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Adobe Walls District Highlights- August 2009

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Saturday, August 1, 2009

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District Chairperson– Dr. Joe Hillhouse-  jhillhouse@clearwire.net

District Commissioner– Darian Reeves-  darianreeves@sbcglobal.net

District Executive– George Etier- george.etier@scouting.org

August Calendar:

8          Council Program Kickoff

20        District Committee Meeting

31        District Leaders Meeting – Wheeler

September Calendar:

1          District Leaders Meeting – Borger

3          District Leaders Meeting – Pampa

9          District Key 3 Meeting

17        District Committee Meeting

District Leaders Meeting

We will be having our Quarterly Leaders Meetings on the dates shown above.  Information will be available about the upcoming District Camporee and the Spook-o-Ree.  All leaders are invited to attend these meeting.  Please contact District Commissioner Darian Reeves at  669-6311 for more information.

District Committee

The Adobe Walls District Committee will meet on  Thursday, August 17th at 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pampa.  We will be discussing the School Night for Scouting and the Fall Program.

DE’s Minute

The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of the Adobe Walls District had a great summer of camping and activities thanks to the dedicated efforts of their leaders and the leaders of the district.  We are looking forward to a great fall season of recruiting and camping and yes, selling popcorn.  Thanks again for your efforts in making the summer a great success.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- August 2009

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Saturday, August 1, 2009

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District Chairman:  Greg Wynne, wynnerscircle@clearwire.net

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

August Calendar:

6       Eagle Project Reviews, St. Thomas Catholic Church (Troop 87 Room), 6:30 pm

13     District Committee/Commissioners, Council Office, 5:30 pm

20     Eagle Scout Boards of Review, Council Office, 6:30 pm

29     CS/BS Adult Leader Training, Council Office, 9:00 am

September Calendar:

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

10      District Committee/Commissioners, Council Office, 5:30 pm

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

26      CS Trailblazer Day, Camp Don Harrington

26      BALOO Training, Camp Don Harrington

Cub Scout Summer Camping

Thanks to some special volunteers, every Cub Scout had a great opportunity to participate in a Cub camp this summer.  There was something for every Cub Scout.  Special thanks to the great folks helping out with Tiger Twilight, Sarah Chase and Monica Vanzee for making Hereford Twilight camp a great success, and Sarah Chase and Pam Miller (and all of their staff) for providing a great 4 days of Cub Scout Day Camp.  And finally, a special thanks to all the Cub Scout adult leaders and parents who took their time to bring their scouts to camp!  Without you there, these scouts would not have had the great summer camping experience they did.  Achievements completed at Camp Don Cub Scout Day Camp can be found on Golden Spread website.

National Youth Leadership Training

Twenty-six Boy Scouts completed National Youth Leadership Training this summer.  They are:

Ryan Appel

Andrew Clement

Matthew Cuellar

Brandon Foglesong

Ian Heard

Colton Hixson

Sam Hooper

Chance Houston

Blake Jarrell

Nathan Jines

Zachary Johnson

Addison Metzger

Jimmy Morgette

Robert Morgette

Cordell Scaggs

Austin Stafford

Stephen Terry

William Thetford

Tanner Thomason

Matthew Tompkins

Jack Truelock

Ty Vernon

Andrew Villa

Cole Wall

Jack Wallace

Nicklaus Wilson

Sean Wylie

They will use the leadership concepts and skills they learned to benefit themselves and their troops.  Special thanks to Roland Nunez and Steve Metzger for coordinating the course, Linda Beasley for taking care of everybody’s owies and the youth staff, Philip Saxon (Senior Patrol Leader), Jesse Nunez (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader), Wolf Eagleston (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader), Taos Anderson, Steven Dismuke, Zach Metzger and Salvador Sanchez, for making it happen.

Eagle Project Reviews & Eagle Boards of Review

Adult troop leaders (not mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, etc.) of Boy Scouts needing either Eagle Project Reviews or Eagle Boards of Review during August should contact Golden Eagle Advancement Chairman Gary Ries at 358-0552 to schedule them.  Our regular schedule of Eagle Project Reviews on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in conjunction with Roundtable at St. Thomas Catholic Church and Eagle Boards of Review on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Scout Office will resume in September.

August is “Back to the Pack!” Time!

