This premier Cub Scout Family spooky event will be held on October 20th at Camp Sunrise in Benson, Vermont. Cub Scouts and their families can explore Camp Sunrise and participate in the many activities from Haunted Vaughn Lodge to doing crafts and shopping in the Trading Post. Click here for more information and the link to the Haunted Harvest page.
This Eagle Scout Procedures Guide is for Life Scouts working towards the Eagle rank and can also be a helpful tool for their parents/guardians and adult leaders.
We strongly recommended that all Scouters involved in the Life-to-Eagle process become well versed with this information and that every Eagle Scout candidate be encouraged to use this publication along with the appropriate sections of the Guide
to Advancement during his journey from Life to Eagle.
This document is divided into small, usable sections for the Scout. We recommend you read just the section with the information you need rather than trying to devour the whole document.
Scouts, you are not alone in this process. The Green Mountain Council Advancement and Recognition Committee exist to advise and serve you and the adult Scouters in your District. The Districts, their units, and individuals do not have the authority to impose additional standards or requirements for any merit badge or rank. Rather, they ensure adherence to the requirements established by National level authorities. The District is particularly attentive to advancement from Life to Eagle rank.
We worked hard to create this document and keep it useful for all Scouts and Scouters. We look forward to working with you in the future as advancement policies and procedures continue to evolve. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or your District Advancement and Recognition Committee Chairperson with questions and/or comments.
Green Mountain Council
Advancement and Recognition Committee
Green Mountain Council Eagle Scout Procedures Guide
The Green Mountain Council is hosting three fun-filled golf outings in support of its Campership program. Proceeds go toward helping Scouts attend summer camp and other Scouting activities that they would not otherwise be able to participate. Each year the Campership committee receives request of close to $10,000 in assistance. The committee works to help everyone but is often limited to what they can do based on available funds. The golf outings are a great way to support this program and allow more Scouts to experience the excitement and fun of camp.
The three outings are:
Howard A. Manosh Outing for Scouting – Sunday, September 16th – Ryder Brook Golf Course, Morrisville
Brattleboro Outing for Scouting – Wednesday, September 19th – Brattleboro Country Club
Henry Leach Outing for Scouting – Friday, October 5th – Ralph Myhre Golf Course – Middlebury
Click on the links above to register for the tournament that best fits your schedule.
A look back and a look ahead – exciting times for Scouting in Vermont
A Look Back
Let me first preface this commentary by saying that there are so many persons to thank for the time, talents and treasures given to the Green Mountain Council and all that it entails, that I am not going to single out any one individual or individuals. Inevitably I would miss many and that is not fair to all who have contributed to a great summer of programming, and to date a great year for Scouting.
It is this time of the year I always reflect on the summer that was. Labor Day has come and gone, the last official weekend of summer. The camps are closed, and our attention turns to the fall Scouting season and an equally exciting time of the year when Cub Scout Packs across the state open their doors to invite and welcome new families to join this great movement.
Our summer camp programs continue to grow in quantity and quality and the leadership of each goes all-in to providing a great long-term camping experience for the Scouts and leaders. Frontier Camp is on the rise after taking a year off, Mt Norris Resident camp had a 30% increase in camper attendance, and both programs are gearing up for even better attendance in 2019! Camp Sunrise Resident camp continues to provide a high level of staff experience offering parents and Cub Scouts a fun-filled program and for many, an introduction to a long-term camping experience. The Arrow of Light (AOL) program has been instrumental in preparing Webelos for Boy Scouts and in promoting attendance at Mt Norris Scout Reservation in the future.
Two Cub Scout Day Camps in Long Trail and Three Rivers districts provided a “closer to home” summer program for over 75 Cub Scouts. Each day was exciting, adventurous and fun-filled for “Cubs on the Move”, theme for 2018.
37 Boy Scouts and Venturers received an exception week of leadership development and training as part of the Council’s National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course held at Camp Sunrise. This is an excellent resource for Scout troop leaders to prepare Scouts to hold positions in the troop such as Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant SPL. Many troop committees have found that once they send boys to this training and see the added value it brings to the troop, they put the cost of it into the annual budget to send one or more Scouts each year.
To close out the summer, Green Mountain Council hosted the 2018 Area 3B Section Conclave at Mt Norris Scout Reservation. 200 members from 9 different Councils came together to learn, t fellowship and to have a lot of fun! The camp was well prepared physically and a good time was had by all.
All in all, another great summer of programming and leadership development was had by many and to that, many, many thanks are in order for each and every person who played a role in these successes. I am so proud to be part of this Council because of the volunteers who come together for a common cause that is very evident every time we come together. Each of us have a role to play in the success of Scouting in Vermont and together I think we make a pretty good darn team. Let’s keep the momentum of the summer going so it can carry us through the rest of the year!
A Look Ahead
What an exciting time for the Boy Scouts of America! A time where we can welcome young girls into the ranks of our Cub Scout program! A time where as a movement, will be able to instill the values found in the Scout Oath and Law to an entire new group of youth! A time where character development, citizenship responsibility and personal fitness will be expanded two-fold, a time when developing leadership skills in young people can now be shared with girls. In my 40 years as a professional, I can think of only one or two other times where I have been part of a transformation moment in the Boy Scouts of America. This is a landmark moment for Scouting and we need to embrace it for all its worth and potential!
