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HIGHLIGHTS 2011 Camping Changes FAQ at right. WMC Partner Camps for Boy Scout Summer Camp on page 6.
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2011 Changes in Camping Programs FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: What are the changes? We are partnering with other Scouting councils to ensure that our Boy Scouts receive a quality, week-long summer resident camping experience. Boy Scout Resident Camp will not be held at Chesterfield or Moses in 2011. Our other summer programs (Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Webelos Weekend, NYLT, Eagle Week, and Venturing Week) will, however, be held locally. Why is WMC making this change? This is a step that strengthens the council overall, and helps lead us into the future. It is in the best interest of our council‘s youth to take this step now in order to be better prepared and positioned for Scouting‘s next 100 years. What trends led to this change? In the broad context, many Boy Scout troops have sought variety in their summer camping experiences. More than one third of our Boy Scout troops currently camp out of council or off site. In addition, there is an over abundance of Boy Scout summer camp programs within easy driving distance to WMC. Many of these camps offer excellent Boy Scout resident camp programs like we have in the past here in WMC. The future trend will be for a much smaller number of highquality, well attended, and well funded regional Boy Scout summer camping programs. Why us and why now? We want to be pro-active. The council consolidation two years ago was a big step. This is another key step in continuing to strengthen the council. Becoming a quality operation and a ―Financially Sustainable Council‖ is a key priority. Despite a strong camp promotion effort and a very worthy program, our Boy Scout summer camping program has been greatly under-utilized, and therefore, greatly underfunded for a number of years. What are the numbers? The per-Scout council subsidy level has been very high for a number of years. In 2010, we had a council subsidy level of more than $100 per camper. Even with additional cost cutting measures and further summer program consolidation efforts, the projected council subsidy level in 2011 would have been over $100 per camper had we not made this change. We cannot sustain this. This would not be fiscally responsible, and it is not fair to the other 80% of our members who do not attend WMC summer camp and to our donors. What other factors led to this change? Both enhanced camping program standards and health/safety standards have increased greatly in recent years. We applaud this. However, when combined with the increase in associated costs including staffing and other items, as well as other increases, it is no longer feasible for WMC to offer a Boy Scout summer resident camp. In addition, the stressed economy and reductions in some funding sources are a contributing factor in mitigating WMC‘s ability to withstand more years of large subsidies and losses at camp. Therefore, we must collaborate with other visionary, pro-active, like-minded councils to provide this service to our Boy Scout troops. Does this fit into the National BSA Strategic Plan? The new National strategic plan includes the following objectives regarding sharing of services with other councils: ―Provide specialized shared-service models for use across council boundaries (e.g., special events, camping, activities, and production within a defined area)‖ and ―The National Council has piloted and delivered a useful model for exploiting economies of scale and/ or the use of shared services to reduce individual council expenses.‖ In addition, our own WMC strategic plan calls for action to ―Consider financial implications, council subsidy level, and stewardship of resources regarding camping properties on a regular basis as recommended by our National consultant, Mike Watkins. Research possible scenarios as and when appropriate.‖ There has also been serious talk at all levels for nearly twenty years about using this shared-services model. Regardless, the over-reaching goal is to provide the best possible summer camp program for as many youth as possible. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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Last Call: 2-3-4 GROWTH PLAN FOR UNITS!
For Packs, Troops, & Crews Concept: To encourage units to grow their membership over the previous year and reward their success. Pack Reward: Pinewood Derby kits for boys registered as of January 1, 2011. Troop and Crew Reward: WMC camp weekend cabin rental (depending on cabin availability; does not include Training Lodge). Evaluation: Units will be evaluated by the district leadership on December 31, 2010. To Qualify: Units will achieve the following. 2. Host at least one spring recruitment event & net +2 members over last June by 6/30/10. Also see Requirement 4 below. Participate in the 3 fall recruitment events including a School Night rally, a ―Sizzle‖ Bring Scouting to the People event, and a Give ‘em Another Chance to Join event. See page 1 for details. By 12/31/10, show a net gain of +3 members over last December, or +4 youth if you did not qualify on Requirement 2. 3.
