November 28,2013 Enews from The NBO Scout Training Team and BSA Crew-911
Friday, December 6, BSA Camp Strake Conference Center C-911.NBOSTT Reunion Celebration
Saturday December 7, FA-CPR/AED and BAT at The Camp Strake Conference Center
Saturday/Sunday December 7-8,Wilderness and Remote First Aid at The Camp Strake Conference Center
As always, lots going on with Crew-911 and The NBO Scout Training Team!
To ALL our BSA Crew-911 Alumni, current members, Green Shirted Friends, Training Team Staff Instructors and friends of Crew-911
Please plan to join us next Friday evening at The Camp Strake Conference Center Dining Room for our Crew-911/NBO Scouting Team Reunion Celebration. We are celebrating 20+ years of providing American Red Cross training programs to now over 30,000 Scouts and Scouters. We will also officially observe the passing of an era too as we hold our very last training program at the "old" Camp Strake.
We plan to begin the program about 7:00 PM but we will be on-site beginning about 5:00 PM. Come early and add to the memories! We will have several running slide shows that chronicle our many years and uncover the antics of many teenagers doing what has made Crew-911 famous or infamous depending on your point of view. The actual program will follow dinner and should be fairly short. We will have the opportunity to review what we have done and present our future plans.
Dinner will be catered for us by Pit Master BBQ of The Woodlands. Tommy Battles and his Pit Crew have "cooked up" some of the best brisket sausage and ribs around along with some great sides and their famous cobbler for dessert. You can bet some Blue Bell ice cream is going to show up about dissert time too! The cost for the evening is $10.00 per person and, as always, the elves will cover our youth member. We won't turn down any donations this time! We do need a fairly accurate head count though so please RSVP by Wednesday evening, December 4. Our out of town guests are welcome to stay with us in the cabins or dorms but please let me know if you want to sleep over.
Also, Saturday, December 7 we will have a fairly large BAT class so we do need our trained Crew-911 members along with as many of our green shirted friends as we can round up. The FA-CPR/AED class will need a lead instructor too. Please email us or let Jenna know if you can help.
Saturday and Sunday is or last Wilderness and Remote First Aid class for the year and our last class at Camp Strake. We do need all our instructors and youth staff to pull this one off. I am quite certain that David has some really great plans for our last class, Please plan to make this one very special.
Rest assured, we will have a program going forward though BUT it will not be at Camp Strake. Many have heard the rumor that our Deer Lake Canoe Clinic will move the Girl Scout camps near Willis and that is indeed where that program is headed. The Emergency Medical Response class will meet this year as usual at The American Red Cross office in The Woodlands and at The Conroe Swim Center. I really do not want to give away all of our future plans! That will be presented Friday evening after the dinner.
For the last 20+ years, you have helped make our programs a success and help bring a vision to life. Our community and Council are safer because of the dedication and support of our many volunteers. Thanks guys. This would not be possible without you! See you next Friday at our Reunion/Celebration!
Advisor BSA Crew 911
The Woodlands/Conroe, TX
August 19, 2013 Enews from The NBO Scout Training Team and BSA Crew-911
Friday - Sunday, September 20, 21 & 22 - Deer Lake Canoe Clinic at GSUSA Camp Robinwood!
As always, Crew-911 and The NBO Scout Training Team have lots going on! We have posted in our Enews many time that there would be challenges ahead for us and we are right on top of one now.
The FALL 2013 DLCC has moved to GIRL SCOUT CAMP ROBINWOOD!
The NBO Scout Training Team has hosted 38 Deer Lake Canoe Clinic programs offering fun canoe and kayak training weekends over the last 22 years at BSA Camp Strake. The Deer Lake Canoe Clinic is the largest program of its type in the country. Well over 4,000 Sam Houston Area Council Scouts and Scouters have attended our training. The not so good news is that due to the very dry conditions at Camp Strake, we will not be able to hold our Fall 2013 class on Deer Lake. The GREAT NEWS is that we will be moving just up the road to the Girl Scout facilities at Camp Robinwood. We have had a long standing relationship with the Girl Scouts that goes back to our very beginning and they have really come through for us. Youth members of the GSUSA have always been a part of our extended Scouting family and we are looking forward to beginning a new tradition at their facilities.
