Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America

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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Golden Spread Council Highlights- May 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by goldenspread on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Jamboree 2013

Registration for the 2013 National Jamboree to be held July 15-24 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is now open.  Check out the link below for Applications, General Information Flyer and all other information you may need.  Call Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 for more info.

Jamboree Link

Cub Scout Resident Camps   NEW

The Golden Spread Council is pleased to announce that the Cub Scout Resident Camp Information Flyer and Online Registration is now available on our website.  These camps are held at both Camp MK Brown and at Camp Don Harrington on Friday-Sunday in June beginning June 8-10 at Camp MK Brown.  This is a great opportunity for all Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts to experience the outdoors but still close to home.  We have an awesome program planned and our Directors are anxious to see you at Camp.  For all the information, please visit www. goldenspread.org

STEM in Scouting 

Philmont Training Center – Week 1-  June 10—16

By attending this symposium adults will learn how to implement the NOVA and SUPERNOVA awards within their council and help create a plan for future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiatives in Scouting. This symposium is open to all Scouters who wish to learn, share and engage in the BSA’s new STEM initiative. Guest instructors will attend and talk about STEM activities, and experiences in their councils. Scouters who have been identified as the council STEM Chair are especially encouraged to attend but participation is not limited to that group. The conference will include hands-on activities that support the NOVA and SUPERNOVA awards and share teaching techniques that can be used to implement these awards while using the aims and methods of Scouting.

Information Link

Volunteer Opportunity  NEW

The month of May is Older American’s Month.  Here at The Craig Methodist Retirement Community we will be having events every week for our residents and guests.  One the event we will be having is our Back to the Future event.

 This will be Saturday May 19th from 1:00 to 3:00.  What we would like to do is have the younger generation spend about two hours with the older generation.  During that time the person from the younger generation will share games and activities with the older generation. It could be anything from video games, cell phone usage, to computer interaction. It will be a great learning experience for those of older generations who have not experienced these things.  In turn we would like the older generation to spend an hour with those of the younger generations playing games or doing activities from when they were kids.  This is a great way to help bridge the gap between young and old and there is a lot to be learned from both participants.

Afterward we will have an ice cream sundae buffet for everyone to enjoy and talk about what they learned.  We would be honored here at The Craig to have the Boy Scouts come join us in this event.  Please call me at the number below to let me know which troops plan on attending and the potential amount of boy scouts in your troop.  We plan to have a great time and I hope all of you can attend!  Please call Shay Wallace, Director of Marketing @ 806-467-7483 or email at: bwallace@sears-methodist.com

Cub Scout “Fun in the Sun” Camps   NEW

We are pleased to announce the “Fun in the Sun” Camp Information Flyer and Online Registration link is now available below.  These one day camps expose Cub Scouts to BB and Archery Shooting, Crafts, Swimming (at some camps), hikes, water games and other fun activities.  Camps are centrally located throughout the council and we highly encourage everyone to attend.  This is why boys join Scouts- let them have some fun this summer!

Information Flyer

Online Registration

Injury Reporting 

Unit-level volunteers must report to the council any incident that requires treatment beyond Scout rendered first aid.  If, say, a cut finger or a twisted ankle is treated on site, no report is needed.  If a cut finger requires a visit to the doctor and stitches, the report must be submitted along with any relevent photographs, doctors’ forms etc.  The incident form is located at the link below or on our web site in the forms (safety) section.

Incident Form

Program Preview  NEW

The Program Preview is scheduled for July 28 and August 4 at several different locations within the Golden Spread Council.  This event is where we distribute information in the form of flyers for all upcoming events, go over the membership roundup plan for the 2012-2013 school year, discuss upcoming activities such as the Popcorn Fundraiser, Camp Cards, and most importantly, how to put together a great plan and calendar for the upcoming year of Scouting.  More information will be coming soon but please mark your calandar and plan on attending one of these two dates in your loca area.

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Grant

This new opportunity is for Life Scouts who have had their Eagle Scout project approved and is a “Construction” type project.  The foundation, through the Council Service Center, will award the Scout a $100 Gift Card (check card used anywhere) as a reimbursement of expenses totalling at least $100.00.  This is effective immediately.  All District Eagle Scout Project Review Board Chairman have received the informational packet for future distribution and they are online at the link listed below.  

Eagle Scout Support Link 

NYLT   

This premier training for Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts is set for June 3-8 at Camp MK Brown.  If you know of a Scout who is deserving of some high quality training that will help in the troop and in his or her future, have him/her visit the link below to get all the details. 

NYLT Flyer

Help Wanted! NEW

Do you know someone looking for some fun “work” this summer?  Look no further!  We are currently looking for the following positions:

Boy Scout Camp:  Instructors (15 years of age and older).  These are paying positions!  Boy Scout Camp is June 10- July 8 and you must be able to commit to the entire season.  

