March 21, 2019

Old North State Council Field Staff Changes to better serve local Scouting

“You can’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.”

The Boy Scouts of America is the premier youth development organization transforming today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders in business, community, and the home. Our Scouts and Scouting leaders deserve the very best service our Old North State Council staff can deliver. To deliver the best service we must be committed to reexamination and continuous improvement. We must be committed to change.

I am excited to announce operational changes and a new field staff position within the Old North State Council staff, effective April 1, 2019. With Executive Board approval of this new organizational structure, we believe these changes will enhance the quality of service to our local Scouting districts/geographic territories throughout the Council.

Meet our new Assistant Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer, Gary Stasco:

GStascoFor the first time since January 2016, the Old North State Council will have an Assistant Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer.

Gary Stasco comes to the Old North State Council with 16 years’ professional Scouting experience in the North Florida Council headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. The North Florida Council has a field staff of 20 and serves more than 12,000 Scouts. During his tenure in North Florida, Gary served as District Executive, District Director, Field Director of the Council’s outlying counties, Field Director of the Council’s metro service area, and as Development Director (Friends of Scouting, sporting clays events, and endowment). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served six years active duty. Prior to Scouting, Gary was a middle school teacher and held various sales positions. He is an active Rotarian and enjoys boating, fishing, and rugby. 

Gary will be visiting the Scouts BSA/American Legion Camporee on Saturday, March 30 at Cherokee Scout Reservation. He is excited to meet our Scouters and staff in the very near future. His first official day will be April 1.

Gary will give leadership to Council field operations, including membership, finance, and program goals plus staff development and training. His direct reports will be Field Director Matt Lanouette, Program Director Jason Powers, and District Director Jim Allegretto. Gary will report to Scout Executive Ed Martin.

Field Director Matt Lanouette:

Matt will give leadership to Guilford Senior District Executive John McPhail, Senior Exploring/Learning for Life Executive Jonathan Clapp, and Akela District Executive Lamar Cassell.

Program Director Jason Powers:

Jason will continue to give leadership to our year-round outdoor programs, our two camp rangers, and will now give leadership to Uwharrie District Executive Andrew Oliver.

District Director Jim Allegretto:

Jim will continue to serve Alamance District and will give leadership to Cherokee District Executive Sam Putnam.

Scout Executive Ed Martin:

Ed will continue to report directly to the Council Executive Board President. With the addition of a new Assistant Scout Executive/COO, Ed will focus more of his efforts on the Council’s 2017-2021 strategic objectives, community engagement, Executive Board development, and cultivating relationships with new Scouting partners and donors.

With these operational improvements, I hope you will share my enthusiasm for enhanced service to Scouts, Scouting leaders, and more individualized support of our Council field staff members. 

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Old North State Council, BSA Recognition Banquet – Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award a local Council can give a volunteer Scout Leader for service to youth.

Congratulations to the following 2018 Silver Beaver Recipients and thank you for your service to youth in the Old North State Council:

  • Neal Bowes – Cherokee District             
  • James Downs – Cherokee District    
  • Vann Owens – Akela District
  • Bob Paxton – Old North State Council
  • Gordon Stallings – Akela District
  • Jeff Willett – Uwharrie District
  • Ted Williams – Akela District

Come help us celebrate Scouting as we recognize our outstanding Scouts and Volunteers of 2018!

Make your reservation today!  

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There’s still time to register for WOOD BADGE TRAINING!

wbPre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27

Why would you want to go?
You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.

Register today: Click here for more info. and to register online!

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The Boy Scouts of America is preparing youth for life! We are excited to share in the first 80 days of this new year, 10 new Scouting programs have been started serving new Scouts throughout the eight-county service area of the Old North State Council, BSA. More Scouting program sites means more opportunities to build character, instill values, teach leadership skills, and increase the self-confidence of youth in our community. Scouting works, and it is building tomorrow’s leaders, today. To continue to deliver life-changing programs to more than 8,600 Scouting youth in the Triad, we need valued investors like you. If you haven’t had an opportunity to invest in “Friends of Scouting” this year at your Pack, Troop, or Crew meeting, please consider a financial investment in support of local Scouting. Thank you for your kind consideration!

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Kentucky Derby Social Event

yofncSave the date! A Kentucky Derby Party will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:30 PM at B. Christopher’s in Greensboro.  All proceeds to support Old North State Council.

Cost is $150 per person, which includes all food and drinks, Kentucky Derby glass, and bourbon chocolates. Each couple will receive a special gift valued at $60.

There Will Be a Hat Contest, Best Derby Outfit, Auction Items and Much More.

Email: bill@gmanc.com for reservations. Limited number of places available.

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Calendar of Events

March

April

May

Full Calendar & District Calendars   
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

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Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

District Pinewood Derby – April 12, 2019:  Pack Registration and Rules found here…

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at Woodfield Scout Preservation. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

Uwharrie District Pinewood Derby Family Campout: 4/5 – 7

Operational staff changes to improve the delivery of local Scouting

“You can’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.”

The Boy Scouts of America is the premier youth development organization transforming today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders in business, community, and the home. Our Scouts and Scouting leaders deserve the very best service our Old North State Council staff can deliver. To deliver the best service we must be committed to reexamination and continuous improvement. We must be committed to change.

I am excited to announce operational changes and a new field staff position within the Old North State Council staff, effective April 1, 2019. With Executive Board approval of this new organizational structure, we believe these changes will enhance the quality of service to our local Scouting districts/geographic territories throughout the Council.

Meet our new Assistant Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer, Gary Stasco:

GStascoFor the first time since January 2016, the Old North State Council will have an Assistant Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer.

Gary Stasco comes to the Old North State Council with 16 years’ professional Scouting experience in the North Florida Council headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. The North Florida Council has a field staff of 20 and serves more than 12,000 Scouts. During his tenure in North Florida, Gary served as District Executive, District Director, Field Director of the Council’s outlying counties, Field Director of the Council’s metro service area, and as Development Director (Friends of Scouting, sporting clays events, and endowment). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served six years active duty. Prior to Scouting, Gary was a middle school teacher and held various sales positions. He is an active Rotarian and enjoys boating, fishing, and rugby.

Gary will be visiting the Scouts BSA/American Legion Camporee on Saturday, March 30 at Cherokee Scout Reservation. He is excited to meet our Scouters and staff in the very near future. His first official day will be April 1.

Gary will give leadership to Council field operations, including membership, finance, and program goals plus staff development and training. His direct reports will be Field Director Matt Lanouette, Program Director Jason Powers, and District Director Jim Allegretto. Gary will report to Scout Executive Ed Martin.

Field Director Matt Lanouette:

Matt will give leadership to Guilford Senior District Executive John McPhail, Senior Exploring/Learning for Life Executive Jonathan Clapp, and Akela District Executive Lamar Cassell.

Program Director Jason Powers:

Jason will continue to give leadership to our year-round outdoor programs, our two camp rangers, and will now give leadership to Uwharrie District Executive Andrew Oliver.

District Director Jim Allegretto:

Jim will continue to serve Alamance District and will give leadership to Cherokee District Executive Sam Putnam.

Scout Executive Ed Martin:

Ed will continue to report directly to the Council Executive Board President. With the addition of a new Assistant Scout Executive/COO, Ed will focus more of his efforts on the Council’s 2017-2021 strategic objectives, community engagement, Executive Board development, and cultivating relationships with new Scouting partners and donors.

With these operational improvements, I hope you will share my enthusiasm for enhanced service to Scouts, Scouting leaders, and more individualized support of our Council field staff members.

Yours in Scouting service,

Ed Martin | Scout Executive/CEO

March 14, 2019

Honoring High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein 

Old North State Council honored Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, as its 2019 Distinguished Citizen at the annual Friends of Scouting fundraising breakfast on Thursday, March 14. The event attracted a crowd of more than 250 and served as the driving force for a campaign that will raise more than $240,000 to support local Scouting. Dr. Qubein was selected as the BSA’s local Distinguished Citizen for his many contributions in education, business, and our community. The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across America. Honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message to our youth that character counts. The lives of distinguished citizens set examples that inspire youth to lead, accept responsibility, and care about principles and causes beyond self-interest. Special thanks goes out to our Friends of Scouting sponsors, committee members, and event attendees. Your dedicated time and generosity made the breakfast a great success!

Pictured: Venturer Brooklyn Flatt presenting the Distinguished Citizen Award to Dr. Nido Qubein

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There’s still time to register for WOOD BADGE TRAINING!

Pre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27

Why would you want to go?
You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.

Register today: Click here for more info. and to register online!

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Is This the Most Important Patch in Scouting?

The Arrow of Light marks a major milestone in a Cub Scout’s growth. The senior patrol leader badge represents the most important position in a troop. And the Eagle Scout award symbolizes an incredible journey of perseverance.

But when considering the array of Scouting awards and recognitions available to young people, there’s one that stands above them all.

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Camp Cards Unit FundraiserThe Camp Card Fundraiser is still happening and will continue until May 3!  Check out these awesome prize incentives:

• Scouts have an opportunity to earn a gift card based on how many cards they sell. They have a choice of Target, Walmart, REI, or the Scout Shop. For every 50 cards sold, they will receive a $25 gift card to the desired location. Please note: Each Scout chooses ONE location/gift card for each 50 cards sold.

• Each Scout that sells at least 25 cards will be entered into prize drawings.  The grand prize will be a big screen television or an Xbox 1 or PlayStation 4 gaming system! The Scout will get his pick!  (One entry per scout)

• Each unit that sells 500+ cards will receive a $100 gift card to the Old North State Council Scout Shop.

If you have any questions about the 2019 Camp Card sale, please contact Jonathan Clapp at jonathan.clapp@scouting.org or at 336-420-0208

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Old North State Council, BSA Recognition Banquet – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Come help us celebrate Scouting! The Banquet will begin with dinner at 6:30 PM and recognition will follow.

The evening’s program includes:

  • Recognition of 2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
  • Presentation of 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts
  • Recognition of 2018 District Award of Merit Recipients
  • Recognition of District, Council & Unit Volunteers
  • Recognition of 2018 Outstanding Scouts

Make your reservation today!  The banquet will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro-Airport
204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro


Calendar of Events

March

April

May

Full Calendar & District Calendars   
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

 

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Hurricane Clean-up Day

Where: Cherokee Scout Reservation; 3296 Boy Scout Camp Road Yanceyville, NC
When   Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 4:30 (or come and go as available).
What: Cutting and moving wood, and dragging brush downed in campsites.
Who: All friends of camp; Scouts may participate with supervision (need services hours?).
How: Lunch will be provided, only need work clothes and gloves. If you are age 18 and are proficient with a chainsaw, then please bring your chainsaw.

Please click here to RSVP by name and number of people attending by March 16

Contact Lyndal Butler at lbutler@smeinc.com if you have any questions.

Should you need firewood, contact Camp Ranger Marvin Preslar (gwyranger@gmail.com)

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Council-Sponsored Pre-Camp Swim Checks

  • Scouts participate in pre-camp swim checks with their unit not as individuals.
  • Units must make a reservation for pre-camp swim checks by calling the Scout Office (336-378-9166).
  • Most pre-camp swim checks are free, but some do have a cost associated with them. Please note those and follow the established process.
  • The purpose of pre-camp swim checks is to conduct the swim check for summer camp. It is not a unit free swim event.

Click here for swim check dates and locations.

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Camp Physicals Clinic held April 20

A Camp Physicals Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Merritt Medical Plaza located at 1511 Westover Terrace, about 1.5 miles from the Scout Office.
There are a limited number of appointments available, so schedule early.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 18 for online Registration;  Registration by phone is available through Friday, April 19.

What you need to know:

  • Physicals are available for anyone planning to attend resident camp for the upcoming summer season or for high adventure trips, such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or others.
  • Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Records ONLY, unless your BSA high adventure activity has a special BSA Health and Medical Record.
  • Appointments are pre-paid, first come-first served, by appointment only.   Cash, check, or credit card only—we cannot accept insurance for this clinic.

Find more information about the Camp Physicals Clinic here.

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Come out for Beaver Day and help us get ready for Camp.  We have many projects to work on. Bring your tools, we will provide lunch.

Please click here to RSVP.   If you have any questions about Beaver Day, contact Lyndal Butler at lbutler@smeinc.com

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Woodfield is getting ready for camp

Thanks to Troop 25 in Akela District, Troop 47 in Alamance District, Troop 600 and Troop 109 in Guilford District, and OA Chapters Keeauwee and Tutelo for working in the rain last weekend to clean up from recent storm damage!  Troop 4 in Akela District is scheduled to volunteer for clean up later this month.  If your troop is interested in helping with this project, please contact Steve Allred at Steve.allred@scouting.org

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Akela District
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.

