Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Eagle District Highlights- March 2009

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Monday, March 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

 

March

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

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

12         Commissioner’s Meeting, 6:30 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

 

April

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

4          New Leader Essentials, 10:00 AM, Council Service Center

4          Cub Scout & Boy Scout Position-Specific Training, 1:00 PM, Council Service Center

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

9          Commissioner’s Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Service Center

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

22         New Leader Essentials, 6:00 PM, Council Service Center

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

 

Scouting For Food Sign-ups-March 5th Roundtable

 

Every Golden Eagle Pack, Troop & Crew who are participating in this year’s Scouting for Food community-wide service project needs to have a representative at the Roundtable on March 5th.  Roundtable is held in the Fellowship Hall on the north side of St. Thomas Catholic Church (4100 South Coulter) at 7:00 pm.  We will select and assign food pick-up areas at the Roundtable.  Scouts have the option of canvassing their assigned area for food on Saturday, March 28th, or putting out bags with a note attached sometime during the week and then collecting food that is set out on Saturday.

 

Family Friends of Scouting

 

If your unit has not made arrangements for a Family Friends of Scouting presentation, please contact 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.  This year we are planning a special recognition for units completing Family FOS presentations at the May Roundtable.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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Lone Wolf District Highlights- March 2009

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

wolvesa1District Chairman:                Duane Skipper duwayneskipper@yahoo.com

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

 

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.

7     Boy Scout leader specific training, 9:00 a.m., VMUMC, Guymon, OK.

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

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

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

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

 

April

4     District Pinewood Derby, FUMC, Turpin, OK.

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

 

March Leader meetings

 

The upcoming March Leader meetings are extremely important to you as leaders and critical to the health and success of your units.  We will be going over the Council-Wide, March Scouting for Food service project, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009.  Plan to attend; to not only learn about what’s going on in Scouting in our District, but to share your ideas and experiences so we can provide the best of the Scouting program to our kids!  The dates, times and locations of our meetings are listed in the calendar section, above.  Choose the location and date that is most convenient for you! 

 

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.

 

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.   We will be done by 4:00 p.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.

 

District Pinewood Derby

 

Mark you pack calendars now for the District Pinewood Derby.  Please note there has been a date change.  This is an open Derby for all District Cub Scouts, not just individual Pack champions.  There will be an “Outlaw” class for all dads, moms, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.  The Derby will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church, in Turpin, OK.  Starting time is 9:00 a.m.  Bring your Cubs to Turpin for a fun day of racing & fellowship!  Rumor has it the District Executive is building his own car and wants to run it at the District Derby!  Past experience tells me it will be the slowest car racing.

 

Guymon Day Camp Needs Volunteers

 

For us to have a Guymon Cub Day Camp this summer, we need two volunteers to be the Camp Director and the Program Director.  If we can’t fill these two positions, we won’t be able to offer the camp at Guymon this summer.  With these two positions filled I believe we can staff the activities and events with adults attending, with their boys, but we need two volunteers to provide overall leadership and coordination.  For more information please contact Scott Kilian at 806-358-6500, or Steve Knollenberg at 580-651-2615.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- March 2009

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

quanahframeDistrict Chairwoman:           JoAnn Cruz-Perez

District Commissioner:        Jim Paslay

District Executive:     Hector Baldiviezo   Hector.Baldiviezo@scouting.org

 

March

5 Adult Leader Rountable

12- District Committee Meeting

Upcoming Training Opportunities

 

Let’s start off the year  with some great training.  Check out the link below for a list of all upcoming training opportunities.

 

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2008-9CS&BSAdultLeaderTraining.pdf

 

New Executive

 

I would like to introduce myself to everyone in the District.  My name is Hector Baldiviezo and I am happy to be the new District Executive.  I am excited to get out and meet you and begin a long and productive relationship with everyone and to continue to serve the Scouts of this District.  If you are in the office for any reason, please stop by so I can get to know you as we begin this new journey together.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- March 2009

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Monday, March 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

 

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

 

April

14 – District Meeting 6:30 pm Hedley Lyons Club

 

District Dinner

Santa Fe District Dinner was a huge success, lots of awards, acknowledgements, fellowship and good food.  Congratulations Jim Mills for receiveing the District Award of Merit.  You serve our District well.

 

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting in the Santa Fe District is Rock and Rolling.  We are about 50% at our goal at this time.  Thank you George Hall for an outstanding job so far.

 

Youth Protection Training

Save the date: March 21st. We will be having Youth Protection training in Memphis.  Youth Protection must 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 Round Table

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.

 

Thank you

Thank you 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- March 2009

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Monday, March 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

 

March
5         District Committee Meeting, 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.  (information above) 

 

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. (Volunteers Needed)

 

Scholarship Opportunities

If you have questions about such opportunities, please contact Brad Drozell (Venturing Division) at the Scout Service Center 358-6500.

