This is the Last Frontier Council's eNewsletter for the month of September 2011. Please click the title of any of the subjects below for more information about a topic.
The 2011 School Night for Scouting campaign is set to kick off 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!
Click here or the link above to find out more about Septemberfest. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are needed to serve at this event. It's a great way to show the public Scouting is still active and helping boys have fun. Scouts who help for the entire day get to stay for a pizza party and to swim in the Governor's Oklahoma-shaped pool!
OK, you ordered your units Show and Sell popcorn and now we are ready for the next step in the process.
For those in NH, BP, EA, SO, CV, WR, WP, BT and the town of Tuttle, the sort and pick up will be where it always has been, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma City on Friday, Sept. 9th from 9am- Noon. If you cannot attend then you must pick up from the Regional Food Bank on Sat., Sept. 10th from 8am-10am.
The plan for CT, BB & KB is that you will need to call Kris Keller at 580-512-1848 and set up a time to pick up in Lawton at: Affiliated Trucking, 2111 SW Jefferson Ave , Lawton OK. These districts will pick up on Friday, September 9th at a pre-arranged time for each unit.
The last BALOO training of the year is coming up October 15, 2011. This is a GREAT opportunity for the new and experienced leaders in your Pack to get the BSA required training for Pack Camping. Click here for more info and to register. If you have any questions about the training call Val Zemke at 405-348-9743.
University of Scouting is designed to give adult volunteers training and information to help improve your Scouting program - and you get to have fun while doing it!! Click the link above or picture to the right for more info.
Are You Afraid of Bugs??
Well - even if you're not afraid of bugs - IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) and WeLOT (Webelos Leader Outdoor Training) can still be a great help delivering an outdoor program to your Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts!
Both trainings are held at each session - with customized information for each volunteer based on your program - Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts. Click the links below for registration/info:
LDS IOLS and WeLOT Training - November 18-19
IOLS and WeLOT Training - December 2-4
Register your youth NOW for NYLT by clicking here or the link above. This course is for youth in both Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews to develop better leaders. Course dates are Oct. 20-23 & 29-30. Contact Bob Porter with questions by clicking his name.
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.
Several opportunities are available in the next couple of months for Basic Adult Leader training. Trained leaders provide a better program for Scouts! A Scout leader can take basic training in any district - not just your home district! Find a date that is convenient for you! The next two opportunities in the OKC area are:
Big Tepee District Training - Click here to register, for questions email Mary Hyman
Baden Powell District Training - Click here to register, for questions email Suzette Cranford
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.
JOTA is an amateur radio event on October 15, 2011. It connects youth via HAM radio through volunteer amateur radio operators. Come participate in a 21st century electronic fox-hunt, how radio can be used to remove tumors--in people, and much more fun!!
MaNu Lodge is seeking 30% Brotherhood conversion this year. Brotherhood membership offers an opportunity to reaffirm one's belief in the high purposes of the Order.
Ordeal members may seal their membership ten months after their ordeal by simply demonstrating their knowledge of the traditions and obligations of the OA. They then participate in an induction ceremony and become Brotherhood members. The Ordeal consists primarily of physical impressions, the Brotherhood ceremony is one of deeper and quieter mental impressions.
The lodge is offering a special Brotherhood Night at Eagle Lodge, Camp John Nichols on September 17, 2011. Dinner will be at 6:00PM and a Brotherhood Ceremony will follow that evening for eligible candidates. Campsites are available for individuals wishing to spend the night. The dinner is $5 and open to all OA members. There is a small fee of $15 for Brotherhood Candidates to cover the cost of the Brotherhood sash. Dinner is free to all Brotherhood Candidates.
Register now and please help the young men of MaNu Lodge achieve their goal of 30% brotherhood conversion.
Registration can be found on the web at www.lastfrontiercouncil.org/OA
Each year as the leaves change colors, Ma-Nu Lodge meets at Slippery Falls Scout Ranch for the annual Fall Fellowship weekend. This weekend is generally regarded as the biggest and best event of the year. We relax and celebrate our hard work over the past year, introduce the new Vigil Honor Candidates, and elect new lodge officers. There will be patch trading, blackpowder rifle, shotgun, .22 rifle, archery, great food, and tons of good fellowship. There will also be an opportunity to seal your membership and become a Brotherhood Member.
The 2011 Fall Fellowship is scheduled for October 14th through 16th at Slippery Falls and registration can be found on the web at www.lastfrontiercouncil.org/OA
Over 300 Ma-Nu Lodge Arrowmen will participate at this year's Fall Fellowship. Don't miss it!!
It is time to come out and get some Climbing Instructor Training on the new climbing tower at Slippery Falls Scout Ranch. Learn Climbing/rappelling methods and techniques, and BSA requirements and recommendations to provide a safe high adventure program for your unit. Each unit needs a minimum of two trained climbing instructors to conduct a climbing event. Training is valid for two years.
The Friday evening portion of the class will be at the Last Frontier Council Scout Office in Oklahoma City from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Saturday will be on the tower at Slippery Falls from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
This is definitely not your local Red Cross First Aid course! The goal of this course is to help the participants deal with medical emergencies in a wilderness setting where qualified medical assistance is more than an hour away and you are the only available medical caregiver. This course is recommended for BSA Trek Guides for Boy Scout Councils, Trail and Trek Guides for High Adventure and Specialty Trek programs, for local Scout Leaders wishing to carry their units on High Adventure outings and for groups wishing to participate in trekking programs on land and waterways.
Come and spend the weekend in our outdoor classroom learning to apply and teach the Leave No Trace principles! Various teaching methods will be utilized throughout the training so you can gain confidence in planning workshops to share LNT in a variety of settings. Because this is a training to prepare you to teach others, you will be given a LNT principle to teach the group in a 10-15 minute lesson. Upon completion, you will be registered as a trainer with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and will receive a certificate of completion and a trainer pin.
Weekend family camping at Nichols Scout Ranch is a great introduction to the outdoors in Scouting! Families may camp Friday night, Saturday night, or both. Meals included in your $10 Overnighter camper’s fee include breakfast and dinner on Saturday. Bring a sack supper for the Friday evening meal or eat before you arrive, and bring a sack lunch for Saturday. Also included in the camper's fee are all Saturday program supplies and a patch for each paid participant. Plan to attend the great campfire on Saturday evening!
Camp George Thomas Fall Family Adventures Session 1 – Oct. 7-9
Camp George Thomas Fall Family Adventures Session 2 – Oct. 14-16
Camp George Thomas Fall Family Adventures Session 3 – Oct. 21-23
Camp George Thomas Fall Family Adventures Session 4 – Oct. 28-30
GAMES + CRAFTS + HIKING + NATURE + WAGON RIDES + SPECIAL SURPRISES
An evening campfire program on Saturday provides fun for all. Meals included in your $20 Fall Family Adventure camper’s fee include Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner and Sunday breakfast. Each year Fall Family Adventures celebrates Scouting in a different country. This year join us as we celebrate Scouting in Sweden! Sessions fill quickly: register now for this popular event!
The ΑΦΩ service fraternity at the University of Oklahoma is hosting a merit badge University on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Alpha Phi Omega is founded on the principles of Scouting and continues to be involved with Scouting through the annual Merit Badge University. For additional information please contact Ami Bassett at email@example.com .
Merit Badge Cards
Last Frontier Council’s advancement committee has decided to no longer require the use of merit badge forms/cards. Troops may choose any type of paperwork they wish in order to track an individual Scouts merit badges. The “blue cards” that are produced by the national council are available in the Meinder’s Oklahoma Scout Shop in packs of 100 for $6.99 per pack.
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