Pennsylvania Dutch Council, BSA
We appreciate your participation and support of Scouting as we help equip your children with the life skills to become a good, strong citizen. This week we will celebrate Scouting's 103rd anniversary, and our focus has remained the same, working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. We would also like to take this opportunity to update you on the recent discussions within the Scouting family regarding our membership standards
After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting's membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers' work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the national council will take action on the resolution at the national meeting in May 2013.
America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our kids. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth.
Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us. Be a part of this discussion by staying engaged and continuing your role in Scouting. The kids in your community need you.
Yours in Scouting,
Robert Anspach Edward Rasmuson
Council President Scout Executive
Wild West Adventures at Camp Mack in 2013
Summer is right around the corner! What is your Pack doing? Join us for a rootin' tootin' good time as Camp Mack travels to the Wild, Wild West! Fun, Family, Friends, Learning and much, much more await! Chill out in the swimmin' hole, paddle around Squire Lake, take your best shot at the shootin' gallery, and take on the Bronco BMX course! 2013 will also have a bigger emphasis on Cub Scout Advancement and Awards than past years.
$25.00 per Scout deposits are due by March 15.
Blue and Gold Placemats will be available at your District's February Roundtable or by stopping by the Scout Shop.
All 2013 Mack Summer Camp Leader Information and forms can be found at Mack Summer Camp
Want to have someone come to one of your pack meetings or events to tell everyone about Summer Camp at Camp Mack in 2013? The Cub Scout Camping Committee is scheduling Pack Promotion visits now. If interested, contact Kent Brusstar at email@example.com.
|Summer Camp at Bashore Scout Reservation Filling Fast!|
Space is filling up! If your unit is planning on coming to Bashore for summer camp in 2013 don't wait to send in your reservation. To see an up-to-date listing of availability follow this link.
$25.00 per Scout deposits are due by March 15.
For the 2013 Bashore Reservation Form Click Here: 2013 Bashore Reservation Form
All 2013 Bashore Summer Camp Guides, Forms, and Program Information can be found at Bashore Summer Camp
The deadline for submitting Campership applications, March 15, is quickly approaching. Camperships exist to help scouts with a financial need attend a PA Dutch Council camp. Don't let a lack of funds keep your scouts from attending camp this summer. Camperships are given based upon need and funds available. To apply, fill out and submit the Pennsylvania Dutch Council Campership Form found on our website or contact the Council Service Center to have one sent to you.
Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout
Spread the word to friends, family, and fellow Scouts that Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout, a new series from Original Productions (the Emmy award-winning producers of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers) premieres March 4 on the National Geographic Channel.
In six episodes, adults from all walks of life will compete with the country's top Boy Scouts in challenges based on the Boy Scout Handbook. The adult "civilians" are former Scouts, some of whom left Scouting before achieving the Eagle Scout badge. They will compete against Scouts in challenges ranging from archery to rafting and even to setting up a campsite. The adults will try to prove they can keep up with the Scouts, who were selected are among the tops in the nation.
|Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout - Trailer|
|Wood Badge For the 21st Century-Advanced Adult Leadership Training|
The Pennsylvania Dutch and Chester County Councils will be hosting Wood Badge Training in 2013 at Bashore Scout Reservation. The course will be held over two full three day weekends, April 12-14 and May 4-6.
Wood Badge teaches a Scout leader about the aims and methods of Scouting, the Scouting vision and mission and the theory and practice of using the patrol method to teach scouts leadership skills. This is where the course earns its reputation as one of the best leadership courses offered - anywhere! Sessions during the two - three day weekends include listening skills, managing conflict, stages of team development, project management, leading and managing change in an organization, coaching and mentoring, etc. All the skills needed for a leader to truly lead his or her unit into the 21 century. Wood Badge is open to leaders in any leadership position at any level of Scouting (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, Varsity, District, or Council)
To learn more about Wood Badge and to get registration information go to: Wood Badge
|Youth Leadership Training|
Looking for tools to help train the Youth Leaders of your Troop, Crew, or Ship? Scouting has what you're looking for:
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Crews, or Ships-A training course designed to help a unit leader teach their unit's youth leadership how to do their job within the context of their specific unit. Course syllabi are available by following this link: Training Resources
National Youth Leadership Training-Help your Youth Leaders take their skills to the next level! PA Dutch Council is offering to opportunities this coming summer for Scouts and Venturers to participate in NYLT.
Follow this link for more information: NYLT
|Scout Shop News|
For the latest Scout Shop news follow the link below.
This edition includes:
- Store Closings
- JTE Recognition Items
- Tour Plan Reminders
- and much more
Discover the wonder of "Scouting's Paradise"!
Philmont's signature program is the High Adventure Expedition. Each expedition provides opportunities for participants to:
- Explore the high country in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeastern New Mexico
- Experience the thrill of climbing mountains over two miles high
- Participate in a wide array of fun activities that teach Scouting skills -Archaeology, backpacking, camping, climbing, fly fishing, forestry, horsemanship, Indian lore and much more
- Develop leadership, group dynamics, wilderness problem solving and outdoor skills.
