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Longhouse Council - Pathways - December 2, 2022
Vol. #4 Issue #42
Join us as we celebrate the holidays for an evening of cocktails, fantastic food, and Holiday Scouting fun!
You won't want to miss the fun of this year's event.
It is that time of year again. 
Time to log in and submit your unit charter renewals!
 
Units should use the "Refresh Roster" to ensure all updates that have occurred since the initial charter download are included in their renewal. This can be used multiple times during process but should be done again as the last step immediately before the charter is submitted to catch all updates and additions to your charter already processed to that point.
 
It is strongly recommended that you complete the entire process electronically to prevent the requirement for manual review and possible delays, but the Pay at Council option is still available if you need to use it. (The online payments do have affiliated processing fees: 3% for credit cards, but only a $1 fee if you choose to use the ACH echeck payment option.)  
Using the online payment options with an auto-post eligible renewal requiring no attachments for new registrations actually automatically moves your charter straight to pre-posted status when you submit it. This triggers immediate automatic January 1st completion and seamless access for you to all online tools including Scoutbook and My.Scouting without being added to the queues for manual payment processing or paperwork review.  Payment to the office causes the requirement to manually process the payment and then manually send it on to the processing center for their action, so those charters will be queued twice which does make that a slower completion process option.
   
I hope you find this information helpful in completing your charter renewal submission, but any additional support needed can be obtained from your Unit Commissioner, your District Professional, or by contacting Ellen at the council office at Ellen.Tyler@scouting.org or (315) 463-0201 ext. 103

The step-by-step tutorial linked below will answer most of your questions and the FAQs are a great supplement.
Crossroads District is looking for help with the annual
Klondike Derby and Snowbox Derby!
Both take place on the first weekend in February (Klondike on Saturday the 4th, and Snowbox on Sunday the 5th).
We are looking for units to host and run varied events – like 2 man saw, fire building and more – anything your scouts may be interested in running!
If you know of any Scouts that dabble in the arts, we are also looking for Scout designs for the patches!
 
Have interest in helping, please reach out to William Zenyuk, District Executive, at William.zenyuk@scouting.org.
Okpik & Okpikattavik courses. 
Hello from the LHC Advancement Committee! My primary area of responsibility is Scouts BSA advancement, in particular…merit badges! 
  Over the years I have been in scouting, I have seen many adults and youths look at Merit Badges as a “To-do” checklist. However, there is so much more to gain. Merit badges can help our youth explore different hobbies, interest, professions and can just be plain fun! It is important for a scout to work with other adults outside of their troop on badges. This helps to develop their communications skills as well as exposes them to different people with different skills and experiences. 

 The recommended merit badge process, according to the Guide To Advancement, page 47 is as follows:
1. The Scout develops an interest in a merit badge and may begin working on the requirements.
2. The Scout and unit leader discuss the Scout’s interest in the merit badge.
 3. The unit leader signs a blue card or otherwise documents the conversation and provides the Scout with at least one counselor contact.
4. The Scout contacts the counselor. Copies another adult!!
5. The counselor considers any work toward requirements completed prior to the initial discussion with the unit leader.
6. The Scout, the Scout’s buddy, and the counselor meet (often several times).
7. Partial progress is recorded as requirements are completed.
8. The Scout finishes the requirements.
9. The counselor approves completion.
10. The Scout gives the blue card or other evidence of completion to the unit leader. The unit leader signs the applicant record section of the blue card or otherwise documents completion of the merit badge.
 11. The unit leader gives the Scout the applicant record portion of the blue card or other hard copy record that the Scout may retain.
12. The unit reports completion of the merit badge.
13. The Scout receives the merit badge.
 
If you have any questions or need any support, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other member of the advancement Committee!
--Heather Stevens at heathercsq@gmail.com
BSA NATIONAL JAMBOREE
Cicero Library
Looking for Eagle Scout Project ideas or just a good service project? Contact Sue Buswell Cicero Library Farm Manager at
sbuswell@nopl.org or 315-699-2032 X3004.
Projects include benches, compost bins, insect hotel, etc. 
December 1-24, 2022
Macy’s Letters to Santa Campaign to benefit
Make-A-Wish Central New York
The Syracuse Scout Shop is providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items. 
BSA Safety Moment
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Scout Shop Hours:
Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday CLOSED
Check out the Scout Shop Facebook page for weekly sales 
You do not need an appointment to shop at the Scout Shop. 
You are welcome to come in anytime. 
Also check out our new tool that can help you shop. 
You can have your order shipped, pick up in store, or curbside pick-up. We are more than happy to help you shop in any way that makes you feel comfortable.
For more information on events, training opportunities, and other activities happening in your district, visit your district webpage:

Other Dates of Interest
Office Closed- Saturday, & Sunday
Office & Scout Shop Closed - Friday, December 23rd
Office & Scout Shop Closed - Monday, December 26th
What is the best Holiday Service Project?