Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- April 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Thursday, April 1, 2010


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 6.  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.  UPDATE:  We have one unit at this time for the 12:30-2:30pm slot and we need 2 more units to sign-up for this great opportunity.

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!   All participating units should be practicing the scheduled events so you are prepared on Saturday!   Registration ends on April 1 with no exceptions.  For all the information and events, please click on the link below.

Camporee Information

Order of the Arrow- Beaver Day 2010

What is it?

Please join us at the Camp MK Brown. on Saturday May 1, 2010 for a day of service.  We will have several camp projects set up for your scout unit. Projects are expected to be completed by 5 pm.


Pre-registration is required. Please register by calling or emailing Trent Stephens by Monday April 26, 2010. if no answer please leave message with phone number. Registering early will allow us to provide enough food for the Saturday lunch.  Lunch will be provided by the Nischa Achowalogen Lodge #486 to all scout units that participate in the Beaver Day event. Lunch will be served between 12:00 pm – 12:45pm in the Dining Hall.  Check-in: Saturday May 1, 2010 between 8:00 am – 8:30am.

What to bring:

Old clothes and shoes, gloves, hat, (you will get dirty) and a canteen or water bottle to keep hydrated. Other helpful items: battery operated drills (& bits), trailer to help haul tree limbs, chain saws, bow saws, axe, anything else you can think of to make the work easier. Projects may include painting, wading in water, or mud. Clothes may get dirty or torn.


Your troop may camp during the weekend however please note that the OA Lodge will only provide lunch on Saturday. You unit will be responsible for all other meals. The dining hall and admin building are reserved for OA activities. Units must follow the two leader deep rule. Sign-in for weekend camping will be at the Administration Building on Friday April 30, 2010 between 7pm – 9pm .

We will have open up Lazy S, T-Bar, and Flying V for weekend camping on the Beaver Day Weekend. 

Medical form:

Please bring a copy of your BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. All participants must have a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record [] on file for the weekend and return to the troop leader when checking out.  If your Annual Health and Medical Record form is not on file with your registration you must bring it with you or you will be sent home, NO EXCEPTIONS.


There is cost for no cost to your unit. This includes all Saturday Lunch Only.

We will have  a Trading Post / Snack Bar open!   So bring extra money to buy new items and to build up your trading stock. 

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  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.  Applicants 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

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 in May 2010  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.

Philmont Training Center

The Philmont Training Center is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeastern New Mexico near Cimarron on the grounds of Philmont Scout Ranch.  More then 70 week-long courses are conducted each summer for unit, district and council volunteers.  A special feature of the Training Center is that families are invited and encouraged to share in the experience.  A staff is available to lead family members of all ages through a variety of activities that include horse rides, hikes, crafts, games, nature walks, archery, and much more. 

The Philmont Training Center has a course for every Scouter who is interested in learning how to provide a better, stronger Scouting program.  To register, go to and register under the Events Reservation Tab or call 575-376-2281 or visit them at

Golden Spread Council Shooting Sports Wish List

Cloth Sandbags for gun supports

Shooting mats for prone shooting

Riding lawnmower or Gas powered ATV to help move Clay Throwers

Range Spotting Scopes

Windmill for Sporting Clays Range

Pop-up Canopies for range shade


Handcart or Dolly to help move shells and clays

A10- Gun Safe

6- 32 Gallon plastic trash cans

10 Metal Troughs

Metal Shooting Station Signs

Please contact Bob Altman 358-6500, if you wish to help, or have any questions regarding this list.

Eighth Annual Sporting Clays Classic

It is hard to believe but it is now time to start preparing for the Golden Spread Council’s Sporting Clays Classic tournament and auction.  This year’s tournament will be our Eighth Annual Sporting Clays Classic.  This year’s Classic will be held on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21. Our tournament has grown from 24 teams in 2003, to this year’s projected 50 teams and over 200 shooters.  These teams will come from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado all in support of Scouting.  As you know, all proceeds from the tournament go towards supporting our local Boy Scout programs.

