Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council February 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, February 2, 2009

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 Council Reception

It’s not too late to sign up for the Council Reception honoring our 2008 Silver Beaver Award recipients and our 2008 Eagle Scouts.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate with these adult Scouters and the young men who have earned their Eagle rank.  We will celebrate on February 8, 2009 at 2pm in St. Thomas Catholic Church in Amarillo.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  To sign up, contact the office at 806-358-6500.

Hazardous Weather Training

Effective Janaury 1, 2009, one leader who is going on a unit outing where a Tour Permit is required to be submitted ust have succefully completed the on-line Hazardous Weather Training.  The name of this person and the date they completed it will be required before the tour permint is approved.  The class takes about 30 minutes to complete.  Go to the link below to complete this course and any other on-line trainings available to you.

Training Link

2009 Friends of Scouting Campaign

What is Friends of Scouting and why is it so important to contribute to the annual Friends of Scouting Campaign?

Two great questions! Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign of the Golden Spread Council, BSA, which provides the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for youth. More specifically, by supporting FOS, you help us keep:

  • The cost of our camps affordable
  • Our Service Center and camping facilities in top condition
  • Our promise of a quality Scouting experience to your son and others in Scouting

The Friends of Scouting Campaign is a vital component to the programs and services of the Golden Spread Council. The money raised through Friends of Scouting offsets cost of training leaders, operating camps and our service center, as well as providing other resources to Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts throughout our council.

It cost the Golden Spread Council $150 to provide a quality scouting experience for one boy per year. Parents of Scouts and community members play a vital role in the annual Friends of Scouting campaign by contributing money based on their interest in the program and their ability to give to this important component of the Scouting program.

Now is the time to sign up for a Friends of Scouting presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the Blue and Gold Banquet or a Troop Court of Honor) during the months of February or March. The presentation, which takes 7 minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Contact Mario Perez at 806-358-6500 to schedule your unit’s Friends of Scouting presentation, or to find out how you can contribute to the 2009 Friends of Scouting campaign.  Help keep scouting strong in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles by participating as a Friend of Scouting. Thank you for your generous support!

Philmont Council Contingent for 2010

The Council has received 2 Crews (24 participants) allocations that will arrive on June 6, 2010 and depart on July 4, 2010.  The fee is $620.00.  A $50.00 non refundable deposit is due on May 1, 2009 with the remaining fees of $285.00 due on October 1, 2009 and the final payment of $285.00 due on March 1, 2010.  To make this go, we need adults to lead the trek before we can take any other reservations. Philmont restricts units from participating in two consecutive seasons so if you are a unit going in 2009, you can’t go in 2010!  All participants, adult and youth, must meet Height and Weight Requirements.  If you are interests in learning more about this trek, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 before April 1. 

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food will take place on March 28, 2009.  We encourage all units to participate in the “Good Turn”. To help units, we have developed a great information packet for you to use at your Troop/Pack Meetings.  In this document, you will find quizzes about hunger, real life stories to discuss with your Scouts and other great information.  Why use this?  It’s important for your Scouts know why we ask them to participate in this event.  They should understand that there are hungry folks in all of our communities and that by participating in Scouting for Food, they are helping eliminate hunger.  Click on the link below for your packet of information and we look forward to seeing you at Scouting for Food.

Scouting for Food Link

Spring Merit Badge Camp

The Spring Merit Badge Camp is scheduled for April 17-19, 2009.  We will be offering comes great Merit Badges and some awesome Adult Leader Training as well.  More details will follow soon but make sure you have the date on your Troop Calendar!

Radio Merit Badge Opportunity

Is your Troop interested in working on the Radio Merit Badge?  If so, you may contact Mr. John Robinson at 355-7889 for more information and to set up an appointment.  John is a local Radio Ham Operator and previous Scoutmaster.

Nuclear Science Merit Badge

A unique opportunity offered through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (NNSA), the B&W Pantex Plant, and the Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America.  This partnership allows for Scouts to participate in three Saturday sessions of hands-on learning and an optional 2-day trek to Department of Energy sites in New Mexico.   Scouts will learn about the history of nuclear science, principles of radiations, nuclear science careers and resources, scientists and scientific terms, and nuclear reactor principles.  They will also get to build models, use a Geiger counter, and conduct experiments!     Boy Scouts who have completed the 6th grade or are First Class Scouts. Junior Counselors – Scouts who have previously completed the Merit Badge and would like to serve as staff with this course.

The Saturday Sessions at Tascosa High School (Amarillo) will be held March 7, 14, and 28, 2009 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. (Lunch will be provided).   The trek to New Mexico will be April 3-4, 2009.

Cost is Seminar Only = $20 / Scout or Adult, Seminar and Trek = $80 / Scout or Adult Junior Counselor Trek = $60.

Pre-registration is requested in order for us to provide materials to all participants. Please click on th elink below for more information. February 14, 2009 is the deadline to sign up for this great opportunity.

Nuclear Science Merit Badge Information

For questions or more information, contact:  Mark Smith @ (806) 477-3741, or Larry Wilder @ (806) 477-4596 or by emailing  lwilder@pantex.com. You can also contact the Council Service Center at 806-358-6500.

Scouting National Hall of Leadership

Our communities are better places to live, work, and play because of leadership – expressed in extraordinary acts of service – by Scouts, Scouters, and Scouting volunteers over generations.

