Council News

Council Outdoor Training Weekend

Are You Trained?

The Black Hills Area Council’s training team has released details and registration for this Sping’s Outdoor Training Weekend! This Outdoor Training Weekend is an opportunity for adult leaders to obtain outdoor related training that various BSA adult positions require. The courses offered are staffed by council volunteers with vast experience in various subjects and skills.

New for 2017, the Outdoor Training Weekend will offer the American Red Cross’s Wilderness and Remote First Aid certification for an outstanding price. This new course is limited to the first 24 participants that register.

Wilderness & Remote First Aid

Designed for scouts and scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who works or spends time in remote environments, this course teaches advanced skills to be used in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid
Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

Participants must be at least 14 years old and hold a current adult CPR/AED certification. If passed, participants will receive a two-year certification.

Course Details:
Check In Time: 6:00PM to 6:45PM on Friday, March 31, 2017
Course Ends: 2:00PM on Sunday, April 2, 2017
Cost: $80.00 Per Person
Optional Housing: Participants in the Wilderness & Remote First Aid course may elect to stay in a cabin for the weekend at a rate of $10.00 per person. Cabins are basic. They have bunk beds, mattresses, and electricity. Cabins will have a portable heater in them. Please note that you may be sharing a cabin with other participants. Cabins will be split up into the following groups: men 17 and under, men 18 and older, women 17 and under, and women 18 and older.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the outdoors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics, this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is required for all Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.

Course Details:
Check In Time: 6:00PM to 6:45PM on Friday, March 31, 2017
Course Ends: 12:00PM on Sunday, April 2, 2017
Cost: $35.00 Per Person

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.

Course Details:
Check In Time: 7:00AM to 7:45AM on Saturday, April 1, 2017
Course Ends: 4:00PM on Saturday, April 1, 2017
Cost: $25.00 Per Person

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2017 Eagle Scout Reception

The Black Hills Area National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee will be hosting an Eagle Scout Recognition Reception, held in honor of the 2016 class of Eagle Scouts. This reception will occur following the Black Hills Area Council’s Merit Badge Midway on March 4, 2017, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Surbeck Ballroom on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Campus. Check-in will begin at 5:30 PM in the hallway outside of the ballroom. Refreshments and Hors D’Oeuvres will be complimentarily provided for 2016 Eagle Scouts, and just $10 per person for any guests you wish to bring. Guests may include family members, mentors, Scoutmasters, significant others, or any other individual interested in attending this event.

We hope you join us as we recognize our Eagle Scout class of 2016!

Eagle Scout Class of 2016

Matthew A.Troop 17
Cameron B.Troop 44
Jonathan B.Troop 1187
Ryan E.Troop 7
Kyle E.Troop 44
Nikolaus F.Troop 99
Matthew H.Troop 15
Colin J.Troop 131
Justin K.Troop 72
Nicolas K.Troop 131
Mitchell K.Troop 109
Augustus K.Troop 15
Dominic M.Troop 252
Dalton M.Troop 252
Curt M.Troop 88
Spencer M.Troop 302
Austin N.Troop 7
Steven P.Troop 109
Jonathan P.Troop 74
Nathan R.Troop 320
Michael R.Troop 19
Kendal S.Troop 252
Joseph S.Troop 85
Braden T.Troop 85
Isaac T.Troop 320
John T.Troop 72
Loyal T.Troop 1187
Nathan T.Troop 85
Cade V.Troop 7

About the Eagle Scout Rank

The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance.

The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. This represents more than 2.25 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912.

Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—the mission of the BSA, citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.

Progression

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.

Merit Badges

Merit badges signify the mastery of certain Scoutcraft skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 136 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout.

Of this group, 13 badges are required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, and Environmental Science and Sustainability.

