Lake Erie Council News
Online Reservations Now Available for all Three Properties
Online camp reservations are now available on the Lake Erie Council  website for Beaumont Scout Reservation, Firelands Scout Reservation, and Camp Stigwandish. You can check availability of cabins, campsites, program areas, and other amenities and book the reservation with just a few clicks using a credit card or e-check. Reservations can be made for  up to 12 months in advance. Setting your yearly program plan has never been easier!
Don't Miss Out!
The council is planning a popcorn blitz at the final two home games for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, December 10 and 17, 2017. All popcorn will be provided by the Lake Erie Council, which means your unit will not take on the risk of having surplus products after the event! Your unit can participate as a group or individual members can attend. Transportation will be provided from the Lake Erie Council’s Unit Service Center on Woodland Avenue to various lots around the Brown’s stadium. You simply need to dress for the weather and to bring a wagon to transport popcorn. The council will take care of the rest!

Anyone who is interested should contact Jason Setser for more information and to sign up: Jason.Setser@scouting.org or 216-200-4960.
 
Firelands Gateway, Open for Comments
We asked, and you provided! After reviewing the submissions for new gateways at Firelands Scout Reservation, the Property Committee selected the design that incorporated many elements from other submissions. They now are asking for your input on how we can make this rough draft even better before sending it for a professional drawing.

Let's put our heads together and craft iconic entrances that welcome people to one of our homes. We're excited for this next chapter in Firelands' rich history! Have your voice heard by commenting on our Google Doc .

Comments will be accepted through December 13th.
Silver Beaver Award Nominations are Due December 15th!
The  Silver Beaver Award  is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

Nominations are due December 15, 2017 and all completed forms should be emailed to Paula Swiner at paula.swiner@scouting.org.
Calling All Aspiring Journalists and TV Person
WLEC-TV are the call letters of the Lake Erie Council's new video channel. We will produce news stories about our scouting units and camps, to inform our council and the greater community. Just like at our local TV stations, WLEC-TV will need in-studio and field reporters to deliver the news, so we are auditioning LEC Scouts to do the job. They can be Boy Scouts, Venturers, or Explorers over the age of 14, who can commit a few hours at our Unit Service Center studio twice a month, or on a central location in our Lake Erie Council.

To audition for the volunteer role of a WLEC-TV video news reporter, Lake Erie Council Scouts will need to arrive at our studio in their Class A uniform, and provide a news story script to read on a teleprompter. They can write a real scouting news story, or make one up – whatever best demonstrates their ability to present the news on camera. Or, if you want to be an on-the-scene reporter, be able to describe an event unscripted, as it's happening, while holding a microphone and answer questions from the news anchor.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in Scouting, for those interested in reporting on camera as a journalist or vlogger. Reserve a spot to audition for an anchor opportunity below!
Camp Staff Applications Now being Accepted
Being part of a Summer Camp Staff is a life-altering experience, and no one does summer camp like Scouting!

The Outdoor Adventures Team of Lake Erie Council is looking for dependable, dedicated people to serve on our camp staffs this summer! Not only do you spend the summer living at camp with your friends, but you gain valuable life skills as well! You can be a program instructor, an area director, a counselor-in-training, Trading Post Staff, or work in our kitchens; We have a spot for everyone.

Lake Erie Council is proud to offer three different opportunities to be on camp staff: Boy Scout Resident Camp at Beaumont, Cub Scout & Webelos Camps at Firelands, and an Adventure Day Camp that will travel the council. Paid positions are available with all three camps, and each offer a full summer of employment. Prove your leadership abilities, learn new skills, and provide a summer of adventure for the thousands of youth that attend our premier programs! Once on staff, you'll wonder how you ever spent a summer doing anything else!

Interviews are planned for December 27th at the Whirlyball event, and in January.
Eagle Scout Scholarship Opportunities
College tuition weighing on the mind? Well, Eagle Scouts have the opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Scholarships are awarded based on performance, Scouting background, college plans and financial need. Learn more and apply below!
NYLT Staff Application Now being Accepted
National Youth Leadership Training is the highest level of leadership development offered at the Council level. During the weeklong course, participants learn the Be, Know, and Do of leadership by developing a vision of success and practicing the skills needed to make it a reality.

A NYLT course is, itself, a vision brought to reality through months of work and preparation by the staff who pour themselves into its undertaking. These youth leaders and adult advisers follow the NYLT syllabus, but make the course their own through individualized presentations and activities. You will develop your own leadership skills far better than you did during your course. You will learn by teaching the material, and learn by using the tools in this high-energy training course.

Scouts and Venturers alike are encouraged to apply to be part of the NYLT Staff.
Positions available include Course Leader, Patrol Guides, Quartermaster, Commissary, and more. Adult adviser positions are available too!

