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Golden Eagle District Highlights- May 2011

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Wednesday, May 4, 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

May Calendar

5           District Leaders Roundtable

7           Mother’s Day

12       District Committee Meeting

12       District Commissioners Meeting

19       Eagle Scout Board of Review

21       Fishing Derby – Canyon

30       Memorial Day

June Calendar

2          Eagle Scout Project Reviews

16       Eagle Scout Board of Reviews

Roundtable

Be sure you and your unit are represented at the Roundtable each month. Cub Scout Leaders will be discussing the upcoming Fishing Derby and all of the summer activities.  Come and get the latest info.

Summer Program

Now is the time to start finalizing those summer plans, whether it be Boy Scout Summer Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Fun in the Sun……make sure you are keeping the OUTING

In ScOUTING for the youth in your unit.

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- May 2011

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Wednesday, May 4, 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

May Calendar

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

28- Order of the Arrow unit elections end.

June Calendar:

10-12- Cub Scout Resident Camp,CampDonHarrington

10-12- Cub Scout Resident Camp, Camp M.K. Brown

17-19- Webelos Resident Camp,CampDonHarrington

18- District One Day Cub Camp,PaloDuroLake, Spearman

19-25- Boy Scout Summer Camp, Week 1, Camp M.K. Brown

24-26- Cub Scout Resident Camp,CampDonHarrington

26-7/2- Boy Scout Summer Camp, Week 2, Camp M.K. Brown

May Round Table (Adult Leader) Meetings

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the May Round Table meetings have been cancelled, or at lease postponed until later in May.  Look for more information via Constant Contact.

Family Friends of Scouting

There’s still 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.

Cub Scout Day Camps and Cub & Webelos Resident Camps

As this school year rapidly comes to a close, now is the time to be planning to attend one of our District or Council Cub One Day Camps.  Your Pack should be attending at least one of these camps.  In-district offerings include Cub one day camps in Spearman in June, and Dalhart, in July.  This year, we are offering more resident camping activities to all our Cubs and Webelos at Camp Don Harrington and M.K. Brown.  We also have one resident camp that is strictly for Webelos.  Attending the Webelos resident camp will help move your Webelos along, to help insure they can complete the Arrow of Light Award, their second year.  Look for dates and further details elsewhere in this newsletter.

Palo Duro Lake Cleanup Recap

The Palo Duro River Authority asked me to pass along a great big, “Thank you!” to all the Lone Wolf units, leaders and Scouts who participated in this year’s cleanup.  The work you all did does a great service to the River Authority.  Congratulations, for a job well done!

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!  Troop elections must be completed by May 28, 2011.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- May 2011

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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

District Commissioner– Steve Rodriguez Steve.Rodriguez1978@gmail.com (806) 231-3380 

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

May

5- District Roundtable

10- Key Three Meeting

12- District Committee Meeting   

14-District FishingDerby

Adult Leader Roundtable

When? Thursday,  May 5th @ 6:30 pm

Where?CoronadoElementary School (Read Constant Contact)

              3210 Wimberly Rd

              Amarillo,TX79109    

May’s Roundtable will be a potluck, so please bring a side dish of your preference.

The district members invite you to come mingle with the Quanah Parker

Leaders and talk about your upcoming summer events.

This is a monthly get-together of all leaders, Assistants, Committee Members, and involved parents.  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.

Special thanks to all of our leaders involved in Roundtable program.

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 like  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.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- May 2011

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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District Chairperson– Vacant

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-  mstavenhagen57@aol.com 

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns- gmannsbsa@gmail.com

May

7 – Fish Fest MKB

Friends of Scouting

Santa Fe District is at 119% of our goal for FOS. 

Fish Fest

Fish Fest is almost here May 7, 2011 at MKB.  There is still time to sign-up http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2011sfFishFestFlyer.pdf

Day Camp

This year’s Day Camp is “Fun in the Sun” and the date will be July 16th inMemphis.  It’s just one day this year so plan to attend.  Thank you Polly Mcafee for all your work for this event.

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2011FunInTheSunFlyer.pdf

Camp Cards

By the time you get this newsletter, your camp cards or money should be in at the Council.  How did your unit sales go?  Email me and tell me a story.

