February  2013 - Vol 7, Issue 2


Prepared for Life - Leadership Breakfast Series





Join corporate and community leaders at one of our annual leadership breakfast events this February. Now in its tenth year, the breakfast series features thought-provoking speakers and highlights Scouting impacts on youth in our communities.




Chris Kopczynski

Mountaineer & Scouter
Chris is President of KOP Construction Company


Member of 20 major mountaineering expeditions including two ascents of Mt Everest. Chris became the 9th American to climb Everest and has gone on to climb the seven highest summits on each of the continents.




Rob Mckenna
Eagle Scout & Two-term Washington State Attorney General


Worked diligently to make communities safer, protect consumers and businesses, and promote integrity in government. An Eagle Scout himself, Mckenna is an advocate for youth and serves on the board of the Chief Seattle Council.





Austin Rehkow
Eagle Scout


Now a senior at Central Valley High School, Rehkow set a new state record by blasting a 67 yard field goal and beating the NFL's field goal record by 4 yards.



There is no "ticket price" for the breakfast.  However, guests will be invited to contribute to scouting in the Inland Northwest.


Friday, February 22nd                                

7:00 am Registration and coffee 

7:30 am -9:00 am                                          

Spokane Convention Center                     

Ballroom 100 B&C                   

334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Contact Robin Waller at 509-242-8248 or at Robin.Waller@Scouting.org


Thursday, February 28th

7:00 am -9:00 am

Coeur d'Alene Resort


Scout Sabbath

Celebrate Scout Sunday with your unit


In February, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts across America celebrate Scout Sunday in honor of a Scout's "Duty to God" and his commitment to the Scout Law that says "A Scout is Reverent."

This year Scout Sunday will take place on February 3rd.

How can you participate?

  1. Place a notice in the church bulletin. The Council will provide you with FREE custom program inserts for Scout Sunday. (Learn more at www.NWscouts.org/scoutsunday)
  2. Have Scouts attend as a Troop, Pack, Den or individually with their parents
  3. Coordinate a date with your Charter Partner if a religious institution charters your unit. If your unit is not chartered by a religious institution, then arrange for attendance at an area religious institution of your choice. 
  4. Work between the Religious Institution and Unit to coordinate any program or participation ideas such as:  Saved pews.  Quiet observance by the Unit.  Any active participation such as prayer, report, or presentation of Charter 






In This Issue
What's New?
Upcoming Events
Adult Leader Training and Recharter Information
Council Calendar
District News
Make Scouting Stronger!
Scout Shop Sale
Quick Links
Read Your District Newsletter

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What's New?

Use Internet Advancement for Your Next Award Purchase



The Inland Northwest Council is moving in the direction of having ALL units using this online advancement system in the near future.  Internet Advancement allows you to submit advancement records directly to your Scout's records at the Service Center.  This is just one of the many benefits that come from using this system.  To start using this great advancement tool today visit the Advancement & Recognition tab at www.NWScouts.org


Adopt a School Program


The BSA's Adopt-a-School program is an exciting new undertaking that will connect Scout packs, troops, and crews across the country with schools in their communities.The main goal of Adopt-a-School is to build strong, sustaining relationships with these schools, creating thousands of lasting community relationships across the U.S.



Go to www.bsaadoptaschool.org to register your unit, find out more and start participating.


Honoring Those That Serve: The Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet

Silver Beaver  

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 9, 2013 for the council's annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet. The banquet is being held at the Dwight D Eisenhower building at the People to People Complex (near the Spokane Airport) at 2011 S Flint Road in Spokane Washington. The evening will be a celebration of the many accomplishments of the volunteers of the Inland Northwest Council. The highlight of the evening will be the awarding of the recipients of the 2012 Silver Beaver Award. As a movement whose leadership is overwhelmingly volunteer, the Boy Scouts of America recognizes the need to acknowledge the invaluable services that men and women render to youth in and out of Scouting. The Silver Beaver Award, presented annually upon the action of a Council Executive Board, is the highest award that a council can present to a volunteer.

Click here  to REGISTER 

Click here  to see this year's Silver Beaver list 



Unit & District Tools  

 A New Resource for Volunteers is Here!


Unit/District Tools is a resource to help the district and units' Key 3 communicate with their leaders and families. You can send out announcements, send out your calendar, and manage your roster - all in one spot.


Simply log into www.myscouting.org and it will redirect you to the Tools website. Once you're there, click on your toolkit and select your tool (announcements, calendar, roster management). Simple instructions will walk you through the process.


Go in, check it out and start using it! New releases to this site are coming and you can see what they are by clicking on the link on the upper right corner of your dashboard.


Who are the Unit Key 3? For units it is the top leader, the committee chair and charter organization representative and only these 3 people will have access to this tool. Who are the District Key 3? It is the District Chairman, District Commissioner and District Executive.



On the Horizon
Upcoming Events

College of Commissioner Science

  commissioner college




The Inland Northwest Council will host a new and improved commissioner college on Saturday, March 23rd, location to be announced. The purpose of the college is to advance Commissioner skills by learning through science degrees meeting national requirements and recognition. This program is for all Scouters in commissioner service. Please contact Chancellor Chris Kaplan at (509)251-3796 or Gerry Granum, Director of Field Service (509)242-8248 if you would like to assist in any way.





