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Adobe Walls District Highlights- September 2009

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 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\

September:    

9             Key Three Meeting

17           District Committee Meeting

19           Hutchinson County Scout Day at the Park

October:

7              Key Three Meeting

9-11         Camporee- Camp MK Brown

15           District Committee Meeting

School Night for Scouting

This is our largest recruiting effort of the year.  Let each of us do our part to ensure that every young person in our district has an opportunity to join the Adventure of Scouting.

Popcorn

Selling popcorn is an excellent way to fund your year of Scouting.  Don’t miss the Popcorn Kickoff on September 12th to learn how you can make your popcorn sale a success.

District Committee

The Adobe Walls District Committee will meet on  Thursday, September 17 rd at 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pampa.

Scout Day at the Park

David Myers, Scoutmaster of Troop 507 in Borger is putting together a day in Borger where units can showcase some of their skills and activities.  The date will be September 19th at Huber Park in Borger.  To find out more about this event, please attend a meeting the Knights of Columbus Hall in Borger on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00 or call David Myers at 806-282-6813.

Camporee

The District Camporee will be held at Camp MK Brown on October 9-11.  All unit leaders will receive information on this event.  This year it will be open to all Webelos and Boy Scouts.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- September 2009

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 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

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

October Calendar:

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

            Eagle Project Reviews, 6:30 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church

3          Cub Scout & Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, 9:00 AM, Council Service Center

8          District Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, Council Service Center

14        Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, 6:00 P.M., Scout Service Center

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

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.

Eagle Project Reviews & Eagle Boards of Review

Adult troop leaders of Boy Scouts needing either Eagle Project Reviews or Eagle Boards of Review 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.

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 an Adobe Walls District Camporee at Camp MKBrown.  All Council Webelos Dens and Boy Scout Troops are invited to participate.  The Golden Eagle/Quanah Parker District Camporee scheduled for the same weekend has been moved to coincide with Spring Camp on April 16-18 at Camp Don Harrington.

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- September 2009

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 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

September Calendar:

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, 9:00 a.m., Victory Memorial UMC, Guymon, OK.

October Calendar:

2-4- Wood Badge Training, Weekend #2

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

9-11- LW District Fall Camporee, Palo Duro Reservoir, Spearman, TX.

17- Jamboree on the Air, Adult Leader Training, District planning conference

17- Spook O Ree, Camp Don Harrington, Amarillo

23- Popcorn sale ends, orders due in Council Service Center

24- Spook O Ree, Camp Don Harrington, Amarillo

24- Spook O Ree, Camp M.K. Brown

Perryton September Adult Leader Meeting

There will be no Perryton leader’s meeting this month, due to a prior commitment for that date.  Leaders who normally attend the Perryton meeting are encouraged to attend the Guymon meeting, instead.

BALOO Training

Yes, you can take your Cub Scouts camping, if you attend this training!  Any Cub Pack that wants to camp MUST have at least one BALOO trained leader on-site, for the entire camp out.  BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) Training is being offered in Guymon, on Saturday, September 26, 2009.  Location is the Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, Sixth & Roosevelt streets.  Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m.  Starting time will be 9:00 a.m.  This is an 8 hour training that will consist of classroom and outdoor sessions.  Who knows what the weather will be like then, so please plan accordingly. More information will follow in a flyer that will be sent out via Constant Contact & is available under the Activities tab, on the Council home page.

Unit Popcorn Kernels for 2009

Summer is over and schools back in session.  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.  There will be incentive drawings for units that attend and everyone will receive a free lunch meal!  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

2009 District Boy Scout Camporee

Mark your calendars and make you troop’s plans to attend the 2009 Fall Camporee!  This fall’s Camporee is scheduled for October 9-11, 2009.

2009-2010 Program Kick-off meeting

Thanks to all of the Lone Wolf unit leaders who attended the Program Kick-off meeting in Amarillo, on August, 8th.  We had good representation from our district.  Lone Wolf units won three of the ten prize drawings!

Congratulations to Troop 101, which won the district drawing, and Pack 578 and Troop 551, which won two of the “at large” drawings!  These three units received $100 credits to their unit account.

Also, every unit that attended will receive free rank advancements (cloth patches) for their Scouts, for a year!

