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has current contact information on your Scout PIN on Be A Scout website  In a review of the District links, many are out of date or link to a nonexistent website.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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Glad to meet you all!

Mark Robak here and I had my first meeting last night as the new Heartland District Chair.

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Heartland covers a large area in East San Diego County, including: Alpine, Blossom Valley, Bostonia, Boulevard, Campo, Casa De Oro, Crest, Descanso, Dehesa, Dulzura, El Cajon, Eucalyptus Hills, Fletcher Hills, Flynn Springs, Granite Hills, Guatay, Harbison Canyon, Im-Ko-Pa, Jamul, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Pine Valley, Rancho San Diego, Santee, Spring Valley, Steel Canyon and Winter Gardens and includes all or part of the following zip codes: 91901, 91903, 91905, 91916, 91917, 91931, 91934, 91935, 91945, 91946, 91963, 91976, 91977, 91978, 91980, 91987, 91990, 92019, 92020, 92021, 92022, 92040, 92071, 92072, and 92090. You can see a District map with the units here.

I was really impressed with the level of dedication of the volunteers and how many were also involved in the leadership of our council, San Diego-Imperial Council.

Talked about membership and how to get especially more Tiger Scouts, which we are down in numbers year over year.  Discussed how we might go about getting more flyers into the local elementary schools.

In terms of programs, we talked about the upcoming District Camporee and some other possible ideas for locations for it.  Also, that a number of our District leaders would be involved in running the upcoming Wood Badge training at Mataguay Scout Ranch for 2015.

Our District Executive, James Lennon talked about the results of the popcorn sales.  The sales did well and we should have the final numbers shortly once the on-line sales are accounted for.

We also kicked off the Friends of Scouting for next year.  James handed out pledge cards and mentioned we always start with the leadership.

Eric Westphall, who is the District Chair for the Scout Fair Coupon Books discussed ways of getting more East County businesses in the book for next year.

I will be heading up a District effort to have Heartland Scouts march in the Mother Goose Parade on November 23rd.  If you want to be there plan on a window from roughly 8am to 12pm.  You can email me with any questions.

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The next District Committee meeting is December 4th at 7pm at Cafe 67.

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Merry Christmas!

Yes, we can still say it, Merry Christmas!  Remember the last point of the Scout Law, being Reverent.  Some synonyms for reverent are “adore, deify, glorify, revere, worship, venerate”.

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A little background on the word Christmas is from the Middle English Christemasse, from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ’s mass.  It’s first known use was  before the 12th century.

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