Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- October 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Thursday, October 1, 2009


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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