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Adobe Walls District Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Thursday, October 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

October Calendar

2-4  Wood Badge Training, Weekend # 2  Camp MK Brown

9-11  MK Brown Camporee

17- Spook O Ree, Camp Don Harrington, Amarillo

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

24- Spook O Ree, Camp MK Brown

24- Spook O Ree, Camp Don Harrington

November Calendar:

7- Popcorn Delivery, A&T Yard Service, Pampa

11- District Key 3 Meeting

14- Cub Scout Leaders Pow-Wow, Amarillo

19- District Committee Meeting – First United Methodist Church, Pampa

26- Thanksgiving

MK Brown Camporee

It’s not too late to sign up for the Camporee scheduled for October 9-11 at Camp MK Brown.  Go to the Council website to register.

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 George 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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Golden Eagle District Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Thursday, October 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

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

November Calendar:

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

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

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

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

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

School Night for Scouting!

The Golden Eagle District and the Golden Spread Council had a great Cub Scout recruiting effort.  A lot of boys and their parents attended School Night presentations last month.  We now need to get them registered and fully plugged-in to your Pack’s program.  Cubmaster and Committee Chairs – take a minute and contact all the boys on your School Night rosters and make sure they are involved in their Den.  Also, get new leaders to training and Roundtable.  We will have time set aside at each Roundtable for new leaders to meet with experienced Cub Scouters to answer questions and help guide them in their roles as leaders in your pack.  Let’s not let all our effort in recruiting be wasted by not being sure each new Cub Scout is getting what we promised.

Amarillo-Area Roundtable

We encourage all new leaders to come to Roundtable.  It meets the 1st Thursday of each month 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.  Eagle Project Reviews are conducted on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in conjunction with Roundtable at St. Thomas Catholic Church.  Eagle Boards of Review are conducted on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Scout Office.

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.  The next time this training will be offered for Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders is Saturday, October 3 at the Scout Office.  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.

Veterans Day Parade

Mark your calendar for November 7!  Line up starts at 9:00 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:00 a.m.  The parade begins at 11th and Polk Street and ends at 5th and Pierce in downtown Amarillo.  Check-out information and register at Welcome to the Amarillo Texas Veterans Day Parade.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Thursday, October 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

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, Perryton, TX.

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, Mobeetie, TX.

November Calendar:

7- Popcorn pickup in Dalhart, Perryton and Guymon

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

14- Cub Scout leaders Pow Wow, Amarillo, TX.

14- O.A. Lodge Conclave

21- District Recognition Banquet

25- Scout Service Center closes at noon

26-28- Scout Service Center closed for Thanksgiving

Popcorn Sales

Our annual popcorn sales campaign underway.  Popcorn sales orders are due at the Council Service Center, in Amarillo, on Friday, October 23rd, by 5:00 p.m.  Popcorn pickup day will be Saturday, November 7th, and delivery points will be in Dalhart, Perryton and Guymon, again this year.  More information, forms and excellent sales resources can be found online at: http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Popcorn/Popcorn.htm

Our annual, council-wide Popcorn Sale is a great way to fund your unit’s program activities for the next year!  As you well know, it costs money to operate a unit and provide your scouts with quality, fun-filled program activities.  Quality program activities make it easier to recruit new members and their parents, and help you retain the members you already have.  Trails End popcorn is a quality product with national brand recognition, and outstanding promotional materials and recognition items.  It is the ‘gold standard’ for fund raising projects for Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturers.  Please join us in this year’s sale; It’s simple, It’s fun and It’s profitable.

School Night for Scouting

Our District’s recruiting efforts for this year are still underway.  As you continue to sign up new scouts we need to make every effort to get their applications turned in quickly.  Recharter time is rapidly approaching and we want all the new boys & leaders entered into ScoutNet, before we do the production run of the recharter packets.  One of the benefits to you is that you won’t have to enter the new recruits yourself, during the online recharter process.

