Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- September 2012

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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Colorful New ‘Guide to Awards and Insignia’ Replaces Obsolete Version  NEW

The BSA has published a colorful, 112-page Guide to Awards and Insignia, which is now available in Scout shops. It replaces the 2009-10 Insignia Guide,which is now obsolete. The new guide includes official policy related to insignia and uniforms, as well as guidelines for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, and adult leaders.

Additionally, it offers chapters on training awards, Scouting honors and special recognitions, universal and non-unit insignia, religious emblems, and flags. It also includes a quick reference guide to knots and a special chapter on awards guidelines for district and council committees.

2012 Fireside Chats  NEW

This fall we will hold “Fireside Chats” in many of the communities throughout the Golden Spread Council.  A Fireside Chat is an opportunity for myself and key council-level volunteers (like Board President Puff Niegos) to share with local parents, leaders, and community members what is going on in Scouting at a council level.  It is also an open forum for attendees to ask questions, share insight on local issues, and give feedback. 

I hope you will plan to join me at one of the Fireside Chats listed below.  Feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in attending as well.  (We only have email addresses for about 60% of our leaders, so please forward this to all the Scouters you know!)

Thanks for what you do for Scouting and the youth in our community!

Andy Price 

Fireside Chat Schedule: Updated Sept 5, 2012 8:15am

Date Community Location

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dalhart Central UMC

Thursday, September 13, 2012

McLean McLean FUMC

Monday, September 17, 2012

Amarillo Kwahadi Kiva

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dumas Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Borger Knights of Columbus Hall

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Canadian UMC

Monday, November 05, 2012

Clarendon Clarendon FUMC

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Guymon Victory Memorial UMC

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hereford FUMC 501 N. Main St

Monday, December 03, 2012

Boise City Scout Hut

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Perryton First Christian Church

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pampa Nona Payne Room | Community Building | 200 N Ballard St

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

2012 Popcorn Sale UPDATED INFORMATION

The Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America will once again conduct its annual popcorn sale.  The popcorn sale will run from September 6th through October 26th and we invite your unit to participate in this year’s sale.  In 2011 units earned more than $185,000 for their unit treasuries.  There are many exciting changes to this year’s Popcorn sale, including: new and improved Trails End Popcorn products and packaging, a great prize program, and an opportunity to sell online.

To kick off this year’s sale, the council is asking that two unit leaders from each unit attend 1 of the 6 popcorn kick-off meetings.  We suggest that the unit popcorn chair and Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor attend the meeting together. 

At one of these 6 kickoff meeting you will receive all materials needed to conduct a successful popcorn sale for your unit. The 2012 popcorn sale kick-off meetings will be:

Dalhart, Texas

Thursday, September 6h, 7pm.

 

Amarillo, Texas

Saturday, September 8th 9am

 

Spearman, Texas

Saturday, September 8th 2pm

 

McLean, Texas

Monday, September 10th 7pm

 

Amarillo, Texas

Thursday, September 13th 7pm

 

Pampa, Texas

Saturday, September 15th 9am

This fall’s sale is going to be bigger and better than ever. New products, prizes and incentives. Many packs and troops in the Golden Spread Council use this as their only fund-raiser for the year. This is a fun, fast, paced sale that not only provides funds for your unit’s program but also supports the Scouting programs and camps that you use in the Golden Spread Council.  Sign up today and be prepared to offer your Scouts the greatest program possible.  This year’s sale will be bigger and better than ever!   

Bonus!  Every unit represented at one of the meetings will be eligible to win an extra $150 in unit commission.  A drawing for $100 will be conducted at each one of the kickoff.  In additional , every unit that attends a kickoff meeting and turns in their unit’s 2012-2013 calendar and budget will receive 6% additional sales commission on their unit’s fall sale!!!

Again this year, the council will offer you a choice of multiple dates and locations for Popcorn Kick-offs.  To help us prepare materials, please register to attend the kickoff of your choice by registering online at http://2012popcornkickoffmtg.kintera.org or by calling Bob Altman at 806-358-6500. 

Advancement Reports  NEW

Sometimes we develop bad habits over time, despite the best intentions.  We have done this with regard to sales of advancements at our Scout Shop.  We have gotten away from requiring units to turn in Advancement Reports when purchasing merit badges and advancements. 

Beginning in September the Scout Shop personnel will begin (again) requiring Advancements Reports for any units purchasing advancements.  Acceptable documentation is a print out from the Internet Advancement system, a handwritten Advancement Form (available at the Scout Shop), or a printout from TroopMaster/PackMaster (or other unit management software).

Please help us help you recognize your boys by being prepared when you come to the Scout Shop to purchase your advancements!  For more information feel free to contact Donna Haley or Verna Popp at the Scout Shop. 

Messengers of Peace 

Scouts in dozens of countries are working for peace by solving conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, and repairing environmental damage.

To recognize their efforts—and to inspire more young men and women to help Scouting create a better world—the World Scout Committee has launched the Messengers of Peace initiative. The Boy Scouts of America is proud to join this effort in 2012.

