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Calling the 12th Man
Meet the Lombardi Trophy at the Seahawks Friends of Scouting Luncheon on Friday, March 21st at the Seattle Sheraton. Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks secondary "Legion of Boom" coach Kris Richard and linebacker Mike Morgan will be interviewed by Tony Ventrella on stage. This event is not to be missed, click here to register today! Go Hawks!

Annual Volunteer Recognition Night

Congratulate your Silver Beavers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition and Reunion Event on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in West Seattle at the Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College. Just $30 a person UNTIL MARCH 24th then goes up $5. Ticket includes a delicious three-course dinner, keynote provided by Jim & Austin Vach from Bear Gryll's "Get Out Alive" reality show, District JTE recognition, and Silver Beaver Recognition Program. Click here to register now! This event is open to ALL Scouting friends and volunteers.

Honor a Silver Beaver that's made an impact in your life by sponsoring them at this year's Recognition event. Click here for details.

Helping Children to Succeed, Part 2
Last month I wrote about an article in Psychology Today. Paul Tough has written a book on the importance of character to children's academic success (How Children Succeed). In February, I shared Paul's first principle and parenting recommendations that have been shown to strengthen children's character, which was Optimism.

This month I will review his second principle which is Listening. He says that patient listening has gone out of style in our current preoccupation with finding strategies to solve children's behavior problems. But at the end of the day, there is no more important parenting skill than this and nothing that we do as parents that is more important to our children's success in life.

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- Sharon Moulds, Council Executive/CEO

Click here to register for the 53rd Eagle Scout Banquet. Note: registration requires Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 10.

Commissioner's Corner
Active Scouts and Scout Spirit.

I think these two concepts are intertwined. I know unit leaders that struggle at times with what it means for a Scout to be "active". I know I did, particularly as Scouts grew older and the demands on their time increased. School, other activities such as sports or music, and perhaps a job, all made life more complex for a Scout. Each of these were certainly worthy and important activities that should have equal standing with Scouting.

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- Bruce Anderson, Council Commissioner

Do You Blog?
The council is looking for individuals or families who blog about Scouting, parenting, or the outdoors. Contact us for future opportunites to pair with the council.

Help Build the Best Future Possible For Our Youth: Scouting Makes It Happen!
Chief Seattle Council is committed to offering Scouting to all youth. Inspired teams in every district are going to make this happen. Everyone can help! The goal is to have a Unit Membership Chair in place in every pack, troop, crew and post. This person would help their unit promote joining opportunities, build relationships with schools and community organizations, talk with interested families and youth, and support fun and engaging activities that will attract new members. Check out the new "Membership Resources" Support page.

What can you do right now? Meet with your unit's committee and talk about the best person to fill the role of Membership Chair, and then get them on board!

Our Council Membership team is hosting an "Ignite Your Membership" event on April 15th at the Council Service Center. A choice of topics will be offered:

  • Marketing Beyond Stickering
  • The Basics: New to Recruiting?
  • How to Run a Join Night
  • Unit Commissioners: Who are They and How can they Help?
  • How to Build a Tiger Den
This will be a fun and exciting event that will kick-off the 2014 campaign to bring more youth into Scouting Programs. We hope to see you there!

REGISTER HERE or speak with your District Executive.

Cub Resident Camp
Reservations are now open for 2014 Cub Resident Camp at the newly remodeled Camp Edward! Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience this super fun camp and great new facilities! This is a popular camp, so don't wait too long to sign up! For the registration flyer and information about Camp Edward, go to our website HERE.

Family Camp
For the first time at Camp Edward we are offering Family Camp, an opportunity for Cub Scouts to experience camping out with their family members! Participate together in fun activities or just relax by the campfire. Leave the cooking to us! For information, click HERE.

Mom & Me
Now is the time to sign up for Mom & Me or a session of Dad & Me! Come experience memorable parent and son time in a spectacular alpine setting at Camp Sheppard. For information, click HERE.

Save the Date
Camp Edward Grand Opening: Saturday, June 28th, 2014. More information will be coming soon!

For all camping concerns or inquiries, please view our website, call 206-902-2342, or email us at

Camp Sheppard Director Position
The live-in position of camp director/ranger is available at Camp Sheppard beginning April 7th. This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, good computer skills, good communication and customer service skills, ability to work independently, knowledge of property and building maintenance, and a valid driver's license.