Get this year’s Cub Scout program off to a great start.  Every pack should conduct a “Back to the Pack” activity in August for all of its existing members, especially new Tiger Cub’s recruited in the spring.  The “Back to the Pack” meeting should be prior to your pack’s School Night New Member Recruiting Rally.  The purpose of the meeting is to get returning scouts signed up for the upcoming Scouting year; recruit adult leadership to fill vacancies, and to discuss plans for pack activities for the fall.  We encourage you to make this a fun event by including an ice cream social, watermelon feed, pool party, carnival games, sports activities, etc. The meeting is designed to make sure that your pack is organized prior to receiving new boys and parents.

Amarillo-Area Roundtable

This fall’s Roundtable kicks off on Thursday, September 3rd at 7 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 4100 S Coulter. The church is located on the west side of Coulter between 34th and 45th.  Roundtable is for all adult leaders!  Come and get to know your fellow Tiger Cub Den Leaders, Cub Scout Den Leaders, Webelos Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Pack Committee members, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Troop Committee members, etc.  Come to not only learn about what’s going on in Scouting in Amarillo – but to share your Ideas!  The Roundtable Staff have got an exciting year planned.

It’s time to get outdoors!

Cub Scout Trailblazer Day on Saturday, September 26th, is a fun event for Cub Scouts, especially Tigers, Wolves and Bears.  It starts at 9 am on Saturday and finishes by 4:00 pm.  Scouts will learn about America’s great outdoor heritage with demonstrations of shooting sports, wild game calling, hunting dog training, bows and arrows, fishing, trapping and much more. Make plans now for your scouts to attend.  On the weekend of October 9-11, there will be a Fall Camporee at Camp Don Harrington.  The Camporee is for Webelos Dens and Boy Scout Troops. The Camporee will begin with check-in on Friday evening and end Saturday afternoon.

Every scout deserves a trained adult leader!

To complete Adult Basic Training, Cub Scout adult leaders (all positions) attend Cub Scout Leader Specific Training and Boy Scout Scoutmasters or Assistant Scoutmasters attend Boy Scout SM & ASM Training.  These training sessions will be offered at the Council Office on Saturday, August 29.  Cub Scout Leader Specific Training starts at 9 am and is finished by noon.  Boy Scout SM & ASM Training starts at 9 am and is finished by 4 pm.

BALOO Training for Cub Scout leaders will be offered in conjunction with the Cub Scout Trailblazer Day at Camp Don Harrington on September 26 (9:00 am-4:00 pm).  For more information and registration forms, click on links above.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- August 2009

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Saturday, August 1, 2009

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District Chairman- Duwane Skipper- duwaneskipper@yahoo.com

District Commissioner- Bob Post- postbob@allegiance.tv

District Executive- Steve Knollenberg- stevek.bsa@gmail.com

August Calendar:

8- Council Program Preview Kickoff, Amarillo, TX.

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

14- O.A. Summer Ordeal, Camp M.K. Brown, Mobeetie, TX.

22-Lone Wolf District Golf Tournament, Sunset Hills, Guymon, OK.

21-22- Sporting Clays Tournament, Amarillo, TX.

September Calendar:

1- Adult Leader meeting, Perryton, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Perryton, TX.

3- Adult Leader meeting, Dalhart, 7:00 p.m., Central UMC, Dalhart, TX.

8- Adult Leader meeting, Guymon, 7:00 p.m., Victory Memorial UMC, Guymon, OK.

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

11-13- Woodbadge Training, Weekend #1

12- Popcorn Kick-off, Amarillo, TX

23-28- Leave No Trace Master Educator Course, Amarillo, TX

26- Popcorn sales start

26- District BALOO training, location & time TBA.

2009-2010 Program Kick-off meeting

Mark your calendars.  We have planned the 2009-2010 Golden Spread Council Program Preview and Kick-Off and we would like to have ALL adult leaders attend.  At a minimum, you should have one leader from your unit in attendance.  You will receive information on all of the upcoming district and council Programs, Fall Recruiting, Popcorn, Trainings, Camps, etc. and you will participate in a time saving and very useful calendar planning session.  When you leave, you will have planned your unit’s activities for the next year!

We will have a drawing for those units in attendance and one unit from each district. In addition there will be 5 random drawings and winners will receive $100 credit to their unit account. That’s a total of $1,000 we will be giving away.

Also, every unit in attendance will receive rank advancements (cloth patches) for your Scouts FREE for a year!

Please plan on attending – it will get your Scouting year off to a great start!

