THE MOUNTAIN ECHO
DECEMBER 2019
2019 Scout Popcorn Sale a Great Success!
This year’s Sale saw more than $1,144,000 worth of popcorn products sold to family, friends, neighbors, and other Scouting supporters. An impressive 107 Packs and Troops and over 1,500 Scouts participated in the sale, raising the funds they will need to conduct an ideal year of Scouting adventure in 2020.

These amazing and hard-working Scouts are recognized as our Top 10 Sellers in the Mount Baker Council:
Everett Silvertips Game – Scout Night!
An amazing 285 Scouts reached the $1,100 Club, earning 2 Free Tickets to the Everett Silvertips Game. The game is at 4:05pm on Sunday, January 12, 2020 vs. the Regina Pats. 

Special Thanks to our wonderful District Popcorn Teams for making this year’s Popcorn Sale fundraiser so successful!
North Cascades District: Ray Baldwin / Sven Gilkey & Blake Jones, DE’s
Pilchuck District: Anna Foster / Dan’l Adams & Alan Barkley, DE’s
Salish Sea District:    Dana Kirschten & Sean Moena / Brian Lenhart & Jose Rodriguez, DE’s

Hats off to all of the AMAZING volunteers for all the hard work you put into this fundraiser. Not only are the Units earning money needed, but every one of you is making a difference in these Scouts’ lives. From the Unit Kernel putting in hours of their time coordinating everything to the Parents out there with their Scouts at Storefronts and Door-to-Door to the people we all come into contact with, these Scouts are learning lessons that will last them a lifetime. I can’t say enough how grateful I am to see such passion and dedication from all of you. THANK YOU!!!

By Joni Davidson
Council Popcorn Kernel
SAFETY MOMENT
AROUND THE COUNCIL
University of Scouting Needs You!
For nearly 50 years, Fire Mountain Scout Camp has served the Scouts of Mount Baker Council and beyond. Our premier facilities, dynamic programs, and world-class camp staff allow us to deliver a legendary scout camping experience .

Serving as a staff member is more than just an incredibly fun summer in the outdoors. Working in the camp environment cultivates Critical Thinking and Problem Solving , Interpersonal and Leadership Skills , and Creativity ; all 21-st century skills that you will carry with you far beyond the camp setting.

Charter Renewal -
Last Minute Tips
It is time again for all Scouts, adult volunteers, and charter organizations to renew their membership with the Boy Scouts of America and pay their annual registration fees. All units in our council must complete and turn in their Charter renewal no later than December 31, 2019.

All though all our districts have already held their first Charter Turn In nights there is still time if you didn’t get yours in. There are several things to remember to make this process easier to handle and here are a few:

  • If you didn’t attend Charter renewal training in your district please reach out to your Unit Commissioner, District Executive, or District Director. They can help you get started.

  • Announce to your unit members and volunteers the changes in the membership fees and collect them quickly.

FIRE MOUNTAIN
48 Years of Fire Mountain!
Who says anniversaries have to come in 5’s and 10’s?

Next summer, Fire Mountain will be hosting Scouts for its 48 th year in a row! Camp is taking reservations now and is already more than half full for this exciting summer season. Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime!

A week spent at Fire Mountain is a legendary Scout camping experience that will create a lasting impact in the lives of your Scouts. Our facilities, programs, and leadership constantly exceed the expectations of our guests.
Here’s what a few Scout leaders said about their experience in 2019:

“We had an awesome experience, thanks for helping our Scouts!”

“This was one of the best camps I have attended as an adult, if not the best!”

“Campers had fun, learned, made friends, and were kept safe. Brilliant!”

BSA National Camp School
The Boy Scouts of America – Outdoor Adventures is proud to announce that the Mount Baker Council and Fire Mountain Scout Camp has been selected once again to host a National Camp School for Scouts BSA Resident Camp during the week of June 6, 2020.

National Camp School is first and foremost designed to train key seasonal camp leadership. However, volunteers currently involved in or with a desire to support council programs are also encouraged to attend, with Council approval. 
 
