Attention! Folks completing YPT2 are experiencing delays in receiving their certificates in their emails. There are reports of weeks-month long delays so if this happens to you, please go back into your Training Dashboard where you should see YPT2 marked as "complete". Screen shot that page and include it with your charter and/or applications. There are also reports of folks having trouble getting into my.scouting.org. If that occurs, please try another browser. Still having issues?? Contact the National Help Line at 1-972-580-2489 7am-7pm CT.
Winter Treks – A full weekend of fun in the snow at Mt Norris. Extremely popular. Two of the four weekends are sold out (January 18-20 and February 15-17)! Don’t delay! Sign up today. Deadline for the $95 fee is December 18th. Click here for registration form or contact the Council Service Center for available spaces.
Wood Badge Leadership Training – A two weekend practical and comprehensive training for any adult who has completed Leader Specific training in the role he or she is serving in. This course is well worth the time and cost to attend. It is fun, extremely educational, and provides friendship and fellowship that will stay with attendees for years to come. In addition, the skill practiced and learned will prove valuable in a person’s everyday life with work and family. Deadline for early bird discounted cost of $275 is December 31st. Click here to register.
OKPIK – A winter camping training event that is a must have for leaders of all ages and program involvement who are planning to take Scouts (or family members or friends) winter camping. January 25-27-2019 at Mt Norris Scout Reservation. Early bird deadline for the $45.00 fee is January 5th. Click here to access registration form.
University of Scouting – This one-day training is designed for leaders of all experience levels; from the brand new to the seasoned veteran. Fun, fellowship and a great resource to share best methods, find answers to unit challenges with youth and parent behavior, and much more. Everyone who attends seems to take away something new and useful that he or she can take back to their local unit or area of responsibility. Training is scheduled for March 16th. Deadline for early bird registration fee of $23.00 is March 1st. Click here to register.
Summer camping programs – watch for additional registration details coming soon!
Camp Sunrise and Mt Norris Scout Reservation Resident Camps– Reservation fee of $100 per Scout due no later than March 15, 2019. Deposit by this date qualifies Scout for the early bird fee of $390 if paid in full by April 15th. Regular fee of $450 due by May 15th without initial deposit. Fee after May 15th is $495.
Frontiers Camp - A unique and memorable experience for those who attend Frontiers Camp. Rollback time to the 1800’s when fur trappers and traders learned to live off the land and use the available resources to test their skills and ability to experience life over 200 years ago. $100 non-refundable deposit due to ensure your spot at camp. Early bird fee of $300 due by April 15th, Regular fee of $340 due by May 15th. Fee is $375 for payments made after May 15th.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) This is a one week comprehensive training for Scouts who are preparing for a key leadership position in the troop. One of the most unique elements of this training course is that the staff is made up of Scouts who have been participants in previous courses. This provides a closer and better understanding by the staff to the participants in understanding the challenges and needs Scouts are faced with as leaders in the troop. The training is set for August 11-17, 2019 at Camp Sunrise. Early bird registration fee of $315 is due by May 20th. Click here to register.
On July 31, 1948, William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt served as Scoutmaster at the first official Wood Badge course in the United States.
Seventy years later, Wood Badge has grown into an essential training experience for adult volunteers. You’ll find proud Wood Badge alumni — myself included — in every council in the country.
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Wood Badge in the United States with a special award available only in 2018.
The American Wood Badge Alumni 70th Anniversary Service Award can be earned by completing five of the nine requirements listed below. Think of this like a second, easier-to-complete Wood Badge ticket. (The actual Wood Badge ticket is a series of five projects that benefit local Scouting. After the in-person course, Wood Badgers complete these ticket items to receive their beads.)
To receive the 70th Anniversary Service Award, you might participate in a council Wood Badge gathering, volunteer at a BSA training event, donate $7 or $70 to your council’s Wood Badge scholarship fund, or become a member of Scouting Alumni and Friends.
Applications must be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. Award recipients get a commemorative certificate and the special patch seen above.
Due to the shorten fall take order sales and with the influx of new Scouting families into packs across the state and
many joining during the popcorn sale, leaders have been asking for an extension of the sale to give these families a
chance to participate and “earn their way” toward the upcoming unit activities. The Popcorn committee agrees and
has once again announced a “Second Chance Sale”, to help units meet their budgeted needs, get the new families
involved and support the Packs and Troops.
More information here.
The University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematics is partnering with the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America to offer Merit Badge opportunities for registered Scouts and Venturers (Not Cub Scouts), ages 11-17.
When: December 1, 2018
Where: University of Vermont Campus
Costs: $10 (Lunch Included). There is NO ON-SITE Registration
10:00 - 11:00
Registration at the UVM Davis Center
10:00 - 11:15
Visit UVM Aiken Challenge at Davis Center 4th Floor
11:15 - 11:45
Lunch at Davis Center Mansfield Room
11:45 - 12:00
Walk to Votey and Kalkin
12:00 - 4:30
Presentations in Votey and Kalkin
Parents pickup at presentation location- Votey Hall, Kalkin Hall
More information and registration available here.
Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Green Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0229256
Cub Scout leaders across the state have been welcoming new families into their respective Cub Scout Packs over the last 6 weeks and it has been an exciting time for the Green Mountain Council and Scouting across America.
Over 350 youth have joined Packs in Vermont since August and each day new applications are turned into the Council Service Center and put on the rosters as new Lions, Tigers, Wolfs, Bears, Webelos or Arrow of Light Scouts.
Of those 350 youth, 70 to date, are girls with their parents becoming engaged as new leaders helping their daughter’s den grow. The Green Mountain Council needs only 200 more new Cub Scouts to join to show the National BSA that Vermont Scouting is growing! To that end, here are some highlights and goals we can all work to achieve:
Long Trail District was the first to achieve growth in Cub Scouts with a plus 6 over last year and counting. Congratulations to that team! Ethan Allen district is close behind needing only 22 more Cub Scouts to grow. Calvin Coolidge district is next with 45 and Three Rivers district is chipping away needing 115. As a Council there is a good chance to show growth, but it will take the effort of every Cub Scout pack leader in the Council. Here is how you can help:
Simply put, if the Pack leadership has new youth and/or adult applications, please make arrangements to get them turned in to the Council Service Center as soon as possible. They can be mailed, scanned and emailed, faxed, hand delivered, or by contacting the District Executive and have picked up.
Holding applications or waiting to turn in with the charter creates extra work and runs some risks that are easily avoidable.
The Green Mountain Council Executive Board has chosen Mike Dubie as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient. The award will be presented on Wednesday, November 14 at the Trader Duke’s Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington. Mike’s brother, Brian Dubie who ran for Governor in 2011, will serve as emcee.
Mike was selected for his long-standing service to the men and women of our military 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 the service of his country and has provided inspired leadership, qualities that are the embodiment of all the values that the Boy Scouts of America instill in young people.
Among his many accomplishments, he served our country flying the F16 fighter jet, served in leadership roles within the National Guard, including the Commander of the Baghdad International Airport and then later as Adjutant General of the State of Vermont. He finished his career as a US Air Force Lt. General serving as the Deputy Commander of Northern Command, which is charged with defense of North America. Most importantly, along the way, he has supported the careers of many of our young people through his impassioned leadership, love of country, and compassion for those with whom he has served. Many Eagle Scouts from Vermont and across the Country went on to distinguished careers in the military using their skills learned in Scouting to excel in their respective branches. Mike currently serves as the President of Revision Military Technology headquartered in Essex Junction.
To register to attend this event, contact Ed McCollin at 802-244-5189 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to register is November 7th.