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June 21, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps.  This monthly email blast is sent out on the 21st day of the month, particularly significant since this day and month is the birthday (June 21, 1850) for one of the fathers of the Commissioner Corps, Daniel Carter Beard, first National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Having edited this month’s email blast we’re very much aware that if you are a regular reader of this communique a lot of the information included may be information you viewed in last month’s email blast.

While we’d like to send out the best product we can, there is still a need to share certain information multiple times throughout our Annual Commissioner Service Plan.  Your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures are appreciated, so please contact us to share.   Enjoy

DISTRICT COMMISSIONER INSIGHT 

For the next four months, our Council Commissioner has offered up this section of the monthly email blast to each District Commissioner to make their case for a quality Commissioner Corps in their District which can do nothing but strengthen our Council.

We begin alphabetically with the Sunwatch District.

UNIT KEY THREE: WHAT’S THE WEAKEST LINK?

In Scouting we often hear a lot about the “Key Three”.  On the Council level there is a Key Three that is made up of the Council President (Dr. Chris Grove), the Council Commissioner (Ken Grimes) and the Scout Executive (Doug Nelson).  In each District the Key Three is comprised of the District Chairman, the District Commissioner and the District Executive.  On the Unit level (Pack, Troop, Team or Crew) we also have a Key Three, its members are the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Coach/Advisor, the Chartered Organization Representative (COR) and the Unit Commissioner.

The purpose of the Key Three on each level is to insure that the Scouting is offering the best program for the young people we serve.

The weakest link, in my insight is the Chartered Organization Representative.  Through no fault of their own, this person, who is usually very busy and really does not have enough time to adequately accomplish the task he/she has been asked to fulfill.  Many COR’s are NOT trained, and we as Commissioners have little to do with them until a problem arises, and we must act quickly to save a unit.  How do I know this?  I have had tenure in that position of responsibility and know from experience. 

As a result of this important shortfall in our program I have dedicated myself to working on a continuing education Doctorate of Commissioner Science where I’ve committed to strengthening this link in our Key Three structure and get training to ALL our Chartered Organization Representatives.  This commitment will surely strengthen our relationship (Commissioner-to-COR) in the future. 

So why do I use this forum to tell you of this up and coming challenge, well I cannot do it alone, it takes a team, a group of Commissioners, a COMMISSIONER CORPS to make this weakest link strong again.

I have in my possession a list of each and every COR in the Miami Valley Council, and will be distributing this list to each District Commissioner with the hope that you’d assist me in distributing it to each of your unit serving Commissioners.  To make this effort successful we’ll need each Commissioner to encourage their COR’s in attending a special training session* this coming fall.  This training is an updated COR training containing the newest standards for their position of responsibility.

Ellie Morrison, BSA National New Unit Retention Task Force Chair reminds us, “This is a busy time for Commissioners in BSA.  There are many moving parts to keep up with.  But at the end of the day, our main task is to still provide quality unit service to units.” 

I believe by helping our COR’s in understanding their assignment in Scouting and knowing how to accomplish this assignment more effectively, it will go along way in supporting the quality service to our units.  I will be counting on each of you to assist me in accomplishing this strengthening or our weakest link in the coming months!

Yours in Scouting,

Rev. Bob Thornton
Sunwatch District Commissioner

 

*COR training will be held at the Train-A-Con, Saturday, September 27, 2014

 

SPECIAL IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR COUNCIL COMMISSIONER

Every day we face challenges as individuals, Scouters and Commissioners.  Often we find reasons not to do something, or not try because of the difficulty, or because we think it is too hard.

On September 12, 1962, amid a fierce space race with the Soviet Union, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered a stirring speech to 40,000 spectators at the football stadium at Rice University in humid Houston, a speech that would come to be one of the defining moments of his presidency.

Said Kennedy, in the most famous words from that Rice address:

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

How can any of us hear or read those words and not be motivated to “do our best, to do our duty” and make the Scouting program we love better. We will never be the largest Council, but there is no reason why we can’t be the best!

Yours in Scouting, 

Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

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My Fellow Commissioners,

Our fundamental mission as Commissioners remains the same—visit units and work together to ensure that the youth in every community experience a Scouting program that will change their lives.  If we just do Four Things, we will continue to increase our unit retention rates and, more importantly, reinforce the delivery of a quality program in every unit that will keep our youth in Scouting for years to come.

What are those Four Things? First, help guide a unit to increase its Journey to Excellence scores.  We know that the elements of JTE are the same elements that represent the best components of successful unit programs. Second, visit all of our units and record their needs in the new Commissioner Tools. Third, use the tools to communicate the needs of the unit to the expert resources of the district committee, so together we can improve unit quality. Finally, help with the on-time charter renewal of the unit so we can continue to serve more youth. That’s it—Four Things. But if we collectively focus on these four elements, we will continue to see Scouting serve and retain more youth.

Week 2, June 15–21, marked this year’s edition of Commissioner Week at Philmont Training Center. Once again, we are setting registration records. We assembled the best faculty in the country, and most of the Commissioner Service Task Force are in attendance.  The task force is prepared to share information and, more importantly, to listen to you and learn together how we can serve more youth.  Of particular interest this year is a new offering, titled “Commissioner Service for Non-Traditional or Faith-Based Units.”  Non-traditional units are those that involve underserved communities or minority groups.

This will also be the final year, at least for the near term, of the PTC Commissioner College, where we follow a unique program of four days of classes in your selected course, and then you take Commissioner College courses on Friday toward your Commissioner College degree. The Philmont Training Center is our national training center, and with these kinds of offerings, the other Commissioners and I hope that you will join us for this special time.

Thank you for all you do every day to make Scouting possible for so many youth. Your dedication and talent are an inspiration to me.

The 2014 edition of The Commissioner is now available for viewing.
The newsletter can be found at:
http://www.scouting.org/Commissioners/newsletter.aspxExternal Link.

God bless,

Tico Perez
National Commissioner                                                              

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM

COUNCIL OPERATIONS (BSA NATIONAL OFFICE)
AND THE

MIAMI VALLEY COUNCIL KEY 3

 

Change in Unit Registration Status and Membership Reporting

A change in the reporting of membership data on national membership reports will begin effective January 1, 2015.  Starting then a unit that has not reregistered by its expiration date will be considered “separated” and immediately dropped from BSA’s membership reporting.  There will no longer be what we now call a lapse period for units that do not reregister on time.  This is also a change in the way we currently report membership totals. Currently a lapsed unit’s membership continues to be counted for 60 days in council membership totals.

The new definition will begin with units that have an effective date of January 1, 2015. This means that units with a December 31, 2014 expiration date will be included. Volunteers will retain access to MyScouting, MyScouting tools, Internet Rechartering and Internet Advancement for 30 days after their unit has expired and become separated.

A separated unit will have 12 months to reregister as a separated-re-registered (SR) unit. Once a separated unit has been reregistered the unit will be included on membership reports starting in the business month the recharter was posted.

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FAQ regarding January 1, 2015 Lapsed Period Change

 

  1. What are the implications for unit insurance coverage, access to district/council activities, and anything that requires current BSA membership, like OA membership?

    Liability insurance and unit accident insurance coverage will continue since the term for accident insurance is January through December.  Councils will still have the ability to approve or deny an accident insurance claim as they do today. Each council will work to determine access to district and council activities, but obviously anyone serving in an active leadership role needs to be currently registered.  An individual’s access to national resources like MyScouting tools will expire 30 days after the expired registration and it is immediately restored when the person renews their membership.

  2. Will the youth advancement and leader training/awards records be maintained for units that don't meet the recharter deadline?

    Records such as these are in the individual’s member record which is maintained. They will be reactivated on the date the dropped unit renews as a separated-reregistered (SR) unit. Dropped units are given 12 months to renew as an SR unit.  The individual’s record stays maintained in the BSA computer system for retrieval and reactivation at any later date.

    What about a Scout who has completed all the requirements for Eagle but his unit is not rechartered? Can he have a Board of Review?  How do we handle advancement records?

    Local councils take all circumstances into consideration when processing youth advancement and endeavor to not allow situations where the youth is penalized through no fault of his own.   However, in order to process an electronic Eagle application through PAS, the individual must be currently registered.  An individual is considered active in the program only while registered, but tenure for advancement purposes can be regained through payment of the back registration if it is due to processing delays, not true inactivity.

  3. What happens to a unit’s tenure? Will it continue once the unit reregisters, or will it restart?

    Unit tenure can be maintained without a gap if it renews within 12 months after it has expired and the backdated registration fees are paid for the full time in between.

  4. Will this affect unit’s access to Internet Rechartering?

    No. Unit renewal processors will continue to be able to access Internet Rechartering to submit their renewal for 60 days after their unit expiration date.

  5. How will this affect the registrars processing of renewals?

There is no change to the unit renewal process.  Registrars will still be able to access unit renewals submitted through Internet Rechartering by going to Unposted Units in PAS as they do today.  In addition, they will continue to post paper renewals through Charter Renewal in PAS for 12 months after the unit has expired.

COMMISSIONER TRAINING

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

* ACC-Training, David Sword is still looking for a Commissioner(s) to help with the University of Scouting Commissioner taught sessions, particularly Leader Conflict and Why Do I Need to Attend Roundtable?.  If interested contact David at papabear444@frontier.com External Linkas soon as possible.

The University of Scouting will be held on Saturday, November 1st at St. Henry’s External Link located at 6696 Springboro Pike Miamisburg, Ohio 45449       

*ROUNDTABLE TRAINING

Roundtable Commissioner Basic will be held on June 21, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 901 E Whipp Rd, Centerville, OH 45459 from 7:30 AM to about Noon. Please contact ACC-Training, Dave Sword to let him know you will attend.  Email him at papabear444@frontier.com.

External Link

*COMMISSIONER BASIC TRAINING

August 16 and October 25, 2014

*CONTINUING EDUCATION (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)

September 18               New Leader Training

December 18               Top Ten Ways to Insure Good Commissioner Service

*COLLEGE OF COMMISSIONER SCIENCE

 To Be Announced

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

The 2014 POPCORN sale is just around the corner, start setting up your customers for the best product sales ever!

The Boy Scouts of America Welcomes a New President

Former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates will be introduced as the new BSA national president during the National Annual Meeting. Watch his speech hereExternal Link.

COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new ADC Recruitment Plan has been offered to assist each of our districts in both subdividing their district into service areas AND with securing new Assistant District Commissioners for those service areas. The goal is for each district to recruit a management team (District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioners) who will then recruit Unit Commissioners and supply much needed services to their units.

If you are a new ADC, or have been an ADC and would like a refresher training session please email Assistant Council Commissioner for Training, David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring.

Unit CommissionerExternal Link

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per every three units, a new recruitment effort is being rolled out by each District to make that 3 to 1 ratio a success and continue their service and support to units in 2014.

Remember the words from our Council Commissioner in his monthly message; we’re looking for a few good Scouters to service units by sharing the friendship! The goal is to have each Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner hold only one job in Scouting, the focus of that “one job” gives the units they serve more of a chance at success.

In the meantime, don’t stop looking for that future star             Commissioner,         leave no stone unturned.  If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU!

COMMISSIONER AWARDS TO CONSIDER

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners

*District & Assistant District Commissioner

*Roundtable Commissioner

*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key

*District Committee Key

*District Award of Merit

Reminder to ALL Commissioners:  Check out the requirements for these awards, you too may already qualify and just need to get them signed off.  Download the form and fill in the blanks and have your District Commissioner approve and submit to our ACC David Sword for processing.

GRAPHIC CHANGE

If you have a suggestion on what should go in that particular graphic area of the MVC home page for the future, please pass the suggestion to our ACC-Marketing/Communications, Joe Isherwood at  [Click to send email].

In the meantime, we’ve decided to leave up the Uncle Sam the Commissioner seeking more Commissioners, at least until we have our 3:1 (Units per Unit Commissioner) ratio completed!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t read your emails recently, or visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps Facebook External Linkand join the fun! LIKE US so we can continue to grow!

CAMP INSPECTION

The following message comes from our Council President, Dr. Chris Grove:
Dear Scouters of the Miami Valley Council,
I am pleased to announce that Woodland Trails Scout Reservation has received national 
accreditation as a Boy Scout Camp following a camp visitation on Tuesday.  Please see the 
attached letter from the visitation team lead.
 
I would like to extend a special thank you to Doug Nelson, Chris Guarniere, Dan Wagner, 
Johnny Vest, and Hargis Short as well as their entire team.  This accreditation would not 
have been possible without countless hours and hard work from each and every one of them. 
 
This recognition acknowledges that the Miami Valley Council continues to provide a 
top-notch quality program and experience to the Scouts and Scouters in our area.
 
I would also like to Thank You, the board, for all that you are doing to provide the 
necessary finances and resources to make this possible.  Together, we are truly making a 
difference in young people's lives.
 
Yours in Scouting,
Christopher A. Grove, MD
SAD NEWS

As was previously shared, John Vest,
Ranger at Woodland Trails, lost his mother,
Judy Vest Norman on Friday morning (June 6th)
after an extended health battle.

Also earlier this month, Art Richardson, 
longtime Ranger at WTSR passed away on Sunday
morning (June 1st).
Please keep John Vest and Kathy Richardson and 
their families in your thoughts and prayers!
Rest In Peace
Art we’ll miss you!

Drive for Five Award - Start working on requirements now!  
Packs, Troops and Crews that fully participate in program planning and have membership growth are eligible to receive free Pinewood Derby Cars (for Packs) or two free weekends of tent camping at Cricket Holler Scout Camp or Woodland Trails Scout Reservation. Over 775 youth earned cars or free camping last year. Is your unit on track for Drive for Five? 

LEAVE A LEGACY IN BRICK  

You can leave a legacy for Scouting at the Leadership Training Center at Cricket Holler Scout Camp. Purchase a brick that will commemorate a special occasion, recognize an accomplishment, or honor individuals or organizations.

TOUR PLAN PROCEDURES - Update

If you are traveling within council boundaries and not doing a high risk event, you may not need a Tour Plan. Please note that all Cub Scout Overnight Camping trips, regardless of where they take place, must have an approved Tour Plan. While we recommend Tour Plans for all unit activities, follow the link to learn when a Tour Plan must be submitted.

LATEST NEWS FROM OUR REGION 6

Note the latest change in leadership within our Area 6 leadership.
From Tom Kieffer, President
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Central Region, Area 6 
We'd like to announce the appointment of Scott Douglass as Assistant Area Commissioner 
for the Central Region - Area 6. Some of you may have already met Scott.
 
Scott, a volunteer from Dan Beard Council, lives in Maineville, Ohio and will be serving Ohio Councils in Dayton, Springfield, Findlay, and the council in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has an extensive background in Scouting and in particular Commissioner Service. He has served at the Unit, District, and Council levels in various roles. 
 
Scott will be contacting his assigned Councils soon to schedule times to meet with them 
and discuss how he can best serve them. Please note that Scott will be supporting Service Area C. There have been several other changes in Area 6 Assistant Area Commissioner assignments as noted below.
 
Summary of assigned Councils:
Service Area A - Bob Hoffmeyer:
   *Dan Beard Council                       Cincinnati, OH
   Hoosier Trails Council                   Bloomington, IN
   Sagamore Council                         Kokomo, IN
   Buffalo Trace Council                    Evansville, IN
 
Service Area B - Scott Gray
   *Erie Shores Council                     Toledo, OH
   *LaSalle Council                         South Bend, IN
   *Anthony Wayne Area Council    Ft. Wayne, IN
 
Service Area C - Scott Douglass
   *Crossroads of America Council   Indianapolis, IN
   *Miami Valley Council            Dayton, OH
   *Tecumseh Council                Springfield, OH
   *Black Swamp Area Council        Findlay, OH
Please join us in welcoming Scott Douglass in his new role as Central Region, Area 6 - 
Assistant Area Commissioner.
* Changes in assigned Councils

QUESTION OF THE MONTH     

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls, a question of the month.  Those in attendance at the monthly meeting have the opportunity to win a great gift if they are the first to supply the correct answer.  We hope to see you at our next monthly meeting on June 19th!

In lieu of the question we used at this month’s Commissioner Cabinet meeting, this one is related to this month’s training session our ACC-Training, David Sword presented. Enjoy!

Topic: Self-Assessment for Unit Commissioners

Question (multiple choice): 

The Commissioner Field Book for Unit Service, states that there are four areas of the Unit Self-Assessment forms that ensure quality programming is occurring in each unit?

The four areas…

  1. Leadership, Finance, Program & Journey to Excellence Award Standards?
  2. Leadership, Program, Membership & Journey to Excellence Award Standards?
  3. Program, Finance, Membership & Journey to Excellence Award Standards?

 

ANNUAL COMMISSIONER SERVICE PLAN

The Annual Commissioner Service Plan gives specific purposes for regular and supportive contact with units by the Commissioner Corps, usually the Unit Commissioner.  This plan encourages commissioner visits and guides unit activities toward being quality units.  The recommended Commissioner Service Plan follows the natural flow of adding new members, purchasing uniforms, preparing for summer camp, unit program planning, and replacing adult leadership.

Unit Commissioners should make at least monthly visits.  Commissioners must be close enough to their units to know what is happening, and their contact must help the units strengthen their capability to deliver Scouting to the youths.  Contact with units will encompass visits to unit meetings, to unit committee meetings, or to unit Scouters homes to help units solve problems and improve unit meetings, promote roundtables, complete Annual Commissioner Service Plan action items, and provide other help.

July 2014 Action Items

  For Commissioners: 1Recruiting Efforts
  For Packs: 2Semi-Annual Health Assessment
  For Troops: 2Semi-Annual Health Assessment
  For Crews: 2Semi-Annual Health Assessment

August 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 3Orientation/Training

For Packs: 4Program Planning & 5Webelos 2 Troop Visits    

  For Troops: 4Program Planning & 6New Scout Advancements
  For Crews: 4Program Planning
1Recruiting Efforts

2SEMI-ANNUAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT (see below)
Unit Health (Self) Assessment

Commissioners check on their units' health twice a year!

Semi-annual unit health review are conducted by the youth-serving executive and the commissioner team to evaluate the units in the district.

For every unit, a plan is developed based on how the unit can achieve the highest level of the Journey to Excellence award based on this current status.

Twice a year, unit status should be compared to the last report and units that aren't changing status should be given immediate attention.

Here are the resources you need to perform the health assessments:

 Pack

Troop

Crew

4Program Planning-Cub                Program Planning-Boy  Scout External Link                 Program Planning-VenturingExternal Link

5Webelos 2 Troop VisitsExternal Link          

6New Scout AdvancementsExternal Link

 

NEW MVC COMMISSIONER CORPS TOOL KITExternal Link

While we await the release of a National tool kit, the Miami Valley Council’s Commissioner Corps has released one of their own.

Check out this new tool for Commissioners, more will be added as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you as a Commissioner in the field you need, or find a particular document let us know and we’ll place it in the toolkit.

 

ADULT OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING (BUCKSKIN)

This training is for all adults that are involved in the Scouting Program: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos Den Leaders, Troop and Pack Committee Members, Varsity Team Leaders, and Venturing Crew Advisors, as well as all adults offering support to a Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew.

By attending the Buckskin Trail you will learn the rules of Safe Scouting, how to be trained in Youth Protection, and learn the skills of Outdoor activities.

The functions of the Scout Troop and its committees will also be explained as you become a member of the Buckskin Scout Troop, form patrols, and operate as part of the Troop using the Patrol Method.

It is very important to be trained to enrich your knowledge of the Boy Scout Program. Understanding the
program ensures the success of each Troop and each Scout in the Troop. By coming to the Buckskin Trail you will feel at ease with using the Scouting Program, and will be able to make Scouting FUN for you and your Scouts.

Many Scouters return to the Buckskin Trail each year to help their fellow Scouters by sharing their experiences and knowledge, and in the process enrich their lives by renewing friendships they have made on the Trail.

Please join the Buckskin Trail this year and help make your Scouting experience safe and fun for you and your Scouts through an increased understanding of the Scout Program.

Contact Course Director, John Miller for more information.

Read more about Wood Badge in a recent Scouting magazine (March/April14)External Link

WOOD BADGE

We are sorry to announce the 2014 Miami Valley Council Wood Badge Course (C6-444-14) has been cancelled for this summer.  One of the major National requirements to hold a Wood Badge Course is to have 30 participants signed up and paid for no later than 30 days from the start of the course.

As of the 30th day prior to the course (June 18th) only 20 participants were registered/paid thus cancelling this year’s Wood Badge Course. While the staff was in place and prepared for a great course this one hurdle (participants) could not be overcome, but fear not, the Miami Valley Council will plan to hold this fabulous opportunity next year, 2015!

Course Director, Mark Davis apologizes for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused, but know he is committed to having a Miami Valley Council Wood Badge Course in 2015.  So sign up NOW!

Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by e-mail at [Click for member's page].

NYLT (Bear Claw)

This is your chance to practice what you have learned, rekindle old friendships, make new friendships, and help train the next group of youth leaders in our troops and crews.  The 2015 NYLT (Bear Claw) already has their schedule out and anxious to get started!

Contact NYLT Course Director, Andrew George at nylt@miamivalleybsa.org for more information.

*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS

Training without action is futile; action without training is fatal…LBP

Your unit leaders need training. You must encourage them to participate and to use the methods and skills that they learn in training events. Help them to put their training into practice. Knowing how to be successful does little good if that knowledge is not used.

Sometimes you find a unit with a lot of activity and a hardworking leader, but the program only vaguely resembles that of the Boy Scouts of America. With training, the leader could be really effective. Action which does not lead toward the purposes of Scouting is dangerous to the life of a unit.

* NEW CHANGES TO THE TRAINING PAGE!

Big changes are being made to the MVC Training web page. The first new feature is the Position Training Checker, this will allow any leader to find out what training is required for their position, with just the click of a mouse.

UP AND COMING TRAINING 

Future Train-A-Con and other training dates:

September 27, 2014 (Saturday), Train-A-Con, SLTC, Cricket Holler Scout Camp 

November 1, 2014 (Saturday),University of Scouting, Location: St Henry’s (across from Cox Arboretum)

MORE OF WHAT’S UP


COMMISSIONER CORPS @ Summer Camp!

For the second year, the Miami Valley Council Commissioner Corps will have a presence at the WTSR summer camp experience. At the invitation of new Camp Director, Hargis Short the Corps has been asked to participate in the weekly Scoutmaster meetings on each Monday during the camp season AND as Campsite Commissioners during each week of camp! Our ACC-Marketing/Communications has the meetings covered, but the Campsite Commissioner assignment is more FUN!

The Campsite Commissioner will be welcomed to stay at camp, at no expense other than to provide much needed service to the camp experience. That’s a week’s vacation at WTSR summer camp enjoying the outdoors and helping Scouts and Scouters along the way!

As a Campsite Commissioner you’d report directly to the WTSR’s Camp Commissioner and do what you do best, provide service to the units assigned to you during the week!

On a space available basis, you can stay in Staff Village (Camp Mgmt. will decide on availability), if no space available in Staff Village, then bring your own tent and experience the joy of real camping!  Win-Win!

If you are interested contact Joe at [Click to send email]and he’ll gather the list of week you request and pass on to the Camp Commissioner (and Camp Mgmt.).  Don’t delay, slots fill quickly!

2014 WTSR summer camp weeks to come are:

Week 2

Boy Scout

June 22-28

Week 3

Boy Scout

June 29-July 5

Week 4

Boy Scout

July 6-12

Week 1

Cub Scout

July 13-16

Week 2

Cub Scout

July 18-21

MIAMI VALLEY COUNCIL BIKE-IN - August 2-3

Gather your friends and ride your bikes to Cricket Holler for the third annual MVC Bike-In.

We hope this communication tool will assist you in your service to units.  More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook pageExternal Link.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter Beard External Linkwas born (June 21, 1850).

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:  B

Quality Criteria for the entire program family (Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews and Ships) occur within four areas: Leadership, Program, Membership (Attendance) & Journey to Excellence Award Standards.

