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    Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America

April 16, 2014
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am until 5:00pm
Main Phone 205-970-0251 Fax 205-970-0349
Northern Area Service Center 256-883-7071 
Birmingham Scout Shop 205-967-5954
Huntsville Scout Shop 256-880-1488 or 877-880-1488 
Scout Shop Hours: M-F: 9-6; SAT: 10-4
You're invited to

Greater Alabama Council 
Program Preview Conference!
Please join your District for an exciting look at the Scouting program for 2014-2015. Hear from the leadership in your District on what you can expect for your Unit for the next year. Hear about Popcorn, Summer Camp, Cub Events and more! Take a look at the chart below to find your PPC!
Note Corrected Three Rivers Date from 5/8 to 5/1
What's Happening (next four weeks) 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIESCheck out the upcoming training at the Training Calendar   on our website.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION  -A new page has been added to the council website for on-line registration.  Check it out!  

 Events, Activities, and Information 
New information in this section is indicated by this font color.

Regions Field Boy Scout Night Open House- Click Here

CAMP JACKSON BIKE PUMP TRACK - Learn more about this new program feature at Camp Jackson.  Click here for a Scoutmaster Guide to the Pump Track.

STATE PARKS AND TOUR PLANS While Tour Plans are not required traveling within the Greater Alabama Council, they are required when visiting an Alabama State Park to qualify for the reduced entry fee.  Please have a completed and approved form ready upon arrival.  The park may not grant the discounted rate if you do not have the proper paperwork.  This is a state park policy, not a BSA or GAC policy.



The STEM / Nova Awards are great opportunities to learn and have fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities.  To see the fun and find new resources, check out the Nova page on Facebook:  Learn how the Nova Awards program works and how you can be a Counselor at the BSA training web site:  Philmont offers a training course for adults interested in how to deliver a quality STEM / Nova program.  Philmont also offers a backcountry trek that offers the real Philmont outdoor experience AND explores the STEM aspects of it all.  Previous participants absolutely loved the experiences.  Check out

VOLUNTEER AT CAMP! : Do you love a particular GAC camp?  Do you have a special skill or craft or just want to volunteer to help have the best facilities for our youth?  The Council's Properties Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the Camp Volunteer Service Corps that can help work at camps to assist in doing work to assist the Rangers and respective Camp Committees.  Tasks range from "just helping" to skilled trades such as plumbing, electrical and masonry.      If you are interested in being considered to serve on the Camp Volunteer Service Corps, please complete the attached application and submit it Jeff Brasher at or faxing it to 205-970-0349.  It will then be submitted to the Properties Committee and Camp Committee for approval.

MEMBERSHIP FEE INCREASE - The National BSA membership fee for youth and adults will increase to $24 per year effective January 1st, 2014.  For more information from the Chief Scout Executive, click here.

PRE-PAID SCOUT CARD - A BSA pre-paid Scout card is now available from Discover.  Click here for more information.

Sipsey Wilderness Update:

Do you or your unit camp at the Sipsey Wilderness? Then you will want to click here for some information from the USDA and the Bankhead National Forest.



Volunteers are needed at Camp Sequoyah April 25-27 and May 9-11for work weekends to help on a variety of projects needed at the camp. These projects range from electrical work to painting to general labor so anyone can help. Volunteers will need to provide their own tents and food but snacks and drinks will be avialble during the days. Come help provide some much needed service at The Land of 1,000 Dreams. Contact Camp Ranger Matt Gardner at 
matthew.gardner@scouting.orgor to volunteer or for more information.


 Commissioner's Corner 

Commissioner's Conference: Saturday May 3rd 9am - 1pm


Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene in Cullman, AL


Watch your email inbox for more details.

Thank you for your service!

Tim Smalley




Philmont Training Center 2014 Courses:

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1950, PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.

Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. All registered Scouters are invited to attend training center courses.

Here are a list of the courses being offered by the Philmont Training Center for summer/fall of 2014. 
Click here. 

If you are interested in attending the Philmont Training Center for 2014 please contact Cindy Perry at or Clay Pruitt at by Tuesday, Sept. 24th to let us know if your interested in attending these incredible courses.

Introducing the 2014 NYLT Courses:

Spring Session, June 1-7, 2014 Camp Jackson, Scottsboro, AL 35769
Summer Session, July 6-12, 2014 Camp Westmoreland, Florence, AL 35

Michael Cole, Winter Session Scoutmaster 
256-283-4755 (Cell)
Nick Liberatore, Spring Session Scoutmaster 
256-503-4141 (Cell) email:
Mark Brown, Summer Session Scoutmaster 
256-653-6712 (Cell) email:

What is NYLT? 
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a six-day outdoor training course
for senior youth leaders in the Boy Scouting or the Venturing programs. Three different NYLT
Sessions are being offered by the Greater Alabama Council in 2014: the Winter NYLT Course, the
Spring NYLT Course and the Summer NYLT Course. The Winter Course will be conducted over
two three day weekends, 18-20 January 2014 & 14-17 February 2014. The Spring and Summer NYLT Courses will be conducted as a week long course and will be offered on 1 – 7 June 2014 or 6-12 July 2014. NYLT augments the training received from Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). NYLT focuses on the skills needed by Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders, Presidents and Boatswains. The course is led by a volunteer staff of youth and adults experienced in training youth leaders.

