Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- January 2010

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


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.//

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



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  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


Pet Care


Reading and Writing

Video Games




Horseback Riding



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, 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 


Joy and Scott Kilian

In  Memory  of  Bill Esler                   


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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