Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2010 Shenrapawa Cub Scout Twilight Camp

Shenrapawa District is holding their annual Twilight Camp in Edinburg (Shenandoah County) this year at the Edinburg Town Park.

26-29 July 2010, from 5PM to 8:30 each night.

Come on out and have FUN!

Whether you were able to attend Cub Resident Camp or not, this Twilight Camp is for you!

All Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts are invited.

Registration is due by 15 July and here is the form.

Questions?  Contact Twilight Camp Director Andrea Schweigert--540-860-1558 or by email.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Camp Rock Enon Footwear Policy

While you are planning your summer trip to Camp Rock Enon, note that there is a new footwear policy in effect immediately.

Actually, the policy will be in effect year round, so this is a good time to brush up on it...


The below policy is hereby effective immediately regarding proper footwear use at Camp Rock Enon:

1. Open-toed shoes, and/or sandals, and Vibram FiveFinger type shoes are not appropriate footwear at Camp Rock Enon and are prohibited anywhere on the property except in the showers.

2. Scouts, leaders and staff must wear closed-toed shoes to all meals, daily activities and evening activities. Closed-toed shoes are defined as sneakers or tennis shoes, trail shoes, or hiking boots.

3. Rubber clogs (Brand Name - Crocรข clogs) with closed toe and strap are permitted during the following times:

v  Directly from campsite to shower house and back.
v  Free time in campsite.
v  Directly from campsite to waterfront and back (if you are planning to go from waterfront to another activity you must wear closed-toe shoes as described in paragraph 1).
v  Specific times your activity requires water shoes (example: creek exploration).

The wearing of socks with the rubber clogs shoes is highly encouraged to minimize slippage, blisters, and cuts.

4. Visitors will only be allowed as far as the dining hall in open-toed footwear. Visitors must have the appropriate closed-toed footwear to proceed to the campsites and program areas.

5. The on duty Camp Director, Ranger, or Campmaster are the final authority in determining whether footwear is unsafe on Camp Rock Enon property. You may also direct any questions regarding this policy to these same individuals or the Camping Committee.

6. Campers, leaders, and staff will be required to return to there campsite immediately to change into appropriate footwear for those activities requiring closed-toed shoes. Continued non-compliance with this policy may result in the offender losing program privileges or being asked to leave Camp Rock Enon property. Other actions may be taken at the discretion of the Shenandoah Area Council and Camping Committee as deemed appropriate.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Annual Commissioner Conference

Shenandoah Area Council, BSA
Annual Commissioner Conference

When: August 28, 2010
Where: Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester VA
Who: All Commissioners

As we work toward a New Vision and the 100th Anniversary is coming to an end, our Commissioners are an integral component to kick-off the next 100 years. The Conference is an opportunity to “Advance the Torch” of Commissioner Service for the new Scouting year.

We’ll be talking about Commissioner opportunities and challenges, training, what’s new to Scouting and where the Council is going with "program" in the next year, plus much more. It’s a great time for having an old fashioned Commissioner gathering and fellowship!

Have questions – We have answers!!!

There is a special afternoon program designed specifically for you that will give you resources and program help based on your questions. Don’t miss it.


Contact the office--540-662-2551.

Cost to Attend: $20.00 (that includes Snacks throughout the day, lunch plus a special commissioner item (no it’s not another patch).

Check in time: 8:15 to 8:45 am.
Program starts at 9:00 am.
Ending Time: 3:00 pm.

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See you there!  Make sure your commissioner knows!

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Youth Protection Training FAQ has posted a great clarification on the new Youth Protection Training policy that went into effect on 01 JUN 2010.

If you aren't sure who is impacted, the FAQs will leave no doubt.

Take the time to read it over and make sure your adult leaders are aware.

When was the last time you took YPT?  Make your recharter smoother and double-check.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Death of a Merit Badge: Bugling (1911-2010)

Beginning in 2011, you will not be able to earn the Bugling merit badge any longer.

According to the "Ask the Expert" feature at Scouting magazine's blog:
The revised merit badge pamphlet that merged Bugling into Music was released earlier this year. It won’t be official until the 2011 Boy Scout Requirements book is released in January 2011. 
Scouts may continue to earn the Bugling merit badge using the old pamphlet until that time. If Scouts have a copy of the new merit badge pamphlet with Music only, they can choose to earn the Music merit badge and complete the new bugling option as part of the requirements for the Music merit badge.
So, if you are an aspiring bugler, now is the time to get it get it done.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Immediate changes to Youth Protection Training policies

 Please read carefully!

June 1, 2010

Important Changes to the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Training Policies
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barrier to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.
Effective June 1, 2010:
·        -- Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.
·        -- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration.The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
·        -- Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:BSA Card
·        -- If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card.
·        -- If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist.
·        -- A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to MyScouting and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
·        -- If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to your records.
·        -- If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.
·        -- Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to Youth Protection. 
Thank you for your commitment to our nation's young people and to Scouting. 
James Terry
Assistant Chief Scout Executive