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Randy Robison – Graham Allen – Rod Sanborn (not in photo…we need a new photo)

A Few Changes in our District
On behalf of the North Star District it is my pleasure to announce the following individuals have accepted positions of service in the North Star District.
Rod Sanborn, effective immediately, will be serving as our new District Commissioner. In this role he will report to the council commissioner. He will work with the roundtable commissioner and staff, unit commissioners, and assistant district commissioners. In this role they will focus on helping Scout units succeed and maintain BSA standards as they coach, consult with, and visit regularly with every unit in the North Star District.
Brad Gilmore, effective immediately, will be serving as our District Program Chair. In this role he reports to the District Chair. He will work with the civic service, training, camp promotion and outdoor, and advancement and recognition chairs to make sure their operating committees are trained, adequately staffed, and that programs are planned and promoted. He will work with the District Executive and operating chairs to make sure goals are set, progress is tracked, and goals are completed.
Bob Eastmond, effective immediately, will be serving as our District Advancement Chair. In this role he reports to the Program Chair. He will stimulate advancement and recognition opportunities among all units and Scouters; ensuring national policies and procedures are implemented. Within his committee he will work with Ray on adult recognition, Bodie and Ray on Silver Beavers, Sue on merit badges, and Kris and Bodie on Eagle boards and Eagle project approvals.
We are looking forward to these experienced Scouters guiding their committees and helping to support the units, youth, and leaders in the North Star District. We have full confidence in their abilities!

 – Randy Robison

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Now is a great time to put together your annual pack program plan.  What?  How do I get started you say?
 
A research project done by Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana, showed that a common element of strong packs is they all have a good annual pack program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar. The important result of a shared annual program calendar is …

More information on the BSA National website

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 Introduction to
Outdoor Leader Skills
Sept 23-24Register
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Leader Specific – October 11 & November 8 at Roundtable
Leader Specific – January 14, 2017
 Outdoor Leader Skills Training  – January 27-28, 2017
MORE INFO ON TRAINING ..CLICK HERE 
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Scouts need to contact the

unit leader
to get the list of Counselors.

 

 

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Congratulations!
(August District Eagle Boards of Review)

Roy Keefer 440
Michael McDougal 430
Dallin Luth 710
Asher Belanger 270
Samuel Charles 273

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roundtable Every 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m.
5160 W. Lone Mountain Rd 

Tuesday September 13th at 7 p.m.
Special Training for SCOUTBOOK at roundtable.

SUGGESTION FORM

District Committee’s will meet at 6:45 right before every Roundtable.  Check with your committee chair for specific room.

Lowaneu Chapter Order of the Arrow meeting at 6:30 right before every Roundtable. Questions contact Chris Peterson at chris@troop555.us

Roundtable is Where Inspiring Leaders Share Ideas – Where Will YOU BE?More Roundtable info…

News

ONE EASY THING YOU NEED TO DO THAT WILL GROW MEMBERSHIP –

Updating your pin with current information on BeAScout is the easiest way unit leaders can help prospective Scouts and their families get in touch with a unit in your council.

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Lion Program

Our district has 4 new packs that offer the new Lion program.  If you are interested please contact one of the following packs for more information.

Pack 430 – Natasha
Pack 440 – Patrick
Pack 560 – Bill
Pack 678 – Mike

Merit Badges
Boy Scout Troop 555 
Merit Badge Pow Wow
 
Sat. October 22, 2016
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LDS church 8525 Thom Blvd. 89131

$5 per Merit Badge

$10 for Eagle Merit Badges
Cost includes a full lunch and all supplies.
This is a great opportunity to get some work done on Merit Badges!
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COR – Chartered Organization Representative

If you are a Chartered Organization Representative we would like YOU to invite your scout leaders to come to Roundtable personally. It is Tuesday August 9th at 7 p.m.

This Roundtable will kick off our new Scouting Year for 2016-17.  What a great summer we have had.  We are now ready to help you and your leaders provide the best scouting experience you can for your unit.  See you Tuesday!

boy-scout-board-of-review District Eagle Boards of Review
Every 3rd Tuesday of each month at the LDS church building on Lone Mountain.
If any one has questions about them please contact Kris Alexander at kristopher.w.alexander@gmail.com.
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We are in need of District members
If you would like to be involved on the district level please let us know.
Click Here for more info…

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North Start District Organization Chart
(updated March 2016)District Job Descriptions
(PDF document)

 

header_districtaward Do you have an adult in your unit:

  • that is always helping the boys and other adults?
  • that not only helps within your unit but also at the District/Council?
  • that always is joined by their wife/husband?
  • that has a spouse that takes care of things so that their spouse can spend more time helping their child, in the District and Council?

More info and forms…(Click Here)

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Important Dates:
September 16 – Show & Sell Popcorn Pickup (by Appointment)
October 25 – Show & Sell Popcorn Returns (by Appointment), Show & Sell Popcorn Money Due, Take Order Popcorn Orders Due Online
November 11 – Take Order Popcorn Pickup (by Appointment), Prize Orders Due Online, Popcorn Paperwork Due
Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 – Final Popcorn Payment Due (by Appointment)

Flyer with more info

 

 2016 Fall Popcorn Smith’s Store Sign Up Form

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October 22, 2016   8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Who can come? Everyone – it is Fun for the whole Family! Sign-up as a Pack and as families. 
 
What will we do for the day’s activities? BB guns, archery, climbing wall, fall carnival games, pumpkin and face painting, gaga ball, Trading Post, skits, cheers, fun, and a chance to launch a pumpkin at the punkin chunkin trebuchet! 
 
Where do I sign-up? Online at lvacbsa.org or in the Trading Post. 
 
When do I need to sign-up? Now. Don’t wait. Registration fees increase after October 5th. 
 
Where is it? Kimball Scout Reservation (10877 Mount Potosi Rd.) *Note* Kimball is a mountainous terrain. You must wear closed toe shoes and be physically able to hike.

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Come to the Kick-off!!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
at 6:30 p.m. (6 p.m. for the BBQ)
at the Scout Office
(7220 S. Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, nv 89119)
Pick up your bags & patches and confirm your areas.

Register Now

Scouting for Food is on Saturday, November 19, 2016

 WEBOREE 2016
October 7th and 8th, 2016

More info…

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 How to Rent Canoes

 

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2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sands Cares and Clean the World Las Vegas: 2016 Hygiene Kit Build
The Venetian and The Palazzo are inviting volunteers from the community to join its Team Members in its third annual global volunteer effort to build a total of 100,000 hygiene kits that will improve the health and well-being of populations in need worldwide.   Learn more.

Great event for Cubs too!

railroadmeritbadge The Nevada Southern Railway Merit Badge TrainAre you interested in earning your Railroading Merit Badge?On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Railroading Merit Badge workshop at the Maintenance Facility, Nevada State Railroad Museum, 600 Yucca Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.See Flyer form more info.
 bassproshoplogo Bass Pro Shop Merit Badge Workshops – Flyer
 tuftsuniversity2  Tufts University research on how Scouting Works.
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Confused about the New Boy Scout Program?
Check out Program Updates page.  You will need to scroll down to Boy Scouting.CLICK HERE for a PDF that contains Comparisons to Current Requirements
CLICK HERE for a PDF that contains information on Transitioning to the new program.
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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.
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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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North Star District Zones and Units list

amazon_assoc-ads_feature-tile_180x150_grey AMAZON – You can now support the Las Vegas Area Council simply by buying things from Amazon.com.  It’s very simple.  Click this link to get started.
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 Graham-Allen_smScouters Minute – August 2016

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!

Scouting questions or concerns?
Graham Allen – District Director

 

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