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Adobe Walls District Highlights- February 2010

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Monday, February 1, 2010

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District Chairperson– Dr. Joe Hillhouse-  jhillhouse@clearwire.net

District Commissioner– Darian Reeves-  darianreeves@sbcglobal.net

District Executive– Vacant

For District Information, please call Mario Perez at 806-358-6500

February Calandar

18 -District Committee Meeting

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 Mario Perezr (358-6500  or mperez@bsamail.org to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- February 2010

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Monday, February 1, 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: George Etier, getier@bsamail.org

February Calendar:

3          Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, 6:00 PM., 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

March Calendar:

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

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

6          Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, 9:00 AM, Council Service Center

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

27        Scouting for Food

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)!

February Roundtable and Awards Dinner

The February Roundtable will be a Potluck Dinner where the District Awards of Merit will be presented.  The meat and the drinks will be provided and you are asked to bring your favorite side dish (salad, vegetable, bread or dessert).  Come and join the fun and celebrate with your fellow scouters.

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.

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 george.etier@scouting.org to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- February 2010

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Monday, February 1, 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

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.

20- Trainer’s Edge training, Council Service Center, Amarillo, TX.

March Calendar:

2- Perryton Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Perryton, TX.

4- Dalhart Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., CUMC, Dalhart, TX.

6- Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, location TBA.

9- Guymon Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., VMUMC, Guymon, OK.

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

19-21- Palo Duro Lake clean-up, Palo Duro Reservoir, Spearman, TX.

2010 Council Eagle & Silver Beaver reception

Make plans to attend the annual Council Reception, on Sunday, February 7th, 2010, in Amarillo, TX., so we can honor our District’s 2009 Eagle Scouts, District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver honorees. Go here: 2010 Council Reception to find out more, or sign up.

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.

Family 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, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, or troop court of honor.  Call Steve Knollenberg at 580-651-2615, or Audrey House at 580-652-2085, to schedule a presentation that is convenient for your unit.

Cub Leader Training

Every Scout deserves a trained leader!  Cub Scout leader specific training will be offered in Guymon, on Saturday, February 6, 2010.  Time:  Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., course runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Location:  Victory Memorial UMC, 6th & Roosevelt Streets.  Please bring a sack lunch.  This training is for all Pack and Den Leaders, plus any Cub parents who would like to attend.  There is no fee for this training! 

The Centennial Quality Unit standards for 2010 will require that we increase the number of fully trained Cub leaders, for our Packs.  To prepare for this upcoming Cub Scout Leader specific training, click here Online Training and complete the Youth Protection Training, This is Scouting, and Cub Scout Leader Fast Start Training modules.

This training will teach you how to effectively manage your Pack and run a successful program.  If you haven’t been trained, you need to attend!  Getting your Den and Pack leaders trained will fulfill a requirement for the 2010 Centennial Quality Unit Award.  Click here LW Cub Leader Training, to view the activity flyer.

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

Every Scout deserves a trained leader!  This training is scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2010.  It will be held at the Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, 6th & Roosevelt Streets, Guymon, Oklahoma.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m., training begins at 9:00 a.m.  This training is for all currently registered Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, and anyone who may cross over into one of these positions, from Cub Scouting.

The Centennial Quality Unit standards for 2010 will require that we increase the number of fully trained Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, for our troops.  To prepare for this upcoming Boy Scout Leader specific training, click here Online Training and complete the Youth Protection Training, This is Scouting, and Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training.  Click here LW Boy Scout Leader Training, to view the activity flyer.

Trainer’s Edge

Anyone interested in becoming a trainer for the Boy Scouts, or other organizations, should take the “Trainer’s Edge” training, being offered by our Council.  Our District needs more certified trainers.

This adult training develops your skills as a trainer and presenter.  The purpose of Trainer’s EDGE is to provide and develop the skills of a trainer.  Only practice can polish these skills, but the course is intended to “train the Trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.  Click here for more information and to sign up: Trainer’s Edge info & sign-up

Palo Duro Lake Cleanup

The annual Palo Duro Lake cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2009, near Spearman, Texas.  This event is a great time for our district’s units to get together, complete a worthwhile service project and enjoy the fellowship of Scouting. 

