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Adobe Walls District Highlights- March 2013

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Friday, March 1, 2013

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District Chairperson– Richard Carter- slrjcarter@cableone.net

District Commissioner– David Myers – dmyers6020@gmail.com

District Executive– Eric Byrne- eric.byrne@scouting.org

March Calendar:

March 5 – District Meeting / Camp Card kick-off (630pm in Pampa)

March 23 – Scouting for Food start date

2013 Camp Card

We will have our 2013 Camp Card kick-off on Tuesday, March 5 at 630pm at the Pampa Chamber building.  I have only three Adobe Wall units that have registered for the kick-off.  PLEASE log onto goldenspread.org and register.  If you cannot make it to the kick-off, please email me and I will arrange for a unit kick-off within the week.  We have a district goal of $10,000 (that’s 2000 cards sold) and I believe we can easily make that.  Please motivate your boys and let’s seel some cards.  Cinema 4, Subway, and Chicken Express are all return venders in Pampa.  Subway. Wildcatter’s, Bulldog Barbers and Tio Poncho’s in Fritch are all new on the Borger card.  Let’s get everyone registered, go to GoldenSpread.org for youth sales incentives and registration….this will be the best camp card yet!

Scouting for Food

In spring 2013, thousands of Scouts participating in the Scouting for Food “Good Turn” will experience the highest ideals of the Scouting movement and they will help affect someone’s life – by helping to place food on the table of those that are hungry. The Scouting for Food event is an extremely important food for the High Plains Food Bank and other food pantries throughout the Golden Spread Council. During the spring time, the demand for food increases while supply dwindles. In addition, many food drives do not take place during the spring. This is why this event is so important – it helps meet a need the High Plains Food Bank and other food pantries have during the spring time and helps keep our shelves stocked throughout the spring and summer months.  Go to goldenspread.org for more information.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- March 2013

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Friday, March 1, 2013

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District Chairman:          Steven Denny    skilawyer@aol.com

District Commissioner:     Joy Kilian    joykilian@hotmail.com

District Commissioner (Hereford area)   H.S. Fuller    hsfuller42@yahoo.com

District Executive:  Brian Lamirande    brian.lamirande@scouting.org

Friends of Scouting

We are now scheduling Friends of Scouting presentations for ALL Packs and Troops in the Golden Eagle District. If you have a Court of Honor or Blue and Gold scheduled AND have not spoken with your District Executive, Brian, please call to get your event on the calendar. 806-220-9158. Thank you in advance for helping keep Scouting possible in the Texas panhandle by participating in our Friends of Scouting program!

2013 Summer Program Events– NEW

Check out the Golden Eagle District Webpage & Facebook Page to Stay Connected!

Fishing Derby 2013– NEW

Saturday May 4th, Southeast Park in Canyon

We are very excited to offer again for 2013, our district’s annual Fishing Derby. This event is held at the beautiful Southeast Park in Canyon, off 4th street and South on 28th street. Texas Parks & Wildlife will be joining us again to provide official measurements. Included in the $7 entry fee, each scout will receive a full lunch and the first 100 Scouts that register will receive a custom event patch! Registration can be completed online at www.goldenspread.org and payment accepted by mail or at the Scout Office. Be sure to sign up in advance as the patches went FAST last year! More information on the Golden Eagle District Webpage.

District Pinewood Derby– NEW

Saturday, May 18th, Center Court of Westgate Mall

The 2nd annual Golden Eagle Pinewood is scheduled for the 3rd Saturday in May and we are very excited to announce our new venue for 2013. The event will be held at the Westgate Mall in the Center Court!! There will be a mobile Scout Shop selling various Pinewood supplies and other goodies available as well as an information booth and registration/weigh-in area. More information is on the Golden Eagle District Webpage!!

Boy Scout Archery Contest– NEW

The 2nd annual Boy Scout Archery Competition is in the works….We are excited to expand this program opportunity this year to accommodate more shooters. Last year we filled the 30 allotted spots very quickly and saw a tremendous response to the event. There will be 50 openings this year competing in 2 separate divisions; Compound Division and Longbow Division. The event flyer is now available on the Golden Eagle District Webpage and more information will be coming as to when registration will begin.