Plan Ahead for Your Unit's Journey to Excellence at the Spring Program Planning Kickoff! 



Now that 2012 is behind us, it is time to start looking ahead on your unit's Journey to Excellence. We all want to be excellent at something, so why not take your unit on its own Journey to Excellence. Whether your unit reached bronze, silver or gold status, it's all about the quality of program the youth are getting in your Pack, Troop or Crew.


If you haven't seen the 2013 Journey to Excellence criteria, go to www.scouting.org/jte and find your unit worksheet.


The month of May will be here before you know it, so be sure to put your May Roundtable date on the calendar as a don't miss opportunity. Plus, get a chance to win cool Scouting stuff!

Click here for more


Summer Camp Employment: Apply to work at camp




Cub Country Archery



The Inland Northwest Council is seeking outstanding applicants for staff positions at each of its summer camps. Seasonal positions are available at Cub Country, Camp Easton, Camp Grizzly, and the North Idaho High Adventure Base. Qualified applicants will possess strong leadership, exceptional teaching skills and work well with youth. Paid positions are available for applicants age 16 and older in all areas of camp including: Aquatics, Shooting Sports, Food Service, Camp Craft, Handicraft, Ecology / Nature, Trading Post, Management, Medica


Higher salaries are offered for staff positions requiring specialized training. Interested applicants should submit a staff application to the Spokane Service Center. For more information about summer camp staff opportunities, please call 1-800-325-4562. To download a 2013 Camp Staff Application click here


Interviews will be conducted for camp staff on the following days:

Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Clarkston Service Center from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Spokane Service Center from 9:00am to 4:00pm.



 Voice of the Scout is coming your way soon!    



Voice of the Scout (VOS) is the BSA's first nation - wide effort to directly to engage, you, our volunteers!   VOS is a system of continuous surveys and reports that will capture the value our members, parents and volunteers are associating with Scouting. Through these experiences we can understand what is driving word- of-mouth referrals to Scouting and loyalty to our program. Your response to our surveys, which are sent out twice a year, will help to identify what we can do better as an organization. 


So do you want the kids of the Inland Northwest Council to have a great Scouting experience?  If your answer is yes, click here  to enter your current email so you can make your voice heard!



Takin' Care of Business!
Adult Leader Training Opportunities and Recharter Information
Adult Leader Training
Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

Are you trained for your current Scout position? Take advantage of our numerous scheduled training courses and visit our online learning center at www.myscouting.org. Scout leaders who receive training are more successful and Scouts who participate in programs run by trained Scout leaders stay in the program longer. Nothing has a bigger impact on our Scouts as much as a trained leader can!


Access the BSA online learning center   


Council Training Calendar www.nwscouts.org/training 


What training is required for your current Scouting position



Wood Badge Training June 2013, The BSA's Advanced Leadership Training Course

wood badge  

Join us for the Boy Scouts of America's premier adult volunteer training experience in 2013-May31-June 2 and June 14-16 at Cowles Scout Reservation! This course is for all Scouters - Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Varsity, and Venturing leaders, and district and council leaders.  Wood Badge focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with groups of youth and adults.  The course teaches participants the basics of listening, communicating, valuing people, team development, situational leadership, problem solving, and managing conflict. 


 Click here to get more information and to download a registration form.


 Schedule your Units 2013 Friends of Scouting Presentation Today!
three Scouts 

Now is the time to Schedule your Units 2013 Friends of Scouting presentation. Each year units are asked to plan and conduct a Family Friends of Scouting presentation.  Usually conducted at the February Blue and Gold banquet for Cub Scouts and the first quarter court of honor for Boy Scout troops, this ten-minute presentation provides families of Scouting participants the opportunity to support the local Scouting program financially. Schedule your Friends of Scouting presentation before December 31st by clicking here.



Quick Links
New Service Project Guidelines Highlight Safety
Varsity & Venturing Turkey Shoot Results
 Council Calendar & Event Registration


Alll  Leader Training hosted by Chinook District  

9-Council Volunteer Recognition Dinner 

17-All Leader Training hosted by Lewis & Clark Trails Dist.

20-LDS Relations committee  

22-Chinook District Dinner

23-College of commissioner Science

26-Council Day Camp Committee

27-Council District Commissioner Meeting

27-Camping Committee

28-O/A Executive Committee Meeting 

Cub Country 2013 


 Cub Country Logo
 The theme for the 2013 summer season is "Super Hero Academy and the Hall of Core Values." Join us for family camps to Webelos resident camps as we have fun exploring the virtues of Scouting in the outdoors. For more informatin CLICK HERE!

Cub Scout Day Camps 2013: Choose Your Adventure!