We want to gather these powerful stories and share the significant positive impact Scouting leadership has on the quality of life in the communities we serve. As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration, the Boy Scouts has created the National Hall of Leadership.

The BSA 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership is not a hall or building in the traditional sense, like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but its purpose is just as significant. The National Hall of Leadership is an opportunity for anyone to recognize outstanding leadership by a Scout, registered leader or Scouting volunteer who made a significant difference in the life of another by the extraordinary service they have given and the Scouting virtues they have modeled. 

To be nominated for the National Hall of Leadership, the nominee must be a living Scout or Scouting volunteer who may/may not be officially registered with the BSA.

They also must have served as an active Scout or Scouting volunteer within Scouting for at least one year.  A nominee may be young or old-there is no age limit for nominees.

Nominations are submitted online in the form of a story that is 450 words or less, describing why the person is deserving of this one-time honor.  The nomination period opens on February 8, 2009, and closes on February 8, 2010, the 100th Anniversary of Scouting.  The final inductees to the National Hall of Leadership will total 303-one representing each BSA council and one selected by the National BSA Council-and will be announced at the BSA National Annual Meeting in Dallas in May 2010.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to participate in submitting nominations.  Forms will be available at http://www.Scouting.org/100years starting on February 8th, 2009 through February 2010.

Northen Tier Information

Northern Tier is the BSA’s premiere wilderness canoe camping high adventure program.  We feature canoe trips in the north woods of Minnesota, northwest Ontario, and northeast Manitoba.

Opportunity for a wilderness canoeing trek is still available for the 2009 summer season.  Although summer is still months away, time to plan your summer activities is now!   You too can have an adventure this year.

Northern Tier offers 6 to 10 day canoe trips with a full outfitting package that includes canoes, paddles, pfd, tents, food, emergency radio/satellite phone and other camping gear.  A trained staff member also accompanies the crew for the entire trek to advise crew members on canoe skills, use of the gear, wilderness safety, and Leave No Trace principals.  According to Andre Nguyen, who attended in 2008, “You finish the trip a lot stronger than how you started it, and that’s one of the best feelings in the world.”

In 2008, our crews reported a great summer of fishing.  The lakes are teaming with walleye, pike, small mouth bass, and lake trout.  Many of our crews schedule a day to explore a remote lake and devote it to catching the trophy fish of the summer.  You may also encounter moose, bear, deer, beaver, fox, otter, and bald eagles in this pristine wilderness.  Curtis Swisher says it best, “The natural beauty of the north woods lake country cannot be described.  It must be experienced.” 

For more information about Northern Tier visit our website at www.ntier.org.

NRA Instructor Training

 The Golden Spread Council will host a NRA Certified Instructor training for Rifle, Pistol, Muzzle Loading Rifle and Shotgun beginning on Friday, April 17, 2009 at Spring Merit Badge Camp.  Course participants will be required to attend 2 to 3 more training sessions after Spring Merit Badge Camp in order to fully complete all course requirements. Additional training session dates will be determined by class consensus.  Upon completion registered Boy Scout Leaders will be certified to run Boy Scout shooting programs and use Golden Spread Council shooting ranges for scout activities.  THIS IS AN NRA TRAINING, NOT A BOY SCOUT TRAINING. 

NRA’s training program is designed for an experienced shooter who wishes to become an NRA Certified Instructor.  Attendance for the entire course is required for course completion and use of Golden Spread Council shooting ranges.  You must be 21 years of age or older to be a Certified Instructor.  Cost is $50.00 per person non-refundable deposit.  Balance of $150.00 if paid in full by April 3, 2009 Balance of $175.00 if paid after April 3, 2009.

This course is your opportunity to become a better instructor, coach and a better shooter.  For more information please contact: Bob Altman, 806-358-6500, raltman@bsamail.org

 The 2009 Texas Master Naturalist Certification Course

The Panhandle Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists has scheduled a new 2009 training course.  I sincerely hope your interest in the Texas Master Naturalist Program continues and you will be able to join us for 2009 training.

There are 12 training sessions:  5 Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 7 Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Dates for training sessions are Feb 28, Mar 5, 7, 12, 26, 28 and Apr 2, 4, 16, 23, 25, 30.

Training locations depend on the topic being covered and usually include places like Palo Duro Canyon, Buffalo Lake, Wild Cat Bluff, Alibates, West Texas A&M University, Amarillo College, Cross Bar Ranch, Plum Creek.   

Each participant will receive a training manual that supplements the information presented during the training sessions.  You will learn about a variety of topics including geology, water, mammals, birds, conservation and management of land, urban environments, reptiles, conservation, etc.  The cost of the course is $85.00

The application is on the Panhandle Chapter website: www.pctmn.org.  If you are unable to download the application please contact me so I can send you one.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at gin_fra@yahoo.com of 806-367-0648.

 Ginger Frazier

Secretary, Panhandle Chapter Texas Master Naturalists

Howdy from Aggieland,

The Spring Aggie Eagle Program (AEP) will soon be upon us, February 27-28, 2009.  Our registrations for both in state and out of state Scouts are actually running ahead of our usual numbers.  However, we still have room and more importantly, we still have scholarships for qualifying attendees.  Please encourage your Scouts to visit the webpage http://www.aggiecorps.org/programs/AggieEagles/ .  The webpage has a short video taken at last Spring’s AEP.  It should give them an idea of what the program is like.  We appreciate your support.

