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Adobe Walls District Highlights- July 2010

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 6, 2010


District Chairperson – Joe Hillhouse –

District Commissioner – Rick Jones –

District Executive – Jim Anderson –

July Calendar:

No Scheduled Events

Successful Fritch Twilight Camp

Woody Mihm, Roper Cox, and Mike Albus put on a great day camp in June! The Cub Scouts did archery, shot BB guns, and got creative with a craft all three days.  Many of the parents gave thanks and praise to Mike Albus and how he instructed the scouts in archery.  At the end of the camp the scouts received awards for what they had accomplished the past three days.

Camp MK Brown 2010

Many of the Adobe Walls Boy Scout Troops attended camp this year. There wasn’t a bad turn out for being a National Jamboree year!  It was great to see so many units from the area together in one place.  Camps like this, and national events such as the Jamboree this year, help to remind us we are not the Boy Scouts of Pampa, or Borger, or Wheeler, or Miami, or any other individual unit.  We are the Boy Scouts of America.

Note from the new District Executive

I am excited to be on board with the Boy Scouts and look forward to getting to know all the volunteers in the district. Since there hasn’t been a DE in about 6 months I want to recognize some of the volunteers who have helped keep Adobe Walls functioning by helping with the Friends of Scouting campaign. Great thanks go out to John Curry, Joe Hillhouse, Mike Amos, Ben Ed Hillhouse, Larry Smith, Landon Landry, and the many others I have not got a chance to meet with! We reached about 80% of our fundraising goal this year for the district, which is pretty good without a district executive, so kudos to those who helped! I am confident we will be at 100% next year because we have such great people on board.  I would also like to recognize Joe Weaver, Katrina Bigham, and Mike Ruff for being friendly and helpful to me as I have just moved to Pampa.  I’ve seen great things so far and look forward to seeing more and more in the future!

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- July 2010

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 6, 2010


District Chairman:  Greg Wynne,

Amarillo/Canyon District Commissioner: Scott Hollabaugh,

Hereford Area District Commissioner: HS Fuller,

Hereford Area Program Aide:  Vacant

District Executive: George Etier,

July Calendar

15        Eagle Board of Review

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.

Golden Eagle Camps

I would like to take this opportunity to thank several people who have helped with the camps this year.  The Camp Don Day Camp was a total success with Sarah Chase and Pam Miller providing the leadership.  They also accepted over 30 Scoutreach scouts as part of their camp this year and we thank them and the members of the team for their time and effort.  The Tiger Twilight Camp was held in early June for our newly recruited Tigers.  Katie Loyall, Doris Williams, Scott Kilian and others provided these new Scouts the time of their life.  What a great way to welcome new boys and their parents. 

Final Thoughts

As you know, I have been the Camp Director at Camp MK Brown and am just returning to the office.  There are so many people to thank for helping at camp so I would like to just say a huge THANK YOU to everyone.  The camp was a great experience and those of you back home who continued moving the district forward, thank you as well.  I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- July 2010

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 6, 2010


District Chairman- Duwane Skipper-

District Commissioner- Bob Post-

District Executive- Steve Knollenberg-

July Calendar:

2-4- Council Service Center closed, Independence Day

9-11- Shooting Sports Camp, Camp Don Harrington

16-17- Dalhart Day Camp, Dalhart Bowhunters Club, Dalhart, TX.

23-8/4/2010- Centennial Boy Scout Jamboree, Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

August Calendar:

7- Scout Shop closed

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

14- Scout Shop closed

14- Program Preview Kickoff & School Night Orientation meeting, Amarillo, TX.

21-Scout Shop closed

21- Lone Wolf District Golf Tournament, Sunset Hills GC, Guymon, OK.

20-21- Sporting Clays Tournament, Camp Don Harrington, Amarillo, TX

27-29- O.A. Summer Ordeal, Camp Don Harrington

Dalhart Cub Scout Day Camp

Now that this school year is over and June is history, you have one last chance for your Cubs to attend a Day Camp.  The Dalhart Cub Day Camp is scheduled for July 16-17, at the Dalhart Bow Hunters Club.  Our volunteers are working very hard to make our last day camp of summer the best one, yet!  Please contact Steve Knollenberg, 580-651-2615, for more details.  Go to the Council website at, to sign up!

Have a great Scouting Summer

The summer months are upon us, which means GREAT Scouting opportunities for our kids!  Make sure your Cubs & families are going to one of our Day, or Resident Camps, and your Boy Scouts are going to Summer Camp.  All of our summertime camping programs are designed to keep you kids charged up about Scouting.  Summer camping programs truly do give your kids memories that last a lifetime!  Have a great Scouting summer!