Service

While a Life Scout, a Scout plans, develops and gives leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or the community.  In addition to providing service and fulfilling the part of the Scout Oath, “to help other people at all times,” one of the primary purposes of the Eagle Scout service project is to demonstrate or hone or to learn and develop, leadership skills. Related to this are important lessons in project management and taking responsibility for a significant accomplishment.

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Summer Camp Staff – Now Hiring

There’s no better way to spend your summer!  If you enjoy working with kids, believe in the Scouting program, and love camp, then the Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch & Adventure Base is a great place to work and play. Each summer we hire over 40 men and women to serve as part of our camp staff.  This life-changing opportunity is a great, fun, and rewarding place to be.

Imagine living at a camp for the summer and working, playing, and learning in the outdoors.  You’ll meet plenty of new friends, some that may stick with you for the rest of your life.  You’ll get some great new experiences too as you challenge yourself. We’re personally biased, but we honestly believe working on a camp staff is a life-changing experience that everyone should have the opportunity to do. When a young man or woman works on camp staff they become:

  1. A Good Communicator
  2. A Life-long Learner
  3. A Self-starter
  4. A Resilient Individual
  5. A Problem Solver
  6. A Creative Thinker
  7. A Detail-Oriented Worker
  8. A Leader
  9. A Team Player
  10. A Solid Work Ethic

Benefits

  • Free Room & Board
  • Utilities Provided
  • 18 Meals Provided Each Week
  • Private Showers & Restroom Facilities
  • Free Laundry Facilities
  • WiFi
  • Free Medicine Mountain Apparel
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Beautiful Location
  • Internship & Co-op Opportunities (on request)
  • Weekly Stipend

2017 Status of Positions

As of today we still have openings for our 2017 camp staff in Nature, Handicraft, Outdoor Skills, Trading Post, Shooting Sports, and High Adventure.

How to Apply

Interested Scouts, Individuals, or Parents of Scouts should contact Bryan Combs at bryan.combs@scouting.org or give him a call at 605-342-2824. Youth can serve on staff starting at age 14 as a Counselor-in-Training. Paid summer camp staff must be age 15 or older.

The benefits of serving as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT): When CITs return to work as a paid summer camp staff member, they will be paid a grade higher than a paid staff member starting their job at age 15. CITs are also able to work at the camp for a shorter time frame, if needed, instead of the full 6-7 weeks. Please inquire about shorter commitments.

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2017 Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food – December 2016

Thank you to all the volunteers, the National Guard, Scouts, and units that assisted with this year’s Scouting for Food Food Drive. Due to your help, families and individuals served by the food pantry at Feeding South Dakota, local community food pantries, and Love Inc. will not go hungry this holiday season.

Please remember to log your service hours in the online reporting tool. If you need assistance, please give the Scout Service Center a call at 605-342-2824.

Scouting for Food – August 2017

Dawn Baker of Troop 44 has been selected and has agreed to serve as the Council Civic Service Chair effective immediately. Dawn will be responsible for encouraging units to participate in service projects, educate and assist units in service hour reporting, and most important, chairing our annual Scouting for Food – Food Drive.

With the separation of Scouting for Food from the KOTA Care & Share program, this allows us to move forward with some changes.

  • The last two Saturdays in August have been selected for the 2017 Scouting for Food – Food Drive. Please mark these dates on your calendars
  • The month of August has more favorable weather to do an outdoor food drive than December or early Spring. Safety for Scouts and other volunteers is paramount.
  • Feeding South Dakota and local pantries typically need donations that time of the year
  • This date allows our Food Drive to partner with other area organizations and events to grow the Food Drive to amounts not seen before.

Looking for Volunteers

Finally, we are looking for volunteers to serve on the committee. Committee members of the Council Civic Service Committee will assist in building relationships with other organizations, assist in the organization and operation of the Scouting for Food – Food Drive, and help to grow the Food Drive so we can give even more back to our area communities. If interested, send Dawn Baker an email at dawnb@caseypeterson.com.

