May 2018 Nor’Easter

Over the last several years, the council has received the Gold Journey to Excellence Award. While this a great accomplishment, there are areas within this system that area challenging. One such area is that of “Unit Leadership”.

This pillar measures the percentage of leaders who are trained. While we do many things well, success in this area alludes us. At the end of 2017 we surveyed leaders to get their thoughts on training. While classroom training is well liked, most leaders understand that “convenience” is a huge part of getting leaders to take training. As many of you who are reading this know, most courses are already online.

Studies also show that units who have trained leaders have better chances to recruit and retain youth. Obviously, this then trickles down to advancement rates, camp participation, product sale success, etc.

To address this challenge, as announced at May roundtables, there were will be certain positions that must be held by a fully trained leader, starting with rechartering in December 2018. Details are found in the training corner of this issue.

We do understand that finding leadership is not always easy and sometimes you don’t want to ask, “too much” of an individual. However, remember that training is something that will help a leader feel more comfortable and confident in their position. By encouraging them to take training, you are encouraging them to be a successful leader.

When it comes down to it, all leaders are doing this for the kids we serve. As a leader, presenting the best program possible is the best thing we can do.

Thank you for your commitment to youth in the Northeast Iowa Council!

Yours in Scouting,

Matt Klutzaritz-headshot

Matt Klutzaritz | Scout Executive/CEO

Deb Siegworth | Council President

Rick Leute | Council Commissioner

National Order of the Arrow Contingent Pizza Ranch Fundraiser – May 24
Come out and enjoy pizza and chicken while also supporting Scouts!
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Cub Scout Day Camp (Elkader) – June 2
Can’t make it out to Camp Klaus this summer? No worries, the NEIC has fun summer options in your area!
Activities Include: Ballistics I (BB Guns), Ballistics II (Archery), Forensics, Evidence Collection, Agent Training, Wilderness Inspection, and much more!!
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Order of the Arrow Spring Fellowship – June 8-10
Candidates take advantage of this opportunity to become a full Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow, Timmeu Lodge #74  at our Spring Fellowship! This weekend is undertaken by every new candidate and is a meaningful & inspiring experience that will not soon be forgotten.
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Cub Scout Overnight Camp – June 16-17
Ready for an overnight adventure at Camp C.S. Klaus? Prepare to experience everything camp has to offer including shooting sports, water activities, and nature exploration!
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Summer Camp Week 1 – June 17-23
When you come to Camp C.S. Klaus as a Boy Scout you are in for the time of your life! With some of the best summer camp programs, you will have a great time at camp while advancing in rank.
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Camp C.S. Klaus Golf Outing – June 18
Teams enjoy 9-holes of golf before enjoying a steak dinner, live and silent auctions with great auction items available as well as a raffle! 
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Summer Camp Week 2 – June 24-30
When you come to Camp C.S. Klaus as a Boy Scout you are in for the time of your life! With some of the best summer camp programs, you will have a great time at camp while advancing in rank.
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Family Scouting Updates

Cub Scouts: Updating unit pins on BeAScout is an important step in helping prospective Scouts and their families get in touch with you. BeAScout is open for units to indicate boy-only (default), family pack, or girl-only AND the date that they will begin accepting female applications.
1. Log in to your My.Scouting account select Menu at the top left
2. From the drop-down menu, select your unit
3. Select Organization Manager
4. Select the Settings tab
5. Scroll to Family Scouting
6. If remaining boy-only, do nothing (this is the default setting); otherwise, select girls only or boys and girls
7. Enter the date that the unit will be welcoming girls. The earliest that girls’ applications will be processed will be Fall 2018.
8. Click Commit

Boy Scouts: Starting February 1, 2019, the program to serve boy and girls, ages 11-17 will be called Scouts BSA. Girl troops and boy troops will be separate, but can be sponsored through the same chartered organization and a shared troop committee. For more information on the updates to the older girl program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information on Family Scouting, please visit: http://www.scoutsiowa.org/girls-in-scouting/ or https://www.scouting.org/familyscouting/

Camp Klaus Update

We are very excited to announce that Daniel Fiske will join the Camp Klaus Summer Staff as our Commissioner! We are also still looking for summer Camp Staff. If you know anyone that is interested, please email me at Serica.rowley@scouting.org.

Caving is our exciting, new addition to Camp C.S. Klaus’s COPE program! When you sign up for COPE, you will now have the opportunity to explore multiple caves at Camp Klaus!

For any additional information concerning Camp C.S. Klaus please visit http://www.scoutsiowa.org/boy-scout-camp/.

From the Desk of Andy Hunt – Camp Klaus 2018

My name is Andrew Hunt, and I am the Camp Director at Camp C.S. Klaus this summer. It’s hard to believe it’s already May, and that camp will be in full swing in just a few weeks.

