April District Meeting

As I mentioned in my March update, the Membership Committee hosted a meeting geared towards Cub Scout Membership Chair’s on March 25th.  Had some great information, but unfortunately many Pack’s didn’t attend.  Because membership is the bedrock of any organization, our Membership Chair, Michelle Generazzo, along with our District Executive will be scheduling times at your Pack Committee meetings to get the information to you.  With Spring Recruitment time upon us it is as critical as ever.

bohThis months Roundtable Theme for Cub Scouts will be will be Cyberchip’s.

The Boy Scout Roundtable will be talking about New Scout and New Adult integration into the Troop.

scoutsThe District Camporee is only 4 weeks away now on May 1st-3rd, so sign up!  Camporee Chair, John Ninteman, says he has a lot of fun things planned.  As well, we will be doing the Order of the Arrow Call-out on Friday Night, so don’t miss that!

Speaking of the Order of the Arrow, the Regional ArrowTour will be in San Diego on July 17th at Camp Fiesta Island.  It will consist of a full day of program centered on the Order of the Arrow’s centennial.  See Joe Garcia for more info.

Finally, keep on eye on the new District Calendar for other events, including the Council.

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Council Meeting

One of my duties as the District Chair is to sit on the Council Board.  After having my second meeting with them today I would have to say they are a dedicated group.  Seems like many long-time Scouters from varying business disciplines.  They meet at Camp Balboa every other month and as of the end of last year, there are 67 people on the Board.

Among other things we learned Camp Fiesta Island is sold out for all 8 weeks this summer and Mataguay Scout Ranch for 1 of 5 weeks so far.  Speaking of Mataguay they are making slow and steady progress on improving it, including the drilling of a new well.

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There was also discussion on realigning the Districts expanding from 11 to 12.  There has been tremendous growth in the Eastlake area, so the Sweetwater District in particular is way out of balance.  More to come on that as the committee meets with the Key 3 from the Districts to get their input.  If all goes according to plan, the goal would be to implement the reorganization in 2016.

We were reminded that the Scout Fair is coming up on April 18th and everyone was encouraged to attend!

Scout Fair

The Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner is coming up on April 28th and they are looking for sponsors at $150 per Scout.  Also will have a great speaker in Bob Lutz, the former vice chairman of General Motors.

At the National level, the Annual National Meeting is on May 20-22 in Atlanta.  Not plan on going myself, but some day I would like to.

(L-R) Tico Perez, National Commissioner;  Wayne Brock' Chief Scout Executive; Dr. Robert M. Gates, National President

National Key 3 (L-R) Tico Perez, National Commissioner; Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive; Dr. Robert M. Gates, National President

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March District Meeting

The theme for the Roundtable which is next Thursday (3-12) is ‘Outdoor Ethics’, which the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will join together on.  Afterwards the two will break up and the Boy Scouts will hear a presentation on NYLT.  Cub Scout Roundtable Chair Rob and Boy Scout Roundtable Chair Carmen, invite you to attend!

The Membership Committee will be hosting a meeting geared towards Cub Scout Membership Chairs on March 25th at 7pm.  The location is tentatively at the El Cajon Elks Lodge.  Contact District Executive James Lennon for more info.

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With Cub Scout membership being the primary conduit into Boy Scouts, it is important that we are “Doing our Best” to recruit new Cub Scouts.  Hope to see you there!

In the training arena, we have BLST Training tentatively scheduled for April 25th…and CLST training scheduled for May 30th.

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Contact District Training Chair, Mike Bishop for more information.

The Camporee is on May 1st-3rd sign-ups have begun and as of now we have a total of two Troops signed up, so let’s get going people!  We have also invited Desert Trails District to participate.  You can sign up on line by clicking here

Heartland District Camporee - 2015Click here for a PDF version of the Camporee Flyer.

The District Dinner is on May 29th at the Lakeside VFW Hall.  Stay tuned for more info!

The Cub Scout Day Camp is scheduled for July 6-10 and Twilight Camp July 13-17th.  We are working on identifying a new Director for the program.

Finally, if you want to sign up for Camp Fiesta Island for Summer Camp, you cannot, as it is sold out!

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February District Meeting

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We had Council Membership Chairs, Pat & Pam O’Donohoe, give a presentation on you guessed it, MEMBERSHIP.  And of course how that and marketing are the bedrock of what we do to get kids involved in Scouting.  To that end, we need to make sure your Pack, Troop or Crew has current contact information on your Scout PIN on Be A Scout website  In a review of the District links, many are out of date or link to a nonexistent website.  And what that means is people can’t readily contact you about joining. So please get them up to date ASAP!  If you have any questions about it, please contact District Executive, James Lennon.

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The District Camporee had a date change to May 1-3, which is the traditional time and better for some of our Troops.  That is also the weekend for Wood Badge, so thank you leaders for being able to make that work despite the conflict.  The site will once again be South Meadow at the Mar-Tar-Awa Campground at Viejas Reservation.  Stay tuned for more details from Camporee Chair, Tina Ninteman.

Speaking of calendar’s, we have a new District Calendar, located at https://bsaheartlanddistrict.wordpress.com/district-calendar/.

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This is another page on the developing new District website, which will be up and running shortly.

We are ahead of schedule on our District Friends of Scouting effort.  In fact, we are the top District to date in the entire Council.  We have 23 presentations scheduled for February.

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We have the District Dinner coming up in May.  Stay tuned on that from District Dinner Chair, Melanie Feuerhelm.

