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 E-Newsletter

November-December 2008

Adobe Walls District Highlights
Golden Eagle District Highlights
Lone Wolf District Highlights
Quanah Parker District Highlights
Santa Fe District Highlights
Venturing District Highlights
Popcorn News!!!
Rechartering Process for Units
Order of the Arrow Lodge News
NESA Scholorship
Join the Campmaster Corps
Silver Beaver Nominations
2009 Merit Badge University
Centennial Quality Award
Report to the State Opportunity
Leave No Trace Trainers Course and Master Educators Course
2009 Summer Camp Reservations
2010 Philmont Unit Reservations
5 Ways the Kwahdi Museum of the Amarican Indian can help your Troop or Pack
New Eagle Scouts!
Are you a Trained Leader?
211 Finding Help in Texas
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Attendance Results
Memorials

  If you would like more information  email us.


 Adobe Walls District Highlights

District Chairman:                Richard Stowers   
District Commissioner:        Darian Reeves                                   
District Executive:                George Etier  getier@bsamail.org

November
1              Popcorn Pick-up - A&T Yard Service – Pampa
15            Baloo Training
20            District Committee Meeting
27-29       Thanksgiving – Office Closed

December
4              District Roundtable – District Leaders Christmas Party
18            District Committee Meeting

Popcorn

The units of the Adobe Walls District did an outstanding job of selling popcorn this year. The total sold was $123,999, that means that the units earned over $40,000 to use to make their program the best it can be!

Training

The Baloo Training is scheduled for Saturday, November 15th. Please contact Dr. Joe Hillhouse, Training Chairman, 537-5351 for more information.

Fish Fest/Spookoree

Fish Fest and Spookoree were a great success this year, we had over 130 Cub Scouts and over 100 parents/leaders in attendance. 

If I can be of assistance, you can reach me at 669-3421 or 679-9703 or by e-mail at getier@bsamail.org.


 Golden Eagle District Highlights

District Chairman:                                                Matthew Beasley, mcinvest@amaonline.com

Amarillo/Canyon District Commissioner:         Scott Hollabaugh, cscott.hollabaugh@gmail.com

Hereford Area District Commissioner:              HS Fuller, hsfuller42@yahoo.com

Hereford Area Program Aide:                            Monica Vanzee, tmvanzee@wtrt.net

District Executive:                                                Doug Bergman, bergman@bsamail.org

November
1              Popcorn Pick Up, Arctic Glacier Ice Co, 505 W 47th
5              New Leaders Essentials, 6:00 PM, Scout Office
                Cub Scout Position-Specific Training, 7:30 PM, Scout Office 
6              Adult Leader Roundtable, St. Thomas, 7:00 PM
                Eagle Project Reviews, St. Thomas, 6:30 PM
8              Veterans Day Parade, Polk Street, 10:00 AM
                WTAMU Football game, Kimbrough Stadium, Canyon, 5:00 PM 
13            District Committee Meeting, Council Office, 5:30 pm
22            New Leader Essentials, 10:00 A.M., Scout Office
                Cub Scout & Boy Scout Position-Specific Training, 1:00 PM, Scout Office

December
1              Popcorn Payments Due, Scout Office
4              Roundtable, 7:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church
                Eagle Project Reviews, 6:30 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church
11            District Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, Scout Office

Popcorn Pick up

Don’t forget to pick up your popcorn orders on Saturday November 1st. Arctic Glacier is located at 505 W 47th (behind the United on 47th & Washington). If you would like to pick up you popcorn early, come out Friday, October 31st, and help sort the orders and you may pick up your order that day. Please contact Mike or Doug at the Council office if you are interested.

Veterans Day Parade

Mark your calendar for 8 November 2008, for the 15th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

The parade starts at 10:00 a.m., and begins at 11th and Polk Street, downtown Amarillo.   

Registration at: http://www.roancreek.org/VeteransDay/VeteransDayParadeForm.pdf

WTAMU

Come and participate in a flag ceremony to honor our country and stay to watch the Buffalos of West Texas A&M take on Texans of Tarleton State University on Saturday, November 8, 2008. Check-in at 5:00 pm to participate in the opening flag ceremony at Kimbrough Football Field (I-27 & Buffalo Stadium Road, Canyon). Game begins at 6:00 PM. Cost for adults is $3. Scouts in uniform and siblings get in free. Download registration form (http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/20081108WTAMUScoutDay.pdf) and return it to the Scout Office on or before Wednesday, November 5th. See you there!.

Recharters, Recharters, Recharters!

Recharter packets are being distributed. The most important piece of information in that packet is your unit’s ID number and password to get on-line. This year we’re aiming to get everything finished up by December 15! Remember, it’s a lot easier to let Stephen do your data entry, so be sure you have all your scouts registered.

Centennial Quality Unit Awards

Remember-units do not have to wait to submit Centennial Quality Unit Award forms with their recharters!

Information about the Centennial Quality Unit Award program, and a link to the form, can be found at http://www.goldenspread.org/QualityUnit/QualityUnit.htm. The application for the award can be forwarded to the Scout Office anytime after October 31st, but must be received by December 31st for consideration.

Bi-District Roundtable

We encourage all new leaders (and especially new leaders) to come to Roundtable. It meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 4100 S Coulter. The church is located on the west side of Coulter between 34th and 45th. Roundtable is for all adult leaders! Come and get to know your fellow Tiger Cub Den Leaders, Cub Scout Den Leaders, Webelos Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Pack Committee members, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Troop Committee members, etc. Come to not only learn about what’s going on in Scouting in Amarillo – but to share your Ideas! The Roundtable Staff have got an exciting year planned.

