Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council News- April 2014

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Wednesday, April 2, 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:

April NEW

Belt Loop-O-Rama

Boy Scout Camporee

May NEW

Cub Scout Leader Training

Service Hours NEW

Has your unit done any service hours late;y? Helping your Chartered Partner with a cleanup, picking up trash around a school or church, helping serve meals at your local food pantry, Eagle Scout projects and the list goes on and on are all things that can be entered in https://servicehours.scouting.org website. Get credit for all the great things you do and it will also help propel your Journey to Excellence Score!

Boy Scout Summer Camp NEW

The 2014 Camp MK Brown Summer Camp information is 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!

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New, Simplified Annual Health and Medical Record

In preparation for the summer camp season, we are rolling out a new, simplified annual health and medical record effective March 1, 2014. Thanks to many employees and volunteers who provided constructive feedback on how we could make the record easier to use while still collecting the information needed to make sure our Scouts are ready for their experience.

Some of the key updates are:

  • The primary version will be in English. The existing bilingual version will remain available.
  • Part A (Informed Consent, Release Agreement, and Authorization) will contain no medical information and will be shorter by one page.
  • Part B (General Information/Health History) will include only the most important information needed.
  • Part C (Pre-Participation Physical) will be reduced to one page with expanded sections for explanations of allergies.
  • Supplemental Risk Advisory (former Part D) will be shortened and be location specific. This is designed to take to physicians so they will better understand what activities their patients will participate in.
  • A redesign of the landing page for the annual health and medical record website so participants and parents will be able to download only what they need.

Go to the Forms page on the Council Web Page and click on Medical Form to see all the changes or go direct to:

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx

Pack & Troop Fund Raising – What can a Unit do to Earn Money?  NEW

Recently several issues have arisen related to unit-level fund raising. To help unit leaders and parents better understand the role of finance at the unit level, BSA has several “FAQs” and documents available.

In a nutshell, units CAN participate in money earning projects through which the Scouts provide a good or service to the community. Projects like a pancake breakfast, car wash, and popcorn sale fall under this category.

Units CANNOT solicit donations under any circumstances. At no time can Scouts, leaders, or parents ask a business or individual for a donation of money or goods. Also, units cannot conduct raffles (games of chance) or certain other types of fund raisers.

Packs and troops must submit a “Unit Money Earning Application” any time they intend to conduct a money earning project that is not popcorn or camp cards. This form is available on the council website. The form should be turned in for approval at least 2 weeks before any candy bars are bought, promotions are conducted, or contracts are signed by the unit.

More information is available on the Golden Spread Council website.

Need more information? Please contact your District Executive or Bob Altman.

Cub Scout Leader Training

As part of our quest to get Cub Scout Leaders trained in a classroom setting, the next training for TIger Leaders, Cub Scout Leaders, Cubmasters, and Pack Committee members is scheduled for May 2 from 9am to 1pm in Amarillo. Come join the fun, fellowship, and learn from our Training “Dream Team”!

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Order of the Arrow News NEW

Dues

Dues for all OA members are currently due. They are $11. Please remit these to the Scout Office as soon as possible to continue receiving information about upcoming events and opportunities.

Conclave

Section Conclave is an opportunity for Arrowmen from Amarillo to Shreveport to get together share fun, fellowship and ideas about how to improve their lodges. There are multiple competitions in ceremonies, Native American dancing and sports along with various leadership opportunities for the youth to be involved with. There is also opportunities to make new friends, patch trade and find out all the new programs and events from the National OA Committee. This year’s Conclave will be located at Camp Wisdom outside of Dallas, TX on April 25-27. Any Arrowmen can attend. To register go to www.sr2-3n.org.

Beaver Day (Spring Ordeal)

The Spring Ordeal this year will be held on May 3-5 at MK Brown. This is first opportunity for those who were called out at the Spring Camporee to complete their Ordeal and become members of the Order of the Arrow. It is also the opportunity for current Arrowmen to give back to the Council Camp and help prepare it for the summer camp season. All Arrowmen are encouraged to attend and help out as Elangomats or be a part of a Ceremony Team. In addition to Arrowmen, all Troops are invited out to help with the work projects at camp that Saturday. The OA will be providing lunch for all those who come out to provide service back to the camp that day.

