April 2017 - Scouting Around West Tennessee

Jackson Generals Scout Night

Create a LIfetime memory with your Scout!


  • Friday, May 12 • Game time 6:05 pm  vs. the Tennessee Smokies
  • Only $12 per person, featuring Postgame Fireworks
  • After the game, campout on the field & watch a movie on the Jumbotron


Reserve your spot now!  for Cub Scout Adventure Camps

Theme:  Bug Hunters

Save $15 with Early Bird Registration!

Activites include:  bb guns • archery • games • slingshots • field sports • crafts water fun • science experiments

Your son will meet new friends and do age specific activities while learning citizenship and character development! Help your son explore his world through Scouting - the nation’s oldest and largest youth organization!

Adventure Camps to be held

Register online @ wtacbsa.org


Camp Cards are back and better than ever!

You can help keep Scouting affordable, improve programs and teach youth to be thrifty.  

  • Awesome Deals, Instant Cash, E-Z Money!!!
  • Camp Cards are designed to help Scouts fund their own way for Camp programs!
  • Camp Cards provide a Low Risk Unit Sales project where all Scouts can earn their way to Cub Day Camps, Camp Mack Morris, BSA High Adventure Camps (Philmont/SeaBase/ Northern Tier/Summit Bechtel Reserve), other unit activities, or simply to support your overall unit program and camping needs.
  • Camp Cards are sold for only $10.00 to the general public and have multiple food, service, and entertainment discounts for the customer to use throughout the year.
  • The participating unit can keep 50% commission ($5.00) for each Camp Card sold!
  • With the Gander, Dicks, Kroger, Chickasaw Golf, restaurants and more great offers, the Card literally …….. PAYS FOR ITSELF and is very easy to sell to your neighbors, friends, and family!
  • Camp Card commissions are encouraged to be applied toward directly sending youth to Summer Camp programs, but they may be used as the unit committee sees fit.
  • A Win-Win opportunity to help others save money, build Scout confidence, support local businesses, and help “Keep the Campfires Burning” financially in West Tennessee!
  • Click here for Camp Card Resource Page

Click here for Contest Entry Form

Click here for Camp Card Leaders Guide


  Training Opportunities

  • Cub Scout Rangemaster Certification Course - Saturday, April 22, 8:00 - 5:00 pm @ Camp Mack Morris.  $5.00 per person
  • VOLT - Outdoor Leader Training for Webelos and Boy Scout Leaders - Saturday, April 22, 8:00 am, to Sunday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. $35 per person @ Fort Pillow State Park in Henning
  • BALOO - Outdoor Leader Training for Cub Scout Leaders - Saturday, May 20, 8:00 am.-4:15 pm @ Council Service Center, $10 per person
  • New online training for Scoutmasters - Boy Scout Leader Specific training is now available for Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, committee chairman and committee member. Log in to my.scouting.org to get started.


Webelos 3-day Adventure Camp @ Camp Mack Morris

  • Boys completing 3rd & 4th grades
  • Eagles in Training at Camp Mack Morris!
  • Wednesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • Begins Wednesday @ 1:00 pm and concludes Saturday @ 10:00 am
  • Webelos Resident Camp provides a natural bridge from Cub Scouting to the many activities in Boy Scouting. The boys and adults sleep on canvas cots in wall tents on platforms. Everyone will enjoy great food in our dining hall. Your evenings are spent around the campfire with songs and skits.
  • During your stay at camp, have fun with BB guns, archery, swimming, handicrafts, Scoutcraft, campfire, ecology, sports, water carnival, games, hikes and more.


2 Months Until Summer Camp

In a short time your troop will be embarking on its annual trek to Camp Mack Morris for summer camp.  Make sure your troop is prepared for summer camp.  Here are a few tips.

  1. Complete the 2017 Camp Mack Morris Reservation Form.  Submit your reservation form and $100 Troop Deposit to the Scout office to reserve your campsite.
  2. Put your Week of Camp on the Troop Calendar so parents can plan family vacations and other summer camps around it.
  3. Merit badge sign up is now open.
  4. Inform your parents that the Early Bird summer camp fee is $235 if paid by April 17.  After April 18, the fee is $295.
  5. Schedule a Parents Meeting for March.  The Camp Cards will be distributed to Troops in March, and are a great way for Scouts to earn their way to camp.  Plan to distribute the "What to Bring" list for camp, and copies of medical forms, so parents can schedule annual physicals.
  6. Meet with your scouts individually to develop a personalized schedule for summer camp advancement and program activities.
  7.  For every 8 scouts that attend camp, 1 leader will attend camp free.  (no pro-rating, and maximum of 3 free leaders per troop)
  8. Download and print the 2017 CMM Leaders' Guide.
  9. Sign onto www.wtacbsa.org on March 1 to input your scouts' merit badges.
  10. Encourage your older scouts to apply to serve on summer camp staff. Camp Staff Application
  11. Contact Camp Director Kyle Camp (Kyle.Camp@Scouting.org) for questions about camp staff and programming.
  12. Contact Susan Gall (Susan.Gall@Scouting.org) for questions about camp registration and fees.