Gig ’em

Joe G. Bax, Director
Aggie Eagle Program

Operation Military Kids: Community Forum

Operation Military Kids would like to invite you to a community forum. This Ready, Set, Go  meeting is a briefing that provides a venue to discuss the unique issues faced by military youth dealing with deployment of a parent or loved one. It provides the opportunity for industry, educators and community to connect and develop ways to assist and support families dealing with deployment.

When:  Wednesday February 10, 2009 from 10:00AM-1:00PM

Where:  Amarillo American Red Cross

RSVP:  Please RSVP to or call 785-313-3453

chaisonmic@usa.redcross  or  vickie.pugh@us.army.mil

We look forward to sharing important information regarding the military children and families in the Amarillo and Pampa area. Please vist our website www.operationmilitarykids.org

OA News and Upcoming Events

Elections start in February! So be prepared as election teams make calls and dates for Troop visits.

Regalia Lock-in is Friday, Feb 13 6:00 p.m. to Saturday,  Feb 14 10:00 am. Bring your favorite soda or water and a couple bucks for pizza.

Troop 29 Open House

Troop 29 welcomes Packs to their meetings!

They meet Monday nights from 7-8:30 at 6325 Star Lane Bldg E.  To get there from Western St going south, turn west on to Hillside. Go underneath the underpass and Star Lane is the first street you can turn left on. Go past Catalpa St and you will see Cains Carpet Care. The entrance is right before their building.  Come anytime we meet! We look forward to meeting you! Contact Jared for more information at 806-570-1253.

New Phone Number at Camp M.K. Brown

Effective immediately, the new phone number for Camp MK Brown is 806-826-1024.

Preparing for Tour Permits Online

Soon unit leaders will be able to submit local and national tour permits electronically.  This new system takes just four easy steps, and it will save the transportation and training information, so leaders can easily recall it for future permit applications.

All registered unit leaders will have access to Tour Permits from MyScouting, accessed on www.scouting.org. Councils will approve or return the permit applications using MyBSA.

The MyScouting account verifies that the owner is a BSA leader associated with a unit. Within Tour Permits, the leader has access only to his unit. This authentication replaces the physical signatures on tour permit applications.  Other unit leaders are notified via e-mail when an application is submitted and approved.

The volunteer can submit both local and national applications, for either traditional units or Learning for Life posts.  Once approved, each tour permit will have a unique tour ID number.

Unit leaders enter all the necessary information for the tour, and rules specific to tour permits are applied. When appropriate, helpful messages  will advise the leader about any missing information.

There will be automatic notification at all appropriate steps in the process to the permit creator, the tour leader, and the assistant tour leader. The unit committee chair and unit leader will also receive e-mail notifications if they have MyScouting accounts.

The online Help document explains how to complete and submit permit applications to the council. Additionally, the Guide to Safe Scouting is available on the site for easy reference; Safety First Learning for Life Guidelines is also available for Learning for Life posts. Other documents, such as the BSA Transportation Guidelines and the Pledge of Performance can also be accessed from Tour Permits.

Authorized council staff members will review and process submitted applications. The tour permit creator receives a PDF version of the approved permit via e-mail. The approved permit PDF can also be obtained from Tour Permits in MyScouting.

As a reminder, local tour permit applications should be submitted two weeks before the tour and national applications at least one month before the tour start date.

We encourage all Scouting units from our council to use this new service to submit their local and national tour permit applications online 

Cub Scout Pow Wow

The Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is scheduled for February 21, 2009 at The Church at Quail Creek in Amarillo.  This all day advanced Cub Scout Leader Training will be filled withfunandexciting trainings that will help you at your Den Meeting and Pack Meeting.  Over 36 classes are being offered along with Den Chief Training.  We even have babysitting lined up to take care of the little ones while you are in class!  Pow Wow is only offered every other year so don’t miss out on the training opportuinity of the year!  For more information, please click on the link below.

Pow Wow Information

BSA Alumni Connect

We are looking for a few good BSA Alumni!  With the 100th Anniversary coming up in 2010, we are looking for past BSA members (adults and youth) Alumni to help provide memories for upcoming celebrations and history.  If you know of a Scouter who is no longer active or was a Scout as a youth, let them know that they can go to www.bsaalumni.org and reconnect with Scouting.

2009 International Camp Staff Program

Please see the attached 2009 International Camp Staff Program council application. The major revision from the 2008 season is that instead of offering international counselors reimbursements for their visa and travel fees, we will now offer a $150 grant towards the J-1 visa and I-901 Service fees and offer a special scholarship that varies by region to assist with travel fees. Please click on the link below for more information.

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/22-118.pdf

Leave No Trace Courses

Leave No Trace is becoming more and more prevelent in the Boy Scouts of America’s programs.  In fact beginning in 2010, Tenderfoot and First Class requirements will require in-depth training on Leave No Trace.  With that said, we will be offering a Leave No Trace Trainers Course on March 6-8, 2009 at Camp Don Harrington.  This course will allow unit leaders to be more informed on Leave No Trace and be a future resource for units. On September 23-28, 2009, we will offer the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course.  The Master Course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application in a field-based setting. The first day is spent in a classroom, introducing the course and schedule, providing in-depth information on the overall Leave No Trace program and the Center for Outdoor Ethics, reviewing gear, and packing. The remaining days are spent in the field on a short backcountry trip learning and practicing the principles of Leave No Trace. 

