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Big news  This week we not only have BIG NEWS we also have a lot of it!
So please read on and don't miss a single article...there's something
for everyone in this edition of the E-Connect.

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On the Calendar


Veteran's Stand Down

September 13...Battle Creek


Looking for a community service opportunity?  organizers of the VA Stand Down are looking for Scouts and Scouters to help escort Veterans from station to station. Also to help with other necessary activities if needed ie; passing out food, helping with directions, and even just talking to the Veterans.


Interested in helping?  Please contact Michael Files at 269.966.9050.


Click here to download the flyer for this event.



Order of the Arrow 

Fall Fellowship/Ordeal

September 27 - 29


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This event is for you if you are...

an Ordeal Candidate

a Brotherhood Candidate

a Vigil Honor Candidate

a general member for Fellowship

or a Vigil Honor member and would like to join us for breakfast.  




Capture the Flag

October 12


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Venturers, pull the camo and dark clothing out of your closet and get ready for a great time.  Back by popular demand Battlefield Teetonkah will be set up and ready for the challenge.  Gather your team of 7 - 11 people, show up on October 12 and be prepared to stay up late!  Registration fee is $20.00 which includes all food and barracks.

Click here to register


Fall Color Hike at Camp Munhacke October 12 & 13


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The Annual Fall Color Hike will take place at CAMP MUNHACKE on Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th and is open to all ages of Scouts.  


Haunted Woods

Camp Munhacke

October 25 - 27

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Mark your calendars for this event that's popular for both Cubs and Boy Scouts!  


Training Opportunities

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We have a tremendous amount of Training coming up this Fall and into next year for our adult leaders and Scouts.  Click here to view the FSC calendar and find the training that you need!

Leave No Trace
October 4 & 5...Camp Teetonkah

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training & Scoutmaster Specific Training
September 28th...Ann Arbor Area
September 28th...Battle Creek Area
October 5...Monroe 
October 5...Hillsdale
October 5...Sturgis
November 7 & 11 (part 1 and 2)...Brighton/Howell
Click here for flyer 
November 9...Paw Paw, St. Joseph area
November 23.Kalamazoo/Portage 

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

September 28th...Ann Arbor Area
September 28th...Battle Creek Area
October 5...Monroe
October 5...Hillsdale
October 5...Sturgis
October 19...Jackson area
November 7 & 11 (part 1 and 2)...Brighton/Howell 
November 9...Paw Paw, St. Joseph area 
November 23.Kalamazoo/Portage

Den Chief Training

September 28...Ann Arbor

November 23..Kalamazoo/Portage


October 5...Camp Teetonkah
Charter Organization Representative Training

September 28...Ann Arbor

November 7...Brighton

Troop Committee Training
November 7...Brighton

IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills for Scoutmasters,
ASM & Webelos Leaders) & WLOT (Webelos Leader Outdoor Training)

Did you know that IOLS  is a required training course for a direct contact leaders (ASM or SM) to become "trained" as defined by BSA.  And that BSA requires a "trained" leader on overnight camping trips.  IOLS is also intended for second year Webelos leaders that will be crossing over into the  Boy Scout program within the year.  

Did you also know that we have several hundred registered leaders in Southern Shores that lack this training.  Now is your chance to sign up, but you better hurry!  We will only be able to accept 48 leaders for this session and spaces are filling up.  Click here to reserve your space!   The registration cost covers all camping, food, instruction materials, patch, CD, and trained card.....awesome deal.  

October 18-20...Camp Teetonkah


Adult & Child CPR Training
April 17-19, 2014...Camp Teetonkah
Wilderness & Remote 1st Aid Training

This is not your average First Aid Training...this is an advanced First Aid course for when help is delayed more than 30 minutes. 
October 19...Camp Teetonkah

October 12...Camp Teetonkah
What is EDGE?  Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.
Registration will be opening soon.

Instructor Training for the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius Religious awards

November 2
St. Patrick's Family Life Center 

If you are interested in this training, please contact Chuck Krochmal, Diocese of Lansing Trainer at

Activities Team Visitations to Roundtables

Do you have questions about activities, ideas to share or simply want to hear what is being planned for Southern Shores FSC activities? The Activities Team has put together a schedule of visitations of when they will be at District Roundtables.  Come on out and say "hello"!

