News

News for Sept 2015
It’s that time of year again. Time for Cub Scout sign up night. Lots of things are happening please make sure you check out the whole sight for training updates, events, and other Great Muskogee news. Please note that all of the new Cub Scout specific training is now online.

I have added some information about Camporee, Family-Camping, and I have add some council information to our district calendar. Note for a complete listing of Council information please visit the council website at nfcscouting.org

News for August 2015
Great Muskogee District Welcomes our new district director Jared Bertram!

News for March 2015

A BIG shout out to Laurie & Grady Caulk for hosting BALOO training for 20 Den Leaders from our district and around the council. – From Frank Ross (3/28/2015)

"Here are a few of the Den Leaders making their foil dinner lunch while attending BALOO Training at SJRB. They received training from Laurie and Grady Caulk

“Here are a few of the Den Leaders making their foil dinner lunch while attending BALOO Training at SJRB. They received training from Laurie and Grady Caulk”

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Congratulations to – Laurie Roberts Caulk and Peter Monteleone for receiving the District Award of Merit at District Awards Banquet/Roundtable on March 5, 2015.

Be sure to check out all the new information under membership link. Lets try to recruit a unit membership chair for every unit!

News for February 2015
Unit Location and Unit leader contact information has been updated.

News for January 2015

Anonymous donor has donated enough money to purchase a new district flag that will be used at district events.
***Unit Id’s have now been added to the Journey to Excellence Link under programs***
***District Dinner March 5, 2015 (Potluck dinner)***
***Coming Soon More information about District Coin***
***Coming Soon More information about District Retreat March 21, 2015 St. Johns River Base at Echockotee***

To Great Muskogee District Unit Leaders:

Please take a moment to consider someone who has made a difference in your Unit’s Scouting experience, by recognizing them for contributions. Our District will have it’s annual recognition dinner during our March roundtable meeting, March 5, 2015 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, located at 2609 Park Street, Jacksonville.

Specifically, I’d like you to consider nominations for a couple of awards –

Unit Leader Award of Merit

Quality unit leadership is the key to a quality unit program—and it leads to better Scout retention. Statistics show that if young people stay engaged in the program for at least five years, the BSA’s influence likely will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A quality Scouting experience will help keep Scouts in the program, and the Boy Scouts of America created the Unit Leader Award of Merit to recognize the quality unit leaders who make that happen.

District Award of Merit

The District Award of Merit is the highest recognition a Scouting District can bestow upon an individual. The award is presented to registered volunteer Scouters for noteworthy service to youth. The requirements for the award are:

• Candidates for the award must be registered volunteer Scout leader
• They must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both
• Service to youth and community involvement outside of Scouting are desirable
• The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the District and/or Council will be considered

Nominations for these awards come from volunteer Scouters. Please take a moment and consider nominating a worthy individual for these awards.

Nominations are due by February 20, 2015, and can be emailed to me at tade.sullivan@scouting.org

Additionally, I also encourage you to submit any adult training, veterans, or unit award applications by February 20 to me as well.
Tade Sullivan

***Click here for Unit Leader Award of Merit Application***

***Click here for District Award of Merit Application***

News for November 2014
The Great Muskogee District would like to welcome Tade Sullivan as our new district director!

Great Muskogee would like to thank Alan Wilson for an excellent Camporee.
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The Picture above is Troop 929 showing all the first place ribbons they received at the Camporee! Congrats to Scoutmaster Tom Medlock and Troop 929.

If anyone would like to add some news to this page please email me at Audioray@aol.com .

Big program changes coming to Venturing, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. First up Venturing 2014, Major change to Cub Scout program in 2015 and some changes to Boy Scouting in 2016. Check out the following link for detailed information: ****Click BSA – National Program changes ****

Venturing

2014 Program changes for Venturing
What is not Changing What is Changing
Ages of membership Oath & Law
Ranger/Trust/Quest New Core Venturing Program and Recognition
Officer/Adviser Relationship New Resources ( Youth handbook, Ranger/Trust/Quest combined, and adult leader Handbook)
Enhanced Youth Training
Split Advisor vs. committee training

 

Cub Scouts

2015 Program Changes for Cub Scouting
What is not changing What is changing
Family Focus Oath and Law
Ranks or Approach Tiger Cub becomes tiger with new image
Ages (or genders) Arrow of light will no longer require earning Webelos
Den/Pack Meeting Structures Activities – more active, more aligned with Aims/Mission
Outdoor Program Advancement – simplified
Delivery Model Academics and Sports program discontinued
Fun – even more than before Current immediate/elective recognition devices replaced
One den leader guide per rank

Boy Scouts

2016 Program Changes for Boys Scouts
What is not changing What is changing
Current ranks or approach Scout becomes a rank
Use of merit badge program Service at all ranks (conservation required at life) (addition)
Health eating habits (addition)
Some reordering T-1 (addition)
Outdoor Ethics LNT & TL (addition)
Weather safety, risk assessment & mitigation (addition)
Duty to God incorporated in requirement to show scout spirit (addition)