Trailblazer

The March April Trailblazer is available now.




2014-2015 Council Calendar

The new council calendar is online here and in the menu system above.




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




Camperships

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.




Council Recognition Dinner


The Lincoln Trails Council Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner will be held on April 27, 2014 at the Mt Zion Lions Center. The annual meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:00 and the awards program at 5:30. The cost is $18.00 per person before April 14 and $20 after.

Get the registration form here.




Council Training Opportunities

Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills 4-25 to 4-27, 2014

Instructors will help you learn how to set up camp, cook, work with woods tools and ropes, first aid, planning campfire programs, map reading and compass skills, hiking and packing techniques, nature identification, and Leave No Trace. Each outdoor session will bring to life the pages of the Boy Scout Handbook to help you deliver the promise of scouting to yourself and the youth you serve. It will increase your comfort level and give you confidence as a trained, skilled Boy Scout leader. The program will also give you the opportunity to work with other Boy Scout leaders from across the Council, meet new friends, and reinforce skill techniques with fellow unit leaders.

Get the registration form here.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation 4-25 to 4-26, 2014

This energetic training will provide the necessary knowledge and skills for a pack to be able to go Family Camping in the Lincoln Trails Council. It will cover everything you need to know to plan and run an overnighter. BALOO is more than just camping; it includes:

  • Ideas for outdoor activities, games and ceremonies
  • Information on selecting and using camping equipment
  • How to run a campfire program
  • Hands-on Cub Scout cooking demonstrations.

    Get the registration form here.

    Webelos Outdoor Leader Skills 4-25 to 4-26, 2014

    Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders presents the 'how to' in planning and conducting successful Webelos Den overnight campouts and other Webelos outdoor activities. It reinforces - but does not duplicate - what you learned in This is Scouting, Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training (Webelos Leader breakout session) and BALOO. The course provides a "hands-on" learning experience in camping and outdoor skills as done by Webelos Dens. This training provides ideas on how to present the outdoor related Webelos Activity Badges, including Outdoorsman, Geologist, Forester, Naturalist, and Readyman. Participanrs are provided with training and guided practice sessions topics such as camping gear selection, campsite selection, den cooking and sanitation, woods tools, fire building and safety.

    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 ellen.watkins@scouting.org

    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.




    Cub Scout Day Camps
    Redhawk Day Camp, Fairview Park, Casey - Lego City Adventure - June 11-13 - $30

    Railsplitter Day Camp, Lincoln Homestead State Park, Decatur - Knights of the Roundtable - June 18-20 - $35

    Akela Days, Effingham Sportsman’s Club, Effingham - Down on the Farm - June 25-26 - $30

    Registration must be completed online at www.tentaroo.com no later than April 25, 2014 with full payment for the camps. There are several payment options available via credit card, debit card, or electronic checks. Your unit should designate one leader or parent to do the entry for the unit as registrations are to be submitted as a pack not as individuals. The website is user friendly but if you have trouble please do not hesitate to contact your district executive or the Council Service Center for help.

    The official Lincoln Trails Council 2014 Day Camp t-shirts are available for purchase at $12 each. Sizes available are Youth Medium, Youth Large, and Adult Small – Adult 3XL. T-shirt(s) must be ordered and paid for with the day camp registration. The t-shirt design is here so you can share with your pack families to build excitement for day camp!

    The Railsplitter District Day Camp Staff has decided to include a special Knights of the Roundtable t-shirt with their day camp registration fee. Cub Scouts may order both the official 2014 LTC Day Camp t-shirt along with receiving the Railsplitter District day camp t-shirt. For more information, please contact Bob Larson, Railsplitter District Director, at 217-521-3059.




    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
  • Incident Reporting
  • Youth Protection Procedures
  • Insurance Coverage
  • 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.




    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 us?
  • 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




    Youth Protection

    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
    www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx online.

    To take the training online go to https://myscouting.scouting.org






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