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This is a companion communication piece to our website www.HoosierTrailsBSA.org . There are a lot of exciting things happening in Scouting and this resource will help keep you in the loop and prepare you for some awesome Scouting adventures!
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history today by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.
The Scout Me In creative shifts the perspective by showing what it’s like to be a Scout from a kid’s point of view. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action – from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime – where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life.

The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country. It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

Cub Scout Splash-O-Ree
Cub Scout Splash-O-Ree: June 23, 2018 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Maumee Scout Reservation, 12975 West County Road 925 North, Norman
Youth Participant Fee $12 prior to June 18th, $15 after this date

The Cub Scout Splash-O-Ree is a day-long event for Scouts and their families. Come to Maumee Scout Reservation and spend a day at the beach with us and all your friends. We will be swimming, boating and fishing plus other water games. Bring a fishing pole or use one of ours to learn the fundamentals of fishing. Participation is all day or part of the day. You may bring your lunch or we will be grilling hot dogs (included in the fee). NO CAMPING WILL BE PERMITTED! This event is between weeks of Boy Scout summer camp.

Families are invited to attend this activity and, have fun, enjoy fellowship, and meet new friends. We will have many beach related game and activity stations close by for some fun while your bait is in the water. Just sign up and enjoy a day on the lake.
Retention Convention 2018
Well, Ren Con 2018 is in the books; however, the resources distributed through these events is linked below.  The Council Calendar, unit program planning materials, and much more. 
Boy Scout Summer Camp @ MSR
2018 Summer Camp Registration and Merit Badge Sign-ups are now live!
Don't miss out on a summer full of fun and excitement! Longtime Favorites such as Welding, Sailing, Discover Scuba, and COVERT are coming back! We are also reintroducing Photography, Electricity, Moviemaking, Painting, and Rowing Merit Badges to our lineup! Some brand new merit badges we are offering this year include Engineering, Gardening, Animal Science!  The Mountaineer Challenge program will be back for its second year and will be offering Ridge Runner and the new Voyageur challenge, now open all day! We are looking forward to providing your unit and scouts a top-notch program and a week full of memorable experiences!  We can't wait to see you! As always, welcome to camp.   Sites are already filling up, register your troop today.
New lakefront WOW feature for 2018 Floating Challenge Course
Support the Life-changing Programs of HTC
Our fundraising team continues to make great strides toward achieving a record-breaking level of support for our programming, doing so in a narrower window of time.  Our appreciation goes out to Dr. Denis Ward, Vice President of Fundraising, our district FOS workers, and all those who have given to the 2018 campaign. Proceeds from FOS help to pay for:
  • Insurance for Participants
  • Property maintenance, development, supplies, and utilities
  • Administrative support (records processing, reservations, membership registration, advancements, popcorn sale administration, ScoutBook)
  • Executive support (program development, recruitment support, communications, customer service)
  • Marketing & Communication (newsletters, Website, social media)
  • Program Supplements (summer camp, NYLT, Jamborees, council-led Cub Scout activities, recognition events)
  • Recognition & Awards
  • Assistance to Individuals (Camperships, Outreach Initiatives)

We are down to achieving the last 20% needed to meet our annual need and you can help to make sure our good work continues, by following the button below and making a gift today!
Wood Badge 2018
In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s leaders by organizing a series of lectures and activities. Wood Badge provides the opportunity to: Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth. Recognize contemporary leadership concepts and discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement and life in general. Apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team. Renew one’s commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that provides Scouting with revitalized leadership. And, Have FUN!

Many consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands.   Download WB18 Flier,Register for the Course
National Youth Leadership Training
NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer. The NYLT staff is comprised of youth who have formerly participated and completed an NYLT course. Also, youth staff participate in up to 5 staff development weekends and are knowledgeable and confident in the content and leadership skills addressed within the course. The youth staff is assisted by trained adult staff members who have attended the NYLT Course Director’s Conference and Council staff.

Who can attend NYLT? any registered youth in a Boy Scout Troop who is at least 13 years old by July, 2018, a First Class Scout or higher, and recommended by his Scoutmaster may attend the course. Any registered youth in a Venturing Crew who is at least 13 years old by July, 2018, but not yet 21 years of age, and recommended by his or her Venturing Crew Advisor may also attend the course.
Scouting Podcasts
It goes without saying that Scouting's adult volunteers are busy. To help them stay current with the latest program and membership developments, the National Service Center has created two podcasts, ScoutCast and CubCast, that can be enjoyed while exercising, commuting, or while multitasking at home.

To access both, as well as several years'-worth of past episodes, head to: 
https://podcast.scouting.org . You also can subscribe on iTunes (search for "CubCast" or "ScoutCast.