 

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May 21, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps.  This monthly email blast will be sent out on the 21st day of the month (see last item on this email for the connection).

Having edited this month’s email blast we’re very much aware that if you are a regular reader of this communique a lot of the information included may be information you viewed in last month’s email blast.

While we’d like to send out the best product we can, there is still a need to share certain information multiple times throughout our Annual Commissioner Service Plan.  Your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures are appreciated, so please contact us  to share.   Enjoy…

FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER      

Fellow Commissioners,                                                                                              

Below is the first BSA training item I ever wrote.  Originally it was prepared when I was an EC6A Section Adviser and asked to do a Conclave training session on what makes a successful adult Arrowman.  The basis of the idea came from Chuck Gardner's Wood Badge Course staff development weekend where he discussed with his staff what he wanted us "to be" as staffers.

Over the years I have included thoughts for many friends and great Scouter's; Bill Kane, Ken Davis, Randy Cline and Art Good to name but a few.  As Thomas Jefferson said about his Declaration of Independence. "There is nothing new here - it has all been said before."  For me sometimes it is a speech, sometimes a training session.  It has been used in the Order of the Arrow, conferences for professional Scouters, Philmont's PTC and at a University of Scouting. It continues to be my favorite session to present.

Jefferson said about his Declaration of Independence he wanted "To place before mankind the common sense of subject in terms so plain and firm as command their assent."  While I would never compare myself to Mr. Jefferson, the common sense of the subject is worth remembering.

I look forward to bringing you the latest news from the BSA national meeting this week in Nashville.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, but please take a few moments to remember those who in the words of Lincoln, "Gave the last full measure of devotion" for our country.

Yours in Scouting,

Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

BEATITUDES OF SUCCESSFUL SCOUTING

Be Prepared

Be a Good Example

Be Professional

Be There

Be Motivated
-Seek our opportunities to serve - turn your dreams into realities

Be Motivating

Be Positive
-Set positive expectations and remember the law of reinforcement, “What the Scoutmaster does – his boys will do”.Baden Powell

-Positive attitude = positive results

-Negative attitude = negative results

Be Aware
-You need to have your antenna out to receive feedback
-Your radar must always be on
-Don’t be expect to stand in the spotlight

Be Kind
-We must remember our bad days so that we know how rough it can be on those around us.

Believe
-“We are in the business of changing people’s lives for the better.” Randy Cline

-“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

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The Spring 2014 edition of The Commissioner is now available for viewing. The newsletter can be found at http://www.scouting.org/Commissioners/newsletter.aspxExternal Link.

Calling all commissioners, your help is needed. For more information, click hereExternal Link

This issue marks the addition of two new national commissioner service chairs. Underserved Markets Chair Joe Domino discusses how commissioners can help support the BSA's All Markets Strategy. Communications Chair Rick Hillenbrand outlines social media tools that can help keep commissioners connected.

The Commissioner Corps has been asked to assist with the listening phase of the Growth Initiative Membership Recruitment Project. We need to reach out to our commissioners, and in turn to our unit-level volunteers, to engage our volunteer base in gathering the best information we can as we work to grow the Scouting program. To help us gather input, we are utilizing an online survey. Click here for more information and a link to the survey.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • Recruiting commissioners: Successful recruitment of a commissioner involves far more than just asking someone to serve.
  • Roundtable: Structuring roundtable as a monthly district event can draw more participation.
  • Training: Find out about the courses being offered during Commissioner Week at Philmont Training Center this summer.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COUNCIL OPERATIONS (BSA NATIONAL OFFICE)

 

 

Change in Unit Registration Status and Membership Reporting        

 

A change in the reporting of membership data on national membership reports will begin effective

January 1, 2015.  Starting then a unit that has not reregistered by its expiration date will be considered “separated” and immediately dropped from BSA’s membership reporting.  There will no longer be
what we now call a lapse period for units that do not reregister on time.  This is also a change in the
way we currently report membership totals.  Currently a lapsed unit’s membership continues to be
counted for 60 days in council membership totals.

 

The new definition will begin with units that have an effective date of January 1, 2015.  This means
that units with a December 31, 2014 expiration date will be included.  Volunteers will retain access to MyScouting, MyScouting tools, Internet Rechartering and Internet Advancement for 30 days after
their unit has expired and become separated.

 

A separated unit will have 12 months to reregister as a separated-re-registered (SR) unit. Once a separated
unit has been reregistered the unit will be included on membership reports starting in the business
month the recharter was posted.

 

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FAQ regarding January 1, 2015 Lapsed Period Change

1.  What are the implications for unit insurance coverage, access to district/council activities, and anything that requires current BSA membership, like OA membership?  

Liability insurance and unit accident insurance coverage will continue since the term for accident insurance is January through December.  Councils will still have the ability to approve or deny an accident insurance claim as they do today.    Each council will work to determine access to district and council activities, but obviously anyone serving in an active leadership role needs to be currently registered.  An individual’s access to national resources like MyScouting tools will expire 30 days after the expired registration and it is immediately restored when the person renews their membership.

2.  Will the youth advancement and leader training/awards records be maintained for units that don't meet the recharter deadline?

Records such as these are in the individual’s member record which is maintained.  They will be reactivated on the date the dropped unit renews as a separated-reregistered (SR) unit.  Dropped units are given 12 months to renew as an SR unit.  The individual’s record stays maintained in the BSA computer system for retrieval and reactivation at any later date.

3.  What about a Scout who has completed all the requirements for Eagle but his unit is not rechartered?  Can he have a Board of Review?  How do we handle advancement records?

Local councils take all circumstances into consideration when processing youth advancement and endeavor to not allow situations where the youth is penalized through no fault of his own.   However, in order to process an electronic Eagle application through PAS, the individual must be currently registered.  An individual is considered active in the program only while registered, but tenure for advancement purposes can be regained through payment of the back registration if it is due to processing delays, not true inactivity.

4.  What happens to a unit’s tenure? Will it continue once the unit reregisters, or will it restart?

Unit tenure can be maintained without a gap if it renews within 12 months after it has expired and the backdated registration fees are paid for the full time in between.

5.  Will this affect unit’s access to Internet Rechartering?

No.  Unit renewal processors will continue to be able to access Internet Rechartering to submit their renewal for 60 days after their unit expiration date.

6.  How will this affect the registrars processing of renewals?

There is no change to the unit renewal process.  Registrars will still be able to access unit renewals submitted through Internet Rechartering by going to Unposted Units in PAS as they do today.  In addition, they will continue to post paper renewals through Charter Renewal in PAS for 12 months after the unit has expired.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

*WOOD BADGE COURSE SIGN UP’s NOW OCCURRING…

As Commissioner training is important, so too is training for the units that we serve.  As Commissioners we have seen units that thrive with trained leaders and those without trained leaders struggle. Here is an opportunity to get those leaders trained. Wood Badge is great leadership training and registration is open to all. Wood Badge will teach leaders how to be better leaders.

Wood Badge is a great 6 day course, held over 2 weekends.  Beginning early on Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th for the first weekend. Then Friday, August 8th through Sunday August 10th for the second weekend.  There will be much to learn, but we have a lot of FUN in the process!!

Commissioners, please encourage the leaders that you know, or if you haven’t attended Wood Badge consider sign up as well!  We have limited openings, so sign-up soon. 

And did I mention all the great FUN you’ll have and friendships you’ll make? If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Wood Badge Course Director (and District Commissioner) Mark Davis at (937)884-5970, or [Click for member's page].  Stop by the Wood Badge Course display table at the UPPE on May 29th!

It's not too late to sign up for this summer's Wood Badge Course and don’t forget the earlier you get your payments made, the quicker we’ll fill the course!  Visit the Council website at www.MiamiValleyBSA.orgExternal Link  to learn more.           

DON’T DELAY, THE AVAIABLE SLOTS ARE FILLING FAST!                                             

COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring.

Unit CommissionerExternal Link

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per every three units, a new recruitment effort is being rolled out by each District to make that 3 to 1 ratio a success and continue their service and support to units in 2014.

Remember the words from our Council Commissioner in his monthly message; we’re looking for a few good Scouters to service units by sharing the friendship!  The goal is to have each Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner hold only one job in Scouting, the focus of that “one job” gives the units they serve more of a chance at success. 

In the meantime, don’t stop looking for that future star       Commissioner,       leave no stone unturned.  If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU!

COMMISSIONER AWARDS TO CONSIDER

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners
*District & Assistant District Commissioner
*Roundtable Commissioner
*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key
*District Committee Key
*District Award of Merit

Reminder to ALL Commissioners:  Check out the requirements for these awards, you too may already qualify and just need to get them signed off.  Download the form and fill in the blanks and have your District Commissioner approve and submit to our ACC David Sword for processing.

GRAPHIC CHANGE

If you have a suggestion on what should go in that particular graphic area of the MVC home page for the future, please pass the suggestion to our ACC-Marketing/Communications, Joe Isherwood at [Click to send email].

In the meantime, we’ve decided to leave up the Uncle Sam the Commissioner seeking more Commissioners, at least until we have our 3:1 (Units per Unit Commissioner) ratio completed!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps FacebookExternal Link and join the fun! LIKE US so we can continue to grow!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW COUNCIL PRESIDENT, Dr. CHRIS GROVE

On Wednesday, May 14th at the Miami Valley Council Annual Business Meeting we witnessed the passing of the gavel from outgoing Council President Neil Arthur to incoming new Council President Dr. Chris Grove.

For those of you who’ve been around awhile you’ll surely remember Dr. Grove’s tenure as one of our own when he held the Council Commissioner role. Congratulations Chris and thank you Neil!

CORPS MARKETING

In case you’ve been in a total communications black out, you’ve heard that the first ever Miami Valley Council Commissioner Corps polo shirt has arrived. The embroidered graphic and text on the shirt is first class (see above) and will be great to wear this summer in your travels around our Council. If you ordered and paid for your shirt(s), be at the UPPE next week (May 29th) to pick yours up


*2014 Cub Adventure Weekend, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cub Adventure Weekend (CAW) was an exciting adventure for Cub Scouts, their leaders, siblings and parents and friends. It provided a fun filled family environment and included an adult partner as an added feature to the fun.

The Commissioner Corps made its presence known manning an activity in Pointner Lodge along with fellow District Commissioner and Wood Badge Director Mark Davis and his dad, Frank Davis. A big thank you to Assistant Council Commissioners Joe Isherwood and David Sword as well as ADC Larry Hess for assisting! There were many questions on what are Commissioners and we even had two adults who said it sounded like Commissioning was something they’d like to get involved with! We hope to see more participation of our Corps during the summer camping season as Campsite Commissioners!

 

SAVE-A-SCOUT

Save-a-Scout Campaign

At the end of 2010, for every 100 Miami Valley Council Scouts, 33 dropped out of Scouting.

The Save-a-Scout process allows us to reach out to families that have left the Scouting program and find out why they left and try to recover them into the program.

This year we will be able to reach families within 1-10 months of dropping from the unit roster.

This task is vital to our mission to act on The Main Thing; Providing a quality Scouting experience to children, multiplied by thousands. We define our success by how we change a young person’s life for the better so that they may be; Prepared. For Life.

2014 Spring Save-a-Scout Timeframe

04/17/2014 – Dropped youth lists are distributed to the Field Staff and District Commissioner
04/25/2014 – Postcard mailed to dropped scout list
04/25/2014 – E-Mail experience survey sent to dropped Scouts
04/27/2014 – District Commissioner and Field Staff assign units to volunteers for contact
05/18/2014 – Calls to dropped completed. Results sent to District Commissioner & Field Staff
05/19/2014 – District Commissioner & Field Staff forward reports to Asst. Scout Executive

05/24/2014 – Asst. Scout Executive compiles dropped Scout list and forwards to Membership
Committee, District Commissioners and Field Staff
05/31/2014 – Membership Committee follows up and registers recovered Scouts
06/02/2014 – Feedback from dropped families shared.

COMMISSIONER INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Call the phone number for the dropped Scouting family and ask to speak with a parent.
  2. Let the family know that you are a volunteer calling for the Scouts.
  3. Ask for a few minutes of their time to talk about their Scouting experience the process can be completed over the phone. It can be done on the first call or rescheduled for a specific time.
  4. Ask:Why did your family not continue with the Scouting program this year?- Record answer
  5. Ask:What could we do to improve the Scouting experience for others?
  6. Ask:Would you be interested in a Scouting program with different leadership or at a different time?
  7. Thank them for their time. If they want to rejoin the program let them know that another volunteer will call them shortly to help them find a new unit.
  8. PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY AND NEATLY. It is very difficult to follow-up with information if we cannot understand what was written.
  9. Once all calls have been completed, forward your documentation to your District Commissioner and your Field Staff member. It is important that all calls are completed by the deadline so that the follow-up steps can take place right away.

Questions? Contact Christopher.Guarniere@MiamiValleyBSA.org


Drive for Five Award - Start working on requirements now!

Packs, Troops and Crews that fully participate in program planning and have membership growth are eligible to receive free Pinewood Derby Cars (for Packs) or two free weekends of tent camping at Cricket Holler Scout Camp or Woodland Trails Scout Reservation. Over 775 youth earned cars or free camping last year. Is your unit on track for Drive for Five?

Dayton National Cemetery Memorial Day Grave Decorating Ceremony - May 24

Each year Scouts and Community members come together to honor those fallen soldiers that fought for our freedom at the Dayton National Cemetery. Over 2,500 people attend and place flags on all of the grave stones.


Unit Program Planning Extravaganza (UPPE) - May 29

As parents and leaders, we all want the best possible program for our sons and daughters. Great programs begin with planning ... and planning begins at the Unit Program Planning Extravaganza! The Miami Valley Council leadership is putting together an exceptional evening all geared toward helping you develop your Scouting program plan. EVERYONE IS INVITED!

COMMISSIONERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND, THE COMMISSIONER CORPS WILL HAVE TWO TABLES SET UP. PHOTOS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE TAKEN OF NEW COMMISSIONERS (SINCE MAY 2013) AND THIS YEAR ALL ATTENDEES TO THE UPPE WHO WOULD LIKE A DIGITAL PHOTO TAKEN ARE WELCOMED TO DO SO!

 

Unit Program Planning Extravaganza

 

The first step toward free things…earn the Drive for Five
One criteria for the Drive for Five Award, Packs, Troops and Crews must attend the Unit Program Planning Extravaganza.

2013 Drive for Five Awards
Packs – Pinewood Derby Cars for all Scouts in Pack
Troops – Two Free weekends tent camping at Council Camps.
Crews – Two Free weekends tent camping at Council Camps.

Popcorn Orientation will be held separately for bonus popcorn sale commission.

Join us in May for a one-stop, action packed, Program Planning Event
So Important A Meeting, It Should Be Mandatory!

 

As parents and leaders, we all want the best possible program for our sons and daughters. Great programs begin with planning ... and planning begins at the Unit Program Planning Extravaganza! The Miami Valley Council leadership is putting together an exceptional evening all geared toward helping you develop your Scouting program plan.

New this year will be position specific break-out sessions for Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing leaders. The information you receive will be useful and specific to you and your unit’s program planning.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Masonic Center, Dayton, OH
(525 W. Riverview Ave.)

6:00 PM – Midway Booths Open
6:30 PM – Opening Session

 

Cub Scouts
Cubmaster, Committee

Cub Scouts
Den Leaders

Boy Scouts

Venturing

7:00 PM

Program Planning

Program Planning

Troop Open Houses Webelos Webelos 18 Month Transition

Activities
2013 Council Camporee

7:15 PM

Recruitment
Webelos 18 Month Transition

Day Camp & Woodland
Cub Scout Camp

Activities
2013 Council Camporee

Training

7:30 PM

Activities

Popcorn

Training

Camping

7:45 PM

Training

Advancement

Summer Camp

Service Projects

All About Venturing

8:00 PM

Summer Camp &
Weekend Camping

Bring a Buddy / Recruiting Adults

Internet Advancement
Best practices

Popcorn

8:15 PM

Internet Advancement

Best Practices

Activities

Popcorn

Venturing Officers Association

8:30 PM

Popcorn

Training

Program Planning

Program Planning

We'll also have door prizes including two certificates for a free week at Woodland Trails for two lucky Scouts. Parking is free.

Please RSVP with your unit number, district, and number of attendees by 5/24/2013 to
Register Online at the Council Website: www.MiamiValleyBSA.orgExternal Link (Click on the news article)

*LEAVE A LEGACY IN BRICK

You can leave a legacy for Scouting at the Leadership Training Center at Cricket Holler Scout Camp. Purchase a brick that will commemorate a special occasion, recognize an accomplishment, or honor individuals or organizations.

* TOUR PLAN PROCEDURES - Updated

If you are traveling within council boundaries and not doing a high risk event, you may not need a Tour Plan. Please note that all Cub Scout Overnight Camping trips, regardless of where they take place, must have an approved Tour Plan. While we recommend Tour Plans for all unit activities, follow the link to learn when a Tour Plan must be submitted.

* CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP - AN EXPLOSIVE ADVENTURE - Register now!

Cu-Boom! Day Camp. Science, technology, engineering and math adventures! Cub Scouts can participate in many types of activities including, archery, BB-guns, sling shots, field sports, nature, arts and crafts, Scout skills, and a variety of other events. Camp is open to all Cub Scouts who will be in first thru fifth grades as of September 2014.

NEW ADDITION TO EACH MONTHLY EMAIL BLAST…a unique Scouting graphic for you to view, share, or use for your own entertainment!

Topic: Armed Forces Day, May 17th and Memorial Day, May 26

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls, a question of the month. Those in attendance at the monthly meeting have the opportunity to win a great gift if they are the first to supply the correct answer.  We hope to see you at our next monthly meeting on June 19th!

Question (multiple choice): What is the Commissioners number one priority?

A. Attend Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings

B. Accomplish Unit Uniform Inspections

C. Know Your Units

D. Membership Retention

ANNUAL COMMISSIONER SERVICE PLAN

The Annual Commissioner Service Plan gives specific purposes for regular and supportive contact with units by the Commissioner Corps, usually the Unit Commissioner.  This plan encourages commissioner visits and guides unit activities toward being quality units.  The recommended Commissioner Service Plan follows the natural flow of adding new members, purchasing uniforms, preparing for summer camp, unit program planning, and replacing adult leadership.

Unit Commissioners should make at least monthly visits.  Commissioners must be close enough to their units to know what is happening, and their contact must help the units strengthen their capability to deliver Scouting to the youths.  Contact with units will encompass visits to unit meetings, to unit committee meetings, or to unit Scouters homes to help units solve problems and improve unit meetings, promote roundtables, complete Annual Commissioner Service Plan action items, and provide other help.

June 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 1
Staffing Inventory

For Packs: 2a
Outdoor Program Review and 3Unit Committee Engagement
 
For Troops: 2bOutdoor Program Review

For Crews: 2cOutdoor Program Review

July 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 4
Recruiting Efforts

For Packs:
5Semi-Annual Health Assessment

For Troops: 5Semi-Annual Health Assessment

For Crews: 5Semi-Annual Health Assessment

1STAFFING INVENTORYExternal Link

2OUTDOOR PROGRAM REVIEW aCUB SCOUTExternal Link    bBOY SCOUTExternal Link    cVENTURINGExternal Link

3UNIT COMMITTEE, PackExternal Link

5SEMI-ANNUAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT (see below)

5Unit Health Assessment

Commissioners check on their units' health twice a year!

Semi-annual unit health review are conducted by the youth-serving executive and the commissioner team to evaluate the units in the district.

For every unit, a plan is developed based on how the unit can achieve the highest level of the Journey to Excellence award based on this current status.

Twice a year, unit status should be compared to the last report and units that aren't changing status should be given immediate attention.

Here are the resources you need to perform the health assessments:

TRAINING

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

 

* ACC-Training, David Sword is looking for three to six 
Commissioners to help with Roundtable Commissioner Basic.  
If interested contact David at papabear444@frontier.comExternal Link as soon as possible so he can get the training material to you!
                                     

*ROUNDTABLE TRAINING

Roundtable Commissioner Basic will be held on June 21, 2014 
at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 901 E Whipp Rd,
Centerville, OH 45459 from 7:30 AM to about Noon.
Please contact ACC-Training, Dave Sword to let him know you will attend.
Email him at papabear444@frontier.comExternal Link.

 

*COMMISSIONER BASIC TRAINING

August 16 and November 1, 2014

*CONTINUING EDUCATION (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)

June 19                        Using the Unit Self-Assessment Tools

September 18              New Leader Training

December 18               Top Ten Ways to Insure Good Commissioner Service

 *2014 WOODLAND TRAILS STAFF NEEDED - don’t delay!

*COLLEGE OF COMMISSIONER SCIENCE   

Saturday, April 5th (Dan Beard Council) and April 26th (Crossroads of America Council. Commissioner Corps Attendees:

College at Dan Beard Council

 

College at Crossroads of America Council

Ken Grimes - General Sessions

 

Murry Chelette – Doctorate Courses

David Sword - Masters

 

David Sword - Doctorate Courses

Scott Schimmels - Bachelors

 

Rev. Bob Thornton - Doctorate Courses

NEW COMMISSIONER TOOL KITExternal Link

Check out this new tool for Commissioners, more will be added as it becomes available. In the meantime,
if you as a Commissioner in the field you need, or find a particular document let us know and we’ll place it in the toolkit.

ADULT OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING (BUCKSKIN)

This training is for all adults that are involved in the Scouting Program: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos Den Leaders, Troop and Pack Committee Members, Varsity Team Leaders, and Venturing Crew Advisors, as well as all adults offering support to a Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew.

By attending the Buckskin Trail you will learn the rules of Safe Scouting, how to be trained in Youth Protection, and learn the skills of Outdoor activities.

The functions of the Scout Troop and its committees will also be explained as you become a member of the Buckskin Scout Troop, form patrols, and operate as part of the Troop using the Patrol Method.

It is very important to be trained to enrich your knowledge of the Boy Scout Program. Understanding the program ensures the success of each Troop and each Scout in the Troop. By coming to the Buckskin Trail you will feel at ease with using the Scouting Program, and will be able to make Scouting FUN for you and your Scouts.

Many Scouters return to the Buckskin Trail each year to help their fellow Scouters by sharing their experiences and knowledge, and in the process enrich their lives by renewing friendships they have made on the Trail. Please join the Buckskin Trail this year and help make your Scouting experience safe and fun for you and your Scouts through an increased understanding of the Scout Program.

Contact Course Director, John Miller for more information.

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Read more about Wood Badge in a recent Scouting magazine (March/April14)External Link

WOOD BADGE

SAVE THE DATES for Wood Badge C6-444-14

You are cordially invited to join in the ultimate leadership training opportunity for adults in the Miami Valley Council.

What:
Wood Badge traces its roots back to 1919 when Lord Baden-Powell conducted the first Wood Badge training course at Gilwell Park near London. Come join the ranks of those who proudly wear the Wood Badge beads that identify them as successful leaders to the youth we serve.

Why:
You should consider taking Wood Badge because:

•Wood Badge brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting –Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and the professional ranks. All for one common training experience.

•You will learn the most current leadership models used by corporate America. You will experience the connections between these techniques and your role as an adult leader in the Scouting program.

•The course draws on nearly one century of leadership training in the Scouting movement.

•You will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.

•You will become part of the Wood Badge tradition.

•And did we mention that you will have FUN!!!!

 

When:

Pre-Course Meeting- Sunday June 22, 2014

First Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

Second Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2014

Who:
Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by

e-mail at [Click for member's page]

 

SAVE THE DATE flyer

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NYLT (Bear Claw)

Attention Boy Scouts and Venturers!  Have you completed the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course in 2011, 2012, or 2013?  Are you interested in becoming a part of the staff that conducts that training?  Well here is your chance to become a part of that awesome group of staffers for the 2014 course.

Please check out and complete the staff application (click here) and mail it to the address on the application.  Staff development dates and course dates are listed on the application.

This is your chance to practice what you have learned, rekindle old friendships, make new friendships, and help train the next group of youth leaders in our troops and crews.

