March 22nd Digital Eagle




March 22nd, 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.
WORK DAY AT CAMP JACKSON - Saturday, March 27th, starting at 8:00 am.  The task is to build new tents.  Please bring battery-powered drills and chargers if you have them.
COUNCIL OFFICES CLOSED - The council offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 2nd.
BEACH BLAST - April 16-18.  Updated information here!
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.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES - Check out the upcoming training at the Training Calendar on our website.
SUMMER CAMP ON-LINE CLASS SIGN-UP - On-line class sign-up for Camps Comer and Sequoyah will begin this Friday, March 26th.  Troops must have an e-mail address to access the system. At this time we do not have e-mail addresses for the following troops:
14 (Three Rivers)
292 (Vulcan)
4184 (Lookout Mtn)
7156 (Talakto)
7333 (Arrowhead)
Please contact Vince Lambert or Angie Champion at the Birmingham Office (205-970-0251) to provide an e-mail point of contact for these troops so they may participate in the on-line sign-up.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID - April 17th and 18th at Riverchase United Methodist Church and Oak Mountain State Park.  For more information, or to register to attend, click here.

 Events, Activities, and Information 
CONGRATULATIONS-To the Diocese of Birmingham Catholic Committee on Scouting for achieving Quality Diocese status for 2009. They have received this honor every year since the NCCS began the program back in 2000!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.   The Supply Group has purchased a small supply of the Proof Silver Dollar, and will make them available for sale on, and at the Museum Scout Shop starting tomorrow after 12:00 noon Eastern time. National Scout Shops may place an order thru the NDC for up to 12 coins to sell, starting tomorrow. The item number is # 610501. Cost, wholesale, and retail will all be $39.95. Councils and customers wishing to purchase the coins in quantity should contact  the US Mint.
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.
  • 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.
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.
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!
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 went to the troop contact (listed on the camp reservation form) last Friday, March 19th to allow you completion of the roster of Scouts attending summer camp.  This Friday (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 "EVENTS" page of our junior club at
ALABAMA BOY SCOUT TAG -  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.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.
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 ( 
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.
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
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 .
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  to attain more information on Scouting you might need.. along with the Greater Alabama Council’s website at
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.  
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.
KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS HONORS EAGLE SCOUTS - The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization that will award a special certificate and pin to any Boy Scout that earns the Eagle rank.  For more information or to get the pin and certificate please contact Jimmy Collett at 256-328-3124.

