cool” outing for your Pack or Troop?” Join us to learn more from Diana Correa, the Recreation Supervisor for Youth, Seniors, and Inclusion at Eastway Regional Recreation Center. This Center offers swimming and other recreational opportunities.

Apache Roundtable Commissioner Brady Drummond-Ryan, bradydryan@gmail.com 

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

Apache Eagle Project Proposal In-person Reviews 

For information on scheduling In-person or virtual reviews, please follow this link:

https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-scouts, under # 2. Eagle Scout Project Review,

Apache District

 

Merit Badge Information

Current merit badge requirements:

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

Unofficial, optional merit badge workbooks:  http://usscouts.org/meritbadges.asp

Blue Card Guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R-9a4mZuGMgrR1SECJdKsMkt4c4kxda4/view?usp=sharing

Merit Badge Homework Guide:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jm7GIJ9V9FbZZQTVU3hO74bc_yaiXkBN/view?usp=sharing

Official BSA merit badge pamphlets:

Troop library or Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop or www.scoutshop.org

 

Merit badge resources

Check out the Merit Badge Helpfuls section of the Scouting app, available through Google Play or the Apple App Store

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2022/01/20/help-scouts-around-the-country-by-adding-merit-badge-resources-to-the-scouting-app/

Movies for Merit Badge Advancement

https://www.mccscouting.org/meritbadgescouts

Scheduled Merit Badge (MB) Opportunities

Mecklenburg County Council has opened registration and payment for the merit badge opportunities listed below.  Scouts, leaders, and parents should read the associated Merit Badge Guides before registering.  The Guides contain information about the courses, the pre-class homework, COVID precautions, health forms, scheduling, and payments.  Links to Merit Badge Guides and to on-line registration and payment are posted on the page at  https://www.mccscouting.org/meritbadgescouts

Eagle Day at Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Save the Dates:  Saturday, June 11, 2022, 8:00 a.m. check in, classes 8:30 am. to 11:30 a.m., lunch, classes continuing 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Emergency Preparedness

Engineering

Reading and Scholarship

Textile

Registration will open soon.

Environmental Science Merit Badge courses at Rob Wallace Park

Friday, June 17, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, July 15, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, August 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Scouts should register for one session only.

Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badge courses at Belk Scout Camp pool

 

Swimming Merit Badge courses for Scouts with good swimming skills and endurance

Saturday, July 23, 2022, check in 8:30 a.m., class 9:00 a.m. to Noon

or

Saturday, July 23, 2022, check in 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Swimming Merit Badge courses with instruction in basic swimming skills for Scouts who need instruction in basic swimming skills or who would have difficulty completing the BSA Swimmer test (100 yards)

Monday, July 25, 2022, check in 8:30 a.m., class 9:00 a.m. to Noon, lunch break Noon to 1:00, class continues from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

or

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, check in 8:30 a.m., class 9:00 a.m. to Noon, lunch break Noon to 1:00 p.m., class continues from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Lifesaving Merit Badge courses for Scouts who can complete a qualifying swim of 400 yards

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, check in 8:30 a.m., class 9:00 a.m. to Noon, lunch break Noon to 1:00 p.m., class continues from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

or

Thursday, July 28, 2022, check in 8:30 a.m., class 9:00 a.m. to Noon, lunch break Noon to 1:00 p.m., class continues from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Environmental Science MB, Courses at Rob Wallace Park

Friday, June 17, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, July 15, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, August 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Scouts should register for one session only.

Stamp Collecting MB, at Charlotte Philatelic Society’s Annual Stamp Show at the Worrell Building at CPCC Central Campus

Saturday, July 30, 2022,

Save the Date:  September 24, 2022 (pending)

STEM Merit Badge Day at McDowell Technical Community College

Camping at Camp Grimes or at Camp Bud Schiele

 

Save the Dates:  Friday-Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17-18, 2022

Winter Camp at Belk Scout Camp

 

Save the Date:  February 25, 2023

Piedmont Council Merit Badge University at Gaston College

 

Save the Dates:  Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22-23, 2023

Spring Camp at Belk Scout Camp

Schedule Your Own Merit Badge Courses

Merit Badge Courses at McDowell Nature Preserve

Troops or patrols can schedule group merit badge instruction with BSA-registered counselors on staff at McDowell Nature Preserve.  Their schedule is open for the fall of 2002.  They offer these merit badge courses:

Astronomy, Backpacking, Camping, Environmental Science, Insect Study, Kayaking, Mammal Study, Nature, Orienteering, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Soil and Water Conservation, Sustainability, Weather, Wilderness Survival.

