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Quanah Parker District Highlights- January 2010

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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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)

January Calendar:

 7 – Adult Leader Roundtable

14 – District Committee Meeting

14 – Commissioner Meeting

21 – Eagle Board of Review

February Calendar:

3 – CS Leader Specific Training

4 – Adult Leader Roundtable

11 – District Committee Meeting

11 – Commissioner Meeting

18 – Eagle Board of Review

District Roundtable

Roundtable is this Thursday, January 7th (1st Thursday of every month) at 7 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 4100 S Coulter. Roundtable is for all adult leaders!  If you are a new adult leader, we really encourage you to come. 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 not only to learn about what’s going on in Scouting in Amarillo, Dumas, Cactus and Sunray – but to share your Ideas and Positive Experiences in Scouting!  Every month the Roundtable Staff have an exciting meeting planned.

District Committee & Commissioner Meeting

Both meetings are on Thursday, January 14th at the Scout Office. The District Committee Meeting is at 6:00 pm, and the Commissioner meeting is right after. This is a new year for the Quanah Parker District; let’s start working on our goals for 2010!

Past Due Recharters!

There are still some Quanah Parker units out there who have not done their recharters yet! There some others who have submitted theirs electronically, but haven’t turned in their paperwork yet. Please, it is really important that recharters are finished as soon as possible. If you are one of these units, so far you are on the list for Units Dropping. Let’s get all your parents and boys register again, so they can enjoy Scouting and be part of our program for this centennial.

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. The upcoming training session is scheduled on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00 PM and it 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 Katie Loyall at 806-622-5170, and let her know!!

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

Family Friends of Scouting

The Golden Spread Council will invest almost $1.5 million in the youth of the panhandle of Texas again this year.  85% of these funds go to directly support Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews (as well as Learning for Life Groups and Posts) with quality personnel (Scout professionals, office support staff, scout shop staff and camp rangers) and all aspects of the program your unit enjoys (camp property, camping programs, district activities, training, recognition items, etc.) . The Golden Spread Council will invest over $135 per youth member to provide quality Scouting again this year. 

The greatest percentage (36%) of this money to be able do all this comes from direct donations from our “Friends of Scouting” (FOS).  Without this direct support from individuals in our community and our scouting family (adult leaders, parents, and yes, professional staff), the scouts in your pack, troop, crew or post would not have access to the quality programs that they do.

Now is the time to make arrangements for a Family Friends of Scouting presentation at your next Pack Meeting, Blue & Gold Banquet or Boy Scout Court of Honor.  It only takes 15-20 minutes to invite the parents and adult leaders of your unit to join their friends in the Quanah Parker District in making the same commitment.  Contact Joni Mickna (674-7040 or sjmickna@sbcglobal.net) to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.

District Award of Merit

Nominations for the 2010 Golden Eagle District Award of Merit will be accepted now through the beginning of 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).

2009 Silver Beaver Recipient!!!

For those who don’t know, The Silver Beaver Award is the highest council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

The Quanah Parker District is please to announce the 2009 Silver Beaver Award recipient is Alan Alexander, Scoutmaster from Troop 199 in Dumas, TX. On behalf of the Quanah Parker District and Golden Spread council, CONGRATULATIONS! If you see Alan, please don’t hesitate to congratulate him for his hard work during all these years.

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Adobe Walls District Highlights- January 2010

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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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

January

13                District Key 3

21                District Committee Meeting- First United Methodist Church – Pampa

22                Merit Badge University – WTAMU – Canyon

23                BS Leader Specific Training – part of Merit Badge University

30                Adobe Walls District Recognition Dinner – FUMC Pampa

February

7                  Scout Sunday

10              District Key 3

18              District Committee Meeting

Merit Badge University

Be sure and check out the information on the Council webpage regarding the upcoming Merit Badge University.  This year’s event is going to be the best ever.  Don’t miss the special opportunities for adults to receive training and increase their ability to deliver a top notch program to the youth they serve.

District Recognition Dinner

This dinner this year will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Pampa.  The cost per person is $12.00.  We will be recognizing individual and units for their service in 2009.  We will also be recognizing all of the Eagle Scouts from 2009.  Eagle Scouts will the guest of the district.  Please RSVP by January 25th to Dr. Joe Hillhouse at 806-279-0050.

