Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- May 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Saturday, May 1, 2010

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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!  Some of the earlier camps have mid May 2010 Early Bird Regsitration deadlines.  Please take a look at your Camp and verify the deadlines for the reduced fees. 

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!  Campsite are filling up at this point so if you plan on attending MK Brown, you need to act now and get your reservation form turned in.  In addition, the on-line T-shirt order is due by May17th.  Get your perosnalized t-shirts ordered before time runs out. 

Registration Form 

Leaders Guide 

T-shirt Order Form 

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 

Youth Protection Information 

At the link below, you will find all the information about Youth Protection Training and the different videos that are available.  April was Child Abuse Protection Month and we hope you took the opportunity to discuss this within your unit, with your parents, and if appropriate, with your Scouts.  Please take a moment to open up the letter, read through it, and most importantly, print it out and provide a copy to your parents who may not receive this newsletter. 

Child Abuse Protection Month Letter 

CPR/First Aid Training Course 

We will be conducting a CPR/First AId Course on May 8, 201 from 9am to Noon at Camp Don Harrington.  The cost is $5.00 and you will receive a completion card form the American Heart Association.  To register, please click on the link below. Deadline is May 5th! 

CPR/First Aid Registration Form 

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 

Junior Boy Scout Staff Needed 

Do any of your Boy Scouts need service hours?  If so, the Camp Don Day Camp could use you!  The Camp Director would like several Boy Scouts to help staff the Day Camp on June 14-16 from 9am to 4pm or any part of those days.  You will receive a Camp Tshirt, Patch, and lunch for the day(s) you are helping.  The pay is the satisfaction that you are providing enjoyment to young scouts!  For information, have the Scout contact Scott at 806-358-6500 no later the June 7. 

Scouting for Food Wrap-up 

Scouting for Food is now completed in all communitites, however we have not been given total poundage from several of them especially in the Adobe Walls District.  If you are in that District, please give Scott a call at 806-358-6500 with your total or email him at skilian@bsamail.org 

Camporee Roundup 

If your unit was not at the April Council Camporee, you really missed out on a great time.  The weather held out for us and the Scouts had lots of fun, learned a few things about their Scouting skills (or lack thereof!) and got to play in the mud!.  Thanks goes out to Stephen Tillery and his adult staff members for operating the events and a huge thanks also to all the Scorekeepers.  We will be doing this next April so start working on your skills now! 

Does your Troop Members Need Service Hours? 

We are looking for any Troop who would like to spend a few hours on a Saturday cleaning up, cutting  grass, weedeating,  and performing general outside type maintenance at the Scout Service Center.  If you are interested, please contact Stephen Keel at 806-358-6500  

 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 

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 www.myscouting.org and register under the Events Reservation Tab or call 575-376-2281 or visit them at www.PhilmontTrainingCenter.org 

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Course

Finding a WFA course or a CPR/AED course has often been difficult.  This new instructor course will provide the opportunity for you and your unit or council to remedy this problem.  After completion of this course each participant will be certified as a WFA and CPR/AED instructor.  Requirements include a current CPR/AED certification, and participants must be 18 years of age or older.  It is also highly recommended that you have had a previous WFA course.

Course Dates

June 6-12 (provided by the American Red Cross)

Aguust 8-14 (Provided by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute)

To Register

Visit https://myscouting.org.

Under the “Events” tab, click on “Event Registration”, then “Philmont Training Center 2010 Conference Registration.”

For more information, contact Ruth Reynolds at Ruth.Reynolds@scouting.org.

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 

Flagpole 

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, raltman@bsamail.org 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 150+ 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. 

Please follow this link to our volunteer commitment sheet.  If you can help this year, please fill out the commitment sheet and return to the scout office as soon as possible. For more information please call Bob Altman at the Scout Service Center-358-6500.  

Volunteer Committment Sheet 

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 can be found at the links below. 

Shooting Sports Camp Flyer
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Shooting Sports Camp Registration Form 

 2010 Popcorn Sale Information 

 Don’t miss out on this fall’s Trail’s End Popcorn Sale!  Register Your Unit Today!     

This fall’s sale is going to be bigger and better than ever. New products, prizes and incentives. Many packs and troops in thee Golden Spread Council use this as their only fund raiser for the year. This is a fun, fast, paced sale that not only provides funds for your unit’s program but also supports the Scouting programs and camps that you use in the Golden Spread Council.  Sign up today and be prepared to offer your Scouts the greatest program possible.  This year’s sale will be bigger and better than ever!     

