Do you need a new scouting uniform? Just fill out either the cub scout or boy scout order form found on the Scout Shop page and click on the link to send your orders directly to the Green Mountain Council Scout Shop. We can get you anything you need for your scout. Remember when you order through us you help Scouting in Vermont!!!
Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. The skills taught using patrols and are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops in order to be considered "trained".
This is a fun, interactive course that encourages making lasting connections with other Scouters.
The course is offered at Mt. Norris Scout Reservation May 18 & 19. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information and registration can be found here.
Annually the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States awards three individuals who are; Eagle Scouts, Girls Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank. Awards are as follows:
$5,000 – First place National Scholarship
$3,000 – Second place National Scholarship
$1,000 – Third Place National Scholarship.
For more information on this program, click here to read and fill out the nomination form.
October 28th 8:15am to 4:30pm
Rutland Town School
1612 Post Rd, Rutland, VT 05701
POW WOW is a Council-wide adult training for everyone interested in Cub Scouting. A Scouting “convention” and learning extravaganza. It’s a time for parents as well as experienced, new, and prospective leaders to learn, share ideas, and see what other packs are doing. Spread the word, get a gang together, and start your fellowship early by carpooling.
POW WOW is designed to help leaders learn and understand their specific positions in the pack. In addition, it provides resources to improve your unit’s programs by providing a broad range of ideas, as well as address some of the problem areas that arise when working with young boys and their parents.
More information and registration available here.
Dr. Lewis First selected as the 2017 Distinguished Citizen by the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America announced the selection of Dr. Lewis R. First as its 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Dr. First’s contributions to Vermont and the children of the state will be celebrated at a dinner on Thursday, October 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington.
Dr. First was selected by the Executive Board of the Green Mountain Council for the Citizen of the Year Award for his extensive community, regional and national leadership and continual devotion to the betterment and improvement in the lives of the children of Vermont.
For several years, Dr. First has given leadership to the success of the Big Change Roundup, working with many local Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops raising thousands of dollars for new equipment for the hospital. The Scouts involvement in the Big Change Roundup became affectionally known as “Kids Helping Kids,” a program that both the Pediatrics Department and the Green Mountain Council look forward to continuing in the future.
“I cannot think of a more qualified candidate to receive this award,” said Ed McCollin, Scout Executive and CEO of the Green Mountain Council. “Dr. First is so very passionate about improving the lives of young people, and that commitment is so much in line with the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. We are very much looking forward to thanking Dr. First for his contributions and enjoying the fellowship of his friends and colleagues at this event.”
Past recipients of this award include United States Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders; Governors Phil Scott, James Douglas, and Deane C. Davis; the Vermont National Guard, and Retired Rear Admiral Richard Schneider.
To register to attend the Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner honoring Dr. First on Thursday, October 19th, at the DoubleTree Hotel, click here to download the registration form or contact the Scout Service Center at 802-244-5189.
The 19th Annual Cub Scout Haunted Harvest Fest will take place on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at Camp Sunrise in Benson, Vermont. Registration starts at 9:30 am and ends at 10:30 am. Opening ceremony begins at 10:45 am. Activities begin at 11:00 am and end at 3:00 pm followed by the closing campfire at 3:30 pm. This is the premier Cub Scout family activity of the Fall where hundreds of Cub Scouts and families attend the spooky event each year. This is a great way for Cub Scouts and parents to experience Camp Sunrise for the first time. Early bird registration is $10.00 plus a can of soup per person. (No cream soup) The family fee max is $40.00. Hot dog, chips, soup and beverage provided. Improved check in process makes it easier on leaders! Just register and arrive at camp. On arrival all participants will go to a registration area for wristbands, maps and a schedule of events.
Registration and roster forms must be received with full payment by October 10th, 2017 .
Starting October 11th, 2017 the fee is $15.00 and $45.00 per family.
The final date for registrations is October 17th, 2017.
Registrations are entered on a first-come, first-served basis. Register as a pack or individually.
Capacity is limited so sign up soon!
