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Adobe Walls District Highlights- March 2010

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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

District Commissioner– Darian Reeves-  darianreeves@sbcglobal.net

District Executive– Vacant

March Calandar

4 -Adult Leader Roundtable

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

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- March 2010

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 2, 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

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

April Calendar:

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

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

8             District Committee & Commissioners Meeting, 5:30 PM, Council 

                Service Center

15          Eagle Board of Review

16-18    Centennial Camporee – Camp Don Harrington

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. At the March 4th meeting, we will have maps and bags for the Scouting for Food Drive on March 27th.   Every unit should have a representative at the Roundtable to receive this information and show your commitment to this Good Turn for our community. 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 leaders (all positions) must attend a Cub Scout Leader Specific Training session, Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters must attend a Scoutmaster Specific Training session. The next training session is scheduled for Saturday, March 6th (9:00 am) at the Council Service Center in Amarillo. The Cub Scout Leader course is from 9-12 and the Boy Scout Leader Specific is from 9am-4pm, with a cost of $5.00 for lunch. Please contact the Scout Service Center at 358-6500 to register.  Registration Deadline is Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

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.

Centennial Camporee

April 16th -18th, 2010, Camp Don Harrington.   You don’t want to miss this one!  Check out  the info on the Golden Spread Council website.   There will be something for everyone, from the youngest Tiger Cub to the oldest Scouter.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- March 2010

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 2, 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

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.

April Calendar:

2- Council Service Center closed

3-4- Scout Shop closed

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

16-18 Spring Merit Badge Camp

17- District Pinewood Derby

23-25- Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Skills Course, Palo Duro Reservoir, Spearman, TX.

Congratulations to Bob Post

Please join me in congratulating Bob Post, currently serving as our District Commissioner, for being awarded the Silver Beaver Award.  Bob was honored for his many years of service to youth, at the 2010 Council Eagle and Silver Beaver reception, held on February 7th.

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.

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.

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 here: Lake Clean-up info to view the activity flyer and sign up.  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.  Click on this link: Scouting for Food info & resources for more information and to download Program planning guides to use in your meetings, prior to the event.  These educational planning guides are great helps in educating our Scouts in why we do Scouting for Food, as a Council-wide service project.

Boy Scout Outdoor Leader Skills Training

Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Skills Training is being offered on April 23rd through the 25th , 2010.  Cost is $30 (to cover food & supplies).  Check in begins at 6 p.m., Friday evening.  There will be an orientation meeting and course activities in the evening.  The course will run from 7 p.m. on Friday until 12 noon on Sunday.  Location: Palo Duro Reservoir, Spearman, Texas.  This training is for all registered Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Cub leaders who will be moving up into a Boy Scout Troop, with their sons.  This is outdoor skills training, so you will be camping out for two nights.  Please prepare accordingly.  Registration will be limited to the first 20 leaders to pay their fees.  Reserve your spot now!  Go to the Council activities page for more information.

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

All Scoutmasters should be reviewing their Troop records to identify which youth members are eligible for election into the Order of the Arrow, this spring.  To be eligible, the youth needs to be at least a First Class Scout and have completed fifteen days and nights of camping in the last two calendar years, including one, but not more than one, long-term camp of 5, or 6 nights.  The remaining 9 or 10 nights must consist of overnight, weekend, or other short-term camping.  “Cabin camping”, does not count.  Chapter Unit election coordinators will be contacting each Scoutmaster, to schedule an election for Troops that have eligible candidates.  A Troop may not conduct its own election!

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- March 2010

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 2, 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)

March Calendar:

4 – Adult Leader Roundtable

11 – District Committee Meeting

11 – Commissioner Meeting

27 – District Pinewood Derby

April Calendar:

1 – Adult Leader Roundtable

8 – District Committee Meeting

8 – District Committee Meeting

10 – BALOO Training

15 – Eagle Board of Review

District Roundtable

Roundtable is this Thursday, March 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.

Very Important!We encourage all of you to come. At this Roundtable, units will sign up to participate in Scouting for Food, will be assigned to their respective areas where they will be collecting food, and will get all bags you need for this event.

