Exciting Links

posted Nov 7, 2011, 11:44 AM by Sean Cahill   [ updated Nov 7, 2011, 11:45 AM ]

Here are the links that everyone should be excited about.  The new YLT is pretty good and the Eagle workbook should be used now.  The last item is a rundown on just what changes have been made.

The Guide to advancement is meant for ALL Scouts, not just Boy Scouts.

    New youth leader training  (YLT)
    Guide to Advancement (GTA)
Tom Gillard Jr.

Advancement Book

posted Nov 7, 2011, 11:42 AM by Sean Cahill

The 2011 Guide to Advancement has been released: The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. It replaces the Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures and Advancement and Recognition Policies and Procedures, which are no longer valid.
Tom Gillard Jr.

Ronald McDonald House Donations

posted Sep 29, 2011, 8:11 PM by Sean Cahill

We are collecting donations for our home away from home....the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville, SC.  Their wish list is below.  We will be collecting until we leave the first week in October or until our car is full...I would LOVE for it to be full :)  If you are a member of an organization that would be willing to help, by all means, go for it. Get your kids involved.  Tell your friends and neighbors about Kendyn and his friends with EoS.  Help us use this as an opportunity to raise more awareness. Kendyn LOVES to stay at "McDonalds House" and he LOVES to carry all the goodies in and put them by the big sign and take a picture :)  Not to helps keep the cost low for all of us families that need the facility :)

Thank you in advance!  I can't begin to tell you what it means to have such a great place to stay when we travel for not so fun reasons.  It's the only thing that makes Kendyn WANT to go to SC...he actually gets excited and all he talks about the entire trip there is the RMH :)


RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE September 2011 Wish List

2 twin blankets, white only

4 queen sized blankets, white only

Creamer for Coffee

Individual packets of sugar

Individual packs of trail mix, nuts, gummy fruit

Individual packs of cookies

Individual packs of cereal

Pop Tarts

Formula 409 Natural Stone Cleaner

Liquid Laundry Detergent High Efficiency Only (HE)

Non Chlorine Bleach

Laundry Softener

Dryer Sheets

30 gallon trash bags

Zip Lock Bags, sandwich size only

Libman Wonder mop refills

Small containers of blue Febreeze mopping liquid

Magic Erasers

Frozen Family Sized MEAT entrees

Frozen waffles, Toaster Strudels, sausage or other breakfast items

Spiral Keychain bands in different colors for room keys

Plastic knives, forks, and spoons

Individual packets of Truvia, Splenda, Equal, or Sweet N Low

Clear acrylic vertical frames to use as signs 8x10 or 9x12

Large cold cups (plastic kind)

Wisk broom made of nylon

Swiffer Sweeper Wet Thick Mopping Cloths (not pads)

Swiffer dry duster with refills

Swiffer wand-shaped duster with extension for ceiling fans

Fresh Fruit in small amounts (bananas are great)

Hormel Compleates Microwaveable meals

New telephones for resident bedrooms (Uniden portable is compatible with current system)

McDonald's Restaurant gift cards

Target or Wal-Mart gift cards to buy any of the above

And of can always donate money to sponsor a family.  $8 will sponsor a family for a day (and that includes meals) amazing is that!!!!

ERD Leadership for 2012

posted Sep 29, 2011, 8:09 PM by Sean Cahill

The Elk River District Nominating Committee needs to know those Scouters that you believe are best qualified to lead Elk River District in 2012.  Please read the attachment for more details.


posted Sep 29, 2011, 8:07 PM by Sean Cahill   [ updated Sep 29, 2011, 8:09 PM ]

Jeff Ready from the Marine Corps League has passed on a website for tying knots that you might want to use and or share with your scouts.

ERD Scout-O-Rama [UPDATED!!]

posted Aug 23, 2011, 7:11 AM by Sean Cahill   [ updated Sep 29, 2011, 8:04 PM ]

This is a reminder about the Elk River District Scout-O-Rama. Note that there are some “ideas” that have been crossed-out. These topics/ideas have already been requested and signed up for.

We need more participation from ERD units to adequately showcase activities in the local scouting program. Please contact Ray Young to identify your display ideas at, or (931) 581-9115. If your unit has not come up with an idea yet; but, plan to participate, please let Ray know that as well.  We won’t turn anyone away; but, it would be nice to know how many units plan to anticipate.

Adult Sailing School

posted Aug 23, 2011, 7:08 AM by Sean Cahill

Middle Tennessee Council is excited to announce anew adult leader training for those interested in taking Scouts Sailing.  Attached is the registration form with all the important details.  Space is limited so register early.  For questions or additional information please contact Crystal Mayfield at 615-383-9724 x234 or

Middle Tennessee Council
3414 Hillsboro Pike  |  P.O. Box 150409
Nashville, TN 37215
F 615.297.9916


posted Nov 16, 2010, 9:23 AM by Richard Lee

Get Youth Protection training completed. Some re-charters are being held
up because Youth Protection not completed. Make sure committee members also have this training. If a troop recharters without someone because they do not have Youth Protection this will cause a break in service for that person and require they get re-trained under new requirements. Contact your unit commissioner for your rechartering information.

Are you fully trained?

posted Nov 16, 2010, 9:16 AM by Richard Lee   [ updated Nov 16, 2010, 9:19 AM ]

Scoutmasters and Committee Chairs must be fully “trained” for their registered position by 01/01/2011. Other leaders must be fully trained for their registered position by 01/01/2012. For Boy Scout leaders, training consists of Fast Start, Youth Protection, This is Scouting, Boy Scout Leader Specific, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
See Calendar below for training dates. Fast Start, Youth Protection, and This is Scouting are also available online. Must have Youth Protection updated every two years.

If you were trained under old requirements and have a break in service then you would have to get re-trained under new requirements. If a troop recharters without someone because they do not have Youth Protection this will cause a break in service for that person.

Trainers will travel to your unit.

To see your training: Go to, click eLearning, click Training Validation, enter your Member ID or Member ID of your leaders.

GeoScouting in the ERD

posted Oct 22, 2010, 8:59 PM by Richard Lee   [ updated Aug 23, 2011, 7:13 AM by Sean Cahill ]

  Read all about it in the attached file.  Many thanks to Elaine Posanka for all the hard work she has put into this!

New Geocache courses at Camp Arrowhead
Troop 184 has built a couple of new geocache courses at Camp Arrowhead.  You can download the pamphlets from the Camp Arrowhead page.  NOTE:  These are intended to be closed courses for Scouters only so please do not post them to or any other public geocaching pages.

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