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Adobe Walls District Highlights- October 2013

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Tuesday, October 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

October Calendar:

October 10 – 25 Popcorn orders due council office

Popcorn 2013

October is upon us and the order deadline will be here soon enough.  Check on your boys sales.  Are they going door to door?  Is everyone filling up a sheet…or two?  Challenge then to success.  Let’s drive those popcorn sales so we can do lots of fun activities within your units.

Monthly Newsletter Submissions

As you may know, each month we put out a newsletter to help keep everyone informed of the happening around the Adobe Walls District.  If anyone wishes to have something put in this newsletter please email me.  The entry needs to be a paragraph and the content needs to be scouting related and info you want to get to Adobe Walls readers.  I must have your submission 10 days prior to the beginning of the month.

Fall Recruitments

Well, the 2013 Fall Recruitment in our district is almost over. Please be sure to do two things as soon as possible. 1) Make sure all new recruits parents are contacted a.s.a.p.!  2) Have a meeting and a fun activity as soon as you can plan it.  This will insure that all members remain informed and have a great time as they are expecting. Let’s all work together and grow scouting this fall!

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- October 2013

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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District Chairman:                             Steven Denny             skilawyer@aol.com

District Commissioner                     Joy Kilian                    joykilian@hotmail.com

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

Popcorn Sales Underway – How to SucceedNEW!

If done correctly and with a modest amount of door-to-door sales efforts, you son can easily pay for his entire “Ideal Year of Scouting”. An ideal year would have expenses such as Registration, Uniforms, Event Fees (Spookoree, Belt-loop-orama, Spring Day Camps & Resident Camp) all PAID for! Anything related to Scouting and its incurred expense can be PAID IN FULL, when the Popcorn fundraiser is utilized. This helps provide a valuable lesson to our young one’s as to the responsibility of earning their own way and living the Scout Law of being “Thrifty”. In the materials your Pack/Troop received at this year’s Popcorn Kickoff is everything you will need to be successful. This includes sales forms, prize forms and even door hangers that can be left for those not currently at their residence to help advertise of your Scouts’ sales efforts.

I’ve already received reports of units actively selling and doing very well with the new flavor selection(s) and cool collectable tins being offered by Trails End this year.

How’s your pack/troop doing?    How can we help you to be successful?

Contact your District Executive, Brian Lamirande, 806-220-9158. “Here to serve….”

November Recharter WorkshopNEW!

Unit Leaders

Please mark you calendars now and “save the date” for Thursday, November 7th 2013 for the annual Recharter Workshop taking place at the monthly Roundtable meeting, 7:00pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Every year ALL registered Scouters renew their annual membership through a process known as “Rechartering”. As our membership is only valid for 1 calendar year at a time (1/1 – 12/31), we must renew each year and this process is vital in keeping your pack/troop/team/crew/ship/post active and eligible to continue operations.

We will discuss the finer points of the recharting process at this workshop and your attendance is necessary in order to receive the information and your re-chartering materials packet. Please contact your District Executive with any questions.

 

Friends of Scouting

            2014 is around the corner and as proactive Scouts we are already looking and planning into the 2014 year. While 2013 has been very successful pertaining to fundraising it only helps us one year at a time. In order to provide awesome summer program and other Council activities we need to start securing the funds to continue operations for the 2014 year. Your Unit (pack/troop) plays a vital role in the success of our council. Through Family Enrollment presentations conducted your Blue&Gold’s and Courts of Honor, our council is able to allocate those desperately needed resources which are critical to our council’s survival. We can’t do it without your help. As you complete your annual planning and Unit Annual Calendar, be sure to include when you will hold these recognition events and share those dates with your District Executive so that presentations can be scheduled. The Family Enrollment presentation is quick, less than 5minutes long and will not take away from magic that our youth experience through the joy of recognition for their accomplishments.

In order to keep Scouting alive and well, your help is needed to get your units (pack/troop) Family Friends of Scouting presentation scheduled and completed. Thank you in advance for your attention to this very important aspect of Scouting.

Journey to Excellence

Want to know how your unit (pack, troop, team, crew, post or ship) compares to the Gold Standard?

Download this year’s Unit Scorecard found at…and find out.

