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Welcome to the Mountain Territory Service Area Newsletter!
Serving Alpine and Mt Tahoma Districts
In this February 2023 edition:
Welcome to Gillian Suhre!
Territory Office Hours - Jan 12th
Camp Edward Klondike - Feb 10-12
Community Game Nights! Start Feb 17th
Please Schedule Your O.A. Election Now
Crewapalooza! March 17-19
Shooting Sports Days - Start March 25th
Climbing Merit Badge - March 25th
Spring Merit Badge Clinic - April 1st
IOLS Training - April 21-22
BALOO Training - April 22-23
Trail to First Class Event - April 29th
Mountain Territory Camporee - May 5-7
Swimming Merit Badge Clinic - May 20th
Alpine District Webelos Woods - Sep 30-Oct 1st
New Eagle Scouts!
Merit Badge Requirement Updates
Facebook Groups Merging
Bookmark the Mountain page for a summary of all upcoming events, calendar, advancement, photos and more!
New Alpine District Executive - Gillian Suhre!
Welcome to our new District Executive for Alpine District, Gillian Suhre. Gillian has been involved in scouting her whole life, growing up in a scouting family in Wisconsin, and later working at Philmont. Gillian joined the Chief Seattle Council in July 2022 and has been successfully serving the Northern Trails District (Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Kenmore, Redmond & Woodinville) as district executive since then.

While there will be some time for Gillian to transition away from Northern Trails, her position serving the youth and volunteers of Alpine District is effective immediately. Bradley Roberts will continue to serve as the Mt. Tahoma District Executive.

Welcome Gillian!
Territory Office Hours – Feb 9th 7:00pm
MOUNTAIN TERRITORY OFFICE HOURS!

Have a Scouting question? We have answers!

We know Scouting is a dynamic organization bringing challenges and questions big and small. So we want to provide a venue for leaders, volunteers and parents to get real-time support and answers.
Here are some examples of questions you could bring to office hours:

Cubs: “I have an annual activity plan but not sure if it looks good or not. Is there someone who can help me?”
 
Scouts: “I have a couple of life scouts looking for eagle project ideas. Do you have any suggestions?”
 
Parents: “My scout is crossing over soon and not sure what troop to join. How does that work?”

Join us on the second Thursday of each month volunteers from the territory service area committee will be available via Zoom from 7 – 8 PM to connect with you.

Date: Thursday February 9th 2023
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM (06:45PM waiting room opens)
Zoom Invite:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84391251852?pwd=aFRrYTlBZ21UbStLWHN6a2UrUWEyQT09
Office Hours - Feb 9th 7PM
Camp Edward Klondike - Feb 10-12
REGISTER NOW FOR A KLONDIKE DERBY AT CAMP EDWARD!

The Camp Edward Klondike Derby will be held February 10-12 at Camp Edward open to Webelos Dens, Scouts BSA Troops, and Crews.
UNITS WISHING TO CAMP OVERNIGHT WILL NEED TO RESERVE THEIR CAMPSITES SEPARATELY.  SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT LINKED BELOW.

General Schedule:
  • Friday check in and Cracker Barrel
  • Sat Morning - Klondike Derby
  • Sat afternoon - Totin' Chip skills
  • Sun Morning - 2 hour Service project at the camp
All scouts should come out of this event with their Totin' Chip and the Paul Bunyan award!!!  Each unit needs to help out or run a station.  See the unit leaders guide for more detail. 

Date: Friday Feb 10th 6PM - Sunday Feb 12th 2PM
Location: Camp Edward, 25600-B Monroe Camp Rd, Snohomish
Registration: Camp Edward Klondike Derby - Feb 10-12
Camp Edward Klondike - Register Now!
Community and Unit Game Nights!  Start Feb 17th
Community Game Night!

