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LFC Venturing News

For Venturers and Venturing Leaders in the Last Frontier Council – Oklahoma

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Scouter Gone Home

December 16th, 2012 · No Comments

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of Guy Walden. A fellow scouter and best friend. He will be sorely missed. He was heavily involved with 850’s Pack, Troop, and Crew in Guthrie, OK.

Memorial Services for Guy Walden have been set for 2:00 pm this Thursday, December 20 at:

Baggerley Funeral Home
930 S Broadway, Edmond
Click for GoogleMaps location

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Christmas on the Chisholm Trail 2012

November 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Date: December 14-16, 2012

Location: John Nichols Scout Ranch, Oklahoma City

Who: Venturing Crews and Patrols, Ships, and Teams *ages 13, out of the 8th grade are eligible to attend. All Scouts must be with a unit or assigned to one.

Registration Fee: $10.00 per participant.  *LFC online registration or at council office.


Friday Night  – Crockpot potluck dinner and Ethics forum

Saturday –  Conservation, Cooking, Outdoor Living history, Digital Photography, Shooting Sports, Chuck wagon Dinner, Melodrama, Gift Exchange ($5 max), Christmas General Store, and Woodcrafts.

Sunday  –  ILSC Training, CPR and First Aid (will be a nominal fee)

For Event Information contact: Rhonda Rodericks,, 405-632-0525

Download the event information sheet for more: COCT 2012 Leader’s Guide

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Jamboree on the Air – Weekend of October 20, 2012

September 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to connect Scouts around the world, across the nation, and in your community.  More than 500,000 Scouts in 100 countries participate in JOTA each year – its Scouting’s largest worldwide event.
The event is free and open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and leaders during the weekend of October 20.

These events are the easiest and most inexpensive way to participate in the worldwide fellowship of Scouting.  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers participate with their fellow programs worldwide contacting sites that may be in the next state, the next country or on the other side of the world.

Explore Advanced Technology

Discover how radio waves can travel worldwide for free without a subscription plan or landline connection to talk with Scouts and Guides all around the world using advanced radio gear.

Council Station Locations

Station K5C will be operated at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 302 E Independence, Shawnee, OK  Contact Gary Way  (AE5OF) at for information, time and date(s).

  •  Amateur Radio  Talk with scouts around the world.
  • Skype See who you are talking too during your contact.  A limited number of stations will have Skype connections for video and possibly other TV technologies for transmission.
  • Other Activities
Edmond Amateur Radio Society (EARS), K5EOK will be at the EARS Club Station in the Edmond Community Center located at Main and Littler in downtown Edmond on Saturday, October 20th.  Contact Dick Rouse, KE5TGZ or Mike Campbell
  • Times starts at 0800 hrs local and go till 1200 hrs or longer on Saturday, October 20.

Station WB5BSA will be at Liberty Lake in southern Logan County in between Guthrie and Edmond.  Contact John Dronberger  (N5YZA) at for information, time and date(s).

  • Amateur Radio  Talk with scouts around the world.
  • Skype See who you are talking too during your contact.  A limited number of stations will have Skype connections for video and possibly other TV technologies for transmission.
  • Fox-Hunt  Play with radio detection / direction-finding gear.  Find our electronic fox – a 21st century electronic Easter egg hunt.
  • Radiosurgery  Discover how radiosurgery uses radio waves to remove tumors in medicine.  Practice using an advanced radiosurgical unit to practice removing the warts off a pickle.
  • Satellite communications  BSA station K2BSA down in Dallas will attempt a schedule communication this year with astronauts on board the International Space Station.  We were successful last year in talking with an astronaut “on the fly” using a handheld radio and an antenna made of barbed wire.  Can we do it again?
  • Patches – A limited supply of JOTA patches are available at this site for $4.00 each.
Other registered stations around the USA are listed here:
Register your station with the BSA here:
Register your station with the WOSM here:

For more information go to:

JOTA BSA website:

Fact Sheets for Scout Leaders and Amateur Radio Operators:

WOSM JOTA information:

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Venturing and the 2013 National Scout Jamboree

May 15th, 2012 · No Comments

For the first time Venturers can attend the National Scout Jamboree as participants.  Previous Jamborees allowed Venturers to experience the Jamboree only as staff.  For 2013, Venturers can attend as a staffer or in a contingent crew blazing a new trail into Scouting’s next 100 years.

Go with a Venturing Crew from our council

There are several new venues to appear at the next Jamboree.  One item includes shooting sports.  Previous jamborees at Fort AP Hill could not host shooting activities due to military base rules.  At the Summit Bechtel Reserve, we have plenty of room.

