Fall is in the air!
Scouting is alive in well in the Mountain Dominion District!
Here is some info on the upcoming Boy Scout Camp at Camp Roland September 19-21, 2014
Friday evening we will have our traditional NIGHT HIKE with a scary twist. We will explore the “Haunted Cabin” and tell you about the tragic events that happened there on this very day 20 years ago. Be prepared for ghost stories and Halloween style activities – all good clean fun.
On Saturday we will return to traditional Scout Skill activities including fire building, cooking, first aid, compass reading and more! Saturday night we will have a ghost story contest and a tombstone (epitaph) contest at our campfire.
Saturday morning your Scouts will gather tinder, kindling and fuel (wood) to build a fire. They will use “no trace” techniques to build a fire pit. They will build a fire hot enough to cook a pancake and an egg. They will then extinguish the fire and return the site to its “pristine” condition. Your Troop will need:
- • A skillet and spatula for cooking – NO TEFLON COATED SKILLETS
- • A cup for pancake batter (we will provide the batter)
- • A raw egg (be careful)
- • Oil or butter to prevent sticking
- • Paper plates and eating utensils (fork/spoon)
- • Matches or flint and steel to start your fire
- • A fire bucket (to hold water to extinguish your fire)
- • A shovel for digging the pit and covering it when done
After lunch we will explore some first aid simulations. Your Troop will need a Troop first aid kit suitable for hiking. Be sure you have lots of bandages (there may be some mummies left over from the haunted house!). We will also learn to orient a map and use a compass to find your way. You will need:
• A compass
• A well stocked first aid kit
We will have lots of fun! Patches will be provided along with lots of fresh air and sunshine (the sun may be above the clouds, but it will be there). Here is a schedule of events:
8:00 until 9:00 Cracker Barrel while Troops set up camp – at the Pool Shelter
9:00 Night Hike – departs from the pool shelter
9:30 Flag Raising
10:00 Morning events (fire building contest with cooking)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:30 Afternoon Events (first aid, compass and map reading)
4:30 Flag Ceremony
8:30 Campfire Program
Sunday morning worship around 10:00
The Cub Scout Family Camp will be at Camp Roland on September 26-28.
Angie Higginbotham is the District Popcorn Chair this year. If you have popcorn questions or concerns contact her via email. All units wishing to sell popcorn must turn in their commitment paperwork by August 29th.
A terrific District Meeting was held on May 15, 2014. You should have been there!
Lots of business was discussed. For instance: The Buckskin Council has grown to include the Cardinal District (Kentucky), M-G-M District (Ohio and West Virginia), Muguyoh District (Ohio and West Virginia) and the new Elk River District. See the diagram below courtesy of Tom Kozikowski.
Paula Mattox outlined a large slate of activities for Cub Scouts including changes to the DAY CAMPS and TWILIGHT CAMPS. Charles Truckenmiller updated the District about POLICIES in effect at all of our events. The overarching guidelines are contained in the GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING. The GUIDE is updated quarterly. The latest updates are available at:
The Buckskin Council also generates policies that must be followed at all events in our Council. These policies are in place to keep everyone SAFE and to ensure a QUALITY program for all of our youth.
Here is the link from Ed Evans' presentation on Geocaching at the Cold Rush
Bill Cooley and Barry Nowlin are ready, willing and able to help you wrangle your adults. They will be glad to meet with your Scout parents (or other interested adults) to get your Troop moving!
Email any information you would like to see here at CampRoland.com to Klondike Dan. He'll get it posted for you! It's an exciting time in our District!
Be sure and attend the next DISTRICT MEETING to keep up with the latest!
This is your link to the latest information in the Mountain Dominion District. Find out what's going on by visiting the calendar link. Contact the District leadership or other Cubmasters and Scoutmasters at the contacts link. Get the latest camp information, view camp photos, share information and more!
Our advancement chair, Mr. Dan Cook, is in charge of advancement and will be happy to share the proper procedures to follow for advancement, Eagle Projects, merit badge counseling and more.
Our Advancement Chair has done a great job of keeping up with current merit badge counselors. A link to all counselors that we have on file is here: MB Counselor list. This list is not perfect (but it's pretty close!). Please contact Dan Cook to update, add to, or correct the list. Also let Dan know if you would like to be removed from the list. Please remember that it is up to each counselor, and those who choose to use the counselor, to ensure that his/her Youth Protection Training is up to date. Dan Cook(540) 544-7100.
As you can see, we are blessed with many knowledgeable, caring, and WILLING volunteers in our District. Thanks to all of the adults who give so freely of their time each week at Scout meetings and for the "special" effort that you give for events like those mentioned above. You are the best!
IF you are planning to do any event that involves any climbing or rappelling you must have TRAINED staff present. Please contact Tim Wallace if you would like to be trained.
National Boy Scout Web Site
Thanks to Thomas J. Kozikowski for providing a map with Scout Units meeting places marked to help locate your nearest Pack or Troop. Click HERE to view the map.
Call or email if you have questions or comments: Klondike Dan (276) 322-3911