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2014 Popcorn Leader's Guide

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See all of our upcoming events in the Calendar below!

Council Calendar

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Plan Your BEST Year of Scouting with Trail's End!

What: Trail's End will be hosting a breakfast for all volunteers. Join us to plan your troop or pack's adventures for the year and develop a budget and fundraising plan to achieve them, all while having the chance to win great prizes!

When: June 23, 2015

Where: TBD

Pre-order your new Cub Scout Handbooks and Save!

Save nearly 25% on each new handbook. All your pack needs to do is commit to selling $1000 in popcorn in 2015! Supplies are limited, so act fast! Click here for the pre-order form.

Watch your Cub Scouts' imaginations Take Flight as they stretch their minds and muscles exploring different avenues of flight, from birds to kites to planes, at Cub Scout Day Camp!

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What: National Youth Leadership Training is a six-day outdoor experience for youth leaders.  It supports the Scout leader responsibility to train youth leaders. Participants sleep in tents, prepare their own meals by patrols, learn life skills, and live by the Scout Oath and Law. 

When: May 30– June 6, 2015

Where: Gorham Scout Ranch

Cost: $285.00 Participant Fee ($335.00 after May 3, 2015)

Click here for the registration form


Brownsea 22

What: Outdoor Skills Course Adventure

When: June 1-6, 2015

Where: Gorham Scout Ranch

Cost: $285.00 Participant Fee ($335.00 after May 4, 2015)

Click here for the registration form

Own It 2

What: A follow-up to the "Own It!" meeting earlier in the year - our goals are:

Review Council Performance with Leadershiop
Review 2015 Western Region Goals
Establish 2015 Strategic Plan - focus on Actions

Open to all GSWC Current & Prospective Council and District Leaders, Commissioners, Chartered Organization Representatives and Council Professional Staff

When: May 29-30, 2015

Where: Gorham Scout Ranch

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

For more information and to register, click here.

Spanish-Speaking Wood Badge Course S2-999-15

What: Scouting's premier training for Adult Participants offered completely in Spanish

When: June 22-27, 2015 in San Antonio

Click on a link below for the course flyer:

Course Flyer - Spanish Version

Course Flyer - English Version

Popflies and Popcorn!

What: Scout Day with the Isotopes and Popcorn Kickoff Grand Slam

When: July 25, 2015- gates open at 4:30 pm, training begins at 5 pm and the game begins at 7 pm

Where: Isotopes Park

Cost: Before 6/1: $ $10 per person

Between 6/1 and 6/30: $12 per person

Between 7/1 and 7/15: $15 per person

Each unit selling popcorn will receive 3 FREE tickets!

For more information and registration, click here.


Powderhorn Training 2015

What: High adventure training for youth ages 14 and older and adults

When: August 6-9, 2015

Where: Gorham Scout Ranch and Santa Cruz Lake

Cost: Early Bird (before 4/30/2015): $200

On-time (between 5/1/2015 and 7/15/2015): $220

Late (after 7/15/2015): $270

Click here to download the flyer.

Click here to register online. Click here to download the paper registration form.

Click here for scholarship form.

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

What: Introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics for youth aged 14 and older and Scouting Adults. The course will be limited to 10 participants, so sign up early. The format will be a 16 hour overnight backpacking trek originating from Gorham Scout Ranch

When: 9:00 am 8/15/15- 1:00 pm 8/16/15. There will be a 3 hour orientation class prior- Date and Time TBD 

Where: Gorham Scout Ranch

Cost: $25- Covers training materials plus food and transportation costs.

Click here for the registration form.

Level II COPE Facilitator / Climbing Instructor Training

What: These advanced courses are for adults (21+) interested in becoming a Trained Level II COPE Facilitator, OR, adults (21+) interested in becoming a Trained Level II Climbing Instructor. You may get trained in either COPE or Climbing at this class, but NOT BOTH! You must be a registered Scouter, be at least 21 years old, and be current in Level I training. Adults 18 – 20 that are prospective summer camp staff may attend with Director’s approval.

When: September 11-13, 2015

Where: Gorham Scout Ranch

Cost: $65- Includes training materials and food

Click here for the registration form.

Own It Leadership Summit

The Own It Leadership Summit was a great success!  To review the documents presented at this meeting, please click here.

Gorham Scout Ranch - 2015 - check it out!

Did you know that Gorham Scout Ranch fees are the lowest in our area, and as much as 25% lower than other nearby camps?? Check out this table to see how the fees compare: Gorham Fee Comparison

Are you curious what other Scouts and Leaders though of their experience at Gorham Scout Ranch in 2014? Check out this informative chart: Gorham Appraisal Data


Special Edition Trailmarker - September 2, 2014 - Click this link for a PDF version of the Special Edition of the Trailmarker
August, 2014 Trailmarker - Click this link for a PDF version of the August 2014 edition of the Trailmarker

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