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2016-2017 Camp Wish List

Annual Wish List

Every year at this time we typically publish a wish list for Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. To keep camp functioning and for it to make a continued improvement, it requires a wide array of resources in the form of supplies, labor, and money. The camp and the staff that operates the camp strive to be a top-notch facility for Scouts from all over the country to visit year-round. Having the resources listed below will help us offer a quality program and experience at Medicine Mountain while competing with over 250+ other BSA camps nationwide.

If you or your organization or company is interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please give us a call at 605-342-2824 or send an email to Bryan.Combs@Scouting.org. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

2016-2017 Wish List

  • Stump Grinder Attachment for Bobcat
  • Mini Excavator
  • Pine Cone Stain for Buildings at Camp
  • Reams of White Paper
  • Donation of $500,000 for New Showerhouse at Camp
  • Sheets of Drywall
  • New Archery Equipment
  • $50,000 for New Shotgun Range at Camp
  • $10,000 to $15,000 donation for New Camp Shelters and Picnic Tables
  • Office Supplies (pens, pencils, paperclips, highlighters, etc)
  • 2-12 Gauge Shotguns
  • 2-20 Gauge Shotguns
  • Shotgun Shells for 20 and 12 gauge
  • Clay Pigeons for Shotgun Shooting
  • Volunteers to Serve as Merit Badge Counselors
  • Skill Trades Volunteers
  • Carpet or Flooring Donation for Council Office
  • Paint (used or unused)
  • Gravel for Roads
  • Culverts fir Road Improvements
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Supples
  • Two Electric Washers
  • Two Electric Dryers
  • Hardware
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Hoses
  • New BB Guns & BBs
  • Miscellaneous Lumber
  • $500 for Boy Scout Canvas Tents
  • $100 for Each New Cot
  • $10,000 or Polaris Ranger or like UTV for Camp
  • White EZups
  • $1,000 Donations to Council Endowment
  • 10 – 8′ Folding Tables
  • New Maintenance and Plow Truck
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Ice Fishing Tournament to Benefit Scouting

General Information

The 8th Annual “Catch the Adventure” Fishing Tournament will take place February 11, 2017 on Lake Alexamder, located at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch (24201 Bobcat Road, Custer, SD 57730).

Only 100 pre-drilled and numbered holes will be available on a first-come, first, serve basis at the 8th Annual Catch the Adventure Ice Fishing Tournament. Anglers may obtain up to 2 holes by making a tax-deductible donation of $50 per hole. Starting position on the course will be determined randomly. Every half-hour, fishermen will be instructed to move to new holes. At 1:40PM record cards will be collected, but fishing for “tagged-fish” will continue until 2:30PM. Fishermen will provide their own gear and bait. Because we are fishing on a Boy Scout Camp, this event must be alcohol-free.

Purpose

This event is a special fundraiser for the Black Hills Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our objective is to provide fishermen with a great day of fun, food, fellowship and fishing at Lake Alexander, located at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. This will be a unique fishing experience – with plenty of prizes and surprises!

Schedule

8:15AM – 9:15AM…………..Check-In
9:30AM – 1:40PM…………..Contest Fishing
1:40PM……………………… Recording Cards Collected
1:40PM – 2:30PM…………..Tagged-fish Continues
2:45PM……………………… Awards Presentation

Registration

Registration will take place online at

https://www.scoutingevent.com/695-IceFishing2017

Remember, that only 100 fishermen will be able to participate in this tournament.

Contest Rules
  1. Trout Only – Catch & Release
  2. No live baitfish allowed
  3. Record length (to smallest whole inch, e.g. 13.8″ recorded as 13″), with “neighbor verification”
  4. No electronics allowed
  5. No pre-fishing allowed
  6. Only one line per hole allowed
  7. Contest winner(s) determined by largest “total length” of all trout caught, divided by the number of holes fished
  8. Ties will be broken via a “coin-flip”
  9. All decisions by the Tournament Committee are final
Team Competition

Each fisherman will register individually for this tournament. Based on the team name, we will score the members as a group to determine a Team Champion. A team trophy will be awarded for display in the team’s workplace or another venue.