2015 NOAC

NOAC stands for National Order of the Arrow Conference. NOAC is the biggest event held by the OA and occurs every 3 years. The next NOAC is scheduled for August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University. The conference is full of trainings, competitions and fantastic shows and concerts. There is always patch trading and fellowship as well. Nischa Achowalogen Lodge has set a goal for 25 members to attend this exciting event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. The cost for the NOAC is $480 plus transportation. The scout office is currently taking deposits of $100 for those who want to go. We are already meeting to decide on key issues such as fundraising, transportation and patch designs. The sooner you get your name on the list the more input you will have on these matters. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to celebrate the 100th Anniversary at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference!!

Order of the Arrow High Adventure

The Order of the Arrow sponsors high adventure programs at Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base and The Summit. OA high adventure consists of service time and a trek. Each of these programs are considerably less than the traditional Base treks and a great way for Arrowmen to gain friendships, give back to the base and have an outstanding trip they will remember for their lifetime. Arrowmen must be at least 16 years old, but not yet 21. Further information can be found at www.adventure.oa-bsa.org. Only a limited number of spots are available each year so to guarantee the trip of your life you need to get the application turned in as soon as possible. Our lodge has scholarship money available and can be applied for through the Lodge LEC,

Important Dates

April 25-27, 2014 Section Conclave

May 2-4, 2014 Spring Ordeal

August 15-17, 2014 Summer Ordeal

November 1, 2014 Fall Fellowship & Lodge Banquet

August 3-8, 2015 100th Anniversary NOAC

Three Steps to Healthier Scouting Units  NEW

Scouting not only teaches skills that last a lifetime but also teaches skills that can make those lifetimes even longer. Through the SCOUTStrong initiative, Scout leaders can make a lasting difference in their Scouts’ diet and exercise habits—habits that will improve their health now and into the future.

The Boy Scouts of America has partnered with Healthy Kids Out of School to offer an incentive to units to follow the BSA’s SCOUTStrong recommendations at meetings, events, and excursions. It’s called the Healthy Unit Patch, and units can earn it by completing the 3–6–9 challenge to ensure Scouts are drinking right, moving more, and snacking smart.

The 3–6–9 challenge

Units can earn the Healthy Unit Patch by implementing three positive changes:
3: Serve a fruit or vegetable at three meetings
6: Make water the main beverage at six meetings
9: Include 15 minutes of physical activity at nine meetings

A scorecard is available to track progress. Once the unit has completed all of the Healthy Unit Patch activities, leaders can submit the tracking form to HealthyKidsOutofSchool@tufts.edu or call Healthy Kids Out of School at 617-636-0833 to receive free patches for Scouts and a certificate for the unit.

Those who complete the Healthy Unit Patch by June 30 will be entered into a random drawing to win a case of 50 Drink Right water bottles.

2014 Youth Sporting Clays Shootout 

This is the 3rd annual Boy Scout and Venturer SPorting Clays Shoot out that will take place on Saturday, May 10 at Camp Don Harrington. This event will feature a full 100- target Sporting Clays Tournament with top-shooter prizes awarded according to age. For all the information, click on the link below.

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Cub Scout Camps  NEW

Cub Scout “Fun in the Sun” Day Camps and the Cub Scout Resident Camps information and online registration is now available at http://www.goldenspread.org.  Check it out today!

Register Now for 2014 Philmont Training Center Conferences

The Philmont Training Center, the national training center of the Boy Scouts of America, is excited to offer new cutting-edge conferences to volunteers from across the nation in 2014. In addition to yearly favorites such as “District Key 3,” these new conferences are designed to help volunteers and professionals from across the nation share ideas and best practices and keep pace with the exciting changes and new developments in the BSA.

Getting the 411 on the NEW Cub Scout Adventure Program Big changes are coming to Cub Scouting in 2015! Be one of the first to hear about all the exciting developments by attending “Getting the 411 on the NEW Cub Scout Adventure Program.” Discover the adventures Cub Scouts will experience (from the team that wrote them) as the BSA’s new Cub Scout program rolls out for 2015! You’ll learn about adventures like Tigers “On the Prowl,” Wolves “Running With the Pack,” Bears with “Bear Necessities,” Webelos Scouts being “Cast Iron Chefs” and “Building a Better World,” and more! Be one of the first to walk this dynamic new trail as traditional Scouting values combine with relevant new Scouting skills to map the new Cub Scout adventure. 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.

