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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!

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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!

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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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Day 2 at Philmont Training Center

Got things underway for our first full day at camp. So kids met their staff at 8:30 and the adults got their orientation at 8:45.

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Trailblazers (11–13 year old boys)

 

They give you plenty of time to eat your meals and the food is pretty good, with a decent selection.

The Training is taught by experienced people with experienced Scouters and the kids stay really engaged and really enjoyed it.

Had a chance to see the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library, which is pretty neat and is across the street from the Camping Center and a short walk from the Training Center. They plan a significant expansion to the museum, once the necessary funds are raised.

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Thomas Seton

Speaking of museums, I also visited Villa Philmonte, which is the house built by the benefactor of Philmont, Waite and Genevieve Phillips.  Pretty impressive, as it is 28,000 sq.ft. in size and very well preserved in its original state.

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Living Room

Ended the day with some patch trading along with many flavors of Dutch Oven cobbler and ice cream.

Experienced Patch Trader

Experienced Patch Trader

 

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Day 1 at Philmont Training Center

The adventure begins with our first day at Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center with District Executive, James Lennon and District Commissioner, Bill Kellner, for Key 3 Training.

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This is is especially fun for me as I have my entire family with me, including my wife, 13 year old son (who is a Scout), as well as my 11 and 9 year old daughters.

Had quite a drive from San Diego, with stopovers in Phoenix to visit family and Gallup, New Mexico, before getting here. We also saw the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.

Had some great lightning and thunder which caused the Opening Ceremony to be moved inside, although we really didn’t have any rain until later when we got rain when we were in bed.

The the three of us went to the Tooth of Time Traders, where they have a heck of a lot of backpacking and Philmont merchandise in general. Also got to see the roughly 400 people that are both coming and going from the Camping Center which is more or less across the street from the Training Center.

We got to meet a number of people already and there are pretty close to someone from every state in the Country present.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Tomorrow the training and fun starts, so until then!

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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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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.

Don

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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