April 2019 Newsletter
“In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.” Lord Baden-Powell
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Come to Vision 2020
A unique opportunity for Latter-day Saint Scouting families and leaders!

Join us at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico for a week of training and family fun! Learn how to find a new charter organization, start a Scouting unit, organize a committee, recruit youth, train leaders, raise funds, develop an annual plan, and continue Scouting with energy, increased knowledge, and optimism.

 Saturday, June 15th – Saturday, June 22nd 2019


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Check out what San Diego-Imperial Council has to offer....
San Diego - Imperial Council Calendar

Youth Protection Training

We place the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. The Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints require Youth Protection training (YPT) for all Scout volunteers.

Youth Protection Training
Protección Juvenil En Español

How To Guide for Taking Youth Protection Training
Orientation courses help adult leaders learn more about Boy Scouts of America, their new Scouting role and how to serve and protect youth. Position-Specific courses help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing these courses will make a Scouter "trained" for the role(s) covered in the course. Supplemental courses help Scouters learn more about a particular skill or provide training to enhance their Scouting role(s). 
Online Leader Specific Training
In-Person Leader Specific Training

Supplemental Training

Supplemental training courses are designed to help Scouters with a particular skill or to enhance their Scouting role.  Examples include:

Eagle Scout Project Counselor
First Aid
Leadership Skills
Leave No Trace
Powder Horn
Unit Backpack

Supplemental Training Schedule

High Adventure Leader Trek Training (HALTT)

This 37-hour course prepares unit leaders for backpacking and wilderness camping trips. Topics include trek planning, equipment, food, health and safety, orienteering, and places to go. Leaders completing sessions I, II, and III receive a patch and numbered card.

Units planning to hike, backpack or snowcamp and earn High Adventure Awards must have a trained adult with a current card accompanying the trip. 

High Adventure Team Web Site

High Adventure Leader Training Flyer


Wood Badge Curriculum
at Summit Bechtel Reserve:

The first time ever to feature two linked troops, one all-female and one all-male, under one troop committee that mirrors Scouts BSA in this inaugural national course. Updated modules include some:
→ new themes
→ new leadership competencies
→ new material
→ new delivery methods

You will acquire leadership tools for use in your positions in scouting, business, callings and home…all delivered by national top-level trainers involved in the development of Wood Badge in the BSA.
Wood Badge Course #BSA-20-1

The Value of Leader Specific Training

     I remember when I was first called to be a Scoutmaster, back in 1995 in Quantico Virginia. My Bishop and Ward YM President encouraged me to participate in the BSA Leader Specific training for my new role, so I enrolled as soon as I could in what was called back then Scoutmaster Fundamentals!  It was a weekend-long camping training experience held at the District Level and I became a member of the infamous “Barking Blue Beagles” Patrol, and I even wrote our Patrol cadence!  The big take-away I had from that training was that it was OK for our boys to experience challenges and adversity, and to let them struggle with it to find a solution.

     The next month my Assistant Scoutmaster and I took our young Scouts camping, to include a 5-mile hike with full packs.  The trail we were on crossed a creek and the bridge had been washed out.  We consulted with our Senior Patrol Leader (SPL).  We could turn back if he wanted?  He talked to his boys, and to our surprise they recommended that we get in the water and rebuild the bridge!  It was made of corrugated airfield matting, much of which had washed downstream, and the materials were heavy and awkward.  With both adults supervising from a safety perspective, the SPL organized our two patrols and the boys got to work.  There were some challenges and the adults had to lend a hand, but the adventure to rebuild the bridge was too fun for the boys and their leaders to pass up!  It was THE topic of discussion the next day during quorum openings!

     I am glad that my Leader Specific training kicked in at that crucial time, and that when something went wrong, I allowed the boys to make it go right!

Trevor Bender
Assistant Council Commissioner for Latter-day Saint Scouting Service,
San Diego - Imperial Council

"Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life."
Robert Baden-Powell

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