Normally, troops camp out for the weekend and packs attend for the day.  Packs are welcome to camp out, as long as BSA Family Camping guidelines are followed.  This is a great way for our Cubs to get to see what the “big boys” do, in Boy Scouts.  Click on the “Programs, Training & Activities Resources” link, on the Council webpage, to view the activity flyer.  Please contact Richard Nowlin at rcnowlin@valornet.com, (806-658-4839) or Steve Knollenberg, stevek.bsa@gmail.com (580-651-2615) for more information.

Scouting for Food

Our annual Council Good Turn service project, “Scouting for Food”, has been scheduled for March 27, 2010.  Hopefully, there will not be a blizzard this year!  This is a coordinated, Council-wide, one day service project to give back to our communities.  All Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops & Venturing Crews are expected to participate.  There will be council-wide publicity for this event, specifying Saturday, March 27th, as the collection day.  More information will be available at the March 2010 adult leader meetings.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- February 2010

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Monday, February 1, 2010

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District Chairperson – KC Hamill- Kc.hamill@goHastings.com             (806) 570-3744 (cell)

District Commissioner – Katie Loyall  jamesloyall@sbcglobal.net               (806) 220-9693 (cell)

District Executive – Hector Baldiviezo- hector.baldiviezo@scouting.org (806) 358-6500 (office)

February Calendar:

3 – CS Leader Specific Training

4 – Adult Leader Roundtable

11 – District Committee Meeting

11 – Commissioner Meeting

18 – Eagle Board of Review

March Calendar:

4 – Adult Leader Roundtable

11 – District Committee Meeting

11 – Commissioner Meeting

District Roundtable

Roundtable is this Thursday, February 4th (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, February 11th at the Scout Office. The District Committee Meeting is at 6:00 pm, and the Commissioner meeting is right after. 2010 will be a great year for the Quanah Parker District!!

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 

The February Roundtable (Thursday, February 4th) will be a Potluck Dinner where the District Awards of Merit will be presented.  The meat and the drinks will be provided, and you are asked to bring your favorite side dish (salad, vegetable, bread or dessert).  Come and join the fun and celebrate with your fellow Scouters!

 2009 Silver Beaver Recipient!!!

The 2010 Silver Beaver & Eagle Scout Reception will be Sunday, February 7, 2010. The reception starts at 2:00 PM at St. Thomas Church (4100 Coulter St.).

 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!

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Santa Fe District Highlights- February 2010

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Monday, February 1, 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

February

 7 – Scout Sunday/Council Reception Amarillo

8 – Adult Recognition Dinner – Place TBA

March

9 –  Quarterly Round Table

20-  Baloo Training

District Banquet

Our District Adult Recognition Banquet will be on Monday February 8th at 6:30 pm at the Hedley Lyons Club in down town Hedley.  Please RSVP by February 4th 2010.  Congratulations to George Hall from T433 in Clarendon for receiving the District Award of Merit, which will be awarded to him at the Banquet.

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  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  would not have access to the quality programs that they do.

If you have not done so, 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 8 to 10 minutes to invite the parents and adult leaders of your unit to join their friends in the Santa Fe District in making the same commitment. 

Scouting For Food

March 27th, 2010.  We suggest you collect non-perishable food items from your chosen neighborhood between the hours of 9am to 1:30pm.  We want to increase our food collections this year so it’s important you participate.  Collection bags will be available at our Roundtable in March.  Please make sure someone attends from your unit.  We will also have Activity Workbooks for leaders to use at meetings to help Scouts understand the hunger problems in our areas.  Here is the link for Scouting for Food on our Web Site

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/ScoutingForFood/ScoutingForFood.htm

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Venturing District Highlights- February 2010

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Monday, February 1, 2010

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

February

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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

It is our Good Scout Luncheon time again this year, so please contact Brad Drozell at 358-6500 or brad.drozell@scouting.org if you would like to sponsor youth in our programs.