One activity that will be Venturer only includes pistol shooting with over 50 stations of calibers ranging form .22 to 9 mm.  Rifle shooting includes .223, .308 venues. Shotgun activities include trap, sporting and compact clay targets.  An enhanced Archery activity center with over 50 stations including 10, 15 and 90 meter ranges and two 3-D archery trails with 18 stations each.

Imagine the thrill of a zip line thousands of feet long in the first “quiet run” dual zip line layout title Adventure Valley.  The run will span the canopy of the forest introducing you to the ecology of life up in the trees.

Additional adventure for Scouts and Venturers include:

  • White Water Rafting, kayaking and paddleboard fun
  • Numerous Rock Climbing and Rappelling activities with 107 belay stations
  • BMX Extreme with tracks for training, downhill, jumps and racing skills
  • Skateboarding with 5,500 sq ft skills assessment course and a 15,000 sq ft skate plaza and a 13,000 sq ft skate park.  Vertical ramps, bowls and beginner and intermediate skills are included.
  • Three 1 km Mountain Bike Trails, a pump track and obstacle course with trails ranging from beginner (green), intermediate (blue) and advanced (black).
  • Discover the Mayhem Mountain disc golf course.
  • Water Reality program in the aquatics area simulates an water obstacle course similar to the ABC show “Wipeout”.  In addition, Sea Scouts will be putting together a Mariner’s Adventure.  Dragon Boats will race 2 groups of 20 paddlers in a timed format.

The greatest fun will enjoying the fellowship of Venturers from all over the US and the world in the Venturing subcamp.

The participant fee for 2013 is $1500 and includes the cost of transportation.

So what is the fun of being a staffer at a Jamboree?

Scout leaders for official contingent troops work a solid 15 day and night schedule looking after their troops.  As a staffer, you work a regular work day.  At the end of your shift, you have no big responsibilities.  Most staffers work a day then get the next day off for fun.

Venturer staffers can still network with some of the nation’s best Venturers and Venturing leaders and see and experience nearly all the fun others have.  They can experience the event at a reduced rate which does not include travel to and from the event.

In 2010 the Venturing Mine exhibit was a popular attraction with Scouts in the only air conditioned simulated underground adventure.

The staff fee for Venturers (and adults under age 25) will be $425. Transportation is not included in this figure.

Explore Jamboree opportunities as a participant or on staff using the above header bar links.

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Morse Code Interpreter Strip

May 4th, 2012 · No Comments

Welcome the BSA’s newest interpreter strip…
The dashes and dots spell out the word M-O-R-S-E.

The Morse Code interpreter strip designates those who are proficient in Morse Code and denotes their availability for emergency communications and other types of supporting communication for Scouting and the community. Youth and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of Morse Code by:

  1. Carrying on a five‐minute conversation in Morse Code at a speed of at least 5 words per minute.
  2. Copying correctly a two‐minute message sent in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute. Copying means writing the message down as it is received.
  3. Writing a letter in the language does not apply for Morse Code.
  4. Sending a 25 word written document in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute.
These requirements closely match those of other interpreter strips, which can be found at


BSA Supply  1-800-323-0736    Morse Code Interpreter Strip #615120
The color is only available in tan like the other interpreter strips.
This was not up on yet but should be very soon.  It is estimated to be in stock by the end of next week.

Online Reference for Information for handouts:



Can youth as well as adults wear the strip?

 Yes.  Just like the other foreign language interpreter strips. 

 Do I need to submit proof of passing when ordering the strip?  

No, the item will be available in local scout shops or online for order.  The usual leader order / recognition process would apply for ordering a strip for presentation for youth.  You will not need to submit proof of passing – we use our Scout’s honor system for adults.

Is there a board of review?

If there is doubt of the youth’s proficiency in the language, the Scoutmaster/Advisor/Cubmaster can administer the test, or someone they designate. There is no formal testing procedure or requirement.

Where does the interpreter strip go?

Just above the Boy Scouts of America embroidery strip above the right pocket.  The same location applies to the Sea Scouting uniform, Boy Scouting and Cub Scout uniforms.

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High Adventures in Colorado

February 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Dr. John Bowen, Advisor with Crew 77 is leading a number of opportunities in the near future that you would like to discover.  These are excellent adventures with one of the best guides in the business.

1. Whitewater Rafting Class:  The only adventure trip of its kind.  Learn all the leadership and technical skills required to go on a real whitewater rafting trip of your own!  Thousands of people run their own rafting trips on America’s rivers by themselves.  Most people though just go through an outfitter and go on what amounts to a ride.  This five day class will teach your crew how to navigate rafts, read the rapids, stay safe, and be able to go on a real adventure, not just a ride.  It will also teach the principles of outdoor leadership necessary to run a safe and fun trip, and even how to prepare great river meals.  We will learn on the Upper Colorado River in Colorado, camping on the banks for four nights while learning all the right things everyday on the river.  The instructors are professional whitewater guide instructors with several thousand river miles of experience, and with a perfect safety record.  The first trip is June 4-8.  Cost of the entire five days including all the gear and instruction for Venturing Crews is $200/person, with the participants bringing the food.  There are several other open weeks to help fit your schedule.