The course catalog includes certification courses for Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology/Conservation, Outdoor Skills and Shooting Sports. You have to be a registered volunteer with current Youth Protection training and at least 18 years of age. You have to attend all sessions to be considered for certification, along with required prerequisites and successful completion of skilled-based activities. 
 
If interested, contact Eric Buher, Council Program and Camping Director, at  eric.buher@scouting.org  


Join the Fire Mountain Scout Camp Staff!
For nearly 50 years, Fire Mountain Scout Camp has served the Scouts of Mount Baker Council and beyond. Our premier facilities, dynamic programs, and world-class camp staff allow us to deliver a legendary scout camping experience .

Serving as a staff member is more than just an incredibly fun summer in the outdoors. Working in the camp environment cultivates Critical Thinking and Problem Solving , Interpersonal and Leadership Skills , and Creativity ; all 21-st century skills that you will carry with you far beyond the camp setting.

Gaches' Farmhouse
Gaches’ Farm House: GOING OUT IN A BLAZE OF GLORY

The Gaches' Farm House built in 1903 has served camp staff, volunteers, and all Scouters well for all of the 48 years it has been owned by the Council.  Health and Safety issues and the need to regrade the upper parade field finally made the old farm house a greater liability than an asset. On Saturday November 23 rd several local Fire Departments burned the house down for training. They started fires and then put them out all morning. At noon they started a fire they did not intend to put out. Here is a progression of pictures to give you a feel for what the 170 people in attendance experienced.  
TRAINING
Upcoming Training Dates
January 25, 2020
Classes in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouting, and Commissioner Service
Registration opening in December
Want to be an instructor or have an idea for a class? Contact Corwin .

Seminar - February 8, 2020
Field Trip - February 22-23, 2020
Consists of a seminar and an overnight field trip.

BALOO is required training for all Cub Scout Packs that would like to do Overnight Camping as a part of their Pack activities.

This is required training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. This is recommended training for Venturing Advisers and Assistant Venturing Advisers

Wilderness & Remote First Aid
Must attend both sessions to become certified. Registration for November session is closed.

Archery Level Training
May 09, 2020
Save the Date

UPCOMING EVENTS
December 18, 2019
Everett Mall
June 6, 2020
Fire Mountain Scout Camp

MEMBERSHIP
Denise Lesniak -
SR VP Membership
Give the gift of Scouting!
 
The holidays are just around the corner – think Scouting! What a great gift idea for parents, grandparents and all families to give their youth. Just think about it. A yearlong gift of friendships, adventures, outdoor skills and camping – just to name a few. Scouting is a gift that keeps on giving as our first year Lions ultimately become Eagle Scouts.

This is a great way to present our programs as you continue recruiting new members. Look at your Journey to Excellence (JTE) Scorecard and see where you are on new scouts. If you are a Cub Scout unit – how close are you to our Membership Committee’s 2019 Hero Challenges? 

7 Up Club: all packs are challenged to have 1 Lion Den AND 1 Tiger Den of 7 or more Scouts by December 31. This 7 Up Club will be invited to Fire Mountain for a FREE day of fun with a fishing frenzy, archery and more!

OCTI-BITES
Order of the Arrow | News Worth Knowing
…Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge visits Scouts BSA Troops and Venture Crews every year to perform unit elections, promote camping and outdoor activities, and offer cheerful service in many forms. The visitation season runs from January 1 to May 31 each year. Reach out to your Chapter Chief today to schedule your 2020 visit!

…the youth membership of Sikhs Mox Lamonti met on Sunday, October 13 for the Lodge Annual Business Meeting. There, they elected the officers that will lead our lodge in 2020. These phenomenal young leaders are:
                       
Lodge Chief:
Joshua Platte

Service Vice Chief:
Matthew Wile

Administrative Vice Chief:  
Andrew Dee

Program Vice Chief:
Ethan Hazard

Inductions Vice Chief:  
Alexandria Visocky
           
Communications Vice Chief:
Jacob Jackson

DISTRICT CALENDARS
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