Job functions include:

  • Building maintenance
  • Maintain BSA camp standards
  • Organization of camp program
  • Coordinate camp volunteers and staff
  • Maintain camp records and inventory
  • Maintain personnel files
  • Budget management
Please send cover letter and resume to: or
Chief Seattle Council
Attn: Stephanie Noland
PO Box 440408
Seattle, WA 98114
(no phone calls please)

"Like" the Council Facebook Page
The council Facebook page is a great resource for current news, updates, and events that are important to our membership. Click here to Like our page now. If you're already following us, share the page with your Scouting friends and family to help us grow!

Cooking Merit Badge is Required for Eagle in 2014

In case you haven't heard, Cooking merit badge joined the list of Eagle-required merit badges on 1/1/2014.

What's changing?
There are two major revisions that should be considered separately. The first is that Cooking merit badge became Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The second is a major overhaul to the requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

When will Cooking merit badge become required to earn the Eagle Scout Award?
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements - with the exception of his board of review - before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.

List of Eagle-required merit badges, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Earn a total of 21 merit badges, including the following:

  • First Aid
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communication
  • Personal Fitness
  • Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  • Environmental Science OR Sustainability
  • Personal Management
  • Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
  • Camping
  • Family Life
  • Cooking

More questions? Check out these Scouting Magazine Blog posts:
Cooking, Sustainability merit badges to become Eagle-required
More details on the soon-to-be Eagle-required Cooking merit badge

Internet Advancement Use Required September 1st
Effective September 1, 2013, Chief Seattle Council requires all units (packs, troops, teams, crews) to use the BSA Internet Advancement System in order to purchase advancements.

How will this affect my unit?

  • When your unit goes to the Scout Shop (Seattle or Bremerton) to buy rank or merit badges, they need to provide a printed report from Internet Advancement. No handwritten reports or PackMaster/TroopMaster/TroopSoft printouts will be accepted. There will be a laptop and printer available at the Scout Shop for those that do not bring in a printed report.
  • If you already use Internet Advancement, great! Just bring a printout to the Scout Shop.
  • If you aren't using Internet Advancement yet, you have two ways to use the system: - You can enter records directly into Internet Advancement without additional software or cost. - If you use PackMaster, TroopMaster, or TroopSoft (formerly ScoutSoft), you can upload records from the software into Internet Advancement.
  • Scouts must be registered with the BSA to earn any advancement. If a Scout's name doesn't appear in Internet Advancement, he's not yet registered with your unit.
Where can I get help? This is an important step in making sure Scouts have consistent, accurate records within the BSA. Thank you for your support, and for everything you do for Scouting!

Report to the State
On February 18th, five new Eagle Scouts from our council: Ryan Barr, Nathan Lee, Quinton Lum, Connor and Hunter Whitlock, along with 15 Eagle Scouts from the other councils in Washington State were selected go to Olympia to make "our report" to the state legislature on Scouting's membership, service, and highlights from 2013. Trip highlights included being introduced in both the Democrat and Republican Caucus, performing the color guard and making report on the Senate's floor, job shadows, and a closing ceremony with new Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Local Boy Scout STEM venture crew members take third in state finals - Kent Reporter

Council Leadership
Council President: Rob McKenna
Council Commissioner: Bruce Anderson
Council Executive: Sharon Moulds

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New Eagle Scouts!

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Scout Memorial Fund
Scout Memorial Fund gifts recognize special occasions or memories of extraordinary people.
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Scoutmaster Minute
by Michael Cobb
Click here to read "The Price of Friendship"

Your Volunteer Time is Money
Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of your volunteer time, your employer may donate money to the Boy Scouts of America. Listed below are companies which participate in this type of program, with a link about their program:

Adobe - Volunteer Request Program
Alaska Airlines - Dollars for Doers
AT&T - AT&T Cares
Bank of America - Volunteer Grants Program
Boeing - Volunteer Hours Match
CenturyLink - Employee Matching Time
Citigroup - Volunteer Incentive Program
Home Street Bank - Community Partner Volunteer Grant
Honeywell - Dollars for Doers
Medtronic, Inc. - Volunteer Match Program
Microsoft - Employee Engagement Program
Motorola - Volunteer Grants Program
Nike - Employee Involvement
State Farm Insurance - Good Neighbor Grant Program
Travelers - Matching Funds Program
Verizon - Verizon Volunteers Program

If you do not see your employer listed and they participate in this type of program, please notify us at or 206-725-5200. Check with your human resources department for more information about your employer's program.

Help more than 26,000 young men and women who participate in Scouting programs. FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to all Scouting volunteers and families in your district, pack or troop!

The Chief Seattle Council has collaborated with local organizations to enhance your Scouting program. Click here for upcoming opportunies.

Scout Night with the Seattle Storm
Friday, May 16th - Opening Night! Free t-shirt!

