Camporee

Day 4 at Philmont Training Center

Today our class split up into Chairs, Commissioners and Executives and had a chance to discuss our respective challenges and successes. Wrote down a lot of good ideas, such as a Spring and a Fall District Camporee!

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Had a free afternoon to spend time as a family or do whatever. We had signed up for firing 22’s, BB guns and archery. After much hard driving rain, we managed to sneak in some rounds but the archery was out as it is exposed and the Lightning struck very close!

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After dinner we watched ‘Follow Me Boys’ which I think is the best Boy Scout movie ever.

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More rain tonight…very rainy day and we found out the tents leak at the seams 😐

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May District Meeting

We are working on getting banners up for the Spring Recruiting Drive for Cub Scouts.  If you need banners, please see District Executive, James Lennon. Membership is down, so we need to make a push!

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Speaking of Cub Scouts, the new program will be in place by June 1st, along with the new books.  If you have any questions, see the national website for more resources.

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The Roundtable is also an excellent source of information so plan on being there next Thursday (5-14) at 7 pm for Roundtable. This months theme will be “Perseverance”.

This summer we will have Day Camp for Cub Scouts, but no Twilight Camp.

Had a great District Camporee last weekend and big thanks for Camporee Chair, John Ninteman for all his work in making it happen.  If you missed the photos from the event they can bee seen by clicking here.

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Also, we started a new District YouTube page  Below is our first video posted to it from a skit at the Camporee.

The District Dinner is coming up on May 29th at the Lakeside VFW Hall.  It’s only $20 and you can see the details and sign up by clicking here.

The District Executive and I have been busy.  We have a Good Scouter of the Year honoree that we will be announcing shortly.  We also had a productive Nominating Committee Meeting last week.  And finally, we are making presentations to local service clubs about Scouting.

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Finally, myself, the District Executive and District Commissioner, will be attending Key 3 Training in Philmont this summer.  If you have any interest in going along the week of July 26 – August 1, they do have other training available as well, which you can see by clicking here.

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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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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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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 😛

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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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