The Suwannee River Area Council is pleased to announce the return of our Council-wide fundraiser...the 2018 Camp Card.
The intent of the Camp Card sale is to allow Units to raise funds to pay for their Summer Scouting Programs. This includes purchasing camping equipment such as tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags, and to send Scouts to Cub Scout Day Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, Boy Scout Winter Camp and Venturing Fun Day at Wallwood Boy Scout Reservation.
Units participating in this program will earn 50% commission ($5.00) for each $10 Camp Card they sell. The sale will begin February 1 and end May 1, 2018.
Camp Cards will be available for pickup at the Council Service Center starting on January 30 at 6:00pm. See the Camp Card Webpage
for full details on this year's sale and to download the Camp Card Leader's Guide
A message from the Properties Committee
At a recent council wide meeting, a number of current scouting leaders in attendance volunteered to work together to form a new Properties Committee focused on renovation and restoration of Wallwood facilities. With no funds in place, the task we are taking on is monumental.
The properties committee is now up and running and already getting positive responses to proposed ideas. There are two upcoming work days scheduled by the OA:
- February 10th (Ordeal Weekend)
- May 12th (OA Summer Camp Prep)
Please consider these dates in your planning and let us know if you can attend either event.
The Properties Committee is working to organize specific projects through out the camp. The projects will need skilled and non-skilled labor to accomplish projects, and yes, we the committee is asking for small financial or materials support for the projects. We are looking specifically at working on Camp bathroom facilities, camp site platforms, and fire rings . Platform plans are ready and materials list as well. Bathrooms need plumbing help, perhaps electrical, but all need painting and wood work . Please assess your unit's talent pool and lend a hand where your Pack, Troop or Crew can. If you can't participate, consider donating the cost of materials for a new platform ~$275 to the Wallwood Renovations Project Fund by contacting the council office.
Short term Future goals include new tents, tent frames, and cot mattresses. There are so many areas that need TLC. We can focus on a few at a time until funds can be generated for larger projects.
We want this to be more than just ideas. We want you to be able to see results of all of your hard work at Wallwood. Once again, please help where you can. Every little bit helps!
The Suwannee River Area Council Properties Committee
what's going on around our council?
So, you came here looking for information on what's going on around our council? Wow! That's great, there are a number of ways to keep up with what's up around SRAC. Obviously, this website is one of them. There also several other channels to keep track of us on, we'll list them below with links for accessing each one.
- For detailed information on stuff that is coming up, see our "Activities and Events" page
- You can join our electronic mailing list that you can subscribe to by clicking here
- You can like our Facebook page
- You can join our Facebook group, where members can also post announcements
- Attend your district's monthly roundtable meeting. See the Districts webpage for more information.
- Ask your Den Leader, Cubmaster or Scoutmaster
There are lots of ways to keep up with the things that are going on around the council. Another is to ask your Unit Commissioner, our commissioners are all here to help.
Suwannee River Area Council
Adopts New Strategic Plan
At its April meeting, the Executive Board of the Suwannee River Area Council approved a new Strategic Plan for the Council. A copy of the plan can be viewed here. The plan has been prepared during the past year under the leadership of Doc Horton, the Council’s Vice President of Strategic Planning, with input from the Council’s officers, committee chairs, and other members of the Executive Board. The Board approved the plan with the understanding that the plan would be distributed to the Council’s unit leaders and charter organizations to invite their input, and that the Board would meet again later in the year to consider that input and any adjustments that should be made to the plan.
That input was provided by you over the summer. The Council Executive Board then brought those suggestions to its annual retreat at the end of the summer and incorporated them into strategic plan, which has now been updated. Click on the links above to access either the web based or the downloadable version of the plan.
Thank you for your interest and input and thank you for all you do for Scouting!
Yours in Scouting,
What is your New Year's Resolution for 2017?
Why it should be Youth Protection Training
Concern for youth safety has been ingrained in the Boy Scouts of America’s DNA since the beginning. Michael Johnson, BSA’s Youth Protection director, talks with Scouting magazine about the ongoing effort:
If you had one message, what would it be? Youth protection can be best achieved through the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting. This includes Scouting professionals who are expected to increase the awareness of Youth Protection policies, make training available to everyone, encourage all Scouting units to include personal safety awareness education in their programs, and ensure youth protection is considered in all council-sponsored activities; volunteers and leaders who must create a culture of awareness and safety within their units and councils, and ensure their units follow the BSA’s Youth Protection policies; parents who should monitor and participate in their children’s activities and teach them personal safety skills; and anyone who becomes aware of possible abuse within Scouting and must report any suspicion to the proper authorities for review and investigation.
Why is Youth Protection training so important? It communicates the values that Scouting takes seriously. Most people know very little about the dangers that confront children every day. This training helps make professionals, volunteers, and parents more aware, and it empowers them to help protect youth. It also communicates to parents that volunteers have basic knowledge of these dangers and gives them a little more confidence in the leadership and in the organization.
Who should undergo Youth Protection training? Everyone. All registered Scout leaders, any Scout parent who attends trips or campouts, merit badge counselors, and anyone with a connection to youth. If you’re a past member, current member, parent, or volunteer, you should be Youth Protection trained.
What are some of the top dangers to youth? Ignorance—not knowing that child abuse exists and not knowing what to look for. Children may face some type of abuse at home—physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse. They may get bullied in school, or exposed to predators or illicit materials while online. Or the threat may come from neighbors or other parents and youth.
What are some recent steps the BSA has taken to protect youth? We’ve partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to offer the NetSmartz Internet safety program (netsmartz.org) to Scouters and Scouts. The center derives a lot of information from the International Crimes Against Children Task Forces. They have police officers online pretending to be youth and identifying child predators. Information about NetSmartz goes into our training materials. We’ve updated our Youth Protection training, and we have started a national effort to work with other youth agencies.
What should parents do? Take the training! It’s imperative that parents and volunteers know Scouting’s Youth Protection policies, which include our barriers to abuse: the classic two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact policies, as well as our mandatory reporting of child abuse and our social media guidelines.
What about the growing popularity of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)? We’re preparing our Scouts for this emerging threat. The reality is that behaviors such as grooming victims and inappropriate contact with youth are happening more and more online. That’s why last year we rolled out the Cyber Chip (scouting.org/cyberchip). It’s our latest weapon in the arsenal of personal safety—helping kids recognize problematic issues, respond in the moment, and report problems to their parents without shame or embarrassment.
Learn more about the BSA’s Youth Protection policies and take the online training.