September: Wabano
October: Pathfinder
November: Nottawa Trails
December: Unscheduled, probably Three Fires: Winter Party
January: Cascades District
February: Huron Trails District, 
March: Running Waters
April: Lenawee / Hillsdale Counties ( Lenape District)
May: Three Fires District

Outside the Shores...
There are a lot of great Scout happenings all across the state. Here's a listing of some of the events we think you might want to hear about!

Scout Salute...a 9/11 Remembrance
For the last eleven years on September 11th the President Gerald R. Ford Council has led the community in the remembrance of the horrific acts of September 11, 2001. 
Join hundreds of Scouts, leaders, volunteers, and people from our community at the Gerald R. Ford Museum on September 11 for this traditional Scout Salute.  

Be A Part of a World Record Pinewood Derby!
September 6th... Cannonsburg Ski area

Bring your pinewood derby car to Cannonsburg Ski area on Friday, September 6th from 5:00-8:00pm to run your car on a world record track! Track will be 354' long.  This event is FREE and you will get a patch!

September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops!

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The BSA is proud to announce that September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops. This promotion will run in all of the Bass Pro Shop stores for the entire month of September 2013.


Southern Shores FSC- Boy Scouts of America

1035 W. Maple St.
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

1979 Huron Pkwy.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Ann Arbor Scouting is on the MOVE!


We are on the move----LITERALLY.  

We will be moving our current Scout Shop and Service Center to a new temporary location until our National Scout Shop and Service Center are open.


Starting September 9th you will be able to receive all the same services at our temporary Scout Shop and Service Center located at 1665 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor Michigan 48105.


The week of August 29th - September 8th we will be closed for business in order to finish packing, move, and set up our new location. Starting September 9th we will be open for everyone with regular business hours in effect.  


We apologize for the short notice and we are working hard to insure very little interruption in our service to you.


Click here to read the full article of what's in the future for the Ann Arbor Scout Shop and Service Center.

Camporee Deadlines are Approaching

hoodie Monday, September 2  
is the last day to order 2013 SSFSC Fall Camporee and Cub Adventure Day trading post merchandise online!  The online trading post has some exclusive items that will not be available onsite as well as discounted merchandise that will be full price onsite.  Don't miss out and save some money!  Click here to visit the online trading post.
ThursdaySeptember 12 at 11:30pm
the registration site for the 2013 SSFSC Fall Camporee and Cub Adventure Day will close.  There will be no walk-in registrations!  In September, we are required to give all names and hometowns to the Army for clearance against the NTWL.
Planning on coming as non-unit staff? 
Make sure you are registered and paid before 11:30 pm on September 12.
Make sure you have the updated Leader Guide and have read and shared it with your adult and youth leadership.  Lots of good and IMPORTANT information in there.  Click here to download your own copy.
The Camporee is THE Place to Be!
Did you miss it?  

Popcorn kick-offs were last week and a great success!  

Units had a great time learning about popcorn, how popcorn can become their one and only fundraiser and everything they needed to know to get started.  


You still have a few days to get organized, but don't hesitate...


Show and Sell and Show and Deliver orders are due online by 10:00 pm September 16th!


popcorn button If you would like more information on how to get your Unit started selling, or if you have questions about popcorn, please contact your District Popcorn Kernel.  All contact information for popcorn sales, as well as answers to many popcorn questions can be found by clicking here


Eagle Scout Challenge

The Eagle Scout expectations are to extend a helping hand as service to his community, just as others helped him in his climb to the Eagle.   Following is a call to all Eagles...


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Mark your calendars..on the weekend of October 5, 2013, Southern Shores Field Service Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association, and other council volunteers will conduct a joint service project (detached garage refurbish) for a local Battle Creek Vietnam Veteran Corporal Lawrence Davis, USMC ('62-'66).  Project details are being finalized, and will be provided by mid-September. 




