Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Scout Surge 2011  NEW

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has honored the United States during times of remembrance—encouraging all members to serve and contribute to the common good. Leading up to Sept. 11, when the United States of America marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in the nation’s history, the Boy Scouts of America will once again honor the country through focused acts of service as part of Scout Surge 9/11.

Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10, in communities throughout the nation, Scouts are encouraged to “surge” by undertaking service projects to honor those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Scout units will participate in a variety of activities ranging from American flag retirement ceremonies to projects that recognize and assist local first responders in honoring the memory of the first responders and others who sacrificed so much on 9/11.

“For the past 100 years, in times of trial, triumph, and remembrance, millions of Scouts have honored our nation through service,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “Just as they did 10 years ago, when Scouts mobilized and collected more than 150,000 bottles of water for ground zero rescue workers, our Scouts are encouraged to surge into action and complete focused service projects in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.”

On Sept. 11, Scout units will invite their local communities to remember the 10th anniversary of the events by gathering to watch the movie New York Says Thank You. Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities recovering from disaster. The movie chronicles the group’s efforts and features the group helping rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Ranch inIowa, which was devastated by a 2008 tornado.

“The BSA is committed to improving the lives of young people, families, communities, and the nation—with an emphasis on service,” said Jeff Parness, founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. “New Yorkers will never forget what people all across theUnited Statesdid for us in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11. We are proud to work with the Scouts with the shared goal of honoring and remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Scouts are encouraged to use social media to spread the word of their projects in their local communities and beyond. They also can post service project ideas and event pictures on www.scoutsurge911.org or their council’s Facebook page. Scouts looking for additional ideas and ways to make an impact can find more information on www.actionamerica.com. More information concerning New York Says Thank You is available at www.newyorksaysthankyoumovie.com.

 About the New York Says Thank You Foundation

Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, the New York Says Thank You Foundation has grown into the nation’s largest direct-service volunteer organization focused on the 9/11 anniversary. Each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities around the United States recovering from disaster. For more information, please visit www.newyorksaysthankyou.org.

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!!!

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow   NEW

Have you heard?  Yup, there will be a Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow on December 3, 2011 at The Church at Quail Creek (801 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo).  Plans are well underway to offer lots of awesome classes for all new and experienced Cub Scout leaders.  We will also offer Den Chief training for Boy Scouts who want to help in a Cub Pack!  Please click on the link below for more information and to register online

Pow Wow Information

Pow Wow Online Registration

Wanted!  NEW

We are the land of the free because of our military, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan veterans.  We salute these men and women everyday.  We would like to invite the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts to join us at Amarillo Intl Airport for a Welcome Home Rally for our Honor Flights returning on Sep 16, 2011, Flt 1002, Denver to Amarillo, arriving at 8:30 pm and October 7, 2011, Flt 326, Denver to Amarillo, arriving at 7:35 pm.  These men and women have earned a huge welcome home rally.  Please join us! 

Jack R. Barnes, US Navy Retired
President, America Supports You Texas

Philmont Scout Ranch- 2013 Individual Unit Reservations   NEW

Individual unit reservations for Philmont 2012 will take place during November 2011 using a web-based registration process.  Information will be available in mid October at www.philmontscoutranch.org or you can call Philmont at 575-376-2281 x 1139 and request a packet of information be mailed to you.

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!

Golden Eagle and Quanah Parker District Eagle Review Boards Info NEW

Golden Eagle / Quanah Parker Districts Eagle Project and Eagle Application Review Boards… We’re MOVING locations and changing dates!

Beginning in September 2011, our NEW meeting location for BOTH BOARDS will be St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Amarillo, Texas.  

St. Luke’s is located at 3001 S. Bell Street 

(0.36 miles north of the intersection of 34th & Bell Streets)  

(GPS Coordinates: 35.181414, -101.900849)  

Please park on the south side of the church and enter through the south doors.  

The church is handicap accessible.

Eagle Service PROJECT Review Boards will be held on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month. (i.e. September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th…)  Please arrive no later than 6:30pm to check in.

To register for the Eagle PROJECT Review Board, send an e-mail on or before the Second Monday of each month with your name, troop or crew number and telephone number to:  eaglereeves@gmail.com.  You can also register via Twitter by direct message (DM) to @eaglereeves or via Facebook Messenger to eaglereeves. 