Attention Life Scouts looking for an eagle project, Morehead Elementary School in Greensboro is looking for a Scout(s) to volunteer to build frames and shadow boxes for students’ artwork. The school has completed part of the frames but is looking for a Scout(s) to create the box and add the hinges and corkboard to complete the display. Any interested Scout should contact Cara Furness at furnesc@gcsnc.com or 336-294-7370

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at Woodfield Scout Preservation. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

March 7, 2019

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My.Scouting.org

pinTo mark the start of the new membership cycle in 2019, it is important for Packs, Troops, Crews and Ships to update their BeAScout pin.  It is a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Cubmaster or meeting time, for example.

Access to update your pin is available to all unit leaders, committee chairs and chartered organization representatives.

To update your pin:

  1. Go to My.Scouting.org
  2. In the drop-down menu, go to Legacy Web Tools and select BeAScout.
  3. Choose “unit” (rather than council) under “Unit Pin Mode” to update the pin with your contact info.
  4. Be sure to set pin status to “active.” If they want the “Apply Now” button on the pin, set “Apply Status” to “active.”
  5. Note that it may take a few hours, or up to overnight, for the updated information to show up.
  6. For Cub Scout packs: You’ll also want to go to Organization Manager and identify your pack’s gender: all-boy, all-girl or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens. Under Organization Manager, find the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. The default is Boys Dens, but you can change that. Be sure to enter an effective date or it will not update the pin.

cardUnits can now print membership cards (for youth and adult members) directly from my.scouting.org. This tool and additional resources now available to units through my.scouting will benefit the program experience for all youth and adults participating in your Scouting unit. Find instructions here.

Unit leaders, committee chairs and charter organization/unit sponsor representatives have access to many valuable tools in my.scouting.org, and they can assign access to other members of the unit. Please call the Old North State Council Service Center at 336-378-9166 if you need assistance with your my.scouting account.

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Volunteers Need to Know About This Campout Safety Checklist

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A campout safety checklist will help to ensure everyone covers the appropriate documentation, training, planning, equipment, emergency planning, and program.

Click here to READ MORE

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When do you remove ‘Eagle Scout’ from your resume? Hint: It’s a trick question

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Earning the Eagle Scout Award is an awesome accomplishment, one any Scout would be proud to proclaim. For Eagle Scouts applying for college admission or their first job, it feels natural to highlight their Scouting accolades.

But how long should “Eagle Scout” remain on your resume? When you’re applying for your second job? Third? 10th?

Click here to READ MORE

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This College Sports Star Credits Scouting for His Success

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He’s the star player for his Division 1 school, and he says lessons learned earning the rank of Eagle Scout are a key reason why he became a better basketball player.

To read more about Eagle Scout and Eastern Washington guard Jacob Davidson, CLICK HERE

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31

climbingwall(1).jpgCelebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.   Participate in shooting sports and field events, experience the climbing wall and other fun scouting activities!

Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

REGISTRATION ENDS THURSDAY, MARCH 14 –  REGISTER TODAY!

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Old North State Council, BSA Recognition Banquet – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro-Airport
204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro, NC   27409

Come help us celebrate Scouting! The Banquet will begin with dinner at 6:30 PM and recognition will follow.

The evening’s program includes:

  • Recognition of 2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
  • Presentation of 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts
  • Recognition of 2018 District Award of Merit Recipients
  • Recognition of District, Council & Unit Volunteers
  • Recognition of 2018 Outstanding Scouts

Make your reservation today!

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Kentucky Derby Social Event

yofncSave the date! A Kentucky Derby Party will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:30 PM at B. Christopher’s in Greensboro.  All proceeds to support Old North State Council.

Cost is $150 per person, which includes all food and drinks, Kentucky Derby glass, and bourbon chocolates. Each couple will receive a special gift valued at $60.

There Will Be a Hat Contest, Best Derby Outfit, Auction Items and Much More.

Email: bill@gmanc.com for reservations. Limited number of places available.

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Calendar of Events

March

April

May

Full Calendar & District Calendars   
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

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Swimming and Water Rescue Training

March 23, 2019 (On-line registration Only)

Elon University—Beck Pool—61 East Haggard Ave, Elon, NC

All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in his or her care and is trained in Safe Swim Defense. That supervisor must be skilled in assessing the risks of the swim area and establishing clear processes to reduce the danger to Scouts while in the water but still allow for an age-appropriate level of adventure. The aquatics supervisor must also know how to respond when a rescue situation arises.

Adult leaders who are Swim and Water Rescue trained may conduct swim checks for their own units.

Find all the details for this training and sign up on-line here.

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Wood Badge 2019!

Pre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 (Weekend #2 is Memorial Day Weekend)

Course Overview: Wood Badge is a course for all Registered Scout leaders from Packs, Troop, and Crews, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, emphasizing modern leadership skills. Regardless of whether you are a new scout leader or a seasoned volunteer, you will learn to be a more effective leader in any position you hold in scouting. It is required that Scout Leaders attending Woodbadge must have completed the specific trainings for their registered position.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.

Course is limited to 48 participants.  Sign up today!   Click here for more info. and to register online!

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First Aid Training

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Hurricane Clean-up Day

Where: Cherokee Scout Reservation; 3296 Boy Scout Camp Road Yanceyville, NC
When   Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 4:30 (or come and go as available).
What: Cutting and moving wood, and dragging brush downed in campsites.
Who: All friends of camp; Scouts may participate with supervision (need services hours?).
How: Lunch will be provided, only need work clothes and gloves. If you are age 18 and are proficient with a chainsaw, then please bring your chainsaw.

Please click here to RSVP by name and number of people attending by March 16

Contact Lyndal Butler at lbutler@smeinc.com if you have any questions.

Should you need firewood, contact Camp Ranger Marvin Preslar (gwyranger@gmail.com)

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Council-Sponsored Pre-Camp Swim Checks

  • Scouts participate in pre-camp swim checks with their unit not as individuals.
  • Units must make a reservation for pre-camp swim checks by calling the Scout Office (336-378-9166).
  • Most pre-camp swim checks are free, but some do have a cost associated with them. Please note those and follow the established process.
  • The purpose of pre-camp swim checks is to conduct the swim check for summer camp. It is not a unit free swim event.

Click here for swim check dates and locations.

NOTE:

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Camp Physicals Clinic held April 20

A Camp Physicals Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Merritt Medical Plaza located at 1511 Westover Terrace, about 1.5 miles from the Scout Office.
There are a limited number of appointments available, so schedule early.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 18 for online Registration;  Registration by phone is available through Friday, April 19.

What you need to know:

  • Physicals are available for anyone planning to attend resident camp for the upcoming summer season or for high adventure trips, such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or others.
  • Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Records ONLY, unless your BSA high adventure activity has a special BSA Health and Medical Record.
  • Appointments are pre-paid, first come-first served, by appointment only.   Cash, check, or credit card only—we cannot accept insurance for this clinic.

Find more information about the Camp Physicals Clinic here.

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Beaver Day (Camp Cherokee Work Day) May 4

Come out for Beaver Day and help us get ready for Camp.  We have many projects to work on. Bring your tools, we will provide lunch.

Please click here to RSVP.   If you have any questions about Beaver Day, contact Lyndal Butler at lbutler@smeinc.com

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Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.

Attention Life Scouts looking for an eagle project, Morehead Elementary School in Greensboro is looking for a Scout(s) to volunteer to build frames and shadow boxes for students’ artwork. The school has completed part of the frames but is looking for a Scout(s) to create the box and add the hinges and corkboard to complete the display. Any interested Scout should contact Cara Furness at furnesc@gcsnc.com or 336-294-7370

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at Woodfield Scout Preservation. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

Uwharrie District Pinewood Derby Family Campout: 4/5 – 7

February 28, 2019

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Seeding for (more) Scouting

“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn”– B.C. Forbes, Founder of Forbes magazine.

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From experience, the Boy Scouts of America has learned one sure way to get more youth into Scouting is to have more unit programs available for them to join. To have more Scouting units (Cub Packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing Crews, and Career Exploring Posts) we must faithfully plant seeds throughout our community and prepare for harvesting. It is unlikely that one person will organize a new unit alone, but one person can motivate others to get involved. It takes a team.

In today’s e-newsletter we are excited to launch a new feature entitled “Seeding for Scouting” that will recognize new Scouting units that have been seeded, harvested, and are now helping us reach more youth in our neighborhoods and communities. At the close of 2018, the Old North State Council was serving 8,600 youth. That is a great number of Scouts enjoying our programs, experiencing personal growth, and serving others! However, that number represents 8% of the total available youth in our 8-county territory. That means 92% of the young men and women ages 5 to 20 years that live in the Triad may still be waiting for their adventures to start in Scouting. More opportunities to join (and starting more units) is a great way to positively impact the lives of more youth through Scouting.

One Cub Pack will not serve all available boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade.

One Scouts BSA boy troop will not serve all available young men ages 11 to 17 years.

One Scouts BSA girl troop will not serve all available young women ages 11 to 17 years.

One Venturing Crew will not serve all available co-eds ages 14 to 20 years.

One Career Exploring Post will not serve all available co-eds ages 14 to 20 years.

In the first two months of 2019, Scouting leaders and Council staff have worked together to start five (5) new Scouting units. Congratulations to all *listed below who have played a vital role in bringing Scouting to more youth in our communities!

*This list represents all Scouting unit programs that have officially registered/chartered with the Old North State Council office as of February 28. We are excited about the many other new unit prospects that are in development.  We will duly recognize their leadership upon official start-up.

  • Scouts BSA Girl Troop #009  in Alamance District sponsored by Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community Church; Unit Leader Rebecca Wetter with youth/adult leadership recruitment support from fellow Leader Jeff Benes
  • Scouts BSA Girl Troop #111 in Guilford District sponsored by Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church; Unit Leader Nicole McPhail with support from fellow Leaders Maggie Hanflink and Mark Wicker
  • Scouts BSA Girl Troop #465 in Guilford District sponsored by Oak Ridge United Methodist Church; Unit Leader Andrew Heltsey with support from fellow Leader Scott Tippett
  • Venturing Crew #118 in Guilford District sponsored by First Evangelical Lutheran Church; Crew Advisor Eric Weaver with support from fellow Leader Scott Myers
  • Career Exploring Post #112 in Alamance County sponsored by Altamahaw-Ossipee Volunteer Fire Department; Post Advisor Tyler Lackey with support from fellow Leader Ryan Long

Stay tuned for more progress reports on “Seeding for Scouting”.

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Scouting For Food: The ultimate good turn in our community

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Congratulations to all Scouts and leaders. You made a tremendous difference in the lives of youth and families that would otherwise go hungry this season.

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Visit the Old North State Scout Shop

Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4

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Click here to see a special message from Scout Shop Manager Jennifer Evans.

P 336.235.0977
General email box: oldnorthstatescoutshop@scouting.org
Like us on Facebook Old North State Scout Shop

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here…  

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Old North State Council, BSA Recognition Banquet – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro-Airport
204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro, NC   27409

Come help us celebrate Scouting! The Banquet will begin with dinner at 6:30 PM and recognition will follow.

The evening’s program includes:

  • Recognition of 2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
    · Presentation of 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts
    · Recognition of 2018 District Award of Merit Recipients
    · Recognition of District, Council & Unit Volunteers
    · Recognition of 2018 Outstanding Scouts

Make your reservation today!

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Calendar of Events

March

April

May

Full Calendar & District Calendars   
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

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March 23, 2019 (On-line registration Only)

Elon University—Beck Pool—61 East Haggard Ave, Elon, NC

All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in his or her care and is trained in Safe Swim Defense. That supervisor must be skilled in assessing the risks of the swim area and establishing clear processes to reduce the danger to Scouts while in the water but still allow for an age-appropriate level of adventure. The aquatics supervisor must also know how to respond when a rescue situation arises.

Adult leaders who are Swim and Water Rescue trained may conduct swim checks for their own units.

Find all the details for this training and sign up on-line here.

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Wood Badge 2019!

Pre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 (Weekend #2 is Memorial Day Weekend)

Course Overview: Wood Badge is a course for all Registered Scout leaders from Packs, Troop, and Crews, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, emphasizing modern leadership skills. Regardless of whether you are a new scout leader or a seasoned volunteer, you will learn to be a more effective leader in any position you hold in scouting. It is required that Scout Leaders attending Woodbadge must have completed the specific trainings for their registered position.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.

Course is limited to 48 participants.  Sign up today!   Click here for more info. and to register online!

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First Aid Training

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Hurricane Clean-up Day

Where: Cherokee Scout Reservation; 3296 Boy Scout Camp Road Yanceyville, NC
When   Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 4:30 (or come and go as available).
What: Cutting and moving wood, and dragging brush downed in campsites.
Who: All friends of camp; Scouts may participate with supervision (need services hours?).
How: Lunch will be provided, only need work clothes and gloves. If you are age 18 and are proficient with a chainsaw, then please bring your chainsaw.

Please click here to RSVP by name and number of people attending by March 16

Contact Lyndal Butler at lbutler@smeinc.com if you have any questions.

