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Golden Spread Council Highlights- January 2014

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Friday, January 3, 2014

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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 2014 and here they are:

January  NEW

Cub Scout Leader Training- http://goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/Jan%2018%20Training%20Flyer.pdf

Merit Badge University http://goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2014%20Merit%20Badge%20University%20Information%20and%20Reg%20Forms.pdf

February  NEW

Council Reception

March  NEW

Scouting for Food

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

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 aprice@bsamail.org.

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 aprice@bsamail.org

Cooking merit badge required to earn Eagle Scout rank  NEW

Cooking-EagleEffective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge will be required in order to obtain the Eagle Scout rank.

The total number of merit badges needed for Eagle remains at 21, but now 13 of those are required and eight are elective, instead of 12 required and nine elective. In other words, an Eagle Scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges, including the following:

  • First Aid
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communication
  • Personal Fitness
  • Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  • Environmental Science OR Sustainability
  • Personal Management
  • Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
  • Camping
  • Family Life
  • Cooking

Other important notes about this change:

  • If a Scout has already earned Cooking merit badge, he does not need to re-earn it now that it’s Eagle-required. He’s all set. That said, he may purchase or be presented with the silver-bordered Cooking merit badge emblem if he chooses. He shouldn’t wear both the silver- and green-bordered version, though.
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  • During the 2014 transition period a Scout may use either the old or new requirements. Either way, the merit badge is required for Eagle beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements — with the exception of his board of review — before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout. I suggest you communicate this news to your older Life Scouts ASAP so they aren’t disappointed to learn they don’t have all the merit badges they need.

        The requirements for Cooking merit badge are changing, but 2014 is a transition year during which a Scout may use  either the old or the new requirements

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 change will be reflected in the 2014 Boy Scout Requirements book.

2014 Merit Badge University

The 2014 MBU is scheduled for January 25 at WT A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  The registration and all details are below.

Information

Online Registration

2014 Cub Scout Leader Training  

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.

Flyer

Online Registration

Final 2013 Popcorn Sale News!  NEW

Congratulations to the 115 Packs, Troops, and Crews who just participated in one of the largest popcorn sales in the Golden Spread Council’s history.  Participating units earned over $180,000 in commissions and prizes for participating in the 2013 sale.  261 Scouts sold over $600 worth of popcorn this year and have earned an invitation to the Council’s annual swim and pizza party to be held at the WTAMU Activity Center in February.

For the third straight year the Golden Spread Council’s top seller is Dylan H who is a Life Scout in Troop 94.  This year Dylan sold $4,311…AWESOME…Way to go Dylan!!!!!!!!!!!

Other top selling scouts for 2013, their Units, and the Dollar amount they sold include:

Colin A           P 130  $4,098

Ben J               P130    $3,615

Daniel A          P 77     $2,862

Jace N             P 24     $2,754

Pearse N          T 86     $2,619

Tyler C            P 77     $2,566

Tanner C         P 77     $2,563

Ethan M          P 38     $2,550

Rasher S          P  4      $2,509

This year’s top selling unit was from the Golden Eagle District-Pack 24 Olsen Park Elementary School.  Pack 24 Cub Scouts sold $21,920.  Way to go Pack 24!!!!

Other top selling Scout Units, the District they are from, and the Dollar amount they sold include:

P 77      Golden Eagle            $18,662

P 130   Golden Eagle             $17,434

P 4       Golden Eagle             $17,165

P 46     Lone Wolf                  $17,074

P 578   Lone Wolf                  $15,640

P501    Adobe Walls              $14,469

P271    Adobe Walls              $14,287

P 1       Golden Eagle              $14,148

T 97     Golden Eagle              $12,312

2014 Cub Scout BB Gun Shoot Out and Belt Loop-A-Rama  NEW

We will shoot on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Christian Heritage Church-Outreach Building located at 900 S. Nelson St in Amarillo. Early Bird Registration is $7.00 until January 24 than regular Registration takes place and the fee will be $10.00.

Scouts will earn the BB Gun Shooting Belt Loop, and the BB Gun Shooting Sports Pin, and 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for Cub Scout competitors in each grade (Grades 1 through 5, 15 in total). Registration is limited to the first 150 registrants!

