Kevin Fedarko will be reading & signing his Outdoor Book in Evergreen

October 19th, 2017, 7:00 PM, Evergreen High School Theater

Go hear great stories about the Grand Canyon and rowing Dories


New Video about Erik Weihenmayer and Climbing as a Blind (Amazing!) Man!



Blindness is just a thing that happened to me. The difficult part, as with all adversities, is to use it as a catalyst to break through barriers and live a life of adventure. Check out this beautiful piece from Great Big Story for a look at how I reach into the darkness every day.

Keep Climbing,


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BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls

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BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls

Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Starting in the 2018 program year in August, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls.

Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.

The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders – as well as parents and girls who have never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

The BSA has provided programing to young women and young men for many years through Sea Scouts, STEM Scouts, Exploring and Venturing:

  • STEM Scouts: 40% of participants are girls/young women, 60% are boys/young men
  • Exploring: 39% of participants are girls/young women, 61% are boys/young men
  • Venturing; 23% of participants are girls/young women, 77% are boys/young men
  • Sea Scouts: 40% of participants are girls/young women, 60% are boys/young men

National BSA shared a press release and link to a Frequently Asked Questions file regarding the expansion of Scouting programs to include girls on Scouting Newsroom here:

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America Membership Fee Will Be $33 a Year

Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America Membership Fee Will Be $33 a Year

The Boy Scouts of America has announced an increase in the National membership fee. The fee will increase from $24 to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders. This is an increase of $0.75 monthly and will be effective December 1, 2017. All of these funds go directly to the National B.S.A.

It is important to note, our National organization has not increased fees since 2014. Prior to that, fees increased in 2010.

The annual National membership fees DO NOT go to the Denver Area Council. It does go towards support services such as:

1. Primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations

2. Ongoing advances in technology

3. Scout program development

4. Membership recruiting strategies

5. Other support materials

The primary reason for the increased fee is the escalating cost of the General Liability Insurance Program. The National Council has been subsidizing this program for several years through their endowment fund. This is no longer a sustainable model.

The Denver Area Council pays for and ensures that all our Scouts are covered in accident and sickness insurance for all Scout activities at the Council and at the unit level.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause during our Fall Recruitment campaign.

New App puts a lot of information in your hands!

The myScouting app puts training, rosters and commissioner tools at your fingertips

Scouters, now you can carry more of the tools you need to do your job everywhere Scouting takes you.

The myScouting app, the BSA’s official app to help leaders facilitate the Scouting program, has a refreshed look and all-new features.

The app is free and available now for Android devices (Android 4.4 KitKat or higher), as well as iPhones and iPads (iOS 9.0 or higher). Just search “myScouting” in your device’s app store.

When you open the app, you’ll log in with your myScouting username and password. The app will show you the tools available to you based on your Scouting position.

You’ll see your member ID, how many days remain until your Youth Protection training expires, links to resources and much more.

Other noteworthy features of the myScouting app include:

  • An organization roster so you can see all active adult members registered under your governance — down to the unit level. You can filter by Youth Protection trained status, position trained status and more. You can easily update this information, too, and even call or email directly from your device. And of course you can update your own contact info — address, phone number, email — right in the app as well.
  • A training center that lets you complete Youth Protection training and other online trainings right from your device. You can also view, save and send completed training certificates in the app.
  • Commissioner tools so commissioners can complete unit assessments, track roundtables, and view and track commissioner assignments.
  • Calendar and announcements pages so Key 3 members can share updates with members registered under their governance.
  • A resources page with links to the latest BSA material, such as the Guide to Advancement or Handbook for District Operations.

The new app supports both English and Spanish. There’s also a night-mode feature that darkens the screen — so you won’t keep your spouse awake when you’re working on Scouting late at night.

Mark Anderson, Philmont Director of Program is retiring!

Mark Anderson, Philmont’s Director of Program for the past 19 years, today announced his plans to retire on December 31 after more than 40 years with the Boy Scouts of America. Mark and Linda plan to relocate to a new home in Windsor, Colorado (close to their new granddaughter, born just a couple of weeks ago!).