Minimum class size is 8.  Maximum class size is 15.  Cost may range from $15 to $40 per Scout, depending on the merit badge and on scheduling for single-day or multi-day sessions.  Camping is available on site.  For more information and scheduling, please contact Ms. Catherine Robertson, Environmental Educator, at 980 314 1128 or at Catherine.Robertson@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Scuba Merit Badge

https://www.mccscouting.org/merit-badge-info

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

Scouts BSA opened access to Citizenship in Society Merit Badge on November 1, 2021.

Scouts completing Eagle requirements on or after July 1, 2022, must earn Citizenship in Society Merit Badge.  Here is a link to information for Scouts and counselors:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h_WjcTM27KapYR0Kb1rBPjnYw8dvBF7R/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=109493158571682052737&rtpof=true&sd=true

 

ADVANCEMENT NEWS:

 

Scoutmaster Conferences

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2022/02/18/scoutmaster-conferences-tips-guidelines-and-20-questions-to-consider-asking/

 

The secret of their success: Troop 63, Charlotte, N.C., recognizes 14 Black Eagle Scouts at Court of Honor

Bryan on Scouting, May 23, 2022

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2022/05/23/the-secret-of-their-success-troop-63-charlotte-n-c-recognizes-14-black-eagle-scouts-at-court-of-honor/

https://www.facebook.com/Etowah-District-MCC-BSA-184554141594778

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 at

Pamela.Broome@uncc.edu.

Are you a Life Scout looking for an Eagle Project opportunity? Rea Farms STEAM Academy, a CMS's K-8 school, opened in South Charlotte last year. As a new school, it does not have a lot of stuff that kids would like (and frankly need for mental health) like older recess equipment in good working order. Students would greatly appreciate swings, gaga ball pit, and other outdoor equipment.  No Scouts or units have established relationships there yet. We would love to see a Scout(s) develop projects to help this school. If interested, please contact Dayna Perkowski-Galdun at rfsa.ptafundraising@gmail.com.

Information about opportunities for service hours and Eagle Projects with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is posted at 

https://www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/Volunteer/Pages/volunteer-opportunities.aspx

 

Advancement Update:  Extensions Beyond Age 18

Local councils have authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit requirements.  More information is available at

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

Volunteers Needed – Eagle Projects and Eagle Boards of Review

The Apache Advancement team seeks volunteers to participate in Eagle Project Proposal Reviews and in Eagle Boards of Review.  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

When Scouts present their Eagle application packets to the Council office to seek scheduling for the Eagle Boards of Review, please include a current Scoutbook or other advancement report so that the Board can process an immediate Palm recognition request at the time of the Board.

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

 

Aquatics and Fishing News

NEW - From the Pond

Now is a great time to take your Scouts and families fishing!

Did you know Mecklenburg County offers some fun places to fish at Freedom Park, Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, McDowell Nature Preserve, and Park Road Park.  Cabarrus County offers fishing at Camp TN Spencer Park, Frank Liske Park, and Rob Wallace Park. 

Anyone 16 and older needs a NC fishing license.  Please call ahead to find out about nominal fees, if any, borrowing or renting fishing tackle, and availability of bait at the parks.

 

Want your unit to go fishing with a Certified Angling Instructor (CAI)?  Just ask us how. MCCFishing415@gmail.com

FISH ON!!!

Outing in Scouting

Cooking

https://scoutingmagazine.org/2021/03/learn-how-to-make-a-dutch-oven-backcountry-dessert-sure-to-please/

https://scoutlife.org/search/?q=cooking#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=cooking&gsc.page=1

A Good Read:  Boys’ Life, March 1911, page 3, The King of Mazy May by Jack London

https://books.google.com/books?id=CYoebPKUhl0C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

APACHE DISTRICT NEWS AND EVENTS:

Apache Fall Cuboree (Lion-Webelos), Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8-9, 2022, Belk Scout Camp

Apache Fall Camporee/Webeloree, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22-23, 2022, Camp Grimes

COUNCIL NEWS AND EVENTS:

Summer Camp at Camp Grimes for 2022

Staff Week, June 12 - 18, 2022

Week 1, June 19 - 25, 2022

Week 2, June 26 - July 2, 2022

Week 3, July 3 - 9, 2022

Week 4, July 10 - 16, 2022

Week 5, July 17 - 23, 2022

http://www.mycampgrimes.org/index.phtml

Webelos Adventure Camp 2022 – There's Still Time!!