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New and old books

Just added a couple great Scout books to my collection, The American Boys Handy Book, which was Originally published in 1888.  It was written by Daniel Carter Beard, who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America.

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The second is an original 5th Edition copy of the Handbook for Boys, aka Boy Scout Handbook.  It was in print from 1948-1959.

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Cub & Boy Scout Roundtables

Went to my first Roundtable for a while and had a chance to observe first hand the dedication of the Roundtable staff.  The Cub Scouts focused on Blue and Gold ideas, with some fun making a name tags and other activities.

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The Boys Scouts highlighted their side of things with a real thorough explanation of the Order of The Arrow.

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This is their 100th year and at their NOAC Conference in August, participants will receive a Commemorative Red Sash…and that is the only way to get one!IMG_0576So if you want to get some ideas on how to make your Pack or Troop better, attend a Roundtable.  Many veteran Scouts with lots of knowledge.  Meeting is at 2nd Thurday of the month at 7pm at El Cajon LDS Stake Center at 1270 S. Orange Avenue.

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January District Meeting

After all is said and done, looks like we reached the Silver Level for Journey to Excellence for 2014.  So all and all, it was a successful year.

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BSA has changed some criteria for this next year, but nothing significant.  Let’s go for the gold in 2015!

We have kicked off the Friends of Scouting in earnest and we will be doing the Community Campaign, including speaking with local businesses.

There was some discussion on who would be the Scout of the Year for 2014.  As many of you know, Don Hickle of Lakeside, was last year’s honoree.

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Regarding membership, we discussed setting up a way to reach out to families of Kindergartners to get them in as Tiger Scouts in the First Grade.  As well, how to better get the word out to the seven school districts that are in the Heartland District.

We talked about how many Scouts in the Heartland District earned their Eagle Scout Badge last year.  That number is approximately 50, and we will report who they were after the upcoming Eagle Board meeting which is next week.

In the area of training, we will have ILOS Training shortly as well as “Super Training” which will encompass many different disciplines.

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Great job as well with all of the District volunteers who contribute in this area!

We need to find a place for the District Camporee and are kicking around some ideas….stay tuned for the specifics.

Roundtable is next week, January 8th at 7pm.  The Boy Scouts will have an emphasis on Order of the Arrow and the Cub Scouts will be discussing Blue & Gold, along with a desert potluck…mmm :P

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Merry Christmas from your District Key 3!

We had our 2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign Kick-Off tonight at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.  Had reports from Districts all over the County and Heartland was represented well.  We also received some great ideas for better promoting the Community, Family and LDS parts of the campaign.  Stay tuned for more details as we kick things off in earnest after the first of the year.

Before we left, we got a photo of the Key 3, standing in front of the Hyatt Christmas Tree.

(L-R)District Executive, James Lennon, District Commissioner Bill Kellner & District Chair, Mark Robak

(L-R) District Executive, James Lennon, District Commissioner Bill Kellner and District Chair, Mark Robak

Have a Merry Christmas and thanks so much for volunteering for Scouting this past year and we look forward to working with you in 2015!

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December District Meeting

Had a combined District and Commissioners meeting tonight.  Had plenty of Christmas desserts, where my wife’s cookies were quite the hit :)

FullSizeRenderTalked about boosting membership and how BeAScout.org is one of of the ways we do that through people that are referred to us from National.  The site needs some work,  but until the bigger issues are resolved at the National level, James will make sure at least our District portion of it directs prospective Scouts better to our local units.  We also talked about looking at how all of our local school districts handle flyers and how we might be able to get them into the schools better.  Bottom line is we need more Scouts!

tiger_cub_ovalIn terms of Journey to Excellence, we are on track for Bronze by year end.

Talked about the Cub Scout Day Camp and how this year we would like to balance the numbers this year with the Twilight Camp.

The District Camporee is scheduled for March 27-29th again at South Meadow at the Mar-Tar-Awa Campground at Viejas Reservation.  The theme these year is “Survivor”.Boyscout SurvivorWood Badge sign-ups are underway.  We had a great talk about what people got out of Wood Badge and was thought to be worthwhile and even life-changing!  It is set for April 30 – May 2nd and May 14th – 16th. Click here for more info!

Also, our District Commissioner, Bill Kellner, needs more Commissioners.  If you can help, please contact him by clicking here to email. And better yet, you get this neat patch!

AsstntDistCommisFriends of Scouting is making headway and people have been getting calls to remind them to get their pledges in by year-end.  We are also getting ready for the new year and I am pleased to say the Key 3 have already made their commitments!

Finally, if you are looking for a live Christmas Tree, please consider Troop 363, who has a Tree lot at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon.

boy-scouts-christmas-trees2Hope to see you at Roundtable next Thursday (12-11) at 7pm.  You will see a couple of people get their “beading”…

 

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Eagle Board of Review

Stopped in on the monthly District Eagle Board of Review which are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm on the 2nd floor of Allied Plaza in La Mesa.  Met Dennis Pate who is the Eagle Board Chair.  Also ran into our Scoutmaster (Troop 362), as well as two ASM’s and a Scout in our Troop that was there for his Board of Review.

Anyway, much like a Board of Review in your Troop, you wait until name is called then you meet with a 3 person panel.  It would be common to have your Scoutmaster there to give you a character reference.

WaitingAlso learned that even if the Board passes you, a Scout still needs the formal blessing of National before it is official.  So stay tuned and we’ll report back to the District once the new Eagles are official.

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