Just a quick update today because summer is coming and it’s a scouter’s busy time! Our Council Golf outing was last Friday, The Intertribal Pow Wow was at TVSR last weekend, the Walker Memorial was held on Saturday, a lot of Eagle Courts of Honor and Cub Pack graduations are also happening, and on Wednesday, June 7th we kicked off our fall 2017/2018 Program year at Program Launch. And thank goodness the sun is finally shining, …. at least for the next couple of days.
I’m just back this week from the National Boy Scout Annual meeting in San Diego. Rochelle Ray, our new Council President, and Charlie Thompson, our National Representative along with Board member Al Malkasian also attended. We all agreed that we wish more of you could attend a national meeting like this and get a sense of how big our Scouting movement is.
It’s terrific to hear about best practices from across the country from the volunteers who have made it happen. It’s also humbling to hear the stories of those volunteers who have been recognized with the Silver Antelope or Silver Buffalo award. The incredible stories of service and giving to Scouting and the community just make you feel like you can do more.
We were inspired at the Duty to God breakfast by an outstanding story of faith in action, and were reminded that Scouting welcomes all faiths. And most importantly this universal approach strengthens our movement, instead of dividing it. We got to see our very own recent Council President, Eric Schulz, in action as the Northeast Region President as he lead our regional meeting.
Finally, we got to hear from our National President, Randall Stephenson of ATT and the National Commissioner Charlies Dahlquist on the state of Scouting. They shared their thoughts on the journey we have been on, and the opportunities we have in front of us. Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh shared recent studies of family and youth trends, and had all of us giving feedback on future changes the National Council may be discussing. What do families need today, and what programs can we provide that help build today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.
Exploring Explosion will continue as we plan to expand our coed middle and high school career program, and the national pilot of Lion Cubs will also continue as the great majority of packs who have run the program have had very good success. As they said repeatedly, the Adventure is On, it’s time for us to be loud and proud about who we are and what we do. It’s time for us to tell our story about why we volunteer, why we think Scouting is important for kids and our community. It’s time for us to grow again as a movement.
We came back ready to try new things, and to tell our story. The Adventure is On, we hope you’ll join us!
See you at camp,