Scouting All Summer

When asked, ‘What are you plans for the summer?’ being a Venture Scout has its advantages.  Summers are awesome and hold the keys to the great unknown, if you know where to look.  One member of our crazy crew will have plenty of stories to tell from the summer of 2014.

Trevor is a Life Scout of Crew 91 and the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 50.  He has packed his summer to the brim.  Starting off the summer with a bang by participating in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), moving into three weeks working at Camp Ingersoll and then catching the train to Philmont Scout Ranch for two weeks makes for one massive summer of scouting!

Mr. Trevor

For the fourth summer in the W.D. Boyce Council, NYLT has been opened to Venture Scouts.  Trevor is the second member of Crew 91 to participate in NYLT and we’re so excited to see what leadership ideas he brings back to the crew.  National Youth Leadership Training is youth-led by previous graduates of NYLT and seeks to integrate modern leadership theory with the strengths scouting has to offer.  Every participant will discover what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO.

National Youth Leadership Training

The next three weeks will be exhausting and amazing all at the same time.  Trevor will be working as a ‘floater’ at Ingersoll Scout Reservation in London Mills, Illinois.  Camp Ingersoll is our council summer camp offering Boy Scout troops an incredible summer full of activities, rank advancements and the opportunities to complete Merit Badges.  Mr. Trevor will be floating around camp serving wherever duty calls.  He’ll be busy at the waterfront, in Scoutcraft and a handful of other outposts leading by example and learning what it means to serve others before self.

Ingersoll Scout Reservation

After trekking all over Ingersoll Trevor will be throwing together everything he needs for a two week adventure at the epic Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  While at Philmont Trevor will serve as the trek Crew Leader while the group backpacks for 12 days through the mountains of New Mexico.  While there he will be able to put to practice the skills he learned at NYLT and the servant leadership he observed while on staff at Camp Ingersoll.

Philmont Scout Ranch

These are the best summers.  The summers that start off by learning new skills that move into serving others and then progress to leading a group of venturers through the backcountry make the most memorable of summers.  If anything, Trevor will be ready to take a real shower, crash into his own bed and share with others why scouting is really the best option for a jam packed, unforgettable summer.

 

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Knee-High Sock Tans

If you’ve ever spent anytime at a Boy Scout camp you know exactly to what we refer.  There is something special about going to camp for a week and looking forward to the crazy tan you’ll receive from the Scout socks you decide to wear.  Our very own Crew President spent 10 days at Ingersoll Scout Reservation and she managed to escape without this distinguishing mark.  We are very proud of President and her accomplishments.  Last year she attended the National Youth Leadership Training at Ingersoll as a participant and this year she was asked to b e Team Guide.  She was the only female youth and the sole Venturing representative on NYLT staff.  Though she escaped without the mark of the Knee-High Sock Tan she did not leave the week unscathed.  A fierce collision with a participant during an activity left her a gimp halfway through the week.

After an eventful week and another successful training of 48 youth leaders in the W.D. Boyce Council the tired and excited NYLT staffers came home to rest and revel in the memories of the previous week.  Let the planning for NYLT 2013 begin!!

So Humbled

The small acts of service we provide in our community are not for recognition but strictly just a way for us to show our community we are thankful for their support.  Service projects are one way we are able to give back to a community who has given so much to its citizens.  However, at the end of April, Venture Crew 91 was given the great honor of being awarded the Pearce Ambassador Award for volunteerism. Every year Pearce Community Center recognizes individuals and groups for their community service.  We are so very humbled to be so publicly recognized for our service.   Thank you for such an honor and we have every intention of continuing to serve our community in every way possible.

Pearce Ambassador Award