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Adobe Walls District Highlights- September 2010

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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District Chairperson – Joe Hillhouse – jhillhouse@clearwire.net

District Commissioner – Rick Jones – icsinstructor57@yahoo.com

District Executive – Jim Anderson – jim.anderson@scouting.org

September Calendar:

Sept. 9 – Stinnett School Night Recruitment

Sept. 11 – Popcorn Kickoff

Sept. 13 – Canadian School Night Recruitment 7 PM @ Baker Elementary

Sept. 14 – Pampa School Night Recruitment 7 PM @ All Elementary Schools

Sept. 18 – University of WOW adult leader training

Sept. 25 – Popcorn Sales Start

School Night Recruitment

Leaders please let me know when you want your school night recruitment! I have several already scheduled but most are still in the process.  Let me (Jim Anderson) know ASAP so I can schedule a boy talk a few days prior.  These recruitment nights are crucial to continuing the scouting tradition that has now lasted 100 years.  Thanks to all who have already got the ball rolling in their community!

Popcorn Kickoff

This is the MAJOR fundraiser for the scouts.  Every troop and pack needs money to operate and selling popcorn is the way to go.  It’s easy because the council provides all the paperwork and materials needed to sell.  Everything is already organized and ready to go; all you have to do is go ask people to buy!  Selling popcorn can provide funding for a unit for the ENTIRE year.  I remember as a cub scout and a boy scout I sold popcorn which paid my dues to my troop, summer camp, and patches that I earned.  Plus I still had a little extra left over to buy cool gear from a scout magazine.

University of WOW

Are you a new leader and worried you are not qualified for your position?  Do you worry that you don’t know what to do as a leader?  Maybe you’ve been a leader for many years but want to be more prepared to deliver a higher quality program.  No matter how much experience you have in scouting I want to encourage you to attend this adult leader training in Amarillo.  I assure you it will be a high quality program well worth your time to attend.  Be prepared.  Get trained.  Have fun!

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Golden Eagle Highlights- September 2010

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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District Chairman:  Greg Wynne, wynnerscircle@clearwire.net

Amarillo/Canyon District Commissioner: Scott Hollabaugh, cscott.hollabaugh@gmail.com

Hereford Area District Commissioner: HS Fuller, hsfuller42@yahoo.com

District Executive: George Etier, getier@bsamail.org

September Calendar

2                  Cub Scout Leaders and  Boy Scout Leaders Roundtables, St.  Thomas Church

9                  District Committee Meeting – Council Service Center

9                   District Commissioners Meeting – Council Service Center

16                Eagle Board of Review – Council Service Center

18                University of WOW – Cub and Boy Scout Leader Training

25                Baloo Training

25               Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills

October Calendar

2                  Cub Scout/Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

7                  Adult Leader Roundtable

14               District Committee Meeting

14               District Commissioners Meeting

21               Eagle Board of Review

Roundtable

      Roundtable is the place to learn new skills, get new ideas, interact with your fellow Scouters and have some fun.   At this month’s Roundtable, you can pick up your Program Packets for the year, learn about Join Scouting Night, sign-up for the Popcorn Kickoff…..all in one place at one time!

Training

       Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader!  Don’t miss the University of WOW to be held on September 18, various training courses for Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Adult Leaders and Boy Scout Youth Leaders will be available.

Online Training

      All of the Cub Scout Leader Specific Training is now available online.   Go to the council website and it will direct you to the online training site.  Be sure to check it out!

Popcorn

      Don’t miss the Popcorn Kickoff at Coulter Road Baptist Church on September 11th.  It will start at 12 noon and lunch will be provided.  You can RSVP your spot at the Roundtable on the 2nd.

Be sure to check out all of the Council-wide events, programs, and trainings shown throughout this newsletter.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- September 2010

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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District Chairman- Duwane Skipper- duwaneskipper@yahoo.com

District Commissioner- Bob Post- postbob@allegiance.tv

District Executive- Steve Knollenberg- stevek.bsa@gmail.com

September Calendar:

4- Scout Shop closed

6- Scout Service Center & Scout Shop closed for Labor Day

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

11- Popcorn Kickoff meeting, Amarillo, TX.

25-26- District Camporee, Palo Duro Reservoir, Spearman, TX.

25- Popcorn Sale starts

October Calendar:

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

9- District Training Day

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

16- JOTA, Jamboree On The Air, Guymon, OK.

