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Adobe Walls District Highlights- February 2014

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 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

February Calendar:

February 9 – Council Reception at 4:00 p.m. (Camp Don Harrington new Dining Hall)

March 1 – March 1, 2014 from 9am to 5pm (Saturday)

March 1 – Adobe Wall Camp Card kick-off (Pampa Chamber building

Re-charter and unit retention:

It’s the end of January and we are still chasing down re-charters.  PLEASE contact me if you are having issues and I will personally come out to help.  I’d like to have all re-charters in by the end of February so please review where you are in the process and let me know ASAP.  This is very import to get done because the existence of your unit depends on the re-charter.  Please contact me if you are having issues or questions about the process.

Unit retention is vital to the health and existence of your individual scouting unit.  Planning activities to keep the boys fired up will help this.  Contact me for resources and attendance issues. I will assist you with providing an exciting program that will keep the boys wanting to come back for more.

Camp Card 2014!

We are about ready to kick off the 2014 camp card and I am super excited about this year’s opportunities.  We have many new venders on the card and a few returning for another year of deals.  Jump N Jive in Pampa, Cinema 4 and Subway to name a few, but there are several other great deals also.  For the second year in a row Borger will have a separate card from the rest of the district.  Every unit will have the opportunity to sell the Pampa, Borger and/or Amarillo cards to increase the number of cards sold.  PLEASE contact me ASAP to submit your unit’s commitments…..$5.00 a card / $2.50 commission for each card sold.  This year the council decided to up the competition and will be handing out a PlayStation 4 to the Scout that sells the most cards PER DISTRICT!  This is hands down a great card and should be an easy sell for the boys.

Family FOS

I still need to schedule your unit’s Court of Honor or Blue & Gold.  If you haven’t scheduled one yet, please email me with the date, time, and location.  Family FOS is a very important part of our council’s operation…it helps to serve the Adobe Walls district as well.  Our district goal this year is $8200.00.  PLEASE help me by making sure I know when your next family activity is so we can give our family FOS presentation.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- February 2013

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 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

Save the Dates!! – Flyers on Golden Eagle District Webpage on goldenspread.org

District Fishing Derby – Saturday May 3rd, 2014

District Pinewood Derby – Saturday May 17th, 2014

Boy Scout Archery Tournament – Saturday September 20th, 2014

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.

Service Hours

Does your pack/troop or Crew help the community through Service Projects, Cleanups, or just help in general? We want to ensure that you are receiving credit for it in our database. If its not recorded, it doesn’t count. Even if hours have been completed in the past, ITS NOT TOO LATE to log them in.

Visit….

Servicehours.Scouting.org

To record your units hard work…Its fast and easy! If you have questions, contact Brian Lamirande at Brian.Lamirande@scouting.org or 806-220-9158.

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 – 6:45pm @ 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- February 2014

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 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

February Calendar:

1-Council Cub Scout BB Gun Shootout

4-Dalhart Area Roundtable

6-Guymon Area Roundtable

14-Happy Valentine’s Day!

20-Perryton Area Roundtable

22-Lone Wolf Training Day-1st Christian Church, Perryton, TX

District News

Lone Wolf Camp Cards

Camp Card Sales will be kicking off sooner this year. We have the same three cards, Lone Wolf-West, Lone Wolf-Central, and Lone Wolf-East. We will be kicking off on March 1st, 2014 in Perryton and Guymon, and, on March 4th, 2014 in Dalhart, TX. There are also new prize options this year. Let’s have a great year with Camp Cards, everybody!

Training

Hey guys! The Lone Wolf District will be offering leader-specific training on a scheduled basis, and, we are offering a training course for any leader who would like to be able to train other leaders. This way, if anyone would like to train in a classroom setting, we can do that. It’s more beneficial, and, leaders from across the district can network with other leaders.

Lone Wolf District Activities

We have some exciting news for Lone Wolf District Program this year. We have added a Fun in the Sun in Guymon at the end of May this year, and, we are working on a District Family Camping Weekend. The Family Camping Weekend would provide the opportunity for cub scouts to camp, and, Webelos to have an opportunity to camp out with troops as part of their requirements for their Arrow of Light badge. If you have any ideas for program this year, please contact Lindsay Waugh: 580-206-4795 or lindsay.waugh@scouting.org, or, Eric Newcomb at 806-202-3976 or ericbnewcomb@gmail.com.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- February 2014

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 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)

February Calendar:

6th -District Committee Meeting – 6:30PM

6th -ROUNDTABLE Meeting – 7:00PM

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

March 1st-Camp Card Kickoff—9:00AM

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

Camp Cards!!