As I prepare to move to Amarillo to assume the role of District Executive for the Golden Eagle District I want to thank all of the Scouters in the Adobe Walls District for their support these last two plus years and for their service to the youth of our District.  Any time that you are in the Council Service Center, please stop by and say hello.

Thanks,

George

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- January 2010

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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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

January Calendar:

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

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

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

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

February Calendar:

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

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

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

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

18        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. The next training session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4 (6:00 pm) 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 Katie Loyall (622-5170).

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 beginning of 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).

Congratulations-Golden Eagle District is Quality

Congratulations one and all!.  As of Friday, December 15th, the Golden Eagle District (and the Golden Spread Council) had met all of its membership, finance and manpower goals to be a 2009 Centennial Quality District and Council.  In addition, the Golden Eagle District is in the process of rechartering (and not dropping) more units this year than in any of the past 3 years.

If you have not heard, I have taken a promotion and will be headed to the Cimarron Council (Enid, OK) as their Field Director.  I will be taking what you all have taught me here and using it to inspire the field staff there to better serve the youth of northcentral and northwestern Oklahoma.  I will continue to count you all as friends wherever scouting takes me.

George Etier, the Golden Spread Council District Executive presently serving the Adobe Walls (Pampa) District will be moving to Amarillo as the new Golden Eagle District Executive.  He and I will be working together the first two weeks in January to insure a seamless transition.  I start my job in Enid on Saturday, January 16th.  George will attend the January 7th Roundtable meeting to start to get to know you all.  It has been a pleasure knowing and working with you all.  I know that the Golden Eagle District will continue to grow and continue to serve the youth of Amarillo and points west!

Family Friends of Scouting

The Golden Spread Council will invest almost $1.5 million in the youth of the panhandle of Texas again this year.  85% of these funds go to directly support Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews (as well as Learning for Life Groups and Posts) with quality personnel (Scout professionals, office support staff, scout shop staff and camp rangers) and all aspects of the program your unit enjoys (camp property, camping programs, district activities, training, recognition items, etc.) . The Golden Spread Council will invest over $135 per youth member to provide quality Scouting again this year. 

The greatest percentage (36%) of monies to do this comes from direct donations from our “Friends of Scouting” (FOS).  Without this direct support from individuals in our community and our scouting family (adult leaders, parents, and yes, professional staff), the scouts in your pack, troop, crew or post would not have access to the quality programs that they do.

Now is the time to make arrangements for a Family Friends of Scouting presentation at your next Pack Meeting, Blue & Gold Banquet or Boy Scout Court of Honor.  It only takes 15-20 minutes to invite the parents and adult leaders of your unit to join their friends in the Golden Eagle District in making the same commitment.  Contact George Etier (358-6500 or getier@bsamail.org) to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- January 2010

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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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

January Calendar:

1- Council Service Center closed

2- Scout Shop closed

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

23- Merit Badge University, Canyon, TX.

February Calendar:

6- O.A. Unit Elections begin for Boy Scout Troops

6- Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, location TBA.

7- Council Eagle Scout & Silver Beaver Reception, Amarillo, TX.

7- Scout Sunday

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

13- Scout Sabbath

15- Scout Service Center closed, Presidents’ Day.

Congratulations to Bob Post!

Please join me in congratulating Bob Post, for being honored with the Silver Beaver Award!  Bob is the District Commissioner for our District, and is a long-time volunteer Scouter.  As you should know, the Silver Beaver Award is the highest award a scout Council can give to a volunteer Scouter, for service to youth.  Make plans to attend the annual Council Reception, on Sunday, February 7th, 2010, in Amarillo, TX., so we can support Bob, and share in his recognition!  Our District’s newest Eagle Scouts, and District Award of Merit honoree, Tom House, will also be recognized at this reception.

Unit Recharters

Almost all of our Lone Wolf units were rechartered on time.  That is a very good achievement for our District!  If you have not yet turned in your Unit recharter, Steve will be contacting you, again.  All of our unit charters expired on December 31, 2009.  If your charter has expired we cannot post any advancements for your Scouts. For those units which have not completed the recharter process yet, it is critical that we complete this process as soon as possible!

