Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- June 2011

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Thursday, June 2, 2011

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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.

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!!!

Camp Ranger   NEW

Effective June 18, we welcome Mike Smith as the new Camp Ranger for Camp Don Harrington.  Mike is a current resident of Canyon, Texas and is excited to be our new Ranger.  Mike has actually started his new position already trying to learn all the aspects of camp operations from Mike Parton.  Mike has been with the Council for over 8 years serving both council camps.  Mike Parton has served this council very well and we all wish him the very best in his future endeavours.  Please welcome the “new” Mike next time your at CDH!

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.

Order of the Arrow News   NEW

The Summer Ordeal is scheduled for August 26-28 at Camp Don Harrington.  All members need to attend!  We ask that you bring a drawing for a Patch celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lodge.  All Ordeal Members who have been a member for at least 10 months, should consider sealing your membership and taking the Brotherhood Test.  Testing can be completed at Summer Camp!

Upcoming events are the One Day of Service (date TBD) and the Fall Fellowship in November.  More details will follow.

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 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 on the front page of the Council Web Page 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.

Shooting Clays Tournament Volunteers  NEW

It is hard to believe but it is now time to start preparing for the Golden Spread Council’s Sporting Clays Classic Tournament and Auction.  This year’s tournament will be our Ninth Annual Sporting Clays Classic.  This year’s Classic will be held on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13.  As you know, all proceeds from the tournament go towards supporting our local Boy Scout programs.

Our tournament has grown from 24 teams in 2003, to this year’s projected 55 teams and over 220 shooters.  These teams will come from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado, all in support of Scouting.

With this many teams and shooters, we are in need of 200 volunteers to help us run a fun and safe tournament. This letter is a request to you and to members of your troop or crew to consider volunteering some time to help us during this year’s Sporting Clays Tournament.   

Volunteers are needed in lots of different areas and for various times. Volunteers will be needed on both Friday, August 12 and on Saturday, August 13.  As a volunteer, you can help on one or both days.  You can also specify mornings or afternoons or all day.  Every volunteer will be fed breakfast and lunch and will receive a t-shirt as recognition for their time and help.

Scout Leaders please share this information with your fellow leaders, Scout parents and with your troop and crew members.  This is a great troop or crew activity! 

Can your troop or crew spend the night at CampDon? Absolutely!  Scout Service hours for helping? For Sure!

If you and or your troop can help this year, please Bob Altman at the Scout Service Center-358-6500 or raltman@bsamail.org.  

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 

Scout Shop   NEW

Did you know that you can get all your uniform items and other really cool Scouting stuff from our local Scout Shop?  If you haven’t come in lately, you are missing the opportunity y to see all our new items.  If you are planning on attending Summer Boy Scout Camp, you might need to purchase a new Shirt and Pants for your Boy Scout.  How about some Scrapbooking items to commemorate your son’s Scouting experience.  Lots of cool things are available!  If you live far away, we can mail you anything you might need but if you are in the area, stop in and say hi!

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 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

Popcorn 2011   NEW

Could your unit use some extra cash? Our Scouts units earned $200,000 in popcorn commissions last year to fund their programs and activities!

Make sure your Scout unit attends one of the Golden Spread Council’s Fall Program Kickoff Meetings to learn more about the Fall 2011 Popcorn Sale, to sign your unit up to sell popcorn this fall, and to qualify your unit to earn more commission money!

Popcorn enables your unit to do the things you want without having to do lots of fundraisers. The idea is to have this one fund-raiser in the fall support the entire year of Scouting. This is an officially approved council unit money-earning project that many packs and troops participate in each year. Do your sale in the fall and reap the benefits for the rest of the year.

Help your Scouts build confidence and earn their way in Scouting.

Provides an opportunity for Scouts to pay for their entire Scouting Program with one fundraiser.

Your Scout can earn cool rewards and even a college scholarship.

Your Scout will gain confidence by learning important life skills such as goal-setting, teamwork and speaking in public.

The annual popcorn sale supports all three levels of Scouting:

Individual Scout: Reduces the out-of-pocket expense for Scout families.

Your Unit: Provides funding for packs and troops to carry out their activities.

Golden Spread Council: No other fundraiser supports the entire council to serve packs and troops, pay for needed camp equipment, resources, programs for Scouts, training for leaders, and much more.

                             Support the entire Scouting program in 2011.
                                                               SELL POPCORN
!

Jamboree 2013   NEW

Registration for the 2013 National Jamboree to be held July 15-24 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is now open.  Check out the link below!.  The national registration fee for participants is $850. Youth participants and leaders registering should check with Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 for fee and payment details, including travel and tour costs.

Jamboree Link

Journey to Excellence   NEW

What can   bring to units? Measurement, guidance, recognition, and more:

1. A framework for planning the year

  • The Journey to Excellence standards are based on what successful units do to continually improve.
  • If your unit plans to achieve gold or silver, you’ll have a strong and active program.

2. A method for evaluating your unit

  • Journey to Excellence provides tangible measurements based on information you are likely already tracking, such as how many campouts you have and how many youth are advancing, and the software uses simple ways to calculate your performance.

3. Guidance in areas where you might do better

  • As you track your performance against the Journey to Excellence standards, you can easily see where you could do better.

4. Specific guidelines and standards of what is considered good performance

  • Journey to Excellence has specific, simple measures that help you compare what you are doing against the standards.

5. Early warning of potential problem areas

  • You are able track any areas where your unit is not performing as you might like and have plenty of time to make corrections.

6. Recognition for good Scouting

  • You can proudly receive your bronze, silver, or gold recognition for your Scouting unit for the year.

7. Benchmarking to get ideas and tips from other good units

  • You can receive help and best practices in areas where other units have met the gold standard.
  • In the areas where you are doing well, you can give help and ideas to other units.

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                          In Memory of

Mr.  and Mrs. Robert Altman            John Chandler

Mr. and Mrs. John Boyce

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Boyce

Mr. and Mrs. William Boyce

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Niegos

Norma  Kelly

Eagle Scouts 

Fname Lname Troop 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
A Law T-87 GE
J Moore T-472 AW
W Wilson T-472 AW
M Hoy T-87 GE

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