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May 7, 2019

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Silver Beaver & North Star Honorees 2019

At the Council annual volunteer recognition dinner last night (Monday, May 6th), eight individuals were honored with the North Star and Silver Beaver Awards. The Silver Beaver Award is a council-level distinguished service award of the BSA presented to registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The North Star Award is of the same prestige of the Silver Beaver but is awarded to nonregistered volunteers who have made a significant contribution to Scouting.

North Star Honoree: Long time supporter Mark Crane , founder and president Mark's Pizzeria. Among Mark's contributions is the improved road access into Camp Babcock-Hovey.

Silver Beaver Honorees: To learn more about each of the honorees listed below, read their Scouting bios, and for personal insight into them, watch their videos.
BSA Safety Moment
Water bottle rockets

So you want to launch a water bottle rocket. These pressurized rockets use pressurized air and water and can fly at 100 mph. Unfortunately, used improperly or carelessly, they have been known to burst, strike spectators, or launch into the face of a participant. And yes, this has really happened. The rockets have also sometimes damaged property by landing hundreds of feet away. Adequate and knowledgeable adult supervision is critical to a safe, successful launch.

 Questions about safety moments can be directed to the Council's Enterprise Risk Management Committee by sending an e-mail to
The Earning of Merit Badges

The Council Advancement Committee would like to remind Cubmasters that merit badges may not be earned by their Cub Scouts. It has been mentioned recently that there may be a few older Cub Scouts who have been working on merit badges with the support of their leaders. This is not Scouts, BSA policy. Once a youth is officially a Scout in Scouts, BSA, he/she can start earning merit badges as stated in Section titled “Benefits to Merit Badges” of the 2019 Guide to Advancement: “All merit badge requirements must be met while a registered Scout in Scouts, BSA, or qualified Venturer, or Sea Scout. Accomplishments before joining, or while a Cub Scout do not apply”. Only Scouts in Scouts, BSA, not Cub Scouts, may earn merit badges after their application is submitted and processed at the Scout Service Center.
Covered Wagon Derby
May 10

Build a town, build a wagon and head out on the trails to earn gold nuggets as you make your way across the vast and open expanse of J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation. Your Pack builds a town, crafts a wagon, dresses in western attire and lives the pioneer lifestyle for a few hours during this action-packed day at camp. Participate as a Pack or a den, but be sure to bring the whole pioneer family for a great day at camp!
Boating Safety Course
May 11

Want to learn to boat safely? Sail on over to Sea Scout Ship 303. They are hosting a course at the Newport Yacht Club that will cover safety in using and maintaining different boats and seacrafts. It's an 8-hour certification course (registration fee required). If you were born on or after May 1, 1996 you need this certification if operating any motorboat. Personal watercrafts require certification of anyone 4 years of age or older.
Sea Scouting Open House
May 18 @ Newport Yacht Club

Ever wanted to learn to sail? Want New and Exciting Adventure? Like to be on the water during those HOT Summer months? The Sea Scouts are looking for crew members - come check them out! No sailing or boating experience required. Open to boys and girls ages 14-20.
Camp Cards
Sale ends May 31

May is here and camp is around the corner! If you are attending cub camp, Scout camp or a high adventure base, make sure to help those Scouts pay their way! Camp Cards can be sold until 5/31, and that gives you a few weeks to do just that! Have your Unit Choose: No-Risk 40% commission; 50% commission and no returns; Pay up front and sell the cards for 55% commission! Hurry before the sale ends!
Scout Shop Specials

Cub Scout Uniform Promotion – April 1 st – May 31 st !!
Take 25% off of any blue Cub Scout uniform shirt with the purchase of a blue Cub Scout uniform bottom! A great deal! Congratulations on your Cub Scout on achieving their new rank!
Our Get Ready for Camp Promotion is coming, May 13th – 18th!!
Join us at the Strong Scout Shop for a special, one-day-only event on May 18 th from 10-2pm where we’ll provide helpful demonstrations, insider tips, and discounted gear to help you Get Ready for Camp . Plus, from May 13-18, save from 10% to 20% (based on purchase total) on select camping gear at the Strong Scout Shop. Don’t miss your chance to shop these incredible savings!
Thorlo Sock Promotion is coming, May 5 th – June 1 st !!
Our semi-Annual Tholo sock promotion is returning! Purchase any two or more pairs of socks and receive 25% off all pairs! Three uniform approved styles to choose from, plus an additional style for the most rugged of hikes!
Youth Protection Course
As of March 1, 2019, the online Youth Protection Training Course was replaced with an updated version. If you have already completed the current Y01 Youth Protection Training you are not be affected. If you have't completed it you will need to start over and take the full course. Completions will not be recorded in  until you have completed all 3 modules and the certification test. To print your completion certificate, return to , select "Menu" then "My Dashboard." Your Youth Protection Training Certificate can be printed by selecting the printer icon in the "YPT Status" area.  Please cont act Chuck Arnold, Assistant Council Commissioner for Youth Protection at 585-469-1462 or  if you have any questions. 
Sat. June 15
Dave Cheney Memorial
Scout Night-Frontier Field
Job Opportunities
District Executive: Work directly with volunteers, the community and business leaders to provide Scouting's character and leadership development programs to all youth.  Click here for Job Description.

Summer Employment (Camp Staff and Counselor-In-Training) - Accepting summer employment applications for ALL three camping programs! Put your Scout experiences and love of the outdoors to the greatest challenge you will never regret! Click here for Job Description .

Click here to  Learn more about these positions and other opportunities in Scouting.
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