Stay “Current” with Scouting news and information from Seneca Waterways Council
December 18, 2018
Scoutbook is Free!
January 1, 2019
Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail. AND, beginning January 1, 2019, Scoutbook will be available to all units FREE! Scoutbook is a great tool to help with recording advancements seamlessly eliminating the need to fill out advancement forms and reports! It even generates a shopping list. And, it’s a great tool for communicating with your leaders and parents.
Check out how Scoutbook can benefit leaders by watching the video at scoutbook.com
New position-specific training courses for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts/ Scouts BSA will be available January 2, 2019. Due to these changes, any incomplete training courses won’t carry over to the new learning plan. Please complete any in-progress training before December 31, 2018.
This applies to you if you’ve started, but haven’t finished, your position-specific training (Cubmaster, Den Leader, committee chair, Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster). You’ll want to finish that training by midnight on Dec. 31, 2018.
Popcorn Sale Update
The 2018 Council Popcorn Sale has come to a close. Thank you to all the Dens, Packs, Troops, Crews and Posts that sold popcorn this year. We are grateful for all your efforts.
In case you missed the live Facebook draw, here are the winners from the Bonus Holiday Contest:
SCOUT WINNERS – $100 Gift Card
Bryan H. from SN Pack 137
Bentley M. from SN Pack 137
SCOUT WINNER – Free week of summer camp
Enzo S. from GC Pack 68
UNIT WINNER (random draw) – $100 Gift Card
TP Pack 171
TOP SELLING UNIT – $100 Gift Card
LH Pack 92
In addition, every Scout who submitted an order form showing $75.00 in sales won a Helix light-up spinner prize. We had over 40 Helix winners!! Congratulations to all the winners, and great job to all the Scouts who participated in the sale.
Camp Card Kick-off
January 28, 2019
SAVE THE DATE!
Camp Card Kick-off will Monday Jan. 28th at 6pm at the Scout Service Center. This will be the best place to learn all about the camp card. Commit your Troop/Pack/Crew/ Post now, and you will be able to pick them the same night. Camp Cards are the Seneca Waterways Council spring fundraiser to help Scouts go to summer camp. Scouts who sell can earn up to 55% in commission. Register now before it’s too late!
February 9, 2019
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Rochester!
Come watch their talented and entertaining antics on February 9th at the Blue Cross Arena.
Scouts will receive a commemorative 2019 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour patch! Save using discount code: SCOUT!
At the Scout Service Center in Rochester, we are offering a variety of different merit badges. All led by Counselors who are knowledgeable in their fields of study. Most Saturday will offer at least 2 badges not available at summer camp, so you will be introduced to new skills and hobbies, or even a new career!
On January 12th we are hosting Electricity & electronics Merit Badge!
Jan. 26 & 29, 2019
Trainer’s EDGE is for adult Scouters who are interested in working with our training teams for Unit & District Training Courses, Scouting University, or scout event where presentations are a part of the program. For Wood Badge and NYLT staff, it is required training. You will Learn ideas and methods to improve your presentations. The Trainer’s EDGE experience is useful in Scouting and your non-Scouting career with any topic or BSA-related topic, such as advancement, Pack camping, backpacking, high adventure, etc
Jan. 25-27, 2019
Camping in the snow is more than just summer camping with more clothes! With Okpik, Techniques and behavior are taught which will increase your enjoyment and safety and will add to your overall camping skills. You’ll have a great time finding out how to travel easily in the snow. You’ll see how to build a winter shelter. You’ll learn the proper techniques for winter camping. You’ll also learn about cold weather health concerns, proper food, clothing, how to make your own clothing and gear, and a lot more.
May 17-19, 2019
Built upon the legacy of past Wood Badge successes, the new Wood Badge integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audiovisual support, Wood Badge participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer. Follow the link provided to register for the next upcoming course while space is available!
If your Scout is looking for that next challenge of high adventure, but is having a hard time convincing the troop/crew, then we have an answer for you! Solo Treks will give your Scout that opportunity to truly explore the Adirondacks. Whether its backpacking, canoeing, or both, The Adirondack trek Center at Camp Massawepie is a full service program . By pairing him with a Guide and other like minded youth from across the council, we will send him on a truly unique experience.
Held at the Council Service Center
Thursday, Dec. 27th – 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 22nd & 29th – 10:00am -12:30pm
Youth Protection Training is required for all adult leaders for Packs, Troops, Crews, Ships, and Explorer Posts. You may take the training online at my.scouting.org or in-person at the Council Service Center on any of the dates listed above. These in-person training sessions at the council office offer participants the opportunity to ask questions.
Thorlo Socks are Back!
25% off 2 or more pairs!
Keep your feet warm and dry with Thorlo socks!! These socks, with a hollow core fiber that wicks moisture away from your foot, will reduce blisters, pain and pressure to take you from a meeting to the trails and campouts. Their comfort is not to be beaten! Sale Runs from November 12th – January 5th!!
Holiday Giving Tree!
Final Days…Ends December 20th
Stop in the Scout Shop and pick a giving card from the Giving Tree to help a local Scout have a joyous holiday and exciting Scouting year! There are all kinds of wish needs on the tree from uniform needs to books, crafts, camping items, and more. Purchase the item(s) in the Scout Shop and the store staff will collect the items for each child.
Pinewood Derby Champ Camp
January 12; 10am-2pm
Join us to learn tips, tricks and tools to make your Pinewood Derby car! Whether you want the fastest car, or the best looking car, we have the know-how and products for you! Test your car on our practice track, ask questions, and more!
Assistant Camp Ranger:Seneca Waterways Council is hiring for two part-time assistant rangers to join our ranger team at J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation. If you are interested in this position please complete the application process through Indeed. If you know of someone that might be interested, please send them the link. We anticipate that interviews will take place in early November.
Program Aidesfor the City Scouting Outreach program – part time position. The Council is seeking high energy, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individuals to help deliver the in-school Scouting program in the City of Rochester. Candidates should be available mostly between 2:30pm – 5:30pm. Morning and Saturday hours are available as well. Contract position through July 5, 2019.