General - NEW Scout Shop hours 12-5 Posted Jun. 1, 2018
Effective June 1st we changed our Scout Shop hours and will now be open Monday - Friday, 12pm to 5pm. The Scout Service Center hours will remain the same, 10am - 5pm. As always, any changes to the store hours or planned and unexpected closures will be announced on the council calendar. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you.
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General - Boy Scouts of America Posted May. 21, 2018
Our organization name is NOT changing. Contrary to what you may hear or read through local, national, and social media, the Boy Scouts of America is not changing their name. The BSA will continue to provide leadership and character development programs for boys and girls ages 5-20. To learn more, click on More Information below.
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General - LDS Chuch Announcement Posted May. 9, 2018
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America put out a joint statement yesterday that effective 12/31/2019 the church will be discontinuing their relationship with the BSA. (See attached statement)

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) deeply appreciates the long-standing relationship that they have had with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a chartered organization. While Scouting remains a beloved program for many LDS families, the Church has decided to pursue programming that helps it meet the needs of their increasingly global membership and will no longer charter units after December 31, 2019. We jointly express our gratitude to the thousands of Scout leaders who have selflessly served over the years in Church-sponsored Scouting units and wish the Church all the best as it prepares to introduce the new program in 2020.

There are many religiously-affiliated programs that are offered alongside Scouting, and as such, we are confident that many LDS Scouting families will go on to enjoy Scouting for years to come – continuing the legacy of LDS youth who have become Eagle Scouts and community leaders. For LDS families who want to continue the tradition of Scouting beyond 2019, the BSA will ensure a smooth transition to community-sponsored units that will welcome youth previously served by LDS-sponsored units.

At the same time, the Boy Scouts of America is excited about our future and the opportunity to grow by providing families more options for their children to benefit from the incredible character-building experiences we provide.

This decision will have a noticeable impact on the Western Colorado Council. At the end of 2017 the Council had over 2,400 registered youth members. Approximately 50% of these youth members are in units that are sponsored by the LDS Church (comprising 61% of our total units). The Council leadership with the help of our National and Regional leadership teams will work together to make this transition a positive one in the lives of our Scouting families. It is imperative that we never lose sight of our mission to prepare young people for life by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The Church’s announcement includes the statement that until that date “the intention of the Church is to remain a fully engaged partner in Scouting for boys and young men ages 8–13 and encourages all youth, families, and leaders to continue their active participation and financial support.”

The Council’s volunteers and staff are fully committed to providing outstanding Scouting experiences to all of our youth members. We will invite all of them to continue on their Scouting journey towards Eagle Scout after 2019. LDS families will still have the option to have their sons remain in Scouting, just like they voluntarily participate in other activities such as sports teams, band, and other performing arts.

Thank you for all you do to bless the lives of youth!

Michael Vangelov I Scout Executive / C.E.O.

Boy Scouts of America
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General - FREE SAT/ACT Prep Course for Scouts Posted Apr. 18, 2018
For 14 years, eKnowledge SAT/ACT Prep Project have teamed up to donate over 225,000 programs worth over $55,000,000 to students and families in over 40 countries. We wanted everyone to have access to the full array of SAT/ACT prep materials and we didn't want money to be the reason why a student did not have access. Our goal: help families and student obtain superior SAT/ACT preparation programs for little or no cost. We constantly remind ourselves that without you, we have nothing.

The Project waives the complete $350 course price for the SAT or ACT Prep Programs. The Program works on all devices and computers: iOS, Android, Google, Apple, and PC.

*The $350 program price is paid by the Project partnership and sponsors. There is a fee of $19.99 paid by the student that covers the cost of streaming, student support, customer support, and materials. All student fees are reinvested to improve the program and reach more families. The Project does not create a profit.

We want to thank eKnowledge for their support to our Scouting Families for offering this course at such a low, low price. Click on More Information and follow the link to get your SAT/ACT Prep Course today!
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General - Wood Badge W2-64-18 7/23 to 7/28 Posted Feb. 23, 2018
Now's your chance to take get the best of the best training for adults in Scouting, Wood Badge for the 21st Century! This training is being offered at SOAR this summer during the fourth week in July. Find out more by selecting More Information.
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General - ScoutBook helpful tips Posted Apr. 12, 2018
Here are some helpful tips on what to do in ScoutBook when a scout transfers to a new unit, like when a Webelo crosses over into a Boy Scout Troop;
Prior to moving a Scout to another Unit, please see that the following is performed.
1. End all Leadership positions
2. Make sure to add the new Unit Admin as a connection to the Scout with full control.
3. Remove all Adult Connections in the previous Unit by clicking Pack Roster > select the Scout > Scout Connections > locate and select the Leader > Remove Connection.
4. Edit the current membership to add an End date. You can do this by clicking Pack Roster > select the Scout > Scout's Membership > select the Current Membership > add Date Ended > Update.
5. Add the Scout under the new Unit's roster by clicking My Dashboard > My Account > My Connections > Select the Scout > Scout's Membership > +Add > Enter the Council, Unit Type, Unit Number, BSA Unit Description, Patrol(optional), and a Start Date > Update.
6. The New Unit Admin can approve the Scout by clicking Troop Roster > select the Scout > Scout's Membership > Current Membership > check off Position Approved > Update.
7. Leave your connection to the Scout until you know that the other Unit has approved the Scout, then remove your connection.
Please note, all application processes continue to be handled through the Council. The Scout's registration under the new Unit must be fully processed for Scoutbook to continue syncing their Advancement.
Additional details related to Managing Memberships can be found at:
If you have any additional questions you may find an answer in our FAQ:
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