We are also looking for a BB Range Safety Officer or other Range Adult Staff for our Cub Scout Resident Camps.  We also have some other adult staff opportunities at Camp Don Harrington Cub Scout Resident Camps as well as several Lifeguard positions open.  These are not paying positions.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these positions, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 soon.

Wood Badge 

This premier adult leader training will take place over two weekends in September and October at Camp Don Harrington.  If you want the best training the Boy Scouts have to offer, this is the course for you.  Sign up now to reserve your slots as they are filling up quickly.  Please click on the link below for more information.

Wood Badge Flyer

Boy Scout Summer Camp 

Are you ready?  Well we are getting geared up to provide your Boy Scouts a great camping opportunity this year at Camp MK Brown.  We are excited to tell you that we have made some program improvements, menu upgrades, and several staff changes.  We hope you have checked out our Leader’s Guide and Program Guide now available at the council website in the Camping Tab.  Don’t wait too long to sign up as campsites are starting to fill up.  For your older Scouts, check out the Western Heritage Program we are offering for the first time this year.  Its’ all in the Leaders Guide!

Leader’s Guide

Program Guide

Tour and Activity Plan  NEW

The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and will go “live” on May 10, 2012.  It can be found at www.myscouting.org.  This replaces the one that is currently in use.

When compared to the former tour permit process, the new plan will no longer require signatures or approvals. Rather, as the plan is completed online, the required prerequisites for that type of trip or activity will be displayed.

For any prerequisites that have not been met (for example, not having someone on a trip who has Hazardous Weather training where this training is required), and before being allowed to submit the form, the person completing the form will have to certify that all prerequisites will be met prior to conducting the trip or activity. Once submitted, an email notification will be sent to the council, chartered organization, committee chair, unit leader, and emergency contact to let them know that a plan has been submitted. Receivers of this notification can log in to http://www.myscouting.org/ and review the plan.

Other tour and activity plan enhancements include the following:

  • Because email notifications will be sent once a plan has been submitted, it is important to maintain current leadership information in the system.
  • Links are provided to current program-required training and education.
  • System prompts and warnings are included.
  • You will be able to review and fix any deficiencies flagged by the system prior to submitting the plan.
  • You can store, retrieve, copy, and reuse completed tour and activity plans.
  • Files such as trekking plans and flight plans may be uploaded.
  • Unit volunteers who currently have access to the tour and activity plan will be able to view and update all plans submitted for their unit up to the day before the scheduled tour date.
  • There will be leader certification of the plan prior to submission.

Access to the Tour and Activity Plan is accessible at http://www.myscouting.org.  You can only access it if you have linked your membership ID number with your myScouting account.

The preferred method of accessing this permit is through the internet but for those who do not have access or simply prefer paper over an electronic version, a PDF version can be found on the tour and activity plan page.

A training video has been developed that guides you through the application process.  This can be found at www.goldenspread.org in the Forms Tab.

2012 Shooting Sports Camp

This camp is scheduled for July 6,7, and 8, 2012 at Camp Don Harrington.  The cost is $100 per Scout AND Adult.

  • Pay just $85 “Early Bird Discount” if paid by June 18th.
  • Fee includes a T-shirt, Guns, Bows & Arrows, Targets, Safety Equipment, Ammo, Range and Facility use. 
  • Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Breakfast are also included in the fee!

 Fun-Filled Activities Include:

  • Rifle/Shotgun Shooting   
  • Action Archery
  • 5-Stand
  • Black Powder Shooting
  • Demonstrations
  • Exhibits

Shooting Sports Camp is a weekend of shooting, learning, and fellowship for all Boy Scouts, Venturing Scouts and their adult leadership. 

This is a great way to experience many of the shooting disciplines available at Camp Don Harrington. For more information please contact Bob Altman at  358-6500 or raltman@bsamail.org

CPR/First Aid 

This course will be on May 15 AND May 17 for those of you who may need this course.  These course are for anyone who plans to enroll in the BSA Lifeguard Class at Camp MK Brown Summer Camp (both are prerequisites) and anyone interested in working at Camp MK Brown Summer Camp in the Aquatics area. This course will also fulfill the CPR/First Aid requirement mandated in the Wilderness First Aid Course.  For more information, please visit the links below.

Information Flyer

Registration

2012 Shooting Clays Tournament  NEW

Save the date!  This year, the Shooting Clays Tournament will be held on August 11 at Camp Don Harrington.  If you are interested in forming a Team to shoot or to volunteer (and we need lots of them), please contact Bob at 806-358-6500 today.

NRA Instructor Course  On June 2 and 3 in Perryton, Texas,  an instructor level class that will lead to NRA Instructor Certification will take place. For more information and costs, please contact Jim Lear at 806-648-1962.