*Please click here for registration form and more information.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) weekend session will be taught Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at Camp Tekawitha in Springville, AL, This course starts Friday at 6:00 pm and concluding on Sunday at 12:00 Noon.. This session involves a great deal of learning in the field, rather than in a class room setting. Emphasis will be on learning practical Scouting skills that will prepare you to lead an outdoor scouting experience for your troop. This weekend has always proven to be fun, exciting, and very important in discovering what the “Scouting Spirit” is all about. The fee for the OLS session is $17.50, which includes all materials for this session.
Registration deadline for this IOLS session is Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Shades Valley Lutheran Church 9:00-5:00
720 Shades Creek Parkway

BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It introduces Cub Scout leaders to pack overnight camping. Whether you’re an experienced camper or an outdoor novice, BALOO has something to offer you! 
Packs may hold overnight campouts, but at least one adult leading the outing must be BALOO trained. (Guide to Safe Scouting). You do NOT have to be a registered leader to attend… just interested in giving your Cub Scouts a great campout experience. Come learn better ways to prepare for a fun and safe outing that everyone (including YOU) will enjoy! For more information visit


Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course 

Only six spots left!

WHAT: The Wilderness and Remote First Aid class is a 16 hour course which will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of scouts, scout leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where you will be challenged to integrate your learning skills. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situation. This course certification is good for 2 years.

WHERE: Brierfield State Park, Brierfield Al

WHEN: CPR/AED: Thursday May 8th 6pm-8pm Riverchase United Methodist Church

WFA: Friday May 9th 5pm- 10pm Brierfield State Park 
Saturday May 10th 7am – 6pm Brierfield State Park.

CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions please contact Angie Pettigrew
E-mail address: or Cell phone: 205-999-1085

Click here to download registration form and for more information.



Cub Adventure Weekend!!!
Camp with your family at Camp Comer. We have exciting activities for ALL Cub Scouts, as well as the entire family. Your favorite activities are back and we have added slingshots to the fun, with a Galactic, Space adventure theme. Sign up now so you don’t miss out on the fun! There will be an additional $25.00 late fee if registration is received less than one week prior to session date. Check in time starts Friday at 4:00 p.m.Check out is 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

The cost is $60.00 per Cub and Partner, $80.00 for 2 Cubs and Partner and additional family members are $25.00 each. (Children 5 and under are free). Deadline is one week from date of each session. Patch for the Cub is included in the fee. For information contact Clay Pruitt at 1-205-970-0251 (x4254) or Handicap accessible campsites are available for any families with special needs. T-shirts will be available by pre-ordering or on site in the Trading Post for an additional fee. $10.00 for YS-AXL and $15.00 for 2X and 3X.

Dinner Friday night is at 6:00 p.m., Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served on Saturday, as well as Breakfast on Sunday. Campers with special dietary restrictions need to contact the Council Service Center prior to attending for assistance.

Sleeping Accommodations - Camp Comer has two man tents and four man Adirondacks. Due to the number of participants, we cannot reserve campsites and we have to save the Adirondacks for families of 3 or more on a first come first serve basis. We ask that any groups with four use the Adirondacks. There will be room for families that wish to bring their own tents.

Click here to register online


Download a paper copy here.

Cub Adventure Weekend Staff Needed!!

If you would like to serve on staff at Cub Adventure please fill out the attached paper copy here and email to Jenny Hairell We greatly need your help. Thanks for your consideration. Click Here


2014 Webelos Resident Camp

Looking for a GREAT and FUN opportunity for your Webelos this summer? Then click here for info about Webelos Resident Camp. We'll see you at Camp Comer July 20-23!




SUMMER CAMP 2014 - Campsites are filling quickly for next summer.  Weeks 1-3 at both camps are now closed.  Other weeks are also approaching capacity.  Click here for a reservation form if your troop has not yet signed-up!  (Our out-of-council guests, please click here for your reservation form.)
PHILMONT 2014 CAMPERSHIPS - The Greater Alabama Council has received an allocation from the Waite Phillips Campership Fund for the 2014 Philmont summer season.  CLICK HERE for more information.
EAGLE SERVICE PROJECTS - There are still a few $100.00 Lowe's Eagle Scout Grants available for Scouts working on their Eagle Scout service projects. These grants are available for purchasing materials that may be needed in completing the projects and must be used prior to December 31, 2014. For more information, click here.  CLICK HERE for more information.


CHANGES TO EAGLE-REQUIRED MERIT BADGE LIST -- Effective January 1st 2014, Cooking will be added to the list of merit badges required for Eagle.  A new merit badge, Sustainability, will be introduced in 2013, and Scouts will have the option of earning either Environmental Science or Sustainability for Eagle.  Click here for more information.

CAMP JACK WRIGHT - There will be a series of programs and speakers at Camp Jack Wright this fall. For more information, click here.



Philmont 2015 Council Contigent!!

I am pleased to confirm that Greater Alabama Council has been assigned the following allocation for our 2015 Council Contingent:

The contingent is limited to 45 youth and 15 adults. 

Anticipated Itinerary: 

Saturday, 13 June 2015: Depart from Birmingham by bus (approx 7 PM)

Monday, 15 June: Arrive at Philmont-Saturday, 28 June: Depart Philmont, 

Sunday, 29 June: Bus returns to Birmingham

Estimated Cost: $1,400 includes transportation, lodging, all meals, and Philmont fees. (Note: Transportation costs are based on filling the bus and are subject to change. The final cost will be determined as soon as firm transportation costs are established.)

Contingent applications will be processed beginning Monday, March 24th. A deposit of $ 150 is required with the application. Additional payments will be due on September 1st, 2014 and February 1st, 2015.

Youth must be 14 (or 13 and completed eighth grade) as of 15 June 2015

All participants must meet the height/weight standards and Philmont specific requirements of Part D of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Form.

Waite Phillips scholarships may be available for 2015. We will be notified prior to fall of 2014 if any funds will be
available for use by council contingents if a financial need is present. 

Click here to download the application for the Philmont 2015 Council Contingent. 

