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Program and Training Conference

Saturday, October 16, 2010
North Seattle Community college

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The 5th annual Program & Training Conference is coming up on Saturday, October 16, 2010, at North Seattle Community College. This very popular event is designed as a day-long training opportunity for leaders from the entire council. The conference will begin with keynote speaker Sharon Moulds, Scout Executive, Chief Seattle Council. Ms. Moulds has many years of Scouting leadership and will share with us her vision of Scouting as we celebrate the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America. The day will also feature many outstanding opportunities for both leader-specific and supplemental training for leaders in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity & Venturing, as well as district and council committees. It's all at PTC. And as you can see in the's about Program and it's about Training. Registration and additional information is now available online at Don't wait - space is limited, so sign-up today! Online registration closes October 12th.

Council Exec Shares Her Thoughts
I truly appreciate all those parents who raise their hand at a Join Scouting Night and fill out an adult application. You want to be a part of an exciting Scouting program with your son. Together you will enjoy fun adventures that will create a lifetime of memories.

Being an adult leader comes with the responsibility of Delivering the Promise. The best way to deliver the adventure that we promise the boys is through training. Even if you were a Scout when you were a youth, adult leader training will be helpful.

Think of training this way: You are sitting on an airplane and the pilot comes on over the intercom. "Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for flying with us. Our airline is proud to announce that 70% of our pilots are trained." Now you are sitting there hoping that your pilot is one of those 70%.

Scouting isn't as complicated as flying a plane, but training will provide you with the foundation to build an awesome program for your boys. This month the council is conducting the Program and Training Conference. What a great opportunity for you to meet and talk with other leaders and get great program ideas. See what other packs and troops are doing. Here from some of the experts in the field of Scouting. This is an outstanding forum to take supplemental training if you have already been through Leader Specific.

For those of you who just can't get away for an all-day training but have a computer, you can take on-line training.

Youth join Scouting for the adventure. Training teaches you the methods to make that adventure happen!

A Message From Our Council President
Fall is now officially here, but we had glorious summerlike weather this past Saturday for the 2nd annual Aviation Day held at the Alaska Airlines Flight Operations Building in SeaTac. Over 250 Scouts and 150 adults were in attendance, and many of the Scouts were able to earn their aviation merit badge that day! In addition, a tour of a Boeing 737, and other private aircraft, was available at the nearby Alaska Airlines Maintenance Hangar. A big thank you goes to council board member Brad Tilden, the employees of Alaska Airlines and to the Port of Seattle for teaming up to make the day such a great success.

Elsewhere this past Saturday, another 400 Scouts were at the Woodland Park Zoo to participate in the BSA Historical Merit Badge Day. Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling and Tracking historical merit badges, and two other Zoo associated merit badges, were all offered and able to be largely completed that day. A special thank you to Peter Wang, our Cascade District Chairman, and his team for putting together such a terrific event! What a great day of Scouting throughout the Puget Sound!

In closing, I would like to please remind everyone that youth protection training is now mandatory for all adult volunteers in the BSA. Whether you are a volunteer with a troop or a den, serve at the district level or on the council board, all adult leaders need to be registered members of the BSA and to have completed the necessary training. If you have not already completed your training, please do so this month. The BSA website ( provides all of the training online; it really only takes a short amount of time, and it provides a great benefit to the youth we are serving. Thank you for all that you do.

Yours in Scouting,
Tom Pigott

100th Anniversary Service Projects
We're three quarters of the way through our 100th year of the BSA and we still have a lot of service projects to complete if we are to achieve 100 by December. We can do it with your help! Please click HERE and select a project that your pack, troop, crew or post is willing to complete to help make our community a better place. Folks know they can count on the Boy Scouts, so let's not let them down. Thanks for the help we've already been given!

FINAL Washington Trails Association work parties saved just for Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews:

Saturday, October 30th – Tiger Mountain – DNR / Puget Sound area (I-90 at exit 20)

Contact Alyssa at WTA to reserve your group for this work party.

