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Adobe Walls District Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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District Chairperson – Richard Carter – slrjcarter@cableone.net

District Commissioner – Rick Jones – icsinstructor57@yahoo.com

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

March Calendar:

March 10th – Roundtable @ 7PM, St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Pampa

March 19th – Camp Card distribution to all units selling

March 26th – Scouting for Food day

Roundtable

 

Adobe Walls district will begin having regular roundtable meetings once a month.  It is open to any and all unit leaders, parents, and district level leaders.  Each month will feature a different training exercise and need to know information for both Pack leaders and Troop leaders.  There has been talk about rotating the location of the meeting from month to month to different locations, but as of now nothing is set in stone.  Remember, it is very important that each unit send a representative to the roundtable meeting.  It does not always have to be the Cubmaster or Scoutmaster. 

Camp Card distribution 

The Camp Cards (discount cards) you ordered will be distributed in two places.  On Saturday the 19th they will be checked out in Pampa at 10 AM at the 1st United Methodist Church (basement) which is located across from the Post Office.  That same day they will be distributed in Borger at 1PM (location pending).  YOU MUST COME CHECK THEM OUT AT ONE OF THESE LOCATIONS ON THE 19TH.  Please contact Jim Anderson if you have any questions.

Scouting for Food 

Don’t forget about Scouting for Food this month!  The food that the Scouts gather is critical to the community and helping other people.  The food you collect will go to your local food bank.  If you do not have a local food bank it will be dropped off at a location in Pampa or Borger.  Please call or email Jim Anderson if you have any questions. 

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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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

Senior District Executive: George Etier, getier@bsamail.org

March Calendar

 3      District Leaders Roundtable

10    District Committee Meeting

10    District Commissioners Meeting

17     Eagle Scout Board of Review

19     Camp Card Pick-up – Council Service Center

26     Scouting for Food

 April Calendar

2        BALOO Training

7        District Leaders Roundtable

14       District Committee Meeting

14       District Commissioners Meeting

21       Eagle Scout Board of Review

29- May 1   Council Camporee – Camp Don Harrington

Re-charters

If you have not completed your re-charter or if you need help with your re-charter please call Scott Hollabaugh or HS Fuller, they are your District Commissioners and they are ready to help you get this important task completed.  You can reach them at the e-mail addresses shown above.   Any unit not re-chartered by February 28th will be dropped.

Roundtable

Be sure you and your unit are represented at the Roundtable each month.  This month we will have the information on Scouting for Food, our annual food drive that support the local food bank.   We will have maps of the area and you will need to sign up for the area that your unit wants to cover.   The bags will be available as well.  Please make a special effort to participate in this service project.   Our District Award of Merit Recipient, Scott Hollabaugh, will also be recognized that evening and dessert will be served.

BALOO Training

We have numerous requests to provide BALOO Training this spring.   Get ready, it coming.

Saturday, April 2nd, 1:00 pm at the Council Service Center.    Be sure to sign up at Roundtable.

Remember:  Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!

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 Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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District Chairman- Duwane Skipper- duwaneskipper@yahoo.com

District Commissioner- Bob Post- postbob@allegiance.tv

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

March Calendar

 1      Perryton Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Perryton, TX.

 3      Dalhart Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., CUMC, Dalhart, TX.

 8      Guymon Adult Leaders meeting, 7:00 p.m., VMUMC, Guymon, OK.

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

 April Calendar

 8-10 Palo Duro Lake Cleanup, Palo Duro Lake, Spearman, TX.

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

 19    Camp Card sale kickoff meetings, Guymon, Dalhart & Perryton

 Family Friends of Scouting

It’s time to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.  Without this financial support from our leaders and our scouting families, the Golden Spread Council would not be able to provide the quality programs, training and facilities you expect, for our scouts.  Plan on having a Family Friends of Scouting presentation at your next pack meeting, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, or troop court of honor.  Call Steve Knollenberg at 580-651-2615, or Audrey House at 580-652-2085, to schedule a presentation that is convenient for your unit.

Camp Card Kickoff Meetings

Camp Card pickup kickoff meetings are being scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2011, in the following communities:  Guymon, Dalhart & Perryton.  If your Unit is signed up to sell these cards it is imperative that you have at least one adult leader in attendance.  Watch for a Constant Contact, with more information, prior to the kickoff.  Please call Steve if you have any questions, or concerns.