Should you need firewood, contact Camp Ranger Marvin Preslar (gwyranger@gmail.com)

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Council-Sponsored Pre-Camp Swim Checks

  • Scouts participate in pre-camp swim checks with their unit not as individuals.
  • Units must make a reservation for pre-camp swim checks by calling the Scout Office (336-378-9166).
  • Most pre-camp swim checks are free, but some do have a cost associated with them. Please note those and follow the established process.
  • The purpose of pre-camp swim checks is to conduct the swim check for summer camp. It is not a unit free swim event.

Click here for swim check dates and locations.

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Camp Physicals Clinic held April 20

A Camp Physicals Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Merritt Medical Plaza located at 1511 Westover Terrace, about 1.5 miles from the Scout Office.
There are a limited number of appointments available, so schedule early.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 18 for online Registration;  Registration by phone is available through Friday, April 19.

What you need to know:

  • Physicals are available for anyone planning to attend resident camp for the upcoming summer season or for high adventure trips, such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or others.
  • Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Records ONLY, unless your BSA high adventure activity has a special BSA Health and Medical Record.
  • Appointments are pre-paid, first come-first served, by appointment only.   Cash, check, or credit card only—we cannot accept insurance for this clinic.

Find more information about the Camp Physicals Clinic here.

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Beaver Day (Camp Cherokee Work Day) May 4

Come out for Beaver Day and help us get ready for Camp.  We have many projects to work on. Bring your tools, we will provide lunch.

Please click here to RSVP.   If you have any questions about Beaver Day, contact Lyndal Butler at lbutler@smeinc.com

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Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.

Attention Life Scouts looking for an eagle project, Morehead Elementary School in Greensboro is looking for a Scout(s) to volunteer to build frames and shadow boxes for students’ artwork. The school has completed part of the frames but is looking for a Scout(s) to create the box and add the hinges and corkboard to complete the display. Any interested Scout should contact Cara Furness at furnesc@gcsnc.com or 336-294-7370

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at Woodfield Scout Preservation. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

Uwharrie District Pinewood Derby Family Campout: 4/5 – 7

Scouting in Black History

By Justin Neal, Eagle Scout

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Since 1911 (one year after the Boy Scouts of America was founded), young men of color have been enjoying the many opportunities that fill Scouting.  Some of the most well-known figures in black history participated in Scouting in their youth.  Some even reached the rank of Eagle Scout.  Names such as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; Ernest Green; Hank Aaron; Guion Bluford; and Togo West share the honor of saying they were once Scouts.

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), perhaps the most prominent figure in the fight for civil rights in the 1960s,  was a member of Troop 151 in Atlanta, GA from the age of 11 to the age of 13.  Before entering college at the age of 15 or delivering his famed “I Have A Dream Speech on the steps of the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C., a young Dr. King met with his troop at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which is now a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

Ernest Green (1941-), who made history as one of the nine African American students who integrated the segregated Little Rock Central High School in the fall of 1957, earned his Eagle Scout award a year before in 1956.  Green, the only senior in the group, became the first black to graduate from the school in 1958.  Almost 25 years later, Green was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, making him one of only three African Americans to receive the award.

Hank Aaron (1934-), possibly one of the greatest baseball players of all time, recorded 755 home runs throughout his hall of fame career.  This places him second all-time in MLB history.  He also played in 25 All-Star games and won 3 Gold Glove awards.  Although Hammerin’ Hank never reached the rank of Eagle Scout, he remained a friend of scouting throughout his life because of the important lessons he learned as a scout at a young age.

After serving in the Air Force for 13 years, Guion Bluford (1942-) became an astronaut.  In 1983, Colonel Bluford became the first African American in space when he left the Earth aboard STS-8 on the Space Shuttle Challenger.  Colonel Bluford would total 4 space flights aboard the space shuttle from 1983 to 1992.  Well before Colonel Bluford became an Air Force engineer and an astronaut, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West (1942-2018) attained the rank of Eagle Scout with bronze palms in the mid-1950s.  West became the second African American to be named the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, a post he held for 2 years during the Clinton administration.  Prior to holding that post, he served as the 16th Secretary of the Army from 1993 to 1998.  I’m sure this Winston-Salem native can thank the skills learned as an Eagle Scout for some of his success.  He is just one of three recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

These great gentlemen are just some of the great examples of African Americans who were active in Scouting.  Just as Scouting left an impact on them through the lessons they learned that helped propel them to their later successes, I am sure that they left an impact on Scouting as well.

As a man of color, I can thank Scouting for teaching me how to adapt and overcome challenges just as these gentlemen did as they progressed into their many achievements.  These accomplished gentlemen saw the value in Scouting just as I see it now.  It provides an avenue to train young gentlemen on how to overcome obstacles and set themselves apart from everyone else.  As we celebrate Black History Month, it is my hope that more young men of color recognize the long-term benefits of Scouting and continue to build upon the history that has been written thanks to these astounding Scouts.

Justin will serve as the keynote speaker at the Council Eagle Scout (honoring class of 2018 Eagles) and Adult Volunteer Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 18. To register for this very special event, click here…

February 14, 2019

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In observance of President’s Day, the Scout Office will be closed Monday, February 18.

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Your Top 10 Questions About the Scouts BSA Program Answered Here

scoutsbsa.jpgThere’s enthusiasm for the launch of Scouts BSA everywhere you look.  You see it on social media, where young people are saying, #ScoutMeIn. You see it on the news as reporters highlight the BSA’s commitment to the whole family. And you see it in all 50 states, with new Scouts BSA troops for girls forming from coast to coast.

As with anything new, there’s bound to be some questions. The BSA has covered almost all of them on the Family Scouting page (look for the link marked “FAQ”).

These are 10 of the most frequently asked questions we’re hearing about the Scouts BSA program and its implementation.  Click here to read more.

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Why We Need the Input of Thousands of Scout Leaders for the B.E.S.T Study  

This first-of-its-kind national study will help provide research-backed insight on how leaders make the difference in Scouting.  Click here to learn more.

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VFW Scout of  the Year Scholarship Opportunity

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarships are due to area VFW Posts by March 1. Nominees who are Eagle Scout, Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster award recipients will compete for a $5,000.00 Scholarship.

VFW provides special certificates of recognition to Eagle Scouts. They also provide Wood Badge Scholarships for VFW Scouters.

For more information, see the link below to the scholarship brochure.  If you have any questions, contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts or Pat Curley at scoutchrm@vfwnc.com

Link to VFW Scout of the Year Brochure

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Here’s What Venturers and Sea Scouts Need to Know About Joining Scouts BSA 

With the introduction of the Scouts BSA program, young women in Venturing and Sea Scouts can now join Scouts BSA without paying a second membership fee.

Click here for more information.

The Old North State Council has three Sea Scout Ships registered in our Council. Their location and contact information is below:

Ship 7 is located in Stokesdale and Ship 3 is located in High Point.  Contact Mike Matzinger at mmatzinger@burco.com for more information about Ship 7 and Ship 3.

Ship 4019 is located in Alamance County. For more information about Ship 4019, contact Rob Sutton at suttonrob60@gmail.com

For more information about Venturing, contact Ann Jones at ann.jones@scouting.org

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Family Scouting Adventure Day

adventuredaySaturday, February 23 from 9:00am—1:00pm Check-in will be from 8:00am—8:50am
Held at Woodfield Scout Preservation located at 499 Woodfield Scout Trail, Asheboro

Who’s invited:  Cub Scouts (grades K-5) and their family that joined Scouting in October 2018 and onward, newly registered Scouts that missed their local Cub Scout Fall Family Campout,  and families interested in Scouting that have not yet joined.

Costs: FREE. Registration opens online at www.bsaonsc.org on February, 1 2019.

Activities: This is an open event. Rotate between activities at your leisure. Activities will start at 9:00am and include, but are not limited to:

-Shooting Sports (BB Guns and Archery)
-Scout Games
-Cub Scout Boat Regatta

Food:  Snacks/light lunch will be provided

Contact: For questions contact Matt Lanouette at 336-908-5027 or matt.lanouette@scouting.org

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Winterplace – Scouts on Skis!

The last chance for a Scouts on Skis 2019 winter adventure is February 24 (Register by Feb. 16 for the early bird rate)

Click here for the printable registration form and find the Leaders Guide here.

Find all the details and register online here

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Scout Family Fun Night with the Swarm – March 9

All units are invited to enjoy Greensboro’s NBA G-League team on March 9, 2019 as the Swarm takes on the Windy City Bulls at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse.  Tipoff is 7:00 pm and your whole family will enjoy being on top of the action with no seat more than twelve rows from the floor.

If your unit is not making this a winter activity, families may still take advantage of the group tickets and join in the fun.  A commemorative patch will be given to all that purchase tickets using the order form found here, or by calling Jamaal Brown with the Swarm at 336-907-3605.

Units that sign up early may have the opportunity to participate in some on-court experiences such as the High 5 Squad, Anthem Buddies, Chalk Talk and others.

Same as last year, you will have a choice to purchase more comfortable seats in the Outer Club sections that offer seat backs as well as bench seating.  Last season we had more than 400 scouts participate and we would love to beat that number.  Unit leaders we encourage you to make this a March activity for your families.

For more information call Mr. Brown or email him at jbrown@gsoswarm.com.

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What: Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast
When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Where: Greensboro Swarm Fieldhouse (The Swarm is our local NBA developmental team affiliated with the Charlotte Hornets) 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro.
Time: 7:00am check-in and breakfast buffet open. The program starts at 7:30am and will end on or before 9:00am.
Seating: To be assigned at check-in. All seats will be assigned based on table(s) sponsorship, individual sponsorship level, or as requested.
For more information about the Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast, click here or contact Scout Executive Ed Martin at ed.martin@scouting.org

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here…  

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Old North State Council, BSA Recognition Banquet – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro-Airport
204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro, NC   27409

Come help us celebrate Scouting! The Banquet will begin with dinner at 6:30 PM and recognition will follow.

The evening’s program includes:

  • Recognition of 2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
    · Presentation of 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts
    · Recognition of 2018 District Award of Merit Recipients
    · Recognition of District, Council & Unit Volunteers
    · Recognition of 2018 Outstanding Scouts

Make your reservation today!

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Kentucky Derby Social Event

yofnc.jpgSave the date! A Kentucky Derby Party will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:30 PM at B. Christopher’s in Greensboro.  All proceeds to support Old North State Council.

Cost is $150 per person, which includes all food and drinks, Kentucky Derby glass, and bourbon chocolates. Each couple will receive a special gift valued at $60.

There Will Be a Hat Contest, Best Derby Outfit, Auction Items and Much More.

Email: bill@youthofnc.com for reservations. Limited number of places available.

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Are you a Scouting family open to hosting a foreign exchange student?

Greenheart International, an organization that places foreign exchange students is looking for local host homes in the Triad. Based on BSA’s mission to prepare youth for life, we have been asked to share the opportunity to host foreign exchange students. Please visit https://greenheartexchange.org/host/host-an-exchange-student/apply/ for more information.

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Calendar of Events

February

March

April

May

Full Calendar & District Calendars   
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

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Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills- February 22-23

This training course is hosted by the Cherokee District and it’s designed for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Webelos Den Leaders.  It is a required course for a leader to reach the “Trained” status. Space is limited to 24 participants.

WHEN:  Friday, February 22 (arrive 5:15 – 5:45 pm, please eat dinner before arrival) through Saturday, February 23 (depart 6:00 pm)
WHERE: Cherokee Scout Reservation – check-in at CSR Headquarters Building – 3296 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379
COST:  $35.00 (includes program materials and meals)
CONTACTS:     Tom Felder, Course Director, 336-951-3244 or tfelder260@triad.rr.com or Sam Putnam, Professional Advisor, 336-684-7620 or sam.putnam@scouting.org
Click here to register.

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) March 8-9, 2019 

A BALOO trained leader is required for every Cub Scout Pack camping event.

BALOO is a one-and-a-half-day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program combining both indoor classroom work with some hands-on outdoor program ideas.

The course will be held at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina.  Interested adult leaders must pre-register by March 1 and take the online pre-requisite component before arrival to camp.
REGISTER EARLY as the course will fill up quickly!    Click here to register

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Wood Badge 2019!

Pre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 (Weekend #2 is Memorial Day Weekend)

Course Overview: Wood Badge is a course for all Registered Scout leaders from Packs, Troop, and Crews, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, emphasizing modern leadership skills. Regardless of whether you are a new scout leader or a seasoned volunteer, you will learn to be a more effective leader in any position you hold in scouting. It is required that Scout Leaders attending Woodbadge must have completed the specific trainings for their registered position.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.

Course is limited to 48 participants.  Sign up today!   Click here for more info. and to register online!

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First Aid Training

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The 2019 Cub Resident Summer Camp’s Leader Guide can be found here on the Woodfield Camp website. We look forward to seeing all unit leaders at our Camp Promotions Meeting this Saturday, February 16th at 10:00 AM at the Old North State Council Service Center.

Cub Resident Camp is held:
-Session 1:  June 20 – 23
-Session 2:  June 27 – 30
-Session 3:  July 11 – 14

Scouts BSA Summer Camp at CSR

Check out the 2019 Cherokee Scout Reservation’s Leader Guide.  It can be found here on the CSR camp website.

