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Adobe Walls District Highlights- December 2010

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Thursday, December 2, 2010



District Chairperson – Joe Hillhouse –

District Commissioner – Rick Jones –

District Executive – Jim Anderson –

December Calendar:

2nd – 2nd Effort popcorn orders are due

3rd – Original popcorn sale money is due

10th – 2nd effort popcorn pick-up AND money is due

15th – Re-charter packet is due

18th – Ring bell for Salvation Army (tentative)

Original Popcorn Sale

Your money due to the council is due Friday December 3rd!!!!  Upon receiving the money, your prizes will be ordered and sent to your popcorn kernel.  Some of you may have Christmas parties in December and it would be a great idea to give out their prizes at the party!

2nd Effort Sale

If anyone chose to continue selling popcorn in the 2nd sale, your orders are due Thursday December 2nd.  It would be a great idea to turn in your money at this time as well.  However, if that is not possible you have until December 10th to turn it in at the time of pick up.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR MONEY ON THE 10TH YOU CAN NOT PICK UP YOUR POPCORN.

Re-charter by Dec. 15th!!!!!

Don’t forget to re-charter your unit this year! You can easily re-charter online from  If you have any questions about this, please call your district executive OR the council office. (806-358-6500)

Ring Bell for Salvation Army

The Pampa Salvation Army has invited the scouts to ring the bell on December the 18th at Wal-Mart.  We have 7 scouting units in Pampa (boy scouts and cub scouts), and we are asking everyone to participate! Please consider donating your time to the Salvation Army.  They serve the economically depressed area of town and provide many services to those in need and they rely completely on fundraisers like this one to keep the organization alive.  We are simply asking for 1 to 2 hours of time PER UNIT.  If your troop or pack is interested please call Jim Anderson 806-664-3085.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- December 2010

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Thursday, December 2, 2010


District Chairman:  Greg Wynne,

Amarillo/Canyon District Commissioner: Scott Hollabaugh,

Hereford Area District Commissioner: HS Fuller,

Senior District Executive: George Etier,

December Calendar

2                 Adult Leader Roundtable (Holiday Party)

9                 District Committee Meeting

9                 District Commissioners Meeting

16              Eagle Board of Review

January Calendar     

6               Adult Leader Roundtable

13           District Committee Meeting

13           District Commissioners Meeting

20          Eagle Board of Review


The December Roundtable will be a Holiday Party and we will also have a presentation on the “Be a Scout” program.   This is an internet based tool that every unit can use to recruit new members.   This is a great resource for your unit, come and learn how to use it effectively.

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!

District Dinner

The District Dinner will be on February 3rd at St. Thomas.   This will be instead of the February Roundtable. At this dinner, the District Award of Merit will be presented.   Make plans to attend this annual celebration of Scouting.

Location, Location, Location

Roundtable – St. Thomas Church on Coulter   7:00 pm

District Committee – St. Stephens United Methodist Church on Western  7:00 pm

District Commissioners – St. Stephens United Methodist Church on Western 7:00 pm

Eagle Board of Review – St. Stephens United Methodist Church on Western 6:30 pm

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 Newsletter- December 2010

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Thursday, December 2, 2010


District Chairman- Duwane Skipper-

District Commissioner- Bob Post-

Senior District Executive- Steve Knollenberg-

December Calendar:

3- Popcorn money due in Amarillo

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

10- 2nd Popcorn Sale pickup in Amarillo & Money due in Amarillo

January Calendar:

1-2- Scout Office Closed

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

17- Scout Office closed, MLK Day

22- Merit Badge University

Recharter turn-in meetings

There will be recharter turn-in meetings in Perryton, Dalhart & Guymon, the week of December 12.  The entire recharter process needs to be complete by December 15, 2010.

Popcorn Sale Money Due

Your unit’s popcorn sale money is due in Amarillo, at the Council Office, on or before Friday, December 3, 2010.  Steve will be going to Amarillo, early on the morning of Friday the 3rd, so if you get your check & a copy of your invoice to him, he’d be glad to take it to Amarillo, to save you having to mail it.

Holiday-2nd Effort Popcorn Sale

Orders for the 2nd Effort Popcorn Sale are due in Amarillo by Thursday, December 2, 2010.  Popcorn will be ready for pickup on Friday, December 10, 2010.  Money for that popcorn is also due at that time.  Details for the popcorn pickup will follow.

District Banquet Recap and 2010 District Award of Merit

The annual Lone Wolf District Banquet was held on Saturday, November 20, 2010.  One of our district’s six 2010 Eagle Scouts, Nate H. was able to attend, and was recognized for his Scouting achievements.  He was presented with an Eagle Scout coin honoring his achievement, by the District Committee.

