Time to Recognize volunteers in your unit with District Awards
Each year we recognize many Scouter volunteers within the district with special awards and look for each unit to help us in recognizing these worthy volunteers by making nominations for the appropriate awards. Packs, Troops, and Crews of Ottawa District are encouraged to nominate their best volunteers who make an impact in your unit time and time again.
The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. This award is presented annually at the Council Recognition Dinner in May. Nominations are due by January 31, 2014 and the form can be found at http://www.michiganscouting.org/GreatLakes/Awards/silverbeaver/
The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts. The award is available to any registered Scouter who renders service of an outstanding nature on the district level. This award is presented annually at the District Volunteer Recognition Dinner in April. Nominations are due by January 31, 2014 and the form can be found by clicking here. Send nominations to Rick and Linda Wallner at [Click for member's page]
The Ottawa Trailblazer Award is an Ottawa District level distinguished service award. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the Pack, Troop, or Crew unit. Each Pack, Troop or Crew can identify up to three individuals each year and nominate them to be recognized at the annual District Volunteer Recognition Dinner in April. Nominations are due by March 31, 2014 and the form can be found at http://www.michiganscouting.org/pubs/Trailblazer_2014_nomination_form.pdf
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. Or even a college athlete - SMALL. Scouts as a great "Backup Plan"! 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 in 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.