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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Local Scouts spend summer as Counselors-In -Training

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  • SHOHOLA - Joey Loughney and Thomas Seltzer, scouts of Shohola Troop #76, were accepted to and have participated in Counselor-In-Training (CIT) programs, this summer.
         Loughney attended the CIT Program at Goose Pond Scout Reservation near Lake Ariel and Seltzer attended the program at Camp Minsi located in Pocono Summit. 
         The purpose of a Counselor-In-Training program is designed to assist the scout develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of scouting summer camp staffs.  The training is conducted through both theoretical instruction and practical experiences during the course of a camp season.
     
    ••• Personal growth
          The program serves the individual by providing an unmatched personal growth opportunity and serves the corresponding council by preparing a group of competent and committed potential staff members.  At Goose Pond Scout Reservation, this program runs from June to August. 
         The program at Camp Minsi, which differs slightly, is offered in two-week intervals.  Successful completion of the CIT programs increase the scouts’ chances of acquiring full time, summer counselor positions, at the respective Scout Reservations.
        Both scouts have met the requirements of Life Scout rank and found the CIT program challenging.  Seltzer, who will be a sophomore at Delaware Valley High School this fall, states, “one of the most challenging things is knowing that you are constantly being evaluated.”   What Loughney, who will be a Freshman, found challenging was, not only the fact that he was living in a tent for nearly the entire summer, but the mind set.  Although he had attended annual summer camp for a number of years with his troop, he states that it was important for him to remember that he was a member of Camp staff and had a different role to fulfill.
    ••• Youth Leadership Training
         
        Prior to their acceptance into their respective CIT positions, Loughney and Seltzer have also successfully completed the required BSA National Youth Leadership Training program.  This training program is a leadership skills course for young men who have been elected by members of their Troop to serve as Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leaders, or other leadership positions.  This course, taught by youth for youth, focuses on the fundamentals of good leadership, such as skills for motivating people, communication, identifying and using resources, and problem solving.  Skills related to planning, effective teaching methods, and sharing leadership are also presented.
        Seltzer attended this program in 2013 at Camp Nooteeming of Hudson Valley Council.  He reflected that he had a great experience and that “his wish actually came true.”  Thomas was offered a staff position for the 2014 NYLT program at Camp Nooteeming.  Joey completed the NYLT program, also known as “Great Medicine”, at Goose Pond Scout Reservation of Northeastern Pennsylvania Council this past spring.
    Page 2 of 2 -      Along with participating in the CIT program, Loughney’s Eagle Service project has recently been approved by the Hudson Valley Council.  He will be working on renovating an Eagle Viewing Station, along with installation of a parking lot, on Gamelands #180 in Shohola.  He currently holds the position of Assistant Senior Patrol Leader in Shohola Troop #76.  He will be a Freshman attending the Delaware Valley High School, has maintained high honor roll, is a member of the Delaware Valley Freshman football team, and participates in the school band.
         Seltzer, in addition to attending the CIT program at Camp Minsi, has been very busy attending NYLT staff training, for a series of full weekends, over the past few months.  He currently holds Life Scout Rank within the troop and is looking very forward to planning his Eagle Service Project for review by Council.  Seltzer will be a sophomore attending the Delaware Valley High School. 
         He has maintained high honor roll and is an active member of the Order of the Arrow with the Nacha Nimit Lodge 86, Hudson Valley Council.  Seltzer’s future aspirations include attending the West Point Military Academy upon graduation from high school.
     

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