Boy Scouts of america

Adult Leader Development Conference

The training conference is a morning event geared toward Cub Scouts & Scouts BSA Leaders. Participants will have a general session followed by 3 breakout sessions of their choosing. Through a coordinated effort with the Program Department, there will be scouting activities available onsite for scout-aged children of development conference attendees. We will also have a midway of additional program resources related to our properties & upcoming events.

Each session will be well-structured and engaging, with participants receiving relevant materials that can be immediately utilized to improve unit health. Each session will provide leaders with a call-to-action and timeline for success.

General Session (everyone will attend this session)

Scoutbook: Saving You Time & Energy

Learn the fundamentals of Scoutbook and how to utilize this free service to serve your unit better. The session will include information on creating a profile for your unit and logging advancements/service hours.

Breakout Sessions (choose three sessions to attend)

Better Budgets Create Better Program:

Budgeting made easy for both Scouts BSA Troops and Cub Scout Packs. Learn how to coordinate your fundraising and plan to make your scouting adventure the best it can be.

Calendar Planning and Your Unit’s Ideal Year of Scouting

Planning a year with a focus on fun. This calendar program will give you the skills to prepare your unit’s calendar 18 months out and provide you with council event and activity details to fill the void.

Engaging New Leaders & Parents

Learn how to recruit and engage new parents. Perfect for transitioning that Webelos leader to your troop or getting a new cub parent on the committee or running a den with ease.

21st Century Communication: Connecting to Families and the Community

Communication is key to running a scouting unit. Scoutbook, email, social media and mass text can all play a key role in connecting your families to the pulse of the group and council.

365 Days of Recruiting New Scouts

How does your unit continue to reach new families? Learn best practices, so your unit can be successful during Fall and Spring recruitment while also utilizing peer to peer outreach and Webelos crossover.

Scouts BSA and Cub Scout Panel Discussions

Talk to your local Scouts BSA, and Cub Scout Team Leads to know what is happening in the council. Bring your questions and get the inside scoop from your top staff and volunteers.

Activities for Kids!

We know that attending training often means finding supervision for kids. No need at this development conference! Parents attending the conference can bring their scout-aged kids for a fun-filled morning of adventure. Note that this is not a program activity for your Unit, but instead a convenience for parents.

LEC Staffing Changes

The Lake Erie Council is excited to make two major staffing announcements. Congratulations to Jim Vanderpool who will take on the role as activities director for Scouts BSA and Family Camping. Jim started his career with the Boy Scouts of America in August of 2014 with the Heart of Ohio Council. He served as the district executive (DE) for the Great Frontier district for 3 1/2 years making him the longest-serving DE in that district since 1994. Jim has grown Cub Scouting in his district now service area for the past two years.

Jim earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1986 from Troop 307 in Lorain. Jim has championed many events while serving as a District and Unit Serving Executive. He is also involved in his community, having served as the Lorain Rotary Club President in 2017-2018.

Jim is excited to take on the role of activities director where he feels he can make a positive impact in the quality of our events and activities. Please congratulate Jim on this promotion.

We are also excited to announce our new service area one unit serving executive, Jake Brown. Many of you may know Jake from our mobile climbing wall specialist. Jake isn't new to Scouting. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 2014 from the Great Trail Council. He joined the Lake Erie Council family in January 2018 as the spring communications intern. He spent his summer serving on camp staff at all three of our properties as a multi-media specialist and continued his run with the council as our program specialist.

Before joining LEC he served as an area director at Pioneer Scout Reservation. He also served as the president of the Catholic Student Association at University Parish Newman Center and has helped with many events at Camp Stigwandish. Jake is a graduate of Kent State University and is excited to take on this new role with the Lake Erie Council.

Scout's Own Maple Syrup Kick-Offs

It's Syrup season!  We are excited to kick-off our second annual Scout's Own Maple Syrup fundraising program in just a few weeks.

Last year, $130,000 went to directly fund our Scouts and their adventures. This year, we’ve expanded our product line to offer even more funding opportunities for our Scouts.

We invite you to any of our three kick-offs in the upcoming weeks to learn more about the products and how to sign up your unit. Sign up here to register for your syrup sale.

Monday, February 11, 2019

6:30 -7:30 PM

Bay Village United Methodist Church

29930 Lake Road

Bay Village, Ohio 44140

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Unit Service Center

2241 Woodland Ave

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Saturday, February 16, 2019

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lakeland Community College

7700 Clocktower Drive

Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Welcome Scouts BSA!

Last year, we launched our Scout Me In campaign and welcomed more than 77,000 girls and their families into Cub Scouts nationally and over 500 locally! This year, thousands of those girls and countless others who are not yet involved in our life changing program will join Scouts BSA as we invite girls and young women into Scouting’s most iconic program.

As always, these young people depend on amazing volunteers to deliver Scouting’s promise. We are so grateful to have so many amazing men and women to fulfill that promise in our community.

We are excited to welcome girls and young women into Scouts BSA as we expand Scouting’s impact in our community!

Congratulation to the following units, Troop 15, 40, 494, 652, and 700, who have organized and greeted young women into their units.

For more information about joining a unit, contact Michael Fitzpatrick or  

Learn more about Scouts BSA through the resources below:

Learn more about our local launch party on February 23, 2019 at Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus at 11 AM by contacting Michael Fitzpatrick via email

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp season is here! Youth from the greater Cleveland area gathered at the unit service center to have a blast. Activities included making magical potions, launching bottle rockets, shooting bb guns, archery and reading time, among others.