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Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Council News

News from Tipisa Lodge, Order of the Arrow

News from Tipisa Lodge, Order of the Arrow

Tipisa Lodge completed another great year of service with the completion of our Annual Service weekend. Arrowman from across the council ascended on Camp La-No-Che and battled the rain to help ensure that camp was ready for the upcoming Summer Camp season. We also had the opportunity to elect our new officers for the 2018-2019 lodge year. Our newly elected lodge chief is Brandon G, 1st vice Chief is Quinn M, 2nd vice chief is Adam L, Historian is Teddy K, Secretary is Kyle W, and Treasure is Christian K. We are excited to see what this new year brings and want to congratulate all the newly elected chapter chiefs as well. Please join us for our annual Lodge banquet and LLDP on August 18th at First Methodist Church of Apopka; where our new lodge chief will lay out his plan for the upcoming year and we will celebrate all the amazing blessings of the past year. Lastly, we would like to thank Ivan D for his service as...

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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Council News, Scouting Program

Ask the Expert: Can a troop prevent a Scout from earning a merit badge at a workshop or summer camp?

Updated May 15 with some clarifications. Not all merit badges are earned in the traditional troop setting. Enterprising Scouts can earn them at council-run merit badge “colleges” or workshops, summer or winter camps, or on their own with a registered counselor. But some troops restrict or even prohibit this practice, insisting that merit badges must be earned under their own roof — with only troop-sanctioned counselors. True, the Guide to Advancement says Scouts must discuss their choice of merit badge counselor with their Scoutmaster, but some troops take it one step farther, declaring that merit badge workshops themselves aren’t kosher. Is that OK? That’s what a Scouter named Thomas wondered in an email last week. In his troop, Scouts cannot earn Eagle-required merit badges at events like workshops, instead needing to earn those merit badges in-house. He writes:  Bryan, Our BSA district holds various workshops such as Merit Badge Saturday and has arranged for qualified and approved MB counselors to run these sessions. The workshops offer many merit badges including...

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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Council News, Scouting Program

10 tips for helping Scouts balance fun and advancement at summer camp

At summer camp, what’s more important for Scouts, advancement or fun? Trick question. Scouts who attend the best summer camps and have effective Scout leaders guiding them don’t have to choose. For these Scouts, advancement is part of the fun. That said, there are always Scouts who take it to the extreme. There are the overachievers, who cram their schedule with merit badge classes and don’t leave any time to visit the waterfront, horse around with friends, or relax. And then there are Scouts who do exactly the opposite, choosing to wander around the camp all week or just stay in their campsite and play cards. Part of the responsibility for maximizing a boy’s time at summer camp falls on you, the Scout leader. With that in mind, here are 10 ways you can maximize both fun and advancement at summer camp this year. They come courtesy of our Facebook friends. 1. Make fun the priority “Have the Scouts put on plenty of sunscreen, let the fun begin, and...

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Council News

How many Sea Scouts earn the Quartermaster award each year?

Think the Eagle Scout Award is rare? Check out the Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award. First earned around 1930, the Quartermaster Award is Sea Scouting’s highest honor. Just how rare is it? Keeping in mind that roughly 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Award, would you believe that just 0.5 percent of all Sea Scouts earn the Quartermaster Award each year? That means the Quartermaster Award is 10 times rarer than its Boy Scouting counterpart. Let’s look at it another way. Last year, just 33 of the 6,670 registered Sea Scouts earned the award. Compare that to the record-setting number of new Eagle Scouts in 2012 —  57,976 out of roughly a million Boy Scouts. Quartermaster Award recipients, like Eagle Scouts, receive an automatic pay grade increase if they join the military. So what does it take to earn the award? To earn Quartermaster, Sea Scouts must:  Lead a discussion on the ideals stated in the Sea Promise and prepare a written analysis of one aspect of...

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Council News

When the parents of a special-needs kid say ‘yes’ to Scouting, this happens…

Behold the power of “Yes.” When Crystal Bueno and her husband first saw the go-kart their Tiger Cub sons were given at a council derby Saturday in Brooklyn, their first reaction was “No.” “No way,” Crystal remembers thinking. “Marcus can’t do this. And Adam’s definitely not big enough or strong enough to push the kart.” The reason for Crystal’s initial skepticism? Marcus, 7, is on the autism spectrum. And Adam was probably the smallest Tiger Cub out there. But the Buenos let their sons try. That whole thing about it being better to try and fail than fail to try? That applies. And with Marcus steering and Adam providing the motor, the boys excelled. It’s just more proof that Scouting is for all boys, even those like Marcus who might need special attention. What other youth program out there can say that? The photo above speaks volumes, but read Crystal’s letter to see just how powerful this program has already been for two new Scouting parents:  Hi Bryan, I like...

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Council News

Eagle Scout court of honor gifts: Are they appropriate? If so, what should you give?

You give a graduate a gift when he reaches the high point of his educational career, but what about when a boy reaches the pinnacle of Scouting? In other words: To gift or not to gift, that is the question. An upcoming Eagle Scout Court of Honor was on Scouter Scott’s mind when he wrote: What is the protocol for gifting an Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor? Is it expected and appropriate? What are some thoughtful gift ideas? Great question. Our Facebook friends — now 30,000 strong — seem to have a consensus that a gift is never expected but certainly is appropriate and appreciated. As for what to give, opinions vary. You can’t go wrong with gift cards, Scouting memorabilia, or cold, hard cash. But for some more-imaginative gift ideas, check out these ideas. I’ve included the submitter’s name in parentheses.  Scouting-related gift ideas A lifetime National Eagle Scout Association membership (John O.) “I love giving Eagle Scout Challenge coins from Northwest Territorial Mint to Eagles....

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