Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Goldenpread Council Highlights- November 2012

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Friday, November 2, 2012

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2012 Fireside Chats 

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
Tuesday, November 06, 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

2012 Popcorn Sale Timetable  NEW

Saturday, November 10       Popcorn pick up at your Unit’s chosen delivery location. Distribute popcorn to Scouts for delivery to customers.

Wednesday, December 5       Last day(for On-Time Payment) to submit one check to the Council for balance owed!

Thursday, December 6-Nov 2013   Use your Unit’s Popcorn Commission Money to have “An Ideal Year of Scouting!”

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 

The National Court of Honor has completed a revision of the Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award application, which can be found at www.scouting.org/awardscentral.

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.

Discover Card  NEW

We’re proud to announce that the Boy Scouts of America Discover® Prepaid Card is now available!

With the Scout Prepaid Card, parents will be teaching their Scout how to manage money wisely. This is NOT a credit card, but a prepaid, reloadable card that can be replenished from any bank account. It’s a great way for Scouts to manage their daily spending, and it’s safer and more convenient than carrying cash.

With the Scout Prepaid Card, Scouts will show their support of our iconic organization while learning important lessons of money management.  Get your Scout a BSA Discover Prepaid Card today by clicking on the Order Now button at www.ScoutsAreThrifty.com.

Also, be on the lookout for more information regarding the new Boy Scouts of America Credit Card. In addition to all of the existing rewards and benefits Discover offers, this card will offer a Scouts Rewards section where cardholders may donate their points to a council or purchase Scout Shop products with their points.

This card will be available on November 15, 2012, for anyone to apply, so visit www.BoyScoutCreditCard.com and stay tuned for additional information as this date approaches.

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.

Camp MK Brown Ranger NEW

We would like to announce that Mr. Alan Alexander has been selected to be the next Camp MK Brown Ranger.  Alan comes to us from Dumas, Texas where he has been the Scoutmaster of T199 for many years.  Alan is active in the Order of the Arrow and will start his duties on November 9, 2012.  Please take the opportunity to say welcome to Alan and his lovely wife, Carol as they embark on this new phase of employment with the Golden Spread Council.

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.

Join In and Make a Difference  NEW

Fellow Scouters,

In 1920, just two years after the most terrible war the world had ever known, 8,000 Scouts from 34 countries came together for the first world jamboree. At the closing ceremony, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell called on participants to carry the spirit of the jamboree home “so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among all Scouts.”

The Scouts of the world have been answering that call for more than 90 years. Today, 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.

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.

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.

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow  NEW

The Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is scheduled to take place on December 1, 2012.  THis training is for all Cub Scout Leaders- form Cubmasters to Den Leaders and parents who just want to know what’s going on!.  You can pick from a wide variety of classes form Outdoor Cooking, to how to tie knots!  All the information is available at the link below and at www.goldenspread.org

Pow Wow Flyer

2013 Boy Scout Spring Camporee  NEW

It’s here!  All the information you need to plan for the 2013 Boy Scout Spring Camporee!  Check it out at the link below!

Boy Scout Camporee Info

Unit Marketing & Positive Publicity 

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: aprice@bsamail.org or 806-358-6500.

Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator Position Officially Approved 

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.

Boy Scout Merit Badge University  NEW

The information for the 2013 MBU will be out soon. Some of you have said you have seen a document stating something about November 8th.  That is the anticipated date that we will have all the info for the 2013 MBU available on our web site!  It’s not a deadline date for you. Watch for a Constant Contact and the Council Web Site for more info!

Are you trained?

You will be receiving an email soon letting you know what training you require to be a fully trained leader.  It’s important that you attend training and most, if not all the Cub Scout LEader training is done online!  We encourage you to go to www.myscouting.org, log in , and see where you stand!

2012 Eagle Scouts

First Name Last Name Unit Number District
Jonathan  Wynne C-80 Venturing
Lane  Myers T- 507 AW
Kyler  Jenkins T-10 GE
Jacob Raab T-10 GE
Isiah  Robinson T-10 GE
Dylan Whilhelm T-10 GE
Eli Bromlow T-104 LW
Eric  Bromlow T-104 LW
Andrew  Jameson T-1221 QP
Chester  McKnight  T-1221 QP
Isiah  Nolan T-1221 GE
Salvador  Sanchez T-1221 QP
Michael  Crane T-124 GE
Tucker Carver T-127 GE
Sean Abbott T-142 LW
Joe  Garcia T-1581 AW
Grant Eagleston  T-1776 QP
James  Graham T-199 QP
Kreg Kelly T-256 LW
Blain  Hunt T-264 AW
Rollins Mayfield T-31 GE
Bret  Barnard T-38 LW
Brady  Sayers T-4 GE
Timothy  Eklund T-501 AW
Timothy  Whiteley  T-507 AW
Connor  Willimon T-551 LW
Jerrod Johnston T-592 AW
Zachary  Johnson T-633 GE
Daniel Steele T-633 GE
Steven  Smith  T-73 GE
Jacob Talley T-79 GE
Aiden  Hamrick T-80 GE
Freddy  Oakley T-80 GE
Addison Smothermon T-80 GE
Nathan Sweet T-80 GE
Bryce  Watsons T-80 QP
Kaleb  Denny T-86 GE
Nathan Fike T-86 GE
David  Rice  T-86 GE
Ryan Forslund T-87 GE
Timothy  Grimes T-87 GE
Thomas Olson T-87 GE
Trevor Tedrick T-87 GE
Scott   Zimmerman T-87 GE
Christopher  Caldwell T-88 GE
Jordan  Rivera T-88 GE
David  Ballard T-94 GE
Andrew  Crowell T-94 GE
Hagen  Smith  T-94 GE
David  West T-98 GE
Keyan Keys TM-6150 SF

Memorials and Tributes

From                                        In memory of

Tom & Jon  Oden                 Bill Dickey

Ted Wooldrige                      Bill Dickey

Chris and Bob Altman       Bill Rice

Kenneth Fields                      E Byron Range

Carl & Shylann Birdsong   Jimmie Caloun

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