District Award of Merit

Nominations for the 2008 District Award of Merit will be accepted now through the January Roundtable (Thursday, January 8th). Award applications can be obtained from the Council Office or downloaded from http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf . Recipients will be honored at the February 2009 Roundtable (Thursday, February 5th) and the Council Reception (Sunday, February 8th).

Every scout deserves a trained adult leader!

Upcoming New Leader Essentials and Position-Specific training will be offered at the Council Office on:

Wednesday, November 5   New Leader Essentials (6:00 pm)

                                                Cub Scout Position-Specific Training (7:30 pm)

Saturday, November 22       New Leader Essentials (10:00 am)

                                                Cub Scout & Boy Scout Position-Specific Training (1:00 pm)                                       

Click on New Leader Essentials & Position-Specific Training for a 2008-9 schedule.

 


 Lone Wolf District Highlights

District Commissioner:        Bob Post, postbob@allegiance.tv
District Executive:                Steve Knollenberg,
stevek.bsa@gmail.com

November
1             Popcorn pickup in Dalhart, Perryton & Guymon
1             On-line Internet Rechartering system access begins
8             O.A. Fall Fellowship
8             BALOO Training, Guymon, OK.
13           District Committee meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.
15           District Banquet
26           Council Service Center closes at Noon
27-29      Council Service Center closed for Thanksgiving holiday

December

1            Popcorn money due at Council Service Center
2            Adult Leader meeting, Perryton, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Perryton, TX.
4            Adult Leader meeting, Dalhart, 7:00 p.m., Central UMC, Dalhart, TX.
6            O.A. Lodge Conclave
9            Adult Leader meeting, Guymon, 7:00 p.m., Victory Memorial UMC, Guymon, OK.
11          District Committee & Commissioners meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.
24          Scout Service Center closes at Noon
25-26     Scout Service Center closed
31          Scout Shop closed for inventory

Popcorn Pickup

The sales portion of our annual popcorn sales campaign is now complete.  Popcorn delivery points will be in Dalhart, Perryton and Guymon, again this year.  Popcorn will be available for pickup on Saturday, November 1st. 

A detailed pickup schedule (including maps of all locations) was sent out via Constant Contact, on Wednesday, October 29th, based on each Unit’s choice of pickup locations.  Please be on time for your scheduled pickup.  Your fellow volunteers, who are helping with the distribution, really appreciate your consideration.

BALOO Training

Yes, you can take your Cub Scouts camping, if you attend this training!  Any Cub Pack that wants to camp MUST have at least one BALOO trained leader on-site, for the entire camp out.  BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) Training is being offered in Guymon, on Saturday, November 8th, 2008.  Location is the Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, Sixth & Roosevelt streets.  Starting time will be 9:00 a.m.  This is an 8 hour training that will consist of classroom and outdoor sessions.  Who knows what the weather will be like then, so please plan accordingly. More information will follow in a flyer that will be sent out via Constant Contact & is available under the Activities tab, on the Council home page.

Annual District Banquet

The annual Lone Wolf District Banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 15, 2008.  We will be honoring the 2008 Lone Wolf Eagle Scout and District Award of Merit recipients.  The banquet will be held in Guymon.  Watch for more details to follow.

District Award of Merit and Council Silver Beaver Award Nominations

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 District 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/silver%20beaver.pdf to review the qualifications for, and to download the appropriate nomination forms.  Nominations for the District Award of Merit are due to Steve no later than Thursday, November 1, 2008.  Nominations for the Council Silver Beaver Award are due no later than December 15, 2008.

Unit Recharters

Unit recharter time is almost upon us.  All of our unit charters expire on December 31, 2008.  We need to have the rechartering process completed by December 15, 2008.  This allows are Council staff adequate time to correct any errors, or help you with online procedural questions.  We are utilizing online rechartering again this year.  This is our fourth year to do a portion of the recharter via the Internet.

What does your unit need to be doing to get ready?

  • Complete any applications for any new Scouts, or leaders, and submit them, along with the required registration and Boy’s Life fees, to the Council Office, now.  This will save you from having to manually enter new members and leaders during online rechartering.
  • All applications for membership need to be complete: all birthdays, Social Security numbers and drivers license numbers filled in, all signature blocks signed (this includes unit Committee Chair and Chartered Organization Head or Representative’s approval signatures for all adults, and Authorization for Background Check) and application dates.
  • Recruit/designate one adult leader from your unit to complete the online recharter portion of the process.
  • Remember, rechartering is not complete until all paperwork and fees have been received by the Council Office!

Recharter packets for your Unit will be distributed during the month of October.

2008 LW-AW Fall Camporee results

The 2008 Lone Wolf – Adobe Walls Camporee was held on September 26-28, 2008, at Palo Duro reservoir.  Seven troops attended; attendance consisted of 57 scouts and 25 adult leaders.  There were also 4 district Scouters on staff.  Congratulations to Troop 256, Perryton, which took the honor for top troop this year!  Patrol/Troop competition results were

                Fire building:         1st Troop 256, Perryton

                                                2nd Troop 163, Guymon

                                                3rd Troop 264, Hooker

                Knots                     1st Troop 264, Hooker

                                                2nd Troop 256, Perryton

                                                3rd Troop 507, Borger

                Lashing                  1st Troop 264, Hooker

                                                2nd Troop 256, Perryton

                                                3rd Troop 163, Guymon

                First Aid                 1st Troop 256, Perryton

                                                2nd Troop 163, Guymon

                                                3rd Troop 401, Pampa

                 GPS Challenge      1st Troop 163, Guymon

                                                2nd Troop 264, Hooker

                                                3rd Troop 146, Boise City

                 Cobbler/Dessert   1st Troop 256, Perryton

                                                2nd Troop 146, Boise City

                                                3rd Troop 163, Guymon

The staff hopes you and your Scouts had a good time, at this year’s Camporee!  We’re already looking forward to 2009!