Do you love tabletop strategy board games? Are you looking for something fun and family friendly to do on a Friday night? Crew D20 cordially invites scouts and their families to our Community Game Night! The event is held on the 3rd Friday of every month at Good Samaritan Church in Sammamish, 1757 244th Ave NE, Sammamish. 7:30 pm until 9pm. You are welcome to bring your favorite games, or we will have an assortment to choose from. We encourage the whole family to come and play and invite your friends!
Unit game night hosted by Crew D20!

Crew D20 is a tabletop gaming venturing crew open to youth 13-21 that have an interest in board games.  We would love to come to one of your unit meetings, be it a Troop or a Pack, and host a game night for you.  Your unit gets a free activity for a night and we get to play more games. We provide all of the games and the as needed our crew members will teach your scouts how to play a new game.   
 
Please reach out to us at http://www.crewD20.org to arrange the details.
Community Game Night - More Info
Unit Game Night - Contact Us
Please Schedule Your O.A. Election Now
All OA Elections in T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge need to be conducted before April 1, 2023.

Scoutmasters and Crew Advisers should have received an email notification from the T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge soon. This email will give directions for scheduling your OA Election. Please schedule your Election as soon as possible so that you get the date is most convenient for your unit.
Please respond even if you do not want or need an Election. This will make things easier for your Chapter.  If your Unit does not receive any emails, please contact your Chapter below.  If you have any questions or concerns, also contact your Chapter.

All Units in Alpine District (Lamonti Tupso Illahee Chapter), contact Brent Schmidt, jbssc1976@gmail.com

All Units in Mt. Tahoma District (Hyas Eena Chapter), contact Jeff Taylor, rainbow36@msn.com

For more information, visit https://tkopekwiskwis.org/membership and click the Unit Elections tab.
OA Unit Elections - More Info
Crewapalooza!  March 17-19th
Calling all Crews, Ships, and Posts!  For the first time since the end of the pandemic, the council is hosting an exclusive event just for you: Crewapalooza! This will be a weekend full of Friends, Fun, and Fellowship.  There will be many great activities, including some shooting opportunities only available to venturers. All food will be provided.  Indoor cabins or yurts available on a first come, first served basis so sign up early. Cost is still being determined, but we know that we will be offering deep discounts for just this first year, so take advantage of this amazing offer! This is also a great opportunity for recruiting, as units can host friends interested in your program.

Where: Camp Pigott
When: March 17th – 19th
Why: Friends, Fun, Fellowship
Cost: Still being determined (expect it to be about $40).
RSVP: krishof@scubacat.org

More details coming soon, but for now mark your calendars so you don’t miss out. 
Shooting Sports Days - Start March 25th
It is a Scout’s dream: unlimited target practice! Enjoy a full day of shooting sports. Learn a new sport. Work on marksmanship awards. Concentrate on what you enjoy most.

Please note: The CSC Program Director (Saffron) will be scheduling a roll-out meeting for several new procedures, particularly for the Shooting Sports (both Unit and CSC Camp policies/procedures).  The tentative date is currently Feb 23rd but information will be posted on the Council site shortly.
Dates:
    Saturday, March 25th or Sunday, March 26th, 2023
    Saturday, April 22nd or Sunday, April 23rd, 2023
    Saturday, Oct 21st or Sunday, Oct 22nd, 2023
Location: Camp Pigott, 25600-A Monroe Camp Road, Snohomish, WA
Cost: $45.00/pp
Registration: https://seattlebsa.org/camping/shooting-sports-day/

For additional information please contact Walter Beauchamp, CSC Shooting Sports Staff member at 1starmy@comcast.net
Shooting Sports Days - Register Now!
Climbing Merit Badge – March 25th or April 22nd
REGISTER NOW! Join us for a Climbing Merit Badge event at Edgeworks in Bellevue!