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Venturing District Highlights- May 2011

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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

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.
2510- City Church Climbing Crew

***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- May 2011

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Alumni Award 

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.

News from the Order of the Arrow  NEW

New Leadership

Congratulations to Tyler Thorne and Taos Anderson. Both were elected to section SR 2-3 leadership positions, Tyler was elected section vice chief and Taos was elected section secretary.

Beaver Days

There is work to be done, friendships to be made, fun to enjoy, and more… Beaver Days are the annual ordeal make-up day for those who could not attend in August as well as the Council workday for any troop/crew or volunteer who would like to earn some extra service hours preparing Camp Don for the summer.

Register for Beaver Days today by visiting: http://bit.ly/2011BeaverDays
Please pay when you check in at the event
OA Members (Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil members)
$15.00 – Meals Only.
Bring a tent, work clothes and tools to perform service projects.

Brotherhood Candidates
$30.00 – Meals Brotherhood Sash & Flap.
Please visit http://www.na-oa.net/Brotherhood for information about Brotherhood
Bring a tent, work clothes and tools to perform service projects.

All BSA troops are invited to camp during the Beaver Days weekend. Please note that the OA Lodge will provide lunch on Saturday only. Each unit is responsible for all other meals. The dining hall will not be available for troop use. Units must follow the two leader deep rule. If camping please send one leader to the Administration building to check-in when you arrive. Day only check-in: Saturday May 14, 2011 between 8:00 am – 8:30 am in the Dining Hall.

Please let us know your troop will be attending by registering at: http://bit.ly/2011BD_TroopRegistration

Vigil Nominations

Vigil nominations are due at Beaver Days check-in May 13. Nominations mailed to the council office must be received before May 12, 2011. Nomination forms may downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2011VigilNominationForm

OA Elections

OA elections need to be wrapped up by May 27! No elections will be held at summer camp this year. No exceptions! All paperwork must be finalized and received in the council office no later than June 10. If your troop has boys being tapped-out at summer camp and your troop is going out of council, please contact Tim Beecher for an official OA letter of intent. Need more information about OA, Unit Election letters may be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2011UnitElectionLetter

Scoutmasters, please verify that elected scout information is accurate and easy to read before the election team leaves. Thank you.

We are on the web:

2011 “Fun in the Sun” (previously known as “Day Camp”) 

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 T-shirt, patch, and all supplies.  Please check out the link below.  All registrations are completed online this year!

Fun in the Sun information

Camp Card Sale Update  NEW

The 2011 Camp Card Sale was a success!  Participating Scouts/Units earned over $20,000 to help send Scouts to Camp.  The Top Selling Unit was out of the Lone Wolf District Troop 46!  Congratulations to Troop 46 and for your efforts, you will receive a $250.00 Visa Gift Card!  We will announce the Top Selling Scout soon!

Journey To Excellence Service Hours

You can now enter your service hours at www.scouting.org/awards/journeytoexcellence . Look for the “Service Project” area of the screen.  There you can find the link to log your hours, information for first time users, ideas and tips for a successful service project, and sample reports that can be pulled by your council administrator. To enter your service hours click on “service hours website.” Choose “New User Click Here” or enter in your existing username and password. Users can still use www.goodturnforamerica and they will be redirected to the new data collection site. If you have any questions, please contact the national service desk at 1-972-580-2267. 

Volunteers with a MyScouting account can also reach the Journey to Excellence service hour website by clicking on the Journey to Excellence Information link on the left side of the screen in the “Council Tools” section. Once they click the link they will be directed to www.scouting.org/awards/journeytoexcellence and can follow the same procedures as listed above.

Cub Scout Resident Camp   NEW

The 2011 Cub Scout Resident Camp will be held at both Camp MK Brown and at Camp Don Harrington in June.  Check-in on Friday and experience overnight camping, wake up the next morning to a hearty breakfast then it’s off to the fun activities all day Saturday.  We end with a spectacular closing ceremony and then you depart on Sunday.  All the information you need is at the link below.  Earlybird payment incentive expires on May 19th so don’t wait to get the best deal!

Cub Scout Resident Camp Info

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!!!