2010-2011 Program Kick-off meeting

Thanks to all of the Lone Wolf unit leaders who attended the Program Kick-off meeting in Amarillo, on August, 14th.  We had good representation from our district.  Lone Wolf units won two of the six prize drawings!

Congratulations to Pack 256, which won the district drawing, and Pack 146 , which won the “at large” drawing!  These two units received $100 credits to their unit account.

Also, every unit that attended will receive free rank advancements (cloth patches) for their Scouts, for a year!

September Leader meetings

There will be no adult leaders meetings, in September.  The next scheduled meetings will be in December.

Popcorn Sale Popcorn Kernels for 2010

Summer will be over before we know it, and this year’s Popcorn sale is 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: cummings@valornet.com, or 806-659-3942, or Steve at: stevek.bsa@gmail.com, or 580-651-2615.  For more information on this year’s sale, please click here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Popcorn/Popcorn.htm

2010 Popcorn Sales Kick-off meeting

The Council wide Popcorn kick off meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 11th,  in Amarillo.  There will be incentive drawings for units that attend and everyone will receive a free lunch meal!  Please see the Council section of this newsletter for more details on times and location.  The unit leader and Popcorn Kernel from each unit should attend this meeting.  You will also get to sample this years merchandise!

Cub Scout School Night for Scouting

As September begins, and our schools settle in for another year in instruction, an important process begins for our Cub Packs.  Fall recruiting and School Nights for Scouting!  Our goal is to put more kids and ADULTS into our Cub Scout programs.  Please coordinate your School Nights through Steve, so we can have a successful Cub Scout year!

2010 District Boy Scout Camporee

Mark your calendars and make you troop’s plans to attend the 2010 Centennial Fall Camporee!  This fall’s Camporee is scheduled for September 23-26, 2010.  It will be held at Palo Duro Reservoir, outside of Spearman, Texas.  We will be offering some of the 2010 Historical Merit Badges, as part of the Camporee program.  Watch for more details in an upcoming Constant Contact!

District Award of Merit and Council Silver Beaver Award Nominations

Now is the time to be thinking about which of our fellow volunteer Scouters to honor with this year’s District Award of Merit, and the Council Silver Beaver Award.  These two honors are the highest awards that our District and our Council can bestow upon on our fellow Scouters, for service to youth.  Please take a moment and go here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf

and here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/silver%20beaver.pdf  to review the qualifications for, and to download the appropriate nomination forms.  Nominations for the District Award of Merit are due to Steve no later than Monday, November 1, 2010.  Nominations for the Council Silver Beaver Award are due no later than December 15, 2010.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- September 2010

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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

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

District Executive – Pablo Rueda- 806- 679-6073  pablo.rueda@scouting.org

September Calendar:

2     Adult Leader Roundtable

7     Key Three Meeting

9     District Committee Meeting

9     District Commissioners meeting

11   Cub Scout Pack Family Campout

Cub Scouts Pack Family Campout

This event will get Cub Scouts excited about Scouting! Also Quanah Parker’s Boy Scout Troops will demonstrate scouting skills and Cub Scouts will participate and learn. Troops will also participate of many other fun activities that Cub Scouts will enjoy. Saturday evening will culminate with a campfire program which you will be a part of! Packs will campout with any one of the troops who participate. This will be an unforgettable experience for all units involved. Boy Scouts have the opportunity to get Cub Scouts interested in joining their individual troop once Webelos cross over to be Boy Scouts. Troops will be able to swim Friday evening and Saturday morning prior to Cub Scout arrival at 1pm.

Adult Leader Roundtable

When? Thursday, September 2nd @ 7:00 pm

Where? American Legion

              617 SW 7TH Ave

              Amarillo, TX 79101

Roundtable training is an important asset to any leader or parent!

Come learn and share ideas with your peers in the district.

This is a monthly get-together of all leaders, Assistants, Committee Members, and involved parents. Leaders who want to help their Unit Committee get the best resources, activities, and up to date information on upcoming events in the district and council.

Roundtable also enables and motivates leaders to deliver an outstanding program to their units. The district believes strongly that all of Quanah Parker’s leaders should start participating in roundtable in order to deliver a stronger program for our scouts.

GET YPT TRAINED!