The Edgeworks Climbing Merit Badge Course meets or exceeds the requirements for the BSA’s Climbing Merit Badge and the GSA’s Climbing Adventure Badge.
Date: March 25th or April 22nd, 2023
Time: 9:00AM to 4:00PM with a lunch break (Note: Dick’s Drive-In across the parking lot!)
Location: Edgeworks Bellevue, 15600 NE 8th St, Suite C-1, Bellevue, WA
Cost: $60/pp
Registration: https://seattlebsa.org/mountain/alpine-climbing-2023/

Note: Scouts 16 and older can leave for lunch. Scouts 13 and younger need to have a parent present during the lunch break.  

Visit the Edgeworks registration for complete information and pre-requisites. For questions, please contact Lesa at LWidner@hotmail.com
Climbing Merit Badge at Edgeworks - Register Now!
Spring Merit Badge Clinic - April 1st

JOIN US FOR A SPRING MERIT BADGE CLINIC!

Brought to you by Mt. Tahoma District and sponsored by Friends of the Great Maple Valley Scouting Units!  Ten merit badges are available including three Eagle Required.

Date: Saturday April 1st 2023
Time: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
A second session will be set up when you finish the badge and contact the counselor.
Location: Mattson Middle School, 16400 SE 251st, Covington, WA
Cost: $1 Registration Fee (Please bring exact cash if possible).
Leaders Guide: Mt Tahoma Merit Badge Day Options.pdf
Registration: Register Now!

For questions, please contact Kellie Carney at kelliecarney@outlook.com

Spring Merit Badge Clinic - Register Now!
IOLS Training - April 21-22
Welcome to Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) training. The IOLS course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.  For more information and to register, visit the link below.
Date: Friday April 21st - Saturday April 22rd, 2023
Location: Camp Edward, 25600-B Monroe Camp Rd, Snohomish
Cost: $30/pp
Registration: https://seattlebsa.org/mountain/mountain-iols-spring-2023/
IOLS Training - Register Now!
BALOO Training - April 22-23
Welcome to Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training! It is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including pack camping overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. For more information and to register, visit the link below.
Date: Saturday April 22nd - Sunday April 23rd, 2023
Location: Camp Edward, 25600-B Monroe Camp Rd, Snohomish
Cost: $30/pp
Registration: https://seattlebsa.org/mountain/mountain-baloo-spring-2023/
BALOO Training - Register Now!
Trail to First Class Event - April 29th
Join us for Trail to First Class courses taught by Arrowmen from across the Mt Tahoma District and Alpine District.  Courses will include:
  • Orienteering Course
  • Knots
  • Other events will be covered that have not been determined.
This event is for all Scouts that have not reached the rank of 1st Class.

Date: Sunday, April 29th, 2023
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Lake Wilderness Park, Maple Valley, WA

PRESENTED BY THE HYAS EENA CHAPTER!  The Hyas Eena Chapter is here to serve our District. We would like to provide a safe, outdoor location to help with Advancement and have fun doing it.

For any questions, please contact Jeff Taylor, Hyas Eena Chapter Advisor at rainbow36@msn.com
Trail to First Class Event - More Info
Mountain Camporee - May 5-7 

Join us for the Mountain Camporee organized by Mt. Tahoma and Alpine Districts. Where scouts come together for a great two nights of camping and fun filled day of event including but not limited to games, scout skill competition. Plus much much more!

PLEASE REGISTER AS A GROUP, NOT BY INDIVIDUAL SCOUT.
Date: Friday May 5th - Sunday May 7th, 2023
Location: Camp Edward, 25600-B Monroe Camp Rd, Snohomish
Cost: $30/pp
Registrationhttps://seattlebsa.org/mountain/mountain-camporee-2023/
Mountain Camporee - Register Now!
Alpine District Webelos Woods Fall 2023
Save the Date Sept 30-Oct 1, 2023 @ Camp Pigott!

Planning has begun for Webelos Woods this Fall!  Mark your calendars, registration will be up in early June and open to the first 90 Webelos to register.  Don’t miss out on the epic opportunity to meet local scout troops and work toward completing 4 adventures in one weekend.

Webelos and AOL Scouts that attend can complete requirements in the following adventures.