Golden Eagle District CommitteePositions Available

The Golden Eagle District is growing and need your help! We currently have the following positions available:

1) Marketing Chair (Newsletter, Facebook, Etc)

2) District Religious Emblems Coordinator

3) Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner

4) Unit Commissioners

If you would like to be considered for any of the above positions, have a recommendation, or would just like to get involved in a fun new way, please contact District Executive, Brian Lamirande at 806-220-9158 or Brian.Lamirande@Scouting.org.

We welcome ALL suggestions and recommendations!

Roundtable – District Wide Meeting- Come one, Come ALL!

Adult Leader Roundtable is an excellent opportunity to ensure that YOUR unit is represented and YOUR thoughts, ideas, comments and concerns are heard. This monthly meeting provides a platform for discussion, event planning, training, networking and idea sharing that EVERYONE will surely benefit from. We feature monthly Boy Scout cub Cub Scout -related topics & fun-filled activities in a warm & welcoming environment!

So bring all of your Pack and Troop adult leaders out to the Golden Eagle Monthly Roundtable & join in on the fun!  The meeting is at 7:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month, located in the St. Thomas the Apostle Church Fellowship Hall. Look forward to seeing you there!

Eagle Scout Project Reviews and Eagle Scout Boards of Reviews

Service Project Review – 3nd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell
Eagle Rank Review – 4rd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell

**District Meetings**

Cub Scout/Boy Scout Roundtable
1st Thursday of the Month – 7:00pm @ St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4100 South Coulter

District Key-3 Meeting
2nd Thursday of the Month – 6:00pm @ Scout Service Center

District Committee Meeting
2nd Thursday of the Month – 6:30pm @ Scout Service Center

District Commissioner’s Meeting
2nd Thursday of the Month – 7:15pm @ Scout Service Center

Eagle Boards of Review
Service Project Review – 3nd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell
Eagle Rank Review – 4rd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell

**Please check the Golden Eagle District Website for Calendar Updates & Activities**

http://www.goldenspread.org/districts/GoldenEagle/GoldenEagle.htm

Or

Golden Eagle District Facebook Page!!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Eagle-District-BSA-Golden-Spread-Council/301897883200809\

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- March 2013

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Friday, March 1, 2013

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District  Chairpman- James Hayes- bear4747@AOL.com

District Commissioner-Bob Post- theoaks@ptsi.net

District Executive-Lindsay Waugh- lindsay.waugh@scouting.org

March Calendar:

2-Stratford Explorer’s Meeting-10:00 a.m.

2-District Training Day

7-District Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

11-Texas County Friends of Scouting Meeting-12:00 p.m., Pub on the Bricks, Guymon, OK

District News

Pack 259 Pinewood Derby

Pack 259’s Pinewood Derby happened in Follett, TX, on February 16th at 1:00 p.m. 10 kids participated, with many parents, siblings, and grandparents viewing the fun and mayhem! It was a fun day!

Pack 256 Blue and Gold

Pack 256 held their Blue and Gold banquet on February 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Perryton VFW building. Many kids moved up in ranks, and, one lucky Webelo moved up into Boy Scouts. Troop 256 welcomed Rhett Schaef, Jr., into their ranks. It was a wonderful evening full of Native American lore and games, and, a few laughs during skits.

Upcoming Trainings and Events

District Pinewood Derby

The District Pinewood Derby has been postponed until further notice. We are looking at a May Date. Every Scout is welcome to participate, as well as parents and siblings! There will be more information to come soon! Thanks!

March/April Training Dates

Lone Wolf is holding various required trainings. We are trying to have more training opportunities in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for other upcoming training dates and Roundtables!

LONE WOLF CAMPING AND ACTIVITY CORNER-Black Mesa State Park

Lone Wolf District is introducing a new section about places to camp throughout the district. I’ve noticed some people ask me, “Where’s that?” if I talked about places to camp, go hiking, or, participate in other outdoor activities. In this month’s Camping and Activity Corner, I am going to talk about Black Mesa. Situated in the far West corner of the Oklahoma Panhandle in Cimarron County. At almost 5,000 feet, it’s the highest point in Oklahoma. It features Lake Etling, dinosaur footprints by Carrizo Creek, Robber’s Roost, and Picture Canyon across the state line into Colorado. It boasts beautiful rock formations, scenery, and outdoorsy opportunities. Kenton, OK, is nearby with a museum.

