THE MOUNTAIN ECHO
November 2020
TOUGHER SCOUT CHALLENGE
Are you up for the challenge? The Tougher Scout Challenge is for Troops, Crews, and Ships. It is designed to put your Scouting skills to the test.

With over 40 challenges including cooking, pioneering, orienteering, nature, first aid, paracords, shelters, and more there is something for every Scout.

It all starts on Friday, November 6th
Points will be awarded for each challenge completed. There will be winners at both the Unit and Scout level. All challenges will take place in the 2020 Tougher Scout Challenge Slack Channel. Information on joining the Slack channel will be sent out very soon.
Event kicks off on Friday, November 6th
Friday, Nov. 6th

  • 7pm - Kick-off and Orientation

Saturday, Nov. 7th

  • 9am - Opening Ceremony
  • 9:10am-5pm - Let the competition begin!
  • 5pm-7pm - Judging
  • 7pm - Awards & Closing


Visit the Tougher Scout Challenge website for the supply list and challenge previews.
MEMBERSHIP
By: Denise Lesniak SR VP Membership

RACERS START YOUR ENGINES!

That would be your brick built engine, powered by gravity. Yes, that right. Get your base plate and wheels, build your car with your own Lego type bricks and see how fast it can go!

Mount Baker Council’s Membership Committee is hosting a special derby race on January 16 as a recruiting incentive. All scouts (and leaders) who recruit and register a friend or neighbor (or leader) by November 20 will earn the derby car base plate and wheels and will be eligible to race their car. It’s that easy! Share the adventures of scouting with someone new, earn the base plate with wheels and then complete at our first brick build (pinewood) derby. Make sure to log this information at mountbakerbsa.org/membership by November 20. 

The car base plate and wheels will be ready for pick up in early December. Use your own Lego type bricks to design and build your derby racer. Get creative! How fast will it go? Make a brick build of one of your favorite race cars or just invent something never seen before. Car specs and race requirements will be handed out with the base plate and wheels. Completed cars will be collected early January and prepped for race day.

There will be races for all ages to include Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Leaders. All you have to do is recruit just 1 new Cub Scout, Troop Member or adult volunteer to earn the base plate. Don’t miss the action as we live stream the event. Who can build the fastest brick build car? Can you?
Scouting @ Home Committee
The November Scouting@Home resources are available for Packs and Troops.

The Program Theme is Community with a Scout Law Emphasis on Courteous.

November's Cub Scout Program Theme is Cubs in Shining Armor.

Visit the November Scouting@Home Resource Page
Merit Badges

The Scouting@Home Committee has several Merit Badges planned over the coming months, but we need your help.

If you are interested in teaching a virtual Merit Badge Course reach out out mountbakercouncil@gmail.com. No matter if this is your first time teaching a merit badge or if you are merit badge pro, we have individuals to help answer any questions.
COUNCIL NEWS
Ordering from the Trading Post
For general questions on trading post items please call 425-341-0353.
Need items from the Everett Trading Post? Ordering is easy!

Send an email with your required items to mbctradingpost@scouting.org. Items can either be picked up at the Everett Trading Post or they can be shipped directly to you. Shipping costs will be added to your order total.

For timely processing of your emailed trading post order, please attach a SIGNED advancement report if your order includes any rank patches or merit badges. Also for rank advancement, please indicate if you wish the parent pin and rank card to be included with the patch.
Look for information about an upcoming sale in in the Trading Post!

Watch for an email and social media posts with information.
Volunteers Needed for the Trading Post
We need experienced volunteers to greet and assist at the Everett Service Center this fall.
 
Mondays to Fridays
 10:00-11:30 a.m.
and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Come and help our newest adults find what they need to get started in Scouting.

Contact Gloria at 425-338-0380 or gloria.fansler@scouting.org if you are interested in volunteering
Purchase your Fire Mountain Scout Camp Gear

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RECHARTER
It is that time again. Time to recharter your Unit for another great year of Scouting. Look for a new Recharter page on the website that will guide you through our easy, new process for rechartering your unit at a distance.

A few things to get ready for this process:
  • No hard copy recharter packets will be accepted. It is all online.
  • This year the charter period is for 10 months in anticipation of our new October 2021 charter renewal date.
  • Make sure all your registered leaders, including your Chartered Organization Rep, have completed their position specific and Youth Protection Training at my.scouting.org
  • Don't forget the one-time new member fee of $25 per new member

Contact your unit Commissioner or District Director with questions.
CAMP ACTIVITIES
Family Camping at Fire Mountain
In Council unit families have the opportunity to camp at a Fire Mountain campsite for FREE through the end of the year.

At this time Fire Mountain Scout Camp is only allowing single family campsite reservations.

Campsites at Fire Mountain boast two types of shelters: 
  • Adirondack Cabins have 3 walls, a canvas door, a window (in most models) and 4 sets of bunk beds, sleeping 8 individuals with plenty of space.
  • Steel-roofed Tents – “stents” – are smaller structures built on a classic wall tent footprint. They have 3 walls, a canvas door, a window and 1 or 2 sets of bunks, sleeping 2 or 4 individuals.

Security deposit still required.

Go to the campsite registration area and enter coupon code CPpq57 at checkout.

Winter Skills Adventure
Seminar: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Field Trip: February 20-21, 2021

Come spend an exciting and memorable weekend in the snow with us! Learn how to build a snow structure and stay warm. Learn to identify dangerous avalanche conditions and how to avoid them. Learn basic winter survival skills and first aid. The seminar
addresses all aspects of winter camping and outdoor travel in a condensed classroom session that assumes basic backpacking knowledge and builds on that for a fun and safe experience in the Winter.