Scouting’s 100th Birthday 1910-2010 -Scout Sunday & Sabbath Activities

Scouting’s 100th Anniversary is a remarkable milestone & we should be celebrating it, all year! I want to strongly encourage all of our units to plan and conduct Scout Sunday, or Sabbath, activities in our local communities, sometime in February.  Scouting’s 100th anniversary week of February 7th through the 13th is the ideal time, but it can be any Sunday during the month.  It is a wonderful way to celebrate and share our scouting heritage with our communities and chartering organizations.  It is the ideal time to present your unit’s 2010 Centennial Charter to your chartering organization.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- January 2010

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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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

January

12 – District Committee Meeting-  Hedley, Texas

23 – Merit Badge University

February

7 – Scout Sunday/Council Reception- Amarillo

8 – Adult Recognition Dinner – Place TBA

Popcorn

Santa Fe District had a retail sale amount in popcorn for 2009 of $33,835.00.  Congratulations to P431 Wellington for being top unit in sales of over $7,000.00

District Award of Merit

Now is the time to be thinking about which of our fellow volunteer Scouters to honor with this year’s District Award of Merit.  This honor is the highest awards that our District  can bestow upon on a fellow Scouter, for service to youth.  Please take a moment and go here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf  to review the qualifications for, and to download the nomination form.  Nominations for the District Award of Merit are due to Gaylyne no later than January 30. 

Friends of Scouting

It’s time to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.  Without this financial support from our leaders and our scouting families, the Golden Spread Council would not be able to provide the quality programs, training and facilities you expect, for our scouts.  Plan on having a Family Friends of Scouting presentation at your next pack meeting, Blue and Gold or troop court of honor.  Call Gaylyne  at 806-779-2805 to schedule a presentation.

Thank you

As we go into 100 years of Scouting I want to thank all adult leaders and parents for what you do for Scouting.  Please note my new cell phone number:  806-207-0037 call me anytime for anything.

Gaylyne

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Venturing District Highlights- January 2010

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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

January

No Events scheduled

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.  Make sure and sign up for the COPE- Merit Badge University class that will be offered on January 23, 2010.

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.                                                                                                                                            2245- Pistol Shooting Crew-Contact Verna Popp 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. 

Venture District

The Golden Spread Council Venturers should be proud, we had an amazing year and look forward to having an even better 2010.  If you have any stories of 2009 you would like to share, please send them to email above.

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Council Highlights- January 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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New Scout Shop Hours 

The Scout Shop, located inside the Scout Office will be open one Saturday per moth effective in January 2010.  For all the dates, please click on the link below.

Scout Shop Open Dates

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.  The deadline to register is January 13th.  Any registrations received after this date will not be accepted and will be returned.  In previous emails, the date was always the 13th but that is a Wednesday NOT Friday as previously mentioned.

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. In addition, we have some great training opportunities for all adults that you won’t want to miss.  

For more information and to register, please click the link below

2010 Merit Badge University info and registration forms  

Philmont Promotion

Mark your calendar or program your Blackberry for a special Philmont night scheduled for Wednesday Jan 27, 6: 30 pm at the Harrington Scout Service Center.

Doug Palmer, Associate Director of Program from Philmont will be on hand to share some exciting opportunities for you and your family at the Philmont National Volunteer training center this summer. Philmont offers over 75 different conferences geared for all unit, district and council volunteers.

Prior to the meeting please visit http.//www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HighAdventure/Philmont/PTC.aspx

For more information, please contact Bob at 806-358-6500

Council Reception

The Council Reception honoring Silver Beaver recipients and the Eagle Class of 2009 will be held on February 7th, 2010 at 2pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Amarillo.  For all the information, costs, and registration form, please click on the link below.

Council Reception Information and Registration Form

 

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food will be conducted on March 27, 2010 all across the Council Service area.  Information will be out soon regarding how we will be part of this “Good Turn”.  Start talking about this event at your Den Meetings and Troop Meetings.

Camping Brochure

The Order of the Arrow has produced a “Where to go Camping” Booklet that describes many area locations to take your Scouts Camping.  The booklet also includes lakes, state parks and many other resources for you to use for your program.  Please take a look at this awesome document at the link below.

Where to go Camping

  

Cub Scout Summer Camp Information

All the District Cub Scout Camp and Cub Scout Resident Camp Flyers are now available at the link below.  Start planning now for your Cub Scout Camping experience.

