2015 Nuts for Scouting

This Spring the Allohak Council is pleased to again offer Scouts a product for the camp fundraiser – Virginia Diner Peanuts. A high quality product with proven success for Allohak Council Scouts Since 2011, the Nuts for Scouting program is an effective way for any Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturer to pay for their summer adventure or begin saving for a future event.

The commission is 30%!

Show and Sell is a great way to sell the product with no need to take an order and return with the product. Unsold products may be returned for a full credit as long is it is in a full case and in good condition.

Show-n-Sale Orders due February 6, 2015
Take Orders due March 27, 2015

On average, a Scout will sell $100 per hour going door to door, with little effort and encouragement from Mom and Dad.

A Scout can earn:

Hour’s     Sales            Commission
1           $100             $30
2           $200             $60 Pays for Day Camp
3           $300             $90
4           $400             $120 Pays for CS Resident Camp
5           $500             $150
6           $600             $180
7           $700             $210 Pays for Boy Scout Summer Camp
8           $800             $240
9           $900             $270
10         $1000             $300

The Nuts for Scouting is a turn key no risk fundraiser to help your Scouts earn their way to camp, build confidence and learn valuable public speaking skills.

For more information, contact your District Executive at 304-422-4507 (800-654-5272) or the Allohak Scout Service Center, 1340 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV.

For a Unit Take Order Form, click here. (This is in a pdf format)
For a Unit Take Order Form, click here. (This is in an excel format)

For a Unit Show-n-Sell Form, click here. (This is in a pdf format)
For a Unit Show-n-Sell Form, click here. (This is in an excel format)

Click here for a copy of the Nut Brochure

Tentative dates are as follows:
(Dates are subject to change)

February 21 – Nut Take Order Sale begins
March 27 – Nut Take Orders due to Scout Service Center

Davis Anderson Memorial PWD (Feb 7, 2015)

GET READY!!! GET SET!!!!

THE START FLAG IS RAISED!!!!

The 43rd annual running of the Davis Anderson Memorial Pinewood Derby is about to begin. The Scouts are preparing their cars, testing them, and will get them closely inspected before running the gauntlet!!

It’s the annual event that will be held on February 7, 2015 at the Grand Central Mall. There will be five tracks throughout the mall and racing will go on all day. Around noon there will be The Mayors and Area Dignitaries/Celebrities Race in the Center Court.

Clicking here will take you to everything you need to know to enter the race: rules, regulations, examples, tips and registration form.




Here are a few highlights from last year’s event.
(click on a picture for a larger view)

  
        
                                                                         

2015 WinterPlace Ski Dates

Get your gloves…get your boots…get a warm jacket…..and

LET’S GO SKIING

Ski dates this year are: February 8 & March 8.

Cost for Lift Tickets, ski equipment rentals , one meal ticket $51.00

Costs for Lift Ticket, Board rental, one meal ticket $89.00

Cost for Lift Ticket, You bring your own board, one meal ticket $51.00


Ride the largest Snowtubing Park in West Virginia with Two Super Carpet Lifts! With tons and tons of fun for you, your family and friends!

Snowtubing fun for everyone! So come on out and act your age! It’s the hill you dreamed of as a kid! Experience some awesome whoop-de-doos! The best part is the 2 Super Carpet Lifts that whisk you back up the hill to do it all over again! Snowtubes provided, laughs required!

Snowtubing tickets are sold separately, but you can experience the fun of snowtubing with our “add-on” snowtubing ticket when you purchase any ski lift ticket.

Cost for Tubing+ Meal Ticket 9am 10:pm $44.00 (all day)

Additional Meal ticket $6.00

Click here for a PDF version of the information flyier.

Click here to register/pay online

Please download and complete the following equipment rental form and bring it with you for each person skiing OR snowboarding. If you plan to tube you will need the tubing waiver.

HH PINEWOOD DERBY 2015 (March 7)

The 2016 Hock Hocking District Pinewood Derby will be held at the Market Place on East State Street (formerly the University Mall.) in Athens, Ohio on March 7, 2015. This event is for Hock-Hocking units. Cost per Scout – $5.00.

