Spartan Games – Three Days of Victory!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.