Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- March 2011

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, March 1, 2011


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

Alumni Award  NEW

The national Alumni Relations Committee is pleased to announce a newly created award: the Alumni Award. The requirements are available at 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)


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 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,

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,

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 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.


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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