 District News

ARROWHEAD(Serving Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan Counties)
District Executive: Garet Beane   Cell-256-520-3343
Arrowhead District Website:
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.
RECHARTER- Below Recharter packets are PAST DUE!
Units that are still missing Recharters are:
Packs: 4200, 05, 31, 77, 91, 335, and 306.
Troops: 4200, 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.
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   
Hope everyone had a great Spring Break last week.  Now its time to schedule activities that will take the scouts into the great outdoors and help them advance through the ranks.
Save the date:  Thursday, April 1, 2010, District Meeting Night.  The basics of dutch oven cooking will be taught so that we can have dinner available during the District Committee (6p) and Roundtable (7p) meetings.
The District Merit badge fair scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at Birmingham-Southern has been cancelled.  At least a dozen Webelos registrations were received by the deadline so we are trying to plan for an alternative activity for them at another time.
Join Venture Crew 309 on Saturday, March 27 - 7:30 am to 12:30 pm for a Day of Service with Trinity United Methodist Church of Homewood to benefit Council Elementary School in western Birmingham.  Specific tasks include 1) Mulch yards at Council Elementary School in Ensley and 2) Sort school supplies for Council School at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood.  New Venture Crew 309 targets older special needs scouts- male and female- who want to focus on performing community service.  It is chartered by Better Plumbing & Sewer Service.  For more information contact Crew Advisors Audrey Daigle and  Catherine Clements at 205-401-3292 or
Aloha!  Now is the time for cub scout families to register for Cub Luau scheduled for the weekends of April 16 and April 23.  We want to see your smiling faces at camp.  Each Saturday is jam-packed with fun activities that cub scout families won't want to miss. We have at least two district scouters serving on staff and help from other scouters and older scouts is always appreciated.  Aloha!
Plans are in the making for Birmingham District Cub Scout Day Camp June 7-11. The theme this year is "On My Honor".   Camp Director Deborah Hudson is scheduling meetings to talk with scouts and parents about registering for day camp.  If you haven't heard from her then give her a call.  To schedule an information session, 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. If you have a scout who is at least first class, we strongly encourage you to register him for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) this summer, too.  (Just ask Zavier Mason of Troop 415 about his experience.)   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.  At least one other Birmingham district scouter will be serving on staff this year, too.
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.  
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign.  We are at 86% of our goal with four months to go.  The more money we collect the more services and opportunities we can give our scouts and scouters.  Please 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.  Thanks to the Birmingham News and the Birmingham Times for publishing an announcement in support of this scout project.  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.
If you have any news or photos you'd like to share with us in the Digital Eagle or on the new district webpage, please contact Deborah Huff.  
Thanks for all you are doing to make scouting a fun time for scouts and scouters. Remember: Training and attendance at district and council events with scouts and scouters outside your unit will help you on that journey.
For any kind of questions or comments, please contact Derrick Russaw or Ana Tucker at the scout office.
District Executive  Steven Miles  256-223-2999
Just a quick one this week to get us caught up.  We continue to get charter paperwork in to the office.  I appreciate your efforts on getting this accomplished but we still have a few charters outstanding.  Let's continue to put forth the great effort that the Cheaha District is known for and get these last few in.  If you need help on getting them completed, please let me know as soon as possible and I will make it a priority to get to you.  Thanks for your continued effort on this.
Cub Luau is just around the corner.  I encourage your kids to go and have the time of their lives.  This is very similar to the Cub Scout Haunted except it is warmer and two days instead of one.  Go, have a great time.  Forms for this event can be found at under the Cheaha link, forms page.  If you don't offer it to the kids, they can't go.  Offer it and let them decide.
Cub Scout Day Camp is gearing up to be another fun year.  Please encourage your kids to sign up now.  Please do not wait as waiting will cost them in the long run.  Register by May 10 and save money.  It will be $65 until then.  After May 10, it will be $90.  I went to both day camps last year and let me say I had a blast.  You will too.  Encourage your kids to go.  Again, offer it and let them decide.  If you don't offer it, they won't know anything about it.  Forms can be found at under the Cheaha link, forms page.
A big event for the Cheaha District is coming up next month.  It is the Cheaha District Spring Camporee, April 9-11.  This event will be huge.  I promise that you do not want to miss it.  Tom Smith and his group from Munford have been planning this shindig since October of last year.  It is going to be something to behold.  If you don't believe me, go to under the Cheaha link and click on the Spring Camporee page.  There you can download the leaders guide, see the patch design, and a list of all of the events that will occur.  This event will be held at Camp Sequoyah and will be great.  If you would, please let Tom know about how many you will have coming to this event.  You will find his contact information on the web-site, Cheaha District.  Cost of the even will be $10.  Even if you can't come for the whole weekend, come for the Saturday events.  It will be worth it.
If you haven't planned for summer camp yet, let's get cracking.  Only weeks 4 and 5 are left right now.  I encourage all of you to send your boys.  Speaking from experience, Summer Camp is the best experience a Boy Scout can have.  For more information, shoot me an email or go to and look under the summer camp information.
Next roundtable will be at Citizen's Hospital in Talladega.  This will be held at 6:30 on April 1st.  For directions and agenda, look on the web-site about 1 week out.
One last thing, in case you haven't been to the web-site in a bit, congratulations to Tom Smith for earning his Silver Beaver, Jon Peterson for achieving the Greater Alabama God and Country Award, and for Pack and Troop 4132 out of Munford for winning first place in the Marketing Awards for their scrapebook entries.  These awards were all awarded at the Annual Council Awards Banquet.  Great going guys.
That about wraps it up here.  Thank you all for all that you do.  Get out there and promote fun with a purpose.  See you at the Camporee.

