October 2020
The 2020 Strictly Business
Scout Auction

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Silent Auction
The silent auction items went live on September 28th and has been a huge success! There are still some terrific items available including jewelry, massage, cookies, tool sets, a wine tasting, and much more. The silent auction closes at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 3rd.

Live Auction
The live auction presentation begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 3rd. Don't miss the chance to bid on fabulous trips, kayaks, autographed guitars, Eagle Scout quilt, a toddler airplane scooter, and many other fantastic items.

Golden Ticket!
This year the Golden Ticket will provide the winner with $3,500 in auction cash to spend during the live auction. Oh the places you'll go!

By: Denise Lesniak SR VP Membership

It’s October, already?!? Now what?

First off, you, all of our leaders, parents and volunteers, have made it… through the start of this pandemic…through the summer… and through September Join Nights. Way to go! You are amazing in your dedication and keeping our youth scouting. Thank you!

Transitioning to virtual-everything takes a little finesse. Online or drive thru Join Nights are very doable and many of our units have had success with these. Our 2020 fall recruiting efforts will continue into October and through the end of the year. October is a great month to host a Join Night or a second one. Remembering that “more Scouts equals more fun” (and maybe a little more chaos) even with a Zoom or Webex Meeting.

It is amazing at how resourceful our leaders are at adapting to a virtual format and at the many resources available online. National Boy Scouts of America has created flyer templates, promotional videos, den meeting slide shows, and webinars that can answer just about all your questions regarding program and membership at If you have not visited Mount Baker Council’s virtual campsite –check it out. It is constantly being updated and new items added. Recruiting information is available under the “Membership” tab and all of the S’MORES Membership Club webinars are available to view, covering topics to help with virtual recruiting. 

Scouting @ Home Committee
I would like to introduce you to the “new” Scouting @ Home Committee. This is a group of hard-working volunteers and staff committed to providing Scouts and Leaders with activities and resources to keep Scouting alive and fun while remaining socially distanced. These folks have been meeting every week since April to help provide the Scouting program. You may not have heard about us yet, but you have heard about the many things we have been doing: Family First Fridays, Online Merit Badge classes, Million Minute Community Service Challenge, Scouting @ Home Award, and Council CamporALL, just to name a few.

We are excited to announce our new Scouting at Home Resource section featuring suggestions broken down by Theme and points of the Scout Law. The goal is to make Scouting easier and more fun during this time.

The Popcorn Sale Has Been Extended
Popcorn sales are happening right now and our Scouts are doing a great job! To better accommodate our hard working Scouts we have extended the popcorn sale through the end of October. Talk to your Unit Popcorn Kernel for details.

So far our Scouts have done a terrific job using Online Direct, taking advantage of the free shipping promotions, and selling safely to friends, family, and neighbors.

This year, in addition to the prizes offered by Trail's End, the Council is offering both Unit and Scout incentives. Scouts have the opportunity to earn a lock-in party or a trip to Great Wolf Lodge!

Don’t forget the cheese balls! (recognition to Coconut Kenny’s) And certainly do not forget our Alumni!!

Remember that neighbor lady who always buys popcorn from those nice Scouts who stand in front of the grocery store each fall selling popcorn? How about the retired couple down the block who once was actively involved in your grown son’s Cub Scout pack? How about the minister at your church who you know was once a Scoutmaster? Whatever happened to all those grandparents, retired parents, and Scout siblings who always helped out with your unit’s Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, Recruiting Open Houses, Scout Camp transportation, etc.???

Overall, the best way to keep our alumni up to speed with the current Scouting situation and events is to encourage them to register with Scouting Alumni and Friends (SAF) at This is free and makes it easy to reconnect, even if it’s been “a while” since someone was involved in Scouting.

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
  • Don't forget the one-time new member fee of $25 per new member

Attend your District Roundtable for more information.
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.

