Two Rivers District
The Two Rivers District proudly serves area youth in Gaston County through the Scouting program. While the cities of Cherryville, Stanley, and Mt. Holly are served by the Heartland District, the Two Rivers encompasses primarily Gastonia, Belmont, Bessemer City, Dallas, Lowell, and the smaller communities throughout. This District has volunteers and professionals committed to seeking the best opportunities and experiences for our youth. Together we are developing the leaders of tomorrow, empowering them with today’s best skills, and proving that character does count!
Please contact us with questions, as we “do our best daily” to serve you!
Roundtables are held the first Tuesday of every month (except June & July) at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyerian Church in Gastonia.
District News for April/May
TWO RIVERS DISTRICT CALENDAR
April 4th – Nominating Committee Meeting: Scout Office, 12:00pm
April 4th – Cub Scout Roundtable: First Presbyterian Church, 7:00PM
April 7th-9th – District Spring Camporee: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
April 8th – Community Foundation Run: Gastonia Rotary Pavilion, 8:30AM
April 17th-21st – Gaston County Spring Break
April 25th – District Committee/Commissioner’s Meeting: Scout Office, 7:00PM
April 27th – District Camp Card Turn-In: Scout Office, 6:00-7:30PM
April 28th-30th – Order of the Arrow: Dixie Fellowship
April 29th – District Pinewood Derby: First Presbyterian Church, 9:30AM
May 2nd – Roundtable: First Presbyterian Church, 7:00PM
May 5th-7th – Order of the Arrow: Spring Ordeal
May 19th-21st – Cub Scout Odyssey: Camp Bud Schiele
June 2nd-4th – Order of the Arrow: Summer Ordeal
June 11th – Day Camp Orientation: New Hope Presbyterian Church, 2:00PM
June 12th-16th – Two Rivers Day Camp: New Hope Presbyterian Church
June (DATE TBA) – District Planning Meeting/Leadership Conference
TWO RIVERS DISTRICT NEWS
It is extremely vital to the success of your unit, and our District, that you have representation at the monthly District Roundtables. It is at these meetings that you will get important materials and information that will allow for your program to flourish. Our Roundtable Commissioners are working diligently to improve these gatherings based off of the feedback we have received from adult volunteers. By doing this, we can be sure to offer quality trainings and advice that benefit our leaders and address the concerns they have.
We are just about wrapped up with recharter this year, and I must say that it was quite the hurdle to overcome. However, the finish line is drawing near, so we must look to what worked and plan ahead for next year as to what we can improve. Our Commissioners are great resources for units that may be struggling with this or any other issues, but they are not utilized by unit leadership as effectively as they could be. Please take a moment to discuss with our Commissioning Staff the good, the bad, and even the ugly of what is going on in your unit because they are here to help, whether with recharters or anything else.
Congratulations on another year of such strong unit and Scout participation during the Spring Camp Card sale! A very big thank you goes out to all the leaders and units who participated in supporting the sale, as well as the vendors who chose to participate in the sale. Officially, the sale ends on April 23rd, but with next week being Gaston County’s Spring Break, many units have already started collecting money and cards from their Scouts. Don’t forget that April 28th is the last day to turn in money/cards for full commission.
FAMILY FRIENDS OF SCOUTING
Once again we turn our attention the annual Friends of Scouting Family Presentations. The idea of raising funds to support our local Scouting programs may seem like a challenge, but many in our ranks of volunteers have risen to the challenge and pledged to make a difference in the lives of our Scouts through financial support directly made possible by the Friends of Scouting campaign. Our goal this year is to reach as many families as possible, but we can only do that with your help and support. If your unit has not scheduled a Unit Presentation for a Court of Honor or Blue & Gold, please contact Gavin Dawson to do so.