51st Jamboree on the Air & Jamboree on the Internet

53 Scouts and 26 adult leaders attended the 51st JOTA/JOTI, on Saturday, October 18th, in Perryton.  The following towns and cities were represented: Guymon, Boise City, Hooker, Booker, Borger, Stinnett, Amarillo and Perryton.  This event was sponsored by the Top of Panhandle Amateur Radio Club.  Although the atmosphere didn’t cooperate for any long distance radio contacts, the Scouts and adults were still able to experience two-way radio communications, and chat with fellow Scouts on the Internet.  35 Scouts participated in the Radio Merit badge class, and 1 Scout and 2 adults successfully passed their FCC Technician license exam, to become amateur radio (Ham) operators.  Special thanks to Jim Lear (N5LNR) for coordinating this event, and to Audrey House for facilitating the Jamboree on the Internet!

Scouting for Food

Our annual Council Good Turn service project, “Scouting for Food,” has been re-scheduled for March, of 2009.  Many of our leaders felt our scouts were just one of many organizations collecting food, prior to Thanksgiving, in our communities.  The decision to postpone until spring eliminates competing for food donations in our communities, and helps our local food banks at a time when their inventories are historically low.


 Quanah Parker District Highlights

Quanah Parker District

District Chairwoman:           JoAnn Cruz-Perez

District Commissioner:        Jim Paslay

District Executive:                Mike Mireles, mmireles@bsamail.org

November
1              Popcorn Pick Up, Arctic Glacier Ice Co, 505 W 47th
5              New Leaders Essentials, 6:00 PM, Scout Office
                Cub Scout Position-Specific Training, 7:30 PM, Scout Office 
6              Adult Leader Roundtable, St. Thomas, 7:00 PM
                Eagle Project Reviews, St. Thomas, 6:30 PM
8              Veterans Day Parade, Polk Street, 10:00 AM
                WTAMU Football game, Kimbrough Stadium, Canyon, 5:00 PM 
13            District Committee Meeting, Council Office, 5:30 pm
22            New Leader Essentials, 10:00 A.M., Scout Office
                Cub Scout & Boy Scout Position-Specific Training, 1:00 PM, Scout Office

December
1              Popcorn Payments Due, Scout Office
4              Roundtable, 7:00 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church
                Eagle Project Reviews, 6:30 PM, St. Thomas Catholic Church
11            District Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, Scout Office

Popcorn Pick up
Don’t forget to pick up your popcorn orders on Saturday November 1st. Arctic Glacier is located at 505 W 47th (behind the United on 47th & Washington). If you would like to pick up you popcorn early, come out Friday, October 31st, and help sort the orders and you may pick up your order that day. Please contact Mike or Doug at the Council office if you are interested.

Veterans Day Parade
Mark your calendar for 8 November 2008, for the 15th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

The parade starts at 10:00 a.m., and begins at 11th and Polk Street, downtown Amarillo.   

Registration at: http://www.roancreek.org/VeteransDay/VeteransDayParadeForm.pdf

WTAMU
Come and participate in a flag ceremony to honor our country and stay to watch the Buffalos of West Texas A&M take on Texans of Tarleton State University on Saturday, November 8, 2008. Check-in at 5:00 pm to participate in the opening flag ceremony at Kimbrough Football Field (I-27 & Buffalo Stadium Road, Canyon). Game begins at 6:00 PM. Cost for adults is $3. Scouts in uniform and siblings get in free. Download registration form (http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/20081108WTAMUScoutDay.pdf) and return it to the Scout Office on or before Wednesday, November 5th. See you there!.

Recharters, Recharters, Recharters!
Recharter packets are being distributed. The most important piece of information in that packet is your unit’s ID number and password to get on-line. This year we’re aiming to get everything finished up by December 15! Remember, it’s a lot easier to let Stephen do your data entry, so be sure you have all your scouts registered.

Centennial Quality Unit Awards
Remember-units do not have to wait to submit Centennial Quality Unit Award forms with their Recharters!

Information about the Centennial Quality Unit Award program, and a link to the form, can be found at http://www.goldenspread.org/QualityUnit/QualityUnit.htm. The application for the award can be forwarded to the Scout Office anytime after October 31st, but must be received by December 31st for consideration.

Bi-District Roundtable
We encourage all new leaders (and especially new leaders) to come to Roundtable. It meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 4100 S Coulter. The church is located on the west side of Coulter between 34th and 45th. Roundtable is for all adult leaders! Come and get to know your fellow Tiger Cub Den Leaders, Cub Scout Den Leaders, Webelos Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Pack Committee members, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Troop Committee members, etc. Come to not only learn about what’s going on in Scouting in Amarillo – but to share your Ideas! The Roundtable Staff have got an exciting year planned.