2012 Eagle Scouts

First Name Last name Unit  District
Sean Abbott T-142 LW
Christopher  Caldwell T-88 GE
Nathan Fike T-86 GE
Ryan Forslund T-87 GE
Timothy  Grimes T-87 GE
Aiden  Hamrick T-80 GE
Andrew  Jameson T-1221 QP
Zachary  Johnson T-633 GE
Kreg Kelly T-256 LW
Keyan Keys TM-6150 SF
Chester  McKnight  T-1221 QP
Lane  Myers T- 507 AW
Isiah  Nolan T-1221 GE
Thomas Olson T-87 GE
Jacob Raab T-10 GE
Jordan  Rivera T-88 GE
Brady  Sayers T-4 GE
Hagen  Smith  T-94 GE
Daniel Steele T-633 GE
Nathan Sweet T-80 GE
Jacob Talley T-79 GE
Trevor Tedrick T-87 GE
Bryce  Watsons T-80 QP
Scott   Zimmerman T-87 GE

Memorials and Tributes 

From In Honor of 
Jan & Laird Ellis Bob Curry
John & Jane Irwin Odell Moffett
Bob  & Chris Altman Vincent Shepard
Bob  & Chris Altman Velda Romans
Swisher Elecoop Odell Moffett
David Lock  William Terry
Gracer Peters Mary Sue Shoemaker
Myrth Stepens Mary Sue Shoemaker
Dale & Penny Gardner Mary Sue Shoemaker
Bob  & Chris Altman Mary Sue Shoemaker
Samuel & Cynthia Pisciotta Mary Sue Shoemaker
Donald & Ana Marie Lough Mary Sue Shoemaker
Kristi Salvo Mary Sue Shoemaker
J. Robert & Vee Ann Brodnax Mary Sue Shoemaker
Chris & Connie Stoner Mary Sue Shoemaker

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Council News- October 2011

Posted in Council News, Uncategorized by goldenspread on Monday, October 3, 2011

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Spook-O-Ree  

The 2011 Spook-O-Ree is in October 2011 and is expected to be the best ever!  New and exciting activities will be coming to a Spook-O- Ree near you!  Camp Don and Camp MK Brown are transformed into a mecca of Fall Themed events and activities, a game midway, hay ride, BB and Archery extravaganza plus the traditional Haunted House and Spook Walk for those who want to partake!  For information and to register online, click on the links below! Early bird registration ends October 7 at midnight!

Spook-O-Ree Flyer

Spook-O-Ree Online Registration

Facebook

Did you know that the Golden Spread Council is now on Facebook?  If you enjoy using Facebook, we periodically post important items to keep you up to date on the activities taking place.  Look us up and FRIEND us!!!

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow  

Have you heard?  Yup, there will be a Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow on December 3, 2011 at The Church at Quail Creek (801 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo).  Plans are well underway to offer lots of awesome classes for all new and experienced Cub Scout leaders.  We will also offer Den Chief training for Boy Scouts who want to help in a Cub Pack!  Please click on the link below for more information and to register online

Pow Wow Information

Pow Wow Online Registration

Award of Merit/Silver Beaver Nominations

District Award of Merit and Council Silver Beaver Award Nominations  NEW

Now is the time to be thinking about which of our fellow volunteer Scouters to honor with this year’s District Award of Merit, and the Council Silver Beaver Award.  These two honors are the highest awards that our Districts and our Council can bestow upon on our fellow Scouters, for service to youth.  Please take a moment and go here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf

and here:  http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/silverbeaver.pdf  to review the qualifications for, and to download the appropriate nomination forms.  Nominations for the District Award of Merit are due to your DE no later than November 1, 2011.  Nominations for the Council Silver Beaver Award are due to the Scout Service Center no later than December 1, 2011.

Philmont Scout Ranch- 2013 Individual Unit Reservations  

Individual unit reservations for Philmont 2012 will take place during November 2011 using a web-based registration process.  Information will be available in mid October at www.philmontscoutranch.org or you can call Philmont at 575-376-2281 x 1139 and request a packet of information be mailed to you.

Scout Shop  

Did you know that you can get all your uniform items and other really cool Scouting stuff from our local Scout Shop?  If you haven’t come in lately, you are missing the opportunity y to see all our new items.  If you are planning on attending Summer Boy Scout Camp, you might need to purchase a new Shirt and Pants for your Boy Scout.  How about some Scrapbooking items to commemorate your son’s Scouting experience.  Lots of cool things are available!  If you live far away, we can mail you anything you might need but if you are in the area, stop in and say hi!

Philmont Trail Meal Program

Each year the Philmont Commissary makes surplus trail meals available to councils and individuals who might have a need for backpacking trail meals for training hikes or other outdoor activities.

These meals are excellent as training tools for any group.  The meals are shelf stable and can be used for any outdoor activity where you are going to be away from cooking facilities for a period of time. 

Each meal will feed two campers a breakfast, lunch or supper.

If you will need meals in the spring for training hikes or other outdoor activities I encourage you to order now.  I do not expect to have any meals for shipping in the spring of 2012.

Your trail meal order will be shipped within 5 business days from the time your order is received.

If you would like to purchase some of these meals, you may email me at barry.harper@scouting.org to get an ordering and information package.  Or you can call at 575/376-2281 Ex 1252.

