Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- September 2010

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

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

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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