Saturday, May 29, 2010

June Themes for Scouting

June's Scouting themes:

Cub Scouts:  Hoop-De-Doo! (Both versions: Program Helps and the Centennial plan)
Boy Scouts:  Special Cooking (Roundtable Guide, pages 53-55 and Troop Program Features, Vol. III, pages 76 to 85)

These are all resources available for download in pdf format for your use.  Keep your units active over the summer--use these detailed plans to keep their Scouting growing.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Scouting for Youth with Disabilities! has posted a full copy of the Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual online (2007 version).  

It is 162 pages long (over 8MB), so it might take a minute to download.

Some of the key areas covered:
  • How to organize at the council level
  • Adult leadership support
  • Details on the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing programs
  • Understanding Categories of Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Emotional/Behavioral/Social Impairments
  • Autism
  • Hearing and Speech disorders
  • Visual impairments
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Appendices with best practices, forms and additional resources
  • ...and a lot more.

The "Significant Dates" section on page 9 shows the long history that Scouting has in helping the disabled to participate fully in Scouting.  

This is a great reference for any Scouter to have available.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Cub Scout Delivery Method

Big changes are coming to the Cub Scout program.

From the Overview of Cub Scouting:

     ...the Resource Guide offers, for each rank, the following:
  • Den meeting plans: plans designed around the school year which, if followed, will result in all boys in the den advancing in rank. The plans are developed around the following:
    • Two den meetings per month in addition to the pack meeting and other outings or activities
    • Beginning the Scouting year in September
    • Resulting rank advancement by the annual blue and gold banquet, usually in February
    • Continuing den and pack meetings through the school year and summer
    • The plans support other start dates. However, if starting later than September, it may be necessary to have more than two den meetings per month if rank advancement by blue and gold is the objective.
  • Supplemental den meeting plans: Plans are provided for dens that meet more than twice per month during the school year or for dens that meet year-round. These should also be used after rank advancement is achieved to continue working toward electives, Academics and Sports belt loops/pins, and other individual and group awards.
This new program will include Webelos Scout and Arrow of Light den meeting plans.  All den meetings will be geared toward completing advancement within the den meetings.  This has resulted in greater numbers of Cub Scouts advancing.  And that means better retention of your Cub Scouts.

Get your new books now in the Scout office or via
Plan your work, and work your plan!  There is plenty to do all summer long in Scouting.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Scout-A-Rama: Success!

21-23 MAY--The largest contingent of Boy Scouts ever in our area celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Scouting America with an old-fashioned Scout-A-Rama.

Over 1700 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturing Crews attended the event at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds.  Stations were set up which included striking a match with a hatchet, signalling towers, Leave No Trace demonstrations, BB shooting, a French and Indian War camp, pie throwing, boat races and more.

Well over 1200 Scouts and Scouters (adult leaders) camped on the fairgrounds during the event.  In addition to their own cooking creations, Domino's pizza, Shaffer's Barbecue and the Fort Valley Ruritan were open to provide food to the Scouts and hundreds of visitors.

Shenandoah Area Council Scout-A-Rama
Shenandoah Area Council

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CRE Beaver Day 29 MAY and 02 JUN 2010

CRE Beaver Days
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

If you are that person who can perform any type of labor to help the camp (and its weary old ranger), please report to Camp Rock Enon at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2010, to participate in the Beaver Day.  Or, if you are RETIRED, UNEMPLOYED, or OTHERWISE AVAILABLE, a special weekday Beaver Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2010. 

There will all sorts of projects to complete (a partial list is included below), and EVERYONE IS WELCOME. 

Projected projects:
·       Distribute and set up tents and cots in all sites.
·       Roofing repairs at various locations.
·       Install electrical service to first Adirondack in Sleepy Hollow campsite.
·       Straighten and brace rope bridge and climbing rope in Obstacle Course.
·       Burn refuse at burn pile.
·       Various projects at Waterfront area:
·       Install new light fixture in shelter
·       Remove old siding boards from tower
·       Rake and level sand along beach area
·       Clean walk-in refrigerators and replace screening at Dining Hall.
·       Clean all shower houses and re-caulk around tiles in Adult Showers.

Many other projects are available and may be assigned.  Tools will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own favorites, especially if you have power tools you want to show off.  Please come ready with your own work gloves, sturdy boots, and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty!  Pick-up trucks are especially needed.

Lunch will be provided by the camp.

Who's invited?  Everyone!  Bring troops, packs, crews, families, and friends--but most of all, bring yourselves, so you can be proud of your work for Camp Rock Enon!

Please contact Ranger Frank at 540-858-2551 for more information.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Scout-A-Rama this weekend!

When:  21-23 MAY 2010 for campers, 9-5 Saturday for the public
Where:  Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock VA
Who:  YOU
How much--General Public:  $2 per person; $5 for Scouts visiting for the day who want to get a passport
Why?  To help celebrate the first century of Scouting in America.  So far over 1200 Scouts are registered to participate.  Rain or shine, we'll be there to show you what makes Scouting happen in the Shenandoah Area Council.

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