Barry Harper

Commissary Manager

Popcorn 2011 Important Dates  NEW

All Orders Due                    October 28, 2011

Popcorn Pick Up                November 12, 2011 

All Popcorn Money Due December 2, 2011

2011 Popcorn Sale Reminders  NEW

 *Attention all 2011 Popcorn selling units-Your unit’s Popcorn kernel must send their email address and their physical address (no Post Office Boxes Allowed Please) to Pat here at the scout office via info@goldenspread.org  in order for your unit to be properly setup into the Trails-End Popcorn Sales system.  This should be done as soon as possible.

 Also, Scout leaders don’t forget to have your scouts bring in or fax (358-7470) to the scout office copies of their full popcorn order sheets so they will be entered into the Council’s weekly Friday drawing to win Academy Sports and Outdoor Gift Cards.

Also, please encourage your scouts to become members of the $600 sales club. Remind them that if they sell $600 or more they will receive a Zyclone and will be invited to an exclusive swim and pizza party at the WTAMU swimming center in January 2012.

Leaders please encourage your Scouts to knock on more neighborhood doors this year!  The Trails-End Popcorn Company has done extensive research that shows that less than 20% of all US households have ever been asked to buy Scout Popcorn and that when asked 80% of consumers will buy Popcorn from a Scout.

Unit Kernels, this is a reminder to submit the following popcorn sale forms to the council office by Friday, October 28.

  1. Unit Order and Settlement form
  2. Unit Scout Rewards order form
  3. Unit Master records form
  4. Unit Top sellers Form
  5. Unit’s Top Sellers Form
  6. Delivery Location Form

For additional popcorn sales forms, or for more popcorn sales information, please go to the council website, http://www.goldenspread.org and click on the popcorn information link.

Please call Bob or Pat 806-358-6500 if you have any 2011 Popcorn Sale questions!

Jamboree 2013

Registration for the 2013 National Jamboree to be held July 15-24 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is now open.  Check out the link below for Applications, General Information Flyer and all other information you may need.  Call Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 for more info.

Jamboree Link

Injury Reporting 

Unit-level volunteers must report to the council any incident that requires treatment beyond Scout rendered first aid.  If, say, a cut finger or a twisted ankle is treated on site, no report is needed.  If a cut finger requires a visit to the doctor and stitches, the report must be submitted along with any relevent photographs, doctors’ forms etc.  The incident form is located at the link below or on our web site in the forms (safety) section.

Incident Form

 Philmont 2012 Opportunity

 Troop 413 is going to Philmont on July 21 thru August 2nd, 2012  and has 1 adult and 2 scout slots available.  If interested, please contact Michael at Michael.Savers@tdcj.state.tx.us 

Journey to Excellence 

What can   bring to units? Measurement, guidance, recognition, and more:

1. A framework for planning the year

  • The Journey to Excellence standards are based on what successful units do to continually improve.
  • If your unit plans to achieve gold or silver, you’ll have a strong and active program.

2. A method for evaluating your unit

  • Journey to Excellence provides tangible measurements based on information you are likely already tracking, such as how many campouts you have and how many youth are advancing, and the software uses simple ways to calculate your performance.

3. Guidance in areas where you might do better

  • As you track your performance against the Journey to Excellence standards, you can easily see where you could do better.

4. Specific guidelines and standards of what is considered good performance

  • Journey to Excellence has specific, simple measures that help you compare what you are doing against the standards.

5. Early warning of potential problem areas

  • You are able track any areas where your unit is not performing as you might like and have plenty of time to make corrections.

6. Recognition for good Scouting

  • You can proudly receive your bronze, silver, or gold recognition for your Scouting unit for the year.

7. Benchmarking to get ideas and tips from other good units

  • You can receive help and best practices in areas where other units have met the gold standard.
  • In the areas where you are doing well, you can give help and ideas to other units.

High Plains Eagle Scout Association Eagle Scholarship 

 If you have an Scout who has earned Eagle Scout and is interested in submitting an application for consideration of a scholarship from the High Plains Eagle Scout Association, please click on the link below for requirements, important deadlines etc.  This Scout must be a graduation senior to be eligible.

Application

2012 NESA scholarship 

The 2012 NESA scholarship application is available at www.NESA.org on October 1, 2011.  

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI)  

JOTI is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.  This event utilizes computers and the Internet.  Thousands of Scout groups can be contacted during the weekend.

In the US, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols can meet and, under supervision of leadership, make many new friends.  JODI will begin on October 15 and end on October 16.  For more information, click on the link below!

