Scouting the Zoo 2014

It’s time once again for one of the coolest events of the year – Scouting the Zoo! Units from all over will join us for a fun weekend of camping on the Zoo grounds, and one of the best public displays of Scouting in the Midwest!

During the day units have displays and are open to visitors walking around throughout the Zoo. Show off your monkey bridge, bake some box cookies, or teach visitors all about tracking animals – hundreds of Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturers will be there to show the best of Scouting. But when the Zoo closes, we really know how to have fun with movies, games, train and zoo mobile rides, and much, much more! Sunday morning there are church services on the grounds and another day of fun and aventure!

Won’t your Pack, Troop or Crew join us this year?

Find more information on the Council site HERE!

Commissioner Spring Conference

Tuesday April 29 is our Council wide Commissioner Spring Conference.

It will be held in the St. Joseph Room of Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Franklin.

Normally there is a break out session for Roundtable Commissioners but this time all Commissioners will be in the same room. There are some new and exciting additions coming down the road.

All Commissioners are invited along with anyone else interested in joining the Commissioner Corps.

If you are planning on attending please RSVP to: Christine Rabideaux – 414-443-2850 or Christine.Rabideaux@scouting.org

For anyone interested in being a Commissioner, we will have Commissioner Basic Training Saturday May 10 from 9am-12:30pm at the Milwaukee Service Center. Here’s an opportunity to pick up some free training, see what the Commissioner Staff is all about and meet some new Scouters!

Unit Leaders, if anyone one of your parents or committee is interested please pass this information on to them. Thanks!

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How long does training last?

A friend recently asked a great question – one that I had to dig around to get the answers for. Going into our prime camping season, it’s a great time to review your own training records and make sure everything is up to date!

Some classes “expire” while others do not. A lot depends on how quickly information changes – for example CPR and First Aid are 2 year certifications because the information within them changes quite frequently. It seems every time we turn around the CPR training changes. And while most First Aid doesn’t really change, sometimes it’s the documentation and reporting portions that change.

Additionally, some of these courses qualify for “taking a refresher” instead of having to take the whole course over again. For example, my Lifeguarding training, which used to be good for 3 years, but is now only good for 2 years, only requires that I have retested each 2 years – not that I completely repeat the course over again. (Although sometimes repeating a class like that is the only way I can take it.)

Here are the other courses I know of that expire:

•    Youth Protection – every two years – available on line

•    Safe Swim Defense – every two years – available on line

•    Visitation training – every two years – local council training

•    Paddle Craft Safety – every three years – local council training

•    Climbing Lead Instructor – every two years – local council training

•    Climbing Instructor – every two years – local council training

•    COPE/Climbing Inspector – every two years – local council training

•    Safety Afloat – every two years – available on line

•    Chainsaw Safety – every two years – local council training

•    Hazardous Weather – every two years – available on line

•    Physical Wellness – every two years – available on line

•    Climb On Safely – every two years – available on line

•    Trek Safely – every two years – available on line

•    Trainers EDGE – every three years – local council training (req for staffing Wood Badge)

•    Paddle Craft Safety – every three years – local council training

•    Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue – every three years – local council training

•    BSA Lifeguard – every TWO years – local council training (changed in 2012 to match Red Cross)

•    Trainer’s EDGE – every three years – local council training

•    National Camping School – good for five camping seasons – regional training on a variety of subject areas

•    NRA RSO / Instructor Training – must be renewed EVERY year on line (with NRA)

•    First Aid – every two years – refreshers available (Red Cross or American Heart)

•    CPR / Heartsaver – every two years – refreshers available (Red Cross or American Heart)

“Position Specific” trainings, like Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee Member, etc. – those are basically “good forever.” I don’t know if the BSA will always look at it that way, but they certainly do for now. And some courses you’re never allowed to take again – at least not in their current form – for example you can only attend Wood Badge for the 21st Century as a participant once.

I’ve also posted this same information under the Program & Committees tab, under Training. Look for it there!

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And, we’re back…

Due to problems beyond my control the website was inaccessible for some time. It is now up and operating once again, although some of the sub-sites for units have been lost and some of the most recent posts and flyers.

I’m working on getting a complete backup of the website again, and taking some longer term steps to ensure that we are more stable in the future. The fairly frequent outages are taking their toll on me as well.

Thanks for your understanding…

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Sinai Lenape Chapter Meeting

Who: Fox River/Root River Districts of the Three Harbors Council

When: February 19, 2014

March 19, 2014 (Chapter Pizza Party)

April 16, 2014

Where: Town of Norway Town Hall

6419 Heg Park Road

Wind Lake, WI 53185

Questions? Please contact:

Kyle Kaczmarek – Chapter Advisor

    Kylekaczmarek04@gmail.com

Dean Busalacci – Chapter Relations

djboozie@att.net

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