March 15 D. E.


March 15th, 2010 
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  



 What's Happening (next four weeks)  
VOLUNTEER MEETING WITH SCOUT EXECUTIVE - In an effort to improve communications and receive input on the direction of the council, eight meetings are planned for volunteers to visit with Scout Executive Tim Cooper on these and other topics. Tim will cover the updated plans for the council long range plans along with plans for our property development in the next few years.  These meetings are open to current registered leaders and Scouting parents. All Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and Venture Crew leaders are encouraged to share this information with your unit leaders and parents and encourage them to attend and be involved in this process.  We are expecting these meeting to be 1 ½ hours long, but the meeting will last as long as volunteers want to give input on the direction of the council. Please email or call Tommie Black, or 205-969-4241 to confirm your attendance.  To view the meeting(s) in your area, click here.
OA AMERICAN INDIAN SEMINAR - March 19-21 at Camp Comer.  Go to for more information.
COUNCIL OFFICES CLOSED - The council offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 2nd.
BEACH BLAST - April 16-18.  Updated information here!

 Events, Activities, and Information 
PHONE UPGRADES - Improvements continue to the Birmingham office phone system.  Kieth Wycoff now has a direct access line: 205-970-1160.
GOOD TURN FOR AMERICA - For a youth member in the Greater Alabama Council to earn the Good Turn for America Award a Cub Scout must complete a service project of at least two hours and a Boy Scout or Venturer a service project of at least five hours.  Hours do not have to be consecutive.  To log the hours go to
RENEW OUR RIVERS - Alabama Power is now offering a patch to any Boy Scout who participates in a Renew Our Rivers clean-up.  For more information, and a schedule of clean-ups, click here.
DISTRICT TRAINING SUMMARY - This is a summary of training scheduled at the district level throughout the council.  More information is available in the host district's section:
  • BALOO - Three Rivers District - March 20th
  • BALOO - Cherokee District - April 3rd 
  • Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training- Vulcan -March 27th 
  • BALOO - Vulcan District - April 10th
  • Wilderness First Aid - Mt. Lake District- March 27th and 28th
  • Webelos Den Leader Training – Vulcan - April 1st
  • BALOO Training - Shelby - April 3rd
  • Cub, Boy Scout and Chaplain Training - Shelby - May 1st
  • Leader Specific (Cub/Boy Scout/Varsity) - Talakto - March 27th
  • BALOO - Talakto - April 10th
  • OLS for Webelos Leaders - Talakto - April 9-10
  • OLS - Talakto - May 14-16
  • Pack Committee Training – Vulcan - June 3rd
  • Cubmaster Training – Vulcan - May 6th
  • Outdoor Leader Skills (OLS) – Vulcan - April 23-25
SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE HUNTSVILLE STARS - The Huntsville Stars present Scout Night. Camp under the stars with The Stars! Friday, May 7th, 2010.  For more information, or to register, click here.
HIGH ADVENTURE RACE - April 30th-May 2nd at Camp Comer.  Open to Venturers, Explorers, and Boy Scouts 14 or older.  For more information, or to register to attend, click here.
PHILMONT 2011 - Greater Alabama Council will send a contingent to Philmont in June of 2011.  The contingent is open to all Venturers and Boy Scouts who meet the age and height/weight requirements.  Contingent applications will be accepted for the next two weeks and will be processed beginning March 29th.  Click here for a contingent application.
LEAVE NO TRACE UPDATE - The new Boy Scout handbook adds a Leave No Trace Trainer as a position which can fulfill the leadership requirements for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.  In order to be certified as a Leave No Trace Trainer, a Scout must be over the age of 14 and have completed the 16 hour trainer course.   Click here for more information.

WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP MEETING - Parents interested in the proposed Webelos Resident Camp July 11-14 at Camp Comer, please mark your calendar for an informational meeting Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 at the Clayton Scout Service Center in Birmingham.  Council Cub Scout Co-Chair Kay Dummier will be leading the meeting and discussing plans to have a successful, fun event.

DO A GOOD TURN - collect toys for kids in Iraq. The 3/69 Army unit out of Ft. Stewart is looking for any new or gently used toys from the following list to hand out to the kids in Iraq. Please turn them in to the Huntsville Scout Shop. For more information please contact Pam Rideout 256-880-1488.
Beanie Babies                                              Slinky Toys
Rubik’s cubes                                              Coloring pencils and sharpeners
Markers                                                       Pencils
Small Etch-o-Sketch toys                              Frisbees
Small Lego sets (no characters)                     Soccer Balls/ Playground Balls
Badminton Sets                                           Jump Ropes
Sidewalk Chalk                                            Play Dough
Silly Putty                                                   Jack Sets
Little Pet Shops Toys                                   Small notebooks/sketch pads
Small Stuffed Animals                                  Barrel of Monkeys
Matchbox cars                                             Easy jigsaw puzzles                       
Rattles                                                         Water Color Sets
Lacing Beads                                               Easy Craft Kits
Memory Games( non character specific)

2010 BSA CENTENNIAL SILVER DOLLAR - On March 23, 2010, the US Mint launches the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar.  Plans call for the US Mint to begin selling the Boy Scout coins on March 23, 2010 at Noon (Eastern Time) via their website, and their toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Introductory pricing is available at $33.95 for the uncirculated coins and $39.95 for the proof coins. After April 22, if they are still available, prices will increase to $35.95 for uncirculated coins and $43.95 for proofs.  A surcharge of $10 on the sale of each coin will be forwarded to the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation to continue its efforts in hard to reach areas.


