Area 2 Venturing Conference




Area 2 Venturing Conference



Who should attend:

All Venturers and Venturing Leaders from around the state of Michigan


United Methodist Church, 1900 Boston Blvd., Lansing, MI


$20 per person

Saturday only option cost:

Still $20 because almost all of the cost is for the Saturday partition


Friday March 22, 2019 to Saturday March 23 2019

Friday registration is from 5:30 to 8 pm Saturday registration is from 7:30 to 8 am Closing will be Saturday at 5 pm.

What is included:

A snack Friday evening so please eat dinner before you come. Saturday breakfast and lunch.

A special Area 2 gift

What to bring:

If coming Friday you will need a sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping pad or cot because we will be sleeping on a carpeted concrete floor, toiletries, class B uniform for Friday evening and a class A uniform for Saturday.


Venturing Conference Flyer

Scoutmaster/Asst Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training & Troop Committee Challenge Training (Birmingham)

Position-Specific training for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Troop Committee Members.

Please bring your Troop Leader Guidebook.


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Troop Committee Challenge – Lansing

Troop Committee Challenge (WS10)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

8:30am – 11:30am

University United Methodist Church in East Lansing

Troop Committee Challenge will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing from 8:30 am-11:30 am.

You will learn the responsibilities of troop committee members.

Please register here if you plan to attend.  Our trainers need to know how many learners are expected so they can have enough materials and supplies.

 The cost is $3 person which will be collected at the door.

Contact Mark Hoffman with questions at 517-676-1745 or

Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training (Birmingham)


Three (3) Trainings All in One Place!!!


  • Tiger/Wolf/Bear/Webelos Den/Asst. Den Leader Position-Specific Training
  • Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training
  • Cub Scout Pack Committee Challenge
  • Interested Parents welcome too!

Den leaders:

You have volunteered to play an important role, but one that is simple and fun. This training will help you prepare fun and meaningful den meetings.


  • The roles and responsibilities of the den leaders, Cubmasters, and the Committee
  • How to keep scouts active before a Cub Scouting event
  • The aims of scouting and how Cub Scouing helps fulfill these goals
  • How to prepare for a Den Meeting
  • The importance of a pack budget
  • How advancement works
  • The behavior patterns of Cub Scout age youth and methods for improving behavior
  • The role of a den in the pack meeting
  • The outdoor program and its value to Cub Scouts, and outdoor training opportunities available for Cub Scout den leaders


You have volunteered to play an important role, but one that is simple and fun. This training will help you prepare fun and meaningful pack meetings.


  • The roles and responsibilities of the den leaders, Cubmasters, and the Committee
  • How to work with the Committee, District and Council to plan and operate your program, and leverage resources available to you
  • How to lead monthly pack meetings with the help of others, involving all dens in some sort of way
  • How to delegate responsibilities to get more parents involved, and make the operation of a pack meeting easier
  • Contacting your local Scouts BSA Troop to arrange for den chiefs, and help guide your Webelos scouts to crossover
  • Getting the most out of District Roundtable

Pack Committee:

This training will help you with your crucial role to handle the backend operations of your pack, and ensure your pack remains successful.


  • How to run a pack committee meeting
  • The roles and responsibilities of the den leaders, Cubmasters, and the Committee
  • The roles of the Unit Key 3
  • Fiscal policies, the role of the Treasurer, and fundraising
  • Your pack's annual program budget, and working with your cubmasters and den leaders to plan the unit's program prior to fall
  • How to recruit committee members
  • Where to find resources to help keep your pack organized, active, and involved with district and council events
  • Registration, Rechartering and Journey To Excellence
  • Adult leader award recognition (how to get those knots you see everyone wearing)


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Scoutmaster & Assistant SM Position Specific Training – East Lansing

Scoutmaster Specifics Training

Saturday, March 23, 2019

8:30 am – 2:00 pm

University United Methodist Church in East Lansing

Scoutmaster Specifics Training will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing from 8:30 am-2:00 pm.