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Quanah Parker Highlights- March 2013

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Friday, March 1, 2013

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District Chairperson– Tim White- tim.white@amaisd.org (806)326.4105 (work)

District Commissioner– Steve Rodriguez- steve.rodriguez1978@gmail.com (806)231-3380(cell)

District Executive– Chase Roach- chase.roach@scouting.org (806) 341-4491 (cell)

March Calendar:

7th-ROUNDTABLE Meeting

7th-District Committee Meeting

7th– Camp Card Kick Off at QP Roundtable

17-23rd– Scouting for Food

23rd-QP Pinewood Derby

Quanah Parker Recharters

Please get your Unit Recharters turned in as soon as possible. March 1st will render Units completely inactive. I have received several more that last year at this time, but it’s very important to not have any gap in your Unit Recharter. Let’s not let advancement, and boys slip through the cracks.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Recharters will NOT process until all leaders have current YPT, and must be in Chase Roach’s hands before March 1st.

Please contact me (Chase Roach-see info above) with any questions, comments or concerns.

Quanah Parker District Committee & Roundtable

February was a phenomenal Roundtable meeting where Troop 199 showed a beautiful OA inspired Webelos bridge ceremony, T62 demonstrated their timeless Eagle Court of Honor, and Gemma Mitchell discussed all of the ins and outs of having a very successful Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet. Thanks to everyone that helped and attended. All participants left with lots of great ideas to spawn into action.

The March District Roundtable is the GO TO place for the CAMP CARD KICKOFF. All units can begin selling immediately after the Roundtable. We will discuss all the details for a successful Camp Card Sell, and count and verify card quantities. We set records selling last year for Quanah Parker, and I suspect it will be even better this year. After all—the boys deserve it.

We will also remind everyone about the QP Pinewood Derby on March 23rd, at Christian Heritage Church. Here are a few details:

Cost: $2 and 2 cans of food for Scouting for Food

Registration and Check-in: 11-12:00PM

Weigh in: 11-12:00PM

Races Begin: 12:00PM

Race Time: 12:00PM-4:00PM

*Please Check goldenspread.org for more details*

Our last discussion will be an update from Wayne Benson on the QP Family Camp/Mini Camporee in September.

March 7th 6:30PM District Committee Meeting

March 7th-7:00PM District Roundtable Meeting

*Camp Card Kick Off

*QP Pinewood Derby on March 23rd

*QP Family Camp in September

 Christian Heritage Church, 900 S. Nelson

 Quanah Parker District Pinewood Derby

The Quanah Parker District Pinewood Derby is the go to place for all Quanah Parker District Pinewood FUN!! Last year we had 99 entries, 3 heats, and lots of great close races!! Our goal this year is 125 entries. We out grew the Kwahadi Kiva last year; so, this year it will be at the Outreach Center at Christian Heritage Church (900 S. Nelson) There are several Cub Scout divisions, and an Open Division, and last but not least a Leader Division. Oh, and did I mention lots of AWARDS!

Entry Fees are $2 and 2 cans of food—per entry. Registration and Weigh-In are from 11;00AM-12:00PM. Cars must be with-in BSA weight and build details. Races will begin as close to 12:00PM as possible, and all cars must be registered by 12:00PM. Races will end at or before 4:00PM.

Christian Heritage Church will be serving lunch, and have a concession stand for snacks all day. The prices will vary depending on what food is purchased.

Please visit goldenspread.org for more details and an event flier.

SEE YOU THERE!!

Quanah Parker Scouting for Food

The week of March 17-23rd will support everyone’s local food bank with a can food drive. Please contact Chase Roach to secure a section of town on our Council Map at the office. Several units have already secured neighborhoods to work. This is an excellent opportunity for community service hours, and also help replenish local food banks that are severely depleted.

Visit: goldenspread.org for more details.

Chase Roach – QP District Executive 

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Santa Fe District Highlights- March 2013

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Friday, March 1, 2013

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District Chairperson– George Hall – ghall68@hotmail.com

District Commissioner– Fred Leighton Sr. – scouter1230@yahoo.com

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns- gmannsbsa@gmail.com

February

12 – Camp Card Kickoff Memphis Texas

Camp Cards

Camp Cards will be here on March 12th.  Units must pick up their cards March 12th at the Memphis Scout Hut (Memphis) 124 S 5th Street, Memphis (enter from Noel St) at 6:30pm.  Please register someone from your unit to pick up the cards at

https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/Register.asp?ievent=1047653&en=bsITK1OAIeLOKUMALbLSI1PzEfKXJdMUIqLWK4NLKoKTI3MMKhIXJjL

District Award of Merit

Congratulations Mandy Jaramillo on receiving the District Award of Merit for the Santa Fe District.  Mandy has been in Scouting since 2006 and currently involved in P437 and T433 in Clarendon.  As well as a big asset to the Santa Fe District Committee.  Congratulations Mandy.