More information and registration can be found here on the Green Mountain Council website.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
To do this — while delivering the nation’s foremost youth development program — the BSA must remain vigilant in controlling costs. Although we have been successful in reducing our expenditures in many areas, it has become necessary to evaluate our annual membership fees.
Based on feedback from both volunteers and employees, the BSA membership fee will increase to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017.
Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting to youth from 7 to 21 years of age. From education to high-adventure experiences you can’t get anyplace else, the BSA provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.
Services include primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development and membership recruiting strategies, and support materials. In 2016 alone, the BSA served 2.3 million youth members through approximately 270 local councils across the United States and its territories.
With the help of all of our volunteers and Scouting parents, we will continue accomplishing incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.
Questions and Answers:
1. Why are you increasing the membership fee? What is the additional money from the fees going to be used for?
To deliver the Scouting program to our 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the organization to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing our membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017.
Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting.
2. What is directly contributing to the need for this increase?
There are a variety of factors taken into consideration, all of which have led to an increased cost of doing business.
3. When will the increase go into effect?
The membership fee change for all registered youth and adult leaders will go into effect December 1, 2017. This change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships. Note: All November and December 2017 recharters will have to renew at this new rate (since November recharter renewal actually spans from December 1, 2017, to November 30, 2018).
4. Does the BSA increase membership fees often?
There have been 10 fee increases in the organization’s history. Since 1969, the BSA has increased our fee, on average, every five years. The last membership increase took effect on January 1, 2014, and, prior to that, in 2010.
5. How much does it cost to be a Boy Scout?
All youth and adults who wish to become a member or leader of the Boy Scouts of America must pay the annual membership fee. Beyond that, families incur additional costs related to uniforms and the activities of their individual units.
6. Will the fee for Cub Scouts, Exploring, and Venturing/Sea Scouts increase as well?
Yes. This change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships.
7. Who gets the membership fee?
Local councils collect — and forward to the National Council — membership fees from each youth and adult who wishes to become a member of the Boy Scouts of America.
8. How is the National Council funded?
The National Council is funded through membership and service fees, investments, Boys’ Life magazine subscriptions, sales of uniforms and equipment, fees from national high-adventure bases, and contributions from individuals.
9. What does the National Council do for Scouting on the local level?
The BSA’s National Council provides program materials and support for approximately 270 local councils that administer the Scouting program, with each covering a specific geographic territory. The following are the key functions of the National Council:
The BSA has always taken into consideration the cost of delivering the Scouting program and has worked to keep our fees reasonable.
When you compare the BSA to other youth-serving organizations, we provide unique growth opportunities at a great value. The following are costs associated with other youth activities:
From education to high-adventure, the Boy Scouts of America provides unique growth opportunities at a great value and we want all eligible youth to receive these benefits and participate in Scouting.
As the summer outdoor activity season in Vermont winds down, I felt compelled to reflect back on the success of the programs conducted by many persons that had a positive impact on the Scouts and Scouters of the Green Mountain Council.
First and foremost, our summer camping programs received nationally accredited recognition for operating safe and high quality camping programs for all campers. These included Frontiers Camp, Mt Norris Summer camp, Camp Sunrise Cub Scout camp, two Cub Scout Day Camps, a weeklong National Youth Leadership Training (N.Y.L.T.), program and two Cub Adventure Weekends. This accomplishment did not just happen. It took a great amount of time, planning and organization to ensure the camp facilities, program and staffing met or exceeded the high standards imposed on the local Council by the National BSA camp assessment teams. In each case the camp leadership set the tone for this achievement and I would be remiss if I did give a shout out to the top leaders and their staffs as a personal thank you. At Mt Norris Scout Reservation, Dave Sem and Al Koch (and a volunteer staff) kicked off the summer with a fantastic Frontiers Camp program. Clint Buxton and Russ Baker and their team came in on the heels of Frontiers Camp and launched five solid weeks of Boy Scout Resident Camp, including a “Specialty Week” under the leadership of Kevin McCullen. With those programs came the behind the scenes work of the Camp Ranger Gordie Moulton and his wife Julie, along with the many key volunteers from the Mt Norris Alumni Association. At the same time at Camp Sunrise Cub Scout Camp, John Dyer and Peter Massari, Jr were leading their seasoned staff providing a variety of safe and fun camp activities to the Cub Scouts and their parents. No sooner than Camp Sunrise camp ended, Lucy Neel and Dean Silloway came into the camp with their staff and provided a high caliber week long training session for future Boy Scout troop leaders via the N.Y.L.T. course. Interspersed with our resident camps were two Cub Adventure weekends under the direction of Judy McCullen and Dave Schuler and a small but very efficient volunteer staff. Sandwiched on each end of the camping season were two Cub Scout Day Camps. The first in late June in Three Rivers district under the guidance of Alison Hampson and Gary Croyer and the second in early August in Long Trail District under the leadership of Leslie Sanborn and Sonja Wallbridge.
