Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council Highlights- December 2010

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

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 Scoutstuff.org site.

NESA Eagle Scout Scholorship

The applications for the 2011 NESA Eagle Scout scholarships are now available at www.nesa.org. 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

Facebook

Did you know that the Golden Spread Council is now on Facebook?  If you enjoy using Facebook, we periodically post important items to keep you up to date on the activities taking place.  Look us up and FRIEND us!!!

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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