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We are in need of Unit Commissioners
Job description: The unit commissioner is the connecting link in the chain between the troop and the pack. Often, the same unit commissioner will serve both a pack and troop in the same community.
For more information contact Rob Reed.
|Get Out and Go Camping This Year!||Camping is a hallmark of a Boy Scout’s experience. As a leader have you ever wondered….where are good places to camp around Las Vegas? Wonder no more!Click here for a list of more than 26 camping spots nearby, compiled by some of our very own Scoutmasters. Need another resource? Click here. Take a picture on your next camping trip and post it to our facebook page North Star District, Las Vegas Area Council.|
Cubmasters do you have Den Chiefs helping in your dens?
|Scout Masters do you have Scouts looking for leadership positions?
We are losing our scouts after Webelos. They are not transitioning into Scouts. We hope that you will encourage your dens to use the Den Chief Program. This will help not only your Cubs but also the Scouter learn leadership skills. It’s a win- win. Check out our Den Chief Page on our District site for more information.
Den Chief duties (pick from): lead den in games, songs, skits; teach skills that he knows; help maintain order; coach the Cubs; stories on campouts; coach sporting events; basically be a “big” brother to the Cubs.
To find a scout troop that your Webelos can join after they graduate from Cubs go to beascout.org
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Graham Allen, North Star
Scouting provides youth and leaders with opportunities they otherwise would never have, and in the process, builds skills and memories that will last a lifetime.
I recently went with my Venturing Crew on our final high adventure activity of the 2016 summer. Our weekly August activities were spent swamping canoes, practicing paddling skills, updating our water safety knowledge, creating a menu and buying the food for our trip, preparing and packing for the annual weekend canoe trip. On August 19th, at 6:30 a.m. after weeks of preparation, the anticipation was over and we departed from our troop meeting place to the historic Hoover Dam. We took 16 people and 8 canoes (rented through the Council office). It was an amazing trip! Words can’t describe the awe of being at the base of such an incredible structure and its ability to harness such a great river! As a Crew we enjoyed canoeing more than 12 miles, growing as a team, camping overnight along the riverbank, hiking more than 9 miles in the various side canyons and hot springs, and marveling at the beauties we were actively witnessing.
I’m grateful for the experiences, challenges, and memories Scouting provided me as a youth and now as an adult volunteer. Scouting prepares us for life, each day, teaching timeless values, character, fitness, and fun. Take a minute to reflect on the Scouting adventures you had with your unit this summer, and then move forward with your youth and unit to plan the next year of Scouting memories. Scouting is worth the time, energy, and effort! As we embrace Scouting, it will have an incredibly positive impact on us personally, and on the youth we serve. I’ve always loved the unattributed quote “Nobody knows what a boy is worth, we will have to wait and see, but every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be.” No man or woman has stood taller than when serving a youth and helping them to develop the skills, abilities, and character to become someone greater. Remember, you are doing better than you think you are, and as Baden Powell said, “We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do our duty.” Good luck as we embark on a new Scouting year!
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Graham Allen – District Director
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