Eagle APPLICATION Review Boards are by invitation only and will be held on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month. (i.e. September 15th, October 20th, November 17th, December 15th, …)  Please arrive no later than 6:30pm to check in.  Eagle Applicants NEED to bring a scout leader (preferably the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor) from their unit and one (or more) parent(s).

Philmont Trail Meal Program NEW

Each year the Philmont Commissary makes surplus trail meals available to councils and individuals who might have a need for backpacking trail meals for training hikes or other outdoor activities.

These meals are excellent as training tools for any group.  The meals are shelf stable and can be used for any outdoor activity where you are going to be away from cooking facilities for a period of time. 

Each meal will feed two campers a breakfast, lunch or supper.

If you will need meals in the spring for training hikes or other outdoor activities I encourage you to order now.  I do not expect to have any meals for shipping in the spring of 2012.

Your trail meal order will be shipped within 5 business days from the time your order is received.

If you would like to purchase some of these meals, you may email me at barry.harper@scouting.org to get an ordering and information package.  Or you can call at 575/376-2281 Ex 1252.

Barry Harper

Commissary Manager

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.

Here are the 2011 Popcorn Kickoff and Training Dates and Locations:

Popcorn Kickoff Dalhart-7pm  Central United Methodist Church 

September  8,  2011

Popcorn Kickoff Amarillo-9am  St.Thomas Catholic Church

September 10, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff  Spearman-2pm  First United Methodist Church   

September 10, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff  McLean-7pm  First United Methodist Church

September 15, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff Amarillo-9am   St.Thomas Catholic Church

September  17, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff Pampa-2pm   First United Methodist Church

September  17, 2011

All Orders Due                    October 28, 2011

Popcorn Pick Up                November 12, 2011 

All Popcorn Money Due December 2, 2011

Spook-O-Ree   NEW

The 2011 Spook-O-Ree is in October 2011 and is expected to be the best ever!  New and exciting activities will be coming to a Spook-O- Ree near you!  Camp Don and Camp MK Brown are transformed into a mecca of Fall Themed events and activities, a game midway, hay ride, BB and Archery extravaganza plus the traditional Haunted House and Spook Walk for those who want to partake!  For information and to register online, click on the links below!

Spook-O-Ree Flyer

Spook-O-Ree Online Registration

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

Injury Reporting  New

Unit-level volunteers must report to the council any incident that requires treatment beyond Scout rendered first aid.  If, say, a cut finger or a twisted ankle is treated on site, no report is needed.  If a cut finger requires a visit to the doctor and stitches, the report must be submitted along with any relevent photographs, doctors’ forms etc.  The incident form is located at the link below or on our web site in the forms (safety) section.

Incident Form

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.

High Plains Eagle Scout Association Eagle Scholarship  NEW

 If you have an Scout who has earned Eagle Scout and is interested in submitting an application for consideration of a scholarship from the High Plains Eagle Scout Association, please click on the link below for requirements, important deadlines etc.  This Scout must be a graduation senior to be eligible.

Application

2012 NESA scholarship  NEW

The 2012 NESA scholarship application will be available at www.NESA.org on October 1, 2011.  Watch for more information!

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI)   NEW

JOTI is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.  This event utilizes computers and the Internet.  Thousands of Scout groups can be contacted during the weekend.

In the US, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols can meet and, under supervision of leadership, make many new friends.  JODI will begin on October 15 and end on October 16.  For more information, click on the link below!

JOTI Information

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                          In Tribute of

Tom Riney                                                 Coworkers

2011 Eagle Scouts

First Name Initial Last Name Unit District
J Gettles T-80 GE
N Baucom T-94 GE
C Blashill T-79 QP
H Campsey T-4 GE
J Carlile T-86 GE
J Carlisle T-86 GE
D Corse T-472 AW
C Diaz T-108 GE
S Dismuke T-633 GE
P Dixon T-560 AW
R Fletcher T-94 GE
T Heymer T-74 GE
M Hoy T-87 GE
A Huebner T-633 GE
B Jones T-94 GE
M Kmetz T-633 GE
A Law T-87 GE
T Lowrey T-87 GE
W May T-108 GE
Z Metzger T-633 GE
A Metzger T-633 GE
D Montgomery T-404 AW
J Moore T-472 AW
Murphy T-142 LW
M Perez T-80 GE
J Ray T-31 GE
J Rowland C-80 GE
J Stonecipher T-160 LW
J Truelock T-633 GE
D Wagner T-562 GE
T Watson T-104 LW
F Whettle T-29 QP
W Wilson T-472 AW
N Wilson T-17 AW

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