Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

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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