District Award of Merit and Council Silver Beaver Award Nominations

Now is the time to be thinking about which of our fellow volunteer Scouters to honor with this year’s District Award of Merit, and the Council Silver Beaver Award.  These two honors are the highest awards that our District and our Council can bestow upon on our fellow Scouters, for service to youth.  Please take a moment and go here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf

and here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/silver%20beaver.pdf  to review the qualifications for, and to download the appropriate nomination forms.  Nominations for the District Award of Merit are due to Steve no later than Monday, November 2, 2009.  Nominations for the Council Silver Beaver Award are due no later than December 15, 2009.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- September 2009

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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 District Chairperson – KC Hamill- kc.hamill@hastings.ent.com   (806) 570-3744 (cell)

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

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

(806) 341-2838 (cell) or  (806) 358-6500 (office)

September Calendar:

 3 – Adult Leader Roundtable

 10 – District Committee Meeting

 10 – Commissioner Meeting

 12 – Popcorn Kick-Off

 17 – Eagle Board Review

 26 – Trailblazer Day

 26 – BALOO Outdoor Training

 Amarillo-Area Roundtable

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, Dumas, Cactus and Sunray – but to share your Ideas and Positive Experiences in Scouting!  The Roundtable Staff have got an exciting year planned.

Also, all Quanah Parker Cub Scout leaders should already have a date when you want your Boy Talks and School Nights to take place!!  After Roundtable, we would like to have as many dates as possible, so we could start contacting the schools and scheduling these dates accordingly. Our goal is to be done with School Nights by October 1st. The longer you wait, fewer kids you’ll get to recruit.

District Committee & Commissioner Meeting

Both meetings are on Thursday, September 10th. District Committee meeting is at 5:30 pm at the Scout Office and the Commissioner meeting is right after.

We are rebuilding our District Committee and bringing on board more candidates for the remaining vacant chairs. This meeting will be more of a planning meeting, so everybody is on the same page and know his/her responsibilities within the Quanah Parker District. Our goal is to have a strong committee working and servicing all the units, and a strong district as a result of our efforts.

Popcorn Kick-Off

Popcorn Kick-Off luncheon is on September 12th (only 12 days from today!!) All units have to summit you commitment cards as soon as possible, and plan on attending this event for more information and help regarding popcorn sales. Units committed so far are PACK 09, 47, 63, 701, and only TROOP 29. Great job guys, keep it up!! The rest, please do so right away!!

For more information call Gemma or Robert Michell at (806) 373-2143

Eagle Project Reviews & Eagle Boards of Review

Adult troop leaders of Boy Scouts needing either Eagle Project Reviews or Eagle Boards of Review should contact Quanah Parker District Advancement Chairman, Karen Berryman at (806) 671-0247 to schedule them.

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 an Adobe Walls District Camporee at Camp MKBrown.  All Council Webelos Dens and Boy Scout Troops are invited to participate.  The Golden Eagle/Quanah Parker District Camporee scheduled for the same weekend has been moved to coincide with Spring Camp on April 16-18 at Camp Don Harrington.

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.

For more information call Quanah Parker’s Cub Scout Training Chair, Erica Smith at (806) 676-3647 and KC Hamill at (806) 570-3744 for BALOO Training.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- September 2009

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 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

September Calendar:

12 –  Popcorn Kickoff 12:00 pm Amarillo

26 – Popcorn Sales start

October Calendar: 

3 – CS/BS Leader Specific Training

13 – District Committee Meeting Hedley Texas

24 – Fish Fest MK Brown

24 – Spook-0-Ree MK Brown

Recruiting

New school year means Cub Scout recruiting.  All Schools in all towns in the Santa Fe District have been scheduled for Boy Talks and Parent Nights in September.  Lets have a great Recruiting Fall.

Popcorn Kickoff

To kick off this year’s sale, the council will host 2 unit leaders from each unit to a popcorn kickoff luncheon.  At this meeting you will receive all materials needed to conduct a successful popcorn sale for your unit.  Every unit represented at the luncheon will be eligible to win an extra $250 in unit commission.

See you there.

Saturday September 12th 12:00 pm St Thomas The Apostle Church 4100 S. Coulter Amarillo.

Fish Fest/Spook-O-Ree

Save the date, October 24th for Fish Fest and Spook-0-Ree at MK Brown.  Both events are the same day starting at 8:30 am.  We have new exciting things for these events.  Troops are needed to help and host the Spook-O-Ree. Please contact me if you Troop is interested.  Packs are encouraged to sign up for both events now.  Here are the links.

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2009_SF_Fish_Fest.pdf

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2009SpookOReeFlyer.pdf

CS/BS Specific Training

This training will be on October 3rd (place will be announced).  I encourage all leaders to be there, I also encourage all new leaders recruited this fall to come to the event.