Unit Popcorn Kernels for 2009

Summer will be over before we know it and this year’s Popcorn sales are right around the corner!  Linda Cummings is our District Kernel, again this year.  Has your unit recruited its 2009 Popcorn Kernel?  Please let Steve know who will be representing your unit for this year’s sale.

The Council wide Popcorn kick off meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th.  Please see the Council section of this newsletter for details on times and location.

For more information on this year’s sale, please click here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Popcorn/Popcorn.htm

 Dalhart Cub Scout Day Camp was a Blast

The Dalhart Cub Day Camp was, once again, a great activity for our kids.  All of the Cubs in attendance had a blast!  Thank you to Amy Gonzalez, Kipper Turpin and all the other adult volunteers for putting on a great camp!  You guys do amazing things for your kids in Dalhart!

2009 Woodbadge Course

I strongly encourage all Pack, Troop & Crew leaders to take the Woodbadge training being offered by our Council, this fall.  The first of two training sessions begins in September.  This training will make you a better leader now and help to give you the big picture, on how all of our programs work together, to make our kids the best they can be.  Please contact Scott Kilian, at 580-358-6500, for details on cost and sign up.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- August 2009

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Saturday, August 1, 2009

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District Chairperson– KC Hamill- kc.hamill@hastings.ent.com

District Commissioner– Jim Paslay- jpaslay@att.blackberry.org

District Executive– Hector Baldiviezo- hector.baldiviezo@scouting.org

August Calendar:

 8 – Program Kick-Off

 13 – District Committee Meeting

 20 – Eagle Board Review

 Program Kick-Off

Your unit will receive information about all of the upcoming programs, fall recruiting, training, camps, activities, the 2009-2010 Council Calendar and so much more. This year’s event will be on Saturday, August 8th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at The Church at Quail Creek (801 Tascosa Rd – down the road from the Scout Office).

We would have a drawing for those units in attendance and one unit from each district. In addition there will be five random drawings and winners will receive $100 credit to their unit account. That’s a total of $1,000 we will be giving away. Also, every unit in attendance will receive rank advancements for your Scouts FREE for a year!

Local Scouter Earns Award

The Quanah Parker District is pleased to announce that Doris Williams, Kari Plequette and Doug Bergman have been awarded the Greatest Scouter Award by the District Leadership.  Doris, Kari and Doug have been working tirelessly to make Scouting better for our boys and make the Scoutreach camps happen.  When you see them around town, please take a moment to congratulate them for their help and efforts.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- August 2009

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Saturday, August 1, 2009

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District Chairperson– LH Webb-  sevencross@hughes.net

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-  mstavenhagen57@aol.com

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns- gmannsbsa@gmail.com

August Calendar:

 8-  Program Preview Kickoff

 September Calendar:

 8-  District Meeting/All Leaders Roundtable 6:30 pm Hedley, Texas

 Program Preview

 See you at the Program Preview Kickoff at 9:00 am on August 8 at The Church at Quail Creek located at  801 Tascosa Rd. Amarillo, Texas

Leader Roundtable

All Leader Roundtable at 6:30 on September 8th at the Lyons Club in Hedley, Texas.  This is a great way to learn more ideas on what different leaders are doing in their dens plus receive information on upcoming activities and programs in the Santa Fe District and the Golden Spread Council.

Recruiting

The new school year means Cub Scout recruiting.  Boy Talks and Parent Nights are already being scheduled.  Have you scheduled yours yet?  See Gaylyne for more information.

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Venturing District Highlights- August 2009

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Saturday, August 1, 2009

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District Executive:                Brad Drozell brad.drozell@scouting.org

August Calandar

12-  Adult Leader Training

C.O.P.E
Do you know what COPE is all about?  Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience or C.O.P.E. is the challenge course (ropes course) program of the Boy Scouts of America. COPE is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by trained staff directed at enhancing personal growth. If you think you would like to know more, please contact Brad Drozell at 358-6500 or brad.drozell@scouting.org

Committee Meetings
The committee meetings will be held quarterly for the venturing district.  Please contact Brad if you would like to be more involved in Venturing.

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 for information, (806) 353-1505.
2012- Shooting Crew-Contact Bob Altman for more information, (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 for more information, (806) 356-6214.
2510- City Church Climbing Crew-Contact Chad Clement for more information, (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. 

Training

Adult Leadership Training will be held on August 12, 2009 at 6 pm for those of you who need training.  The training will be held at the Scout Service Center.