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

All Scoutmasters should be reviewing their Troop records to identify which youth members are eligible for election into the Order of the Arrow, this spring.  To be eligible, the youth needs to be at least a First Class Scout and have completed fifteen days and nights of camping in the last two calendar years, including one, but not more than one, long-term camp of 5, or 6 nights.  The remaining 9 or 10 nights must consist of overnight, weekend, or other short-term camping.  “Cabin camping”, does not count.  Chapter Unit election coordinators will be contacting each Scoutmaster, to schedule an election for Troops that have eligible candidates.  Remember, a Troop may not conduct its own election!

Scouting for Food

Our annual Council Good Turn service project, “Scouting for Food”, has been scheduled for March 26, 2011.  Hopefully, there will not be a blizzard this year!  This is a coordinated, Council-wide, one day service project to give back to our communities.  All Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops & Venturing Crews are expected to participate.  There will be council-wide publicity for this event, specifying Saturday, March 26th, as the collection day.  More information will be available at the March 2011 adult leader meetings.  Click on this link: Scouting for Food info & resources for more information and to download Program planning guides to use in your meetings, prior to the event.  These educational planning guides are great helps in educating our Scouts in why we do Scouting for Food, as a Council-wide service project.

Please confirm you participation with Steve, and don’t forget to give him the total pounds of food collected, and any monetary donations collected for you local food pantry/ministry.  If you have to do your collection prior to March 26th, please advise Steve of this.  He will still need to know the weight of the food collected.

Palo Duro Lake Cleanup

The annual Lone Wolf District Palo Duro Lake cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2011, near Spearman, Texas.  This event is a great time for our district’s units to get together, complete a worthwhile service project and enjoy the fellowship of Scouting. 

In addition, the Palo Duro River Authority will be providing lunch to all those who sign up and participate!  It’s their way of saying, “thank you” for making the lake a more enjoyable destination for all.

Normally, troops camp out for the weekend and packs attend for the day.  Packs are welcome to camp out, as long as BSA Family Camping guidelines are followed.  This is a great way for our Cubs to get to see what the “big boys” do, in Boy Scouts.  Start planning now, to attend!  Please contact Richard Nowlin at rcnowlin@valornet.com, (806-658-4839) or Steve Knollenberg, stevek.bsa@gmail.com (580-651-2615) for more information.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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District Chairperson– Joni Mickna- sjmickna@sbcglobal.net (806)674-7040 (cell)

District Commissioner– Vacant 

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

March  Calendar

 

8     Key Three Meeting

10   District Committee Meeting

26   District Pinewood Derby (The Kwahadi Kiva-9151 I40 East)

26   District Scouting for Food

April 2nd– Baloo Training

Adult Leader Roundtable

When? Thursday, March 3@ 7:00 pm

Where? Saint Mary’s Catholic Fellowship Hall (Read Constant Contact)

               1200 South Washington

               Amarillo, TX 79102     

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.

GET TRAINED!

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Adult Leader!

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 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 Pablo Rueda at 806-655-5800 and let him know.

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 Pinewood Derby (Read Constant Contact)

Jason Dunham is our new District Activity Chairman. He will be putting together a committee for your District Pinewood Derby and Scouting for food. This event is scheduled for March 26th.

We are excited to see our Pinewood Derby become our best yet, to give our boys the fun racing experience they deserve!

Scouting for Food

Scouting for food will take place the morning of March 26th. (Read constant contact)

Baloo Training

This training will take place at Camp Don Harrington on April 2nd.

It is a very important training to have, therefore we encourage all adult leaders to participate.

Registration starts at: 12:30 pm.

Training begins at 1:00 pm and will be finished at 5:00pm

District Executive

I would like to thank all of our Packs and Troops that consistently participate in Council Events such as Fundraisers (for the Council and the unit) as well as trainings and camps.

All events set up by the Golden Spread Council are in place to support our units and council. This way we ensure we can continue to operate our camp facilities and different programs we have in place. The units also have an opportunity to deliver a better program by fundraising and ensure their boys have plenty of resources for their different programs. Camps and events are one of the main reasons why our boys decide to join Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Let’s ensure we deliver what we promised our boys. Many units are very active in our district, but we encourage units that aren’t quite as active to think about why our boys join our movement. They want to have fun! We want them to have fun while they are being taught our organization values and skills. This values and skills will make a difference in these boys life.