Contact NYLT Course Director, Andrew George at nylt@miamivalleybsa.org for more information.


*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS

Training without action is futile; action without training is fatal…LBP

Your unit leaders need training. You must encourage them to participate and to use the methods and skills that they learn in training events. Help them to put their training into practice. Knowing how to be successful does little good if that knowledge is not used.

Sometimes you find a unit with a lot of activity and a hardworking leader, but the program only vaguely resembles that of the Boy Scouts of America. With training, the leader could be really effective. Action which does not lead toward the purposes of Scouting is dangerous to the life of a unit.

* NEW CHANGES TO THE TRAINING PAGE!

Big changes are being made to the training web page. The first new feature is the Position Training Checker, this will allow any leader to find out what training is required for their position, with just the click of a mouse


UP AND COMING TRAINING


Future Train-A-Con and other training dates:

September 2014 (Saturday), Train-A-Con, SLTC, Cricket Holler Scout Camp

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location: St Henry’s (across from Cox Arboretum)

MORE OF WHAT’S UP

* Ready for an Awesome Summer Overnight Camp Experience? Online Registration now Open!

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? We are. 2014 Woodland Trails Scout Reservation holds the area's premier Boy Scout and Cub Scout Resident Summer Camp. Do you want to ride ATV's? Do you want to ride in the Wild West? Do you want to build robots in a top of the line STEM center? We have it all, and MUCH more, here at WTSR-2014!

At Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, we pride ourselves on the dedication and spirit our staff has in all of our programs and activities.  We believe in complete customer service to all of the troops and packs that visit us each summer.  If you are dynamic, hardworking, and dedicated to the Scouting program and values, we want you to work for us this summer!

Contact the Scout office at Camping@miamivalleybsa.orgExternal Link for more information.

*WTSR CAMP LEADERS MEETINGS - BOY SCOUTS, May 20 + CUB SCOUTS, May 21

Are you a leader in a Boy Scout Troop or Cub Scout Pack that is attending Woodland Trails this summer for camp? This year the 10-Day-Out Meeting has been replaced with one program specific meeting for Boy Scouts and one meeting for Cub Scouts. Leadership from each unit attending camp is strongly encouraged to attend. We have a lot to share with you about your camp experience this summer.

COMMISSIONER CORPS @ Summer Camp!
For the second year, the Miami Valley Council Commissioner Corps will have a presence at the WTSR summer camp experience. At the invitation of new Camp Director, Hargis Short the Corps has been asked to participate in the weekly Scoutmaster meetings on each Monday during the camp season AND as Campsite Commissioners during each week of camp! Our ACC-Marketing/Communications has the meetings covered, but the Campsite Commissioner assignment is more FUN! 
The Campsite Commissioner will be welcomed to stay at camp, at no expense other than to provide much needed service to the camp experience. That’s a week’s vacation at WTSR summer camp enjoying the outdoors and helping Scouts and Scouters along the way!
As a Campsite Commissioner you’d report directly to the WTSR’s Camp Commissioner and do what you do best, provide service to the units assigned to you during the week! On a space available basis, you can stay in Staff Village (Camp Mgmt. will decide on availability), if no space available in Staff Village, then bring your own tent and experience the joy of real camping!  Win-Win! 
If you are interested contact Joe at [Click to send email] and he’ll gather the list of week you request and pass on to the Camp Commissioner (and Camp Mgmt.).  Don’t delay, slots fill quickly!
2014 WTSR summer camp weeks are:

Week 1 Boy Scout, June 15-21
Week 2 Boy Scout, June 22-28
Week 3 Boy Scout, June 29-July 5
 Week 4 Boy Scout, July 6-12
Week 1 Cub Scout, July 13-16
Week 2 Cub Scout, July 18-21

* TROOP SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN WEEKEND - June 13 - 15

Have a weekend campout with program and food provided by the Woodland Trails staff for just $20 a participant. Program areas will be open on Saturday for use by Scouts. If you haven't been to Woodland Trails in a while, now is your chance to see what all of the talk is about. No risk to you, if you have a horrible time we will refund your event fees. We know you will have a blast! Sign up now!

*MIAMI VALLEY COUNCIL BIKE-IN - August 2-3

Gather your friends and ride your bikes to Cricket Holler for the third annual MVC Bike-In.

We hope this communication tool will assist you in your service to units.  More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook pageExternal Link.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter BeardExternal Link was born (June 21, 1850).

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:  C. Know Your Units

Know the unit adults.

Be a friend of the unit. Do unit people view you as a person who really cares?

Understand the environment in which the unit operates:

• Chartered organization

• History and experience with Scouting

• Income and education level

• Inner-city neighborhood

• Urban/suburban

• Remote rural area

Visit often enough to be up-to-date.

Beware the hazard of placing emphasis on the district rather than on units and unit advocacy.

Reference: Page 143, Administration of Commissioner Service, #34501


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April 21, 2014

FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER                                 

Fellow Commissioners,

Last Thursday we remembered our past and looked to our future.

We remembered the past as we observed our last Commissioner Cabinet Meeting with six districts in the Miami Valley Council.  I took the opportunity to thank and recognize those District Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners and Assistant Council Commissioners who have served with me the past 2-1/2 years. Each was presented with an embroidered Commissioner neckerchief with my thanks.

We looked to the future by announcing our Commissioner Corps Goals for the 2014 Program Year.

  • Focus more on unit service
  • Recruit more unit commissioners
  • Implement the use of Commissioner Tools when it becomes available.
  • Improve Roundtables and recruit an Assistant Council Commissioner for Roundtables.
  • Commissioner Corps will take the lead on the 2015 UPPE

I look forward to the new program year and its challenges.

Yours in Scouting,

Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

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From the National Commissioner                        

See the newest edition of “The Commissioner” newsletter at:

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Commissioners/newsletter.aspx

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

*WOOD BADGE COURSE SIGN UP’s NOW OCCURRING…

It's not too late to sign up for this summer's Wood Badge Course and don’t forget the earlier you get your payments made, the quicker we’ll fill the course!  Visit the Council website at www.MiamiValleyBSA.org  to learn more.                                                                  

COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring. Unit Commissioner

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per every three units, a new recruitment effort is being rolled out by each District to make that 3 to 1 ratio a success and continue their service and support to units in 2014.

Remember the words from our Council Commissioner in his monthly message; we’re looking for a few good Scouters to service units by sharing the friendship!  The goal is to have each Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner hold only one job in Scouting, the focus of that “one job” gives the units they serve more of a chance at success. 

In the meantime, don’t stop looking for that future star       Commissioner,       leave no stone unturned.  If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU!

COMMISSIONER AWARDS TO CONSIDER

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE                                              

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners
*District & Assistant District Commissioner
*Roundtable Commissioner
*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key
*District Committee Key
*District Award of Merit

Reminder to ALL Commissioners:  Check out the requirements for these awards, you too may already qualify and just need to get them signed off.  Download the form and fill in the blanks and have your District Commissioner approve and submit to our ACC David Sword for processing.

GRAPHIC CHANGE

Take note, the Commissioner Corps/Service graphic on the MVC home page has been changed and will change quarterly.  As you know the quarterly change of that graphic was to keep the focus on our Commissioner Corps being the leaders in customer service for the units we serve.

The last quarter of 2013 we highlighted the importance for quality programming by using the JTE (Journey to Excellence) graphic, the present graphic (below) puts the emphasis on our Council Commissioner’s 2014 charge to RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT.  As one of the new goals for 2014, the Commissioner Corps needs to keep growing and moving forward, to do that we need to have a full complement of Unit Commissioners, Roundtable Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners, District Commissioners and Assistant Council Commissioners.  Don’t delay, having a full staff and a succession plan in place the Commissioner Corps can fulfil our responsibility of service to our units!

If you have a suggestion on what should go in that particular graphic area of the MVC home page for the future, please pass the suggestion to our ACC-Marketing/Communications, Joe Isherwood at isherwood.joe@juno.com

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps Facebook and join the fun! LIKE US so we can continue to grow!

Hike for Religious Understanding - April 27

Groups, starting on K-Lodge Lawn, will travel round-robin style to each location to learn more about Faith Avengers from local Religious Leaders of different Faiths, ending with an Interfaith Service at the Chapel.


NEW ADDITION TO EACH MONTHLY EMAIL BLAST…a unique Scouting graphic for you to view, share, or use for your own entertainment! Topic: Webelos-to-Scout Transition

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls, a question of the month. Those in attendance at the monthly meeting have the opportunity to win a great gift if they are the first to supply the correct answer.  We hope to see you at our next monthly meeting on April 17th!

Question (multiple choice):

If you think any of the BSA's Youth Protection policies have been violated, including those described within Scouting's Barriers to Abuse, you must notify who so action can be taken for the safety of our Scouts?

A. Your local media (television, radio and newspaper)

B. Your District Commissioner

C. Your District Chairman

D. Your local Council Scout Executive, or his designee

ANNUAL COMMISSIONER SERVICE PLAN

The Annual Commissioner Service Plan gives specific purposes for regular and supportive contact with units by the Commissioner Corps, usually the Unit Commissioner.  This plan encourages commissioner visits and guides unit activities toward being quality units.  The recommended Commissioner Service Plan follows the natural flow of adding new members, purchasing uniforms, preparing for summer camp, unit program planning, and replacing adult leadership.

Unit Commissioners should make at least monthly visits.  Commissioners must be close enough to their units to know what is happening, and their contact must help the units strengthen their capability to deliver Scouting to the youths.  Contact with units will encompass visits to unit meetings, to unit committee meetings, or to unit Scouters homes to help units solve problems and improve unit meetings, promote roundtables, complete Annual Commissioner Service Plan action items, and provide other help.

May 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 1
Program Planning and Save-a-Scout Reconnect

For Packs:
2Journey to Excellence Progress and 3Advancement Progress

For Troops: 2Journey to Excellence Progress and 4Unit Committee Engagement

For Crews: 6Unit Leadership Inventory and 5Unit Committee Engagement

June 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 7
Staffing Inventory

For Packs: 8
Outdoor Program Review and 9Unit Committee Engagement
 
For Troops: 8Outdoor Program Review

For Crews: 8Outdoor Program Review

1PROGAM PLANNING

2JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE

3ADVANCEMENT

4UNIT COMMITTEE, Troop

5UNIT COMMITTEE, Crew

6UNIT LEADERSHIP INVENTORY

7STAFFING INVENTORY

8OUTDOOR PROGRAM REVIEW CUB SCOUT    BOY SCOUT    VENTURING

9UNIT COMMITTEE, Pack

TRAINING

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Roundtable Training

There is a Roundtable training course being offered, however input is needed to narrow down date(s) that would maximize the participation.

Please email ACC-Training David Sword at <papabear444@frontier.com> with your selection and rating of the following dates to hold this training: May 3, May 24 or May 31 as first, second and third choices (for example May 3rd first, May 31st second and May 24th third).

AND if you have been a RT Commissioner, and/or have had the training David can you use 4-5 staff members to assist!

Please reply to David  NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 24th. THAT'S THIS THURSDAY!

*Commissioner Basic Training
May 10, August 16 and November 1, 2014
 
*Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)

June 19                        Using the Unit Self-Assessment Tools

September 18              New Leader Training

December 18               Top Ten Ways to Insure Good Commissioner Service

*College of Commissioner Science  (at Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

NEW COMMISSIONER TOOL KIT

Check out this new tool for Commissioners, more will be added as it becomes available. In the meantime,
if you as a Commissioner in the field you need, or find a particular document let us know and we’ll place it in the toolkit.

ADULT OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING (BUCKSKIN)

This training is for all adults that are involved in the Scouting Program: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos Den Leaders, Troop and Pack Committee Members, Varsity Team Leaders, and Venturing Crew Advisors, as well as all adults offering support to a Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew.

By attending the Buckskin Trail you will learn the rules of Safe Scouting, how to be trained in Youth Protection, and learn the skills of Outdoor activities.

The functions of the Scout Troop and its committees will also be explained as you become a member of the Buckskin Scout Troop, form patrols, and operate as part of the Troop using the Patrol Method.

It is very important to be trained to enrich your knowledge of the Boy Scout Program. Understanding the program ensures the success of each Troop and each Scout in the Troop. By coming to the Buckskin Trail you will feel at ease with using the Scouting Program, and will be able to make Scouting FUN for you and your Scouts.

Many Scouters return to the Buckskin Trail each year to help their fellow Scouters by sharing their experiences and knowledge, and in the process enrich their lives by renewing friendships they have made on the Trail. Please join the Buckskin Trail this year and help make your Scouting experience safe and fun for you and your Scouts through an increased understanding of the Scout Program.

Contact Course Director, John Miller for more information.

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Read more about Wood Badge in a recent Scouting magazine (March/April14)

WOOD BADGE

SAVE THE DATES for Wood Badge C6-444-14

You are cordially invited to join in the ultimate leadership training opportunity for adults in the Miami Valley Council.

What:
Wood Badge traces its roots back to 1919 when Lord Baden-Powell conducted the first Wood Badge training course at Gilwell Park near London. Come join the ranks of those who proudly wear the Wood Badge beads that identify them as successful leaders to the youth we serve.

Why:
You should consider taking Wood Badge because:

•Wood Badge brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting –Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and the professional ranks. All for one common training experience.

•You will learn the most current leadership models used by corporate America. You will experience the connections between these techniques and your role as an adult leader in the Scouting program.

•The course draws on nearly one century of leadership training in the Scouting movement.

•You will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.

•You will become part of the Wood Badge tradition.

•And did we mention that you will have FUN!!!!

When:

Pre-Course Meeting- Sunday June 22, 2014

First Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

Second Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2014

Who:

Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by

e-mail at kdbooks@juno.com

SAVE THE DATE flyer

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NYLT (Bear Claw)

Attention Boy Scouts and Venturers!  Have you completed the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course in 2011, 2012, or 2013?  Are you interested in becoming a part of the staff that conducts that training?  Well here is your chance to become a part of that awesome group of staffers for the 2014 course.

Please check out and complete the staff application (click here) and mail it to the address on the application.  Staff development dates and course dates are listed on the application.

This is your chance to practice what you have learned, rekindle old friendships, make new friendships, and help train the next group of youth leaders in our troops and crews.

Contact NYLT Course Director, Andrew George at nylt@miamivalleybsa.org for more information.

*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS

Training without action is futile; action without training is fatal…LBP

Your unit leaders need training. You must encourage them to participate and to use the methods and skills that they learn in training events. Help them to put their training into practice. Knowing how to be successful does little good if that knowledge is not used.

Sometimes you find a unit with a lot of activity and a hardworking leader, but the program only vaguely resembles that of the Boy Scouts of America. With training, the leader could be really effective. Action which does not lead toward the purposes of Scouting is dangerous to the life of a unit.

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UP AND COMING TRAINING

Future Train-A-Con and other training dates:

September 2014 (Saturday), Train-A-Con, SLTC, Cricket Holler Scout Camp

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location: St Henry’s (across from Cox Arboretum)

* Campership Applications, due by Thursday, May 1, 2014

If a Scout wants to attend a Miami Valley Council Day Camp or Resident Camp experience this summer but cannot due to financial concerns, campership funds are available to help.  The deadline for campership forms is May 1st Applications received after the deadline will receive allocations based on funding availability.

* Betty Dill Memorial Fishing Derby, Saturday, May 10, 2014

Betty L. Dill Memorial Fishing Derby, Saturday May 10, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  It will be held at the pond at Delco Park in Kettering, Ohio. Cost is FREE. Come out and bring all of your Cub Scouts for a great time. There will be prizes.

Here’s a good opportunity for Unit Commissioners to visit their units at a great event! If you attend, take photos and forward to me at isherwood.joe@juno.com and we’ll get them some much needed recognition!

 *2014 Cub Adventure Weekend, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cub Adventure Weekend (CAW) is an exciting adventure for your Cub Scouts.  It provides a fun filled family environment and includes an adult partner as an added feature to the fun.  CAW at Woodland Trails is designed for boys who have completed at least one year of the Cub Scout program.  As the name infers, this is a weekend overnight camp beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday late morning.  The goal of the Cub Adventure Weekend is to provide a more exciting program to Cub Scouts who have already experienced Cub Scout Day Camp.

Cub Adventure Weekend 2014's theme is Hooray for Heroes.  Cub Scouts will learn about the American hero and what it means to be a hero throughout the day.  Prices coming very soon!

The Commissioner Corps will have a presence at this year’s Cub Adventure Weekend, to sign up to assist email our ACC for Communications at isherwood.joe@juno.com

Click here for more event information.

*2014 Woodland Trails Staff Needed, as soon as possible-don’t delay!

At Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, we pride ourselves on the dedication and spirit our staff has in all of our programs and activities.  We believe in complete customer service to all of the troops and packs that visit us each summer.  If you are dynamic, hardworking, and dedicated to the Scouting program and values, we want you to work for us this summer!

Contact the Scout office at Camping@miamivalleybsa.org for more information.
COMMISSIONER CORPS @ summer camp!
For the second year, the Miami Valley Council Commissioner Corps will have a presence at the WTSR summer camp experience. At the invitation of new Camp Director, Hargis Short the Corps has been asked to participate in the weekly Scoutmaster meetings on each Monday during the camp season AND as Campsite Commissioners during each week of camp! Our ACC-Marketing/Communications has the meetings covered, but the Campsite Commissioner assignment is more FUN!
The Campsite Commissioner will be welcomed to stay at camp, at no expense other than to provide much needed service to the camp experience. That’s a week’s vacation at WTSR summer camp enjoying the outdoors and helping Scouts and Scouters along the way!
As a Campsite Commissioner you’d report directly to the WTSR’s Camp Commissioner and do what you do best, provide service to the units assigned to you during the week!
On a space available basis, you can stay in Staff Village (Camp Mgmt. will decide on availability), if no space available in Staff Village, then bring your own tent and experience the joy of real camping!  Win-Win!
If you are interested contact Joe at isherwood.joe@juno.com and he’ll gather the list of week you request and pass on to the Camp Commissioner (and Camp Mgmt.).  Don’t delay, slots fill quickly!
2014 WTSR summer camp weeks are:

Week 1 Boy Scout, June 15-21
Week 2 Boy Scout, June 22-28
Week 3 Boy Scout, June 29-July 5
Week 4 Boy Scout, July 6-12
Week 1 Cub Scout, July 13-16
Week 2 Cub Scout, July 18-21

We hope this communication tool will assist you in your service to units.  More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook page.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter Beard was born (June 21, 1850).

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:  D. Your local Council Scout Executive, or his designee*

* In the Miami Valley Council it would be the Assistant Scout Executive, Chris Guarniere

Reference: Youth Protection page on BSA National website

Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies

If you think any of the BSA's Youth Protection policies have been violated, including those described within Scouting's Barriers to Abuse, you must notify your local council Scout Executive, or his/her designee so appropriate action can be taken for the safety of our Scouts.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Rev. Robert Thornton, Sunwatch’s District Commissioner for answering the question correctly ;) at our April’s Commissioner Cabinet!

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March 21, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps.  This monthly email blast will be sent out on the 21st day of the month (see last item on this email for the connection).

Having edited this month’s email blast we’re very much aware that if you are a regular reader of this communique a lot of the information included may be information you viewed in last month’s email blast.

While we’d like to send out the best product we can, there is still a need to share certain information multiple times throughout our Annual Commissioner Service Plan.  Take note as we are entering this New Year and with that we’re hoping for more adventures in the Corps that can be reported here on your monthly email blast.

Your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures are appreciated, so please contact us  to share.   Enjoy…

FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER
Fellow Commissioners,
Some of these apply only to the Order of the Arrow BUT as I read them anew, I realized how many are
useful to us as Commissioners. “The Rules” were too valuable for me to de-accession so I have saved my copy.

Here is a copy for you!

Yours in Scouting,
Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

*The Miami Valley Council’s University of Scouting is making its return on Saturday, November 1st. location TBD  

If you’re interested in participating on staff make a point of attending the organizing committee meeting at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 27th at the SLTC at Cricket Holler.

Special thanks to Paula Wathen and Lou Brinkman for stepping up as Co-Chairs for this comeback!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the University of Scouting on November 1, 2014 (Saturday)


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*WOOD BADGE COURSE SIGN UP’s NOW OCCURRING…

Nearly 100 Scouters gathered last evening at the Schiewtez Leadership Training Center on Cricket Holler for the annual Wood Badge Home Beef Stew (see photo below). Fun, fellowship, song and recognition, along with an auction raised funds to support the Wood Badge Scholarship Fund.  It's not too late to sign up for this summer's Wood Badge Course and don’t forget the earlier you get your payments made, the quicker we’ll fill the course!  Visit the Council website at www.MiamiValleyBSA.org  to learn more.

COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring. Unit Commissioner

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per every three units, a new recruitment effort is being rolled out by each District to make that 3 to 1 ratio a success and continue their service and support to units in 2014.

Remember the words from our Council Commissioner in his monthly message; we’re looking for a few good Scouters to service units by sharing the friendship!  The goal is to have each Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner hold only one job in Scouting, the focus of that “one job” gives the units they serve more of a chance at success. 

In the meantime, don’t stop looking for that future star       Commissioner,       leave no stone unturned.  If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU! 

COMMISSIONER AWARDS TO CONSIDER

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE                                                                                        

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners
*District & Assistant District Commissioner
*Roundtable Commissioner
*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key
*District Committee Key
*District Award of Merit

Reminder to ALL Commissioners:  Check out the requirements for these awards, you too may already qualify and just need to get them signed off.  Download the form and fill in the blanks and have your District Commissioner approve and submit to our ACC David Sword for processing.

GRAPHIC CHANGE

Take note, as promised, the Commissioner Corps/Service graphic on the MVC home page was changed, alittle over two months late, but changed nonetheless.

As you know the quarterly changes in that graphic was to keep the focus on our Commissioner Corps being the leaders in customer service for the units we serve. The last quarter of 2013 we highlighted the importance for quality programming by using the JTE (Journey to Excellence) graphic, the new graphic (below) puts the emphasis on our Council Commissioner’s 2014 charge to RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT.  

If you have a suggestion on what should go in that particular area of the MVC home page for the future, please pass the suggestion to our ACC Joe Isherwood at isherwood.joe@juno.com



WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps Facebook and join the fun! LIKE US so we can continue to grow!

Spring into Camp with Camp Cards and Popcorn - Earn up to 35%

We are excited to provide units with a spring fundraising opportunity called Spring into Camp. This spring fundraiser features Camp Cards and a limited Trails' End popcorn lineup. What are camp cards? These cards are designed to help Scouts attend camp. Scouts sell cards with a value of $100 for just $5.00. Up to 35% of each product sold is returned to the unit.

Earn Merit Badges at the Career Exploration Academy hosted by Miami Valley CTC

Would you like to earn merit badges and explore careers at the region’s top career technology center? If so, the Career Exploration Academy is the event for you. In just two weekends you can work toward at least three merit badges with adult instructors that are the top educators in their field. Set aside March 29 for fun! For more information follow the link...

AND visit our Commissioner Corps page on the Miami Valley Council’s website then keep an eye out for our upcoming Twitter site. Follow the thoughts and ideas of our Commissioner Corps on social media and you can be a part of that process, stay tuned!

2014 Scouting for Food

Still need Scouting for Food patches, click HERE

Results of this year’s SFF drive: Totals not available at press time!

Contact Information for your district:

Darke                                     Sharon Livingston, 937-548-9378 or sharon68@woh.rr.com

Miami/Shelby                        Kate Ross, 937-665-1067 or Kate.ross@miamivalleybsa.org

Preble                                     Jana Bateman, 937-681-7074 or [Click for member's page]

Sunwatch                               Allen Cherry, 937-277-4617 or awcherry@mvh.org
                                               Jerry Ewing, 937-667-7930 or Gerald.ewing@wpafb.af.mil

Wright Brothers                     Greg Neff, 937-254-0547 or [Click for member's page]

NEW ADDITION TO EACH MONTHLY EMAIL BLAST…a unique Scouting graphic for you to view it, share it, or use it for your own entertainment!