BOY SCOUT SPRING CAMPOREE
This past weekend was another great installment of the Two Rivers Spring Camporee! Overall, we had about 200 Scouts and Scouters attend this weekend. It seems that everyone that attended had a good time, and the weather was certainly nicer than last year, if not a little chilly. Also, the Allowelendam Chapter called out 13 new candidates to take their first step in the Order of the Arrow. Once again, thank you to everyone who came out to participate, and to Steve Brooks and the Camporee committee for putting this event together for the District. If you or your unit didn’t make it out this past weekend, we surely did miss having you and would love for you to join the rest of us at the Fall Camporee in October!
Day Camp is shaping up to be a great event this summer! It is a great opportunity to engage your Cub Scouts in a strong outdoor program. It will take place June 12-16, here in Gastonia! This year's theme is “Mad Scientist,” so expect to have some wacky adventures, build some awesome mechanisms, and make slimy creations. Day Camp will allow your Cub Scouts to participate in a week long program; engaging them in traditional outdoor programs like BB guns, archery, and many other opportunities and programs! In addition, any Boy Scouts who are interested in becoming Den Chiefs, or adults who would like to be Den Leaders, please contact Angela Yount, our Day Camp Director, at email@example.com. Remember that Day Camp plays a key role in your Pack's Journey to Excellence criteria. Help promote this event and make it yet another huge success in the Two Rivers District in 2017!
LION’S, WOLVES, & BEARS…OH MY!
That’s right, you read it right! If your Pack missed the call of the wild last year, be sure to join in the fun this year! Two Rivers is participating in the Lion’s Pilot Program once again and we are looking for more Packs. The Lion’s Program will be available for Kindergarten boys that are between 5-7 years old, and will follow a similar structure as that of Tigers when it was first introduced. We have several units that have gone through the process to recruit Lion’s this past fall. I again want to extend a special thank you to all the units that are participating in this program already, and pass along encouragement for those that aren’t to consider participating this year!
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING
This summer, Piedmont Council will be conducting its annual National Youth Leadership Training Conference at Piedmont Council Reservation near Rutherfordton, NC. The course will take place at the Training Center from June 25-30, 2017.
NYLT is designed for Scouts who are at least 13 years old, have First Class Skills, and currently hold or intend to hold a Troop leadership position. A Scout must have participated in Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC), must be mature enough and must be responsible enough to spend the week camping, and have his parent's and Scoutmaster’s or Crew Advisor's approval.
The cost of the course will be $225 In-Council by April 28, and $235 late rate. ($255 early rate for out-of-council and $265 late rate) and will be limited to the first 48 participants per course. This fee includes all food, program materials, insurance, program expenses, T-shirt, neckerchief, name tag and a course patch. Please click below to register on line or print off an application or pick one up at the Council Office.
From the District Executive
We are in the final stretch of this Scouting year, and the finish line is within our grasp. This has truly been a great year of Scouting activities, and I know that many of our units have awesome things planned for the upcoming summer. I look forward to our upcoming activities and the opportunity to rebuild this summer, and to set our sights on loftier goals than 2016.
I would like to encourage our Scouts and leaders to join in the Scouting activities we have planned for this summer. Our Cub Scouts can participate in the District Day Camp held in June where they can participate in BB, archery, climbing, obstacle courses, and even some fun Science experiments to keep with this year’s theme! Our Boy Scouts have some great opportunities as well, like Summer Camp at the awesome Camp Bud Schiele, some life-changing training at NYLT, and also the National Jamboree being held at the Summit! This doesn’t even count all the fun stuff that our troops and packs are doing over the summer months!
We have a responsibility and an opportunity to make this program even better for each scout that comes into our packs and troops. We have great volunteers, strong values, and a program chalk full of FUN. Let 2017 be a year of challenge, of many challenges. A year where the District challenges each Unit to excel; we challenge other volunteers; and you challenge yourself. I would caution us to not become complacent within our roles; we must always continue to challenge ourselves to improve on what we can accomplish.
With each of you stepping forward and guiding us, we can achieve another awesome year in this District! We have great volunteers, strong values, and a program chalk full of FUN. Together we can achieve so much, so let’s work together to have a great Scouting year! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime at (434) 709-2847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gavin Dawson; Two Rivers District Executive.