Category Archives: Leadership

NRA Instructor Meeting this Thursday, May 15th

There is  a meeting for NRA Instructors on Thursday May 15th, at 7:00. The meeting is primarily for BSA Instructors, but all instructors are welcome to attend. The meeting is at Baltimore County Game and Fish, 3400 Northwind Rd. Please send the attached flyer to any instructor you may know. There are exciting new things coming out from the NRA training department and we’ll have that information for you.

Troop Elections to be Held Jan 9, 2014.

As some of you may know, our troop elections are coming up. The elections are going to be held on January 9th, 2014. If you want to sign up for one of the positions, please contact Eric Celmer through Email at, and state your name, and the position you would like to run for, or sign up at the meetings. A list of available positions follows:

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Patrol Leader
Chaplain’s Aide
Leave No Trace Trainer
OA Representative (Must be an OA member)
Charter Organization Liaison
Web Master

Adult Leader Outdoor Skills Training

Although some organizations are in ‘shut down’ mode—please know that the Harford Training Team is GEARING UP for a fantastic Adult Leader Outdoor Skills Training experience this fall. Click to download the flyer IOLS Fall 2013.

The IOLS and OWL Orientation session will be held on Saturday, October 5th. We encourage registration on-line; however, we will accept walk-up registration on Saturday morning. Attendance at orientation is required, followed by the course weekend, October 25–27.

The BALOO course will be held on Saturday, October 26th. Please register on-line.

Yours in Scouting,

Steve Mantegna
Training Chair, Harford District

Troop Leadership and Communication


It has been expressed to me that many of you are concerned with the lack of planning and communication around the Troop activity plans. I will admit the communication could be better, so I would like to give you some insight into our thought process in the beginning of this year. Earlier this year (August time frame) I met with several Assistant Scoutmasters, the Committee Chair, and the Advancement Chair to start planning this Scouting year. We discussed several things but one in particular is the basis for what may appear to be inactivity or disorganization.

We discussed the need to shift more of the decision making and planning over to the Scouts. This is more aligned with the true spirit of the Scouting program. While having fun is what we expect we also want to encourage and nurture leadership and personal responsibility. Our plans include several steps but the most notable part of that is having each Patrol plan and execute an outing from the ground up. We agreed to plan by Patrol so the numbers are manageable, it is much easier to plan a trip for 8-10 as opposed to 25-30. To facilitate this we have assigned an Assistant Scoutmaster to every Patrol. These ASMs will also be known as the Patrol Advisers. The Patrol Adviser is there to help, guide and encourage the Patrol Leader. When needed the Patrol Adviser will assist with logistics of an outing or activity. From the outside this process will appear to be chaotic at times and I am sure there will be bumps along the way but I do believe the boys will have fun planning their own outings and be proud of what they accomplish in the end. Our plan is to have each Patrol plan one outing in the Fall hopefully by the end of October and then another Patrol Outing some time in the spring. If a patrol wants to plan more than that great but for now we want to focus on those two outings. There will be other Troop activities as well. You will see those activities on the calendar very soon. For now please be patient and encourage your scout to get involved in his Patrol’s Outing both planning and participating.

I will do my best to improve the communication you receive in the future. If you continue to have questions or concerns about where the Troop is heading don’t hesitate to let me know. I am open to suggestions and look forward to working with your son this year.

John Brannon