Cub Scout Day Camp-coming to a local park near you! Our 2013 day camps will be offered in several communities. Day Camp is a great option for Cub Scouts and their parents who would rather not camp overnight. Scouts get to participate in a wide variety of camp activities and also get to sleep in their own bed at night. Day Camps will vary from 2 days to 3 days, and will revolve around unique themes, depending on the location. Look for a complete listing of Day Camps coming soon to www.NWScouts.org. If you have questions about Day Camps, please call the Spokane Service Center at 1-800-325-4562.




Quick Links to more Camping Opportunities  

 North Idaho High Adventure Base  

 Camp Easton 

Camp Grizzly 

 Cub Country  


National Jamboree Spots Have Just Opened Up for Your Son!
July 12-25, 2013

National Jamboree Spots Have Just Opened Up for Your Son!

The Inland Northwest Council's contingent troop D-318 is headed to the beautiful New River Gorge of West Virginia for the 2013 National Jamboree. With tours of Washington DC, Mt. Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg and more, this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you cannot miss. With only a couple of spots remaining, DON'T WAIT, you need to register now. Register at www.bsajamboree.org or contact the Spokane Service Center at 509-325-4562 to register now.

 Click here to learn more! 




Allez Allez! '13 Japeechen Rendezvous at Cowles Scout Reservation


If you're looking for something totally new this summer, then consider this: rather than try something new, how about trying something old... really old! Join us at Japeechen Rendezvous '12... a week of living, camping, eating, sleeping, and working in the 1830's. On a beautiful Sunday in late June, gather at Carbon Lodge at Camp Cowles to travel back to the 1825 Hudson Bay Company's trapper camp located on the farthest end of Diamond Lake: Japeechen. Scouts must be at least 14 years of age, have attended three long term camps and be at least first class rank.  Click here for more information.




Don't Wait, 2014 Reservations for Camp Easton & Camp Grizzly Going on NOW!


Inland Northwest Council Units are able to begin making reservations for 2014 summer camp at Camp Easton and Camp Grizzly NOW. Out-of-Council units will be able to begin making reservations for 2014 camp beginning July 15, 2013. That is a six-month head start for Inland Northwest Council units. Take advantage of the opportunity to reserve the week of camp your troop wants by planning ahead.


 Click Here to download the 2014 Boy Scout Camp Reservation Form.





 NEW Whitewater Adventures for Your Unit Debut in 2013

We are pleased to expand the programs of the North Idaho High Adventure Base for your units whitewater needs.  We are still offering our multiday trip of "Awesomeness" on the Salmon River.  This trip includes 4 days and nights on the river and an amazing Jet Boat trip back  up the river and after all that, a delicious BBQ dinner caps it off.  We can even offer an optional day of hiking  before the "wet" portion of the adventure begins.  We are excited about the improved quality and safety of this mainstay of Inland Northwest High Adventure.

Click here to learn more.


DistrictNewsDistrict News
Read Your District Newsletter for Important News for Your Unit 

Chief Kamiakin

DeAnne Heflin, District Executive

Whitman & Latah Counties




 Crystal Loomis, District Executive

Spokane's South Hill, West Plains & Lincoln County



David Thompson

Katie Wood,

District Executive

Bonners & Boundary Counties



Exploring & Latah

Josh Paparazzo, Senior District Executive

Career & Workforce Development




Dale Peters,

Senior District Executive

Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Freeman



Lewis Clark Trails

Marlene Schaefer, District Director

Asotin, Clearwater, Idaho, Nez Perce Counties 



Old Missions

Chris Petersen, District Director

Kootenai, Benewah & Shoshone Counties



Stevens District

Gerry Granum,

Director of Field Service 

Stevens County, North Spokane




Bill Beaumont,

District Director 

North Spokane & Spokane County



Make Scouting Stronger!
  1. Volunteer to be a merit badge counselor in your vocation or avocation.  Contact Dayna Reffner, Program Support Secretary, at 1-800-945-4390.
  2. Volunteer on a district or council committee.  Contact Gerry Granum, Director of Field Service, at 1-800-945-4390.
  3. Send a Scout to camp by donating a campership. Click this link to make an online donation or mail your gift to Campership Fund, 411 W Boy Scout Way, Spokane, WA 99201. 
  4. Donate gently used uniforms to our uniform bank so that we can provide uniforms to families with financial hardships.  Drop off at any of our three Scout Service Centers.
  5. Support One Scout for One Year as part of our iSupport1 CampaignClick this link to support one or more Scouts this year for $175 each.  Your gift will provide volunteer training, programs and activities, camps, leader support and more for one or more Scouts in 2012.
  6. Donate your Car to Support Scouting-whether it runs or not!  We'll even haul it away-click the link for details.
  7. Support the future of Scouting with a gift to the Inland Northwest Council Endowment Foundation.  Make a Memorial Gift in memory of a friend or family member, a Tribute gift in honor of an Eagle Scout or other outstanding individual or join the James E. West Society with a gift of $1,000 or more. 
  8. Support improvements at one or more of our camps by clicking here.

United Way
Inland Northwest Council is a partner with and a member of the United Way of Spokane County, Twin County United Way, United Way of Moscow/Latah County and the United Way of Pullman.

Our Year-Long Sponsor of Scouting 
Feb Scout Shop Coupon