Silver Beaver Nominations are due November 1

You can download the form here if you know someone who deserves this great recognition for their service to the Council and Scouting.

2016.17 Silver Beaver Nomination


Ortovox and Deuter are having a Sample Sale!!!

October 21st, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 1200 S. Fordham Street, Suite C, Longmont CO

ORTOVOX and Deuter are hosting a sample sale this weekend! We’ll be offering some seriously incredible deals on wool mountainwear, backpacks, and more. Other brands participating are: Ecovessel, My Trail, Rab, and Crescent Moon Snowshoes. Crazy pricing, food trucks, and so much stoke!

Because we believe in community and education, we’ll also be offering hour-long avalanche education programs at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 taught by the CAIC. Free!

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:

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!).

 Registration is open for this month’s Young Eagles and Eagles flights with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 301

Registration is open for this month’s Young Eagles and Eagles flights with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 301.

Ages 8 to 17 can get a free airplane ride, and if a four-seater plane is available, parents and siblings can ride along too. A few adults (18 and older) who are looking into becoming a private pilot can also fly. The pilot provides a slightly longer flight, an explanation of what goes on in flight and detailed information on the road to a private pilot’s license.

Young Eagles ride in the front seat, wearing a headset to hear the radio transmissions, and MAY get to handle the controls. They receive a post-flight photo; a personal pilot’s logbook; free access to an online ground school worth $275; and reimbursement for the test fee if they take and pass the FAA private pilot’s exam.

Boy scouts earn the aviation merit badge, either by doing the worksheet requirements I specify ahead of time, or in a ground school class at the field following the flights.

Flyers will get their permission forms and flightline passes in the MANDATORY ground school at 6:45 Friday, Sept. 22 in Centennial. Flights begin at 8 on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Front Range Airport north of Watkins, with the last finishing up around 10:30. Merit badge class probably will wrap up about 1 p.m.

More details later, but for now you need to round up the names, unit numbers and return email addresses of those who would like to fly and submit them by email by Sunday the 17th to Please list adult Eagles separately; parents who want to ride along are scheduled at the field. First come first served; anyone who is over the limit will go on a wait list. I will send out “boarding pass” info with final details on or about Monday the 18th.

    Please note: this is NOT a BSA activity. EAA generously provides the flights as part of their national education program (more information at

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Please join us for one of the two Boy Scout Leader-specific training sessions to complete your basic training!  It’s always fun and an adventure, regardless of your personal level of outdoor skills.  This course is open to Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Junior Assistant Scoutmasters, Members of Committee, interested parents, and Second-year Webelos Leaders (does not replace Cub Scout BALOO).

Learning Objectives

  • Know how to accomplish outdoor skills while fulfilling advancement requirements.
  • Acquire and practice the skills necessary to instruct Scouts in the EDGE method of learning to lead, plan, and carry out successful campouts.
  • Increase leaders’ knowledge of BSA outdoor skills resources.
  • Demonstrate the outdoor skills necessary for basic campouts.

 When and where

October 6 (5:30 pm) to October 8 (noon), 2017, at beautiful Camp Tahosa, 173 Co Rd 96, Ward, CO 80481.


$30 for food/supplies, camp fees, and training materials.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) S11 (g)

Course Director:

Peter Garin;; 303-969-8560