Congratulations to Duwane Skipper, who is the recipient of the Lone Wolf 2010 District Award of Merit!  Duwane has been serving as our District Chairman, is currently the Scoutmaster of Troop 257, Booker, Tx., and has served youth in Scouting and other organizations, in various capacities, for over 10 years.

Congratulations, also, to Joyce Balenseifen, Audrey House, and Bob Post!  They all received the William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award, for starting new scouting units in the communities they serve.

Unit Recharters

Unit recharter time is upon us.  All of our unit charters expire on December 31, 2010.  We need to have the rechartering process completed by December 15, 2010.  This allows our Council staff adequate time to correct any errors, or help you with online procedural questions.  We are utilizing online rechartering again this year.  This is our sixth year to do a portion of the recharter via the Internet.

What does your unit need to be doing to get ready?

  • Complete any applications for any new Scouts, or leaders, and submit them, along with the required registration and Boy’s Life fees, to the Council Office, now.  This will save you from having to manually enter new members and leaders during online rechartering.
  • All applications for membership need to be complete: all birthdays, Social Security numbers and drivers license numbers filled in, all signature blocks signed (this includes unit Committee Chair and Chartered Organization Head or Representative’s approval signatures for all adults, and Authorization for Background Check) and application dates.
  • All new Adult leader applications must have proof of Youth Protection Training (YPT) attached
  • All Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Crew Advisors must have current YPT training, or the unit will not be allowed to recharter.
  • Recruit/designate one adult leader from your unit to complete the online recharter portion of the process.
  • Remember, rechartering is not complete until all paperwork and fees have been received by the Council Office!

Please note that the National Council raised the membership fee to $15, effective January 1, 2010.  Don’t forget about the $1 mandatory insurance fee for each paid adult and youth.  Recharter packets for your Unit were distributed during the month of November.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- December 2010

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Thursday, December 2, 2010


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

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

District Executive – Pablo Rueda- 806- 679-6073


2- Adult Leader Roundtable

4-Leader Specific Training

7- Key Three Meeting

9- District Committee Meeting


Adult Leader Roundtable

When? Thursday, December 2 @ 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.  This training will help 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 be participating in roundtable in order to deliver a stronger program for our scouts.


Every Scout Deserves a Trained Adult Leader! It is re-charter time, and if your unit has adult leaders who have not being YPT trained, they need to get trained as soon as possible in order to re-charter! Make sure you give the Golden Spread Council a call if you need help with YPT training. Time is of the essence to get all of our adults trained, so please don’t wait until the last minute. It is a small requirement to have; nevertheless, we all benefit from tips provided to us by this training.

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. 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. You can’t wait any longer so let’s get TRAINED NOW!!

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.

Leader Specific Training

When? Saturday, December 4th @ 9:00 AM

In order to have a solid overview of the BSA’s values-based program, he or she can begin training for a specific Scouting position through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a leader needs to assume a leadership role. 

For additional information please contact Katie Loyall at (806)220-9693

District Executive

I would like to wish all of our Boy Scout and Cub Scout community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

~Burton Hillis

Special Thanks to our District and unit commissioners who have displayed an outstanding effort throughout the year to reach every unit while helping or guiding them to develop better programs and teaming up to train our adults within Boy Scouts of America guidelines. Our Unit Commissioners are deeply appreciated and perform a core responsibility within our district. They take time out from their families and free time to provide the units of our districts the guidance and training needed. I encourage all the units to say Thank you! the next time you see any of them. The deserve it! Our District

Commissioner and Unit Commissioner as well: Katie Loyall

Unit Commissioners: Tyger Mitchell, Gemma Mitchell, Joni Mickna, Doris Williams.

Also want to thank our Roundtable trainers for their efforts: Doris Williams (Cub Scouts),Katie Loyall (Cub Scouts) and Jared Read (Boy Scouts)

Many Thanks,

Pablo Rueda

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Santa Fe District Highlights- December 2010

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Thursday, December 2, 2010


District Chairperson– LH Webb-

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns-


 3 – Popcorn money due to Council

15 – Recharters due


Some units have done a second time recruiting; it’s not to late to do that.  Let me know your next meeting date and I will start the process.


Its that time again, only 15 more days till your recharter is do into the Council.  Please get started on those online.  Call me if you have questions.

Happy Holidays

I hope you and yours have the Best Holiday season that you could wish for.

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Venturing District Highlights- December 2010

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Thursday, December 2, 2010


District Executive:                Brad Drozell


No scheduled events


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

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.
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. 