Flap your feathers..seeking Eagle Scouts who have registered for, or plan to attend the upcoming 2013 Southern Shores Field Service Council's Fall Camporee at Fort Custer Training Center and would like to volunteer an hour or two at the Southern Shores Field Service Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association information table.


If interested in volunteering for either of these worthwhile projects please contact LCDR Michael Files at 619.245.8651 / or
Valerie Herr at 734.971.7100 /

A Scout is Helpful!


help wanted

Cub Scout Winter Fun Day Help Needed ASAP!
January 18th, 2014 will be a day of winter fun at both of our Southern Shores camps but, only if we have your help!  We will have many stations and activities that require adult and/or older Scout supervision. 

Please apply by contacting Michael Briggs at and he will find a perfect fit for your talents.
**Camp Munhacke also needs a coordinator for this event...quickly! Please sign up so we can make sure that this event happens on the east side of the state!  Contact Michael Briggs at the above email if you can help.

Learning for Life Anti-Bullying Program Now Available


All BSA units can now access the full set of Anti-Bullying training videos.  The Pack/Troop/Crew/Post Educational Video Subscription is just $20 for one year of unlimited use. 
This program is designed for 3rd-5th Grades or Middle/High School Grades. The Anti-Bullying Education program is an internet-based series of videos and includes:


Units can find out more about what the subscription includes as well as purchase the program at this link:

or call 1-855-806-9992 

Plan now for a winning Pinewood Derby

Planning your Pack's Pinewood Derby?  If so, you may want to know what the Field Service Council has up its sleeve for this academic year.

pinewood derby car Four regional Pinewood Derby races will be run in April where you will be competing against Cubs the same rank as you.  Think of these as your District Pinewood Derby race...but with a little bit bigger audience.  
In May, at Scout-O-Rama, will host our Field Service Council Pine Wood Derby Finals and Best of Show competition.  
Rules will be released in November with the exact dates for the Regional races to be announced in January.

STEM...What's it all about?

STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is part of an initiative BSA has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.



Our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.


What Are the Nova Awards?

The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. Read about the Nova Awards program by clicking here.


super nova The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge.

Click here to read a Scouting Magazine about the Super Nova Awards and some of the frequently asked questions.


Are you ready to pass along your passion for science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics? A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older. Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM field. This is a non-unit position and requires no fee.  Click here to read how you can become volunteer support for our STEM initiative. or contact Jean Henderson at

We're Making a List

damWe need your help!  We are compiling a list of all past District Award of Merit recipients and we need all Scouters who have earned (or) know of someone who has earned the District Award of Merit.


Please submit to your Unit Serving Executive; District, Name (first, initial, last) and the year of the recognition.  Thanks for your help!

Scouting Behind Bars

scouting behind bars

A new Scoutreach program has been established to serve incarcerated mothers and their sons at the Huron's Valley Women's Correctional Facility in Washtenaw County. This program, called Scouting Behind Bars, serves 13 mothers and 18 boys who are ages 6 to 17. 


Read more about this Southern Shores FSC program by clicking here

We Are the Champions!


youth protection Have a Youth Protection question you're not comfortable asking some stranger at the council or national level? Ever feel like Youth Protection is "too national" and doesn't directly apply to your unit?'


The BSA's National Youth Protection committee. hears you!  Check out the new Youth Protection Champions program, debuting later this year. Starting with the unit-level Champion and going all the way down to the volunteer who chairs the national YP committee, the program is designed to keep Youth Protection on everyone's mind by embedding key barriers to abuse into every aspect of the program and every unit in Scouting.


Troop 161 Eagle Scout is honored at Jamboree
Evan and Wayne Brock
Pictured are Evan Semrau, Eagle Scout Troop 161 and Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.

In a surprise ceremony at the National Jamboree, Evan Semrau Eagle Scout from Mattawan Troop 161 was presented with Scouting's top rank of Eagle Scout by members of BSA's national-level leadership. 


Congratulations to Evan for not only earning the BSA's top rank of Eagle Scout but also for the great job he did in following through and meeting  a goal he set 3 years ago, which was to become the first boy to be presented his Eagle at the Boy Scout's brand new high-adventure camp the Summit Bechtel Reserve.


