The Green Mountain Council Executive Board has chosen Ken Libby as the 2019 Lamoille County Citizen of the Year recipient. The award will be presented on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort, 1746 Mountain Road, Stowe. Ron Phipps a realtor colleague and good friend of Ken’s will serve as emcee. Ken was selected for his long-standing service to the community of Stowe, Lamoille County, and for his full belief and support of the Scouting program and what it does to help prepare Vermont’s youth for life. He has given considerable time to youth through sports programs and Scouting and has been instrumental in helping raise much needed funds to support both programs. Many of those fund raisers were golf outings, which for Ken were both fun and successful. To register for this night of fun, fellowship and recognition click here.
Come enjoy an afternoon of fun, fellowship and recognition of deserving volunteer leaders
The Green Mountain Council will hold its annual Recognition and Awards banquet on Sunday, April 28 at the Barre Elks Club at 2:00 PM. The event will be highlighted with the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award to three outstanding and well-deserving individuals (Norm Hebard, Judy McCullen and Bernie Isabelle), who have given of their time, talents and treasures to the youth of Vermont. In addition, the Nominating Committee will conduct the election of the slate of Council Members-at-Large, Executive Board Members, Advisory Council and Board Officers, which will be brief and occur before the main program. The agenda includes other recognition and a great deal of fun and fellowship. We hope can join us for this day of celebration. Click here to register and get more details about the event and how to reserve your spot. Hope to see you there.
Space for NYLT is limited. Now is the time to reserve your spot for this life-changing program!
Female Troops can build the leadership skills within their units quickly by registering their Scouts now without needing to meet the Rank requirement. All other requirements need to be met, but Rank requirements have been waived for 2019 for the new female Troops.
Do you know a Scout that is ready for NYLT? Nominate them here and they will receive an invitation letter from the Senior Patrol Leader and Course Director.
National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
The course focuses on teaching advanced leadership skills through the patrol or crew method. The participants will be challenged to accomplish activities and projects using the leadership skills taught in the course. Participants will experience the simulation of a month in the life of a unit, complete with meetings, activities, and planning for the big monthly outing (the outpost overnight trip at the end of the course).
You can learn more about the program here.
Registration form is available here.
Spartan Games – Three Days of Victory!
The Council Camporee Committee is forming and is hard at work to provide the Scouts of Vermont and surrounding states an incredible weekend of fun, excitement and challenging games and activities suited to every Scout attending. With the theme of Spartan Games, Council Camporee Co-Chairs Karl Fortman and Kristy Walker are working to recruit an imaginative and fun-filled committee of skilled and talented volunteers to lead the charge for this weekend. Informational newsletter will be prepared and distributed on the Council website and other media formats as progress is being made to ensure everyone is up to speed on the latest developments for this historic event. For now, mark the dates in your unit planning calendar and get ready! The newsletters are available here:
Norris Scout Reservation will host a 2-day Wilderness First Aid Training course this summer. The training will be offered each of the 5 weeks of camp on a first come-first served basis. A minimum of 12 participants are needed to conduct any one of the five courses being offered.
The Boy Scout of America defines the need for Wilderness First Aid as being an hour or more away from advanced care. WFA courses are intended for anyone planning a remote high adventure, from lay responders to medical professionals.
All four of the BSA high-adventure bases (HAB) require at least one person per trek (two per trek at Philmont Scout Ranch) to be current in WFA through one of the BSA’s approved providers. Of course, having more participants trained in WFA skills is highly recommended for any high adventure or backcountry experience.
For more information and to register for one of the courses click here.
There have been many changes to the operation of camp and camp program. These changes will require action by each unit well before their arrival at Mt. Norris. It is important that one or more of your unit leaders attend one of these meetings.
Please ensure you have at least one person from your unit on one of the calls. Each call will be 30-45 min. There are a couple of opportunities for 'in-person' meetings.
A week prior to the scheduled meetings the information needed to connect to the call will be posted on the Council Website, Facebook page and sent to those signed up to attend camp. You can get the details for the calls here.
With the introduction of female Cub Scout Dens and Scouts BSA girl troops, there have been questions and inquiries to the camp and event leadership on participation by Solo Scouts. After reviewing the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Guidelines and in consultation and discussion with the Council’s camp leadership, the following guidelines have been established that are supported by the Council volunteer and professional leadership:
“Registered Solo Scouts of any gender who want to attend a Green Mountain Council summer camp must attend with a unit of the same gender”
In addition, all policies and guidelines of the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection will be in place and overseen by the camp and event leadership to be in compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the BSA and the By-Laws of the Green Mountain Council. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a
Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to Council Service Center by calling 802-244-5189 or email to email@example.com.
The Family Friends of Scouting presentations are well underway with many pack and troop leaders setting dates, times and locations for the 10- minute presentation to the parents of the Scouts. Part of the presentation is the opportunity to buy a Friends of Scouting shoulder strip for $100. It has been very popular and well-received by many as it showcases the United States Navy. Last year it was the Vermont National Guard and moving forward the patch will feature the other armed forces of Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Anyone can purchase this patch at any time during the year by filling out this form and emailing or mailing it to the Council Service Center or calling 802-244-5189 to place an order or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once payment is received, the patch with a thank you letter will be mailed to the address listed on the form or given to one of the Service Center staff members. Don’t delay, buy one today and collect the entire set. If you want last year’s patch featuring the Vermont National Guard, there are still some in stock at the same price of $100.
The spring is a great time to introduce new families the fun and outdoor adventure of Scouting! Surveys have shown that youth join Scouting to go camping and be outdoors. Summer in Vermont is one of the best places in the country to experience Scout camping and all that comes with it. There are many other reasons why now is the right time to conduct a special recruitment event, which you can find by clicking here. To sign up click here.
All of the information below and more can be found by visiting the Council website at www.scoutingvermont.org and click on Camp. Then scroll down until you find the camp of interest to you. If you don’t find what you are looking for, contact the Council Service center at 802-244-5189 or email@example.com.
For Mt Norris and Camp Sunrise Resident Camps:
For those planning to attend Frontiers Camp:
For Cub Scout Adventure Weekends (note the reduced fee structure for 2019)
For Webelos Woods – A weekend designed specifically for Scouts graduating from 3rd or 4th grades along with their parents and den leaders.
For Cub Scout Day Camps – Scouts are going, “UNDER THE SEA”!
Campership applications for those families seeking financial assistance to a camp are due to the Service Center by March 15th. A review of the applications will be completed by March 19th with notices sent out shortly thereafter.