Webelos 1 Track
Cast Iron Chef
Stronger, Faster, Higher
Into the Woods
Earth Rocks!

Webelos 2 (AOL) Track
Scouting Adventure
Outdoor Adventure
Into the Woods
Earth Rocks!

Stay tuned for more updates!
Alpine District Webelos Woods - More Info
Swimming Merit Badge Clinic - May 20th

The Swimming Merit Badge Clinic is a 4- hour clinic which allows for Scouts to begin (and perhaps complete) the Eagle-required Swimming Merit Badge.

Scouts must bring a Blue Card signed by their Scoutmaster. Scouts can bring a Swimming Merit Badge Pamphlet (Book), however it is optional.

Date: Saturday May 20th 2023
Time: 4:00-8:00 PM
Location: Covington Aquatic Center, 18230 SE 240th St, Covington, WA
More Info: https://seattlebsa.org/mountain/swimming-mb-covington-2023-05/
Swimming MB Clinic - More Info
New Eagle Scouts!

MT TAHOMA DISTRICT NEW EAGLE SCOUTS
January 2023

Charlie Witt, Troop 711   
Ayden Michael Bowl, Troop 406    
Thomas Crawford, Troop 449    
Dominic DeMarais, Troop 449    
William Adam Tufts, Troop 449  

Congratulations!

Advancement News
MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENT UPDATES
 
Every merit badge is reviewed on a two year cycle, and any needed updates are made. The merit badges listed below have updated requirements which take effect January 1, 2023. As always, if a Scout has started work using the old requirements they may complete the merit badge using those requirements, or switch to the new ones. A Scout starting after January 1, 2023 must use the new requirements.”

Merit badge requirement updates from 2023 Scouts BSA Requirements (33216):
American Business  (2c)
Animal Science (1, Avian Option a, c, e)
Archery (1a, b, c, d, 3b, 4a, b, c, d, 5ac, 5af1cd, 5bc, 5bf1cd)
Architecture (1b)
Composite Materials (1c 3a)
Cooking (2c, d, 4a, 5b, d, e, g, 6a, f)
Cycling (1a, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Option A a1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Option B a1, 3, b1, 2, 3, c, d, e)
Digital Technology (3a, 3e, 4a, 5a, 7c)
Disabilities Awareness (6)
Emergency Preparedness (3)
Environmental Science (3, 3f2, 5)
Family Life (6b1, 2, 3)
Farm Mechanics (1d)
Game Design (1b, 5b, 8a, b)
Genealogy (1a, b, c, 4a, b, c, d, e, 8b, c)
Geology (5d2)
Golf (3, 7g)
Hiking (2a, b, c, 4, 5)
Inventing (6b)
Mammal Study (3a, b, c)
Nature (4g2, 4h1, 6a, b)
Personal Fitness (4d)
Plant Science (8 Option 3 Field Botany A2, B, F1d, F3c1, 2, 3)
Programming (1b, 3a)
Reptile and Amphibian Study (3d, 5)
Salesmanship (2b, 2d, 3, 4, 6a3)
Small-Boat Sailing (6i, j)
Snow Sports (2b, 7 Downhill a, h, i; Cross country a, b, d, i; Snowboarding i, k; 
Snowshoeing e, i, j)
Sports (5)
Swimming (5a)
 
Facebook Groups Merging
Our District Facebook groups are merging!  The Mt Tahoma District group on Facebook is now the Mountain Territory group.  If you were a member of the Alpine District group on Facebook, please join the Mountain Territory group at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MtTahomaDistrict
For a summary of all upcoming Mountain events, roundtables, training, Eagle application coordinators, contacts, calendar and more please visit
https://SeattleBSA.org/Mountain
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Chief Seattle Council
Mountain Territory Service Area

Alpine and Mt Tahoma Districts
Gillian Suhre, Alpine District Executive
Bradley Roberts, Mt Tahoma District Executive
Council Office: 206-725-5200
SeattleBSA.org/Mountain

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