Flyer

Online Registration

Memorials and Tributes

In Memory of:

Jeanne Briggs

From the following:

FL 52 US Coast Guard Auxiliary

2013 Eagle Scouts

District Troop First Name Last Name   Initial
AW 501 Lukas A
AW 2472 Garrett A
QP 1221 Javier B
GE 87 Bryan B
GE 87 Andrew B
GE 4 William B
LW 163 Travis B
GE 79 Thomas B
GE 94 Austin B
GE 80 Trenton B
GE 80 Trevor B
GE 94 Seth C
SF 17 James C
QP 1221 Matthew C
GE 633 Luke D
GE 86 Hayden D
LW 46 Tyler D
GE 98 Jacob E
AW 1581 Sean E
GE 86 Jacob E
LW 142 Adam F
GE 88 Joshua F
LW 46 Riley G
GE 4 Wyatt G
GE 4 Cole G
LW 46 Josef H
LW 46 Kaleb H
QP 47 Tyler H
AW 404 Keenan H
GE 633 William J
AW 501 Jeremy J
GE 633 Richard J
GE 80 Charles K
GE C116 Cooper L
QP 66 Tracy M
AW 472 Zay M
AW 472 Zack M
GE 79 Winston M
GE 86 Jacob M
GE 4 Patrick M
GE 97 William M
GE 31 Sage P
GE 4 Ethan R
GE 80 Christopher R
QP 47 Javier S
QP 62 Cordell S
GE 31 Aaron S
LW 46 Jeffrey T
LW 46 William T
GE 633 Noah T
GE 86 Hayden V
V 2012 Devon W
GE 633 John W
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Venturing District Highlights- January 2014

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Friday, January 3, 2014

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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

January 2014 Calendar:

No dates at this time

February 2014 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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Santa Fe District Highlights- January 2014

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Friday, January 3, 2014

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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

Recharters

This is a reminder that if have not completed your annual recharter, your unit is now expired.  Please take care of this ASAP!  Call me if you have questions.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- January 2014

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Friday, January 3, 2014

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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)

Janaury Calendar:

9th -Roundtable Meeting – 7:00PM

16th- District Committee Meeting

16th- Commissioners Meeting

17th- District Recognition Banquet

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

Recharters NEW

If you haven’t completed and turned in your Unit Recharter, they are now expired.  Please take care of this annual requirement ASAP!

 

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- Janaury 2014

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Friday, January 3, 2014

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District Chairperson-James Hayes-bear4747@AOL.com

District Commissioner-Jim Lear-n5lnr@ptsi.net

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

January Calendar:

1-Happy New Year!

21-Dalhart United Way Allocation Meeting

25-Merit Badge University-Canyon, TX 

District News

New Year

Welcome to the New Year, Lone Wolf District! I am excited to have a great year in 2014! We have some exciting things happening, and, if you guys have any suggestions for Roundtable topics, new activities, or District committee, let us know!

Training

Hey guys! Are all your leaders trained? Most of the training is online. Only 15% of all Lone Wolf District unit level leaders have received the training that helps make program for Scouting amazing! If your unit leaders would like to receive training in a classroom setting, please contact Lindsay Waugh (email address is listed above), or, Vic Shrock at vshrock@ptsi.net. If not, you can find most of what you need online. I know that everyone is busy, however, investing a little time in Scout leader training can make all the difference in the Scouting experience for youth and adults!

Leader Awards

Volunteer leaders are what make the difference in Scouting. We have a District Banquet every year in November, and, would like to recognize more leaders and volunteers in Scouting. We want our leaders to know how awesome they are! Keep this in mind as the year goes on!

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Adobe Walls District Highlights- January 2014

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Friday, January 3, 2014

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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

2014 Family Friends of Scouting Presentations

Well it is that time of year again!  I will need to attend each Troops fall Court of Honor, and each Packs spring Blue & Gold Banquet to give the Family Friends of Scouting Presentation for 2014.  PLEASE email me the date, time, and location of these events so I can get them on the calendar.  This is very important for our Friends of Scouting campaign and the operation of our council.  It helps to serve the Adobe Walls district as well.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- January 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by goldenspread on Friday, January 3, 2014

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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

Recharter’s are NOW OVERDUE!

Unit Leaders

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. Need help completing the rechartering process, call Brian at 806-220-9158.

Annual District Banquet & Eagle Recognition Ceremony – NEW DATE!!

Save the Date, Thursday January 16th 2014!

Our Annual District Recognition banquet has been moved from January 9th to January 16th, 2014. More information can be found on the Golden Eagle District Webpage located on www.goldenspread.org

Friends of Scouting

2014 is here 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 5 minutes 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.

Golden Eagle District Committee – Positions 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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