THE MOUNTAIN ECHO
APRIL 2020
SCOUTING IN THE TIME OF STAY HOME - STAY HEALTHY
Happy April! We hope you are all healthy and that everyone is staying safe and taking care of their families at this time.

As we all practice the guidelines set out by the CDC and the State of Washington, we know it can be difficult to juggle the new activities in our day. This is a trying time for our Scouts too. They also have a new routine and uncertainty about what is going on in the world. The values and consistency of Scouting can be an important, familiar activity for our Scouts. The question is, how do we do that now?

Our volunteers have been working hard to learn new tools and gather ideas to keep our Scouts engaged virtually. If you haven't already, expect to attend your unit's next virtual Scout meeting. These are a lot of fun and the Scouts love to have the chance to see their friends. Districts and the Council are organizing Merit Badge clinics for our older Scouts, while the BSA has put temporary measures in place to make sure all our Scouts keep advancing at this time.

The Mount Baker Council has resources available for you to keep your Scout engaged. These resources are being updated all the time so check back often.


Look for some fun games on our Facebook and Instagram pages too.

This is an uncertain and fluid time but it is also a time when Scouts are at their best. A time of service, selflessness, and community. The values our Scouts learn and practice every day are on full display. As we all Stay Home - Stay Healthy we urge you to #BeCalmScoutOn.
POINTS OF PRIDE
AROUND THE COUNCIL
2020 Snohomish County Good Scout Breakfast
Help us to deliver character-building programs and values to the next generation of community leaders

POSTPONED

Due to concerns of COVID 19, the 2020 Good Scout Breakfast has been postponed. As soon as a new date is secured, we will reach out and let everyone know. Thank you for your support and understanding.




Scout Popcorn Sale
Orientation & Kickoff
Save the Date!!
Saturday, August 15, 2020 (8am-1pm)

Fund your Pack’s or Troop’s Ideal Year of Scouting Adventures with just one effective fundraiser!

Popcorn season is coming fast. Your units will be receiving an email soon to sign up for the annual kickoff on Saturday, August 15, 2020. When you sign up your Unit will receive tips and tutorials directly from Trails-End. The district kernels and their teams are gearing up and excited for a great season. We can’t wait to get started selling!
CAMP ACTIVITIES
Camporees
Salish Sea Camporee
New Date Coming Soon

North Cascades Camporee
New Date Coming Soon

Pilchuck Camporee
October 2-3, 2020
SAFETY MOMENT: COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
SUMMARY

With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) scare, we’ve included some items to review with all of your scouts, leaders, and parents.

We’ve all caught some kind of infection, or sickness, from someone else. These illnesses are known as communicable or contagious diseases because they are spread from one person to another. They may occur when a healthy person becomes infected through contact with a sick person or by touching something that a sick person has come in contact with. Communicable diseases are caused by germs—both viruses and bacteria—and some examples include colds, flu, or strep throat. You can catch infections in several different ways, but all involve germs coming in contact with mucous membranes (like your eyes, nose, or mouth) or through breaks in the skin (like a cut or a hangnail).

KEY THREE
By: Steven Davis
Thank You for being Scouting Leaders, Parents and Supporters in the Boy Scouts of America and with the Mount Baker Council. Scouting is a volunteer movement and your time, talents and resources have made our Council successful in fulfilling the mission in our communities.

In Scouting, we vow to help other people at all times. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Scouting community here has been doing its part to slow the spread of the virus, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructure. Thank you for your support by adhering to the proclamations of our government and health organizations concerning this pandemic.

Thank you for keeping Scouting going in your units and your homes. By keeping to groups 10 or less and doing activities at home, our Scouts continue to have fun and adventures down the Scouting trail. We encourage each of you to still follow BSA blogs such as blog.scoutingmagazine.org and social channels such as our Council and District Facebook pages, as well as #ScoutingAtHome, for great examples and ideas of how to keep the Scouting fire burning brightly at your homes.

Thank you for your support as our Council did its part to slow the spread of the virus by closing our facilities recently and allowing our employees to work from their homes. We realize these decisions are not without their challenges, and we thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities in difficult times.

The steps we are taking reinforce the many ways – big and small – that Scouting empowers character and leadership today and for generations to come.
FUNDRAISING NEWS
The Mount Baker 2020 Camp Cards Are Here!
Let's use this opportunity to test our online sales skills. These cards hold great value, especially the restaurants that have take-out and delivery. Who doesn't want a discount on their pizza while stuck at home?! And with most vendors, the new expiration date of March 2021 allows for plenty of time to use the card. We have also extended the campaign through the end of June to give units more time to sell. Please be in touch with your District Camp Card Captains for distribution details.
Good luck with your sales and always remember - Do Your Best!!!

North Cascades Skagit Valley Good Scout Breakfast
August 5, 2020 - New Date

North Cascades Bellingham Good Scout Breakfast
August 12, 2020 - New Date
Pilchuck Snohomish Good Scout Breakfast
New Date Coming Soon

North Cascades Whidbey Island Good Scout Breakfast
July 29, 2020 - New Date

Pull for Scouting Sporting Clays Classic
September 12, 2020
TRAINING
Upcoming Training Dates
COPE and Climbing Level 1 Training
Cancelled

Wilderness & Remote First Aid
Must attend both sessions to become certified.

August 24 29, 2020
NYLT is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home Troops and Venturing Crews.

September 11-12, 2020
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) is REQUIRED TRAINING for all Cub Scout Packs that would like to do Overnight Camping as a part of their Pack activities. A minimum of one adult must be BALOO Trained on a Pack overnighter.   

September 11-12, 2020
IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills) This training is for Scouts BSA and Venture Leaders. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics, this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Scout Troops in order to be considered “trained”.

September 25-27 and October 23-25
Must attend both sessions.
Wood Badge offers leadership skills training that benefits your unit and all of Scouting, increases personal confidence, and forms an enhanced social and professional network.

UPCOMING EVENTS
April 3-5, 2020
Online

Begins June 6, 2020
Fire Mountain Scout Camp

Summer, 2020
North Cascades, Pilchuck, Salish Sea

July 19-30, 2021
Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV

COMMUNITY EVENTS
May 9 - June 15
June 16 - September 12

June 14, 2020
Peace Arch Park
August 14, 2020

August 20-23, 2020
JBLM
DISTRICT CALENDARS