JOTI Information

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                                               In Tribute of

Jordan, Savage, Solarski, Fulton, Fowler          Tom Riney’s Birthday

2011 Eagle Scouts

First Initial Last name Troop # District
J Gettles T-80 GE
N Baucom T-94 GE
C Blashill T-79 QP
H Campsey T-4 GE
J Carlile T-86 GE
J Carlisle T-86 GE
D Corse T-472 AW
C Diaz T-108 GE
S Dismuke T-633 GE
P Dixon T-560 AW
R Fletcher T-94 GE
T Heymer T-74 GE
M Hoy T-87 GE
A Huebner T-633 GE
B Jones T-94 GE
M Kmetz T-633 GE
A Law T-87 GE
T Lowrey T-87 GE
W May T-108 GE
Z Metzger T-633 GE
A Metzger T-633 GE
D Montgomery T-404 AW
J Moore T-472 AW
Murphy T-142 LW
M Perez T-80 GE
J Ray T-31 GE
J Rowland C-80 GE
J Stonecipher T-160 LW
J Truelock T-633 GE
D Wagner T-562 GE
T Watson T-104 LW
F Whettle T-29 QP
W Wilson T-472 AW
N Wilson T-17 AW
R Stoffle T-413 AW

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- July 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by goldenspread on Monday, July 6, 2009

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District Chairperson– KC Hamill- kc.hamill@hastings.ent.com

District Commissioner– Jim Paslay- jpaslay@att.blackberry.org

District Executive– Hector Baldiviezo- hector.baldiviezo@scouting.org

July Calendar:

 No events scheduled

Cub Scout Summer Camping

We hope all of our Cub Scouts had the opportunity to attend one of the many Day Camps that were made available this summer. They were all fantastic!!!   We would like to thank Katie Loyall and Doris Williams for providing leadership to the City Park Day Camp.  We would also like to thank Scott Drdul and Gemma Mitchell for taking care of the boys at the pool and all the other volunteers who assisted us this year.  The boys who attended had a great time swimming, making cool crafts, taking aim at the Ranges and having a great time overall.

Cub Scout Recruiting

With school starting in August, we will begin our goal of recruiting more and more boys in to our great program.  I will be contacting each leader to discuss our upcoming plans but I encourage you to attend the upcoming Program Kickoff and School Night Training that we will offer.  Look for more details in the Council Highlights section of this newsletter.

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Venturing District Highlights- July 2009

Posted in Uncategorized, Venturing by goldenspread on Monday, July 6, 2009

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District Executive:                Brad Drozell brad.drozell@scouting.org

July Calendar

No events scheduled

C.O.P.E

Do you know what COPE is all about?  Our first COPE committee meeting is July 21stat the Scout Service Center. If you think you would like to know more, please contact Brad Drozell at 358-6500 or  brad.drozell@scouting.org

Committee Meetings

The committee meetings will be held quarterly for the venturing district.  Please contact Brad if you would like to be more involved in Venturing.

Scholarship Opportunities

If you have questions about such opportunities, please contact Brad Drozell (Venturing Division) at the Scout Service Center 358-6500.

Venture Crew Meetings

If you would like to be involved with more than one crew, attend one of these meetings to check out what all Venturing has to offer! Remember to bring a friend! Boys and girls are welcome, ages 14-20.
2009- Kwahadi Dancers- Contact Charles Ritchie for information, (806) 353-1505.
2012- Shooting Crew-Contact Bob Altman for more information, (806) 358-6500.
2072- Comanche Trail Church of Christ Youth Group-Contact Derek Chance for more information, (806) 457-8054.
2094-High Adventure Crew-Contact Jeff Popp for more information, (806) 356-6214.
2510- City Church Climbing Crew-Contact Chad Clement for more information, (806) 517-1379.***If you would like more information about your crew in the Venturing section of the newsletter: success stories, advancement progress, etc., contact Brad Drozell (806) 358-6500. 

Recognition

Robert “Tyger” Mitchell has just become certified as one of our new COPE directors.  Please thank him for giving up his time, when you see him around camp or the service center.

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Council Highlights- July 2009

Posted in Council News, Uncategorized by goldenspread on Monday, July 6, 2009

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On-Line Training Available Now!

The Boy Scouts of America is happy to announce that New Leader Essentials is now called “This is Scouting” and is available to complete on-line!  Click on the link below to take the course!

 On-Line Training Link

New BSA Health and Medical Record

As a member of our Scouting family, we want to take a moment to provide you with an update regarding the BSA’s Annual Health and Medical Record.

The BSA’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our participants, their families, and our staff. The BSA’s national Health and Safety Support Committee, comprised of volunteers from around the country in the health and safety field, created these new health requirements as part of its continuous efforts to improve the safety of our youth members and adult leadership.

The BSA also incorporated input and review from volunteer den leaders, Scoutmasters, council professionals, and additional staff who use the records to insure the health and safety of our participants.

The new policies, which affect high-adventure activities only – when travels take members more than 30 minutes from an accessible point – are the same as those the BSA has successfully used for a number of years at our high-adventure camps and do not restrict a person’s ability to volunteer in the Scouting program or participate in regular Scouting activities.

While the BSA realizes this policy may affect volunteers and leaders – those who make the Scouting movement what it is – our goal is to help ensure health and safety in all of our programs.