Scout Night with the Sounders FC
Saturday, May 17th - Elite Unit Opportunities!

Scout Night with the Mariners
Saturday, June 14th - This includes popcorn sellers!

Scouts, Arrowmen, Venturers... Five years ago, a group of young people first gathered together to celebrate service and the spirit of Scouting in ArrowCorps5. Since then, the legacy has continued in both ArrowCorps502 and CLS. On August 3-9, 2014 this fantastic opportunity is once again being presented. Based at Camp Sheppard, we will be conducting a week of continuous service and fun, building trails, fixing up the mountain, and spending time with our fellow Scouters. Cost: $250. Help to continue the legacy of service and come to ArrowCorps2014. Click here for some history on ArrowCorps. Click here to view a great video. Click here to register today!

2015 Philmont Contingent Crews
Chief Seattle Council has one contingent crew left available for 2015 Philmont, July 20-August 1, 2015! We are accepting units that did not attend a Philmont trek last year on a first come, first served basis. Your unit needs to commit to up to 12 participants. The cost is $855 per participant. A $100 per person deposit is due by April 1 to secure your crew. If your troop is interested in attending, please contact the Camping Department at 206-725-0361 or

House of Representatives App Contest
This year marks the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the "House App Contest." This new competition is designed to engage students' creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. This competition is a nationwide event that s high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Throughout the competition period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development. All high schools students are eligible. For more information, click here.

FOS Patches are Here!
Donors to Friends of Scouting in 2014 will earn the first council shoulder patch in a four-patch series celebrating 125 years of outdoor spirit in Washington State. Generous gifts of $160 will receive the silver border, gifts of $320 will receive the special gold border, and donors giving $500 and above will get both patches! When you give a gift to Friends of Scouting, you support Scouting programs in five counties for more than 24,000 youth, camping experiences for over 10,000 youth, basic and advanced training for youth and adults, a professional staff to provide program and administrative support to over 9,000 Scout leaders, two Scout shops, camperships for youth who need financial assistance for camp, and maintenance and operation of more than 1,400 acres of camp property. When it's time for the FOS presentation in your unit, please give, and show your support by wearing your new council shoulder patch!

April 25-27, 2014 at Camp Thunderbird, Olympia, WA
Join your fellow Arrowmen as we come together to go... BEYOND THE FIRST STEP

Open to all Order of the Arrow members. Join us for the greatest Scouting adventure this year in the Pacific NW hosted by Nisqually Lodge. Some of the most exciting activities will be shows, tons of great food, activities, patch auctions, museum, and great training.

Conclave is AWESOME! It is our biggest event and you don't want to miss it. It's a gathering of OA members of the five lodges making up Section W-1N: Nanuk, Sikhs Mox Lamonti, T'Kope Kwiskwis, Toontuk , and this year's host lodge: Nisqually.

We encourage you to attend along with OA members from outside our Section. There will be fellowship, food, fun activities and training sessions for everyone to enjoy. Register today:

Scout Shop Corner
Scout Shop Challenge!
On Saturday, March 22nd from 10am to 4pm, the Puget Sound Scout Shop will be holding a competition to test your Scouts' knowledge and skills. Scouts will be given a scorecard and lead through various stations about poisonous plants, knots, scout trivia, and more.

Drawing Contest
We are still accepting applications for our drawing contest. Sheets are available in the shop and on our Facebook page. The drawing will be of your favorite or most memorable moment in Scouting. There will prizes for the best drawing in each age group; Cubs, Webelos, and Boy Scouts. Winners will receive their choice of an LED gel flashlight, a canteen or a GSI mess kit. All entries must be submitted by March 22nd.

Scout Shops are on Facebook
Find the Puget Sound Scout Shop and Scout Shop West on Facebook. Keep up-to-date with your local store's deals, news, and our upcoming monthly events.

Puget Sound Scout Shop Now Hiring
The Puget Sound Scout Shop is currently hiring for part-time positions. Interested applicants should contact Chris McNeal at or 206-721-5945.

Venturing Officers' Association
The Venturing Officers' Association (VOA) plays an important role in the organizational structure of the Venturing program. We are a youth-led cabinet that supports crews' missions to grow membership with youth-driven and advisor-supported communication, program, and administration. Additionally, we host council-wide program and training events to help enhance the Venturing program!

We meet at 7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Chief Seattle Council Urban Center and would love to see YOU there. All youth and adults are welcome!

Contact the VOA President at: with any comments/questions.

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Lend an Arm, Save a Life
For more information about hosting a blood drive as an Eagle Scout service project, please click here.

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