Effective April 1, the BSA Tour and Activity Plan is terminated.

The Scouting program, as contained in handbooks and literature, inherently integrates safety considerations. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution. The elimination of the BSA Tour and Activity Plan will:

  • Reduce complexity, cutting back on processes and paperwork for unit leaders.
  • Increase consistency with the Commitment to Safety, the Guide to Safe Scouting, Risk Assessment Strategy, as well as Camp Standards planning tools.
  • Change the conversation, engaging everyone in risk-based planning vs. process.
  • Eliminate processing, freeing staff to focus on membership and removing administrative burden.

In addition to the above reasons, the BSA has adopted a flexible risk assessment strategy for your use.  This is summarized in the Guide to Safe Scouting, and detailed in the Enterprise Risk Management Guidebook.

For additional information - http://www.scouting.org/Home/HealthandSafety/TourPlanFAQ.aspx


Cub Scout Advancement Update

The BSA has announced modifications to adventure requirements in response to feedback from den leaders who have run the new Cub Scouting program for a year. Dens may begin using the modified requirements immediately as they begin working on their next adventure.

For complete information:  http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx


Friends of Scouting (FOS) continues to be our council’s best method to help keep Scouting affordable and growing for more youth.  The annual Popcorn and Scout Card sale also provides funding to the local council, but their primary purpose is to provide a quality and low-risk unit method for Scout units and families to finance their personal and unit-level Scouting activities.

Unit-level Family FOS presentations serve two primary purposes. First, they provide Scouting families a better understanding about how their local council operates and how they can help grow Scouting for more youth in their community. Second, it provides Scout families an opportunity to financially support and improve the program for their son and for others. FOS donations are tax deductible.

The best meetings are well-attended by parents and other relatives. The best months are December, January, and February because more families can pledge support on a monthly or quarterly basis.  The most successful Family FOS events are at December meetings, Blue & Gold Banquets, Pinewood Derbies, Graduations, and BSA Troop Courts of Honor. The FOS presenter speaks for 7-10 minutes after your opening ceremony. A Family FOS volunteer presenter will contact you with more information.

Family Friends of Scouting Request Form


Don't let your scout miss this one in a life time opportunity.

2017 National Jamboree


National Youth Leadership Training 2017 is an exciting, action-packed program designed  to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home unit and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  NYLT is scheduled for July 9-14.

The NYLT course is open to all Boy Scout and Venturing youth who:

  • Will be at least 13 years of age by July 13th, but not yet 18 years of age by the end of the course.
  • Have attained at least the First Class rank.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Have successfully completed 2 years attendance at a Boy Scout summer camp.
  • Cost is $225.00

The objectives of the NYLT course are:

  • To give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the Scouting program.
  • To give participants a basic knowledge of leadership, team building & conflict resolution and help them relate these skills to their unit responsibilities.
  • To give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other units.
  • To create an atmosphere of Scouting at its best living by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • To enhance the relationship between the participant and his/her Unit Leader.
  • To have FUN


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Through its AmazonSmile program, introduced in 2014, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible purchase to the public charitable organization of your choice. The BSA and its more than 270 local councils are eligible charities. (Individual packs, troops, teams, posts, ships and crews aren’t eligible.)

So far, purchases supporting Scouting have added up in a big way. As of November 2016, AmazonSmile has generated $3,806.42 for the BSA’s National Council. That’s basically free money to support the future of Scouting.

Sure, half a percent isn’t much and won’t replace your Friends of Scouting contributions that help Scouting function in your community. But it adds up, costs you nothing and is a great additional way to support Scouting.

The one-time setup takes just a couple of seconds,  and you get the same prices, products and service you’re used to when shopping at Amazon. It doesn’t cost you any extra; the only difference is now you’re helping Scouting every time you buy.

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  Mark Your Calendar


West Tennessee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

1995 Hollywood Drive, Jackson, TN  38305

731-669-3787 • Fax 731-668-3788 • www.wtacbsa.org

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