The Program committee is made up the subcommittees of Activites. Camping, Training and Advancement. Working to provide special programs such as camporee and Day Camp as well as day to day support through Merit Badge Counselors and unit leader training the Program Committee works to provide the needed support to unit leaders to have programs that reinforce the methods of Scouting and the growth of the movement.
Activities and Civic Service
It’s important to remember that while much of Scouting happens at the unit level Scouting is about much more then the unit, it is a global movement where youth across our community and around the world grow together in character, leadership and citizenship. The Activities Committee works to provide scouts the opportunity to expedite the adventure of Scouting with other scouts from across the District through fun events such as camporee and service projects like Scouting for Food.
CAMPOREE : An annual event where Scout BSA Troops from across North Cascades are invited for a weekend of camping and skill based activities.
WEBELOS-REE: Run by the Scout BSA troops of North Cascades Webelos-Ree is about giving Webelos the chance to taste the adventure that waits for them after crossover.
DISTRICT DINNER: The District Dinner is an annual event where volunteers from across the District are recognized for their efforts to make the world better through Scouting.
CONSTRUCTION CITY: This Webelos special event is held in partnership with Home Depot in Burlington where Webelos can work on their Engineer badge.
Chair: Tony Finfrock Email : email@example.com
The Boy Scouts of America in it’s over 100 years of program knows a few things about why youth join Scouting and whey they STAY in Scouting. A youth is 70% more likely to stay in Scouting if they attend a major Scout Camp program each summer. This may mean Scout Resident Camp for Scout BSA troops or Cub Day Camp for Cub Scouts. These programs offer a mountain top program for most scouts each year that helps keep them excited for Scouting. For that reason the North Cascades Camping Committee works to ensure that every scout is invited to a camp adventure each summer.
DAY CAMP: 4-5 day program offered for Scouts going into the 1st grade through 5th grade (Tiger – Webelos)
CUB SCOUT RESIDENT CAMP: Cubs can spend the night at Fire Mountain for this half week program.
FIRE MOUNTAIN SCOUT RESIDENT CAMP: Scout BSA troops are invited to attend a week of adventure at Fire Mountain Scout Camp a primmer camp of the Boy Scouts of America.
Every scout deserves a trained leader and it is the goal of the training committee to help every leader find the training they need to have the best possible program for their Scouts. Most of the training leaders need to get their “Trained” tab can be found at My.Scouting including Youth Protection Training which must be completed in the Mount Baker Council EVERY 365 days to stay current.
Click HERE to find out what constitutes a trained leader.
There are LOTS of kinds of training events, here is a overview of some places you should look for training:
- Online: Youth Protection and most of the required position specific training can be found online at my.scouting.org
- In-Person: A few major in person courses that leaders should look to take are Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO), Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Wilderness First Aid. BALOO is required for packs to camp, IOLS is required for Scoutmasters and Asst Scoutmasters, and Wilderness First Aid is need by leaders doing high adventure programs such as Philmont.
- Supplemental: there is some great extra training at my.scouting but in the Mount Baker Council the king is the University of Scouting.
- Wood Badge: Wood Badge is the original basic leader training for Scoutmasters found in 1919 by Baden-Powell himself. This course is often promoted as “advenaced” but really EVERY leader should take Wood Badge to learn how to be better leaders for their Scouts
The District Advancement committee is responsible for the implementing and facilitating of advancement and processing the special of awards and recognitions to both youth and adult volunteers in the district. This includes organizing the local Eagle Boards, addressing advancement issues in packs and troops, and recognizing volunteers who have been identified by their peers for appreciation and praise.
District Award of Merit: The District Award of Merit is the highest honor the district may present to a adult volunteer for service to Scouting in the North Cascades District. Nomminations are made annually and a number recipients selected based on the number of units in the district. CLICK HERE for a nomination form.
Eagle Boards: Eagle boards are conducted across the district with boards being convened in Bellingham, Burlington. and Oak Harbor most months of the year. Scouts may work with any of our three Eagle Board Coordinators to facilitate achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout.
Bellingham – Konrad Kocsis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlington – Lary Smallwood: email@example.com
Oak Harbor – Bob Taylor: TaylorRL40@yahoo.com