2009 District Boy Scout Camporee

Mark your calendars and make you troop’s plans to attend the 2009 Fall Camporee!  This Camporee is for all Boy Scout units in the Golden Spread Council.  Webelos dens are encouraged to attend for the day on Saturday, as guests of the Lone Wolf District Committee.  This fall’s Camporee is scheduled for October 9-11, 2009, at Palo Duro Lake, north of Spearman, TX.  Click on the hyperlink for more information and to sign up!  http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/LWCamporeeFall2009.pdf

Lone Wolf “Super Saturday” is October 17th

The District Committee and Commissioners have been working very hard and are proud to announce “Lone Wolf Super Saturday”!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Lone Wolf Super Saturday events on Saturday, October 17, 2009, in Perryton, Texas.  On the schedule for this busy day: the 52nd annual Jamboree on the Air and the annual Jamboree on the Internet activities for our boys.  On tap for the adults: Cub Scout Leader Training and Boy Scout Leader Training.  To close out the day, the Lone Wolf District Planning Conference.  This is a round table forum where unit leaders present and the District Committee and Commissioners will plan our district’s activities, for the next year.  There will also be an opportunity to take the Amateur Radio Technician License test, at the end of the day.  Look for more details in an upcoming Constant Contact e-mail!

Unit Recharters

Unit recharter time is almost upon us.  All of our unit charters expire on December 31, 2009.  We need to have the rechartering process completed by December 15, 2009.  This allows our Council staff adequate time to correct any errors, or help you with online procedural questions.  We are utilizing online rechartering again this year.  This is our fifth year to do a portion of the recharter via the Internet.

What does your unit need to be doing to get ready?

  • Complete any applications for any new Scouts, or leaders, and submit them, along with the required registration and Boy’s Life fees, to the Council Office, now.  This will save you from having to manually enter new members and leaders during online rechartering.
  • All applications for membership need to be complete: all birthdays, Social Security numbers and drivers license numbers filled in, all signature blocks signed (this includes unit Committee Chair and Chartered Organization Head or Representative’s approval signatures for all adults, and Authorization for Background Check) and application dates.
  • Recruit/designate one adult leader from your unit to complete the online recharter portion of the process.
  • Remember, rechartering is not complete until all paperwork and fees have been received by the Council Office!

Please note that the National Council has raised the membership fee to $15, from the current $10, effective January 1, 2010.  January 1st is the date our new charters become effective, so you will need to pay the new $15 per person fee when you recharter.  Recharter packets for your Unit will be distributed during the month of November.

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.

BALOO Training

Congratulations to Terri Kopel and Lisa Bergman, who completed their BALOO training!  They are planning a great family campout for their Cub Pack.  For information on what you need to do to take you Pack camping, please contact Steve at 580-651-2615.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Thursday, October 1, 2009

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District Chairperson – KC Hamill- Kc.hamill@goHastings.com             (806) 570-3744 (cell)

District Commissioner – Jim Paslay- pazztone@yahoo.com                    (806) 640-4537 (cell)

District Executive – Hector Baldiviezo- hector.baldiviezo@scouting.org(806) 341-2838 (cell) or (806) 358-6500 (office)

October Calendar:

 1 – Adult Leader Roundtable

 8 – District Committee Meeting

 8 – Commissioner Meeting

 14 – CS Leader Specific Training

 17 – Spook O Ree (Camp Don Harrington)

 23 – Popcorn Sale Ends/Orders Due

 24 – Spook O Ree (Camp Don Harrington & MK Brown)

 School Night for Scouting!

The Quanah Parker District and the Golden Spread Council are almost DONE with our Cub Scout recruiting efforts.  A lot of boys and their parents attended School Night presentations last month.  We now need to get them registered and fully plugged-in to your Pack’s program.

Cubmasters and Committee Chairs – take a minute and contact all the boys on your School Night rosters and make sure they are involved in their Den. If you still have applications, you need to turn them in ASAP so we can register all the boys and adults. Also, get new leaders to training and Roundtable.  We will have time set aside at each Roundtable for new leaders to meet with experienced Cub Scouters to answer questions and help guide them in their roles as leaders in your pack.  Let’s not let all our effort in recruiting be wasted by not being sure each new Cub Scout is getting what we promised.

Amarillo-Area Roundtable

Roundtable is this Thursday, October 1st (1st Thursday of every month) at 7 pm and takes place 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.

District Committee & Commissioner Meeting

Both meetings are on Thursday, October 8th. District Committee meeting is now at 6:00 pm at the Scout Office and the Commissioner meeting is right after.

Each Quanah Parker commissioner has been assigned a number of units, and they should be introducing themselves to every unit. Unit commissioners are here to provide training, help, guidance and support to your unit. Our goal for the end of the year, for all the Quanah Parker Units, is to rechart on time and earn their Quality Unit Award.

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, October 3rd at the Scout Office.  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.

Spook O Ree!!

Spook-O-Ree is an opportunity for the boys and their families to start the Cub Scout year off with a fun Halloween themed outdoor event, so we encourage all of you to participate. Registration begins at 12:15 PM and activities will start at 1:00PM. Both Haunted Ghost Walk and Spook-House open at dark.

