- October 9, 2013IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE EVER THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA THE CUB SCOUTS ARE HAVING AN EVENT AT MINERAL AREA COLLEGE SATURDAY THAT WILL GIVE YOU A HANDS ON EXPERIENCE.
GENE BANNISTER IS THE CAMPING COMMITTEE CHAIR FOR THE OZARK TRAILBLAZERS DISTRICT, WHICH IS MADE UP OF SIX LOCAL COUNTIES. HE SAYS THE EVENT WILL BE FUN FOR CURRENT CUB SCOUTS AND PERSPECTIVE SCOUTS ALIKE.
BANNISTER SAYS THE CUB SCOUTING DAY 1 EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE OPEN FIELD ACROSS FROM THE FIELD HOUSE AT MINERAL AREA COLLEGE THIS SATURDAY FROM 9AM TO 1PM. THE COST IS 7 DOLLARS FOR REGISTERED SCOUTS AND 12 DOLLARS FOR UNREGISTERED SCOUTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN FIND THE OZARK TRAILBLAZERS DISTRICT ON FACEBOOK.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The Link is below that will take you to the Facebook page video trailer from our 2013 October Fall District Camporee...from the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA. Video shot and assembled by ASM Shaun Braswell, Troop 423, Park Hills, Missouri.
Monday, September 16, 2013
The Morning Sunshine is part of the reason
Why I like to camp,
The birds singing, the air so fresh
But my true Sunshine comes
With the sound of Scout laughter,
Voices full of questions
And minds eager to learn
That's when I experience
My true Scoutmaster Sunshine.
XV1. Sept. 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
In my feverish, fervent attempt to get notes from last night's Ozark Trailblazers Round Table and Popcorn Kick-Off Dinner, I failed to mention the BLT conversation. Of course, most people know a BLT is a Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich, however in the world of Scouting BLT also stands for Basic Leader Training. And Les Houston, from Farmington, came up last night to speak about the upcoming Basic Leader Training course, which is being offered the same weekend as Fall Encampment (Camporee).
The course will introduce new adults to the basic concepts of Scouting; patrol method, position responsibilities, and more. Each new adult member of a unit (be it committee member, scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster or chartered organization representative) is encouraged to attend. The training costs $25 and will be held at Camp Lewallen. If you are interested in attending contact District Training Chair Ken Braun or BLT Ozark Trailblazers Patrol Leader Les Houston.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The meeting began with John Snipes and another Council representative giving the Popcorn Kick-Off Presentation. District Popcorn Kernels; Kathy Jones & Kathy Klussmeyer, were on hand giving unit leadership and unit Popcorn Kernels their sales materials. Big Updates include new products and a two new Blitz weekends where Scouts that participate earn a special patch.
Once Round Table began, after a brief intermission, School Night to Join Scouting was the big topic. Pack Leadership received their School Night Packets, Youth Applications, and other information. So far Arcadia Valley, North County, Central, Farmington and Fredericktown have School Night dates set. Other units are in the process of setting dates. Our District efforts need to be outstanding this year to make up for the -15% growth we experienced last year. Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews are encouraged to attend their School Open House and recruit there for new potential Scouts rather than just pulling from feeder Packs.
Fall Camporee, or Encampment, will be "Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout" themed. Each unit will participate in five events during the Camporee, scheduled for the first weekend in October (4th-6th) at the North end of the Camporee Field at S-F Scout Ranch. Each unit will also get to submit 2 names each for the Youth and Adult District Dream Team. The District Dream Teams will compete against each other in a strenuous head-on-head competition. Camp Manuals are forthcoming.
Cub Scouting Day One is an event scheduled for Beaumont Scout Reservation for October 5th at a cost of $7. We will also be hosting an Ozark Trailblazers Cub Scouting Day One event at Mineral Area College on October 12th, cost to be determined.
Jeremy Medley discussed Training Awards and the Shooting Opportunities available at Ozark Thunder Indoor Gun Range. For more information on the shooting opportunities, contact Jeremy Medley, Donnie Jones or Ozark Thunder Indoor Gun Range to schedule your unit to visit the range.
Shannon Hinze spoke about the upcoming OA Fall Reunion, the weekend of September 6th-8th at S-F Scout Ranch. The Ozark Trailblazers will once again be camping in the Camp Famous Eagle area. Speak to your Unit OA Representative for more information or contact Shannon Hinze.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
It's time again for an update to the BSA Guide to Advancement, last published in 2011, here as we approach Fall of 2013. The below link will take you to a PDF copy of the Guide.
Things to look for include Eagle Board information and restrictions, clarification of terminology, unit leader responsibilities, merit badge information.
Only by being informed can Scouts, Parents, and Scouters understand the Advancement process.