2019 Camp Dates:
Week 1:   June 16 – 22
Week 2:  June 23 – 29
Week 3:  June 30 – July 6
Week 4:  July 7 – 13
Week 5:  July 14 – 20
Week 6:  July 21 – 27
Make your reservations now!

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Camp Physicals Clinic held April 20

A Camp Physicals Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Merritt Medical Plaza located at 1511 Westover Terrace, about 1.5 miles from the Scout Office.
There are a limited number of appointments available, so schedule early.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 18 for online Registration;  Registration by phone is available through Friday, April 19.

What you need to know:

  • Physicals are available for anyone planning to attend resident camp for the upcoming summer season or for high adventure trips, such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or others.
  • Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Records ONLY, unless your BSA high adventure activity has a special BSA Health and Medical Record.
  • Appointments are pre-paid, first come-first served, by appointment only.   Cash, check, or credit card only—we cannot accept insurance for this clinic.

Find more information about the Camp Physicals Clinic here.

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DistNews

Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at Woodfield Scout Preservation. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

February 7, 2019

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In observance of President’s Day, the Scout Office will be closed Monday, February 18


Meet 109 Scouts who became famous (just in time for the BSA’s 109th birthday!)

As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 109th birthday this month, we take a look at 109 individuals who got their start in Scouting and later rose to fame.  Click here to read more.
Celebrate the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America on Friday, February 8, 2019!
Come visit us!  Scouters are encouraged to visit the Council Service Center at 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro for anniversary refreshments.
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How to update your BeAScout.org pin

Attention Units, Help those future scouts find you!  Updating your BeAScout.org pin is simple, and it’s a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Cubmaster or meeting time, for example.

Access to update your pin is available to all unit leaders, including committee members in a unit.

To update your pin:

  1. Go to My.Scouting.org
  2. In the drop-down menu, go to Legacy Web Tools and select BeAScout.
  3. Choose “unit” (rather than council) under “Unit Pin Mode” to update the pin with your contact info.
  4. Be sure to set pin status to “active.” If they want the “Apply Now” button on the pin, set “Apply Status” to “active.”
  5. Note that it may take a few hours, or up to overnight, for the updated information to show up.
  6. For Cub Scout packs: You’ll also want to go to Organization Manager and identify your pack’s gender: all-boy, all-girl or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens. Under Organization Manager, find the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. The default is Boys Dens, but you can change that. Be sure to enter an effective date or it will not update the pin.

Update your BeAScout pin today, so future Scouting families can find you tomorrow

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Newly Updated Scouts BSA Information Page

The thousands of families learning about the Scouts BSA program launch now have a great place to learn more about the program and join.  Click here to learn more about Scouts BSA!

 

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Here’s What Venturers and Sea Scouts Need to Know About Joining Scouts BSA 

With the introduction of the Scouts BSA program, young women in Venturing and Sea Scouts can now join Scouts BSA without paying a second membership fee.

Click here for more information.

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Scouting For Food

Units, remember to canvass your assigned neighborhoods Saturday to collect bags of food and deliver to assigned collection locations.  Find a list of food drop off locations here.

This time of year, many youth and families are in need of the food that we will be collecting. Thank you for participating in Scouting’s ultimate Good Turn project.

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Family Scouting Adventure Day

Saturday, February 23 from 9:00am—1:00pm Check-in will be from 8:00am—8:50am
Held at Woodfield Scout Preservation located at 499 Woodfield Scout Trail, Asheboro

Who’s invited:  Cub Scouts (grades K-5) and their family that joined Scouting in October 2018 and onward, newly registered Scouts that missed their local Cub Scout Fall Family Campout,  and families interested in Scouting that have not yet joined.

Costs: FREE. Registration opens online at www.bsaonsc.org on February, 1 2019.

Activities: This is an open event. Rotate between activities at your leisure. Activities will start at 9:00am and include, but are not limited to:

-Shooting Sports (BB Guns and Archery)
-Scout Games
-Cub Scout Boat Regatta

Food:  Snacks/light lunch will be provided

Contact:For questions contact Matt Lanouette at 336-908-5027 or matt.lanouette@scouting.org

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Winterplace – Scouts on Skis!

Great values and adventure await this winter!  2019 Scouts on Skis Dates are:  February 10 (Register by Feb. 2 for the early bird rate) and February 24 (Register by Feb. 16 for the early bird rate)

Click here for the printable registration form and find the Leaders Guide here.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or rider or just looking forward to your first bunny slope, Winterplace offers something for everyone! This year marks the 17th running of the Old North State Council’s hugely popular Scouts on Skis program at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, West Virginia. Located just two and a half hours north of Greensboro, the mountain is both convenient and challenging for all levels of skiers and riders. This year’s basic package will have you zipping down the slopes in no time, and it comes complete with your lift ticket, ski rental, helmet rental and Ski School/Merit Badge lesson! To top it all off, each package comes with a lunch voucher to Mountain Mama’s Food Court so your families can refuel with ease. More than 900 scout families made the Scouts on Skis their choice for winter fun in 2018. I hope you will join us this season!

$63 Early Bird Ski Package – Retail value= $136.00

The Basic Ski Package includes:

  • All-Day Lift Ticket
  • Ski, Boots, Poles and Helmet Rental
  • A 90-minute group lesson Merit Badge Lessons meet at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM
  • Meal Voucher to Mountain Mama’s

Find all the details and register online here:   February 10    February 24

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Scout Family Fun Night with the Swarm – March 9

All units are invited to enjoy Greensboro’s NBA G-League team on March 9, 2019 as the Swarm takes on the Windy City Bulls at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse.  Tipoff is 7:00 pm and your whole family will enjoy being on top of the action with no seat more than twelve rows from the floor.

If your unit is not making this a winter activity, families may still take advantage of the group tickets and join in the fun.  A commemorative patch will be given to all that purchase tickets using the order form found here, or by calling Jamaal Brown with the Swarm at 336-907-3605.

Units that sign up early may have the opportunity to participate in some on-court experiences such as the High 5 Squad, Anthem Buddies, Chalk Talk and others.

Same as last year, you will have a choice to purchase more comfortable seats in the Outer Club sections that offer seat backs as well as bench seating.  Last season we had more than 400 scouts participate and we would love to beat that number.  Unit leaders we encourage you to make this a March activity for your families.

For more information call Mr. Brown or email him at jbrown@gsoswarm.com.

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What: Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast
When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Where: Greensboro Swarm Fieldhouse (The Swarm is our local NBA developmental team affiliated with the Charlotte Hornets) 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro.
Time: 7:00am check-in and breakfast buffet open. The program starts at 7:30am and will end on or before 9:00am.
Seating: To be assigned at check-in. All seats will be assigned based on table(s) sponsorship, individual sponsorship level, or as requested.
For more information about the Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast, click here or contact Scout Executive Ed Martin at ed.martin@scouting.org

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here… 

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Old North State Council, BSA Recognition Banquet – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro-Airport
204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro, NC   27409

Come help us celebrate Scouting! The Banquet will begin with dinner at 6:30 PM and recognition will follow.

The evening’s program includes:

· Recognition of 2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
· Presentation of 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts
· Recognition of 2018 District Award of Merit Recipients
· Recognition of District, Council & Unit Volunteers
· Recognition of 2018 Outstanding Scouts

Make your reservation today!

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Calendar of Events

February

March

April

May

Full Calendar & District Calendars 
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

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Updated Version of Youth Protection Training to Launch March 1

How does this affect you?

At the end of February, the online Youth Protection course will be replaced with an updated version.  Please get the word out to all leaders that any courses in progress (completions of some but not all of the required four modules) will be lost when the course is updated.  For example, if a leader had completed one, two, or three of the four modules, but had not completed all four, their completed modules will be erased and they will have to start over again to complete all four required modules.  You must have completed all four modules successfully by February 28th, as the new Learning Plan will be launched on March 1, 2019.

If you have started—but not completed—the current Youth Protection Training:

You must complete the training before March 1, 2019, or any progress you have made will not transfer, due to the new learning plan. Otherwise, you may simply start over with the new training plan on March 1, 2019.

If you HAVE already completed the current Youth Protection Training: 

You WILL NOT be affected. You DO NOT have to retake the training when the March 1, 2019 course is released.

This update will include new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February 2018, however, our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The online version of the Guide to Safe Scouting is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.

Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two year period.

When the course update is complete, four new VOLUNTARY modules will be added and will be available under the “VOLUNTARY programs.”  These include:

1.     Physical Abuse
2.     Neglect
3.     Emotional Abuse
4.     Witnessing Violence

These new, VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse.

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Woodfield Range Officer Training – February 16

Purpose:   Old North State Council guidelines require specific procedures and advanced qualification for Range Officers to conduct shooting sports at the Woodfield Ranges during District Family Encampments and Shooting Sports Weekend eventsIndividuals completing this course will receive BB/Archery/WRO certification (valid for 2 years).

Where:  Woodfield Training Center, Woodfield Scout Preservation
When:    Saturday, February 16th  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:  $10.00 (covers the cost of lunch and materials)
Prerequisites: Must be a registered scouter, at least 21 years old, and have completed or will complete CPR/First Aid within 6 months.

Click here to register 

A Woodfield Range Officer Recertification course will be taught on Thursday,  February 28 from 6:30-8: 30 PM  at Old North State Council Office located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro    *  There is no registration fee for this Course.

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Mom & Me Camp Staff Training February 16

For volunteers helping with the Mom & Me camp out in May, there is a training session scheduled for Saturday, February 16 starting at 2 pm at the Old North State Council Office at 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro NC 27408. If you are interested in helping out with this exciting camp, contact Jason Powers at jason.powers@scouting.org.

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Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills- February 22-23

This training course is hosted by the Cherokee District and it’s designed for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Webelos Den Leaders.  It is a required course for a leader to reach the “Trained” status. Space is limited to 24 participants.

WHEN:  Friday, February 22 (arrive 5:15 – 5:45 pm, please eat dinner before arrival) through Saturday, February 23 (depart 6:00 pm)
WHERE: Cherokee Scout Reservation – check-in at CSR Headquarters Building – 3296 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379
COST:  $35.00 (includes program materials and meals)
CONTACTS:     Tom Felder, Course Director, 336-951-3244 or tfelder260@triad.rr.com or Sam Putnam, Professional Advisor, 336-684-7620 or sam.putnam@scouting.org     Click here to register.

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) March 8-9, 2019 

A BALOO trained leader is required for every Cub Scout Pack camping event.

BALOO is a one-and-a-half-day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program combining both indoor classroom work with some hands-on outdoor program ideas.

The course will be held at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina.  Interested adult leaders must pre-register by March 1 and take the online pre-requisite component before arrival to camp.
REGISTER EARLY as the course will fill up quickly!   
 Click here to register

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Wood Badge 2019!

Pre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 (Weekend #2 is Memorial Day Weekend)

Course Overview: Wood Badge is a course for all Registered Scout leaders from Packs, Troop, and Crews, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, emphasizing modern leadership skills. Regardless of whether you are a new scout leader or a seasoned volunteer, you will learn to be a more effective leader in any position you hold in scouting. It is required that Scout Leaders attending Woodbadge must have completed the specific trainings for their registered position.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.

Course is limited to 48 participants.  Sign up today!   Click here for more info. and to register online!

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First Aid Training

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Summer Camp Kick-off & Informational Meeting: February 16

Morning session begins at 10 am with Cub Scout Summer Camp opportunities and will conclude by 11:30
Afternoon session begins at 1:00 PM with Scouts BSA Summer Camp opportunities at Cherokee Scout Reservation

This is a free event, please click here to pre-register so that we can prepare materials for this meeting. Thank you.

CUB RESIDENT SUMMER CAMP 2019  (Wolves, Bears, Webelos, Arrow of Light Scouts)
All Cub Scout Leaders are invited to attend!

Cub Resident Camp is held:
-Session 1:  June 20 – 23
-Session 2:  June 27 – 30
-Session 3:  July 11 – 14

The agenda will include:

· What’s NEW at Cub Resident Summer Camp 2019
· Parent Packages to attend Cub Scout Resident Camp
· Answers to your questions about what all leaders need to know to get ready for the best camp experience ever!
· The Fun Summer Extravaganza Weekend, July 5 – 7
· Information about MOM and ME coming up May 5
· Twilight Camp opportunities this summer in Akela, Guilford, Alamance, & Cherokee Districts

Scouts BSA Summer Camp at CSR
Leaders interested in attending camp this summer are invited to attend!

The meeting will start at 1:00 pm.  Please RSVP using this form by 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 14.
If you, as the unit point of contact, are unable to attend, feel free to send another representative.
Senior patrol leaders and other youth leaders are welcome to attend.
If you are unable to attend, a hard copy of the 2019 Leader Guide will be mailed to the address you provided on the campsite reservation form.

