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Golden Spread Council Highlights- July 2011

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Journey To Excellence Service Hours

You can now enter your service hours at . 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 and can follow the same procedures as listed above.


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!!!


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 MK Brown (note location change from June Newsletter).  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.

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.  Registration to attend is now available on the council website or click below!

Program Preview Registration

Shooting Clays Tournament Volunteers 

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 Camp Don? 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

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  

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

Popcorn 2011 

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.

Jamboree 2013

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 

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.

Council Online Calendar    NEW

You will receive a “hard copy” of the 2011-2012 Council Calendar if you attend the Program Preview however, we also have an online Google calendar that is available for viewing and download to “smart phones”.  The online calendar will contain the most up to date information on all Council and District activities and will supersede the hard copy that will be published soon.

The Kwahadi Dancers  NEW

Song of the Eagle

A colorful pageant of song and dance

 in the air-conditioned comfort of the Kwahadi Museum

I-40 Exit #76, then WEST ½ mile on frontage road to museum!

June 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 19, 22, 7:30 pm

Adults  $9   Seniors  $7   Youth  $5  (includes museum)

Optional Enchilada Buffet!  6:30 pm   $9.50  Reservations required.

Matinee Performances:  June 11 (3 pm) and June 17 (1:30 pm)

For show and dinner reservations:  806-335-3175

Museum Trading Post is open summer hours Wed – Sun, 1 -5 pm.

Bring family and friends to see the world famous Kwahadi Dancers present their 55th Annual Summer Home shows!  The dance theater presents a potpourri of dance sets from our rich southwest heritage in the adobe ambience of the Kwahadi Museum and Sybil B. Harrington Event Center!   They are an amazing group of young people who have earned their fame though continuous rehearsing, service to others, and world travel!  Come see the Kwahadis!  You’ll be glad you did!

Over 2300 visiting Scout and church youth and thousands of visitors from afar will come to Amarillo in June and July to see the Kwahadi Museum and show!  A show team of sixty-six youth and adult leaders will be on tour July 23 through August 10.  They will travel 6500 miles and present 16 performance sin seven states and four Canadian provinces, traveling all the way to Halifax, Nova Scotia!  The Kwahadis recently presented 18 shows in England, Scotland, and Ireland.  They represented North America in the opening ceremony of the International Xtreme Games in Busan, S. Korea at the invitation of the International Olympic Committee.  They were invited by the national office of the Boy Scouts of America to present four shows at the 100th Anniversary of Scouting Jamboree in 2010!

The Kwahadi youth come from middle schools, high schools, and colleges from across the communities of the Texas Panhandle to form their unique and famous dance team.  Since their 1944 beginning, over 1600 young men and ladies from almost every school and community of the area have presented over 4200 performances in 48 states and overseas!  They are our world ambassadors and the pride of the Panhandle!   Come let our amazing youth entertain you!

Microfiber Uniform   NEW

A new optional Microfiber Uniform is now available and is simply an option to the existing uniform selection. This is not intended to be a “new uniform”.  The Microfiber Uniform features new fabric technology, technology that will continue to evolve in future uniform pieces. This constant technological evolution ensures that we offer the most advanced apparel technologies available for our Scouts and volunteers. This technology evolution does not make current or past uniform pieces obsolete; it’s simply an additional uniform option.  Come to the Scout Shop to check this out!

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                          In Memory of

Steve Wright                                             Beth and Brad Wright

Jerre Esler                                                Jenny and Paul Harpole

2011 Eagle Scouts

First Name Initial Last Name Troop # District
J Gettles T-80 GE
C Blashill T-79 QP
H Campsey T-4 GE
J Carlisle T-86 GE
C Diaz T-108 GE
S Dismuke T-633 GE
T Heymer T-74 GE
M Hoy T-87 GE
A Huebner T-633 GE
A Law T-87 GE
Z Metzger T-633 GE
D Montgomery T-404 AW
J Moore T-472 AW
M Perez T-80 GE
J Ray T-31 GE
J Stonecipher T-160 LW
D Wagner T-562 GE
T Watson T-104 LW
F Whittle T-29 QP
W Wilson T-472 AW

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