First, I hope most of you are getting used to E-Council. We have received feedback from many volunteers who seem to love it. It is much easier to use and saves lots of time from your end and ours. We have discovered that many of you do not yet have council debit cards. One of the things we have discussed on that is you can pay for it personally (using your own debit or credit card) and get reimbursed by your troop until you have a troop debit card in place. We have heard that sometimes it takes the bank 10 business days to get you a troop debit card. We won't be suspicious on troop audits if this fall girl memberships were paid to individuals so you can get registered.
The reason this is important is that the program module is going live very soon, and you cannot register for any programs unless you are registered in the membership module. Thus, if you want to attend a council program, you will have to be registered in E-Council. We have some great programs planned for girls, and we don't want them to miss out.
September 30 was the end of the council's fiscal year. As we get close to the end of the year, if we have money left, then I try hard to address deferred maintenance issues at each of the camp properties. One of the things we have been working on is the slipping sand at Camp Scoutshire Woods. We were able to get more dirt, rock, and have some bulldozer work done to improve the perimeter road there. Happily, we had a generous gift from our bulldozer contractor, which helped to make that happen. At Camp Sid Edmonds, we replaced a culvert where the road washed significantly. We were able to lay down rock on about half of the road there. We did more rock on the road at Humming Hills, and Kamp Kiwanis got a new tractor, since the one there had not been replaced in years.
There is a large black bear that is in residence not far from Camp Scoutshire Woods, and we have seen photos of him. He's a large guy, but the ranger has not seen him, and it is unlikely you will see him. However, we are interested in safety, so please be on the lookout for bears on the property. This summer, we also had an interloper who came on to the property at Camp Sid while there was a day camp going. Because we are safety conscious and cell coverage is spotty at all our properties, we have purchased walkie-talkies for leaders when you are on camp properties. When you arrive at the units, they will be checked out to you. The base station is at the ranger's house. Should you need any assistance or have an emergency, you can call via a cell phone or now use a walkie-talkie.
Hopefully, these improvements will make your stay at the camp properties safer and more enjoyable. If you have not already registered for the 2013-2014-membership year, please register now.