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2020 Conferences

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June 7-13 - Commissioners Week

A Commissioner Week conference provides the opportunity to meet and interact with our national commissioner and members of the national commissioner service team, while networking with commissioners throughout the country.

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

This conference ensures a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of district and assistant district commissioners. It provides the knowledge, skills and resources needed to build and lead an effective district unit service team. It also provides practical experience in assessing unit service strengths and needs and developing a vision for unit service in the district that also supports the council’s vision. It offers insights into clearly communicating a vision and its plan, as well as developing and maintaining the strong relationships essential to effective unit service.

This conference provides council commissioners and those who support them with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to confidently fulfill their responsibilities.
An understanding of roles/responsibilities and an ability to build and maintain strong relationships is essential. Key ingredients to success include a clear vision of great unit service for the council and an action plan that enables fulfillment of it. Add in the ability to effectively communicate the vision and its plan, assess progress and adapt when necessary, and you have a formula for success.

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No district or council ever has enough commissioners. New units form, and some units encounter challenges; both require the attention of an experienced, dedicated commissioner. Current commissioners transition to new opportunities, and increasing personal and professional demands make it increasingly difficult for commissioners to serve multiple units. Attending this conference provides tips, techniques and best practices to develop and execute a plan to recruit and engage the commissioners needed to effectively serve every unit. It also enables participants to expand their network of Scouting resources.

The addition of girls to our packs and troops isn’t the only thing that is changing in Scouting’s second century. Unit service is different, too. Effective commissioners who remain focused on helping unit leaders better serve more youth through Scouting. But to be effective and have impact today, they must be familiar with new tools, techniques, technology available to them and know how to develop and maintain productive relationships with unit leaders and other Scouting volunteers and professionals.

Commissioners need to serve all types of units, and the process for serving units should be consistent across all program areas. This conference will focus on gaining an understanding of how Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships and Explorer posts function on a day-to-day basis. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about these programs and will develop strategies to serve them more effectively.

The BSA’s vision is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, engaged citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law. That vision can’t be fulfilled without an adequate number of local units. This conference prepares commissioners, membership team volunteers and commissioned professionals to work together to establish the units needed to serve youth and then empower those units to grow and thrive. It also helps them to work together to enable youth to continue in Scouting when an existing unit ceases to exist or when a charter partner elects not to continue its relationship with the BSA. Participants in this conference will leave prepared to help Scouting grow and better serve more youth.

This conference guides participants to learn what a unit commissioner does when working with their units. More importantly, it also develops a lasting understanding of how to work with units to help set, meet and exceed their goals through structured lessons, role play and group discussions. Attendance is open to all commissioners and recommended for unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and council and assistant council commissioners.

June 14-20

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

Finding your way in the outdoors can be a true learning experience. New skills and renewed interest will be brought to you with hands on experiences with orienteering and geocaching. Learn tips and tricks to teach youth about the skills needed to survive in the outdoors. Over half of the week will be spent outside. This exciting course is both for the expert or the novice, everyone will learn something new! Program tips will be shared for you to take home to support all levels of the program from the youngest to the oldest Scouts.

What can I do with my Scouts to help them understand that they belong to a much larger Scouting movement? Where’s the next World Scout Jamboree? What is a Moot, what is JamCam, and how can my Scouts and I participate? If you would like to know the answer to these questions and more, join us as we help you navigate your next international adventure!

Watch for an annoucement coming soon on this incredible new Philmont Experience!

This course is designed to help Latter-day Saint Scouting families find a new charter organization, start a Scouting unit, organize a committee, recruit youth, train adult and youth leaders, fundraiser, develop an annual plan, and learn other skills necessary to continue in Scouting.

June 21-27

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Advancement is a key indicator of a successful unit. Learn how to enhance the program for your Scouts by increasing your knowledge of the BSA’s procedures governing advancement. This conference will connect participants to the essentials of advancement, steer them towards a wealth of advancement resources available on www.scouting.org and engage them through group discussions on effective ways to resolve all types of advancement issues and challenges.

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

For members of the council training committee, district training committee and trainers, this conference features the latest tools, techniques and best practices to help you increase your number of trained leaders while building a successful and sustainable training team. In addition to discussing creative ways to reach the untrained leader, utilizing unit trainers and methods to recruit, train and strengthen the district training team, the participant will also learn where to find, interpret and act on council and district training data.

Step 1: Fundamentals of Training helps the participant, regardless of his/her experience, to present effective training. Step 2: Trainers’ EDGE helps develop the trainer’s platform skills. Step 3: The Strategic Training Plan provides the necessary skills for the participant to become a critical resource to help assess, improve and manage the training plan in his/her district or council. Come and be a part of this exciting conference where you can share your experiences and learn from others!