District Award of Merit
Nominations for the 2008 District Award of Merit will be accepted now through the January Roundtable (Thursday, January 8th). Award applications can be obtained from the Council Office or downloaded from http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/District%20Award%20of%20Merit.pdf . Recipients will be honored at the February 2009 Roundtable (Thursday, February 5th) and the Council Reception (Sunday, February 8th).

Every scout deserves a trained adult leader!
Upcoming New Leader Essentials and Position-Specific training will be offered at the Council Office on:

Wednesday, November 5   New Leader Essentials (6:00 pm)

                                                Cub Scout Position-Specific Training (7:30 pm)

Saturday, November 22       New Leader Essentials (10:00 am)

                                                Cub Scout & Boy Scout Position-Specific Training (1:00 pm)                                         

Click on New Leader Essentials & Position-Specific Training for a 2008-9 schedule.

Eagle Project Reviews & Eagle Boards of Review
Eagle Projects are reviewed by the District on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm (St. Thomas Catholic Church). Eagle Boards of Review are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Council Service Center at 6:30 pm. Troop leaders of Boy Scouts needing either Eagle Project Reviews or Eagle Boards of Review should contact Gary Ries at 358-0552 to schedule them. 


 Santa Fe District Highlights

District Chairman:               LH Webb sevencross@hughes.net 
District Commissioner:       Michael Stevenhagan mstavenhagen57@aol.com                                           
District Executive:               Gaylyne Manns gaylynemm@nts-online.net 

November
4             Popcorn pickup, Lee’s Feed and Seed Memphis Texas

December
1             Popcorn money due to Council.

11           District Meet 6:30 pm Methodist Church Memphis
15           Recharters due

Popcorn Pickup

Popcorn pick up will be at Danny’s Feed and Seed at 713 N. Noel in Memphis, Texas. This is the same place it has been for the last 2 years. Pick up will begin at 9:00 until 11:00. Please arrange with someone in your unit that has a pickup/trailer to pickup your popcorn. Money is due from popcorn sales to the Council on December 1. Santa Fe did an outstanding job on selling popcorn this year and is as great fundraiser to help send boys to camps this summer.

Recharters

By now you should all have your Recharters. Remember they are due to the Council by December 15th. You can start logging in  to the  on-line rechartering beginning November 1st. The best time to get them done is before Thanksgiving so you can enjoy the Holidays without Recharters on your mind. Remember to fill out the Quality Unit form in your packet. Call me if you have questions.

Here is the link to the councils website for online recharter.

www.goldenspread.org

Happy Holidays to all.


 Venturing District Highlights

District Chairman                Jack Owen jackowen@co.potter.tx.us

District Commissioner:       Pat Phelps pep52@sbcglobal.net

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

 

November

8               District Committee Meeting, St. Thomas Catholic Church, 6:00 pm

 

December

1               Popcorn Money is due to council office

15             Unit re-charters due to council office

Amarillo Idol Crew                                                                                                                    

It is not too late to sign up for Amarillo Idol! Amarillo Opera, the Amarillo Family YMCA and the Golden Spread Council’s Boy Scouts of America, have developed a community-wide career-exploring program that is available to youth between the ages of 14 and 20 to explore career opportunities and their own talents. The program has already started and will continue the nine month school year culminating in a final public performance and competition at the local Boy Scout camp, Camp Don Harrington’s outdoor amphitheater, in May 2009.  Participants are exploring aspects such as recording in a studio, the music business and legalities, performance skills, clothing and makeup choices and media relations, in addition to developing their own vocal and performance talents.  Feel free to come to our next meeting, or just sign up at the Scout office. Cost is just $20 for the nine month program and will include a free t-shirt, snacks, liability insurance and much more.

Did I mention FREE VOICE LESSONS? Yes! Ms. Irma Hunt, professional singer, has offered free voice lessons to anyone in the program! She has traveled nation wide performing and her teaching techniques will expand your interests in music. Follow this link for the agenda, meeting dates, times and locations. We hope to see more youth at the next meeting! http://www.goldenspread.org/Programs/Venturing/AmarilloIdol/AmarilloIdol.htm

 

Unit Re-charters

Unit re-charter time is almost upon us. All of our unit charters expire on December 31, 2008. We need to have the re-chartering process completed by December 15, 2008. This allows are Council staff adequate time to correct any errors, or help you with online procedural questions. We are utilizing online re-chartering again this year. This is our third year to do a portion of the re-charter via the Internet.

 

What does your unit need to be doing to get ready?

  • Complete any applications for any new Scouts, or leaders, and submit them, to the Council Office, now. This will save you from having to manually enter new members and leaders during online re-chartering.
  • All applications for membership need to be complete: all birthdays, Social Security numbers and drivers license numbers filled in, all signature blocks signed (this includes unit Committee Chair and Chartered Organization Head or Representative’s approval signatures for all adults) and application dates.
  • Recruit/designate one adult leader from your unit to complete the online re-charter portion of the process.
  • Remember, re-chartering is not complete until all paperwork and fees have been received by the Council Office!

Re-charter packets for your Unit will be distributed during this month. For more information, check out our Web site http://www.goldenspread.org/Registrar/OnlineRecharter.htm

 

District Award of Merit and Council Silver Beaver Award Nominations

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 District 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/silver%20beaver.pdf

to review the qualifications for and to download the appropriate nomination forms. Nominations for the District Award of Merit are due to Brad no later than Friday, November 14, 2008.  Nominations for the Council Silver Beaver Award are due no later than December 1, 2008.

