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: http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/family-scouting)

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Wild Wild West Cub-O-Ree & Campout at Magness Adventure Camp

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Hi there! Cub-O-Ree will be held September 23-24 at Magness Adventure Camp. Cub Scout families of all ages are welcome, including siblings and parents. The weekend will have a western theme, and include activities like BB Guns, Archery, an Indian Village, crafts, and earning adventure badges!

The early registration cost is $35 for a Parent and Cub. Each additional adult costs $20, while additional youth (cubs or siblings) cost $15. Food is included.

What is Cub Scout Cub-O-Ree?
Two days and one night of fun and activities for Cub Scouts and their parents or supervising adults. Programs and activities are provided by trained Program staff. The Boy Scout Order of the Arrow is leading this event and staff will come from OA and other Boy Scout adults and youth. The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and was created to honor Scouts that best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law.

Download the Flyer Here For All The Details

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How Cub Scouts and others in the fourth grade can get into national parks free

Original Article can be found here.

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.

Did you Know there was a Patch you Can Earn for Understanding the Upcoming Solar Eclipse.

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
DOCX format
PDF Format
* Workbook for Boy Scouts, and Varsity Scouts
DOCX format
PDF Format

There are also links to the workbooks on the following USSSP web page:

http://usscouts.org/advancementTOC.asp

Final Webelos Weekend Planning Meeting Wednesday July 19th.

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

Mike Harper

720-219-2172

Get Baloo for Cubbing (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)

Get BALOO   

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.

JOIN US
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)

Register at: http://www.denverboyscouts.org/event/basic-adult-leader-outdoor-orientation-baloo-c32-t/2124912

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:    escrowkathy@hotmail.com

This is the last BALOO training being offered until September 2017

Extend the fun of Cub Scouting into the year’s hottest season by earning the National Summertime Pack Award. 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 I can think of three reasons: 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. Further reading In the May-June 2017 issue of Scouting magazine, Mark Ray has an excellent piece on avoiding those summertime Cub Scout blues.

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.

Further reading

In the May-June 2017 issue of Scouting magazine, Mark Ray has an excellent piece on avoiding those summertime Cub Scout blues.

 

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/05/02/halt-hibernation-with-the-national-summertime-pack-award/

Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

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.
Contact E-mail
tours@dinoridge.org