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Golden Spread Council Highlights- January 2012

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, January 2, 2012

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Happy New Year to all our Scouts, Scouters, and Friends of the Golden Spread Council.  We had a fantastic 2011 and we are excited to “reset the clock” and continue our mission to grow scouting in the Panhandle.  We have assembled an awesome professional staff and we have some of the best volunteers that will provide leadership and mentorship to Scouts.  We are excited about  2012 and will continue to offer the best youth program possible.

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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 

For Crews, Troops, Dens, Packs, and individual Scouting families.

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!

2012 Camp Card Program 

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!

Cub Scout Belt Loop-O-Rama NEW

In cooperation with the Discovery Center, we are planning a Belt Loop-O-Rama for April 14, 2012.  More info will become available near the end of January but the date is set!

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

Amarillo Bulls Hockey Game 

The Bulls will host a “Scouting Night” on February 24 at 7:05pm.  Tickets will be $8.00.  Look at the link below for all the info!

Bulls Hockey

Scouting for Food   NEW

Scouting for Food is an annual Good Turn that Scouts participate each year.  There is a huge need for food in all of our communities and this one day event is a great way for Scouts to learn about service to others.  More information  be coming soon but plan on participating on this day.

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

Venturing Banquet  NEW

On January 14,2012 a the Kwahadi Kiva begining at 6:30pm, we will have a Venturing Banquet.  The cost is $10.00 per person and will be catered by Sharkey’s Burrito Factory. This is open to any Venturing units.  Please RSVP to Verna or Shannon by January 10, 2012 at 806-358-6500.

2013 Philmont Council Contingent 

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.

New Merit Badges  NEW

Sometime this summer, the BSA will offer two new Merit Badges.  Search and Rescue and Kayaking!  Look for more info as it becomes available.

Help Wanted! 

Do you know someone looking for some fun “work” this summer?  Look no further!  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.

We are also looking for youth staff for Boy Scout Summer Camp and some positions for the Cub Scout Resident Camps.

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

2012 Council Reception 

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.

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.

Outdoor Writing Contest  NEW (Due Jan 15, 2012)

Texas Outdoor Writers Association Junior Outdoor Journalist Adventure Story Writing Competition.

Sponsored in part by Dallas Safari Club’s Dallas Ecological Foundation’s
Outdoor Adventures Education program.

The Texas Outdoor Writers Association and Dallas Ecological Foundation are pleased to announce our First Outdoor Experience Story Writing Contest for students. Contest opens Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2011. There will be two divisions, middle school grades 6 – 8, High School grades 9 – 12.

               First Place winners in each division will receive a $100. cash prize, Second Place winners will receive a $50. cash prize, and Honorable Mentions will receive $25. cash prize. There will be one Grand Prize winner who will win a brand new laptop computer and an invitation to the 2012 TOWA Conference in New Braunfels, Texas Feb. 25, 2012.

                Stories will be judged on originality, creativity and writing style. Each contestant should submit her/his story to TOWA, attention TJ Greaney; 9508 Chisholm Trail, Austin, Texas 78748.  All entries, whether delivered in person or by mail, must be received by 4 pm on Jan.15, 2012.
                                                                                                                                                    
Winning entries will be featured at the TOWA 2012 conference in New Braunfels, Texas where members and guests may read and enjoy them. All entries become property of TOWA and may be published in full or part in the TOWA and /or DSC newsletter, web site or brochures. Winners will be notified by telephone or email, and a list of winners will also be posted in the TOWA newsletter April 2012.

RULES:

1. Your story must be your own original work and be on the topic of – My Best Outdoor Adventure.
2. Type your story (minimum 12 point font), or print it in ink as neatly as possible (Entrants should type or print stories themselves; age-appropriate spelling & grammar mistakes, etc. are acceptable).
3. Use 8.5 x 11 inch paper, leaving a 1-1/2 inch margin on the left side.
4. Maximum word count should not exceed 500 words.
5. Do not include any artwork.
6. Only one story may be submitted per person.
7. Stories will not be returned.

Stories not following these rules will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

Memorials and Tributes

From                                        In Memory of

Gwedolyn Saxon                 Charles Yates

Andy Stephens                    Don Huddleston

Bill Gething                            Frank  Morrison

Craig & Leslie Cunningham   Shirley Cariker

Jennifer & John Buckthal  

Edward & Betty Hunter

Puff & Phillip Niegos

Fred & Debra Westmoreland

Jill Nickoden

E P  & Mavis Schroeder

Robert & Laurie Pinkston

Gary & Teresa Gibson

2011 Eagle Scouts

Last Name Unit District
Baucom C-94 GE
Baumert T-47  QP
Berryman T-1221 GE
Blashill T-79 GE
Campsey T-4 GE
Carlisle T-86 GE
Chen T-694 GE
Clemons T-1221 QP
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
Hitchings T-580 LW
Hoy T-87 GE
Huebner T-633 GE
Huebner T-633 GE
Jones T-94 GE
Kmetz C-633 GE
Law T-87 GE
Lowery T-87 GE
Marshal T-472 LW
May T-108 GE
McAfee T-433 AW
McCasland T-472 LW
Metzger T-633 GE
Metzger T-633 GE
Mickna T-73 GE
Montgomery T-404 AW
Moore T-472 LW
Morris T-116 GE
Murphy T-142 LW
Perez T-80 GE
Ray  T-31 GE
Riffe T-38 LW
Rowland C-80 GE
Stoffle T -413 AW
Stonecipher T-160 LW
Truelock T-633 GE
Wagner T-562 GE
Watson T-104 LW
Weaver T-10 GE
Webb T-88 GE
Whittle T-29 QP
Wilson T-472 LW
Wilson T-17 AW

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