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Silver Beaver Award and District Award of Merit Nominations

silver beaver1The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award a Council can bestow on a volunteer.  Each year the Council receives many nominations for this award for worthy candidates.  The Awards and Recognition Committee reviews the nominations and chooses the best candidate(s) for the award.  The decision is based on the nominees activity in Scouting as well as what they do in the community outside of Scouting.

This year's recipient is Council President Robert Groseclose.  Bob started his career in Scouting back in the 60's, earning his Eagle Rank in 1965.  He enjoyed summer camp and likes to share his escapades during those years and has many fond memories of Lost Lake.  Bob also served as a Scoutmaster of Troop 78, and currently serves as the Council President.  

To learn more about Bob, come to the Council Recognition Dinner February 2nd at Pike's Waterfront Lodge at 6:00 PM and join us in congratulating him for everything he has done for the Midnight Sun Council and the community.

The dinner will also include many other awards, including the District Award of Merit, NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, Spirit of the Eagle Recognition, and more.  A highlight of the evening will be recognizing the 2018 Eagle Class.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Eagle Scout John Brady.

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Please RSVP by January 25, 2019.

 

 

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The Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America, announces the conveyance of 230+ acres from the estate of Jim Moody, that are adjacent to Lost Lake Scout Camp about an hour south of Fairbanks.

We thank the Jim Moody Estate for its generous donation of the land and cabins, that will allow for broader programs for our Scouts, their families, and community organizations that utilize the camp for their programs.

Jim Moody, a lover of nature and the environment, wished that his land be used for the enjoyment of nature, outdoor activities, and conservation. Plans for this new section of Lost Lake Scout Camp, include hiking trails, outpost camping, and possibly an outdoor education center utilizing an existing cabin. To best meet the needs of our Scouts and the wishes of Jim Moody, our Properties & Camping Committee will be working with the Interior Alaska Land Trust to determine our best options going forward.

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 (The yellow green area in the picture is the original Lost Lake Scout Camp. The reddish area shows the newest addition through the generous donation of the Jim Moody Estate.)

 

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***Important Changes to Membership Card

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Charter Certificate Printing Requirements*** 

The BSA is committed to streamlining basic operations by putting tools in the hands of volunteers. For several years now, individuals and unit key 3 have had access to print membership cards through my.Scouting. In addition, functionality will be added to my.Scouting by January 1, 2019, to enable members of the unit key 3 to print their unit Charter Certificate.

This "self-service" functionality allows volunteers to print membership cards and the unit charter certificate in a timely manner and enhances the onboarding experience for new youth and adults.

Effective January 1, 2019, councils will no longer be required to print and mail membership cards to council and district volunteers and traditional Scouting units. This is a change to the council membership validation requirement. In addition, councils will no longer print and deliver unit charter certificates.

For Learning for Life groups, Exploring Posts and Clubs, as of January 1, 2019, this will no longer be a membership validation requirement.

Units should be prepared to print their unit membership cards and charter certificate for the current renewal period.

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For those who have difficulty in printing membership cards and charter certificates, please contact the Midnight Sun Council Office at 907-452-1976 and we will assist you.

 

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HotWheelz 2019

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Scouts BSA Branding Dos and Donts

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BSA recalls Cub Scout neckerchief slides

sold between February and August 2018

Neckerchief slide recall

 

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Thank you to our sponsors

Sponsors

The Sporting Clays event was a huge succes this year. A great time was had by all!! We would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors and volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

Our Sponsors:

GOLD SPONSORS:

Doyon Utilities

Foundation Health Partners - Tanana Valley Clinic - Fairbanks Memorial Hospital - Denali Center

 

PRIZE SPONSORS:

Sportsman Warehouse

Big Rays

Alaska Railroad

 

FOOD SPONSOR:

Pike's Waterfront Lodge

 

VOLUTEERS:

Mariko Daly

Megan Stewart

Kevin O'Neal

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New Youth Protection Course MUST be taken by October 1st for all registered leaders.
 
Update Your Training by October 1, 2018
The Boy Scouts of America’s updated youth protection training doesn’t just talk about the dangers of child predators – it shows how they work to gain access to their victims.
In early February, the BSA introduced newly updated youth protection training that is required for all volunteers before October 1, 2018. Even if they took the previous training prior to the February rollout, it will need to be taken it again.
 
The updated training, which includes three modules and a test that take a little over an hour to complete, draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and maltreatment to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse, including: bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse. Once completed, volunteers will not have to retake the training for two years.
New to this version of the training program are video interviews with psychologists and law enforcement professionals who discuss the root causes of abuse, how to recognize it, and how to respond.
 
“There is no substitute for hearing directly from experts who have spent their careers studying child predators and abusers,” said Michael Johnson, the BSA’s director of youth protection. “They shine a new light on the challenge we all face in protecting kids and how parents and volunteers can put barriers in place to keep them away.”
Some of the most impactful aspects of the training are interviews with abuse survivors, who give their first-hand perspectives. “In developing this training, we discussed whether or not to include survivor videos,” said Johnson. “It was the right decision. Their testimony is powerful and highlights how predators work and the tragic impact like nothing else.”
In addition to updated training, the BSA recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:
As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
 
Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. All together, it’s a bold new approach that will serve as just one part of the BSA’s ongoing effort to enroll the entire community in the fight against child abuse both in and out of Scouting.
Need help with the training? Find out more in the How-to Guide for Taking Youth Protection
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Explorer Post #747 is accepting applications
 
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Young men and women age 14 (with completion of 8th grade) through 20 years old are welcome to apply. Post #747 has been exploring all the
careers at the Fairbanks Airport including; Pilots, Aircraft Mechanics, Emergency Services and Air Traffic Controllers.
Email them at faiexplorerpost747@gmail.com for more information and download an application here
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 DON'T MISS IT!

WORLD JAMBOREE 2019

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Programs

For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

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BALOO 2019

Training Opportunities

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2019 Tanana District Merit Badge Day

When: January 19, 2019
LDS Stake Center, 1500 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK 99701.
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BSA ONLINE for Merit Badge Day

Travis Payton for the LDS Church and Internet Expert, has given us the information to access for the upcoming presentations that will take place at the Merit Badge Day 2019.

These are not related to the merit badge day but will occur during the date of January 19, 2019.

BSA Friends of Scouting at 10:00 hours

BSA Summer Camp Promotion at 12:30 hours

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Midnight Sun Council Annual Recognition Dinner

February 2, 2019 at 6 pm for fellowship and 6:30 pm for dinner at Pikes Waterfront Lodge

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It is the mission of the Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

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