234 is Western Mass. Council’s official BSA council number.
Contact your District Executive for official registration numbers and a progress update. Be a winner. Good luck!
WMC Recognition Dinner on Feb. 5th
“In Recognition of great Scouting Volunteers!”
Western Mass. Council’s 3rd Annual Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 5th, at the Delaney House, 3 Country Club Rd. (off Rt. 5) in Holyoke, MA. Program highlights will include the recognition of the 2011 Class of Silver Beaver Award recipients, District Awards of Merit, along with other Scouting awards. There will be a 5:00-6:00 PM Social Hour with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and program from 6:00-8:30 PM. Dinner will include Tomato & Mozzarella Cocktail, Combo plate of Bistro style Chicken & London broil with Mushroom Bordelaise sauce, and Banana’s Foster. A vegetarian option is also available. This is an Adult affair. Reservations are available at the following levels: $35 per person $275 for Table of 8 $340 for Table of 10 Please contact the Chicopee or Pittsfield service center, or find the reservation form on the council website www.wmascouting.org. Please join us in recognizing our worthy Scouting volunteers!
Scouting’s Journey To Excellence
Coming in 2011: JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE AWARD “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA‘s new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Requirements for Packs, Troops, Crews, Districts, and Councils are available online:
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/ Awards/JourneyToExcellence.aspx. Also there are webinars, power points, and additional information. Make the ―Journey to Excellence‖ commitment now at recharter time. PS: Don’t forget to submit your unit’s Centennial Quality Unit form before December 31st to qualify for the 2010 recognition!
Boston Museum of Science Camp-In Almost Full!
ATTENTION CUB SCOUT PACKS :
ONLY 30 SLOTS LEFT!
This is one of the most talked about events of the year! Happening on Sunday, January 16th - Monday, January 17th (Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr. Day) at the Boston Museum of Science, this fun -filled experience is for registered Cub Scouts & Webelos, parents, & adult leaders. This special program is designed to inspire cubs to discover science in fun and educational ways. Please note that Western Mass. Council has been allocated only 500 spots for this great activity, so the time to register is now! Full payment of $60 per participant is required to guarantee your spot,
including cubs, leaders, & parents. For registration procedures and additional information, please visit the Western Mass. Council website at www.wmascouting.org. A Survival Manual for this overnight program will also be provided to you. For additional information on the museum and its exhibits, facilities, & location, you can visit its website at www.mos.org. Thanks, and have lots of fun!
“A Gathering of the Tribes”
WHO? Bears and 1st year Webelos (3rd and 4th graders) and parents. Den Chiefs are also welcome to attend.
WHAT? Webelos Woods is an adventure designed to introduce Webelos Scouts and their parents to the action-packed Scouting adventures ahead, and help them make the transition into Boy Scouts even more exciting. WHEN? The weekend of June 3 - 5, 2011 (The weekend after Memorial Day).
WHERE? Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation MORE INFORMATION? Additional details will be published in future issues of “Be Prepared” and will be available on our council website. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS ADVENTURE NOW!!!!!
Merit Badge University Filling Up Fast for Spring 2011!
The Kappa Omicron Chapter of ALPHA PHI OMEGA
is sponsoring the 19th annual Merit Badge University in cooperation with Western Mass. Council on Saturday, March 5th & Saturday, April 2nd, at UMass Amherst.
many session are already closed. More than 375 Boy Scouts have registered!
Check-in time will be at 8:30 AM. Morning classes will run from 9:3011:30 AM and Afternoon classes will go from 12:30-2:30 PM. Please note: There is online registration only (no mail in or
MBU is filling up fast, and
phone registrations). Visit the WMC website today & register for your sessions now!