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Council Highlights- August 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Saturday, August 1, 2009

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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

Web page Resources

Are you aware that the Golden Spread Council Web Page has a “Resource” page that includes information found no where else on the Web?  How about  100th Anniversary program and events,  Commissioner resources, School Night resources, Eagle Scout information, Duty to God items, Merit Badge Counselor lists and information, Jamboree information, podcasts, pictures, videos and the list goes on and on.  If you haven’t taken a look at this page, you are really missing out on great information.  Check it out at the link below!

Resource Page link

 

Program Preview and School Night Orientation

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, andmany other items for you to begin your unit planning.  We will also discuss School Night Recruiting plans with all Cub Scout leaders.  There will be some financial giveaways as well but units must be represented to be eligible.  Call the Scout Office at 806-358-6500 to RSVP today. 

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.  If you are a registered “Cub Scout Den Leader” and notice this sentence, be the first to come by the Scout Office to see Scott for a special “Newsletter Reader” Commemorative Coffee Mug.  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.

 Woodbadge 2009

It is NOT to late to reserve your spot in the 2009 WoodbadgeTraining Course.  This 2 weekend course will give you a new outlook on Scouting, how to be a better leader in the Scouting organization, and the opportunity to better your communication and organization skills in both Scouting and in your own personal life.  For more information, please click on the link below.

Woodbadge Training link

 

Open Letter from Sporting Clays Classic 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 Volunteers Needed 

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 45 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 free 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

Celebrating 100 Years – A Year of Celebration Patch Program

For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. Through A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference, we will demonstrate the incredible impact of a century of living the Scout Law.

Program participants will earn recognition for making a difference in their communities due to their dedication to five of Scouting’s core values: Leadership, Character, Community Service, Achievement, and the Outdoors. Participants will be able to earn our 100th Anniversary commemorative patch and ribbon.

A Year of Celebration will take place from September 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. The program is open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Scouting alumni.  Additionally, the BSA has also teamed up with some great organizations to offer unique 100th Anniversary service projects that can apply towards your Year of Celebration Service award. These national opportunities will truly show what Scouts can do when they band together towards a shared goal.

For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for America’s youth. Through A Year of Celebration, we celebrate this legacy and commit ourselves to inspire and prepare future generations.

Patches can be purchased by anyone but the ribbons must be earned.

For more information, click on the link below.

Leadership Patch information 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.

Nomination Form link

 

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 the link below and reconnect with Scouting.

BSA Alumni link

 

Be a Star!

Pass on to your Scouts that they can be a Star!  Trail’s End Popcorn Company is inviting all Scouts to take a picture of themselves in their Scout Uniform (parents permission of course) being “funny”, submit it on the web site listed below and have a possibility of winning a “Nantendo DS” and a chance to be featured on a Trail’s End package in 2010.

Trail’s End link

 

New Scout Handbook

The 12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook will be available on Wednesday, August 5 in the Scout Shop.  In addition to up-to-date information, new color graphics and an easier to read format, it features new chapters on leadership and Leave No Trace.  Get your own personal copy now!

“Happy Birthday, BSA” Photo Contest

Enter the Boys’ Life Magazine photo contest and your might find your photograph on the cover of the Boys’ Life Magazine.  Get all the details at the link below.

Boys’ Life Magazine link

 

2009 Popcorn Sale

In just a few short weeks, The Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America will conduct its 25th annual popcorn sale.  This year’s sale will run from September 26th through October 23.  In 2008, Golden Spread Council packs, troops, and crews earned more than $200,000 in commissions for their treasuries.  We invite your unit to participate in this year’s sale and earn your share of commissions.

To kick off this year’s sale, the council will host two unit leaders from each unit to the council-wide popcorn kick-off luncheon.  At this meeting leaders will receive all materials need to conduct a successful popcorn sale for their scout unit.   The 2009 popcorn sale kick-off luncheon will be:

Saturday, September 12th, 12:00 p.m.

St. ThomasCatholic Church, 4100 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX

To reserve your unit’s two spots at the popcorn kick-off, please call Bob Altman 806-358-6500, or email, raltman@bsamail.org

Sponsor a Foreign Exchange Student

Are you interested in sponsoring a Foreign Echange Student?  This very rewaring program is available by contacting AFS Intercultural Programs at 1-800-876-2377.

