Scouting Update for September 11, 2010

Grand Columbia Council, Boy Scouts of America

This information update is provided to the volunteer leaders of the Grand Columbia Council in an effort to provide information to our units and leaders in a timely manner. To subscribe or to un-subscribe, please send and e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Check out the council web-site at www.grandcolumbia.org for additional Scouting information.

Council Website Updated

The web-site for the Grand Columbia Council has recently been completely redesigned. It has a new look and we hope you will find it to be more user friendly. A big thank you to Marc Porter for his hard work on this project. We will continue to add additional content to the web-site, but check it out now at www.grandcolumbia.org . We have also shortened the web-site's address.

Youth Protection and Rechartering

To focus on the need to make Scouting as safe as possible for youth and adults, the Boy Scouts of America, National Council is requiring all adults to complete Youth Protection Training prior to re-registration this year.

Adults who have not completed Youth Protection Training within the last two years will not be able to be re-registered. Any new adult or adults who have been dropped off the charter will need to complete a new adult application and youth protection training prior to being registered with the Boy Scouts of America. To ensure that leaders will be re-registered it is strongly encouraged to complete the on-line training prior to November 15, 2010.

How to get training: Create an account for yourself at www.MyScouting.org using your membership ID number that is printed on your membership card. You can also call the Scout Service Center to get your number at: Yakima 509-453-4795 or Wenatchee 509-62-5501, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - council registrar.

How to verify training: Go to www.MyScouting.org and click on the Training Validation link. This will enable you to look at your training and other people's training record in your unit.

Be sure to complete Youth Protection as soon as possible to prevent additional paperwork at re-charter time!

Bigfoot Training

Mark your calendars and save the date for our council's Bigfoot Training for leaders on Saturday, November 6, 2010, 8 AM-5 PM at the Central Lutheran Church, 1604 W Yakima Avenue, (near the Yakima Scout Office).

There is something for every leader at this exciting full day of training! (A flyer is attached to this e-mail for more information.) Cost for the training is $25.00 and includes lunch and training materials.

Cub Scout Leader's On-Line Training

Required training courses for all Cub Scout Leaders is now available on-line at www.scouting.org/volunteer/training. These courses include

1. Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

2. Youth Protection

3. Fast Start

4. This is Scouting

The courses have been updated to support the new Cub Scout Delivery Method rolled out earlier this year. Now, den leaders and assistants, Cubmasters and assistants, pack trainers, and pack committee chairs and members can now learn the how-to's for successfully conducting and engaging den and pack program and can become confident in the role each plays.

On-line training is also available by going to www.MyScouting.org, click on the E-Learning link under the Training header located on the left-side menu. Then click on the Cub Scouts tab -- all leader training is at your convenience.

In addition to the opportunity for on-line training, Cub Scout Leader Courses will continue to be taught by the districts within the Grand Columbia Council.

Scouting for Adventure TV Show

Watch the Outdoor Channel on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 5:30 a.m. Central Time for season three of the Boys' Life "Scouting for Adventure" television program. This season will follow the journeys of four troops as they experience high adventure trips to the Florida Sea Base, Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier, and the 2010 National Jamboree. Get more details and watch a preview online!

Council Staff Changes

Frank Villanueva has accepted a promotion to the Pacific Harbors Council in Tacoma as a District Director. We congratulate Frank and wish him the best of success in his new assignment.

David Rolfe has been assigned to serve the Skookum District effective Sept. 10, 2010. David is excited about the new opportunity but said he will miss the great volunteers in the Chief Kamiakin District.

Collin Winks has accepted the position of District Executive for the Columbia Basin and Saddle Mountain Districts on August 15, 2010. Collin is a BYU-Idaho graduate and spent this past Summer serving as a camp program director at Camp Little Lemhi near Palisades, ID. He and his wife Joy are expecting a child in December. He and his wife are originally from the Tri-Cities, WA area. Ryan is an Eagle Scout.

Ryan Gustafson has accepted the position of District Executive for the Chief Kamiakin District. Ryan started on Sept. 1, 2010. Ryan is a graduate of Washington State University. He is an Eagle Scout and a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. Over the last three years Ryan has worked at Philmont. This past Summer he served as a backcountry site director. Ryan grew up in Honolulu, HI and Vancouver, WA.

Fred Jepsen, Sr. District Executive will now serve Okanogan Valley District in addition to the Apple Valley District which he has served for over a year and a half.

Best wishes to Frank!! Congratulations to David!! and welcome to Collin and Ryan!! Thanks to Fred!!

Nominating Committee

Each year the officers and board members of the council are appointed/reappointed through a nominating committee process. Those with suggestions for officers or board members should contact the Nominating Committee through or Robert Fawcett, Scout Executive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Up Coming Events

Sept 14 Council Finance Committee Meeting

Sept 16 Council Executive Committee Meeting

Sept 17-19 BSA Adventure Base 100 - Puyallup Fair

Sept 24-25 AV - 11 year old camp at SAV

Sept 24-25 OV Cub-O-Ree

Sept 25 CB Cub-O-Ree

Sept 25 SK Cub-O-Ree

Oct. 1-2 AV Cub-O-Ree

Oct. 9 Council Coordinated Meeting 10 AM-12 PM, Quincy

Looking Ahead

For a complete list of Council and District Events, please visit the council web-site at: www.GrandColumbia.org.

For information on specific District Events or questions, please contact your District Executive

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Apple Valley, Okanogan Valley

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Skookum

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Columbia Basin, Saddle Mountain

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Chief Kamiakin

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Wenatchee Store & Registration Questions

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Camp Reservations & Unit Custodial Account Questions

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Registration, Membership and Training Questions

 
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