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Adobe Walls District Highlights- November 2009

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 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

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

December Calendar:

No District Event scheduled

MK Brown Camporee

The MK Brown Camporee was a Big Success!  The Scouts and Webelos had a great time learning and practicing their scout skills.  A Big Scout Thank You to Mike Albus, Joe Hillhouse, Rick Jones, Jason Roberts, Jeff Boyd, Mark McVay, Bob Thompson, and Monte Owens for their help in making the Camporee happen.

Popcorn Pickup

As in previous years, the Popcorn Pickup for Adobe Walls District will be at the A&T Yard Service on South Hobart Street (Hwy 70) in Pampa.  Please call Traci McMinn at 336-6843 to schedule your pickup time.

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- November 2009

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 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

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., Council Service Center

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

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

December Calendar:

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

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

5          Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, 9:00 A.M., Council Service Center

11        District Committee & Commissioners Meeting, 5:30 PM, Council Service Center

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

Amarillo-Area Roundtable

All scouting adult leaders need to come to Roundtable.  We meet 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.  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 (and maybe win a neat door prize)!

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Adult Leader!

To complete Cub Scout Adult Basic Training, Cub Scout adult leaders (all positions) must attend a Cub Scout Leader Specific Training session. Upcoming training sessions are scheduled on Wednesday, November 11 (6:00 pm) and Saturday, December 5 (9:00 am) at the Council Service Center in Amarillo.  In addition, if the adult leaders in your pack can get together for 2-2.5 hours at a time convenient for them, we will come to you!  Just contact Doug Bergman.

Recharters, Recharters, Recharters!

Recharter packets are being distributed, starting at the November Roundtable (November 5, 7:00 pm, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church).  The most important piece of information in that packet is your unit’s ID number and password to get on-line.  This year we’re aiming to get everything finished up by December 15!  If your pack has everything turned in (including all applications and recharter papers with proper signatures, fees and Centennial Quality Award forms) by December 15, the Council will pay for your insurance ($1 for each youth and adult member in your unit).  Remember, it’s a lot easier to let Stephen do your data entry, so be sure you have all your scouts and adult leaders registered before you start the on-line process.

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.

Centennial Quality Unit Awards

Remember-units do not have to wait to submit Centennial Quality Unit Award forms with their recharters! Information about the Centennial Quality Unit Award program, and a link to the form, can be found at http://www.goldenspread.org/QualityUnit/QualityUnit.htm.  The application for the award can be forwarded to the Scout Office anytime after October 31st, but must be received by December 31st for consideration.

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.

District Award of Merit

Nominations for the 2010 Golden Eagle District Award of Merit will be accepted now through the January Roundtable (Thursday, January 7th).  Award applications can be obtained from the Council Office or downloaded from http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf .  Recipients will be honored at the February 2010 Roundtable (Thursday, February 4th) and the Council Reception (Sunday, February 7th).

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- November 2009

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 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

November Calendar:

1- Online internet rechartering system access begins

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, Amarillo, TX.

21- District Recognition Banquet, Booker, TX.

25- Scout Service Center closes at noon

26-28- Scout Service Center closed for Thanksgiving

December Calendar:

1- Adult Leader meeting, Perryton, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Perryton, TX.

3- Adult Leader meeting, Dalhart, 7:00 p.m., Central UMC, Dalhart, TX.

4- Popcorn Money due at Council Service Center, Amarillo, 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.

15- Completed unit recharters due at Council Service Center

24- Council Service Center closes at Noon

25-27- Council Service Center Closed

30-31- Scout Shop closed for inventory

31- Council Service Center closes at Noon

Popcorn Pickup

The sales portion of our annual popcorn sales campaign is now complete.  Popcorn delivery points will be in Dalhart, Perryton and Guymon, again this year.  Popcorn will be available for pickup on Saturday, November 7th, 2009. 

A detailed pickup schedule (including maps of all locations) will be sent out via Constant Contact, after Wednesday, November 4th, based on each Unit’s choice of pickup locations.  Please be on time for your scheduled pickup.  Your fellow volunteers, who are helping with the distribution, really appreciate your consideration.

Annual District Banquet

The annual Lone Wolf District Banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2009.  We will be honoring the 2009 Lone Wolf Eagle Scout and District Award of Merit recipients.  The banquet will be held in Booker, Texas.  This is the annual business meeting for the District and we will be conducting the District planning conference, as part of the program.  Watch for more details to follow, via Constant Contact.

School Night for Scouting – Fall Recruiting

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.

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.

2009 Lone Wolf Fall Camporee results

The 2009 Lone Wolf Fall Camporee was held on October 9-11, 2009, at Palo Duro reservoir.  The weather was definitely not fall like!  It was unseasonably cold; we had drizzle, rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow flurries!  The flu that is going around also hurt our attendance, this year.  Three troops braved the weather and attended; attendance consisted of 27 scouts and 9 adult leaders.  There were also 7 district Scouters on staff.  Congratulations to Troop 551, Spearman, which took the honor for top troop this year!  Patrol/Troop competition results were

            Rope making:  1st Troop 551, Spearman

                                    2nd Troop 73, Bushland

                                    3rd Troop 146, Boise City

            Pancake relay: 1st Troop 551, Spearman

                                    2nd Troop 146, Boise City

                                    3rd Troop 73, Bushland

            Flint & Steel     1st Troop 551, Spearman

                                    2nd Troop 146, Boise City

                                    3rd Troop 73, Bushland

            Cobbler/Dessert           1st Troop 551, Spearman

The staff hopes you and your Scouts had a good time, at this year’s Camporee!  We’re already looking forward to 2010!

Adult Leader Training Results

Congratulations to James Hayes and C.J. Skipper, who completed their Cub Scout Leader specific training, and Duwane Skipper, Ranee Skipper, Amber Scott & Steve Scott, who completed Boy Scout Leader specific training!  These training sessions were held at Frank Phillips College – Allen Campus, in Perryton, Texas, on Saturday, October 17, 2009.  On behalf of your boys, “thank you” for taking the time to take the training necessary for your youth to have the best scouting program possible!  Thanks also go to Audrey House, for running a great Cub Leader training session!

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- November 2009

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 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)

November Calendar:

5 – Adult Leader Roundtable

11 – CS Leader Specific Training

12 – District Committee Meeting

12 – Commissioner Meeting

19 – Eagle Board of Review

Amarillo-Area Roundtable

Roundtable is this Thursday, November 5thst (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.

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Adult Leader!

To complete Cub Scout Adult Basic Training, Cub Scout adult leaders (all positions) must attend a Cub Scout Leader Specific Training session. Upcoming training sessions are scheduled on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00 PM and Saturday, December 5 at 9:00 AM; and they will be held at the Scout Office in Amarillo.  In addition, if the adult leaders in your pack can get together for 2-2.5 hours at a time convenient for them, we will come to you!  Just contact Doug Bergman or Hector Baldiviezo, and let us know!!

District Committee & Commissioner Meeting

Both meetings are on Thursday, November 5th. Again, our District Committee meeting is now at 6:00 pm at the Scout Office and the Commissioner meeting is right after.

It’s that time of the year again!! Recharter Time!

The year is coming to an end, and it is time for us to recharter. 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.

Recharter packets are being distributed, starting at the November Roundtable (November 5th, 7:00 pm, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church).  The most important piece of information in that packet is your unit’s ID number and password to get on-line.  This year we’re aiming to get everything finished up by December 15th!  If your pack has everything turned in (including all applications and recharter papers with proper signatures, fees and Centennial Quality Award forms) by December 15, the Council will pay for your insurance ($1 for each youth and adult member in your unit).  Remember, it’s a lot easier to let Stephen do your data entry, so be sure you have all your scouts and adult leaders registered before you start the on-line process.

Centennial Quality Unit Awards

Remember-units do not have to wait to submit Centennial Quality Unit Award forms with their recharters! Information about the Centennial Quality Unit Award program, and a link to the form, can be found at http://www.goldenspread.org/QualityUnit/QualityUnit.htm.  The application for the award can be forwarded to the Scout Office anytime after October 31st, but must be received by December 31st for consideration.

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

Popcorn Sales

Popcorn sales are over!! Congratulations to all Quanah Parker Units – that includes leaders, parents, all Scouts (of course), and anybody involved. The district had an outstanding turn out, and has reached its goal for Popcorn Sales. Well done everybody, well done.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- November 2009

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 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

November

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

14 – Cub Scout Pow Wow Amarillo Texas

December

4 – Popcorn money due to the Council

Popcorn

Popcorn pick up will be at Danny’s Feed and Seed at 713 N. Noel in Memphis, Texas.  This is the same place it has been for the last few years.  Pick up will begin at 9:00 until 11:00.  Please arrange with someone in your unit that has a pickup/trailer to pickup your popcorn.

Money due from popcorn sales to the Council on December 4.

Recharters

I will have your Recharters to give to you at Popcorn pickup.  Remember they are due to the Council by December 15th.  The best time to get them done is before Thanksgiving so you can enjoy the Holidays without Recharters on your mind. 

 Pow Wow

Pow Wow is for ALL adults interested in the Cub Scout program. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to Tiger Cub partners, Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committee Members, Webelos Leaders and parents.

Happy Holidays

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Venturing District Highlights- November 2009

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 2009

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

November

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

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.
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. 

Ladies Pistol Shooting Venture Crew

When: November 1, 2009

Where: Camp Don Harrington (.22 range)

What time: 2pm

Recognition

A special thanks to Jackie Brazille and Sue Sanborn for being Popcorn Chairpersons, and a great job with the AACAL popcorn sale.

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Council Highlights- November 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 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 
 
Toastmasters and Venture Crew 2211 invite you to join!

On November 2, 2009 at 6:30pm, the Toastmasters (Public Speaking and Communications) and Crew 2211 invites all teens ages 14-20 to join them at Roasters (34th and Souncy) for an organizational meeting.  We learn about different forms of communications, participate in speaking competitions and have a lot of fun.  Learn how to effectively communicate! 

 Cub Scout Pow Wow Information

This Thursday, November 5th is the last day for the early bird registration for the upcoming Pow Wow on November 14th.  Pow Wow is for all Cub Scout leaders/parents who want advanced training to put on a better and more exciting program for the Scouts.  For more information and registration forms, please click on the link below.

Pow Wow Link

 

2009 Popcorn Sale Key Dates

Nov 7                         Popcorn pick-up at your area’s delivery location and distribute Popcorn and Take Order forms to Scouts for delivery to customers.

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

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

Dec – Jan                   Distribute prizes earned by Scouts.

Order of the Arrow Lodge Conclave

Our lodge will have their Fall Fellowship on November 14th at Camp Don Harrington.  Start time is 9am and will go until 8pm or so.  Lunch and Dinner will be served.  All participants will receive a patch as well.  Snack bar and Trading Post will be open.  Pleas RSVP with the Council Office NLT Friday, November 6th.

 Scouting Memories Request

We invite you to share your Scouting memories and stories with the National Scouting Museum. Please see the link below for more information.

Scouting Memories 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

Kwahadi Indian Summer Festival of Dance 

A colorful and exciting evening for the entire family featuring the unique dance styles of the Southwest! 

Friday and Saturday nights!

November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2009,   7:30 pm   

Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian

9151 I-40 E, Amarillo, Texas

Located on the north side of I-40 between Lakeside and Airport Blvd.

I-40 Exit #76, then west ½ mile on frontage road

Show tickets: Adults $7   Seniors $5    Students $4

Museum included with ticket!

Call for Scout, Church, and other group rates!

How About A Turkey Dinner Too? 

Feast with a TURKEY DINNER with all the trimmings at 6:30 pm

Dinner $9.75 (tax included) – reservation required –

For show and meal reservations call the Kwahadi Museum, 806-335-3175.

Kwahadi Museum open daily in November and December from 1 – 5 pm.

Kwahadi Trading Post – Annual 25% off sale on fine jewelry and crafts from over 100 Native American artists! Fine selection of turquoise and colorful jewelry so popular across America!

Michael Martin Murphey will to return to the Kwahadi Museum in December

to perform his famous Cowboy Christmas Ball!

2nd Museum benefit performance!  Watch for date!!

www.kwahadi.com or call for information.

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

New Merit Badge Requirements effective January 2010

The BSA has announced they have put out new requirements for the  Scuba Diving Merit Badge effective on January 1, 2010.  For more information,  click on the link below.

Scuba Diving MB Info

 

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

New Pistol Shooting Venture Crew Forming

The Venturing District of the Golden Spread Council is forming a new Pistol Shooting Venturing Crew “The Pistol Chics”-Crew 2245

We will meet on Sunday, December 6, 2009 2:00PM to 4PM at the Camp Don Harrington Administration Building. 

Young Ladies ages 14-20, that are interested in learning to shoot pistols, come join us for an organizational meeting and shoot. For more information please call Bob Altman-358-6500, or email, raltman@bsamail.org

Merit Badge Counselor Registration

If you are a current registered Merit Badge Counselor, you must recertify every year.  It’s a simple process but must be done by December 31, 2009.  Please click on the link below, complete and print the forms and send it to the office.  If you wish to be a Merit Badge Counselor, you must complete an Adult Registration Form and the form linked below.  There is no charge to be a Counselor.

