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Golden Spread Council Highlights- December 2012

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


2013 NESA Scholarship Application   NEW

This year the National Eagle Scout Association will award 150 scholarships to Eagle Scouts through various Eagle Scout scholarship funds. These scholarships vary in size from $1,000 to $50,000.

The scholarships are for tuition, room, board, and books only, and are limited to use at a four-year accredited college or university that offers at least a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the course of studies.

Deadline is December 31, 2012!

NESA Application

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!

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

Wednesday, December 5       Last day (for On-Time Payment) to submit one check to the Council for balance owed!  Also due is the Scholarship Form and $600 Club Forms.

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

2012 Silver Beaver Award  NEW

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition the Golden Spread Council can bestow upon an individual. The award is presented to registered volunteer Scouters or civic leaders for noteworthy service to youth. Any volunteer can nominate an individual using the form at the link below.  The deadline is December 15th.

Silver Beaver Form

Merit Badge Changes  NEW 

Cooking Merit Badge to be Required for Eagle Scout Rank

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge will be required in order to obtain the Eagle Scout rank. Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements—with the exception of his board of review—before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.

During 2013 the Cooking merit badge will undergo a major revision. The process for implementing changes to merit badges is covered in the Guide to Advancement, topic, “What to Do When Requirements Change.” The changes to Cooking will first appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet that will be released during 2013. The new requirements then become effective Jan. 1, 2014, with the release of Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765. The Guide then allows the following options for the period of time between the release of the revised pamphlet and the Jan. 1, 2014, effective date:

If Scouts have already started on the merit badge, they may switch to the new requirements or continue with the old ones until the badge is completed. If Scouts have not already started on the merit badge, they may opt to use the new requirements and the new pamphlet.  If work on the merit badge begins before Jan. 1, 2014, they may use the old requirements and old pamphlet until the badge is completed.

The Guide to Advancement, under the same topic, goes on to say, “There is no time limit between starting and completing a badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.” This will apply to Cooking as well. Regardless of the Requirements Used, Cooking Will Count.  Scouts completing the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank after Jan. 1, 2014, must earn the Cooking merit badge under either the existing requirements or under the requirements as revised during 2013. Scouts are not required to earn the badge under the new requirement in order to qualify for Eagle.

Sustainability Merit Badge Becomes Eagle-Required Option With Environmental Science

Upon its release during the summer of 2013, Sustainability becomes available as an option with Environmental Science as an Eagle-required merit badge. At that time Scouts may choose to earn Sustainability in place of the currently required Environmental Science. Scouts who have already earned Environmental Science may also earn Sustainability, but only one of the two merit badges would count as “Eagle-required.” The other, however, may count as one of the others necessary to reach the total of 21 required merit badges.

The Sustainability merit badge, in essence, takes conservation and environmental science to another level. The protection, preservation, and management of wildlife and natural resources involved in conservation provide a foundation for what we call environmental science. The latter integrates physical and biological sciences such as ecology, biology, soil science, atmospheric science, and others in order to generate solutions to environmental issues. Sustainability takes off from there by taking responsibility for balancing long-term environmental, social, health, and economic needs with progress and development. It further suggests that development, while meeting the needs of the present, cannot compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In summary the Environmental Science merit badge studies the following:


Air pollution

Water pollution

Land pollution

Endangered species

Pollution prevention, resource recovery, and conservation

Ecosystem—living and nonliving

Environmental impact

The requirements for Sustainability have not yet been finalized, but initial discussions include the following topics:

What is sustainability?

Examining our current needs and our choices in meeting them, with attention to extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal

Impact on our natural resources

Problems we must address, including plastic, electronic, and medical waste; species extinction, and climate change

New habits to adopt, including green chemistry, recycling, zero waste, and sustainability-conscious citizens

Careers related to sustainability

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

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.

2013 BB Gun Shoot Out  NEW

The 2nd annual Cub Scout BB Gun Shoot Out information and online registration is now available at the link below.