District Committee & Commissioner Meeting

Both meetings are on Thursday, March 11th at the Scout Office. The District Committee Meeting is at 6:00 pm, and the Commissioner meeting is right after. We are very excited about this year; not only is the Boy Scouts 100 Year Anniversary, but we also have a very busy and fun year ahead.

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Adult Leader!

Very soon any unit that does not have trained adult leaders will not be able to recharter. When you are trained it makes it a lot easier for you to get involved and do things right; and the boys get a better program and a better experience. Therefore this 2010, the Golden Spread Council’s goal is to have 100% leaders trained in all districts. If your unit has changed Cubmaster or Scoutmaster, or has new parents involved in it; they should get training right away. All the necessary training is on-line at https://myscouting.scouting.org/. If you need your Scouting ID in order to log in, please feel free to contact the Scout Office at (806) 358-6500 and ask any of the staff. Also, there will be additional training during the year so pay attention for dates and sign up. If for some reason you and your leaders cannot come to training, call Katie Loyall at 806-622-5170 and let her know. Katie along with the QP Unit Commissioners will come to you and train everybody. Don’t let this drag for too long, get TRAINED!!

 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 2009 District Award of Merit recipients for the Quanah Parker District are Katie Loyall, Doris Williams, and Jared Read. Thank you for everything you do for Scouting in this community!! This is a little appreciation for all your involvement, commitment and hard work you put into Scouting. THANK YOU!

District Pinewood Derby

Our District Pinewood Derby will be the same day for Scouting for Food (if you have not signed up for Scouting for Food, please do so right away). This event will be at the Kwahadi Kiva Museum on I-40 East (Airport Exit). The Weigh-In begins at 12:00 PM (noon) and the race at 1:00 PM.

There is an entrance fee of two (2) cans of food per racing car. All the food collected will go in addition to what the units in the Quanah Parker District collected in the morning. This is our biggest service project of the year; therefore the District wants to collect a large amount of food to help the needy. These are tough times for many people out there, and they need our help. For more information, please contact Gemma Mitchell at (806) 282-8296.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- March 2010

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 2, 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

March

9 –  Quarterly Roundtable

9-  District Committee Meeting

20-  Baloo Training

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

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Venturing District Highlights- March 2010

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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

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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

The Golden Spread Council, Venturing District, wants to have Venturer’s start planning High Adventure Weekends, Ski Trips, Whitewater Rafting, etc.  In order to do this the Venturing District is going to have its first “Activities Committee” on March 25th at 6pm.  The meeting will be held at the Scout Service Center and we need one Venturer and one Adult from every crew that wants to be apart of some great trips and activities.

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Council Highlights- March 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Gathering of Eagles

If you are an Eagle Scout, the Council is hosting a “Gathering of Eagles” on March 11, 2010.  This event gather our Eagle Scouts for fun and fellowship.  For all the information, please click on the links below.

Gathering of Eagles Letter

 

Registration Form

 

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.  If you can’t attend your District Roundtable in March, and you are planning on participating, please contact your District Executive by March 12 to get your area.

Scouting for Food

What’s a Kid to Do?

This annual event is April 10, 2010 from 1pm to 6pm at the Westgate Mall in Amarillo.  If your Scout Unit would like to put up a display and hand out Scouting Information (we will provide) please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 no later than April 1.  In the past, we’ve had several units take a turn at manning the table and this has been done in shifts.  The table is provided for our use.  THis is a great way to do a little recruiting for your unit and to show the community how much fun Scouting is.

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 will need lots of help in the areas of logistics, food prep, and scorekeeping.  If your unit is planning on attending and you are bringing lots of adults, we could use your help.  Please email or call Scott at 806-358-6500 to express your interest in helping out.  For all the information, events, and registration form, please click on the link below.

Camporee Information

 

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.  Instead of asking parents for the entire fee at one time, consider a payment plan starting in March. Collect your fees over the next three to four months which significantly reduces the “shock” of one payment!

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!  Collect your fees over the next three to four months which significantly reduces the “shock” of one payment!

Registration Form

Leaders Guide

Camp Staff Needed

We are getting ready for the Camping season and we need youth staff for Camp MK Brown.  Applicatants must be 15 years old or older and be willing to commit from June 13 through July 3.  We offer paid positions, tent housing, great meals, and the opportunity to have a lot of fun.  We have new Camp leadership this year wo have lots of great things planned for the staff.  Applications can be found at the link below.

