Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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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

2011 Merit Badge University  NEW

The Merit Badge University was a huge success and thanks to all who participated.  If you have NOT received your Merit Badge Class Completion paperwork it is because your recharter is not complete for some reason.  Please call the office and inquire as to the reason.  Once you are rechartered, we can mail out the MBU paperwork. 

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

Silver Beaver Award/Eagle Scout Reception NEW

Congratulations to our new Silver Beaver Award recipients Will Miller, Rob Law, and Jerry Saxon.  These Scouters were submitted for this prestigious award by their peers for outstanding service to the Council.  The reception to recognize the Silver Beaver Award recipients, the Eagle Class of 2010 and several other award recipients will be on February 6, 2011 at the Kwahadi Kiva at 2pm.  The deadline to sign up is Thursday!

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!!!

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.

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.

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 

Florida Sea Base 2011 Opening

Looking for a once in a lifetime adventure while in scouts?Join Troop 87 when we go to Florida High Adventure Sea Base in the beautiful Florida Keys!  We have two (2) openings for our trip scheduled June 14-22, 2011.

We will be visiting the Florida Everglades via airboats and then visiting several beaches around Miami before we spend 5 nights on a sailboat sailing along the Florida Keys. The days will be filled with blue skies and water so blue and clear you would believe it. If you would be interested in joining our crew please contact Darryl Dixon at 356-6245 or famdixon@msn.com for more information.

Required age for a youth to attend the High Adventure Camp is 14 year old by trip date.

Tour Permits Changing  NEW

Effective March 1, 2011, what are currently known as local and national tour permits will be superseded by what will be called the tour plan. *The online tour permit system will be suspended. This update is the accumulation of work by a cross-functional team of volunteers and staff including the Health and Safety Support Committee, Council Solutions, Outdoor Program Group, and Risk Management Advisory Panels.

Here is the definition of the tour plan in the Language of Scouting: “Units complete this form when planning for local, national, or international adventure. The plan helps ensure the unit is properly prepared, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure.”

The form will become active on our website beginning March 1, 2011.

What’s different?

1) The council is the reviewer of all tour plans; there is no regional review required.

2) The tour plan consists of a tour planning worksheet to be completed by the unit/contingent. It is retained by the council and a tour plan is returned to the unit after processing.

3) It’s on standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper!

4) There is a 21-day advance notice requested for units to submit the plan for your review.

5) A single point of contact (not on the tour) for council use is included.

6) Defined reasons/times when a tour plan must be submitted for council review:

a. Trips of 500 miles or more

b. Trips outside of council borders not to a council-owned property

c. Trips to any national high-adventure base, national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, or regionally sponsored event

d. When conducting the following activities outside of council or district events:

  • Aquatics activities (swimming, boating, floating, scuba, etc.)
  • Climbing and rappelling
  • Orientation flights (process flying plan)
  • Shooting sports
  • Any activities involving motorized vehicles as part of the program (snowmobiles, boating, etc.)

e. At a council’s request (allows council to add review times based on local needs)

7) There is an updated Pledge of Performance.

What is not changed?

1) A council can define “local” tour plan review needs in addition to the above.

2) The Scout executive still needs to have in place a policy/procedure for tour plans.

3) Requirements for qualified supervision, training, insurance, etc., remain unchanged-for example, CPR and Wilderness First Aid requirements for high-adventure camps.

Northern Tier Opportunity NEW

Summer 2012 registration opens 8:00 AM CST on April 1, 2011 for the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program.  If you are interested in a Northern Tier National High Adventure Trek, contact Scott at 806-358-6500. 