Philmont Expedition Resgistration for 2012
Philmont Scout Ranch will soon be accepting reservation requests for the 2012 summer camping season. If your unit wants to participate in this amazing high adventure program, click here to download the registration packet.

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national high-adventure base covering 137,000 acres - about 214 square miles - of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country. Thirty-four staffed camps and 55 trail camps are operated by the ranch during the peak summer season. Philmont has rough mountainous terrain with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.

Commissioner's Corner
by Kevin Baker
We have had our "First of the Year" Roundtables throughout the council and with that comes an enthusiastic renewal of our fall recruitment and getting the youth involved in a quality program. I visited the Green River Roundtable, noticed a really good turnout and a lot of excitement as Scouters are looking forward to another year of Scouting. School nights, PTA socials and neighborhood events are scheduled to bring more Scouting to the youth of our community. And speaking of school nights and 1st Pack meetings, I have a great nephew who just joined Cub Scouts! I attended his 1st Pack meeting. That was fun.

Make a point to do these things. Attend your district Roundtable...2nd Thursday of the month...October 14th. Check your district web site for time & location. Introduce yourself to your RT Commissioner. Thank them for the job they do to support you and your program. Next...Invite your Unit Commissioner to a unit activity. Don't know your Unit Commissioner? Ask your District Commissioner. I know he or she will be happy to introduce you. Do you have a Court of Honor coming up soon? How about a Pack meeting or a parent meeting, Blue & Gold, hike or outing? A personal invitation to your commissioner can go a long way in helping to build a positive and lasting relationship. They are a valuable resource and are there to help you be successful.

Seattle Mariners FOS Luncheon
The 2011 Seattle Mariners Friends of Scouting Luncheon is on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency, Evergreen ballroom. After some sincere research, the Council decided to combine the South end (Seattle Mariners FOS South Luncheon) and the Eastside (Seattle Seahawks Friends of Scouting Eastside Breakfast) events into one. The Mariners Caravan will be in town for the Fan Fest . Program will be provided by the Mariners. Like in the past few years, there will be a panel discussion for the program; panelists ranging from the General Manager, Field Manager and a player that will be confirmed by the Mariners later this year. The voice of the Mariners, Rick Rizzs, will be the emcee for the event. This will be the council's first major fundraiser for the year 2011. Funds raised will go towards supporting more than 40,000 youth and adult Scouting members in the Puget Sound area.

To get a table at the event or to reserve an individual spot, please contact staff advisor Keka Majumdar at or call at 206-902-2329.

The annual popcorn fundraiser is in full swing! If your unit is still interested in participating, visit the council popcorn web page for more details and contact the council popcorn staff so we can help you get started.

Sale runs until October 24th with many chances to win the weekly Fill It Up prizes and Mariners tickets! Be sure to check the popcorn web page often, as we'll be posting the weekly fill it up drawing winners and other helpful information throughout the sale in this one great place.

The possibilities are endless with the Trails End popcorn sale. Better products, better for you, better packaging, and better program support. Don't miss out!

Winter Camp registration is now open!
The Chief Seattle Council invites Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts from Tigers to Webelos, their parents, and leaders to come on up for alpine winter fun at Camp Sheppard! Get in on the action with snow tubing, winter sports, scavenger hunts, games, crafts, day hikes, campfires, and advancements. Located in the spectacular Cascade Mountains in the Snoqualmie National Forest, just minutes from Crystal Mountain ski area, Camp Sheppard is the ideal spot to enjoy outdoor winter activities. Click here for registration information. You can mail in your reservation or call to register at 206-725-0361.

Please welcome our new Camp Sheppard director, Harrison Laird, who most recently served on the Camp Parsons staff. If you are interested in serving on Winter Camp staff, click here for a staff application.

All 2011 camping programs are now open!
Not only Winter Camp, but all camping programs for 2011 are now taking reservations! Spring Mom & Me and Cub Day at Camp come next in the year, followed by Cub Resident Camp, Boy Scout Camp, and High Adventure in the summer. These popular camps can fill quickly, so don't wait too long! For registration information, please visit either the Boy Scout or Cub Scout Camping pages.