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/JourneyToExcellence.aspx

We strive to provide our youth with the best possible Scouting experience, and the Journey to Excellence, or JTE program helps us to achieve that goal. The Journey to Excellence program outlined by the Boys Scouts of America, (replacing the “Quality Unit” program in 2010), helps to guide unit leaders by providing “roadmap” to a successful, quality Scouting program. Check out the scorecard that best represents your Scouting unit and keep track of your progress throughout the 2013 year.

Scorecards are submitted during the annual re-chartering process which will be discussed in detail at each monthly Roundtable!

REACH FOR THE GOLD!!

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) – aids in promoting Scouting in the area.

2) Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner – aids in the monthly roundtable program.

3) District Training Chairman – helps identify areas of training needed for those in the district.

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. See the Golden Eagle District Webpage for more details. Look forward to seeing you there!

**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 – 6:40pm @ Scout Service Center

District Commissioner’s Meeting
2nd Thursday of the Month – 6:45pm@ United Market Street Café-Bell & 45th

Eagle Boards of Review
Service Project Review – 3nd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 pm @ St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 I-40 West.
Eagle Rank Review – 4rd Thur. of the Month – 6:30 @ St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 I-40 West.

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- October 2013

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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District Chairperson-James Hayes-bear4747@AOL.com

Assistant District Commissioner-Vic Shrock-vshrock@ptsi.net

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

October Calendar:

3-Hooker Elementary Second Chance Sign Up-Cafeteria-7:00 p.m.

7-Texhoma Elementary School Round Up-Cafeteria-7:00 p.m.

12-Spookoree-Camp Don Harrington-Sign-in-12:30 p.m.

19-Spookoree-Camp Don Harrington and Camp MK Brown-Sign-in-12:30 p.m.

26-Spookoree-Camp Don Harrington-12:30 p.m.

District News

Lone Wolf District Roundups Scheduling

I am currently scheduling Roundup and Open House events for Troops, Crews, and Posts. I almost have all of them scheduled, so, I will let each leader when they are scheduled. I can’t wait to recruit new kids into Scouting! I know we will have a great recruiting year! Some have already occurred, and, I have quite a few scheduled. Please contact me if I have not scheduled yours yet! Thanks! For cub scout packs who would like to have a second chance sign up, please contact me so we can get that scheduled.

Lone Wolf District Operations

District Nominating Committee

The nominating process for the Lone Wolf District Committee is fast approaching. Unit level committee chairmen and chartering organization representatives are welcome to attend our Annual District Committee Business meeting on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Perryton 1st Christian Church to provide possible candidates and/or voice opinions. One large position open right now is District Commissioner. It is a Council-appointed position, but, we can put in suggestions to our Council Commissioner and Executive Board for approval.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- October 2013

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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District Chairperson– Steve Walthour- swalthour@northplainsgcd.org (806)935-6401 (work)

District Commissioner– Gemma Mitchell- gmitch2011@yahoo.com (806)282-8296(cell)

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

October  Calendar:

3rd -District Committee Meeting – 6:30PM

3rd -ROUNDTABLE Meeting – 7:00PM

Location: Scout Service Center @ 401 Tascosa Road Amarillo, TX.

Quanah Parker District Committee & Roundtable

The new school year is upon us and it’s time for lots of great meetings in Quanah Parker Units and also District Committee and Roundtable. Thanks to everyone that helped and attended all of the meetings last year. All participants left with lots of great ideas to spawn into action. The number one thing to remember as a Volunteer Scout Leader—Kids vote with their feet… If they are enjoying a great program they will be more active. If attendance drops it’s important to re-evaluate your program. Kids want to have fun and advance in rank.

See you at Roundtable and lets have a GREAT year!

Popcorn!!

All Popcorn orders are due on October 25th. Remember to have fun at weekly meetings, and give out awards for Scouts who have really done a great job that week moving Popcorn. Don’t forget to send in copies of Scouts who fill a sheet. We are still doing the weekly drawings for the $100 Gift Card. There are lots of great incentives to having money for Units. More Money=More Program=More Fun=More Active Scouts!!