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Council Highlights- February 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, February 1, 2010

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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

NRA Training Course

Interested in getting NRA Trained?  If so, please click onm the link below for more information.

NRA Training Flyer

 

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food will be conducted on March 27, 2010 all across the Council Service area.  All you need to prepare your Scouts for this event is at the link below.  Check it out!!!!

Scouting for Food

  

Centennial Spring Camporee

If excitement is what your Boy Scouts are looking for then look no further!  This Camporee will be held on April 16-18 at Camp Don Harrington.  We will also have a morning program for all Cub Scouts and Webelos so they too can get a sneak preview of what Boy Scouts do!  We have formed a committee and things are coming together for this awesome event.  Look for more information in the March Newsletter but get this date down!  This will replace the Spring Merit Badge Camp.

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

Eagle Scout Project Opportunity

If you have a Life Scout looking for a Eagle project, we have been contacted by Make A Wish Foundation and they may be able to help.  For more information, click on the link below.

Make a Wish Flyer

 

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

 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. All the information is located at the link below.

Trainer’s EDGE Flyer

  

WT A & M University Scout Night Basketball Night

If you want a great time, why not attend a WT Basketball Game!  February 27th, 2010 is the date but for all the information, costs (FREE for SCOUTS in Uniform) and how to get tickets, please take a look at the link below!

WT Scout Night Basketball Game Flyer

 

Kwahadi Dancers Show Information

Would you like to see a great show put on by our very own Kwahadi Dancers?  If the answer is yes, then you need to visit the link below for the show dates and costs.  Don’t miss out on an awesome performance!

Kwahadi Dancer Flyer

 

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.

The Scout shop 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

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.   If this is something you may be interested in, please contact Scott as soon as possible to discuss this great opportunity.

Northern Tier National High Adventure Program

If your Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew is interested in going to the Northern Tier High Adventure Base in 2011, give Scott a call at 806-358-6500 to get the information you will need to make a reservation.  Reservations begin April 1, 2010 and are first come, first serve.

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 now.  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

“Boy Scouts of America: Today” National Photo Contest

As the Boy Scouts of America’s members, alumni, and admirers prepare to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary, they want to see what Scouting looks like in the communities across America.  Anyone with a passion for photography is invited to submit photo entries for a new book, to be published in October 2010.  Boy Scouts of America: Today will show Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers engaged in activities that represent the 12 points of the Scout Law.

Eligible participants may enter the contest by submitting photographs in any or all of the 12 categories to visually depict the 12 points of the Scout Law—trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  Affiliation with the BSA or any of its programs is not necessary to submit a photo for consideration.  Winning entries will printed in the book Boy Scouts of America: Today, and winners will receive a copy of the book and a $50 gift card for official Scouting merchandise purchased through Scoutstuff.org or at any participating Scout shop.

“The image should not just create a visual reaction, but must evoke a feeling about the point of the Scout Law for which it represents,” explains Roger Morgan, official BSA photographer.  “We’re looking for photographs that create an emotional response.”

The Boy Scouts of America: Today photo contest begins January 12, 2010, and entries must be received by March 31, 2010.  Photos must be representative of Scouting activities but are not limited to any specific event.  Photographs submitted for consideration must have been taken within one year of entry.  Visit http://scoutstuff.upickem.net/engine/Welcome.aspx?contestid=12834 for more information including how to submit photos for consideration.

Memorials and Tributes

In Memory of:                                                From:

Christopher Coppedge                                The Rex Bradley Family

Bill Esler                                                            Leonard and Beverly Cowden

                                                                              Xcel Energy

                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. C. Coleman Young

January Eagle Scouts

First Last Unit District
B Standish T-80 GE
E Law T-87 GE
D Benson C-2087 GE
D Kelley C-2087 GE
D Floyd T-160 LW
Brandherm T-160 LW
Ray T-31 GE

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