Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- September 2013

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, September 2, 2013


Sporting Clays Thank You Note  NEW

On behalf of the 2013 Sporting Clays Committee I want to say a Heartfelt Thank You to all 225+Scouts and Scouters, Parents and all others who most graciously volunteered their time on August 23 and 24 in order to make the 2013 Golden Spread Council Sporting Clays Classic a huge success.  By all measures this was the best tournament ever!  All 262 shooters who participated in this year’s event had a safe and fun time in large part because of YOU!  Please know that all proceeds from this event are used to benefit all the scout programs that the Council provides.

From: Bob Altman- Staff Advisor

Camp Don Dining Hall Blog 

As you all know, we are building a 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.

Membership Fee Increase   NEW

At the Program Preview’s, we mentioned that there was a rumor that the membership fee may increase on Janaury 1, 2014 and that you should prepare for this possibility.  We wanted to be upfront with you as we thought it may happen as well.

At a meeting of top Scouting executives in Washington D.C. it was announced that the National registration fee will be increased to $24 annually starting 1/1/2014. This fee impacts all units rechartering 1/1/2014With the additional $1.00 Insurance fee, the total cost will be $25.00 and that must be collected from each rechartering member.

With this information, you should adjust your unit’s budget accordingly.

  • The Golden Spread Council passes 100% of the registration fee to the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.

We wanted to share this news as soon as we received it so you can plan accordingly.

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:

September  NEW

Popcorn Kickoff Trainings

Boy Scout Archery Merit Badge Class

Boy Scout Archery Competition

Cub Scout Den Leader Specifics Training

October NEW

Spook-o- Ree

Council Home Page

2013 Popcorn Sale  NEW

The Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America will very soon begin its annual popcorn sale.  The 2013 popcorn sale will run from September 5th through October 25th and we invite your unit to participate in this year’s sale.  In 2012 units earned almost $200,000 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, and a great new prize program. 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 fall’s sale is going to be bigger and better than ever!!!

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 of your choice.  We suggest that the unit popcorn chair and Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor attend the meeting together.

When you attend one of these 6 Kickoff meeting you will receive all materials needed to conduct a successful popcorn sale for your unit. The 2013 popcorn sale kick-off meetings will be:

September 5          Spearman  sales training and kickoff meeting     First Methodist Church  7pm

September 7          Amarillo sales training and kickoff meeting        St. Thomas Catholic Church  10am

September 7          Dalhart sales training and kickoff meeting           Central Methodist Church  2pm

September 9          McLean sales training and kickoff meeting          First Methodist Church  7pm

September 10        Pampa sales training and kickoff meeting            Chamber of Commerce  7pm

September 12        Amarillo sales training and kickoff meeting         Scout Service Center  7pm

To sign up to attend one of this year’s Popcorn Kickoff Meetings please register at:

Bonus!  Every unit represented at one of the meetings will be eligible to win an extra $100 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, turns in their unit’s 2013-2014 program calendar and budget will earn 4% additional sales commission for their unit’s fall sale.

Attention all 2013 Popcorn selling units-Your unit’s Popcorn kernel must send their email address and their physical address (no Post Office Boxes Allowed Please) to Pat here at the scout office via  in order for your unit to be properly setup into the Trails-End Popcorn Sales system.  This should be done as soon as possible

Uniforming   NEW

The Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  • Shirt—The official uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets and “Boy Scouts of America” lettered in gold above the right pocket.
  • Trousers or shorts—Official blue.
  • Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle and Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scout emblem.
  • Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Tiger Cubs’ socks are navy blue with orange tops. Cub Scouts’ socks are navy blue with gold tops.
  • Cap—Official navy-blue cap with orange front panel and tiger cub emblem for Tiger Cubs; yellow panel and wolf emblem for Wolf Cub Scouts; blue panel and bear emblem for Bear      Cub Scouts. Webelos Scouts wear an olive cap with a plain panel bearing the Webelos logo.
  • Neckerchief—Triangular neckerchief is orange with navy-blue trim for Tiger Cubs, gold with navy-blue trim for Wolf Cub Scouts, light blue with navy-blue trim for Bear Cub Scouts, and      plaid for Webelos Scouts. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that boys should wear. Packs should not make their own pack neckerchiefs.
  • Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with the Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scout logo. Boys may wear handmade neckerchief slides.

For all your uniform items, please come by or call the Golden Spread Council Scout Shop!