There is still time to register your unit for Webelos Adventure Camp this July. The deadline for regular registration is not until May 31st. Visit the WAC webpage on the council website under the Camping menu. There you can find all the information you need to sign up your scouts to escape the great indoors this summer.

We are actively recruiting WAC staff throughout the spring. We need more scouts to join our staffing team to keep the adventure rolling. In addition to program staff, we are looking for scouts to serve as lifeguards, kitchen staff and quartermasters. Join us this July for Webelos Adventure Camp.

If you think you would be a positive addition to our camp staff, click the link to complete a Camp Staff Application: WAC Staff Application.

Shakedown Weekend: April 29th - May 1st

Staff Set Up Day: Wednesday, July 6th

Session 1: Thursday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th

Session 2: Sunday, July 10th through Wednesday, July 13th

Session 3: Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 17th

For more information contact the WAC Camp Director, Sasha Timkovich  WACDirector@GMail.com

Saturday, September 24, 2022, Trailblazer Fun Day at Belk Scout Camp

 

Funding the Fun in Scouting

For ways to contribute to Scouting, please check out the list and links posted at

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11G1KUVdPH4I6D-IEJsP7PrH9Ey41xpBvky9-3ZWr9Fw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Overknight with the Knights, Friday, June 3, at Truist Field.  Gates open at 6:00 p.m., first pitch at 7:04 p.m.  Scouting camping on the field overnight will receive a patch and enjoy a movie and fireworks.  For questions or to book tickets, please call 704 274 8282 or email carterb@charlotteknights.com

 

Support Scouting through Shopping on Amazon Smile

1. Login to Amazon through www.smile.amazon.com

2. Search for "Mecklenburg County Council, Boy Scouts of America" and select as your charity.

3. Items are the same price and are marked as Amazon Smile eligible.

4. Check out as normal.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from customers' eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations they select.

National Scouting

Scouts BSA National Jamboree

The BSA will host a National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, WV, from July 19-28, 2023.  Registration will open on-line the first week of March 2022.  

Don't miss out on the once in a lifetime chance to enjoy 10 days of fantastic Scouting adventures with Scouts from all across the USA.  The BSA has held National Jamborees generally every 3 to 5 years since 1937, so going in 2023 will connect you to this grand tradition.  

Plus, Jamborees are a ton of fun!!  

The Council will send several units to the Jamboree.  Adults can volunteer as staff.

Go to https://jamboree.scouting.org/ to subscribe to Jamboree updates.

View a short Jamboree video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veWwTG-gNUo

Check out the NJ logo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFP3KJpJvEk

Please contact Courtenay Miller at cmiller@cplanning.com for more information.

 

BSA High Adventure Base reservations for 2023

As your unit plans for 2023, take a look at the BSA High Adventure Bases.

Contact Courtenay Miller at cmiller@cplanning.com for more information on any of these programs.

Philmont

https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/register/

Back Country Programs, Training Center and Family Programs, Family Adventure Camp,

Individual Treks, Conferences, Ranch Hands, NAYLE, STEM Trek, Philmont Leadership Challenge, OA Trail Crew, Second Season Treks, Trail Crew Trek, PhilBreak, Roving Outdoor Conservation School, Autumn Adventure, Rayado, Volunteer Vacation, Winter Adventure

Philmont slots for crews are not available for 2023.

Florida Sea Base

https://www.bsaseabase.org/

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2022/01/11/high-adventure-week-sea-base-for-2022-2023/

Sea Base registration for 2023 opened on January 12 at 9:00 am and they have plenty of slots.

Northern Tier

https://www.ntier.org/

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2022/01/10/high-adventure-week-northern-tier-for-2022-2023/

Summer, Winter, and Autumn adventures.

Northern Tier registration for 2023 opened January 12, 2022.

Summit Bechtel Reserve

https://www.summitbsa.org/

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2022/01/12/high-adventure-week-summit-bechtel-reserve-for-2022-2023/

Don’t forget the Summit Bechtel Reserve.  It is close by and offers a range of exciting high adventure options and training options.