Training Courses for New Volunteers
Trained leaders deliver better programs. Boys stay in Scouting longer when their leaders are trained. The longer boys stay in Scouting, the more they get out of Scouting! to our council‘s website, www.wmascouting.org, click on Training on the left-hand menu bar, and follow the link to start your online training adventure! This is Scouting has replaced New Leader Essentials, and also is available at the BSA‘s Online Learning Center. This session is for all new volunteer leaders. Youth Protection Training is required for all leaders within Scouting. At all times, youth safety is our number one priority. Take this session now at the Online Learning Center. Leader Position Specific Training is based on the volunteer leader‘s Scouting position. Separate courses for Cub Scout , Boy Scout, & Venturer leaders are offered locally throughout the year, and now these sessions are available online as well! Get trained to provide great Scouting now!
Get updated training info at WMC’s website www.wmascouting.org.
Fast Start Training is the first step, and is presented in separate formats for Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, and Venturer leaders. These sessions are available online at the BSA‘s Online Learning Center. You can go
SPECIAL TRAINING COURSES!
“Every boy deserves a trained leader, and every leader deserves to be trained.”
The Trainer’s EDGE: on Saturday, January 8, 8 AM – 4 PM, at Herman Hall, Western New England College, in Springfield. This is a how-to course for those who want to join our council‘s training staff and is required for those who will be on Wood Badge faculty. You can register electronically through our council web site or submit a paper registration to the Chicopee or Pittsfield Service Centers. Venturing Leader Specific Training: on Saturday, January 15, 9 AM – 4 PM, at the Church of Atonement in downtown Westfield. Learn how to advise, not lead, your teen-age Venturers to exciting outdoor adventure, personal growth, and leadership skills development. Cost is $12 per person, or, if your Crew is sending three or more adults, $10 per person. Submit your registrations to the Chicopee or Pittsfield Service Centers. Boy Scout leader training sessions: will be available at Merit Badge University. You don‘t have to read the paper in a drafty corridor. Spend your time wisely, get training. Youth Protection Training, Troop Committee Challenge, Scoutmaster Specific, Scout to Eagle, First Aid & CPR are all planned. Watch for registration materials available soon.
MORE SCOUTER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Training helps you provide great program!
Philmont Training Center: 2011 summer conferences are now open for registration. Spend an exciting week at Philmont and enjoy a respite from New England‘s heat and humidity. It‘s hot and dry down there! Course descriptions and schedules are availBE PREPARED
able at both council service centers. Go to www.philmonttrainingcenter.o rg for details on what to expect from your Philmont training experience. Wood Badge: Two 3-day weekends of challenging, teambuilding and leadership coursework and practical experience are only the beginning. Then
complete the training over the next 18 months through your practical application of the skills you developed during the classroom periods. Trained counselors support you through the process. Scheduled training dates at Camp Chesterfield are September 911, 2011 and October 8-10, 2011. Registration information coming soon!
WESTERN MASS. COUNCIL CAMP PROMO NIGHTS!
FOR BOY SCOUT TROOPS & VENTURE CREWS:
On Monday, January 24th, 7:00 PM at Union Station Restaurant, 125A Pleasant St. in Northampton, MA. Refreshments will be provided. Register by emailing Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come to get information on Boy Scout Resident Camp from our WMC Partner Camps, as well as details on our local NYLT, Eagle Week, and Venturing Week sessions! at email@example.com. Come to get information on our local Cub Scout Resident Camp and Cub Scout Day Camp sessions! See you there in January!
FOR CUB SCOUT PACKS:
On Tuesday, January 25th, 7:00 PM at Union Station Restaurant, 125A Pleasant St. in Northampton, MA. Refreshments will be provided. Register by emailing Gail
