This is the Last Frontier Council's eNewsletter for the month of August 2011. Please click the title of any of the subjects below for more information about a topic.
As the new program-year gets ready to kick off and your Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop does their planning, you might be wondering, "Where is the Council calendar?" Well, it's just a click away! The calendar is now completely online through our website www.lastfrontiercouncil.org. Either click "Council Calendar" on the left-menu bar of our main webpage or "Calendar" on the top-menu, or just click here!
The Council Coordinated Committee Meeting will be on Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gaylord Scout Center in Oklahoma City. All Scout Leaders who serve on district or council committees for Training, Camping, Activities & Civic Service, Advancement & Recognition, Health & Safety, and Venturing are invited to attend those respective committee meetings. The focus is on helping units achieve the Journey to Excellence recognition and meet the high standards of our council and district goals.
Each Scout unit must fill out a Commitment Form so we know who your Unit Popcorn Kernel is going to be for this year. Don't miss out on the best fundraiser that your unit can do this year! The Council's sales average last year was $357 per boy, but about 100 boys sold over $1,000 each. All the information is available on the Council's website by clicking here or the link above.
Are you an Eagle Scout? Do you know someone who's an Eagle Scout? Click the link above for more information about the Gathering of Eagles. It is an event in August to help reconnect Eagle Scouts back with our program. Help us promote the event to your Troop and friends. There is a discount for Eagles 35 and younger, and last year's class of Eagle Scouts attends free!
Many opportunities are coming up for Scout leader training in Last Frontier Council. Follow the above link to see what training is currently available, or look at the trainings highlighted below:
Are you looking for premier leadership training? Then look no more and sign up for Wood Badge. It’s not just training it’s a life changing experience with lots of FUN thrown in. You won’t regret you did! To sign up, clink on the link above or the picture to the right.
The annual University of Scouting is scheduled for November 5 at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City. Click the link above in headline to find out more about how you can start your "Journey of Excellence!"
NYLT is an advanced Training Course for youth. It can help develop your youth from good leaders into great leaders. Click the link above to go to the registration page, and the image to the right for the flyer.
The council committees will meet on Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gaylord Scout Center in Oklahoma City. The following committees will meet: Training, Camping, Activities & Civic Service, Advancement & Recognition, Health & Safety, Venturing Officers Association, International Scouting, and Commissioners. All council and district volunteers who serve on these committees are invited to attend.
The 2011 School Night for Scouting campaign is set to kickoff in August and run through the end of September. For dates, times, flyers and other promotional materials, click here or the link above to contact your district School Night for Scouting Chairman!
The Sliver Beaver Award is the highest honor a local council can bestow on a volunteer. For more info and to download a nomination form click the link above or the picture to the right.
Click the link above for more information on the greatly successful 2011 Friends of Scouting Campaign. If you know anyone who served in the campaign be sure to thank them. Brad Krieger is the 2012 Friends of Scouting Chair for the Last Frontier Council, and Brad is excited that next year will bring even higher levels of success - and better programs for Scouts!
As Ordeal approaches and now is the time to register! Fall Ordeal is August 26th – 28th at John W. Nichols Scout Ranch. Each member should make it their responsibility to make sure each candidate elected from their unit is registered to attend and has transportation. Click here or the link in the headline above to register. This is the last opportunity for elected candidates to become members of the order. Fall Ordeal also provides a great opportunity for eligible Ordeal members to seal their membership and become a Brotherhood member. Don’t miss it!!
Weekend Camping at Camp George Thomas is a great introduction to the outdoors in Scouting! Each Fall Family Adventures weekend features two nights of camping and includes games, crafts, hiking, nature, wagon rides, and campfires! All meals are provided in the dining hall from Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast. Each year Fall Family Adventures celebrates Scouting in a different country, and this year’s country is SWEDEN, home of the World Jamboree and the leader of the World Organization of the Scouting Movement, the King of Sweden. All Cub Scouts, friends and family are welcome. Only $20 per person, siblings 0-3 are free. Register online for four possible weekends: October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, or 28-30.
Come spend a weekend with your family at John Nichols Scout Ranch in Oklahoma City! Camp for one or two nights or just come out for a day of games, crafts, archery, BB gun shooting, slingshots, and hiking. Family Overnighters are open to all boys and girls, families and siblings. Boy Scouts and Venturers may apply to serve on staff. Fee is only $10 per person, siblings 0-3 are free. Sign up for the weekend of October 1 or October 8. Registration opens August 10. For more information, contact Mark Myers at email@example.com.
Slippery Falls Climbing Tower
Troops and Crews are welcome to reserve the new climbing tower at Slippery Falls Scout Ranch this fall. The top platform is 51 feet tall with a sheltering roof overhead, commanding a beautiful of the surrounding countryside. Troops and Crews must reserve the tower at least two weeks in advance and submit a Tour Plan with proof of Climbing Instructor certification. Ropes, helmets, harnesses and carabiners are available for use. Usage must be carefully logged and recorded. Fees are $5 per climber and must be paid prior to the trip. Contact the Last Frontier Council Scout Center for reservations. For questions about climbing in Scouting, contact Greg McMahan, COPE, Climbing & Rappelling Committee Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climbing Instructor Training
October 7 & 8, 2011 OKC Scout Center and Slippery Falls Scout Ranch. Learn climbing/rappelling methods and techniques, and BSA requirements and recommendations to provide a safe adventure for your unit. Each unit needs a minimum of two trained Climbing Instructors to conduct a climbing event. Course is limited to 15 participants, fee is $25. View flyer and register here. Questions: contact Greg McMahan at email@example.com
The University of Oklahoma Football Ushering
Ushering OU football games in Norman is a great service opportunity for First Class Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. OU has relied on Scouts for ushering and first aid since 1948. Youth and adults must commit by August 20 and contact Jim Hagar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-341-4876.
If any member has a suggestion of a volunteer to be considered for service as a Member At Large or on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Last Frontier Council click the link above for more info.
2013 National Scout Jamboree
Applications are now being accepted for youth who are interested in attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The Last Frontier Council will organize contingents of Boy Scouts and Venturers to travel to and attend the Jamboree. To learn about the Jamboree and to apply, visit https://summit.scouting.org. For questions about the attending the Jamboree, contact Sean O’Connell, Chairman of the Last Frontier Council contingent committee, at email@example.com. More council contingent information will be available this fall. Go Big, Get Wild!
Social Media & Web Links
Below are links to all the Last Frontier Council's social media links. Be sure go visit the fan-pages and click "like"! After all, a Scout is "Friendly" (Scout Law #4 ;)
Fan Page - Last Frontier Council
Fan Page - Slippery Falls Scout Ranch
Fan Page - Diamond H Scout Ranch
Fan Page - Ty Knots
Fan Page - OA MaNu Lodge 133
Twitter - Last Frontier Council
Twitter - Ty Knots
YouTube Channel - 480LastFrontier
Fan Page - BSA