Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council News- November 2011

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow  

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

Report to the State Opportunity  NEW

The 2012 Annual Report to State Parade and Ceremony has the theme of “Prepared for Life”. 

As they have for the past 63 years Scouts from throughout the
State of Texas will converge on Austin on February 4, 2012 to participate in the Annual Report to State Ceremonies and to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America.

Scout units from throughout Texas are invited to participate in the parade and to take advantage of the wonderful education opportunities that are available by visiting the state capitol and the many other institutions and museums found throughout the City of Austin.

The annual event will begin with the gathering of delegations and units at the Congress Avenue / Ann Richards Bridge. Thousands of Scouts will parade up Congress Avenue to the Capitol Building where the delegates will give a report on the service accomplishments of Scouting in their council in the Chambers of the House of Representatives. The parade starts at 9:00 am and units assemble on the bridge between 7:30 am – 8:30 am.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Scouts to participate in a Texas Scouting tradition surrounded by their fellow Scouts, leaders, and dignitaries of their State. Don’t miss this great Scouting event.  For additional information on how your unit can participate contact the Scout Service Center or visit the Capitol Area Council website at http://www.bsacac.org.

Award of Merit/Silver Beaver Nominations

District Award of Merit and Council Silver Beaver Award Nominations  NEW

Now is the time to be thinking about which of our fellow volunteer Scouters to honor with this year’s District Award of Merit, and the Council Silver Beaver Award.  These two honors are the highest awards that our Districts and our Council can bestow upon on our fellow Scouters, for service to youth.  Please take a moment and go here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf

and here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/silverbeaver.pdf  to review the qualifications for, and to download the appropriate nomination forms.  Nominations for the District Award of Merit are now due!  Nominations for the Council Silver Beaver Award are due to the Scout Service Center no later than December 1, 2011.

Kwahadi Dancers  NEW

A Place Where Children are the Stars!

The Kwahadi Dancers, Venturing Crew 9, and Their Museum

The Kwahadi Dancers began as a one-time performance in the fall of 1944 with a camporee contest performance by Troop 9, but today the Kwahadis have a history of over 4300 performances in 48 states and overseas!  Over 1600 boys and girls from communities all across the area have performed in the youth dance theater, and 300 of them have earned high honors as Eagle Scouts and Gold Awards!  They have represented the United States at the International Festival of the Arts and at the International Olympic Xtreme Games.  They have performed at three National Scout Jamborees and several Canadian and European jamborees!  They perform coast to coast annually for church and youth programs promoting high ideals for youth.

The youth began to dream long ago about having a place to rehearse, to perform, and to display their growing collection of fine art and interesting artifacts!   Their national fame brought in contributions from around the nation to build the two million dollar Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian and Sybil B. Harrington Event Center!  The center opened on June 12, 2004, and over 100,000 people from the High Plains and around the world have visited the growing collections of the museum and attended performances!

The center is owned and operated by Kwahadi Heritage, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.  No youth or leader receives any pay.  The museum gift shop features the fine works of over 100 native artists, and the proceeds are used to keep the center open.  The event center is used for school docent programs, art shows, meetings, conventions, dinners, receptions, celebrations, proms, weddings, and commercial exhibits.

The world famous Kwahadi Dancers perform their annual summer and winter shows in the center, and youth from area schools and churches present their own performances.  Preparations are underway to proceed with Phase II of the museum construction which will double the size of the museum and gift shop and will build the Children’s Theater, a magnificent theater in-the-round.  You can learn more about the Kwahadi Dancers and museum activities at www.kwahadi.com.

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 to see all our new items.  If you are looking for that special Christmas gift, how about a Scout item?  If you are  in to Scrapbooking, we have great items for that hobby as well!  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!

Popcorn 2011 Important Dates  NEW

Popcorn Pick Up                November 12, 2011 

All Popcorn Money Due December 2, 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 for Applications, General Information Flyer and all other information you may need.  Call Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 for more info.

Jamboree Link

Philmont Opportunities  NEW

Individual Unit Reservations for the year 2013 will take place during November 2011 using a web-based registration process. A registration information packet with all the instructions for the registration system will be emailed to all interested units by mid-October 2011 and will be posted to www.philmontscoutranch.org in mid-October. Units may request this information by contacting Philmont Scout Ranch at 575-376-2281 x 1139 or email camping@philmontscoutranch.org

1. 2013 online reservation requests for the random selection registration will take place during November 2011. Units will be eligible to register during a week assigned to their BSA Region. At the conclusion, a final week of open enrollment will be available. EACH UNIT IS ASKED TO HAVE ONLY ONE REPRESENTATIVE PLACE THE ENTRY SOMETIME DURING THE ASSIGNED WEEK OR DURING THE OPEN ENROLLMENT WEEK.

2. The unit representative may register members of their chartered unit only, but are not limited to one crew (maximum crew size=12 participants), however, please be realistic when estimating attendance to avoid unnecessary expense (forfeited deposit fees) and to permit the maximum number of units to make a reservation.