You will learn the responsibilities of Scoutmasters and their assistants.  This is Step One of being trained as an assist or Scoutmaster.  You must still take Introduction to Outdoor Leader session. (IOLS)

Please register here if you plan to attend.  Our trainers need to know how many learners are expected so they can have enough materials and supplies.

The cost is $3 person which will be collected at the door.

Bring a sack lunch!  Lunch is not provided.

Contact Bill Frysinger with questions at 517-323-2219 or

Leader Position-Specific Training (Shelby Charter Township)


Four (4) Trainings All in One Place!!!


  • Chartered Organization Representative (COR) Training (Open to all Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing & Sea Scout Units)
  • Scoutmaster / Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
  • Troop Committee Challenge
  • STEM Nova Counselor Training (Open to all Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing & Sea Scout Units)


SPECIAL TRAINING OFFER:  Bring your Unit’s Key 3 (Chartered Organization Representative, Committee Chair, and the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Coach/Advisor/Skipper) to be trained or the “Trained” certificates for your Key 3 and have 50% of the course cost refunded to your unit’s participants.


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Scouts BSA Merit Badge Day

2019 Merit Badge Day

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Sponsored by Michigan State University Engineering Department

Event will be held at:  Michigan State University Engineering Building, 428 S. Shaw Ln.  East Lansing, MI 48824  (parking available across the street on Shaw lane)

Classes are 9:30 am-2:30 pm with check-in starting at 8:30 am.

Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn a STEM merit badge at Michigan State University while learning and participating on campus from University professors and career professionals!  See and experience what these fields are really all about!  Scouts will be able to sign up for only one merit badge session.

There is a limit of 30 Scouts per badge with the exception of Robotics, which has a limit of 24 Scouts.  If the limit is reached, the Scouts will be placed on a waiting list.

Merit Badges Offered:  

  • Robotics – No  Prerequisites  
  • Engineering – No Prerequisites  
  • Radio (There are prerequisites  See below)
  • Composite Materials – No Prerequisites  
  • Chemistry – No Prerequisites 
  • Programming – No Prerequisites

The cost is $15 per Scout/Venturer.  A pizza lunch will be provided by our hosts, Michigan State University.  The dress code is Class A uniforms.

Every youth participant will need to download and have parent complete and sign the MSU parent consent, release and medical forms and the MSU pickup and drop off form. These then need to be sent to which MUST be received by us by March 8th or the Scout will not be allowed on the campus.  Also, any adult planning to stay at this event also must complete the medical form and submit.  Due to MSU regulations and requirements, absolutely NO walk-ins will be allowed.

These will need to be completed and sent to or mailed to Tom Oleniacz – attn:  MSU MB Day- 5001 Eleven Mile Rd. Auburn, MI 48611 by March 1, 2019. These forms can be downloaded from this registration site.

Scouts will need to secure unit leader approval before registering for this event.

Scouts do NOT need to bring a blue card to this event.  

We will use the online registration system to produce all completed blue cards and partials for this year's MSU merit badge day.  How this works: 

1. Scout completes the badge (or partially completes) 

2. The counselor submits his class roster with all completed Scouts and partials earned to our event coordinator at the close of the March 23rd event.

3. Event coordinator inputs data to the registration system (where you signed up your Scout(s) to attend this event)  Blue card sheets will be signed by event coordinator.

4.  Beginning on April 1, the parent that made the initial online registration can go into the registration system and download and print the Blue Card sheets or partial completed sheets for all Scouts from the unit that participated at the MSU Merit Badge Day. These records will always be accessible.  A paper copy of each class will be kept on file at the Auburn Michigan Scout Service Center.

When you register your Scout for this event, upon payment you will receive a confirmation email.  It is very important that you save this email.  It allows you to go back in after the event and download and print off your Scout's merit badge blue card or partial.

Please check out MSU's Future Engineer's Page for more information on STEM, engineering, robotics, and more opportunities at Michigan State University!

Questions?  Contact Dr. Susan Masten at or (517) 355-2254.

