Office Closure (August 4)

Please note that the Service Center Office will be
CLOSED
on Monday, August 4, 2014
for a Quarterly Staff Meeting.

2014 OA Fall Ordeal (Aug 1-3)

Were you called out at camp this summer? It is important that you be in attendance at this ceremony.

Click here for everything you need to know!!

Cub Adventure Weekend (Camp Kootaga) (Oct 10-12)

Sign up now for Great excitement for Cub Adventure Weekend. This year we will focus on Cub Scout Wild Life. So bring your Pack for some great fun. Of course our plans this year include the standard BBs and Archery, as well as other fun and excitement. So sign up for your Cub Scout Wild Life Weekend right away.

Cost is as follows:
$40.00 /Cub Scout or Participating Sibling
$15.00/ Parent or Non-Participating sibling

Leader’s Guide will be posted in mid-august

23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan (2015)

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Crossroads of Culture, and the Peace Program.

Participants will live and learn with fellow Scouts from around the world. They will be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent but will soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That’s right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

Make plans now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, where Scouts and Venturers from around the world will meet at the intersection of tradition and innovation to explore energy, technology and harmony.

Click here for a colorful brochure

Click here for an Adult Troop/Crew Leader Application

Wood Badge 2014


Wood Badge 2014

Class C4-618-14

July 25-27 & August 8-10, 2014

Camp Mahonegon, Ellamore, WV

What is Wood Badge?The Wood Badge training program is the premier advanced leadership training program, open to all registered Scouters of Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing Programs. Using the latest materials and the best techniques available, Wood Badge has become the most advanced leadership training course in Scouting. In this course you will utilize practical exercises to learn essential skills of leadership, management and team building in a fun filled lecture-practice outdoor environment. The skills taught are applicable to every leader and provides a common foundation for Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing programs. The course uses indoor and outdoor settings to teach essentials of leadership. You will learn what makes leadership work and how to make it work for you and your Scouting position. You will also learn to apply those skills to help you function better as a manager and function more effectively as a team. Finally you will have an opportunity to state your goals as a leader and put into motion a plan to achieve these goals. Wood Badge’s effectiveness as a leadership development experience has been applauded by industry training professionals. Its positive in fluence on participants not only is useful in Scouting programs, but is also applicable to our everyday lives at work and at home. Wood Badge is designed to give Scouters the tools that they need to provide the highest quality of Scouting experience for the youth in their units – Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing Scouts.

Wood Badge is considered a “Mountain Top” Scouting experience. Come join a truly life changing experience and be part of it!

Who Should Attend and What Are The Prerequisites?Wood Badge is open to all registered adults in Scouting! There is no minimum tenure requirement for your position. You must have completed the Leader Specific Training for your registered position as well as Youth Protection training. You must also be capable of functioning successfully in and outdoor environment and have a current Physical prior to the start of the course.

Where and When?Camp Mahonegon near Ellamore, WV July 25,26,27 (8:00 a.m. Friday – 5:00 p.m. Sunday) and August 8,9,10 (8:00 a.m. Friday to – 5:00 p.m. Sunday) You must be present for all sessions on both weekends to complete the course.

Cost?The early bird course fee is $200.00. This fee covers all meals, course materials, supplies, equipment and awards. You provide your own personal camping gear and Scout uniforms for both weekends. This course is limited to 48 participants so enroll early. All reservations must be submitted with a $50.00 Non-refundable reservation fee. This reservation fee will be applied toward your total course fee.

  • Take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $200; the balance of $150 must be paid in full by May 15, 2014
  • The regular course fee is $250; the balance of $200 must be paid in full by July 10, 2014
  • The late signup fee is $275; the balance of $225 must be paid in full must be paid in full by July 14, 2014
  • I am interested in applying for a Wood Badge Scholarship. Please contact Joan Propst.

All course fees must be paid in full by July 14, 2014.

Wood Badge is a Two-Step Process/Practical Experience -Wood Badge is a two-step process, beginning with the outdoor experience, consisting of living the Scout program. Participants are exposed to the leadership and Scoutcraft skills as they apply to both adults and youth. Through living in a Scouting atmosphere for a deeper understanding of the Scouting program that can have a profound influence on the lives of youth in our communities.
To demonstrate an understanding of the leadership skills taught at the course, each participant writes a plan outlining how he or she will apply the lessons learned through their role in Scouting after the course. This is called a Ticket.

Application Phase—The course is followed by a period of 18 months during which the Scouter applies the skills learned at his unit, district, or council level position. Through this period each Scouter is assigned a counselor who acts as a resource, evaluator, and mentor to assist the participant in putting the points learned in the course into action. This process is know as working your ticket. Once the ticket is completed to the mutual satisfaction of the participant and the counselor, the Wood Badge Award is presented.

Questions?Contact :

Joan Propst, Course Director
(304) 457-4742
e-mail: propstjl@gmail.com


Wood Badge 2014

Class C4-618-14

July 25-27 & August 8-10, 2014

Camp Mahonegon, Ellamore, WV

Earn Beads???
Come to Gilwell and Earn Your Beads

Click here to find out more about the upcoming course.

