TrailblazerMarch 15, 2014
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(registration 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
RFSR, Pana, Il
Cost: $5.00 Course fee includes lunch and handout materials.
The March April Trailblazer is available now.
NEW Physical Forms
A new simplified
Physical Form is available now from National or from the Camp Leaders Guides in the Resources Menu above. It becomes the required form as of March 1, 2014
Leader Specific Training
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training introduces you to the essentials needed to run a successful Boy Scout troop. This includes information on the role of the Scoutmaster, the outdoor program, the Patrol Leader's Council, troop organization, the Patrol Method, recruitment, and much, much more! All Scouters are invited, including Committee members, Webelos leaders preparing to transition to a troop, and any other interested adult leader playing a supporting role in the success of the troop.
This course is required to earn the trained patch for the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster Leadership position.
Get the registration form here.
2014 Spring Rendezvous
The 2014 Spring Rendezvous on May 16-18 at Wolf Creek State Park is fast approaching. The committee has been working hard to provide new activities along with your favorite standards. Be prepared to experience Spring Rendezvous as never before! The camporee is open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ventures, and their families as we want to see if we can reach 1000 campers this year. Registration has been extended for the Diamond Block package until March 28. After March 28, this package will not be available for registration. Open registration for the remaining packages is available until April 18. After April 18, please add $5 per person late fee. For more information please contact, Ellen Watkins, staff advisor at 217-620-7205 or email@example.com
Click here for the registration info.
Boy Scout Summer Camp Leaders' Guide
The 2014 Boy Scout Summer Camp Leaders' Guide is now available online from the Resources Menu tab above or Click here.
Merit Badge Counselor Training
Do you have a hobby, skill, or career that you love?
Do you enjoy working with youth?
Scouting is always looking for counselors to teach the over 130 merit badges offered by BSA. Merit Badge Counselor training will walk you through the process of coaching and mentoring boys, safety tips, and how to correctly fill out the blue card. The training session will be held on March 27th in Charleston.
Check out this training opportunity.
The forms for finacial assistance for scouts are due in the council office on or before April 11, 2014.
Click here for the Boy Scout Summer Camp Application.
Click here for the Cub Scout Summer Camp Application.
Wood Badge Training
Lincoln Trails Council will be hosting a Wood Badge course this August and September at Rhodes-France Scout Reservation, C3-121-14.
Wood Badge is a training course for Scouters which finally results in their receiving a certificate, a small neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, directed the first course in 1919 and gave each of the participants one of the beads which he had captured from the African chieftain Dinizulu. Thus did the course name develop, for its symbol was literally a badge of wood.
Wood Badge is, further, Scouting's premier training course. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing. The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop. The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week, camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills.
Click here for the Wood Badge flier.
2015 Philmont Contingent
Lincoln Trails Council announces a 2015 high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico! The council has 2 crews (12 people per crew) that will travel to Philmont in Cimarron, NM July 11th - 25th, 2015. The cost of this trek will be $1,400 per person which includes train fare to and from Philmont, 2 T-shirts, all Philmont fees and all but one lunch upon arrival on July 12th. This is the first council Philmont Contingent since 2008 so get signed up early. To reserve a spot today, send in the form below along with at least $150 (deposits must be received by March 31st, 2014).
This trip is open to Boy Scouts, Venturers, and registered adults. Youth must be at least 14 years old or be at least 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade by June, 2015. Participants must be physically capable to complete a backcountry trek in the mountainous regions of Philmont Scout Ranch (6,000 to 12,441 feet in elevation). All participants must meet the health and medical requirements set by Philmont.
Read the flier here.
Health Requirments page
Risk Management Guide for Units
The purpose of this guide is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. Policies and guidelines have been established because of the need to protect members from risk and hazards that have been identified through one hundred-plus years of Scouting experience. This guide provides adult leaders with information on:
Council Emergency Procedures / Press Relations
Youth Protection Procedures
Tour and Activity Plans
Volunteer Background Checks
BSA Training Courses for Health & Safety
Read the guide here.
Eagle Recomendation Form
There is a new Eagle Scout Recomendation Form for people to use writing references for Eagle candidates. The form is avalable here or from the resources menu above.
2013-2014 Council Calendar
The new council calendar is online here and in the menu system above.
FISCAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR BSA UNITS
This document contains answers to many of the frequently asked questions on unit financial procedures.
Should our unit have a checking or savings account?
Does a pack or troop need its own tax identification number?
Who is responsible for the finances of the unit?
Should our unit consider insuring our unit equipment?
Can our unit deposit funds with the local council?
What happens to the unit funds and equipment should the unit dissolve?
When should our unit submit a BSA Unit Money-Earning Application?
Is our pack or troop considered tax-exempt by the IRS?
What is the IRS Form 990-N and does our unit need to file annually with the IRS a
electronic postcard 990-N?
Can our pack or troop be covered under the BSA’s group exemption?
Form SS-4 asks us for a “GEN.” What is that – and do we have one?
A volunteer suggested that our unit apply for its own tax-exempt status. Can we?
We can’t solicit gifts for our unit?
Does that mean people can’t make gifts to our troop?
Can gifts go to the local council to benefit our unit, then “pass through” the council to
My local company has employee volunteerism grants and they will contribute to charities
where I volunteer my time. Can these gifts go to our unit?
Read the answers.
Camp Usage Form
The Camp Usage Form has been revised to reflect changes made at Rhodes-France. If your unit wants to request the use of any of the camp facilities please use the new form found in the resources menu above.
View the form here
Recently, the Boy Scouts of America announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. The purpose of these changes is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting.
Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to
To take the training online go to https://myscouting.scouting.org