Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

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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