PINEWOOD DERBY- Do you need help conducting a Pinewood Derby Workshop for your Pack?  If so, contact John Vagner @ the Scout Shop for details & scheduling  at 205-967-5954. This is a great opportunity to have a more personalized workshop for your Cub Scouts.
The 2010 Greater Alabama Council Pinewood Derby is scheduled for May 8 at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover.  Weigh-In and race times will be determined closer to that date.   First through Third Place District winners by rank will be invited to participate.  Trophies will be awarded in the Tiger, Cub and Webelo Divisions for both Speed and Show categories for First through Third Place.    Look for more information in the near future.
While each District has the autonomy to set their own Derby’s rules, Click Here for the Official 2010 Greater Alabama Council Pinewood Derby Rules
CHIEF ZACK CROSS - Cross was an ordinary man from Bessemer, Alabama who served as a rising tide in the lives of men all over Alabama, the United States, and in distant countries. Chief trained boys who eventually became leaders in numerous professions. Now get your copy of Chief, a biography of Zack Cross. Copies of the book can be purchased at The Greater Alabama Council or through mail. Cost is $19 (+ $3 shipping & handling if mailed). Click here for more details and order form.
YOUTH IMPACT PLAN - During the last council anual business meeting, the board approved  the Youth Impact Plan, which sets several goals including:
          *  Doubling the number of youth served over the next five years
  • NORTHERN TIER - Troop 21, Bluffpark, has openings for Boy Scouts and adults for their scheduled a trip to Northern Tier, out of Bisset (includes the sea plane ride to the put in).  Departure from Birmingham will be on June 29 with return July 11, 2010.  Transportation is by Troop bus.  Individuals or a group to form a crew are welcome.  The cost is $1000, or less, at this time. Call Larry Young at 205- 901-2063 for more information.
  • PHILMONT - (1) A troop in Vulcan District has openings for two Scouts or Scouters.  For more information, contact Brent Pritchard at or 969-4248. (2)  Troop 368  in Huntsville has a Philmont trek 8-20 June with openings for Scouts.  Contact Jim Watson at 256-653-3659 for more information.
  • SEA BASE - The council has a Munson Island Adventure July 27th - August 2nd for four Scouts or Venturers, and 2 adults.  Cost is $ 700 plus transportation to/from Sea Base.  If interested contact Vince Lambert at or 205-969-4260.
DAY CAMP 2010 - “ON MY HONOR”...These words mean a lot in Scouting.  This is also the theme for Day Camp 2010.  Sign up now to be part of the fun, excitement and adventure of Cub Scout Day Camp.  There will be lots of wonderful activities for Cub Scouts across the Council.  To view or download the flier and registration form, click here.
HUNTSVILLE SCOUT HAS WINNING DESIGN  CORRECTION- Congratulations to Wyatt  Dunn of Pack 357 in Huntsville.   Wyatt’s design was chosen for theme for the 2010 Day Camp patch and t-shirt.   He will be awarded a free week at camp this year for his winning entry.  Thank you Wyatt and congratulations again.
WOOD BADGE 2010 – There will be one opportunity for 48 adult leaders to participate in Wood Badge next year. The course will be conducted September 17-19 at Camp Comer, and October 15-17 at Camp Jackson. Cost is $200. For more information, or to request an invitation to attend, Click Here.
EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW INFORMATION - Effective January 1, 2010 the Greater Alabama Council will go to a standard procedure for verifying Eagle Scout references.  This decision was based on a vote by the Council Advancement Committee and review by the Council Executive Committee to ensure consistency with the Eagle advancement process.  Each District will designate who receives the letters after they are completed, either the District Advancement Chair, a designee, or a member of the respective Troop Committee.  The letter should not go to the Scout but may be released to the Scout after the Board of Review if the writer of the letter so designates.  To view or download the new form, Click Here.
NATIONAL JAMBOREE - Greater Alabama Council still has openings for about 45 more Scouts who will be First Class and at least 12 but not yet 18 next summer to attend the National Jamboree celebrating 100 years of Scouting in the United States.  Check out for more information.
  • Registration is now open for summer camp 2010.  Make sure your troop is part of a great summer at Camp Comer or Camp Sequoyah.  Click Here for a camp reservation form.
  • Camp Comer - Weeks 1 - 4 are at capacity. No additional registrations will be accepted for these weeks (June 6 - July 3).
  • Camp Sequoyah - Weeks 1 -  3 are at capacity. No additional registrations will be accecpted for these weeks (June 6 - June 26 ).
  • REBATE ANNOUNCED : All troops attending Camp Sequoyah weeks 4 and 5, or Camp Comer week 5 will receive a rebate of $25 per Scout in camp.  Rebate checks will be mailed by September 1st.   Troops currently registered for camp may shift their registrations to these weeks to qualify for the rebate as well.
  • REMINDER: The first payment of $ 75 per Scout was due by Friday, February 12th.  This payment is non-refundable (except in the case of serious illness, immediate family tragedy, summer school or family re-location) but transferable from one Scout to another.
  • Leaders Guides are complete, and posted on the website for each camp.
  • STAFF NEEDED: Adult staff are needed for Climbing, Aquatics, Shooting Sports and Dining Hall, and top-notch youth staff are always welcome.  Click here for a staff application.
  • On-Line Class Sign-up:  An e-mail will go to the troop contact (listed on the camp reservation form) this Friday, March 19th which will allow you to complete your roster of Scouts attending summer camp.  One week later (March 26th), on-line class sign-up will begin.  The initial deposit of $ 75 per Scout must be paid to access the on-line registration site.
SMALLBORE CHAMPIONSHIP-  The 1st Annual  BSA / Greater Alabama Council Smallbore Championship will be held on May 8, 2010 at Brock's Gap Training Center, Inc. in Hoover, AL.  To participate, scouts must have earned their Rifle Merit Badge before the date of the event.  Equipment, firearms and ammunition will be provided.  Scouts will also have an opportunity to try their hand at shotgun shooting at the event.  For more information see the attached program or visit the or the "EVENTS" page of our junior club at
ALABAMA BOY SCOUT TAG -  Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts by purchasing a Boy Scout license tag. It is a great way to support the Scouting programs and your community. The proceeds from the tag will be returned to your local Boy Scout Council. Click Here for more information on how to get the Alabama Boy Scout Tag. To simplify the process, Greater Alabama Council can now process your request for you.  Simply go the Birmingham or Huntsville office, complete a Limited Power-of-Attorney form, and submit a copy of your current tag registration and your $ 50 payment, and the council staff will do the rest.
CUB LUAU 2010 - April 16-18 and 23-25 mark the dates for Cub Luau!  You don’t want to miss this great spring Cub activity.  An entire weekend of fun and excitement for a Cub and adult partner is only $55.00.  It will be a Polynesian paradise at Camp Comer so make plans to attend one or both sessions.  To view the flier or for more information click here.
