Lake Erie Council News
Silver Beaver Awardees
Congratulations to our 2018 Silver Beaver Class!
  • Mark Eisele
  • Denise Hughart
  • William Johannisson
  • Scott Makselan
  • Christopher Sukel
  • David Urban


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. Congratulations to the 2018 awardees!

We are excited to honor them on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Celebration of Scouting event!
The Biggest Party for Scouting Ever!
Saturday, March 3, 2018

On March 3, 2018, the party of the year will be happening at LaCentre Conference Center in Westlake, OH. Carol Doe has been tasked to serve as hostess with the mostess, and is putting on a world-class event.

365 Days a Year, Scouters volunteer their time and talents, plus give generously of their treasuries. The celebration of Scouting is our opportunity to say thank you.

Come celebrate the 2017 achievements of our Troops, Packs, and Crews, and see for yourself why Lake Erie Council has the BEST volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America!

The celebration of Scouting is an evening to bring your spouse out for Great Food, cocktails (cash bar), live music, dancing, awards, prizes, and phenomenal fellowship.

Unlike most Scouting events, this celebration is for adults only (21+). So get out your casual dress attire, put on your dancing shoes and join Carol and crew!

Celebrating our volunteers would not be possible without capturing some of 2017’s moments so please send 2-3 pictures from your unit projects to LECUnitPic@gmail.com .

R egistration ends February 19, 2018 at 10 p.m. so don’t delay. Space is limited.  
Polar Vortex? How About Polar Bear?
While most people huddle down, Scouts are showing off their winter camping skills and braving the cold weather! Guess what, there’s an award for that! By spending 24-hours outdoors in weather that stays under 32 degrees, your Scouts can earn their Polar Bear patch to display proudly on their uniform or patch blanket. Earn it again and again as you hone your winter survival skills each year.

Fill out the  Polar Bear Award Application and bring it to the Unit Service Center to get your patches at just $3 each.

Earn your Polar Bear at a  Lake Erie Council Camp, or in any cold location!

Here are some resources to keep you from shivering on your Polar Bear excursion:
Scout's Own Maple Syrup
Looking for a way to pay for your unit’s program? Join the Scout’s Own Maple Syrup OPPORTUNITY starting in March 2018. Scouts will have the opportunity to sell maple syrup made from sap collected at Beaumont Scout Reservation (Register to be a part of the event below!). Scouts can use proceeds to fund their program for the summer and for the fall. Learn about the Scout’s Own Maple Syrup sale by coming to the Scout’s Own Maple Syrup Information Meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 or Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

For more information contact Phil Williams: Philip.Williams@scouting.org .
Adventure Camp Dates
Summer is Coming! It may be hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner, which means Adventure Camps are only a few short months away. This summer the Lake Erie Council will be offering 12 opportunities across Northeast Ohio for Scouts (boys and girls) and their friends to attend Adventure Camp, formally known as Day Camp. In addition, there are other opportunities to explore this summer. This includes a mini 2-Day Camp in Cleveland, a Family Camp at Camp Stigwandish, and Red, White, & Boom! 

There will be full time paid staff at each Adventure Camp providing consistent and exciting program at each of the stations. There will still be a need for volunteer walkers, however unlike previous years there is no charge for adults to attend. Lunch will be included this year at each of the Adventure Camps. 

And now for the moment that you have all been waiting for, the theme of this years Adventure camp is… Harry Potter! Upon registration each youth participant will receive his or her very own copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We hope to see all of your Scouts, Boys and Girls, this summer!
Unit Funding Model AKA Popcorn Sale Nets Big Numbers!
Just the 2017 numbers please:
 
  • 252 Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts participated in this fall’s sale
  • 3,200* Scouts sold the products
  • $1,205,000 was raised (Gross)    
  • 50% commission rate for each online or in-stock item 
  • $600,000 net monies to support Scouting in our 7 Counties of Lake Erie Council
  • 3,726 orders placed online representing 5,603 products and over $190,000 gross value (only $18,000 in 2016)
*Estimated number
 
A special salute goes out to all our awesome Popcorn Kernels from this past fall sale! Great job in making your units sale a success and keeping the promise to deliver program to every Scout!
 
Keep poppin!
Meet the New Members of the Lake Erie Council Team
Patrick Navin
We are thrilled to welcome Patrick Navin, Unit Serving Executive/Strength Coach, to the Lake Erie Council family. In his role, he will provide leadership in the Boy Scout program in Huron and Erie counties. He is relocating from the Cincinnati area.

Patrick is a recent graduate of Miami University in Oxford with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He is not new to Scouting; Patrick is an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow member. From 2013-2017 he served on the camp staff at Philmont Scout Ranch. His most recent position was Camp Director in one of the back-country camps. He is self-taught in banjo, guitar, and violin
Jacob Williams
We are thrilled to welcome Jacob Williams, Ranger, to the Lake Erie Council family. Jake is the primary property ranger at Beaumont Scout Reservation and the assistant property ranger at Camp Stigwandish. He comes to us as a Cleveland tenured union carpenter and brings a wealth of knowledge, which will be invaluable to our maintenance and project goals.

Jake grew up in Ashtabula County and is a long-time active member and current Board member of 4-H. He owns and operates an active horse farm and enjoys the Ashtabula winters as he is a snowmobiling enthusiast.
Philip Williams
We are thrilled to welcome Philip Williams back to the Boy Scouts of America. Many Scouts and Scouters will already be familiar with Phil, as he served 3 years in Northeastern Ohio as Council Program Executive and Program Director of Beaumont Scout Reservation. In Phil’s new assignment he will serve as the Director of Camping Service, and Camp Director of Beaumont Scout Reservation. Phil will give leadership to the Camping Department and program functions of the council.

