Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cubs Corner - August 2015

We hope everyone is getting excited for Webelos Outdoor Adventure Night and Cub-O-Ree! The early registration deadline is this Saturday. Any registrations that come in after that will be $7 instead of $5. Hurry and register now! Register online at


Upcoming Events
·       8/13/15 – Ice Cream Social Roundtable @13768 S 6400 W
·       8/28/15 – Webelos Outdoor Adventure Night @Monarch Meadows Park 4pm
·       8/29/15 – Cub-O-Ree @1855 W 13400 S 10am
·       9/10/15 – Roundtable @13768 S 6400 W
·       9/12/15 - District BALOO/OWL @1855 W 13400 S
·       9/26/15 – Basic Training
·       10/8/15 – Roundtable @13768 S 6400 W
·       11/14/15 – College of Cub Scouting @Jordan High School
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cub Adventure Program is Here

I hope everyone is ready! It’s here… That’s right, the new Cub Adventure Program is here. June 1st is the beginning of a new adventure. New books are now available at the scout shop.

If the scout shop doesn’t have one of the books that you need, check back as they will get continual new supply. Remember, there are over 10,000 cub scouts in the council who will need the information.

So, how do we implement this new program? The first big step is to make sure you have an annual plan in place. Each adventure could take a month to do (2 den meetings and an outing). You’ll want to plan to work on an adventure every month. Den Leaders will NOT have time to do required adventures multiple times in a year as in the past, so make sure you let boys and parents know when you’ll be working on those adventures.

The second step is to just make the jump. But what about <insert boy’s name> who only needs one more thing for his <insert rank>? Guidance from National BSA specifically addresses this transition. Webelos activity badges will continue to be available until supply runs out. But even better, National says that if a boy is participating actively in the den and has “done their best” following the Cub Scout motto, they should be awarded their rank advancement when they are ready to move into the next den. Even if they didn’t complete either the requirements on the old program or the new adventure program entirely, they should get their rank if they have been actively participating in den and pack meetings. They shouldn’t be punished because of the switch in programs. 

Be Prepared.

That's the motto of the Boy Scouts. 

"Be prepared for what?" someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting,
"Why, for any old thing." said Baden-Powell.

The training you receive as an adult leader (Youth Protection, Leader Specific Training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, Roundtable, Wood Badge, etc.) will help you and your troop live up to the Scout motto. The training you provide your troop will help them be prepared for life.   When someone has an accident, you are prepared because of your first aid instruction. Because of lifesaving practice, you might be able to save a nonswimmer who has fallen into deep water.

But Baden-Powell wasn't thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts and Scouters should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead.

Be prepared for life - to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That's what the Scout motto means.

He Didn't Let Go

     There are times when a police officer isn’t called onto enforce the law, but simply to express compassion. That was the case when West Valley City, Utah, police officer Kevin Peck came around the corner just after a city bus had struck a 24-year-old woman in a crosswalk, pinning her underneath, and severely crushing both of her legs. The driver didn’t see her in time to stop.
            When Kevin arrived on the scene, all he could see was one of the woman’s white shoes sticking out from under the bus. He quickly discovered the woman was alive and had suffered severe injuries. He crawled up under the bus on the icy ground to take her pulse. After he took her hand, he didn’t let go until fire crews were able to lift the bus up and pull her out.
            “She was very scared. She asked me not to leave. So I said I would just stay under there with her until we got her out.  And she started telling me about her family and where she was headed,” Kevin said. “I told her that I would stay there.”
            “She was afraid she was going to die, and I’m just praying and hoping that the bus doesn’t move. We’re right next to the tire underneath the bus, and I’m just trying to reassure her, and keep her calm,” he said.
            Once a rescue crew arrived, the bus was lifted off and a backboard was placed under the woman. She was transported to the hospital and stabilized. Kevin visited the woman in the hospital a few days after the accident.
            Compassion and sympathy for suffering seems to be dying qualities today. Be sure you keep them alive and will in your own heart and stay ready to show anyone who may need them.
            As Unit Commissioner’s we need to be like Officer Kevin Peck and be a friend and show compassion to the units we serve.
The commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units. The commissioner’s mission is to keep units operating at maximum efficiency, maintain regular contact with unit leaders, coach leaders on where to find assistance, note weaknesses in programs, and suggest remedies. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members.
President Ezra Taft Benson once said; “Give me a young man who has kept himself morally clean and has faithfully attended his Church meetings. Give me a young man who has magnified his priesthood and earned the Duty to God Award and is an Eagle Scout. Give me a young man who is a seminary graduate and has a burning testimony. Give me such a young man, and I will give you a young man who can perform miracles for the Lord in the mission field and throughout his life”. This is why it is so important that we as Unit Commissioner be a friend to those we serve. Those leaders are shaping the future of this Nation.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Funny Words of LNT