Health and Medical Record

100th Anniversary Tree Planting Ceremony

On June 25th, 2009 at Camp Don Harrington, members of the Council Executive Board took part in a ceremonial tree planting  in front of the Administration Building.  This ceremony was to celebrate the Generation of Families (Family Tree) that have participated in the Scouting program which in February, will be 100 years old.  Our thanks goes to Paul Harpole, Rob Law and Brick Huffman for assisting in the planting of the tree.  If you get a chance next time your at Camp Don, please take a moment to visit the area and think about your time in Scouting and how it’s affected your life  and those you work with every day of the year.

Shooting Sports Camp

Get ready- FIRE!  The 2nd Annual Shooting Sports Camp will be held on July 10-12, 2009 at Camp Don Harrington.  This event is open to all Boy Scouts and Ventures.  Cost is $95.00 for Scouts and $85.00 for adults.  There are still openings available. Please contact Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 today!

Shooting Sports Camp Flyer

Program Kickoff Information

The date of this very important event is August 8, 2009. This will be held at The Church at Quail Creek which is located at 801 Tascosa Rd. (right up the street from the Scout Office) from 9am to Noon.   This is where we give you all the tools you need to effectively operate your unit- flyers, calendars, and many other items for you to begin your unit planning.  We will also discuss School Night Recruiting plans with all Cub Scout leaders.  Look for Constant Contact emails in the next week for more detailed information.

Dilla’s Baseball Scout Night

Come join other Scouts for Club level seating, hotdog, drink and  a great time at the Baseball Game!  After the Program Kickoff, why not hang around town and go to the game with us.  This a great way to spend some quality time with your family and make some new friends.  For more information, please see the flyer link below.

Dilla’s Baseball Flyer

Sleeves For Scouts!!    

Do you remember the first day you put on a Scout uniform? The feeling of pride in knowing that you had earned the right to wear it and the excitement of looking forward to all the adventures your uniform promised? Most importantly, do you remember the feeling of belonging, knowing that you were part of the largest youth movement in the world? Imagine that day if your family was unable to afford the price of even a used uniform shirt. That’s what many of our fellow Scouts around the world are facing. To them, the Scout uniform is more than a shirt; it is a symbol that shows the world, “I am a Scout.” We have the opportunity to give them that chance to feel that pride.

The Boy Scouts of America proudly announces the Sleeves for Scouts campaign. They are asking Scouts and Scouters to gather up all the clean, wearable uniform shirts they have outgrown and no longer use. The shirts will be donated to Scouts in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and other places around the world where young boys are waiting to put on a uniform and feel that sense of pride you remember so well.

The Golden Spread Council encourages everyone to participate. Bring donations to the 2009- 2010 Program Kickoff on August 8, or to your District’s September or October Roundtable. A collection box will also be located in the lobby of the Service Center. Final shipment will be on November 15, 2009.  Don’t miss out on this ultimate Good Turn!

2009 Day of Caring

On Friday, August 14 from 7:30am to 3:00pm at the High Plains Food Bank Garden (810 S. Ross), the Food Bank will create the area’s first Community Garden and would like for you to participate.  They are partnering with the High Plains Institute for Applied Ecology to make this happen.  Volunteers are needed to erect fences, place a water catchment system, construct raised planting beds and plant trees, fruits and vegetables.  A cook-out lunch will be provided.  For more information contact Leslie at 376-6359 x33.

Open Letter from Sporting Clays Classis Chairman

I have the pleasure of chairing the 2009 Sporting Clays Classic. I personally invite you to participate in this fun-filled dinner auction and shoot on Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 at beautiful Camp Don Harrington, located 10 miles south of Amarillo on the beautiful breaks of the Palo Duro Canyon. This year’s tournament will feature 12 professionally set Sporting Clays stations, as well as two five-stands and several other fun shoots.

Our goal is to raise funds for the educational programs of Scouting for boys and young adults which build character, teach citizenship and develop personal fitness.

The tournament schedule is:

Friday Afternoon- Lunch at Camp Don followed by an afternoon of practice shooting.

Friday Evening- Sporting Clays Reception/Auction – spouses or one guest may also attend. This year’s reception/auction will be held in the Amarillo Civic Center’s Grand Plaza room.  Great food, beverages, fun and fellowship, along with an outstanding silent and live auction.

Saturday Morning- We are back at Camp Don for the official tournament. Teams will be scored on the Lewis Class System and great prizes will be awarded according to this system. We will also have door prizes and fun shoots as well. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

You have two different Sponsorship Levels to choose from.  Each level has some great benefits, gifts, and advertising/promotion opportunities.  All teams will receive a shooters gift package, meals, invitation to the reception, shells and other gifts.  Please see the enclosed flyer for a complete listing of the Team Benefit Packages.

We hope you will make plans to attend this great annual event that supports more than 5,000 Scouts in the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. Team spaces will fill up quickly again this year, so please don’t wait to reserve yours! In order to sign your team up today we simply need your team/sponsor name and a $50 deposit to guarantee your space.

For further information or to reserve your spot, contact Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 or raltman@bsamail.org.

I look forward to seeing you at this great event.