BB Gun Shoot Out Flyer

2013 Boy Scout Spring Camporee 

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

Service Hour Reporting  NEW

Every time your Scouts or Unit do a service project, the unit should enter the information into the Good Turn System.  Service projects can be cleaning up a local park, working at a community event, Food Drives, and Eagle Projects.  by entering this date, you will not only be doing something great for the community and being recognized for it but helping your District and Council with their JTE scores.

Good Turn Site

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: or 806-358-6500.

2013 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Youth  NEW

This training is required for all youth who plan on attending NYLT in the summer of 2013.  Typically this training is accomplished at the local troop level but once per year, the council offers the training.  Take a look at the flyer for more information.

Program Flyer

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 is now available!  Please visit the link below.

Merit Badge University

2013 Camp Card  NEW

The 2013 Camp Card is now in work!  We are updating vendors and have added several additional card locations.  The District Executives will be contacting each unit to get their committment.  We have provided some initial information to every unit in the form of a mailing but if you would like to see it and/or jump on board early, we have also included the Committment Form.  See the link below.

Camp Card Information

Kwahadi Show  NEW

Come enjoy Michael Martin Murphey’s delightful Cowboy Christmas Ball!  Scheduled for December 18, 2012 at the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian located at Exit I-40 #76, then ½ WEST on I-40 frontage road. Dinner and Show  $50 or Show only is  $35.  Ticket includes museum, art exhibits, and 50% Christmas Discount in Museum Gift Shop.  For Reservations call 806-335-3175

2012 Eagle Scouts

First Name Last Name Unit District
S Abbott T-142 LW
D Ballard T-94 GE
B Barnard T-38 LW
E Bromlow T-104 LW
E Bromlow T-104 LW
C Caldwell T-88 GE
T Carver T-127 GE
M Crane T-124 GE
A Crowell T-94 GE
K Denny T-86 GE
G Eagleston T-1776 QP
T Eklund T-501 AW
N Fike T-86 GE
B Fogelsong T-62 QP
R Forslund T-87 GE
J Garcia T-1581 AW
J Graham T-199 QP
T Grimes T-87 GE
A Hamrick T-80 GE
B Hunt T-264 AW
A Jameson T-1221 QP
K Jenkins T-10 GE
Z Johnson T-633 GE
J Johnston T-592 AW
K Kelly T-256 LW
K Keys TM-6150 SF
R Mayfield T-31 GE
C McKnight T-1221 QP
L Myers T- 507 AW
I Nolan T-1221 GE
F Oakley T-80 GE
T Olson T-87 GE
J Raab T-10 GE
D Reeves T-413 AW
D Rice T-86 GE
J Rivera T-88 GE
T Roach T-80 GE
I Robinson T-10 GE
S Sanchez T-1221 QP
J Sappington T-4 GE
B Sayers T-4 GE
H Smith T-94 GE
S Smith T-73 GE
A Smothermon T-80 GE
D Steele T-633 GE
N Sweet T-80 GE
J Talley T-79 GE
T Tedrick T-87 GE
R Thompson T-4 GE
B Watsons T-80 QP
B Weis T-501 AW
D West T-98 GE
D Whilhelm T-10 GE
T Whiteley T-507 AW
C Willimon T-551 LW
J Wynne C-80 Venturing
S Zimmerman T-87 GE

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                                    For

Ted Wooldridge Bill Dickey
Bob & Chris Altman Bill Rice
Carl & Shylna Birdong Simrie  Callahona
Ted & Lynne Krebs Bill Dickey
Ken & Carolyn Rothschopf Dr. Belvin Dollins
Elmer & Charlotte Nossaman Dr. Belvin Dollins
Mary Hintergardt Dr. Belvin Dollins
Dianna Brown Dr. Belvin Dollins
Mr. & Mrs  Bob Hays Dr. Belvin Dollins
Don & Cheri Lidesay Dr. Belvin Dollins
James & Ardyth Atkins Dr. Belvin Dollins
Stuart  & Twada Lower Dr. Belvin Dollins
Jack & Marjorie Hyer Dr. Belvin Dollins
Joe & Mary Anne Moyer Dr. Belvin Dollins

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