General Sessions & Electives

The conference will feature general sessions on Thursday and Friday. Veteran professional and volunteer Scouters will lead sessions on marketing and other topics important to the BSA. Thursday will include a "think tank" session where we will tackle topics key to marketing outdoor programs in the BSA. This will be a platform for every council to have input on key issues. A detailed summary will be provided to all participants following the conference.

Workshop Electives

More than 30 electives will be offered. Be sure to review the schedule and select the sessions that will benefit your council. Select your sessions when you register online.

Electives Session 1
Thursday, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

  • Action Programs: What Is Next? Personal Watercraft and ATV programs are now being tested, but what should or could be the next new idea?
  • Camp Food Service. Should you use an outside food contractor or do it yourself?Should you use an outside food contractor or do it yourself?
  • Cub Worlds. Look at the pros and cons of Cub Worlds and how to make the most of them.Look at the pros and cons of Cub Worlds and how to make the most of them.
  • Grant Writing. Gather ideas on where others are getting grants and how to improve your odds.Gather ideas on where others are getting grants and how to improve your odds.
  • Green Camps. It's not easy being green, but it can save you in the long run.It's not easy being green, but it can save you in the long run.
  • I'm Not Insured for That? Review claims that come from camps and insurance you should have for protection.Review claims that come from camps and insurance you should have for protection.
  • Second Century Camping. Every council has properties and facilities, but do we honestly recognize the value and need of each of these areas? Learn how to do this and why it is important.Every council has properties and facilities, but do we honestly recognize the value and need of each of these areas? Learn how to do this and why it is important.

Electives Session 2
Thursday, 2:45 p.m. –3:45 p.m.

  • Accommodating Special Needs in Camp Facilities. What do we need to think about to make all of our facilities accessible to everyone wanting to come?
  • Camp Staff—Where Do You Find the "Good" Ones? Everyone wants to have the best staff possible, but how and where do you find them?Everyone wants to have the best staff possible, but how and where do you find them?
  • Canoeing Tips. When in Rome, do as the Romans. We are in "canoe country," so get as many canoeing tour tips as you can.When in Rome, do as the Romans. We are in "canoe country," so get as many canoeing tour tips as you can.
  • Construction—From Inception to Ribbon Cutting. Make certain you plan for everything in the building process, and don't skip a step.Make certain you plan for everything in the building process, and don't skip a step.
  • First- and Second-Year Camper Programs. Discussions of successful first- and second-year programs that make a difference.Discussions of successful first- and second-year programs that make a difference.
  • Good Conservation Practices Through Partnership Building. As good stewards of the land with which we are charged, how can we partner with other agencies to make the most of our land?As good stewards of the land with which we are charged, how can we partner with other agencies to make the most of our land?
  • Reaching Our Culturally Diverse Populations. If we want to grow our membership, we need to reach all populations in the United States. Learn techniques on how to tap into these various markets.If we want to grow our membership, we need to reach all populations in the United States. Learn techniques on how to tap into these various markets.

Electives Session 3
Thursday, 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

  • Camp Legal Issues. The BSA is known for its camping programs, but if the administration of these programs is not done right, it can result in costly legal actions.
  • Camp Staff and Customer Service. Camp staff members can make—or break—your attendance, so learn how to develop training programs to get them to understand their role in keeping the units coming back.Camp staff members can make—or break—your attendance, so learn how to develop training programs to get them to understand their role in keeping the units coming back.
  • Connecting Children With Nature. The BSA is the answer to connecting children with nature. Learn the importance of getting this information to your communities.The BSA is the answer to connecting children with nature. Learn the importance of getting this information to your communities.
  • Creating Camp Staff Alumni Groups. Discover how you can harness the energy of your summer camp staff for your benefit years later.Discover how you can harness the energy of your summer camp staff for your benefit years later.
  • Cub Scout Resident Camps and Their Potential. How to make the most of your Cub Scout resident camps to strengthen your year-round programs.How to make the most of your Cub Scout resident camps to strengthen your year-round programs.
  • Design and Development of Facilities. Meet the BSA's Design & Development Team and see what it can do to help councils.Meet the BSA's Design & Development Team and see what it can do to help councils.
  • Trading Post—Making the Most of It. Learn a few tricks of the trade to achieve success.Learn a few tricks of the trade to achieve success.