International Scouting

https://www.scouting.org/international/events/

 

Crisis in Ukraine

Scouts have stepped up to assist the refugees and support the Scouts in Ukraine.  World Organization of Scouting Movement (WOSM) has established a relief fund that supports the efforts of National Scout Organizations (NSOs) that are providing direct relief.

https://www.scout.org/Ongoing-Scouts-Emergency-Response-in-Ukraine

Here is a video that shows the scope of Scouting's response:  https://youtu.be/0b-7tR58k8g 

You can learn more and donate here:  bit.ly/scoutsukraine
Information from BSA International Scouting indicates that donations through the WOSM portal are not tax deductible.

 

Registration is Open for Rover Rally 2022 

BSA will host an action-packed event for Scouts who are age 18 - 26 this summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.  The world is invited to join us from July 31 - August 6 at the Summit for high adventure activities and a focus on activating young adults to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.   Details and registration information are posted at https://www.summitbsa.org/roverrally/ 

JOTA-JOTI Jamboree On The Air-Jamboree On The Internet

October 14-16, 2022

https://www.jotajoti.info/about

 

August 1-12, 2023, 25th World Scout Jamboree, Saemanguem, South Korea

2023 World Jamboree Host Site

http://www.2023wsjkorea.org

2023 USA World Jamboree Contingent Site

https://wsj2023.us

The USA contingent is collecting expressions of interest for contingent leadership roles.

Some IST roles may be open for support of USA exhibit.

 

World Scout Conference  Egypt 2024

World Scout Moot  Portugal  2024

World Scout Jamboree  Poland 2027

 

European Scout Voluntary Program

https://www.scouting.org/international/ecamp/

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

https://www.kisc.ch/

 

International BSA Blog

https://www.scouting.org/international/international-adventure/

ORDER OF THE ARROW – Catawba Lodge and APACHE CHAPTER

Apache Chapter News

https://www.catawba459.org/home

Apache Chapter of Catawba Lodge meets on the same schedule as Roundtables, namely, second Thursdays of every month, except July, at 7:30 p.m. at

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Troop OA Representatives are expected to attend.  All OA members are welcome.

2022 Catawba Lodge events

Friday-Sunday, June 3-4-5, OA June Ordeal at Belk Scout Camp, OA Ordeal and Brotherhood   opportunities

Friday-Sunday, September 9-10-11, OA September Ordeal at Belk Scout Camp, OA Ordeal and             Brotherhood opportunities

Friday-Sunday, September 30-October 1-2, OA Fall Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp, OA Brotherhood    opportunity

Friday, September 30-October 1-2, OA Fall Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp, OA Brotherhood opportunity

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

2023 dates:

Saturday, January 28, 2023, Scouting for Food door hangers distributed to front doors

Sunday, January 29, 2023, Scouting for Food door hangers distributed to worshipers

Saturday, February 4, 2023, Scouting for Food collection from neighborhoods

Saturday, February 5, 2023, Scouting for Food collection from church worshipers

Friday-Sunday, March 17-18-19, 2023, OA Spring Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp

Friday-Sunday, April 21-22-23, 2023, OA Cornerstone Conclave

Friday-Sunday, May 19-20-21, 2023, OA Beaver Day Weekend Ordeal at Camp Grimes

Friday-Sunday, June 2-3-4, OA June Ordeal at Belk Scout Camp

Friday-Sunday, September 8-9-10, OA September Ordeal at Belk Scout Camp

Friday-Sunday, October 6-7-8, OA Fall Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp

Friday-Saturday, October 27-28, OA Lodge Leader Development Conference (LLDC) at Belk Scout Camp

Friday, December 1, OA Annual Banquet at Belk Scout Camp

 

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), July 25-30, 2022, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

https://oa-bsa.org/program/events/noac

Where To Go Camping Guide 2022

The Catawba Lodge Where To Go Camping Guide is alive and well at

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ndu424l1iDZnpVFMplqDohSRGk7pYDkq3indesA22wQ/edit?usp=sharing

The WTGCG is a large file (275 pages) with all kinds of information related to camping opportunities, in local camps, parks, state and national forests, High Adventure Bases, national and international events, by way of car camping, backpacking, and float trips.