2.  Learn Wilderness and Remote First Aid geared toward River Rats:  This four day class covers the American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid with all the scenarios to be held on the Colorado River.  Dates are June 11-15 and June 25-29.  Cost is only $100/person.  CPR and having some experience on the river are prerequisites.

Contact for each adventure:

Dr John Bowen
Exec Dir High Plains Outdoor Inst, High Adventure/Educational Guide Service
405 205 6527

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Upcoming Climbing Classes for Spring 2012

February 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Climb on Safely Rappelling/Climbing training

powder-horn-day-2-048March 30-31, 2012

Class times: Friday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Bring your lunch)

Locations: Eagle Lodge – John Nichols Scout Ranch.

Cost: $25.00 (includes some supplies, tower use and BSA publication “Topping Out”)
Class Size: maximum of 15
Minimum Requirements: Registered with BSA, 18 years or older, and have some experience and basic knowledge of rappelling and climbing. 16 years or older can obtain a “Climbing Instructor in Training” card.
Purpose:Learn climbing/rappelling methods and techniques, and BSA requirements and recommendations to provide a safe high adventure program for your unit. Each unit needs a minimum of two trained Climbing Instructors, to conduct a climbing event. Training is valid for 2 years.
Course Registration Deadline: Wednesday preceding the course date. Course may fill prior to this date.  Call the LFC Service Center at 405-840-1114 to register.
Contact: Greg McMahan, 608-0311,

Registration Form: Climb Class March 2012 form

COPE for Philmont

March 24th 2012

This course is for upcoming council contingent crews headed for Philmont.

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Top Shot Bullet – Diamond H Newsletter

January 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Welcome the 1st edition of the Top Shot Bullet, Newsletter of the Diamond H Scout Ranch.

Click to download.

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Subscribe to the The Forum Newsletter

January 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

The FORUM is a National cluster newsletter that helps Scouting Leaders exchange ideas and programs among our Troops, Crews, Posts, Ships, councils, areas and regions.

Articles are posted by volunteers like yourself.  You can learn about what’s happening in Venturing regionally and nation-wide thanks to the networking of Bob “The Bear” Monto who edits the newsletter.

Articles are welcome for submission of fun things your unit is doing.

Subscriptions are free.  Send an email from the address you would like to subscribe with the word FORUM in your subject in your request as well as your name and council in the body of your message.

Click here for this month’s issue:  FORUM-0112

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2012 Loaded with Excitement

January 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Top Shot – Shooting Sports Weekend

February 17 – 19

for Boy Scouts and Venturers ($15 per person)

Enjoy a camporee-style event with shooting sports including .22 rflle, shotgun, archery, slingshots, tomahawks, throwing knives, and muzzle-loaders. Venturers will also shoot .22 pistols, 9mm pistols, and .30-30 rifles. Team and individual awards will be presented.

Spring Break Treks

March 19 – 24

for Boy Scouts and Venturers. Pick one of the three ($150 per person)

Trek 1: Backpacking Basics: lndroduction to backpacking for ages 12+
Trek 2: Kodiak Leadership Course: Outdoor leadership trek for ages 14+
Trek 3: Outdoor Adventure Tournament: Extreme competitive event for ages 14+

Trail Crew Week

May 28 – June 2

Participants may earn their way to NYLT or the 50-Miler by working on the trail crew.
Earn a free day at camp for each day worked on the trail.
Crews will construct several miles of trails in the backcountry.
No fee. Participants must be 13 years old and meet fitness standards.

50 – Miler Trek

June 3 – 9

Youth must be 13 years of age and meet fitness standards.  $150 per participant

Enjoy a week of canoeing, cycling, and hiking on a 50 – mile trek. Participants will earn the BSA’s coveted 50-Miler Award. The route will include the Illinois River, Lake Tenkiller, and the Cookson Hills.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

June 4 – 9

Leadership skills course for qualified Boy Scouts and Venturers.  $225 per Scout/ Venturer

NYLT is an exciting program designed to provide Scouts and Venturers with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and crews and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Fall Encampment

November 9 – 11

Boy Scouts and Venturers.  $15 per person

Shooting Sports and Wilderness Survival Weekend

Camporee-style program with a combination of Top Shots shooting and Wilderness Survival training. Troops and Crews from all councils are welcome.

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