Phil grew up in Bay Village where he was a member of Pack 159 then Troop 159. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 2005 and is a Vigil Honor member of Erielhonan Lodge. Phil is married to Theresa. They have one son, Oliver.
Shondell Williams
We are thrilled to welcome Shondell Williams, Development Associate, to our Lake Erie Council family. In this role, Shondell will be responsible for supporting all the fundraising efforts of the development staff including gift processing, thank you notes, research, reports, the annual fund, major gifts and special events.
 
Shondell spent the last 14 years in the development office at Notre Dame College and prior to that at Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia. She comes to this role with great enthusiasm and we’re excited to give her the opportunity to put her skill set to use to benefit the Lake Erie Council!
 
When not at the office, Shondell volunteers for the Jesuit Retreat House and Koinonia Homes. She and her children reside in South Euclid.
The Council Merit Badge Midway, hosted by Tinker’s Creek, has been postponed with no future date scheduled at this time.
 
The event was scheduled for 3/3/18.
Don't Miss Out!
Summer Resident Camp Registrations, Now Online!
Our 2018 Summer Camp registration platform is totally online, giving your Unit 100% control of their registration. Under this system, there are two registration periods, a “Pre-Registration” period and a regular “Registration” period.

What can you do with this online system? You can check your balance, make payments,   request camperships , and generate a camp roster with ease at your convenience.

Boy Scout Resident Camp   at Beaumont had a record summer in 2017, and we have been collecting 2018 deposits ever since! Spots are filling up fast, so reserve a place for your Troop while you still can! If you made a reservation at camp or mailed in a Troop Reservation Form and deposit, you will receive an email with details and a link to your personal registration. You can also see your Unit on the campsite matrix on the registration page.

Cub Scout   and   Webelos Resident Camps   at Firelands are the BEST camping experiences for Cub Scouts. What did people say about camp last summer? 
“Excellent staff! Program ran smooth. Boys had a blast, leaders did too!” 
“Beyond expectations. Please continue to develop the camp in this program model. It was more like a Boy Scout program, which is what we want and need!” 
“Absolutely great, for sure recommending.”
Registration for those camps are also online, and your Pack can make a deposit to reserve your campsite TODAY! Request a campsite, provide an estimate of how many Scouts you intend to bring, and check that off the list!

Camp session dates, fees, full registration process, and more information are all available on the registration pages. Check them out:
Questions about registration? Chris Friswold is always happy to answer your questions and help you through the process. She is available at (440) 458-8904 or  christine.friswold@scouting.org .
Unit Flags Are Available Now
Show your community the colors of Scouting with an official BSA unit flag, a heavy-duty nylon flag, which is a great way to show your unit pride. Features include unit type and number, chartering organization and city of which your unit is based. The flag is printed single reverse. Includes canvas header and brass grommets. 

Two flag sizes (3'x5' or 52" x 66" are available). We are able to offer the unit flags at a discounted rate for just $80 and $95!

Orders must be placed by February 28, 2018, so don't miss out!
2018 BSA Merit Badge Programs
Join us for the 2018 BSA Merit Badge Programs in partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks including Soil & Water Conservation, Astronomy, Geology, Hiking, Bird Study and Nature. Registration is required by calling 440-887-1968.
Calling All Aspiring Journalists and TV Person
We are excited to debut WLEC! Joining the WLEC team is a great opportunity to get involved in Scouting! If you are interested in reporting on camera as an on-air anchor or correspondent, reserve a spot to audition today!

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.
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 offers 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!
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!
Family Camping Survey
Families are key to the success of Scouting, and Lake Erie Council is committed to providing the best programs that our Scouting families want and need! To that end, we have created a survey to get a feel for what Scouts and parents alike are looking for weekend family programs at our camps. 

To have your voice heard, please consider filling out this  two-minute survey .
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 7:30 am 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
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.

Don't miss out, online Registration closes this Sunday!
Cleveland Monsters Q For A Day!
Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Boy Scouts of America and the Cleveland Monsters are once again teaming up to bring  Q For A Day at Quicken Loans Arena!  Enjoy a fun-filled day of skating, face painting, Lego engineering, and more on  Saturday, January 27th!
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!
Scout Day at Cleveland State
Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Boy Scouts of America and Cleveland State are teaming up for Scout Day at Cleveland State Wolstein Center! Enjoy a fun-filled day with inflatables, a balloon artist, $1 hot dogs, and the first 1000 fans receive a free CSU cereal bow! Join us on  Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. when CSU faces off with Northern Kentucky!
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 recognition 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
Join us for Sap Camp – Making Maple Syrup from Sap to Syrup
February 24, 2018 – Beaumont Scout Reservation

March 10, 2018 – Beaumont Scout Reservation

This commodity is one of Canada’s top 5. It is so important to their economy they have a strategic reserve to control prices. Do you know what this commodity is? It’s Maple Syrup! Maple Syrup is not only used for pancakes, but for every product that has maple flavoring that is sold around the world. The Northern, Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces are the only places in the world where this delicious commodity can be produced. What’s even more interesting is that this commodity can only be collected in a few weeks span. Soon enough the sap will be flowing. This year’s hard freeze means we expect 140,000 gallons of sap from the sugar bush at Beaumont Scout Reservation.

Come learn about the whole process from tree to pancakes. Scouts will have the opportunity to tap trees, explore the Beaumont Sugar Bush, learn about the ecology of maple trees, collect sap, and finally tour a real working sugar house. 

Sap camp is open to families and Scouts of all ages. Join us as we explore the craft of syrup making. For more information contact Phil Williams: Philip.Williams@scouting.org .