At Philmont Training Center’s Region Weeks, you’ll learn with Scouters who speak your language

The Villa Philmonte (photo by "the third dream" on Flickr)
The Villa Philmonte (photo by "the third dream" on Flickr)

Here’s a great chance for y’all, yinz, you guys and you-uns to get top-level training alongside people who speak your language.

I’m talking about this summer’s Region Weeks at the Philmont Training Center.

Yes, you’ll gather with folks who can agree on whether that sweetened carbonated beverage you’re drinking is a soda, a pop, a Coke or a soft drink.

But more importantly, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with Scouters who know the unique challenges facing your region and can offer solutions you can take home and use right away.

Let’s face it: You don’t recruit Scouts in Portland, Ore., the same way you do in Portland, Maine. And retention strategies that work in Austin, Texas, might fail in Austin, Minn.

That’s why these Region Weeks are so brilliant. Interested? I’ve got lots more info for all y’all from the Central, Northeast, Southern or Western regions after the jump.

Which region are you in?

That’s important to know. Take a look:


Southern Region Week: June 22-28, 2014

Theme: Leadership on the Trail to Excellence


  • Building Stronger Troops
  • Council Key 3
  • District and Council Operations
  • District Key 3
  • Getting the 411 on the New Cub Scout Adventure Program
  • Order of the Arrow Adviser Conference
  • Professional Development Level 2 (by invitation only)
  • Scouting in the Hispanic/Latino Community
  • Scouting in the United Methodist Church
  • National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
Western Region Week: July 13-19, 2014

Theme: Strengthening Units Through Strong Districts


  • Creating Strong Units, Great Districts and Gold Councils conference which will include:
    • All Markets Strategy Workshop
    • Council Planning Session Workshop
    • Creating Strong Units Workshop
    • Gold Council is the Ultimate Prize Workshop
    • Good to Great District Operations Workshop
    • Unit Service Plan Workshop
  • National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
Northeast Region Week: July 20-26, 2014

Theme: Forging a Future of Excellence


  • Building Engaged and Effective Council Executive Board Members
  • Building Youth Led Units – Training Youth and Adult Leaders
  • Council Key 3
  • District Key 3
  • Effective Roundtables
  • Fiscal Management 1
  • Getting the 411 on the New Cub Scout Adventure Program
  • Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC)
  • The Role of the Area Key 3 and Committee in Supporting Local Councils
  • A Year of the Scout: A Toolbox to Engage Your Scouts
Central Region Week: July 27 to Aug. 2, 2014

Theme: Continuous Improvement on the Journey to Excellence


  • Council Key 3
  • Delivering Training to Unit Leaders
  • District Key 3
  • Getting the 411 on the New Cub Scout Adventure Program
  • Professional Development Level 2 (by invitation only)
  • Putting More Outing in Scouting
  • Starting and Sustaining High-Performing Quality Units
  • STEM – Discovering the Possibilities for Your District and Council
  • STEM Outdoor Expeditions – Down and Dirty, Nitty-Gritty and Sky High (14-20 age youth)
  • National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
Bring the family!

As I’ve blogged about before, a week spent at Philmont Training Center (the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America) is more than just a great trip for you.

Bring the whole family for a week of engaging, exciting and enriching experiences at a price that beats most other vacation destinations.

Register today at the Philmont Training Center’s official site, and thanks to Andrea Watson, Brad Allen, James Shearer, Fred Wallace, John Morton and Mark Anderson for the info.

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