Yahara District Newsletter
December 9th, 2019
Scout Shop Holiday Giving Tree
The Holiday Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. A Holiday Giving tree (similar to an Angel tree) will be set up at the Scout Shop with Holiday Giving cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the uniform items that they need. There will also be a space for other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scout supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child.

Product Sales

Remember that final payments were due on December 6th . If your unit has not submitted final payment please do as soon as possible

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Camp Card
Place an order for your Pack, Troop, or Crew today!
Camp Cards

The Glacier’s Edge Council Camp Card is a way for Scouts to fund adventures to summer camp and beyond. A Camp Card costs only $5 and includes exclusive offers from area retailers. Participating units will earn $2.50 for every card they sell. In addition to the unit earning the 50% commission Scouts can earn the PRIZE of a youth campership (partial or free camp) to one of our Council Camps!

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Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to earn money for your unit.

More details coming soon!
Flower Sale
This Fall the Yahara District has already recruited over 297 new Cub Scouts! The Yahara District is committed to reaching its goal of recruiting 420 new youth into our Cub Scout program.

Unit Leaders, make sure that applications and registration are being brought to the Wall Family Service Center (5846 Manufacturers Dr, Madison, WI 53704) as you receive them. We don't want to wait until recharter to add new Scouts to our rosters.

Flyer Orders: If you are interested in ordering more flyers for your Pack's next recruitment event click Here!
If your Unit was unable to attend last week's recharter turn-in please reach out to your Unit Commissioner or to Oliver Dupree as soon as possible. Click here if your unit needed a Chartered Organization Agreement.
Cub Scouts
Polar Cubs 2020

Saturday, February 1st at Deerfield Rod and Gun Club ( 4372 Rod and Gun Rd
Deerfield, WI 53531)

Get ready for some fun at our Polar Cubs event. Cub Scouts and their families are invited to join us for some outdoor fun and adventures this February. The day will start with an opening ceremony followed by winter activities. Scouts will play games, explore nature and further develop their scout skills. 
The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 and activities will conclude at 2:00. 
All Cub Scouts, Webelos and Siblings are welcome. 
Cost: Youth $12, Adults $5 before January 25.
Lunch will be served during this event.

Registration closes on January 26th.

Saturday, December 28th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Camp Indian Trails

Join us at Winter Camp this year and discover ways to embrace and enjoy our unique and exciting weather! During your time at Camp Indian Trails, Scouts will spend time discovering the nature, science, weather, activities and adventures of Winter. While at camp, go hiking, sledding, play games and spend time having fun discovering how great Winter can be for a Scout. We hope to see you there!

Registration is filling up fast!

Webelos Adventure Day

Saturday, December 14th at Christ Lutheran Church (700 Co Rd B, Stoughton, WI 53589) from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Adventure awaits as Webelos work on the requirements for up to two Adventure pins, choosing one for the morning session and one for the afternoon session. Adventures offered: Building a Better World, First Responder, Adventures in Science, Game Design, Build My Own Hero, Aware and Care, and Engineer. A minimum of one adult per 5 scouts is required. Sessions will be limited to 15 scouts each and a pizza lunch will be provided.

2020 Day Camp
Day Camp is our 3-day Cub Scout Camp that is great for Cub Scouts, their Siblings, and family of all ages! These camps are primarily held at Camp Indian Trails and put on by the Camp Indian Trails Staff!

2020 Schedule
Session 1 - Token Creek Park: 6/15 - 17

Session 2 - Camp Indian Trails: 6/29 - 7/1

Session 3 - Camp Indian Trails: 7/13 - 15

Session 4 - Camp Indian Trails: 8/3 - 5

Session 5 - Camp Indian Trails: 8/5 - 7

Camp Indian Trails 2-Day Overnight Camp
Welcome to Overnight Camp at Camp Indian Trails Where Adventure Begins!

2020 Schedule
Session 1 - June 20 - 21
Session 2 - July 4 - 5
Session 3 - July 11 - 12
Session 4 - July 18 - 19

Camp Indian Trails 4-Day Sleepover Camp
Welcome to Sleepover Camp at Camp Indian Trails Where Adventure Begins!

2020 Schedule
Week 1 - June 22 - 25
Week 2 - July 6 - 9
Week 3 - July 20 - 23
Week 4 - July 27 - 30

Scouts BSA and Venturing
Council Klondike 2020

January 18-19, 2020
Ed Bryant Scout Reservation
The Klondike Strikes Back: Planet Hoth
This event is meant to test the patrol, crew or den as a unit. Teamwork, camaraderie, preparation, and your scout skills are what you will need to succeed in this challenge. The competition will be divided into two divisions with the scouts competing only with other scouts in their division. The Webelos division will consist of all the Webelos and Arrow of Light dens and the Scout division will consist of Scouts, BSA and Venture Scout Crews. Awards will be given for each division.

2020 Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation
Established in 1956, Ed Bryant Scout Reservation was constructed to serve scouts of the now Glacier's Edge Council. Today scouts from all over the United States attend one of our 6 weeks of summer camp. Our 214 acre property is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Castle Rock Lake, not far from Mauston, Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Dells. We offer a diverse set of programs, state of the art facilities, and a dedicated staff committed to outstanding service to Scouts and Scouters.

2021 National Scout Jamboree Council Contingent

You’ll join more than 40,000 Scouts from all over the country, as they enjoy 10,600 acres of wild, wonderful West Virginia at the Summit. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zipline challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning………

Training Opportunities
Wood Badge 2020
April 3-5 and May 2-3
Camp Indian Trails
Wood Badge is Advanced Adult Leadership Training for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing volunteers and professionals. It will help you be the best leader you can be for the youth you serve! Wood Badge is FUN!

