By Denise Lesniak | Senior Vice President of Membership
It’s here or happening soon – your Pack’s Join Night! I can feel the energy and enthusiasm from all of our units in Mount Baker Council. Could it be the red capes?

Here is a quick rundown of things your unit should have ready at your Join Night:

1. Parent Orientation Guidebook. This provides handy information for all new parents, to include meeting dates/times and Pack contact information. You will find one in your membership kit or download one at

2. Boys’ Life mini mags. Print a small label with your unit contact information and stick them on and you are good to go. 

3. Have plenty of copies of your calendar, leader contact information, costs and Scout Shop Guide to the Uniform. You may get as creative as you like with these; or collate all this information into a Welcome Booklet. Many samples are available on line. Our “Heroes Start Here” fall campaign is a great theme to incorporate into your materials.

4. APPLICATIONS! Have both youth and adult applications available. Are you able to offer online registration right on the spot? A card reader also comes in handy for many parents; or have a receipt book available. 
5. Don’t forget the parent attendance rosters and plenty of pens!

6. Capes and free handbooks! If your unit qualifies, make sure to set up a date to get your items from your District Director or District Executive.

Don’t forget to have your leaders in their capes, too! Utilize the Heroes Start Here theme through out your night. Let‘s see our Scouts Soar!  
Saturday, October 19th
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fire Mountain Scout Camp

Bring money for lunch, hot chocolate, and the Trading Post
Calling All Heroes!
It's Time to STAMPEDE to Adventure
Come enjoy a day of fun and exciting Cub Scout activities like:

Shelter Building
Orienteering (map and compass)
BB and Archery Ranges
Campfire and s'mores
Fishing (bring your own pole)
and more...

Come for an hour or stay for the day

Open to the Public.
Bring a friend and share the fun of Scouting!
The Alumni site is evolving, aiming to Rekindle Scouting Memories and providing a venue for folks to reconnect with Scouting to whatever extent they might wish. This is not a financial fundraising campaign, but rather, an opportunity to reinvest one’s passion and enthusiasm for Scouting in a variety of ways.

First step is to register (FREE) with Scouting Alumni and Friends (SAF) at    

Upcoming Training Dates
Seminar - February 8, 2020
Field Trip - February 22-23, 2020
Consists of a seminar and an overnight field trip.

BALOO is REQUIRED TRAINING for a Cub Scout Packs that would like to do Overnight Camping as a part of their Pack activities.

This is required training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. This is recommended training for Venturing Advisers and Assistant Venturing Advisers

Part 1 - September 20, 2019
Part 2 - October 4, 2019
COPE and Climbing Level 1 course, certifying participants to serve as instructors on our Climbing Tower, Zip Line, and High and Low COPE Courses.
Must attend both sessions to become certified.

September 28, 2019
Unit leaders, Committee Chairs, Advancement Coordinators, and interested adult volunteers are encouraged to attend these workshops.

October 26, 2019
The District Committee/Commissioner Workshop is designed to give new and experienced district leaders an overview of District and Council functions.

University of Scouting
January 26, 2019 - SAVE THE DATE

Wilderness & Remote First Aid
Must attend both November sessions or both May sessions to become certified.

Leaving a Legacy

Making a Memorial Donation to the Mount Baker Council

Making a memorial gift to Scouting to honor a loved one or a respected associate, provides a lasting remembrance and it’s easy to do. Memorials are not used for ongoing expenses like the light bill or insurance payments – these dollars are used for more permanent Scouting needs.

Safety Moment - Creating a Bullying-Free Culture in Scouting

As Scouters, we may feel uncertain about how to handle bullying when we see or hear it happening. If the situation is not handled appropriately, we could end up inadvertently promoting, rather than reducing, bullying.

Read this important article with tips on how to respond more effectively on the spot when a bullying incident occurs.

2019 Pack Hero Challenges
All Packs are challenged to have 1 Lion Den AND 1 Tiger Den of 7 or more Scouts by December 31.This 7UP Club will be invited to Fire Mountain for a FREE day of fun with a fishing frenzy, archery and more, in late May!