Electives Session 4
Friday, 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

  • Camp Promotions for Small to Mid-Size Councils. Promotion in a smaller council is just as important, if not more important, than in larger councils, but with fewer funds. Examples of these promotions will be discussed and shared.
  • Camp Usage: Making Your Facility Pay Year- Round. Explore ideas on how to use your facility year-round so the summer programs aren't the only income producer.Explore ideas on how to use your facility year-round so the summer programs aren't the only income producer.
  • Family Camping: Parent and Son Programs. Know the importance of seeing a parent discover what Scouting can do for his or her son by spending special time with them.Know the importance of seeing a parent discover what Scouting can do for his or her son by spending special time with them.
  • Incident Command System—Tabletop Exercise (Part 1 of 2). How you react to emergencies makes a huge difference. Learn a strategy on how to be prepared for various challenges.How you react to emergencies makes a huge difference. Learn a strategy on how to be prepared for various challenges.
  • International Staff. Learn how you can utilize Scouts from other countries to enrich your camp's staff.Learn how you can utilize Scouts from other countries to enrich your camp's staff.
  • Outdoor Ethics in Camp. You always hear about ethical behavior while in the backwoods, but find out what can be done in camp, too.You always hear about ethical behavior while in the backwoods, but find out what can be done in camp, too.
  • Utilizing Order of the Arrow. All lodges want to help, but get some ideas on how national Order of the Arrow leadership wants to help your camps succeed.All lodges want to help, but get some ideas on how national Order of the Arrow leadership wants to help your camps succeed.

Electives Session 5
Friday, 8:15 p.m.–9:15 p.m.

  • American Camping Association Accreditation. How ACA accreditation can benefit your camp.
  • Crisis Preparation. To ensure a successful outdoor program, you must prepare for that rare crisis situation. Learn the value of proper communication in minimizing the damage to your program.To ensure a successful outdoor program, you must prepare for that rare crisis situation. Learn the value of proper communication in minimizing the damage to your program.
  • Developing Outdoor Program Committees. Councils that support their camps with the necessary committees can make a huge difference in the programs provided.Councils that support their camps with the necessary committees can make a huge difference in the programs provided.
  • Developing Programs for Older Youth. Providing new events for older, returning Scouts can make a difference. Learn about what is being done, and share your ideas.Providing new events for older, returning Scouts can make a difference. Learn about what is being done, and share your ideas.
  • Incident Command System—Tabletop Exercise (Part 2 of 2). How you react to emergencies makes a huge difference. Learn a strategy on how to be prepared for various challenges.. How you react to emergencies makes a huge difference. Learn a strategy on how to be prepared for various challenges.
  • STEM/NOVA Award. The BSA's newest program that integrates the STEM/NOVA Award into your summer programs and beyond.The BSA's newest program that integrates the STEM/NOVA Award into your summer programs and beyond.
  • Winter Camping. Learn some ideas how to promote winter camping from one of the premier winter camping programs.Learn some ideas how to promote winter camping from one of the premier winter camping programs.

U.S. Sportsman's Alliance

Join representatives of the U.S. Sportsman's Alliance for a special reception following the Ely service project.

Exhibits and Demonstrations

New for 2011, the vendor show and exhibit show will open the conference! Join vendors for dinner and a show! Do you see something you like or want to spend more time discussing products and services with one of our vendors? No problem, many will be staying for several days, so you will have plenty of opportunity to explore your options.

BSA Service Project

We all know the value of leaving a campsite better than we found it, and the National Outdoor Conference will take this to the extreme! On Saturday, September 10, we will descend on Ely, Minnesota, and conduct a morning service project for the community. Following the project, we will have lunch in Ely before returning to the base for the afternoon session.

Idea Exchange

An area will be available for councils to share literature and materials. Be sure to show your council's best program ideas, and pick up someth ing new from another council.