2011 Cub Scout Day Camp Schedule!
Four weeks of Western Mass. Council’s Leon J. Carman Cub Scout Day Camp are being planned now for the summer of 2011. Sites are being finalized, and programs & themes are being previewed and tested. More details will be announced as they are available, but for Pack and Den planning purposes, the schedule is as follows: July11-15: supported by Laurie McDonald & volunteers from Post Road & Metacomet Districts, at Swift River Sportsman‘s Club. July 18-22: supported by Sherri Harrison & volunteers from Springfield/Chicopee District, at Chicopee Moose Family Center. July 25-29: supported by Elizabeth Kuzmech & volunteers from Appalachian Trail District, at St. Mark‘s School in Pittsfield. August 1-5: supported by John & Vicki Kornacki & volunteers from Knox Trail District, location TBA. You may attend any and all Cub Day Camp sessions that you are interested in. Themes and some program specifics may vary from week to week, but standard activities that boys look forward to will be there, site and weather permitting: archery, nature study, sports and games, den activities, Friday afternoon campfire, and more. Contact Fritz Schmidt for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan on your Den & Pack having a great time this summer!
Local Resident Camping Sessions this Summer:
FOR CUBS: that is mentioned above! FOR BOY SCOUTS & VENTURERS: National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) at Chesterfield, June 25-July 1, Course Director Jim Burke. Venturers may also attend.
Cub Scout Resident Camp
at Chesterfield, August 712, co-chaired by Ellie Matrow and Joanne Dempsey. Stay tuned for details, and please attend the Camp Promo night for Cub leaders on January 25th
Eagle Week & Venturing Week at Chesterfield, August 7-13. More details coming soon. Contact our local resident camp staff advisor Hunter McCormick for info on all these at email@example.com.
For Boy Scout Summer Resident Camp:
WMC Partner Camps!
Western Mass. Council is pleased to announce that we have finalized cooperative camping agreements working in collaboration with the following councils and camps for Boy Scout Summer Resident Camp in 2011 using the shared-services model. Western Mass. Council’s Boy Scout Troops should review these offerings from our Partner Camps, and register for a great Boy Scout summer camp experience this summer. Use the information below to get started now! Your local WMC contact is Field Dir. Bob D’Avignon, Bob.D’Avignon@Scouting.org, or your District Executive. More information will also be available at the Camp Promo Night for Boy Scout Troops on Monday, January 24th at 7:00 PM at Union Station Restaurant in Northampton. Twin Rivers Council, Albany, NY.
Rotary Scout Reservation, Averill Park, NY 12018.
Visit: http://bsa.siigroup.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=503&Itemid=75 Contact: Brian Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) (518) 791-9393 or Nancy Harstein (email@example.com) (518) 869-3436. In council pricing for WMC troops, $290 by 5/1, $340 after 5/1. CT Rivers Council, East Hartford, CT.
June Norcross Webster, Mattatuck, & Workcoeman.
Visit: www.ctrivers.org/WMC-Partner-Camp Contact: Deb Miclette (firstname.lastname@example.org) (860) 913-2711. Lowest rates for WMC troops, $330 by 5/20, $355 after 5/20. Seneca Waterways Council, Rochester, NY.
Massawepie Scout Camps, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.
Visit: www.senecawaterways.org/massawepie Contact: Camping Department (camping@SenecaWaterways.org) (585) 241-8545. Reduced incouncil pricing for WMC troops. For Pioneer, $295 by 5/16, $320 after 5/16. For Adirondack treks, $350.
