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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
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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HOW DO I DO THAT Page
Outdoor Leader Skills
Sept 23-24 – Register
Leader Specific – October 11 & November 8 at Roundtable
Leader Specific – January 14, 2017
Outdoor Leader Skills Training – January 27-28, 2017
Scouts need to contact the
(August District Eagle Boards of Review)
Roy Keefer 440
Michael McDougal 430
Dallin Luth 710
Asher Belanger 270
Samuel Charles 273
|Do you have an adult in your unit:
More info and forms…(Click Here)
|Sat, October 1, 2016
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sands Cares and Clean the World Las Vegas: 2016 Hygiene Kit BuildThe 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!
|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.
|Bass Pro Shop Merit Badge Workshops – Flyer|
|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.
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!
Scouting questions or concerns?
Graham Allen – District Director
- Call 702.736.4366.
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