 


 Popcorn News!!!

Popcorn News!

Congratulations to the 107 Packs, Troops, and Crews who just participated in the largest popcorn sale in the Golden Spread Council's history.  Participating units earned over $190,000 in commissions and $17,000 in prizes for this year's sale.  192 Scouts sold over $750 worth of popcorn this year and will be invited to celebrate their accomplishments at the Council's annual Swim and Pizza Party that will be held in the WTAMU Activity Center in early Febraury 2009.  20 Council scouts sold $2,500 or more and have qualified to participate in the Trail's End College Scholorship program.

This year's top 5 selling scouts, their units, and the amount they sold are:

Steven  Troop 93     $4154
Blake    Troop 257   $3341
Lane     Troop 507   $3198
Colton   Pack 249    $2872
Dylan    Pack 24       $2824

This year's top selling units for each of the Council's Districts and the amount they sold are:

Golden Eagle District     Troop 633    $30,883
Adobe Walls District      Pack 565      $18,113
Venturing District          Crew 2606   $2,606
Quanah Parker District  Pack 21        $9,846
Sante Fe District            Pack 431      $7,196
Lone Wolf District          Pack 46        $21,754

Please remember that the total amount of money due to the Council should be paid in full at the Scout Service Center no later then Monday, December 1st.  Payment from your unit should be in the form of one check payable to the Golden Spread Council, BSA.


 Rechartering Process for Units

Rechartering process for units

Recharters Due December 15th

We realize that one of a unit leader's least favorite tasks is completing the unit recharter. It is one of those "paperwork" things the office makes you do. Rechartering is the time to remove non-active members and ensure that active members are registered.

This year we would like to ask your help in completing and submitting your unit's rechartering paperwork no later than December 15th.

Remember that all units will use the internet rechartering process this year. Units will also submit the Centennial Quality Unit Award application. Click on the link below for the form.

Here is the process:

  1. Your unit receives its recharter packet which contains your units access code
  2. Complete the rechartering process online
  3. Print your unit's recharter
  4. Obtain appropriate signatures
  5. Submit paper recharter and fees by 12/15/08
  6. Along with recharter, submit 2008 Centennial Quality Unit Form

If your unit has not received its recharter packet, please contact your district executive or the Scout Service center at 806-358-6500.

To learn more about internet rechartering, click on the link below:

Internet Rechartering

Centennial Award Form 

 

 


 Order of the Arrow Lodge News

Lodge News

Lodge Conclave (has replaced Fall Fellowship)and Vigil Reunion

Webpage: www.na-oa.net/calendar/lodgeconclave.asp

Saturday November 8, 2008

Location - Camp Don Harrington

Come one come all to this new Lodge event that will be run pretty much like a Section Conclave. Come participate in fun games, training, root beer chug, mini-powwow, and for those Ordeal Members who need to convert to Brotherhood, a Brotherhood Ceremony.

Schedule:

12:00pm – 1:00pm ~ Registration

Training 1:00pm – 3:00pm

            1:00pm – 1:30pm ~ Elections

            1:30pm – 2:00pm ~ Ceremonies

            2:00pm – 2:30pm ~ Regalia

            2:30pm – 3:00pm ~ Special Events

Events 3:00pm – 6:00pm

            3:00pm – 3:45pm ~ Stickball

            4:00pm – 4:45pm ~ Dodge Ball

            5:00pm – 5:45pm ~ Root Beer Chug

(and probably other fun competition)

6:00pm ~ Dinner/Mini-Powwow/Brotherhood

The registration form is inside this Newsletter. Just fill it out and send it in by the deadline shown. 

Registration Form:

   You can click here for the Registration Form

   Lodge Med Form.

   For Online Registration please click on the "Register" Button at the bottom of the page.

Cost:

Member ~ $10 for all not going for Brotherhood; covers all activities, conclave patch, & meal

Brotherhood Conversion ~ $25 for those going for Brotherhood (B.H.); covers all activities,   conclave patch, meal, B.H. sash, B.H. patch.

For Brotherhood info please go to www.na-oa.net/members/ordeal.asp for more info.

Lodge Conclave and Vigil Reunion (Only Vigil Members)~ $10 for all not going for Brotherhood; covers all activities, conclave patch, & meal and please bring money for Sunday Breakfast

Attention All Vigil’s - Vigil Reunion 

Starting right after the Powwow, a reunion will start for all Vigil members of the lodge. The purpose of this reunion is to meet the Vigil Class of 2008, to have fellowship, trade patches, etc. and also to participate in a Vigil Ceremony for Robert Hamblin, who was unable to attend the ceremony conducted at the August Ordeal. And, for those who are able, to camp out and take part in the morning part of the ceremony. 

Then after that in the morning, the group will travel to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant to partake in a Vigil Breakfast (Vigil Class of 2008 eats free, everyone else please bring their own money).

Tolby Campgrounds Camp  

Here's a chance to enjoy the great outdoors one last time before winter:

When:              You decide - weekend of Nov. 15 or Nov. 22

Where:             Cimarron Canyon, New Mexico - Tolby Campgrounds

What:               Dual Camping Trip: Backpack the Tolby Trail overnight

                        Or, stay in base camp at Tolby Campgrounds or do both

What Else?      Fish for trout - last chance before the water drops to low.

                        What does this mean?  Every year right around Thanksgiving, they stop                letting water out of the dam.  This causes the water level to drop

Why?               You worked hard this year - pay yourself a good time.