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls, a question of the month. Those in attendance at the monthly meeting have the opportunity to win a great gift if they are the first to supply the correct answer.  We hope to see you at our next monthly meeting on April 17th!

Question (multiple choice): Two parts, topic is Meeting Room…

How often and who should conduct the unit’s meeting place location inspection for health and safety hazards?

A. Once-a-year by Unit Commissioner

B. Twice-a-year by the Local Council

C. Once-a-year by Unit Committee

D. Twice-a-year by Unit Committee
E. Both A & B above
F.
Both C & D above

 

ANNUAL COMMISSIONER SERVICE PLAN

The annual commissioner service plan gives specific purposes for regular and supportive contact with units by the Commissioner Corps, usually the Unit Commissioner.  This plan encourages commissioner visits and guides unit activities toward being quality units.  The recommended Commissioner Service Plan follows the natural flow of adding new members, purchasing uniforms, preparing for summer camp, unit program planning, and replacing adult leadership.

Unit Commissioners should make at least monthly visits.  Commissioners must be close enough to their units to know what is happening, and their contact must help the units strengthen their capability to deliver Scouting to the youths.  Contact with units will encompass visits to unit meetings, to unit committee meetings, or to unit Scouters homes to help units solve problems and improve unit meetings, promote roundtables, complete Annual Commissioner Service Plan action items, and provide other help.

April 2014 Action Items


For Commissioners: 3
Camp Promotions (summer camp)

For Packs: 1Webelos-to-Scout Transitions and 2Charter Presentations
 
For Troops: 1Webelos-to-Scout Transitions, 2Charter Presentations and 4New Scout Transitions

For Crews: 2Charter Presentations

 

May 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 5
Program Planning

For Packs:
6Journey to Excellence Progress and 7Advancement Progress

For Troops: 6Journey to Excellence Progress and 8Unit Committee Engagement

For Crews: 10Unit Leadership Inventory and 9Unit Committee Engagement

1WEBELOS-to-SCOUT TRANSITIONS

2CHARTER PRESENTATION CEREMONY

3CAMP PROMOTIONS

4NEW SCOUT TRANSITIONS

5PROGAM PLANNING

6JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE

7ADVANCEMENT

8UNIT COMMITTEE, Troop

9UNIT COMMITTEE, Crew

10UNIT LEADERSHIP INVENTORY

TRAINING

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Commissioner Basic Training
May 10, August 16 and November 1, 2014
 
*Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)

March 20                     Webelos-to-Scout Transition, Pre-empted for WB Home Beef Stew, find on-line

June 19                        Using the Unit Self-Assessment Tools

September 18              New Leader Training

December 18               Top Ten Ways to Insure Good Commissioner Service

*College of Commissioner Science  (at Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati) April 5, 2014
*College of Commissioner Science  (at Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis) April 26, 2014 ***WE STILL HAVEN’T SEEN ANY DETAILS ON THIS COURSE***

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NEW COMMISSIONER TOOLKIT

Check out this new tool for Commissioners, more will be added as it becomes available. In the meantime,
if you as a Commissioner in the field you need, or find a particular document let us know and we’ll place it in the toolkit

The Commissioner Tools

By Darlene Sprague, BSA National Resources Chair

Scouting professionals and volunteers have likely seen new MyScouting Tools appear when they log in to MyScouting.org. These new tools are based on their position in Scouting and are being constructed so everyone has access to the information they need to fulfill their responsibilities. For volunteers, this is information that was not available in the past unless they asked at their local council office.

A team made up of volunteers and professionals, including unit commissioners, administrative commissioners, members of the national commissioner support staff, and advisors, has been working since September to provide commissioner specific input to the development manager and business analysts working on the MyScouting Tools suite. The team members have taken all of the suggestions received since the launch of UVTS (Unit Visit Tracking System), as well as suggestions about other information that commissioners need in order to service their units, and have begun to create the Commissioner Tools.

These tools will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2014. One goal is to have a replacement tool for what is known as UVTS, but for now the development team has been able to give us some other tools. Because the Commissioner Tools are being built simultaneously with many other areas of Scouting (Membership, Advancement, Program, etc.), additional functionality will be added as these other areas are completed.

The replacement tool for UVTS will let commissioners record their contacts (visits) and other pertinent information about the units assigned to them. And yes, there will be functionality built in for one commissioner to help another commissioner enter contact information. This function will also allow for the entry of data on behalf of commissioners who may not be as comfortable with technology or who do not have ready access to a computer or other device for data input.

While the contacts will still be used for the Journey to Excellence, the main purpose of the tool is for commissioners to better serve their units in part by identifying and linking to the resources of the district and council to meet the specific needs of each unit.

The tools team has been working very closely with the team developing the new Unit Service Plan (see “The Unit Service Plan” elsewhere in this newsletter), and the updated unit assessment is being built into the tools instead of the current Quality Indicators in the UVTS system. By doing so, the team has tried to eliminate forms and steps, and in the process keep to the Commissioner Task Force theme of providing simple and unified tools to support commissioners. Commissioners can make reports on their units using these new unit assessment items, which relate largely to the unit’s health and the Journey to Excellence criteria.

The initial release of these new tools will include commissioner information and unit information available to commissioners depending on their role. The tool uses something called “natural context” to determine what information a commissioner has available for his or her use, and a commissioner’s Scouting position determines the natural context. Training information about unit leaders will be at the commissioners’ fingertips, as will a host of other information about the unit and district. Information about the contacts in the districts is being built in, so you will have it to refer to when your unit needs some additional help.

While all functionality may not be there on day one, there will eventually be the ability to send a message to unit contacts or commissioner contacts from within the system.

A PowerPoint presentation that highlights the functions included in Release 1 has been developed. It is important to note that not everything you may want will be in the tools to start, but periodically new functions and information will be available.

Remember that MyScouting Tools is being built for all Scouters, but commissioners will have their own portion called the Commissioner Tools.

A new page has been added to the Commissioners website titled The Commissioner Tools. Watch this page for updated information on the tools.

ADULT OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING (BUCKSKIN)

This training is for all adults that are involved in the Scouting Program: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos Den Leaders, Troop and Pack Committee Members, Varsity Team Leaders, and Venturing Crew Advisors, as well as all adults offering support to a Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew.

By attending the Buckskin Trail you will learn the rules of Safe Scouting, how to be trained in Youth Protection, and learn the skills of Outdoor activities.

The functions of the Scout Troop and its committees will also be explained as you become a member of the Buckskin Scout Troop, form patrols, and operate as part of the Troop using the Patrol Method.

It is very important to be trained to enrich your knowledge of the Boy Scout Program. Understanding the program ensures the success of each Troop and each Scout in the Troop. By coming to the Buckskin Trail you will feel at ease with using the Scouting Program, and will be able to make Scouting FUN for you and your Scouts.

Many Scouters return to the Buckskin Trail each year to help their fellow Scouters by sharing their experiences and knowledge, and in the process enrich their lives by renewing friendships they have made on the Trail. Please join the Buckskin Trail this year and help make your Scouting experience safe and fun for you and your Scouts through an increased understanding of the Scout Program.

Contact Course Director, John Miller for more information.

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Read more about Wood Badge in the latest Scouting magazine (March/April14)

WOOD BADGE

SAVE THE DATES for Wood Badge C6-444-14

You are cordially invited to join in the ultimate leadership training opportunity for adults in the Miami Valley Council.

What:
Wood Badge traces its roots back to 1919 when Lord Baden-Powell conducted the first Wood Badge training course at Gilwell Park near London. Come join the ranks of those who proudly wear the Wood Badge beads that identify them as successful leaders to the youth we serve.

Why:
You should consider taking Wood Badge because:

•Wood Badge brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting –Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and the professional ranks. All for one common training experience.

•You will learn the most current leadership models used by corporate America. You will experience the connections between these techniques and your role as an adult leader in the Scouting program.

•The course draws on nearly one century of leadership training in the Scouting movement.

•You will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.

•You will become part of the Wood Badge tradition.

•And did we mention that you will have FUN!!!!

When:

Pre-Course Meeting- Sunday June 22, 2014

First Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

Second Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2014

Who:

Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by

e-mail at kdbooks@juno.com

SAVE THE DATE flyer

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NYLT (Bear Claw)

Attention Boy Scouts and Venturers!  Have you completed the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course in 2011, 2012, or 2013?  Are you interested in becoming a part of the staff that conducts that training?  Well here is your chance to become a part of that awesome group of staffers for the 2014 course.

Please check out and complete the staff application (click here) and mail it to the address on the application.  Staff development dates and course dates are listed on the application.

This is your chance to practice what you have learned, rekindle old friendships, make new friendships, and help train the next group of youth leaders in our troops and crews.

Contact NYLT Course Director, Andrew George at nylt@miamivalleybsa.org for more information.

 *TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS

Training without action is futile; action without training is fatal

Your unit leaders need training. You must encourage them to participate and to use the methods and skills that they learn in training events. Help them to put their training into practice. Knowing how to be successful does little good if that knowledge is not used.

Sometimes you find a unit with a lot of activity and a hardworking leader, but the program only vaguely resembles that of the Boy Scouts of America. With training, the leader could be really effective. Action which does not lead toward the purposes of Scouting is dangerous to the life of a unit.

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* BALOO, Saturday, March 22, 2014

Presented by Preble District and in cooperation with the Council Training Cmte. benefitting all in the Miami Valley Council.  This Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities including Pack camping.

Contact District Commissioner, Gale Bateman for more information.

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* Super Saturday of Training, Saturday, March 29, 2014

Presented by the Church of Latter Day Saints and in cooperation with the MVC Training Committee, like our Train-A-Con’s this training is another opportunity for those who need the training.

Does training sound fun? Maybe not...but if your boy, troop, parents of scouts, or leaders are not having fun or are not progressing as they should in Scouting, they are likely not trained. The most successful Cub Scout Packs are supported by trained leaders, committees, and parents. Furthermore, trained leaders spend less time preparing, are less stressed, and enjoy their role much more than those that are not trained.

Courses being offered are:

  • Cub Scout Leader Specific
  • Chaplains Aide
  • Venturing Training
  • Chartered Org Rep
  • Scoutmaster Leadership Specifics (Indoor Only)

It’s time to make the commitment to insure all youth have a trained leader. Take a look at the specifics!

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UP AND COMING TRAINING

Outdoor Webelos Leader Training

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

When: Friday, April 4 to Saturday, April 5, 2014

Who: Any leader in need of this training.

Where: K Lodge at Cricket Holler

What will be offered?

  • OWL- Outdoor Webelos Leader (Saturday ONLY)
  • IOLS – Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (Friday and Saturday)

When Registering: Please have the following items ready to enter. 

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Any Dietary Need (Special Need Field)
  • Unit Type (Pack, Troop, or Crew)
  • Unit Number
  • Units City 

Refunds are handled under the Miami Valley Council Refund Policy found at: http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/paymentpolicy

Future Train-A-Con and other training dates:

September 2014

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location: TBD

* BALOO, Saturday, March 22, 2014

Presented by Preble District and in cooperation with the Council Training Cmte. benefiting all parents and leaders in the Miami Valley Council.  This Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities including Pack camping.

* Super Saturday of Training, Saturday, March 29, 2014

Presented by the Church of Latter Day Saints and in cooperation with the MVC Training Committee

* Campership Applications, due by Thursday, May 1, 2014

If a Scout wants to attend a Miami Valley Council Day Camp or Resident Camp experience this summer but cannot due to financial concerns, campership funds are available to help.  The deadline for campership forms is May 1st Applications received after the deadline will receive allocations based on funding availability.

* Betty Dill Memorial Fishing Derby, Saturday, May 10, 2014

Betty L. Dill Memorial Fishing Derby, Saturday May 10, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  It will be held at the pond at Delco Park in Kettering, Ohio. Cost is FREE. Come out and bring all of your Cub Scouts for a great time. There will be prizes.

*2014 Cub Adventure Weekend, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cub Adventure Weekend (CAW) is an exciting adventure for your Cub Scouts.  It provides a fun filled family environment and includes an adult partner as an added feature to the fun.  CAW at Woodland Trails is designed for boys who have completed at least one year of the Cub Scout program.  As the name infers, this is a weekend overnight camp beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday late morning.  The goal of the Cub Adventure Weekend is to provide a more exciting program to Cub Scouts who have already experienced Cub Scout Day Camp.

Cub Adventure Weekend 2014's theme is Hooray for Heroes.  Cub Scouts will learn about the American hero and what it means to be a hero throughout the day.  Prices coming very soon!

The Commissioner Corps will have a presence at this year’s Cub Adventure Weekend, to sign up to assist email our ACC for Communications at isherwood.joe@juno.com

Click here for more event information

*2014 Woodland Trails Staff Needed, as soon as possible-don’t delay!

At Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, we pride ourselves on the dedication and spirit our staff has in all of our programs and activities.  We believe in complete customer service to all of the troops and packs that visit us each summer.  If you are dynamic, hardworking, and dedicated to the Scouting program and values, we want you to work for us this summer!

Contact the Scout office at Camping@miamivalleybsa.org for more information. 

We hope this communication tool will assist you in your service to units.  More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook page.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter Beard was born (June 21, 1850).

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:  F

Periodically, once- or twice-a-year, the unit meeting place should be inspected for health and safety hazards. It’s the unit’s chartered organization responsibility to provide adequate meeting facilities.

Unit committee members should make the inspection.  Findings should be shared with the head of the institution (chartered organization), and plans should be made to correct hazards if any are found.

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February 21, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s
Email Blast
, this communication tool is brought to you
by your Commissioner Corps.  This monthly email blast
will be sent out on the 21st day of the month (see last item
on this email for the connection).

Having edited this month’s email blast we’re very much aware
that if you are a regular reader of this communique a lot of the
information included may be information you viewed in last
month’s email blast.

While we’d like to send out the best product we can, there is
still a need to share certain information multiple times throughout
our Annual Commissioner Service Plan.  Take note as we are
entering this New Year and with that we’re hoping for more
adventures in the Corps that can be reported here on your
monthly email blast.

Your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our
communication processes and procedures are appreciated,
so please contact us  to share.   Enjoy…

 

FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER

Fellow Commissioners,

Random thoughts on a winter’s day:

·      Thanks to Joe Isherwood for the Commissioner Corps
display at the Council Recognition Dinner.  I have heard many
positive comments.

·        I always look forward to February 22nd as it the birthdays
of two of my heroes – Baden Powell and George Washington.
This day always reminds me of my two favorite interests Scouting
and American History.

·       David Sword and Joe Isherwood will attend an Area 6
Commissioner Training Conference on March 22nd -
Introduction to the New Commissioner IT Tool Box.  More information
to follow.

·       I look forward to former Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert M. Gates
being introduced as the new BSA National President during the
National Annual Meeting, I think he will be a much needed leader
at this time in our history.

·      A New Way to Provide Commissioner Service: Commissioner
Tools and the Unit Service Plan
, this is a new training session at the
National BSA meeting Commissioners foster the highest level of
member experience. Join us for a presentation on the latest
information regarding commissioner service. This will include
an overview of the newly designed Commissioner's Tools
and how commissioners will use this data in support of the
newly designed Unit Service Plan. This is where tools and
technology will be on full display to enhance the support,
service, and efficiency of all commissioners. I look forward
to sharing this information with you later this year.

·    As a Commissioner Corps our main focus should always be
the Scouting experience. The experience that youth, families,
volunteers, donors, and chartered organizations have with our
movement is what makes Scouting so special. Those experiences
change lives, recruit and retain youth and families, build support,
and make Scouting the amazing program it is today.

Yours in Scouting,
Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

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The new year is nearly upon us, and we're taking significant steps to move
Scouting forward.  I'm pleased to announce that Gary Butler has been
appointed to serve as the deputy Chief Scout Executive and chief
operating officer of the Boy Scouts of America effective January 1, 2014.

Since becoming assistant Chief Scout Executive for council operations in 2009,
Gary has given leadership to the overall delivery of the Scouting program through
six departments and four regions. All national support and oversight of the more
than 280 local Scout councils are coordinated and directed through the office of the
assistant Chief Scout Executive for council operations.

While maintaining the current reporting structure, the promotion to chief operating
officer expands Gary's authority to provide leadership and direction to all aspects of
operations of the National Council, subject to the authority and direction of the Chief
Scout Executive and the National Executive Board.

Gary began his professional Scouting career in 1980 as a district executive in Long Island,
New York, and then served as senior district executive and finance director in Long Island;
field director in New Jersey; and Scout executive in Kingston, New York, Johnstown, Pennsylvania,
and Buffalo, New York.  In 2005, he joined the National Council staff as the director of the Finance
Support Division and was named national director of the Council Solutions Group in 2008.

An avid sailor, Gary grew up in Rhode Island, where he earned his Eagle Scout Award and Vigil Honor.
He is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and a graduate of Providence College.

Gary and his wife have three children, one of whom is an Eagle Scout, and three grandchildren.

Gary brings a unique skill set in strategic planning and organizational management to the BSA
. If you have had the opportunity to work with Gary directly, you already know the passion he
has for our organization on a professional and personal level. With his dedicated leadership,
I know Gary will continue to successfully guide the operations aspect of Scouting as our
deputy Chief Scout Executive and chief operating officer. Please join me in congratulating
him on this new role.

Wayne Brock
Chief Scout Executive

Congratulations to one of our Commissioner Corps members, Len Roberts
on receiving the Silver Antelope Award for his work with the Central
Region in Venturing.

This prestigious honor is the regional-level distinguished award of the
Boy Scouts of America, acting through the National Court of Honor.
Recipients of this award are registered Scouters of exceptional character
in their region, who live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout
Law in word and deed and are exemplary in their personal, family and
professional activities, providing distinguished service to youth
.

Len will be presented with this award at the National Annual Meeting which will be held May 21-23
at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

*Council Coordinated MeetingThursday, February 27, 2014

It’s almost time for our February Council Coordinated Meeting (CCM) and our monthly
Commissioner Cabinet meeting as a break-out session during the CCM!

Please note that the date for this month’s meeting was adjusted to accommodate schedules.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this important meeting on Thursday, February 27 at
7:00 PM at the Leadership Training Center at Cricket Holler
.

The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here:  Council Coordinated Meeting Agenda (pdf).

Please feel free to invite others to attend the meeting with you; the more the merrier!

See you on Thursday, February 27th for a great meeting!

*Council Recognition Dinner, w/Silver Beaver Award presentations occurred on Saturday, February 1, 2014

Congratulations to Brendan Greaney, Larry Hodapp, Joseph Koos, and Dwight Matlock for their
selection as recipients of the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver is the highest honor that
can be presented by a council for Service to Scouting.  The Silver Beaver Awards were presented
at the Council Recognition Dinner on Saturday, February 1st at the LDS Cultural Center at 1500
Shiloh Springs Road (just west of Hara Arena).

Thanks to John Paul, Morning News Anchor for Channel 7 (WHIO-TV) for MCing and the
National Chief of the Order of the Arrow for visiting and adding his words of encouragement
for a great year of Scouting!

Thank you to the following Commissioner Corps members in attendance, let’s see if you can
tag their names to the pictures.

Above Left to Right: Commissioner Corps members in attendance, District JTE Bronze Recipients
(Wright Brothers, Shelby and Sunwatch) and Silver Beaver Recipient/Commissioner Dwight Matlock.

COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring.

Unit Commissioner

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per
every three units, a new recruitment effort is being rolled out by each District to make that 3 to 1
ratio a success and continue their service and support to units in 2014.

Remember the words from our Council Commissioner in his monthly message; we’re looking for
a few good Scouters to service units by sharing the friendship
!  The goal is to have each Unit
Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner hold only one job in Scouting, the focus
of that “one job” gives the units they serve more of a chance at success. 

In the meantime, don’t stop looking for that future star Commissioner,  leave no stone
unturned.  If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within
Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the
Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU!

COMMISSIONER AWARDS TO CONSIDER

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

                                                                                        

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners
*District & Assistant District Commissioner
*Roundtable Commissioner
*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key
*District Committee Key
*District Award of Merit

Reminder to ALL Commissioners:  Check out the requirements for these awards, you too
may already qualify and just need to get them signed off.  Download the form and fill in the
blanks and have your District Commissioner approve and submit to our ACC David Sword
for processing.

GRAPHIC CHANGE

Take note, as promised, the Commissioner Corps/Service graphic on the MVC home page
was to change on January 1st, and then updated each quarter thereafter has hit a snag, hiccup,
bump-in-the-road, whatever you’d like to call it..  Like any new technology effort there are
some challenges, we are hoping to see the quarterly graphic change become a reality soon
!  <fingers-crossed>

As you know the quarterly changes in that graphic was to keep the focus on our
Commissioner Corps being the leaders in customer service for the units we serve.
The last quarter of 2013 we highlighted the importance for quality programming by
using the JTE (Journey to Excellence) graphic, the new graphic (below) puts the emphasis
on our Council Commissioner’s 2014 charge to RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT.  

If you have a suggestion on what should go in that particular area of the MVC
home page for the future, please pass the suggestion to our ACC Joe Isherwood at isherwood.joe@juno.com



WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest
news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps Facebook and join the fun! LIKE US
so we can continue to grow!

FREE Blue and Gold placemats for Cub Camp Promotion

Nothing is worse than a dirty table at a Blue & Gold Banquet. We are here to help! As gift to you,
your Pack can have free placemats that promote Cub Scout Day Camp and Cub Scout Webelos resident
camp. Fill out the form and request enough placemats to keep your tables clean. Help promote the best
summer program around. Reserve your placemats now while supplies last; remember, it's free!

 

Spring into Camp with Camp Cards and Popcorn - Earn up to 35%

We are excited to provide units with a spring fundraising opportunity called Spring into Camp.
This spring fundraiser features Camp Cards and a limited Trails' End popcorn lineup. What are camp cards?
These cards are designed to help Scouts attend camp. Scouts sell cards with a value of $100 for just $5.00.
Up to 35% of each product sold is returned to the unit.

Earn Merit Badges at the Career Exploration Academy hosted by Miami Valley CTC

Would you like to earn merit badges and explore careers at the region’s top career technology center?
If so, the Career Exploration Academy is the event for you. In just two weekends you can work toward at least
three merit badges with adult instructors that are the top educators in their field. Set aside February 1
and March 29 for fun! For more information follow the link...

AND visit our Commissioner Corps page on the Miami Valley Council’s website then keep an eye out for ou
r upcoming Twitter site. Follow the thoughts and ideas of our Commissioner Corps on social media
and you can be a part of that process, stay tuned!

2014 Scouting for Food

March 8 through March 15, 2014

Drop off bags* – (Optional) – drop off bags on March 8th and collect the bags after 9:00AM on March 15th.   

Door to door collection* – Go door-to-door in uniform, trick or treat style and ask for food donations.
Then deliver food to local food pantry or a district turn in site. 

Pantry support – Life Enrichment Center is our main benefactor this year in Montgomery County.
They will start accepting donations on March 15, 2014 from 10:00AM - 2:00PM. 

The LEC is located at 425 North Findley Street, Dayton Ohio, 45403. If you cannot donate to the Life Enrichment
Center please give to your local food pantry.

For your free patches please record your unit service hours at www.scouting.org/JTE   by March 28, 2014.  
We will distribute patches at your April Roundtable.

Bags will be ready for pickup March 3-7th at the Council Service Center at 7285 Poe Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45413.

Prior to bag pickup, please register for how many bags you will need. We will also have bags at your local
district roundtables.

Contact Information for your district:

Darke                                     Sharon Livingston, 937-548-9378 or   sharon68@woh.rr.com

Miami/Shelby                        Kate Ross, 937-665-1067 or Kate.ross@miamivalleybsa.org

Preble                                     Jana Bateman, 937-681-7074 or [Click for member's page]

Sunwatch                               Allen Cherry, 937-277-4617 or awcherry@mvh.org
                                               Jerry Ewing, 937-667-7930 or Gerald.ewing@wpafb.af.mil

Wright Brothers                     Greg Neff, 937-254-0547 or [Click for member's page]



NEW ADDITION TO EACH MONTHLY EMAIL BLAST…a unique Scouting graphic for you to view it,
share it or use it for your own entertainment!