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NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record– parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position. LEARN MORE

Watch for an annoucement coming soon on this incredible new Philmont Experience!

High Adventure is a core feature of Scouting. Even more important is having that adventure in a safe manner. That’s why Wilderness First Aid is required for leaders involved in these programs. This conference will teach you those skills, including opportunities to practice scenarios in Philmont’s backcountry AND even more importantly, will teach you how to teach. This is an opportunity to become a qualified instructor capable of training others in your area in Wilderness First Aid. This will be a great benefit to the Scouters in your council. Prior training as an instructor is valuable and recommended, but not a prerequisite. Certification from ESCI.

June 28-July 4

Offered by the Association of Baptists for Scouting, this conference introduces participants to Baptist Scouting Ministry as effective fulfillment of the Great Commission and as a tool for Christian education through the religious emblems program. Class participants will become better equipped to start effective Baptist Scouting Ministries and to strengthen existing ones. In addition, they will experience proven methods of reaching individuals and entire families for Christ, deepening their spiritual lives and contributing to church growth. In addition, class members will learn more about the importance of effectively representing unique Baptist thought and conviction in the larger Scouting community and about the ministries of the Association of Baptists For Scouting. This conference is recommended for Baptist Scouters and others serving in units chartered by Baptist Churches, as well as Baptist ministers.

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

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NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record– parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position. LEARN MORE

Watch for an annoucement coming soon on this incredible new Philmont Experience!

Select courses from a variety of topics to create a conference that best serves you. Topics include, but are not limited to: Scouting as ministry, resources for your Scout group and connecting within the UMC, as well as a variety of sessions on making the most of Scouting, engaging the community and special 100th Anniversary celebration activities.

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July 5-11

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record– parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position. LEARN MORE

This seminar is designed for the newest members of the Philmont Ambassadors and established Ambassadors wishing to build upon their existing foundation. An introduction to the history of Philmont and the surrounding area will prepare you for visits to Philmont museums, a backcountry tour and a behind-the-scenes tour of Camping Headquarters. We will explore techniques to market Philmont in your council and discuss how to engage Scouters in your Council to help get you access to key leaders and executives and to develop opportunities and events for Philmont marketing.

If you’ve learned the basics, experienced the fun and enjoyed the learning opportunities at the Ambassador I Seminar, it’s time to take it to the next level. Planned activities include spending a full day in the backcountry, eating a trail lunch at a backcountry camp, taking an in-depth look at what Philmont crews experience during their first 24 hours at the Ranch, sharing a meal with crews just off the trail, learning the ins and outs of the PTC Family Programs and Philmont Family Adventure, gaining a greater understanding of the Training Center and Ranch operations and learning new presentation techniques to enhance your effectiveness at promoting Philmont.

Advancement is a key indicator of a successful unit. Learn how to enhance the program for your Scouts by increasing your knowledge of the BSA’s procedures governing advancement. Leaders will become familiar with program concepts that produce advancement opportunities and maintain retention. Participants will become familiar with the Guide to Advancement and receive a wealth of advancement resources.

July 12-18 - Central Region Week

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

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Raising new gifts, especially major gifts, is more important than ever.  This course will focus on the tools, techniques, and opportunities now available for councils and volunteers who want to find new donors, steward existing ones, build relationships, leverage board skills, and move the best donors and prospects through their “donor pipeline”. This is for anyone who wants to be better armed for major fundraising amidst greater challenges and opportunities.  Presented by the BSA Foundation.  

This conference focuses on how to plan and present meetings and outings that are fun with positive outcomes, applying proven programming approaches and using a host of effective and easy-to-use BSA resources.

Participants will take part in a variety of fun-filled patrol challenges featuring an array of outdoor skills including pioneering, outdoor cooking, and geocaching.

This informative session is beneficial for all leaders who want to see how to bring excitement and fun to their unit’s program that’s certain to boost attendance and increase retention.

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record– parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position. LEARN MORE

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July 19-25 - Western Region Week

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

This is a professional development course offered by BSA’s Scouting U and is open to commissioned, professional Scouters by invitation. Completion of pre-course work is required. Contact Scouting U for registration information, at 817-430-5300.

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record– parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position. LEARN MORE

Designed for unit-, district- and council-level volunteers and professional Scouters, the conference will cover the mechanics of training including the latest tools, techniques and best practices. Participants will be instructed in how to use My Scouting tools and the BSA Learn Center. They will discuss basic training requirements for leaders, as well as how to run training reports. Also to be covered: meeting the Journey to Excellence goals for training; monitoring and promoting volunteer training awards; and how to plan, organize and implement a unit, district or council training plan.

Watch for an annoucement coming soon on this incredible new Philmont Experience!

