A quick update on the Old Portage
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Old Portage One-Pager

January 2016

Welcome to the Old Portage One-Pager! This is a brief monthly overview of what's happening in the Old Portage District with a “Thought of the Month” section to share ideas on improving the scouting experience in our District. 
Please consider forwarding the monthly Old Portage One-Pager not only to your Committee members, but also to all of the families in your Unit – We would love to share what is happening in the District them!

Whats Going On in the OP?

Updates from the District Team

Unit Commissioners
Unit Commissioners are a valuable resource for Units.  You will be receiving a call from your Commissioner in the next week or so to talk about the upcoming re-charter and Journey to Excellence submissions.  Please help them to help you by responding.
University of Scouting
March 5th, 2016 

The University of Scouting is the largest supplemental training course offered by Great Trail Council to Scouting volunteers at all levels. During this fun-filled day, experienced volunteer leaders will present programs to help you improve your skills and expand your knowledge. You will also meet other leaders, gather new resources, and share ideas on building the best possible program for your Scouts.

Old Portage Camping

Klondike is at the end of the month! Please make sure you have pre-registered, contact Keith for more info: 

The Leadership Book for the “Mountaineers of Manatoc” Klondike on 1/29/2016 will be available in Unit saddlebags at Roundtable.  Events at Klondike include Archery, Axe and Saw, Orienteering, Log Cabin Building and much more! Click here for more info.

Planning has started for the 2016 Cub Scout Day Camp, 2016– “Trains, Planes and Automobiles.”  Look out for more information in upcoming months. If you would be interested in helping please contact Keith Doyle for more info:
2016 Friends of Scouting
  • Congratulations to Troop 380 on winning the drawing for a free cabin night at Camp Manatoc for turning in the date for their Family FOS presentation.  If you haven’t done so yet, please contact us as soon as possible with a date of an event for FOS to be presented to the maximum number of families in your Unit. 
Roundtables are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:15pm at First Baptist Church, Shatto Avenue, West Akron.
  • Attend Roundtable this month on Thursday, 14th January
  • Re-Charter Packets will be handed out to all Units
    -  Boy Scouts will have a presentation from Unit Leaders from Troop 385 on the Troop Election Process
    - Cub Scouts will have a presentation from Michele Dye about running the best Blue and Gold Banquet possible and WEBELOS to Scout Transition
  • Don’t Forget:  Send Unit Leaders to Roundtable each month, sign in, and at the District Awards Dinner in April, the Unit with the most number of Roundtable attendees from September to March will receive a “Roundtable Attendance Prize”: A Free Night in a Cabin at Camp Manatoc!
A total of 165 Youth were recruited in 2015up by 3.4% over 2015 – great job, but remember, recruitment is a year round focus – take advantage of the events that your Unit puts on or participates in to recruit and also plan spring recruitment events to increase membership!
Cub Scout Packs 3001 an 3075 will be co-hosting a Pancake Breakfast from 8:30am – 11:30am on Sunday, January 17th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on West Market Street – All are welcome!
Thought of the Month: Volunteer Recognition
In Scouting, one of the most important things for the Youth is Advancement, which recognizes their hard work, commitment and growth as Boy Scouts.  Scout Leaders also work hard, commit and grow as they lead our Youth and there are many ways to recognize a job well done by a registered Adult Leader in your Unit:
In the earliest days of the Boy Scouts of America, military veterans were urged into service as scoutmasters. The first scout uniforms therefore resembled military uniforms. It was common for these veterans to wear their military decorations on their modified Boy Scout uniform — a national uniform was not to be developed until the early 1920s.
The ribbons were phased out after the Second World War and replaced by the embroidered square knot patches that we know today.  The color of the knot was dictated by the ribbon for the original medal and the choice of the square knot as the common emblem was made by James E. West, who is said to have chosen it for its use as the knot associated with first aid, thereby reminding scouts to continue to be of service to others.
Today our Adult Leaders can be recognized for a myriad of achievements in categories such as: Training; Leadership; Meritous Service; Religious Awards; Meritous Action; and Rank.  
These awards require an application and approval by the Council.
The District Award of Merit
This award is given annually at the District Annual Dinner to recognize Scouters (generally with more than 5 years experience) who have excelled in their roles in the Units.  The District Award of Merit is a Council award and is the highest honor that a District may present for service of an outstanding nature at a District level.
Portage Award
A “Portage” is defined as “the labor of carrying or transporting” by Webster’s Dictionary, and the Old Portage District presents the Portage Award annually to people who have demonstrated the “labor of love” by helping to carry the District over the past year.  We encourage to you start to look at the Leaders in your Unit, catch something outstanding that they have done and to nominate them for one or both of these awards which will be presented at the Old Portage Annual Dinner on Thursday, 14th April, 2016 at 7:15pm at First Baptist Church, Shatto Avenue.  Nominations are accepted year-round but the cut off date is Monday, 4th April.
 Email Keith for more info about this award:

There are so many wonderful things happening out in the Units and there is no shame in highlighting them and recognizing the people behind them.  Please send your nominations for the Old Portage Award and the District Award of Merit to Keith Doyle at


Yours In Scouting,

The Old Portage District Committee

Donna Axson, District Chair


Dan Gentile, District Commissioner

Keith Doyle, District Executive

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The Old Portage Mission Statement
"Working together, our team of Trained Adult Leaders in the Old Portage District will deliver an outstanding Scouting program that is recognized as the leading youth program in our community. We will positively impact Youth by providing an educational, diverse, safe, and fun program of citizenship, service and leadership while instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”