Early Bird registration will close on Thursday, October 1st. Remember, all Pack reservations must be received in the Scout Office by then. There is a limited space available at each location so please register early!

Popcorn Sales

Popcorn sales started September 26th.The Quanah Parker District hopes all of you are selling a lot of popcorn and having lots of fun!! Remember, Popcorn Sales end on October 23rd and your orders are due on the same date.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Thursday, October 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

October

3 – CS/BS Leader Specific Training

13 – District Committee Meeting Hedley Texas

24 – Fish Fest MK Brown

24 – Spook-0-Ree MK Brown

November

7 – Popcorn Pick up.  Lees Feed and Seed Memphis Texas

14 – Cub Scout Pow Wow Amarillo Texas

Spook-O-Ree

The Cub Scout Spook-O-Ree is an opportunity for boys and their families to start the Cub Scout year off with a fun Halloween themed outdoor event.  This is the 3rd year it is offered at MK Brown. It will take place on October 24th; registration will begin at 12:15.   We need Boy Scout Troops to help coordinate and run a station for our Cub Scouts.  Please contact me if your Troop can help. 

Here is the link the packs can go to register. http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2009SpookOReeFlyer.pdf

Fish Fest

Once again the great Fish Fest will take place at MK Brown on October 24th.  The event begins at 8:00am and will end with lunch at 11:00, $5.00 per Scout, adults are free.  The event will be the same day as Spook-O-Ree.  So every scout can take advantage of the whole day at MK Brown.  Your units are encouraged to use this opportunity for a camp out. 

Here is the link the packs can go to register. http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2009_SF_Fish_Fest.pdf

Recruiting

Every school in every town has had a recruiting night in SF District.  We have had a great Fall recruiting this year, but of course always want more boys is Scouting.  Keep recruiting!!!

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Venturing District Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Thursday, October 1, 2009

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

October

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

C.O.P.E/Venturing Meeting

COPE/Venturing meeting will be held on October 15th.  The meeting will be for anyone who is interested in volunteering with Venturing and/or COPE.  These are both great programs and both need volunteers.  The meeting will be held at the Scout Office at 7pm.

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.

Youth Committee

Venturing District will be holding a youth committee meeting on October 31st at 10 am (Scout Office).  Please call or email for the details.

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Council Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Thursday, October 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 
 
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

 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 are posted on the Council Web Page.

2009 Popcorn Sale Information and Forms

Popcorn Sale Plan and Timetable 

September 12               1.   Attend council sales training and kickoff meeting.

September 21               2.   Submit Unit Selection Plan Form to the Council     Service Center.

September 21-25         3.   Explain program to your adult leaders, set your unit’s sales goals, plan unit sales activities, prepare timetables, and set up sales coverage plan.

September 21-25         4.   Distribute sales materials, motivate and train Scouts, review sales goals, explain prize and incentive program and sales coverage plan. (Refer to Unit’s Next Step for meeting agenda.)

Sept. 26- Oct. 23          5.   Oversee “Take-Order” process.  Submit copies of all scout’s full order sheets to be entered into the drawing for an Apple I-Pod Touch

October 23                   6.   Collect take order forms, Unit Master Records, complete unit popcorn order, patch order and prize order.

October 23                   7.   Submit the following forms to the Council Service Center by Friday, October 23, 2009: (Copies of all popcorn forms can be found on the Council’s website!)

a.   Unit Order and Settlement Form – top copy only.

b.   “Free Patches” Order Form

c.   Unit Prize Order Form (if applicable)

d.   Unit Master Records – top copy only.

e.   $1,500 qualifiers Form

f.    Unit’s Top Sellers Form

November 7                 8.   Oversee popcorn pick up at delivery location and distribute popcorn and Take Order forms to Scouts for delivery to customers.

Nov. 7 – Dec 4            9.   Supervise collection of money from Scouts and record on Unit Settlement Form.

December 4                 10. Submit one check to the council along with a copy of the Unit Settlement Form by Friday, December 4th, 2009.

December – January    11. Distribute prizes earned by Scouts.

February                      12. Pass on ways to improve the sale to your district executive.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves.

Since 1958 when the first jamboree-on-the-Air was held, thousands of Scouts and Guides have “met” each other through this event. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it provides also a chance to find out about other countries and about Scouting elsewhere. Many contacts made during the JOTA have resulted in penpals and links between scout troops that have lasted for many years.