If you know any of these individuals or their staff, please be sure to say thank you for their success with their respective camps. In addition to the high ratings for the national camp accreditation, the entire camping season was a huge success! More Scouts participated in our camps, they were safe, they had fun, the programs were exciting and innovative, and the staff in each case was excellent!
I am excited that we as a Scouting family can carry this momentum of great summer camp programming back to the local packs and troops as we prepare to launch our strategic fall recruitment campaign, focusing on new parents and boys of Cub Scout age from kindergarten through fifth grade. Our summer camp leaders really put the “outing” in Scouting, and is one of the biggest reasons boys join this movement.
I will conclude by first asking each of you who read this to do whatever you can with your time and talents to work with the Scouting unit in your community to attract more youth to join Scouting. You know what it can and does do for our youth, so the more families we can convince to become involved in Scouting, the better chance we have of making our state better prepared with future leaders. Second is to say thank you! Thank you for volunteering your time, talents and/or treasures to accomplish our mission of helping young people make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. It is recognized and very much appreciated.
To all of 2016 Fall and 2017 Spring Popcorn Kernels and the Unit Leaders:
We understand that some units may be changing their popcorn kernels, we ask that if you have received this message and you are not going to be the kernel this year that you would forward to the unit leader and the new popcorn kernel. We really appreciate your help with this.
We have been working on finalizing all of the details for this year’s sales. We look forward to seeing the kernel’s at one of the five popcorn trainings. You can attend whichever one fits your schedule the best.
The sign up due date is August 24th. Please be sure to fill out the sign up form completely as packets are made specifically for your unit. So we need to know the quantity of forms and envelopes needs as well as which training to bring your packet too.
Updated information for 2017 is available here on the Green Mountain Council website.
If you travel to the Council Service Center in Waterbury, you may have noticed some of the erosion along the edge of the entranceway as well as the pooling of water just off Route 2. It has been an ongoing issue caused mainly by the large of amount of snowmelt in the early spring along with some heavy summer downpours of rain. The area in and along what was supposed to be the drainage ditch needed some serious maintenance and upgrade.
Stage one: Enter volunteer Kurt Johnson (have chainsaw will travel), who took a full afternoon on one of the hottest days of the summer to trim out a great deal of the low, overhanging and snarly brush that had amassed over, in and around the drainage ditch over several years. Kurt set the stage for the actual ditch work to begin.
Stage two: Enter Phil Tenney, Scoutmaster of Troop 729 in Northfield, along with wife Kim and son Jonathan. Tenney’s came complete with truck, trailer, tools of all sorts, and the key piece of machinery, a small but very efficient backhoe!
Along with Scout Executive Ed McCollin and District Executive, Josh Hatch, and the Tenney family, this group spent most of Saturday loading and hauling brush, digging a new ditch and adding grass seed and straw. At the end of the day, the ditch work was as complete as it could be with the resources that were available.
If you see Kurt, Josh, or Phil and his family, be sure to give them a big shout out of thanks for a very big and what would have been, a very expensive project, now complete!
This is another example of the volunteer involvement and commitment to the ongoing improvement of the Scouting program and the facilities owned by the Green Mountain Council. It is second to none in America and everyone reading this should be proud and excited about the level of service given by the many leaders and other adults who are part of the Scouting family of Vermont.
On behalf of the entire Executive Board and the Service Center staff who pass by the ditch area every day, thank you! It was “cheerful service” at its finest!