CUB ACTIVITY HEALTH FORMS - The new BSA Health Forms are required for all events less than 72 hours.  This includes events such as Cub Luau, Alabama Adventure, and Cub Haunted Weekends.  Sections A and C must be completed.  This does not require a visit to a healthcare provider to be completed if the event is less than 72 hours.  To obtain the Health Form, go to the forms library section of the council website ( 
2008 EAGLE SCOUT CLASS - The names of the 2008 Eagle Scout Class have been engraved on the Eagle Wall Plaza at the Liberty Park complex.  All are welcome to come and view the names of this and all other Eagle classes.
SCUBA OPPORTUNITIES - Boy Scouts -- SCUBA merit badge is now available.  Venturers --SCUBA instructions and outings are available.  Interested?  Click here for more information.
100TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE PROJECT – The Greater Alabama Council is partnering with the Salvation Army Food Bank to collect canned and non-perishable food items to help the less fortunate in our community. This will be the official service project for the Council’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. The drive will begin in the fall of 2009 and end in February 2010. For more information, Click Here.
VENTURING AND EXPLORING ADVISORS: “Looking to add some excitement to your annual program?” - The Greater Alabama Council has answered many of your request and recommendations by including a total of Seven (7) fun filled events to the council’s annual program calendar for all Venturers and Explorers. If your Crew or Post would like to sign up for one or several of the events included in the attachment (Venturing / Exploring) , please complete the registration form by the due date and submit to the Charles T. Clayton Service Center located at 516 Liberty Parkway, Birmingham Alabama 35242. However, if you have additional questions or concerns or would like for one of our Executives to make a special presentation to your unit please contact Billy Curtis, Council Exploring Executive at 205-969-4277 or email This is going to be quite an adventure, don’t miss it!
REGISTRATION FEE INCREASE - The National Executive Board unanimously passed a resolution at its May 2009 meeting to increase traditional membership annual registration fee for youth and adults from $10 to $15 effective January 1, 2010. The annual Exploring fee will remain $10. ALL REGISTRATION FEES go directly to the National Council. No registration fees remain with local Councils.  For more information, Click Here.
COUNCIL PLANS TO CONDUCT WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP - The Greater Alabama Council is planning to conduct a Webelos Resident Camp July 11-14, 2010 at Camp Comer.  Cost is $105.00 for all Webelos and the first leader with a minimum of four Webelos is free.  All additional adults are $40.00.  All interested parties are encouraged to sign up their Webelos as well consider volunteering to be on staff.  A minimum of 85 Webelos and sufficient volunteer staff (which will be determined by the Council’s Cub Scout Committee) must be registered by June 15 for the camp to be conducted.  Those interested in serving on staff need to complete the Adult Volunteer Form (Page 17 of the Guide) and submit it by fax to Jeff Brasher at 205-970-0349.  The Cub Scout Committee will determine the final staff selections.    There will be separate programs for Webelos I and II.  The first-year Webelos will concentrate on Activity Pins while the second-year Webelos will participate in an Outback Adventure concentrating on outdoor and woodcraft skills.  Both programs will be fun, exciting and full of adventure.  There will be lots of good food and activities.  To view the Leader’s Guide, Click Here.  
WOOD BADGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND -  We are receiving donations in memory of Margie Keener, mother of Lisa Sullivan.  The family has requested the memorials go for a Wood Badge scholarship; therefore, we have established an account for the Margie Keener Wood Badge Scholarship.  If you would like to make a donation as a memorial for Margie Keener please take/send it to either council service center and indicate on the donation it is for the Margie Keener Wood Badge Scholarship.
ON-LINE TRAINING - The BSA's on-line learning center has many training courses for new leaders, and experienced leaders as well.  For example, This Is Scouting (which replaced New Leader Essentials), Fast Start, and Youth Protection Training are all available on-line. These courses are available to everyone (leaders and parents), but you must first have an account on to access the training.  For more detailed instructions on how to get trained on-line, Click Here
EAGLE PROJECT WORKBOOK AND APPLICATION - There have been several questions the last few days about the new Eagle Project Workbook and Application.  The 2009 application goes into effect immediately.  No prior printings will be accepted by the National Office.  As far as the workbooks, those prior to the 2009 edition that already have the four “Approval Signatures for Project Plan” (Religious institution, school or community representative; Unit Committee Member; Scoutmaster/Coach/Advisor; and Council or District Advancement Committee Member) in place and completed on the workbook application will be accepted and “grandfathered” by the National Office.  Those project workbooks without these four signatures completed will need on the 2009 edition.   Both forms can be found in the Council Service Centers, or 
CAMP USE PERMITS -  Camp Use Permits are used to notify the council and the camp ranger staff of your unit/group's intent to use camp property, and any special requirements you may have.  They should be submitted at least two weeks prior to arrival at camp to allow the ranger staff sufficient time to schedule necessary maintenance, arrange program items and respond to any specific requests.  One form (Click Here for sample forms) is for Camps Comer, Sequoyah, Jackson and Westmoreland;  a separate form is used for Camp Jack Wright to meet the requirements of Tannehill State Park.
SCOUTING INFORMATION ON THE WEB - A wide range of Scouting information is available to all volunteers by looking at From training to definitions on Scouting and other information on a national level can be attained from this website.  Everyone is encouraged to go to along with the Greater Alabama Council’s website at to attain more information on Scouting you might need.
VENTURING OFFICER ASSOCIATION -  Make sure your Crew is represented at the Venturing Officers Association meeting the third Sunday afternoon of each month at 2 pm at St Pauls Lutheran Church in Cullman, AL.  Each Crew should be represented by the Crew President and one other crew member of your choice. (Note: The VOA meeting for March will be Saturday, March 20th at Camp Comer to prepare for the High Adventure Race.)
LIMITED EDITION CENTENNIAL COUNCIL STRIPSThe silver bordered Centennial Council strips are SOLD OUT.  However there are still plenty of gold and tri-color bordered CSP’s available for purchase.  These make a fantastic gift for your favorite Scout or Scouter.  They are also great “trade” items for events like the National Jamboree, Conclaves, etc.  Make sure you get some today before they are all sold out.  Contact Kieth Wycoff at 205-970-0251 or visit the Clayton Scout Service Center to place your order.