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A Camp Physicals Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Merritt Medical Plaza located at 1511 Westover Terrace, about 1.5 miles from the Scout Office.
There are a limited number of appointments available, so schedule early.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 18 for online Registration;  Registration by phone is available through Friday, April 19.

What you need to know:

  • Physicals are available for anyone planning to attend resident camp for the upcoming summer season or for high adventure trips, such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or others.
  • Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Records ONLY, unless your BSA high adventure activity has a special BSA Health and Medical Record.
  • Appointments are pre-paid, first come-first served, by appointment only.   Cash, check, or credit card only—we cannot accept insurance for this clinic.

Find more information about the Camp Physicals Clinic here.

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Akela District
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.    

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at various locations throughout the District. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.  For roundtable location, contact Andrew Oliver at Andrew.oliver@scouting.org.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

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Visit the Old North State Scout Shop
Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4
P 336.235.0977
General email box: oldnorthstatescoutshop@scouting.org
Like us on Facebook Old North State Scout Shop

Stop in today! Lots of CLOSEOUT & CLEARANCE ITEMS ON SALE, plus 50% off on Blue & Gold party goods and we have materials for celebrating Scout Sunday in February!

January 31, 2019

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Family Scouting Adventure Day

adventure day.jpgSaturday, February 23 from 9:00am—1:00pm Check-in will be from 8:00am—8:50am
Held at Woodfield Scout Preservation located at 499 Woodfield Scout Trail, Asheboro

Who’s invited:  Cub Scouts (grades K-5) and their family that joined Scouting in October 2018 and onward, newly registered Scouts that missed their local Cub Scout Fall Family Campout,  and families interested in Scouting that have not yet joined.

Costs: FREE. Registration opens online at www.bsaonsc.org on February, 1 2019.

Activities: This is an open event. Rotate between activities at your leisure. Activities will start at 9:00am and include, but are not limited to:

-Shooting Sports (BB Guns and Archery)
-Scout Games
-Cub Scout Boat Regatta

Food:  Snacks/light lunch will be provided

Contact: For questions contact Matt Lanouette at 336-908-5027 or matt.lanouette@scouting.org

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Winterplace – Scouts on Skis!

Great values and adventure await this winter!  2019 Scouts on Skis Dates are:  February 10 (Register by Feb. 2 for the early bird rate) and February 24 (Register by Feb. 16 for the early bird rate)

Click here for the printable registration form and find the Leaders Guide here.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or rider or just looking forward to your first bunny slope, Winterplace offers something for everyone! This year marks the 17th running of the Old North State Council’s hugely popular Scouts on Skis program at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, West Virginia. Located just two and a half hours north of Greensboro, the mountain is both convenient and challenging for all levels of skiers and riders. This year’s basic package will have you zipping down the slopes in no time, and it comes complete with your lift ticket, ski rental, helmet rental and Ski School/Merit Badge lesson! To top it all off, each package comes with a lunch voucher to Mountain Mama’s Food Court so your families can refuel with ease. More than 900 scout families made the Scouts on Skis their choice for winter fun in 2018. I hope you will join us this season!

$63 Early Bird Ski Package – Retail value= $136.00

The Basic Ski Package includes:

  • All-Day Lift Ticket
  • Ski, Boots, Poles and Helmet Rental
  • A 90-minute group lesson Merit Badge Lessons meet at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM
  • Meal Voucher to Mountain Mama’s

Find all the details and register online here:   February 10    February 24

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What: Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast
When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Where: Greensboro Swarm Fieldhouse (The Swarm is our local NBA developmental team affiliated with the Charlotte Hornets) 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro.
Time: 7:00am check-in and breakfast buffet open. The program starts at 7:30am and will end on or before 9:00am.
Seating: To be assigned at check-in. All seats will be assigned based on table(s) sponsorship, individual sponsorship level, or as requested.
For more information about the Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast, click here or contact Scout Executive Ed Martin at ed.martin@scouting.org

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee – March 29-31

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here…  

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Old North State Council, BSA Recognition Banquet – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro-Airport
204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro, NC   27409

Come help us celebrate Scouting! The Banquet will begin with dinner at 6:30 PM and recognition will follow.

The evening’s program includes:

  • Recognition of 2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
    · Presentation of 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts
    · Recognition of 2018 District Award of Merit Recipients
    · Recognition of District, Council & Unit Volunteers
    · Recognition of 2018 Outstanding Scouts

Make your reservation today!

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Calendar of Events

Celebrate the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America on Friday, February 8, 2019!
Come visit us!  Scouters are encouraged to visit the Council Service Center at 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro for anniversary refreshments.

February

March

April

May

Full Calendar & District Calendars   
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

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Woodfield Range Officer Training – February 16

Purpose:   Old North State Council guidelines require specific procedures and advanced qualification for Range Officers to conduct shooting sports at the Woodfield Ranges during District Family Encampments and Shooting Sports Weekend eventsIndividuals completing this course will receive BB/Archery/WRO certification (valid for 2 years).

Where:  Woodfield Training Center, Woodfield Scout Preservation
When:    Saturday, February 16th  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:  $10.00 (covers the cost of lunch and materials)
Prerequisites: Must be a registered scouter, at least 21 years old, and have completed or will complete CPR/First Aid within 6 months.

Click here to register 

A Woodfield Range Officer Recertification course will be taught on Thursday,  February 28 from 6:30-8: 30 PM  at Old North State Council Office located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro    *  There is no registration fee for this Course.

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Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills- February 22-23

This training course is hosted by the Cherokee District and it’s designed for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Webelos Den Leaders.  It is a required course for a leader to reach the “Trained” status. Space is limited to 24 participants.

WHEN:  Friday, February 22 (arrive 5:15 – 5:45 pm, please eat dinner before arrival) through Saturday, February 23 (depart 6:00 pm)
WHERE: Cherokee Scout Reservation – check-in at CSR Headquarters Building – 3296 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379
COST:  $35.00 (includes program materials and meals)
CONTACTS:     Tom Felder, Course Director, 336-951-3244 or tfelder260@triad.rr.com or Sam Putnam, Professional Advisor, 336-684-7620 or sam.putnam@scouting.org
Click here to register.

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) March 8-9, 2019 

balooA BALOO trained leader is required for every Cub Scout Pack camping event.

BALOO is a one-and-a-half-day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program combining both indoor classroom work with some hands-on outdoor program ideas.

The course will be held at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina.  Interested adult leaders must pre-register by March 1 and take the online pre-requisite component before arrival to camp.
REGISTER EARLY as the course will fill up quickly!    Click here to register

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Wood Badge 2019!

wbPre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 (Weekend #2 is Memorial Day Weekend)

Course Overview: Wood Badge is a course for all Registered Scout leaders from Packs, Troop, and Crews, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, emphasizing modern leadership skills. Regardless of whether you are a new scout leader or a seasoned volunteer, you will learn to be a more effective leader in any position you hold in scouting. It is required that Scout Leaders attending Woodbadge must have completed the specific trainings for their registered position.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.

Course is limited to 48 participants.  Sign up today!   Click here for more info. and to register online!

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First Aid Training

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Summer Camp Kick-off & Informational Meetng: February 16

Morning session begins at 10 am with Cub Scout Summer Camp opportunities and will conclude by 11:30
Afternoon session begins at 1:00 PM with Scouts BSA Summer Camp opportunities at Cherokee Scout Reservation

This is a free event, please click here to pre-register so that we can prepare materials for this meeting. Thank you.

CUB RESIDENT SUMMER CAMP 2019  (Wolves, Bears, Webelos, Arrow of Light Scouts)
All Cub Scout Leaders are invited to attend!

Cub Resident Camp is held:
-Session 1:  June 20 – 23
-Session 2:  June 27 – 30
-Session 3:  July 11 – 14

The agenda will include:

  • What’s NEW at Cub Resident Summer Camp 2019
    · Parent Packages to attend Cub Scout Resident Camp
    · Answers to your questions about what all leaders need to know to get ready for the best camp experience ever!
    · The Fun Summer Extravaganza Weekend, July 5 – 7
    · Information about MOM and ME coming up May 5
    · Twilight Camp opportunities this summer in Akela, Guilford, Alamance, & Cherokee Districts

Scouts BSA Summer Camp at CSR
Leaders interested in attending camp this summer are invited to attend!

The meeting will start at 1:00 pm.  Please RSVP using this form by 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 14.
If you, as the unit point of contact, are unable to attend, feel free to send another representative.
Senior patrol leaders and other youth leaders are welcome to attend.
If you are unable to attend, a hard copy of the 2019 Leader Guide will be mailed to the address you provided on the campsite reservation form.

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Camp Physicals Clinic held April 20

A Camp Physicals Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Merritt Medical Plaza located at 1511 Westover Terrace, about 1.5 miles from the Scout Office.
There are a limited number of appointments available, so schedule early.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 18 for online Registration;  Registration by phone is available through Friday, April 19.

What you need to know:

  • Physicals are available for anyone planning to attend resident camp for the upcoming summer season or for high adventure trips, such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or others.
  • Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Records ONLY, unless your BSA high adventure activity has a special BSA Health and Medical Record.
  • Appointments are pre-paid, first come-first served, by appointment only.   Cash, check, or credit card only—we cannot accept insurance for this clinic.

Find more information about the Camp Physicals Clinic here.

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Akela District
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.    

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at various locations throughout the District. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.  For roundtable location, contact Andrew Oliver at Andrew.oliver@scouting.org.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

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Attention kid chefs between ages 9-12

Chopped Junior, Food Network’s exciting culinary reality series is currently casting for kid chefs!  They are looking for the most talented kid chefs around the country who have what it takes to compete on Chopped Junior between the ages of 9 and 12 who can take the heat in the kitchen and the competition!

For more information and how to apply, please visit their website at www.JSCasting.com. If you have any questions or require further information, please email ChoppedJuniorCasting@notional.com

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Visit the Old North State Scout Shop
Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4
P 336.235.0977
General email box: oldnorthstatescoutshop@scouting.org
Like us on Facebook Old North State Scout Shop

Stop in today! Lots of CLOSEOUT & CLEARANCE ITEMS ON SALE, plus 50% off on Blue & Gold party goods and we have materials for celebrating Scout Sunday in February!

January 2019 News

January 24, 2019

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Details on Scouts BSA uniform, handbook availability in advance of Feb. 1 launch

aWe’re now just days away from the launch of Scouts BSA.

In anticipation of the program’s February 1 debut, Scouts BSA uniform items and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls have begun arriving at Scout shops and will soon be in stock at scoutshop.org.

You’ve been asking for details about these new items, and today, we’ve got answers to share.

But first, a quick note to leaders and Scouts in existing all-boy troops: your uniforms and handbooks won’t need to be replaced. You’re good to go.

For leaders of new Scouts BSA troops, as well as new Scouts BSA members — boy or girl — click here for the latest information.

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Visit the Old North State Scout Shop
Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4
P 336.235.0977
General email box: oldnorthstatescoutshop@scouting.org
Like us on Facebook Old North State Scout Shop

Stop in today! Lots of CLOSEOUT & CLEARANCE ITEMS ON SALE, plus 50% off on Blue & Gold party goods and we have materials for celebrating Scout Sunday in February!

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2019 Camp Cards Unit Fundraiser: January – May 3

2019campcardIt’s not too late for your Pack, Troop, Crew or Post to start selling camp cards! It’s so easy to sale camp cards, and this Old North State Council-approved fundraiser helps Scouts earn their way to a summer camp, high adventure activity, or any other BSA program or activity. Units can use their commissions from the sale to support any Scouting-related function, activity, or program/supply need they deem necessary.  Participating units earn up to 50% commission ($2.50) for each $5.00 card sold!

Camp cards include discounts to Harris Teeter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, local restaurants and more!  Remember, selling camp cards helps units qualify for FREE Rank advancement badges from the Scout Shop! Talk to your District Executive about camp cards today.

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2019 Facility Use Fees

The Old North State Council operates four Camping Facilities that are available for units, nonprofit groups, churches and businesses to reserve for camping, trainings, and other events.  Rental fees have remained the same over the past several years but due to rising maintenance and utility costs, there will be a slight increase in rental fees beginning June 1, 2019You can find the new rental fee chart here.

For more information about making a reservation at one of our Camp facilities, contact Kristina Edmondson at kristina.edmondson@scouting.org

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Leader Specific and Youth Protection Training offered February 2

EVERY SCOUT DESERVES A TRAINED LEADER. Scout Leader Specific Training and Youth Protection Training will be offered Saturday, February 2 at the Council Office. No fee to attend! Register today and become a “Trained” Leader!

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) March 8-9, 2019 

A BALOO trained leader is required for every Cub Scout Pack camping event.

BALOO is a one-and-a-half-day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program combining both indoor classroom work with some hands-on outdoor program ideas.

The course will be held at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina.  Interested adult leaders must pre-register by March 1 and take the online pre-requisite component before arrival to camp.
REGISTER EARLY as the course will fill up quickly!    Click here to register

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Wood Badge 2019!