You can mail the application on the address on the application or email at

If you have any questions regarding the Council Contingent please contact Clay Pruitt at 205-970-0251 or



2014 Camp Sequoyah Week 6

“Expand Your Dreams”

Greater Alabama Council


July 13-19, 2014


Okay! We'll level with ya! There are just some super Scouts out there that live and breath SUMMER CAMP! After all it is the most exciting time of the year. The Greater Alabama Council is thrilled to announce that we are adding a 6th week at Camp Sequoayh designed specifically for those Scouts that want to experience more summer camp. Scouts register to attend as individuals instead of with a troop.  No adult leaders are required.  The Camp Sequoyah Staff will provide instruction and be your Scout leader for the week.  Each Scout will be assigned a campsite and adult staff members will provide leadership.  Scouts can then focus their attention on merit badges and activities they really enjoyed or did not get to do during regular summer camp.

The cost for Scouts who already attended a G.A.C. summer camp in 2014 is only $200. $250 for those Scouts who did not already camp with the Council in 2014. 

Click Here for more info


Philmont Troop and Crew Lottery for 2015!


If your Troop and/or Crew were not selected by Philmont in 2015 great news we have 4 spots left for your Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew to join us at Philmont for 2015. Here are the requirements to put in the Council Contingent Lottery:


1. You must have a minimum of 10 participants (youth and adult) but no more than 12 for the trek

2. The dates of the trek at Philmont are June 15-28th, 2015

3. Troop and Crews will get to set their own trek itinerary and travel arrangements

4. If your Troop/Crew is selected you must have a $1,000 non-refundable deposit sent to the Council office to reserve your spot two weeks after the lottery on May 22nd. 

5. Contact Clay Pruitt at or 205-970-0251 to put your Troop/Crew in the lottery


All submissions must be sent to Clay Pruitt by Wednesday, May 7th and the drawing will take place on Thursday, May 8th. If your unit is selected and does not have the $1,000 deposit in the two week window another Troop/Crew will be selected. This is a great opportunity for you and your Scouts to enjoy a Scouters Paradise.




VENTURING OFFICERS ASSOCIATION -  Venturing Officers Association of Greater Alabama meets once/month.  Every Crew in the Council should be represented at these meetings. If the President of your Crew cannot attend she/he should send a representative. If unable to make the drive, please let us know and we can include you through skype, or facetime. We have some great ideas for council wide events, but need your ideas to make them even better!   Please call Caroline Dewberry at 256.714.1045 for more information.
PHILMONT 2014 CAMPERSHIPS - The Greater Alabama Council has received an allocation from the Waite Phillips Campership Fund for the 2014 Philmont summer season.  CLICK HERE for more information.
Venturing News

To get the latest Venturing training and activities please go for National information and for Southern Region information

Venturing Youth Protection
Please go to to complete Venturing Youth Protection training it is a different course from the basic Youth Protection Training that gives information as to handle older youth and co-ed functions as a Crew.

Venturing Religious Awards
Please go to to get information as to how your Venturer or Crew can complete the Duty to God requirements. A Scout is Reverent...

Become an officer of the Venturing Officers Association
If you would like to become an officer or even President of the VOA please see attached application to fill out. Please send completed applications to Caroline Dewberry at

Next VOA meeting
Will take place following the High Adventure Weekend at Camp Comer on Sunday, April 6th. Please contact President of the VOA Patrick Yim at


District News 

(Click on the District to go directly to that section) 


Apr 25-27: SR-9 Conclave at Moundville -- Join hundreds of Arrowmen from nearly a dozen lodges across Alabama and Georgia as they participating in training and competition to strengthen each other and determine which lodge is the best. We'll be camping at the historic Moundville Archaeological Park in Moundville, Alabama (just south of Tuscaloosa). Watch for full details.

- See our full calendar at


The time for unit elections is coming up quickly! Many units hold their elections between February and April so their candidates can participate in the May Ordeal or be called out at Summer Camp. If your unit would like to hold an Order of the Arrow election, we'll be more than happy to send a trained, friendly election team to you to conduct the election and process the paperwork. Click here to request an election team:


We're launching our history project for the Order of the Arrow centennial celebration next year, and we need you're help! Project adviser Chris Brightwell is gearing up to film a documentary and pen an extensive historical reference that spans the entire 85 years of the the Order's service to Scouting in North Alabama. It'll reach back to the founding of Cherokee Fifty in 1930, advance through the birth of Achunanchi and Kaskanampo lodges, celebrate the unification of those lodges in to Coosa Lodge, and maybe try to paint a picture of what our future might look like. 

If you want to be a part of this or know someone who might, contact him ( or click here for more info:

NOAC 2015

We're planning to take 200 Coosa Lodge members to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference to celebrate the Order's centennial, meet Arrowmen from throughout the Order, learn the most effective ways to improve our lodge program and maximize its impact, and much, much more. We'll have more info on this as the year progresses, but you should just go ahead and plan to be with usAugust 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Watch for more details.


Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news and info as soon as it's available!


- John Mayhall, Lodge Chief:
- Mr. Ed O'Neal, Lodge Adviser:
- Mr. Joey Kiker, Staff Adviser:



Recharters Due


Recharters were due for most Arrowhead Units on December 31, 2013 or January 31, 2014 If you have questions, need help, or are ready to turn it in please contact your Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner Henry Gilson at, or District Director Rich Hayes at Please help us by completing your Recharters as soon as possible. 


Scout Discount Cards:


Scout Discount Cards are a great opportunity for Scouts to earn money for camp and other Scouting activities. We still have cards available. Please contact Rich Hayes, 256-221-9822 or, if your unit or any individual scouts are interested in selling.


Philmont Slots Available 


Troop 336, Hartselle has 4 open slots for 1 adult+1 scout and 2 scouts. Our travel dates are 15 June to 1 July 2014 with arrival at Philmont on 17 June. Contact Scott Owen at 256-612-7416 or for more information.


