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Posted on Feb 5 2023 - 2:34pm

Don’t Forget to follow RSMTroop618 on Instagram to get pictures and updates while we are at camps.  We posted a bunch of pictures and videos.  

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Proof Earning Eagle Scout Makes a Difference In College Applications

Posted on Nov 14 2018 - 11:43pm

We’ve all heard that Scouting experience will give a young person a leg up at a college, university or trade school.

But it’s always nice to see tangible proof that this is still the case.

The latest example comes from Andrew, an Eagle Scout from Texas. His proud grandfather, Randy Konkel, noticed that the young man’s acceptance letter from the University of Oklahoma specifically called out Andrew’s Scouting experience.

“While reading your application, we noticed you are an Eagle Scout,” the letter states. “Your commitment and perseverance are to be commended.”

Next, the letter-writer outlines the many ways Andrew can get involved as an OU undergrad. He could participate in student government, volunteer to help others or join a student group.

Andrew is told these opportunities are perfect because they will “further develop your already strong aptitude to lead.” To this admissions counselor, the words “Eagle Scout” represent leadership.

Click here to read the full article on Scouting Magazine's Blog.

How to....

Posted on Sep 8 2018 - 8:52pm

We will be featuring a How To series on the bi-weekly eblast.... This week's feature has to do with flag ettiquitte

  

 

 

Woodbadge - the ultimate personal and professional growth training program

Posted on Jul 21 2018 - 7:37am

Do you want to receive the ultimate personal and professional growth training program offered by the Boy Scouts of America? Do you want to enhance your leadership skills through hands-on experience and make sure the Scouts in your unit have the best trained leader possible? Come join us at Wood Badge.

What is Wood Badge? Wood Badge is a national course curriculum delivered locally by our Council's volunteer staff. It is intended for leaders at all levels of Scouting.

What can I get out of Wood Badge? The skills learned at Wood Badge are applicable to all aspects of your life, not just Scouting. This training will allow you to assist your unit or District to develop effective youth and leaders.

Next WOOD BADGE Course -  Scheduled for September 2018

Location: Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Course Director: David Ruiz

Copy and paste the link below to register!    https://orangecounty.camp-master.com/   

Everyone who drives Scouts should take this free online training course

Posted on Jun 1 2017 - 6:35am

 

Accidents are quite rare in Scouting.

But when one does occur, it probably didn’t happen while camping. It likely didn’t involve backpacking, canoeing or climbing, either.

The majority of Scouting accidents happen on the way to or from Scouting activities. They happen on the road.

As a Scout leader responsible for driving Scouts or Venturers to Scouting activities, you should do all you can to be a safe driver. That means requiring seat belt use, never texting while driving and obeying local traffic laws.

The latest step in that preparation: The Hartford Driver Improvement Program, which can be found on the BSA Learn Center. The course is free, requires no advance registration and can be completed online in about 35 minutes.

Once you finish, you’ll get a completion certificate, and your official BSA training record will be updated.

Why should I take this training?

Because you care about the safety of Scouts. And if you’re like me, it’s been a few years since driver’s ed. A quick refresher is a good idea.

You’ll learn how to drive defensively, recognize hazards and prevent collisions.

I’ll spare you any further lecture but will mention these sobering stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: In 2015 in the U.S., there were 35,092 deaths and 2,443,000 injuries on the road.

How do I take this training?

To complete The Hartford Driver Improvement Program, do the following:

  1. Log in to My.Scouting.org.
  2. Click the red BSA Learn Center box on the right.
  3. Scroll to the heading “Expanded Learning.”
  4. Click the box marked “Program Safety.”
  5. Look for “Program Safety” again and click “+Add Plan.”
  6. Click the “Program Safety” link, then click the “Drive Safely” link.
  7. Begin the training.

What other resources are available?

For essential, easy-to-use advice to help keep Scouts safe, go to the Scouting Safely site at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety.aspx

Scout Planning Form

Posted on Feb 10 2017 - 6:42am

The BSA has released the Scout Planning Worksheet, a new tool that Scouts can use to plan patrol or troop activities. The goal is to build project-planning prowess that will benefit Scouts in their Eagle project, at school and in life.

The worksheet — created by volunteer Jeff Goldsmith, his professional counterpart Garfield Murden and other BSA volunteers — is available here as a free PDF.