The Plan:         

Basically, its a weekend trip to Cimarron Canyon to: camp at Tolby Campgrounds, tell lies, fish, enjoy a camp fire, watch some wildlife, hike and maybe ride a mountain bike.  There will be two camping arrangements.  The first is to stay in Tolby at the campground.  You may not be able to or even feel like backpacking - good for you.  The campground awaits you.  There are tables, firepits, campsites and bathrooms plus the river.  Or, you can enjoy the backpacking trip overnight to Tolby Meadows (find the attached Google Earth file - must have Google Earth installed).  Its your choice and you can even do both (I am). 

Costs:     

I estimated $70 per vehicle gas cost plus roughly $10 per night per campsite (backpackers excepted).  We can easily haul the packs and camping gear on trailers (I have one) or trucks.  I'll be taking my car so the first 3 OA men who ask can ride with me (paying your way in gas costs of course).

Rough Time Table:       

Arrive at Tolby base camp campground Friday night or Saturday morning - you decide.  Backpackers will head out of base camp roughly around 9:00 am for the 3.5 mile trip up to the summit - they will arrive before noon, establish camp, and stay overnight on the mountain (9500' altitude).  They should plan for cold camping.  Next morning, backpacker crew will break camp and head back down.  FM radios might be fun.  Lets make a big pot of spaghetti (base campers, are you up for this?)  There are bike trails for those who want to ride.

Everyone breaks camp at base camp from noon to 3:00 pm for the return trip back to Amarillo (or wherever you came from). 

Maybe we could plan to eat dinner in Clayton, New Mexico at the Eklund Hotel 

I recommend visiting Gravity College  to learn more about the area and the hike including slope.  You're going to love this website.   

If you are interested in this activity, email Darrell (see below) and let him know your interest.  He will work out the plan from that point.  You pick the correct weekend.  This is the other deciding factor.  If this sounds like a good idea, please follow up and lets get out there. 

Email me back with your interest.

Regards,

Darrell Young

darrell@drydot.com


 NESA Scholorship

 
2009 National Eagle Scout Association Scholorship 


Applications must be submitted between October 1, 2008 and January 31, 2009. More information about NESA can be found at http://www.nesa.org and on the Southern Region website at http://www.srbsa.org/.

The 2009 Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship application can be downloaded www.nesa.org/scholarships/58-714.pdf.

The 2009 Eagle Scout Academic Scholarship application can be downloaded www.nesa.org/scholarships/58-702.pdf.

 


 Join the Campmaster Corps

Are you interested in spending a weekend at Camp Don and staying in the new Campmaster Building? If so, why not join the Campmaster Corps. Duties including checking in units, making sure they are settled in their campsites, giving advice on how to properly use our equipment and facilities and checking them out upon departure. This is a great opportunity to help units grow in the camping program and enjoy a weekend at camp. The Campmaster building is ready for you to enjoy. Central air and heat, full kitchen and bath plus two bedrooms and a living room await you!  The next training will be November 15, 2008 at Camp Don.  If you are interested in becoming a Campmaster, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 for more details.


 Silver Beaver Nominations

2008 Silver Beaver Nominations are now being accepted

The Silver Beaver Award is a national award presented to Scouters for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth in the Council. Silver Beaver awards are presented at the annual Council Recognition Dinner. Specific requirements are listed below.

Nominations for the 2008 Silver Beaver Award will be due December 1, 2008 and presented at the Annual Recognition Reception in February 2009. Nomination forms are available on the council website: http://www.goldenspread.org/Forms/silver%20beaver.pdf  For more information please contact Bob Altman, 358-6500


 2009 Merit Badge University

The 2009 Merit Badge University will be held on January 24, 2009.  Scouts will be able to choose from over 24 Merit Badges to include many Eagle Scout required badges.  Breakfast snack, lunch, patch, and program supplies are included in the low cost of $25.00.  Adult leadership (at least two per unit) will be required to attend.  The cost will be $10.00 each but they also get several training opportunities as well.  Look for more information soon! 


 Centennial Quality Award

 

The Centennial Quality Award program is designed to recognize units in achieving exellence in providing aquality program to the youth in their units. The award can only be received after October 31 and before December 31 of each year.

There are several new criteria for this award. This award will replace the Quality Unit Awards. There is one form for all programs...Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing.

Click on the link below to view the criteria and download the application: http://www.goldenspread.org/QualityUnit/CentennialQualityUnitAward.pdf

The Centennial Quality Award is named in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. This new award began in 2007 and will continue until 2010.

Recognition items for members is a patch worn on the uniform with the colors for that year. Colors indicate:

2007 - Red
2008 - White
2009 - Blue
2010 - Red, White and Blue

Recognition for units is a ribbon/streamer for each year with the color for that year. Lapel pins and plaques are also available.


 Report to the State Opportunity

The 2009 Annual Report to the State Parade and Ceremony is just around the corner.

As they have for the past 60 years Scouts from throughout the State of Texas will converge on Austin on February 7, 2009 to participate in the Annual Report to the State Ceremonies and to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Scout units from throughout Texas are invited to participate in the           parade and to take advantage of the wonderful education opportunities that are available by visiting the state capitol and the many other institutions and museums found throughout the city of Austin.