The 2015 Hock Hocking Pinewood Derby patch will be designed by a Cub scout. The official entry blank provides the dimensions and deadlines.
All registrations for the Derby must be received by 5:00 PM on February
13, 2015. No registration forms will be accepted after this time. All paper
registration forms must be printed and legible.

Online registration is available. Registration deadlines will
be strictly adhered to. No registration will be taken after the deadline date or on race day. Each Pack will be issued a time to check in for registration.

Please adhere to these check-in times. Your Pack will be notified by
telephone as to your official race time. It is the responsibility of the
CubMaster to inform each Scout and their parents of their Pack’s race time.

A PDF versions of the following are available

  • CUB SCOUT Pinewood Derby Rules.
  • Cub Scout registration form .
  • ADULT AND BOY SCOUT Pinewood Derby Rules.
  • Adult and Boy Scout registration form.
  • Send money and registration forms to:
    Allohak Council
    1340 Juliana Street
    Parkersburg, WV 26101-3902
    Phone: 304.422.4507
    Toll Free: 800.654.5272
    Fax: 304.428.8594
    scout@allohak.org

    The Adult Pinewood Derby Race will start immediately after the Hock Hocking Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Championship race. Please set a good example for your Scouts and have fun racing. Deadline for registration for the Adult Pinewood Derby race is February 13, 2015.

    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.


    Registration is OPEN — Click the picture above to register now

    Click here for a colorful brochure

    Click here for an Adult Troop/Crew Leader Application

    BOY SCOUT SUMMER CAMP 2015

    For additional informationn concerning registration, availability of camp sites, the leaders guide and much more visit the camp’s information page.

    The purpose of good Scouting and Scout camping is to train boys in good character, vital citizenship and personal fitness. The objectives of the Camp Staff and the Camp program are to serve the needs of the Troop and the Scouts. In outdoor Scouting activities, simple skills of camp craft, woodcraft, aquatics, personal fitness and living in a Democratic society are at a premium. They are important because:

    1. Learning skills and advancing bring self-confidence.
    2. Solving immediate camping problems brings self-reliance.
    3. Vigorous outdoor exercise promotes personal fitness.
    4. Knowing what to do and doing it promotes personal initiative.
    5. Making group decisions and implementing them develops cooperation.
    6. Facing certain hardships with buddies makes life-long friends.
    7. Experiencing nature develops outdoor appreciation and spiritual awareness

    Lord Baden-Powell wrote in 1919, “The objective of a camp is:

    1. To meet the boy’s desire for the open air life of the Scouts; and
    2. To put him completely in the hands of the Scoutmaster for a definite period of individual
    training and character and in physical and moral development.”

    The basis of this training and character development is the Scout’s participation and acceptance of responsibility of his Patrol. Baden-Powel emphasized this in 1936 when he wrote, “The Patrol is the character school for the individual. To the Patrol Leader it gives practice in responsibility and in the qualities of Leadership. To the Scouts it gives subordination of self to the interest of the whole, the elements of self-denial, and the self-control involved in the team spirit of cooperation and good comradeship.”

    At Camp Kootaga, we intend to reproduce and strengthen the processes by which a Troop ideally operates when it is in it’s home community. We do not intend to replace the Scoutmaster, the Troop’s Leaders Council or the Leadership Corp, but rather to work with them and through them in determining the needs of individual Troops and of the Scouts in them.

    Camp will be more than out-of-doors; it will bring an intense and vital training session for the Troops that come and for the boys they bring. Its is a vital part of the Scouting program and will endeavor to build Scouts and Troops by supplying them challenges, opportunities and rewards of Scouting in an intensive and reinforcing way. This assists the Scouts and Troops to determine their own Program and effectively operate through their own Leadership.

    Rules for acceptance and participation in all sessions of Camp Kootaga are the same without regard to race, color or national origin.

    For additional informationn concerning registration, availability of camp sites, the leaders guide and much more visit the camp’s information page.

    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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