 

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls,
a question of the month. Those in attendance at the monthly meeting have the opportunity to win
a great gift if they are the first to supply the correct answer.  We hope to see you at our next monthly
meeting on February 27th!

Here’s one for practice, but this will not be THE question asked on the 27th.

Question: Who is the only man designated Chief Scout Citizen?

Clue #1: He was born on October 27, 1858

Clue #2: He held several public offices to include Vice President of the U.S., Governor of the
State of New York and Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Clue #3: Helped organize the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment and earned the Medal of Honor
(posthumously) for his charge up San Juan Hill, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War

Clue #4: 26th President of the United States
Clue #5: His face adorns the Mount Rushmore Presidential monument.

ANNUAL COMMISSIONER SERVICE PLAN

The annual commissioner service plan gives specific purposes for regular and supportive
contact with units by the Commissioner Corps, usually the Unit Commissioner.  This plan
encourages commissioner visits and guides unit activities toward being quality units.  The
recommended Commissioner Service Plan follows the natural flow of adding new members, purchasing
uniforms, preparing for summer camp, unit program planning, and replacing adult leadership.

Unit Commissioners should make at least monthly visits.  Commissioners must be close enough to
their units to know what is happening, and their contact must help the units strengthen their capability
to deliver Scouting to the youths.  Contact with units will encompass visits to unit meetings, to unit
committee meetings, or to unit Scouters homes to help units solve problems and improve unit meetings,
promote roundtables, complete Annual Commissioner Service Plan action items, and provide other help.

 

February 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 8Camp Promotions (summer camp)

For Packs: 1Webelos-to-Scout Transitions and 6Charter Presentations
 
For Troops: 1Webelos-to-Scout Transitions, 6Charter Presentations and 7New Scout Transitions

For Crews: 6Charter Presentations

March 2014 Action Items

For Commissioners: 9
Unit Leadership Inventory and 10Scouting for Food

For Packs:
1Webelos-to-Scout Transitions, 2Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment, 3Spring Programming,
4Cub Scout Retention and 5Succession Planning for Pack and Den Leadership

For Troops: 1Webelos-to-Scout Transitions, 2Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment and 3Spring Programming

For Crews: 2Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment and 3Spring Programming

1WEBELOS-to-SCOUT TRANSITIONS

2SEMI-ANNUAL UNIT HEALTH ASSESSMENT

3SPRING PROGRAMMING

4CUB SCOUT RETENTION

5SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR PACK AND DEN LEADERSHIP

6CHARTER PRESENTATION CEREMONY

7NEW SCOUT TRANSITIONS

8CAMP PROMOTIONS

9UNIT LEADERSHIP INVENTORY

10SCOUTING for FOOD
 

NEW COMMISSIONER TOOLKIT

Check out this new tool for Commissioners, more will be added as it becomes available. In the meantime,
if you as a Commissioner in the field need or find a particular document let us know and we’ll place it in the toolkit.

TRAINING

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Commissioner Basic Training

May 10, August 16 and November 1, 2014
 
*Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)
March 20                     Webelos-to-Scout Transition
June 19                        Using the Unit Self-Assessment Tools
September 18              New Leader Training
December 18               Top Ten Ways to Insure Good Commissioner Service
 
*College of Commissioner Science  (at Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis)
April 26, 2014

Per the request of the Miami Valley Council’s Training Committee Chairperson we share this
article from the latest Scouting magazine so that you can share with your unit leaders:

NEED TO KNOW…GO BACK TO COLLEGE (reprinted from March/April2014
Scouting magazine)

Big changes are on the way for Scouting’s training programs.  The new system, called
SCOUTING UNIVERSITY, will transform the way the organization conducts training for
employees, volunteers and leadership.

“Our Councils vary greatly in their approach to training volunteers,” says Robyn Schaub,
the BSA’s internal communications manager.  “So a volunteer in Arkansas and a volunteer
in California might have two completely different experiences of being trained to lead a
troop or fill a board position or volunteer positions. Some of the training processes are
much more consistent and thorough than others.”

The goal is to bring that consistency and depth to every part of training whether it’s
done face-to-face, online or through other delivery mechanisms. The faculty of Scouting
University will be “doers” with hands-on knowledge, not corporate trainers who have never
experienced Scouting, Schaub says.  And the new system will follow a national trend toward
more on-the-job training rather than bringing people from all over the country to a training center.

Above all, Scouting U will correct what Schaub says is a major weakness in the current system.
“One of our challenges with training now is that it’s not measured against the competencies
actually needed for jobs,” she says.  “For example, we don’t measure whether a three-day training
session had a positive impact on your ability to raise money or recruit volunteers.”

Stay tuned to Scouting.org for more information about Scouting University to be released later this spring.

ADULT OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING (BUCKSKIN)

This training is for all adults that are involved in the Scouting Program: Scoutmasters, Assistant
Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos Den Leaders, Troop and Pack Committee Members,
Varsity Team Leaders, and Venturing Crew Advisors, as well as all adults offering support to a Pack,
Troop, Team, or Crew.

By attending the Buckskin Trail you will learn the rules of Safe Scouting, how to be trained in
Youth Protection, and learn the skills of Outdoor activities.

The functions of the Scout Troop and its committees will also be explained as you become a
member of the Buckskin Scout Troop, form patrols, and operate as part of the Troop using the Patrol Method.

It is very important to be trained to enrich your knowledge of the Boy Scout Program. Understanding
the program ensures the success of each Troop and each Scout in the Troop. By coming to the Buckskin
Trail you will feel at ease with using the Scouting Program, and will be able to make Scouting FUN for
you and your Scouts.

Many Scouters return to the Buckskin Trail each year to help their fellow Scouters by sharing
their experiences and knowledge, and in the process enrich their lives by renewing friendships
they have made on the Trail. Please join the Buckskin Trail this year and help make your Scouting
experience safe and fun for you and your Scouts through an increased understanding of the Scout Program.

Contact Course Director, John Miller for more information.
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WOOD BADGE

SAVE THE DATES for Wood Badge C6-444-14

You are cordially invited to join in the ultimate leadership training opportunity for adults in the Miami Valley Council.

What:
Wood Badge traces its roots back to 1919 when Lord Baden-Powell conducted the first Wood Badge training
course at Gilwell Park near London. Come join the ranks of those who proudly wear the Wood Badge beads
that identify them as successful leaders to the youth we serve.

Why:
You should consider taking Wood Badge because:

•Wood Badge brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting –Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,
Varsity Scouting, Venturing and the professional ranks. All for one common training experience.

•You will learn the most current leadership models used by corporate America. You will experience
the connections between these techniques and your role as an adult leader in the Scouting program.

•The course draws on nearly one century of leadership training in the Scouting movement.

•You will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.

•You will become part of the Wood Badge tradition.

•And did we mention that you will have FUN!!!!

Training without action is futile; action without training is fatal

When:

Pre-Course Meeting- Sunday June 22, 2014

First Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

Second Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2014

Who:
Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by

e-mail at kdbooks@juno.com

SAVE THE DATE flyer

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NYLT (Bear Claw)

Attention Boy Scouts and Venturers!  Have you completed the National Youth Leadership
Training (NYLT) course in 2011, 2012, or 2013?  Are you interested in becoming a part of the
staff that conducts that training?  Well here is your chance to become a part of that awesome
group of staffers for the 2014 course.

Please check out and complete the staff application (click here) and mail it to the address
on the application.  Staff development dates and course dates are listed on the application.

This is your chance to practice what you have learned, rekindle old friendships, make new
friendships, and help train the next group of youth leaders in our troops and crews.

Contact NYLT Course Director, Andrew George at nylt@miamivalleybsa.org for more information.


*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS:

Your unit leaders need training. You must encourage them to participate and to use the
methods and skills that they learn in training events. Help them to put their training
into practice. Knowing how to be successful does little good if that knowledge is not used.

Sometimes you find a unit with a lot of activity and a
hardworking leader, but the program only vaguely
resembles that of the Boy Scouts of America. With
training, the leader could be really effective.
Action which does not lead toward the purposes of
Scouting is dangerous to the life of a unit.

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TRAINING

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp, Schiewetz
Leadership Training Center, 6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Time: 8:00 AM –12:00 PM

 There is no fee for this course, but please register

ahead of time so we can plan accordingly, register at
http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1490
or at the MVC Scout Office

The Fundamentals of Training Course is the first course in the
Train the Trainer” series.

Its purpose is to provide the basic skills every trainer needs, and it
is designed for ALL Scouters and Scouts interested in becoming
effective trainers.  You will learn how and why we train leaders,
characteristics of good trainers, how
people learn, and different methods of presentation (i.e. flip charts,
power point, etc.).

This course is recommended for all new Buckskin staffers, and is
supplemental training for all positions.

For questions please contact John Miller

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* BALOO, Saturday, March 22, 2014

Presented by Preble District and in cooperation with the Council Training
Cmte. to benefit all in the Miami Valley Council.  This Basic Adult Leader
Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents
and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities
including Pack camping.

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* Super Saturday of Training, Saturday, March 29, 2014

Presented by the Church of Latter Day Saints and in cooperation with
the MVC Training Committee, like our Train-A-Con’s this training is another
opportunity for those needing the training but not able to attend the April 5th
date.

Does training sound fun? Maybe not...but if your boy, troop, parents of
scouts, or leaders are not having fun or are not progressing as they
should in Scouting, they are likely not trained. The most successful Cub
Scout Packs are supported by trained leaders, committees, and parents.
Furthermore, trained leaders spend less time preparing, are less stressed,
and enjoy their role much more than those that are not trained.

It’s time to make the commitment to insure all youth have a trained leader.
Take a look at the specifics!

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TRAIN-A-CON (Tons of training at one location, on one day)

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014

What: The Train-a-Con is an opportunity to take some great training in a one day event. 

Who: Any leader in need of training.

What will be offered?

  • Youth Protection (2 hours) (2 Sessions)
  • Cub Scout Leader Specific (1/2 Day)
    • Tiger Den Leader
    • Den Leader (Wolf and Bear)
    • Webelos Den Leader
    • Cubmaster
    • Pack Committee
    • Pack Trainer
  • Den Chief (1/2 Day)
  • Chaplains Aid (1/2 Day)
  • Venturing Training (Full Day)
  • Chartered Org Rep (1/2 Day)
  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) (Full Day)
  • OWL (Full Day)
  • IOLS (Full Day)
  • Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Full Day)

When is Train a Con: April 5, 2014

When Registering: Please have the following items ready to enter. 

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Any Dietary Need (Special Need Field)
  • Unit Type (Pack, Troop, or Crew)
  • Unit Number
  • Units City 

Refunds are handled under the Miami Valley Council Refund Policy found at:
http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/paymentpolicy

Report from the MVC Training Committee that the first Train-a-Con on
September 28th in Lewisburg was a success which will continue in the near future.

Train-A-Con Dates:

April 5, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location TBD

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BALOO

What is BALOO?  Who Attends?  What does it cover? Why?

BALOO is a one-day training event, presented by the Miami Valley Council,
that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan
and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack camping.  Pack leaders
and parents of Cub Scouts learn how to plan and conduct a safe and fun Pack
entry-level outdoor experience.  BALOO covers program planning, health &
safety, equipment, fun activities, cooking, where to camp and much more.
BALOO is a learning environment that includes FUN for the attendees.

Trained leaders and parents can enhance the outdoor scouting experience
for their Cub Scouts.  BSA policies state, at least one trained BALOO adult
must be present on all Pack overnight camping experiences.

Why not train several adults in the Pack and let them join in the FUN!

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp at the K Lodge, 6675 Brantford Road, Dayton, OH

When:  April 5, 2014
Cost:  TBD

Questions please contact Justin Lawrie at jtlawrie@gmail.com or call (612) 708-4349

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YOUTH PROTECTION

Are you and all your adult leaders trained in Youth Protection?  Are you a parent
of a scout and wonder what our Youth Protection policies are all about? 
Then come join us for one of two youth protection training sessions being
held in December.

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp’s, Schiewetz Leadership Training Center,
6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH

Times:
Session one check in at 8:00 AM with the first session beginning at 8:30 AM
and ending 10:00 AM
Session two check in will be at 10:00 AM with second session beginning
at 10:30 AM and ending at noon

There is no cost for the YPT, but to ensure that we have enough materials
on hand, please follow the registration link to pre-register and let us know
you are coming.

The Council has a goal of having 100% of its volunteers trained in youth
protection plus any and all parents that would like the training.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO PASS ON TO YOUR UNITS

* 2014 Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, February 27, 2014

Featuring Craig Krenzel at the Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 E. River Rd,
Moraine, OH

The Leadership Breakfast raises over $100,000 in support of Scouting in
the Miami Valley.  Corporate sponsors and donors will gather at the
Mandalay Banquet Center to learn about the accomplishments of
Scouting in the Miami Valley and hear THE Ohio State National Champion
quarterback, Craig Krenzel speak.

For interest in sponsorship opportunities please contact
Doug Nelson, Scout Executive.

*Gathering of Eagles, Saturday, March 8, 2014

Guest speaker: Mr. Ray Capp, National Order of the Arrow Committee Chairman and 2013 Silver Buffalo recipient.

* Robotics Merit Badge, Saturday, March 8, 2014

The NOVA team is offering the Robotics Merit Badge at Wright State
University on Saturday, March 8. Learn about the history of robots
and jobs in this field today. Then design and build a bug robot and
program it to complete specific tasks. We'll end with a robot battle
to the death (the robot's death -- not yours!)

* Wood Badge Home Beef Stew, Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Kudo has sounded and it’s time to gather at Gilwell Field.  Please
join us for a great evening of fun, friendship and sharing of Wood Badge
experiences.  Be sure to bring anyone that may be interested in attending
the 2014 Wood Badge Course. We want to share our enthusiasm of the
Wood Badge course and encourage them to join us on the next course.

* BALOO, Saturday, March 22, 2014

Presented by Preble District and in cooperation with the Council Training
Cmte.
benefiting all parents and leaders in the Miami Valley Council.  This Basic
Adult Leader  Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces
parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor
activities including Pack camping.

* Super Saturday of Training, Saturday, March 29, 2014

Presented by the Church of Latter Day Saints and in cooperation with the
MVC Training Committee

* Campership Applications, due by Thursday, May 1, 2014

If a Scout wants to attend a Miami Valley Council Day Camp or Resident Camp
experience this summer but cannot due to financial concerns, campership
funds are available to help.  The deadline for campership forms is May 1st
Applications received after the deadline will receive allocations based on
funding availability.

* Betty Dill Memorial Fishing Derby, Saturday, May 10, 2014

Betty L. Dill Memorial Fishing Derby, Saturday May 10, 2014 from 9:00 AM
to 12:00 PM.  It will be held at the pond at Delco Park in Kettering, Ohio.
Cost is FREE. Come out and bring all of your Cub Scouts for a great time.
There will be prizes.

*2014 Cub Adventure Weekend, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cub Adventure Weekend (CAW) is an exciting adventure for your
Cub Scouts.  It provides a fun filled family environment and includes
an adult partner as an added feature to the fun.  CAW at Woodland Trails
is designed for boys who have completed at least one year of the Cub
Scout program.  As the name infers, this is a weekend overnight camp
beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday late morning.  The goal of
the Cub Adventure Weekend is to provide a more exciting program to
Cub Scouts who have already experienced Cub Scout Day Camp.

Cub Adventure Weekend 2014's theme is Hooray for Heroes.  Cub Scouts
will learn about the American hero and what it means to be a hero
throughout the day.  Prices coming very soon!

Click here for more event information!

*2014 Woodland Trails Staff Needed, as soon as possible

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don’t delay!

At Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, we pride ourselves on the
dedication and spirit our staff has in all of our programs and activities. 
We believe in complete customer service to all of the troops and packs
that visit us each summer.  If you are dynamic, hardworking, and
dedicated to the Scouting program and values, we want you to work
for us this summer!

Contact the Scout office at shawanda.smith@MiamiValleyBSA.org for
more information.

We hope this communication tool will assist you in your service to units. 
More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps
webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook page.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish
date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner,
Daniel Carter Beard
was born (June 21, 1850).

     

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION: Theodore Roosevelt

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December 21, 2013

 Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps.  This monthly email blast will be sent out on the 21st day of the month (see last item on this email for the connection) either through this MyCouncil email system, or possibly a different provider if we find something more Corps friendly.  

Having edited this month’s email blast we’re very much aware that if you are a regular reader of this communique a lot of the information included may be information you viewed in last month’s email blast.

While we’d like to send out the best product we can, there is still a need to share certain information multiple times throughout our Annual Commissioner Service Plan.  Take note as we are entering  a new year  and with that we’re hoping for more adventures in the Corps that can be reported here on your monthly email blast.

Your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures are appreciated, so please contact us  to share.   Enjoy…

FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER

Fellow Commissioners,

My best wishes to you and your families for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Greg Eberhart (WB District Chairman) for his presentations to our Commissioner Corps this past year. His expertise in both subjects (Scouts with Disabilities and Autism) has given our Commissioners more information to pass on to their units. The Commissioner Corps will soon have the second presentation (Autism) available on You Tube for Commissioner reference.

This month I’d also like to pass along a message from our National BSA Key 3 (see below) and thank you all for doing what you do in volunteering to make Scouting available to a multitude of youth in our community.

Yours in Scouting,
Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

Holiday Wishes from the Boy Scouts of America National Key 3

In the spirit of this 2013 holiday season, we wanted to take this opportunity to share our thanks and thoughts as we look ahead to a new year.

http://youtu.be/mnywNaKt6fk

We hope that all of you will have a safe and restful holiday blessed with memories of time with family and friends. We extend our thanks to you for your service to young people through Scouting and our best wishes to you and yours for health and happiness in the coming year.

In Scouting fellowship,
Wayne Perry
BSA National President

Tico Perez
BSA National Commissioner

Wayne Brock
BSA Chief Scout Executive

COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring. Unit Commissioner

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per three units, a new 2014 Recruitment effort will need to be initiated by each District to continue their service and support to units for the New Year.

Remember the words from our Council Commissioner during each month’s Commissioner Cabinet meeting; we’re looking for a few good Scouters to service units by sharing the friendship!  The goal is to have each Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner to have only one job to do in Scouting, that focus of that “one job” gives the units they serve more of a chance at success. 

In the meantime, don’t stop looking for that future star       Commissioner,       leave no stone unturned.  If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU!

DON’T FORGET THE  2013 BOY’S LIFE COMMISSIONER AWARD

This was discussed several times in the last few months, but now it’s very important for each Commissioner to put this award on the front burner.  The Commissioner Corps realizes we don’t serve and support our units for recognition, that’s a given, but like all Scouts and Scouters recognition is part of the Scouting program.

Equally important for Commissioners, and beginning with the commission they receive, it demonstrates the commitment they have made to help our units serve more kids better.

In Scouting, we know (or can easily find out) what it means to achieve an Arrow of Light, or Eagle Scout Award, or Quartermaster, or Silver Award, or an Award of Excellence in Unit Service. The definition of requirements that Scouting's recognitions provide not only tells us what has been accomplished, but also facilitates personal and team goal-setting.

Learning and skill development are important by-products of recognition.  Even receiving a commission results from newly appointed Commissioners having completed basic training, an orientation to the role they have accepted, and the completion of some of the fundamental tasks that position requires. With more advanced recognition come increased experience and the development of advanced skills that enable greater effectiveness in supporting units.

We're inspired by achievement. Seeing what others have accomplished enables us to see greater potential in ourselves and to strive to fulfill it.

Knots, pins, patches and certificates may not be important to all Commissioners, but serving more kids better is. Also, what we say to them in acknowledging their achievement can have powerful impact—on them and on other commissioners present (and we should always strive to recognize achievements publicly).

With this being said, the Council Commissioner “encourages” each Commissioner to check out the Boys Life Commissioner Award requirements and strive to achieve it! 

For every BL Commissioner Award presented means there are more youth receiving and reading Boy’s Life magazine and making the program stronger.  That in itself is the achievement we’d like to make visible to the entire Miami Valley Council when a Commissioner earns the 2013 Boy’s Life Commissioner Award.

Here are the qualifications:

For Unit Commissioners each will qualify if they serve at least two 100% Boy’s Life Units. A unit qualifies as a 100% BL unit when a subscription to BL goes into the home of every youth member of the unit.

For Roundtable Commissioners each will qualify if they present and/or assist in presenting at least five Boy’s Life roundtable promotion features during 2013.

For Administrative Commissioners each will qualify if they achieve 25% or more of the total of packs, troops, teams in the area of service as 100% Boy’s Life units, and/or experience a 10 percent growth in 100% BL units, 2013 vs. 2012.   

The deadline for submitting to the Council Commissioner is January 14, 2014; please insure the paperwork is submitted as soon as possible, but definitely before the deadline.

More awards to consider:

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners
*District & Assistant District Commissioner
*Roundtable Commissioner
*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key
*District Committee Key
*District Award of Merit

IMPORTANT RECHARTER NEWS

If one of your units insist on going to the Council Service Center to turn in their recharter paperwork and may need assistance, to insure good customer service please have them call the Council Service Center to set up an appointment.  This will insure someone is there to take their recharters in AND assist them as needed. 

Remember, questions always occur, so let’s help make this process a smooth one, call first.  Call the Miami Valley Council Service Center at 937-278-4825 for an appointment, assistance or for more information.

GRAPHIC CHANGE

Take note, as promised, the Commissioner Corps/Service graphic on the MVC home page will change on January 1st, and will be updated each quarter thereafter.

The reasoning for the quarterly changes is to keep the focus on our Commissioner Corps being the leaders in customer service for the units we serve. This past quarter we highlighted the importance for quality programming by using the JTE (Journey to Excellence) graphic.  If you have a suggestion on what should go in that particular area of the MVC home page for the future, please pass the suggestion our ACC Joe Isherwood at isherwood.joe@juno.com

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps Facebook and join the fun! LIKE US so we can continue to grow!

AND visit our Commissioner Corps page on the Miami Valley Council’s website then keep an eye out for our upcoming Twitter site and follow the thoughts and ideas of our Commissioner Corps, and you can be a part of that process, stay tuned!

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM OUR ASSISTANT COUNCIL COMMISSIONER-TRAINING

WHY?

Every once in a while I ask myself, “Why am I doing this”?   I then look at what it is I’m doing and reverse my thoughts as to why.  This process is something I have developed because of the training and mentoring I have received over my years in Scouting.  I first started this process when asked to serve on my first Wood Badge staff.  It was something that was told to us in staff development on how we needed to understand the whole picture in order to see where each part of the course fits into place.  To be good at what you do requires an understanding of where you fit into the big picture.

I look at my assignment as Council Commissioner for Training in this way.  What I do provides the necessary tools for each person we train so they can work their assignment more effectively.  We try to impart that idea into them as I teach, hopefully they get it.

Let me share a little of what I mean.  I have a passion for Scouting.  I think of it as a flame that burns because of what I do.  I look at the basic reason I do what I do.  To provide the youth we serve the best possible program in which they can become the hope for a bright future.  This is best stated in the Boy Scouts of America’s mission statement, “THE MISSION OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS TO PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE ETHICAL AND MORAL CHOICES IN THEIR LIFETIME BY INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES OF THE SCOUT OATH AND LAW.”  This is our goal; it’s the way we work at our assignment in Scouting that will help them understand the purpose of the Scouting movement which is:

On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.  To help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

“A Scout is, TRUSTWORTHY, LOYAL, HELPFUL, FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, KIND, OBEDIENT, CHEERFULL, THRIFTY, BRAVE, CLEAN, and REVERENT”.  These are our Scouting values, the base of our movement, the things we need to hold most dear.

Everything else Scouting provides are the tools to reach these goals.  Tools we use to develop the values to help our youth achieve the character needed to be what society needs down the road.  The youth of today are our future.  How we prepare them now will determine if what we do today will be a legacy we want to leave for them.