Leave No Trace Flyer Link

If you are interested in these courses, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 or scott.kilian@scouting.org

 Boy Scout Summer Camp 2009

Believe it or not, it is time for your Troop to think about where they would like to attend Boy Scout Summer Camp next year…

With only two weeks of camp this year, space will be filled quickly.  We have some new and exciting programs for 2009.  More information will be available in the Leaders Guide scheduled for publication in mid February.  You should register now for your week of fun in the sun!!

Email the Council Service Center dhaley@bsamail.org or vepopp@bsamail.org to pick your week to attend (see below) as well as your favorite campsite. 

Week #1  June 7th-13th

Week #2 June 14th-20th

Camp Staff Application

At the link below, you will find the new Camp Staff Application to be used by any Scout and Scouter (paid or volunteer) for all of our 2009 Camps (Cub Scout/Boy Scout).  The BSA has a mandatory camp standard that states that ALL Camp Staff must complete an applicaiton for the camp they are working at- volunteer or paid.  The application is very different then in the past and much easier to read and is all inclusive.  If you are interested in becoming part of the camp staff, please print out a copy and send it in to the Council Office by the cutoff date listed on the application.

Camp Staff Application Link

Catholic Committee on Scouting

We are looking for volunteers to be on a committee for Catholic scouting in our council. This committee is to help our council and scouters better serve our Catholic faith and all scouts in our council.   If you are interested, please email your name and phone number to jared.read@gmail.com or call Jared at 806-570-1253.  If I do not answer, please leave a message.  

Thank you,   Jared Read

New Scouting Health Forms

The Boy Scouts of America has developed a new Health Form.  Effective in 2010 the use of this form will be mandatory and will be phased in during 2009.  It is very simple to use as there are three parts- Part A is General Info, Part B is the Physical, and Part C is Informed Consent and Hold Harmless Agreement along with the Talent Release form.  They have also added a section on Part B that has a Height/Weight Chart similar to Philmont’s and will be used if the event is more then 30 minutes away from emergency evacuation by ground transportation such as backpacking trips, conservation projects in remote areas etc.  To see the form, please click on the link below.

 http://www.scouting.org/media/filestore/pdf/34605_Letter.pdf

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                               In Memory

Gene and Suzanne Rogers                             Gregg  Williams

Affilliated                                       

Panhandle Transport Group

Don Cunningham

Joe and Barbara Billups

Xit  Concrete

Monkey Wrench Auto Repair

H P and Thelma Fulton

Bobby Williams

Keith Williams Family

Whitney and Deanya Williams

Margaret Gerblick

Carol Stoub

Bill Howerson                                                Ella  Steelman

Leslie Cox

Nancy Honey

Sharm Pattillo

Anthony and Jan Stanford                              Dick  Wilson

From                                                              In Honor

Donald and Joan Hall                                     Robert McGinnis

 2008 Eagle Scouts 

First Last Troop District
Brandon Sena T-80 GE
Branden Offringa T-501 AW
David Matlock T-10 GE
Christopher Evans T-507 AW

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- February 2009

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Monday, February 2, 2009

wolvesa1District Chairman:                Duane Skipper duwayneskipper@yahoo.com

District Commissioner:         Bob Post, postbob@allegiance.tv 
District Executive:                Steve Knollenberg
, stevek.bsa@gmail.com

February        

2      Order of the Arrow Unit Elections Begin

7      Cub Leader Specific Training, 9:00 a.m., Victory Memorial UMC, Guymon, OK.

8      Council Eagle, District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver reception, Amarillo, TX

12    District Committee & Commissioners meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.

16    President’s Day, Scout Service Center closed.

21    Cub Scout leader Pow Wow, Church at Quail Creek, 801 Tascosa Rd, Amarillo, TX.

March

3     Perryton Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Perryton, TX.

5     Dalhart Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., CUMC, Dalhart, TX.

6-8  Leave No Trace trainer course, Camp Don Harrington, Amarillo, TX.

7     Boy Scout leader specific training, TBA

10   Guymon Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., VMUMC, Guymon, OK.

12   District Committee & Commissioners meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.

20-22Palo Duro Lake clean-up, Palo Duro Reservoir, Spearman, TX.

28  District & Council-wide Scouting for Food in your town.

 Welcome to Duwane Skipper

Please join me in welcoming Duwane Skipper as our Lone Wolf District Chairman!  Duwane has been a long-time supporter of our scouting programs and is excited about his new role, as District Chairman.  Duwane is from Booker, Texas and is looking forward to meeting and working with you, to make our Lone Wolf scouting programs even better.

Family Friends of Scouting

It’s time to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.  Without this financial support from our leaders and our scouting families, the Golden Spread Council would not be able to provide the quality programs, training and facilities you expect, for our scouts.  Plan on having a Family Friends of Scouting presentation at your next pack meeting, or troop court of honor.  Call Steve Knollenberg at 580-651-2615, or Audrey House at 580-652-2085, to schedule a presentation that is convenient for your unit.

