Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- November 2013

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Monday, November 4, 2013


Mack Dick Dining Hall Dedication Ceremony  NEW

You are cordially invited to attend the Mack Dick Dining Hall Dedication Cermeony and Open House on November 10 at 3pm.  The new Dining Hall at Camp Don Harrington is awesome and we hope you will come down and take a look.  Please RSVP to Pat at 806-358-6500 no later than this Thursday.

Recharter Workshop NEW

All Districts wil be conducting Recharter Workshops in the next two weeks.  This replaces the monthly Roundtable Training’s in most Districts.  You can locate your area Workshop date by visiting and clicking on Calandar.  If you have any questions or can’t locate the nearest location to you, please call the Scout Office at 806-358-6500 or your District Executive.  As a reminder, at least one adult member from your unit must attend to pickup your recharter packet, receive training on how to complete it, and to receive FREE Rank advancments begining in January 2014.  It’s vital that someone from your unit attends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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:

November NEW

Recharter Workshop’s

December NEW

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow

Council Home Page

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, click on the link below!

Cub Scout Pow Wow Flyer

Kwahadi Dancers  NEW


 It’s a big year for Venturing Crew 9, BSA, The Kwahadi Dancers!!

We are expecting 4000 visiting Scouts at the Kiva next summer!!

70th Anniversary of the Kwahadi Dancers

50th Annual Winter Night Ceremonials

30th Annual Dancing in the Homes

10th Anniversary of the Opening of the Kiva

40th Annual Kwahadi Show Tour

And even Charles’ 50th Kwahadi Year/58th Year in Scouting

A…N….D  (Drum roll)

We are going to pay off the mortgage on the Kiva!!!

Office Hours for the Holidays  NEW

The Scout Office will be closed on November 27-December 1,  December 24-25, December 31- January 1, 2014. The Scout Shop will be closed for inventory on January 2-3, 2014

We will open December 26-27 and 30.

Uniform Shirt to be Tucked in  NEW

Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. All Sea Scout uniforms are designed to be tucked in except youth dress whites and youth dress blues.

In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt. This clarification will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.

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 

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  

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.

2015 Unit Philmont Reservation

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.


Cool video

High Plains Eagle Scout Association Scholorship  NEW

The High Plains Eagle Scout Association Scholorhsip Form is now avaialbe to be completed.  The form must be completed by November 29 and received at the Socut Office by December 9.

Scholorship Application

Silver Beaver Award Nominations   NEW

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow upon a volunteer. It is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to boyhood by registered Scouters within the jurisdiction of the Golden Spread Council. The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.  Nominations are due to the Council NLT December 15, 2013.  Please click on the link for the Nomination Form.

Nomination Form

Council Annual Business Meeting/Nominations  NEW

Our Golden Spread Council Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014. 

It starts at 7:00 am at the Scout Office (401 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo TX 79124).

Chartered Organization Representatives are official voting members of the Council and are invited to attend and represent their Chartered Organization.

The Council Annual Meeting is important in determining the future and direction of the Council.

One of the purposes of the Council Annual Meeting is to elect:

  1. Council members at large
  2. Associate and honorary members
  3. Executive board members and advisory council members
  4. Council officers (except Scout executive) and local council representatives to the National Council

Volunteers may suggest candidates to our nominating committee for the positions listed above.  The members of the Council’s nominating committee are:  Puff Niegos (Chairman), Clint Averitte, Paul Harpole, Bill McCarty, Brian Bruckner, and David Prescott.  Nominations must be received in writing.

Please send correspondence to Andy Price, Scout Executive c/o Council Nominating Committee at 401 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo TX 79124 or by email to

If you have questions about the Nominating Committee process, or Council Annual Meeting, please contact Andy Price at 806-358-6500 or by email at

National President-Elect Named  NEW

The BSA National Executive Board has elected former Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Dr. Robert M. Gates to the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Gates will serve as a member of the board’s executive committee and as the national president-elect. Gates’ appointment was made upon the recommendation of national volunteer and professional leaders including the BSA national nominating committee.

Upon approval of voting members of the National Council, Dr. Gates will begin a two-year term as the BSA national president in May 2014. Following the National Council’s approval of Dr. Gates’ two-year term as the BSA national president beginning in May 2014, Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc., has agreed to serve as the president-elect of the BSA.

Dr. Gates is a past member of the National Executive Board, past president of the National Eagle Scout Association, a distinguished Eagle Scout, and recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award.

Cooking Merit Badge  NEW

Significant changes are coming to the Cooking merit badge. First, this badge will become Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. In addition, there will be a major overhaul to the requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

The addition of the Cooking merit badge to the Eagle-required list means that, regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on the Eagle Scout rank, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout (unless he fulfills all the requirements, except his board of review, before Jan. 1, 2014).

As for the changes to the requirements, they’ll appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet that will be released during 2013. The new requirements then become effective Jan. 1, 2015, with the release of Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765.

Scouts who have already earned the Cooking merit badge are not required to re-earn the badge under the new requirements in order to qualify for the Eagle Scout Award.

Cinematography Merit Badge now called Moviemaking  NEW

Lights, camera, action! The Cinematography merit badge has been renamed Moviemaking. The change was made to reflect the many elements that go into creating a movie.

Aside from some minor updates from the Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force, the requirements and content for the merit badge are essentially the same. Also unchanged is the actual award emblem.

Regardless of its name, a Scout may only earn and get credit for one or the other. Also, the name change does not affect Scouts who have previously completed or who are currently working on the Cinematography merit badge.

The pamphlet bearing the new name is scheduled for delivery to local councils in late November 2013, and the change will be reflected in the 2014 Boy Scout Requirements book.

2014 Merit Badge University  NEW

The 2014 MBU is scheduled for Janaury 25 at WT A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  The registration and all details will be out soon.  Watch the Council Website!!!

2013 Eagle Scout List

First Name Last Name TROOP District
Austin B 94 GE
James C 17 SF
Tyler D 46 LW
Jacob E 98 GE
Jacob E 86 GE
Riley G 46 LW
Wyatt G 4 GE
Josef H 46 LW
Keenan H 404 AW
William J 633 GE
Jeremy J 501 AW
Charles K 80 GE
Winston M 79 GE
Patrick M 4 GE
William M 97 GE
Jeffrey T 46 LW
Noah T 633 GE
Hayden V 86 GE
Devon W 2012 V
John W 633 GE
Luke D 633 GE
Jacob M 86 GE
Andrew B 87 GE
Thomas B 79 GE
Aaron S 31 GE
Christopher R 80 GE
Javier B 1221 QP
Matthew C 1221 QP
Javier S 47 QP
Hayden D 86 GE
Seth C 94 GE

Memorials and Tributes


To                                    From

Jim Hare                         Paul Harpole & Laurie McWeeney

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