Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food is part of the Scouting legacy for decades. Throughout the Scouting family, Packs, Troops and Crews with the generous support of their local communities provide tons of food stuffs to community agencies. While national in scope, Scouting for Food is local in delivery. Scouting for Food is delivered to local agencies by the local units who coordinate their efforts with in the community. To assist units the Yankee Clipper Council has door hangars for units to add dates and leave at homes to let them know Scouts will be able to return and pick up their donations to the community food banks. To order door hangars complete the request form and bring to the Haverhill Service Center
Upcoming Highlights In The
Northern Light District
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Nov 16th 2012 Family Friends of Scouting
Presenter Training and Orientation
Haverhill Presbyterian Church, 36 Broadway
Jan 14th Northern Light Charter Turn In Day
Jan 21st Readyman for Webelos
Information at Readyman 2012
Jan 27-29th "Minute to Win It" Winter Camporee
Information at Winter Camporee
Monthly District Meetings
First Monday: Commissioners Meeting
7PM Atkinson Community Center
First Wednesday: District Committee
7PM Newburyport 5 Bank, Amesbury
Second Monday Round Table
7PM Gather 7:30 Opening Haverhill Presbyterian Church
Third Thursday Eagle Board of Review and Life to Eagle
7PM Market St Baptist Church, Amesbury
Two Local Banks Invest in Scouting's Youth
Two area banks serving the Northern Light District ensure the Scouting youth in this area have the resources to succeed.
The Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank
is supporting Scouting in this area with funding to underwrite three programs in the southern NH and Northeastern Massachusetts area.
1. Sponsoring the youth training critical to developing life time skills in Boy Scouts and Venture Crewmembers. A wide range of courses from a few hours to weeklong opportunities impart knowledge and hands on experience molding tomorrow's leaders.
2. Sponsoring all the membership material and flyers for 2012. Every year over 1500 new families join Scouting. The materials sent to the schools and through the Scouting units are essential to getting the Scouting message out
3. "Gathering of Eagles-Once an Eagle always an Eagle". Reconnecting Eagle Scouts in the area with Scouting enables those who understand the value of Scouting to share deliver that message through word and deed to today's Scouting families. The Gathering of Eagles will reach out to all Eagle Scouts and ask them to see if Scouting can be part of their life once again.
Thanks to the Newburyport Five, Scouting can deliver on those three promises.
The Institution for Savings
Once again this year offered to be the sponsor for the Yankee Clipper Council Eagle Recognition Banquet to be held in Feb 2012. The event recognizes each young man who reached Scouting's pinnacle, Eagle, during 2011. The impressive gathering of Eagle Scouts, who are leaders in their troops today, and will be leaders in our country tomorrow, is an opportunity to highlight the 4% that start Scouting and make the full journey along the Eagle Trail. The Institution for Savings wrote they are proud to be a partner in this event not only because of the Eagle Scouts, but because the impact those Scouts and leaders have on every youth that is part of Scouting for a year or a lifetime. The leaders of the Yankee Clipper Council are grateful for the commitment put forward by these community leaders.
Northern Light Training Successes and Challenges
"Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader", and every Leader should expect to receive the tools to be successful.
SuccessesTop Unit Leaders Trained. In the Northern Light District, our Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and Venturing Crew Advisors are setting the standard for training, The percentage of Scout Leaders fully trained for their positions:
65% of all Cubmasters
67% of all Scoutmasters
40% of all Crew Advisors
Newly Recruited Scout Leaders. Packs have done an outstanding job recruiting new Tiger, Den, Webelos and Ass't Cubmasters to provide a quality program to Cubs at all levels, bringing a total to over 230 in the District. Troops have engaged 193 adults to serve as Assistant Scoutmasters.
Only 22% of all Assistant Scoutmasters and 21% of Tiger, Den, Webelos and Asst Cubmasters are fully trained for their position.
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All Leaders: On line training: "This is Scouting" is required and provides an overview to the Scouting Program. Youth Protection Basic and Venturing are available
Look at the supplemental training as well, much of which is required for certain activities, others to enhance your skill set.