With this many teams and shooters, we are in need of 125+ volunteers to help us run a fun and safe tournament. This letter is a request to you and to members of your troop or crew to consider volunteering some time to help us during this year’s Sporting Clays Tournament.  We respectfully ask that all volunteers be 13 years old or older (or be accompanied by an Adult) due to nature of this tournament. 

Volunteers are needed in lots of different areas and for various times. Volunteers will be needed on both Friday, August 20 and on Saturday, August 21.  As a volunteer, you can help on one or both days.  You can also specify to work mornings or afternoons or all day.  Every volunteer will receive a t-shirt as recognition for their time and help.

Scout Leaders please share this information with your fellow leaders, Scout parents and with your troop and crew members.

If you can help this year, please contact Bob Altman at the Scout Service Center-358-6500. 

Shooting Sports Camp

Shooting Sports Camp will expose Scouts to Shooting Sports disciplines and activities in the areas of Archery, Rifle, 5-Stand, Trap, and Action Archery. Friday and  Saturday evening will be packed with Shooting Sports related demonstrations and exhibits. The NRA has generously provided some of our camp materials.

This camp is open to all registered Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts and will be held on Friday, July 9, 2010 through Sunday, July 11, 2010. Check-in between 3p.m. and 5p.m. – Camp Don Harrington is located 12 miles south of Amarillo, TX on South Washington Street.

 The cost is $95.00 for Scouts and $85.00 for adults that register before Friday, June 18th, 2010.  After that date, the fees go to $105.00 for Scouts and $90.00 for adults. 

Camp Fees will include use of camp, archery equipment, guns, all necessary ammunition and targets, instruction by trained staff, and various recognition items. Meals include a Friday Evening dinner, Saturday’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday’s breakfast and lunch.  Dinner on Friday will begin at 5pm along with camp orientation and safety briefings.  More information will be available in the next newsletter!

Flag Retirement Ceremony

A Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at Lake Meredith Amphitheater on August 28 2010 @ 7pm.  On Saturday August 28, 2010 at 7pm, Borger Boy Scout Troops 560 and 507 will be holding a public flag retirement ceremony at Lake Meredith Amphitheater (adjacent to the Fritch Fortress camping area).  The ceremony is free and all are welcome to attend.  Any scouts wishing to help retire flags are welcome, please come about a half hour early for instructions.

The ceremony will last about one hour, and we have about 200 flags left over from last year’s ceremony.  No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.  The grommets that are left after retiring the flags will be saved as tokens of remembrance. 

If you have flags that you would like to have us retire, please arrange a drop off by calling James Farrer at 806-553-5859.  If you would like to have a flag retired in honor of someone who has served in the armed forces please contact James Farrer.  If you are a life scout and would like to organize the ceremony for your Eagle project, please contact James Farrer.   If you need further directions to Lake Meredith Amphitheater, please contact them at 806-857-3151

Order of the Arrow Information

Section 2-3 Conclave will be April 16-18, at Camp Post near Post Texas. Are you planning to attend? You may Register at: To complete the registration you will need to send a copy of your National Health form and fees to the Golden Spread Council to complete the registration process. The lodge goal is to have 25 youth and 20 adults in attendance.

The Spring edition, Beaver Tracks Vol. 23 Issue 1, is posted  at Please print and share copies with other OA members within your troop and chapter.

2010 OA vigil nominations are now being solicited. Nominations will be accepted through April 30. Nomination forms can be found at

The annual spring OA work day, Beaver Days, is schedule April 30 – May 2, 2010, at Camp Mk Brown. A tentative schedule is posted in the Beaver Tracks. Registration Form can be found at:

Have you and your fellow OA members registered this year? If not please fill out the 2010 registration form and/or make copies for your fellow OA members. Forms can be found at:

Has your troop scheduled or held your annual OA troop election? If not please contact your chapter chief and schedule your election today!