Thanks to all the volunteers who support our cause, and have stepped up to help our district committee continue to be functional. Special thanks to all of our volunteers who are helping with the Pinewood Derby.

Special Thanks to Joni Mickna and Doris Williams for all of their continuing efforts to keep our District Active. Also would like to thank Katie Loyall, Ray & Barbara Lafferty, Pete Shugar, Doris Williams and Tyger Mitchell for their help with Roundtable Trainings as well and others for presenting different skills for our different Scout Reach programs.

I would like to thank Sergeant Brent Barbee from the Amarillo Police Department who has collaborated with us by making presentations to our different Scout Reach programs.

Many Thanks.

Pablo Rueda

Quanah Parker- District Executive

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Santa Fe District Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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District Chairperson– Vacant

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-  mstavenhagen57@aol.com 

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns- gmannsbsa@gmail.com

March

8       District Roundtable/District Meeting

19     Camp Card distribution in Shamrock

District Dinner

The District Dinner was a big success with 26 volunteers there.  Good food, good fellowship and good program.  Thank you George Hall and the VFW for providing the building and food.

Congratulations to John Forbis P17 for receiving the District Award of Merit for Santa Fe District. Also Congratulations to Tommy Saye for 50 years of Boy Scouting. 

Fish Fest

Mark your calendar for May 7, 2011 at MKB will be Santa Fe District Fish Fest. 

Fun in the Sun (previously known as Day Camp)

This year we will offer a one day activity for all Cub Scouts called “Fun in the Sun”.  The date will be July 16th in Memphis.  We are looking for adult Volunteers to help staff the camp.  Give me a call if you are willing to help for the day.

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Venturing District Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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

March
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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.

2245- Pistol Shooting Crew-Contact Verna Popp for more information (806) 358-6500.
2072- Comanche Trail Church of Christ Youth Group-Contact Derek Chance for more information, (806) 457-8054.

***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.

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Golden Spread Council Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 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

Alumni Award  NEW

The national Alumni Relations Committee is pleased to announce a newly created award: the Alumni Award. The requirements are available at www.BSAalumni.org for registered alumni. If you or someone you know is not registered, it only takes a few minutes.

The BSA’s definition of alumni is, “everyone positively and personally impacted by the Boy Scouts of America-former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, volunteers past and present, community leaders, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day.”

The recognition items for the Alumni Award include a very nice-looking square knot AND lapel pin, which will be sold by Supply Group as restricted inventory items. Recipients of the award must show an approved application by both their council alumni committee AND the national Alumni Relations office before they purchase their square knot and/or lapel pin.

Wilderness First Aid Course  NEW

It is that time again! Our three high-adventure bases, Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base, and Northern Tier, in conjunction with the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) are offering another round of Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED instructor courses at a price that can’t be beat, $300 per person! The course agenda can be found at the bottom of the page. Review the dates and sites below then click on “Register Now” after you decide which high-adventure base and date will best fit your needs. This fee includes room and board and the basic supplies you will need for the course. After registration is complete, you should receive an email verification that includes specific high adventure base information.

Register now: Florida Sea Base, March 17 – 20, 2011

Register now: Philmont Scout Ranch, March 24 – 27, 2011

Register now: Northern Tier, April 7 – 10, 2011

You must have a current CPR/AED certification in order to attend this course. It is also highly recommended that you have had a previous WFA course. After successful completion of any one of these courses, you will be certified as a Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. You will not only be a very valuable asset to your council and unit, you will have fun!

Agenda Day Time Activity
Thursday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Check – in (Prerequisites verified, room assignments, materials and schedule for weekend given.)
Thursday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner
Friday 7:00 am – 8:00 am 9:00 am (Friday) – 6:00 pm (Saturday) Breakfast – Detail Schedule per ECSI
Saturday 6:00 pm Course Completion
Sunday By 10:00 am Check – out (Continental Breakfast Provided)

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!!!

Scouting for Food   NEW

Scouting for Food will take place throughout the District’s on March 26th.  Plans are well underway to have all units participate in this “Good Turn”.  During the March Roundtables, the DE’s will have maps available for you to choose your area to walk and ask for food donations.  The Food Bank in Amarillo tells us this is the worst year in recent history in regards to the amount of folks who are coming in for food items.  Remember that the majority of those without food, are children.  Please plan on attending your District Roundtable or call your DE to sign up.  We also have Scout Booklets at the link below that you can use at your Troop and Pack Meeting to help the boys (and parents) understand why they should participate in the event.

