What’s on Our Mind

2017 National Jamboree – West Virginia

Our own Scoutmaster (Brian Cook) will be leading one of the seven troops going to the National Jamboree in July 2017. Each troop will consist of 36 boys. Brian is actively recruiting boys for his Jamboree Troop. Any eligible scout in the Grand Canyon Council is welcome to join Brian’s troop. Go to the Grand Canyon Council Website (www.grandcanyonbsa.org) to register your scout – Brian’s e-mail address is also listed on the registration page if you have any questions and would like to contact him for more information. Jamboree meetings start Sunday, January 25th at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church (Scottsdale Road & Carefree Highway). Meeting times are from 5:00 until 6:00.

Christmas Tree Sales

It is time once again for our annual Christmas Tree Sales. Our lot is located on the Southwest corner of 14th Street & Northern in Phoenix. Hours are from 4:00pm until 9:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am until 9:00pm on weekends.

We have a wide variety of Noble Fir & Doulas Fir.

All proceeds go back into the troop fund and help sends our scouts to summer camp or on our annual summer trip.

Buy Popcorn & Support the Boy Scouts

Starting today (August 1st), you can start placing your popcorn orders online through Trail’s End Popcorn (www.trails-end.com). 70% of your purchase goes to a Boy Scout that you designate & his local council. Our scouts use their money earned to help pay for summer camp or our renowned summer trips. You can also order popcorn for our Military Troops stationed overseas and it will be shipped directly to them. it’s a win-win for all.

Camp Geronimo Information

Camp dates are June 16-23. The cost of camp is $335.00 – also included is a $50.00 deposit, that must be paid upon signing up for camp. Final balance after deposit is $285.00. If your son is planning on using his portion of the troop money to go to camp, talk to myself or David Sandvig.

Anybody that is interested in using a Council Campership, these are due by April 30th. Forms can be obtained on the Council Website: www.grandcanyonbsa.org.

Pre-requisites are a must. These are class requirements that must be completed prior to attending camp, or the scout will end up with a partial by the end of camp and he will have to spend his summer vacation finishing up the merit badge. Kathy & Jenna will have the pre-req sheet at the class sign-up meetings.

Boys that are taking Trail Begins can also take a couple “fun” classes – woodworking, leatherworking, cooking, etc.

Age Restricted Merit Badges:
Must be at least 12-13 to take any shooting sport merit badge (rifle, muzzle-loading, archery).
Climbing – 13 years old
Canoeing – 13 years old
Metalworking – 14 years old
BSA Lifeguard – 15 years old
EV Science – No First year scouts

Boys can sign up for the following merit badges on Sunday after we arrive at camp:

The Trading Post is now offering the Salesmanship Merit Badge.

The camp is doing new check-in procedures:
All Health Checks will be done in the parking lot when the troop does its initial check-in. Every attendee at camp needs a medical form – doesn’t matter if you’re staying for the whole week or just one day.
Boys that have asthma issues will be allowed to carry inhalers with them around camp.
All other prescribed medication must be turned over to the adult leader in camp (probably me) and locked up. When providing me with the medication, provide on a separate piece of paper the following info:
Scout Name
Type of medication
When & How much to give to scout

Swim checks will be on Saturday & Sunday.

More information will be sent out as the camp dates get closer.

Arizona Game & Fish

Following is a link to a new area of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website for scouts and cub scouts. The reason they have built it is to make it easier for scout leaders to connect with outdoor activity ideas. There are many fun, interactive, exciting activity ideas for scouts that the AZGFD has organized for your use. There are also work projects that help support wildlife conservation activities that are usually sponsored by conservation organizations. I hope you can make use of the new website information.


There is a second area of AZGFD’s website referred to as the Get Outside page. If you navigate to this portion of their website you can find information about all sorts of outdoor related programs, including youth hunting camps that are designed to teach families new to hunting all about how to participate safely and successfully. You can view the Get Outside portion of AZGFD’s website by entering the address below into your browser. Otherwise, you can go to the main AZGFD website at www.azgfd.gov and click the Get Outside button on the bottom left side of the page.


The Grand Canyon Council and AZGFD are working on several other exciting things. For example, Explore Bowhunting, which is an interactive outdoor related curriculum, will be coming to camp Raymond and Camp Geronimo this year. Explore Bowhunting is presented by the Archery Trade Association.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is also partnering with the Grand Canyon Council to bring the Conservation Challenge to camp Raymond. Scouts who earn the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery, and Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badges will be eligible to obtain their Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunter Education certification with a short supplemental class, and satisfactory completion the Arizona Hunter Education Exam at camp Raymond. Attached to this email is a picture of the merit badge assembly produced through partnership between the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Boy Scouts of America.

Philmont Scout Ranch – PTC and Second Season Programming

Philmont Scout Ranch
Autumn Adventure
Philmont Training Center
Leave No Trace

To some the fall is the most beautiful time of the year at Philmont. Don’t be a stranger, for just $40/day, come witness the golden aspens, wildlife and excellent Philmont terrain on an Autumn Adventure trek! We welcome traditional youth groups as well as all adult groups.

In just a few months Philmont will complete it’s annual transformation into a pristine winter wonderland. Winter brings a wide range of exciting activities to the Ranch. For $100/weekend or $50/day your group and guide may find yourselves snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or even constructing a snow-shelter to spend the night in.

Philmont Training Center (PTC) hosts the best volunteer training, led by the top leaders to deliver the latest information, strategies, and practices to make your local Scouting programs a success.

The five-day Leave No Trace Master Educator course is designed for people who are actively teaching outdoor skills or providing recreation information to the public. This valuable training is recognized throughout the world by the outdoors industry, land management agencies, and the outdoor recreation community.

Contact Us: Camping@PhilmontScoutRanch.org | www.PhilmontScoutRanch.org | 575.376.2281