Cub Scout Leaders: All Cub Leader Training, including Pack Committee can be completed on line, and if a leader has a "My Scouting" account with their member number their training record is immediately updated to reflect the completion. When both "This is Scouting" and the course for their registered position is completed, they will be fully trained and should proudly attache "Trained" patch to their sleeve
Scout Troops: Committee Training is available on Line, numerous opportunities throughout the Yankee Clipper Council for Scoutmasters and Assistants to complete Scoutmaster Fundamentals and Outdoor Leadership Skills. When those are finished, along with This is Scouting proudly affix the Trained strip.
Crew Advisors and Assoc Advisors: Advisor and committee Training offered in the spring.
Councils, districts and units have been challenged with a Journey to Excellence by the Boy Scouts of America. Replacing the Centennial Quality Unit Program, the Journey to Excellence sets levels of achievement for units to use as goals. Unlike in the past where a unit set the goals, the Journey has bronze, silver, and gold levels of performance with the various criteria adapted to fit councils, districts, packs, troops or crews. At the end of the year the criteria are measured and an overall assessment can be reached as to whether a unit is a Bronze, Silver, or Gold performing organization under the Journey to Excellence. In each newsletter we will highlight some of the criteria and recognize those who have attained any of the levels within that criteria. All the details as well as the "score" sheets can be found at:
Journey to Excellence Information
Cub Scout Membership
(as of Oct 30, 2011)
Northern Light Packs ran very successful joining nights as school started up for 2011-2012. Membership is the lifeblood of any unit, and Packs that continue to provide quality programming, continue to thrive and increase in membership every year. Those packs attaining bronze, silver or gold have had high retention (keeping the Scouts already in the Pack) and successful joining nights (replacing those who have crossed over or dropped out)
Bronze: Have at least more boy than on Dec 31, 2010
Silver: Have 5% more boys in the Pack than on Dec 31, 2010
Gold: Have 10% more boys in the Pack than Dec 31, 2010
Gold Level: 12 Haverhill 21 Newburyport 24 Haverhill 37 Salisbury
82 North Andover 89 North Andover 91 Newton 96 Methuen
Silver Level: 26 West Newbury Pack 55 Methuen
Bronze Level: 51 Methuen 52 Methuen 61 Methuen 63 Haverhill
86 North Andover 95 Atkinson 111 Hampstead
Congratulations to every Pack! Everyone has had new families join Scouting at the various sign up nights this fall. More will join the ranks of the Gold, Silver and Bronze above and be recognized as are the Packs above.
Packs can improve their level until the end of the year, as applications are processed additional packs will be added and these may improve.
Boy Scout Advancement
A key method in the success of Scouting if progressing along the Advancement Trail.
Every step to a new rank is significant and should be celebrated, as units do at a Court of Honor in front of peers and family. The ranks signify the Scout has demonstrated skills and commitment, and also allow the Scout to commit to increased responsibility. Advancement is part of a units Journey to Excellence. The following is as of Oct 15, 2011. The final number is as of the end of the year.
For units: Bronze: 55% or a 2% increase over 2010
Silver: 60% or 55% and a 2% increase over 2010
Gold: 65% or 60% and a 2% increase over 2010
These units have met the percentage for Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Those qualifying under the 2% will be recognized in the final summary.
Troop 4 Amesbury Troop 7 Amesbury Troop 18 Plaistow
Troop 21 Newburyport Troop 27 Haverhill Troop 82 North Andover
Troop 87 North Andover
Troop 5 Haverhill Troop 60 Methuen
Boy Scout Long Term Summer Camp
The highlight of the Boy Scout year is the time a summer camp; equally true for the dedicated leaders as it is for the youth. Getting out for the week, not only allow Scouts to learn new skills, try new adventures, strengthen the bonds with fellow Scouts, the experience keeps boys in Scouting longer. The longer a young man stays in a troop, the greater the positive impact of Scouting on his life. Not surprisingly, a significant component of any Journey to Excellence is the commitment of the unit to summer camp and the number of Scouts that attend.
Journey to Excellence Levels:
Bronze: Troop attends Summer camp
Silver: 60% of registered Scouts in the troop attend summer camp
Gold: 70% of registered Scouts in the troop attend summer camp
Breaking news: All the Troops in the Northern Light District participated in a summer camp experience. Congratulations to every Troop for being a minimum of Bronze for Summer Camp in the 2011 Journey to Excellence. These troops went from Bronze to Gold or Silver
1 Haverhill 27 Haverhill 41 Merrimac 51 Georgetown 51 Methuen
93 Kingston 451 Newburyport
9 Atkinson 44 Newbury