Venturing: the New Vision The changes to the Venturing program are set to roll out next year! The new Venturing program model builds on success from the past and provides a framework for a dynamic program of adventure, leadership, service, and personal growth that is grounded in a flexible program of continuous, youth-led adventure. If you are involved in Venturing at a unit district, or council level, come learn firsthand how you can take on the challenge and fun of the new Venturing program.

Programs That Rock Aimed at Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders, this new conference introduces participants to engaging program topics like geocaching, search and rescue, special cooking, and advanced pioneering. Try out the activities in a special round-robin format at sites around Philmont and learn how to take activities back to your troop, team, or crew. This conference combines many conferences from previous summers into one!

STEM Outdoor Expeditions – Down and Dirty, Nitty-Gritty, and Sky High! (youth age 14-20 only) Spend a week exploring the natural science world using Rocky Mountain Scout Camp as your daily base of operation. Daily you will travel to and from Rocky Mountain Scout Camp at the base of the Tooth of Time to explore and experiment in the New Mexico wild. Come out and discover the mechanics of COPE adventures, the chemistry of the prairie flora and fauna, and the habitat of the Philmont waterways and ecosystems, and climb to new heights as you challenge your skills by climbing, rappelling, and identifying the composition of the landscape. Sign up now for this intense five-day adventure.

Check it out at: http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/filestore/philmont/pdf/PTC8PGE.pdf

Training Information

Cub Scout Camping Information::::::::

  • Overnight camping by Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scout dens as dens is not approved, and certificates of liability insurance will not be provided by the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Tiger Cubs may participate in boy-parent excursions, day camps, pack overnighters, or council-organized family camping.
  • Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts may participate in a resident overnight camping program operating under BSA National Camping School– trained leadership and managed by the council.
  • A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping when supervised by an adult. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the boys on approved trips.

New Fieldbook Coming Soon!  NEW

Often described as “the best all-around guide to outdoor adventure on the market today,” the Fieldbook is the go-to manual for everyone interested in backcountry challenges—from hiking, camping, and canoeing to mountain travel, ultralight backpacking, wilderness navigation, and whitewater kayaking.

Fieldbook, the fifth edition, will be arriving in Scout shops and bookstores during the month of April.

Scouting brings more than a century of outdoor experience and stewardship of nature to this new edition. Its pages are enriched by the input of nationally recognized experts in mountaineering, backpacking, Leave No Trace, and environmental protection.

Golden Spread Council  Shooting Sports  NEW

Did you know that Camp Don Harrington has a 50 yard Archery Range, a 50 foot Rifle Range, and State of the Art Wobble Trap and 5-Stand Shotgun Ranges?

Did you know that Camp MK Brown has a 50 yard Archery Range, a Shotgun Range, and has a brand new Rifle Range that is fully lighted for night – time shooting?

Did you know the Golden Spread Council has built these fabulous Shooting Sports facilities for your Scout unit’s Boy Scouts and Venturers, and for your Scout Leaders to use?

Did you knowthe Golden Spread Council has several NRA Certified Instructors that would love to teach your Scouts how to safely handle firearms, how to shoot better, and that are very willing to help them earn their Shotgun and Rifle Merit Badges or the Bronze Sports Award or Quest Award?

Did you know that it is easy to get more information about the Golden Spread Council’s Shooting Sports facilities and how your unit can take advantage of these great programs? Simply contact Bob Altman 806-358-6500, raltman@bsamail.org for more information. The only dumb question about our Council’s Shooting Sports Programs…is the one you don’t ask!

Memorials and Tributes

To                                  From

None this month

Eagle Scouts

District TROOP First Name Last Name
QP 1221 O Berryman
GE 108 S Diaz
GE 633 R Jones
GE 633 K Kmetz
QP 1221 J Nolan
GE 88 A Villa
GE 88 J Ynojosa
GE 87 J Bast
LW 104 M Young
QP 199 T Taylor

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