Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council February 2009

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


 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 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 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

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,

 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:  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 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 .  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

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

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 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 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.

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

 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 or 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 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.

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                               In Memory

Gene and Suzanne Rogers                             Gregg  Williams


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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