Arrowhead District Pinewood Derby: April 12


This year's District Pinewood Derby was hosted by Pack 236 in Athens, AL. The Derby was held on April 12 at Isom's Chapel UMC. It was an exciting event with Scouts from throughout the district coming to have fun and race their cars.


Spring Camporee: April 25-27


The Spring Camporee will be held April 25-27. Leaders’ Guide is available on the District Yahoo! Page.


At the Arrowhead Spring Camporee we will have some special activities for the Webelos.  Webelos will work on the Scientist Activity Pin (hopefully will complete all requirements), observe the Boy Scout competitions, as well as take a "tour" of the Boy Scout Troop camp sites.  This will be an opportunity for the Webelos and any parents who attend to meet local Boy Scout leaders and learn what is available to continue their Scouting journey.


Camporees are an excellent opportunity for Webelos and their parents to experience Boy Scouts.  Webelos are welcome to spend Saturday night, but will need to be sponsored by a Troop, or they could attend the activities for the day.  We hope the activities will energize and prepare them to bridge over into a troop.  As time allows (for both Webelos and Boy Scouts) we are hoping to give the Webelos a chance to try out some of the Boy Scout competition activities.


For questions or details please contact Alice Taylor at  Reservations need to be made through a Boy Scout Troop. 



Looking for unit commissioners- If you are interested in getting involved on the District level, or becoming a unit commissioner we are always looking for more help, there is a place for YOU, so please contact me. 






Joe MacDonald - 256-232-8371- Athens 

Charlie Youmans - 256-565-3400 - Cullman 

Michael Findlay - 256-686-1546 - Decatur



Sign up for the Arrowhead Yahoo Group page at:


Rich Hayes 

Arrowhead District Director 




The Birmingham District would like to congratulate the following Scouts for earning their spot in the Council Pinewood Derby with a win in this past weekend’s District Derby at South Hampton School: 



1st Grade 2nd – 3rd Grade 4th – 5th Grade


Corey Tims Tyson Truitt Brandon Bell

Xavier Sheppard Jordan Abdur-Rasheed Kayleb Taylor

Imeria Hardy Jaden Marshall Corey Johnson





Monday, April 28, 2014


Sixth Avenue Baptist Church 

1101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW

Birmingham, AL 35211


This is a free, two hour required training session for anyone currently serving in a Scouting unit or anyone interested in becoming a leader. The only requirement to attend is that you go online to, register with a new account, if you do not have one, and complete Youth Protection Training and This Is Scouting. Please bring the completion documentation with you to training. You will be asked to print a copy of your completion certificate once you finish the 30 minute sessions.



Thursday, May 1, 2014


Sixth Avenue Baptist Church

1101 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW 

Birmingham, Alabama 35211


Let’s get prepared for the 2014-2015 program and plan your Scouting year in the process. The Birmingham Program Preview meeting is for all Scout Leaders or parents in packs, troops, and crews. There you will get the council and district dates for 2014-2015.




Saturday, May 3, 2014 9:00AM

Birmingham Scout Shop

516 Liberty Parkway

Birmingham, AL 35242


Birmingham District Merit Badge & Belt Loop Day Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:00am - 3:00pm at the Birmingham Scout Shop - 516 Liberty Parkway Birmingham, AL 35242. It is a one-day event for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and boys considering joining Scouts. Boy Scouts can earn merit badges and Cub Scouts can earn belt loops in the morning and afternoon sessions. A Cub Scout t-shirt or uniform is appropriate. Closed toe shoes must be worn. Lunch will be provided. We strongly recommend pre-registration!!! 


JUNE 9-13, 2014

JCCEO Headstart West Center Street Facility

1712-3rd Street SW

Birmingham, AL 35211


The Birmingham District will hold our annual Cub Scout Day Camp this year in a new location. We will be moving back into the community to make the transportation easier for our families. The regular price of camp is $100. We are running the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – You only pay $75 to attend camp if you complete your registration form by May 27th. Day Camp Volunteers are needed. If you volunteer for the hold week you will receive a $30 camp refund at the end of camp (You or a representative for your child MUST work each day of camp). So you have an opportunity to pay as little as $45 for the camp. The full fee must be paid in full at the time of registration and refunds will be given on the last day of camp for working Adult Leaders with registered Scouts attending the camp. Please email if you would like to help with the fun of day camp. For more information on Birmingham Day Camp please contact Mrs. Deborah Hudson at





The Birmingham District is actively recruiting Unit Commissioners to serve Packs and Troops, Unit Commissioners serve a maximum of three units, and provide a vital link between the units and District Services/Support. Those interested please contact Fred Jarmon at (901) 262-0758 or by email at




Thank you,



Brian Wilson

District Director

Greater Alabama Council

Boy Scouts of America

(205) 563-8097 



Anthony Edwards 

Senior District Executive 

Greater Alabama Council 

Boy Scouts of America

(205) 969-4252


Hello Everyone,

This year we will concentrate on recruiting all year long in order to offer our program to as many youth as possible. We will also be offering new and unique program opportunities. 

Rechartering process is underway, and I will be keeping you updated on our progress through the next 2 months. If you have an issues what so ever with your charter please give me a call and I will be happy to assist you with your problem. Please be sure to get these in on time, and complete.

Our Distirct American Values Dinner is set for March 8th at Shocco Springs, we will need volunteers to help us put this on and do the flag ceremony. We are very excited to have Former Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley, as our guest speaker. Please let me know if you are interested in attending or helping out.

Round Table is set for this Thursday the 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Talladega Citizen's Hospital in the board room. Please come by if you can make it, we will have a lot to cover for the coming year. We will also offer any assistance for recharters that you may need.

We will also be looking to create a new spring event for our spring recruiting purposes, pleas stay tuned for info on that. We have been working on a small fishing derby just for our Cub Scouts in Cheaha District, there will be more info to follow on this event in the next couple of weeks.

