February 2019 Nor’Easter

Council Strategic Plan Takes Shape
By: Matt Tompkins, VP of Program

Greetings and Happy 2019! I’m very pleased to provide an update on the NEIC strategic planning process.

The process began in mid-2016 when a cross-sectional group of leaders met to develop an official three-year strategic plan for the Council (2017-2019). The plan was developed in alignment with the Council Journey to Excellence scorecard and included three-year goals for each of the five “Pillars”: Finance, Membership, Program, Unit Service and Leadership and Governance. Along the way, in each year of the three-year plan, we have also developed annual goals that support the overall strategic plan.

That brings us to the present and the final year of the current plan, 2019. We’ve made some good progress on many of our original goals and we’ve learned about the process and how to better execute our plan as well. Recently, another cross sectional group met, comprised of leaders from all corners of the Council (Executive Council members, District leaders, Unit leaders, and Camp leaders).

Based on guidance from our Scout Executive, Matt Klutzaritz, the task was to create a list of prioritized goals for 2019. Here again, we created goals for each of the five Pillars and also selected five prioritized goals for the Council overall.

  • Grow Endowment by expanding the James E. West Society
  • Increase Retention to 80% and create a leader succession plan
  • Camp Promo plans to build excitement at unit events (Goals 3 & 4)
    • Scout BSA at Courts of Honors
    • Blue and Golds-obtain feedback from youth, leaders and parents
  • Establish an effective Training Committee to assess information and training needs while setting and implementing goals.

Finally, later this year, we will convene a similar group to help craft the strategic plan for the next three years (2020-2022). We look forward to this process and charting a healthy course into the future for our organization.

If you have an interest in helping with these endeavors, please contact Matt Klutzaritz directly, or me, Matt Tompkins at mhtompkins@gmail.com.

Annual Meeting & Scouter Appreciation Dinner
Registration for the Annual Meeting and Appreciation Dinner is now open! To prepare for the evening, be sure to do these three things:

  • Nominate some great deserving Scouters. Be sure to nominate your top choices for awards such as Award of Merit, Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venturer of the Year, and Silver Beaver. If you have a recommendation for the Jeanne Burkart award, be sure to pass that on to a staff member as well. You know who deserves these awards, so be sure to nominate them to ensure they get the recognition they deserve! Nomination forms are found on the Council website (click the banner on the home page).
  • Register. The Annual Meeting & Appreciation Dinner will be held on March 9, 2019 at the Timberline Golf Course Clubhouse in Peosta. What could be better than a night with fellow Scouters looking back at the great year of Scouting and honoring those very generous and dedicated volunteers? Register online at: https://scoutingevent.com/178-appreciationdinner.
  • Send in Photos. Gather any Scouting photos you have of the last year (such as: camp, camporees, meetings, service projects, go-sees, pinewood derbies, crossovers, etc.) and send them to Melissa at Melissa.Neuhaus@scouting.org. A Year in Review video is one of the highlights of the dinner; submitting photos is the best way to make sure your unit is represented!

Annual Meeting Notice
On Saturday March 9th, 2019, the NEIC will hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Scouter Appreciation Dinner. This meeting is open to all Scouters.

Those eligible to vote are all currently registered Chartered Organization Representatives (representing chartered organization within the Council geographic boundaries) and registered duly elected Council Member-at-Large.

All recommendations for board membership should be made to the council office by February 6, 2019. Recommendations will be forwarded to Council Nominating Chair, Mike Lambert.

Year-End Highlights

  • Increased our trained direct contact leaders to 58%
  • Council was awarded the prestigious “Gold” Journey to Excellence rating by the National Council, BSA for eight consecutive years
  • 128 Girls welcomed into Cub Scout packs
  • 20,083 Hours Community Service provided
  • An Additional 5,101 Hours Community Service hours from Eagle Scout projects
  • 16.4 Tons of Food Collected for Scouting for Food in 8 cities
  • 38 Eagle Scouts
  • 874 Cub Scout Ranks achieved
  • 1,599 Merit Badges earned

Spring Cub Recruitment ideas
Share the fun of Cub Scouts this spring by sharing your Pack meeting with interested families. Make the Pack meeting about having fun and having current Scouts interact with interested families.

Some ideas to keep it fun for all involved:

  • Bike Rodeo
  • Rockets (this can be done several different ways inside and outside)
  • Geocaching
  • Paper Airplanes
  • Science Experiment
  • “Minute to Win it” games

Scoutbook, the Boy Scouts of America’s online tool for managing and tracking Scouting advancement, is now completely, totally, 100 percent free. The change became official Jan. 1, 2019.

Longtime users know how Scoutbook makes it easy (and fun!) for Scouts, parents and leaders to track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail.