Camp Brinkley Work Party
It's that time of year again! We are starting our Adult Work Party calendar for the fall of 2010. There will be several projects on our schedule during the coming months:

- We will need to start winterizing camp
- We also need people to cut wood and to split firewood. Our woodsheds are empty!
- The archery range at Camp Brinkley will be on the agenda as well

The next Adult Work Party will be held November 5-7. Volunteers will be met at the Brinkley Administration Building at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday by the camp ranger. Work will be assigned at that time. Lunch is at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m. Sunday work parties are scheduled for immediately after 9:00 a.m. breakfast. The food service for this work party will be provided by the Camp Brinkley kitchen. If you wish to stay at camp on Friday or Saturday, please reserve space by calling the camp ranger. The Camp Brinkley phone number is 360-568-6295.

Adventure Base 100 was a HIT!
Hundreds of youth and adult Scout volunteers helped put on a show at the Puyallup Fair. This was the only stop in the Pacific Northwest for this nationally celebrated event. With coordinated efforts with the Pacific Harbors Council and we had over 10,700 visitors over the three day stop.

Click here to view TV coverage of the AB100 Event!

Alaska Airlines Aviation Merit Badge Clinic
Nearly 250 Scouts and over 400 total youth attended the second annual Aviation Merit Badge Clinic last weekend. This remarkable event took the volunteered time of 175 Alaska Airlines employees in addition to another 68 Scout leaders. Many thanks to the Alaska Air team for hosting this memorable event.

John Carlson (KVI Radio) and our own
Douglas Withers with their boys.

Chief Seattle Scouter Receives Hornaday Gold Medal
The BSA National Council has awarded the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal to Robert Birkby of Seattle. Many of you know Bob Birkby as the author of the current Boy Scout Handbook, and recent guest speaker at the Council Annual Recognition Night. Granted just 50 times in the last hundred years, the Hornaday Gold Medal is one of the rarest honors in Scouting.

The award is named for the founder of the New York Zoological Society, an early friend of Scouting who is credited with saving the American bison from extinction. The medal recognizes at least twenty years of unusual and distinguished service in natural resource conservation and environmental improvement at the regional, national, or international levels.

As author of the Boy Scout Handbook, the Fieldbook, BSA's Conservation Handbook, and the Scoutmaster Handbook, Mr. Birkby has long encouraged Scouts to become responsible stewards of the land.

His conservation work began during college summers building trails at Philmont Scout Ranch. Since then he has led many month-long backcountry trail crews for teenagers in national parks and forests and continues to teach wilderness conservation courses across America.

Mr. Birkby's current efforts include helping volunteers in Russia construct a network of hiking trails encircling Siberia's Lake Baikal. "The conservation ethics of Scouting that I learned at Philmont are finding a new home halfway around the world," he explains.

William T. Hornaday would be pleased.

Council Leadership
Council President: Tom Pigott
Council Commissioner: Kevin Baker
Council Executive: Sharon Moulds

District News
Alpine - Cougar Mountain, Fall City, Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish Plateau, Snoqualmie, Renton Highlands.
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Aquila - Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Tukwila, Vashon Island, West Seattle, White Center.
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Aurora - Lake Forest Park, North Seattle, Shoreline.
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Cascade - Bellevue, Mercer Island, North Renton.
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Foothills - Auburn, Black Diamond, Covington, Maple Valley, Pacific.
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Green River - Kent, Newcastle, Renton, Skyway.
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Mt. Olympus - Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
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North Lakes - Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Kenmore, Woodinville.
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Orca - North Kitsap County.
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Sammamish Trails - Kirkland, Redmond.
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Sinclair - Belfair, Bremerton, Port Orchard and surrounding communities.
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Thunderbird - Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Central & South Seattle.
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New Eagle Scouts!

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Scout Memorial Fund
Scout Memorial Fund gifts recognize special occasions or memories of extraordinary people.
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Learning for Life
Exploring is part of the Chief Seattle Council's Learning for Life career education program for young men and women ages 14-20. Exploring, a worksite based program, serves 60 chartered partners such as police departments, fire departments and community businesses. For more information about Learning for Life and career Exploring opportunities, click here.