Please start signing up for our Cheaha Day Camp, this year we are partnering with our neighbors Choccolocco in order to provide a top notch experience for Day Camp. We are looking to welcome 150 scouts to this event that will be held in 3 separate locations over 3 days. June 9th will be held at Anniston Museum of Natural History,June 11th will be at Shocco Springs here in Talladega, and June 13thwill be at Camp Lee in Oxford. We are still working out all the kinks, but Transportation will be provided for the outlying areas to make the process as easy to attend as possible. The early bird price for this event is $75 sign up now and enjoy our payment plan, just send what you can now and be billed what works for you until the event. We are very excited and hope you will join us for what is sure to be a top notch experience.

Also thank you Troop 4132 for hosting an excellent Pine Wood Derby. All winners will be receiving information about the council derby pretty soon. Again thank you to Troop 4132 for hosting the district and showing us such a good time.

Thank you everyone for all you do, and I look forward to a very exciting 2014!

Thank you,

Thomas Ritch
Cheaha District Executive

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to those units who have completed and turned in your recharter packets. RECHARTERS ARE NOW PAST DUE. Please contact me at and schedule a time for me to pick up completed packets from you. You can also drop them by the office. If you are having trouble or need help with your packet, just let me know and I would be happy to help. Contact me or Cyndi LaFond for help with recharters her email is

Cherokee District needs volunteers to serve as Unit Commissioners and District Committee Members. If you are interested in volunteering at this level please contact me. We have a variety of exciting positions that directly impact Scouting in Western Jefferson County as a whole.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with Day Camp this year. See below for dates and times. If you are interested, please contact me at or 205-541-4292. We need folks to be/help with Walking Den Leaders, Shooting Sports, Crafts, Activities.

Scout Discount Card Sale is underway! Scout discount cards are a risk free, easy way to raise money for Scouting activities. You can check out cards at the Scout Office, or order them online at Sell them for $5 each, and by April 25th turn in any cards you did not sell and $2.50 for each card you do sell. easy!

Upcoming Events:

ROUNDTABLE: 4/3 at 7:00PM. Bessemer LDS Church. 

DISTRICT CAMP-O-REE: 4/4-6 at the West Blocton Coke Ovens Park ( Scouts check in Friday after 4:00PM. Opening Campfire: 8:00pm Friday. Competitions begin at 9:30AM Saturday morning. Fun, Fellowship, Food! Contact Mark Lambert for more information: or 568-8117 CLICK HERE FOR FORM

CUB SCOUT SHOOTING SPORTS TRAINING- 4/12, 9am-5pm @ Camp Sequoyah. Contact Mike Read for more information If you want to help out at Day Camp with Shooting Sports, you need this training!

DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY- 4/12 @ Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Registration starts at 8:00am. Races start at 9:00am. Cost is $5 per car. Official Rules can be found at

PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE: 5/1 at 7:00PM at Bessemer LDS Church.

CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP- 6/9-6/13, 3:00PM-8:00PM @ Tannehill State Park 

Scouts and Scouters,

Day Camp will be here before you know it. We're doing something very exciting this year, a traveling day camp at three different locations for three days. Day one will be at the Anniston Museum of Natural History, there will be a live animal show and a lot of cool scientific stuff. Day two will be at Shocco Springs, where the McWane Center will bring their mobile show and we'll get to swim and shoot BB guns and do archery. Day three will be at Camp Lee, where we'll get to swim in the lake and have a family picnic, including the awards ceremony. Online registration will be up soon, and if you want to make payments, get in touch with me. It's June 9, 11, and 13. There will be transportation provided. You can download paper registration and health forms and online registration will be up soon at


Also, if you haven't yet registered for Summer Camp, you're late. We need to get that in ASAP. Let me know how I can be of assistance.


And, be thinking ahead to this fall and our Council Encampment, ScoutFest 2014. It will be at Point Mallard in Decatur. There will be a concert, lots of cool activities, and thousands of your closest Scouting friends. It's going to be awesome.




Yours in Scouting,



Jacob Probus

District Executive





Upcoming District Events:


April 16 - American Values Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.


April 17 - District Committee Meeting, Saks LDS Church, 5:30 p.m.


May 1 - Roundtable, Saks LDS Church, 6 p.m.


Spring Camporee - May 9, 10, and 11 at the Heflin Watershed


Day Camp - June 9, 11, and 13



ROUNDTABLE: APRIL 8th, 6 p.m. Fort Payne Scout Hut, Gadsden FUMC. 6 p.m.


SCOUTS NEEDED FOR ETOWAH LUNCHEON APRIL 15th 2014, Need Scouts in full class A uniform, No blue jeans, must be fully dressed in class A, to help with our American Values Luncheon, also please send any and all Eagle Scout photos you have of projects, the Eagle Board, etc. We need these for our powerpoint as soon as possible, email them to Any projects you have worthy of table decorations, need those as soon as possible to, we really want to highlight Scouting at our Luncheon. Leaders, any of you that can help us with registration and seating the morning of would be highly appreciated, and if any of you can come help us decorate, and stay after shortly to take everything down. We will set up Monday NightApril 14th at 4:30 p.m. and be there at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday April 15th to finish setting up.
THANK YOU!! Gene Stallings is our speaker, and we are honoring Ronnie Watkins and Fred Sington, Jr.

Day Camp and Scout Fest!!!! Please remind everyone to sign up for Day Camp, this will be Mad Scientist this year and Awesome fun!!! 
LOM JUNE 2-6 Noccalula Falls 5:30-9 p.m. Twlight Camp
DAY CAMP MEETING: Sunday, April 13th 1 p.m. for Day Camp committee/workers! 

