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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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Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Council News

From the Central Florida Council President

From the Central Florida Council President

I’m excited and humbled to begin my new role as Council President.  I stand on the shoulders of the stoked Dr. Tom Yuschok and the many scouting volunteer giants that I have learned so much from over the years. Many engaged hands make light work.  Fall is always crazy busy in the scouting world with recruitment of new scouts (including girls!) into our Family Scouting program, scouts learning to earn their own way by selling popcorn (including the new UCF tin!), Cub-o-rees, Camporees and heading to Camp LaNoChe for weekends of outdoor fun.  I appreciate the work that each and every one of you do to deliver our amazing program! The deadline is coming! The deadline is coming!!  BSA has produced a new on-line Youth Protection Training and required that all registered adults must complete it before October 1, 2018.  Please help spread the word to your fellow unit leaders, unit committee members, district committee members and merit badge counselors.  Feedback on the new hour-long training has been very...

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Council News, Featured

Family Scouting

Family Scouting

Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission. The BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. We are excited to announce that our Cub Scouting program is now open to boys and girls. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises. Cub Scout Program Resources Family Scouting Overview Infographic “What’s Changing, What’s Not” Infographic FAQ CubCast: What Does the Cub Scout Family Program Look Like? (Transcript) Scouts BSA Program Resources Family Scouting Overview Infographic “What’s Changing, What’s Not” Infographic FAQ Program Updates Scouts BSA Photos and Videos Order of the Arrow Membership Changes Infographic *New name effective February...

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