Catch, Measure & Release Philosophy

Because this is a small, stocked lake, we wish to keep fish stocks high and healthy – especially for our Scouts at summer camp. To minimize trauma to fish, we would like to return them to the water as quickly as possible. Hence, we will measure only to the lowest whole inch (e.g. a trout greater than or equal to 12″ but less than 13″ will be recorded as 12″). In the event that the trout swallows the hook (and retrieval would cause harm to the fish), simply cut the line, measure the fish and return it to the water.

Individual Fisherman Prizes

There will be prizes for the top three places in the individual fisherman contest. Other special prizes: the longest fish, shortest fish, and random “hole” prizes.

Sponsorship & Prizes

Opportunities are still available. Please contact Spencer Paulsen at Spencer.Paulsen@scouting.org.

Food & Beverages

There will be a complimentary food and beverage “cart” circulating on the lake during the tournament hours serving hot drinks and hot dogs. Following the fishing, chili and hot drinks will be served at the Training Center in conjunction with the Awards Presentation. Please feel free to bring your own snacks.

Tagged Fish Contest

The lake will contain several tagged fish associated with cash prizes up to $600. If you catch a tagged fish, notify one of the course Marshals immediately to properly record the event. Failure to do so will invalidate your claim.

“The One That Got Away”

To make things interesting, fishermen may purchase a “mulligan” – The One That Got Away – for each hole fished. For $10, a record card will be stamped with a “12-inch trout” to compensate for a fish that stole your bait, got off, broke off or got back into the hole before measure. Only one “mulligan” per hole. Must be purchased prior to the start of tournament fishing.

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Scouting U is for You!

What is it?

The Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” As Scout leaders, we need to be prepared to give all Scouts the best program and leadership possible. Scouting U is one of the premier training events in the council. As a one day event, it is the easiest way to prepare adult leaders to deliver the best possible Scouting programs and supplement the training of any Scouter, from novice to the most experienced. Scouting U offers courses in 5 different colleges:

  • College of Boy Scouting
  • College of Cub Scouting
  • College of Exploring
  • College of Commissioner Science
  • College of Council Operations

Participants will be able to enroll in any of the courses being offered. Some courses span the entire day, while other courses only last 50 minutes.

Council Awards Luncheon

Each year we recognize Scouts and Scouters throughout our council and district that make an impact. At this lunch, the Black Hills Area Council will present individuals with the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver for their contribution to Scouting. Additional awards presented will be: Board Member of the Year, Council Committee of the Year, Cubmaster of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year, Crew Advisor of the Year, Committee Member of the Year, Post Advisor of the Year, Sparkplug Awards, Pack of the Year, Troop of the Year, Crew of the Year, Post of the Year, Scouting Family of the Year, Popcorn Awards, Veteran Awards, and other awards. All paid Scouting U participants will receive a ticket to the Council Awards Luncheon. To attend the luncheon only, please select the “Luncheon Only” registration option on the online registration.

Youth Protection Training Required

NEW FOR 2017. All adults must be current in Youth Protection Training before attending any class. Adults who show up not current in Youth Protection Training will be required to attend Youth Protection Training during period 1.

Class Listing

The following courses are being offered at the 2017 Scouting U. Some classes span multiple periods. Please see the event guide at https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017ScoutingU, under “attachments.”