Cub Leader Pow-Wow

This year’s Cub Leader Pow-Wow is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  This year’s Pow Wow is being held at the Church at Quail Creek (801 Tascosa Rd., just west of the Council Service Center, in Amarillo).  Pow Wow is an intensive, one-day “University of Cub Scouting”.  It offers in-depth and additional training in the areas of Leader Enrichment, Program Pizzazz, Cub Scout Crafts, Program Support, Cub Scout Helps, and Webelos Programs.  Meet and share ideas with Cub Scouters from throughout the Golden Spread Council!  The best part is that you can pick and choose the training classes you would like to take!  Look for more details online at: 2009 Pow Wow

 

We are also offering a Den Chief training conference.  This will be a half day of training and activities offered for Boy Scouts who are First Class and above who wish to become Den Chiefs.  Scouts who wish to participate must bring a letter of approval to participate, from their Scoutmaster and pay a $15 registration fee. This fee includes lunch.

Scouting for Food

Our annual Council Good Turn service project, “Scouting for Food”, has been scheduled for March 28, 2009.  This is a coordinated, Council-wide, one day service project to give back to our communities.  All Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops & Venturing Crews are expected to participate.  There will be council-wide publicity for this event, specifying Saturday, March 28th, as the collection day.  More information will be available at the March 2009 adult leader meetings.

Scouting’s 99th Birthday-Scout Sunday Activities

I strongly encourage all of our units to plan and conduct Scout Sunday activities in our local communities, sometime in February.  Scouting’s anniversary week of February 8th through the 13th is the ideal time, but it can be any Sunday during the month.  It is a wonderful way to celebrate and share our scouting heritage with our communities and chartering organizations.  It is the ideal time to present your unit’s 2009 Charter to your chartering organization.

Cub Leader Training

New Leader Essentials and Cub Scout leader specific training will be offered in Guymon, on Saturday, February 7, 2009.  Time:  Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., course runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Location:  Victory Memorial UMC, 6th & Roosevelt Streets.  Please bring a sack lunch.  This training is for all Pack and Den Leaders, plus any Cub parents who would like to attend.  There is no fee for this training!  This training will teach you how to effectively manage your Pack and run a successful program.  If you haven’t been trained, you need to attend!  Getting your Den and Pack leaders trained will fulfill a requirement for the 2009 Centennial Quality Unit Award.  Click on the “Programs, Training & Activities Resources” link, on the Council webpage (www.goldenspread.org), to view the activity flyer.  RSVP to Steve Knollenberg by February 5th, 2009 at stevek.bsa@gmail.com

Leave No Trace trainer course

On March 6th through 8th, the Council is conducting a Leave No Trace course, to train adult leaders to present the LNT program, to our scouts.  The course will be held at Camp Don Harrington.  Sign up deadline is February 15, 2009.  For more information, and to sign up, click here: LNT training 2009

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

This training is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2009.  It will be held at the Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, 6th & Roosevelt Streets, Guymon, Oklahoma.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m., training begins at 9:00 a.m.  This training is for all currently registered Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, and anyone who may cross over into one of these positions, from Cub Scouting.

The Centennial Quality Unit standards for 2009 will require that we increase the number of fully trained Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, for our troops.  To prepare for this upcoming Boy Scout Leader specific training, follow the “Online Training” link from the Golden Spread Council webpage (www.goldenspread.org) and complete the Youth Protection Training and Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training.  Click on the “Programs, Training & Activities Resources” link, on the Council webpage, to view the activity flyer.

Palo Duro Lake Cleanup

The annual Palo Duro Lake cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2009, near Spearman, Texas.  This event is a great time for our district’s units to get together, complete a worthwhile service project and enjoy the fellowship of Scouting.  We will also be conducting a District-wide flag retirement ceremony, fire bans permitting.  So bring out all those old flags we all end up collecting, as scout units, and lets show our new kids and leaders the proper way to permanently retire a worn U.S. flag!

Normally, troops camp out for the weekend and packs attend for the day.  Packs are welcome to camp out, as long as BSA Family Camping guidelines are followed.  This is a great way for our Cubs to get to see what the “big boys” do, in Boy Scouts.  Click on the “Programs, Training & Activities Resources” link, on the Council webpage, to view the activity flyer.  Please contact Richard Nowlin at rcnowlin@valornet.com, (806-658-4839) or Steve Knollenberg, stevek.bsa@gmail.com (580-651-2615) for more information.

 

 

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Golden Eagle District Highlights – February 2009

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Monday, February 2, 2009

golden_eagle1District Chairman:                                     Matthew Beasley, mcinvest@amaonline.com

Amarillo/Canyon District Commissioner:Scott Hollabaugh, cscott.hollabaugh@gmail.com

Hereford Area District Commissioner:     HS Fuller, hsfuller42@yahoo.com

Hereford Area Program Aide:                   Monica Vanzee, tmvanzee@wtrt.net

District Executive:                                     Doug Bergman, bergman@bsamail.org

February

4          New Leader Essentials, 6:00 PM., Council Service Center

            Cub Scout Position-Specific Training, 7:30 PM, Council Service Center

5          District Recognition Roundtable, 7:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church

7          Hereford-Area Pack Pinewood Derby, 1:00 PM, First United Methodist Church, Hereford

8          Council Silver Beaver & Eagle Scout Reception, 2:00-4:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church

