Nominate a Scout or Venturer for the 2018 Inspiration Awards

The Inspiration Awards are looking to honor a young person age 16 to 21 whose leadership skills and passion for the outdoors inspire us all.

Reading that description, it shouldn’t surprise you that a Boy Scouts of America member has won the Youth category each of the three years of the award’s existence. They are, from left above: Eagle Scout Matt Moniz (2015), Venturer Jackie Timmins (2016) and Venturer Lillian Rose Weihert (2017).

With your help, we’ll make it four for four in 2018.

Nominations are due by 6 p.m. (PST), Dec. 29, 2017, for the 2018 Inspiration Awards, presented at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in January in Denver.

You’ll want to nominate someone who:

  • Shows leadership in schools and communities
  • Shares their sport and passion with others
  • Goes above and beyond to protect and preserve the environment

The winner will take the stage at the eighth annual Inspiration Awards, held Jan. 25, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Though the Boy Scouts of America is one of the presenting sponsors for the Inspiration Awards, that doesn’t give us any advantage. But we do have a natural leg up, because the BSA has been creating outdoors-savvy leaders since 1910.

Time is running out, so nominate a worthy young person today at this link.

Who has won this award in past years?

The award debuted in 2015. A member of the Boy Scouts of America has won each year.

In 2017, Venturer Lillian Rose Weihert from the Chicago-based Pathway to Adventure Council, was recognized for her work in angler education through the BSA’s Certified Angling Instructor Program.

In 2016, Venturer Jackie Timmins took the honor.  She achieved the rank of Silver and was finishing up her last requirement for the Ranger Award a


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VenturingFest 2018 – Details and Registration

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! As you may know, VenturingFest 2018 will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from July 1st-6th, 2018 to celebrate Venturing’s 20th birthday! Join us for quick access to the latest activities at the Summit, social events with Venturers from across the nation, an incredible birthday celebration, and the opportunity of a lifetime! This is your chance to lead the adventure at the one-and-only VenturingFest 2018!

We’re excited to announce the pricing well in advance, so you and your crew can fundraise to make this dream a reality:

  • Youth: $500 ($600 after 04/30/18)
  • Adults: $400 ($500 after 04/30/18)
  • Additional fee for half-day rafting excursion is optional and TBD

We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you at VenturingFest 2018! More information available at

Currently there is a description here ( on the new National Venturing website. It refers you to the Summit at for the VenturingFest 2018 page.

Northern Tier Treks Lottery Opens January 30, 2017

A canoe trip in the Boundary Waters is another once in a lifetime Scouting Experience

If you are looking for somewhere to take your trip, Sign up for a Northern Tier Trek.


  1. Contact information for the adult point of contact.
  2. Program Choice
    Summer: Which base? Atikokan, Bissett or Ely.
  3. Arrival Date at Northern Tier (Trip Availability 2017)
  4. Departure Date from Northern Tier
  5. Number of Crews
  6. Estimated Number of Participants\

2017 Resources

2018 Lottery entries can be submitted online 9:00am CST Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 until 11:59pm CST Monday, January 9th, 2017.

  • Entry in the lottery is online only. Register at
  • Crews selected for a Northern Tier trek will be notified via email by February 1st, 2017.
  • Any crews not selected will be notified by February 6th, 2017 and given alternative dates of availability.
  • The $800 per crew deposit will be due by February 13th, 2017 for all crews accepted in the lottery.
  • All reservations are considered tentative until the deposit has been received.
  • Please make sure only one person from your unit enters the lottery. Duplicate reservations from units will be discarded.

Click Here for 2017 Reservations

For more information about Northern Tier go here.

Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Coaches, Advisors and Skippers who are Recognized for their Volunteer work in Scouting Stay Longer.

April 7, 2017 is our District Dinner.ldrawrdmrt

One of the best parts of the evening are the awards. Recognizing the volunteers who have made Scouting in the Timberline District Great.

It is the opportunity to recognize the Unit Leaders who have put the time and effort into leading the youth of your unit.

The Award thanks them for their contribution and has a side effect of helping to keep them around a little longer.

The District Dinner is where the Unit Leader Award of Merit is recognized and presented to the Unit leaders who have earned the award.ulcert

Here’s the requirements from the BSA’s Awards Central website:

“The nominee must

1. Be a currently registered Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, or Skipper who has served in that position at least 18 continuous months.

2. Meet the training requirements for the registered position.

3. Distribute a printed or electronic annual unit program plan and calendar to each family in the unit.

4. Have a leader succession plan in place.

5. Effectively use the advancement method so that at least 60 percent of the unit’s youth have advanced at least once during the last 12 months.

6. Cultivate a positive relationship with the chartered organization.

7. Project a positive image of Scouting in the community.

Nomination Procedureunitleaderawardmerit

1. The unit committee chair completes the Unit Leader Award of Merit Nomination Form on behalf of the unit committee. For Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships, the nomination must include endorsement by the senior patrol leader, team captain, crew president, or ship’s boatswain, respectively.

2. The unit or district commissioner certifies that the form is complete.

3. The unit submits the nomination form to the council for approval by the Scout executive and council commissioner or president.  The Council is responsible for processing the award.

No 3 years tenure (that’s for the Key).  As others have stated the Unit Award of Merit is designed to “encourage the key leader to stay active in the unit in that role until after he or she has earned their Key for their leadership role.”

Recognize the people who work for the Youth.ulaward

You can download a copy of the application here: 512-003_wb-unit-leader-award-of-merit

2017 Snow Snake Rendezvous "The Olympics!" 1/6/2017 5:00 PM

Sign Up Here!:

The Snow Snake Rendezvous is the annual Venturing winter campout. Snow Snake is planned and programmed by youth members so you know the program will be fun and exciting. The theme for the 2017 Snow Snake is:

The Olympics!

The event will take place at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, January 6, 2017 – January 8, 2017. The nights are filled with board games, movies, bonding, and surprises. The days are filled with fun activities that Ventures can take place in. Shooting, awesome training’s, scavenger hunts, cooked meals, and healthy competition are some of these events! Snow Snake is an awesome place to get to know other crews and Venturers in the Denver Area Council. It also will give you a chance to learn about some of the things going on in the council. Sleeping accommodations and meals will be provided, with the exception of the Dutch oven cook-off. So get ready to have a fun-filled weekend with some close friends.

Contact E-mail:

$35.00 per Adult
$35.00 per Youth

Applications are now being accepted for the PEYA program.

Applications are due March 1, 2017.


The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth.

Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have submitted projects to EPA for consideration. Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:

  • restoring native habitats
  • recycling in schools and communities
  • construction of nature preserves
  • tree planting
  • installing renewable energy projects
  • creating videos, skits and newsletters that focused on environmental issues
  • participating in many other creative sustainability efforts

Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that participation in the PEYA program is frequently a life-changing experience for many of the young people and their project sponsors.

Watch a video on past winners!