2011 Changes in Camping Programs FAQ (continued from Page 1)
Isn’t the camping experience more than just numbers? The numbers underscore both our necessity to exercise our fiduciary responsibility and to achieve our goal of providing the best possible Boy Scout resident camping programs to our troops. We need to partner with other camps in order to achieve both. Despite our emotional connections with local Boy Scout summer camp, this is the logical solution. OK, so who are our partner Boy Scout camps? We have finalized cooperative Boy Scout summer camping agreements with the following: Albany, NY (Twin Rivers Council) Rotary Scout Reservation, Poestenkill, NY. In council pricing for WMC troops, $290 by 5/1; $340 after 5/1. East Hartford, CT (CT Rivers Council) June Norcross Webster, Mattatuck, & Workcoeman. Lowest rates for WMC troops, $330 by 5/20; $355 after 5/20 Rochester, NY (Seneca Waterways Council) Massawepie Scout Camps (Adirondack High Adventure Trek Center & Camp Pioneer), Tupper Lake, NY. Reduced in council pricing for WMC troops. For Pioneer, $295 by 5/16; $320 after 5/16. For Treks, $350. Where can I get more information on our partner Boy Scout camps? The WMC enewsletter ―Be Prepared‖ (see pages 5 & 6) and our council website www.wmascouting.org will provide additional information, links, contact information, and registration instructions. We also anticipate that the OA will assist in promoting our partner Boy Scout camps as well. What about Campership support? Camperships will be available from WMC for Boy Scouts camping at any of WMC‘s partner Boy Scout camps listed above. In addition, camperships will continue to be available for our in-council week long summer programs (NYLT, Cub Day Camp, Cub Resident Camp, Eagle Week, & Venturing Week). What about weekend camping? We are continuing to book reservations at Moses & Chesterfield during the school year. What in-council summer programs will be offered? The following programs are planned for 2011. Webelos Woods at Moses Scout Reservation, June 3-5. National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) for troop & crew junior leaders at Chesterfield, June 25-July 1. Leon J. Carman Cub Scout Day Camps at four locations: Week 1, Belchertown area, July 1115. Week 2, Greater Springfield area, July 18-22. Week 3, Pittsfield/ Berkshire County area, July 25-29. Week 4, Westfield area, August 15. Cub Scout Resident Camp at Chesterfield, August 7-12. Base Camp Eagle Week for Boy Scouts needing Merit Badges, at Chesterfield, August 7-13. Venturing Week at Chesterfield, August 7-13. Will we be having Camp Promotion events? Yes, Camp Promotion Meetings have been scheduled as follows: Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews on Monday, January 24th, 7 PM, at Union Station Restaurant, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. Cub Scout Packs on Tuesday, January 25th, 7 PM, at Union Station Restaurant, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. Where else can we talk about these developments? Council officers will be visiting district Roundtable meetings in January and February to answer any questions. Will camp staff positions be available at our partner camps? Yes. They have already indicated their interest in inviting our folks to apply for summer staff positions as soon as possible. Will WMC be selling a camp? We don‘t know yet. This is a separate issue. Per our Strategic Plan, the Properties Committee will be researching and evaluating possible future usage and/or future disposition of camp properties, and will make any recommendation(s) to the Executive Board only after thorough due diligence. The National BSA engineer / consultant‘s recent independent camping properties report and all other factors will be studied. Ultimately, the Executive Board will be expected to make any decision(s) in the best interest of our council and our future youth with all emotion and past loyalties put aside. In support of transparency, this is where the camp properties issue now stands.
Appalachian Trail District (Berkshire County): Hunter McCormick X7033 email: email@example.com Knox Trail District (western Hampden County): Bob Gunnells X7013 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Metacomet District (Franklin & Hampshire Co.’s): Steve Roberts X7014 email: email@example.com
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These local numbers will reach both the Chicopee & Berkshire Scout Service Centers: Springfield (413) 351-2069 Pittsfield (413) 418-4002 Northampton (413) 341-0032 Greenfield (413) 829-2050 Palmer (413) 370-2052 Stockbridge (413) 298-2009 Chicopee (413) 594-9196 Dalton (413) 684-3542 Website www.wmascouting.org Fax No. Chicopee Center (413) 592-1875 Fax No. Berkshire Center (413) 236-0902
Post Road District (eastern Hampden County): Fritz Schmidt X7031 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Springfield/Chicopee District: Rory O‘Donnell X7032 email: email@example.com Chicopee Service Center: Sherry Bowden X7005 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Berkshire Service Center: Gail Wojtkowiak X7012 email: email@example.com Accounting & Business Office: Steven Nelson X7001 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Field Director: Bob D‘Avignon X7034 email: Bob.D‘Avignon@scouting.org Council Scout Executive & CEO: Larry Bystran X7002 email: email@example.com
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