Cub Scout Camp and Cub Scout Resident Camp Flyers

 

Boy Scout Summer Camp Information

The 2010 Boy Scout Summer Camp Registration form is now available at the link below.  In addition, the 2010 Leaders Guide is also available now at the link below.  With only two weeks of camping this year, please get the registration form in early!

Registration Form

 

Leaders Guide

 

Gorillas Scout Night

The Gorillas will have a Scout Night on February 20th, 2010.  For all the information, please click on the link below.

Gorilla Scout Night Flyer

 

Wanted!!!!

Are you qualified to teach Whitewater Canoeing, Lifesaving or any other Aquatics Merit Badges?  If so, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 as we would like to get a list going on who is qualified on these badges.

2010 Outdoor World Sportsman Show

On January 29-31, 2010, the Outdoor World Sportsman Show will take place at the Amarillo Civic Center.  Scouts in uniform get in free!

 Trainer’s Edge Course

The Trainer’s EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train‐the‐trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs and anyone else who would like to train Scouters. The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer.

It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands‐on experience in methods and media.

The date for this course has been set for Saturday, February 20. The course will take most of a day, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The location will be the Amarillo Scout office. Please call Scott at 806-358-6500 to express your interest in attending the course.  Cost will be approx. $15.00 to cover breakfast snacks, lunch and other supplies.  A flyer will be available soon!

Eagle Scout Search

The National Eagle Scout Association is again conducting a nationwide Eagle Scout search to benefit local councils and to give each Eagle Scout the opportunity to submit their favorite story and photo for a book. Councils will have access to a database of adult Eagle Scouts and their contact information as a result of this project, as was done last year when we found roughly half of the living Eagle Scouts.

The book, Eagle Scout Stories: Tales from the Trails of Scouting’s Highest Rank, will be published next summer. Eagle Scouts who respond to the invitation to be in the book will be able to submit a short story and photo. These books will be published by region, and are sure to be enlightening.

The process has begun, and invitations are being sent to hundreds of thousands of Eagle Scouts across the nation. This is a legitimate NESA project. Eagle Scouts may have their story and photo published in the book without purchasing it.

Explorer Post Training

Trained leaders are an essential part of any quality Explorer Post development.  Learning for Life is pleased to announce on-line training at http://www.learningforlife.org/adult_explorer/adult_explorer.html  for Explorer adult leaders.  A certificate may be printed upon completion of the training courses.

The training includes:

  • Fast Start (video)
  • Adult Basic Training
    • Exploring Program and Mission
    • Work Dynamics
    • Dynamics (program)
    • Post Firstnighter
    • Developing Post Activities
    • Post Officers Seminar
  • Youth Protection Training
  • Frequently Asked Questions

New Belt Loops, Pins, Merit Badges are Coming

When the BSA was founded in 1910, boys weren’t into video games, scuba diving, or robotics. But as we enter our second century, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be able to earn awards in these topics, thanks to a new focus on change and innovation.

New for Cub Scouts

Video Games is one of 13 new belt loops and pins in the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. It’s been more than 10 years since the program expanded, so volunteers and Cub Scouts from around the country have been waiting for this change.

In late January, Scout shops across the country should begin selling a new edition of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide (No. 34299), which will include these additions:

Academics Subjects:

Disabilities Awareness

Family Travel

Good Manners

Nutrition

Pet Care

Photography

Reading and Writing

Video Games

Sports:

Hiking

Hockey

Horseback Riding

Kickball

Skateboarding

New for Boy Scouts

Scuba Diving is the first new Boy Scout merit badge in three years; it will become available in December. Four other new merit badges will appear over the course of the coming year:

Inventing (First quarter 2010)

Geocaching (Second quarter 2010)

Scouting Heritage (Second quarter 2010)

Robotics (Fourth quarter 2010)

These badges are being introduced because they received positive feedback in a youth interest survey. If five new merit badges seems like a lot, it is. By comparison, the BSA introduced just six new merit badges between 1992 (Collections) and 2006 (Composite Materials).

But the new badges aren’t the only innovation. In the past it took three years to create a merit badge. Now, that time has been cut to just less than a year, helping to keep the badge topics and content fresher than ever.

Announcing the 2010 “Celebrate Scouting Stamp”

The U.S. Postal Service gave us “a stamp of approval” to honor 100 years of the U.S. Scouting movement. The Celebrate Scouting stamp will be issued in the summer of 2010.

