Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- July 2012

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Wood Badge 

This premier adult leader training will take place over two weekends in September and October at Camp Don Harrington.  If you want the best training the Boy Scouts have to offer, this is the course for you.  Sign up now to reserve your slots as they are filling up quickly.  Please click on the link below for more information.

Wood Badge Flyer

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

Program Preview  NEW

The Program Preview is scheduled for July 28 and August 4 at several different locations within the Golden Spread Council.  This event is where we distribute information in the form of flyers for all upcoming events, go over the membership roundup plan for the 2012-2013 school year, discuss upcoming activities such as the Popcorn Fundraiser, Camp Cards, and most importantly, how to put together a great plan and calendar for the upcoming year of Scouting.  To register to attend, please visit www.goldenspread.org.

Kwahadi’s  NEW

We wanted to remind Cub, Scout, and Venturing leaders that you can bring your group to Song of the Eagle as our guests this summer – FREE.  We had over 350 council folks attend the winter show, and we were honored by all who came!

The summer show is totally different.  It is a colorful and exciting show which promotes positive Big Ideas for youth and youth leaders, much like a great campfire event!  We have over 3700 visiting Scouts coming to Amarillo this summer to see the museum and show, and we encourage you to bring your gang out too!

Seating is filling up, especially for Saturday shows, so we encourage you to call soon and make reservations.  Just email or call me with your count and date and we’ll do our best to take care of you!

 The Kwahadis are performing their usual series of shows at the  Philmont Training Center on Monday nights.  We just returned from another trip to Philmont, and for those toasting in the Texas heat, we can share with you the Philmont weather is great!   We counted a record 240 antelope on our trip across and enjoyed green prairie thanks to abundant rain this year!

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Grant

This new opportunity is for Life Scouts who have had their Eagle Scout project approved and is a “Construction” type project.  The foundation, through the Council Service Center, will award the Scout a $100 Gift Card (check card used anywhere) as a reimbursement of expenses totalling at least $100.00.  This is effective immediately.  All District Eagle Scout Project Review Board Chairman have received the informational packet for future distribution and they are online at the link listed below.  

Eagle Scout Support Link 

Tour and Activity Plan

The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and is now  available at www.myscouting.org.  This is the only authorized form to be used.

When compared to the former tour permit process, the new plan will no longer require signatures or approvals. Rather, as the plan is completed online, the required prerequisites for that type of trip or activity will be displayed.

For any prerequisites that have not been met (for example, not having someone on a trip who has Hazardous Weather training where this training is required), and before being allowed to submit the form, the person completing the form will have to certify that all prerequisites will be met prior to conducting the trip or activity. Once submitted, an email notification will be sent to the council, chartered organization, committee chair, unit leader, and emergency contact to let them know that a plan has been submitted. Receivers of this notification can log in to http://www.myscouting.org/ and review the plan.

Other tour and activity plan enhancements include the following:

  • Because email notifications will be sent once a plan has been submitted, it is important to maintain current leadership information in the system.
  • Links are provided to current program-required training and education.
  • System prompts and warnings are included.
  • You will be able to review and fix any deficiencies flagged by the system prior to submitting the plan.
  • You can store, retrieve, copy, and reuse completed tour and activity plans.
  • Files such as trekking plans and flight plans may be uploaded.
  • Unit volunteers who currently have access to the tour and activity plan will be able to view and update all plans submitted for their unit up to the day before the scheduled tour date.
  • There will be leader certification of the plan prior to submission.

Access to the Tour and Activity Plan is accessible at http://www.myscouting.org.  You can only access it if you have linked your membership ID number with your myScouting account.

The preferred method of accessing this permit is through the internet but for those who do not have access or simply prefer paper over an electronic version, a PDF version can be found on the tour and activity plan page.

A training video has been developed that guides you through the application process.  This can be found at www.goldenspread.org in the Forms Tab.

2012 Shooting Clays Tournament 

Save the date!  This year, the Shooting Clays Tournament will be held on August 11 at Camp Don Harrington.  If you are interested in forming a Team to shoot or to volunteer (and we need lots of them), please contact Bob at 806-358-6500 today.

Search and Rescue Merit Badge to Be Announced NEW

The Search and Rescue merit badge will be announced this week at the 2012 National Search and Rescue Conference. The conference is hosted by the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The merit badge pamphlet is still in development and is expected to be available later this summer.

Quarter Horse Event

The American Day of the Quarter Horse is July 28 at the Quarter Horse Museum.  They are looking for a Pack or Troop to help out that day.  You could set up a booth to show off Scouting, have a booth with games, or just help with the horses.  If you are interested, please contact Carolyn at 378-5035 or email her at kfoss@aqha.org

New Program Aims to Keep Youth Safe Online  NEW

Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip!

In developing this exciting new tool—which can be earned by youth after completing all of the age-appropriate requirements—the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

NetSmartz has created a Scouting Portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Topics on the site include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Each Scout will need to “recharge” the chip by going back to the Netsmartz Recharge area. This space will hold new information, news, and a place for the Scout to recommit to net safety and netiquette. Then, with the unit leader, the Scout can add the new date to the Cyber Chip card or certificate

2012 Eagle Scouts

First Last Troop District
Trevor Tedrick T-87 GE
Jordan  Rivera T-88 GE
Nathan Sweet T-80 GE
Scott   Zimmerman T-87 GE
Ryan Forslund T-87 GE
Thomas Olson T-87 GE
Isiah  Nolan T-1221 GE
Bryce  Watsons T-80 QP
Jacob Talley T-79 GE
Lane  Myers T- 507 AW
Kreg Kelly T-256 LW
Timothy  Grimes T-87 GE
Sean Abbott T-142 LW
Nathan Fike T-86 GE
Hagen  Smith  T-94 GE
Zachary  Johnson T-633 GE
Christopher  Caldwell T-88 GE
Jacob Raab T-10 GE
Daniel Steele T-633 GE
Andrew  Jameson T-1221 QP
Michael  Crane T-124 GE
Brady  Sayers T-4 GE
Aiden  Hamrick T-80 GE
Andrew  Crowell T-94 GE
Keyan Keys TM-6150 SF
Chester  McKnight  T-1221 QP
Salvador  Sanchez T-1221 QP
Eli Bromlow T-104 LW
Joe  Garcia T-1581 AW
Isiah  Robinson T-10 GE
Eric  Bromlow T-104 Lw
Jonathan  Wynne C-80 Venturing
Grant Eagleston  T-1776 QP
Timothy  Eklund T-501 AW
Blain  Hunt T-264 AW

Memorials and Tributes 

Donated by                              In Memory of

Effie Harle                                    Mary Sue Shoemaker

Elsie Lough                                  Mary Sue Shoemaker

Bill Gething                                  Bill McComus

Bill Gething                                  Duncan McCaroll

Donated by                               In Honor of

Beth & Brad Wright                   Steve Wright

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