Aggie Eagle Program

This is a very busy time for us in Aggieland.  We are currently registering Scouts for the Fall Aggie Eagle Program (September 25-26, 2009).  Aggie Eagles who attended our programs in the past are returning to campus for their New Student Conferences.  At this time, they register for their classes, join the Corps of Cadets, and select their outfits. 

Aggie Eagles are generally the best prepared for the transition to college.  “Be prepared” is the motto and it has been well earned.  However, I sometimes wonder if the parents realize that high school is really just a three year program… yes three not four.  Certainly, for admission purposes, it is what the Scout has done as a freshman, sophomore and junior that will really count.

Think about it, you can apply to Texas A&M beginning August 1 of your senior year.  The deadline for admission is January 15.  Texas A&M, like many schools, has a rolling admission system.  Meaning, it starts admitting qualified students as soon as they apply.  Seats are filled starting… well, in September!  Those students are being evaluated based on their class standing at the end of their junior years and their SAT/ACT score, most often taken through junior year together with their transcript. 

This does not mean that the senior year has no relevance.  It does.  A Scout can raise their class rank, improve their scores, etc.  However, do the math, three years versus one year, limits the amount of improvement that can be done. 

The Aggie Eagle Program is open to Eagle Scouts and academically qualified high school juniors and seniors.  You don’t have to wait until your project or Court of Honor is complete.  Plus, we accept Sea Scouts, Venture Scouts and Life Scouts as well. 

I encourage juniors to attend.  Seniors most certainly should.  They are a few short months away from college.  However, juniors have a chance to get a very “up close” look at the Corps and Texas A&M.  They have the time to position themselves for admission.  Remember the motto “Be Prepared”. 

For more information go to http://www.aggiecorps.org/ and click on Aggie Eagle Program.  Be sure to watch the video!  I hope to see you September 25-26, 2009.

Gig ‘Em

Joe Bax
AEP Director

Cycling the Loop

To Whom it May Concern,

My name is Cory White and I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 165 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. My father, Bruce White, has been the Scoutmaster of our troop for the past 12 years andtogether we have come up with a dream to ride our bicycles on a 2000 mile loop, starting in Fredericksburg, looping up through the Northern States andback down to Bowling Green, Virginia, finishing at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting National Jamboree at Fort A.P Hill.

 The riders would consist of ONLY Eagle Scouts and our goal is to have a rider from EVERY council in the nation ride with us.

 We have a web site, WWW.Cyclingtheloop..org, where you can get more information. Please take a moment to learn about our adventure.

Please help us find that Eagle Scout in YOUR council.

Thank You for Your Time,

~Cory White~

2010 Boy Scout Jamboree

Here is your last chance to be part of Boy Scouts of America history! Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the BSA with 43,000 Scouts and Scouters from across the United States and around the world. Fort A. P. Hill, near Fredericksburg, VA, hosts the largest gathering of Boy Scouts in the United States and you can be there, too!

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Think the 2010 National Scout Jamboree is the place for you? Plans are underway RIGHT NOW for a Jamboree like no other. There are a few openings still available to represent the Golden Spread Council at this once in a lifetime event and we want you to be part of it!

What are the requirements?

–     Be a First Class Scout;

–     Complete the 6th  grade or be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2010;

–    Not reached your 18th  birthday before August 4, 2010.

If you meet these qualifications, you are exactly the kindof Boy Scout that we want to attend the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. This is a premier experience of the Boy Scouts of America, and our council troops will fill up quickly! Do not delay! Space is strictly available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 

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 andengage visitors who may want to join, give, volunteer or findout 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)

Memorials and Tributes

Memorial  
From For
Helen Heller Everett Lutyens
Dan Heller Everett Lutyens
 
Eagle Scouts
First Last Troop District
J Blashall Team 79 GE
K Coffey T-80 GE
J Diaz T-108 GE
Evans T-507 AW
B Freas T-94 GE
N Grant C 2087 FE
J Hunt Team 79 GE
R Imel-Vise T-472 AW
Matlock T-10 GE
J May T-108 GE
M Mitchell T-98 GE
R Munger T-31 GE
J Naud T-87 GE
M Niegos C-87 GE
B Offringa T-501 AW
J Owens T-47 QP
R Ragsdale T-31 GE
Ripperger T-94 GE
Schley T-86 GE
B Sena T-80 GE
G Thetford T-101 LW
R Welch T-124 GE
Work T-127 GE
L Wright T-256 LW
S Wylie T-633 GE
 

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