Read the entire press release  by clicking here.


Scouts doing a Good Turn


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On Friday, August 23 Scouts from Troop 623 in St. Joseph and leaders from Wabano District partnered with the Salvation Army on the "Stuff-A-Bus" campaign sponsored by the Wal-Mart store in Benton Harbor.  This program encourages patrons to buy and donate school supplies for needy children in Berrien and Van Buren Counties.  The Wal-Mart in Benton Harbor has been a generous financial contributor to Wabano District's Friends of Scouting campaign for several years and is a strong supporter of Scouting in our community.


Are you remembering to enter your Unit's Service Hours?  It's a simple process...just visit

to report information about a service project in which your unit/group participated, 

News from the Activities Team

You're opinion matters!
Through a survey we conducted last month, we asked the Scouting public how you like to hear about upcoming activities.  

We were very happy to hear that the 4 favorite are the ways that we're currently using....

Now, we want to know how much you are willing to pay to get into a Boy Scout event.  Here is the link to our survey


facebookThe Southern Shores Activity Team Facebook page is up over 100 likes.  Be part of all the latest activity and event information by...


Giving it a "like".

 Notes from the Districts

Huron Trails


Want to build an exciting Cub Scout program for your youth?
Then be sure to join us on September 12 at 7:00 p.m. Special guest Bricks4kids Ann Arbor ( will be on hand at this Roundtable for fun, hands-on team building that highlights opportunities for your boys. Bring your A-game and be ready to build the best program!  
Later in the meeting, Roundtable participants will have a chance to learn about the core value Responsibility and the many upcoming activities happening throughout the council. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1385 Green Rd., Ann Arbor). Leader fellowship begins at 7:00 p.m. Den leadership, Pack leadership, committee members, parents and anyone interested in "making an amazing Scouting experience" are encouraged to attend approximately 1-hour program. 
October Roundtable will host a Webelos to Troop "welcome" evening. Make sure to download the flyer for this evening of transitioning fun!



Cub Leader Training at Roundtable.

Attention Cub Leaders, we have training available at upcoming Roundtable meetings.  On September 12, Cubmaster Specific Training will be offered.  On October 10, Den Leader Specific Training will be offered.  We start these early, as close to 6:00pm as we can, so come early and get trained!  Roundtables are located at St. Martin of Tours Church in Vicksburg.



Cascades District

Roundtable has a new home!  Same time, same 2nd location.  Click here to download your printable announcement flyer to find out where you need to be next month.

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers and units that went out and supported the annual Jackson County Civil War Muster.  It was a great event and our units did a wonderful job supporting the muster by parking cars and assisting the re-enactors when needed.
Is you Unit looking for community service hours?  Help run a Scout Reach program for an afternoon.  If you or your unit are interested, please contact our Scout Reach Coordinator Tabby Duncan 


Also, if anyone is interested in learning more about acting as Santa Clause for this year's Discover Downtown Jackson Shop day please contact Melissa at


If your unit has not give Melissa your Join Scout Night information or if your unit needs assistance please email


The Cascades District committee is looking for volunteers to help on the following committees; membership, finance and commissioner.  If you would like to learn more or are interested please contact our District Chairman Ted Wilson 


Fred Thompson is looking for a unit to assist the camp liberty organization in building a rope bridge at locations in Jackson and Manchester.  For more information please contact Fred Thompson at 810-494-0237 or  You can find out more information about the organization at  This is a great service project and for a wonderful way for the Scouts to help.


Nottawa Trails

Join Nottawa Trails as they gather for their next Roundtable September 12, 7:00pm at the LDS church on Old US 27 north of I-94.  Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders will be introduced and guided through the internet rechartering responsibilities of the Units.  

Questions about Roundtable?  E-mail Nate Ekola at

Share your Photos!
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Chelsea Packs 435 and 455 were spotted in the Chelsea parade, celebrating the end of the Chelsea Fair week.
What a great representation of Scouting in Chelsea!
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Hello to our newest Facebook friend...Mark Deming
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