THE MOUNTAIN ECHO
JUNE/JULY 2020
A MESSAGE FROM OUR SCOUT EXECUTIVE, KEVIN NICHOLS
I have recently had the opportunity to visit our council’s camp, Fire Mountain Scout Camp and that has inspired me to share a few words about the positive impact that Scouting has, is and will always have on all of us, but mostly with the youth of our communities.  For 110 years, The Mount Baker Council and the Boy Scouts of America have been providing youth with a life-changing experience they can’t get anywhere else.  It is full of adventure and discovery. We enhance this experience and program by providing quality support to our volunteers, inspirational civic service to our local communities, and faithfully guiding our Scouts to become tomorrow’s participating citizens and leaders.

Throughout the years, Scouting has met and stepped up to address many challenges in our nation and our communities.  Wartime service included selling Liberty Bonds, collecting old tires for rubber and planting victory gardens. The Scouts have also held food drives, clothing drives and have donated millions of man hours in Eagle Scout projects. 

Clearly, Scouting has met these challenges and it is thriving still today, even during this global pandemic of COVID-19. Scouting and our Council are meeting today’s challenges and looking to the future after COVID.
Our Council and Scouting are not bound by the program delivery methods pre-COVID and are finding new ways to deliver that life-changing experiences to our members.  We have discovered that we can keep our youth and families engaged virtually by focusing on home-based Scouting and our den and patrol groups.  This success is evident of our fantastic Virtual CamporALL, the National Camp-in, Merit Badge classes and increased participation in our virtual Roundtables. Even current non-registered Scouting families are discovering our program offerings and activities through our Virtual Campsite on our website.

As we look toward the future, we now envision more opportunities to reach more youth, families and units through these new delivery methods. There will be more focus on virtual Roundtables, virtual Den Meetings online, Virtual Summer Experiences and virtual Joining Nights for our Fall Recruiting.  These opportunities along with the resumption of our more traditional delivery methods will further strengthen our positive impact on our youth for decades to come. 
Thank you for all you have done for Scouting in the past, thank you for your continued efforts during our current challenge, but most of all, for the youth of our communities, thank you for your continued service to Scouting in the years to come. 

My best to all of you.

Scout On!
On June 1st the national Boy Scouts of America announced changes to their membership fees.

Recruiting Tips in a "Virtual World"
  • Keep all scouts engaged. Encourage your dens, patrols, packs and troops to conduct virtual meetings. There are a lot of resources available, including how to host meetings, rank specific activities, games and challenges. 

  • Invite a friend or neighbor to participate in your unit’s virtual meeting. Kids are looking for things to do to keep busy.

AROUND THE COUNCIL
2020 Scouting Auction
The Summit
Save the Date
Friday, October 2, 2020

Edward D Hansen Event Center
2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett, WA 98201
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.
May Activities &
Civic Services
It’s been a busy few months for Scout Leaders, and being Safe at Home hasn’t slowed anyone down!

The Scouting At Home Committee has been hard at work creating a commemorative patch for ScoutingAtHome. Details on how to earn this patch were sent in early May, and are also available on the Virtual Campsite page of the Mount Baker website in the Scouting At Home Award link.

We kicked of the month of May with our Council CamporALL. So many Scouts and their families participated by camping outside, sharing videos and pictures, and joining the National BSA Camp-In the following day and night.

The Virtual Council Court of Honor took place on Saturday, May 16 th. The recipients all received a Court of Honor “Kit” that included everything they needed for a celebration at home while being honored virtually by many Scouters throughout the Council.

New Vanguard International Scouting Association
Vanguard International Scouting Association

On January 1, 2020, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) discontinued its role as a chartered organization with all Scouting programs around the world including the Boy Scouts of America. The Church has for over 100 years been a great supporter of Scouting in many countries and many have benefited greatly because of this. President George Albert Smith once said, “I feel grateful to the Lord that Sir Robert Baden-Powell was impressed—may I say, inspired—to give Scouting to the world” (Improvement Era, Sept. 1948, 558).