All Family Scouting Packs are challenged to add 5 or more girls (from last year’s total) to their unit by December 31. All young ladies in the Pack will be invited to spend a FREE afternoon and evening campout with some of our local Scout BSA Troops for girls, at Fire Mountain in late May!
Our Heroes Need
You To Help With Stampede!
Saturday, October 19 at Fire Mountain
Labor Day
September 2, 2019
Bellingham and Everett Service Centers Closed

September 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm

September 19th, 2019
Collector's Choice Restaurant

September 28, 2019
Fire Mountain
September 28, 2019
Post a photo and be entered for a prize

October 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

October 26, 2019
Weston High School

November 16, 2019
Tulalip Resort Hotel and Spa

It's time to sell Scouting - through popcorn.

Our annual popcorn kick-off was a great success. Thank you to all our attendees and speakers. We can't wait to have our best popcorn year yet!

Be sure to visit the Council popcorn website for handy resources and tips to make your Units sale a success.

Popcorn Webinars

Join our Council Popcorn Kernel, Joni, as she covers important helpful tips for Unit Popcorn Kernels. If you miss a webinar you can find the recorded version on the Council Popcorn Resource site.

September 23rd at 7:00 pm

How do I get more popcorn if my Unit needs it?
How do I record swaps in the Trails-End system (Unit-to-Unit Transfers)

October 14th at 7:00 pm

How do I enter my Wagon Sales (Take Orders)

Taking orders and site sales are even easier this year with the Trails-End App!

App webinars for leaders and app users are held every Thursday through September 12th.

Be sure to check out the training videos under your leader or Scout portal too.

You can download the app or get more information at
Mount Baker Council
Scouting Summit Dinner & Auction
Mark your Calendars!!
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Tulalip Resort Hotel and Spa
Attendance: Individual seats cost $125 and there are a variety of sponsorship and attendance packages available. Become a table captain and spend the evening with friends.

Our Goal: We aim to exceed $130,000 to mark the Mount Baker Council’s second century of delivering character-building programs to Puget Sound families.
More Information: For reservations or information contact Brian Lechner at (425) 338-0380 or .   
How Do You Increase Visibility Within
Your Chartered Organization?
How do you get the word out about Scouting to your chartered organization? How do you find ways to recruit within your chartered organization?

WEBELOS-REE - North Cascades
October 4-5, 2019
Fire Mountain
WEBELOS-REE - Salish Sea
October 5-6, 2019
Fire Mountain
September is Boy Scouts of America Month at Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.

During the month of September these stores will hold Merit Badge classes to start the Fishing, Rifle Shooting, and Fish and Wildlife Merit Badges. These classes will cover the classroom portion of the Merit Badges only. Scouts will need to work with their Unit, District, or Council Merit Badge Coordinators to complete the requirements.

Email Michelle Berquist ( to enroll in a course. Each Scout must sign-up individually. Troop sign-ups will not be accepted.
Fishing Merit Badge
September 3rd
September 12th
September 18th
September 24th
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge
September 4th
September 10th
September 19th
September 25th
Fish and Wildlife Merit Badge
September 5th
September 11th
September 17th
September 26th
Becvar Staff Rendezvous and
Retreat cabins

The Fire Mountain Alumni Association and the Mount Baker Council Properties Committee recently unveiled naming and the staff shower house and core building for the new staff village. The core building was renamed the Fire Eagle’s Nest in honor of the camps mythical staff mentor, and the entire village was renamed the Becvar Staff Rendezvous and Retreat in honor of Ranger extraordinaire Steve Becvar.

Last season the area opened with 6 completed 4-person cabin and a seventh opened during camp. This year up to 5 additional cabins will open as well as the shower house and Eagle’s Nest. Future plans include two additional cabins and 4 to 6 two person treehouses bringing a total of up to new 68 beds for our staff.

We are particularly proud of these new cabins. They are clean, spacious, have screened windows for air circulation and daylight, plenty of storage and ample USB ports to recharge electronics. These cabins are uniquely named and themed for easy identification.

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