The 2018 Lake Erie Council NYLT Courses will take place at Camp Stigwandish the week of June 10-16, 2018.
Wood Badge Course Registration Now Open
The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is simple—to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts, and council. Every scouting youth deserves a well -trained leader. Wood Badge provides dedicated Scouters with the concepts, tools, and methods needed to be effective leaders. 

Attending Wood Badge will make your Scouting job easier. Attendees gain an in-depth understanding of the skills of leadership and friends! The skills you learn will help you become a more effective leader in Scouting, your career, your family, and your community life. 

Course Fee: $250 
Early Registration: $225 (if paid by June 15, 2018)
Late Registration: $275 (if paid after July 3, 2018)

Dates: Weekend One: August 3-5, 2018, starts 7:30am Friday 
Weekend Two: August 17-19, 2018, starts 7:00 am Saturday

Where: Firelands Scout Reservation Wakeman, Ohio

For more information contact: John Hogan , Course Director, at (440) 567-8030 or via
email at john.hogan@qesttechnologies.com. 
World Jamboree Registration is Now Open
The USA Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in 2019 is now accepting applications for participants, adult volunteers, and International Service Team members.

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest camping event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, gathering as many as 50,000 Scouts and leaders from 169 National Scout Organizations. The 24th World Scout Jamboree is co-hosted by Scouts Canada, Association de Scouts de Mexico, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Dates:  July 22 - August 2, 2019
Location: Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, West Virginia
Eligibility: Birthdays between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005
  • Youth participants (boys and girls) must be age 14-17  
  • Adult unit leaders (age 18 and older) 
  • International Service Team age 18 and older 

For the most accurate information, additional resources, or specific questions, please refer to the USA Contingent website:   https://wsj2019.us   or email uscontingent2019@scouting.org .
Lake Erie Council Events
Last Chance to Sign Up for Holiday's at Camp 
December 9, 2017 –  Beaumont Scout Reservation

The Holiday Season has arrived! Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? We have just the activity for you. Coming up this Saturday from 1 PM - 7 PM Holidays at Camp will be taking place at Beaumont Scout Reservation in Rock Creek, Ohio.
 
Activities will include:
  • Wreath-making
  • Winter Hike
  • Cookie & Graham Cracker House Decorating
  • Pictures with Santa
  • More Holiday Crafts
  • Delicious Dinner is provided!

Made it out to Firelands Scout Reservation last weekend for the celebration? Check out the photos here !
Venturing Whirlyball
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Winter Break is almost here and that means that it is time for the Annual Venturing Whirlyball Tournament. On December 27th from 7-10 pm, the Lake Erie Council VOA will be hosting this exciting event at Whirlyball Cleveland in Bedford Heights. This sport is a cross between jai alai, basketball, lacrosse, hockey and bumper cars. Bring some friends and show them how much fun can be had. There will be pizza and pop available. We hope to see you there!
Wood Badge/NYLT Breakfast 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018

The annual Wood Badge/NYLT Breakfast will take place at Lakewood High School. Doors open at 8:30 AM and the program begins promptly at 9:30 AM. The Wood Badge trading post, supplies and gift items will be available the entire time.

Early bird pricing ends Friday, December 15, 2017!
Klondike Derbies
January and February 2018

In 1896, gold was discovered in Canada’s Yukon Territory. People raced to the Klondike region of this territory, starting what became known as the Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike is roughly centered on the town of Whitehorse. Many challenges faced these adventurers, including cold winter conditions. For those who successfully conquered the challenges, rewards were great.

A Scout Klondike Derby is based on the real life struggles encountered by the men and dogs crossing the frozen Klondike in search of wealth in the gold fields. Those struggles were life and death matters. The Scout Klondike Derby is a fun-filled winter competition featuring Scout skill challenges at a series of stations.

For the Boy Scouts, each Patrol becomes a dog sled team and proceeds to the various stations to try their abilities. The sled is loaded with material and equipment needed to solve the problems at the stations.

Lake Erie Council is thrilled to offer many different Klondike Derbies to our Scouts! Choose the one that sounds the most exciting to your Unit, and that fits best into your schedule!
Order of the Arrow Winter Banquet
Saturday, February 17, 2018

It’s time to celebrate Erielhonan’s first year! Join us for a festive evening of recognitions and awards paired with great food. All Arrowmen and family members are invited to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and join in fellowship. With a delicious feast prepared by our council’s own Chef Bill, you won’t leave hungry. Sign up to enjoy an amazing night at Erielhonan Lodge’s best winter banquet yet.

Erielhonan is offering a commemorative lodge flap for the event. As an incentive for members to register early and to pay their 2018 dues the flap is included for the first 200 dues-paid (2018) lodge members who attend the banquet.

The Details:
When: February 17, 2018 (doors open at 4pm)
Where: St. John the Baptist Byzantine Cathedral, Parma, OH