Retention Convention Resources
This year's Ren Con is in the books and it was awesome to see so many unit leaders heavy engaged in the beginning plans of their Ideal Year of Scouting. We know that because of the resulting awesome adventures, Scouts will stay involved. A DVD of resources was provided to every Scout unit and Commissioner, which contained tremendous resources, including your own copy of Youth Protection Training. Some of the resources are linked here:
These are just some of the tools on the resource DVD, to make arrangements to get yours, contact Kevin Trojan, Council Program Director. Units will need their Scoutbook access code, which is labeled upon your personalized disk. Plan your work, work your plan!
The GREAT Popcorn Sale Kickoffs
In May units received resources to help plan their Ideal Year of Scouting (linked above) that should be full of adventures that have a cost associated with them; how will these experiences get paid for? Popcorn sale success will launch our programs to the stars! This fall is sure to bring even better product and prizes to help your unit raise the money to have the best Scouting year yet! We will have new tools, new incentives and an awesome unit commission! Come to check out the best popcorn kick off ever! You will be able to walk away from the training with all the popcorn information and a great example of what a unit kick off should look like. There are 2 options to come to a popcorn training to get all the information you will need to have a successful sale:
Trail Signs May - August - September Edition
Our printed newsletter will be reaching mailboxes soon; however, it is available to you right now here. Great articles about up-coming events, changes, tips, deals, and more!
Character Connections 1st Quarter
Our community-focused quarterly newsletter, Character Connections, is being printed and mailed now; however, you have access to it right here. This edition covers some good stuff, including updates on the Major Gifts Initiative building projects, and our 2017 Silver Beaver recipients.
Order of the Arrow Dues
Brothers in the OA can now pay their 2017 Lodge Dues conveniently here to remain in good standing in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.
2017 Platinum Journey to Excellence
The Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America is striving to provide quality, meaningful programs to the young people in our area, to aid them in achieving their full potential in life. It is understood that the true benefit of the Scouting movement comes directly from our Scouting units and if we are to improve the standard of our programs, units will make the difference.
In 2017, we will honor those units that go above and beyond the call of duty for the young people they serve. These special units will be designated as Platinum Level Journey to Excellence Units and will lead the way for the rest of the Council. This special recognition will not come easy, but will bring worthy praise and tools to continue to build and strengthen the unit. View the 2016 achieving units and set your sites on the 2017 objectives.
Major Gifts Initiative News
We are pleased to report that funding has been secured to build the Ellison Scoutcraft Program Area, the Marchant Ecology Lodge, Baye Endowment for Maumee, the Foster Model Campsite, the Meenach CLE Gateway renovation, and the Jacobs Administrative Area. Plans are presently being refined on these projects and impact is targeted to be realized by summer of 2017. To date we have raised $507,500!
Marchant Ecology Lodge Progress Pics