Radio MB prerequisites:  

Be prepared to discuss the following with the counselor (this info is in the merit 

badge book):

 – 1a,b,c,d: Explain what radio is

 – 2b,c,d: WWV, DX/local, FCC

 – 4: Explain how radio waves carry information

 – 5a,c,d,e: Block/schematic, modulation methods, weather radio, cellular

 – 6: Safety

 – 7 with respect to types of amateur licenses 

 – 9a, parts 1 through 5: Why FCC has an amateur service, differences between 

license classes, five Q signals, emergency calls, transceiver types.

Each Scout will discuss the above items individually with the counselor. We will 

not do this as a group to give everyone a chance to ask questions and interact one 

on one with the counselor.

The MSU instructors recently reviewed the requirements more closely and decided that it would be impossible for the Scouts to complete all requirements on the 23rd for Programming Merit Badge.  For Scouts taking PROGRAMMING Merit Badge at MSU March 23rd, please note that there are prerequisites to be completed:

Be prepared to discuss all other requirements at MSU.  Plan to do the following either before or after the March 23rd event. 

1. Safety: Do the following:

A. Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip. 

B. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that could occur during programming activities, including repetitive stress injuries and eyestrain. 

2. History: Do the following:

A. Give a brief history of programming, including at least three milestones related to the advancement or development of programming. 

3. General knowledge: Do the following:

A. Create a list of 10 popular programming languages in use today and describe which industry or industries they are primarily used in and why.  DO 3 prior to MSU and 7 after MSU 

B. Describe three different programmed devices you rely on every day. 

4. Intellectual property: DO the following:  of these

A. Explain how software patents and copyrights protect a programmer.

B. Describe the difference between licensing and owning software.

C. Describe the differences between freeware, open source, and commercial software, and why it is important to respect the terms of use of each.

5. Projects: Do the following:

B. With your counselor’s approval, choose a second programming language and development environment different from those used in 5A and in a different industry from 5A. Then write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program to your counselor using that language and environment. 

C. Similar project to 5A and 5B but different language, industry, and environment. 



MSU Parent Consent/medical -fillable
MSU PU/drop off- Fillable

Engineering MB at Camp Teetonkah







Engineering Merit Badge Day at Camp Teetonkah will provide the following Requirements in a hands-on and informative day of learning.  Hosted by Camp Teetonkah STEM Program, we will have Merit Badge Counselors on site, but Scouts are asked to bring signed blue cards with them. If you do not complete the Pre-Requisites prior to attending, you may complete them with a Merit Badge Counselor in your community/Troop.  We will issue partial Blue Cards at this event.

Scouts may bring their own laptops, but are not required to do so, some will be available on site.

This course will begin at 10:00 am in the dining hall, and lunch is included in the registration fee.

Camp Class B's or Field Uniforms must be worn.  

Bring a water bottle!

We will cover:

Requirements  1,3, 4, 6a, 6d, 7, 8, 9

NOT covered during this course:  Requirements 2,5

Merit Badge Counselor Training (Shelby Charter Township)



Merit Badge Counselor Training

Certification course for current and potential merit badge counselors. The course will address attributes of a quality merit badge counselor, relevant BSA policies, and effective counseling techniques.


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Rivers North Annual Recognition Dinner 2019

Rivers North District Dinner

Come join us for the annual Rivers North District Dinner on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Swartz Creek Masonic Lodge, 7449 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, MI Start time is 5:00 PM.  We would like to share with you in celebrating another great year of Scouting thanks to you and the other hard working, dedicated volunteers.  Because of your commitment, the lives of our youth across the district have forever been changed!   We are going to celebrate your commitment and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship for all!

The cost is $20 person. The Rivers North Eagle Scouts of the 2018 Class are free.  Contact Sylvia Mead at / 810-407-1296 or Doug Osmer at or 989-723-3677 to get your password for registering members of the 2018 Rivers North Eagle Class.  Registration is open until March 18th midnight.

Please wear your BSA uniform.