As an adventure both in and out of the classroom, Scouting is the perfect tool to bring new life to a parish’s youth ministry program or a Catholic school’s after school programs. Scouting provides resources in STEM opportunities, High Adventure venues and much more. The conference is designed for any adult interested in using Scouting to help support Catholic youth ministry such as Scout chaplains, clergy, diocesan or parish youth ministers, and council, diocesan, regional and national Catholic Committee leadership and members.

This conference is designed for Lutheran congregations, schools and organizations, including clergy, lay leaders and Scouters, who want to learn more about using Scouting as a youth, outreach and/or community ministry through a strategy focused on reaching young families to build and sustain membership.

July 26-August 1 - Northeast Region Week

Select courses from a variety of topics to create a conference that best serves you.

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

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NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record– parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position. LEARN MORE

Hands-on train-the-trainer program for adult Scouters interested in delivering the woodcarving merit badge or just sharing the joy of craftsmanship with your Scouts. Learn Woodcarving techniques that will enhance your local Scout woodcarving program. You will learn about ways to take care of tools, project design and the application of finishes. Each day you will enjoy carving with other Scouters from around the country, learning new projects to share with Scouts back home. Beginner to expert welcome, bring your own tools or borrow ours.

August 2-8

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

Watch for an annoucement coming soon on this incredible new Philmont Experience!

August 9-15

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

Watch for an annoucement coming soon on this incredible new Philmont Experience!

August 16-22

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

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September 13-19

If you’re a leader in Scouting looking for additional opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills, and you’ve completed Wood Badge training, the Philmont Leadership Challenge is perfect for you. Spend a week at Philmont’s Rayado Ridge Leadership camp honing your leadership skills in an outdoor experiential learning environment with other like-minded individuals. To participate, you must have completed Wood Badge successfully (you may still be working on your tickets) and complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B and C. LEARN MORE

September 20-26 - Outdoor Programs & Properties Week

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

This is a National Camping School Resident Camp Director course designed for those who will be directors of resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

Restricted to Camp Rangers, this course will combine planning and skills with intensive hands-on experience in carpentry and plumbing applications typically found in the camp setting. Completion of the course will qualify for “continuing education” credit for maintaining Camp Ranger credentials.

Calling all Certified Angling Instructors who wish to expand their influence and bring further fishing opportunities to Scouts by running CAI courses in your area! You have been successful as a fishing advocate for your unit or council, and it is time to offer a CAI course expanding fishing programs with other CAIs. This course, facilitated by the BSA National Fishing sub-committee, will prepare you to run a successful CAI Course with confidence. You will be provided with a CAI Course Manual that provides guidance in recruiting, planning and operating a successful course. The course includes in-depth discussion on CAI course design, team member recruitment and development, financial planning, facility considerations and course marketing. Some trips into the backcountry for native trout fishing have been scheduled as part of the course. (Training Code S-54)

This is a National Camping School Climbing Directors course designed for those who will be leading and instructing climbing/rappelling programs. It has been developed to support council, district and unit volunteers in teaching safe climbing and rappelling techniques at Philmont’s natural sites or constructed facilities. This course includes initiative games, climbing, bouldering, rappelling, anchor systems and a wide variety of ways to teach them. Participants will be divided into groups dependent on their skill level. Since most of this conference will take place in Philmont’s beautiful backcountry, participants must be in good physical condition. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by your council to attend.

This is a National Camping School COPE Directors course designed for those who will be leading and instructing COPE programs. It has been developed to support council, district and unit volunteers in teaching safe climbing and rappelling techniques at Philmont’s natural sites or constructed facilities. Since most of this conference will take place in Philmont’s beautiful backcountry, participants must be in good physical condition. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by your council to attend.

This is a National Camping School Ecology course designed for those who will serve as ecology directors for resident camps. Since this conference in time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

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This is a National Camping School Outdoor Skills course designed for those who will serve as outdoor skills or first-year camp directors for resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

This is a National Camping School Program Director course designed for those who will be program directors of resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

This is a National Camping School Shooting Sports course designed for those who will serve as shooting sports directors for resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Prerequisites to attend: NRA Rifle Basic, NRA Shotgun Basic, NRA RIfle Instructor, NRA Shotgun Instructor. Must be approved by the council to attend.

High Adventure is a core feature of Scouting. Even more important is having that adventure in a safe manner. That’s why Wilderness First Aid is required for leaders involved in these programs. This conference will teach you those skills, including opportunities to practice scenarios in Philmont’s backcountry and, even more importantly, will teach you how to teach. This is an opportunity to become a qualified instructor capable of training others in your area in Wilderness First Aid, a great benefit to the Scouters in your Council. Prior training as an instructor is valuable and recommended, but not a prerequisite. Certification from ESCI.

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Cancellation Policy

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