Honor Camping Program Guide and Calendar:

Calendar of events:

Please make copies of the above information for your fellow OA members and Chapters. All The links listed above can be found directly by visiting:

Please bookmark the following OA web sites:

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, 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 physical 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

Kwahadi Dancers Information

40 young men and women have entered training to be in the Kwahadi show since Thanksgiving!  The Kwahadis will be performing for Scouting’s 100th Anniversary celebrations at the William Boyce Museum in Illinois and at the National Jamboree in Virginia, and will also present 4 shows for thousands of Scouters from around America at the Philmont Training Center this summer!  This is a good time for area Scouts/Venturers, age 11 to 18 to train to be a part of the adventures this summer.  Come visit a rehearsal at the Kwahadi Museum, 9151 I-40 E on Sundays from 1 – 4:30.  We think you’ll like it, and you’ll love the opportunity to perform for Scouting events and camp all across America this summer!  Kwahadi – the adventure continues!

Summer Travel Plans

The Kwahadis have been invited to perform at the William Boyce Museum 100th Anniversary of Scouting in Ottawa, IL on Saturday, June 12, 2010 and also to present 4 shows at the 100th Anniversary of Scouting National Jamboree at Ft. A. P. Hill, VA on July 27 – 30, 2010.  We will be traveling northward towards Chicago June 7 – 15 and eastward to Virginia July 19 – August 2.

May We Perform For You Along The Way?

We have several dates available for shows for camps and Scouting/church events on our way to and from these performances.  Our route is flexible.  If you would like a Kwahadi show for your pack, troop, district, council, community, event, or camp please contact us at your earliest convenience.  In the summer of 2011 we are looking at either a show tour into Nova Scotia, Canada with our grand friend Mike Reid, OR across the western states!

Home Shows and Scout Lodging

The Kwahadis will perform Song of the Eagle at the Kwahadi Kiva on May 28, 29, 30, June 4, 5, 6*, 18, 19, 25, 22, July 2, 9, 10, 11*, 16, 17, 2010 (Sunday 3 pm matinees).  Over 2500 Scouts spent the night in the Kiva last summer.  We will schedule additional shows on evenings when we have enough visiting Scouts or tour bus groups.   Lodging, meals, performances, and museum are available.

Philmont Shows

The Kwahadis will perform at the Philmont Training Center at 7:00 pm for hundreds of Scouters of all over America on June 14, 21, July 12, and July 19.  This will be the 25th year of Kwahadi shows at Philmont!

Kwahadis Celebrated 65th Anniversary with Grand Adventures Last Year!

The Kwahadi program began in Troop 9 in the fall of 1944.  Since that time over 1600 boys and girls have presented over 4000 performances in 48 states and overseas.  As the 65th Anniversary year began in the fall of 2008, 25 Kwahadis represented North America and performed with the Korean National Ballet in the opening ceremony of the International Xtreme Games in Busan, S. Korea.  Afterwards the group present five shows in various venues around the city during their 10 day visit, and enjoyed site-seeing and the fine hospitality of the Korean hosts!

Last summer, 63 Kwahadis and friends from the Kossa Dancers of Louisiana traveled to Europe and presented 18 performances over three weeks in the U.K. and Ireland before ending with a weekend visit to Paris, France!  We met Scouting folks all across Ireland, N. Ireland, Scotland, and England.  Our Scouting hosts provided us with an adventure we will never forget!

Memorials and Tributes

In  Memory  of:                      From:

Ivan Hankla                             Prentice and Karen McKee

March 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
Corder T-97 GE
N Dugie T- 87 GE
Hinckley T-94 GE
D Myers T- 87 GE
M Rodriguez T- 4 GE
S Grigsby T-94 GE
Moats T-80 GE
P Tillery T-80 GE
Walsh Crew 2087 GE

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