November District Meeting

James reminded everyone that nominations are due by December 5th for the Silver Beaver Award, which are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. Our record is six in one year, so we can have more than one!

Silver_Beaver_AwardPopcorn sales are down this year to $130,000 in the District. The main reason is the closing of all the Haggen Stores in the middle of the sales. That being said, Troop 363 upped their sales 50% and should qualify for the 50% commission!


Nathan and Noah from Troop 362

The theme for the Cub Scout Roundtable this month is “Reverence”.  Also, we need more Cub Scout Roundtable commissioners, so please consider volunteering as we need some fresh ideas!

The Boys Scout Roundtable will have Henry Hall there to talk about fishing.  Henry has taught fishing at Mataguay for many years, so it should be great.  Roundtable is always the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm.

We had a good Super Training this past month with about 30 people in attendance.  We have BALOO Training coming up on November 14th, so sign up now!


We will again be participating as a District in the Mother Goose Parade on Saturday November 21stStarts this year at 10am.

paradeIn terms of Journey to Excellence we are a solid bronze and possibly Silver by year end.

We kicked off the Friends of Scouting campaign for 2016.  Newsletter Editor, John Shotwell stepped up and made his pledege and reminded people that many companies will match an employees donation!  So please see how you might be able to double your pledge!

fos2Last but not least, we need all units to get their registration in.  My local unit Troop 362 has, so way to go!  Click here to get it done!

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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.

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.


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

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