Almost 150 are already registered for the 2017 National Outdoor Conference! How about you or representatives from your council?

Highlights include thought-provoking keynote presentations, outdoor and camping exhibits, a food show and over 90 elective sessions on virtually every subject area related to outdoor programming. Opportunities to get out and see the Philmont backcountry are also planned. This is the top networking opportunity for professionals and volunteers responsible for local council outdoor programs in the BSA! 

New for 2017, the 90+ electives are arranged in “trails” to help participants zero in on areas that are of most interest. Trail “headings” include the following: Program, Enterprise Risk Management, Facility Management, Human Resources, Management and Administration, Marketing and Promotions, and National High Adventure Bases. Participants can “mix n’ match” electives from each trail to suit their needs and interests. 

The keynote topics will feature comments from Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh; defining camps that have “it” (you know “it” when you see “it”) by national motivational speaker, Ken Wasco; challenging staff to do great things by Dr. Deborah Gilboa and a timely presentation by Dr. Jeanne Arnold on challenging camps to move toward healthy menus and snack items. We are also pleased to welcome Eagle Scout Tom Rosenberg, CEO of the American Camp Association as he makes his first and much-anticipated trip to Philmont to visit with BSA camping leaders. Finally, our friends from Northern Star Council will also lead a session laser focused on Cub Scout Camping.
Of course, there will be time to explore Philmont’s backcountry, base camp and other behind the scenes options. A special music show is planned for one evening that will bring back timeless folk songs and authentic western songs fitting of the location!
This is the BSA’s top venue for outdoor-minded professionals and volunteers. Many National staff and volunteers will be in attendance and participants will have many opportunities to network and interact on a very personal level with Scouters at every level of the program. You will not want to miss this conference!
News Flash: Registration Prize Drawing Special Offer: ALL participants registered by August 15 will be entered into a random drawing for special National Outdoor Conference prizes of gift cards from the Tooth of Time Traders! These are the prizes available:
  • Grand Prize: (1 lucky winner): $150.00 gift card
  • First Prize (1 lucky winner) : $100.00 gift card
  • Second Prize (2 lucky winners): $75.00 gift cards
  • Third Prize (4 lucky winners): $50.00 gift cards
(Prizes will be issued as a credit at Philmont’s Tooth of Time Traders store and are non-transferable. May only be redeemed for merchandise at full retail price or posted special sale price at the Tooth of Time Traders. Gift cards have no cash value, and employee discounts do not apply towards transactions). 
The National Outdoor Conference takes place every other year, so don’t delay in making your reservation. Click here to read more and to register.

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