Vehicle Donations
Donate your vehicle to the Boy Scouts of America to support more than 48,000 youth in the Scouting program and get an IRS tax deduction! If you have a car, van, motorcycle, boat, truck, or RV that you would like to donate, call the council service center at 206-902-2345 or fill out an online form by clicking here.


For almost 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has taught the principles of the Scout Oath and Law through community service and "helping other people at all times." Good Turn for America (GTFA) is the name under which all that Scouting service happens across the nation and provides a structure in which unit service is recognized and recorded.

Service projects may include, but are not limited to: planting trees, sending care packages to military units overseas, collecting food in Scouting for Food, picking up garbage around your community, etc.

If your Scouting group has participated in a service project and would like to report back to us the details of your service project please click here and fill out this short form.

For more Good Turn for America information or community service ideas for your Scouting unit, visit

Your Volunteer Time is Money
Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of your volunteer time, your employer may donate money to the Boy Scouts of America. Listed below are companies who participate in this type of program, with a link about their program:

Adobe - Volunteer Request Program
AT&T Wireless - AT&T Cares
Bank of America - Volunteer Grants Program
Citigroup - Volunteer Incentive Program
Home Street Bank - Community Partner Volunteer Grant
Medtronic, Inc. - Volunteer Match Program
Microsoft - Employee Engagement Program
Motorola - Volunteer Grants Program
Nike - Employee Involvement
Qwest - Employee Matching Time
Travelers - Matching Funds Program
State Farm Insurance - Good Neighbor Grant Program

If you do not see your employer listed and they participate in this type of program, please notify us at or 206-725-5200. Check with your human resources department for more information about your employer's program.

Help more than 47,000 young men and women who participate in Scouting programs. FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to all Scouting volunteers and families in your district, pack or troop!

DirecTV Special BSA Offer

With every new DIRECTV subscription to the CHOICE™ package or higher purchased before December 31st, the BSA gets $75 and the subscriber saves $100! Share this offer with your friends - remember to write down your council number 609 and council zip code 98144.

It's easy! Just call teh BSA-specific number: 877-548-3550 and have your council number and council zip code ready. The operators will do the rest.

Youth Protection is our #1 Priority
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies:

Effective June 1, 2010:
- Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time 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 re-registered.

Please click here for steps to ensure these policies are fully implemented.

Required training courses for all Cub Scout Leaders is now available online at:

Courses include:
1. "Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training"
2. "Youth Protection"
3. "Fast Start"
4. "This Is Scouting"

When entering, click on the E-Learning link under the Training header located on the left-side menu. Then click on the Cub Scouts tab and voila!... all leader training is at your convenience. If you do not have a MyScouting account, there are simple instructions on the landing page that will help you create one.

Keep Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting
and Create fun (and meaningful) unit activities.

Nothing But Nets. Help Scouts, leaders, and alumni earn their Service ribbon for the Year of Celebration patch with ready-made group activities in the Nothing But Nets service toolkit.

Tree plantings. Use the group activity toolkit to plant 100th Anniversary trees that will both beautify your grounds and contribute to the BSA Centennial Forest program. You can also coordinate activities with conservation-related merit badges, existing service projects, and the Year of Celebration Outdoors Award.

Letters to veterans and deployed soldiers. Get a group of Scouts together to write letters to service men and women. Check out our Scouting stamp letter-writing toolkit for ideas, letterhead, and writing guides.

Upcoming Scout Events:

1. Scout Night with the Sounders FC, Tuesday, October 19th. Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

2. Scout Day with UW Huskies Football on Saturday, October 30th.

3. Scout Night with the Thunderbirds on Saturday, December 11th or February 27th.

4. Scout Day with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, December 19th. Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

Remember, Scout units that order together, sit together and everyone receives a special 100th Anniversary commemorative patch. Each game has their own special highlights for Scouts attending; be sure to view the details by selecting the link of each event.

Popcorn Photos

Jesse O, geared up for the popcorn sale.

Week 1 Fill it Up Winner, Scott T.

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