Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- March 2009

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


 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,

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 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 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 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

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 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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