NYLT is a 6-day experience based on the activities of a typical unit during a month of program. The course is a combination of classroom and practical exercises, all taught by a youth-led staff, modeling the best in leadership skills, using the teaching E.D.G.E. The course is about vision based team building with a wide variety of fun and challenging activities.

To qualify for this exciting training, a Scout must be First Class, 13 years of age, and recommended by his Scoutmaster. A Venturer must have equivalent outdoor skills and be approved by their unit leader. All participants should have had at least one long term camping experience and be comfortable living in the outdoors at a camp setting. We expect participants to abide by the Scout Oath and Law, governing all behavior and to make decisions based on the principals of the Boy Scout programs, as well as those skills they will be taught as part of the NYLT PROGRAM.

Link to event flyer: http://www.skcscouts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2014-NYLT-Flyer.pdf

Youth Aviation Adventures (YAA), a nationally recognized program introducing youth to all aspects of aviation will be conducting its annual Aviation Merit Badge Event at the OSU Airport (Don Scott Field) on Saturday, April 26th. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and consists of ten stations which cover the topics discussed in the Aviation Merit Badge handbook.

This is an excellent program for both new and more experienced Boy Scouts. You will spend about twenty minutes at each station and should come prepared to discuss each station’s topic. Admission to the program is $5, which is paid at registration. Because most of the program is conducted indoors, it will be held regardless of weather. At the end of the program, you will have completed the requirements for your aviation merit badge. Advance registration and completion of the pre-course open book test is required.

Link to the event registration site: http://www.youthaviationadventure.org/yaa/PartnerPrograms/Columbus,OH.aspx

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It’s designed to introduce Cub Scout leaders to the newly expanded opportunities for pack overnight camping. It’s more than just camping-it includes ideas for outdoor activities, games and ceremonies; information on selecting and using camping equipment; how to run a campfire program; and hands-on Cub Scout cooking demonstrations! In short, everything you need to know to make your pack overnighter a fun, successful event!.

Every Cub Scout Unit must have at least One BALOO trained adult leader on a pack-levl campout or overnighter.

Link to event registration: https://scoutingevent.com/?BuckeyeBaloo

Do you have a newly elected OA candidate? The next scheduled OA Callout will be held on May 2nd at the Thunderbase Camporee at the Ross County Fairgrounds. Each district will have their own camping area. The callout for Buckeye District inductees will be held at the south end of the district’s assigned camping area at 10 PM that evening.

New candidate information and registration for the follow-up ordeal possibilities may be found at: http://www.tecumseh65.org/Slideshow.html

The Columbus Zoo has always been a “scout friendly” place for youth of all ages and BSA ranks.

The zoo offers a variety of programs tailored to help scouts work toward advancement requirements in a combination of indoor and outdoor settings. Programs are already in place to help:

Cub Scouts
* Tigers: Achievement #5 “Let’s Go Outdoors (5D and 5G) and electives 30, 31, 34, and 42 ($12.00)
* Wolves: Achievement #7 and select either the Outdoor Adventures or the Birds Arrow Points and work towards your “World Conservation Award!” ($12.00)
* Bears: Achievement #5 requirements A, C, D, and E. ($12.00)

WEBELOS Scouts
* Naturalist requirement #1 and at least five of the following requirements: #4, #6, #7, #8, #9, and #11. ($18.00

Boy Scouts:
* Oceanography Merit Badge: The workshop will cover eight of ten requirements. Requirement eight can be done as a post requirement once the program is completed. The tenth requirement is a short take-home quiz to be completed by the scout after the program. Upon completion of these last two requirements, the scouts will be eligible for their Oceanography Merit Badge. ($36.00)
* Mammal Study Merit Badge: Covers requirements #1, #2, #3C, and #4C. Requirement #5 is a take-home requirement to be completed.The workshop will cover four of five requirements. Upon completion of the last requirement, the scouts will be eligible for their Mammal Study Merit Badge. ($18.00)

A link to the overall program: https://reservations.columbuszoo.org/info.aspx?eventid=9

The Metro Park System will be offering daytime opportunites for WEB I and WEB II Scouts to earn their Naturalist and Forester pins during the months of April and May. Naturalist will be offered at the Slate Run Metro Park (http://www.metroparks.net/ParksSlateRun.aspx) on April 27th. The Forester will be offered at Blendon Woods Metro Park (http://www.metroparks.net/ParksBlendonWoods.aspx) on May 10th. Both events are free but have limited space, requiring advance registration.

Link to the April 27th Naturalist Pin info: http://reservations.metroparks.net/programs/28454/860428.65340/

Link to the May 10th Forester Pin info: http://reservations.metroparks.net/programs/28694/860428.65340/

I learned of this from a Buckeye District publication just today. This opportunity may not be local and it certainly comes with little advance warning. Despite those two flaws, this may be an excellent opportunity for Boy Scouts and Venturers to do something a little different this summer, enjoy the great outdoors, get public service hours for scouting and/or school and make a little cash all at the same time.

The YCC experience allows 28 enrollees and staff the opportunity to learn, work, and recreate in Yellowstone National Park. The program is challenging, educational, and fun, and offers participants opportunities to expand their horizons while building skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. No previous wilderness experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, get along well with others, and maintain a positive attitude are essential for success.

Teen enrollees will be selected from across the country to participate in this summer program. Enrollees will work 40 hours a week and receive the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour) with daily deductions for room, board, and laundry facilities (~$10/day). Healthy food options will be provided by the YCC Cook or prepared by staff and youth while camping. While this diet might be different than what you are used to, the goal is to provide highly nutritious, healthy meals to sustain youth during a work program.

YCC participants will work in a variety of weather and terrain conditions while completing projects which may include: fence and bench building; trail construction and/or maintenance; general maintenance work; painting/staining; exotic plant control; and working with the visiting public.

Some projects will take place in remote backcountry locations within Yellowstone, requiring work crews to camp out for up to five days. When crews are based in the front country, they will either camp or stay at the YCC camp near Mammoth Hot Springs which provides dormitory facilities and a large dining hall for meals and meetings.

A link to the National Park Service site:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/yccjobs.htm