CAMP ACTIVITIES
Scouts BSA Camp Dates
July 19 - 25   
July 26 - August 1   
August 2 - 8
August 9 - 15

*To ensure the health and safety of our campers, and to comply with CDC recommendations and local guidelines our camp weeks have changed.
Scouts BSA Summer Camp
Summer Camp at Fire Mountain will look a little different this year - but will still be great!

The Safe Start to Camping Committee has been working hard to create a program that provides an exciting and adventurous time at camp while still maintaining health and safety guidelines.

There is still time to join us at Fire Mountain Scout Camp this summer!

Look for more information on our program opportunities and safety measures.

Webelos-REE
October 3, 2020

October 2-3, 2020

October 2-4, 2020
Day Camp Fees and Refund Schedule
We are looking forward to hosting you and your Scouts at Cub Scout Day Camp this summer. This camp season has the potential to be the most memorable in camping history, and we are excited to be sharing it with you.

We understand that in these uncertain times, it can be difficult to make long term plans that may or may not come to pass. To be as supportive as possible to all our guests this summer, the Council has made some updates to our camp fees and refund policy.

Summer, 2020
Look for information on the exciting changes coming to our Cub Scout Day Camps
PROPERTIES
The Race to the Finish Line is On!
The Mount Baker Council Properties Committee has been in a race for the past three years. In order to receive a $250,000 grant from The Murdock Trust we needed to compete the following major projects at Fire Mountain Scout Camp by July 1, 2020:

  1. New Swim Beach
  2. New Staff Village
  3. New Parking Lot
  4. New Ranger’s Shop and Storage building
  5. Replace the entire water system
  6. New General Store
  7. New Shelter to replace the old Skagit Shelter

SAFETY MOMENT: CHARCOAL FIRES
With many of us  Staying Safe, Staying Home,  we may be utilizing our backyards a little more…including having some Family Bar B Q’s. Here are some guidelines the National Council has put out for using Charcoal fires on a Scout outing…they may be just as applicable to all of us in our own family situation.

ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Merit Badge Classes
Be sure to check our Facebook page and website for upcoming virtual Merit Badge opportunities.

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.
Virtual Den Meetings
Scouts will be led by an experienced Cub Scout Den Leader to explore adventures. The goal is to help Scouts advance and to keep them engaged and having fun.

Registration is required to attend the meetings.

June 9th at 6:00 pm
Meetings will be held every other Tuesday

June 10th at 6:00 pm
Meetings will be held every other Wednesday

June 2nd at 6:30 pm
Meetings will be held every other Tuesday

June 10th at 7:00 pm
Meetings will be held every other Wednesday
MEMBERSHIP AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Membership
By: Denise Lesnaik
SR VP Membership
Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!
What a…….great time to be a part of the Scouting Movement! I am so excited to hear about all the creative ways our units are keeping their scouts active and engaged in scouting right now! So many units are checking out Mount Baker Council’s virtual campsite for activities, rank advancement and hosting virtual-everything!

National Jamboree 2021
Face the Challenge
Attention All Scouts and Scouters 
Date July 19th – 30th
What should attendees expect at the NJ –  Serious High adventure  – one of the longest zip line courses in North America , a world class skate park , ATV offerings, tree top canopy tours, rock climbing , shooting sports, whitewater rafting, mountain biking ,patch trading and much more .   

Those who have expressed an interest in attending 2021 National Jamboree will be contacted regarding an informational meeting which will be held in mid-June

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?!

How to sell online
  • Send the Purchase Camp Card link to your customer
  • Make sure they know your name and Unit number (including Pack, Troop, etc.)
  • Send a Camp Card to an emergency worker
  • Let your customers know they can purchase a Camp Card for an emergency worker.
  • Mount Baker Council will deliver them after the sale

Camp Card Sales has been extended through the end of June

Good luck with your sales and always remember - Do Your Best!!!

Council Scouting Auction
October 2, 2020
TRAINING
Upcoming Training Dates
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
July 19-30, 2021
Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV

COMMUNITY EVENTS
June 16 - September 12
Visit https://www.wildwaves.com/park-hours.php for up-to-date information on park operation

June 14, 2020
August 14, 2020
DISTRICT CALENDARS