12        District Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, Council Service Center

14        Scout Night at the WTAMU Buff Basketball game, 6:00 PM (Women) & 8:00 PM (Men)

19        Eagle Scout Boards of Review, Council Service Center, 6:30 PM

21        POWWOW, 8:00 AM, The Church at Quail Creek, Amarillo

28        BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation), 9:00 AM, Council Service Center

 

March

5          Roundtable, 7:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church

12        District Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, Council Service Center

12        Eagle Scout Boards of Review, Council Service Center, 6:30 pm

28        Hereford Cub Mobile, 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Park, Hereford

28        Scouting For Food

 

Special Golden Eagle/Quanah Parker District Recognition Roundtable on Thursday, February 5

We encourage everyone to attend this special Roundtable at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on 4100 S Coulter. The church is located on the west side of Coulter between 34th and 45th.  Enter the Fellowship Hall through the door on north side. Chicken and drinks will be provided (monetary donations for meal will be accepted).  Call Katie Loyall (622-5170) if you can bring a side dish or dessert.

 

We will honor this years District Award of Merit Recipients: Brian Bruckner, Matt Hand, Rob Law,  and Roland Nunez, as well as “retiring”, returning and new Cubmasters and Scoutmasters

 

Family Friends of Scouting

The Golden Spread Council will invest almost $1.5 million in the youth of the panhandle of Texas this year.  85% of these funds go to directly support Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews (as well as Learning for Life Groups and Posts) with quality personnel (Scout professionals, office support staff, scout shop staff and camp rangers) and all aspects of the program your unit enjoys (camp property, camping programs, district activities, training, recognition items, etc.) . The Golden Spread Council will invest over $135 per youth member to provide quality Scouting again this year. 

 

The greatest percentage (36%) of monies to do this comes from direct donations from our “Friends of Scouting” (FOS).  Without this direct support from individuals in our community and our scouting family (adult leaders, parents, and yes, professional staff), the scouts in your pack, troop, crew or post would not have access to the quality programs that they do.

 

If your unit has not made arrangements for a Family Friends of Scouting presentation, please Doug Bergman to schedule a presentation at your next Pack Meeting, Blue & Gold Banquet or Boy Scout Court of Honor.  It only takes 15-20 minutes to invite the parents and adult leaders of our unit  to join their friends in the Golden Eagle District in making the same commitment.  Contact Doug Bergman to schedule a Family Friends of Scouting presentation.

 

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Let’s start off the new year by getting all our current adult leaders trained!  Check out the calendar above and http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2008-9CS&BSAdultLeaderTraining.pdf for information about upcoming training opportunities.

 

BSA policy states that at least one BALOO-trained leader must be in attendance on a pack overnighter.  BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) will be offer Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Golden Spread Council Service Center located at 401 Tascosa Road in Amarillo. Fee of $5.00 will cover cost of materials and lunch.  To register, contact the Scout Office by February 25, 2009.

 

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will be offered at Boy Scout Spring Camp (April 17-18).  Although this course is a requirement for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to complete Basic Boy Scout Leader Training, it is open to all Webelos Den Leaders and other adult leaders wishing to better prepare themselves for taking scouts camping.

 

Basketball WTAMU Buffalo Style!

A special “Scout Night” is planned for Saturday, February 14th as the Buffalos of West Texas A&M take on the Texans and Texanns of Tarleton State University at 6:00 pm (women’s game) and 8:00 pm (men’s game).  All scouts in uniform will get in free.  A limited number (100) of adult tickets are available for purchase at the Scout Office for $2 each.

 

March Eagle Boards of Review

Eagle Boards of Review (regularly scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of month) in March will be moved to Thursday, March 12 due to Spring Break.

 

Hereford Fun Day – Saturday, March 28

We will start out the day at 10 am “Scouting for Food”.  After a hotdog lunch in Veteran’s Park, we will race cub mobiles. Cub scouts build their own cub mobile or come and race one of ours. Each boy will race a car and the best times in each division, Tiger, Cub Scout (Wolf & Bear), and Webelos will receive an award.  Race is Saturday, March 28th from 1 pm to 4 pm at Veteran’s Park in Hereford.  Cost is $5.   For more information, contact Monica VanZee (647-1553 or tmvanzee@amaonline.com)

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- February 2009

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Monday, February 2, 2009

quanahframeDistrict Chairwoman:           JoAnn Cruz-Perez

District Commissioner:        Jim Paslay

District Executive:                Mike Mireles, mmireles@bsamail.org

 

February

4          New Leader Essentials, 6:00 PM., Council Service Center

            Cub Scout Position-Specific Training, 7:30 PM, Council Service Center

5          District Recognition Roundtable, 7:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church

8          Council Silver Beaver & Eagle Scout Reception, 2:00-4:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church

12        District Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, Council Service Center

14        Scout Night at the WTAMU Buff Basketball game, 6:00 PM (Women) & 8:00 PM (Men)

19        Eagle Scout Boards of Review, Council Service Center, 6:30 PM

21        POWWOW, 8:00 AM, The Church at Quail Creek, Amarillo

28        BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation), 9:00 AM, Council Service Center

 

March

5          Roundtable, 7:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church

12        District Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, Council Service Center

12        Eagle Scout Boards of Review, Council Service Center, 6:30 pm

28        Scouting For Food

 

Special Golden Eagle/Quanah Parker District Recognition Roundtable

 

On Thursday, February 5, we encourage everyone to attend this special Roundtable at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on 4100 S Coulter. The church is located on the west side of Coulter between 34th and 45th.  Enter the Fellowship Hall through the door on north side. Chicken and drinks will be provided (monetary donations for meal will be accepted).  Call Katie Loyall if you can bring a side dish or dessert.