The feedback and level of excitement and enthusiasm that I have heard and read about is unprecedented from the leaders of our Cub Scout Packs. Parents are so excited that their daughter and daughter’s many friends can now “officially” participate in the Cub Scouts. They can put on the uniform, pin on the adventure pins and wear proudly the rank of Lion, Wolf, Bear and/or Webelos.
Even more exciting is the prospect that these new female Cub Scouts may one day become Eagle Scouts! Beginning on February 1, 2019 the Boy Scouts of America will open its doors to welcome girls 11-17 years of age in the newly formed Scouts BSA. Female Scout troops will be springing up all over the country as again, these young ladies are able to do all that the boys have been doing for over 100 years; canoeing, camping, hiking, exploring nature, and so much more, and being officially recognized for their achievements.
So, to all who read this, jump on board for the ride of your Scouting life. Be a positive and participating player in this transformation of the Boy Scouts of America. We have a great product to offer and are making a difference in the life of a child, which has now doubled in the number of youth we can reach.
Yours in Scouting,
Green Mountain Council, BSA
At the July Board meeting and in a unanimous vote, the Executive Board of the Green Mountain Council approved a motion to eliminate the 3% service charge on purchases made by credit card effective September 1, 2018. This does not apply to payments made for popcorn sales, camp payments or ski weekends.
For more information on what this includes, contact the Council Service Center at 802-244-5189.
It is time for the fall popcorn sale again. Trainings are coming up right away. Please sign your unit up as soon as possible so that your unit’s popcorn packet is available at the training.
While Popcorn Kernels were emailed the registration form August 17th, the popcorn mailer did not go out to unit leaders until the 20th due to printer issues. Because of this issue the unit now has until August 31st 11am to turn in your registration form and still earn the 1% commission for being on time. We will need no later than this date so that we can make each units packet for the training. Also we ask that you try to complete your unit potential budget by August 31st, if for some reason you cannot and you let me know ahead of time the popcorn kernel can bring your unit’s budget to the training and hand it in completing the submission requirement for the 1% commission.
Registration can be done two ways.
1. Fill out the registration form and unit potential work sheet and email to Laurie.firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 802-244-5259.
2. Go to the Green Mountain Council popcorn page and sign up online. Budget must still be emailed.
Wood Badge Reunion
Join us at Gilwell for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and fantastic spread of good food!
Bring along a new recruit and a critter for your table!
DATE: September 22nd
WHERE: Camp Sunrise - Benson, VT
TIME: 11:00 AM to 2:00
More details available in the Registration Form.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS: 9/12/18
Effective April 30, 2018, the Hazardous Weather course is being added to the requirements to be a Trained Direct Contact Leader. If you are currently trained in your position you will not be required to take the additional course now.
We recommend if you have not taken the updated course (SCO_800) that you do so to have the most current content.
The Green Mountain Council Scout Store is open the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon for the convenience of our customers who cannot normally stop in during the work week. However, the first Saturday in September (1) is part of a holiday weekend so a decision was made to move the date to the following Saturday, September 8th. Please note the change and share with other leaders and parents who may not be aware. The schedule will remain the first Saturday moving forward. Keep in mind the store staff does a significant amount of mail orders which is an option if you cannot get to the store in person. With enough lead time, the Council Scout store can get any Scout merchandise that can be ordered on line. The Council leadership appreciates your support and in keeping with the Vermont way of shopping locally.
Store to be open first Saturday morning of each month
Beginning on June 2nd, 2018, the Scout Shop, located in the lower level of the Green Mountain Council Service Center, Waterbury, is open from 9:00 AM to noon the first Saturday of every month. Mark your calendars and keep that in mind if you need something in a hurry, perhaps do not have time to mail order or cannot get to the store during the week.
Spread the word to the parents of the Scouts in the unit as this is a great time for them to bring their Scout and see what all is in stock. You will be surprised at the items on shelves, including leader training materials, handicrafts and gifts for your Scout. You may find something you can really use for your next campout or at the next unit activity. In addition the store carries an array of shirt and pant sizes, plus other uniform parts-including caps, neckerchiefs and patches.
Scout Shop hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and now the Scout Shop only will be open first Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to noon. (The Green Mountain Service Center will not be open on Saturday morning.)
As a reminder orders can place via email, regular mail, phone or fax. The store staff works hard and takes pride in turning around the order and getting it back out the door to your home as quickly as possible. If there is something the store does not currently have in stock, it can be ordered and sent out in relatively short period of time.
The Store staff is ready to take your order and appreciate that you supporting the local Council and keeping the business in Vermont. Remember we can also check with the District Executive to see if he is going to be in your area and can deliver your order at the roundtable or other meetings.
To place an order, contact Judy Dodge, Store Clerk at email@example.com , Laurie Sneed, Scout Shop and Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 802-244-5189, fax 802-244-5259 or mail in to PO Box 557, Waterbury, VT 05676