JAMES E. WEST FELLOWSHIP
The Chippewa Valley Council currently has a special opportunity for you to become a member of the James E. West Fellowship. This recognition is presented to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to the Chippewa Valley Council Endowment fund.
The Chippewa Valley Council currently has secured matching money that will allow you to contribute $500 and have the remaining $500 matched from the available funds. When combined with the matching funds, your gift will have an even greater impact on numerous Scouts in the Chippewa Valley. The Chippewa Valley Council will match the first twenty gifts of $500. This opportunity is only available until December 31, 2011.
For more information, please go to the following link: James E. West Brochure
The following is a link to our new e-funding website where you can make your donation online:
Give to Local Scouting
POLAR ADVENTURE DAYS
Tuesday, December 27th, Fort Rice at Cub World — Tigers, Wolves, Bears
Wednesday, December 28th, Fort Rice at Cub World — Webelos I and II
Join us for an exciting day at L.E. Phillips Scout Reservation. Polar Adventure Winter Camp is filled with fun indoor and outdoor activities such as: BB guns, snowshoeing, crafts, games, and more! Scouts will have the opportunity to work on achievements, electives and belt loops while at camp. Webelos Scouts will earn an activity pin. Pre-registered siblings are welcome to attend. Dress
appropriate for weather and extended outdoor activities. Please note that an Annual Health Form (sections A & B) is required for each participant (youth AND adults) when registering.
Health and registration forms are required at the Scout Service Center by 5 PM December 12. Registration is limited to 125 Scouts each day, complete registration means $$ and Health Form.
Please view the following for more details and for a registration form: 2011 Polar Adventure
Annual Health Form (sections A & B)
SCOUT OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
The Scout Service Center will be closed December 22nd - December 26th and on December 30th for the Holidays. The Chippewa Valley Council Staff would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season!
MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR ORIENTATION TRAINING
A new training will be offered on Saturday January 14th, 8:30am – 12:30pm, at the Scout Service Center in Eau Claire. This training gives an individual all the skills necessary to train others to be Merit Badge Counselors. This is an important training if you recruit merit badge counselors for your Troop or are helping to organize a District Merit Badge clinic. All attendees should be Youth Protection Trained; be a registered merit badge counselor; and be active in their District as members of the Advancement or Training teams.
Please pre-register with the Scout Service Center prior to January 11th.
LEAVE YOUR MARK AT CAMP L.E. PHILLIPS
Purchase your personalized brick on the Camp Phillips Walkway. Your participation in this fundraiser allows you to commemorate an individual Scouter or a Scout unit with an engraved brick, on display at Camp L.E. Phillips. Your gift will be used for campsite improvements so that we can continue to offer high-quality facilities to our youth.
Please click on the following to view the brochure: Brick Brochure
You can also make donations on our new e-funding website found here: Give to Local Scouting
The Boy Scouts of America, Chippewa Valley Council has an entry level executive position open in the Barron County, WI area. Executive applicant must possess college degree, strong work ethic and organizational skills. A business degree is preferred but not required. The position serves over 800 youth and their adult leaders through an administrative and supportive capacity. Role requires a self-motivated, mission driven individual who will reside in Barron, WI area. Excellent benefits package and positive staff environment. Send resume and cover letter by December 9 to Audun: firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 FRIENDS OF SCOUTING
Please turn in your postcard with your unit’s Friends of Scouting presentation date, location, and contact information. Submit postcards to your District FOS Chair or District Executive.
The postcard can be found at the following link: 2012 Presentation Postcard
EMPLOYEE GIVING PROGRAMS
Many area employers support non-profits through matching gifts and some will make donations to non-profits based on the number of hours that their employees volunteer. Below is a list of area companies that we know participate in these types of programs. Please take a few moments to check with your own employer to see if they offer Matching Gift or Employee Volunteerism programs. This is a great way to maximize the support that you are already giving to the Scouting program.
