This 2 day training course is the “outdoor” portion for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmaster that is needed to be completely “trained” in those positions in the troop. It is a comprehensive and fun weekend that includes learning a variety of outdoor Scout skills and some wonderful and delightful ideas and samples of outdoor cooking. You are guaranteed to learn, have fun and eat well. Click here to register.
Join us along with the Vermont Legislators, Knights of Columbus, Marine Corps and American Legion, to proclaim Friday, February 15 as Eagle Scout Recognition Day!
Festivities will begin at 9:00 AM in the State House where a Proclamation will be read by one our Friends of Scouting legislators honoring these young men. This will followed by an awards ceremony and photo-op with a key member of Governor Phil Scott’s Cabinet in the Pavilion Auditorium adjacent to the State House. The day will culminate with a wonderful luncheon put on by the staff of the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier at 12:00 noon. The program will feature guest speaker Thomas Leavitt, President of Northfield Savings Bank. In addition there will be certificates presented to the Scouts from the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Marine Corp. Auxiliary. If you are an Eagle Scout or simply have an interest in Scouting, this is a great event to see and meet the finished product of what Scouting can do to develop character and leadership in the youth of Vermont.
Green Mountain Council has formed a Scouting Alumni and Friends Association, and will be hosting Meet and Greets throughout the state during 2019 – leading up to our Alumni and Friends Reunion Weekend at Mt. Norris Scout Reservation in Eden, August 2-4.
Our first meet and greet will be at Ri Ra in Burlington on January 15th from 5-8 p.m. We hope to see you there! Checkout our Facebook Page for more information https://www.facebook.com/gmc592aa/ or the GMC website, www.scoutingvermont.org.
Greetings fellow Scouters!
Here’s hoping that you have some excellent plans to spend time with family and friends over the holidays.
Only 10 days left until the new year. Where did all the time go?
And with the new year fast approaching I wanted to get a quick message out to you about our early bird fee for Wood Badge 2019.
The regular fee for Wood Badge is $325, however if you get your registration and fee into the Council office by December 31st, the cost is only $275.
What a great deal!
For those of you not familiar with Wood Badge, it is a two 3-day weekend course in August and September.
It is a fast-paced full tilt course that covers a wide range of skills for the Scouting (and business) world.
Many Scouters use the skills taught in Wood Badge in their jobs and day to day activities.
You probably know a critter (participant) from a previous course.
Ask them if Wood Badge is right for you. It is the highest training that an adult volunteer can earn in Scouting.
If you can’t make the 12/31 deadline, no worries, you can still sign up.
We have a $30 discount if registered and paid in full by April 1st After that registration will be the full course fee.
There are some scholarships available, plus many units and other organizations are willing to help fund the cost.
As it a great return on the investment of you.
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Wood Badge since it’s conception in Gilwell Park, England.
Here is a link to the registration form:
I hope to see you this summer!
Please share this email with your fellow Scouters. Our youth deserve trained leaders!
2019 Wood Badge Course Director
To all of the wonderful, dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer leaders and parents of the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Thank you! Thank you for getting involved in an organization that has so much to offer your son or daughter and the other youth members of your Pack, Troop, Crew or Post. Always remember that it is up to you to bring the program of Scouting to life at the local level. The more you do, which has been significant, to implement the programs of Scouting as designed to the members, the more you will reap the benefits of helping these youth learn leadership skills, develop citizenship responsibility and begin to shape their lives around the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. We are making a difference in the lives of the youth of Vermont and it is because of you! As we close out 2018 and celebrate a season of love, hope and inspiration, know that the leadership of the Green Mountain Council recognizes and appreciates all you do for the Boy Scouts of America.
From all of us to all of you, have a very Merry Christmas (or whatever your choice of celebration may be), and best wishes for a Safe, Prosperous and Healthy New Year!
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).
NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.
NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.
What are the Participant Requirements?
August 11-16, 2019
Check In Time
August 11, 11:00am-12:00pm - Come in uniform!
Feast - August 16, 1:00pm
Dismissal - August 16, 2:30pm
Camp Sunrise, Benson, VT
More information and registration available HERE.
Indoor camping facilities, all meals included. Surrounded by the works of generations of granite sculptors, Scouts will learn from VGM Director Scott McLaughlin and a professional sculptor. They will leave with their own projects in plaster, clay, and marble. Sculpture was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. Be assured, this experience in this venue will be inspiring! Limited to 12 Scouts, so register early. Deadline is January 7. Registration form available HERE.
December 14, 2018
You may have seen the recent Wall Street Journal article stating that National BSA has hired a bankruptcy attorney for consultation considering the costs of defending sexual abuse lawsuits. I anticipate learning additional information in the days and weeks ahead, and of course will share anything I learn with you.
In a communication released yesterday, National BSA reaffirmed its focus on keeping children safe and delivering our nation’s foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training.
BSA stated its commitment to the social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and the deep care and concern for all victims of child sex abuse and the proactive steps to help victims heal and prevent future abuse. BSA stresses that at no time in BSA history has the organization knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth and will always seek to act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations.
BSA is committed to communicate transparently and stated there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected by BSA considering the WSJ news story.
I have assembled a few items of information from a Green Mountain Council perspective that may be helpful considering the news story.
It is our hope that the national organization can navigate the difficult waters that many organizations face over a century of existence. In our council, we will stand ready to help - and we will continue our primary focus on bringing high-quality Boy Scouts of America programs to the Scouts, leaders, parents and community organizations in each neighborhood we serve.
You are welcome to call me at the number listed below or email me with thoughts or questions.
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.