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Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Council News, Featured

All Leaders Trained…

All Leaders Trained…

All Leaders Trained Would you get on an airliner with an untrained pilot?  Of course, you wouldn’t. Lives are at stake.  Then why do we leave our most precious possession, our children, with untrained Scout Leaders?  Isn’t their future at stake? After all, the adult leaders are helping to develop their character, turn them into good citizens, challenge them to become physically fit, and to learn leadership.  These skills do not come naturally. They have to be learned through training and experience. Just like an airline pilot. Why is it important to be trained?  If it’s important for airline pilots to be trained, then why not Scout Leaders? With that thought in mind, the CFC is establishing an initiative to encourage and train all Scouters to help us achieve a goal of being 100% trained. We know that achieving this result may be impossible due to the constant change in circumstances of our members. However, this should not serve as an excuse to not give the best effort we...

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Council News

News from Tipisa Lodge, Order of the Arrow

News from Tipisa Lodge, Order of the Arrow

Welcome back from a great summer of camping; hopefully enjoying the beauty of Camp La-No-Che. With camporee season just getting started.  We wanted to thank for spending all those nights out in the woods. Your leadership and example plays a big part in the development of our Scouts. Many of us know the about the Order of the Arrow program. The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is to recognize Scouts that Best exemplify the oath and law. Promote camping to every Scout in their unit. Develop leaders with the ability to pass these skills to others. And to strengthen the habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership of cheerful service to others. Units please be on lookout for your unit’s election of new candidates to the Order. Your local chapter will reaching out to you shortly; and Ordeal season will commence in January. Please take a look at tipisa.org and check our upcoming events. We have our Lodge Leadership Development Program and Banquet on August...

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Council News

Advancement News

Advancement News

Registering to become a Merit Badge Counselor, Nova Counselor, and SuperNova Mentor can be easily be achieved as follows:. Complete the COUNCIL COPY of an Adult Application. Only requires your signature and the District Advancement Chair’s or the District Advancement Chair’s designee as these are district positions.  Note that Unit signatures are NOT required.  Please use the following position codes: 42 – Merit Badge Counselor 52 – SuperNova Mentor 58 – Nova Counselor Complete a Criminal Background Check Disclosure/Authorization Form (attached with Adult Application Form). Complete a Merit Badge Counselor Information Form, Nova Counselor Information Form, or SuperNova Awards Mentor Application, as appropriate for the position. If applying to be a counselor for Archery, Rifle Shooting, or Shotgun Shooting (field Shooting Sports), a Shooting Sports Merit Badge Counselor Registration Form is also required and a copy of your current instructor certification for the merit badge. Complete Youth Protection Training (https://myscouting.scouting.org) and print out a Youth Protection Training Certificate. Provide the 4 previously identified documents to the District Advancement Chair...

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Council News

Wood Badge Turns 70

Wood Badge Turns 70

Both of the first two United States Wood Badge Courses were run by the Boy Scouts of America in 1948. The Scoutmaster for each was William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt. The curriculum was focused on Scout skills, Scoutcraft and pioneering. The structure was as it is today, the troop organization and patrols.   Course number one was conducted at Schiff Scout Reservation, July 31, 1948. Attendance was only by invitation of the Chief Scout Executive, Dr. Elbert K. Fretwell. Twenty-nine men accepted had arrived, by special invitation of the Chief Scout Executive in Mendham, N.J., from 12 states-all east of the Mississippi River.   Wood Badge course number two was initiated at Philmont on October 2, 1948. Thirty-five men from 19 states (all but five from the west) gathered at Waite Phillips former home – the Villa Philmonte, to begin the second American course. From there, they moved to Cimarroncito where the course was actually conducted. Philmont provided unique challenges of altitude (8,000 feet), in addition to rain, snow, sleet...

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