Serving youth in the communities of Altoona, Hollidaysburg Duncansville, Williamsburg, Martinsburg, Claysburg, Roaring Spring, East Freedom, Newry, Bellwood, Tipton, Tyrone, Bald Eagle, and Warrior's Mark.
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- Webelos Klondike– 3/4
- Pinewood Derby—5/5
- District Recognition Dinner 5/9
- Spring Camporee—5/12—5/14
Exploring Making a Comeback in Blair County
The Chief Logan District has been without an Exploring Post since 1999, but that is beginning to change with the help of area firefighters, a regional advocacy group and the Laurel Highland Council.
After such a long lay - off, Exploring had completely slipped from local consciousness. There were a number of baby boomers who had participated as youth, but by the late 60’s the program had peaked and begun to decline. At the time, it was a combination of the career based Exploring in its current form and the high adventure based Venturing. Re-establishing a program very few in the community had any concept of proved a great challenge. Thankfully, the district made a friend in John Kane.
Kane works for the Allegheny Mountain Fire Initiative (AMFI), an advocacy group designed in part to increase membership in the volunteer fire service throughout Central Pennsylvania. John used his contacts at local fire department chiefs to set up an informational session with District Executive Steve DiMiceli. At the meeting, a trio of companies from Tyrone (Neptunes and Blazing Arrow) and Bellwood (Excelsior) felt many hands might make lighter work. They decided to share the leadership responsibilities for a post among them. Recently, all three agencies agreed to adopt a post, but the work isn’t done. Leadership needs to be chosen and trained. Activities need to be planned and that’s before one youth member even signs up. There is still a long road ahead for the post to charter, but they’ve bought in and are excited about bringing Exploring back!
Keystone District Troop Takes Chief Logan Klondike
Troop 221 of Ashville won the 2017 Chief Logan Klondike Derby held at the site of the former Camp Wopsononock on February 4, keeping the trophy on top of the mountain. Known as the Hawks, 221 was followed by the Scorpions of Troop 31 in second place and two patrols that tied for third, Buster’s Brigade of Troop 49 in Altoona and the Phoenix Squad of Troop 28 in Bellwood.
In total, 92 Scouts from 13 area troops braved the particularly cold morning to show off their Scout skills and spirit. Behind the scenes were 54 volunteers playing a role to ensure the event’s success.
Chief Logan Takes Silver
Chief Logan took home a silver district rating in Scouting’s Journey to Excellence which rates packs, troops, districts, and councils success using benchmarks in program, membership, financial and leadership on an Olympic style scale. The district performed excellent in unit retention, Boy Scout advancement and community service registering roughly 9.5 man hours of help per Scout to local community. The district could improve in its market share of total youth available, membership growth and Cub Scout advancement. It failed to earn bronze in any of those areas, but also took sizeable steps forward in terms of Unit Performance and Commissioner visits.
District Key 3, composed of District Chair Scott Soisson, District Commissioner Jack Speece and District Executive Steve DiMiceli is committed to earning gold in 2017 after plateauing at the silver level for a number of years. They have a plan in place and will be working hard to make ensure a top rate program reaches more boys in Blair County.