 District News

ARROWHEAD(Serving Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan Counties)
District Executive: Garet Beane   Cell-256-520-3343
Arrowhead District Website:
DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY- Thanks to Keith Ramey, Robert Goodwin, Bill Marco, and everyone else that helped organize a great Pinewood Derby! We will be announcing the winners from each Den later this week.
DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING- This Thursday, March 18th at 6:30pm. Please note that this weeks District Committee Meeting will be at Central Baptist in Decatur due to conflicting schedules.
RECHARTER- Below Recharter packets are PAST DUE!
Units that are still missing Recharters are:
Packs: 4200, 05, 31, 34, 77, 91, 335, and 306.
Troops: 4200, 31, 226, 335, 352, and 456.
Crew: 25, and 321.
I want to thank all units that got this done on time. All the units above please call me at 256-520-3343 to set up a time to go over your recharter paperwork and/or turn it in at the Huntsville office. If you are a new Pack/Troop that started in the last couple of weeks, this will not apply to you until the end of 2010.
ROUNDTABLE- Please note, the April Roundtable will not be April 1st due to Good Friday and conflicts with the church. April Roundtable will be April 8th at 7pm at Central Baptist in Decatur.  All Troops, Packs and Crews should have a representative at each Roundtable. Roundtables are the first Thursday of every month.
We need your dates for BLUE & GOLD AND COURT OF HONORS- Thank you to Steve Harper for helping contact all Packs about this. Every Pack and Troop should have a yearly Blue and Gold Banquet or Court of Honor. Please contact me with the date, time, and location so that we can have a representative there to share in the fellowship and do a Friends of Scouting Presentation. Please send the info to
CULLMAN COUNTY- The Arrowhead District is thrilled to welcome Scouters from Cullman County. We are looking forward to working with you and would like you to sign up for our District e-mail list. Please send an email to or with your name, unit, and email address and we will get you signed up for updates on District Activities and announcements. You should then receive an invite to join our Yahoo Group. It will be from Arrow_web. Let me know if you don’t get an invite and/or you would like to join that list.
DIGITAL EAGLE- Be looking out for info about the new Council Website! It has come to my attention through talking to adults at Day Camp and meetings that many of our volunteers have never heard of the Digital Eagle or our yahoo groups. Help get the word out to your Pack, Troop, or Crew about this beneficial tool. At your next meetings, pass around a sign-up sheet to get people’s email address’s and forward them on to or have them go to and sign up at the bottom of the webpage.
SPIRIT OF AMERICA: This years Spirit of America Festival will be honoring the Boy Scouts and the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Please keep this in front of your Unit and consider hosting an activity at the festival on the 4th of July. More information and a sign up sheet is in the works and will be available to the District soon.
If you have any questions concerning the Arrowhead District Activities please contact Garet Beane at
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail"