 

Link your Lodge Email to your Personal Email

Some of you may not know how to access your Lodge email account, or may be unaware that

you have one. You can find instructions on forwarding all of your Lodge emails to your personal

email account at

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwrGkVVw08OudS1xSHZlb1RSS1U/view?usp=sharing

 

OA High Adventure Opportunities

Summer, 2022

OA Canadian Odyssey (Northern Tier)

OA Ocean Adventure (Florida Sea Base)

OA Summit Experience (Summit Bechtel Reserve)

OA Trail Crew (Philmont Scout Ranch)

OA Wilderness Voyage (Northern Tier)

https://oa-bsa.org/high-adventure

 

New OA Regions

https://oa-bsa.org/redirect/regions?origin=srnls/

On December 28, 2021 the Order of the Arrow transitioned from a national structure with 4 regions (Northeast, Southern, Central, and Western) into a two-region structure (Eastern and Gateway).  Catawba Lodge was a part of Southern Region Area 5 (SR5).  SR5 has remained intact with a new designation of E7, short for Eastern Region Section 7. 

 

As in SR5, lodges in E7 are:

 

Council # / Council Name / Lodge Name

93 Georgia-Carolina Bob White

414 Daniel Boone Tsali

415 Mecklenburg County Catawba

416 Central North Carolina Itibapishe Iti Hollo

420 Piedmont Eswau Huppeday

549 Palmetto Skyuka

550 Coastal Carolina Unali'Yi

551  Blue Ridge Atta Kulla Kulla

552 Pee Dee Area Santee

553 Indian Waters Muscogee

93 Georgia-Carolina Bob White

414 Daniel Boone Tsali

415 Mecklenburg County Catawba

 

OA Eastern Region Leadership Training Events

National Leadership Seminars (NLS for youth)

Developing Youth Leadership Conferences (DYLC (for advisers)

https://oa-bsa.org/program/national-calendar

September 23-25        NLS/DYLC - Gateway (San Antonio, TX)

November 11-13         NLS/DYLC - Eastern (Memphis (LaGrange), TN)

December 9-11           NLS/DYLC - Eastern (Talladega, AL)

OA High Adventure Opportunities

Summer, 2022

OA Canadian Odyssey (Northern Tier)

OA Ocean Adventure (Florida Sea Base)

OA Summit Experience (Summit Bechtel Reserve)

OA Trail Crew (Philmont Scout Ranch)

OA Wilderness Voyage (Northern Tier)

https://oa-bsa.org/high-adventure

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), July 25-30, 2022, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

https://oa-bsa.org/program/events/noac

 

TRAINING NEWS:

 

“Trained” 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.

https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=trained+strip

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066/33066_Training_Awards_WEB.pdf

Den Chief training is available online at

https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/den-chief-training/

ILST and ILSC are available online at

https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/

Youth should print their certificates to present to unit leaders for facilitate record keeping.

 

Youth Training
SEALS (for youth) Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills and IOLS (for adults) courses at Belk Scout Camp are planned for the second weekend of March and for the second weekend in November on an ongoing basis.

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

SEALS (Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills), for Scouts BSA youth 14 years old and younger courses are planned for the second weekend of March and for the second weekend of November on an ongoing basis.  Please sign up early.  Courses fill quickly.

 

SEALS, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12-13, 2022 at Belk Scout Camp

Registration opens September 6, 2022 and closes October 14, 2022.

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

National Youth Leader Training (NYLT, AKA “Top Gun”) at Belk Scout Camp

Applicants must be First Class or equivalent or higher, 14 years old or older, and a current or future Troop Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader, Venturing Crew Vice President and President, or Sea Scout Ship Boatswain's Mate or Boatswain.

Saturday, June 11, to Friday, June 17, 2022, a continuous 7-day, 6-night course

https://sites.google.com/view/nylttopgun

Save the Dates, August 1-4, 2023

NYLT at Piedmont Council

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

Applicants must

1.  be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venturers or Sea Scouts)

2.  hold a unit leadership position

3.  have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Crews, or Ships (ILST, ILSC, ILSS) and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Philmont:  https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/ptc/nayle/

Summit: https://www.summitbsa.org/programs/training/seven-day-conferences/nayle/

 

Adult Training

Train Someone, Train Yourself about Advancement

Docendo discimus -- "by teaching, we learn”

https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/resources/advancement-presentations/

New Training Requirements for All Unit Leaders in 2023

Mecklenburg County Council requires all unit leaders to complete position training in order to recharter with their unit in 2023. Leaders not trained to position will not recharter, or will have to move to a different position, e.g., Unit Scouter Reserve.