2010-2011 Program Kick-off meeting

Mark your calendars, for August 14th.  We have planned the 2010-2011 Golden Spread Council Program Preview and Kick-Off and we would like to have ALL adult leaders attend.  At a minimum, you should have one leader from your unit in attendance.  You will receive information on all of the upcoming district and council Programs, Fall Recruiting, Popcorn, Trainings, Camps, etc. and you will participate in a time saving and very useful calendar planning session.  When you leave, you will have planned your unit’s activities for the next year!

Please plan on attending – it will get your Scouting year off to a great start!

Popcorn Kernels for 2010

Summer will be over before we know it and this year’s Popcorn sales will be right around the corner!  Linda Cummings is our District Kernel, again this year.  Has your unit recruited its 2010 Popcorn Kernel?  Please let Linda, or Steve know who will be representing your unit for this year’s sale.  Contact Linda at:, or 806-659-3942, or Steve at:, or 580-651-2615.  For more information on this year’s sale, please click here:

Summertime Program Thanks

From me, and on behalf of all the kids in our Packs, Troops  and Crews, I wanted to say “thank you” to all of you who have taken the time to make sure our kids have the opportunity to attend summertime camps and activities.  The day and resident camps our units attend give our kids memories that will last a lifetime!  Their attendance would not be possible without your commitment to promote the camps, and accompany the kids to the camps.

A special thank you to Kimberly Anderson and Lori Limbocker!  They served as Camp Director and Program Director, respectively, for the Spearman Cub Day Camp.  You guys did a great job, and the kids had a blast!

Another special thank you to Tom House, for serving as Range Master for the BB & Archery ranges!  Truth be told, I think Tom had just as much fun as the kids did!

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- July 2010

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 6, 2010


District Chairperson – KC Hamill-  (806) 570-3744 (cell)

District Commissioner – Katie Loyall               (806) 220-9693 (cell)

District Executive – Pablo Rueda- 806- 679-6073

July Calendar:

4- Independence Day

6- Key Three Meeting

12- Twilight Camp @ Forrest Hill Elementary School

15- Eagle Board of Review

District Executive

My name is Pablo Rueda, and I recently assumed the position of District Executive for the Quanah Parker District on June 10th 2010. I am excited to begin this journey, and I look forward to working with my fellow leaders and scouts within the Quanah Parker District.  I want to thank everyone who has welcomed me in the Boy Scout family, and I am eager to assist our district’s leaders and help promote our scouting cause.

Scoutreach Cub Scouts Twilight Camp

Come have a great time with our Cub Scouts! This Twilight camp will be held at Forest Hill Elementary School where Cub Scouts and their families are going to target practice with BB guns, archery and will also learn to do crafts. If there are volunteers who would like to come help set up and participate in this camp please contact Bob Altman at (806) 358-6500.  We would like to give special thanks to Bob Altman for helping us obtain permits to practice shooting BB guns and practicing archery within the Amarillo city limits. The Camp hours are: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Pre-registration will start at 5:30 PM) Boys must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

 Camp Don Harrington

The district would like to thank all our great volunteers who put an outstanding effort into our camps held at Camp Don Harrington during the month of June. Each Scout that participated had a great time, and enjoyed every minute of it. Special Thanks to Katie Loyall, Doris Williams, Tiger Mitchell, Gemma Mitchell, KC Hamil, Sarah Chase, Pam Miller , Doris Williams , the Kwahadi dancers and all other volunteers involved.

Camp MK Brown

The district would like thank all of our volunteers from Troop 199 (Dumas) who showed their boys a great time during resident camp at MK Brown! We would like to give special thanks to Alan Alexander and Kyle Carter for providing their leadership and great enthusiasm to all of these boys during camp.


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 in 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 online at 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 806-220-9693 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!!

Important notice: Please make sure you log on your Scouting ID after taking the on-line training otherwise your training progress might not get registered in the system Logging  on your Scouting ID allows the system to track your training progress.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- July 2010

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 6, 2010


District Chairperson– LH Webb-

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns-

July Calender

15-17  Memphis Day camp


I hope every unit has been to at least one of the Councils camps that are scheduled this summer. They are an amazing experience for every boy and adult.  Memphis camp is July 15, 16 & 17 and we have room for more boys to join the fun.  Call me ASAP if you want to attend camp.

Program Kickoff and School Night Orientation

Remember to take advantage of our Program Kick off on August 14, 2010 in Amarillo.   See the Council Highlights section for more details.

Cub Recruiting

It’s almost time for school to start.  I will be contacting each unit leader for scheduling recruiting dates.

