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Golden Spread Council Highlights- December 2011

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

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Report to the State Opportunity 

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 www.bsacac.org.

Kwahadi Dancers  NEW

For Crews, Troops, Dens, Packs, and individual Scouting familiesl 

Enjoy a free weekend visit to the Kwahadi Museum and winter shows!

The Kwahadi Dancers, Venturing Crew 9, present the 47th Annual Winter Night Ceremonials on weekends in January and February.

January 20, 21, and 22 will the “1st Annual Scout Weekend”.   All troops or individual Scouts and their families may attend the ceremonials as our guests.  Families can tour the art and artifacts of the museum prior to the performance.  Showtime on Friday and Saturday evenings is 7:30 pm, and the Sunday matinee begins at 3:00 pm.

The Kwahadi Museum is located at 9151 I-40 E.  Take I-40 exit #76 (airport), then proceed ½ mile WEST along the north side frontage road to the museum.

Reservations are required to ensure seating.  To secure a reservation, call the museum, 335-3175, and identify your family as “Scout Weekend V.I.P.’s”.  Come see Scouts many troops around the area perform their famous winter show!  Come see the Kwahadis!

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 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!

2012 Camp Card Program  NEW

Many of you participated in the 2011 Camp Card Program and we know it helped your Scouts attend camps, participate in local activities, and helped your individual unit accounts enabling you to buy items for your unit.  If you didn’t participate you really missed out on a fantastic opportunity and hope you will consider participating in 2012.  Your District Executive will be contacting you very soon to discuss the program with the key unit leader and get a committment to sell the cards.  This is a great program that creates NO risk for the unit but you will reap huge benefits.  Look for a call soon!

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

2012 Merit Badge University  NEW

The 2012 Merit Badge University will be held at WT A&M University in Canyon, Texas on January 21, 2012.  We are excited to announce that we will offer 16 Merit Badges to choose from and several of those have not been taught here in many years.  The classes are limited to 35 Scouts to ensure the integrity of instruction so sign-up early.  The information flyer and online registration can be found at the link below.

MBU Information

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.

Amarillo Bulls Hockey Game  NEW

The Bulls will host a “Scouting Night” on February 24 at 7:05pm.  Tickets will be $8.00.  Look for more information on our web site in the next few days!

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

2013 Philmont Council Contingent  NEW

The Council has received approval for a 2013 Philmont Trek.  We have 2 Crews (12 each Crew) from July 6-July 28.  The cost per person will be $770.00 with a deposit of $100.00 due to the Council Service Center on or before April 15, 2012.  Priority will go to Troops who are NOT going to Philmont in 2012 but will entertain them if no one else is interested.  For information, contact Scott at 806-358-6500.

Guide to Advancement Update  

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.

2012 Camp Staff Opportunity  NEW

We are interested in talking to you if you have an interest in attending National Camp School (fully paid for by the Council) for the following positions:

Boy Scout Camp:  Aquatics Director

Cub Scout Camp:  Aquatics Director, Camp Director, Program Director

These positions require a week long school held in March (3-9) and May (12-18- Aquatics and others)

Boy Scout Camp is June 10- July 8 and you must be able to commit to the entire season.  Cub Scout Camps are all weekends in June. 

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these positions, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 soon.

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 

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.

2012 Council Reception  NEW

The Golden Spread Council will host the 2012 Council Reception on February 12, 2012 at the Kwahadi Kiva in Amarillo, Texas.  This event will be held from 4pm-6pm and will recognize Silver Beaver Award recipients, Award of Merit recipients, other award winners,  and the Class of 2011 Eagle Scouts.  Registration will become available in early January.

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

BB Gun Shoot Out  NEW

New for 2012 this Cub Scout event will be a “blast”.  Prizes will be awarded and a lot of fun will be had by all Cub Scouts!  Hurry as this event scheduled for January 14 is filling up fast!  To register and find out more information, please click on the link below.

BB Gun Shoot Out

2012 NESA scholarship 

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

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

In memory of Nettie McCurdy

Alesia Grist

Cindy Reynolds

Nancy Railsback

Linda Purvines

Linda  Washington

Tilliana Fulton

Becky Hill

Martha Siller

Lori James

Sharlet  Simmons

Janny L.               

In Honor of Aidin Hamrick

Celia  and Norman Stumpi         

2011 Eagle Scouts

Last Name Unit 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
Webb T-88 GE
Mickna T-73 GE
Riffe T-38 LW
Berryman T-1221 GE
Baumert T-47  QP

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