The PA Dutch Council High Adventure Committee is organizing an all-inclusive trek in 2014. Join in for a once in a lifetime experience! For more information follow these links:
Trek Info Brochure
Go Big and Get Wild with the PA Dutch Council as we send two Crews for the inaugural High Adventure season at Summit Bechtel Reserve, the BSA's new High Adventure Base in West Virginia. Interested Scouts and Scouters will be able to choose between two different Summit programs: The River or Helmets & Harnesses. There are only 12 spaces for each program so don't hesitate to sign-up. For more information about each program follow these links:
Helmets & Harnesses
Harvest District Dinner
The Harvest District dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd, at Acorn Farms in Mount Joy. Social gathering is at 5:30pm with dinner at 6pm. Following dinner will be the award presentations of the Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, and Commissioner of the Year, Troop and Pack awards, as well as the District Award of Merit. Fun awards will be presented also and other adult recognitions.
- Harvest Awards: Presentation of the Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, and Commissioner of the Year, and Unit Participation awards.
- District Awards: Quality Units, Training Knots, and District Award of Merit will be announced.
- The Fun Awards: Would you like to make a special recognition of a unit leader? Bring them to the dinner and you (or we), can recognize them for their help in your unit. Just let us know! Of course you have to get them to dinner.
Contact Matt Stewart the dinner chair for More Information .
Join in the fun and fellowship with us at Acorn Farms and enjoy and evening out with fellow scouters.
Click here for the Harvest District Dinner forms.
|Friends of Scouting 2013|
|2013 FOS Patch|
Each year the units of the Council are asked to participate in our Annual Friends of Scouting campaign where families are given the opportunity to make an investment in Scouting. We would like to ask for 10 minutes of time at an upcoming Court of Honor, Blue and Gold Banquet or event where parents are present. A presenter from the District will come out and share the story of the Council and how the funds will be spent.
Please be sure to discuss this with your unit committee and decide on what date works best for the unit. The decision to invest will be left up to the individual families and should not be made by the unit for them. Please make sure everyone has the opportunity to support Scouting.
Celebrate the final year of the "Scout Law" FOS Council Strip Series with a $300.00 annual gift to the 2013 Family Friends of Scouting Campaign and receive BOTH the "Reverent" FOS Council Strip AND this Commemorative 10"x9" "Scout Law" Back Patch!
For more information contact your District Family FOS Chair or your District Executive
Spring Training Courses
The PA Dutch Council Training, High Adventure, and Shooting Sports Committees will be holding a number of trainings this spring to help leaders Be Prepared to offer the best Scouting Program Possible. Courses that are being offered include:
- Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
- Den Chief Training
- Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific (Indoor) Training
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills/Webelos Outdoor Leader Skills Training
- Venturing Leader Specific Training
- Wilderness First Aid Training
- NRA Basic Marksmanship Instructor Training
- NRA Rifle Instructor Training
For more information on each of these courses including dates, times, locations, and registration information go to: Upcoming Training Courses
Silver Beaver Nominations
Now Being Accepted
The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of the award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth by implementing the Scouting program and performing community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication and many years of service to the Council.
Nominations for the Silver Beaver Award are now being accepted.
Click here for the nomination form or visit our website. The deadline for nominations is April 15th and should be addressed to the Special Awards Committee of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America at 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster PA 17601. The awards will be presented at the Council Recognition Dinner on June 4th.
|Voice of the Scout is back Mid-March|
Look for an email from the Boy Scouts of America in your inboxes! Beginning mid-March, parents, Scouts & Venturers over 14, volunteers and chartered organizations will begin seeing the next set of surveys delivered into their email inboxes for Voice of the Scout. As with previous surveys, they have been designed to be very brief but will give needed insight into the variety of experiences at the unit and district within our council.
Surveys will stay open for three weeks and information will then be referenced for making key decisions to drive Scouting forward, as guided by the people that matter most- our members. Your feedback so far has been greatly appreciated. Your comments continue to shape the direction of Scouting in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.
Due to the sheer volume of surveys in this program, we must deliver via email to effectively and efficiently collect opinions. Please, make sure we have your most recent email by contacting us at 717-394-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voice of the Scout is how we will help guide our decision-making for our future programs and operational delivery. Please take a few minutes of your time to participate!
Camp Card 2013
The Camp Card Sale is designed to help Scouts earn their way to summer camp, day camp, the National Scout Jamboree or a BSA high adventure base.
The Camp Card is a discount card that entitles the user to several discounts at local businesses.
Units participating in this program earn 50% commission ($2.50) for each $5.00 Camp Card that is sold. The remainder of the funds will benefit the camping programs of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, BSA and pay for the production costs of the cards.
The tentative dates for the Camp Card sale is to begin on March 1st and end May 3rd, allowing units 10 full weeks to earn money for camp.
For more information or to sign-up click here.
SAVE THE DATE
JUNE 15, 2013
In partnership with the Lancaster Banstormers we will be holding a special Recruitment Event at Clipper Stadium.
More information will be available at the March Roundtables.