District Dinner

Thank you George Hall for your hospitality at our once again successful District Dinner.

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Venturing District Highlights- March 2013

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Friday, March 1, 2013

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District Chairman:          Jay Barrett:  806-326-2800 or jay.barrett@amaisd.org

District Commissioner:    DeLynn McGehee:  806-681-1623 or    drkkmcgehee@yahoo.com

District Executive:           Shannon Scott: 806-358-6500 or shannon.scott@scouting.org

March 2013 Calendar:

28th:  6:30 p.m.:  Canyon Fire Department Open House @ The Canyon Fire Department located at 301 16th St. Canyon.

April 2013 Calendar:

4th:  6:30 p.m.:  Randall County Fire Department Open House @ The Randall County Fire Department, Station 2 located at 9451 F.M. 2186 in Amarillo.

2013 Venturing District Awards Banquet

Congratulations to Taos A., Cordell S., Brandon F., Jamie L., Rayell A., and Jacob E. for earning their Bronze Awards!

Way to go Cordell S. and Taos A. on earning the Leadership Awards!

There were numerous other awards that were given out including the Messenger of Peace and the Leave no Trace Awards

Great Job Everyone!!

2013 V.O.A. Members

Emily P.:  Southern Region Area Vice President of Administration

Brandon F.:  President

Cordell S.:  Vice President of Administration

Jamie L.:
Vice President of Program

Taos A.:  Crew Guide

Rayell A.:  Secretary/ Treasurer

C.O.P.E
Do you know what COPE is all about?  Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience or C.O.P.E. is the challenge course (ropes course) program of the Boy Scouts of America. COPE is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by trained staff directed at enhancing personal growth. If you think you would like to know more, please contact Shannon Scott at 358-6500 or shannon.scott@scouting.org

Scholarship Opportunities

If you have questions about such opportunities, please contact Shannon Scott (Venturing Division) at the Scout Service Center 358-6500.

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Golden Spread Council Highlights- March 2013

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Friday, March 1, 2013

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Camp Don Dining Hall  Blog  NEW

As you all know, we have started the construction on the new Dining Hall.  To keep you abreast on what’s going on, we have created a “Blog” for you to visit periodically.  We will update you on construction and have pictures so you can see the progress being made.  Take a look at the blog today!

Blog Link

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

2013 Scouting for Food 

Scouting for Food is a long time tradition in Scouting.  What a better way to help those in our community who are going through hard times.  Many of those who are hungary are CHILDREN and ELDERLY who must choose between medicine or food.  It’s a great opportunity to talk to your Scouts about this opportunity to participate in Scouting for Food scheduled for March 23.  This Council wide event is coordinated through your local DE unless you are in the Amarillo area.  Bags will be available to each unit who needs them.  For information, please see the link below.

Scouting for Food

Advancment Information  NEW

Located at the link below is some great advancemet info.  Check it out!

Advancement Info

2013 Pistol Shooting Opportunity 

New at Camp MK Brown Summer Camp will be a Pistol Pilot program.  Only 11 Councils across the entire Boy Scouts have been approved for this and we are one of them!  Come to Camp MK Brown this summer and if you are 13 years old or 8th grade, you can shoot our pistols!  Watch for more info and specific details soon!  Sign-up for Camp MK Brown now! See the link below.

Camp MK Brown Summer Camp

NYLT Staff 

Any interested Scout who would like information on being part of the 2013 NYLT Staff should contact Kimberly Anderson as soon as possible at a6crew@gmail.com for mor info. Youth applicants must be at least age 14 and completed the eighth grade, have held positions of leadership in the unit, have been an NYLT course participant and attended “Trainers Edge”. Trainers EDGE will be offered before the Course begins. See the link below!

NYLT

Service Hour Reporting 

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

2013 Camp Card Kickoff  NEW

The Camp Card Kickoff’s are about to start.  This is where units will hear about the program and then receive their cards.  Selling starts as soon as you get the cards!  To ensure we have your cards at the correct location, each unit is strongly encouraged to register online at the link below.