 

We will honor this years District Award of Merit Recipients: Brian Bruckner, Matt Hand, Rob Law, and Roland Nunez, as well as “retiring”, returning and new Cubmasters and Scoutmasters

 

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Let’s start off the New Year by getting all our current adult leaders trained!  Check out the calendar above and http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2008-9CS&BSAdultLeaderTraining.pdf for information about upcoming training opportunities.

 

Basketball WTAMU Buffalo Style!

A special “Scout Night” is planned for Saturday, February 14th as the Buffalos of West Texas A&M take on the Texans and Texanns of Tarleton State University at 6:00 pm (women’s game) and 8:00 pm (men’s game).  All scouts in uniform will get in free.  A limited number (100) of adult tickets are available for purchase at the Scout Office for $2 each.

 

 

Calendar Corrections

Eagle Boards of Review (regularly scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of month) in March will be moved to Thursday, March 12 due to Spring Break.

 

Special Thanks

I would like to thank my fellow scouters, for 5 ½ years of excitement. It has been my honor to serve the Quanah Parker District and the Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America. On February 15th, I will be leaving the Golden Spread Council and moving to Louisville, Kentucky to serve as the Director of Hispanic Scouting for the Lincoln Heritage Council. My wife and I are excited about this change in our lives, but know that the Panhandle is still our home and will miss West Texas tremendously. I thank all the volunteers, parents, scouts, and staff of the Golden Spread Council for the friendship, loyalty, and hard work.  Please continue to keep my wife and me in your prayers as we start this new journey.  Please contact Mario Perez (mperez@bsamail.org) @ 358-6500 for any questions concerning the Quanah Parker District 

 

 

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Santa Fe District Highlights- February 2009

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Monday, February 2, 2009

tn_santafeDistrict Chairman:             LH Webb sevencross@hughes.net
District Commissioner:     Michael Stevenhagen mstavenhagen57@aol.com

District Executive             Gaylyne Manns
gaylynemm@nts-online.net

 

February

2 –    OA Unit Election begins

8-14 –  Scout Anniversary Week

8 –   Council Reception

9 –   SF District Dinner

16 –   Presidents Day Scout office closed

21 –  Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow

 

March

10 – District Meeting 6:30 pm Hedley Lyons Club

10 – Quarterly Round table 7:30 pm Hedley Lyons Club

21 – Youth Protection Training, FUMC Memphis Texas

28 – Scouting For Food

 

Congratulations:

Michael Stavenhagen for receiving the Silver Beaver Award which he will be get on February 8th at the Council Reception.  Also congratulations to Jim Mills for getting the District Award of Merit, which he will receive on February 9th at our District Dinner.

 

Scouting for Food

The Council is so excited about Scouting for Food this year.  As you may know we moved it this year to March 28th.  It will be a one-day event where each boy gets the bags and knocks on doors asking for food to help your local food pantry. I should have each Units bags by our Quarterly Roundtable in March.   I encourage each unit to do this on the 28th.  It is important that we teach these young men values and this is a good way to do it.

 

District Dinner

Santa Fe District Dinner will be Monday February 9th at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Creed Café at 4650 US Hwy 287 in Giles Texas. We will be having Mexican Fajitas with all the trimmings.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  This is the perfect opportunity to honor all our Adult leaders in the Santa Fe District and to have some good fellowship.  Here is the link on the website.

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/02092009SFDinnerInvite.pdf

Please register now.

Hope to see all Santa Fe District volunteers there.

 

Pow Wow

Yea, Pow Wow is upon us again on February 21st.  Pow Wow is the Cub Scout Training event of the year!  You get an entire year’s worth of new ideas and inspiration that will enhance your Cub Scout Pack, Den and Programs.  Here is the link on web site to register.  http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/20090221PowWowBrochureAndRegistrationForm.pdf

 

 Friends of Scouting

FOS is in full effect now.  George Hall is our family chairman and is trained and excited to hit his goal for the Santa Fe District.  I encourage each volunteer to help the Golden Spread Council during this campaign. A major part of the budget covers organizing and serving units and provides our sponsoring institutions with liability insurance. Also, the Council provides clerical staff that handles thousands of inquiries for camping, registration, and problem-solving information. The service center maintains Scout advancement records and one of the finest Scout Shops in America. Plus two great camps that have to be kept maintained.  For more information Contact me and I will get you in touch George.

 

Youth Protection Training

Save the date: March 21st. We will be having a Youth Protection training in Memphis.  Youth Protection mush be taken by ALL Adult leaders. Here is a link for more information on Youth Protection.

http://www.goldenspread.org/YP/YP.htm

The information to sign up for this YPT will be available soon on the web site.