Cub Scout Virtual Camp-In
Save the Date
October 16-18, 2020
Cub Scout Camp-In
Look for more information coming soon.
Household Camping @
Fire Mountain Scout Camp!
Even as summer comes to an end, we know that camping season is continuing strong!

While we were unable to operate our traditional resident camp, we can still welcome limited camping at Fire Mountain under state and county guidelines.

With Skagit County currently in Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan, Fire Mountain can offer campsite rentals to household groups OR groups of up to 5 individuals. While sites vary, the average cost of a weekend at camp is only $65. This fee includes access to bathrooms and showers, firewood, and one of the premier Scout camping facilities in the country.

What it means to be a Scout
I was asked the other day to share my thoughts on what it means to be a Scout and wanted to share my thoughts with the readers of the Mountain Echo as well.

For me - to be a Scout is all about new and fun experiences and doing things with other people that end in lasting friendships.

What it means to be a Scout is about a bunch of firsts. Things like: First time camping; first time sleeping in a tent; first time catching a fish; first time cooking; first time spending a night away from home; first time hiking; first time climbing or rappelling off a really big climbing wall; first time building a fire; first time leading; first time learning about civic responsibilities; and so many more.

Bob Donegan Invites You to the Good Scout Lunch
Keynote Speaker – Bob Donegan
President / CEO, Ivar’s Restaurant
2020 Snohomish County Good Scout Lunch
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Program will begin at 12:00 PM
Bob Donegan helps manage Ivar’s, Seattle’s Original Seafood Restaurant.

He joined the company in 1997 as the Chief Fin Officer and was asked by his partners to take over as the president when one of his partners died on 9-11. The Company has grown steadily since then, owing to a seasoned management team whose average tenure exceeds 20 years.

Everett Sail and Power Squadron Virtual Breakfast
Tuesday, October 14, 2020
Ahoy all you that venture on the Salish Sea, and those who dream of it as well...
Salish Sea District of Scouts BSA and the local Sea Scouts honor the Everett Sail and Power Squadron by holding a Virtual Breakfast, on October 14th 8AM, for all they have done over the years. 

The Scouts will be honoring the efforts of Chris Brown and the Everett Sail and Power Squadron, who have developed a 6 part Modular ABCs class seminar that corresponds directly to the advancement requirements for becoming an Able Body Seaman in Sea Scouts. There will be a slide presentation as to this and what else the ESPS does for the Sea Scouts at the Port of Everett. Through this program, the Scouts were able to obtain Seamanship Certification in our USPS that will be theirs for life.

Southeast Snohomish County Good Scout Virtual Lunch
Friday, October 23, 2020
Dr. Jared Anderson has a Family/Sports Medicine Practice at the Everett Clinic. He attended BYU for his undergraduate studies before pursuing his Medical Degree at The Ohio State University. He was recognized by Seattle Met Magazine as the “Top Doc” in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Jared Anderson
Good Scout Honoree
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.
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 - January (date TBD)
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 for more information.

What Makes
A Trained Leader?
A Scouter is considered trained for a Scouting position when he or she has completed the prescribed basic courses for that position. The BSA has long believed a tenured leader does not need to retake basic training every time there is a new course. Through supplemental training; roundtables; Scouting magazine; updates from the National Service Center disseminated through regions, areas, and council leadership; and participation in activities, leaders can stay up-to-date with the current methods and practices of the program.

Three Steps to Becoming a Trained Leader
Have Trouble Taking Training? Visit the Council How-To Page for Tips
Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. You have the opportunity to join this movement and further help the Mount Baker Council to reach youth in our communities.

A group of local Scouters is looking to form a Kiwanis Club who's focus will be on assisting to bring Scouting to more youth in our communities and to support Fire Mountain Scout Camp.

There is a minimum of 20 Scouters required to start a club and the initial fee is estimated to be between $100 and $200 per person.

If interested in joining this organization contact Dan'l Adams at

October Service Center Closures: October 9th and October 23rd
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