Information and registration forms for Green Mountain Council's Day Camps in Essex and in Berlin are now posted at scoutingvermont.org/day-camp. Too far away for your family? You can bring Day Camp fun to your area. Whether you want to dive right in to the full-week camp, test the waters with just a couple of days, or experiment with a Twilight Camp (evening hours), our Day Camp Directors are available to help you plan your own program. You can contact them through either of the Day Camp webpages.
Cub Adventure Weekend (CAW) Camp is an exciting adventure for your Cub Scouts. It provides a
fun filled family environment, and the whole family is invited to attend as an added feature to the fun.
Any Cub Scout is welcome at Camp Sunrise or Mt Norris for a Cub Adventure Weekend. The
program is oriented towards Cub Scouts who will be Tiger, Wolf or Bear, during the upcoming
school year. Webelos Scouts and parents are welcome, but we suggest Webelos Woods Weekend, June 14-16 at Mt. Norris Scout Reservation, or full week
of Resident camp at Camp Sunrise.
This year the first weekend (July 13-14 will be held at Mt Norris Scout Reservation in Eden, VT and the
the second session at Camp Sunrise, July 27-28, in Benson VT.
Pick your camp and spread the word. These are fun and a great way to get introduced to Scout camping and to see the camp properties that you child (and you), can enjoy for years to come.
For more information on these camps, click here, to access the cam leader’s guide, which has all the information you will need to get started and planning for a fun-filled weekend with friends and family. Don’t miss out!
Camp Director, Clint Buxton and Asst Program Director, Russ Baker will be conducting interviews for Camp Staff positions for the 2019 summer camping season.
Interviews will be conducted at the Council Service Center, 838 US Route 2, Waterbury (unless other arrangements are made), on the following dates (additional dates will be scheduled):
Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 10:00AM to 4:30 PM
Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes in length.
Any persons who are 15 years of age or older (or will be by July 1, 2019), interested in a position should contact Clint Buxton via email at email@example.com or call 802-578-8806 to set up an appointment to meet. To learn more about the positions available click on the 2019 Norris Job Descriptions.
The Green Mountain Council spring popcorn and peanut sale is a great fund raiser that benefits everyone! It is fun, fairly easy and a great way to turn fund your events for the year.Sign up today and get ready to have some fun. For more information about this sale, click here. Sign up now online by clicking on this link.
Since the 1930's when it was first introduced by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Silver Beaver Award has been the highest award a Council can give to its Scouters. It is presented for outstanding service to youth within the Council by a registered Scouter.
Nominations are due by March 8, 2019 at the Green Mountain Council Service Center. If you wish to nominate someone, click here for the most recent nomination form:
This is a modifiable PDF. Registration information required can be obtained from Janet Ruggles-Power at the Green Mountain Council Service Center, 802-244-5189.
If you are thinking of nominating someone, you can click here to see if they already have the Silver Beaver Award.
If you nominated someone and they did not receive the award, they may be re-nominated. If you plan to do this, please submit a new updated nomination form.
Yours in Scouting,
The Green Mountain Council Advancement Committee
Don’t delay, sign up today. The $23 early bird registration deadline is March 1st.
The University of Scouting training course is shaping up to be a very good one. Chairman, Marc Poulin has been recruiting an all-star class of instructors who collectively have hundreds of years of experience in a vast array of Scouting topics. This course has something for everyone, and you are invited and highly encouraged to attend. You can see the course offerings and registration form on the GMC University of Scouting page.
PLEASE share with the other leaders in your unit including committee members and any interested parents. The travel and time spent on a Saturday in March (16), will be well worth the return you get when you take the new learned knowledge back to your unit and begin applying it with the Scouts and other leaders.
These events are fun, informative and provide many opportunities to meet other leaders from around the state who are in similar positions and tenure as you. Many friendships have been carved through Scout leader training events. This can be the one for you.
A new safe has been purchased and delivered to Mt. Norris Scout Reservation to allow storage of the .22 rifles used by the shooting sports program.
Chris LaFrance and Al Wasilewski purchased and delivered the safe to the camp and helped Camp Ranger Gordie Mouton place the safe where it is already being used for the storage of the .22 rifles.
Many thanks to the Federation Fund for Conservation & Training, Inc., Montague-Keenan Grant Program for their generous donation of the funds needed to purchase the safe. Their continued support to the shooting sports in Green Mountain Council is greatly appreciated!
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 not like summer camp and is not designed for rank advancement or earning merit badges. NYLT is an intense and challenging hands-on leadership training program. It is essential that NYLT participants be physically, emotionally, and mentally prepared to handle the demands of this advanced training. In order to get the most benefit from this unique experience, participants must exhibit emotional maturity, a positive attitude, proficiency in basic camping and outdoor cooking, and have an ambition to serve in leadership roles.
Do you know a Scout that would excel in this environment? If so, let us know by completing this form. We'll reach out and invite them to our upcoming course.
You can learn more about NYLT here.
There are two parts to Wood Badge training: the practical course and the application phase. Both must be completed to receive the Wood Badge recognition – two wooden beads to be worn around the neck on a leather thong.
The practical part is a two-weekend experience to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. The course is a multifaceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. In addition, participants enjoy the fellowship of learning with many other Scouters, and along the way we have a great deal of fun!
The application part of Wood Badge is a period of up to 18 months during which the participant practices and demonstrates a working knowledge of the leadership principles presented during the course. This is accomplished by the use of the Wood Badge “ticket,” which represents the participant’s commitment to complete a set of personal goals related to his/her Scouting position. Completing these goals significantly strengthens the program in which the participant is involved.
Each participant is assigned a ticket counselor who serves as a resource, mentor and Scouting friend. When the counselor and participant determine that the new skills are understood and can be applied to his/her Scouting position, a recommendation is made for the Wood Badge to be awarded.
Do you know a Scouter that would excel in this environment? If so, let us know by completing this form. We'll reach out and invite them to our upcoming course.
You can learn more about Wood Badge here.
The Green Mountain Council Finance team has officially kicked off its annual Family Friends of Scouting campaign in all four districts across the state. With a goal of $74,425 the campaign is off to a good start raising 15% of its goal in the first month. Many unit leaders have already set a date, time and place for the presentation to parents of Scouts. For those units that have not yet scheduled a presentation, the finance committee is asking and encouraging all unit leaders to work with their respective committees to schedule a presentation as soon as possible, preferably a Pack Blue and Gold Banquet and a Scouts BSA Court of Honor. For more information on Friends of Scouting and how you can support it, contact the Council Service Center at 802-244-5189 or your local District Executive. The campaign typically runs through the end of March.
What is Friends of Scouting?
Friends of Scouting (FOS) is:
Why should I support it?
Whether you are a parent of a Scout, a leader of a unit or an alumnus of the Scouting program, the Friends of Scouting dollars impact the ability of the local Council to serve and support the local unit and the community in a variety of ways. Many of the reasons listed below don’t always seem obvious to most donors but are essential in ensuring that Scouting can “Deliver the Promise” to the almost 4500 Scouts and leaders in the state.
Below are just some of the areas where Friends of Scouting dollars help: