Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- November 2009

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, November 2, 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 
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!! 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,

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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