Scouting for Food Resources

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.

OA Elections NEW

The Order of the Arrow Unit Elections began on February 5 and if you have not taken care of this, now is the time tostart the prociedures.  For infomration on elegibility, procdures and who to contact, please see the link below.

OA Elections information

2011 Camp Card Program  NEW

Most of you have already been contacted regarding the 2011 Camp Card Program that we have just launched to help your Scouts earn money for camp.  Those of you (57 units) who are participating this year will be able to pick up your cards and get all the information you need at your local District Kickoff.  The Kickoff’s are all scheduled for March 19th.  Please arrive at the stated time to hear all you need to know about how to manage this program, ask any questions you may have, and to pick up your cards.  If you are a unit leader who has called in your desire to participate, it’s not too late!  Call your local DE.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your DE or call the Scout Office at 806-358-6500.

Santa Fe District– Shamrock Irish Garden (North of the Radio Shack) at 9am. 

Golden Eagle and Quanah Parker District– Scout Service Center from 1030am.

Lone Wolf District–  Dalhart– Central United Methodist Church-, 511 Rock Island St at 4pm.  Perryton– First United Methodist Church, 321 S. Baylor St at 1pm.  Meet in the Cub Scout Room.  Guymon- Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, 6th & Roosevelt Streets at 9am.

Adobe Walls District– Pampa- First United Methodist Church (across from the Post Office) in the basement at 10am.  Borger- Place to be determined but it will be at 1pm.  We will send you notification via Constant Contact once the location is set.

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.

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 

American Indian Scholarship   NEW

The council has been notified that there is a Campership available for Boy Scouts who are if American Indian heritage to help attend an approved council long-term camp program.  Funds will be awarded for up to 50 percent of the cost of one week of camp.  To be eligible, a youth must be recognized as being of American Indian heritage and in need of financial assistance.  If you are interested in hearing more about this, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500.

Scouting Museum  NEW

In 2011 the National Scouting Museum is expanding its efforts to reach people whose lives have been positively influenced by their involvement in the Scouting program.  Whether you are a lifetime scouter or have only been in the program for a short while, we believe you have scouting stories to share!  Please contact Gail Mayfield at P 972.580.2426  for information on how to submit your story!

 Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve  NEW

As part of a four-year, $400 million process to make The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve a reality, today the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced the appointment of entertainment destination veteran Mike Patrick as the Chief Operating Officer of The Summit and launched the Web site for the high-adventure base, summitbechtelreserve.org.

Located in the New River Gorge region of West Virginia, The Summit sits on 10,600 acres of forested mountains that will provide incredible facilities and intense outdoor programs. The Summit is scheduled to open in 2013 and will complement the three world-class BSA national high-adventure bases in New Mexico, Minnesota, and Florida. The site will permanently host the BSA’s iconic national Scout jamboree beginning in 2013 and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

“Today’s appointment and launch of the Web site represent another important step in the process of making the dream of The Summit a reality,” said Jack Furst, CEO, The Summit. “Under the vision and leadership of Mike Patrick, along with exciting digital tools like the new Web site, The Summit will give us an opportunity to focus on our end-user – young people and their parents – and launch a new standard for high-adventure and Scouting.”

Mike Patrick brings more than 30 years of international executive experience in developing and managing a broad variety of successful commercial and non-profit projects and operations. In his new role he will provide leadership to all aspects of The Summit including operations, high-adventure programs, customer experience, the leadership and training center, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree and the National Scout Jamboree and its operations team, which is relocating to the West Virginia site.

Before joining Scouting, Patrick served in various capacities including Project Director, Senior Vice President, COO, Executive Project Director and General Manger of a variety of domestic and international entertainment and destination properties including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa, Worlds of Discovery, The Orlando Science Center and Silver Dollar City.

Along with the appointment of Patrick, The Summit took another critical step in using the West Virginia property as a catalyst to reach Scouting’s 60 million living alumni and approximately 4 million members and to enhance their experience by launching its official Web site, summitbechtelreserve.org.

Designed by West Virginia-based WELD and built by Dell Services Business and Technology Consulting, two key functions of the site are the “Shape the Summit” survey and “Patrol Z” project, which will allow young people to provide input to help in the development of the property and engage in the larger discussion about the high-adventure base.