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Adult Leader! Very soon any unit that does not have trained adult leaders will not be able to rechart. 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 online 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 806-220-9693 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.

District Executive Comments          

We count with talented leaders who work hard to build a strong district! I encourage our unit leaders who haven’t participated in our district committee meetings to step up and represent your unit and share ideas that could help us develop a strong district network.

Recruiting time is here! I’m excited to start our September recruitment and will be communicating with all of our units to provide you with the necessary assistance to ensure that your pack or troop reaches a successful number of boys recruited! As a district we want to give the opportunity to every single boy to be part of scouting.

We are going to use different avenues in order to recruit more boys in Moore county where access to schools for recruitment purposes is not possible. Dumas, Sunray and Cactus want more boy scouts! Their present units currently count with great leadership and are always looking for more help.

I would like to also thank the Dumas Lions Club for all their support and hospitality! I was officially inducted as a member of the club on Thursday August 19th. Many Lions have shown a strong desire for boy scouts in their city. (Special Thanks to David Bonner, Bob Brinkman, Milton Pax, Jackie Wiswell, Greg Thompson and Sam Cartwright)

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Santa Fe District Highlights- September 2010

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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District Chairperson– LH Webb-  sevencross@hughes.net

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-  mstavenhagen57@aol.com

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns- gmannsbsa@gmail.com

September

11- Popcorn Kickoff

25 – Popcorn Sales Starts

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

As you know, the Boy Scouts of America recently put out a change to YPT. 

Effective in June, all registered members must have completed YPT this includes Charter Reps. If you are registered, you must have YPT.  YPT is only valid for 2 years so if you have not taken it in the last year, please take the course on line as soon as possible.  Units who recharter in December must have all adult registered members current in their YPT and all new members must complete YPT, print out the certificate and submit it with the new Adult registration form when the charter is submitted to the office.  Without this, your unit cannot be recharter. 

Popcorn Kickoff

Saturday, September 11th, 12:00 p.m.

Coulter Road Baptist Church

4108 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX

At this meeting you will receive all materials needed to conduct a successful popcorn sale for your unit. This fall’s sale is going to be bigger and better than ever. New products, prizes and incentives.

Bonus! Every unit represented at the luncheon will receive a “Popcorn Kickoff in a Box Kit” and will be eligible to win an extra $250 in unit commission. Three drawings will be conducted at the lunch. Over a $1000 in additional door prizes will be given away.

 Spook-O-Ree

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 23rd @ Camp M.K. Brown (7 miles west of Wheeler, TX.) for a fun time for Fish Fest and Spook-O-Ree.  Check out our website for more information one these events and all your Scouting needs.  www.goldenspread.org

Recruiting

We have 5 out of 9 packs that have scheduled Parent nights for recruiting. Congratulations, P17 Claude, P437 Clarendon, P461 Claude, P435 Memphis P425 Mclean.   If you have a date in mind please let me know.

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Venturing District Highlights- September 2010

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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

September

No scheduled events

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

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.
2072- Comanche Trail Church of Christ Youth Group-Contact Derek Chance for more information, (806) 457-8054.
2094-High Adventure Crew-Contact Chuck Freas for more information, (806) 358-6500
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. 

Training

Adult Leadership Training will be held by request, so if you need Venturing Youth Protection or Venturing Leader Specific please contact Brad Drozell (806) 358-6500 or brad.drozell@scouting.org

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Council Highlights- September 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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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 www.myscouting.org 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 www.myscouting.org 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 www.myscouting.org 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 http://scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx

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 all those dates are on the Council Calandar and on the Training page on our web site.  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 

Cub Scouts 2010

Cub Scouts 2010 is a new delivery system for the Cub Scout program.  This is a proven method of delivering the existing Cub Scout program that is handbook-based and focuses on den activities leading to youth advancement and retention.  The change in delivery method focuses on den leaders, meeting plans, and training to conduct highly effective den and pack meetings.  Advancement occurs in the den as a natural part of the planned program.  For more information, please visit the link below.

Cub Scouts 2010 

University of WOW

The first University of WOW will be held on September 18th at The Church at Quail Creek (801 Tascosa Rd, Amarillo).  THis is a version of a Cub Scout Pow Wow but is for Cub Scout Leaders, AND Boy Scout Leaders in addition to a Junior Leader Training for Boy Scouts!  For all the information on the classes that will be conducted, times, and costs, please visit the link below.  The deadline is nearing so please don’t wait!

