Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Golden Spread Council Highlights- December 2013

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


New Field Director  NEW

We want to welcome Jeremy Barnes to the Golden Spread Council as the Field Director.  He comes to us from Corpus Christi with his wife and their three children.  Next time you are at the office, stop by and welcome him to the Council.  He will be out visiting all the districts during the next several weeks and he looks forward to meeting you.

2013 Popcorn Sale Important December Information NEW

Wednesday, December 4 is the date that all Popcorn Money owed to the Council is due!  Please Submit one check to the Scout Service Center, made out the Golden Spread Council, for the full amount that Your Scout Unit owes the Council!

Popcorn payments made after December 4, 2013 will result in diminished commissions to your Pack, Troop, or Crew

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 listed for 2013 and 2014 and here they are:

December NEW

Recharter Workshop’s

January  NEW

Cub Scout Leader Training

Merit Badge University

Office Hours for the Holidays  NEW

The Scout Office will be closed on 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.

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

Effective Dates Announced for Scout Oath and Law Change  NEW

Last year, the National Executive Board passed a resolution that, in support of the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, all programs would begin using the Scout Oath and Law. Recently, there have been a number of questions about the effective date of this change, which primarily affects Cub Scouting and Venturing.

The resolution reads, in part: “effective with the release of youth handbooks and leader aids supporting this and other changes related to Strategic Plan Goal 411.” The release of these materials (and the effective date of the change) will be May 2014 for Venturing and May 2015 for Cub Scouting.

High Plains Eagle Scout Association Scholarship 

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

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.

Council Annual Business Meeting/Nominations 

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

Cooking Merit Badge 

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 

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 January 25 at WT A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  The registration and all details are below.


Online Registration

2014 Cub Scout Leader Training   NEW

We will be hosting a Cub Scout Leader Training for all Den Leaders, Pack Committee Members, and Cubmasters on January 18.  For all the information and to register online, please take a look at the links below.


Online Registration

Memorials and Tributes

In Memory of:

James Hare

From the following:

Laurie McWeeney

Paul & Jenny Harpole

Dwain Horn

Doug Flatt

Jack & Carolyn Witherspoon

Bill & Suzan Sanders

Diane Sanders

Dick & Patty Hill

Mark & Lesley Simpson

Brent & Sarah Sanders

Brad & Lisa Palmer

Brad & Sharon Sanders

Art & Rhonda Lopez

Richard & Judy Beecher

Susan Miller

Donna & Larry Cunningham

Gilmer Ulbricht

Ruth Rush

In Memory of:

Shirley Cariker

From the following:

E.P. “Skip” & Mavis Schroeder

In Memory of:

Jean Alice St. Clair

From the following:

Bob & Chris Altman

2013 Eagle Scouts

First Name Last Name Troop District
Austin B 94 GE
Andrew B 87 GE
Thomas B 79 GE
Javier B 1221 QP
James C 17 SF
Matthew C 1221 QP
Seth C 94 GE
Tyler D 46 LW
Luke D 633 GE
Hayden D 86 GE
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
Jacob M 86 GE
Christopher R 80 GE
Aaron S 31 GE
Javier S 47 QP
Jeffrey T 46 LW
Noah T 633 GE
Hayden V 86 GE
Devon W 2012 V
John W 633 GE
Sean E 1581 AW

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