District Executive Anthony Edwards,
Cherokee District Website -
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.

District Executive Doug Jackson

***Camporee- forms and information are up on the District Website. April 9-11 at ANAD.



***Roundtable is April 1st. Reminding you now, so don't forget.


***Spring Recruiting will be here before you know it. Plan now.


***Take advantage of the Early Bird fee and register for Day Camp!

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.
Cubscout Day Camp
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 (
District Time Table
Click here for the on-line calendar.  Click on any link below to learn more about that event.
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 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. if you are interested.
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
I still say “Wow, what a month in the Shelby District!” I hope you all enjoyed your spring break!
The Greater Alabama Council held its annual recognition reception and honored some outstanding Scout leaders from the Shelby District.
John Bowers and Paul Mink received the Silver Beaver and A.J. Smith and Joe and Carol Kerr received the Duty to God award. Thanks to all three for your great leadership in making the Shelby District the best in the GAC!
We will be recognizing more great Shelby leaders at our district banquet this Thursday. Today is the absolute deadline for registration.
Day Camp is on track and we expect around 550 youth to attend. We could still use some adults for both the Cub and Webelos camps. If you can help in any way please contact Dianne Simpson for Cubs or Brandy Riggs for Webelos. Dianne at and Brandy at
District Specific Dates:
March 25th           District Banquet Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
                           6:30 pm, cost is a $10 donation.
April 1st                NO Roundtable This Month
April 3rd               BALOO Training, Asbury United Methodist Church
                            Registration at 7:30, course begins at 8am cost is $15.00
                            Contact Gary Cambron at for more info
April 17th              Outdoor Merit Badge Day, Oak Mountain State Park
        Check-in at 7am classes start at 8am and end at 4pm.
        Contact Keith Kennedy at
April 24th              District Pinewood Derby, more info to come
May 1st                 Cub, Boy Scout and Chaplain Training, Riverchase Church of Christ
                             8am until about Noon for Cub Scouts, 8-5 for Boy Scouts
                             Cub Scout leaders can be fully trained, Boy Scout Leaders
                             will need to complete an OLS at a later date to be trained.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBERT OSTER - Dr. Robert Oster was awarded the Order of the Arrow Founder's Award at the Coosa Lodge American Indian Seminar on March 20, 2010.  The Founder's Award honors Arrowmen in the OA for their unselfish service above and beyond their normal duties to their lodge.  It is the highest honor an OA lodge can give to one of its members.  Through his tireless service to the Coosa Lodge and the Shelby District, Bob Oster continues to demonstrate in his daily life that spirit of achievement as once described by the founders of the OA..."For he who serves his fellows, is of all his fellows, greatest."  Congratulations Bob!
Thanks again and please let me know if I can assist you in any way.

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 this 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
Thank you to all of the participants and trainers at this weekend’s BALOO Training.  This was one of the largest crowds that we have seen and lots of great information was provided.  We learned lots of things that we can do to improve the quality of our programs as well as things that are not allowed for Cub Scouts.  Please take the time to promote other trainings in your unit as they become available.

Please visit our new district website and facebook page at:

District Website -

facebook – Three Rivers District GAC

Committee Events and Information

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.


Camping – Greg Moore


Training – Tamara Brewer, Chairperson


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.



When:  Saturday, May 8, 2010

Registration begins at 7:30am Course with start at 8:00am

Where: Sharon Heights Baptist Church

Who:  Any current Venture Crew Leader or anyone interested in becoming a leader.

Cost:  $10

Deadline to register: April 30, 2010  There will be no walk-up registrations available at this event.

VULCAN               **A Quality, Award Winning District since 2004**
Sr. District Executive, Brent Pritchard 
Congratulations to Trey Sides for becoming Troop 96’s 100th Eagle Scout.  A special thanks to all the adults who have helped hundreds of families to grow in Scouting.

