Sunday, 4 January 2009

LNT Master Educator Courses 2009

This Leave No Trace course is designed to teach participants to have the skills and information required to put on a Leave No Trace Trainer Seminar. This Seminar is designed to teach people how to give the LNT information to a wide range of audiences.

In line with Boy Scout initiatives for the year of 2010 the requirement for attendance at the LNT Trainier Seminar for the LNT Master Educator Course has been dropped temporarily. This initiative is designed to get at least 1 Master Educator at each of the over 300 Local Boy Scout Councils by 2010.

Please refer to the Local Council where the course is taking place for further information about that particular course. If it is hosted by one of National Council's High Adventure Base, please contact that High Adventure Base for further information.

Here are the National Council Courses:
  1. Northern Teir High Adventure Base- August 21 to August 26
  2. Philmont High Adventure Base- October 5 to October 10
Here are the Western Region Courses by Local Council:
  1. Willamette Pass, Cascade Mountains, Oregon - Sunday, March 22 to Friday, March 27 - Oregon Trails Council
  2. Camp Sheppard, Mount Rainier National Park - Sunday, August 23 to Friday, August 28 - Chief Seattle Council
  3. Camp Emerald Bay, Catalina Island, California - Sunday, October 10 to Friday, October 16 - Western LA County Council
  4. Northern Lights High Adventure Base - Sunday, June 7 to Friday, June 12 - Midnight Sun Council
  5. Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch, South Dakota - Sunday, May 7 to Friday, May 12 - Black Hills Area Council
Due to the Length Required I will not be posting details for course offered in the Following regions: Central, Southern, and Northeastern Region.

Those regions and further contact information regarding western region courses can be found here.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

Troop Lock-in

For Troop 1616 the big holiday event that the Troop decides to put on, on a annual basis is that of the Lock-in. The Lock-in is event where the scouts show up on the evening of the first night and stay up as late as possible and then leave the following morning. This event occurred on January 2 to January 3 2009 and we had nine scouts turn out for this annual event.

Usually most of the Scouts by the end of the event are totally wiped out and ready to crash. We usually have food and play video games. I would have to say that I do not totally agree with the activities list on the agenda but as a senior scout in the Troop I realize that we have to follow the wishes of the PLC to the point that our rules and regulations let us. Video games are probably not a standard scouting activity but in the day and age of computer technology we must be willing to balance totally traditional campouts with activities that take advantage of all of the great technology out there. The one thing that is great about this outing though is to see our scouts develop more personal relationships with the other scouts in our unit.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

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