3. When 2013 reaches capacity, groups will be placed on a reserve list for 2013 in the order reservations are randomly selected.

4. Units with a confirmed 2012 reservation may not place a reservation for the year 2013 units may not attend in two consecutive seasons Reservations MAY NOT be transferred from one unit to another. Philmont maintains a reserve list and will contact the next available group in the event of a cancellation.

5. Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams and Venture Crews who have officially been on the waiting list for the past four consecutive years (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) will be given priority treatment. These units need to place an entry and the reservation system will place them before all other reservation requests are randomly considered.

CAVALCADES

A random drawing will be held late January 2012 for the 2013 Cavalcades. To participate in the drawing, notify Philmont in writing by January 1, 2012 (can be emailed). Upon completion of the drawing, results will be mailed to each interested unit. Selected groups will receive a reservation form that must be approved by their local council and returned with their deposit. A group may not attend in two consecutive seasons on a Cavalcade experience and/or a Backpacking Expedition.

Cavalcade participants will trek on horseback over some of Philmont’s most scenic trails. Designed for Chartered Troops or Venturing Crews, Cavalcade participants acquire riding and packing skills long in use in the American West. Philmont offers two eight-day, eight-night Cavalcades on each arrival date. (June 16, 17, 25, 26, July 5, 6, 14, 15, 24, 25, August 2, 3, 12, 13) The cost for 2013 is $720 for each participant. The crew size is 10-15 participants, including leaders. There is a 200 pound weight limit for all riders, without exception.

Age Requirements for Participation

– Philmont participants for both Expeditions and Cavalcades for 2013 must be 14 years of age OR completed the eighth (8th) grade and be at least 13 years of age.

To avoid disappointment, please do not request or expect exceptions! Philmont can make no exceptions to the minimum age requirement for attendance.

Adult Leadership

– A minimum of two adult leaders is required for both Expeditions and Cavalcades. The maximum number of adults per crew is four.

Injury Reporting 

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

Guide to Advancement Update   NEW

The revised “Guide to Advancement” is now the official BSA  source on advancement the biggest such revision in about 20 years.  This change brings clarity and easy-to-read advancement details to Scouts, Scouters, and parents.

Among the many revisions in the guide, there is an important change to the Eagle Scout project requirement.  Instead of requiring that a project plan be approved before the Scout begins work on the project, a proposal is now required.  This proposal allows Scouts to get approval on his project and then complete the final plan later.

Philmont 2012 Opportunity

 Troop 413 is going to Philmont on July 21 thru August 2nd, 2012  and has 1 adult and 2 scout slots available.  If interested, please contact Michael at Michael.Savers@tdcj.state.tx.us 

Welding Merit Badge  NEW

The Welding Merit Badge will debut in December 2011!.  “This is not your father’s welding” says David Landon, President of the American Welding Society who helped write the pamphlet.  “It’s exciting work, and the technology is just phenomenal”.  Requirements include setting up a welding process,learning how to weld safely, designing and completing a welding project, and exploring career opportunities.

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 

 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 applications for the 2012 NESA Eagle Scout scholarships are now available at www.nesa.org. The homepage features a link that leads directly to the forms. Please help us spread the word to all Eagle Scouts in your unit. 

These are the only scholarship applications acceptable in 2012. NESA recommends that you establish a link to the applications on your website to ensure that you always distribute the correct version. These applications must be printed and mailed to the national office when completed.

All scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than midnight on January 31, 2012.

If you have any questions, please call the NESA office at 972-580-2032.

Scout registration Forms NEW

Did you know that there are registration forms available to volunteers on http://www.scouting.org? Volunteers can access these by selecting Volunteer, ScoutSource, then Membership from the blue banner; and then scrolling down and selecting Registration on the left. This enables unit and unit-service volunteers access to forms 24/7

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                                               In Tribute of

None this month

2011 Eagle Scouts

Last Name Unit Number District
Baucom C-94 GE
Blashill T-79 GE
Campsey T-4 GE
Carlisle T-86 GE
Chen T-694 GE
Corse C-2012 Ven
Diaz T-108 GE
Dismuke T-633 GE
Dixon T-560 AW
Fletcher T-94 GE
Gettles T-80 GE
Hardman T-163 LW
Heymer T-4 GE
Hoy T-87 GE
Huebner T-633 GE
Kmetz C-633 GE
Law T-87 GE
Lowery T-87 GE
May T-108 GE
Metzger T-633 GE
Metzger T-633 GE
McAfee T-433 AW
Montgomery T-404 AW
Moore T-472 LW
Morris T-116 GE
Murphy T-142 AW
Perez T-80 GE
Ray  T-31 GE
Rowland C-80 GE
Stoffle T -413 AW
Stonecipher T-160 LW
Truelock T-633 GE
Wagner T-562 GE
Watson T-104 LW
Whittle T-29 QP
Wilson T-472 LW
Wilson T-17 AW
Jones T-94 GE
Weaver T-10 GE
Hitchings T-580 AW
Clemons T-1221 QP
Huebner T-633 GE

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