Scouting to a young person is about having FUN.  Camping, rank advancement, leadership positions, service projects, etc. are tools.  Tools used to carry out the mission.

Therefore, if we stop and think first of WHY, we can rekindle the flame that’s needed to carry out why we do what we do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Yours in Scouting,
David Sword

CONGRATULATIONS

At our December Council Commissioner meeting (December 19th),

Commissioner Arrowhead Award recipients:
Russell Gross
Carl Carlson
Jennifer Reed

Commissioner Key Award recipients:
Russell Gross
Carl Carlson
Jennifer Reed

From a grateful Miami Valley Council Commissioner Corps we thank you for your continued exemplary service to the units in the Miami Valley Council.

Reminder to ALL Commissioners:  Check out the requirements for these awards, you too may already qualify and just need to get them signed off.  Download the form and fill in the blanks and have your District Commissioner approve.

QUESTION OF THE MONTH (preempted for December’s meeting)

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls, a question of the month.  However, this month (December) the Commissioner Corps held its first annual Yankee Swap, fun was had by all and as this reporter left the meeting at 9:20pm, the trading was still going on! Thank you to all who participated and we’re hoping to make this a fun annual event!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Commissioner Corps

SILVER BEAVER AWARD HONOREES

Congratulations to the following individuals whom were chosen to represent the Miami Valley Council as its 2013 Silver Beaver Award recipients:

·Brendan Greaney

·Larry Hodapp

·Joseph Koos

·Dwight Matlock

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest honor the local council can present to a volunteer for outstanding service to youth in Scouting and throughout the community.  Please join us in congratulating each of these very deserving recipients.

The presentation of this honor will take place during the Council Annual Dinner on February 1, 2014.  Please mark your calendar and plan to join us as we celebrate Scouting and recognize the outstanding volunteers of the Miami Valley Council. 

Registration information is now available on the Council website.  Your Council Commissioner encourages each Commissioner to attend (in their Commissioner uniform) to “show the colors”!   Join your fellow Commissioners in assisting with manning our Commissioner Corps display table there at the Council Recognition Dinner and “Sharing the Friendship”.  There are only two requirements, register to attend AND wear your COMMISSIONER uniform to the event!  Hope to see you there!

COMMISSIONER ANNUAL SERVICE PLAN


January 2014 Action Items:

For Packs:
1Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 2Webelos-to-Scout Transitions,  3Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment, 4Spring Programming, 5Cub Scout Retention, 6Succession Planning for Pack and Den Leadership, 7Council Annual Recognition Dinner

For Troops: 1Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 2Webelos-to-Scout Transitions, 3Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment, 4Spring Programming, 6Succession Planning for Pack and Den Leadership and 7Council Annual Recognition Dinner

For Crews: 1Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 3Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment, 4Spring Programming and 7Council Annual Recognition Dinner

February 2014 Action Items:

For Packs: 8Charter Presentations, 2Webelos-to-Scout Transitions

For Troops: 8Charter Presentations, 2Webelos-to-Scout Transitions, 9New Scout Transitions

For Crews: 8Charter Presentations

1YOUTH PROTECTION AND ADULT LEADER TRAINING

2WEBELO –to-SCOUT TRANSITIONS

3SEMI-ANNUAL UNIT HEALTH ASSESSMENT

4SPRING PROGRAMMING

5CUB SCOUT RETENTION

6SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR PACK AND DEN LEADERSHIP

7COUNCIL ANNUAL RECOGNITION DINNER

8CHARTER PRESENTATION CEREMONY

9NEW SCOUT TRANSITIONS

BSA NATIONAL TRAINING OVERVIEW FOR COMMISSIONERS
note the changes effective October 2013.

TRAINING

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Commissioner Basic Training
February 8, May 10, August 16 and November 1, 2014
 
*Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)
March 20                     Webelos-to-Scout Transition
June 19                        Using the Unit Self-Assessment Tools
 September 18             New Leader Training
December 18               Top Ten Ways to Insure Good Commissioner Service
 
*College of Commissioner Science  (at Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis)
April 26, 2014


ADULT OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING
(BUCKSKIN)

This training is for all adults that are involved in the Scouting Program: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos Den Leaders, Troop and Pack Committee Members, Varsity Team Leaders, and Venturing Crew Advisors, as well as all adults offering support to a Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew.

By attending the Buckskin Trail you will learn the rules of Safe Scouting, how to be trained in Youth Protection, and learn the skills of Outdoor activities. The functions of the Scout Troop and its committees will also be explained as you become a member of the Buckskin Scout Troop, form patrols, and operate as part of the Troop using the Patrol Method.

It is very important to be trained to enrich your knowledge of the Boy Scout Program. Understanding the program ensures the success of each Troop and each Scout in the Troop. By coming to the Buckskin Trail you will feel at ease with using the Scouting Program, and will be able to make Scouting FUN for you and your Scouts.

Many Scouters return to the Buckskin Trail each year to help their fellow Scouters by sharing their experiences and knowledge, and in the process enrich their lives by renewing friendships they have made on the Trail. Please join the Buckskin Trail this year and help make your Scouting experience safe and fun for you and your Scouts through an increased understanding of the Scout Program.

Contact Course Director, John Miller for more information.


WOOD BADGE

SAVE THE DATES for Wood Badge C6-444-14

You are cordially invited to join in the ultimate leadership training opportunity for adults in the Miami Valley Council.

What:
Wood Badge traces its roots back to 1919 when Lord Baden-Powell conducted the first Wood Badge training course at Gilwell Park near London. Come join the ranks of those who proudly wear the Wood Badge beads that identify them as successful leaders to the youth we serve.

Why:
You should consider taking Wood Badge because:

•Wood Badge brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting –Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and the professional ranks. All for one common training experience.

•You will learn the most current leadership models used by corporate America. You will experience the connections between these techniques and your role as an adult leader in the Scouting program.

•The course draws on nearly one century of leadership training in the Scouting movement.

•You will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.

•You will become part of the Wood Badge tradition.

•And did we mention that you will have FUN!!!!

When:

Pre-Course Meeting- Sunday June 22, 2014

First Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

Second Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2014

Who:

Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director  (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by

e-mail at kdbooks@juno.com

SAVE THE DATE flyer

NYLT (Bear Claw)

Attention Boy Scouts and Venturers!  Have you completed the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course in 2011, 2012, or 2013?  Are you interested in becoming a part of the staff that conducts that training?  Well here is your chance to become a part of that awesome group of staffers for the 2014 course.

Please check out and complete the staff application (click here) and mail it to the address on the application.  Staff development dates and course dates are listed on the application.

This is your chance to practice what you have learned, rekindle old friendships, make new friendships, and help train the next group of youth leaders in our troops and crews.

Contact NYLT Course Director, Andrew George at nylt@miamivalleybsa.org for more information.

*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS:

TRAIN-A-Con (Tons of training at one location, on one day)

What: The Train-a-Con is an opportunity to take some great training in a one day event. 

Who: Any leader in need of training.

What will be offered?

  • Youth Protection (2 hours) (2 Sessions)
  • Cub Scout Leader Specific (1/2 Day)
    • Tiger Den Leader
    • Den Leader (Wolf and Bear)
    • Webelos Den Leader
    • Cubmaster
    • Pack Committee
    • Pack Trainer
  • Den Chief (1/2 Day)
  • Chaplins Aid (1/2 Day)
  • Venturing Training (Full Day)
  • Chartered Org Rep (1/2 Day)
  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) (Full Day)
  • OWL (Full Day)
  • IOLS (Full Day)
  • Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Full Day)

When is Train a Con: January 18, 2014

When Registering: Please have the following items ready to enter. 

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Any Dietary Need (Special Need Field)
  • Unit Type (Pack, Troop, or Crew)
  • Unit Number
  • Units City 

Refunds are handled under the Miami Valley Council Refund Policy found at: http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/paymentpolicy

Report from the MVC Training Committee that the first Train-a-Con on September 28th in Lewisburg was a success which will continue in the near future.

Train-A-Con Dates:

January 18, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

April 5, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location TBD

BALOO

What is BALOO?  Who Attends?  What does it cover? Why?

BALOO is a one-day training event, presented by the Miami Valley Council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack camping.  Pack leaders and parents of Cub Scouts learn how to plan and conduct a safe and fun Pack entry-level outdoor experience.  BALOO covers program planning, health & safety, equipment, fun activities, cooking, where to camp and much more.  BALOO is a learning environment that includes FUN for the attendees.

Trained leaders and parents can enhance the outdoor scouting experience for their Cub Scouts.  BSA policies state, at least one trained BALOO adult must be present on all Pack overnight camping experiences.

Why not train several adults in the Pack and let them join in the FUN!

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp at the K Lodge, 6675 Brantford Road, Dayton, OH

When:  January 18, 2014

Cost:  $10.00 Early Bird through January 11th, after January 11th add $5.00

(Fee includes course materials and lunch)

Questions please contact Justin Lawrie at jtlawrie@gmail.com or call (612) 708-4349

Register Online at: http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1479

YOUTH PROTECTION

Are you and all your adult leaders trained in Youth Protection?  Are you a parent of a scout and wonder what our Youth Protection policies are all about?  Then come join us for one of two youth protection training sessions being held in December.

When: Saturday, January 18, 2014

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp’s, Schiewetz Leadership Training Center, 6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH on January 18, 2014.  

Times:

Session one check in at 8:00 AM with the first session beginning at 8:30 AM and ending 10:00 AM
Session two check in will be at 10:00 AM with second session beginning at 10:30 AM and ending at noon

There is no cost for the YPT, but to ensure that we have enough materials on hand, please follow the registration link to pre-register and let us know you are coming.

The Council has a goal of having 100% of its volunteers trained in youth protection plus any and all parents that would like the training.

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TRAINING

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp, Schiewetz Leadership Training Center, 6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Time: 8:00 AM –12:00 PM

There is no fee for this course, but please register ahead of time so we can plan accordingly, register at http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1490 or at the MVC Scout Office

The Fundamentals of Training Course is the first course in the “Train the Trainer” series.

Its purpose is to provide the basic skills every trainer needs, and it is designed for ALL Scouters and Scouts interested in becoming effective trainers.  You will learn how and why we train leaders, characteristics of good trainers, how people learn, and different methods of presentation (i.e. flip charts, power point, etc.).

This course is recommended for all new Buckskin staffers, and is supplemental training for all positions.

TRAINERS EDGE

Trainer’s EDGE is the required train‐the‐trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs.

The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer.  It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience.

Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands‐on experience in methods and media.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Schiewetz Leadership Training Center at Cricket Holler Scout Camp, 6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH

Cost: $5.00 before January 20, 2014; $7.00 after January 20th

Trainers EDGE Flyer

For questions please contact John Miller

Refunds are handled under the Miami Valley Council Refund Policy found at:

http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/paymentpolicy

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO PASS ON TO YOUR UNITS

*JTE (Journey to Excellence) reports from units within the MVC to Scout office by Tuesday, December 31, 2013

*Any/all Advancements and Training accomplished by individuals/units to the Scout office. The MVC staff only has until Tuesday, December 31st to enter this information, so don’t wait until that day to get them the information.  Don’t delay as the Scout office will be closed December 24 and 25 and January 1, 2014.

*Camp Kick Off, Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Miami Valley Council will hold a Camping Kick-Off meeting to talk about camping opportunities at Woodland Trails Scout Reservation and Cricket Holler Scout Camp.  Leaders will learn about new and exciting facility and program additions that will make an appearance during the year.  Meet members of the camp staff and have your questions answered.  Learn about the short term camping reservation system and learn how to register online for camp.  There are a lot of exciting improvements to share and we hope you are able to attend.

The kick-off is FREE and light food will be provided.

Reserve your spot at the kick-off here:   Council Camp Kick-Off Reservation

*Council Recognition Dinner, w/Silver Beaver Award presentations, Saturday, February 1, 2014

*Eagle Fair, Saturday, February 15, 2014

*2014 Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, February 27, 2014

Featuring Craig Krenzel at the Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 E. River Rd, Moraine, OH

The Leadership Breakfast raises over $100,000 in support of Scouting in the Miami Valley.  Corporate sponsors and donors will gather at the Mandalay Banquet Center to learn about the accomplishments of Scouting in the Miami Valley and hear THE Ohio State National Champion quarterback, Craig Krenzel speak.

For interest in sponsorship opportunities please contact Doug Nelson, Scout Executive.

*Gathering of Eagles, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Guest speaker: Mr. Ray Capp, National Order of the Arrow Committee Chairman and 2013 Silver Buffalo recipient. 

*Campership Applications, due by Thursday, May 1, 2014

If a Scout wants to attend a Miami Valley Council Day Camp or Resident Camp experience this summer but cannot due to financial concerns, campership funds are available to help.  The deadline for campership forms is May 1st Applications received after the deadline will receive allocations based on funding availability.

*2014 Cub Adventure Weekend, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cub Adventure Weekend (CAW) is an exciting adventure for your Cub Scouts.  It provides a fun filled family environment and includes an adult partner as an added feature to the fun.  CAW at Woodland Trails is designed for boys who have completed at least one year of the Cub Scout program.  As the name infers, this is a weekend overnight camp beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday late morning.  The goal of the Cub Adventure Weekend is to provide a more exciting program to Cub Scouts who have already experienced Cub Scout Day Camp.

Cub Adventure Weekend 2014's theme is Hooray for Heroes.  Cub Scouts will learn about the American hero and what it means to be a hero throughout the day.  Prices coming very soon!

Click here for more event information!

*2014 Woodland Trails Staff Needed, as soon as possible-don’t delay!

At Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, we pride ourselves on the dedication and spirit our staff has in all of our programs and activities.  We believe in complete customer service to all of the troops and packs that visit us each summer.  If you are dynamic, hardworking, and dedicated to the Scouting program and values, we want you to work for us this summer!

Contact the Scout office at shawanda.smith@MiamiValleyBSA.org for more information.

We hope this communication tool will assist you in your service to units.  More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook page.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter Beard was born (June 21, 1850).

       MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION: Preempted for the Annual Commissioner Corps Yankee Swap

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November 21, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps.  This monthly email blast will be sent out on the 21st day of the month (see last item on this email for the connection) either through this MyCouncil email system, or possibly a different provider if we find something more Corps friendly.  

Having edited this month’s email blast we’re very much aware that if you are a regular reader of this communique a lot of the information included may be information you viewed in last month’s email blast. 

While we’d like to send out the best product we can, there is still a need to share certain information multiple times throughout our Annual Commissioner Service Plan.  Take note as we are entering the last month of the quarter and a new year is just around the corner, with that we’re hoping for more adventures in the Corps that can be reported here on your monthly email blast.

Your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures are appreciated, so please contact us  to share.   Enjoy…

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FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER

Fellow Commissioners,

A few years ago I was introduced to following recruitment concept by my good friend, Randy Cline who is currently serving as Commissioner of the Northeast Region.

Recruiting sufficient ADC’s and Unit Commissioners is vital to our mission and success as a Corps.

I encourage you to read and reflect on this concept and how best we can use these tips in our recruiting.

My best wishes to you and your families for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Yours in Scouting,
Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

Combating the "Same Six People Syndrome"

Introduction

Most volunteer efforts that enhance communities are accomplished by small groups of highly committed people.  Margaret Mead’s famous advice--“Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."--inspires many volunteer groups.  These small groups put in long hours doing challenging work that has no direct reward, and for which the results may be years away.

In many communities and neighborhoods, these few, motivated people seem to be involved in most of the effective community efforts.  They probably organize several projects or events annually, serve on multiple committees, and help lead several local organizations.  If someone wants to get something done, begin a new project, or build an organization, they often seek out these key individuals, who are almost certainly overbooked. But most of them seem to accomplish more than many other people do combined.

This phenomenon is what many community organizers refer to as the Law of the Few.  It is also the source of the common saying “if you want something done, gives it to a busy person.”  To most volunteer efforts, the Law of the Few is a source of great inspiration.  Like Margaret Mead’s advice, it shows us that our small group can have enormous positive impact, despite the size of the tasks that lie before us. And many small volunteer groups are extremely effective.  Small groups build camaraderie, make communication easier, and can adapt more quickly than large ones.

Yet, the Law of the Few has a negative side.  We call this the Same Six People Syndrome. Sooner or later, it has a negative effect on most volunteer and community groups. If left untreated, it can result in burnout, a failure to engage new people and generate new ideas, and a loss in the energy and effectiveness of the group. This short guide will provide some ideas for identifying and fighting this syndrome so your volunteer efforts can grow and thrive.

What Is It?

The Same Six People Syndrome results from the Law of the Few going to extremes.  When most community projects move forward because of the energy and commitment of a small, select group, the natural tendency is for everyone to rely on that small group to get everything done.  For instance, many people may simply assume that an annual community event will be organized by the same people, because it has been for the past several years.  At the same time, this small group of organizers may be exhausted and stretched too thin among too many commitments.

You might be tempted to respond that small groups can accomplish a lot, and that your group has been very effective.  This is often the case--a core group of committed people is both necessary and wonderful. At any given moment, your group might be energized and effective.  But relying too heavily on a small set of key people for too long, however talented and committed they may be, will limit what you can accomplish.

A community effort has gone from the inspiring side of the Law of the Few to the Same Six People Syndrome when burnout is near.  I’ve heard many small groups say things like “Well, it’s just us again and we’re trying to do everything.  Why can’t we seem to get more people involved?”  At this point, the size of the group has become its most serious limitation.  Stated most simply, the Same Six People Syndrome is an over-concentration of leadership among too few people.

The Same Six People Syndrome can affect any community effort, and given enough time, it will affect almost every effort sooner or later.  It tends to be most severe in small towns and in small localized neighborhood efforts, where the population, and therefore the base of leadership, is smaller.  But it can also appear in larger communities.

Symptoms

The first stages of the Same Six People Syndrome are fairly easy to recognize.  First of all, look at the groups that come together to plan community events and projects.  If you see the same small set of faces at the meetings of different groups, with nobody new or unknown joining, you are probably afflicted to some degree by the Same Six People Syndrome.

To tell how much your group is affected, ask a few simple questions.  Ask the members of your core group if they think the group is too big, too small, or the right size to accomplish the things that need to be done. Ask if they’ve felt like they’ve lacked new ideas, wanted more input from other people, or have felt tired or burned out.  If multiple people answer yes, the Same Six People Syndrome is affecting you negatively and you need to do something about it.

You should also look for some signs of a more advanced case, with more far-reaching effects on how the group operates and performs.  One sign of a more serious problem is when someone comes up with an idea that has broad support, but nobody steps forward to help organize it, and the idea dies a quiet death as a result.  Or, the idea may die outright because those who would implement are the same people working on many other efforts, and everyone feels overwhelmed.  Another symptom to watch for is when someone suggests an idea that would usually generate enthusiasm, but instead it’s greeted with heavy sighs and “Well, I guess I’ll do it” responses. Even worse, people may stop suggesting new ideas because they assume that they will either have to carry out the whole task themselves, or that the response will be negative because people are so overwhelmed.

In many ways, the Same Six People Syndrome has much in common with a person who’s caught a cold. Just as every person eventually catches a cold, every volunteer effort will be affected by the Same Six People Syndrome sooner or later.  But, also like the common cold, there are some fairly simple techniques that can treat the problem.  Here are some things you can do to keep your volunteer efforts healthy and growing.

What You Can Do

1. Actively draw in new people.

Every effort relies on experienced leadership.  However, you should continuously be seeking new people to help plan and organize projects, even when your core group seems solid.  That way you’ll always have an influx of new ideas and connections, more people to share coordination load, and a base of new leaders to step forward when others inevitably drop out over time.  Many groups make the mistake of continually relying on their core group of volunteers only to find out too late that there’s nobody to take their places.

Of course, finding new people is easier said than done. Here are some specific ideas.

A. Think about who’s not engaged in your projects but has a stake in what your group is doing. Find out why they are not at the table.  Start relationships with those you don’t know or those who haven’t been part of your efforts.  Spend a fair amount of time listening to what motivates them, what their interests and needs are, and how being involved might fit their needs.

B. Look for leaders among your episodic volunteers. You may have some volunteers who have helped out a few times on your projects—pulling weeds, planting trees, participating in other volunteer efforts—who have the skills and interest to play a larger role.  Approaching them with the offer to take on more responsibility is a way of recognizing their talents and preventing them from becoming bored with more mundane tasks they’ve been doing thus far.

C. Seek out input and give people an opportunity to act on their suggestions.  Ask your episodic volunteers, program participants, and others in your community for constructive feedback on what you’re doing and how you’re going about it.  Those who provide good, thoughtful ideas probably have potential to help out your group, and the fact that they took the time to provide thoughtful feedback likely indicates some interest in getting more involved in turning their suggestions into reality.

D. Create tangible, social and fun opportunities.  Many people want to be more engaged in their communities, but don’t step forward because the tasks seem daunting or they fear the time commitment.  Most of us at some point have been scared off from projects because “that sounds like a lot of meetings.”  Develop ways for people to get involved that have a social, fun, and educational “hook".  Once they get to know you and understand first-hand the reasons you’re working on these projects, they’ll be more amenable to helping plan projects in the future.

E. Adjust your outreach strategy.  Minor changes in the way you get the word out can have major impacts. Changing the time and place—from a government office building to a nearby community center, for example, and from just after work to later in the evening, could result in entire room full of people who have never participated before, simply because they weren't familiar with the location or the time of day hadn’t worked well for them.  Continuously making changes and connections can draw new people.

F. Actively start relationships with those new to the area. Many people new to an area are seeking to learn about the community, meet new people, and make connections for their work or business. This is when their enthusiasm is at its highest, and can be a good time to draw them into your efforts.

2. Welcome new people and new ideas.

When you bring new people on board, be sure their first experiences are positive and welcoming.  Be sure that you and the rest of the group are open to new ideas and the sharing of leadership roles that always occurs when new members join. To someone new to a group planning a project, here’s nothing more disheartening than the phrases “we’ve always done it like this” or “we tried that five years ago and it didn’t work."  Make sure new people feel part of the team and that their ideas are valued.

At the same time, be sure that longtime group members don’t feel overly threatened by new members.  If they’re doing a good job and are comfortable in their roles, a newcomer with new ideas may seem threatening. Balancing the dynamics of established group members and newcomers takes ongoing effort and communication from everyone involved.

3. When a new person helps plan a project, stack the odds in favor of success.


When new people come on board, make sure their first few tasks have a high likelihood of success and have tangible results.  This allows new people to grow into the group and move from these successes on to bigger tasks.

One particular technique is to have the experienced members of the group mentor newcomers.  This provides the newcomer with a source of expertise and a link to the history of the groups’ efforts while providing some relief for the mentor.  And more often than not, the process of mentoring a new participant and sharing knowledge with them revives the mentor’s energy and enthusiasm.

4. Work in Teams.

Most people join in the planning of volunteer projects for two reasons.  One is that the project needs to get done and will improve the community in some way.  Second and equally important is the sense of camaraderie that comes from working on something with your neighbors and friends.  Many groups have a tendency to work in isolation, with people working individually on their own part of a project.  This may achieve the first goal, but won’t achieve the second, and you can often lose people as a result.

5. Plan realistically.

While there’s always a place for big, ambitious goals, be mindful of the energy and time your group can realistically commit to.  Ask everyone to be honest about the time they can commit, and then look at the tasks you’re hoping to accomplish.  If the work exceeds the amount of time available, there’s no remedy except to postpone the lowest-priority work until later.  Consider chopping your project into a series of monthly work parties, with a plan and goals for each session.

You should also plan for volunteer time off.  Just like we take vacations from our paid work, volunteers should be free to take some time off from their volunteer projects.  Time off from volunteer work should be part of your group’s work plan, and will help keep everyone fresh in the long haul.

6. Celebrate successes.

Celebrating successes is a major component of keeping your volunteers fresh and excited. Without setting aside the time to celebrate accomplishments, the tasks ahead can seem endless.

Quite often, those of us who are most deeply engaged in planning community enhancement projects are the worst culprits when it comes to taking the time to celebrate. We tend to move immediately to the next project on our list of what else we’d like to see done to improve our communities. While there’s always more to do, celebrating reminds everyone that we’re making progress, that we have some victories under our belts, and keeps everyone’s energy high going into whatever comes next.