See you at Roundtable~

Chase Roach – QP District Executive

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Santa Fe District Highlights- October 2013

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Tuesday, October 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

October

10 – Round Table FUMC Memphis 6:30 pm

19 – Spook O Ree MK Brown

25 – Popcorn Orders due to Council

Popcorn

Popcorn, Popcorn, Popcorn can make you Happy, Happy, Happy!!!  Remember selling lots of popcorn can finance your unit all year!  Orders are due to our Council on October 25th.

Round Table

Mark the date for October 10th Round Table at Methodist Church 121 N 8th Memphis.  Its fun and will help you be a better knowledgeable leader for your unit.

FALL RECRUITMENT       

Recruiting in Elementary Schools is almost complete. Now it’s on to Middle Schools.  If you feel like you would like to schedule another registration night let me know, I would love to help. Please get any applications you may have in to the Council for process.

Spook – O- Ree

MK Brown Spook – O – Ree is Saturday October 19th.  I am excited for a few new things and a few small changes this year. Information to register is on the web site at www.goldenspread.org. Fun for youth and adults!

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Venturing District Highlights- October 2013

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Tuesday, October 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

October 2013 Calendar: 

1st:  Randall County Sheriff’s Department (Post 5600) Open House at the Randall County Sheriff’s Department

15th:  8:30 a.m.:   COPE:  AACAL Computer Technology

16th:  8:30 a.m.:  COPE:  AACAL Health Science Group 1

17th:  8:30 a.m.:  COPE:  AACAL Health Science Group 2

18th:  8:30 a.m.:  COPE:  AACAL Health Science Group 3

November 2013 Calendar:

No dates at this time

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- October 2013

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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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

Membership Fee Increase 

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:

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Spook-o- Ree

Council Home Page

2013 Spook-O-Ree 

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!

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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.

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

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: http://bit.ly/16oSxzU

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.

2015 Unit Philmont Reservation NEW

Unit reservation requests for 2015 Expeditions for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made online beginning Monday, October 28 thru Sunday, December 1, 2013.  If you are interested in this, please see the links below.

Info-  http://philmontscoutranch.org/Camping/TrekPlanning/HowToReserve.aspx

Cool video http://philmontscoutranch.org/Resources/Downloads/videos.aspx

2013 Popcorn Sale Updates  NEW

Sale Reminders

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 info@goldenspread.org  in order for your unit to be properly setup into the Trails-End Popcorn Sales system.  This should be done as soon as possible.

Also, Scout leaders don’t forget to have your scouts bring in or fax (358-7470) to the scout office copies of their full-sheet popcorn order sheets so they will be entered into the Council’s weekly Friday drawing to win $100 Academy Sports and Outdoor Gift Cards.  The remaining full-sheet drawings will be held at noon on: Oct.4, Oct.11, and on Oct.18.

Also, please encourage your scouts to become members of the $600 sales club. Remind them that if they sell $600 or more they will receive a neat Zing Air ZX Crossbow and will be invited to an exclusive swim and pizza party to be held at the WTAMU swimming center in February 2014.

Leaders remind your Scouts to knock on more neighborhood doors this year!  The Trails-End Popcorn Company has done extensive research that shows that less than 20% of all US households have ever been asked to buy Scout Popcorn and that when asked to buy, 80% of consumers will buy Popcorn from a Scout.

Unit Kernels, this is a reminder to submit the following popcorn sale forms to the Council Office by Friday, October 25.

  1. Unit Order and Settlement form
  2. Unit Scout Rewards order form
  3. Unit Master records form
  4. Unit’s Top Sellers form
  5. Delivery Location form
  6. Unit Commission Choice form

For additional popcorn sales forms, or for more popcorn sales information, please go to the council website, http://www.goldenspread.org and click on the popcorn information link.

Please call Bob or Pat 806-358-6500 if you have any 2013 Popcorn Sale questions!

2013 Environmental Science Merit Badge  NEW

Again this year, the Environmental Science Merit Badge will be taught by Professors and Graduate students from WT A&M University.  This once a year class will be held at Camp Don Harrington on November 2 and has limited enrollment.  Boy Scouts cannot get better instruction then they will get here.  Take a look at the link below for more information!

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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 Tributes

In Memory of                                 From

Marge Eisinminger Bruce &   Deborah Bolander
Diane & Arnold Greenhagen
Tammy Didway
Taylen Gregory
Bill Esler David Wilks

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