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2011 Philmont OA Adviser Training Conference

The Philmont OA Adviser Training Conference is back in 2011! It will take place June 19-23. The Conference is tailored to address the specific needs of the participants, to share information from successful lodges across the nation, and to discuss possible solutions to some of the common challenges faced by many chapters and lodges. Conference slots will fill up quickly, so view the full announcement and register as soon as you can!

Reserve Your Spot at SummitCorps

The new year is just around the corner now, and with it SummitCorps is fast approaching. Information on how to register for SummitCorps has been posted on the National SummitCorps website.

Reservation Information Packet | Official SummitCorps website

Summer 2010 Mustang Newsletter Available

The Summer 2010 Mustang newsletter is now available! The Mustang is the Western Region’s official newsletter publication for lodge, section, and region leadership. Download the latest as well as past issues from the Mustang resources page.

NLS at Granlibakken Resort

Please plan to arrive by 7:00 PM Friday evening as we will start the first session PROMPTLY at 7:30 PM Friday.

We will be finished by 2 PM Sunday.

Important items to bring to the weekend:

  • Your Full Uniform (required all weekend)
  • Trading Post Money (see the Western Region Trading Information below)
  • Personal Gear (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, TOWEL, etc)
  • You WILL need to provide your own Towel
  • You will NOT need a sleeping bag.

As an NLS participant, you will be sleeping in dorm type rooms.

Granlibakken Conference Center
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Here is a link to their website with driving directions:


Also, registration is not closed yet; it’s not too late to invite your fellow arrowmen to attend this great event!

We all look forward to seeing you on April 30th at the Granlibakken Conference Center.

In Scouting -
Fred Gross
2010 Western Region Chief

Mike Bliss
Western Region OA Chairman

Steve Davidek
Western Region NLS Coordinator

Words from Fred Gross

This summer I went to Ecuador for 12 days to do some high altitude climbing. I went with a group from my school. Our team consisted of eight climbers, and one of the hardest things about the trip was that we had just met each other and in under two months we would be climbing to over 20,000 feet together. How does this link back to my life in Scouts? Trust and self-understanding were key to ensuring that we had a strong and safe climbing team. Trust, as many of you know, must be at the core of everything we do. Without trust, our rope teams would not have made it to the top.

How is trust earned in such short a time? What my team chose to do was to go climb, run, or work on skills at least once per week. I feel that the best way to learn to trust one another is by placing your team in a situation where trust is forced upon your team. Trusting my team during trust falls is necessary to trust that they will pull me out of a crevasse.

Why is self-understanding so important to team development? You need to understand how you are going to handle different situations, from dealing with hard advisors to working for a goal with little sleep. A leader must be able to understand himself before he can lead others.

I ask each of you to think about the trust between you and those you work with, and then take time to sit in a peaceful, quiet place so that you can better understand who you are and what you want in life.

Leadership is Love,
Fred Gross
2010 Western Region Chief

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