The design, created by Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, California, depicts the spirit and outdoor adventure of Scouting through a backpacking Scout and a large silhouette of a Scout surveying the landscape.

In conjunction with the announcement, we are encouraging Scouts to send letters and packages to veterans and U.S. Armed Forces personnel serving overseas.

“Regardless of our age, we never outgrow the joy of receiving a personal letter in the mail,” said Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “This is the least we can do for the service men and women to whom we owe the deepest gratitude for their service.”

Celebrate Scouting letterhead, guides for writing letters to deployed soldiers and veterans, and care package tips are available in an online toolkit to help Scouts get started.

The Celebrate Scouting stamp was championed by U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions of Texas and supported by a bipartisan group of more than 300 Congressional members.

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

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 (Feb 20-26 at Philmont with selected courses or March 13-19 at Camp Strake with selected courses)  and possibly be able to work at Camp MK Brown for Summer Camp and/or Camp Don Harrington for Cub Scout Resident Camp.  We are looking now for a Camp MK Brown Program Director to attend the Philmont Course.  If this is something you may be interested in, please contact Scott as soon as possible to discuss this great opportunity.

Health and Safety Support Committee Confirms BSA Policy on Physical Exams

Last month, the BSA’s Health and Safety Support Committee, which is composed of volunteers in the health and safety field across the country, thoroughly reviewed the BSA’s policies requiring physical examinations to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed health-care provider-a physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. This included a review of material provided by various individuals and organizations representing the chiropractic community.

The committee determined the current requirements remain the best policy for the BSA, based on the fact that chiropractors are not certified to treat all of the identified high-risk factors included in the BSA’s activities (available at www.scouting.org, under “Scouting Safely“) and are not regulated universally across the United States.

Simply stated, physicians (MD, DO), nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants will be the only health-care providers to perform physicals for the Boy Scouts of America.

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

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

Council Camps Closed Dates

Camp Don and Camp MK Brown will be closed on Jan 15-18, 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 7, 2010 so please don’t wait!

Memorials and Tributes

In  Memory  of  Dr.  John Picket 

From:

Joy and Scott Kilian

In  Memory  of  Bill Esler                   

From:

Mr and Mrs LeRoy Pullum

 Mr and Mrs Robert McGinnis

J Winston

Terry  and  Debbie McDonald     

Jay Kirk

Mr and Mrs Wales Maden

Ernest Finney

Margaret and Terry Hodge

Bruce Sadler

Barry Shulken

Jonathan Levy

Thomas and Ethel Barrow

Stephen and  Debora Myers

Tom  and  Jeanie Hood

Cliff Brickerstaff 

2009 Eagle Scout Listing

First Last Unit District
Z Andis T-472 AW
J Blashall Team 79 GE
J Chance T-501 AW
K Coffey T-80 GE
D Courkamp T-94 GE
Daniels T-1776 QP
J Diaz T-108 GE
Forsberg T-94 GE
B Freas T-94 GE
J Freas T-94 GE
Gaines T-472 AW
D Gaines T-472 AW
Grant C 2087 GE
T Gundlach C-2087 GE
T Holloway C-2087 GE
D Holmes T-98 GE
J Hunt Team 79 GE
R Imel-Vise T-472 AW
B James T-501 AW
Johnson T-86 GE
B Lacey C-2087 GE
J May T-108 GE
M Mitchell T-98 GE
R Morris T-116 GE
R Munger T-31 GE
J Naud T-87 GE
M Niegos C 2087 GE
W O’Hara T-142 LW
J Owens T-47 QP
D Paschel T-50 GE
R Ragsdale T-31 GE
D Ripperger T-94 GE
Sasser C-2087 GE
Schley T-86 GE
R Skelton T-86 GE
T Stephens T-86 GE
B Tarpley T-94 GE
Thetford T-101 LW
R Todd T-94 GE
T Tubbs T-433 SF
Tucker T- 472 AW
T Ufford T-10 GE
C Vernon T-256 LW
R Welch T-124 GE
M Wilborn C-2094 GE
C Williams T-507 AW
T Wingo C-2087 GE
C Work T-127 GE
L Wright T-256 LW
D Wylie T-633 GE

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