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Golden Spread Council Highlights- January 2014

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


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-

Merit Badge University

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

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 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.


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.


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!


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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