March 1st, 9:00AM, at the Scout Service Center will be our official QP Camp Card Kick Off. We’ll have a follow up sale on March 6th’s Roundtable, but the sooner you get your cards the sooner you and your unit can start selling.

Camp Cards are a great, and easy, way for your unit to make money for camp and other program activities for the summer. Contact Chase Roach for more details if needed. Everyone is super excited about selling this year, and remember every card you sell puts $2.50 in your unit account. I encourage you to schedule times at Grocery Stores, etc. to sell. Several units made very good money doing this last year. Take their cash and hand them their card. Super Easy, and good exposure for Scouts and your unit. Remember to always be in uniform.

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Santa Fe District Highlights- February 2013

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 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

February

4 – Popcorn money due to Council

12 – Round Table FUMC Memphis 6:30 pm

District Dinner

The District Dinner is a time to recognize adults for their time and leadership in the Scouting Program.  This even will take place February 11, 2014 in Clarendon.  Call Donna at the Scout office to register.

Camp Card

Camp Card kick off is on March 1, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Memphis Texas 9:00 am.  An adult from every unit must attend to receive your camp cards and information about the sale.  Please register at through the Council.

Baloo Training

Baloo – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. Required if you want to take your Pack camping.

This one-day training event, introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. Will happen March 1, 2014.

Register now at:

https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/Register.asp?ievent=1099615&en=6pKBILMnF5LKIVNqF4JGJXNHIgLEIVPGIkKKJSPDIoKSLVPwHhLLKQMtEeKUJaJ

Program Flyer

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2014%20Baloo%20Training%20Flyer.pdf 

Is your unit planning on Scouting for Food? Now is the time to make a plan for March.

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Venturing District Highlights- February 2014

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 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

February 2014 Calendar:

No dates at this time

March 2014 Calendar: 

March 1st:  7: 00 p.m.:  Doctor’s Campaign Dinner

What is COPE?

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- February 2014

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 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:

February  NEW

Council Reception- http://goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2014%20Invitation%20for%20everyone%20Website%20version.pdf

March  NEW

Scouting for Food

Outdoor Trainings- visit the Council Web Site

CPR- visit the Council Web Site

Wilderness First Aid- visit the Council Web Site

Trainer’s EDGE Training- visit the Council Web Site

Cub Scout Baloo Training- visit the Council Web Site

Cooking merit badge required to earn Eagle Scout rank

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 

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.

Cub Scout Program Changes  NEW

Discover the adventures that Cub Scouts will experience—from the team that wrote them—as the BSA’s new Cub Scout program rolls out for 2015!

A series of classes at the Philmont Training Center during summer 2014 will unveil new adventures, including:

Tigers: “On the Prowl” Wolves: “Running with the Pack” Bears: “Bear Necessities” Webelos: “Cast Iron Chef”

If you are involved in Cub Scouting at a unit, district, or council level, join us and be one of the first to experience the new adventure-based Cub Scout program. Attend one of these four sessions at the Philmont Training Center this summer:

  • Week 3: June 22–28
  • Week 7: July 20–26
  • Week 8: July 27–August 2
  • Week 10: August 10–16

Each class will cover the same material—so the week you choose is up to you.

For all the latest information on the program updates for 2014 and beyond, visit www.scouting.org/ProgramUpdates.

Camporee  NEW

The Boy Scout Camporee information is now available at the link listed below.

Camporee Information

Boy Scout Summer Camp NEW

The 2013 Camp MK Brown Summer Camp information is now available at the link below.  In addition to Camp MK Brown, we are offering a separate camp at Camp Don Harrington called “Summer Blast-Camp Commander”.  This is for all Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts ages 13 and up.  NO Merit Badges will be offered but we will offer lots of FUN.  Look for the information below!

Information Flyer

Memorials and Tributes

None this month

Eagle Scouts

None official at this time

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