ScoutReach Director - Derrick Russaw   
Congratulations to all of the scouts and scouters who were recognized at the Greater Alabama Council's Recognition Program on Friday, March 12.  Thank you for you sharing your time and talents and leadership skills with and for the scouts and scouters throughout the Greater Alabama Council.  Now we just need a few more volunteers to follow in your footsteps.
Spring is in the air!  With that comes a greater desire to spend more time outdoors.
Aloha!  Now is the time for cub scout families to register for Cub Luau scheduled for the weekends of April 16 and April 23.  Each Saturday is jam-packed with fun activities that cub scout families won't want to miss. Aloha!
Plans are in the making for Birmingham District Cub Scout Day Camp June 7-11.  To register your cub scout or volunteer your time or resources, please contact Deborah Hudson at 205- 981-6473.
Now is the time for the boy scouts to register for Summer Camp.  If your merit badge counselor list is limited and you are not attending District Merit Badge Days around the council then three or four years of summer camp is where your scout can earn most of the badges he needs on his Trail to Eagle.  Since our troops are small it would be to our advantage to develop a summer camp plan to share our scouts and resources.  Come to April Roundtable breakout session for boy scouts and let's talk about it.
It's not too late for boy scouts to apply to be a member of the GAC Philmont Scoutreach Backpacking Crew scheduled to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico at the end of June.  Little or no backpacking experience is acceptable as long as the scout has a good attitude and good physical conditioning.  Darryl Hinson of Troop 415 is the Adult Crew Advisor.
It's also not too late for boy scouts to apply for membership in one the GAC troops bound for the 2010 Centennial National Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, VA scheduled to start in late July.  C. Kent Jackson is the leading one of the Birmingham troops.  He is an ROTC instructor, OA Lodge Advisor, 50+ year scout/scouter and a frequent Jamboree participant and leader.  So your scouts will be in good company with Col. Jackson. 
Save the date:  Thursday, April 1, 2010, District Meeting Night.  The basics of dutch oven cooking will be taught so that we can having dinner available during the District Committee (6p) and Roundtable (7p) meetings.
If anyone in your pack, troop or crew needs Leader Specific Training, contact Yolanda Pleasant, District Training Chair, 205-401-6966, to determine what internet and classroom training courses you need to be considered trained for your registered position.  
We need your Friends of Scouting (FOS) donations as soon as you can get them to us.  Ask for monetary or in-kind donations from family, friends, acquaintances, churches and anyone else you think would be willing to share their resources.  Contact Robert Young at 205-910-4457 for more information.
Do A Good Turn Service Project.   Packs at Hill, Lee, Price, Tuggle, and  Washington Elementary Schools in Birmingham are partnering with Soles4Souls to collect new and gently used shoes for the people of Haiti.  Please help these scouts by dropping off shoes in the collection boxes at one of these schools by March 31, 2010.  For more information, contact Mildred "Kidd" Douglass at 205-616-9177. 
Please remember to prepare and submit your Advancement Reports to the GAC.  How would you feel if you went a whole year without a raise or bonus or your teacher lost an important paper that made the difference between passing or failing a class or getting a scholarship/internship?  No scout or scouter wants to wear a uniform that has no insignia or patches on it especially when they know they've been active with the unit.  And make it a special occasion for the whole family when you recognize the scouts achievements.
Many thanks to Scout Executive Tim Cooper and the staff at the Greater Alabama Council for all you do on behalf of the scouting program.  We are especially thankful for Derrick Russaw and his Americorps Vista staff for all of their hard work.  To our council staff: Keep up the great work you do and the great spirit that you show to us!
And finally, as Doc Gross reminds us all the time, "Know and use your resources!"
District Executive  Steven Miles  256-223-2999
I hope that this email finds you all well this week.  We had a great weekend at the Cheaha District Pinewood Derby on Saturday.  If you missed it, you missed a great time and some great cars.  It was a blast.  Congratulations to the winners of the event.  The rank division winners will be invited to attend the Council Pinewood Derby at the Galleria in Birmingham in May.  You will receive invitations from the council for this event.  The list of winners will be listed at the Cheaha District web-site.  Please stop by and check those out.  Special thanks to Donna Hudson and Lincoln Elementary School for hosting us again this year for the Pinewood Derby. 
In April we have Cub Scout Luau and the Cheaha District Camporee.  Forms for the Cub Scout Luau are on the Cheaha District web-site located under forms.  Information regarding the camporee is also located on the web-site.  The information includes schedule of events, cub scout program guide, boy scouts program guide, and a general information page. 
Also coming up is the Cheaha District Day Camps.  Thanks to Sherrie Cantrell for coming to the Pinewood Derby this weekend and setting up a display table for the day camps.  Guys, this is the biggest Cub Scout event of the year.  The kids have a great time at this event and they do a lot there towards gaining belt loops and such.  Give them the opportunity.  Start collecting money now for this event so that it won't sneak up on you.  The cost of the event this year will be $90 unless you register by May 10.  If you register by May 10 you will only pay $65.  Get it done early and save $25.  Also ask about volunteering discount if you volunteer for the whole week of day camp.  Forms for the event are located on the Cheaha District web-site under the forms section. 
The pinewood derby this weekend was a great event.  Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts alike had a great time.  That is what Scouting is about, is having a great time.  I want to continue this effort of having fun for the sake of having fun.  In order to do that, we have to make it to the events and offer a program.  We have plenty of opportunity to offer the program.  Let's make it happen.
Thank you for all the service you provide.  It is very much appreciated.