Merit Badge Form

 

2010 Merit Badge University

Are you ready?  The 2010 Merit Badge University is coming to a town near you!  Really, it’s going to be in Canyon, Texas at West Texas A &M University on January 23, 2010.

We will be offering many Eagle required Merit Badges plus some others.  We are also having multiple classes to alleviate the over crowding that we have experienced in the past.  The key is to register early once you see the information come out.  We aren’t ready to publish this just yet but when we do, we will send it out Constant Contact plus at Roundtables, District Meetings, and your District Executive will send you the information as well.

We are excited to be having this event at WT and they are excited as well to have you at the university.

Scout Office Holiday Closing

To celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Scout Office and Scout Shop will be closed at Noon on November 25th and will reopen on Monday, November 30th.  For the Christmas Holiday, the Scout Office and Scout Shop will be closed at Noon on Dec 24th through the 27th.  The Scout Shop will be closed for inventory on Dec 30 to 31st and the Scout Office and Scout Shop will be closed at Noon on Dec 31st and reopen on Jan 4, 2010.  Shop early for your Scouting Christmas Gifts!

Council Camps Closed Dates

Camp Don will be closed from November 20 through Nov ember 29, 2009 and December 24th through Jan 3, 2010.  In addition, CDH will be closed on Jan 15-18, 2010.

Camp MK Brown will be closed November 25th through November 29, 2009 and December 24 through Jan 3, 2010.  In addition, MKB will be closed on January 15 through 18, 2010.

Boy Scout Service Project Opportunity

Are your Boy Scouts looking for a really cool service project to work on?  If so, the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission has a great project for your unit to take on or Scouts within your unit.  Please take a look at the information flyer linked below for all the details.

Service Project Flyer

 

Report to the State Opportunity

The Council has been invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America by participating in the 61st annual Report to the State of Texas.

This event is scheduled for February 6, 2010 and begins at 7am with a delegate’s breakfast, followed by a parade of thousands of Scouts up Congress Ave to the State Capital.  After the parade and report to the State, our delegation can tour local points of interest.

If your Scout unit is interested in representing our Council at this event, please contact Scott at the office (806-358-6500) for more information and fees.  We must submit our registration form NLT January 5, 2010 so please don’t wait!

2011 Philmont Council Trek Contingent

We have been notified that the Council was awarded at least one council contingent to go to Philmont Scout Ranch on July 21, 2011 to August 2, 2011.  The cost per person is $725.00.  If any adult leader is interested in being part of the core leadership, we need you to call Scott at 806-358-6500 for more information. 

2011 Philmont UNIT Registration Information

Registration requests for the 2011 Expedition for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made on the internet beginning on November 15th through November 21st, 2009.  If your unit wants to try and get in, you must do this via the internet with the instructions listed at the link below.  If you need assistance, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 before Nov 15th!

Philmont Flyer

 

Memorials and Tributes

None this month

2009 Eagle Scout List

Month Initial Last Name Unit District
Jan C Evans T-507 AW
Jan D Matlock T-10 GE
Jan B Offringa T-501 AW
Jan B Sena T-80 GE
Feb  K Coffey T-80 GE
Feb  J Hunt Team 79 GE
Feb  J May T-108 GE
Feb  R Munger T-31 GE
Feb  Schley T-86 GE
Feb  C Work T-127 GE
Mar B Freas T-94 GE
Mar R Welch T-124 GE
Apr L Wright T-256 LW
May J Blashall Team 79 GE
May N Grant C 2087 GE
May J Owens T-47 QP
May D Ripperger T-94 GE
June J Diaz T-108 GE
June M Mitchell T-98 GE
June R Ragsdale T-31 GE
July R Imel-Vise T-472 AW
July J Naud T-87 GE
July G Thetford T-101 LW
July Wylie T-633 GE
Aug R Morris T-116 GE
May M Niegos C 2087 GE
Aug W O’Hara T-142 LW
Sept J Chance T-501 AW
Sept Gaines T-472 AW
Sept D Gaines T-472 AW
Sept T Holloway C-2087 GE
Sept D Holmes T-98 GE
Sept B James T-501 AW
Sept Johnson T-86 GE
Sept Sasser C-2087 GE
Sept T Ufford T-10 GE
Sept M Wilborn C-2094 GE
Sept T Wingo C-2087 GE
Oct B Lacey C-2087 GE
Oct R Skelton T-86 GE
Oct T Stephens T-86 GE
Oct R Todd T-94 GE
Oct C Vernon T-256 LW

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