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Venturing District Highlights- July 2010

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 6, 2010


District Executive:                Brad Drozell

Jujy Calendar

No events scheduled

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

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. 

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Council Highlights- July 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Youth Protection Training BSA Policy Change

To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exists today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.

Effective June 1, 2010, the following YPT policy took affect:

1.  YPT is required for all registered leaders.

2.  New Leaders are required to take YPT before they submit their application for registration.  The certificate of completion  must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.

3.  YPT must be taken every two years.  If a volunteer’s YPT record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteers will not be registered.

To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:

* If you have not taken YPT within the last two years, log on to and take the training.  You will need your membership number located on your BSA Membership Card.  Call the Scout office if you don’t have it.

*If you have taken YPT on-line but did not input your membership number, log back on to the Training section of and input your member ID so the training will be linked with your records.

*  If you have taken YPT within the past two years but did not take it online, log in to to ensure your records are up to date, or contact the Scout Office and have us verify that your YPT records are accurate.

*  Finally, please share this information with all of your registered adults.

Youth Protection Training is available online at

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 

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  

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. 

Council Program Kickoff and School Night Orientation

This awesome and very important event is scheduled for August 14, 2010.  The location of this event is The Church at Quail Creek which is located just up the street from the Scout Office at 801 Tascosa Rd.  We will begin at registration at 9am and the kickoff will start at 9:30am.   All units should attend!.  This event will showcase our entire council calendar for 2010-2011 PLUS we will provide everything you need to have a succesful School Night once we begin our recruiting schedule. 

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 

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 

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 

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

Order of the Arrow Summer Ordeal

Arrowman please plan now for the 2010 Summer Ordeal at Camp Don on Aug 27-29.  Full info will be on the Lodge Website and the Council OA Page.  Please join the lodge e-mail list and Facebook page at .

Air Force Scout Football Day

The members of the Golden Spread Council are invited to the Air Force Academy’s 2010 Scout Day which will be held October 30th at the Air Force vs. Utah football game.  Tickets will be $10 for all Scouts and their families which includes a $5 concession voucher.  After the game, scouts and their families are invited to camp next to Falcon Stadium.  For more information, please contact Alex Yack, Intern Assistant for Marketing for Air Force Athletics at 1. 719.333.2122.

Inventing Merit Badge Now Available

The Inventing Merit Badge is now available to earn.  All the information you need is at the link below.

Inventing Merit Bage Information


Camp Don Harrington Use Policy Changes

Effective July 1, 2010, there will be some changes to the use policy for Camp Don.  Deposits will be required for the use of any facility/campground at a cost of $50.00 each.  Units may give us a check (that we will NOT cash) or use unit funds that we hold to cover this deposit.  We will not CASH the check nor debit your unit account as long as you leave the facility/campground in the condition that you found it in.  You must check in and out with the Campmaster/Ranger to ensure you both agree on the cleanliness of the area.  In addition, we have implemented a usage fee on some facilities to over the costs of incidentals.  The Shooting Ranges, Pool, Dining Hall, and Kitchen all now have a usage fees.  The ranges have actually had a fee for over a year now.  There is NO fee to camp at Camp Don- only if you use the facilities listed above.  The final change is who can actually use the camp.  We have determined that we have a huge liability if we allow outside groups to use camp for any reason other than a scouting event or activity.  There are exceptions however, to this part of the policy change.  If it’s in the best interest of the Council to allow a group access to Camp Don that decision can be made only by the Scout Executive, Assistant Scout Executive and/or Program Director and only after discussion by these three principals.

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                  In  honor of

Karla  and Mac Devin                  Doug  Cooper

 From                                                 In  Memory of

Mr and Mrs Noel Woods  Sr.    Kirk Badrow

and Family

Bill Gething                                      Jacob Albus  

Eagle Scouts

First Name Last Name Troop District
D Benson C-2087 GE
J Brandherm T-160 LW
Brockman T-50 GE
T Brown T-87 FE
Cooksey T-87 GE
K Corder T-97 GE
Cutright T-80 GE
Dugie T- 87 GE
Z Fick T-142 LW
D Floyd T-160 LW
A Gipson T-86 GE
K Glover T-94 GE
S Grigsby T-94 GE
Hinckley T-94 GE
House T-264 LW
D Kelley C-2087 GE
Law T-87 GE
Q McElwain T-79 GE
McElwain T-79 GE
Moats T-80 GE
D Myers T- 87 GE
J Oliver T-94 GE
Pullen T-98 GE
J Ray T-31 GE
Rodriguez T- 4 GE
Sirmon T-86 GE
Standish T-80 GE
Tillery T-80 GE
K Walsh Crew 2087 GE

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