District Executive Anthony Edwards,
2010 Cherokee District Day Camp June 21-25 at Tannehill State Park
Please come join us at 2010 Cherokee Day Camp in June this year as we Celebrate 100 years of Scouting! There will be lots of fun and exciting things to do like Shooting Sports, games, Crafts, Sports, and making new friends and LOTS of other thing to do!
Day Camp Meeting -There will be a Day Camp meeting March 29th at 6pm at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Please have a represenative from every pack and anyone wanting volunteer come to the meeting. Any questions please contact Cyndi LaFond at
Baloo (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)- training April 3rd at Hueytown United Methodist Church, contact Jay Hamaker at to register or any questions. Remember that to campout every pack needs a BALOO trained leader. Each pack should send at least one leader to this training.
District  Camporee - March 26-28 at Camp Sequyoah.
Please contact Mike Read
Congratulation to Mike Read receiving the 2009 District Award of Merit.  Congratulation to the District Committee for making the Chairman’s Award! Also, like to thank all volunteers in the Cherokee District for providing a quality program for the youth of Cherokee. 
By David C. Darby
Jalan Simpson of Boy Scout Troop 246 completed his Eagle project on February 27th. His project included cabin restoration in Oak Mountain State Park’s CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Group Camp Area. 
In the mid-1930s the CCC introduced the first structures to the park. As was the case in many parks throughout the United States, the CCC placed special attention on quality design, enduring materials and craftsmanship during the construction of these facilities.
The CCC Group Camp area is comprised of four unit sites that each include six sleeping cabins, a leader’s cabin, a bathhouse and group lodge as well as support structures. Generally, these areas had been abandoned and not maintained for some years; therefore, Simpson’s project was a welcome renovation for this historic portion of the State Park.
Evidence of the work of the CCC era remains throughout the park in rustic structures, foundations, bridges and certain infrastructure. Characterized by stonework quarried from within the Park, these artifacts are reminders of the early camps, pavilions and other park structures placed throughout the park by the CCC. These remaining structures and foundations will serve as a design theme for improvements proposed throughout the park in Oak Mountain’s master plan.
Oak Mountain State Park resulted from the State Land Act of 1927, giving the park the first nine hundred forty acres between Double Oak Mountain in the east and Little Oak Ridge in the west. During the 1930’s, the National Park Service acquired approximately eight thousand acres surrounding Oak Mountain State Park. From 1934 through 1937, the CCC developed Peavine Road and the Red Road along with pavilions and cabins. Oak Mountain State Park is the largest of the 24 Alabama State Parks, encompassing approximately 9,000 acres of mountains, lakes and forest.
Simpson’s Troop 246 is chartered by True Life Baptist Church in Forestdale, where Daniel Tate serves as Scoutmaster.
Local Church Hosts Cherokee District Pinewood Derby
By David C. Darby and Cyndi LaFond
            Another exciting day of racing took place Saturday Feb 27th at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The Cherokee District held their annual Pinewood Derby races for the area Cub Scouts.
            Cubs and their families came from Pack 41 and Pack 45 of Bessemer, Pack 103 of Oak Grove, Pack 120 of Pleasant Grove, Pack 284 of McCalla, Pack 299 of Fairfield and Pack 322 of Hueytown. There were 43 boys from 1st through 5th grade present to race their cars. The individual Packs held their races in January and early February, and the boys then came to compete in the District races.
            This year the derby had access to electronic timers provided by Pack 120; and they were needed because of the “Olympic-close” timing. Many of the races were so close it would have required a photo finish to determine the winner. 
            Tiger Cub winners were 1st place Justin Weaver Pack 103, (time of 2.229), 2nd place Sean Bowen Pack 120, (time of 2.251), 3rd place Joseph Summerville Pack 284, (time of 2.341).
            Wolf winners were 1st place Evan Sypeck Pack 41, (time of 2.236), 2nd place Connor Burton Pack 120, (time of 2.286), 3rd place Jeffery Martin Pack 120 (time of 2.296).
            Bear winners were 1st place Reed Pierce Pack 41, (time of 2.183), 2nd place Randy Vanoy Pack 284, (time of 2.209), 3rd place Fisher Hutchins Pack 120, (time of 2.226).
            Webelos I winners were 1st place Benjamin Henderson Pack 284, (time of 2.194), 2nd place Seth Ethridge Pack 322, (time of 2.236), 3rd place Chris Bailey Pack 41, (time of 2.248).
            Webelos II winners were 1st place Conner Collier Pack 322, (time of 2.202), 2nd place Brady Thomas Pack 322, (time of 2.213), 3rd place Tanner Shoults Pack 284, (time of 2.231)
            The overall fastest car of the day belonged to Matthew Hamaker from Pack 322 with a time of 2.167.
            The winner of the “Best Design” was Trevor Howell Pack 284 and for “Most Unique” was Connor Burton Pack 120; the runners up were Joseph Summerville Pack 284, Joseph Norman Pack 41 and Brady Thomas Pack 322.
            Thanks go out to Penny Walker, the Cubmaster from Pack 284, who served as the Pinewood Derby Director, to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facilities, to The Elks Club for providing the trophies for the derby, to Cook Ricci, an Elks member who served as starter and judge, and various scout leaders for stepping up to help.
Cherokee District Website -

District Executive Doug Jackson
***Thanks to everyone who came out to Quintard Mall for the PWD race and set up displays. I know we raised awareness of Scouting in the community. Here are the results:
1. Jackson R Pack 6 Alexandria/Ohatchee
2. Bradley F. Pack 9 Golden Springs
3. Daniel B. Pack 9 Golden Springs
1. Joey H. Pack 6 Alexandria/Ohatchee
2. Dusty D. Pack 6 Alexandria/Ohatchee
3. Avery S. Pack 9 Golden Springs
1. Clay H. Pack 10 Oxford
2. Gage H. Pack 6 Alexandria/Ohatchee
3. Will H. Pack 206 Heflin
1. Tanner B. Pack 830 Weaver/Saks
2. Josh M. Pack 7 LDS
3. Hunter L. Pack 830 Weaver/Saks
1. Stanley S. Pack 6 Alexandria/Ohatchee
2. Tristan V. Pack 830 Weaver/Saks
3. Harley O. Pack 203 Ranburne
***The 100 Tons of Food food drive- if your unit has already started collecting please give an update to Doug.
***It is not to early to start planning Spring recruitment! We will talk more at roundtable about this.
April 1st Roundtable
April 9-11 Spring Camporee
May 6th Roundtable
June 3rd Roundtable
June 7-11th is Day Camp at Oxford Lake Park
July- no roundtable
Doug Jackson
(256) 473-5511

