Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- April 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Wednesday, April 1, 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 Link

New On-Line Training Available Now!



The Boy Scouts of America is happy to announce that New Leader Essentials is now called “This is Scouting” and is available to complete on-line!  Click on the link below to take the course!


On-Line Training Link



Scouting for Food




Scouting for Food will take place on April 4, 2009.  As you know, due to the bad weather on March 28th, we decided to reschedule the event to this coming weekend.  We encourage all units to participate in the “Good Turn”.

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 one open slot left to fill and that is the 8:30am to 10:30am slot.  If your unit is interested in having a few adults and a couple Scouts stand at our table and answer any questions that future Scouts and parents,have, please contact Scott today for more information. Please call him at  the office- 806-358-6500.

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 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,

10 Commandment Hike

If you are interested in participating in the 10 Commandment Hike scheduled for April 25th at Camp Don Harrington, please check  the flyer and registration form at the link below.

10 Commandment Hike Link

Cub Scout Camping for 2009

In the next day or so, all the informational flyers and registration forms will be available on the Council Web Site under the Camping Tab.  We are offering some great Cub Scout Camping opportunities this year and the Directors are excited to be able to present this years theme “Super Science Sleuths”. 

Camping Link

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

Camp Staff Application

We are looking for Summer Camp Staff!  If you are interested in earning some cash this summer, having a great time, and being part of a great Summer Staff, please get your application in now.  Time is running out to make the committment to work.  Click on the link beow and complete the application and send it to the Scout Office now!

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!

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.

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 9. 

Let’s get this party started!

The BSA turns 100 next year and you here is one way you can help celebrate- and win BIG at the same time!  The Boy’s Life Magazine is having a photograph contest that is open to readers 6 to 17.  Its theme is “The Five Pillars of Scouting”.  For more information and to submit photos please visit

Boys Life Magazine Contest Link

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.

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.

Memorials and Tributes

From                                               For

James and Kitty McCollum          Bob McGinnis


March Eagle Scout Listing

None to report this month!

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