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Safety Moment: Hazard Trees
According to the U.S. Forest Service, our nation’s forests are experiencing declining health conditions. Broken tops, widow-makers (broken or hanging limbs), and root rot in many tree species along with insect infestations, lightning, wind events, drought, and abundant moisture have led to the creation of abnormally high numbers of “hazard trees.” Hazard trees include dead trees, live trees with dead parts, and live trees that are unstable due to defects and are within striking distance of people or property.
These hazard trees don’t just affect our Scouting family during storms. They can fall—and have fallen—at unpredictable times, even when weather conditions are favorable.
Due to the damage that was done to Council Service Center and Scoutshop thanks to a broken waterline we have to close the building. The Scoutshop will reopen on Saturday, June 4, and the council office will reopen on Monday, June 6th. In the meantime the Scoutshop will be available to do curbside orders on Thursday and Friday. You will have to complete the jot form that is in the link below. Then call the store, 860-291-0286, to arrange pickup time at the door. Both advancement and uniform orders can be done by this jotform. Any other questions can be sent to my email at email@example.com
On October 21st-23rd, 2022 hundreds of Scouts will descend on the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds and take part in the Council-wide fall camporee. The theme, patches, and more details to come soon. The committee is working hard to make it a can't miss event. Cubs, Scouts BSA, and all Scouts & Scouters are invited. Questions or want to help, contact Mike Rutty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking ahead to the fall of 2023 the council has gone all-in on a giant territory-wide camporee historically called MassJam. Mark it down in your calendars for Columbus Day Weekend October 2023. It will be held on Cape Cod's Barnstable fairgrounds. For information check out the website by clicking the button below. We will be joining councils from across the territory to help staff, coordinate, and bring participants.
We are working dilligently to put together a contingent from our Council to send to the jamboree. Please register on the national site first if your Scout is interested. We are close to finalizing plans. The link is below.
Thank you for taking the time to become a trained leader.
You will be an incredible volunteer Scout leader. Thank you so much for your generous gift of time and leadership to our council. The Scouts will develop amazing skills and gain valuable insights about nature and the world around them because of you. Without you, as their trained leader none of this would be possible. Thank you for volunteering to lead, we appreciate you!
How to become trained:
STEP ONE: SET UP A MY.SCOUTING ACCOUNT
Visit My.Scouting and create an account (if you used online registration to sign up your child you may already have an account). Once you have an account you can access online training.
STEP TWO: TAKE YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. You must take Youth Protection training if you want to be a trained leader – it is available at My.Scouting in the “BSA Learn Center”.
STEP THREE: POSITION SPECIFIC TRAINING
The BSA Learn Center is at My.Scouting. Select your program and position and a learning plan will be created for you. The plan includes modules that are designed to allow you to complete them at your own pace.
That's it! You are now a trained leader!
Earn the Aviation Merit Badge with the New England Air Museum! Aviation Merit Badge Workshops are open to Scouts BSA ages 11 and older and provide scouts with an opportunity to fulfill all badge requirements in a single day. Workshops run from 9:00am-3:00pm and registration is available on a first-come, first served basis. $40 per scout, $10 per chaperone fees payable at the time of registration to secure spots. Visit NEAM’s website for details: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/89221ccb/RHB_TIk_kUWVOASLJI8ioA?u=https://neam.org/pages/scout-programs
Guitar Center Opportunity
On the dates below Guitar Center is offering two group guitar lessons completely free of charge where we cover the basics of tuning a guitar, reading tabs, and making simple chords. Their teachers are either currently enrolled in the WestConn music program or have graduated with a degree in music and will be happy to share their love of music.
Saturday, June 11th - 11 AM or 12 PM
Saturday, June 18th - 11 AM or 12 PM
Saturday, July 16th - 11 AM or 12 PM
Saturday, July 23rd - 11 AM or 12 PM
Saturday, July 30th - 11 AM or 12 PM
Should anyone you know be interested in RSVPing to any of these events in the Danbury area they can do so by emailing Alex Moonshaw Lessons Lead at AlexM128967@guitarcenter.com, calling or through the link on thier website. These events will also be happening at our Guitar Center locations in Orange, Manchester, New London, and Southington as well. Please feel free to contact me for more information or with any questions you might have.