Camp Staff Application

 

Are you a Trained Leader?

The BSA has mandated that each Council has 100 percent of its Top Leaders~~ Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Venture Crew Leader~~ fully trained this year.  We will be offering many training opportunities to get you trained and once the 2010-2011 calendar is published in August, you will see even more training opportunities.  What we have found however, is that many leaders do not have the basic training which includes Youth Protection (good for two years only), Fast Start, and This is Scouting all which can be done on-line in the comfort of your home.  All you need is your BSA membership Card (you will need the ID number) and a computer with Internet.  If you know someone who needs the training and doesn’t have a computer or internet access, let them know we have set up a computer at the Scout Office to be used by any volunteer who needs to take on-line course.  If you can’t locate your card, please call the office at 806-358-6500 and Stephen can give you your ID number.  PLease take care of your training requirements now.  Remember that “Every Boy Deserves a Trained Leader”-are you a Trained Leader?

On-Line Training Link

 

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

NYLT Information

NYLT is training for Boy Scouts to help lead your troop in to the future.  They participate in activities for an entire week at Camp Don Harrington under the guidance of trained adults.  Graduates go back to the troop with a renewed sense of committment and leadership skills.  For more information. please click on the link below.

NYLT Information

Participant Application

 

 

Boy Scouts Survey for Tennis Programs

 

The Amarillo National Tennis Center is looking to expand programming with a focus on the community and especially young people. They have the following time slots available fall, winter, and spring seasons plus school holidays and spring break:

 

Monday – Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm

 

Friday afternoons from 4:00pm-6:00pm

 

Some Saturdays

 

We would need to cover costs, however want to keep it reasonable for scout troops. There would be a badge connection with the tennis session, so please fill out the survey below and return to:

 

Amarillo Parks & Recreation. This will help us find a time that fits each group.

 

Scout Leader Name:__________________ Phone Number: ____________

 

Number of boys in troop: ______________________

 

Age range of boys in troop: _______________________

 

Interest in tennis program for boys during which above mentioned time(s):

 

Reasonable price for this program: $__________/participant.

 

Times you are available to visit about this tennis opportunity______________

  

Thank you for completing this survey and returning it to us, so we can expand the programs at the Amarillo National Tennis Center.

Return to:

Amarillo Parks and Recreation

PO Box 1971

509 SE 7

Amarillo, TX 79105

Eagle Scout Project Opportunity

If you have a Life Scout looking for an 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

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.  DATE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 2 DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING INTEREST IN NOMINATIONS.  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!   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 (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

2010 Shooting Clays Tournament

Save the date—–August 21, 2010 at Camp Don.  We will needs lots of help at this event.  For more information, please click on the link below!

Shooting Clays Information

 

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

Order of the Arrow

Did you know that you can find everything that you need to know about the Order of the Arrow at the link below?  Check it out!

OA Web Page

 

Venturing Program Changes

The National Executive Board recently approved a resolution to change the eligibility requirements for Venturing to ensure consistency among Venturing, high-adventure bases, and other core programs.

The current age and grade eligibility requirement for participation in the Venturing program is 14 years of age and completion of the eighth grade.

Effective May 1, 2010, the minimum age requirement will be changed to 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and completion of the eighth grade. The maximum age for participation remains under 21 years of age.

In support of this change, attached is a list of frequently asked questions. This information is posted at www.scouting.org/venturing.

“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:

Ronald Despain                      Otto and Jean Fritz

Leonard Cowsbin Jr             Max Harvesty

Bill Landess                              Mr and Mrs Paul Harpole

In  Honor of:

Puff  Niegos                              Helen Peihl

February Eagle Scouts

First Last Troop District
D Benson C-2087 GE
Brandherm T-160 LW
D Floyd T-160 LW
D Kelley C-2087 GE
E Law T-87 GE
Ray T-31 GE
B Standish T-80 GE
K Corder T-97 GE
N Dugie T- 87 GE
R Hinckley T-94 GE
D Myers T- 87 GE
M Rodriguez T- 4 GE

 

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