Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- June 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, June 1, 2009


Local Scouter earns Boy Scouts of America Top Volunteer Award

On Friday, May 22, 2009, Larry Cunningham of Amarillo was presented with the top volunteer recognition by the Boy Scouts of America at their National Meeting.  To read all about this great accomplishment, please click on the link below.

Top Volunteer Information

 COPE Course Graduates

Congratulations goes out to Robert Mitchell, a local Scouting volunteer and Brad Drozell, Venturing District Executive, for completing the Boy Scouts of America National Camping School Cope Course.  This seven day school qualifies them to operate the COPE Course which is located at Camp Don Harrington.  If you want to know more about COPE and how you can use it with your Boy Scout Troop, Venture Crew, or organization, please give us a call 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 permit 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

New BSA Health and Medical Record

As a member of our Scouting family, we want to take a moment to provide you with an update regarding the BSA’s Annual Health and Medical Record.

The BSA’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our participants, their families, and our staff. The BSA’s national Health and Safety Support Committee, comprised of volunteers from around the country in the health and safety field, created these new health requirements as part of its continuous efforts to improve the safety of our youth members and adult leadership.

The BSA also incorporated input and review from volunteer den leaders, Scoutmasters, council professionals, and additional staff who use the records to insure the health and safety of our participants.

The new policies, which affect high-adventure activities only – when travels take members more than 30 minutes from an accessible point – are the same as those the BSA has successfully used for a number of years at our high-adventure camps and do not restrict a person’s ability to volunteer in the Scouting program or participate in regular Scouting activities.

While the BSA realizes this policy may affect volunteers and leaders – those who make the Scouting movement what it is – our goal is to help ensure health and safety in all of our programs.

Health and Medical Record

Cub Scout Camping for 2009 (Includes Day Camps and Resident Camps)

All the informational flyers and registration forms are 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

 Texas Hunter Education Certification Class

The Canadian, Texas Chapter of the American Turkey Federation will be offering a Texas Hunter Education Certification class June 13 and 14.  Cost $5   For more details please call Larry Larson at 806-584-8518.

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.  

Shooting Sports Camp Flyer

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.

Kwahadi Information

The Kwahadi Dancers will open Song of the Eagle on June 5.  We hope to see you this summer!   The Kwahadis will depart on July 19 for 17 performances in the United Kingdom and Ireland and will return home August 10.  Lodging for church and Scouting groups will be available at the Kwahadi Museum as usual during the Kwahadi summer show tour.  For meal, lodging, and/or ticket reservations call the Kwahadi museum gift shop at 806-335-3175.

Program Kickoff Information

The date of this very important event is August 8, 2009.  This is where we give you all the tools you need to effectively operate your unit- flyers, calandars, and many other items for you to begin your unit planning.  More to come on this event but put the date on your calandar now!

Dilla’s Baseball Scout Night

Come join other Scouts for Club level seating, hotdog, drink and a great time at the Baseball Game!  After the Program Kickoff, why not hang around town and go to the game with us.  This a great way to spend some quality time with your family and make some new friends.  For more information, please see the flyer link below.

Dilla’s Baseball Flyer

Sporting Clays Classic

It is hard to believe but it is now time to start preparing for the Golden Spread Council’s Sporting Clays Classic tournament and auction.  This year’s tournament will be our Seventh Annual Sporting Clays Classic.  This year’s Classic will be held on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. Our tournament has grown from 24 teams in 2003, to this year’s projected 50 teams and over 200 shooters.  These teams will come from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado all in support of Scouting.  As you know, all proceeds from the tournament go towards supporting our local Boy Scout programs.

With this many teams and shooters, we are in need of 125+ volunteers to help us run a fun and safe tournament. This letter is a request to you and to members of your troop or crew to consider volunteering some time to help us during this year’s Sporting Clays Tournament.  We respectfully ask that all volunteers be 13 years old or older (or be accompanied by an Adult) due to nature of this tournament. 

Volunteers are needed in lots of different areas and for various times. Volunteers will be needed on both Friday, August 21 and on Saturday, August 22.  As a volunteer, you can help on one or both days.  You can also specify to work mornings or afternoons or all day.  Every volunteer will receive a t-shirt as recognition for their time and help.

Scout Leaders please share this information with your fellow leaders, Scout parents and with your troop and crew members. Please click on the link below to access the volunteer form and submit it as soon as possible to the council office.

Volunteer Form

Attention Medical Personnel!!!!

Our Region’s Medical officer is looking for nurses, EMT’s and paramedics for the Southern Region medical staff at Jamboree.

If you are aware of good Scouters who fit these job categories and would like to attend the 2010 National Jamboree, please let us know by emailing Rob Hofmann ( or David Baur (

 Memorials and Tributes

From In  Memory  of
Royce & Stephanie  James Palesteen    Gething  Drum
Tom  &   Marci  Jones James  Finglerlos
Bill Gething James Edward  Nelage
Boone  Pickens Steve Sterquell
Jane Hader  
Royce  &  Stephanie  James  
Stan  Zoller  
Jack  & Christy  Miller  
Rex  Jones  
Jannis  O’Briant  
Custom  Gardens  


Eagle Scouts

J Blashall Team 79 GE
N Grant C 2087 FE
Niegos C-87 GE
J Owens T-47 QP
Ripperger T-94 GE

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