Cub Leader Training

Comprehensive list of Cub Leader Training opportunities with links to registration:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nilcXC7tdaZR_ENs-mDMgfgxxpP6Z-YC/view?usp=sharing

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) is for adult Cub Scout Leaders.  Each Pack is required to have at least one BALOO-trained adult participating in their Pack outdoor activities and Family Campouts.  BALOO training counts toward the Trained Strip, Den Leader Training Award, the Scouter’s Training Award for Cub Scout Leaders, the Cubmaster Key, and the Unit Leader Award of Merit.

https://www.scouting.org/training/adult/

https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/unit-leader/

9/10-11 Belk Scout Camp

https://sites.google.com/site/bsamcctraining/training-events/baloo

 

Scouts BSA Leader Training

On-line

On-line Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster (SM/ASM) training is available through

my.scouting.org

Calling All Commissioners

Start here:

https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/training/commissioner-basic-training/

and download your Onboarding Progress record.

Complete on-line training in the BSA Learn Center.

Check out training and service awards at

https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/recognition/

Training offered by Mecklenburg County Council

 

Saturday, September 24, 2022, Scouter Success Seminars

OLS (Outdoor Leader Skills, for adults) is for required for Scoutmasters and for Assistant Scoutmasters and is encouraged for Webelos leaders.  OLS training counts toward the Trained Strip, the Scouter's Training Award for Scouts BSA Leaders, the Scoutmaster’s Key, and the Unit Leader Award of Merit.

https://www.scouting.org/training/adult/

https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/unit-leader/

OLS courses at Belk Scout Camp are planned for the second weekend of March and for the second weekend of November on an ongoing basis.

https://scoutingevent.com/070-54795

11/12-13, Belk Scout Camp

COPE & Climbing Instructor Level I, Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1, Belk Scout Camp

https://sites.google.com/site/bsamcctraining/cope-climbing-training

 

Wood Badge, Friday-Saturday- Sunday, September 16-17-18, 2022 - and

Saturday-Sunday, October 8-9, 2022

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

Training offered by other councils

Comprehensive list of regional Scouts BSA Leader Training opportunities with links to registration:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16FjZxnihDbB201iqvjPl4RuCnNX-uJoV/view?usp=sharing

 

Save the Dates, Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25, 2022, Piedmont Council Training

BALOO, OLS, Wilderness First Aid/CPR First Aid at Camp Bud Schiele

 

Save the Dates, March 31-April 1-2, 2023, and April 22-23, 2023

Wood Badge at Piedmont Council

 

Philmont Training Center Conferences [for adult volunteer training]

Philmont Family Adventure Camp

Philmont Back Country Sneak Peek

Philmont Fall, Winter and Spring Programs

https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/ptc/

 

Divemaster Academy

Diving Instructor Development Course

https://www.bsaseabase.org/

 

Calling All Commissioners

Start here:

https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/training/commissioner-basic-training/

and download your Onboarding Progress record.

Complete on-line training in the BSA Learn Center.

Check out training and service awards at

https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/recognition/

 

Recognize Scouter Excellence

Trained Leader Strip Patches for Adult Leaders

https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=trained+strip

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066/33066_Training_Awards_WEB.pdf

Requirements for earning Trained Leader Strip patches are posted at

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/Trained_Leader_Positions.pdf

along with references to online training courses available at https://my.scouting.org

Another resource is https://www.scouting.org/training/adult/

 

Units, please recognize your uniformed leaders by presenting them “Trained” patches and the following awards. These knots require training to position and tenure:

Den Leader Award

Scout Leader's Training Award (Any leader)

Scouter Key (Cubmasters and Scoutmasters

Unit Leader Award of Merit (Committee submits for Cubmasters and Scoutmasters)
Requirements and tracking forms:
 https://boyscouttrail.com/square-knots.asp

Square Knots

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/02/17/scouting-service-award-combines-five-awards-into-one-cool-new-square-knot/

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/07/17/square-knot-rankings-what-are-the-most-and-least-awarded-square-knots/

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/11/20/in-the-loop-a-guide-to-square-knots-and-how-to-wear-them/ 

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2011/03/04/alumni-knot/

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/03/15/how-to-tell-if-your-scouting-square-knot-is-upside-down/

https://scoutingmagazine.org/issues/0901/a-knots.html

https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/community-organization-award/

https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/lifesaving-meritorious-action/

https://www.scouting.org/awards/hornaday-awards/

https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/religious-emblems/

https://www.scouting.org/awards/religious-awards/

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-879_WB.pdf

https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/awards-and-recognition/

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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

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