 

Quarterly Roundtable

Our quarterly roundtable will be March 10th at 7:30 pm at the Hedley Lyons Club in down town Hedley.  Roundtables are for all adult Leaders!  Come and get to know your fellow Tiger Cub Den Leaders, Cub Scout Den Leaders, Webelos Den Leaders, Cub masters, Assistant Cub masters, Pack Committee members, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Troop Committee members, etc. So much information will be given out and discussed on upcoming events for Spring and Summer.

 

Thanks to all adult leaders and parents for what you do for Scouting in the Santa Fe District,    Gaylyne

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Venturing District Highlights- February 2009

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Monday, February 2, 2009

venturingDistrict Chairman:                Jack Owen, jackowen@co.potter.tx.us                          
District Commissioner:        Pat Phelps
pep52@sbcglobal.net                                      
District Executive:                Brad Drozell
brad.drozell@scouting.org

 

February
12         District Committee Meeting, St. Thomas Catholic Church, 6:30-7:30 pm

Calling all Unit Commissioners!

Are you a unit commissioner? Do you even know what a commissioner does? If you are interested in providing MORE programs and MORE opportunities for your Venturing Crew, you would be a GREAT commissioner! If you think you would like to know more, please contact Brad Drozell or Pat Phelps (information above) to learn about EXCLUSIVE training for the Venturing Commissioner’s Corps…coming soon!

 

Committee Meetings
Parents and youth are ALWAYS invited to the Venturing District Committee Meetings. The more the better! We discuss how each crew is doing and if help needs to be sent to present more opportunities for Venturing with your specific crew. We will have our next District Committee meeting Thursday, February 12th, 6:30 pm. We will be discussing ideas for events for the Spring semester. Please come to this meeting with ideas. Call Brad Drozell (358-6500) if you need anything.

 

 

Venture Crew Meetings
If you would like to be involved with more than one crew, attend one of these meetings to check out what all Venturing has to offer! Remember to bring a friend! Boys and girls are welcome, ages 14-20.
2009- Kwahadi Dancers- Contact Charles Ritchie for information, (806) 353-1505.
2012- Shooting Crew-Contact Bob Altman for more information(806) 358-6500.
2072- Comanche Trail Church of Christ Youth Group-Contact Derek Chance for more information, (806) 457-8054.
2094-High Adventure Crew-Contact Jeff Popp for more information, (806) 356-6214.
2152- First Nazarne Church youth group-Contact Chase Clark at (806) 374-2242.
2510- City Church Climbing Crew-Contact Chad Clement for more information, (806) 517-1379.
***If you would like more information about your crew in the Venturing section of the newsletter: success stories, advancement progress, etc., contact Brad Drozell (806) 358-6500. 

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Adobe Walls District Highlights – February 2009

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Monday, February 2, 2009

adobe-walls-pictureDistrict Chairman       
District Commissioner
District Executive                    George Etier    george.etier@scouting.org

February

 

2          Order of the Arrow Unit Elections Begin
8          Council Reception 
11        District Key 3 Meeting
13-14   Order of the Arrow Regalia Lock-in 
16        Presidents Day – Office Closed
19        District Committee Meeting 
21        Cub Scout Leaders Pow-Wow 
26        Adobe Walls Night at Frank Phillips College Men’s Basketball

 

March

 

2          Adobe Walls Leaders Meeting in Wheeler 
3          Adobe Walls Leaders Meeting in Borger 
5          Adobe Walls Leaders Meeting in Pampa 
11        District Key 3 Meeting
14        Adobe Walls District Dinner
19        District Committee Meeting
28        Scouting For Food

 

Pow-Wow

This is a great opportunity for Cub Scout Leaders to receive the training the need to provide the best program possible for their Scouts.  There is something for everyone!

Be sure to go to the Golden Spread Council website and register for this informative and FUN event!

 

Scouting for Food

This service project is one of the most important tasks we do in Scouting.  It helps us to serve the local communities that we live in and it gives us an opportunity to teach our Scouts the importance of service to others in a practical way.  Be sure to attend the leaders meeting that is most convenient for you to receive your bags and instructions.

 

Frank Phillips College Men’s Basketball

The Frank Phillips College Men’s Basketball  team has invited all Scouts and their leaders to attend their final home game.  It will be held in the BCSC on the Frank Phillips Campus in Borger on Thursday the 26th of February at 7:30 pm.  All Scouts and Leaders in uniform will be admitted Free to the game.  The cost for others attending with your group is $1 for children and $2 for adults.

 

Adobe Walls District Leaders Meetings

As you can see from the schedule above, we are bringing the meetings to you.  In an effort to increase the level of communication between the leaders in the district, we will be conducting three meetings across the district.   All leaders are asked to attend the meeting closest to where you live or work.  Important information concerning district and council events will be presented and we need your feedback.  The bags and information needed for Scouting for Food will also be available.

 

Adobe Walls District Dinner

The Adobe Walls District Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 4th in Pampa.  Invitation will be sent out as soon as we finalize the location.

 

District Pinewood Derby

Gentlemen, start your engines.  Now is the time to start making those Pinewood Derby Cars in preparation for the District Pinewood Derby.  This year it will be held on Saturday, April 4th in Borger.  Location and time will be announced later.

 

We are off to a great start in 2009.  Let’s all work together to make this the best year ever for the youth in Adobe Walls District!

George

 

If I can be of assistance, you can reach me at 669-3421 or 679-9703 or by e-mail at getier@bsamail.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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