Camp Card Kickoff

Programs and Training  NEW

If you haven’t visited the Council Home Page lately, you are missing out on tons of information!  We have many trainings and activities already listed for 2013 and here they are:

March:

Camp Card Kickoff

Wilderness First Aid Course

Scouting for Food

April:

Cub Scout Extravaganza

Belt Loop-O-Rama

Boy Scout Camporee

Adult Training Outdoor Leadership Skills for Scoutmasters and Webelos Leaders and Baloo (Coming soon)

Council Home Page

2013 Boy Scout Summer Camping 

The 2013 Camp MK Brown Leader’s Guide is available at the link below.  Now is the time to start your summer camp planning- where are you going (MKB should be your first choice!), how many Camp Cards do the Scouts need to sell to go for FREE, what adult leaders are available have they requested time off from their employer – these are just a few things you should be doing now to plan for just 4 short months from now!

Camp Leader’s Guide

Summer Camp Staff  NEW

We are searching for the best Boy Scouts and best venturing Scouts to be part of the BEST Camp Staff!  If you have a Scout who fits the mold of a staff member, please have them contact Scott or Chase at the Scout office today.  Hiring for the summer is about to begin.  Applications can be found at the link below.

Camp Staff Application

2012 Eagle Scout Statistic  NEW

The BSA has just announced that in 2012, 57.976 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle!

Newest Merit Badges — Coming Soon- NEW

Game Design

Confirmed launch date: March 6, 2013

Requirements: TBD

Description: Slated to include both traditional games and video games, this sure-to-be-popular merit badge will test Scouts’ creativity, computer skills, and planning abilities.

Sustainability

Estimated release: 2013 Jamboree

Note: This merit badge will be Eagle-required. Scouts must earn either this or Environmental Science.

Requirements: TBD

Description: A badge to teach Scouts to use resources responsibly.

Programming

Estimated release: 2013 Jamboree

Requirements: TBD

Description: A tech-focused merit badge for the 21st Century.

Digital Technology (will replace Computers)

Estimated release: 2013 (after Jamboree)

Requirements: TBD

Description: Technology has come a long way since Computers merit badge was first introduced in 1967. This badge, which replaces Computers, will teach Scouts about technology in the digital age.

mining-placeholderMining in Society

Launch: February 2014 at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City

Requirements: TBD

Description: Mining has been an important part of the United States since the 19th century. Today, the U.S. mining industry employes 3 million people, directly and indirectly, and is a major contributor to the global mining landscape. I expect this merit badge will cover the history of mining, explore the status of mining in the 21st century, and introduce Scouts to modern mining careers.

Animation

Estimated release: 2014

Requirements: TBD

Description: Computer or traditional animation tasks that will test a Scout’s creativity, artistic skills, and storytelling abilities.

Signs, Signals, and Codes

Estimated release: 2014

Requirements: TBD

Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States.  The Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge will cover Morse code, ASL, Braille, signaling, trail markings, and other nonverbal communications.  Did you know that some of these have even saved people’s lives?

Multi-Media

Estimated release: 2014

Requirements and description: TBD

Computer-Aided Design

Estimated release: 2014-2015

Requirements: TBD

Description: Teaching boys to use computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.

Advanced Computing

Estimated release: 2014-2015

Requirements: TBD

Description: The next generation of computing.


Major Updates in the Works

 Cycling

Update expected by May 2013, for summer camp availability

Current requirements (pre-update)

Details: Adds a mountain biking option for Scouts.

Cooking

Update expected after 2013 Jamboree

Note: This merit badge will become Eagle-required on Jan. 1, 2014

Details: Coming soon, but I’m hearing rumors that it will better incorporate the BSA’s healthy living initiatives.

Are you Tougher Than a Boy Scout  NEW

The reality TV show “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” will premiere on the National Geographic Channel on Monday March 4, at 7 p.m. Central time.

2013 Boy Scout Sporting Clay Shootout  NEW 

This year, this awesome event will take place on May 4, 2013 at Camp Don Harrington. The information is at the link below!

Information Flyer

2013 Shooting Sports Camp  NEW

This camp is scheduled for July 12-14.  Look for more info soon but put this great event on your calendar.

2013 Eagle Scout Listing  NEW

Last Name Unit Number District
Bowling T-4 GE
Gwyn T-4 GE
Gwyn T-4 GE
Earls T-98 GE
Wihelm T-54 GE

Memorials and Tributes NEW

For                                                              From

Tom Riney and John Boyce                      Stan and Kathy Morris

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