Starting Jan. 1, 2014, Cooking merit badge Will Be Required for Eagle
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge will be required to obtain the Eagle Scout rank. Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working toward Eagle, unless he fulfills all the rank requirements--with the exception of his board of review--before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.
Scouting Resource at the Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center offers a full array of scouting programs and overnight adventures for both boys and girls from fall through spring.
Our 2013 – 2014 programs include hands-on activities and themed educational programs designed to fulfill badge/pin requirements while providing scouts with a unique experience.
Follow this link to find out about their programs: http://www.mi-sci.org/educators-groups/scouts/.
Put Your Unit in the News
Any Scout related news items will be posted here on the Ottawa District Home Page. To submit articles all you need do is write the article and add any pictures. Email completed articles to Ottawa Webmaster, Chuck Williams. Tout activities you've done. Recognize a special Scout in your unit. Let others know of a new resource you found useful.
And even more resources for leaders…..Scoutcast: Download some great info (this month, it's about Troop discipline issues; January was "Bullying") to listen to during your commute or workout. Click here for more info. Cub leaders - your podcasts can be found here.
Scouting - a great "backup plan"….. (they'll thank you when they're 40!)
Chances of becoming a professional athlete? EXTRAORDINARILY SMALL. A college athlete? SMALL. Scouts is a great "Backup Plan"! Find more info here. Fifty-nine percent of the millions of high school athletes in America believe that they will get a college sports scholarship, according to statistics from the University of Georgia, but only two out of a hundred will even play in college, and less than one in a hundred will end up on the field for a high-profile Division 1 team. Sell Scouts to your athletes (and their parents) - they need a backup plan!
Eagle Project News ….
The enhanced Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook has arrived! The new workbook was recently posted on the BSA website and provides added functionality for the Eagle Scout candidate. The candidate now has the ability to insert pictures (JPG/JPEG, GIF, TIF, and PNG formats) and add captions to these pictures. Expandable text boxes have also been included along with the ability to add rows to project phases, materials, supplies, tools, jobs, and hazards. Before you download the new workbook, however, be sure you have the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The new functionality may not work in older versions.