Click here for a Wood Badge Application

NOTE: A current, up-to-date completed BSA Class III medical form is required to attend the course
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Click here for Joan Propst information for Participants.

For Woodbadge Staff

High Adventure Opportunities

The Allohak Council is offering, starting in 2014, to offer two high adventure opportunities for Scouts each year. In 2014 the trips are to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, and Sea Base in the Florida Keys.

For more information click here

Youth Protection Training (and more)

For online E-Training click here. This will give you the opportunity to take training given by the National Boy Scouts of America. You will create a “MyScouting” account (if you have not done so already) and as you complete training, it will update your records at the council leve if you follow the procedures correctly.


YOUTH PROTECTION REPORTING POLICY
By Scout Executive, Dale Musgrave

“All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material.
No person may abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

The Scout Executive should also be contacted immediately to remove the individual from our membership ranks and so the Scout Executive can prepare to handle media contacts.”

To make a report to the Scout Executive, call Dale Musgrave at:
Scout Service Center: 304-991-3481
Cell phone: 304-981-3481
Home phone 304-893-6413


Youth Protection Notes
By Steve Cogar, Vice President Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality, integrity, and professionalism of its volunteer adult leaders. Without our fine leaders, the BSA program could not be delivered with the exceptional level of vitality and success it has enjoyed for the past one-hundred years. BSA has long known that one key to success in leadership is training. Effective leaders are set-up to succeed, not to fail, through various training programs that both enhance their ability to provide Scouts with a quality program and protect their safety while doing so.
BSA Youth Protection Training is an integral part of the training regime in Scouting. In the Allohak Council, we are proffering a new initiative in Youth Protection Training that takes the form of a challenge for all registered leaders. That challenge is simple – take the Youth Protection Training every year even though BSA only requires that it be taken every two years. Toward that end, the Allohak Council is committed to making the training available in a variety of ways.
The BSA website is an easy way to complete most BSA required training. For Youth Protection Training, if you have access to a computer either at home or at a local library, simply go to http:/myscouting.org. If you have a user name and password, login and take the training. At the end of the approximately 20 minute session, you will be able to print a certificate of completion. The Council will automatically have verification that you completed the training. If you do not have a user name and password, the login page allows you to create an account which affords you access to all training, including Youth Protection. To do so, just follow the prompts, remember that your Council is Allohak #618, and have your eight digit Scout Identification Number from your membership card available.
The Council is also committed to other innovative ways of providing the training. One goal is to provide each unit leader with a Training DVD that may be played at committee meetings or lent to individual leaders. Once the video is viewed, the leader must contact the Council Service Center at 1-800-654-5272, and speak with John Burns to certify that that training took place. In addition, the Youth Protection DVD will be available at many Council functions such as merit badge midways, universities, and colleges; as well as Summer Camp, camporees, and adult leader training. Leaders who are waiting for Scouts to finish merit badges or who otherwise have about twenty spare minutes at these events will be able to quickly update their Youth Protection training.
The BSA recognizes that one key component in their effort to protect Scouts from sexual abuse is Youth Protection Training for adult volunteers. The Allohak Council, your Council, supports this mindset and believes that we can continue to cement our position as a Council that thrives on innovation by doing more than is required. Login to myscouting.org or ask your leader for a copy of the Youth Protection DVD today. Your Council and your Scouts will appreciate your efforts!

Update “BE A SCOUT” Leads

MEMO

TO: Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs
FROM: Dale Musgrave, Scout executive

RE: Be A Scout

In the spring of 2010, the National Council created “Be A Scout”, a Google maps driven search engine for new families to find a Scout unit near them.

Your unit has a “map pin” that will show up for a person looking for a unit within your zip code. To see the “Be A Scout” site, go to www.beascout.org

Should you want to personalize (or add) your “map pin”, log into MyScouting.org and on the left side, click on Be A Scout and follow the instructions.

Please take a moment to personalize your “map pin”. Prospective new members will be able to learn about your unit and how to contact you.

If you have any question or need assistance, contact your Unit Commissioner, District Executive or the Scout Service Center.

VOICE OF THE SCOUT

MAKE SCOUTING BETTER!!


What is the Voice of the Scout?

- Comprehensive Scout, Parent, Volunteer and Charter Org feedback program
- System to continuously assess how well we are delivering the Scouting experience over time
- Insight for change comes from the end user
-A Journey to Excellence criteria
- It’s your chance to offer suggestions directly to the national organization and to our local council on how to improve the Scouting program

Who is Voice of the Scout?
- Boy Scout and Cub Scout Parents
- Boy Scouts, Venturers and cub Scouts (via parents)
- Youth-facing & Council/District Volunteers
- Charter Organizations

FAQ
Q: How often will I receive a request to complete a survey
A Surveys will be sent out twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. One week after the initial email is sent, a reminder notice will be sent out.

Q: Can we collect survey information on paper?
A: The Voice of the Scout system is dependent on coding in order to display the information on the VOS dashboard. With a database of over 3 million members, this would overtax our resources. As it is unfeasible and a source of potential data contamination, no manual way to enter in paper surveys has been developed.


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