SE Corner: Why Should I Attend 2019 Convention?

Dear Scouting Friends,

Our Montana Council Annual Convention will soon be upon us – April 26-28 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort near Anaconda, Montana – and is proudly hosted this year by the Vigilante District.

“Why should I attend?” you might ask – well, I will tell you!

We are all too busy – a point that I have emphasized before in this column – and with your busy schedule and hectic lives, it is easy to ask why you should attend this annual gathering of our Council. While the reasons are many, here are four I’d like to highlight: Information, Inspiration, Fellowship and Fun.

Find the up-to-the-minute information, schedules and agenda on the official Montana Council Annual Convention page.

Information: This gathering is designed for Scouters from throughout the state to come and learn best practices on a variety of Scouting issues. Take a moment to review the training offerings and you are sure to find topics that interest you. Those leading the sessions are highly experienced leaders in their fields, and their sessions are sure to give you new ideas and insights you can use in your Scouting job. There will also be special information about the Council and announcements of exciting news and plans for the future!

Inspiration: At this convention you will join in honoring dedicated Scouters as they receive praise and recognition for outstanding contributions in their areas of service, and learn about a variety of recent Scouting success stories from around the state. Guaranteed to charge your Scouting batteries.  Our keynote speaker on Saturday evening’s Silver Beaver banquet is Al Lambert – Assistant Chief Scout Executive for Outdoor Program, from Irving, Texas.  Al will update us on Scouting today and how the Outdoor Program plays a critical role to Scouting’s future – why we should be investing where we can and the potential difference that can make.

Fellowship: Montana is a big place, and the annual convention is the ONE time of the year when we gather Scouting leaders from all around the state. Montana Scouters are among the greatest folks you will ever meet – experienced leaders will renew friendships, and newer leaders will make connections that expand your Scouting network. Fellowship at convention is world-class.

Fun: Every Scouting gathering should be fun, right? Well, Convention is fun-squared, at the very least! It starts Friday with our Scouter Appreciation Night, and it won’t end until you head for home. There is truly something for everyone.

In summary, the last thing that most of you need is a reason to spend money on another Scout thing – I get it. I also know, however, that your staff works tirelessly to ensure that this event is the best it can possibly be and there really is something for everyone leaders, parents, donors, interested parties, etc.)

Put simply – Montana Council Annual Convention – don’t miss it!

Yours in Scouting,

Jory Dellinger
Interim Scout Executive/CEO

For more information visit the official Montana Council Annual Convention page.