Okpik – Cold Weather Camping

Pathway to Adventure Council is offering an Okpik Winter Camping Train the Trainer course
October 20, November 17, December 8, January 11-12.
Classes in Arlington Heights and overnight tent campout at Camp Lakota in Woodstock, IL.
This course is for registered adults and scouts 14 years and older (13 years old with Scoutmaster letter of recommendation and instructor approval.
$65 Early Bird Discount ends September 30th!
Click here for the flyer
Register for Okpik here.
This is not a troop event and you must set up your own transportation.

Merit Badge Counselor Training

Reminder for leaders and parents: Troop 24 needs more Merit Badge Counselors! Boy Scouts can earn merit badges in over 100 subjects, and we know many of you have special skills and knowledge in those subjects from your work, education, hobbies or other life experience. We are seeking adults to work exclusively with Troop 24, helping scouts complete partials from camp, running merit badge classes during troop meetings, or consulting with scouts who want to work on merit badges outside of meetings. To make it easy for Troop 24 adults to be certified as merit badge counselors, we have scheduled an accredited BSA instructor to lead a training during the troop meeting time (7pm) on November 17, 2016 in the church Social Hall. Youth Protection Training (YPT) will also be provided (starting approximately 7:45pm), for those becoming merit badge counselors or other adults who need to renew this training. Refreshments will be served! Please let us know if you plan to attend.

For more information on the Boy Scout Merit Badge program, and to see a list of all current merit badges, click here. http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx

To sign up for the Merit Badge Counselor Training/YPT, click here.

Merit Badge Counselor Training

Attention leaders and parents: Troop 24 needs more Merit Badge Counselors! Boy Scouts can earn merit badges in over 100 subjects, and we know many of you have special skills and knowledge in those subjects from your work, education, hobbies or other life experience. We are seeking adults to work exclusively with Troop 24, helping scouts complete partials from camp, running merit badge classes during troop meetings, or consulting with scouts who want to work on merit badges outside of meetings. To make it easy for Troop 24 adults to be certified as merit badge counselors, we have scheduled an accredited BSA instructor to lead a training during the troop meeting time (7pm) on November 17, 2016 in the church Social Hall. Youth Protection Training (YPT) will also be provided (starting approximately 7:45pm) for those becoming merit badge counselors or other adults who need to renew this training. Refreshments will be served! Please let us know if you plan to attend.

For more information on the Boy Scout Merit Badge program, and to see a list of all current merit badges, click here.

To sign up for the Merit Badge Counselor Training/YPT, click here.

Wilderness First Aid Training

Our Council is sponsoring Wilderness First Aid Training on February 27 & 28. The class is open to adults and to scouts whose birthdates are BEFORE 2/27/2002.

The course is the American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid. It has been developed in conjunction with the BSA and is based on the 2010 BSA Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines. This is THE course for those who work, live, or play in remote areas, away from the usual EMS service. Most high adventure trips require that at least one person (preferably two) in each crew is certified in WRFA.

More information, and to register, go to:
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/1815973

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

This course, required of all Merit Badge Counselors, gives you the confidence and consistency needed to counsel Boy Scouts in Merit Badges.
– What tools and resources are available
– Requirements to be a registered Merit Badge Counselor

This class is open to all seeking to be BSA certified Merit Badge Counselors and
current counselors wishing a refresher course are also welcome. Must be current in Youth Protection Training. Join us for this FREE class on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple, Downers Grove.

More information: is available here.

Life to Eagle Presentation October 12

Our Voyageur Trace District will be holding a “Life to Eagle” presentation on Monday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Louise de Marillac, 1144 Harrison Avenue in LaGrange Park. More information is available here: Life to Eagle flyer

Den Chief Training on October 26

One of the jobs available to boy scouts (for rank advancement) is to serve as a Den Chief. A Den Chief helps Cub Scout Den Leaders and Webelos Leaders with Den Meetings (usually once or twice per month).

Any scout who is interested in becoming a den chief should attend the training, which will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8:30 to noon at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305.

To register, or for more information: http://www.bsa-dpvc.org/Training/Training_Fliers/131026_DenChief.pdf

Den Chief Training

The Des Plaines Valley Council is offering training for Den Chiefs on September 14. A den chief is basically an assistant to a den leader for a Cub Scout den. This position would qualify as a “position of responsibility” to meet the rank advancement for Star, Life & Eagle. This is a great job for a scout with a younger brother in Cub Scouts, but can work for any scout who is willing to commit to attending the den meetings for a particular den (usually once per month). Interested scouts can sign up for the training, and should also contact Scoutmaster Hartwig or Asst. Scoutmaster Rogers about being assigned to this position as a troop job. More information about the training is available here: http://www.bsa-dpvc.org/Training/TD/DenChief.php

Wilderness First Aid Course June 22-23

BSA now requires at least one person in a group to be certified in Wilderness First Aid to participate in high adventure treks (Philmont, etc.). This course can be taken from various BSA-approved providers, but the cost varies considerably. The weekend of June 22-23, the class will be offered in Western Springs, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days, for $75. Registration and payment is required by June 8. More information is available here:  Wilderness First Aid

Eagle Coach Training November 15

This Thursday, November 15, we have a rare opportunity. We have Eagle Coach training that will be held at the Riverside Township Hall from 7-9pm. Close and easy to get to! (http://www.bsa-dpvc.org/Training/Training_Fliers/121115_EagleCoach.pdf) We have about half a dozen boys that may need coaches within the next 6 months. The troop could really use some parents to act as dedicated coaches for these boys starting their Eagle Service projects.

Regardless if you would consider being an Eagle Coach for a boy in the troop, if you are the parent of a Life Scout, please consider attending this training session. It will help you understand better what the scout is trying to accomplish with his project, what is expected of the scout, with what the coach will try to assist (and what he will not), as well as what the parent(s) can do to aid their son. We’ve found that there are many misconceptions from both the scout and the parent(s) with regard to Eagle Service projects and this training will help to clear them up considerably.

NOTE: This is training for adults. It is NOT the Life-to-Eagle presentation. Thus, if you can attend, it will only be for the parent and not the scout.

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