Household Steps to Restart
Scouting Right Now
Steps you can take right now to return to Scouting activities

While many Scout units have a desire to return to Scouting activities, they have questions about how to do so safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During the recent webinar on how to hold meetings safely during COVID-19, attendees received tips on the key steps they can be taking right now to find a safe way to return to their meeting activities.

Step 1: Check your local requirements to see if you can meet. The safety requirements vary greatly around the nation, so it’s vital to check on what your local government requires and abide by those regulations. The BSA SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist has been specifically created to help you guide you through this as you build a framework for getting back to your Scouting activities.

Step 2: Call the families in your Scout unit to see how they’re doing. Check in by phone to connect personally with these families. Listen to their responses and gauge their readiness to return to Scouting activities. If laws in your community permit meeting, and you’ve met the other requirements of the SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist, spend some time talking about your process and the intention to return to Scouting activities safely. 

Camp T-Shirt Day
Let's chase the blahs away and relieve the glorious days of summer camp past.

Dig out your favorite camp t-shirt (we know it's Fire Mountain) for November 10th.

How to take part
  • Wear your Camp T-shirt
  • Take a photo
  • Post your photo on your favorite Social Media site.
  • Use #CampTShirtDay and tag @FireMtnSC

MESSAGE FROM THE KEY 3
Recharter in 2020
By Ed Reger, Council Commissioner

I look back at articles I wrote in December 2019 and February 2020 and where we are now in Mount Baker and Scouting throughout the Country. It is nothing like we expected it to be. It has been, and still is, a year of significant impacts and has required a great deal of creativity, flexibility and stamina. Now that we at the time to renew Unit Charters we will be completing the process in a different manner, with minimal contact. Due to the pandemic “contactless” has become the way we do most everything. We are separate and remote in most meeting, doing “drive-bys” with limited contact for Courts of Honor and even with a completely virtual Annual Auction.

SUPPORT SCOUTING
NEW DATE
Friday, November 27, 2020

Granite Falls Sportmen's Club
2020 Pull for Scouting
Shooting Clays Classic
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.

What better way to spend Black Friday?

Council Shoulder Patch Campaign
The Nysether Family Foundation, and Mark and Brad Nysether are generously providing a challenge grant opportunity of $50,000. In order to receive the funds, we need to raise $50K by December 31, 2020.

This is your chance to help the Mount Baker Council in a tough financial year to balance the budget by year-end and get a great set of Merit Badged Themed patches in the process.

There are three CSP designs with two border colors for a total of 6 possible CSPs to collect.
Shooting Sports Patch Set
The Shooting Sports committee is selling a six patch set that will consist of a center pentagon shaped patch with five CSP’s that will encircle the center patch. One CSP design will be introduced each year.
2020– Shotgun, 2021– Rifle, 2022– Archery, 2023– Cowboy Action & 2024– Tomahawk. Each year there will be 75 CSP’s with a black border and 35 Special addition CSPs with a gold border. There will be no limit on the number of the center Shooting Sports Pentagon patch. Proceeds benefit the Mount Baker Council Shooting Sports Program. Available now at the Everett Trading Post or by emailing MBCTradingPost@Scouting.org.


JOIN THE MARKETING TEAM
The Mount Baker Council is looking for people to join their Marketing and Communication team. If you're interested in being a part of the team contact us at mountbakercouncil@gmail.com.
TRAINING
New COVID Training Policy

If we are not in a phase that can facilitate the in-person training 30 days before the in-person training event (Phase 2: 5 people total; Phase 3: 10 people total; Phase 4: 50 total) which includes staff, the Council will cancel the event.
Upcoming Training Dates
Look Out 2021... Here we come!

All Council Trainings for 2020 have been canceled or postponed until 2021 due to local and State Health guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19.

In the meantime, every Scout still needs a Trained Leader. What can you do?

Re-take your Youth Protection Training... especially if it is dated prior to 2020. This will make your unit's re-charter go smoother. Take online courses specific to your leader position that you will have in your unit, district, or Council during 2021.

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

University of Scouting - Tentative Date: January 23, 2021

Winter Camping Seminar - February 6 (inside) AND February 20-21 (campout). Both dates are required for attendance.

IOLS - March 26-27

BALOO - March 26-27

Wilderness First Aid - May 8 AND 15. Both dates are required for attendance

Wood Badge - April 23-25 AND May 22-23. ALL dates are required. This registration is OPEN now!

Interested in being a Trainer with the BSA? Our next Council Training Committee meeting will be October 20th. Email Alan Whipple at alanjwhipple@gmail.com for more information.

Hybrid Virtual ILST and ILSC
In response to the needs of Youth Leaders in Troops and Crews, Scouting U has released two new virtual training programs for Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews(ILSC). These new temporary instructional training programs are available by logging onto https://my.scouting.org and launching the BSA Learn Center. When the Learn Center opens you can select the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) from Programs as applicable to you. In the Programs are 2 Learning Plans – Introduction and Tools of Leadership – you will need to complete both. When selecting a Learning Plan, it will open with a description and course listing – click the Enroll Button to record your completion progress. For courses within the Learning Plan simply click the Start button and take the course until you complete it. Both the Learning Plans and Course will show your percentage of completion.

Three Steps to Becoming a Trained Leader
Have Trouble Taking Training? Visit the Council How-To Page for Tips
DISTRICT CALENDARS




November Service Center Closures: November 6th, 20th, 26th and 27th.