As of this evening, we have opened up registration for our September 20-22 clinic. For now, we will still call it The Deer Lake Canoe Clinic but we will be paddling on Lake Ann. The facilities are great and our program will rune more or less as usual with a few exceptions. The Friday evening swim check will be at the swimming pool at Camp Robinwood. Groups will come directly to the camp Friday evening. The really great news is you will not need to pitch tents.... you can if you want to BUT we will be using the immediately adjacent camp sites that have permanent platform tents with bunks. As always, the fees include all mels beginning with Saturday breakfast and we plan to serve in their dining hall, pretty mush as we always have. It is going to be a GREAT weekend guys!
We do need all our FOC-Instructors along with all our trained Crew-911 members and our green shirted friends. There will be lots of logistical challenges too so we do need all the staffers we can get! Please let Will know if you can teach or aid. If you have not already been contacted, you are very welcome. We have had some growing pains with our Canoe instructor email list so if you have not been contacted it is assuredly not intentional! We are also looking for help with the meal service, especially our green shirted friends that are familiar with the dining hall at Camp Robinwood. Will may need some help moving boat trailers too. Please yell if you can help.
Registration is open and the spread sheet is now available. Just drop us an email and we will get it to you! DLCC@scoutcpr.org
The information handouts are still in the editing stage but we will have the specific information available shortly. The registration will be somewhat limited this time but we are offering all programs... Those that have already requested information will have responses shortly!
Fundamentals of Canoeing - Youth (Boys and Girls, 12 years old and older)
Fundamentals of Canoeing - Adult (BSA or GSUSA registered adults)
Fundamentals of Kayaking - Youth (Boys and Girls 12 years old and older)
Fundamentals of Canoeing - Instructor (there are age and skill prerequisites)
Course fees remain the same too. The Canoeing programs are $60.00/person. The Kayak programs are $70.00/person. Fees include meals beginning with Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. We do have a scholarship program for youth members when there is a financial need. The NBO Scout Training Team will never turn a youth away from our programs over course fees. Email us for details.
The WaRFA classes scheduled for Camp Strake are ON! We will have more information on our fall classes too but our schedule is on the Schedule Tab on our web page.
Thanks for volunteering guys! Our move the Camp Robinwood for our Fall Canoe Clinic is going to be fun! Our many youth and adult volunteers make our programs possible. Come be a part of what may well be a new tradition for our Canoe Program!
Advisor, BSA Crew 911
The Woodlands/Conroe Texas
August 4, 2013 Enews from The NBO Scout Training Team and BSA Crew-911
Friday - Sunday, August 9, 10 &11 - Crew-911 Galveston Trip
Friday - Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11 - Venturing Summit at BSA Camp Strake
Friday - Sunday, September 20, 21 & 22 - Deer Lake Canoe Clinic at BSA Camp Strake
Sorry for the delay in getting this out! Lots has been going on with your friendly elf/Crew Advisor! The good news was I lot my job.... The GREAT news is I was only unemployed for about 45 minutes! I'll have lots of stories for the Crew and for our many Green Shirted friends at our next meeting. Anyway, as always we have lots going on!
This weekend, August 9-11, is our scheduled Crew-911 blowout at Galveston. All our Crew-911 members and green shirted friends are invited BUT by now, you should be set up with David and Janet if you are planning to attend. I am sure that have everything under control. My bet is it is shaping up to be a typical Crew-911 event. Expect just about anything and plan to have fun. Email David or me if you have been "left out". We assure you it was not intentional!
All our green shirted friends and Crew-911 members that are not planning on attending the Galveston trip have another great opportunity this weekend. Crew-911 will be staffing the First Aid Station at the SHAC Venturing Summit. Mr. Novotny will be testing out his new legs. That alone is worth the price of admission! We do need help though. Any Venturer that has completed BSA or ARC Lifeguarding can assist at the aid station along with all of our EMR trained guys. We could sure use another adult or two. The Training Team will cover the youth registration fees for any of our trained green shirted friends that would like to assist at the aid station. Drop me an email if you would like to help.