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Venturing District Highlights- September 2009

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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

September

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 September 24, 2009 at 6 pm for those of you who need training.  The training will be held at the Scout Service Center.

AdVenture Weekend

AdVenture weekend is a campout (crews responsible for their own camping equipment) will be filled with shooting sports, zip-line, swimming, bonfire, canoeing, and much more!  This event will be held at Camp Don Harrington on Saturday, September 19th, 12 p.m. to Sunday, September 20th, 9 a.m.  If you would like more information about this event please contact Brad Drozell at the Scout Service Center (806) 358-6500.

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Council Highlights- September 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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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

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

2009 Program Preview and School Night Orientation Overview

On August 8, 2009, the Golden Spread Council held the Program Preview and School Night Orientation at The Church at Quail Creek in Amarillo.  We want to thank all of the unit representatives for taking the time to learn about all the activities and programs that are scheduled to take place this coming year.  We also would like to recognize all of our midway vendors for coming out and showing all of us your great programs and activities.  Everyone who attended learned how to accomplish a successful School Night Orientations and got a great presentation from our very own Scout Executive.  As an incentive to attend, we offered a chance for a unit to receive a $100 credit to their Scouting account at the Scout Office.  The District winners were, P578 (Lone Wolf), P560 (Adobe Walls), P431 (Santa Fe), T94 (Golden Eagle) and T199 (QuanahParker).  We also held another random drawing with all remaining tickets put together for another $100 each.  The winners were P52 (Golden Eagle), T551 (Lone Wolf), T101 (Lone Wolf), P404 (Adobe Walls), and P9 (Quanah Parker).  Congratulations to everyone and thanks for attending!

2009 Popcorn Sale

The Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America will once again conduct its annual popcorn sale.  The popcorn sale will run from September 26th through October 23rd and we invite your unit to participate in this year’s sale.  In 2008, units earned more than $200,000 for their unit treasuries.

To kick off this year’s sale, the council will host two unit leaders from each unit to a popcorn kick-off luncheon.  We suggest that the unit popcorn chair and Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor attend the lunch together. 

At this meeting you will receive all materials needed to conduct a successful popcorn sale for your unit. The 2009 popcorn sale kick-off lunch will be:

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

St. Thomas The Apostle Church

4100 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX 

A mailer has been sent to Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors and Committee Chairs.  One response per unit is requested.  Please fill out the unit commitment card and return it by Tuesday, September 8th.

Bonus!  Every unit represented at the luncheon will be eligible to win an extra $250 in unit commission.  Three drawings will be conducted at the lunch.

 Thanks for all your support.

 Sincerely,

Brick Huffman

Scout Executive

 2009 Popcorn Sale Information

Everything you need to know about this years sale is available at the link below.  Sale Timetables, Unit Commitment Cards, and all the Popcorn forms you will need either are posted right now or will be very soon.  Please check back often for updates to this page.  Have a great sale!

2009 Popcorn Sale Information and Forms

 

2009 Spook-O-Ree

The 2009 Spook-O-Ree is a Halloween themed event for all Cub Scouts.  This is held on October 17 at Camp Don Harrington and the 24th at Camp Don and Camp MK Brown.  You can attend any or all dates!  At the Spook-O-Ree, scouts can participate in a Midway which is set up like a carnival where Scouts can play games and win prizes., we will have the Archery and BB Ranges set up, there will be inflatable games, Toutch-a-Truck (climb in/on big rigs, tractors etc), go through obstacle courses, and to top it all off, go through the best “Spook House” you have ever imagined.  This is great fun for all of our new recruited Cub Scouts and current Cub Scouts.  What is really great about this event is that it’s put on by Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crew members!  For more information and to sign up, please click on the ling below!

2009 Spook-O-Ree Information and Registration Form

 

2009 Pow Wow #2

After listening to our volunteers, we have decided to have another Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow on November 14th, 2009.  The first Pow Wow of the year back in February was very successful and they thought we may need anther one in the fall.  Katie Loyall is the Chairperson of this Pow Wow and Matt Hand is a key player in this event.  Between the two of them, this will be the training opportunity of the year!  We are still working on classes that will be offered and will have that finalized in late September but put this date on your calendar of places to be and make sure you talk about it when you recruit your new leaders this fall.  They will want to attend!

Registration Fee Increase

The National Executive Board unanimously passed a resolution at its May 2009 meeting to increase the traditional membership annual registration fee for youth and adults from $10 to $15 effective January 1, 2010. The annual Exploring fee will remain $10.