Still need workers for DeKalb June 16-21 Twlight Camp contact Jessica Millican 205-902-1577

SCOUT CARDS are available for our area if you are interested, the Sonic and Express Oil will honor the coupons on the card!!! Contact Jessica if interested 205-902-1577

OA CONCLAVE: Moundville, Alabama April 25-27th

SUMMER CAMP IS ALMOST HERE!!! Summer Camp is filling up fast, please reserve your spot today, thank you to those of you who have already reserved your Week!! 
REMEMBER Sequoyah is having a Week 6, this is a great way to earn those merit badges, or just have a great time at beautiful Sequoyah!!!

High Adventure Extravaganza, VENTURE CREWS THIS WOULD BE PERFECT FOR YOU!!! 4/14/14


RECHARTERS ARE DUE, some are past due, I will be availble the next two weeks to pick up recharters from you, please help me to get those in as soon as possible, 205-902-1577.

Congratulations to our 2013/2014 Eagle Scouts!!

Congratulations to our Pinewood Derby Winners from March 15th Race

1) Kristopher Richey Pack 184
2) Cole Perry 114
3) Jacob McKiven 54

1) Gunnar Shores 184
2) Ryder Bryant-Griffin 2641

1) AC Richey 184
2) Sam Shankles 184
3) Isiah Thomas 184

1) Devin Hull 777
2) AJ Solomonik 54
3) Sam Kilgo 777

SPRING RECRUITING/ For all those packs interested in Spring Recruiting, if you plan to continue through the summer, we can recruit Kindergartners, I have some fliers, contact me if you want to do a spring recruiting, we can get them signed up and get them to Day Camp!!

Thank You Lookout Mountain for all that you do!!
Jessica Millican

Hello Everyone, 

My name is Curtis Hunt and I will be filling in until we hire a new District Executive in Mountain Lake. If you have questions please contact me at 256-361-7303(cp) or

If you have any recharter questions or concerns please contact me or Charlie Grider at 256-609-1685 or

Thank you for all you do in Scouting, 

Curtis Hunt
District Director
Spring Camporee - We are trying to organize the camporee.  The Mountain Lake Camping Committee needs your help.  Right now it is May 2 - 4 at Camp Jackson.  Theme will be Wilderness Survival.  We are looking for volunteers to help plan this camporee.  Please e-mail Steven Harnden at or Mike Lewis at if you can help or have suggestions.
Troop 18 turns 100 years old this year and we are celebrating on Scout Sunday.  All are invited to come to the celebration on February 9 at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church.  See attached flyer. 



Jay Elliott

Shelby District Executive



As the new District Executive for the Shelby District, I am excited to be in this great district and look forward to meeting all of you and working with you to continue the great tradition of the Shelby District being one of the best districts in the Council. I can be reached at the number and email above.



Leaders please contact Larry Walck, our 2014 Family Friends of Scouting Chairman, in order to schedule a Family FOS Presentation. Larry Walck, or Cell 205-532-1568. Thank you for your help! Troops, remember that a Family FOS presentation will help lower the cost of summer camp for 2014. 



The Scout Card initiative is designed by the Greater Alabama Council to help Scouts earn their way to summer camp, day camp, Winter Blast, Webelos Resident Camp or to provide funds for other unit expenses. Scout Cards are a great value for anyone who purchases one. The card's discounts more than pay for itself for the buyer in just a few short uses. Please contact Jay Elliott for more cards, 



The Shelby District is actively recruiting Unit Commissioners to serve Packs, Troops, and Crews. Unit Commissioners serve a maximum of three units, and provide a vital link between the units and District Services/Support. Those interested please contact John Giddens at 205-542-0983, or by email at



Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2014, Grace Christian Church, 869 Hwy 52, Helena, AL 35080


The Shelby District will be holding OUTDOOR LEADERS SKILLS training at Grace Christian Church in Helena on April 25-26. This course is designed to teach adults the same skills that all First Class Scouts would learn. This is a course for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and others. Pleaae email Dr. Larry Lee ( with your interest in taking or assisting with this course. For more information click here.



Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Shades Valley Lutheran Church, 720 Shades Creek Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35209

BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It introduces Cub Scout leaders to pack overnight camping. Whether you’re an experienced camper or an outdoor novice, BALOO has something to offer you! Packs may hold overnight campouts, but at least one adult leading the outing must be BALOO trained. (Guide to Safe Scouting). You do NOT have to be a registered leader to attend… just interested in giving your Cub Scouts a great campout experience. Come learn better ways to prepare for a fun and safe outing that everyone (including YOU) will enjoy! For more information contact Michael Wells at 205-540-2302



Saturday, May 10, 2014, Riverchase United Methodist Church

The Shelby District will hold a Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training on Saturday May 10 at the Riverchase United Methodist Church. Come learn about how to guide our Scouts to put on a successful program in their trips. Troop 367 will be hosting this event and look forward to seeing you there. This course as well as the Outdoor Leader Skills are the requirements to be a trained Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. Please join us in providing every Scout with a trained leader. More info to come.



Thursday, May 1, 2014, Riverchase Church of Christ. Please come out and see what is going on in the Greater Alabama Council for 2015. Bring another volunteer with you.




The Shelby District held their annual District Pinewood Derby this past weekend and everyone had a great time. Please congratulate the following winners the next time you see them and wish them luck in the Council Pinewood Derby on April 26, 2014. Tigers: 1st place- Max Douglas from Pack, 2nd place – Dean Schillici from Pack 3rd place – Brad Anderson from Pack Insert picture 1 here. Wolves:1st place – Alex Willard from Pack, 2nd place – Dashland Barham from Pack , 3rd place – Cooper Cole from Pack , Please insert picture 2 here Bears: 1st place – James Vandermculen from Pack 533, 2nd place – Palmer Sexton from Pack 353, 3rd place – Sam Wiggins from Pack 5, Please insert picture 3 here Webelos: 1st place – Cody Blackmon from Pack , 2nd place – Ethan Douglas from Pack , Parker Still from Pack . Again, please congrats these great winners!