Troop 80 Greanhouse  NEW

The Troop 80 Greenhouse and Nursery on the corner of Plains and Bellaire  opened up the weekend of April 30th:

Hours are       Monday- Friday 10-8 pm

                           Saturday 8-8 pm

                           Sunday 12-6 pm     

 On Saturday May 7 they will have their Annual Mother’s Day Build a Box event.  The men will help any and all children that come out build a flower box for Mom. They can decorate the box and if they buy flowers from them, they will help them plant the flowers in the box for a nice Mother’s Day Gift.  Can be done for under $15.

They have annuals, some perennials-like butterfly bushes, day lilies, and some grasses. Also have some veggies- tomatoes, peppers, squash, watermelon.  

This is a big fundraiser for the boys’ annual wilderness trip.  This year they are going to be doing a Pioneering Camp in New Mexico, using the skills they have been learning during the year. Such as cooking over an open fire, compass work, Leave no Trace Behind and knot tying. 

NESA 

The national NESA Committee at its February 7 meeting approved increasing NESA membership fees effective July 1, 2011. This is the first increase in NESA membership fees in almost 20 years.

The new fees include the following:

$20         This is for new Eagle Scouts and is valid until their 23rd birthday if purchased within six months of their board of review date. Some councils pay this fee for all of their Eagle Scouts. In other cases, troops do. It’s also a great thing for parents or grandparents to buy for their loved ones.

$35         Regular five-year membership

$250       Life membership

A permanent half-price life membership fee for all professional Scouters was also approved. They can purchase a life membership until July 1, 2011, for only $90. After that, it will be $125.

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 Program Preview  NEW

New in 2011, we will be having two dates for you to attend the COuncil Program Preview.  July 23 will be the first date and the preview will be in Amarillo AND Guymon.  The second date is July 30 and this will be held in Amarillo AND Pampa.  The locations will be announced soon but put these dates on your calendar.  The Program Preview will prepare you to create your Unit Program/Training Calendar and Budget.  You will also receive lots fo information that will help your unit have the best Scouting experience possible.  At least one (but hopefully more) of your units leadership will attend.  Watch for more info soon!

Merit Badge Counselors 

If you need to locate Merit Badge Counselors to come to your unit meeting or to another location to teach a badge, look no further.  Call the Scout Office at 806-358-6500 for a list of authorised counselors.

Campmaster Training 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 

Professional CPR/First Aid Training and BSA Lifeguard Course 

We will have a CPR/First Aid Course and BSA Lifeguard Course on May 21 and 22 at Camp Don.  For all the information, please click on the link below.

CPR/Lifeguard Flyer

Robotics Merit Badge 

The Robotics Merit Badge will become available on or after April 12. As information becomes available, we will send it our via email.

Council Refund Policy 

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

Cub Scout Resident Camp Staff 

The Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Don Harrington is in need of Camp Leadership which includes Camp Director.  This is a certified positions (must be over 21 years of age) that need to be filled for the camp to operate.  National Camp School date is May 21-27.  We are looking for someone who has Scouting background, is good with organizing  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.  We are also looking for older Boy Scouts to help at the Ranges, Kitchen, and other areas of camp.  Please have them call Scott as well.

Ride of Silence NEW

7th annual bicycle Ride of Silence

  • May 18, 6:30 pm at Amarillo College, SW 24th and Jackson.
  • Funeral procession ride to remember Cindy Whitney and other local bicycle riders killed by a motorist.
  • Free ride with out talking and with police escort service
  • Always wear a helmet when riding
  • Hosted by Old Tascosa Cycling and Share the ROAD!
  • www.rideofsilence.org
  • Organizer: Ken Graham (354-0506)

 2011 Wood Badge

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

2011 Boy Scout Summer Camp 

The 2011 Boy Scout Summer Camping season is just a short 3 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

2011 Shooting Sports Camp 

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

Andy & Roxanne Carter           Honor of  Eagle Scout  Jacob Shehen

Eagle Scouts 

First Name Last Name Unit District
J Gettles T-80 GE
S Dismuke T-633 GE
T Heymer T-74 GE
A Huebner T-633 GE
Z Metzger T-633 GE
D Montgomery T-404 AW
M Perez T-80 GE
C Blashill T-79 QP
J Stonecipher T-160 LW
T Watson T-104 LW
J Carlisle T-86 GE
F Whittle T-29 QP
H Campsey T-4 GE
D Wagner T-562 GE

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