University of WOW Flyer

 

2010 Popcorn Sale Kickoff Information 

The Popcorn Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, September 11th at 12:00pm (Noon) at the Coulter Road Baptist Church, 4108 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX.

There are many exciting changes to this year’s Popcorn sale, including: new and improved Trails End Popcorn products and packaging, a brand new prize program, and an opportunity to sell online. To kick off this year’s sale, the council will host two unit leaders from each unit to a popcorn kick-off luncheon. We suggest that the unit popcorn chair and Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor attend the lunch together.

At this meeting you will receive all materials needed to conduct a successful popcorn sale for your unit.

Bonus! Every unit represented at the luncheon will receive a “Popcorn Kickoff in a Box Kit” and will be eligible to win an extra $250 in unit commission. Three drawings will be conducted at the lunch. Over a $1000 in additional door prizes will be given away to Scout Units who attend the Popcorn Kickoff!

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. Please fill out the unit commitment card (below) and return it by Tuesday, September 7th.

Please visit the links below for all your Popcorn Sale information.

2010 Popcorn Sale Flyer

 

2010 Unit Committment Card

 

Popcorn Sales Plan and Timetable

 

Outdoor Leadership Skills Training

The final Outdoor Leadership Skills Training class for 2010 is scheduled for September 25th at Camp Don Harrington.  Who needs this training?  All Scoutmasters and those who will be a Scoutmaster in the next year are required to have this training to be “fully trained”.  Any interested adult may attend the course however.  For more information and to register, please click on the link below.

Outdoor Leadership Skills Training Flyer

 

Cub Scout Specifics Training Now On-Line

It’s finally here!  Cub Scout Leader Position Specifics Training is now available on-line.  Please visit the link below to take the course you need to become a trained leader.

E-Training Link

 

Two New Outdoor Leader Awards Unveiled

Two new awards have been developed to promote “outdoorism” for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.

The National Outdoor Challenge (No. 430-016) is a unit award that recognizes troops/teams that maintain or increase the amount of outdoor activity when compared to the previous year. The information and application is available here: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/boyscouts/adults/awards.aspx and is due at the end of 2010. With the release of this award, the National Camping Award has been discontinued; however, patches for camping nights will be available until the inventory is depleted.

The National Outdoor Achievement Award (No. 430-509) recognizes Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts that excel in outdoor participation. The award consists of five areas of emphasis (camping, aquatics, hiking, riding and adventure) with rigorous requirements to earn each segment. Scouts looking for an extra challenge can earn the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement. This challenging award requires earning at least three of the National Outdoor Achievement segments, planning and leading a trek, earning Wilderness First Aid and becoming a Leave No Trace Trainer as well as several other requirements. The information and application is available at the following link: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/boyscouts

BALOO Training Course

Baloo Training is being offered on September 25th at Camp Don Harrington for any District Cub Leader who would like to learn about taking Scouts out on overnight campouts.  This training is required by at least one person in the Pack before a Tour Permit is issued by the Scout Office.  For more information, please click on the link below.

BALOO Training Flyer

 

BeAScout Launched!

This new initiative was developed so a family can find a local Pack, Troop, Crew in their local neighborhood.  A person simply enters their address, city, state and zip code, hits the Go button and all units are displaced .  Give it a try yourself by following the link below!

BeAScout Link

2010 Spook-O-Ree

The 2010 Spook-O-Ree is in full planning and we are excited to launch a brand new on-line registration and payment system.  This will make is much easier for the unit leader who previously had to write everything down and bring it to the office.  Now, you do everything from the comfort of your own home or office.  Payments can be made on-line OR in person at the Scout Office or you can mail it in.  Please visit the links below for all the information.  If you need additional help, go to www.goldenspread.org

Spook-O-Ree Information Flyer     

Spook-O-Ree Registration

 

Kwahadi Venture Crew 9 Information

 The 25th Indian Summer performances will be at the Kwahadi Kiva on weekends in late October and into November.  The 45th Annual Winter Night Shows will be performed on weekends and some Sunday matinees beginning in early January and continuing through February.  The winter shows are a great time for Scouting and Church group friends near and far to come to the Kiva for a weekend adventure.  Groups can visit the magnificent Palo Duro Canyon State Park and area museums on a Saturday, see the performance Saturday evening in the Kiva, then spend the night at the Kiva, then head homeward on Sunday! 