Day Camp is but 8 weeks away! As many of you know we ask each Pack to recruit a Day Camp Coordinator to collect the registration forms, medical forms, and payment. Please check with your Pack for who that person is. The Pack coordinator will be recruiting two Walking Den Leaders per Day for each den of 10 cubs. Walking Den Leaders that work all five days and attend one of the WDL training sessions qualify for a $30 rebate that is issued on the last day of camp. Please contact for registration, questions, or to volunteer. Some important upcoming dates:


Thursday, April 24th 6:00 to 8:00 pm -- Day Camp Resistration Turn-in at Riverchase Church of Christ

Sunday, May 4th, 2 pm -- Walking Den Leader Training at Clayton Scout Service Center

Thursday May 8t,h 6:30 pm -- Walking Den Leader Training at Clayton Scout Service Center

Thursday May 22th, , 6 pm -- Mandatory Parent Orientation -- Parents find out which Walking Den their Scout is in, tee-shirts and park passes will be distributed.


Recharters were due into the office by 5 PM on February 14th. If you have not completed your charter, you are a dropped unit (not good!) and need to get your charter resolved as soon as possible. You will be contacted until we get the charter completed. If you need any help or have any questions, please call your respective Unit Commissioner or Anna at (256) 508-5623. We are here to help you guys if you need it!

PPC will no longer be held in August. PPC will be moved up to May Roundtable. There will be lots of great information and you will be provided a calendar with District and Council events. Put the May Roundtable on your calendar for May 1st!

We also have Scout Cards in the Huntsville office! The cards are $2.50 a piece, and you sell them for $5. As many of you know, the Scout Cards help scouts earn their way to camp. Attached, you will find the Scout Card Guidebook for you to use and to review. We have a lot of exciting deals this year:

Publix: $5 off your purchase of $50 or more
Express Oil Change: $5 off oil change and 10% off any mechanical service
Alabama Outdoors: 10% off your purchase
Huntsville Iceplex: Buy one, get one free adult admission (includes skates)
Quiznos: Free medium drink with purchase of combo meal
Baskin Robbins: 10% off purchase
Shane’s Rib Shack: Free smothered fries with purchase of two entrees
SportClips: $2 off any haircut

On the topic of summer camp, the first three weeks at both camps are FULL. If you still have not registered for summer camp, please do so as soon as possible. Camp is filling up quick, get registered! You will also be contacted about where your troop is going if we have not heard from you.

Some packs will also be contacted to discuss participating in school nights for the spring. We really want to start early with Spring Recruitment. Getting started early will help grow our membership.

If you qualified for the Council Pinewood Derby, you should have received a letter in the mail. The Council Pinewood Derby will be held on April 26th at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Attached, you will find the flyer.

As a reminder if you were unable to attend the District Award Banquet, we still have awards in the Scout Office. Awards will be brought to April Roundtable. Please make sure you have picked up your awards. 

Also, we will have a workday at Trinity Presbyterian Church to thank them for letting us use the church for Roundtable. More information and details about the upcoming workday will be sent out soon.

As always, there are a few dates you should keep in mind for the upcoming months. 

Some dates to remember:

April 3rd
Event: Roundtable
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church
Time: 7:00 PM

April 18th
Scout Office Closed – Good Friday

April 19th
Event: Unit Leader Specific Training/Unit Commissioner Training
Where: Madison Church of Christ
Time: 8:00 AM
Point of Contact: Jimmy Sneddon

April 26th
Event: Council Pinewood Derby
Event Type: Cub Scout
Where: Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church
Point of Contact: David Philpot

If anyone has any questions or concerns, you can contact Anna at(256) 508-5623 or


We are pleased to announce that we have a new District Executive, Quentin Horton. Quentin is 

an Eagle Scout from Troop 102 in Huntsville, AL and graduated from Alabama A&M University 

with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Planning and Urban Studies with a minor in 

Criminal Justice. Quentin has a background in nonprofit work with AmeriCorps VISTA. 

Quentin most recently worked for a Mental Health Center in Madison County. We welcome 

Quentin to Three Rivers District and look forward to working with him in his new position. 

We are also proud to announce that Jay Elliott has been promoted and reassigned as Shelby 

District Executive. We are sad that we are losing Jay, because he has been such an asset to our 

District in his brief tour of duty here, and our loss is Shelby District’s gain. We will miss Jay, 

but we know that he will be just as good for Shelby District as he has been for Three Rivers. 


Robert Smith continues as our District Director as well as Vulcan District Director. 



NOTE: Three Rivers District Committee will meet on Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Student Center Cafeteria at Jefferson State Community College, Carson Road Campus.






ALL ADULTS ARE INVITED!!! The unit with the most adults present wins $$gift card$$$. Door Prizes given out. 

Everyone who wants to know all the dates and activities for the next year, plan on attending.

May 1st, 6:30pm, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1124 Montgomery Hwy S, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216, just up the hill from the VH Board of Education and the Community Center, turn in after the light. 

This replaces Roundtable for May.



Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Shades Valley Lutheran Church 9:00-5:00

720 Shades Creek Parkway

BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It introduces Cub Scout leaders to pack overnight camping. Whether you’re an experienced camper or an outdoor novice, BALOO has something to offer you! 

Packs may hold overnight campouts, but at least one adult leading the outing must be BALOO trained. (Guide to Safe Scouting). You do NOT have to be a registered leader to attend… just interested in giving your Cub Scouts a great campout experience. Come learn better ways to prepare for a fun and safe outing that everyone (including YOU) will enjoy! For more information visit



All ReCharter Paperwork is DUE at the Council Office ASAP. No unit should be late. Every unit should have received their Packet and completed training, if not, Contact your District Executive Michael Wells, It is critical that every unit have a representative present to pick up the packet, and review the changes for 2014.