Order of the Arrow News NEW

2011 OA Regalia Lock-In

Who: All Nischa Achowalogen Lodge Members are encouraged to attend Regalia Lock-in.
What: OA Regalia Lock-in: Swimming! Fellowship! Fun! Crafts! Dancing! LEC And More!
Where: Frank Phillips Activity Center, 1301 W. Roosevelt, Borger, TX
http://www.fpctx.edu/Students/BCAC_Home.htm
When: February 11/12, 10 PM—7 AM
Cost: $15.00—Includes snacks
Registration: Register due by February 1, 2011
Go to http://www.na-oa.net/events
Call or stop by the Scout Office for the registration form

Section Conclave
Conclave is an opportunity for arrowmen from across our section to gather for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and competitions. This year’s conclave will be held at Camp Tonkawa, outside of Abilene TX, April 15-17 2011. Make plans to attend today! For more information visit, http://www.sr2-3n.org/conclave

Other News
Unit Elections begin February 5.  Scoutmasters be on the lookout for more information in your mailbox soon. If you have any arrowmen who like to be on an election team, please direct them to: http://www.na-oa.net/unit-elections/sign-up

Reminders:
If you have not paid your 2011 dues, now is the time. Visit http://www.na-oa.net/lodge-dues and fill out your 2011 renewal form today.
Stay connected:

Venture Crews 2245 and 2012  NEW

These two Crews are going to the NRA WHITTINGTON CENTER near Raton, New Mexico on March 4, 5, and 6, 2011 and you are invited!  Cost is $100.00 per youth.  The price includes cracker barrel, 2 lunches, transportation, range fees and lodging in the competitor’s cabins. You will need to bring along with clothing and personal items, guns, ammo and money for diner in Raton Saturday night. All registered Boy Scouts and Venturers are invited. Informational meeting and money due on February 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm   at the Scout Service Center. For more information call Bob Altman 358-6500.

Spring Camporee

The Spring Camporee is scheduled for April 29- May 1 at Camp Don Harrington.  This event os for Boy Scouts AND Cub Scouts!  Please take a look at the informational flyer and then register on-line at the link below.

Booklet

Online Registration

2011 Woodbadge NEW

Are you a registered adult leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and/or Venturing and think you have attended all training their is?  Well if you have not attended Woodbadge, then you have one more to attend!  This two weekend course on September 9-11 and October 7-9 is advanced adult training.  information will be available on our website in the next two weeks but consider Woodbadge as your next adult training opportunity.

2011 NYLT NEW

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 6-day program integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience to train young men to better serve their troops when placed in leadership positions. Boy Scouts who are at least 13 years of age (and have completed the seventh grade) and have earned the rank of First Class are eligible to participate.  This course will be held at Camp Don Harrington on June 5-10.  Check out the link below for more information.  We are also looking for youth staff members. The application deadline has been extended to February 18th.  Please pass this information on to your “best” Boy Scouts.

NYLT Information

What’s a Kid To Do   NEW

The ‘What’s A Kid To Do Fair’ will be in the Center Court of Westgate Mall on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 1:00 to 5:00pm. If your unit would like to participate by setting up a table (provided) to recruit new scouts, contact Scott at 806-358-6500.  There is no cost to participate but we need to know before Thursday, Feb. 24. 

Community Requests  NEW

The VFW 1435 requests a Boy Scout Troop conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony for their membership.  Please contact Nicole at 806-382-2804 for the dates,timers and all the details no later the February 10th.

The Country Club Nursing Home requests Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts visit with their clients on February 8th (Scout Anniversary Week) and show them Scouting items, scouting skills etc.  Snack will be provided!  Please call Cora Reyes at 806-517-9561 for information.

These are both great ways to promote Scouting in our community!

Bulls Hockey Night

The Bull’s Hockey Team is offering a great opportunity for all Scouts to go to their game on February 25th.  For more information, click on the link below.

Bull’s Flyer

2011 Boy Scout Summer Camp  NEW

The 2011 Boy Scout Summer Camping season is just a short 5 months away and we are ready for you!  If you have not decided on where to go this summer with your Troop then we would ask that you consider Camp MK Brown.  We have some great new programs, some new staff, great food, lots of fun and fellowship and a NEW T-shirt design that you and your Scouts will love!  For all the information you need, please visit the link below.

Boy Scout Summer Camp

Memorials

From                                                                           In Memory of

James and Thelma Lemmons                             Mason Lemmons

Totch and Kathy Upshaw                                     Larry Larson

The Families of Joe and Ben Ed Hillhouse    Nickless Devin

Eagle Scouts

None for Janaury

 

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