District Meetings
Interested in being a part of the Yahara District Committee?
Come to the next meeting on December 11th at 6:30 at Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church . This is a great way to learn about opportunities on the committee and how you can make an impact in the Yahara District.
Family Friends of Scouting Presenter Orientation

December 12th at 7:00 PM at the Council Office in Madison

This is an opportunity for Friends of Scouting Presenters to prepare for the 2020 Family Campaign. If you are interested in becoming a Presenter and want to learn more about raising support for the Glacier's Edge Council you can reach out to Sue Mabie , our 2020 Family Friends of Scouting Chair. RSVP to Oliver Dupree.
District Committee Meeting
6:30 PM on December 11th at Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church
Commissioner Meeting
7:00 PM on January 29th at Bashford United Methodist Church
Yahara District Roundtable
7:00 PM on January 8th at Bashford United Methodist Church
Mad City Model Railroad
Show and Sale

February 15th-16th
Scouts wearing a Class A uniform shirt will have FREE admission. To qualify for a door prize, the Scout must purchase a ticket.

Den Leaders could use the VENDOR / EXHBITORS map to lead an ORIENTEERING activity. A Den meeting could be held on a stairway or out of the way hallway in the EXPO Center to explain the project. 

Some of the Exhibitors could be available for a S.T.E.M. activity for their Scouts. 

Bill Mitchell - Charter Organization Representative to McFarland Cub Scout Pack 53
McFarland Fire and Rescue Association (Retired) 

Scouts, Parents, and Leaders,

Do some of your Cub Scouts and parents have a bit of difficulty in building their first Pinewood Derby Race Car?  

McFarland Cub Scout Pack 53 has solved some of the problems by offering two opportunities to its Scouts and parents. We host a work shop and testing sessions to allow our Scouts and parents to enjoy the Annual Pinewood Derby. 

An R.S.V.P is requested if Scouts and Parents will be attending the January 11 Design / Cut Out session in McFarland. 

January 11 - McFarland Cub Scout Pack 53 will be holding a Pinewood Derby Race Car Design / Cut Out session
                    McFarland Fire Station / Village Hall on Milwaukee Street
                    8:15 am - check out the display of previously built Pinewood Derby Race Cars
                    8:30 am - Classroom session begins 
                                     Discuss Friction / Mass / Momentum / Gravity / Aerodynamics / Design / Painting
                                     Each person attending (including parents and siblings) will design a car
                    9:15 am - break with treats and build a tripod for painting and displaying the race car
                    9:30 am - the design will be drawn onto the block of wood - the designs will be inspected to make sure that the race car can be cut out with the tools that are available.
                    After the design has been approved, the Scout and race car will go to the apparatus bay to have the 3 holes drilled for round weights, cut out using a band saw, and sanded
                    using a belt sander. No Scout will operate the power tools. Eye and ear protection are provided so the Scout (and parent) are able to see the design take shape.
                    The Scout will then take the race car home to paint, add weight, and put on the wheels and axles.

                    A second session could begin at about 10:30 am if there are problems with other schedules.

                    PInewood Derby Race Car Kits will NOT be available for sale. Kits are available at the Scout Shop.  

                    Each person that wants to build a race car needs to supply their own car kit. 
                    We also recommend 3 ROUND weights to be used to get the race car up to 5 ounces. 
                    Round weights can be purchased at HOBBY LOBBY or MICHELS or from AMAZON.com.

                    We recommend only one color of paint for the first car that is built. The most INEXPENSIVE Glossy Enamel from the local hardware store or lumber yard works best. 
                    Nail polish can be used for tail lights.  
                    Racing stripes can be cut from different colors of plastic electricians tape. 
                    Decals can also be purchased from the store where the ROUND weights are found. 

Special Note - A suggested donation of $5.00 is recommended to cover the cost of the treats and supplies

Contact Bill Mitchell at  wjmitchell@hotmail.com  to learn more about the January 11 session. 

January 25 - McFarland Cub Scout Pack 53 will be hosting Pinewood Derby Time Trials
                     McFarland Lutheran Church on Marsh Road in McFarland
                    8:00 am to 12:00 noon 
                    Final assembly (if required) to get the weight of the race car to 5 ounces. A bolt cutter is used to cut up the round weights. 
                    Test the race car on a 6 lane track racing against race cars that were built in previous years. 
                    No NEW race car will race against a NEW race car. 
                    Tools will be available to tune up the race car - assistance will be available to install the wheels and axles

Contact Bill Mitchell at  wjmitchell@hotmail.com  to learn more about the January 25 Time Trials Session. 

Special Note - The main purpose of the Design / Cut Out session and the Time Trials session is to make sure that the race car will finish the race. McFarland Cub Scout Pack 53 has always included parents / grandparents / siblings in its annual Pinewood Derby.  

A suggestion for other Cub Scout Packs - hold an OPEN CLASS race for non-Scouts as well as a CLASSIC race for cars built in previous years. McFarland Cub Scout Pack 53 has a Pit Stop Café for refreshments at the Derby. Scouts who have other activities going on during Race Day are requested to let our Race Committee know if conflicts exist (basketball / hockey / swimming) so that a race time for that rank could be switched to avoid the outside conflict. 

McFarland Pack 53 awards a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best Design for each Rank and Open Class race. Best Design is voted on by Scouts that are not racing in that rank. A participation medallion is awarded to each participant that does not receive a trophy. 

Again, if there are any questions, please send an email message to       wjmitchell@hotmail.com   

Bill Mitchell - Charter Organization Representative to McFarland Cub Scout Pack 53
                       McFarland Fire and Rescue Association (Retired)

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