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The University of Scouting is a fantastic place and time to learn all about scouting as well as many other beneficial topics. This training is for all adult scouters as well as Scouts, BSA youth who are interested in spending a day with the French Creek Scouting Family.   This is the only time and place during the year where we have the variety of classes, but also so many resources in one place to help us all move forward in our scouting journey.

We will have trainings with information on topics that cover every corner of Scouting from Cub Scouts to long distance adventures for Scouts, BSA Troops.  Want to learn about the animals to look out for on your travels?  Take our “Yikes… What is That” or “Trails in and Around the Council” class.  Need to know how to treat water in the backcountry, we have a class for that.  Is your scout is moving up to a troop in the spring and have no idea what to expect, then our “A Scouts First Year” and “Adult transition to Scouts, BSA” classes are for you.  If you have been involved with scouting for years and want to learn something new then “Forestry”, “Birds of the Area” or maybe even learning about Geocaching is for you.  There is truly a class for all scouters, from the brand-new parents to veteran leaders who have been involved for years.

We are offering ILST Youth Leader Training for Scouts, BSA youth.  Not only is this a good place for youth to improve their leader skills in a fun training, it is also the pre-requisite training for NYLT that is offered this spring at Custaloga Town.   Scouts wanting to work on their leadership skills while helping with their local pack can learn how to become a Den Chief by taking that training as well.  Youth are also able to take the adult classes as long as they are not marked as an 18 and above course.

For more information, class schedule, class catalog, and to register head over to the link below!  We look forward to seeing you all there!

University of Scouting Registration – https://scoutingevent.com/532-university2022

French Creek Council looking for a New Program and Retention Executive

The French Creek Council is looking to hire a New Program and Retention Executive. This is a full time position. With full benefits that include: health, dental, vision and retirement.

The duties will include working with volunteers to plan and execute council and district program events, responsible for working with Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Resident; as well as ensuring that all of our units have strong programs to help them improve their retention.

Nights, weekends and travel is required. Please see the job description below and resumes and cover letters can be sent to Steven Dunn.

steven.dunn@scouting.org

Job Description

Council Fair Share Fee Starting at Re-Charter

Dear French Creek Council Scouting Family:

For over 112 years, Scouting has helped to build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and outdoor activities. For over 50 years, the French Creek Council has been dedicated to developing local youth into leaders of good character and preparing them for life by instilling in them timeless values of the Scout Oath and Law.

As the French Creek Council continues to deliver the Scouting mission to youth into its second century, it is important that those values remain, while also keeping pace with an ever-changing world.

While the National Office of the BSA and your local unit ask for annual registration fees and dues, our local council instead has relied upon the generosity of those willing to donate to the Family Friends of Scouting Campaign (FOS). These donations have been an integral part of the financial support needed to operate Scouting locally, helping to secure the funds necessary to provide many essential services and resources to units and Scouting families, such as camp activities and programs, youth and adult leader training, communications, and a dedicated professional and office staff.

On January 1, 2023, the French Creek Council will be discontinuing the Family FOS program and will not be conducting unit presentations and solicitations going forward. Instead, a different method will be introduced to help provide for the operating costs needed annually to provide quality Scouting programs. Beginning in 2023 an annual Fair Share Council Fee will be included at the time of re-charter. The annual amount will be $30 for youth ($2.50 per month) and $15 for adult ($1.25 per month). This will be in addition to the annual youth and adult fees required by National BSA and our insurance fee. Included is the pro-rated fee chart showing the National BSA and local council fees.

While FOS contributions have been a critical part of funding and supporting local Scouting for many years, these contributions have been declining as costs continue to rise. The FOS presentation disrupts the unit meetings and their recognition programs, and takes a significant amount of time, effort, and resources to organize and implement effectively. The FOS funding model has become outdated in many ways. While some families choose to contribute, many choose not to do so. The feedback we’ve received is that most families would prefer to know what the annual costs are upfront, and then pay one fee, as they do with many of their children’s other activities.

There are sure to be many questions about this change. Please refer to the included FAQ which will answer many of them. You can also reach out to the Council Management Team at registration@frenchcreek-bsa.org.

Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments that we can make to support our youth today so that they can become the leaders that we will turn to tomorrow. From campouts to service projects, from career-inspiring merit badges to the once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Scouting continues to leave a lasting impact on our communities

Yours in Scouting,

French Creek Council Board of Director

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