Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

Council News- May 2014

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Friday, May 2, 2014



Newsletter Format Change  NEW

Beginning in June, we will be changing the format of our Newsletter.  This blog will no longer be used as we will go to a newspaper type format.  It will keep you better informed of upcoming activities and programs and will offer a wide variety of information that we think you will enjoy.  We will include a Scout Page that will offer then a little fun reading and activity so you can see, something for everyone!

This paper will be in PDF Format on our website and when it’s published,  you will receive an email letting you know of the newest edition.  If you haven’t been getting emails from us through Constant Contact, you will need to call the Office to give us your email so you get updates and other important Scouting information.

Personell Changes  NEW

Congratulations to Pat Caddell, Administrative Assistant, who will be retiring on May 30, 2014.  A come and go reception in her honor will take place on May 30 from 1:00pm to 5:30pm.

We say goodbye to Shannon Scott, Venturing District Executive who has moved to Juneau, Alaska to be with her husband who recently was promoted in his job.  Shannon did a great job in her District, was a Team Player, and will be missed.

Donna Hailey, Scout Store Manager will move up to the Administrative Assistant position—–Congratulations to Donna!!

We are currently requesting applications for both Scout Shop Manager and Venturing District Executive.  For more information on these positions, give us a call at 806-358-6500.

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:


Fun in the Sun- May 31

June NEW

Fun in the Sun Camps

Cub Scout Resident Camps

Boy Scout Summer Camps


Summer Blast-Camp Commander

Service Hours

Has your unit done any service hours lately? 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 website. Get credit for all the great things you do and it will also help propel your Journey to Excellence Score!

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:

Fun in the Sun Camp  NEW

Cub Scouts want to have FUN and that’s what they have when they attend a “Fun in the Sun” Day Camp.  This year we have added two locations to our menu of camps.  All of them are fun -filled with BB Gun shooting, Archery, Crafts, Hikes, and some have swimming and other cool things that Scouts like to do.  For all the information and to register, click on the links below.  Don’t wait because the “Earlybird Discount Fee” ends soon.



Cub Scout Resident Camp  NEW

If your Cub Scouts is a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos, he and an adult partner cam experience Cub Scout Resident Camp.  We feed you and provide an awesome programs filled with shooting sports, crafts, hikes, games, flag ceremonies, swimming, and good quality time with the Scout and his parent/guardian.  Many lifelong memories are made at these camps.  All the information you need is at the links below.   Don’t wait because the “Earlybird Discount Fee” ends soon.



Boy Scout Summer Camp  NEW

Boy Scout Summer Camp is where it’s happening!  Camp MK Brown located near Wheeler, Texas is the place to be.  We offer all the basic Merit Badges including Aquatics, Shooting Sports (including Pistols), Ecology, and our First Year Camper program called “Polaris“.  This Camp also offers and older Scout program names “Western Heritage“,  This offers older Scouts the opportunity to take part in western themed activities such as Tanning, Action Archery, Blackpowder Shooting, Leatherwork, Chuckwagon Cooking, Indian burial Ground and Feedyards Tours and the list goes on.  This program has become very popular with Scouts who have most of the Merit Badges offered but still want to go to camp.  All the information is below!

Camping Information

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.

Order of the Arrow News NEW


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.

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 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

August 15-17, 2014 Summer Ordeal

November 1, 2014 Fall Fellowship & Lodge Banquet

August 3-8, 2015 100th Anniversary NOAC

Eagle Scout Directory  NEW

It is standard practice by universities and other alumni associations to conduct a directory project for alumni about every four years. The last Eagle Scout Directory project was conducted in 2008. Therefore, the National Eagle Scout Association has entered into an agreement with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) to publish a 2015 Eagle Scout Directory. PCI is a well-established publisher of alumni directories whose clients include SMU, the University of Colorado, Harvard, and the U.S. Naval Academy. In conjunction with this project, PCI will invite Eagle Scouts to update their information as well as purchase an Eagle Scout directory and/or a NESA membership if they are not already a member.

Updated information collected from Eagle Scouts will be shared with local councils to help you stay in contact with Eagle Scouts who have moved into your council’s borders. Information provided from the 2008 directory proved very helpful to councils in re-establishing contact with Eagle Scouts and led to additional support and volunteers.

PCI will conduct its outreach to Eagle Scouts from April through November 2014.  Also, you may refer any questions or inquiries to the Eagle Scout Directory FAQ page found at

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 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.

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:

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 Now Available! 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, is in the Scout Shop NOW.

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.

2014 Eagle Scouts (Revised)

First   Middle  Last   Troop District
Samuel David Diaz 108 GE
Richard Dawson Jones 633 GE
Kevin Thomas Kmetz 633 GE
Andrew Ferrari Villa 88 GE
Joseph Jordan Ynojosa 88 GE
Joshua Paul May 108 GE
Orlando Nelson Berryman 1221 QP
Jacob Matthew Nolan 1221 QP
Matthew A Young 104 LW
Jonathan David Bast 87 GE
Tandn Jay Taylor 199 QP
Garrettt Lynn Payne 94 GE
Edward Christopher Garvin 404 AW
Austin Nathaniel Gipson 86 GE

Memorials and Tributes
In Memory Of:                      From:

Pat Buchanan                        Bob & Chris Altman

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