Sincerely,

David Eves

Chairman

Sporting Clays Classic Information 

It is hard to believe but it is now time to start preparing for the Golden Spread Council’s Sporting Clays Classic tournament and auction.  This year’s tournament will be our Seventh Annual Sporting Clays Classic.  This year’s Classic will be held on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. Our tournament has grown from 24 teams in 2003, to this year’s projected 50 teams and over 200 shooters.  These teams will come from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado all in support of Scouting.  As you know, all proceeds from the tournament go towards supporting our local Boy Scout programs.

With this many teams and shooters, we are in need of 125+ volunteers to help us run a fun and safe tournament. This letter is a request to you and to members of your troop or crew to consider volunteering some time to help us during this year’s Sporting Clays Tournament.  We respectfully ask that all volunteers be 13 years old or older (or be accompanied by an Adult) due to nature of this tournament. 

Volunteers are needed in lots of different areas and for various times. Volunteers will be needed on both Friday, August 21 and on Saturday, August 22.  As a volunteer, you can help on one or both days.  You can also specify to work mornings or afternoons or all day.  Every volunteer will receive a t-shirt as recognition for their time and help.

Scout Leaders please share this information with your fellow leaders, Scout parents and with your troop and crew members. Please click on the link below to access the volunteer form and submit it as soon as possible to the council office.

Volunteer Form

Council Strip Design Contest

Open to all registered Scouts, the Council is asking for designs to be submitted for a new Council Shoulder Strip that will be launched in 2010 in as part of our 100th Anniversary Celebration events.  For more information, please click on the link below.

Shoulder Strip Contest Form

Scouting National Hall of Leadership

Our communities are better places to live, work, and play because of leadership – expressed in extraordinary acts of service – by Scouts, Scouters, and Scouting volunteers over generations.

We want to gather these powerful stories and share the significant positive impact Scouting leadership has on the quality of life in the communities we serve. As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration, the Boy Scouts has created the National Hall of Leadership.

The BSA 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership is not a hall or building in the traditional sense, like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but its purpose is just as significant. The National Hall of Leadership is an opportunity for anyone to recognize outstanding leadership by a Scout, registered leader or Scouting volunteer who made a significant difference in the life of another by the extraordinary service they have given and the Scouting virtues they have modeled. 

To be nominated for the National Hall of Leadership, the nominee must be a living Scout or Scouting volunteer who may/may not be officially registered with the BSA.

They also must have served as an active Scout or Scouting volunteer within Scouting for at least one year.  A nominee may be young or old-there is no age limit for nominees.

Nominations are submitted online in the form of a story that is 450 words or less, describing why the person is deserving of this one-time honor.  The nomination period opens on February 8, 2009, and closes on February 8, 2010, the 100th Anniversary of Scouting.  The final inductees to the National Hall of Leadership will total 303-one representing each BSA council and one selected by the National BSA Council-and will be announced at the BSA National Annual Meeting in Dallas in May 2010.

BSA Alumni Connect

We are looking for a few good BSA Alumni!  With the 100th Anniversary coming up in 2010, we are looking for past BSA members (adults and youth) Alumni to help provide memories for upcoming celebrations and history.  If you know of a Scouter who is no longer active or was a Scout as a youth, let them know that they can go to http://www.scoutingfriends.org/site/apps/custom/bsa/find_2.asp?c=jhKOIVPBIqE&b=4277369 and reconnect with Scouting.

Attention Medical Personnel!!!!

Our Region’s Medical officer is looking for nurses, EMT’s and paramedics for the Southern Region medical staff at Jamboree.

If you are aware of good Scouters who fit these job categories and would like to attend the 2010 National Jamboree, please let us know by emailing Rob Hofmann (Robert.Hofmann@scouting.org) or David Baur (david.baur@scouting.org).

Boy Scouts on YouTube!

The Boy Scouts of America is now officially on YouTube! It’s a great way for the BSA to share video content with the world and engage visitors who may want to join, give, volunteer or find out more about Scouting. To find BSA’s official YouTube channel, and other YouTube channels managed by BSA, look for the Follow links located on each and every page of Scouting.org and click YouTube, or visit (http://scouting.org/follow/youtube.aspx).

Scouting for Adventure

July 1 marks the return of Scouting for Adventure, an original television series based on the Boy Scouts of America and its flagship magazine, Boys’ Life. This high-adventure show targets young outdoorsmenteaching wilderness skills with an emphasis on safety and team-building.

In the show’s second year, Scouting for Adventure promises to continue the tradition of top-notch television production, shot in high-definition that motivates, educates, and inspires both young and young-at-heart. Each action-packed episode features short segments that pertain to all aspects of Scouting, such as merit badges, safety, gear, and knots. Whether it’s learning how to tie a square knot at Creighton Island, Ga., or emphasizing the importance of beach conservation (utilizing Leave No Trace) on Catalina Island, Calif., each episode offers practical advice for all past, present, and future Scouts.