Keep at it!

Building up your community’s leadership base is an ongoing effort.  As mentioned earlier, the Same Six People Syndrome is very similar to the common cold.  Like the common cold, the Same Six People Syndrome is seldom fatal, and will only linger or grow into worse afflictions if it's left untreated.

Use these ideas to help find, cultivate, and inspire leadership in your community for years to come.

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COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring. Unit Commissioner

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per three units, a special end of year (2013) emphasis will need to be initiated by each District to continue their service and support to units for the coming year.

Or, as our Council Commissioner stated during our October2013 Commissioner Cabinet meeting, “We’re looking for a few good Scouters to serve and support units”.  Not a small task, but one that is not only rewarding, but focused. With a Unit Commissioner having only one job to do in Scouting, that focus by the Unit Commissioner gives the units they serve more of a chance at success. 

Announced this evening at our November Commissioner Cabinet breakout session, the Commissioner Corps will be embarking on yet another way to assist in recruiting Unit Commissioners in the New Year.  Stay tuned, some great idea sharing sessions will be coming to the monthly Commissioner Corps meeting!

In the meantime don’t stop looking for that future star Commissioner, leave no stone unturned. If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU!

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DON’T FORGET THE  2013 BOY’S LIFE COMMISSIONER AWARD

This was discussed several times in the last few months, but now it’s very important for each Commissioner to put this award on the front burner.  The Commissioner Corps realizes we don’t serve and support our units for recognition, that’s a given, but like all Scouts and Scouters recognition is part of the Scouting program.

Equally important for Commissioners, and beginning with the commission they receive, it demonstrates the commitment they have made to help our units serve more kids better.

In Scouting, we know (or can easily find out) what it means to achieve an Arrow of Light, or Eagle Scout Award, or Quartermaster, or Silver Award, or an Award of Excellence in Unit Service. The definition of requirements that Scouting's recognitions provide not only tells us what has been accomplished, but also facilitates personal and team goal-setting.

Learning and skill development are important by-products of recognition.  Even receiving a commission results from newly appointed Commissioners having completed basic training, an orientation to the role they have accepted, and the completion of some of the fundamental tasks that position requires. With more advanced recognition come increased experience and the development of advanced skills that enable greater effectiveness in supporting units.

We're inspired by achievement. Seeing what others have accomplished enables us to see greater potential in ourselves and to strive to fulfill it.

Knots, pins, patches and certificates may not be important to all Commissioners, but serving more kids better is. Also, what we say to them in acknowledging their achievement can have powerful impact—on them and on other commissioners present (and we should always strive to recognize achievements publicly).

With this being said, the Council Commissioner “encourages” each Commissioner to check out the Boys Life Commissioner Award requirements and strive to achieve it! 

For every BL Commissioner Award presented means there are more youth receiving and reading Boy’s Life magazine and making the program stronger.  That in itself is the achievement we’d like to make visible to the entire Miami Valley Council when a Commissioner earns the 2013 Boy’s Life Commissioner Award

Here are the qualifications:

For Unit Commissioners each will qualify if they serve at least two 100% Boy’s Life Units. A unit qualifies as a 100% BL unit when a subscription to BL goes into the home of every youth member of the unit.

For Roundtable Commissioners each will qualify if they present and/or assist in presenting at least five Boy’s Life roundtable promotion features during 2013.

For Administrative Commissioners each will qualify if they achieve 25% or more of the total of packs, troops, teams in the area of service as 100% Boy’s Life units, and/or experience a 10 percent growth in 100% BL units, 2013 vs. 2012.   

The deadline for submitting to the Council Commissioner is January 14, 2014; please insure the paperwork is submitted as soon as possible, but definitely before the deadline.

More awards to consider:

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners
*District & Assistant District Commissioner
*Roundtable Commissioner
*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key
*District Committee Key
*District Award of Merit

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IMPORTANT RECHARTER NEWS

If one of your units insist on going to the Council Service Center to turn in their recharter paperwork and may need assistance, to insure good customer service please have them call the Council Service Center to set up an appointment.  This will insure someone is there to take their recharters in AND assist them as needed. 

Remember, questions always occur, so let’s help make this process a smooth one, call first.  Call the Miami Valley Council Service Center at 937-278-4825 for an appointment, assistance or for more information.

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GRAPHIC CHANGE

Take note, as promised, the Commissioner Corps/Service graphic was changed on the MVC home page and will be updated each quarter as suggested.

The reasoning for the quarterly changes is to keep focus on our Commissioner Corps being the leaders in customer service for the units we serve. This quarter with the JTE logo reminding us all of the importance for a quality program in each one of our units, our district and our council.  If you have a suggestion on what should go in that particular area of the MVC home page please pass the suggestion to ACC Joe Isherwood at isherwood.joe@juno.com

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WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps Facebook and join the fun! LIKE US so we can continue to grow!

AND visit our Commissioner Corps page on the Miami Valley Council’s website then keep an eye out for our upcoming Twitter site and follow the thoughts and ideas of our Commissioner Corps, and you can be a part of that process, stay tuned!

Starting this month, with a new Scribe at our monthly Commissioner Cabinet meetings we’ll publish the minutes within a week after each meeting.  This does not preclude attendance at the meeting, as getting together once-a-month is vital to sharing and fellowship with the Commissioner Corps. Together we’ll achieve more success for out units!

DON’T MISS THE DECEMBER COMMISSIONER CABINET MEETING, Dr. Greg Everhart, Pediatric Physician will once again present a special subject near and dear to some of our unit leaders’ hearts…Autism. The Commissioner Corps will videotape this presentation and publish on line for all to see, but this again shouldn’t preclude attendance, let’s show Dr. Everhart (also WB District Chairman) that the Corps supports by attending this important December 19th Commissioner Cabinet meeting starting at 7PM at the SLTC at Cricket.

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COUNCIL COORDINATED MEETING

This meeting of ALL Miami Valley Council Operating Committee’s occurs each quarter and covers everything that’s Scouting in the Miami Valley.

The most recent CCM was held this evening, here are a few highlights:

  1. Eight new Commissioners were “Commissioned” by our Council Commissioner, Ken Grimes. Those new Commissioners were Jennifer Reed, Justin Lawrie, Jennifer Foster, Darren Thomson, Len Roberts, John Reid, Russ Gross (not present) and Stephen Bevan (not present). Congratulations to these newest inducted Commissioners.
  2. Mark Feuer announced the new VP-Programs will be Larry Hodapp (former Council Treasurer)
  3. Neil Arthur complemented the Activities Committee on the success of the Call of Duty Camporee in October and thanked all who were involved.
  4. Silver Beaver Award nominations now due on December 15th, let’s get them in!
  5. Dr Chris Grove, Executive VP briefed all present on the Executive Board’s decision on combining Districts to streamline resources.  Chris stated that the re-districting plan that will be completed by June 1, 2014, or sooner depending on when each district completes the process.  Darke and Preble will be one district as will Shelby and Miami combining into one.
  6. Membership numbers are up council wide presently, however there are still more applications (which means there are Scouts who go along with those applications) still out there, please ensure your units turn in those “lost” applications ASAP.
  7. Rechartering is going slowly with only about 15% turned in to date, again let’s help our units complete the rechartering process.  We are reminded that there’s enough help out there and a sense of urgency is becoming apparent since the end of the year is quickly become reality.
  8. Scout Executive reminded all volunteers present why were are doing what we’re doing, for all youth, both those already registered and those who still NEED the Scouting program. He asks us all to help make Scouting available to more youth in the Miami Valley.

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls, a question of the month. This month’s question was timely for all Commissioners to get involved with and pass on to their unit leaders.

QUESTION: What President of the United States was the first former Boy Scout elected to the office?

Hint #1: He lived in Bronxille, New York where he was a member of Boy Scout Scout Troop 2

Hint #2: His daughter has just been named Ambassador to Japan effective this week.

Hint #3: His Presidential plane is on display at the Museum of the United States Air Force at WPAFB.

Hint #4: The anniversary of his death is tomorrow, 22November (1963)

ANSWER: Scroll down to end of email blast for answer.

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COMMISSIONER ANNUAL SERVICE PLAN

DECEMBER Action Items:

For Packs: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 2Uniform Inspections, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

For Troops: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 2Uniform Inspections, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

For Crews: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

JANUARY 2014 Action Items:

For Packs:
5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 8Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment, 9Cub Scout Retention, 11Council Annual Recognition Dinner

For Troops: 5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 6Webelos-to-Scout Transitions, 7Spring Programming, 8Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment, 10Succession Planning for Pack and Den Leadership and 11Council Annual Recognition Dinner

For Crews: 5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 8Semi-Annual Unit Health Assessment, 7Spring Programming and 11Council Annual Recognition Dinner

1CHARTER RENEWAL INSTRUCTIONS

2UNIFORM INSPECTION FORMS

3RECHARTER INFORMATION
 
4POPCORN SALES INFORMATION

5YOUTH PROTECTION AND ADULT LEADER TRAINING

6WEBELO –to-SCOUT TRANSITIONS

7SPRING PROGRAMMING

8SEMI-ANNUAL UNIT HEALTH ASSESSMENT

9CUB SCOUT RETENTION

10SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR PACK AND DEN LEADERSHIP

11COUNCIL ANNUAL RECOGNITION DINNER

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BSA NATIONAL TRAINING OVERVIEW FOR COMMISSIONERS
note the changes effective October 2013.

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TRAINING

2013 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Commissioner Basic Training
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the MVC Service Center from 10AM to 1PM CANCELLED-No one registered with David as of 21Nov13.  Contact David Sword at papabear444@frontier.com for further information on when the next Commissioner Basic Training session will occur.

*Assistant District Commissioner Basic Training

Date and location TBA, stay tuned to your emails, the Commissioner Corps webpage and our Facebook page

*Continuing Education (at monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting)
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the SLTC on Cricket Holler Scout Camp.
Topic: “Special Needs Scouting-Autism

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Commissioner Basic Training
February 8, May 10, August 10 and November 20, 2014
 
*Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)
March 20, June 19, September 18 and December 18, 2014
 
*College of Commissioner Science  (at Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis)
April 26, 2014

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WOOD BADGE

SAVE THE DATES for Wood Badge C6-444-14

You are cordially invited to join in the ultimate leadership training opportunity for adults in the Miami Valley Council.

What:
Wood Badge traces its roots back to 1919 when Lord Baden-Powell conducted the first Wood Badge training course at Gilwell Park near London. Come join the ranks of those who proudly wear the Wood Badge beads that identify them as successful leaders to the youth we serve.

Why:
You should consider taking Wood Badge because:

•Wood Badge brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting –Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and the professional ranks. All for one common training experience.

•You will learn the most current leadership models used by corporate America. You will experience the connections between these techniques and your role as an adult leader in the Scouting program.

•The course draws on nearly one century of leadership training in the Scouting movement.

•You will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.

•You will become part of the Wood Badge tradition.

•And did we mention that you will have FUN!!!!

When:

Pre-Course Meeting- Sunday June 22, 2014

First Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

Second Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2014

Who:

Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director  (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by

e-mail at kdbooks@juno.com

SAVE THE DATE flyer

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*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS:

Train-A-Con (Tons of training at one location, on one day)

What: The Train-a-Con is an opportunity to take some great training in a one day event. 

Who: Any leader in need of training.

What will be offered?

  • Youth Protection (2 hours) (2 Sessions)
  • Cub Scout Leader Specific (1/2 Day)
    • Tiger Den Leader
    • Den Leader (Wolf and Bear)
    • Webelos Den Leader
    • Cubmaster
    • Pack Committee
    • Pack Trainer
  • Den Chief (1/2 Day)
  • Chaplins Aid (1/2 Day)
  • Venturing Training (Full Day)
  • Chartered Org Rep (1/2 Day)
  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) (Full Day)
  • OWL (Full Day)
  • IOLS (Full Day)
  • Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Full Day)

When is Train a Con: January 18,  2014

When Registering: Please have the following items ready to enter. 

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Any Dietary Need (Special Need Field)
  • Unit Type (Pack, Troop, or Crew)
  • Unit Number
  • Units City 

Refunds are handled under the Miami Valley Council Refund Policy found at: http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/paymentpolicy

Report from the MVC Training Committee that the first Train-a-Con on September 28th in Lewisburg was a success which will continue in the near future.

Train-A-Con Dates:

January 18, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

April 5, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location TBD

BALOO

What is BALOO?  Who Attends?  What does it cover? Why?

BALOO is a one-day training event, presented by the Miami Valley Council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack camping.  Pack leaders and parents of Cub Scouts learn how to plan and conduct a safe and fun Pack entry-level outdoor experience.  BALOO covers program planning, health & safety, equipment, fun activities, cooking, where to camp and much more.  BALOO is a learning environment that includes FUN for the attendees.

Trained leaders and parents can enhance the outdoor scouting experience for their Cub Scouts.  BSA policies state, at least one trained BALOO adult must be present on all Pack overnight camping experiences.

Why not train several adults in the Pack and let them join in the FUN!

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp at the K Lodge, 6675 Brantford Road, Dayton, OH

When:  January 18, 2014Cost:  $10.00 Early Bird through January 11th, after January 11th add $5.00

(Fee includes course materials and lunch)

Questions please contact Justin Lawrie at jtlawrie@gmail.com or call (612) 708-4349

Register Online at: http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1479

YOUTH PROTECTION

Are you and all your adult leaders trained in Youth Protection?  Are you a parent of a scout and wonder what our Youth Protection policies are all about?  Then come join us for one of two youth protection training sessions being held in December.

When: Saturday, December 14,  2013

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp’s, Schiewetz Leadership Training Center, 6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH on December 14, 2013.  

Times:
Session one check in at 8:00 AM with the first session beginning at 8:30 AM and ending 10:00 AM
Session two check in will be at 10:00 AM with second session beginning at 10:30 AM and ending at noon

There is no cost for the YPT, but to ensure that we have enough materials on hand, please follow the registration link to pre-register and let us know you are coming.

The Council has a goal of having 100% of its volunteers trained in youth protection plus any and all parents that would like the training.

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TRAINING

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Where: Cricket Holler Scout Camp, Schiewetz Leadership Training Center, 6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Time: 8:00 AM –12:00 PM

There is no fee for this course, but please register ahead of time so we can plan accordingly, register at http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1490 or at the MVC Scout Office

The Fundamentals of Training Course is the first course in the “Train the Trainer” series.

Its purpose is to provide the basic skills every trainer needs, and it is designed for ALL Scouters and Scouts interested in becoming effective trainers.  You will learn how and why we train leaders, characteristics of good trainers, how people learn, and different methods of presentation (i.e. flip charts, power point, etc.).

This course is recommended for all new Buckskin staffers, and is supplemental training for all positions.

TRAINERS EDGE

Trainer’s EDGE is the required train‐the‐trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs.

The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer.  It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience.

Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands‐on experience in methods and media.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Schiewetz Leadership Training Center at Cricket Holler Scout Camp, 6444 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH

Cost: $5.00 before January 20, 2014; $7.00 after January 20th

Trainers EDGE Flyer

For questions please contact John Miller

Refunds are handled under the Miami Valley Council Refund Policy found at:

http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/paymentpolicy

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OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO PASS ON TO YOUR UNITS

*Popcorn Sales 2013, NOW!

*Silver Beaver Award nominations due to Council office no later than, December 15, 2013. NOTICE, NEW CUT OFF DATE ANNOUNCED! Commissioners should shoot for the 1Dec13 date, that’ll give an extra 14 days, just in case!

*Council Recognition Dinner, Saturday, February 1, 2014

*Gathering of Eagles, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Guest speaker: Mr. Ray Capp, National Order of the Arrow Committee Chairman and 2013 Silver Buffalo recipient. 

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We hope this communique will assist you in your service to units. More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook page.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter Beard was born (June 21, 1850).

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:  John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), 35th President of the United States of America

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October 21, 2013

Thank you for opening up our new Monthly Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps. This monthly email blast will be sent out on the 21st day of the month (see last item on this email for the connection) either through this MyCouncil email systemExternal Link, or possibly a different provider if we find something more user friendly. We are always open to your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures so please contact us  to share.  

Note: Underlined text are actually intended to be hyperlinks (links to the locations on the internet), unfortunately MyCouncil may not show all hyperlinks, if not please reference your copy of the "monthly email blast" as the hyperlinks there will be in mostly all cases be available.

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FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER

An open letter to the Miami Valley Council Commissioner Corps,

History proves that all things of value start with one person; one person who acts to better the world around him. Whether you know it or not, you have that power.  It is the Power of One.

Let me give you some examples:

A German monk will have the courage to challenge the conventional wisdom of his day that an individual could have a different way to view his personal relationship with his Maker. This idea he will hone and refine until finally he will nail his thesis to the door of the cathedral at WittenbergExternal Link. This simple German monk will start the Protestant ReformationExternal Link.

Martin LutherExternal Link is the Power of One.

An eccentric red-headed genius who lives atop a mountain in Virginia will one day pen words that future generations of historians will call American scripture. He will craft the words “We hold these words to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

Thomas JeffersonExternal Link is the Power of One.

A young English seminary student will seek the advice of his mentor who tells him there are other ways to serve one’s God. Many of us can be ministers, but you have the gift to stand for Parliament. This young idealist will begin his career in politics. For thirty years he will work tirelessly but will ultimately succeed and though his act of “amazing grace” he will end the slave trade in western civilization.

William WilberforceExternal Link is the Power of One.

A diminutive unassuming barrister who is also a man of color will lead a revolution to free his country. This revolution is unlike any the world has seen. He will not use bombs or bullets. He will not use soldiers. His army will consist of simple individuals who will perform acts of civil disobedience. This former jewel of the British crown will become the nation of India.

Mahatma GandhiExternal Link is the Power of One.

A seamstress, a woman of color, tired from a day of toil will board a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She will not follow the instructions of the bus driver.  Arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man; she sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. This successful protest, which lasted just over a year, marked the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr.External Link, to national prominence as a civil-rights leader and provided the model for future nonviolent movement actions.

Rosa ParksExternal Link is the Power of One.

A retired Inspector General of Cavalry will have a genius of an idea. He believes his book Aids to ScoutingExternal Link would have more than military significance.  It is an idea that will lead to the largest and most successful youth organization the world has ever seen.  He will resign from the army to work for peace and brotherhood and will be the founder of the world Scouting movement.

Lt. General, Lord Robert Smyth Baden-PowellExternal Link, Baronet of Gilwell, Chief Scout of the World is the Power of One.

I know what all of you are thinking, how can I compare myself to these individuals. How can I dare begin to think that I can make a significant difference in my troop, my district, my council?  My reply is yes, you can!

Allow me to quote someone who himself knew the effectiveness of the Power of One. Patrick HenryExternal Link said, “We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the god of nature hath placed in our power.” In other words we need to use our God-given resources.

We must look deep within ourselves. We must find our way. That “power of one” guy, we spoke of before; Thomas Jefferson.  He tells us we can discover a path.  We can get where we want to go.  We can find a way.  Getting there however, requires leadership.  It demands courage and persistence.  We can learn the skills we need to find our way, no matter what, personal strikes we may have against us.

“Leadership necessitates forging a path: it requires us to accept challenges, to dare to make a difference, to discover order and balance.  We must overcome intimidation and fears.  We must learn and teach.”

                                                                        Thomas JeffersonExternal Link

Today I am going to ask you to think about four things:

  • Imagine
  • Believe
  • Lead
  • Serve

Starting today I want you to:

  • Imagine dreaming more than others think is practical.
  • Believe that you can expect more than others think is possible.
  • Lead in risking more than others think is safe.
  • Serve in caring more than others think is wise.

Now I know that some of you in the Corps are way ahead of me, you have already figured out the dirty little secret about the Power of One.  The Power of One can exist in evil as well as for good.  Some of history’s most despicable characters Hitler, Stalin, Mao, regrettably, possess the Power of One.

So how do we use the Power of One here at home to make our units, our district, our Corps, and our council better?

Imagine:  I want you dream more than others think is practical.

The concepts we have learned as Scouters are universal, but these basics precepts are easy to ignore, especially when times are tough.  But yet it is precisely at those times that one must consider the principals that transcend time.  Many things in life are intuitively obvious, but we somehow forget them. In any other circumstances diverse personalities like ours would have nothing in common.  We are truly a band of brothers, the bond of Scouting is strong and it is an experience that we all share.

Believe:  I want you to believe that you can expect more than others think is possible.

What can I say when Margaret MeadExternal Link said it better? “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Lead:  I want you to risk more than others think are safe.

For many of us this will be the most difficult. The hardest thing for us to learn is simply this; leaders do what they must do rather than what they want to do. Leaders must always pay attention to trends because leadership is the independent variable that determines success or failure.  The Boy Scouts of AmericaExternal Link is a large organization that can mobilize manpower for the good, but the irony is this.  The larger the organization the more important is leadership. A burgeoning bureaucracy insulates leaders and narrow-minded decision-makers from the work at hand.  Never forget there is no substitute for deciding what you want to do before you start.  Simple plans are invariably bound to be more successful than more complicated concoctions.  Always ask first what can go wrong, because it always takes more resources than you think. Always!

Serve:  I want you to care more than others think is wise.

Our oath says it best, “To help other people at all timesExternal Link”.  We all know that’s not always easy.

I have asked you to think about the Power of One.  I have asked you think about what it means?   How will you dream more than others think is practical?  How will you expect more than others think is possible?  How will you risk more than others think is safe? How will you care more than others think is wise?

Will you use the Power of One for good, or will you use it to become a disruptive force?  Will you use the Power of One to imagine or will you stifle the imagination of others?  Will you use the Power of One to believe or will you crush the belief of others?  Will you use the Power of One to lead or will you hang in the background and be one of those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.  Will you use the Power of One to serve or to mock the service of others?

Like Rosa Parks on this day, at this time, I ask you to take a pledge.  A pledge is nothing new to us, we are all familiar with pledges and oaths and obligations.  And the pledge is simply this:  How will I use the Power of One to make a difference for the betterment of my Unit, of my District, of my Corps, and of my Council?  How will I be a part of that small group of thoughtful committed citizens that will change the world?

Are you ready to take the pledge? I hope so.

In Scouting,

Ken Grimes
Council Commissioner

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COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT PLANS

Assistant Council Commissioner

The new David Sword to inquire when one will be occurring.

Unit CommissionerExternal Link

While the plan to recruit Unit Commissioners is on-going with a goal of one Commissioner per three units, a special end of year (2013) emphasis will need to be initiated by each District to continue their service and support to units for the coming year.

Or, as our Council Commissioner stated during our last Commissioner Cabinet meeting, “We’re looking for a few good Scouters to serve and support units”.  Not a small task, but one that is not only rewarding, but focused. With a Unit Commissioner having only one job to do in Scouting, that focus by the Unit Commissioner gives the units they serve more of a chance at success. 

If you are, or know of a good Scouter that’s looking for a different challenge within Scouting, contact your District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, or one of the Council Commissioner Corps members, you’ll be glad you did! WE WANT YOU!

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2013 BOY’S LIFE COMMISSIONER AWARD

This was discussed several times in the last few months, but now it’s very important for each Commissioner to put this award on the front burner.  The Commissioner Corps realizes we don’t serve and support our units for recognition, that’s a given, but like all Scouts and Scouters recognition is part of the Scouting program.

Equally important for Commissioners, and beginning with the commission they receive, it demonstrates the commitment they have made to help our units serve more kids better.

In Scouting, we know (or can easily find out) what it means to achieve an Arrow of Light, or Eagle Scout Award, or Quartermaster, or Silver Award, or an Award of Excellence in Unit Service. The definition of requirements that Scouting's recognitions provide not only tells us what has been accomplished, but also facilitates personal and team goal-setting.

Learning and skill development are important by-products of recognition.  Even receiving a commission results from newly appointed Commissioners having completed basic training, an orientation to the role they have accepted, and the completion of some of the fundamental tasks that position requires. With more advanced recognition come increased experience and the development of advanced skills that enable greater effectiveness in supporting units.

