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Longhouse Council - Pathways - February 11, 2022
Vol. #4 Issue #6
Silver Beaver
Nominate a Deserving Volunteer Today
Do you know someone who has made a significant impact on the youth or program of our Council? Now is the time to submit a nomination to recognize their contributions.

Each year, every Council in the BSA has the opportunity to honor adult volunteers who have provided outstanding service to scouting on a Council level.

Submit the nomination form via email to longhouse@scouting.org before the last Friday in March (3/25/22) for consideration.
LHC Shooting Sports Committee
Wednesday, Feb 16, 2022 07:00 PM 
Attention all shooting sports merit badge counselors and instructors, including Archery, as well as anyone certified in any shooting sports discipline interested in helping the Shooting Sports programs of the Council. You are invited to the Shooting Sports committee meeting. The meeting will be a zoom meeting, log-in info is below.
2022 Wood Badge
So, I guess it is my turn to tell you why you should take Wood Badge.

First don’t take it because of the critters. If you don’t know what they are, all the better. If you do know, well let me tell you there was nothing in the world I wanted to be less than a Bobwhite. Want to know what I am? Yep, a Bobwhite. Want to know what I am proud to be? Yep, a Bobwhite. It isn’t about the critters it is about the friends you make, that just happen to be the same critter as you.

Second, don’t take it because you think it will give you all the answers. In my course, I went in thinking I had all the answers and what could this course do for me. Well, I found out I don’t have all the answer and even better yet, the course didn’t have them either. What I did get was a way, to not only get all the answer, but contact with a group of people who collectively had the experience to help me understand the answers.

And lastly don’t take it alone. Take a friend or maybe your significant other, whether they are in Scouting or not. You will not be in the same patrol, but the shared experience will be priceless. My wife and I took the course together and afterwards we understood each other so much better. It really allowed us to become a stronger couple in Scouting and outside of Scouting.

So, I told you three things not to do, so I guess I should tell you something to do. Well, here it is, sign-up TODAY. Because you will never have a better opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and strengthen existing relationships.

Wood Badge is truly a life changing experience that everyone should embrace.
Edwin Theetge
Assistant Scout Executive
Bobwhite NE-III-175
Staff N3-397-14 

Time is running out to sign up. Registration closes on Saturday April 23rd
Citizenship in Society
The new merit badge encourages Scouts to explore important topics around diversity, equity, inclusion and ethical leadership and learn why these qualities are important in society and in Scouting. Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.
Application for merit badge counselors are being accepted now, but this isn't your run of the mill process. Counselors will be put through a rigorous review process and once accepted will be required to attend a special training. Please contact the Service Center for more info.

BSA Safety Moment
Behavior Around Campfires
SUMMARY
Campfires are a powerful part of the outdoor experience. They can be lively with laughter, storytelling, and fellowship. The campfire can also be a time of reflection, learning, and great peace. Safe behavior around a campfire ensures a good time can be had by all while mitigating the inherent danger of the fire. Here are some helpful reminders on behavior that can make your next campfire a positive and safe experience.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
Handbooks for each program have useful tips for campfires.
Smart behaviors around a campfire
  • Fires are useful, but they can be dangerous. Always respect a fire by showing smart behaviors.
  • Stay outside of the campfire ring. Do not touch any part of the fire ring once the fire has been lit.
  • Don’t run, jump, or play around campfires. Understand that fires can cause injuries.
  • “Once it’s in, it stays in.” Don’t pull anything out of the campfire.
Maintain a safe campfire and campsite
  • Always consider the campfire’s surroundings. Ensure the campfire is the appropriate distance between the seating areas and tents.
  • Verify federal and local regulations regarding fire bans and policies.
Cooking or roasting over a campfire
  • Never swing, flick, or throw hot or burning food. If your food burns or catches fire, remain calm.
  • Maintain a safe distance while cooking. Use a skewer long enough to keep your body outside the fire ring or containment area.
  • Be careful with sharp skewers and keep the tip pointed in a safe direction. In the dark, others may not see the skewer. Prevent injury to others by being responsible. Maintain spacing with others around the fire.
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Other Dates of Interest
Office Closed- Saturday, & Sunday
Office & Scout Shop Closed - February 21st President's Day
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