High-Adventure Hospitality

The national High Adventure Department will host a special hospitality area with backcountry refreshments and all the information you could want about the high-adventure bases.

Certified Angler Instructor Course

One of the newest activity awards for Boy Scouts and Venturers is the Certified Angler Award. Youth who have earned the Fishing and Fly Fishing merit badges, or two of the three Fishing sections of the Ranger Award, can go online to take a test that can show their expertise in angling skills. Upon satisfactory completion, they will earn the Certified Angler Award, including a patch and certificate sanctioned by the International Game Fish Association.

Your council will need instructors for the Certified Angler Awards and for the angling merit badges. We have developed a program to qualify instructors as Certified Angler Instructors for the purpose of teaching fishing and fly fishing to in-council Scouts as well as helping instruct in Powder Horns, summer camps, Cub Scout day camps, University of Scouting events, camporees, etc. We will also be calling on CAIs for our national events such as the national jamboree and NOAC. We urge you to join the ranks of CAIs.

We will be offering a one-day pre-conference session at Northern Tier on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Participants must arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Participants must demonstrate their ability to teach fishing and fly-fishing skills to Scouts. Instruction will include hands-on practice, instruction, and an exam. Completion will earn participants a special Certified Angler Instructor patch and certificate from the International Game Fish Association. The fee is $40, which includes meals and materials.

Wilderness Photography Workshop

We will be offering a brand new one-day pre-conference session at Northern Tier on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Participants must arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Led by BSA professional photographers, this course will give you basic knowledge in digital photography to take great wilderness and outdoor photographs. Not only will you learn tips for taking great pictures, you can put this to good use on your website and marketing materials. As a special bonus, world-famous photographer Jim Brandenburg from National Geographic will pay a visit to the workshop. The fee is $40, which includes meals and materials.

Supply Group Workshop

Representatives of the Supply Group will offer a workshop on Friday, Sept. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on trading post operation and camp ordering. Be sure to register for this session when you complete your application.

Facilitators

The facilitators for the conference are leading professionals, volunteers, and consultants that have been carefully selected based on their expertise in the sessions offered. These knowledgeable subject matter experts will share important information in an open forum style that offers ample opportunities for questions and answers and networking.

Schedule Overview

 Wednesday
Sept. 7

Thursday
Sept. 8

  Friday
Sept. 9

Saturday
Sept. 10 

 Breakfast

Breakfast 

Breakfast 

Breakfast 

 Certified Anglers Instructor

 Photography Workshop

 Keynote: Jim Terry

Marketing Breakouts 1,2

 Northwood Adventures

Tom Fitzgibbon
Marketing our Programs/Facilities   

 Service Project  

 Lunch

Lunch 

Lunch 

  U.S. Sportsman's Alliance Luncheon

Registration opens at 1 p.m. 

Certified Anglers Instructor (cont.) 

Photograpy Workshop (cont.) 

 Exhibits Open at 3 p.m.

Electives: Sessions 1, 2, 3

Northwood Adventures (cont.)

Supply Group Workshop

Michael Brandwein

 Dinner/Exhibits Open

 Dinner

 Marketing Wrap-Up

Dinner 

Dinner 

 Electives: Sessions 4,5

Closing and Recognitions

Welcome

Task Force Updates and Camp Standards Update

Keynote:
Jim Rogers

Boundry Water Boys

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel

Recreational Activities

A selection of interesting and informative recreational activities are available on Friday, Sept. 9. Some are daylong adventures, and others are shorter and allow time for visiting local museums or sightseeing. Be sure to select your activity when you register online.

Canoe Day Trip With Gear

 $10

Kayaking Day Trip With Gear

 $10

Canoe Day Trip With Fishing Licence

 $20

North American Bear Center

 $15

International Wolf Center

 $15

Dorothy Molter Museum

 $15

Half-Day Dog Sled Kennel Visit Offered Morning and Afternoon

 $25

Half-Day Guided Fish Trip
Two Persons Per Guide
Tip Not Included
Need 60 Days' Notice to Book

 $150*

Day Hike

 Free

*150 per person; two people per boat