Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- July 2009

Posted in Council News, Uncategorized by goldenspread on Monday, July 6, 2009

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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

100th Anniversary Tree Planting Ceremony

On June 25th, 2009 at Camp Don Harrington, members of the Council Executive Board took part in a ceremonial tree planting  in front of the Administration Building.  This ceremony was to celebrate the Generation of Families (Family Tree) that have participated in the Scouting program which in February, will be 100 years old.  Our thanks goes to Paul Harpole, Rob Law and Brick Huffman for assisting in the planting of the tree.  If you get a chance next time your at Camp Don, please take a moment to visit the area and think about your time in Scouting and how it’s affected your life  and those you work with every day of the year.

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.  There are still openings available. Please contact Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 today!

Shooting Sports Camp Flyer

Program Kickoff Information

The date of this very important event is August 8, 2009. This will be held at The Church at Quail Creek which is located at 801 Tascosa Rd. (right up the street from the Scout Office) from 9am to Noon.   This is where we give you all the tools you need to effectively operate your unit- flyers, calendars, and many other items for you to begin your unit planning.  We will also discuss School Night Recruiting plans with all Cub Scout leaders.  Look for Constant Contact emails in the next week for more detailed information.

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

Sleeves For Scouts!!    

Do you remember the first day you put on a Scout uniform? The feeling of pride in knowing that you had earned the right to wear it and the excitement of looking forward to all the adventures your uniform promised? Most importantly, do you remember the feeling of belonging, knowing that you were part of the largest youth movement in the world? Imagine that day if your family was unable to afford the price of even a used uniform shirt. That’s what many of our fellow Scouts around the world are facing. To them, the Scout uniform is more than a shirt; it is a symbol that shows the world, “I am a Scout.” We have the opportunity to give them that chance to feel that pride.

The Boy Scouts of America proudly announces the Sleeves for Scouts campaign. They are asking Scouts and Scouters to gather up all the clean, wearable uniform shirts they have outgrown and no longer use. The shirts will be donated to Scouts in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and other places around the world where young boys are waiting to put on a uniform and feel that sense of pride you remember so well.

The Golden Spread Council encourages everyone to participate. Bring donations to the 2009- 2010 Program Kickoff on August 8, or to your District’s September or October Roundtable. A collection box will also be located in the lobby of the Service Center. Final shipment will be on November 15, 2009.  Don’t miss out on this ultimate Good Turn!

2009 Day of Caring

On Friday, August 14 from 7:30am to 3:00pm at the High Plains Food Bank Garden (810 S. Ross), the Food Bank will create the area’s first Community Garden and would like for you to participate.  They are partnering with the High Plains Institute for Applied Ecology to make this happen.  Volunteers are needed to erect fences, place a water catchment system, construct raised planting beds and plant trees, fruits and vegetables.  A cook-out lunch will be provided.  For more information contact Leslie at 376-6359 x33.

Open Letter from Sporting Clays Classis Chairman

I have the pleasure of chairing the 2009 Sporting Clays Classic. I personally invite you to participate in this fun-filled dinner auction and shoot on Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 at beautiful Camp Don Harrington, located 10 miles south of Amarillo on the beautiful breaks of the Palo Duro Canyon. This year’s tournament will feature 12 professionally set Sporting Clays stations, as well as two five-stands and several other fun shoots.

Our goal is to raise funds for the educational programs of Scouting for boys and young adults which build character, teach citizenship and develop personal fitness.

The tournament schedule is:

Friday Afternoon- Lunch at Camp Don followed by an afternoon of practice shooting.

Friday Evening- Sporting Clays Reception/Auction – spouses or one guest may also attend. This year’s reception/auction will be held in the Amarillo Civic Center’s Grand Plaza room.  Great food, beverages, fun and fellowship, along with an outstanding silent and live auction.

Saturday Morning- We are back at Camp Don for the official tournament. Teams will be scored on the Lewis Class System and great prizes will be awarded according to this system. We will also have door prizes and fun shoots as well. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

You have two different Sponsorship Levels to choose from.  Each level has some great benefits, gifts, and advertising/promotion opportunities.  All teams will receive a shooters gift package, meals, invitation to the reception, shells and other gifts.  Please see the enclosed flyer for a complete listing of the Team Benefit Packages.

We hope you will make plans to attend this great annual event that supports more than 5,000 Scouts in the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. Team spaces will fill up quickly again this year, so please don’t wait to reserve yours! In order to sign your team up today we simply need your team/sponsor name and a $50 deposit to guarantee your space.

For further information or to reserve your spot, contact Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 or raltman@bsamail.org.

I look forward to seeing you at this great event.

Sincerely,

David Eves

Chairman

Sporting Clays Classic Information 

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

Council Strip Design Contest

Open to all registered Scouts, the Council is asking for designs to be submitted for a new Council Shoulder Strip that will be launched in 2010 in as part of our 100th Anniversary Celebration events.  For more information, please click on the link below.

Shoulder Strip Contest Form

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.

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 http://www.scoutingfriends.org/site/apps/custom/bsa/find_2.asp?c=jhKOIVPBIqE&b=4277369 and reconnect with Scouting.

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 (Robert.Hofmann@scouting.org) or David Baur (david.baur@scouting.org).

Boy Scouts on YouTube!

The Boy Scouts of America is now officially on YouTube! It’s a great way for the BSA to share video content with the world and engage visitors who may want to join, give, volunteer or find out more about Scouting. To find BSA’s official YouTube channel, and other YouTube channels managed by BSA, look for the Follow links located on each and every page of Scouting.org and click YouTube, or visit (http://scouting.org/follow/youtube.aspx).

Scouting for Adventure

July 1 marks the return of Scouting for Adventure, an original television series based on the Boy Scouts of America and its flagship magazine, Boys’ Life. This high-adventure show targets young outdoorsmenteaching wilderness skills with an emphasis on safety and team-building.

In the show’s second year, Scouting for Adventure promises to continue the tradition of top-notch television production, shot in high-definition that motivates, educates, and inspires both young and young-at-heart. Each action-packed episode features short segments that pertain to all aspects of Scouting, such as merit badges, safety, gear, and knots. Whether it’s learning how to tie a square knot at Creighton Island, Ga., or emphasizing the importance of beach conservation (utilizing Leave No Trace) on Catalina Island, Calif., each episode offers practical advice for all past, present, and future Scouts.

All-new episodes in 2009 feature Scouts canoeing in California, horseback riding in Nevada, and snowshoeing in Minnesota. From trail to riverbed, beach to mountaintop, Scouting for Adventure features some of the country’s finest young men displaying all the characteristics and qualities that define Scouting.

Don’t miss it on the Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor TV.

For more information, visit http://www.outdoorchannel.com/Shows/ScoutingForAdventure/.

Memorials and Tributes

NAME  OF  DONOR IN  HONOR OF
Will and  Misty Miller Larry Cunningham
   
  IN MEMORY  OF
Pat  and Karen Sasser Steve Sterquell
Margaret Yoes  
Mattie Yoes  
   
Allegra Bush Everett Lutyens
David  Cooper  
Joe  and  John  Horn  
Donna Kelly  
Billand Janice  Hamilton  
Mary Hicks  
Jim and Lois Martin  
Barry  andJody Smith  
Theresa Zaputel  
Beverly  Burke  
Freida  Cowan  
Virgil and Mary Green  
Peggy  Agee  
Lutyens Family  
   
Tim  and Genevieve Frank Phelan
Amarillo  Area  Foundation  
Bob  Curry  
Judy  Greene McMillen  

Eagle Scouts

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