  • College of Commissioner Science
    • Commissioner Basic Training
    • Contacting Units
    • Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs
    • Commissioner Priorities
    • Collaborative Assessments
    • Commissioner Style
    • Selecting Quality Leaders
  • College of Boy Scouting
    • Scoutmaster Position Specifics
    • Troop Committee Challenge
    • Scoutbook for Troops
    • Merit Badge Counselor Training
    • OA for the Non-Arrowman
    • Summer Camp Information Session
  • College of Cub Scouting
    • All Cub Leader Specifics Training
    • Events for Packs
    • Resident Camp Information Session
    • Cub Scout Advancement Basics
    • Day Camp Information Session
    • Scoutbook for Packs
    • Year Round Cub Scout Recruitment
  • College of Council Operations
    • Youth Protection Training
    • Council Annual Business Meeting
    • Charter Organization Representative Training
  • College of Exploring
    • Exploring Training
    • Exploring Youth Training
  • Youth Offerings (Intended to help facilitate program for Scouts that have parents attending Scouting U)
    • Journalism Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • Salesmanship Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • High Adventure – Sea Base & Philmont
    • Working at Summer Camp
    • Game Design Merit Badge
    • Chess Merit Badge
    • OA for Non-Arrowman
    • OA Troop Representative Training
    • Sustainability Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • Personal Management Merit Badge (Part 1)
  • Other Classes
    • Standard First Aid, CPE, & AED Certification (Extra $15)

Event Fees

Tuition (Includes Lunch)
The tuition fee is $25.00 per person if paid by January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM will be $35.00 per person.

Council Awards Luncheon Only
Participants have the option of only attending the awards lunch. The cost is $20.00 per person if paid by January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 14, 2017 at 11:45PM will be $30.00 per person.

Registration

Individuals and units may register online by visiting https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017ScoutingU.

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Holiday Calendar of Scout Shop Savings!

Throughout the middle of December, the Scout Shop will be having 10 days worth of sales! The Scout Shop will also be open on Saturday, December 17, from 9AM to 1PM for families to come and do their weekend shopping at the Scout Shop. Check out all the deals below!

Friday, December 9 – Survive the Holidays!
  • Camping gear & accessories 40% off
  • Sleeping bags and MacWagons 25% off
  • BOGO on MREs, free Survival Bandanas for every purchase of MREs.
Monday, December 12 – Cozy Christmas
  • Hoodies and vests 20% off
  • Tumblers, Mugs, & Lids 20% off
Tuesday, December 13 – White Sox, Red Sox, Blue Socks, Green Socks
  • Buy 2 or more pairs of socks and get 25% off!
Wednesday, December 14 – On the 4th day of Christmas, the Scout Shop gave to me…
  • Red or Blue Council T-Shirts – $10
  • 2016 Hike the Faces T-Shirt – $10
  • 2016 Hike the Faces Hats – $12
  • All Previous Year Hike the Faces T-Shirts – $3
  • 75th Pilgrimage T-Shirts – $3
Thursday, December 15 – Sharp Deal!
  • Cub Scout Knife – 25% off
Friday, December 16 – Pants on Fire!
  • Cub Scout Pants – $20
  • Boy Scout Canvas Pants – $30
  • Boy Scout Micro Fabric Pants – $35
Saturday, December 17 – Super Saturday
  • 10% off all purchases, excluding advancements
Monday, December 19 – Medicine Mountain Monday!
  • MMSR T-Shirts – Buy 2, Get 1 Free
  • MMSR Nike Polo – $5 off
Tuesday, December 20 – Badges, and Books, oh my!
  • Merit Badge Books – $3.99
  • Badge Magic Singles – $0.10 each
  • Badge Magic Sheets – $5.00 each
  • Arts, Crafts, Scrapbooking Items – 15% off
  • Scout Handbooks – 20% off
Wednesday, December 21 – Cap off the Holidays!
  • Uniform Shirts – 20% off
  • Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, & Boy Scout Hats – 20% off
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Order of the Arrow Update