Now everyone can learn what more than 1 million users already know: Scoutbook can improve your Scouting experience.
Find more information at: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/01/01/happy-new-year-scoutbook-is-now-free-for-scouts-and-scout-units/

NYLT
NYLT stands for National Youth Leadership Training. NYLT is a 6-day training course that provides youth leaders with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills while living the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Venturing Oath in an exciting outdoor environment. Scouts who complete the NYLT course are prepared to meet the challenges ahead and are better prepared to work with adult leaders.
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the course as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

Course cost is $110. Refund Policy: Full refunds will not be granted, generally, because expenditures have been made for many of the program supplies.

Orientation Meeting held March 24. March 29-31 and April 12-14 are the camping weekends. Applications for both staff and youth participants are being accepted now! Find applications at www.scoutingevent.com/178-NYLT.

PHILMONT 2020
Announcing an NEIC Council Contingent to Philmont in 2020!
– Are you tired of hearing stories from OTHERS about their trips to Philmont?
– Would you like to only take one shower in 11 days and not be criticized for it?
– Do you want to have the experience of a lifetime?
– Would you like to accomplish new and challenging feats like you’ve never even seen before?

Then Philmont is for you! The Northeast Iowa Council has landed three, yes three, Council Contingents for 2020 (up to 36 attendees)! Treks depart Dubuque July 23, 2020 and arrive back in Dubuque August 6, 2020.

Not enough people want to go to Philmont in your troop? Not a problem. You can go with other Scouts from the all over the Council!

Time is of the essence though! A non-refundable $100 deposit is due by April 15, 2019 to the Scout Service Center to secure your spot. The total trip cost will be $1,575 and a payment plan will be made available. Spots are limited so DO NOT WAIT!

The Contingent Committee will be doing troop visits soon, so if you would like to hear more from one of the “seasoned” Philmont hikers, please let us know.

Don’t miss out on this life changing High Adventure experience!

Need more info? Call the Scout Service Center (563) 556-4343. Or reach out to Bill Strauss at (563) 583-4658 or ws8323@att.com.

Applications Now Accepted for Camp Klaus Summer Camp Staff
Thinking about a summer job? How about working in the great outdoors?

The Northeast Iowa Council is looking for individuals who have an interest in working at our beautiful Camp C.S. Klaus this upcoming summer (2019).

Many positions start mid-June and are finished by late July/early August. Several management positions are available. Available positions and their descriptions are available at: www.scoutsiowa.org/cskstaff/.

Air conditioned residence and meals are included, in addition to a seasonal employee salary. Scouting experience is a plus, but not mandatory.

Contact Matt Klutzaritz at 563.556.4343 or matt.klutzaritz@scouting.org for more information.

2019 Eagle Recognition Lunch
The 2019 Eagle Scout Recognition Lunch is scheduled for February 24, 2019 at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. The Eagle Scout Recognition Lunch celebrates the achievements of the Eagle Scout Class of 2018.

Eagle Scouts, families and sponsors can register for the Eagle Recognition Lunch at: www.scoutingevent.com/178-eaglelunch.

Golf Outings – Save the Date
Are you or do you know an avid golfer? Be sure to have any golfer you know mark their calendars for either of the Northeast Iowa Council’s Golf fundraisers.

The Camp C.S. Klaus Golf Outing will be held on June 17, 2019 at the Lone Pine Country Club in Colesburg, IA. It is a 9-hole golf course that is full of fun games. Golf is followed by a delicious steak dinner and lively auction.

The Boy Scout Golf Classic is held on July 15, 2019 at the Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta, IA. It is a beautiful 18-hole course played by some serious golfers, and some not so serious golfers, and followed by a great steak dinner and auction. Don’t miss out!

Recharter reminders
Don’t forget to get your recharters into the Council Service Center. If you are having problems rechartering please contact your district executive.

OA Winter Banquet
We’d like to give a big thank you to all who attended our annual Winter Banquet on Saturday, January 5th at Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque! With around 80 Scouts, Scouters, and family present, it was a wonderful night to celebrate Timmeu lodge. A highlight of the evening was the new National Chief of the OA, Matt Parsons, delivering the keynote address.

Congratulations to all Arrowmen and their achievements over the past year, and here’s to another year of service for Timmeu! See below for a list of award winners!

Beau Cline – Founder’s Award
Collin Sindt – Founder’s Award
Tim Riedl – 2018 OA Distinguished Service Award

Adventures at the Museum
Thank you to all Scouts and families for attending the first Adventures at the Museum on Saturday, January 12! During the event, Scouts participated in special Scout adventures programming. All families members received a discount to the museum for the event and were able to enjoy a fun time earning parts of their Cub Scout electives. All Scouts in their uniforms also received a special gift!

A special thanks to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for hosting our Cub Scouts and providing the programming!

Scoutreach Supplies Wanted
Scoutreach in the Northeast Iowa Council provides Scouting to youth who may not have access to Scouting in the traditional format. We visit 9 locations in 3 cities and deliver Scouting in after school programs. Below are the supplies needed for the 2018/2019 program.