 Here’s how to register for this year’s sale.   

To be sure that you don’t miss any of the information about the 2010 Trail’s End Popcorn sale, now is the time to let us know your pack or troop wants to participate. 

 We need to know: your district; your unit number and whether you are a pack, troop, crew or post; the name of your unit Popcorn Kernel; along with their email address (required); street address and phone number (with area code). 

To sign up your unit to sale Popcorn this fall please click on the following link! 

Popcorn Sign-Up Form 

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 

The Spring edition, Beaver Tracks Vol. 23 Issue 1, is posted  at 

http://tinyurl.com/BT-Vol23-Iss1 Please print and share copies with other OA members within your troop and chapter. 

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: http://tinyurl.com/2010-OAmembership 

Has your troop scheduled or held your annual OA troop election? If not please contact your chapter chief and schedule your election today!Elections end on May 28, 2010.  If you can’t get a hold of your Chapter Chief, please contact Jared at 806-570-1253. 

http://tinyurl.com/2010-OA-ElectionLetter 

Honor Camping Program Guide and Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/2010-OA-CampingGuide-Calendar 

Calendar of events: http://tinyurl.com/2010-OA-calendar 

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: http://groups.google.com/group/naoa/files 

Please bookmark the following OA web sites: 

http://na-oa.net 

http://tinyurl.com/OA-Lodge486-FBpage 

http://www.main.oa-bsa.org/ 

http://www.southern.oa-bsa.org/ 

http://www.sr2-3n.org/ 

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 

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 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 

Memorial Day Flags 

What:         To Help Memorial Park Cemetery with the placing of a United States Flag on every marked Veteran’s grave. 

Where:       Memorial Park Cemetery, 6969 I-40 East @ Whitaker Rd., Amarillo, TX 79118 

When:        9:30AM – 11:00AM Saturday May 29, 2010 

Why:           To Honor all Veteran’s buried within Memorial Park and to gain Service Hours. 

Please contact Travis Rigdon, General Manager at 374-3709 to RSVP your Troop. 

Travis R. Rigdon 

General Manger 

Memorial Park Cemetery  

Amarillo, Texas  

806-374-3709 Office 

806-367-2453 Cell 

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 

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 

Kwahadis Shows 

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! 

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! 

Texas A & M Corps of Cadets Information 

The Spring 2010 Aggie Eagle Program was a great success!  We had 83 Scouts attend from across Texas and the nation.  These Scouts experienced a little bit of everything that A&M and the Corps has to offer – from the A&M vs Texas basketball game, to the Awards Banquet where scholarship certificates were awarded, to quality time with our Cadets at the Obstacle Course, Stamina Course and Leadership Development Course.  From the comments received as the Scouts departed indicate – we accomplished our purpose – get the Scouts, and their families, ‘fired up’ about the opportunities to be A&M students and members of our Corps. 

Here is the link for our newest Aggie Eagle Newsletter for your review:  http://www.aggiecorps.org/pdfs/aggie_eagle/newsletters/AEP_spring_2010.pdf .  Please feel free to download the newsletter and provide copies to other Scouts (and Scouters) who might be interested.  Should you like some printed copies, let me know how many and provide an address to send them. 

We are already registering Scouts for our next AEP, the 10th-11th of Sep, 2010.  This program will include the Texas A&M vs Louisiana Tech football game, along with Midnight Yell Practice, the Scholarship Awards Banquet, and many other activities.  More on the program, and Scouts can register online here:  http://www.aggiecorps.org/connect-with-the-corps/aggie-eagle-program.html .  Please note that participants only need to be active in Scouting and working towards Eagle, Gold or Stars & Stripes Award to attend the program. 

Gig ‘em 

Jon 

JON T. HALL ’76 

Col, USAF (Ret) 

Assistant Commandant for Recruiting 

Texas A&M University 

1-800 TAMU AGS 

Memorials and Tributes 

In  Memory  of:                      From: 

Ivan Hankla                             Prentice and Karen Mckee 

J K Sproles                                Tyler Latham 

April Eagle Scouts

First Name Initial Last Name 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
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
Brockman T-50 GE
Z Fick T-142 LW
C Pullen T-98 GE

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