How can BSA units participate? All they have to do is go online and register the MOP-related community service projects (including Eagle Scout projects) they undertake. Doing so adds pins to a global Messengers of Peace map, which Scouts from around the world can click on to learn how their fellow Scouts are making a difference.

How can BSA units participate? All they have to do is go online through the Journey to Excellence service hours website and register the MOP-related community service projects (including Eagle Scout projects) they undertake. Doing so adds pins to a global Messengers of Peace map, which Scouts from around the world can click on to learn how their fellow Scouts are making a difference.

Scouts who complete MOP projects will be eligible for a special recognition: a ring patch that goes around the World Crest. That patch will symbolize their participation in an ever-widening circle of Scouts who are not just visualizing world peace, but are helping to make it a reality.

The Scouts of the world have always been a powerful force for good. This initiative lets us celebrate what our Scouts have already accomplished and inspire them to accomplish even more. Please join us as we work together to create a better world.

Scouts in dozens of countries are working for peace by solving conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, and repairing environmental damage.

To recognize their efforts—and to inspire more young men and women to help Scouting create a better world—the World Scout Committee has launched the Messengers of Peace initiative. The Boy Scouts of America is proud to join this effort in 2012.

How can BSA units participate? All they have to do is go online and register the MOP-related community service projects (including Eagle Scout projects) they undertake. Doing so adds pins to a global Messengers of Peace map, which Scouts from around the world can click on to learn how their fellow Scouts are making a difference.

How can BSA units participate? All they have to do is go online through the Journey to Excellence service hours website and register the MOP-related community service projects (including Eagle Scout projects) they undertake. Doing so adds pins to a global Messengers of Peace map, which Scouts from around the world can click on to learn how their fellow Scouts are making a difference.

Scouts who complete MOP projects will be eligible for a special recognition: a ring patch that goes around the World Crest. That patch will symbolize their participation in an ever-widening circle of Scouts who are not just visualizing world peace, but are helping to make it a reality.

The Scouts of the world have always been a powerful force for good. This initiative lets us celebrate what our Scouts have already accomplished and inspire them to accomplish even more. Please join us as we work together to create a better world.

2012 Spook-O-Ree   NEW

The 2012 Spook-O-Ree takes place this year on October 13 (Camp Don and MK Brown), 20, and 27 at Camp Don.  This fun activity is for all Cub Scouts and at Camp Don, we are offering a “min” Spook-o-Ree for siblings of Scouts attending the Spook-O-Ree.  For all the information and to register, please visit the links below.

Flyer

Online Registration

Medical Form  NEW

An updated Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) will be available to Scouts everywhere Sept. 3. Its use will be mandated by Jan. 1, 2014. The 2012 AHMR revision will have several noticeable changes. In an effort to support the BSA’s All Markets Strategy, the BSA developed a bilingual format. As you know, accurate medical information is vital to keeping Scouts safe and healthy at all Scouting events. This new format will make it easier for councils and volunteers to have a completed AHMR—as required for all participants.  In addition, we have included information regarding the Summit Bechtel Reserve in preparation for the 2013 National Jamboree and its 2014 program. The early release of the revised AHMR (initially, it was planned for a December 2012 launch) will support the jamboree medical team by enabling all jamboree participants the chance to submit their medical information on the revised record as early as possible. 

One other feature is a scan able Part C, a pre-participation physical that will facilitate electronically capturing key data for faster intake at large events and camps.

As always, careful planning went into the development of the updated version, with input coming from councils, volunteers, and the Health and Safety Team. These revisions do not include any changes to BSA policy and will benefit everyone in Scouting, no matter what adventure is being planned. The revisions will also be reflected in all supporting documents such as the AHMR FAQ page. 

Once the bilingual AHMR and its supporting materials are launched Sept. 3, any older printed versions should be destroyed.

Commissioners Training  NEW

On September 29, 2012, there will be a District and Unit Commissioners training at the Scout Service Center.  This training is for those Commissioners who have NOT completed Commissioner Basic Training and for those who are interested in becoming a Commissioner in the near future.  This half day training is exciting, interactive, and will give you the tools to be successful in this important position.  Information and to register is at the links below.

Flyer

Online Registration

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.

BSA goes NASCAR   NEW

As the BSA continues to articulate our movement in more relevant and meaningful terms to the American public, we’re proud to announce our entry into the exciting, fast-paced sport of NASCAR. This high profile platform will allow the BSA to take the lead on defining who we are, continue our efforts of promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to those involved in Scouting, and directly support Scouting’s Journey to Excellence.

The National Council is proud to announce a multiyear relationship with Scott Lagasse, owner of Team SLR. Scott’s team has secured a multiyear, primary sponsorship with Peterson Industries, home of the Hybrid Light product line – solar flashlights that are always ready to work without a concern for dead batteries. With Hybrid Light as the primary sponsor and the BSA as the associate sponsor, Team SLR is gearing up for a successful run in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series. In preparation for a competitive 2013 season, Team SLR will be running the Hybrid Light/BSA car in three races this year: 1) Kentucky 300 – Sparta, KY, 2) Kansas Lottery 300 – Kansas City, KS, and 3) Ford EcoBoost 300 – Homestead, FL.