Pre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10
Weekend #1: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Weekend #2: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 (Weekend #2 is Memorial Day Weekend)

Course Overview: Wood Badge is a course for all Registered Scout leaders from Packs, Troop, and Crews, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, emphasizing modern leadership skills. Regardless of whether you are a new scout leader or a seasoned volunteer, you will learn to be a more effective leader in any position you hold in scouting. It is required that Scout Leaders attending Woodbadge must have completed the specific trainings for their registered position.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.

Course is limited to 48 participants.  Sign up today!   Click here for more info. and to register online!

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Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

  • Akela District Banquet to be held February 1 at First Methodist Church in High Point at 6:30 pm    Our Annual District Banquet gives us an opportunity to recognize the hard work of our Volunteers. Every day our volunteers work hard to ensure our Scouts have a program they can depend on as well as enjoy and appreciate. In addition to our volunteers, we take an opportunity to recognize a few of our well-deserving youth. To attend, you must make your reservation, the deadline to register is Sunday, January 27.  Click here for the printable registration form, or register online here!

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

  • Cherokee District Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training to be held February 22-23.   Click here to register.
  • Cherokee District Merit Badge College is March 23  Register here.

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.    

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at various locations throughout the District. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.  For roundtable location, contact Andrew Oliver at Andrew.oliver@scouting.org.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

  • Uwharrie District Banquet to be held January 26 at 7:00 pm at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Lexington. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and desserts as we proudly honor and celebrate our dedicated volunteers and Scouts that have set the example for others.  Who to contact if you have questions: Andrew Oliver (Andrew.oliver@scouting.org) Register by January 24.  Click here to register.

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Winterplace – Scouts on Skis!

winterplace1.jpgGreat values and adventure await this winter!  2019 Scouts on Skis Dates are: January 27, February 10 and February 24

Click here for the printable registration form and find the Leaders Guide here.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or rider or just looking forward to your first bunny slope, Winterplace offers something for everyone! This year marks the 17th running of the Old North State Council’s hugely popular Scouts on Skis program at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, West Virginia. Located just two and a half hours north of Greensboro, the mountain is both convenient and challenging for all levels of skiers and riders. This year’s basic package will have you zipping down the slopes in no time, and it comes complete with your lift ticket, ski rental, helmet rental and Ski School/Merit Badge lesson! To top it all off, each package comes with a lunch voucher to Mountain Mama’s Food Court so your families can refuel with ease. More than 900 scout families made the Scouts on Skis their choice for winter fun in 2018. I hope you will join us this season!

$63 Early Bird Ski Package – Retail value= $136.00

The Basic Ski Package includes:

  • All-Day Lift Ticket
  • Ski, Boots, Poles and Helmet Rental
  • A 90-minute group lesson Merit Badge Lessons meet at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM
  • Meal Voucher to Mountain Mama’s

Find all the details and register online here:  January 27    February 10    February 24

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What: Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast
When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Where: Greensboro Swarm Fieldhouse (The Swarm is our local NBA developmental team affiliated with the Charlotte Hornets) 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro.
Time: 7:00am check-in and breakfast buffet open. The program starts at 7:30am and will end on or before 9:00am.
Seating: To be assigned at check-in. All seats will be assigned based on table(s) sponsorship, individual sponsorship level, or as requested.
For more information about the Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast, click here or contact Scout Executive Ed Martin at ed.martin@scouting.org

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here… 

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Camp Physicals Clinic held April 20

A Camp Physicals Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Merritt Medical Plaza located at 1511 Westover Terrace, about 1.5 miles from the Scout Office.

There are a limited number of appointments available, so schedule early.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 18 for online Registration;  Registration by phone is available through Friday, April 19.

What you need to know:

  • Physicals are available for anyone planning to attend resident camp for the upcoming summer season or for high adventure trips, such as Philmont, Northern Tier, or others.
  • Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Records ONLY, unless your BSA high adventure activity has a special BSA Health and Medical Record.  The most current printing of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record is the 2014 Printing.  We cannot accept earlier printings.
  • Appointments are pre-paid, first come-first served, by appointment only.
  • Cash, check, or credit card only—we cannot accept insurance for this clinic.

Find more information about the Camp Physicals Clinic here.

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Calendar of Events

January

February

Full Calendar & District Calendars   

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January 17, 2019

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the Old North State Council Office will be closed Monday, January 21.  The Scout Shop will be open from 9 AM – 6 PM

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We are looking forward to the annual “Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast” to be held on Thursday, March 14!

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What: Distinguished Citizen Award & Friends of Scouting Breakfast
When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Where: Greensboro Swarm Fieldhouse (The Swarm is our local NBA developmental team affiliated with the Charlotte Hornets) 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro.
Time: 7:00am check-in and breakfast buffet open. The program starts at 7:30am and will end on or before 9:00am.
Seating: To be assigned at check-in. All seats will be assigned based on table(s) sponsorship, individual sponsorship level, or as requested on the RSVP form

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2019 Camp Cards Unit Fundraiser: January – May 3

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Camp Card sales is an easy, Old North State Council-approved fundraiser to help Scouts earn their way to a summer camp, high adventure activity, or any other BSA program or activity. Units can use their commissions from the sale of Camp Cards to support any Scouting-related function, activity, or program/supply need they deem necessary.  Participating units earn up to 50% commission ($2.50) for each $5.00 Camp Card sold!

Camp cards include discounts to Harris Teeter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, local restaurants and more!

Important dates

  • January – Cards are distributed to units at Roundtables
  • May 3- Deadline to pay for camp cards that were checked out to receive 50% Commission
  • May 10- Deadline to pay for camp cards that were checked out to receive 40% Commission
  • AFTER May 10- Receive 35% Commission
  • May 3- Entry form due for Gift Card Incentive – For every 50 cards sold, Scouts to receive a $25 gift card of their choice to Target, Walmart, REI or Scout Shop
  • May 3- Entry form due for each scout that sells at least 25 cards to be entered into a prize drawing for an Xbox 1, PlayStation 4, or Big Screen TV

For forms and more information about camp cards, click here.

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Silver Beaver Award nominations are due

The Silver Beaver Award is given to registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within the council. We are still taking nominations for the Silver Beaver Award to be presented at our Annual Council Banquet to be held on April 18, 2019. Applications are due to the Council Office by February 5, 2019.  Award nomination forms can be found here.

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Council Aquatics Programming Survey

The council aquatics committee will be sending out a survey soon by email to identify volunteers who have a background and/or interest in the various aquatics program areas that are open to Scouts.  Our camps can support many activities outside of summer resident camps that units can take advantage of in the off season.

Please take a look at the survey.  If you have any interest in being a part of the aquatics committee, helping to support pre-camp swim checks council-wide or for your unit, sharing your knowledge of aquatics programs, or supporting year-round aquatics programs, please complete the very short survey to let us know of your interest.  It should take less than 2 minutes to complete.

The aquatics committee appreciates your interest and commitment to bringing aquatics programs to our Scouts year-round.

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Visit the Old North State Scout Shop
Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4
P 336.235.0977
General email box: oldnorthstatescoutshop@scouting.org
Like us on Facebook Old North State Scout Shop

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Cherokee Scout Reservation Hurricane Workdays Announced

Bring your chainsaws and safety equipment!  The two hurricanes that struck North Carolina this fall caused a considerable number of trees to fall at Cherokee. Many of these trees are in or near campsites creating a safety hazard for our campers.

CSR, in conjunction with the OA Lodge, will host three workdays this winter specifically for fallen tree removal.

  • Saturday, January 26
  • Saturday, February 23
  • Saturday, March 23

Each workday will start at 8:30 am and end at 4:30 pm.   Lunch will be provided.  If you can attend, please RSVP using this form so we have enough food on hand.

Each Saturday morning, plan to meet at the Commissary to review the BSA safety protocols of chainsaw use and receive your work project.  If you can, please bring your own sharpened, fueled chainsaw and safety equipment. The camp has some chainsaws for adult leaders over 21 to use.

Please encourage others to join us for a day of hard work, cheerful service, fun, and fellowship.  Questions can be directed to Camp Director Bud Harrelson at bud.harrelson@scouting.org.

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Cherokee Scout Reservation 2019 Summer Camp

Are you ready to have an amazing summer? There’s still time.  We do have some openings left for this summer but slots are filling up quickly, week 2 is already full.

Check out our new video, then register for camp with the link below!

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https://www.csr.camp/register-for-camp.html

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Woodfield Scout Preservation 2019 Cub Resident Camp

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Saturday, January 5 was the opening day for Cub Resident Camp registration.   Thank you to all the leaders that came out to register your Pack for summer camp. Session one is full, session two is almost full and sessions three has several openings. Contact Kristina Edmondson at the Old North State Council Office to make a reservation.  If you have questions about Cub Resident Camp, visit their website at www.bsaonsc.org/wsp or contact Camp Director Janet Mintz at Janet.mintz@scouting.org

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Two trainings coming up February 2 at held at the Old North State Council Office:

Scout Leader Specific Training  and Youth Protection Training

There is no fee to attend, but please register. Lunch will be provided.

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) March 8-9, 2019 

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A BALOO trained leader is required for every Cub Scout Pack camping event.

BALOO is a one-and-a-half-day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program combining both indoor classroom work with some hands-on outdoor program ideas.

The course will be held at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina.  Interested adult leaders must pre-register by March 1 and take the online pre-requisite component before arrival to camp.
REGISTER EARLY as the course will fill up quickly!    Click here to register

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Pre-course Orientation: Wednesday, April 10, 2019; 7:00 p.m. at Old North State Council Office, Greensboro, NC

Weekend #1: Friday, April 26, 2019; 8:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 28, 2019; 5:30 p.m. at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC

Weekend #2 NOTE: Weekend #2 is MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND – Saturday, May 25, 2019; 8:00 a.m. through Monday, May 27, 2019; 5:30 p.m. Cherokee Scout Reservations, Yanceyville, NC

Cost is $185 and includes a course hat, neckerchief, printed materials, and food for the weekend #1. Participants will purchase food for the weekend #2. An $85 deposit is required to reserve your spot on the course, and the final payment due by April 1, 2019.

Course Overview: Wood Badge is a course for all Registered Scout
leaders from Packs, Troop, and Crews, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, emphasizing modern leadership skills. Regardless of whether you are a new scout leader or a seasoned volunteer, you will learn to be a more effective leader in any position you hold in scouting. It is required that Scout Leaders attending Woodbadge must have completed the specific trainings for their registered position.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth. All units deserve the best-trained leaders.
The course is limited to 48 participants. Sign up today!

There are still a few slots open. Register today for Wood Badge.https://bit.ly/2TV3Gn6

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Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

  • Akela District Banquet to be held February 1 at First Methodist Church in High Point at 6:30 pm    Our Annual District Banquet gives us an opportunity to recognize the hard work of our Volunteers. Every day our volunteers work hard to ensure our Scouts have a program they can depend on as well as enjoy and appreciate. In addition to our volunteers, we take an opportunity to recognize a few of our well-deserving youth. To attend, you must make your reservation by January 23. Click here for the printable registration form, or register online here!

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

  • Cherokee District Banquet will be held January 19 
  • Cherokee District Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training to be held February 22-23.   Click here to register.
  • Cherokee District Merit Badge College is March 23  Register here.

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.    

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

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Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held on the 1st Thursday of each month at various locations throughout the District. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.  For roundtable location, contact Andrew Oliver at Andrew.oliver@scouting.org.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

  • A Youth Protection training class will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 9 AM – 12 PM at Holy Cross Lutheran Church located at 1913 US Highway 601 in Mocksville.  Please contact Jonathan Lewis (jrlewis82@gmail.com) with any questions. Register here.
  • Uwharrie District Banquet to be held January 26 at 7:00 pm at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Lexington. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and desserts as we proudly honor and celebrate our dedicated volunteers and Scouts that have set the example for others.  Who to contact if you have questions: Andrew Oliver (Andrew.oliver@scouting.org) Register by January 24.  Click here to register.

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Winterplace – Scouts on Skis!

Great values and adventure await this winter!  2019 Scouts on Skis Dates are: January 27, February 10 and February 24

Click here for the printable registration form and find the Leaders Guide here.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or rider or just looking forward to your first bunny slope, Winterplace offers something for everyone! This year marks the 17th running of the Old North State Council’s hugely popular Scouts on Skis program at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, West Virginia. Located just two and a half hours north of Greensboro, the mountain is both convenient and challenging for all levels of skiers and riders. This year’s basic package will have you zipping down the slopes in no time, and it comes complete with your lift ticket, ski rental, helmet rental and Ski School/Merit Badge lesson! To top it all off, each package comes with a lunch voucher to Mountain Mama’s Food Court so your families can refuel with ease. More than 900 scout families made the Scouts on Skis their choice for winter fun in 2018. I hope you will join us this season!

