Seek. Learn. Grow.
(338 Members Only)
Rte 236, S.Berwick, ME (207)748-0014
-Welcome new Scouts! Five Webelos have signed up so far, with a couple more pending. They'll be posted on our Patrols page as soon as we get patrol assignments.
-York District Spring Camporee 2013 at Camp Hinds Fri 5/17 5:00pm to Sun 5/19 11am . Click the link for registration & information forms for the "Mountain Man Rendezvous". Pre-Registration is MANDATORY. Deadline is April 26th.
-Fri May 31 to Sat Jun 1 ITOLS training at Camp Hinds. Click link for details.
-Sun Aug 4 to Fri Aug 9, Summer Camp week 6, Baden Powell @ Camp Hinds, The gates open at 2 PM.
-The new website for Camp Hinds 2013 is here! Click on Boy Scout Camp Program for exciting new programs and here for Summer Camp files. They also have a Facebook page here http://facebook.com/CampHinds.
-Changes at Council: We have a new District Executive, Owen Maguire, replacing Andrew Rueger, who will be moving to Casco Bay. Here is an email from Scout Executive Eric Tarbox, outlining their reorganization, and a summary of New Initiatives and Programs for 2013.
-Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? Tune in to the National Geographic Channel Mondays starting Mar 4, 8pm Eastern or check out http://www.toughscout.com.
Please go to the EVENTS page to see a complete listing of all activities.
Merit Badge Counselors needed! Your profession, natural talent, or hobby interests can become a great asset for the advancement of Scouts, with your application to be a Merit Badge Counselor. It's easier than you think, and has great rewards for a small investment of your time. Check out the Troop Resource Survey and the Official Merit Badge List to get ideas of which ones you'd like to teach. Check out the Merit Badge Central section on our LINKS page and please contact Secretary Lenny Andrews with any questions or for assistance in signing up. Help build tomorrow's leaders! Auto Mechanics has been changed to Automotive Maintenance and seven new merit badges have been added: Chess, Geocaching, Inventing, Robotics, Scouting Heritage, Scuba Diving, & Welding. Cooking has been added to Eagle-req'd for 2013. All of the merit badge publications have been revised and assigned new numbers. I've added & revised some new Counselors, and the list is now official! I've also added a new fillable Merit Badge Counselor application Word doc, so you can save your info for easy submittal each year.
Training Requirements for all Adult Leaders & Merit Badge Councilors
To be Trained, all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Leaders and Merit Badge Counselors need to complete the following:
* Youth Protection (every two years) Take it online. There are no exceptions, and anyone not trained will not be allowed to recharter.
* All Adult Leaders may benefit from taking "This is Scouting" and/or Boy Scout Fast Start online training, but it is no longer a requirement to be considered trained.
* All Committee Members must take Troop Committee Challenge online
* Scoutmasters must have Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training (SMLST) - indoor training.
* Scoutmasters must also have Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS) - outdoor training held over a weekend.
SMLST should be completed before ITOLS.
If you need to take ITOLS or SMLST, please email York District Training Chair - Jacob Moorman advising your availability. Next opportunity for ITOLS training is at Camp Hinds Fri May 31 to Sat Jun 1.
Other required training can be taken online from the comfort of home.
* Hazardous Weather (required by the Leader on any outdoor activity)
* Safety Afloat (required for any boating activity)
* Trek Safely (required for backpacking excursions)
See the Summary sheet for Basic Training Requirements and go to our FORMS & PHOTOS page to see our Training section.
These are just a sample of the many E-learning courses offered online. See our Online Training Tips for help in setting up an account and printing your certificates to a pdf file for our records.
What's Up in The Night Sky 2013
January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower. April 21, 22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. April 28 - Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. May 5, 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. May 28 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The two bright planets will be within 1 degree of each other in the evening sky. The planet Mercury will also will also be visible nearby. Look to the west near sunset. May 25 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America. July 28, 29 - Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower. October 18 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will be visible throughout most of the world. October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower.November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. December 13, 15 - Geminids Meteor Shower.
Check out these websites for details and look up at the night sky to see 'what's up'. Sea and Sky Astronomy, SkyLog, Night Sky Notes, The Planetary Society, NASA realdata sightings.
Please, keep sending ideas, schedules, events, updates, etc. for posting. You'll find links to other sites of interest on our Links & Resources page.
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