All-new episodes in 2009 feature Scouts canoeing in California, horseback riding in Nevada, and snowshoeing in Minnesota. From trail to riverbed, beach to mountaintop, Scouting for Adventure features some of the country’s finest young men displaying all the characteristics and qualities that define Scouting.

Don’t miss it on the Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor TV.

For more information, visit http://www.outdoorchannel.com/Shows/ScoutingForAdventure/.

Memorials and Tributes

NAME  OF  DONOR IN  HONOR OF
Will and  Misty Miller Larry Cunningham
   
  IN MEMORY  OF
Pat  and Karen Sasser Steve Sterquell
Margaret Yoes  
Mattie Yoes  
   
Allegra Bush Everett Lutyens
David  Cooper  
Joe  and  John  Horn  
Donna Kelly  
Billand Janice  Hamilton  
Mary Hicks  
Jim and Lois Martin  
Barry  andJody Smith  
Theresa Zaputel  
Beverly  Burke  
Freida  Cowan  
Virgil and Mary Green  
Peggy  Agee  
Lutyens Family  
   
Tim  and Genevieve Frank Phelan
Amarillo  Area  Foundation  
Bob  Curry  
Judy  Greene McMillen  

Eagle Scouts

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- May 2009

Posted in Lone Wolf, Uncategorized by goldenspread on Monday, May 4, 2009

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District Chairman- Duwane Skipper- duwaneskipper@yahoo.com

District Commissioner- Bob Post- postbob@allegiance.tv

District Executive- Steve Knollenberg- stevek.bsa@gmail.com

May Calendar:

5- Adult Leader meeting, Perryton, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Perryton, TX.

7- Adult Leader meeting, Dalhart, 7:00 p.m., Central UMC, Dalhart, TX.

12- Adult Leader meeting, Guymon, 7:00 p.m., Victory Memorial UMC, Guymon, OK.

14- District Committee & Commissioners meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.

May Leader meetings

The upcoming May Leader meetings are extremely important to you as leaders and critical to the health and success of your units.  We will be discussing all the Cub and Boy Scout summer camping activities available this summer.  This will be the last leaders meetings until next fall.  Consequently, we will also be discussing what your unit needs to be doing, by late summer, to get ready for another exciting year of Scouting!  Plan to attend; to not only learn about what’s going on in Scouting in our District, but to share your ideas and experiences so we can provide the best of the Scouting program to our kids!  The dates, times and locations of our meetings are listed in the calendar section, above.  Choose the location and date that is most convenient for you! 

Family Friends of Scouting

It’s time to schedule your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation.  Without this financial support from our leaders and our scouting families, the Golden Spread Council would not be able to provide the quality programs, training and facilities you expect, for our scouts.  Plan on having a Family Friends of Scouting presentation at your next pack meeting, or troop court of honor.  Call Steve Knollenberg at 580-651-2615, or Audrey House at 580-652-2085, to schedule a presentation that is convenient for your unit.

Cub Scout Day Camps and Cub & Webelos Resident Camps

As this school year rapidly comes to a close, now is the time to be planning to attend one of our District or Council Cub Day Camps.  In-district offerings include Cub day camps in Guymon & Perryton in June and Dalhart, in July.  This year, we are offering more resident camping activities to all our Cubs and Webelos.  For example, a combination Cub & Webelos resident camp is being offered the first weekend in June, at Camp M.K. Brown.  Look for dates in the calendar above and further details elsewhere in this newsletter.

Guymon Day Camp Needs Volunteers

For us to have a Guymon Cub Day Camp this summer, we still need two volunteers to be the Camp Director and the Program Director.  If we can’t fill these two positions, we won’t be able to offer the camp at Guymon this summer.  With these two positions filled I believe we can staff the activities and events with adults attending, with their boys; but we will need two volunteers to provide overall leadership and coordination.  For more information please contact Scott Killian at 806-358-6500, or Steve Knollenberg at 580-651-2615.

2009 Summer Camp

Last year only 34.5 percent of our council’s Boy Scouts and 47.9 percent of our council’s troops attended a long-term summer camp, anywhere.  This includes troops that went out-of-council for their summer camp experience.  We need to raise this percentage!  Summer Camp is designed to be the Troop’s program highlight of the year.  We are robbing our boys of a tremendous experience, which they will remember for the rest of their lives, when they don’t go to summer camp!  We still have space available at M.K. Brown and it’s not too late to sign up.  If you have not seen a copy of the 2009 Leader’s Guide, click here:

http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Camps/Camp%20Forms/2009SummerCampLeadersGuide.pdf

2009 Summer Camp Staff

We still have youth and adult vacancies on our 2009 Summer Camp Staff.  Use three weeks of your time this summer to give the experience of a lifetime, to a young Scout!  To learn more about these opportunities please contact Scott Kilian at 806-358-6500, or Steve Knollenberg at 580-651-2615.  For a summer camp staff application, please click here:

 http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Camps/Camp%20Forms/CampStaffApplication.pdf

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