The Board of Trustees recently approved the development of plans for the expansion of the Kwahadi Museum and the Sybil B. Harrington Event Center. Plans for Phase II have been prepared by Overland Architects of San Antonio, Texas.  We did not have enough resources to build the entire facility originally, so the Board authorized construction of Phase I in August of 2002.  Phase I, the “backstage area,” was selected to be built first and was opened on June 12, 2004 with a total investment of approximately 2 million dollars.

After seven years of operation, the Kwahadi Museum has had over 80,000 visitors from all over the world, and hosted over 12,000 Scouts, church youth, and leaders on their way to mountain camps.  The volunteer docents of the museum have provided programs for thousands of students from area schools, and the Kiva is becoming a frequent stop for tour buses year round.  The facility has been used for weddings, funerals, conventions, markets, exhibits, reunions, dinners, proms, Eagle Courts of Honor, Cub Blue and Gold Banquets, youth performances from various schools and churches, Order of Arrow events, concerts, council events, etc. 

Phase II will include the main theater to comfortably seat 300 people in a theater-in-the round with tiered seating. The plan will double the museum exhibit space, and provide us with a much larger trading post.  Over 100 Native artists are represented in the crowded Kwahadi Trading Post!  The expansion will also include a commercial kitchen, a garden entrance area to a new main entrance, additional meeting rooms, and archive storage for the museum. 

The Trustees have set three priorities as completing the payments on Phase I so that we are debt free, establishing a basic endowment to ensure the physical operation of the facility into the future, and raising approximately 2.5 million dollars to build part or all of Phase II.  The Kiva has become an area center for gatherings for education, fellowship, and entertainment.  The space of the Kiva is often maxed out for various events.  The expansion plans will enable us to better care for our collections of fine art and artifact, better support community events, and enable additional exhibits of fine art and artifacts (which continue to be donated to the museum).  The center of the entire facility will become a unique and beautiful round theater

Flag Retirement Ceremony 

A Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at Lake Meredith Amphitheater on October 2 (CHANGED FROM AUG 28) @ 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 gromments 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 

Philmont Opportunities

To some the fall is the most beautiful time of the year at Philmont. Don’t be a stranger, for just $40/day, come witness the golden aspens, wildlife and excellent Philmont terrain on an Autumn Adventure trek! We welcome traditional youth groups as well as all adult groups.

In just a few months Philmont will complete it’s annual transformation into a pristine winter wonderland. Winter brings a wide range of exciting activities to the Ranch. For $100/weekend or $50/day your group and guide may find yourselves snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or even constructing a snow-shelter to spend the night in.  Contact Philmont at 575-376-2281 for more information.

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!  We are desperate for more Campmasters- please contact Scott ASAP to discuss this great opportunity!!

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 

Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course

If you plan on attending a Philmont Trek in the future, at least one person must be trained in this course.  We will offer the training one time this year and it is scheduled for October 2-3 at Camp MK Brown.  We can only register the first 20 folks so get your registration in asap.  For all the information, click on the link below.

Wilderness and Remote First Aid Flyer

 

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.

Camp Don Harrington Use Policy Changes

Effective July 1, 2010, there was 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.

Hockey and Scouts

The Amarillo Bulls Hockey Team invite all Scouts to their first “Scout Night” of the season.  Information on tickets can be found at the link below.

Bulls Flyer

 

Memorials and Tributes

In  Memory  of Jacob Albus    from   David Rosenbach

                                                                          Bob and Judy  Thompson

Eagle Scouts

First Last Name Troop District
D Benson Crew 2087 GE
O Boyd T-413 AW
J Brandherm T-160 LW
Brockman T-50 GE
T Brown T-87 FE
T Case T-501 AW
C 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
C Hall T-79 GE
Hinckley T-94 GE
House T-264 LW
J Johnston T-124 GE
D Kelley Crew 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
C Pullen T-98 GE
L Quintana T-142 LW
J Ray T-31 GE
Rodriguez T- 4 GE
J Shehan T-31 GE
Sirmon T-86 GE
Standish T-80 GE
Tillery T-80 GE
T Vernon T-256 LW
K Walsh Crew 2087 GE
C Weiss T-501 AW

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