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Aloha leaders,

It's an exciting time for Scouting, with Cub Scouts gearing up for the 2016-2017 school year, camporees coming up for Boy Scouts, and new units starting all over the west side! I'm hoping you can join us at this month's Roundtable on Thursday, August 11 at 7 PM at the Kalaeloa LDS Chapel in Kapolei. It's a great chance to find out what's going on in the district, meet other cool leaders, and learn from the best Scouters on a variety of training topics!

Online registration is here!

You might have seen some emails from the BSA's National Office about online registration. As of August 1, you can now set up your unit's pin on BeAScout.org to point to a real application that can be filled out and signed completely online instead of paper applications. This works for both youth and adults. To set it up, see your My.Scouting Tools at my.scouting.org, and see www.scouting.org/onlineregistration for next steps. The most important thing for you to do as a unit leader or chartered organization representative is to make sure you have an account with a current email address on my.scouting.org--that's where you'll get notifications and be able to approve applications.

Get ready for Rocket into Scouting! Here's what we're doing: Every new Cub Scout who signs up this fall will receive a free rocket. This is a real Estes model rocket that takes an engine and goes up over 800 feet! New Cub Scouts will receive We also plan to offer rockets at a nominal cost to returning members, with priority on launch day being given to new Scouts. But that's not all! Every Scout who recruits a new Scout will also get a free rocket!

Ko Olina District will be having its rocket launch day on September 24 at Waipahu District Park. Anyone who misses this day will be free to join other rocket days on island, such as the Kamehameha day on September 10 at Kamehameha Schools. Scouts will assemble their rockets before the event, but receive the engine on-site.

For any questions about recruitment or Rocket into Scouting, please contact our recruitment chair, Lynn Kauhi, at lkauhi@yahoo.com

Get excited for Fall Camporee! This will be an awesome Star Wars-themed event hosted by Ka'ala District. Let's get great representation from Ko Olina! The dates are October 14-16 at Camp Pupukea. More information, including online registration, will be sent to troops in the coming weeks.

Need next year's dates for your planning? The 2016 and 2017 dates for many council activities, such as Wood Badge, Day Camp, and Cuboree are in a spreadsheet under "Program Planning" on our main council website, alohacouncilbsa.org.

September 24 is National Museum Day, organized by the Smithsonian Institute. It's a day in which participating museums around the country offer free admission. This year's list on O'ahu includes Iolani Palace, the Queen Emma Summer Palace, and the Pacific Aviation Museum, and others. The free tickets are available at this site: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016

Plan ahead for the Pacific Aviation Museum's 2017 "Wonders of Aviation" program! It's 3 hours of hands-on fun where Scouts can see jets and helicopters up close, as well as use a flight simulator. The museum has been providing quality programs for Scouts for decades. Also, they'll be offering a different STEM-related merit badge for Boy Scouts every month in 2017! See it all on this schedule.

 

The yearly Trail’s End popcorn sale is an important part of our council’s operating budget. It helps us provide camps on every island, training for leaders, programs like Cub Scout day camp, camporee, and Cub-o-Ree, and our Scout shop and council service center. When Scouts sell popcorn, they take ownership of the experiences that money provides, but they also help our council and district to make Scouting possible. I’d be excited to have your unit join us in this year’s sale!

We have popcorn kickoff kits! This includes promotional materials and plenty of order forms for your unit. Plan to come to Roundtable on Thursday, August 11 at 7 PM at the Kalaeloa LDS Chapel at 2074 Lauwiliwili St., Kapolei to learn more and get your kickoff kit. If you cannot make it, the kits will also be available at the Scout office.

Your popcorn chair is Mapuana Kekahuna--her email is mapuanakekahuna@gmail.com. You can contact her with any questions!

Here are the dates you should know:

August 6: Scouts begin taking orders; online sales activated

August 8: Signup invites sent out for storefront sales

August 29: Deadline for Show-N-Sell orders and pre-orders

September 24: First popcorn distribution at Oahu Pacific Transfer (94-360 Ukee St., Waipahu)

November 4: Final orders due online (trails-end.com) and last date to return unsold popcorn

November 11: Prize orders due online (alohacouncilbsa.org). Names submitted for bonus prizes.

November 30: Final prize order adjustments for online sales due

December 3: Second popcorn distribution

December 12: Closeout—checks cashed and commissions deposited

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. For now, here's a preview of storefront sales sites that are currently open.

Huge disclaimer: By the time your unit signs up, many of these slots could be taken! Please plan carefully to have several choices ready.

 

October & November Storefront Sales (preview--subject to immense change!)

 

10/07/2016 03:00 PM

10/07/2016 06:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/08/2016 08:00 AM

10/08/2016 11:30 AM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/08/2016 03:00 PM

10/08/2016 06:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/09/2016 08:00 AM

10/09/2016 11:30 AM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/09/2016 11:30 AM

10/09/2016 03:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/09/2016 03:00 PM

10/09/2016 06:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/28/2016 03:00 PM

10/28/2016 06:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/29/2016 08:00 AM

10/29/2016 11:30 AM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/29/2016 11:30 AM

10/29/2016 03:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/29/2016 03:00 PM

10/29/2016 06:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/30/2016 08:00 AM

10/30/2016 11:30 AM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/30/2016 11:30 AM

10/30/2016 03:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

10/30/2016 03:00 PM

10/30/2016 06:00 PM

Kapolei - Foodland

 

 

That's all for now--please don't hesitate to contact me if there's anything I can do for you.

Caleb Turner

District Executive
724-8747 | Caleb.Turner@scouting.org
 
 

 

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