Ladies Pistol Shooting Venture Crew

When: December 12, 2010

Where: Camp Don Harrington Administration Building

What time: 2pm-4pm

Age: 14-20

If you want to learn to shoot a pistol, come and shoot with us!  For more information call Bob Altman at (806) 358-6500.

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Council Highlights- December 2010

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Thursday, December 2, 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

Popcorn Date Update

Here are the important December Dates:

 2nd Effort Sale

Thursday, December 2-all Popcorn and Prize Orders Due

Original Fall Sale

Friday, December 3- All Popcorn Money is Due

Please, submit one check to the council.

 2nd Effort Sale 

Friday, December 10Popcorn Pickup

All Popcorn Money is Due Upon Pickup

If you have any questions, please contact Bob at 806-358-6500.

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 

Philmont 2011

Troop 73 has made arrangements for a Trek at Philmont in 2011 and they have additional openings for Boy Scouts and adult leaders.  If you are interested in going on a trek in 2011, please call Joni Mickna at 806-674-7040 to get all the information regarding dates, fees etc.

Scout Store

The Scout Store has many great items for you to consider giving as a Christmas gift to your  Cub Scout or Boy Scout (and Mom/Dad).  We have high quality items at reasonable prices and always a free smile when you visit.  Please consider a gift of Scouting this holiday season.

Holiday Hours

Here is a list of closures this holiday season:

Dec 23-26- Scout Office and Store Closed

Dec 30-31- Scout Store closed for Inventory

Dec 30- Scout Office closes at Noon

Dec 31- Scout Office Closed

Jan 3, 2011- Scout Shop closed for Inventory

Interactive BSA Uniforms Site Launched

The new, official uniforms website is now active. It includes a number of features that make it a valuable resource not only for Scouts and parents, but for leaders, Scout Shops, councils, distributors, and customer service. The interactive format takes visitors through Scouting’s ranks and programs, with 360-degree views of what the official uniform should look like when complete. Other features include drag-and-drop insignia, full descriptions of each uniform piece, and a “Shop Now” link that takes you directly to the site.

NESA Eagle Scout Scholorship

The applications for the 2011 NESA Eagle Scout scholarships are now available at The homepage features a blue, clickable banner that leads directly to the forms. 

These are the only scholarship applications acceptable in 2011. These applications must be printed and mailed to the national office, postmarked no later than midnight on January 31, 2011

If you have any questions, please call the NESA office at 972-580-2032.

2011 Nuclear Science Merit Badge

We will conduct a Nuclear Science Merit Badge through B&W Pantex in March and April 2011.  For all the information, please click on the link below.

Nuclear Science Merit Badge 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.   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 

2011 Merit Badge University

The Merit Badge University is scheduled for January 22, 2011 at WT A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  All the information and registration information is now available at the following links:

MBU Information

MBU OnLine Registration

Recharter Time

Every unit has now received their recharter package.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the instructions.  As a reminder, they are due for completion by December 15th.  Please don’t wait until the last moment to get this taken care of.  If you have any questions, please call your District Executive and/or click on the link below for information.

Recharter Information

District Committee and District Commissioner Training

These are exciting times!  We are having a day long training for both District Committee Members and all District Commissioners (District, Unit, Roundtable) on January 22, 2011 at WT A&M University in Canyon, TX.  Information and Online Registration links are below.

Information Flyer

Online Registration

Trainer’s EDGE

We have scheduled a Trainer’s EDGE Course for anyone interested in training fellow Scouters in the future.  This is a required training before allowing a volunteer to train other volunteers about Scouting.  We only offer this class one a year and it will be on February 26, 2011 at the Scout Service Center in Amarillo.  We highly encourage you consider taking this course to become a better communicator even if it’s in your business or personal life.  For more information and to register Online, please click on the links below.

Trainer’s EDGE Information Flyer

Online Registration


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Order of the Arrow Information

Nischa Achowalogen Lodge Order of the Arrow Fall Fellowship and Banquet

The Fall Fellowship and Banquet for Lodge #486 was held, Saturday, November 13, 2010, at  St. Thomas Catholic Church, Amarillo, Texas.  Registration began at 8:30 AM and by 9:00 AM members worked together in fellowship participating in fun activities, learning new skills and the practicing the old ones, and learning about leadership opportunities.