$63 Early Bird Ski Package – Retail value= $136.00

The Basic Ski Package includes:

  • All-Day Lift Ticket
  • Ski, Boots, Poles and Helmet Rental
  • A 90-minute group lesson Merit Badge Lessons meet at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM
  • Meal Voucher to Mountain Mama’s

Find all the details and register online here:  January 27    February 10    February 24

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Wake Forest Basketball Scout Night

Wake Forest Basketball will be having their annual scout day for the game against Boston College on Saturday, January 26 at 4:00 PM.

Tickets are $15 for scouts, family, and friends. For tickets click here or contact Jackson Hamilton at hamiltjc@wfu.edu or (336) 758-4036

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here… 

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Calendar of Events

January

February

Full Calendar & District Calendars 

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January 10, 2019

How to Break Out of the “Recruiting Season” and Welcome Scouts Year Round

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What’s even more fun than being part of a Cub Scout den? Having at least five kids your age in your den!

Whether it’s a den for boys or a den for girls, everyone has a better experience if there are more Cub Scouts to share the fun.

That’s why, even though the traditional fall recruiting season has ended, it’s crucial to continue working on recruiting boys and girls into your pack.

Use these tips to help volunteers welcome Scouts and their families at any time.

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Is your unit interested in starting a Girl Troop in Scouts BSA?

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There is an updated infographic and brand guidance information you should review, find it here. Included in the information you’ll find an overview and links to Scout Me In print, digital, and video assets designed to help you have a successful launch of the Scouts BSA program in February 2019.

Get more information here.

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It’s Pinewood Derby Season. Pinewood Derby Champ Camp is Saturday, January 12 from 10-4 at the Scout Shop!

There will be a pinewood derby track to race on and saws available for cutting out cars!  We would love to show you some of our new products and help you design and build your car!

Old North State Scout Shop
Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4
P 336.235.0977
General email box: oldnorthstatescoutshop@scouting.org
Like us on Facebook Old North State Scout Shop

 

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2019 Camp Cards Unit Fundraiser: January – May 3

2019campcardCamp Card sales is an easy, Old North State Council-approved fundraiser to help Scouts earn their way to a summer camp, high adventure activity, or any other BSA program or activity. Units can use their commissions from the sale of Camp Cards to support any Scouting-related function, activity, or program/supply need they deem necessary.  Participating units earn up to 50% commission ($2.50) for each $5.00 Camp Card sold!

Important dates

  • January – Cards are distributed to units at Roundtables
  • May 3- Deadline to pay for camp cards that were checked out to receive 50% Commission
  • May 10- Deadline to pay for camp cards that were checked out to receive 40% Commission
  • AFTER May 10- Receive 35% Commission
  • May 3- Entry form due for Gift Card Incentive – For every 50 cards sold, Scouts to receive a $25 gift card of their choice to Target, Walmart, REI or Scout Shop
  • May 3- Entry form due for each scout that sells at least 25 cards to be entered into a prize drawing for an Xbox 1, PlayStation 4, or Big Screen TV

For forms and more information about camp cards, click here.


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Job Openings

The Old North State Council is seeking two dedicated people with Scouting experience to fill the following part-time positions:

The Scouting Program Assistant will provide support to Scouting units, outdoor programs, and fundraising in Guilford District. The position is part-time (no benefits) and pays $15 per hour. Qualified candidates will:

  • Have the ability to complete tasks on time with minimal supervision. Preferred candidates will be able to share past experiences of meeting goals on time.
  • Have excellent communication skills and follow up in a timely manner with all phone calls, emails, and text messages received from Scouting leaders.
  • Have two or more years of Scouting experience as a volunteer leader.
  • Have a complete BSA uniform.
  • Have a vehicle that is reliable. Business mileage (trips to and from assigned local Scouting events/activities) will be reimbursed at the IRS recommended rate (currently 54.5 cents per mile).
  • Have a high school diploma or GED. Associates Degree or higher is preferred.
  • Have the ability to work 20-25 hours per week in a fast-paced and flexible working environment. This position requires some evening and weekend assignments.

The Scouting Outreach Coordinator position will provide direct support to Scouting units and outdoor programs in Guilford and Akela Districts. This position will serve as a unit leader, mentor, trainer, organizer of camping events, recruiter of new volunteers, and mentor to families with limited Scouting experience and limited resources. The Scouting Outreach Coordinator position will focus on serving youth in at-risk communities. This position is part-time (no benefits) and pays $15 per hour. Qualified candidates will:

  • Have the ability to complete tasks on time with minimal supervision. Preferred candidates will be able to share past experiences of meeting goals on time.
  • Have excellent communication skills and follow up in a timely manner with all phone calls, emails, and text messages received from Scouting leaders.
  • Have three or more years of Scouting experience as a volunteer leader. Preferred candidates will have hands-on experience delivering youth programs at community centers, housing units, or afterschool programs.
  • Have a complete BSA uniform.
  • Have a vehicle that is reliable. Business mileage (trips to and from assigned local Scouting events/activities) will be reimbursed at the IRS recommended rate (currently 53.5 cents per mile).
  • Have a high school diploma or GED. Associates Degree or higher is preferred.
  • Have the ability to work 20-25 hours per week in a fast-paced and flexible working environment. This position requires some evening and weekend assignments.

It is our goal to hire both of these positions no later than February and begin a hands-on training program for each new employee.

To apply for either of these positions, please email a cover letter and updated resume to ed.martin@scouting.org Please be sure to specifically include the position you are applying for in your cover letter. All candidates will receive an email reply and notification of whether they have been selected for an in-person interview.

Please feel free to share the above job descriptions with candidates you believe would be a good fit for either of these positions.


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Scouting for Food 2019

2019 SFF logo.jpgScouting For Food door hanger distribution is Saturday, February 2
Scouting For Food pick-up is Saturday, February 9

As we get ready to move into 2019, remember that Scouting for Food is one of our largest volunteer community service projects as a Council. Each year we support our community by providing, on average, over 50,000 pounds of food. Please ensure that this year’s event is on your units calendar and stress how important this is to so many families. If you have questions about Scouting For Food, please contact Jason.powers@scouting.org or your local District Executive.  Thank you again for helping with this much-needed service.

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Scout Leader Specific Training and Youth Protection Training to be held February 2

On February 2, volunteers have the opportunity to complete leadership training that will help them become a trained leader.  These training courses will be held at the Old North State Council Office located at 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC  27408.

Training is open to Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout leaders, Venturing leaders, merit badge counselors,  chartered organization representatives, troop committee members, and any registered volunteer who needs to take the updated Youth Protection training.   The deadline to register is two days prior to the event.  There is no registration fee, but you must sign up to attend.   If you have any questions, please contact: James Jordan at ncdecarts@aol.com

Morning Sessions:
8:00—8:30       Registration, Welcome
8:30—11:30    Morning Sessions (pick one)

-Den Leader Specific Training
-Pack Committee Specific Training
-Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster Specific
-Chartered Organization Representative
-9:15—11:15     Youth Protection (if taking afternoon session)

Afternoon Sessions:
12:00—12:30       Registration, Welcome
12:30—5:00        Afternoon Sessions (pick one)

-Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster
-Venturing Advisor Specific
-Troop Committee Specific
-Merit Badge Counselor
-12:00—2:00     Youth Protection (if taking morning session)

11:30—12:00       Hotdog lunch provided

Click here for the printable registration form or  Click here to register online.

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Coming Up January 26 – Commissioner College 

Commissioner College will be held at Reynolda Business Center in Winston Salem within the Old Hickory Council.  The deadline to register is January 23, so there is still time to reserve your spot!  Click here to register.

Serving units and keeping them healthy, active, and effective are among the most important responsibilities in Scouting. Commissioners are able to do these tasks best when they are trained for the job.
Each year, volunteers—experienced and new— from the Old Hickory, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Old North State Councils meet at the annual Triad Cluster College of Commissioner Science to receive training, share ideas, network, and enjoy Scouting fellowship. By participating in this training event, you have an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for your important responsibility to Scouting. Commissioners, plan now to attend this great event.  If you have questions about Commissioner College, please contact Ann Jones at ann.jones@scouting.org


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Online Training Update

The online Leader Position-specific training in My.scouting was updated January 2, 2019.  Any unfinished Leader Position-specific training modules that were started in 2018 were not carried over, therefore you must start over with the new, improved training course.

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DistNews

Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

Akela District Banquet – February 1st, 2019 @ 6:30pm Click here for the printable registration form, or register online here!

Our Annual District Banquet gives us an opportunity to recognize the hard work of our Volunteers. Every day our volunteers work hard to ensure our Scouts have a program they can depend on as well as enjoy and appreciate. In addition to our volunteers, we take an opportunity to recognize a few of our well-deserving youth.

Where: First Methodist Church, 512 North Main St. High Point, NC 27260 (Fellowship Hall is located below the Church sanctuary- look for exterior stairwells on either side of the main church)
Theme: Lesser known Scouting, specifically a presentation about Explorer Scouting.

Cost: $15 per plate. You MUST pre-register to attend this event.
All $1,000 popcorn sellers and 2018 Eagle Scout recipients attend free of charge.
Registration: December 1st -January 23rd (All registrations must be received by end of the day on the 23rd)
If you have questions or award nominations, please contact Lamar Cassell at 336-470-9739 or at lamar.cassell@scouting.org.
A list of knots that you can nominate leaders for can be found at: http://usscouts.org/awards/knots1.asp.

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Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)


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Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

Cherokee District Banquet will be held January 19

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Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.    

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA


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Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at various locations throughout the District. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.  For roundtable location, contact Andrew Oliver at Andrew.oliver@scouting.org.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

Uwharrie District Banquet – January 26th, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Come out and enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and desserts as we proudly honor and celebrate our dedicated volunteers and Scouts that have set the example for others.

Where: Shiloh United Methodist Church (943 N. NC Highway 150, Lexington NC 27295)
What to Bring: This is a potluck dessert event. Please wear your Scout Uniform. Scouts that plan to attend and have earned Popcorn prizes must have their information on this registration form to ensure proper recognition.
Cost: $5 per Adult. (includes: drinks, dining supplies, table covers, etc)

Every family should bring a dessert with them. This is the best way to ensure there is plenty to go around. Our End of Year Volunteer awards and Scout Popcorn prizes will be awarded during this celebration.

Who to contact if you have questions: Andrew Oliver (Andrew.oliver@scouting.org)

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Wake Forest Basketball Scout Night

Wake Forest Basketball will be having their annual scout day for the game against Boston College on Saturday, January 26 at 4:00 PM.

Tickets are $15 for scouts, family, and friends. For tickets click here or contact Jackson Hamilton at hamiltjc@wfu.edu or (336) 758-4036

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American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here… 

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Winterplace – Scouts on Skis!

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Great values and adventure awaits this winter!  2019 Scouts on Skis Dates are: January 27, February 10 and February 24

Click here for the printable registration form and find the Leaders Guide here.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or rider or just looking forward to your first bunny slope, Winterplace offers something for everyone! This year marks the 17th running of the Old North State Council’s hugely popular Scouts on Skis program at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, West Virginia. Located just two and a half hours north of Greensboro, the mountain is both convenient and challenging for all levels of skiers and riders. This year’s basic package will have you zipping down the slopes in no time, and it comes complete with your lift ticket, ski rental, helmet rental and Ski School/Merit Badge lesson! To top it all off, each package comes with a lunch voucher to Mountain Mama’s Food Court so your families can refuel with ease. More than 900 scout families made the Scouts on Skis their choice for winter fun in 2018. I hope you will join us this season!

$63 Early Bird Ski Package – Retail value= $136.00

The Basic Ski Package includes:

  • All-Day Lift Ticket
  • Ski, Boots, Poles and Helmet Rental
  • A 90-minute group lesson Merit Badge Lessons meet at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM
  • Meal Voucher to Mountain Mama’s

Find all the details and register online here:  January 27    February 10    February 24

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Calendar of Events

January

February

Full Calendar & District Calendars   
(Includes all dist. events & meeting dates)

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January 3, 2019

Cub Resident Summer Camp 2019 “Turtle Mania”

turtleOn January 5, 2019, from 8 AM – 11 AM, the Old North State Council will begin taking Pack Campsite reservations for 2019 Cub Scout Resident Summer Camp.  A sign in sheet will be available at 7 AM.   Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

A Pack campsite reservation requires a $25 deposit and an expected count of Wolves, Bears, Webelos, & Arrow of Light Scouts attending camp.

SUMMER CAMP SESSION DATES:  (Thursdays—Sundays)
Session 1: June 20—23
Session 2: June 27—30
Session 3: July 11—14

Learn more about Cub Resident Camp and other summer camping programs at the Camp promotions meeting being held on February 16, 2019.


Job Openings

The Old North State Council is seeking two dedicated people with Scouting experience to fill the following part-time positions:

The Scouting Program Assistant will provide support to Scouting units, outdoor programs, and fundraising in Guilford District. The position is part-time (no benefits) and pays $12 per hour. Qualified candidates will:

  • Have the ability to complete tasks on time with minimal supervision. Preferred candidates will be able to share past experiences of meeting goals on time.
  • Have excellent communication skills and follow up in a timely manner with all phone calls, emails, and text messages received from Scouting leaders.
  • Have two or more years of Scouting experience as a volunteer leader.
  • Have a complete BSA uniform.
  • Have a vehicle that is reliable. Business mileage (trips to and from assigned local Scouting events/activities) will be reimbursed at the IRS recommended rate (currently 53.5 cents per mile).
  • Have a high school diploma or GED. Associates Degree or higher is preferred.
  • Have the ability to work 20-25 hours per week in a fast-paced and flexible working environment. This position requires some evening and weekend assignments.