With no restrictions on age, on the number that can participate and at little or no expense, the JOTA provides an opportunity for Scouts and Guides to contact each other by amateur radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participates in the JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Today some operators even use television or computer linked communications.

If your Unit is interested in visiting a local Ham Radio Operator, there will be two stations available on October 18th (Sunday).  Unit Leaders MUST contact one of the following individuals to schedule your unit.  If you are a Boy Scout Troop Leader and are planning on being at the Spook-O-Ree helping out, they will be at this event as well.  Please contact John Robinson at 355-7889 or Dan McCabe at 355-9690.  The hours they will be available are 1pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm on Sunday only.

Open Invitation to all Youth ages 14-20

Amarillo Toastmasters Club #211 and Venture Crew 2211

 Invite all youth ages 14 to 20

Who are interested in

Public Speaking and Communications

To an Open House meeting to be held at

The Harrington Scout Service Center

401 Tascosa Road 

Amarillo, Texas 

Monday, October 19

6:30pm to 8pm

 Who We Are:

Amarillo Toastmasters Venture Crew 2211 is a partnership of the Boy Scouts Venturing program and Toastmasters International and is a fresh opportunity for members to buff their speaking and communication skills. Venturing is a co-ed program that gives teenagers the opportunity to plan and organize various fun and unique activities with the goal of improving ourselves and helping others improve themselves.

From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in 106 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.  For more information, please click on the link below. 

Information Flyer

Silver Beaver Nominations

The Silver Beaver is the highest recognition that the Council can bestow on an individual.  This award is given to registered Scouters or civic leaders who have provided noteworthy service to youth.  Nominations are due to the Council Office no later than December 16, 2009.  For more information and the Nomination Form, please click on the link below.

Silver Beaver Nomination Form

Camp School Attendees Wanted

The Council is looking to increase its pool of Scouters who are trained in various areas that require National Camp School certification. Specifically, we are looking for Shooting Sports Directors, Aquatics Directors,  Aquatics Supervisors, Cub and Boy Scout Program Directors, Camp Commissioners, COPE Directors, and Climbing Directors.  You must be a registered adult over the age of 21 years, be willing to attend school for 5 days (typically in May just before school lets out) and possibly be able to work at Camp MK Brown for Summer Camp and/or Camp Don Harrington for Cub Scout Resident Camp.  If this is something you may be interested in, please contact Scott as soon as possible to discuss this great opportunity.

Centennial Quality Unit

The Centennial Quality Award program is designed to recognize units in achieving excellence in providing a quality program to the youth in their units. The award can only be received after October 31 and before December 31 of each year.

Click on the link below to view the criteria and download the application.

Centennial Quality Unit Information

The Centennial Quality Award is named in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. This new award began in 2007 and will continue until 2010.

Recognition items for members is a patch worn on the uniform with the colors for that year. Colors indicate:

2007 – Red
2008 – White
2009 – Blue
2010 – Red, White and Blue

Recognition for units is a ribbon/streamer for each year with the color for that year. Lapel pins and plaques are also available.

Campmaster Training Now On-Line

Are you interested in spending a weekend at Camp Don and staying in the new Campmaster Building?  If so, why not join the Campmaster Corps.  Duties including checking in units, making sure they are settled in their campsites, giving advice on how to properly use our equipment and facilities and checking them out upon departure.  This is a great opportunity to help units grow in the camping program and enjoy a weekend at camp.  The Campmaster building is ready for you to enjoy.  Central air and heat, full kitchen and bath plus two bedrooms and a living room await you!  Training is now on-line!.  Go to the link below, take the training and then call the Ranger to set up a date and time so he can show you where the utilities connections are at Camp and all the other things you need to know.  Once that is completed, we will add you to the list of Campmaster! 

Campmaster Training Link

Memorials and Tributes

None this month

Eagle Scout Listing

First Last Troop District
B Sena T-80 GE
B Offringa T-501 AW
D 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 C 2087 GE
M Niegos C 2087 GE
J Owens T-47 QP
D 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
Wylie T-633 GE
R Morris T-116 GE
W O’Hara T-142 LW
Johnson T-86 GE
Sasser C-2087 GE
D Holmes T-94 GE
M Wilborn C-2094 GE
T Ufford T-10 GE
T Holloway C-2087 GE
T Wingo C-2087 GE
Gaines T-472 AW
D Gaines T-472 AW
B James T-501 AW
J Chance T-501 AW

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