The Recognition Banquet began at 6:00 PM with Lodge Chief T. Thorne welcoming members, families and introducing special guests.  Lodge Secretary N. House gave the Invocation and all enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by the Stock Yard Cafe.  The 2010 Special Awards and Recognitions were announced by Chief  Tyler, Lodge Adviser J. Read, and Lodge Treasurer T. Anderson as follows:

Distinguished Service Award                                       V. Popp

Arrowman of the Year                                                    N. House and A. House

Founder’s Award                                                               R. Law and T. Anderson

The Guest Speaker for the evening was A. Price, Golden Spread Council Scout Executive.  All enjoyed becoming acquainted with him and his vision for the continuing traditions of the Order of the Arrow. 

Induction of the 2011 Officers was conducted by Lodge Adviser Mr. Read and Chief of the Fire A. Price:

Lodge Chief                                                                         T. Anderson

VC Activities                                                                      O.Mendoza

VC Service                                                                           C. House

VC Communications                                                        A. Villa

Secretary                                                                             N. House

Lodge Treasurer                                                               D. Wilhelm

Chief of the Fire Andy announced the names of those recognized for the Vigil:

T. Anderson, K. Carter, G. Etier, and J. Nunez.

Chief Tyler closed the evening with thanks to all those who participated in making the day and Banquet a success.

Seaworld San Antonio Boy Scout Opportunity

Explore an evening at Seaworld after dark and work towards earning a badge at the same time. Boy Scouts will learn about amazing Seaworld animals, their habitats and conservation efforts. All or most badge requirements are completed during your evening at Seaworld. Then wake up to join us on our behind the scenes tour where you will have an up-close encounter with stingrays, dolphins, and even touching a shark.

Scouts that participate will receive a scout sleepover patch, certificate of completion, a behind the scenes tour, and a complimentary t-shirt. A pizza dinner and continental breakfast will also be provided.

Boy Scouts will meet many of the essential components of the Mammal Study Merit Badge. Boy Scouts will learn about Seaworld marine mammals, develop food webs for the animals, and learn about projects that can help influence the numbers of mammals in the natural environment, and then will venture to our sharks and coral reef venue to sleep.

For more information, please call 1-800-700-7786.

God and Country Religious Award

The Polk Street United Methodist Church Children’s Department will be hosting a session for boys to work on their religious emblem.  For more information, please click on the link below.

God and Country Award

Memorials and Tributes

In Memory of                                                     From

Nickeless Devin                                                Bob and Chris Altman

Mason Lemons                                                 Mr and Mrs Otis Shearer

Larry Larson                                                      Larry and Donna Cunningham

Larry Larson                                                      Troop 94

Eagle Scouts 

First Name Last Name City Troop District
R Appel Amarillo T-94 GE
Baker Canyon T-31 GE
J Ballard Amarillo T-94 GE
A Barker Amarillo C-2087 GE
D Benson Amarillo C-2087 GE
O Boyd Pampa T-413 AW
J Brandherm Guymon T-160 LW
Brockman Hereford T-50 GE
T Brown Amarillo T-87 GE
T Case Groom T-501 AW
C Cooksey Amarillo T-87 GE
K Corder Amarillo T-97 GE
M Cutright Amarillo T-80 GE
M Dryden Amarillo T-80 GE
Dugie Amarillo T- 87 GE
Z Fick Texhoma T-142 LW
D Floyd Guymon T-160 LW
Ford Wheeler T-472 AW
A Gipson Amarillo T-86 GE
K Glover Amarillo T-94 GE
Grigsby Amarillo T-94 GE
C Hall Amarillo T-79 GE
R Hinckley Amarillo T-94 GE
J Horton Wheeler T-472 AW
House Hooker T-264 LW
Jarvis Amarillo T-98 GE
J Johnston Amarillo T-124 GE
D Kelley Amarillo C-2087 GE
Law Amarillo T-87 GE
Q McElwain Amarillo T-79 GE
McElwain Amarillo T-79 GE
T McVay Pampa T-413 AW
R Moats Claude T-80 GE
D Myers Amarillo T- 87 GE
H Newby Amarillo T-1776 GE
J Nunez Amarillo T-1776 GE
J Oliver Amarillo T-94 GE
C Pullen Amarillo T-98 GE
Pullen Amarillo T-62 QP
Quintana Guymon T-142 LW
J Ray Canyon T-31 GE
M Rodriguez Canyon T- 4 GE
A Sanders Amarillo T-80 GE
J Shehan Canyon T-31 GE
Sirmon Amarillo T-86 GE
J Smith Amarillo T-633 GE
Standish Amarillo T-80 GE
Tillery Amarillo T-80 GE
K Veggeberg Amarillo C-2087 GE
T Vernon Perryton T-256 LW
K Walsh Amarillo C-2087 GE
C Weiss Panhandle T-501 AW

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