I’ve long practiced, as a Scout Leader, the idea of leaving your camp group cleaner than when you found it.  Cathole, Front Country, Microtrash and dispersed meadow crossing, dispersed wood gathering, Hard Surface Camping, Fire Insulation and Bear Bags were concepts and terms new to this old time Scouter.  These terms and simple ideas on how to reduce our impact, during our outdoor adventures, were all part of the Salt Lake Council’s Outdoor Ethics – Leave No Trace training.

Our mountains, canyons and deserts ,once visited infrequently, are welcoming millions of visitors every year.  The increase in visitors is having a dramatic affect on the ability of these natural wonders to recover between visits.  Outdoor Ethics expects and requires that we, the guardians of these natural resources, take an active role in creating outdoor experiences with less impact.  Seven guiding principals can help us “think before we go” so that we can help maintain nature’s natural beauty.

  • Plan ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly (pack it in, pack it out)
  • Leave what you Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

I’ve experienced Microtrash at every camp I’ve ever been on; Those little end pieces that are created when you tear open a larger bag or the biggest culprit; individual candy wrappers. At our successful Klondike camp many of us had to spend time picking up Microtrash thoughout the campsite where over 600 Scouts and Leaders had been camping and participating in the event.  There are easy solutions to this Scouting trash problem.  First, is train the Scouts and Leaders to be aware of the Microtrash and depose of it properly, Second, is for each group to clean their area and help clean common areas of these little trouble makers (trash, not boys J) and finally think about not allowing wrappers to join the trip.  Boys, candy and camps just go together so a dictatorial ban probably won’t be successful.  However, taking a night to train boys to de-wrap their candies before they come to camp can be fun and prevent much of the Microtrash pain.  Candies in a zip lock bag are protected yet don’t have the Microtrash sidekick. 

Beginning at the September 2015 Basic Training, the Western Skies Training Staff will offer a 3 hour Leave No Trace Guide Course.  Come and learn about the fun ways we, as Scouters, can help reduce our impact on our natural resources.

J. Bradley Simons, District Training Chairman

Get Them Outside!

Spring is here and it is time to get outdoors.  Remember that Scouting to a boy includes the promise of outdoor adventure.  There are many wonderful opportunities to get your troops and patrols engaged and outside.  Combine any of these with an overnight campout and a merit badge and you’ll have a program that sizzles!  Here are a few ideas and links:
Hiking – there are many hikes in the Wasatch, Oquirrh, Uinta, and Stansbury Mountains, as well as nearby city and desert options.  Whether it’s the Jordan River Trail or Mount Timpanogos, there are hikes to fit every ability and interest.               

Service – the camping merit badge requires completion of a conservation project.  Consider the spring service Camporee at Hinckley Scout Ranch (East Fork of the Bear) May 29-30.

Bicycling – this takes a little more preparation and gear (please follow Guide to Safe Scouting), but can be super rewarding.  Consider the Rail Trail from Park City to Wanship or the Provo River Trail.

Summer Camp – hopefully you’ve already signed up for camp.  We’ll review a few items at April’s Roundtable that will make summer camp a better experience for all involved.  Leader’s Guides for all Great Salt Lake Council camps are available online and Leader’s Orientation Meetings are coming up soon.

Now, get them outside!