-3M (Matching Gifts Program, Volunteer Match Program)
-Allstate (Agency Hands in the Community Program)
-BP (Matching Gifts Program)
-ConAgra Foods (Matching Gifts Program)
-Gap, Inc. (Money for Time Program, Matching Gifts Program)
-Macy’s (Matching Gifts Program)
-MetLife (Volunteer Ventures Program)
-Nestle USA (Matching Gifts Program)
-PepsiCo (Matching Gifts Program)
-Shopko (Teammate Community Service Grant Program, Matching Gifts Program)
-State Farm (Good Neighbor Volunteer Grant Program)
-Thrivent Financial (Matching Gifts Program)
-Toys “R” Us (Matching Gifts Program)
-United Health Group (Dollars for Doers Program)
-U.S. Bancorp (Matching Gifts Program)
-Verizon (Matching Gifts Program)
-Walmart (Volunteer Match Program)
-Xcel Energy (Matching Gifts Program, Dollars for Doing Program)
SERVICE: AN IMPORTANT PART OF SCOUTING
All Packs, Troops, and Crews are asked to submit their hours of community service into the Good Turn for America Website prior to December 21. This website tracks service projects and hours of service in each of our communities.
In the January 2012 BSA Today, the top 5 Packs & Troops in each District will be recognized for their service. Your unit ID# is required for the website; it is the same as your online advancement id number. Catherine or Terri at the office can provide you with that number as well.
NEW LIFE TO EAGLE WORKBOOK
A new Life to Eagle Workbook has been produced by National BSA for the usage of Scouts and families.
The new workbook is available here: Life to Eagle Workbook
Scouts who have begun to use the previous version of the workbook may continue to use that book until the completion of their project. After January 1, all projects being started will need to use the new workbook. Scouts starting their project before January 1 have the option to use either workbook, although they are encouraged to use the new version. Signatures must be obtained before December 31st if using the old version.
NEW GUIDE TO ADVANCEMENT
Along with the new Life to Eagle workbook, a new guidebook for Advancement in Packs, Troops, and Crews has been developed. This new resource is available at the Scout Shop for $9.99 a copy.
A digital copy is also available here: Guide to Advancement 2011
TEAM BUILDING TOTES
Tote boxes featuring team-building activities for Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews are now available for check-out at the Scout Service Center. This great resource provides for hands-on “fun with a purpose” at your Den, Pack, Troop, or Crew meetings. Contact Catherine Keys (715-832-6671) at the Scout Service Center to arrange for use of this great resource!
SCOUTSTRONG PALA CHALLENGE
The SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge is a Scout-specific PALA challenge. PALA stands for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, an activity challenge of the President's Challenge program. To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award, you are required to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids under 18 for at least five days a week, for six out of eight weeks. Stick with the program and you'll earn an award in less than two months! You can enroll and track your progress either online or on the paper Active Lifestyle Activity Log, both found at the following link: www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA
2013 NATIONAL JAMBOREE
The Chippewa Valley Council Jamboree is currently accepting youth applications for the 2013 National Jamboree.
All interested Boy Scouts and Venturers who will be between age 14 and 20 by July 15, 2013 are invited to sign up as members of the Chippewa Valley Council Venture Crew that will be attending the Jamboree. This group will camp with other Venturers from throughout the U.S. at the Jamboree and participate in advanced programming. You do not need to currently be a Venturer to sign up for this option.
Or you can add your name to the waiting list for the Council's Troop which will attend the Jamboree. If the waiting list gets long enough, the Council may be eligible for a second National Jamboree Troop.
To reserve your spot for either of these opportunities, submit your fee of $100 to the Scout Service Center.
Find all of our Council’s information here: 2013 National Jamboree
2013 NATIONAL JAMBOREE ADULT STAFF
There are many openings to serve on adult staff at the 2013 National Jamboree in July 2013. Staff commitments are structured differently this year with shorter time frames, which may make being a staff member an option for some who have not been able to commit to the full Jamboree in the past. For more information, check out the staff portion of the Summit website:
2011 GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING
The 2011 Guide to Safe Scouting is available online:
Keep this information in mind as you make plans for your upcoming year of Scouting.
2011 EAGLES' NEST
Congratulations to all of our Scouts who have achieved the Eagle Award in 2011. Please take a look at our Eagles' Nest page by going to the following link:
2011 Eagles' Nest
ADDING TOOLS TO YOUR KIT
Due to low registration, the Adding Tools to Your Kit event scheduled for December 10th will not be held. Some of the courses may be scheduled at future times such as at District Roundtables or Merit Badge Clinics. Thank you to all who registered for the program initially, as well as a thank you to all of our session trainers and facilitators as well.
CVC SCOUT SHOP
CVC Scout Shop News: December Update
Chippewa Valley Council Scout Shop
710 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54701 715-832-6671
Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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