THE MOUNTAIN ECHO
August 2020
POPCORN INCOMING!
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!




MEMBERSHIP
By: Denise Lesniak SR VP Membership

It's Summer Time! You might not realize it; but this is the perfect time to start recruiting new scouts. There are so many kids and teens looking for things to do this summer and Scouting is the answer. Get them involved with your unit.

Start by making sure your Unit Pin on BeAScout.org is updated with current contact information. We want to make sure families are able to find you. Reply to all inquiries and invite potential scouts to your next virtual meeting. Have one of your experienced scouts call a new scout (with two-deep leadership) to introduce themselves and talk about what your unit has planned in the future. Answer any questions and make them feel welcomed.

S = Supervision
Understand local and state guidance on preventing COVID-19 exposure. Engage your chartered organization and local council on necessary adjustments.
Conduct the “before you gather” protocols.

A = Assessment
Identify participants who fall under the CDC’s group of higher-risk individuals.
Notify all participants about the risks of participating since COVID-19 exposure cannot be eliminated.
Verify that the planned activity, gathering or group sizes are not prohibited by local or state orders.

F = Fitness and Skill
Review Annual Health and Medical Records and consider using a pre-event screening for all participants.

E = Equipment and Environment
Verify that handwashing, hygiene and cleaning supplies are available and used properly.
Monitor social distancing, interactions and sharing of equipment and food among participants.
Monitor participants for changing health conditions.
Use the “as you gather” protocols.

For more details on the Restart Scouting Checklist and a downloadable copy, click the following link: https://www.mountbakerbsa.org/restarting-scouting/
UPDATED NATIONAL BSA MEMBERSHIP
& COUNCIL ACTIVITY FEE STRUCTURE
Starting January 1st, 2021, The Mount Baker Council, BSA will implement an annual council activity fee. This fee will be in addition to the BSA membership fee that will begin on August 1 st , 2020.

Families today have many options, but only Scouting provides a safe and fun atmosphere where a kid can be a kid all while preparing them to become an even better adult. As we look forwards to the future of Scouting, the Mount Baker Council is committed to providing a safe and cost-effective Scouting experience to all youth.

AROUND THE COUNCIL
The 2020 Strictly Business
Scout Auction

Save the Date
Friday, October 2, 2020

Online. Stay tuned for registration info
We invite individual and business support for local Scouting by donating to either our Live Auction or to our Silent Auction. 

  • Live auction items are valued from $500 up to $5,000
  • Silent auction items range from $50 to $499.

Supporters may wish to promote their business by placing a $300 full-page ad or a $150 business card sized ad in our auction catalog.
2020 Pull for Scouting
Shooting Clays Classic
Save the Date
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Granite Falls Sportmen's Club
The Mount Baker Council invites you to enjoy a rare opportunity to shoot a specially designed sporting clays course at Granite Falls Sportsman’s Club in Granite Falls, WA. Shooters will enjoy a day of friendly competition, prizes, shooting games, raffles, and BBQ lunch.
CAMP ACTIVITIES
Family First Friday
August 7, 2020
Featuring Webbly from the Aquasox!

Join us on August 7 th for the final Family First Friday. We are partnering with the Everett Aquasox, with appearances by Webbly, the Mascot, and a few players as they demonstrate different ball skills, knot tying, and playing virtual catch with some of our Scouts around the Council. We also want to know what games you have been playing lately, both indoors and outdoors. Visit us on the Mount Baker Council Facebook Events page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1101852010199855/. We will be live starting at 6pm on Friday, August 7 th. See you then!
Household Camping @ Fire Mountain Scout Camp!
During this unusual summer in our community, we know that it is still important to get your dose of Fire Mountain magic.

While we were unable to operate our traditional resident camp, we can still welcome limited camping at Fire Mountain under state and county guidelines.

With Skagit County currently in Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan, Fire Mountain can offer campsite rentals to household groups OR groups of up to 5 individuals. While sites vary, the average cost of a weekend at camp is $65. This fee includes access to bathrooms and showers, firewood, and one of the premier Scout camping facilities in the country.