A great deal of thought and consideration went into this decision by both the Executive Board and the Membership Fee Task Force led by National Commissioner Tico Perez. Consideration was given to the impact to program and council support, the necessary funding required to implement planned initiatives over the next several years, and the overall fees paid by councils. Input was sought and received from staff and volunteers at the council level. It was then determined that the best approach was to increase the fee to the level chosen and to make every effort to hold that level for the next several years, rather than raising the fee every year. The last registration fee increase was implemented seven years ago.

The National Council is committed to providing added benefits to local councils and volunteers to support the delivery of high-quality Scouting programs in every community. A key investment continues to be providing more user-friendly Web-based resources. For example, via MyScouting, volunteers will be able to complete even more training requirements on their own schedule, 24 hours a day, utilizing online resources. This will complement their current ability to recharter and manage advancement records online, complete and submit tour permits, and participate in the Scouting Community social network, which continues to grow. The National Council strives to minimize operating costs, and it is worthnoting that, even with this increase, youthcan receive the full benefits of Scouting membership for only $1.25 per month.

Winter Sports Safety-Helmets

While it is the end of August and school is just beginning, we would like to advise you of an upcoming change to the Winter Sports Safety section of the Guide to Safe Scouting,

Currently, Section 3 states that “Suitable clothing for the activity and environment should be worn at all times, and equipment should include gloves and helmets when appropriate.”

Based upon the review of General Liability claims history, along with a recommendation by the Risk Management Advisory Panel (two Scout executives from each region), and input from the Health and Safety Support Committee, the following change will be made to the Guide to Safe Scouting and published as an Alert on Scouting Safely.

“Appropriate personal protective equipment is required for all activities. This includes the recommended use of helmets for all participants engaged in winter sports such as sledding and other sliding devices. The use of helmets is required for the following activities: downhill skiing, snowboarding, and operation of snowmobiles (full-face helmets).”

We would like to remind you that when units engage in winter sports, they should only use designated areas where rocks, tree stumps, and other potential obstacles have been identified and marked, cleared away, shielded, or buffered in some way.

Den Leader Kits and Pack Program Kits

There a re a couple of the critical pieces for a Cub Scout pack’s success -Pack Budget Template and Cub Scout Pack Newsletter and Calendar Templates.  These are Excel spreadsheets and allow all packs to fill in the blanks and create their own annual budget and calendar, as well as monthly newsletters.  We encourage you to visit the links below as you begin your Pack program.

Den Leader Kits: http://scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/CubScouts/Leaders/DenLeaderKit.aspx

Annual Pack Planning Conference Folder: http://scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/CubScouts/Leaders/PackPlanningResources.aspx

Seventh Annual Sporting Clays Classics Tournament Highlights

  • 49 Teams – 196 Shooters  (41 teams-164 shooters in 2008)
  •  125 Volunteers (Including Scouts from 5 Troops)
  •  Half Mile of New Shooting Course Trail
  •  12 Sporting Clays Stations and 4 Shooting Games
  •  Over 400 attendees at Friday Night’s Auction/Reception
  •  78 Silent Auction Items
  •  17 Live Auction Items
  •  6 Raffle Items
  •  High Overall Shooter -Steve Monroe
  •  High Overall Team -Holmes Construction
  • Holmes Construction Team Members- Andrew Altman, James Holmes, Mike Kendall, Mike Scott

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated in support of the Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America!

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

In  honor  of 

Tom  Riney          

From  Gail  Fulton, Crissandra Johnston, Sharla  Fowler and Karen  Jordan

2009 Eagle Scouts

First Last Troop District
B Sena T-80 GE
B Offringa T-501 AW
Matlock T-10 GE
Evans T-507 AW
K Coffey T-80 GE
J Hunt Team 79 GE
J May T-108 GE
R Munger T-31 GE
Schley T-86 GE
Work T-127 GE
R Welch T-124 GE
B Freas T-94 GE
L Wright T-256 LW
J Blashall Team 79 GE
N Grant CREW 87 GE
M Niegos CREW 87 GE
J Owens T-47 QP
Ripperger T-94 GE
J Diaz T-108 GE
M Mitchell T-98 GE
R Ragsdale T-31 GE
R Imel-Vise T-472 AW
J Naud T-87 GE
G Thetford T-101 LW
S Wylie T-633 GE
R Morris T-116 GE
W O’Hara T-142 LW

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