Eagle Update-  7 Eagles passed their boards in March.

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

Upcoming Training Events:

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

Coosa Lodge Update – Digital Eagle
Coosa Lodge held its 5th Annual American Indian Seminar this last weekend at Camp Comer. We had 275 brothers attend the event and many thanks go out to our Vice Chief of Native American Affairs Jorge Marin and Adviser Mr. Julian Simmons. Mr. Simmons put in a great deal of time and it was reflected in the number of quality classes held. We also had the honor of National Vice Chief of the Order, Will Swingle present to enjoy the festivities. He addressed the gathering at the Arena Show on Saturday evening.
Friday evening started of with a Brotherhood Ceremony where eight Arrowmen sealed their bonds of Brotherhood. There was also a Vigil Tap-Out for Abe Rummell, the newest member to the Vigil Class of 2009. The evening concluded with “Open Drumming” for about 2 hours.
Saturday was a day full of wonderful Native American related classes. We had seven different types of beading classes; classes on how to dance with instruction on Chicken Dance, Traditional Dance, Old Time Sioux Dance, Fancy Dance, Grass Dance and Straight Dance. In addition there were ceremony classes, judging classes, outfit classes, skinning classes, and a live bird of prey class. After Dinner the Lodge held our Awards Show and bestowed the prestigious Founders Award. The Founders Award demonstrates that in the Arrowmans daily life they have shown the spirit of achievement once described by the founders of the OA, “For he who serves his fellows, is of all his fellows, greatest.”  The 2010 Founders Award went to three Arrowmen; Nathan Hatch; Mr. Tad Thomason and Dr. Bob Oster. Congratulations to each of them for their accomplishments and contributions to the Lodge.
After the shows we had a Pow Wow that lasted about two and a half hours. As with tradition each years AIS Patch pictures a Lodge Dancer. This year’s AIS Patch pictured Patrick Hayes as a Straight Dancer. Special thanks goes out to all of our visiting Instructors and Coosa Lodge Arrowmen who assisted with classes. Many of our visitors are listed below. Thanks again for all you do to promote Native American culture.
Teed Howard – Nashville, IN; Feather Laws, Appliqué Beading
Kat Anderson – Nashville, IN; Feather Laws and Women’s Northern Traditional Dance
Al Turay – Ohio, Gourd and Straight Dance
Chris Turay – Ohio Gourd Dance
Phil Peters – Ohio, Old Time Sioux Dance, Edge Beading
Caryn Peters – Ohio, Women’s Jingle Dance and Edge Beading
Rick Shell – Live Bird of Prey
Curt Clearly – Live Bird of Prey
Russ Schmidt – Carterville, GA; Beading Classes
Chris DeHart – Rome GA; Chicken Dance
Scott Kinney – Rome, GA; Chicken Dance
Mikkie Goins – Tennessee; Fancy Dance, Contest Dancing
Charles Lahay – Fayette, AL; Basic Dance
Josh Lahay – Fayette, AL; Drumming
Jay West – Fayette, AL; Drumming and Dance
Mark Elinburg – Fayette, AL; Grass Dance and Basic Dance
Denice Simmons – Alabama; Dream Catchers
Plus lots of our very own excellent Coosa Instructors!!
A big “Thank You” to all of our Coosa Lodge members, Staff and Advisers who came out and made this a great weekend event. See you at our upcoming SR-9 Conclave at Camp Tukabatchee April 16-18th. Check the Coosa calendar for more details!
As a reminder, don’t forget the upcoming Lodge events:
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 Has Been Mailed!!”
The latest and reinvented edition of the Coosa Lodge “Red Feather Herald” was sent out last week and it looked great! Special thanks to Jacob Murphree, our Newsletter Editor and Mr. Joey Kiker for his input as Adviser. The Newsletter outlined the American Indian Seminar which was held this last weekend. We also had a letter from our Chief Will Cole and Adviser Col. Kent Jackson. 
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 are archiving 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 should you have questions. 
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