This year we are revamping our Cub Scout camp weekends, and are integrating more STEM topics and activities for them to enjoy. Our goal is to develop a program that excites and engages Cub Scouts to learn, and take the next step into Boy Scouts.

In addition to the Cub Scouts, we are finishing up planning the Boy Scout week-long camp program. We are looking forward to bringing back Scout-favorite events, like Water Follies and Polar Plunge, as well as some new merit badges to the program like Graphic Arts and Search and Rescue.

We can’t wait to have you all at camp this year!

Golf for Scouts

FORE! Are you an avid golfer? Or do you know an avid golfer? There are 2 opportunities for you to play golf while raising funds to support Scouting programs and Camp C.S. Klaus. Not a golfer but want to support the events? Consider donating an item to be used for auction or raffles.

Camp C.S. Klaus Golf Outing takes place on June 18 at the Lone Pine Country Club in Colesburg, Iowa. Teams enjoy 9-holes of golf before enjoying a steak dinner, live and silent auctions with great auction items available as well as a raffle! Foursomes start at $250, with Corporate sponsors at $450, and Hole Sponsorships are available for $125!  REGISTER NOW!

The Boy Scout Golf Classic takes place on July 16 at the Thunder Hills Golf & Country Club in Peosta, Iowa. Teams enjoy 18-holes of golf on a prestigious golf course before enjoying appetizers and a T-bone steak dinner. Many great items are available for auction, both live and silent, and wonderful raffle prizes round out the evening. Foursomes start at $800 up to Corporate sponsor level at $1,500 and hole sponsorships are available at $200. Other golfing and non-golfing sponsorships also available. REGISTER NOW!

Camp Cards Due May 31st!

There is still some time to sell your camp cards! Money from the camp cards is due to the Council Service Center by May 31st!

High Adventure Scholarship Winner
The Floor Show Furniture and Flooring of Dubuque (in memory of John Seier) grants youth scholarships of $250 each to two youth each year to help offset fees for the High Adventure experience. This is in honor of the example John set as a long time employee by living the Scout Oath and Law.

This year’s scholarships were awarded to Nicholas Stocks from Troop 34 and Nolan Tracy from Troop 86. Both Nicholas and Nolan will put those funds toward their trips to Philmont. Congratulations Nicholas and Nolan!

Camporall Recap

Camporall was chilly but a great event! Scouts spent the day exploring Civil War Era fighting, fort building, cooking, knife making, candle making and much more! They were even able to see a canon being fired! 140 Northeast Iowa Council Scouts attended along with Scouts from the Gateway Council and Blackhawk Council.

NYLT Recap

Northeast Iowa had 48 Scouts complete NYLT. Over two weekends they explored what it meant to be a good leader and how to implement these skills in their own troops.  Thank you to all the Youth and Adult Staff for volunteering and your hard work, making this event a success. The next NYLT will be help in the Spring of 2018.

OA Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast Recap

A big THANK YOU to volunteers and attendees alike for an outstanding 60th Anniversary Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast!

We had an estimated attendance of 1800 and raised over $8000 for the Lodge at the door ALONE! This doesn’t include pre-sale tickets.

BALOO Training Recap

A group of 15 Cub Scout leaders attended the Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) on Saturday, May 12 at Camp Burton.

The BALOO course covered everything needed to plan and run a safe and fun pack overnighter. Attendees left with ideas for outdoor activities, games, and ceremonies; information on gear and tents, campout program planning, hiking, and food and cooking!

A big thank you goes out to Jon Uzel and the rest of the leaders for putting together and running the training event!

New Training Requirement

Before your unit recharters at the end of this year (2018), the following positions must be fully trained. Charters with these positions not trained will not be accepted until those leaders become trained. The individual will also have the opportunity to change to a non-mandatory trained position, such as a committee member. However, units must still have the minimum number of direct contact leaders to recharter.

  • Cubmaster
  • Tiger Den Leader
  • Den Leader
  • Webelos Den Leader
  • Scoutmaster
  • Crew Advisor

**Fully trained = youth protection trained plus the required courses for your registered position.

All mandatory training courses, except one (BS outdoor training) are available online to be taken at your convenience. Boy Scout outdoor training will be available for Scout leaders who attend Camp C.S. Klaus this summer. Other opportunities will be available as needed.

While it is important to share this information with your leaders now, communication from the council will be made to untrained leaders in those positions.

As of this issue, over 1/3 of these leaders already fit into the category of “fully trained” ! Thank You!

Dellaykee District Update:

Dellaykee District had another great month for FOS! We are currently half-way to our goal of $26,500. That is ahead of where we were last year!

Along with FOS, Dellaykee is gearing up for lots of events in the next few months. Summer camping is right around the corner and we are busy planning exciting Cub Scout and Boy Scouts camps! If your Pack is interested in adding girls next Fall, please email me at Serica.rowley@scouting.org to talk further.

