Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- October 2012

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, October 1, 2012


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

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

New Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award Application Introduced  NEW

The National Court of Honor has completed a revision of the Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award application, which can be found at

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, we will no longer accept older versions of this application.

When submitting the application, please include the full name of the applicant as it should appear on the certificate if the award is granted. Provide as much information as necessary using the space provided on this application. No additional documents should be attached. A case should not be forwarded to the council without a signed statement from the applicant and an eyewitness. Applications will not be considered after a lapse of 12 months from the date of the incident.

Advancement Reports 

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. 

2012 Spook-O-Ree  

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 “mini” Spook-o-Ree for siblings of Scouts attending the Spook-O-Ree.  For all the information and to register, please visit the links below. Earlybird Discount Fee date extended to Midnight, October 4.


Online Registration

2012 Popcorn Sale  NEW

Sale Timetable

September 21, 28, October 5 & 12    “Fill it Up” Drawings will be held for Academy Sports and Outdoors Gift cards.  Fax or bring photocopies of full popcorn order sheets into the Scout Office before noon on these Fridays.

October 26    Submit the following forms to the Council Service Center by Friday, October 26, 2012:

 Unit Order and Settlement Form – top copy only.

  1. Unit Master Records – top copy only.
  2. $1,500 qualifiers Form
  3. Unit’s Top Sellers Form
  4. Delivery Location Form
  5. Scout Rewards Order Form

 November 10     Popcorn pick up at delivery location and distribute popcorn to Scouts for delivery to customers.

December 5    Submit one check to the council along with a copy of the Unit Settlement Form by Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Camp MK Brown Ranger  NEW

We would like to announce that Mr. Monte Owens, Camp Ranger at Camp MK Brown, will be retiring from his position effective October 31, 2012.  Monte has been Camp Ranger since Oct 9, 2006 and has done an awesome job.  He and his wife, Denise will be missed.  If you see Monte, let him know how much he is appreciated for his many years of service to the Golden Spread Council.  We are in the final process of hiring his replacement and that person will be announced soon.

Tour and Activity Plan

The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and is now  available at  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 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  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 in the Forms Tab.

Order of the Arrow   NEW

If any Scoutmasters have Scouts interested in doing Order of the Arrow Ceremonies, please have them contact Alan Alexander as soon as possible.  His contact info is:  aalexander199@

Charter Fee increase and name changes 

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.

Unit Marketing & Positive Publicity  NEW

We benefit in the Panhandle from local media (newspapers, television, and radio) that are very supportive of Scouting.  They consistently allow representative from Scouting to promote activities & camps, money earning projects, and Scouting in general.  While they have been very supportive of Scouting, it is important to be mindful that media in other markets hasn’t been as supportive and local minds might change any time.  Because of this, the Scout Executive is designated (by Boy Scouts of America) as the only spokesman to communicate with media representatives.

Recently a couple units have appeared on television to promote their local unit money earning projects.  Unfortunately both media appearances coincided with major council-coordinated projects (popcorn in the fall and Camp Cards in the spring).  Additionally, the Scouts who appeared on television were not in complete BSA field uniforms and gave a message that didn’t coordinate with other units in the community and council.  As a result there was confusion on the part of those who saw the appearance.

Any units that wish to appear on television or radio must coordinate with the Scout Executive (Andy Price) to ensure a consistent message throughout the Panhandle.

Any units that wish to promote their activities through local newspapers are encouraged to do so.  Units should coordinate with the Scout Executive (Andy Price) or their local District Executive before contacting print media, again, to ensure a consistent and coordinated message across the media market.

For more information please contact the Scout Executive, Andy Price: or 806-358-6500.

STOP the VIOLENCE Fall Festival  NEW

Presented by Family Support Services on Saturday, Oct. 20 10am-2pm at the Polk Street Methodist Church – 1401 S. Polk

March Against Violence & “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” – 10am

Children’s Games – Bounce House – Collision Course

Music – Food – Community Booths-Fire Department Kids’ Safety House and activities for all ages.

Free Admission (small charge for some activities)

For information, call 342-2500.

Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator Position Officially Approved  NEW

Since the inception of the Religious Emblems Coordinator (REC) concept, it has been recognized that, like so many other Scouting functions, there needs to be a unit-level position to correspond to the council and district. The REC team is now complete with the addition of the Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator (UREC). The UREC is now recognized as a position on the unit committee.

The Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator position was created to strengthen units by building an infrastructure that would create cohesiveness between units and district- and council-level volunteers, ultimately to better serve youth members in the realm of Duty to God.

The responsibility of the coordinator is to educate, motivate, evaluate, and facilitate the religious emblems program at the unit level. In addition to serving on the unit committee, a key function of the position is to serve as the liaison to the District Religious Emblems Coordinator. Of course there is a new patch being developed to accompany the position.

Memorials and Tributes

From                                           for

Brian & Linda Duncan          Dorothy Buzzard

Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Niegos   Bill Dickey

Tom & Sandy Riney              Bill Dickey

Kenneth Wallace                    Bill Dickery

2012 Eagle Scouts

First Name Last Name 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 a 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
Connor  Willimon T-551 LW
Jonathan  Wynne C-80 Venturing
Grant Eagleston  T-1776 QP
Timothy  Eklund T-501 AW
Timothy  Whiteley  T-507 AW
Kyler  Jenkins T-10 GE
Blain  Hunt T-264 AW
James  Graham T-199 QP
Steven  Smith  T-73 GE
Jerrod Johnston T-592 AW
Tucker Carver T-127 GE
David  Rice  T-86 GE
Bret  Barnard T-38 LW
Addison Smothermon T-80 GE
David Ballard T-94 GE

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