We're inspired by achievement. Seeing what others have accomplished enables us to see greater potential in ourselves and to strive to fulfill it.

Knots, pins, patches and certificates may not be important to all Commissioners, but serving more kids better is. Also, what we say to them in acknowledging their achievement can have powerful impact—on them and on other commissioners present (and we should always strive to recognize achievements publicly).

With this being said, the Council Commissioner “encourages” each Commissioner to check out the Boys Life Commissioner Award requirements and strive to achieve it! 

For every BL Commissioner Award presented means there are more youth receiving and reading Boy’s Life magazine and making the program stronger.  That in itself is the achievement we’d like to make visible to the entire Miami Valley Council when a Commissioner earns the 2013 Boy’s Life Commissioner Award

Here are the qualifications:

For Unit Commissioners each will qualify if they serve at least two 100% Boy’s Life Units. A unit qualifies as a 100% BL unit when a subscription to BL goes into the home of every youth member of the unit.

For Roundtable Commissioners each will qualify if they present and/or assist in presenting at least five Boy’s Life roundtable promotion features during 2013.

For Administrative Commissioners each will qualify if they achieve 25% or more of the total of packs, troops, teams in the area of service as 100% Boy’s Life units, and/or experience a 10 percent growth in 100% BL units, 2013 vs. 2012.   

The deadline for submitting to the Council Commissioner is January 14, 2014; please insure the paperwork is submitted as soon as possible, but definitely before the deadline.

More awards to consider:

COMMISSIONER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

ARROWHEAD HONOR AWARD & COMMISSIONER KEY and more…

*Unit Commissioners
*District & Assistant District Commissioner
*Roundtable Commissioner
*Roundtable/Huddle Staff Scouters Training Key
*District Committee Key
*District Award of Merit

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IMPORTANT RECHARTER NEWS

If one of your units insist on going to the Council Service Center to turn in their recharter paperwork and may need assistance,  to insure good customer service please have them call the Council Service Center to set up an appointment.  This will insure someone is there to take their recharters in AND assist them as needed. 

Remember, questions always occur, so let’s help make this process a smooth one, call first.  Call the Miami Valley Council Service Center at 937-278-4825 for an appointment, assistance or for more information.

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A CENTURY OF HONOR

In commemoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ 100-year affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, a broadcast program called “A Century of Honor” will be hosted locally on October 30, 2013, at 7:00 pm EDT at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 901 E. Whipp Road in Centerville. 

All Scouts, Scouters and Scout Troops are invited to participate viewing the broadcast at the Whipp Road church building, (check for availability in other LDS Church buildings in the surrounding area of the Miami Valley Council).  The broadcast will also be available for streaming on-line starting at 9PM EDT on October 29 at scouts100.lds.orgExternal Link

The program, originating in the 21,000 seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, will feature: Scout choirs; historical vignettes; and videos highlighting important events, service, and achievements from the past century.  Thousands of Scouts of all ages will participate.

In 1907, Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England, and in 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was founded. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first sponsor of Scouting in the United States in 1913 and is now the largest sponsoring organization of BSA with more than 430,000 boys and young men enrolled.  

President Thomas S. Monson, who has served on the BSA National Executive Board longer than any other member, said, “Scouting brings out the best in each of us. You've learned much from Scouting. Live what you've learned and will continue to learn.  Help others to hike the trails, to keep steadfast in the paths of truth, of honor, of duty, that all of you can soar together on eagles' wings.” (“President Thomas S. Monson Discusses Strengths of Scouting”)

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GRAPHIC CHANGE

Take note, as promised, the Commissioner Corps/Service graphic was changed on the MVC home page and will be updated each quarter as suggested.

The reasoning for the quarterly changes is to keep focus on our Commissioner Corps being the leaders in customer service for the units we serve. This quarter with the JTE logo reminding us all of the importance for a quality program in each one of our units, our district and our council.

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WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, you’re missing out on the latest news and updates, go to Commissioner Corps FacebookExternal Link and join the fun! LIKE US so we can continue to grow!

AND visit our Commissioner Corps page on the Miami Valley Council’s website then keep an eye out for our upcoming Twitter site and follow the thoughts and ideas of our Commissioner Corps, and you can be a part of that process, stay tuned!

Starting this month, with a new Scribe at our monthly Commissioner Cabinet meetings we’ll publish the minutes within a week after each meeting.  This does not preclude attendance at the meeting, as getting together once-a-month is vital to sharing and fellowship with the Commissioner Corps. Together we’ll achieve more success for out units!

DON’T MISS THE DECEMBER COMMISSIONER CABINET MEETING, Dr. Greg Everhart, Pediatric Physician will once again present a special subject near and dear to some of our unit leaders’ hearts…Autism. The Commissioner Corps will videotape this presentation and publish on line for all to see, but this again shouldn’t preclude attendance, let’s show Dr. Everhart (also WB District Chairman) that the Corps supports by attending this important December 19th Commissioner Cabinet meeting starting at 7PM at the SLTC at CricketExternal Link.

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COUNCIL COORDINATED MEETING

This meeting of ALL Miami Valley Council Operating Committee’s occurs each quarter and covers everything that’s Scouting in the Miami Valley.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear what’s going-on in the MVC and the chance to meet new, or renew old friendships.  See you on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at SLTC at Cricket Holler Scout Camp starting at 7PM

ALL Commissioners should attend to get all the programming information to pass on to your units. Once the joint session has ended the Commissioner’s Cabinet will meet separately to discuss timely information, as well as present a viable training to help make your assignment easier and more enjoyable.

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH

At each monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting there’s a bit of fun for those competitive souls, a question of the month. This month’s question was timely for all Commissioners to get involved with and pass on to their unit leaders.

QUESTION: In accordance with the BSA Guide to Awards and InsigniaExternal Link publication dated 2012, which “Council award that’s bestowed by the National Court of Honor and presented for noteworthy service of exceptional character by councils to “registered” adult volunteers within the territory under the jurisdiction of a local council.”?

Hint #1: There are no specific prerequisites for this award like there are with the District Award of Merit.

Hint #2: Nominations are due by December 1st each year.

Hint #3: A Selection Committee must be appointed by the Council President and Scout Executive acts as staff adviser.

Hint #4: The award is presented at the council’s annual recognition banquet , or pinnacle event as reflects its status as the highest honor a council can bestow.

ANSWER: Scroll down to end of email blast for answer.

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COMMISSIONER ANNUAL SERVICE PLAN

NOVEMBER Action Items:

For Packs: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 2Uniform Inspections, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

For Troops: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 2Uniform Inspections, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

For Crews: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

DECEMBER Action Items:

For Packs:
5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 4Popcorn Sales and 6Finalize Charter Renewal

For Troops: 5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 4Popcorn Sales and 6Finalize Charter Renewal

For Crews: 5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 4Popcorn Sales and 6Finalize Charter Renewal

1CHARTER RENEWAL INSTRUCTIONS

2UNIFORM INSPECTION FORMS

3RECHARTER INFORMATION
 
4POPCORN SALES INFORMATION

5YOUTH PROTECTION AND ADULT LEADER TRAININGExternal Link

6CHARTER RENEWAL SUBMISSION

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BSA NATIONAL TRAINING OVERVIEW FOR COMMISSIONERS
note the changes effective October 2013.

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TRAINING

2013 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Commissioner Basic Training
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the MVC Service Center from 10AM to 1PM

*Assistant District Commissioner Basic Training

Date and location TBA, stay tuned to your emails, the Commissioner Corps webpage and our Facebook pageExternal Link

*Continuing Education (at monthly Commissioner Cabinet meeting)
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the SLTC on Cricket Holler Scout Camp.
Topic: “Special Needs Scouting-Autism

2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

*Commissioner Basic Training
February 8, May 10, August 10 and November 20, 2014
 
*Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)
March 20, June 19, September 18 and December 18, 2014
 
*College of Commissioner Science  (at Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis)
April 26, 2014

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 WOOD BADGE

SAVE THE DATES for Wood Badge C6-444-14

You are cordially invited to join in the ultimate leadership training opportunity for adults in the Miami Valley Council.

What:
Wood Badge traces its roots back to 1919 when Lord Baden-Powell conducted the first Wood Badge training course at Gilwell Park near London. Come join the ranks of those who proudly wear the Wood Badge beads that identify them as successful leaders to the youth we serve.

Why:
You should consider taking Wood Badge because:

•Wood Badge brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting –Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and the professional ranks. All for one common training experience.

•You will learn the most current leadership models used by corporate America. You will experience the connections between these techniques and your role as an adult leader in the Scouting program.

•The course draws on nearly one century of leadership training in the Scouting movement.

•You will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.

•You will become part of the Wood Badge tradition.

•And did we mention that you will have FUN!!!!

When:

Pre-Course Meeting- Sunday June 22, 2014

First Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

Second Course Weekend- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2014

Who:
Contact Mark A. Davis, Course Director  (and member of the Commissioner Corps) at (937) 884-5970, or by e-mail at [Click for member's page]

SAVE THE DATE flyer

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*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS:

Train-A-Con (Tons of training at one location, on one day)

Report from the MVC Training Committee that the September 28th Train-a-Con in Lewisburg was a successful beginning to this out of the box training opportunity. As a result the training will continue to be provided in the near future.

Future Train-A-Con Dates:

January 18, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

April 5, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location TBD

BALOO and YOUTH PROTECTION

Pass on this important training for your unit leaders, Youth Protection (in residence) AND BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation), both training sessions are needed for a quality program.

YOUTH PROTECTIONExternal Link

Are you and all your adult leaders trained in Youth Protection?  Are you a parent of a scout and wonder what our Youth Protection policies are all about?  Then come join us for one of two youth protection training sessions being held at Cricket Holler Scout camp on November 2, 2013.  Check in is at 8:00 AM with the first session beginning at 8:30 AM.

There is no cost for the YPT, but to ensure that we have enough materials on hand, please follow the registration link to pre-register and let us know you are coming.

The Council has a goal of having 100% of its volunteers trained in youth protection plus any and all parents that would like the training.

BALOO

What is BALOO?  Who Attends?  What does it cover? Why?

BALOO is a one-day training event, presented by the council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack camping.  Pack leaders and parents of Cub Scouts learn how to conduct a safe and fun Pack camping experience.  BALOO covers program planning, health & safety, equipment, fun activities, cooking, where to camp and much more.  BALOO is a learning environment that includes FUN for the attendees.

Trained leaders and parents can enhance the outdoor scouting experience for their Cub Scouts.  BSA policies state, at least one trained BALOO adult must be present on all Pack overnight camping experiences.

Why not train several adults in the Pack and let them join in the FUN!

Check in time is 8:00 AM.  Hope to see you there!

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OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO PASS ON TO YOUR UNITS

 *Popcorn Sales 2013, NOW!

*Silver Beaver Award nominations due to Council office no later than, December 1, 2013

*Council Recognition Dinner, Saturday, February 1, 2014

*Gathering of Eagles, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Guest speaker: Mr. Ray Capp, National Order of the Arrow Committee Chairman and 2013 Silver Buffalo recipient. 

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We hope this communique will assist you in your service to units. More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook pageExternal Link.

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, its publish date should remind us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter BeardExternal Link was born (June 21, 1850).

ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:  It’s the Silver Beaver AwardExternal Link, ref: 2013 edition, page 93-94.

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We hope this communique will assist you in your service to units. More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook pageExternal Link.  IF you find a broken link please let Joe know ASAP, thank you!

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, reminds us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter BeardExternal Link was born (June 21, 1850).

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September 21, 2013

Thank you for opening up our new Monthly Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps. This monthly email blast will be sent out on the 21st day of the month either through this MyCouncil email systemExternal Link, or possibly a different provider if we find something more convenient. We are always open to your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures contact us  to share.   Enjoy…

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FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER

As the days get shorter and summer camps close up for the season, it’s a sure reminder that fall is coming along with all the regular and seasonal commissioner unit support tasks.  Fall is a traditional time for recruiting, and every Commissioner needs to be directly engaged in assisting their units and districts in these recruiting efforts. Your commissioner knowledge can be invaluable when a potential Scout or Scouting family has a question that a typical unit leader is unprepared to answer.

For example, not too many Cub Scout leaders can fully help the family that is new to the area and is registering their son as a new Tiger Cub, and also have a daughter interested in joining a Venturing Crew, but a well-informed Commissioner can make that connection

Have you lost your youthful curiosity?  Do you remember as a kid doing “things” to see what would happen?  As a commissioner do you “kick over stones” to see what is hiding under the stone? Or when you have that sixth sense that something might not be “right”, do you avert your eyes and walk past? It’s no challenge to only respond to the quick and easy issues, but it can be most rewarding and beneficial to all when you “kick over” the rock that looks out of place. 

My challenge to you is try to kick over a rock or two in the coming months.  For those who get a sense of accomplishment when you can “complete” a task, just think of the satisfaction you will get when you resolve an issue such as a Scoutmaster who will not “accept” partial merit badge blue cards that are more than a year old. (Not to mention how grateful the involved Scout might be.)

When was the last time you visited the National Commissioners Training websiteExternal Link?

I encourage you to take a look at the new training content that has been posted there.  I just spent a little time, reviewing it and found it very informative.  In fact, LOOK at ALL the GREAT COMMISSIONER TRAINING that has been updated and posted to the website!!  The Commissioner Training web site would be a great place to look for ideas.  Remember, David Sword can’t do it alone!

Membership fee to increaseIt was announced that effective January 1, 2014 membership fees will increase from $15 to $24 per year for all registered Scouts and adults.  Important to Commissioners and our support of the charter renewal process is the fact that this increase affects units with a December 31, 2013, expiration date.  Don’t be caught by surprise by this change, as Commissioners we need to get out in front of this change, and be discussing it at our Roundtables so when the on-line re-chartering “window” opens on October 2nd for those units that re-charter in December they will be informed and prepared.

In Scouting,

Ken Grimes

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NEW ASSISTANT DISTRICT COMMISSIONER

Congratulations to our newest Assistant District Commissioner recruited by our Wright Brothers District Commissioner Mike Waldron.  Please join us in sending a premier Commissioner Corps welcome to ADC Darren Thomson of the Wright Brothers District!

Congratulations to our second Assistant District Commissioner recruited in the month of September this time by Sunwatch District Commissioner, Rev. Bob Thornton.  Please also join us in sending a premier Commissioner Corps welcome to ADC Myron Ingram of the Sunwatch District.

For our District Commissioners, this new ADC Recruitment Plan has been offered to assist each of our districts in both subdividing their district into service areas AND with securing new Assistant District Commissioners for those service areas.  The goal is for each district to recruit a management team (District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioners) who will then recruit Unit Commissioners and supply much needed services to their units.

Presently, Miami, Preble, Shelby, Sunwatch and Wright Brothers districts have signed on to make this new management team a reality.  The Council Commissioner staff will be meeting with Darke District Commissioner to also brief him on this initiative.  Again, congratulations to Mike, Maury and Darren (Wright Brothers) and Rev. Bob Thornton (Sunwatch) for making their districts better in service to their units.

There was be a special Assistant District Commissioner training session offered TODAY, Saturday, 21Sept13 at the MVC Scout Service Center beginning at 10am.  If you are a new ADC, or have been an ADC and would like a refresher email Assistant Council Commissioner for Training, David Sword to inquire when the next session. Congratulations to the following Assistant District Commissioners who attended todays training session, way to go Ray Dawson and Darren Thomson!

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GRAPHIC CHANGE

Take note, as promised, the Commissioner Corps/Service graphic has been changed on the MVC home page and will be each quarter as suggested by a few of our Commissioners.

The reasoning for the quarterly changes is to keep focus on our Commissioners being the leaders in customer service for the units we serve. The JTE logo reminds us all of the importance for a quality program in each one of our units, our district and our council.

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COUNCIL CABINET MEETING

Open to all Commissioners, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at SLTC at Cricket Holler Scout Camp at 7PM

Come get all the programming information to pass on to your units.  Commissioner’s Cabinet discussion will  

cover timely information, as well as present and viable training to help make your job easier.

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COMMISSIONER ANNUAL SERVICE PLAN

October Action Items:

For Packs: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 2Uniform Inspections, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

For Troops: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 2Uniform Inspections, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

For Crews: 1Charter Renewal Instructions, 3Training for Charter Renewal and 4Popcorn Sales

November Action Items:

For Packs:
5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 4Popcorn Sales and 6Finalize Charter Renewal

For Troops: 5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 4Popcorn Sales and 6Finalize Charter Renewal

For Crews: 5Youth Protection and Adult Leader Training, 4Popcorn Sales and 6Finalize Charter Renewal

1CHARTER RENEWAL INSTRUCTIONS

2UNIFORM INSPECTION FORMS

3RECHARTER INFORMATION
 
4POPCORN SALES INFORMATION

5YOUTH PROTECTION AND ADULT LEADER TRAININGExternal Link

6CHARTER RENEWAL SUBMISSION

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TRAINING

*Assistant District Commissioner Training, Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the MVC Service Center from 10AM to 1PM.

*2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

-Commissioner Basic Training
February 8, May 10, August 10 and November 20, 2014
 
-Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)
March 20, June 19, September 18 and December 18, 2014
 
-College of Commissioner Science  (in Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis)
April 26, 2014

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*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS:

-Train-A-Con (Tons of training at one location, on one day)

What:  Train – A – Con (A lot of training, on one day, in one location)

When:  Saturday, September 28, 2013
Where:  Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg, OH

Adult Training Sessions/Start Time/Cost

Youth Protection -7:30 AM / Free
Tiger Leader Trng. -8:30 AM / $5.00
Den Leader Trng. -8:30 AM / $5.00
Webelos Leader Trng. -8:30 AM / $5.00
Cubmaster  Trng. -8:30 AM / $5.00
Pack Trainer Trng. -8:30 AM / $5.00
Pack Committee Trng. -8:30 AM / $3.00
Scoutmaster Trng. -8:30 AM / $5.00
Venturing Trng. -8:30 AM / Free
Troop Committee Challenge Trng. -8:30 AM / $3.00
Chartered Organization Rep. Trng. -8:30 AM / $3.00
Fundamentals of Training.-8:30 AM / $5.00

Youth Training Sessions/Start Time/Cost

Den Chief Trng. .-8:30 AM / $5.00
Chaplain’s Aide Trng. -8:30 AM / Free

Other Train-A-Con Dates:

January 18, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

April 5, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location TBD

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OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO PASS ON TO YOUR UNITS

*Popcorn Sales 2013, NOW!

*Call of Duty Council Camporee, Friday thru Sunday, October 4 thru 6, 2013

*Council Recognition Dinner, Saturday, February 1, 2014

*Gathering of Eagles, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Guest speaker: Mr. Ray Capp, National Order of the Arrow Committee Chairman and 2013 Silver Buffalo recipient. 

We hope this communique will assist you in your service to units. More information can be obtained on our Premier Commissioner Corps webpage, OR check us out and LIKE us on our Facebook pageExternal Link.  IF you find a broken link please let Joe know ASAP, thank you!

This email will be sent out monthly on the 21st of each month, reminds us of the day the first BSA National Commissioner, Daniel Carter BeardExternal Link was born (June 21, 1850).

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August 21, 2013

Thank you for opening up our new Monthly Email Blast, this communication tool is brought to you by your Commissioner Corps. This monthly email blast will be sent out on the 21st day of the month either through this (MyCouncil) email system or possibly a different provider if we find something more convenient. We are always open to your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our communication processes and procedures, so contact us at [Click to send email]  to share.   Enjoy…

COUNCIL COORDINATED MEETING

Open to all Commissioners, Thursday, August 22, 2013 at SLTC at Cricket Holler Scout Camp. 7PM

Come get all the programming information to pass on to your units. Breakout session for Commissioners will 

cover timely information.

CONGRATULATIONS

Also at the Council Coordinated Meeting, our Council Commissioner, Ken Grimes 
will conduct a Commissioning Ceremony for two new Commissioners,
both from Preble District.  Congratulations from a grateful Council to Jason Franz
and Tim Pfaff.

MEMBERSHIP ARMY INFO

The Commissioner Corps is vital to the Fall Recruitment effort in the Miami Valley Council. As such, we have         

become members of the Council Membership Committee’s “Membership Army”. Specifically, the two “main” Commissioner assignments, as outlined in the Fall Recruitment Plan are “to contact the Pack leaders prior to their Recruitment Night to ensure they are ready AND to attend the Pack Recruitment Night meeting to assist as needed and help collect application”..

Of course, that’s not all you can do to assist, being that “friend to the unit, representative of the Council, Unit Doctor, Teacher and most importantly the Counselor” all in harmony in making your units successful.

For more Fall Recruitment information go to: http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Events/Cub-Fall-Recruitment

COMMISSIONER ANNUAL SERVICE PLAN

August/September Action Items:

For Packs: Program Planning1, Webelos 2 Troop Visits, Fall School Night Recruiting2, Executive Officer Visits3, Membership Inventory4 and Popcorn Sales5

For Troops: Program Planning6, New Scout Advancements, Executive Officer Visits3, Membership Inventory4 and Popcorn Sales5

For Crews: Program Planning7, Executive Officer Visits3, Membership Inventory4 and Popcorn Sales5

1PROGRAM PLANNING-Packs    http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Volunteers/Pack-Program-Planning

2FALL RECRUITMENT   http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Events/Cub-Fall-Recruitment

3RECHARTER INFORMATION   http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Council/Recharter/

4MEMBERSHIP INVENTORY   http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/files/d/usr/5/Unit%20Recharter/2013%20-%20Conducting%20Your%20Membership%20Inventory.pdf

5POPCORN SALES INFORMATION   http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Events/2013-Popcorn

6PROGRAM PLANNING-Troops   http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Youth/YouthBoyScoutPrograms

7PROGRAM PLANNING-Crews   http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Youth/YouthVenturingPrograms

TRAINING

*Commissioner Basic Training, Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the MVC Service Center from 10AM to 1PM.

*2014 Commissioner Training Schedule:

-Commissioner Basic Training
February 8, May 10, August 10 and November 20, 2014
 
-Continuing Education (at Monthly Commissioner Cabinet Meetings)
March 20, June 19, September 18 and December 18, 2014
 
-College of Commissioner Science  (in Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis)
April 26, 2014

*TRAINING OF INTEREST TO UNIT LEADERS:

-Scoutmaster & Asst. SM Leader Essentials, Saturday, 24August13 at the SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp) from 8am to 5pm. Contact Michelle Lamprecht at (937) 898-9185.

-Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, Saturday/Sunday, September 14 & 15 at the Miami Campsite (Cricket Holler Scout Camp). Contact Michelle Lamprecht (937) 898-9185.

-Train-A-Con (Tons of training at one location, on one day)

Courses being offered:
 

Youth Protection
Cub Scout Leader Specific

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation),

OWL (Outdoor Webelos Leader)-not on September 28th
Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Essentials
IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills)
Chaplain’s Aide,
Den Chief Training
Troop Committee Challenge
Chartered Organization Representative
Fundamentals of Training

Trainers EDGE (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide and Enable)

Dates:

 September 28, 2013 (Saturday) at Lutheran Trinity Church, Lewisburg

 January 18, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

 April 5, 2014 (Saturday) at SLTC (Cricket Holler Scout Camp)

 November 1, 2014 (Saturday), University of Scouting, Location TBD

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO PASS ON TO YOUR UNITS

*Call of Duty Council Camporee, Friday thru Sunday,  October 4 thru 6, 2013   
 http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Events/FindCOD2

*Council Recognition Dinner, Saturday, February 1, 2014 http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1240

*Gathering of Eagles, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Guest speaker: Mr. Ray Capp, National Order of the Arrow Committee Chairman and 2013 Silver Buffalo recipient.  http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Events/2013-Gathering-of-Eagles

We hope this communique will assist you in your service to units. More information can be obtained from our webpage at http://www.miamivalleybsa.org/Council/Commissioners , OR check us out AND LIKE US on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/MVC-Commissioner-Corps/External Link

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