2014 Basic/Youth Protection/Den Chief Training

Sept. 27, 2014, will find many of our council's best trainers at Starkville's First United Methodist Church leading targeted Basic Leader Training sessions for Boy Scout Leaders, Cub Scout Leaders, Unit Commissioners, and anyone who needs renewal of their Youth Protection Training certification.

9:00 -10:00 is Youth Protection Training This training is mandatory for all registered leaders (including merit badge counselors and committee members). Any adult registered with the BSA is required to have this training and keep it current.  Training is valid for two years.

10:00-6:00 is the beginning of Boy Scout Leader Basic Training. This training will be beneficial for all Scoutmasters, Asst. Scoutmasters, interested parents, troop committee members, etc.

10:00-2:30 is Cub Scout Leader Basic Training.  The pre-lunch session is for all Cub leaders, and the 1:00-2:30 session is for specific ranks (Tiger, Wolf, etc.)

10:00-2:00 is Unit Commissioner Training.  All Unit Commissioners should attend this training session as soon as they have become a commissioner.

10:00-2:00 will be Den Chief Training.  Scoutmasters who build their troops use Den Chiefs to introduce their troops to the local Cub Scout packs.  This is open to all Scouts who would like to serve a Cub Scout Den as a Den Chief. (This counts as a position of responsibility in the troop, just like being a Patrol Leader.)

Cost for all trainings is $10.00.  This fee includes all training materials and lunch.

Register by Wednesday, Sept. 24, to reserve a seat and help us plan our materials.

Registration forms can be mailed or faxed to the council office, and are available in our RESOURCES section on the left.


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!


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!


With the start of a new school year now is the perfect time for any boy in grades 1 - 5 not currently in Cub Scouts to join the adventure.

Parents:  Be on the look out for the posters at your school and the flyers being sent home with the boys for information on the Cub Scout sign up night in your area.  Or you can call the council office at 662-328-7228 and we will help direct you to the local Cub Scout Pack in your area.

Be sure to check out http://cubscouts.org/ for lots of great information on why you want to be a part of Cub Scouting!

Be a part of the PAC 10!


We are kicking off the new scouting year rolling out a new council theme...PAC 10...Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders.

Join us at our Roundtable meeting on Thursday, August 7, 7pm at Camp Seminole and receive a FREE T-Shirt with this logo.

You must attend to get one for FREE...see you there!

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.