BT Bulletin 08/14/2017

Hi, everyone!!

I hope you’re all doing GREAT, and survived those crazy thunderstorms today…wow!!

Okay, here is this week’s BT BULLETIN….and please note that the usual “Look Ahead” of activities and trainings and list of important “Scouting stuff” (shown below) has again been UPDATED….and those same dates can always be found on our BT calendar at our District website at www.btbsa.org and/or on the “calendar” link at the IAC website at www.iacbsa.org

Speaking of our website, I want to thank Tammy Durst for seriously updating our District website, so if you haven’t looked at our website in a while, take a peak! 

If you haven’t already, please also take a quick look at the attached Organizational Chart for BT District!! 

It takes a LOT of committed volunteers to keep all the wonderful programs “going strong” in our District, so let’s say “THANK YOU!” to all of these good folks…and if YOU would like to be a member of the BT Team, please let me know….thank you!!

2017 POPCORN CAMPAIGN:

I look forward to seeing many of you this week at the 2017 POPCORN KICK-OFF in Ponchatoula on Wednesday night at 6PM.

Another “Thank You!” for our hard-working District Popcorn Chair, Brenda Melancon, for reaching out to all of our units about the Fall Campaign and inviting every to the Wednesday night Kick-Off!!  We’re excited to announce that THREE NEW UNITS signed up for this terrific fundraising opportunity, so if YOUR UNIT would still like to earn some funds for your Scouts and/or your unit, please feel free to reach out to Brenda and sign up ASAP!! 

Remember, the whole unit does NOT have to participate in order to sign up to sell popcorn.  It can just be those Scouts who are interested in earning money for an upcoming Summer Camp, Day Camp, High Adventure trek, or simply earning money for much-needed unit supplies.

Again, we already have a record number of units selling this year…woo-hoo…so if you’d like to sign up too, please contact Brenda at btbsa2popcorn@gmail.com.…many thanks! 

CUB SCOUT NEWS:

Many thanks to everyone who’s been working so hard to schedule their Recruitment Nights, meeting their principals, and getting ready to welcome HUNDREDS of NEW Cub Scouts in the weeks ahead!!

I’ve now met with everyone and distributed thousands of recruitment flyers, so here we go…and please know that a dedicated volunteer from the BT District Membership Team will be in attendance at each of your Recruitment Nights to lend a “helping hand”, if needed.

(BALOO Training – September 16th @ 5Lakes– flyer attached)

(OLSWL Training – September 16th-17th @ 5Lakes – flyer attached)

(Cub Scout Position Specific Training – September 26th @ St. Timothy’s)

BOY SCOUT NEWS:

Cypress Chauve District will be hosting a Merit Badge Day on August 26th in Prairieville, along with a Leader Training for Scoutmasters and Den Leaders.  Please look at the information on the IAC website at www.iacbsa.org for full details and online registration.

(IOLS Training – September 15th-17th @ 5Lakes – flyer attached)

VENTURE CREW NEWS:  I want to send out a BIG “CONGRATULATIONS!!” to the dedicated members of Crew 213 and Crew 313 for their terrific race results at the recent BSA White River Races in Arkansas….they had a LOT of 1st places finishers!! 

Please look at the photos and race results on the BT District page on the Council’s website at www.iacbsa.org ….way to go, paddlers….we’re proud of YOU!!!

SEA SCOUT NEWS:

Charles Erickson, interim Skipper of our Sea Scout Ship 312, is still recruiting adults and youth as we continue to add to the growing membership of our Ship….and yes, this is a CO-ED Sea Scout Ship…. so please reach out to Mr. Charley at 2voodoo@bellsouth.net if you’d like to learn more…many thanks!

TRAININGS:

IOLS/OWLS – Friday-Sunday, September 15th-17th @ Five Lakes – flyer attached

BALOO – Saturday, September 16th @ Five Lakes – flyer attached

Cub Scout Position Specific Training – Tuesday, September 26th @ St. Timothy’s

We all know that training is an important part of being an effective volunteer and leader, so please check the “Look Ahead” (below) for our upcoming training dates, and if our dates conflict with your busy schedule, please remember to look at the Istrouma Area Council’s calendar at our website at www.iacbsa.org to see if a neighboring District might have a date that works better for you.  In addition, you can always look at either of the Council websites for SELA Council on the Southshore and/or Evangeline Council in Lafayette to see if they might have a training dates that meets your scheduling requirements.

Remember….”Every Scout deserves a TRAINED leader” and when a trained leader presents a STRONG PROGRAM, we’ll see MORE and MORE ENTHUSIASTIC SCOUTS…hooray!! 

DISTRICT ROUNDTABLE:

Our next Roundtable Meeting  (2nd Thursday of each month) will be September 14th

Roundtable is an important meeting of all of our volunteers each month….folks swap new ideas and old concerns, “meet and great” new volunteers, and we always have a full agenda for each of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout break-out sessions!! 

It’s also a GREAT time to turn in any NEW youth and/or adult application, activity registration fees, Eagle packets, Merit Badge Counselor applications, advancement reports….anything at all…so just look for me there…thanks!!

And please remember that our District Roundtables are always OPEN to ALL PARENTS!! 

Again, the purpose of our Roundtable meetings is to share news, ideas, activity dates, trainings, solutions, and/or simply swap names and phone numbers between volunteers, so hopefully we’ll continue to see a LOT of new faces at Roundtable each month!

COUNCIL WEBSITE:

Information is being added to our updated Council website all the time, so please take a minute to look at all of the events, trainings, and activities shown there at www.iacbsa.org 

PLEASE SHARE!!!

Last, but not least, COMMUNICATION IS KEY in getting out the word about events and trainings going on throughout the year, so PLEASE take a second to share this Bulletin with your colleagues, families, fellow leaders, committee members….everyone who you’re connected with through Scouting!

Again, please help ME help YOUR SCOUTS by sharing any and all District emails you might receive….many thanks!! 

Your grateful District Executive...

Dorothy

“The DE for BT”