November Order of the Arrow Update

Here’s the November update from your Lodge leadership…

  • Winter Banquet was a great event!  We held Lodge elections, presented awards, ran a pinewood derby (Trevor, Slade & Jeff took home trophies!), and enjoyed a BBQ dinner & fellowship.  Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this year’s Banquet a success.
  • Congratulations to Ian B. the new Lodge Chief & Jacob S. the new Lodge Vice Chief. We know you’ll both do a great job leading our Lodge. Our heartfelt thanks to Jonathon B. for his hard work and dedication as Lodge Chief over the last year. We also want to congratulate Jonathon on achieving Eagle Scout – a significant and noteworthy accomplishment. We are proud of you!  Note: We still need a Lodge Secretary, please see Ian if you’re interested.
  • The 2016 Founder’s Award was presented to Jonathon B. & Bruce C. Thank you both for your outstanding support to the Lodge and demonstrating the spirit of selfless service advocated by our founder Dr. E. Urner Goodman & co-founder Col. Carroll A. Edson.
  • We introduced the new Lodge patches: (1) a 3-piece red-white-blue set, (2) the 2016 Winter Banquet patch, and (3) the 2017 Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch (MMSR) Project patch. The new Lodge patches are on sale at the Scout Shop now!  Great stocking stuffers!
  • Upcoming event:  The Lodge will be serving hot chocolate at Klondike, MMSR, 28 January.
  • Section Conclave update:  Crazy Horse Lodge will host the W2N Section Conclave at MMSR, 21-23 April.  Conclave Vice Chief positions: Jonathon B. is Logistics Head, RJ C. is Service Projects, and Travis L. is Food.  We still need a volunteer for Newspaper – if you’re interested, please let Ian know.
  • NO LODGE MEETING THIS SUNDAY, 20 NOVEMBER.  The Key 3 will meet in early December.
  • You can now pay 2017 dues at the Scout Shop or on-line ($15)
  • We’ve already started conducting Troop elections for the 2017 Ordeal season.  Work with your PLC to schedule your Troop’s OA election & then let Ian know the date/time/place.

Check us out on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/120822751332857/  or search Crazy Horse Lodge-171

If you have any questions or concerns about this update, please let Jeff know (jchevy@hotmail.com or ph: 605.645.6925)

Stay involved in Lodge activities – we need everyone’s help to make our Lodge even better!

Yours in Cheerful Service,
Ian B., Lodge Chief
Jeff Merchant, Lodge Adviser
Bryan Combs, Staff Adviser

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Klondike is Approaching!

What is Klondike?

The 2017 Klondike Derby is a weekend event that Webelos 1 & 2, troops, and crews can participate in. Units will camp out on both Friday and Saturday night. The main program takes place during the day on Saturday. Participants will utilize troop or patrol constructed sleds to navigate and to haul gear around to 7 Alaskan cities. Youth are responsible for pulling the sled from city to city. Each sled can have a maximum of 8 Scouts. There is no minimum amount of Scouts that a sled needs. If a unit has more than one sled, the sleds must be identifiably different by patrol flag.

Each Alaskan city will test either a specific Scout skill or a combination of Scout skills. Participants are encouraged to study up and to sharpen their Scout skills before attending the Klondike Derby. Adults are strictly prohibited from helping any youth unless it is a health & safety issue.

After the team completes the activity, the city’s judges or mayor will score the unit based on how well they completed the task. No sled will be timed from city to city.

Sleds must be done with all cities and cross the finish line by 4:00PM. Sleds that do not cross the line will be scored “as-is.” Scores from each city will be combined to generate an overall score. The top 10 sleds will receive recognition from the Klondike Derby committee that afternoon or evening. All scoring decisions made by the Klondike Derby committee are final and may not be disputed.

When, Where, & How Much?

The 2017 Klondike will take place January 27-29, 2017 at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. The Klondike Derby fee is $20.00 for youth, $15.00 for adults, and $10.00 for staff who pay their total fee by January 15, 2017. Fees paid after January 15, 2017, will be $30.00 for youth and adults. The fee includes 2 nights of camping, Saturday lunch, program and support materials, registration materials, insurance, and recognition items during the weekend event.

Read the Leader’s Guide and Register!

You can register for this event at https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017Klondike. The Leader’s Guide is also available at that link under the “attachments” section or by clicking here.

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