The Fall Deer Lake Canoe Clinic is ON! This will be our last clinic at the original Camp Strake to this will be a great one to attend. Mark your calendar for September 20-22. Our instructors and aids should contact Will if you have not already. This will be a large class and we need all the help we can get. Kayaking is back on the program too. We have delayed opening up registration for the Deer Lake Canoe Clinic but those that have requested space can count on it. The formal packages will be ready shortly.
It is going to be a great Fall guys. Our Fall dates have been approved and we will have our last canoe clinic and our last Wilderness and Remote First Aid classes at Camp Strake. My bet is all will be very special events, especially the last WaRFA class. We do have a plan forward to tide us over until the new Camp Strake facilities are ready. Lots of challenges ahead though guys! With your help, we will continue to offer the best American Red Cross training for Scouts in the nation! It is our youth and adult volunteers that make it all possible. Thanks guys!
Advisor, BSA Crew 911
The Woodlands/Conroe Texas
April 15, 2013 Enews from The NBO Scout Training Team and BSA Crew-911
Friday, April 19 -- Crew-911 Event at BSA Camp Strake
Saturday, April 20 -- Canoe Instructor Aide Workshop
Saturday/Sunday, April 20 &21 -- Wilderness and Remote First Aid at Camp Strake
Friday-Sunday, April 26, 27 & 28 -- The Deer Lake Canoe Clinic
As always, lots of stuff going on with the Training Team and Crew-911!
Next Friday will be our next Crew-911 official activity. The youth officers have Venturing Leadership training planned and we will also have our usual loud annoying music on the sound system, age appropriate movies and X-Box on the projection screens plus the always anticipated cold pizza and drinks! The evening activities are open to all our youth participants for the weekend WaRFA class too. All Venturing youth that would like to participate in the leadership training are very welcome too. The adults usually hide in a quiet corner.
We are also conducting a Canoe Instructor Aide workshop Saturday in conjunction with the Wilderness and Remote First Aide class. See the following link for details.
Canoe Instructor Aide Workshop
We are recruiting Scouters and mature Scouts, sixteen and older, with "better than average paddling skills" to work with us as aides at the upcoming Deer Lake Canoe Clinic. The workshop is not an instructor class but can be the first step to becoming a FUNdamentals of Canoeing-Instructor or BSA Paddle Craft Safety Program Facilitator.
Next weekend, April 20 &21 is our next Wilderness and Remote First Aid class. This is a very large class guys and David needs all our trained "victims" to assist with the scenarios. We have several special guests lined up for this one too so my bet is the Sunday scenarios will be scarier than usual! If we told you why, it would spoil the fun for the participants as well as our staff! This is an invitation to all our ER/EMR alumni, our WaRFA alumni, all our Crew-911 members and our many green shirted friends to come an be a part of the scenarios. We are planning eight scenarios this time so we do need lots of help! Let Chelsie or David know if you are planning to be a part of this!
Friday through Sunday, April 26-28 is our Spring Deer Lake Canoe Clinic and this one will be special. We do need all our FOC-Instructors for this one along with Scouters that are qualified as Instructors Aides. Scouters that have taught BSA Paddle Craft Safety are very welcome to assist as aids too.
The Deer Lake Canoe Clinic held the first class in 1990 as in-house training for Troop-777 in The Woodlands. Over the nearly 25 year history of the program, Dal Wilkirson heads a very short list of Scouters that have served as our Course Director. Dal has announced that he will be stepping down as Course Director after this clinic. We will be recognizing Dal for his many years of dedicated volunteerism to our program, the Sam Houston Area Council Canoe Committee, The American Red Cross and the over 4,000 Scouts and Scouters that attended canoe training he directed. We will also be recognizing Dr. Pete Cragg for his many years serving as our Kayak Program Director. Pete is also retiring after this clinic. We are very fortunate to have Kimi Kent opening for Mr. Jim Mackenzie's now infamous after dinner show too! Look up both Kimi and Jim on the internet! Our Deer Lake Canoe Clinic participants already have reserved seats. Our FOC-Instructor alumni and Scouting friends of Pete and Dal are very welcome to join us for the special recognition and our show. Please let us know if you would like to attend.
Thanks for volunteering guys! We especially appreciate the Scouters and older Scouts who have agreed to participate in our Canoe Instructor Aide workshop. Without our many dedicated Scouting friends, our programs would not be possible!
Advisor BSA Crew-911
The Woodlands/Conroe, TX