It’s settled. Fourth-graders are officially the coolest kids in school.
They’re the beneficiaries of a federal program that grants free access to national parks, lands and waters.
Thanks to the Department of the Interior’s Every Kid in a Park program, started in 2015, fourth-graders and their families can get free entry into these public lands for a full year.
The year of free access aligns with the school year — Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. The passes can be requested and printed online.
The three-step method
Step 1: Get the pass. Get and print fourth-grade passes to our national lands and waters.
Step 2: Plan a trip. With input from their parent or guardian, fourth-graders plan a fun place to visit. There may be an opportunity to complete Cub Scout adventures along the way.
Step 3: Hit the road. A full year to explore national parks, lands and waters seems like a long time, but it’ll be gone in a flash. Speaking of flashes: remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Things to know
- Electronic copies of the pass aren’t accepted, so you’ll need to bring a printed copy with you.
- Each pass has a unique code, so you can’t copy it and share it with friends.
- The pass is accepted at Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation areas.
- If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person, the pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
- If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees, the pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
- If you arrive at a site on bicycle, the pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
- The pass doesn’t cover things like parking fees, camping, boats and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out. The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
Diana Shafer has prepared and submitted workbooks to the USSSP for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to use to document their work toward earning this special patch. I’ve added one for Venturers and Sea Scouts.
I’ve uploaded the workbooks to our website, and they can be downloaded by following these links:
* Workbook for Cub Scouts
* Workbook for Boy Scouts, and Varsity Scouts
There are also links to the workbooks on the following USSSP web page:
The Final Webelos Weekend meeting is Wednesday July19th at 630pm. Everyone should show up, both scouts and leaders.
Also troops need to register. We have 14 Webelos signed up but not 1 staff registered yet. This is needed this so we can plan food counts and order supplies.
We will meet at 6588 W Ottawa Littleton 80128 630 PM Wend July 19
Soft commitments I have:
– Troop 554 doing Fire Safety and Camp Games
– Troop 808 Doing Knives and Saws and helping with campfire program
– Troop 47 helping with Flag Ceremony rotation and providing a kitchen helper and Chaplain
– Troop 888 helping with patrol hike and lashings
Still need at least 4 patrol leaders, may end up being 5 and help with first aid and camping 101 skill stations
Planning on feeding troops Friday dinner thru sun breakfast but we need to start getting a firmer grip on numbers.
Thank You every one for helping
Please contact me with questions
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
This training introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Grace Presbyterian Church
Address: 9720 US Highway 85 N, Highlands Ranch, CO 80125
Cost: $15.00/person (includes lunch)
Registration Ends: Thursday, June 8, 2017
CANCELLATION POLICY – Plan ahead as there will be no refunds. You will be able to transfer your registration to another class.
Contact: Kathy Allen, Timberline District Training Chair: email@example.com
This is the last BALOO training being offered until September 2017
To be eligible, your pack must hold one activity per month in June, July and August. Do that, and you’ll get a streamer for your pack flag and a certificate suitable for framing.
Youth and adults who participate in all three events earn a nifty pin that can be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt.
Dens that have at least 50 percent of their youth members at the three summertime events get a den participation ribbon.
Why you should earn this award
Summer is the best time to enjoy the great outdoors.
Kids often have more free time — and fewer scheduled activities — in the summer.
Packs that offer a year-round program see higher retention numbers.
Things to keep in mind
Many families take long vacations in the summer. Some kids even spend a week or more at grandma’s house in another state.
That’s why attendance at your summertime events shouldn’t be mandatory. And the summer isn’t a great time to get a jump start on the next program year’s adventures. Best not to start the fall with Cub Scouts who have fallen behind.
Instead, plan activities that are optional but exciting. For example, this is a great time to earn a Nova Award.
How to earn the award
Learn more and find an application for the National Summertime Pack Award here. Return the completed form to your council office. Some councils provide recognition at no cost, while others charge a nominal fee for the items.
See the recognition items at ScoutStuff.org.
In the May-June 2017 issue of Scouting magazine, Mark Ray has an excellent piece on avoiding those summertime Cub Scout blues.
Come join us for Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465.
This event is for all Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts.
Scientists will be manning booths and educational sites along Dinosaur Ridge to teach about geology, paleontology, astronomy and other science topics.
Earn Geology Merit Badges, Academic Pins and Belt Loops.
Regular registration closes April 23, 2017, late registrations are accepted until the day of the event for an extra $1 per person fee. Walk-in registrations is allowed on the day of (for $6 per Scout, $4 per non-Scout) but is not encouraged. There will be no late registration for Merit Badge candidates.
Cost is $5 ($6 late)* Non-Scouts $4, Parking is $5 per car. Event day patches are an additional $3.
*Walk-in registration is $6 for Scouts.
For more information, please call 303.697.3466 x 101.