 

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 (806) 353-1505.
2012- Shooting Crew-Contact Bob Altman (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 (806) 356-6214.
2510- City Church Climbing Crew-Contact Chad Clement (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- March 2009

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

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

March

2          Adobe Walls Leaders Meeting in Wheeler at the Fire Station

3          Adobe Walls Leaders Meeting in Borger at St. John Catholic Church

5          Adobe Walls Leaders Meeting in Pampa at First United Methodist   

            Church

11         District Key 3 Meeting

14         Adobe Walls District Dinner at the Plaza Restaurant in Pampa

19         District Committee Meeting

28         Scouting For Food

 

April

 

4          District Pinewood Derby – BCSC at Frank Phillips College in Borger

8          District Key 3 Meeting

16         District Committee Meeting

 

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.

 

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 14th in Pampa. This year the dinner will begin at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Plaza Restaurant located at 1201 North Hobart in the Coronado Center.  Please come and join your fellow Scouters as we celebrate a great 2008 for the Adobe Walls District.  The cost is $10.00 per person, payable at the door and the Eagle Scouts Class of 2008 will be the guests of the District.  To RSVP or for more information, please contact George Etier @ 669-3421 or 679-9703.

 

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.  The location for this year’s derby will the in the BCSC on the Frank Phillips College Campus.  Registration will begin at 11:00 am with the races beginning at 1:00 pm.  The entry cost per car is $5.00.  Pick up your registration forms at the Leaders’ Meeting the first week of March.

 

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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Council Highlights- March 2009

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

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 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.

On-Line Training

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!

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.  For all the details, please click on the link below!

Spring Camp Information Link

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

What’s a Kid To Do

On Saturday, April 11th from 9am to 4pm, the Amarillo Globe-News will sponsor the fifth annual What’s a Kid To Do fair at the South Exhibit Hall of the Amarillo Civic Center.  This popular event is designed to bring together in one room, representatives from various camps throughout the circulation area and to give parents an opportunity to plan activities for their children for the upcoming summer months.

We have been invited to set up a table with our camp information.  We need volunteers to be on hand to answer any questions about our camps or Scouting in general.  We have several two hour blocks throughout the day.  We are currently in need of volunteers for the following blocks:

 8:30- 10:30am and 12:30pm to 2:30pm

If you are available to help out, please contact Scott at the office- 806-358-6500.

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 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 and more information are avaialbe at the lonk below.

Nomination Form and Information Link

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 

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.

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.  Registration this year is accomplished on-line at:

Camp Registration Form

The Camp Leaders Guide is available on line at the link below.

Camp Leaders Guide Link

Also new in 2009, you will be able to pre-order your Camp MK Brown T-shirts though an on-line process.  The cost this year is $10.87 each however if you wait to buy them at Camp, the cost increases to $15.00 and they won’t have your Unit Number printed on them.  The deadline to order shirts is May 6, 2009.  To see a sample shirt, come by the Office and check it out- the boys will LOVE it!

Camp T-shirt Ordering Link

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

Shooting Sports Camp

Get ready- FIRE!  The 2nd Annual Shooting Sports Camp will be held on July 10-12, 2009 at Camp Don Harrington.  This event is open to all Boy Scouts and Ventures.  Cost is $95.00 for Scouts and $85.00 for adults if paid in fill on or before June 12.  After June 12, the cost goes up to $105.00 for Scouts and $95.00 for adults.  With the current cost of ammunition and other supplies, this is a GREAT deal for Scouts.  Look for the registration form on the Council Web Page within the next few weeks but put this date on your Troop/Crew Calandar as a MUST do activitiy!

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.

 Health Form Link

 2009 Texas Archeological Society (TAS) Field School Oppoprtunity

TAS conducted a field school in 2008 in the Lake Fryer (Perryton) area and it was a huge success so they have decided to return in 2009 to finish up some important Archeological investigations.  Scouting units are invited to be part of the event this year.  Scheduled for June 13-20, all the same Scouting rules apply- two deep leadership etc.  The cost is $50.00 for youth and $120.00 for adults.  You must also become members of TAS and they may be some additional meal costs.  This is a great opportunity for Scouts to earn the Archealogy Merit Badge by professionals in that field of work.  The deadline to register is May 31, 2009.  For more information, please contact Scott at the Scout Office- 806-358-6500.

Nineteen Wolves and Bears and 7 Webelos met at Polk Street United Methodist Church and completed the requirements for the God and Me and God and Family award.  The Webelos locked-in the church on Friday night and started work on their award and had fun playing dodge ball and watching the move, “Down and Derby”.  Polk Street Men’s club provided them breakfast Saturday morning before the boys went  back to work. The Wolves and Bears came in on Saturday and worked on the God and Me award.   After completing the workbook and assignments, the boys meet with their home church pastor to finish the award and earn their medal.    Ken Knight at Polk Street UMC can provide help and insight for units or churches wanting to plan a similar program. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorials and Tributes

 

From                                               For

South Plains Lodge 215                 Gregg Williams

Guy Witt and Family                    Gregg  Williams

 

February Eagle Scouts 

Name   Troop/Team District
K Coffey T-80 GE
J  Hunt Team 79 GE
J  May T-108 GE
R Munger T-31 GE
M Schley T-86 GE
C Work T-127 GE

 

 

 

 

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