Vulcan District Day Camp is Coming! 

Look for exciting activities coming your way…


 Water Activities

 Mad Scientist Lab

 Archery and BB Gun Range

 Field Sports and Games

 Water Rockets

 Nature Center

 Crafts

 The Sugar Shack (trading post)

 Advancements (earn archery and BB Gun belt loops and pins; get a head start on next year’s rank advancement)


Mark your Cub calendar for June 16-20 and check out the details on the website: . Action items for unit leaders are:

• Secure your Day Camp Pack Coordinator NOW! (Email this information to so we can get important day camp information to your pack.)

• Promote Day Camp registration deadlines (May 19 is the early registration deadline and June 2 is final deadline. No walkups will be accepted). 

Register here: 

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Abts,



We need additional adult support for several activity areas, including Shooting Sports (training April 12), Water Activities, and Field Sports. Please contact the Vulcan Day Camp Director, Elizabeth Abts,, or the Program Director, Sarah Smith Layfield,



The Scout Card initiative is designed by the Greater Alabama Council to help Scouts earn their way to summer camp, day camp, Winter Blast, Webelos Resident Camp or to provide funds for other unit expenses. Scout Cards are a great value for anyone who purchases one. The card's discounts more than pay for itself for the buyer in just a few short uses. Each unit should identify a Unit Coordinator. Cards will be available at the March 6 Roundtable, go online to order, or make sure to email Michael Wells with the Number of Cards needed, To order and to get the leaders guide, go to 



The Greater Alabama Council is thrilled to announce that we are adding a 6th week at Camp Sequoayh designed specifically for those Scouts that want to experience more summer camp. Scouts register to attend as individuals instead of with a troop. No adult leaders are required. The Camp Sequoyah Staff will provide instruction and be your Scout leader for the week. Each Scout will be assigned a campsite and adult staff members will provide leadership. Scouts can then focus their attention on merit badges and activities they really enjoyed or did not get to do during regular summer camp. For more information, go to:



NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.



The Nunne-Hi meeting is set for the last Thursday of the Month April 24. It will start at 6:30 PM at the Troop 21 Hut located at 2222 Savoy Street, Hoover. 

If you have the WHITE SASH with the RED ARROW, you need to attend the next meeting of the Nunne Hi Chapter, Vulcan District needs your service. You were elected not only for what you have done, but for what you can do. The Vulcan District Chapter, NUNNE HI (VULCAN) CHAPTER, needs all arrowmen to be active and attend. You should be active in the direction of the district, working to make Vulcan District be the best.

We need all arrowmen to attend

Vulcan OA is on Facebook - “Nunne-Hi Chapter of the Coosa Lodge”

Both former and current arrowmen of any lodge are invited to attend.

For Information, contact David Gunn, 205-410-6706.


Since the Chapter (the Nunne-Hi Chapter represents the Vulcan District) hasn't got a working budget due to low attendance, those attending the Feb 27th meeting should bring $2.00 cash to to help out with the refreshments we will have on hand. Distinctive, blue, Nunne-Hi Chapter pocket flaps will be available for $5.00 also.


Since your Troop will need an annual OA election this year, please plan on being there, or have your representative there, at the meeting so we can determine who will assist with the elections at troops other than your own. 


Daniel Giles - Westmoreland District Executive



I have Scoutcards that are available! Please be thinking of how many cards your unit would like to purchase or take out on consignment. 


I just wanted to thank everyone that helped make our recent Westmoreland Steak Social and our District Banquet a success! 


Congratulations to Kelly Kutz for receiving the District Award of Merit! 


At our next Roundtable, Thursday, May 1 we will have out annual Program Preview Conference which will lay out all of the great programs that will be offered by the district and council. We usually conduct this during August, but in an effort to help units plan their calendars we are putting it out earlier! 


We will also be promoting ScoutFest 2014 which will be a council-wide camping and program festival on the first weekend in November at Point Mallard Park!


We are in the process of promoting our Westmoreland District Cub Twilight Camp which will be June 9-13 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM. If your pack would like to have us come out give a talk to your parents about camp please email me and let me know. We are also in the process of looking for Day Camp Staff as well, if you're interested send me an email.


If your unit has an upcoming Blue and Gold Banquet or a Court of Honor please let me know, I would like to opportunity to attend and to talk to the parents about financial giving to Scouting


There will be an Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Course offered at Camp Westmoreland on May 16-17. For more information : Click Here 


If you need any help with re-charters please let me or our District Commissioner Karl Hall know. We are willing to help out in any way we can! Thank you to the units that have already turned their packets in!



Here is the latest Westmoreland District Calendar : Click Here


If your unit conducts any Community Service Projects or has a Special Outing or Event, please let me know and

send me your photos!




Each Scout should email the Eagle Board at This email address will deliver his

Request to several Board Members.


To schedule a Project Review or Eagle Board, the Scout should tell the Board their Name, Troop #, Email address and

Phone number that they may be reached at. Also, state if it is a Project Review or Eagle Board and give a brief

description of the proposed or approved Project including the Sponsor's Name and the physical work Location.

All requests are due by the Friday (at 5:00 P.M.) prior to the firstThursday of the month (Roundtable night). A Board

Member will send the Eagle Board's Monthly Schedule out by theMonday night prior to Roundtable. The Schedule will

be sent to each Scout, his Scoutmaster, the D.E., Roundtable Chair and Eagle Board.


Helpful Eagle Links: 

Lowes National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant


Westmoreland Eagle Board Guidelines


Sample Reference Letter


District Email- I would like to ask everyone to encourage your parents to sign up for the district email by going to: to get the latest and greatest with our District.