COUNCIL ANNUAL DINNER - Gamehaven's Annual Awards dinner is Thursday, March 20th at the Ramada Inn in Rochester. To reserve your dinner reservation you can either register on line, or drop off registration at the office. For more information please click on the links ONLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION ;Dinner Information Please RSVP by Monday, March 17th
MERIT BADGE FAIR - A NEW EXPERIENCE
Saturday, March 15th at the New Lourdes High School. 2800 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN. We now have a list of Merit Badges being offered. Please click on the link to see the details. Online registration for the classes will begin on March 1st and go through March 5th or until full. Scoutmaster & Leaders, please review what will be available and get ready to reserve the classes for your Scouts 2014 Merit Badge Fair Information & registration
2014 ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE WITH MAYO CLINIC
The Gamehaven Boy Scout Council invites you to save lives through our annual blood drive held in conjunction with the Gamehaven Council Merit Badge Fair. Mayo Clinic Blood Center and Gamehaven Council are offering Scouts age 16 and up, adult leaders, adn everyone who supports the Boy Scouts the opportunity to save a life! From Monday, March 3rd through Friday, March 14th, we are asking all Scouts, leaders and others to participate in the blood drive by going to Mayo Clinic Blood Center in the Hilton Building. On Thursday, March 13th The Blood Donor center will be open late. On this date, Scouts who are interested in learning more and/or working on the Medicine Merit Badge may come for a tour. Donating will count toward requirement 10 of the Medicine Merit Badge. For more information please read attached link. Blood Drive Information 2014
2014 SPRING POPCORN SALES
Spring Popcorn sales are just around the corner. Please find attached all you need to get your units ready to sell popcorn. Unit Kernel Tool Kit 2014 - Spring; Show Deliver Order Spring 2014; 2014 Spring Popcorn Roster; Gamehaven_Spring_2014_Flyer
NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP POLICY - On May 23rd, the Boy Scouts of America voted to remove restrictions regarding sexual orientation for youth members.
Gamehaven Council supports the National BSA standard for young people which is a behavior-based and orientation-neutral standard. This direction is in alignment with our council's practices.
Context and Background
Throughout and beyond the debate over BSA policy we continue to stay focused on what is most important – the young people themselves. Everything we do revolves around keeping young people safe and preparing them to be leaders and individuals of strong character by helping them discover the principles of Scouting.
The vote reinforced that all members must display the highest levels of good conduct, that any sexual conduct within Scouting is unacceptable and that resolving issues of sexual orientation in our society is outside the scope of Scouting’s mission. This is in keeping with Scouting’s history. For more than a century, Scouting has brought together individuals and organizations with varied backgrounds and beliefs to help young people grow into adulthood.
Our mission is to serve more children, better, in alignment with their parents’ values. Gamehaven Council simply expects appropriate behavior from all who choose to affiliate with our program. Parents freely choose the units that they believe will provide the best experience for their children.
We serve nearly 20% of all boys and young men and young women ages 6 – 21 through a diverse and talented pool of adult volunteers who are committed to Scouting’s high standards. Our vision of having a positive influence in the lives of 100% of the young people within our communities remains a driving force for our decision making.
Tour Plans - New Information
All tour and activity plans are done online. Please go to MyScouting.org and sign in. Once you are signed in, go to Unit Tools on the left side of page. Under that you will a link for Tour and Activity Plans. Click on that and follow instructions to complete the form. When complete, email Barbara Swan at firstname.lastname@example.org to get approval on the permit. Thank You.
Leading Cub Scouts
What's new for Leaders and Adults in Cub Scouts? The change for Cub Scouts is a piloted and successful method of delivering the existing Cub Scout Program that is hand-book based and focuses on den activities leading to youth advancement and higher retention. Click on the Cub Scouts 2010 button for the all information, links, and resouces to guide you through the Cub Scout year!
Be A Scout Campaign
The new BeAScout campaign is ready for unit leaders to put their units on the map! BeAScout helps parents and volunteers locate packs, troops, and crews nearest them and request information about Scouting opportunities in their area. Webinars are being held for unit leaders. Learn more. Unit Leaders Guide.
New Policy for Youth Protection Training Effective June 1st
Youth Safety is the No. 1 concern of the Boy Scouts of America. To increase awareness
of this societal problem and to create even great barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies. These policies take effect June 1, 2010. Learn more.
The Summit - BSA's new High Adventure Camp
A fourth high adventure camp is in the making. Learn all about the "The Summit" here.
Scoutcasts are podcasts (an audio and or video file) that features helpful information for scouters, parents, and volunteers at all levels and on different topics. Check out the scoutcasts here.