2014 Outdoor Leadership Training

Saturday, October 25, is the start of the Pushmataha Area Council's Outdoor Training sessions, to be held at Camp Seminole.


BALOO Training (remember that packs are required to have a BALOO trained leader before going camping) will be Saturday only (a one-day training), from 9:00 - 5:00.  This is a great "how-to-get-going" training for all Cub leaders and all interested parents.



OWLS is Webelo leader specific outdoor training.  This will get Webelo leaders up-to-speed on activity badges and Webelo camping practices.  This is also a one-day event, running from 8:00 to 8:00 on Saturday.  All Webelo leaders (or soon-to-be-Webelo leaders) will benefit from this one day of training.


IOLS is Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, and is designed for Scoutmasters, Asst. Scoutmasters, and other troop leaders who want to deliver their best to their troop.  This is a two-day training, starting Saturday morning at 8:00, and ends Sunday afternoon at 4:00.  This training is required before a Scoutmaster or Asst. Scoutmaster can wear theTrained strip, and is also a requirement for Scoutmasters and Asst. Scoutmasters who want to attend Wood Badge.


To register for any of these courses, download the form found in the RESOURCES section to the left.

Pre-register by October 17 to save $10 on the training fees!


Wood Badge...Scouting's premier adult leader training experience

Wood Badge is the BSA's most advanced leadership training for all volunteer adult leaders.  It teaches skills that are useful in Scouting, work, family and other community service activities.

The focus is on leadership and team-building, not outdoor skills.  Our council is able to present this training experience every three years...and our next course is in the spring of 2015...don't miss out!

See the RESOURCE section on the left and click on 2015 Wood Badge Brochure for more information and registration form.


Eagle Scout Scholarships

Eagle Scouts know to be prepared, and when it comes to being prepared for college, being prepared includes making sure you're not overlooking available scholarships.

For the fall, 2014 college semester, the National Eagle Scout Association awarded 86 scholarships in the 14 states that comprise the Southern Region.   The scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $25,000.

Only two of those 84 scholarships were awarded to Mississippi Eagle Scouts.

Scholarships are awarded based on academics and merit.   Applying is relatively easy compared to some of the other scholarship opportunities available to freshmen, so why not apply?

This link gives all the details on the scholarships.

This is the link to the scholarship application information.

Note that the scholarship window for 2015 scholarships starts October 1, 2014,  and ends Dec. 31, 2014.

Let's get our NESA application numbers up, and get Mississippi (and our council) better represented in the awarding of NESA scholarships!