The Scouting Outreach Coordinator position will provide direct support to Scouting units and outdoor programs in Guilford and Akela Districts. This position will serve as a unit leader, mentor, trainer, organizer of camping events, recruiter of new volunteers, and mentor to families with limited Scouting experience and limited resources. The Scouting Outreach Coordinator position will focus on serving youth in at-risk communities. This position is part-time (no benefits) and pays $12 per hour. Qualified candidates will:

  • Have the ability to complete tasks on time with minimal supervision. Preferred candidates will be able to share past experiences of meeting goals on time.
  • Have excellent communication skills and follow up in a timely manner with all phone calls, emails, and text messages received from Scouting leaders.
  • Have three or more years of Scouting experience as a volunteer leader. Preferred candidates will have hands-on experience delivering youth programs at community centers, housing units, or afterschool programs.
  • Have a complete BSA uniform.
  • Have a vehicle that is reliable. Business mileage (trips to and from assigned local Scouting events/activities) will be reimbursed at the IRS recommended rate (currently 53.5 cents per mile).
  • Have a high school diploma or GED. Associates Degree or higher is preferred.
  • Have the ability to work 20-25 hours per week in a fast-paced and flexible working environment. This position requires some evening and weekend assignments.

It is our goal to hire both of these positions no later than February and begin a hands-on training program for each new employee.

To apply for either of these positions, please email a cover letter and updated resume to ed.martin@scouting.org Please be sure to specifically include the position you are applying for in your cover letter. All candidates will receive an email reply and notification of whether they have been selected for an in-person interview.

Please feel free to share the above job descriptions with candidates you believe would be a good fit for either of these positions.


Scouts on Skis

winterplace_logoThe first of three Scouts on Skis events is coming up on Sunday, January 27!  Scouts and families must register by January 19 to receive the special early bird rate of $63.  The $63 Ski Package deal includes an all-day lift ticket, skis, boots, poles and helmet rental, a 90-minute group lesson, the opportunity to earn the skiing merit badge and a meal voucher to Mountain Mama’s.  For more details about Scouts on Skis at Winterplace Ski Resort, scroll to the bottom of the newsletter or click here.  The Scouts on Skis Leader’s Guide is attached.


Scoutbook is now available for free for Scouts and Scout units

The online unit management tool that helps Scouts, parents, and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements is now free.

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What you need to Be Prepared for the launch of Scouts BSA on Feb. 1, 2019

On Feb. 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America launches Scouts BSA.  It’s the same great program we currently call Boy Scouts, but it’ll be open to any young person — boy or girl — ages 11 to 17.

Volunteers, parents and young people have been preparing for Scouts BSA for months. At informal get-togethers across the country, families have formed a plan to start a Scouts BSA girl troop as soon as possible.  (Reminder: There will be separate Scouts BSA troops for girls and boys. Some units may choose to form a linked troop — separate boy and girl troops that share a chartered organization and troop committee.)

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VFW Scout of  the Year Scholarship Opportunity

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarships are due to area VFW Posts by March 1. Nominees who are Eagle Scout, Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster award recipients will compete for a $5,000.00 Scholarship.

VFW provides special certificates of recognition to Eagle Scouts. They also provide Wood Badge Scholarships for VFW Scouters.

For more information, see the link below to the scholarship brochure.  If you have any questions, contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts or Pat Curley at scoutchrm@vfwnc.com

Link to VFW Scout of the Year Brochure


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Youth Protection Training

By now you’ve heard that everyone must take the updated, online Youth Protection training course in order for their unit to recharter.  This includes any registered leaders who took Youth Protection training — online or in person — before Feb. 1, 2018.

Volunteers may complete Youth Protection Training online at my.scouting.org.  If you have problems accessing the system, please call the helpline at 972 580-2489.  During this time of year, there is a lot of traffic on the training site, so some may experience difficulties loading the courses or completing the training. We do apologize for this inconvenience.  As an alternative, the Old North State Council training team is offering classroom youth protection training on January 5 and February 2 at the Old North State Council Office.  The training class will last approximately two hours.  There will be a morning training session from 9:15 – 11:15 and an afternoon session from 12-2.

There is no fee to attend, but we would like to know how many will be in attendance.  Click here to register:   Saturday, January 5   or   Saturday, February 2, 2019


Scout Leader Specific Training January 5 & February 2

Help spread the word about Scout Leader Specific Training! Volunteers will have two opportunities this winter to complete leadership training that will help them become a trained leader.  These Scout Leader Specific trainings will be held at the Old North State Council Office located at 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC  27408

Both trainings are open to Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout leaders, Venturing leaders, merit badge counselors,  chartered organization representatives, troop committee members, and any registered volunteer who needs to take the updated Youth Protection training.   The deadline to register is two days prior to the event.  There is no registration fee, but you must sign up to attend.   If you have any questions, please contact: James Jordan at ncdecarts@aol.com

Morning Sessions:

8:00—8:30       Registration, Welcome

8:30—11:30    Morning Sessions (pick one)

-Den Leader Specific Training
-Pack Committee Specific Training
-Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster Specific
-Chartered Organization Representative
-9:15—11:15     Youth Protection (if taking afternoon session)

Afternoon Sessions:

12:00—12:30       Registration, Welcome

12:30—5:00        Afternoon Sessions (pick one)

-Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster
-Venturing Advisor Specific
-Troop Committee Specific
-Merit Badge Counselor
-12:00—2:00     Youth Protection (if taking morning session)

11:30—12:00       Hotdog lunch provided

Click here for the printable registration form or register online:  Saturday, January 5 & Saturday, February 2, 2019


Coming Up January 26 – Commissioner College 

Commissioner College will be held at Reynolda Business Center in Winston Salem within the Old Hickory Council.

Serving units and keeping them healthy, active, and effective are among the most important responsibilities in Scouting. Commissioners are able to do these tasks best when they are trained for the job.
Each year, volunteers—experienced and new— from the Old Hickory, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Old North State Councils meet at the annual Triad Cluster College of Commissioner Science to receive training, share ideas, network, and enjoy Scouting fellowship. By participating in this training event, you have an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for your important responsibility to Scouting. Commissioners, plan now to attend this great event.  If you have questions about Commissioner College, please contact Ann Jones at ann.jones@scouting.org


Old North State Scout Shop
Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4
P 336.235.0977
General email box: oldnorthstatescoutshop@scouting.org
Like us on Facebook Old North State Scout Shop

It’s Pinewood Derby Season. Pinewood Derby Champ Camp is January 12 from 10-3 at the Scout Shop!

There will be a pinewood derby track to race on and saws for customers to cut their cars out!  We would love to show off the cars you have made in the past or the car that you make with some of our new products!

The ONSC staff has been challenged to a race! The race will begin at high noon!  Come by and join us!


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Akela District: 
Serving High Point, Thomasville, Jamestown, Wallburg, Archdale and Trinity

Parents and volunteers, come to the Akela District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 PM to 8 PM at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church located at 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Akela District.
Join their facebook group:  Akela District Roundtable

Akela Calendar (Select Akela in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

Akela District Banquet – February 1st, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Click here for the printable registration form, or register online here!

Our Annual District Banquet gives us an opportunity to recognize the hard work of our Volunteers. Every day our volunteers work hard to ensure our Scouts have a program they can depend on as well as enjoy and appreciate. In addition to our volunteers, we take an opportunity to recognize a few of our well-deserving youth.

Where: First Methodist Church, 512 North Main St. High Point, NC 27260 (Fellowship Hall is located below the Church sanctuary- look for exterior stairwells on either side of the main church)
Theme: Lesser known Scouting, specifically a presentation about Explorer Scouting.

Cost: $15 per plate. You MUST pre-register to attend this event.
All $1,000 popcorn sellers and 2018 Eagle Scout recipients attend free of charge.
Registration: December 1st -January 23rd (All registrations must be received by end of the day on the 23rd)
If you have questions or award nominations, please contact Lamar Cassell at 336-470-9739 or at lamar.cassell@scouting.org.
A list of knots that you can nominate leaders for can be found at: http://usscouts.org/awards/knots1.asp.


Alamance District Serving Burlington, Alamance Co., Haw River, Saxapahaw, Snow Camp, Mebane, Graham, Elon

Alamance Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 PM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, located at 2638 Grand Oaks Blvd., Burlington

Alamance Calendar (Select Alamance in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)


Cherokee District: 
Serving Reidsville, Eden, Ruffin, Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville, Wentworth, Roxboro, and Yanceyville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Cherokee District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 PM at Cherokee Scout Reservation located at 3269 Boy Scout Camp Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Cherokee District.

Cherokee Calendar (Select Cherokee in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)

Cherokee District Banquet will be held January 19


Guilford District
Serving Brown Summit, Colfax, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Gibsonville, Julian, Pleasant Garden, and all of Eastern Guilford County and Greensboro

Parents and volunteers, come to the Guilford District Roundtable.  The Roundtable is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Old North State Council Service Center located at 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro 27408. This is a great time to exchange ideas and learn about what is going on in the Guilford District.    

Guilford Calendar (Select Guilford in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)  Join their facebook group: Guilford District – BSA

Guilford District Banquet will be held February 2


Uwharrie District: 
Serving Lexington, Mocksville, Advance, Davie Co., Southmont, Denton, Welcome, Asheboro, Seagrove, Ramseur, Liberty, Randleman, and Franklinville

Parents and volunteers, come to the Uwharrie District Roundtable. The Roundtable is held the 1st Thursday of each month at various locations throughout the District. This is a great time to exchange ideas, learn about what is going on in the Uwharrie Dist., attend training and more.  For roundtable location, contact Andrew Oliver at Andrew.oliver@scouting.org.

Uwharrie Calendar (Select Uwharrie in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page)       Join their facebook group: Uwharrie District Roundtable

Uwharrie District Banquet – January 26th, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Come out and enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and desserts as we proudly honor and celebrate our dedicated volunteers and Scouts that have set the example for others.

Where: Shiloh United Methodist Church (943 N. NC Highway 150, Lexington NC 27295)
What to Bring: This is a potluck dessert event. Please wear your Scout Uniform. Scouts that plan to attend and have earned Popcorn prizes must have their information on this registration form to ensure proper recognition.
Cost: $5 per Adult. (includes: drinks, dining supplies, table covers, etc)

Every family should bring a dessert with them. This is the best way to ensure there is plenty to go around. Our End of Year Volunteer awards and Scout Popcorn prizes will be awarded during this celebration.

Who to contact if you have questions: Andrew Oliver (Andrew.oliver@scouting.org)


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Wake Forest Basketball Scout Night

Wake Forest Basketball will be having their annual scout day for the game against Boston College on Saturday, January 26th at 4:00 PM.

Tickets are $15 for scouts, family, and friends. For tickets, contact Jackson Hamilton at hamiltjc@wfu.edu or  (336) 758-4036


American Legion & BSA Presents 2019 Scout Camporee
March 29-31, 2019

Celebrating a 100-year partnership – The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion!

A great way to welcome Spring is by attending the 2019 Scout Camporee, open to all Scouts ages 10 1/2 and older.
Where:  Held at Cherokee Scout Reservation, Yanceyville, NC
Cost:  Registration fee only $15, Earlybird fee is $10 if you register before December 14 
For More information, contact Cary McMasters: carymcmasters@gmail.com or Jason Powers: jason.powers@scouting.org

Find all the details and the Leader’s Guide here… 


Winterplace

Great values and adventure awaits this winter!  2019 Scouts on Skis Dates are: January 27, February 10 and February 24

Click here for the printable registration form and find the Leaders Guide here.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or rider or just looking forward to your first bunny slope, Winterplace offers something for everyone! This year marks the 17th running of the Old North State Council’s hugely popular Scouts on Skis program at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, West Virginia. Located just two and a half hours north of Greensboro, the mountain is both convenient and challenging for all levels of skiers and riders. This year’s basic package will have you zipping down the slopes in no time, and it comes complete with your lift ticket, ski rental, helmet rental and Ski School/Merit Badge lesson! To top it all off, each package comes with a lunch voucher to Mountain Mama’s Food Court so your families can refuel with ease. More than 900 scout families made the Scouts on Skis their choice for winter fun in 2018. I hope you will join us this season!

$63 Early Bird Ski Package – Retail value= $136.00

The Basic Ski Package includes:

  • All-Day Lift Ticket
  • Ski, Boots, Poles and Helmet Rental
  • A 90-minute group lesson Merit Badge Lessons meet at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM
  • Meal Voucher to Mountain Mama’s

Find all the details and register online here:  January 27    February 10    February 24

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