When you donate supplies for Scoutreach, you build the youth’s confidence and integrity and build their faith in their community. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the Council Service Center at 10601 Military Rd in Dubuque.

Training Update
We are happy to report that in December our direct contact leaders trained percentage has risen to 59%. With more charters due this month, we expect the number to increase.

Thank you to all leaders who took the time to become fully trained!

Important Training Info
Position-specific training courses for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (Scouts BSA) have been updated and are now available on my.scouting.org.

Top Trained Units: (Highest Percentage of fully trained leaders)

Packs:
Pack 40 Dellaykee 80%
Pack 35 Dellaykee 70%
Pack 14 Dubuque 70%
Troops:
Troop 14 Dubuque 84.6%
Troop 5 Dubuque 83.3%
Troop 94 Dubuque 79.5%

Top Crew: Crew 48 66.7%

Contact your district executive to see how your unit stacks up!

Available Exploring Programs
Exploring is a career exploration program that gets youth connected with area businesses so they can experience hands-on the day-to-day activities of different careers. And many of our 2018/2019 programs are currently accepting applications! Check them out at ExploringDubuque.org and share the information with friends!

REMEMBER: Spaces fill up fast! Register today!

Law & Government | Loras College
Check out careers of attorneys, judges, and politicians! Experience first-hand what it’s like to serve as a prosecuting or defense attorney, conduct legal research vital to the success of a case and participate in a mock trial.

Computer Science | Loras College
Explore what it may be like to be in a computer science career field. Learn how to write an App for an android device, design and program a computer to show your friends and family, and use RAPTOR – a programming tool designed at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Please contact Melissa at melissa.neuhaus@scouting.org or 563.556.4343 for more information.

January 29 | Troop 94 Webelo’s Welcome

February 4 | Troop 22 Open House

February 5 | Dellaykee District Roundtable Meeting

February 6 & 26 | Scout Ski/Board Nights at Sundown

February 7 | Dubuque District Roundtable Meeting

February 8-10 | Timmeu Winter Activity
Fellowship, training and fun for OA members!

February 11 | Law & Government Career Exploring
Check out careers of attorneys, judges, and politicians!

February 12 | Grow Something – Wolf & Lion Achievement

February 16 | Dellaykee District Klondike Derby
Sign up to build a survival structure to camp in!

February 16 | Dubuque District Cub Bowling
Join us for a fun day of Cub Bowling at Dubuque Lanes!

February 18 | Health Careers Exploring Program Kick-Off
Explore careers in the health care industry!

February 23 | Pinewood Derby Workday
Work on your pinewood derby car!

February 24 | Eagle Scout Recognition Lunch
Join us as we celebrate the Eagle Class of 2018!

March 2 | Wilderness First Aid and CPR Course
A required course for high adventure trips!

March 4 | Computer Science Career Exploring Program
Learn about computer related career fields!

March 9 | Annual Meeting & Scouter Appreciation Dinner
This is a chance to show appreciation for all our volunteers!

March 16 | Scouting for Food

March 24 | NYLT Orientation Meeting
NYLT enhances a youth’s leadership skills.

March 29-31 | NYLT 1st Weekend

Everyone Likes to be Recognized!
The Trading Post carries packages of 12 colorful ribbons ($8.49) Each packages includes 4 Blue 1st place, 4 Red 2nd place & 4 Yellow 3rd place. These ribbons are great for cake design, pinewood car designs, best of show, relay races, snow sculptures, etc.

We also carry packages of 10 “I Did My Best” ribbons for the Scout that just needs a little encouragement. ($6.99)

Eagle Gifts
*Eagle Coins
*Eagle Knives
*Eagle Picture Frames
*Eagle Congratulation Cards
* Eagle Key Rings and Billfolds
* Eagle Money Clips
Stop at the Council Trading Post to view more great gift ideas.

Mama Bear Canvas Tote is back in stock!

This bag was so popular this fall that everyone ran out of stock. This off-white canvas tote comes with a removable wristlet pouch and makes a great thank you gift for your leaders.

RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS? Order from the Council Trading Post

Skits Book – $5.99 – 100 Favorite Campfire skits.
More Skits – $5.99 – A Collection of 75 favorite campfire skits.
Run On & Even More Skits – $5.95 – 152 page collection of run-ons & skits appealing to Scouts of all ages.
Superior Campfires –$5.99 skits, cheers, introductions, riddle & Scout legends.
Scout Games – $5.95 – more than 50 games to keep the Scouts engaged.
Leaders How To Book – $9.99 – indispensable resource for old and new leaders.
Knot Books (best little buy in the Trading Post) – $1.49

Winter Weather Policy

It is our policy that when the Dubuque School District cancels because of unsafe driving conditions (ice & snow) the Council Service Center and Trading Post will also be closed.

This is due to our driveway and the rural conditions . If you were one of the unfortunate ones that we had to push up our driveway, you will understand our concern for everyone’s safety.

If the weather turns bad during the day, please call to make sure we have not closed early.