Cub Scout Den Leader Training   NEW

All Den Leaders should be trained in their position and although you can do this all online at the council is doing a training at the Scout Service Center on September 28 from 9:30am to 11:30am for just $5.00.  This course will be taught by an experienced and successful Den Leader/Committee Member so you won’t want to miss out.  Fellowship and interaction among other leaders is something you will get by attending a face to face class.  If you are planning to shop in Amarillo that Saturday, how about coming to training first?  To register go to after the Labor Day holiday.

Wood Badge Training Course

We, along with the South Plains Council (Lubbock) will be hosting Wood Badge.  This adult training is for all Adults Leaders (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing).  Wood Badge is advanced training that will help you not only develop and be the best you can in Scouting but in your personal life as well.  Check out the link below for all the information.

Info and Registration Link

2013 Spook-O-Ree   NEW

The 2013 Spook-O-Ree is just around the corner.  This event is Fall themed with Hayrides, Inflatable’s, BB Gun shooting, Archery shooting, Carnival type games, Spook Walk and Haunted House.  Three Saturdays at Camp Don Harrington and one Saturday at Camp MK Brown, allows all Scouts to participate and see how much FUN Scouts can have.  Originally, the Spook-O-Ree was the event to come to if you were a newly recruited Scout to show how much fun Scouting could be but now it’s become one of the best attended events in the council by both new and current Cub Scouts.  Visit the link below for all the information!


Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Training 

This one day adult training will be held on December 7 at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo.  Lots of exciting and innovative classes are conducted by volunteers for volunteers.  Make you Scouting life easier by learning how to effectively conduct meetings, how to plan a Blue and gold banquet, how to deal with challenging Scouts, how to cook some outstanding meals and cobblers at your next Pack campout. Be the hero–be trained!  For all the information, watch the council website soon.

Volunteer Opportunity  NEW


Odyssey Hospice is seeking help from groups for a Summer Service Project!

We plan to provide a Wheelchair Wash to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities during June, July and August.  This is a wonderful service for the residents and facilities. We provide tasty refreshments for the volunteers and identification tags for the wheelchairs.  Your group provides the manpower, laughter and fun!!!

We ask for your group to provide approximately 2 hours of time. Your team is welcome to wear t-shirts identifying your group and the activity can be scheduled in advance to take place almost any day during the week or weekend according to your group’s convenience

If you want your group to participate please let me know.  It is a fun water activity for group bonding.  A great time to take pictures of everyone “at their best”!   Thanks!   I hope to hear from you!

Please contact me as soon as possible since there is such a great need for this service! 

Donna Gillespie

Manager of Volunteer Services

Odyssey Hospice

6900 I 40 West, Suite 150

806-372-7696 or (cell) 806-206-0860

Eagle Scout Scholarships  NEW

Being an Eagle Scout pays off, in some cases literally. The National Eagle Scout Association offers scholarships for Eagles entering college, a big help for families as tuitions continue to rise at
universities nationwide. Graduating high schoolers can apply for 2014 NESA Scholarship beginning Oct. 1, 2013, with a submission deadline of Dec. 31, 2013.

Scholarship Information

Troop Leader Guidebook to replace Scoutmaster Handbook   NEW

Photo: Goodbye Scoutmaster Handbook, hello Troop Leader Guidebook! Vol. 1 is for new troop leaders, while Vol. 2 has fresh ideas for veterans. Get a sneak peek here:

If you judge the Scoutmaster Handbook by its cover, you might
assume it’s solely meant for, well, Scoutmasters. Assistant Scoutmasters, it
seemed, were to look elsewhere for Scouting wisdom. That’s about to
change. Later this year, the two-volume Troop Leader Guidebook will
debut, replacing the Scoutmaster Handbook and offering
helpful checklists, quick tips and fresh ideas for both new troop leaders and
veteran Scouters.

2013 Eagle Scouts

First   Name Last Name Initial Unit District
Garrett A T-472 AW
Keenan H T-404 AW
Jeremy J T-501 AW
Bryan B T-87 GE
William B T-4 GE
Austin B T-94 GE
Jacob D T-86 GE
Jacob E T-98 GE
Jacob E T-86 GE
Joshua F C-2012 GE
Wyatt G T-4 GE
Cole G T-4 GE
William J T-633 GE
Charles K T-80 GE
Cooper L T-116 GE
Winston M T-79 GE
William M T-97 GE
Ethan R T-4 GE
Noah T T-633 GE
Hayden V T-86 GE
Devon W T-560 GE
Matthew W T-54 GE
John W T-633 GE
Travis B T-163 LW
Adam F T-142 LW
Riley G T-46 LW
Kaleb H T-46 LW
Zack M T-472 LW
Zay M T-472 LW
Tyler H T-47 QP
Cordell S T-62 QP
James C T-17 SF

Memorials and Honors

None this month!

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