Visit our District Website by clicking here: Sequoyah-Etowah District Website
District Executive Chad Thompson Cell 256-613-3156
Unit Calendars for Website
The new District Website will include dates and times of upcoming events.  Every unit is encouraged to keep their unit calendar updated on the website to keep other units informed of the events, activities, and projects that they are participating in.  To update your calendar, please send a list of date, times, and event descriptions to Chad Thompson (  Don’t forget to include your unit number.
We will be holding a Fishing Camporee for Webelos and Troops on May 22nd at the Gadsden State Fish Hatchery in Gadsden.  We need troops and merit badge counselors to help out.  If you are interested in participating please contact Ken Womack at or 256-504-3886.
Is cancelled.
Cub Scout Day Camp
Click here for Day Camp dates and locations.
There is a Day Camp planning meeting for the Noccalula Falls Park Day Camp.  The planning meeting will be on Tuesday March 16th 6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Attalla.  Contact Beverly McAllister at
We need a Day Camp Director for the Henagar City Park Day Camp.  Jenny Hairrell, the Day Camp Program Director, has been doing the Day Camps for many years, so this is a good opportunity to learn without starting from scratch.  We will send you for training in Covington, GA on March 26 – 28th.  Please contact Chad Thompson ( if you are interested.
District Time Table
Click here for the on-line calendar.  Click on any link below to learn more about that event.
Mar 16 Noccalula Day Camp Planning Meeting (See above info in Cubscout Day Camp section), Key 3 Meeting
Mar 19 – 21 OA American Indian Seminar at Comer
Apr 16 – 18 Cub Luau I, OA SR-9 Conclave at Camp Tuckabatchee
Apr 20 Central Program Area Board Meeting
Apr 23 – 25 Cub Luau II, Exploring Beach Blast
Apr 24 Mall Show (Pending enough unit interest, please contact Chad if you are interested in participating)
Apr 30 – May 2 High Adventure Race
May 7 – 9 OA Ordeal at Comer
May 8 Council Pine Wood Derby
May 11 Round Table
May 14 – 16 Jamboree Shakedown, Regions Golf Classic
I appreciate all that you do towards keeping our Packs and Troops strong.  As always, please let me know if there is any way I can assist you.
Chad Thompson
District Executive
Greater Alabama Council
516 Liberty Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35243

District Executive Johnathan Lovett
Attention all Volunteers!!!
Thanks for everything you do to make the Mountain Lakes District one of the best in the Council!
Johnathan Lovett;
Mountain Lakes District Executive; GAC, BSA

Senior District Executive Bart Arney
Announcements -
Congratulations to the volunteers of Shelby District for achieving the 2009 Centennial Quality District Award for the 3rd year in a row! Way to go! 10% Membership Growth in 2009!!
 Scouts with the mayor of Alabaster
District Specific Dates -

Senior District Executive Curtis Hunt   or cell phone 256-361-7303
District Committee Meeting - Held the last Thursday in each month 6:00pm at Lockheed Martin, all committee members are encouraged to attend.
Roundtable - First Thursday of each month, Catholic High School at 7:00pm
TRAINING - Scout Leader Training is available Saturday, March 27th at Madison Church of Christ.  Outdoor skills for Cub Scout Leaders (BALOO and OLSWL is offered April 9-10.  For more information, or to register, click here.

THREE RIVERS          
District Executive Brian Wilson
Please visit our new district website and facebook page at:
District Website -
facebook – Three Rivers District GAC
Committee Events and Information
Camping – Greg Moore
Activities – Samantha Meadows, Chairman
District Pinewood Derby
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 beginning at 9:00a.m. with registration
Where: Old Trussville Elementary School – 425 Cherokee Dr. Trussville, AL 35173
Who: Everyone involved in Scouting. You need not be the winner of your unit race, a Cub Scout, or a kid to participate in the District race. The winners of each Cub Scout rank race will advance to the Greater Alabama Council Pinewood Derby on Saturday, May 8, 2010.
Cost: $5 per entry
Registration: Please visit the District Website for the registration form.
Day Camp
Do you have a busy schedule? Well, you have an option to attend one of TWO Day Camps in the Three Rivers District:
 Day Camp Trussville
June 14 – 18, 2010
Trussville Athletic Complex
Day Camp in the Corridor
July 12 – 16, 2010
Sharon Heights Baptist Church
We are in the building stages of Day Camp 2010 – On My Honor. We have new information on how to sign up for Day Camp. Two different turn in dates have been established to have all registration forms and fees collected by the district. Please follow the guidelines to ensure that we have a great, fun, and hassle free event for your Scouts to participate in this summer. Take a visit to the district website for all camp guidelines or contact Jon Ryan at for Trussville or Adam Gooch at for Camp in the Corridor if you are interested in participating.
Training – Tamara Brewer, Chairperson
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
When: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 8:00a.m.
Where: Deerfoot Baptist Church
Who: Any registered leader in scouting
Why: It is a requirement for every unit to have a minimum number of BALOO Trained Leaders at every outing. You will also satisfy the new requirement to have all direct contact leaders trained before the end of 2010.
Cost: $15 (To cover the cost of supplies and food)
When: Saturday, May 22, 2010 beginning at 8:00am
Where: Deerfoot Baptist Church
Who: Any registered leader in the Cub Scout Program
Cost: $5
Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2010. Please check out the district website beginning March 8, 2010 for the registration form. There will be no walk-up registrations available at this event.

VULCAN               **A Quality, Award Winning District since 2004**
Sr. District Executive, Brent Pritchard 
Upcoming Training Events:
March 4th- Wolf & Bear Den Leader Training-  Contact Teresa Hall,
March 27th- Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training- Dean Snow,
April 1st- Webelos Den Leader Training, Teresa Hall,
April 10th- Basic Adult Leaders Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Karen Fowler,
April 23rd-25th- Outdoor Leader Skills (OLS), Dean Snow,
May 6th- Cubmaster Training, Teresa Hall,
June 3rd- Pack Committee Training,
There are just a few spots left for ADVANCE-O-RAMA. and then scroll down and find the event.  APRIL 10TH, 2010. FOR ALL BOY SCOUTS. CANTERBURY UMC.  All Scouts from all districts are invited.
Don’t forget to register early for Summer Day Camp. The Webelos II Twilight Camp will be offered again this year.  Check out the video from last year:
District OA Meetings-
Just a reminder- OA meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Briarwood Scout House.  Both former and current arrowmen of any lodge are invited to attend.  Questions: Brett Melton, .
Follow the Vulcan District on Twitter for real time updates and info on Scouting in our district.