The annual event will begin with the gathering of delegations and units at the Congress Avenue Bridge.  Thousands of Scouts will parade up Congress Avenue to the Capitol Building where the delegate will give a report on the service accomplishments of Scouting in their council in the Chambers of the House of Representatives.  The parade starts at 9:00am and the units assemble on the bridge between 7:30 am- 8:30 am.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Scouts to participate in a Texas Scouting tradition surrounded by their fellow Scouts, leaders, and dignitaries of their State.  Don't miss this great Scouting event. 

If your unit is interested in being the Golden Spread Council contingent, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 by December 19, 2008 for more information, costs, incentives etc.


 Leave No Trace Trainers Course and Master Educators Course

Leave No Trace is becoming more and more prevelent in the Boy Scouts of America's programs.  In fact beginning in 2010, Tenderfoot and First Class requirements will require in-depth training on Leave No Trace.  With that said, we will be offering a Leave No Trace Trainers Course on March 6-8, 2009 at Camp Don Harrington.  This course will allow unit leaders to be more informed on Leave No Trace and be a future resource for units. 

On September 23-28, 2009, we will offer the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course.  The Master Course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application in a field-based setting. The first day is spent in a classroom, introducing the course and schedule, providing in-depth information on the overall Leave No Trace program and the Center for Outdoor Ethics, reviewing gear, and packing. The remaining days are spent in the field on a short backcountry trip learning and practicing the principles of Leave No Trace.

If oyu are interested in these courses, please contact Scott at 806-358-6500 or scott.kilian@scouting.org


 2009 Summer Camp Reservations
 

Believe it or not, it is time for your Troop to think about where they would like to attend Boy Scout Summer Camp next year...

With only two weeks of camp this year, space will be filled quickly.  We have some new and exciting programs for 2009.  More information will be available in early 2009 but register now for your week of great fun for your Scouts!

Email the Council Service Center dhaley@bsamail.org or vepopp@bsamail.org to pick your week to attend (see below) as well as your favorite campsite. 

Week #1  June 7th-13th

Week #2 June 14th-20th


 2010 Philmont Unit Reservations

If you are interested in reserving a UNIT Philmont Scout Ranch Trek for 2010, on-line reservations will be taking place during the week of November 17-23, 2008.  Reservations will be for 12-day Expeditions, 9-day Expeditions, 8-day Expeditions and 7-day Expeditions.  Maximum crew size is 12 participants.  If you have a 2009 reservation for Philmont, you many not place a reservation for 2010!  A $50.00 deposit will be required for each participant on January 30, 2009 and is non-refundable.  For more information come by the Scout Office or go to http://goldenspread.org/Programs/Forms/2010PhilmontRegistrationPkt.pdf

 


 5 Ways the Kwahdi Museum of the Amarican Indian can help your Troop or Pack
Five Ways The Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian Can Serve Your Troop or Pack

                                                                                      5 Ways to Help!

The Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian is owned and operated by a 501©3 non-profit corporation.

It also sponsors Venturing Crew 9, and Girl Scout Troop 99 (The Kwahadi Dancers). The museum is located at 9151 I-40 E.  (Take I-40 Exit 76, then travel WEST ½ mile on I-40 frontage road to Kiva!)

     The museum offers five ways to help your troop or pack:   

1)  A Night At the Kiva!

 Reserve the Kiva for a unit Court of Honor, Training, or Event

Scheduled an evening for your unit and families to gather in the unique adobe environment of the Kiva.  The evenings can be used for song, dance, drama, awards, education, and fellowship!  The opportunity is available for Venture, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Cub Packs.  The Plaza and Kiva offer a cozy theater-in-the-round environment and family atmosphere.    A performance by Kwahadi Dancers may be included in your program.   The Plaza can seat 200 people with space for a performance, banquet, awards, or event.  _

2)  Attend Ceremonials at the Kiva!

Scout units can attend at group Scout rates and enjoy the optional dinner, museum, and performances.  The museum is available year round, and performances are scheduled in the fall, winter, and summer months.

Upcoming:  Indian Summer, A Thanksgiving Pageant

Nov 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22m 2008, 7:30 PM

Optional Turkey Dinner (6:30 pm), museum, stories, and dances of the harvest and Thanksgiving!

Dinner and/or show reservations:  806-335-3175

(Winter Night Ceremonials weekends in February, Song of the Eagle weekends in June and July)

3) Fundraiser in the Museum!

All Kwahadi performances are available to be scheduled for your unit to use as a fundraiser.

  100% of proceeds go to your unit.

4) Performance for your unit.

The Kwahadis will perform for your unit event at your facility.

                                                            5)  Participate in the Kwahadi Adventure!

*The Kwahadi Dancers are open to all Scouts and Venturers who are registered in any unit.

 *The Kwahadi Dancers, Venture Crew 9, are an association of active Scouts who encourage each other in their climb to earn the Eagle Scout Award in their own troop or the Gold Award in their own Girl Scout troop.

 *The Kwahadis perform to promote Scouting and raise funds for units, districts, councils, and OA lodges all across America.  They get to visit Scout camps, national parks, amusement parks, museums, and great schools coast to coast.  They get to meet and impact the lives of thousands of Scouters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and school students every year.

 *Since they began in 1944, over 1600 boys and girls have earned the right to be a Kwahadi.  286 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout!  They have presented over 4000 performances in 48 states and overseas.

Since 1944, the group has been Troop 9, Explorer Post 9, Troop 80, and Explorer Post 80, and is now Venture Crew 9 and Girl Scout Troop 99.  Members are active in 27 other area Scout units!  No youth or leader receives any pay.   The crew is devoted to service to others, promotion of Scouting and Scouting values, and to high adventure and education for its members.