Scouting has worked for more than a century to become part of the solutions that move our country forward; but we realize we can’t do it alone. We are simply a piece of a very complex and broad-reaching puzzle. Organizations like Team SLR of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Hybrid Light embrace their role in this great pursuit. With this understanding, our goal is to continue to position Scouting as a valued partner to community organizations, corporate champions, and sporting leagues, all seeking to do their part in cultivating our greatest American asset, our youth.

There aren’t many better platforms to broadcast the Scouting message than through NASCAR, so please be on the lookout for more information about this exciting relationship with Scott Lagasse and Team SLR.

Charter Fee increase and name changes  NEW

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, what is now known as the “unit charter fee” will be renamed the “unit liability insurance fee” and will increase in cost from $20 to $40 yearly.

As a result, the new fee will begin with units that have December 31, 2012 charter expiration dates (a charter period beginning Jan. 1, 2013).

All units, including Exploring posts, are required to pay this annual fee—100 percent of which goes into the general liability insurance program—when submitting their charter renewal applications. This fee helps defray expenses of the general liability insurance program.

The reasons for the changes include:

  • The reserves for open claims have increased significantly over the last several years.
  • The average cost per claim has nearly doubled in the last five years.
  • Claims payments have doubled in the last two years compared to a five-year average from 2005–2009.

The general liability insurance policy provides primary liability insurance coverage for registered adults and for all chartered organizations on file with the BSA for liability arising out of their chartering a traditional Scouting unit. This policy provides coverage for claims alleging negligent actions that result in either personal injury or property damage.

A chartered organization is an organization that has applied for and received a current Boy Scouts of America charter to operate a Scouting unit. A chartered organization as defined within the policy shall include the chartered organization, its board of directors and/or trustees, and its officer and employees, in their official and individual capacities. This definition also includes a specific position: chartered organization representative.

Chartered organizations do not need a certificate of insurance. The chartered organization endorsement is a part of the insurance policy contract and is enforceable under the policy contract. Old Republic Insurance Company provides the first $1 million in coverage. Additional policies—all providing primary coverage to the chartered organization—have been purchased so that more than $5 million in primary coverage is provided.

There is no coverage for those who commit intentional or criminal acts. Liability insurance is purchased to provide financial protection in the event of accidents or injury that occurs during an official Scouting activity.

Scout Shop Specials  NEW

Did you know the Scout Shop will be open until 7pm on September 10, 17, and 24?  Did you know they will be open on Saturday, September 15?  They have some great items for all Scouts so you will need to come in and check it out.  Christmas is around the corner and we sell some great stocking stuffers as well as fantastic gifts for your Scout.  During this month only, all CUB SCOUT      T-shirts are only $2.00 each (these are Council event shirts only).

Dallas Cowboys Sleepover Event  NEW

On October 5-6, the Dallas Cowboys will host a Scout Night at the Stadium.  This was a huge hit in 2011 and many of the GSC Scouts attended.  For all the information, please click on the link below!

Dallas Cowboys Stadium Sleepover

Memorials and Tributes

From :                                        For:

R L Franklin                                 Dorothy Buzzard
Linda Holt                                    Dorothy Buzzard

James & Joan Graham              Abbie  Madden      

2012 Eagle Scouts

First Last Troop Dist
Sean Abbott T-142 LW
Eli Bromlow T-104 LW
Eric  Bromlow T-104 LW
Christpher Caldwell T-88 GE
Tucker Carver T-127 GE
Michael  Crane T-124 GE
Andrew  Crowell T-94 GE
Grant Eagleston  T-1776 QP
Timothy  Eklund T-501 AW
Nathan Fike T-86 GE
Ryan Forslund T-87 GE
Joe  Garcia T-1581 AW
James  Graham T-199 QP
Timothy  Grimes T-87 GE
Aiden  Hamrick T-80 GE
Blain  Hunt T-264 AW
Andrew  Jameson T-1221 QP
Kyler  Jenkins T-10 GE
Zachary  Johnson T-633 GE
Jerrod Johnston T-592 AW
Kreg Kelly T-256 LW
Keyan Keys TM-6150 SF
Chester  McKnight  T-1221 QP
Lane  Myers T- 507 AW
Isiah  Nolan T-1221 GE
Thomas Olson T-87 GE
Jacob Raab T-10 GE
David  Rice  T-86 GE
Jordan  Rivera T-88 GE
Isiah  Robinson T-10 GE
Salvador  Sanchez T-1221 QP
Brady  Sayers T-4 GE
Hagen  Smith  T-94 GE
Steven  Smith  T-73 GE
Daniel Steele T-633 GE
Nathan Sweet T-80 GE
Jacob Talley T-79 GE
Trevor Tedrick T-87 GE
Bryce  Watsons T-80 QP
Timothy  Whiteley  T-507 AW
Connor  Willimon T-551 LW
Jonathan  Wynne C-80 Venturing
Scott   Zimmerman T-87 GE

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