The “Shape the Summit” survey will give young people an opportunity to provide feedback an input into the development of The Summit. Also, beginning March 1, Scouts can apply for a chance to be a part of “Patrol Z,” a team of Scouts hand selected and equipped with digital tools to help tell the exciting story of The Summit. Members of “Patrol Z” will get to be a part of recording a new era of Scouting, all in preparation for the 2013 Jamboree.

“I am excited and humbled to be a part of this iconic organization,” said Mike Patrick, COO, The Summit. “The Summit gives Scouting an opportunity to launch its second century and to use to make a connection with America’s youth and provide them an opportunity to help determine Scouting’s next great adventure.”

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.

Council Refund Policy  NEW

The Council as published the Council Refund Policy.  Everyone is encouraged to read and understand the policy so there is no confusion in regards to our refund policy.  Please visit the link below to view the policy.

Council Refund Policy

Eagle Scouts of 2010   NEW

We recently published a list of Eagle Scouts from 2010 and inadvertently missed one young man.  Kyle McElroy from Clarendon was awarded the Eagle Rank in 2010 and is from Troop 433.  Kyle recently joined the US Army and will attend Basic Training in the summer.  Congratulations Kyle and we are sorry we missed you.

Cub Scout Resident Camp Staff  NEW

The Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Don Harrington is in need of Camp Leadership which includes Camp Director and Program Director.  These are both certified positions (must be over 21 years of age) that need to be filled for the camp to operate.  National Camp School dates are available (one is coming up this month) and there are others available as well.  We are looking for someone who has Scouting background, is good with organizing programs, and is available to attend Camp School (at our expense) and is available the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weekends of June to operate the Cub Scout Resident Camp.    For more information, please contact Scott ASAP at 806-358-6500.

Spring Camporee

The Spring Camporee is scheduled for April 29- May 1 at Camp Don Harrington.  This event is 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 “Fun in the Sun” (previously known as “Day Camp”)  NEW

This year we will be offering a one day Saturday “Fun in the Sun” activity for Cub Scouts.  There will be 5 different locations and you can choose the one that is closest or best for you. We will also offer one Monday/Tuesday Twilight Camp at Camp Don.  Check-in will be from 12:15 to 12:45pm and activities will begin at 1pm.  Dinner is available for a small fee and a campfire will end the day.  The cost is only $20 per Cub Scout and includes a FREE T-shirt, patch, and all supplies.  Please check out the link below.  All registrations are completed online this year!

Fun in the Sun information

2011 Wood Badge NEW

Are you a registered adult leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and/or Venturing and think you have attended all training there is?  Well if you have not attended Wood Badge, then you have one more to attend!  This two weekend course on September 9-11 and October 7-9 is advanced adult training.  All the information you need is below- please click on the link!

Wood Badge Information

2011 NYLT

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.  

NYLT Information

Cub Scout Belt Loop-O-Rama  NEW

The Council and the Discovery Center of Amarillo have teamed up and are offering Cub Scouts the opportunity yo to earn three belt loops, check out all the exhibits including the new Dinosaurs (they actually follow you as you walk by!) and see a movie at their awesome theater.  For all the information, please click on the link below. 

Belt Loop-O-Rama Info

2011 Boy Scout Summer Camp 

The 2011 Boy Scout Summer Camping season is just a short 4 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

Cub Scout Leader Baloo Training  NEW

The outdoor training for Cub Scout Leaders will be offered on April 2 at the Scout Service Center from 1pm to 5pm.  This will be the last class until the Fall so if your Pack is planning a campout, this is your chance to get trained.  Tour Permits will not be approved without at least one leader trained in Baloo.  PLlase click on the link below for all the information.

Baloo Flyer

2011 Shooting Sports Camp  NEW

The Shooting Sports Camp is scheduled for July 8-10 at Camp Don.  This is open to Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts and their leaders.  This is a great opportunity to be exposed to many different shooting sports in a safe and fun location.  For more information, please click on the link below.

Shooting Sports Camp Flyer

Memorials and Tributes

From                                               In Memory of

Friends at Region 16                         Ben Dunn

Marvin and Linda Cox                      TJ Cole Jr

Connie Edwards                                TJ Cole Jr

Eagle Scouts 

None this year!

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