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Thank you!

Thank you to all the units who sold popcorn and helped contribute to a wonderful popcorn sale. Over $135,000 was raised in our district to help support our programs and our kids.
Thank you to the Roger's Best-Buy for providing workers to help sort popcorn!

Above and Beyond

Special Thanks to Steve Anderson, Chris Braun and Monica Ewals-Nelson for taking extra time out of their schedules to help start a new pack! Welcome to our new packs from Palmer Lake and Weaver Lake!!
Welcome to our new Crew-- The Peak-a-boo puppet Crew.

We have so many amazing things happening in our district and we would like to hear from you...!! If you have special thank-you's, exciting events, or other news you would like share in the navigator please forward your request to apengra@nsbsa.org ... Pictures welcome!

Webelos Transition

Are you talking about what’s hot? What’s that? Webelos transition of course!!
*** The trail in Scouting does not end in Cub Scouting; it is only the beginning. ***

How the Webelos-to-Scout Plan Helps Boys

The Webelos Scouting introduces the Webelos Scout to Boy Scout skills and future advancement experiences. He sees boy leadership at work in the troop and senses his own potential as a junior leader. He becomes more confident and enthusiastic about the patrol method, district camporees, summer camp, and perhaps even a national jamboree. In short, the boy's desire for troop membership is the result of this gradual change in appetite for troop-oriented activities.

How the Webelos-to-Scout Plan Helps Leaders

For the troop leader, it means more boys-boys that have already been trained in the initial Boy Scout requirements, and boys whose families have been supporting them in pack activities.

For the Webelos den leader, it means fulfillment. It means direct help in advancement and on Webelos overnighters, as well as a pleasant association with the Boy Scout troop. The time spent with a boy is productive as seen in the boy's desire to continue in Scouting.

To the Cubmaster it means assurance of stable Webelos dens, more graduations, better ceremonies, easy access to den chiefs, and pack meetings that feature lively and participating Webelos dens and Boy Scout troop guests.

Helpful Hint #1 Meeting a popular objection:

Sports, Sports and more Sports. The subject comes up right away when parents are asked about plans for moving from Cub scouts to boy scouts. The popular view seems to be that scouts and sports is a one-or-the-other type of deal. This feeling is easy to understand. After all, both cost time and money. Both have (somewhat) similar goals—practicing teamwork and having fun while growing in ability. But it’s mistaken. Scouts and sports are not mutually exclusive, and they never will be, for two reasons:

1. Scouts is no substitute for sports.

Scouts are always involved in athletics. Nearly every scout is absent for part of the year, during the play season. This is normal in any troop. Likewise, parents tend to help less with troop activities when they are busy (for instance) driving to and from hockey games. Again, this is expected. Different sports are played at different times of the year, and a good troop distributes responsibility across its membership to accommodate.

2. Sports is no substitute for scouts.

Despite things in common, athletics and scouts are not the same. Some sports, like wrestling, focus on the individual, and others are team-based. Scouting is a mixture—while there is much individual recognition and achievement, scouts do almost everything in groups. More importantly, boy scouting is boy-run. In a sport, management decisions are made by an adult coach. In a troop, the scouts elect leaders from their own ranks to make these decisions.

Finally, competition is the overwhelming priority in athletic programs. Teams usually have strict rules about attendance (“No practice, no play”). Scouting, on the other hand, is designed to fit a boy’s changing interests, and a family’s busy schedule. Miss a meeting? You can still come camping. Scouting’s standards are based on principle--what someone is, rather than what he does.

Besides sports, there are hundreds of things that boys and parents are involved in. The scouting program is designed to exist alongside the other activities of growing up. To the question of “sports or scouts?” The answer should be "Yes.”

The Ice Man Cometh

Scouts have the opportunity to spend the night before the Klondike Derby (Saturday, January 24th), proving their winter camping skills. For an extra $9.00, you can camp with other Troops, sharing a campfire and working together building your winter shelter. No equipment will be furnished, make sure you bring everything you will need for the Klondike Derby. You’ll be treated to a cracker-barrel, night skill game, and get breakfast served up by the one and only Joe Sears. At the end of the Klondike you’ll receive an Ice Man Patch. You must register in advance for the event. Please call Michelle for more information 763-231-7227