Pinewood Derby Recap

Dellaykee had 54 Cub Scouts battle to be the District Pinewood Derby Champions! Thank you to Pack 35 out of Manchester for hosting this year’s Pinewood Derby. Also, thank you to the Manchester United Methodist Church for the use of space. Congratulation to all the winners!

Elkader Day Camp

New this year! Day Camp will be open to those youth who are thinking about joining Cub Scouts, both boys and girls. They just need to be of Cub Scout age and pay the fee. Spread the word!

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Check-in: 9 a.m.
The program will end at 3 p.m.
Location: Osborne County Conservation Center in
Elkader, IA
Cost: $30 per Scout (Adults FREE!)
Please remember to bring a sack lunch.
REGISTER NOW!

This year’s theme is CSI: Cub Scout Investigators. Scouts will participate in evidence collection (panning for gold), forensics (experiments), ballistics (archery/bb guns), and agent training (team games). Make sure your Scout doesn’t miss out on a great summer experience!

All attending Scouts will receive a Day Camp T-shirt and event patch! Day Camps are open to registered Cub Scouts through 5th grade. Parent involvement is encouraged! ***Please note, Lion/Tiger Cubs must be accompanied by an adult.

Serica Rowley Dellaykee District Executive

Dubuque District Update:

With school winding down, summer activities are gearing up!

Dubuque Day Camp

New this year! Day Camp will be open to those youth who are thinking about joining Cub Scouts, both boys and girls. They just need to be of Cub Scout age and pay the fee. Spread the word!

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Check-in: 9 a.m.
The program will end at 3 p.m.
Location: A.Y. McDonald Park in
Dubuque, IA
Cost: $30 per Scout (Adults FREE!)
Please remember to bring a sack lunch.
REGISTER NOW!

All attending Scouts will receive a Day Camp T-shirt and event patch! Day Camps are open to registered Cub Scouts through 5th grade. Parent involvement is encouraged! ***Please note, Lion/Tiger Cubs must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s theme is CSI: Cub Scout Investigators. Scouts will participate in evidence collection (panning for gold), forensics (experiments), ballistics (archery/bb guns), and agent training (team games). Make sure your Scout doesn’t miss out on a great summer experience!

August Roundtable

While it is still a few months away, August Roundtable will be a very important one to attend, especially if you are a Cub Scout leader.  We will be going over everything you need for Fall recruiting.  Being that this will be the first Fall we will be accepting girls, it is not a meeting to miss.  See you August 2nd.

Cross-Over Ceremony Recap

On April 28, many Webelos crossed-over to Boy Scouts during the Cross-Over Ceremony put on by the Timmeu Lodge. With the OA members in full regalia, Scouts and their parents were in awe as the Scouts made their transition to their welcoming Boy Scout troops. This was the first large group cross-over in several years.

A big thank you goes out to all involved in the planning of this special event!

Exploring District Update:

Exploring Surveys

Thank you to the 14 area schools who help administer the career interest surveys to the 8th-11th grade students. The surveys have been arriving in the office where we review each of them to make sure they run through the scanning machine correctly.

Results from the survey are used to determine the top career fields that students are interested in. The Exploring committee then meets with businesses in those top career fields to open new Exploring posts. Results are shared with schools counselors in September to help guide students to their career of choice.

New Exploring Programs

We are always working on creating new Exploring programs. With many meetings being held throughout the spring, we feel confident there will be new programs in the fall!

Interested in hosting an Exploring program? Contact Melissa at melissa.neuhaus@scouting.org or 563.556.4343.

Exploring Executive Melissa Neuhaus

Marketing Update

New Communication Tool

The Marketing committee is working on rolling out a new text messaging system through Remind. This tool will allow units to text their entire unit without using their personal phone number. More information on this exciting tool will be shared at the beginning of August.

“Scout Me In”

The committee is also working on a comprehensive recruitment marketing plan that echoes the national campaign. We are re-evaluating the value of some of our current methods, and determining which new avenues are best for sharing the Scouting world. In addition, all our materials are going through an evaluation process to determine usefulness and updated with gender-inclusive wording.

CUB SCOUT HANDBOOKS MARKED DOWN

Save big now for the fall kickoffs.  There will be a revised book coming out for the Cub Scouts – it will only be available in spiral bound for $16.99.  The new book did not change any of the requirements, but updated pictures to include girls and changed some of the language from “your son” to “your Scout”.

SAVE MONEY now by stocking up on regular bound books (all books come with the requirement modifications insert).  All Cub Scout regular bound books left in the Council Trading Post will be on sale for $8.99 each (regularly $12.99).   Also on sale while they last is the spiral Tiger, Wolf, Bear & Webelos book which is normally $18.99 now discounted down to $13.99.

These are limited in quantity and on a first come first serve basis.