District Executive Alan Riethmaier
**District Pinewood Derby**
Regency Square Mall
Registration is $5 plus one canned good
March 20th

Coosa Lodge Update – Digital Eagle
Each year since 2006, Coosa Lodge has hosted an American Indian Seminar. This year’s AIS will be held at Camp Comer near Mentone, AL this weekend March 19-21. This event is organized and hosted by the Lodge and any Arrowman interested in American Indian traditions and crafts is invited to attend. Each year, guests from several neighboring states visit for fun, learning, and fellowship.
Class sessions typically include introductory classes to the various Indian dance styles, drumming, “make and take” Indian craft classes, regalia-building classes, training on various beadwork techniques, teepee building, training on judging dance and ceremony competitions, and lots more!  Saturday night culminates in a Pow-Wow on the Parade Field (where everyone is invited to participate), the Founders Award and movies.  Plus, good food, ice cream, Cracker Barrels, patch trading, and the famous Coosa Lodge Trading Post.
Adviser Mr. Julian Simmons notes that we will have several people teaching dance that teach and judge at NOAC and National Jamboree. We plan to have a live bird of prey presentation. We have several new classes and well as some of the old classes. In addition, the National Vice Chief is scheduled to attend. The AIS patch will feature a Straight Dancer on it this year. Past patches have had various Dancers:
1st AIS  William Hayes  Traditional Dancer
2nd AIS Justin Ruf  Grass Dancer
3rd AIS Charles Backus  Hoop Dancer
4th AIS Damon Ashley  Traditional Dancer
5th AIS (upcoming) Patrick Hayes Straight Dancer 
Finally for those that want to get their Brotherhood, they can plan to do this on Friday evening so plan ahead to seal your bond. We will also have open drumming Friday night. A Schedule of Events is posted below.
If you bought a 2010 Coosa Lodge Event Pass, this event is included. Otherwise, the pre-registration form can be sent in to the Scout Office with your payment. The cost is only $15 if you register before this Friday, March 5th. After March 5th, the on-site registration will cost $20. Hope to see you there!
As a reminder, don’t forget the upcoming Lodge events:
March 19-21 - 5th Annual American Indian Seminar at Camp Comer
April 16-18 – 2nd Annual SR-9 Conclave at Camp Tukabatchee (Prattville)
April 24 – 1st Coosa Lodge Hawk Day at Camp Jack Wright (Tannehill State Park)
May 7-8 – Ordeal / Brotherhood Weekend at Camp Comer
May 24 – 2nd Coosa Lodge Hawk Day at Camp Westmoreland (Florence, AL)
**Note: The 2010 SR-9 Conclave registration fee is $27 per participant if paid by March 31, 2010. After March 31, 2010, the fee will be $40. A few delegates may be added later, but the last day to add a large number of delegates is April 2nd. This is to allow for proper food purchases.
Hawk Days: Hawk Day is a service workday, similar to Council-organized beaver days. They’re scheduled periodically by the lodge to perform cheerful service for the council or our community. More details (times, tools needed, etc.) will be available soon.
OA Unit Election Season is Here!!
Chapter Advisers / Officer, Scoutmasters and Troop O.A. Representatives: From now until April 30th is the Order of the Arrow unit election season. Chapters should be getting their Election Teams together in order to contact Units within their Chapter / District to set up Unit elections. The first Ordeal will be held in May, so it is important that you conduct your elections with a sense of urgency so each newly elected candidate will be afforded the opportunity to attend.
For more detailed information go to and go to the “Resources” tab on the website. From there go to “Frequently Asked Questions” and the “Unit Resources – Elections Procedures” tab to learn more about how Scouts from your Unit qualify for the O.A. and the proper way to determine who is eligible. Should you have questions on who your Chapter Election Team is contact your local District Executive or send an e-mail to:  
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This will allow you to enter your e-mail contact information and verify your subscription. Once an update is posted on the website you will receive an update automatically to your address. Try it and keep up to date on Lodge Activties!
Red Feather Herald Newsletter – “AIS Edition Ready for Mailing”
The latest and reinvented edition of the Coosa Lodge “Red Feather Herald” should soon be arriving. The Newsletter outlines the upcoming American Indian Seminar and features a letter from our Chief Will Cole and Adviser Col. Kent Jackson. Many thanks to Jacob Murphree our Editor for putting this together and getting it back on track. Thanks also to our Adviser Mr. Joey Kiker for his invaluable input on making this the best Newsletter in our Section.
Our next issue will feature information from each Chapter. It is very important that all Chapter Officers and Advisers who have updates for the Newsletter, send these to Jacob Murphree at   We want to spotlight happenings in each of our Chapters and the timely submission of updates will be helpful. To present date we have had limited feedback from our Chapters on this. 
Advisers, please remember that it is a requirement that members of a Chapter must submit at least 2 articles to qualify for the Quality Chapter Award and one of the submissions must be from a youth member of the Chapter. Please contact your Chapter Chiefs and get this information to us. 
We also plan to archive past issues of the Red Feather Herald at
2009-2010 Lodge Officers and Advisers
Our Lodge Leadership for 2009-10 is listed below. This information is available on the website and we hope that all Arrowmen – past & present will become move active within Coosa Lodge. These contacts will help. 
Lodge Chief
Col. Kent Jackson
Vice-Chief of Service
Ryan Sweeney
Mr. Tim Rogers
Vice-Chief of Administration
Thomas Willingham
Vice-Chief of Communications
Mr. Joey Kiker
Vice-Chief of Fellowship
Micah Gilliland
Mr. Will Hayes
Vice-Chief of Inductions
Mr. Brett Melton
Vice-Chief of
Native American Affairs
Mr. Julian Simmons
Northern Area Vice-Chief
Mr. Ed O'Neal
Southern Area Vice-Chief
Ethan Merrell
Mr. Wayne Jackson
Immediate Past Lodge Chief
Will Jackson
Staff Adviser
Mr. Doug Jackson
Mr. Chris Brightwell
Yours in Cheerful Service - WWW,
Davis Faulkner
Vice Chief of Communication