In 2006 the Kwahadis performed across New England and at the Canadian Scout Jamboree.

In 2007 the Kwahadis performed for 12 Scout venues across the western states.

In 2008 the Kwahadis perform 15 shows for Scout venues across the northeastern states,

including the International Scout Camp in Michigan.  The crew also represented North America in the Opening Ceremony of the Extreme Games in Busan, South Korea,and performed for 10,000 Scouts at the Chickasaw Council Scoutbase.

 In 2009 the Kwahadis will present 16 shows for 40,000 Scouts in Europe.

In 2010 the Kwahadis may perform four shows for 30,000 Scouts at the 100th Anniversary Jamboree in Virginia, and will perform for 30,000 Scouts at the 100th Anniversary of Scouting Jamboral in Utah.

Thar ‘b adventure ahead!

As we have traveled America performing for Scouting and community events across the nation, we have been blessed to meet tens of thousands of Scouters in their councils, camps, and at Philmont Scout Ranch.  We meet thousands more every summer who keep their Scouts overnight at the Kiva on their way to summer camps, travel to Philmont for training, or come to a Kwahadi show at their camp or council event.

A staunch old Scoutmaster from Midland, Texas recently lodged his Scouts at the Kiva and attended the Kwahadi evening performance.  After the show, he came up to visit and said, “I have always been opposed to Indian dancing in Scouting.  Indian dance just has no place in Scouting.  But, this Kwahadi thing is different.”  Yes, indeed, it is.  It’s not about Indians.  It’s about youth.   J Come join the adventure and service!                                                  

 To reserve an evening or event or for more information:

Call or Email charles.ritchie@excite.com .

Kiva:  335-3175 or cell 806-654-4890.

www.kwahadi.com 


 New Eagle Scouts!

The following Scouts have earned the Eagle Rank Award in 2008

as of October 31, 2008

A Altman C-2012
R Anderle T-88 
L Anderle T-88 
T Boerngen T-163
Kody Bowling T- 4
O Camorlinga T-29
R Carter T-404
L Cates T-50 
J Cumbest T-124
W Davis T-86
J DeLara T-501
D Easley T-1581
B Enevoldson T-80
G Fansler T-86
M Fernuik T-401
A Garcia T-56
A Gibson T-87
M Grange T-17
L Hajje T-79
G Hall T-80
Harold T-86
Harper T-256
J Heron CR 94
M Jesko T-50
Jones T-88 
E Jones T-4
E Jones T-4
D Landes T-880
J Maciel T-404
M Markman T-87
S McElwain T-79
G Munger T-31
D Neef T-404
J Nichols T-633
A Pagitt T-80
N Paschel T-50
D Pell T-142
J Ralstin T-163
Savage T-31
D Scheller T-29
E Smith T-94
M Stegall T-87
A Stout T-199
T Thorne T-86
R West T-98
J Winn T-87


 Are you a Trained Leader?

As you recruit new adult leaders to help your Pack, Troop and Crew, remember that training is a key element to a great program you provide for your youth. We hear over and over again that “I wish I had gone to the training earlier in my Scouting career- it would have made my life easier”! Well, we have multiple training opportunities for everyone involved in our programs. Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all leaders who have direct contact with youth but everyone should take the course. Position specific training is also available throughout the year in your District and at the Council level. All the training dates are listed in the Council Calender, on the Council Web site at www.goldenspread.org and through your District Executive. There is no excuse to not attend training; some of it is on-line so you can complete it in the comfort of your home or other location of your choice. It’s simple, easy and available- please get trained and encourage other to be trained.


 211 Finding Help in Texas

 

 2-1-1 Texas

2-1-1: The number to call when you don’t know who to call.

If you need help and do not know where to go, the 2-1-1 Texas website is a good place to start. You can find services in your area including:

Food

Utility bill assistance

After-school programs

Shelter

Counseling

Senior services

Rent assistance

Child care

Disaster relief

The 2-1-1 Texas website takes the knowledge from local Area Information Centers’ databases and gives you the ability to search for information on over 6,000 Texas-wide agencies.

If you need further assistance, you can dial 2-1-1 on your phone. 2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember phone number connecting callers with health and human services in their area.  Knowledgeable staff will speak with you and answer your questions. You can call for assistance seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Note: There are some scenarios where a caller is not able to dial 2-1-1 directly. If you are calling from outside of Texas, or have technical difficulties when dialing from your cell phone, voice-over-IP, or office location, then please dial the alternate access number at 1-877-541-7905.


 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Attendance Results

The following Scout units participated in this years JOTA.

Unit Town Adults Youth
Boy Scout Staff Guymon 1  
Boy Scout Troop 146 Boise City 1 1
Boy Scout Troop 257 Booker 1 4
Boy Scout Troop 264 Hooker 1 4
Boy Scout Troop 507 Borger 2 8
Boy Scout Troop 560 Borger 1 1
Boy Scout Troop 592 Stinnett 2 5
Boy Scout Troop 633 Amarillo 3 11
Boy Scout Troop 73 Amarillo 3 3
Cub Scout Pack 146 Boise City   1
Cub Scout Pack 164 Hooker   1
Cub Scout Pack 24 Amarillo 2 1


 Memorials

                  MEMORIALS                                              

 

                              From                                                               In memory of

                              Pharis and Pharis Gaskill                        Hallock Johnason

                              Robert Altman                                              Marc Shoch

 


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