THE MOUNTAIN ECHO
FEBRUARY 2020
BECOME A FRIEND OF SCOUTING
Each year we invite the families of our current Scouts, as well as some of our alumni, to contribute toward the actual cost of providing the services, personnel, events and facilities needed to support the 170 Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews, Ships and Posts served by the Mount Baker Council. It costs about $205 to support one Scout for one year so we ask families to consider that amount as they pledge to support Scouting.

The District Family FOS Chairs and their helpers have been and will be contacting each unit to arrange for a short presentation to your families. Some units believe strongly in the need for this campaign and conduct a very successful effort without district help but many appreciate someone from the district making the appeal. So what is expected?

INVITE YOUTH TO YOUR SCOUTS BSA TROOP
By Denise Lesniak, SR VP Membership
It was one year ago, this month that we welcomed Troops for girls into Scouts BSA at Mount Baker Council. We currently have 11 of these Troops serving almost 100 young women. We also have 135 Troops for boys serving over 2600 young men. These young men and women put in 18,000 hours of service just working on Eagle Projects and earned 5,789 merit badges. Amazing! 
This is a great time to recruit more Scouts for your Troops. New faces, skills and camaraderie add so much to the program for youth and volunteers. If you are looking for tips on how to recruit for your Troop – here are a few suggestions:

  • Host an open house. Troops for girls may want to celebrate their one-year anniversary! All of our Troops do so many cool things from community service to outdoor adventures. Show it off! Let each of your patrol’s create a display promoting your unit. Our Scouts are very creative!
AROUND THE COUNCIL
Nominations Needed for Adult Leader Recognition

Now is the time to submit nomination forms to recognize adult leaders in your unit, District, or Council! There are a variety of awards and recognition available for Scouting’s volunteers. One of them is the Silver Beaver Award , which is the highest honor a Council can bestow to a volunteer who has made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the Council level.

Nominations are due by March 6th

Winter Safety Moment
SUMMARY
It’s fun to “play” in the snow with your unit during the winter months! Beyond camping, a number of cold-weather activities however present challenges to Scouts and leaders, such as alpine or cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. Essential ingredients for fun include skill training and an awareness of the hazards unique to these activities.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Here are a few key points that can help you safely have fun during your winter activities outdoors.

  1. Activities should be supervised by mature and conscientious adults.

2020 Snohomish County Good Scout Breakfast
Help us to deliver character-building programs and values to the next generation of community leaders

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Angel of the Winds Arena, Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, 2000 Hewitt Avenue in Everett

Registration from 7:00-7:30am and the breakfast program begins at 7:30


Keynote Speaker –
Bob Donegan
President / CEO, Ivar’s Restaurant

Calling All Shooting Instructors: Past, Present, and Future!
There is an old computer saying, “Garbage in, Garbage out.” (I can’t believe I just said “old” in reference to a computer.) Now you may be asking me how this applies to shooting sports and I will get to that. First, let’s talk about what this saying means or at least my interpretation. What this is saying to me is in order to get a meaningful output from a computer, something of value or significance must be put in.

You can’t expect a computer to be able to balance your books just by sitting down at it and saying, “Balance my books.” This requires a piece of software, that was written by someone or many people that took many hours to create, test, rewrite, test, rewrite, test, and so on until you get a final product that can operate to balance you books.

FIRE MOUNTAIN
From The Council Properties Committee
As many of you know we have been working on ground up refurbishing and new construction throughout Fire Mountain Scout Camp for the past ten years. We probably have another ten years to go. Boy Scouts of America like many non-profits have a great tendency to raise money to build new things, but then let maintenance slide for a lack of funding. This is what happened to Fire Mountain over its first 40 years of existence. The Properties Committee is very committed to the new construction projects in our Camp Master Plan, but we are just as committed to maintain everything we build.

We have a tool that is the envy of Council’s around the nation… A $1.15 million dollar maintenance endowment. The original $1.05 million of this fund came from the sale of Camp Black Mountain. We fund major maintenance projects by utilizing 4% of the assets in this fund each year. Currently that amount is around $45,000.

Camp Leaders Dinner
Join us at Fire Mountain Scout Camp for dinner and a presentation about outdoor programs and opportunities available to your unit in 2020.

When : Sunday, Feb. 23; 4:00-6:00pm

Where : Dining Hall at Camp!

We will be sampling some of the new menu items for summer camp 2020, come prepared to be amazed!

This event is intended for Senior Patrol Leaders and Scoutmasters, Crew Presidents and Advisers, and Ship Botswains and Skippers.


TRAINING
Upcoming Training Dates
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

Mount Baker Council is offering a 24-hour COPE and Climbing Level 1 course, certifying participants to serve as instructors on our Climbing Tower, Zip Line, and High and Low COPE Courses.
Must attend both sessions to become certified

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

Archery Level Training
May 09, 2020
Save the Date

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
June 6, 2020
Fire Mountain Scout Camp

Summer, 2020
North Cascades, Pilchuck, Salish Sea
July 19-30, 2021
Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV



SUPPORT SCOUTS AUSTRALIA
Scout Australia has created a special Bushfire Recovery Badge to help those areas and Scouts who were negatively affected by the devastating bushfires in Australia.

To help mitigate international shipping costs the Mount Baker Council is coordinating a bulk order for these badges. Orders are due by February 8, 2020.

COUNCIL MESSAGES
Vision 2025 – On Membership
By Steven Davis, Council President
As part of our semi-annual off-site retreat, the Council Executive Board met the first weekend in January to review our accomplishments of 2019 and to compare our progress and strategic planning against our Vision 2025 - the councils' 5-year plan.

Vision 2025 focuses on our three key areas for growth and long-term measures of success as a council, namely: Membership, Money, and Manpower. 

Got Snow? Need Snowshoes?
We’ve got them for you!


The Everett Service Center has snowshoes for rent at $20 per pair.
Please contact the Everett Service Center to reserve yours at
(425) 338-0380.

DISTRICT CALENDARS
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