Look for information on how to make a reservation coming soon.

Saturday, August 8, 2020
BSA Family Fun Fest
If you like funny pets, rockets, astronauts, and Pinewood Derby® cars, then you’ll love Family Fun Fest! It’s outdoor adventure you can have online!

This very special online-only event is just for families like yours! There will be cool hands-on activities, interviews with amazing people, and opportunities to make your community better with a service project.

Webelos-REE
October 3, 2020

October 3, 2020

October 3, 2020

Watch for more information
ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Merit Badge Classes
Be sure to check our Facebook page and website for upcoming virtual Merit Badge opportunities provided by the Council and for a list of opportunities around the United States.

If you are a Merit Badge Counselor who would like to offer a Virtual Merit Badge class email mountbakercouncil@gmail.com,

Are you a Merit Badge Counselor in the Mount Baker Council? Join our Merit Badge Counselor Facebook group to network with our counselors.

Interested in hosting a Virtual Merit Badge Clinic? The Council will help you with promotion, registration, and best practices. Email mountbakercouncil@gmail.com for more information.
COVID-19 FAQ Updates
The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has recently updated their FAQ document about how to keep Scouting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some new highlights include:
In-Person Unit Meeting/Activities guidance
Camping this Summer answers
Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts Advancement questions

SCOUT EXECUTIVE: KEVIN NICHOLS
Heed the Call of Volunteering!
Any Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew or Post Advisor or Skipper or Committee Chair knows that volunteerism is critical to the Scouting program. If they can’t get enough parents to sign on to share leadership roles, program doesn’t get delivered and slips into disorganization and disappointment for the youth and families. The same is true of a district committee, or a council committee.

Have you ever struggled to get more parents or volunteers to help? Here’s an old ditty to read aloud the next time you are getting ready to recruit some new volunteers, as a reminder to them that no matter how busy they are, in the end they will be happier by stepping up:

“Because of my child – I found a new job to do.
I became a Scouter – through and through.
I understand youth better – because of my involvement.
It happened through Scouting – Gee, what excitement!
Because of my child – I can be more worthwhile.
Oh! What a reward – to see a child’s smile.
‘Tis endless – the pleasures gained from Scouting.
Because of my child – I seek each meeting and outing.
Because of my child – I’ve gained friends beyond measure.
‘Tis indeed blessed to me – such a wonderful treasure.
Hours that were less satisfying – are now filled to the brim.
Because of my child – I enjoy life with them.
Don’t spend your time – putting work before all.
Because of YOUR child– heed the SCOUTING call!”

Thank you for your dedication and service to Scouting. 
FUNDRAISING NEWS
Strictly Business
Fall Campaign
The Nysether family is providing a $50,000 matching or challenge grant for our fall "Strictly Business" fundraising campaign. We need to raise $50,000 by December 31st to receive the grant!
There will be recognition Patches for $120, $240, $360 donations. In addition to these three CSP's a donor of $720 will also receive three Mylar bordered CSP's (1 of 40 produced). 
There will also be enough CSP's to give to youth that earn (by December 31st) any of the three Merit Badges depicted on the patches. If a youth already earned one or two of the Merit Badges they can get all of them by earning the one or two that they don't have.
SAFETY MOMENT: CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE
Summary: Certificates of insurance verify that the BSA and local councils have insurance for an event or activity. In most cases when Scouting and Exploring activities are held at locations other than Scout property, the location requires a certificate of insurance from the BSA. The other parties usually want to be added to the BSA general liability policy as an additional insured.

TRAINING
Upcoming Training Dates

September 11-12, 2020 - information on rescheduled dates coming soon.
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 - information on rescheduled dates coming soon.
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
Early Bird Discount Ends August 20th
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
Look for new events coming soon
DISTRICT CALENDARS
The Mount Baker Council is looking for people to join their Marketing and Communication team. If you're interested in being a part of team contact us at mountbakercouncil@gmail.com.