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GREATER ALABAMA COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA/LEARNING FOR LIFE,  INC
 
 
March 29th, 2010 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION, MEETINGS AND DATES TO REMEMBER
 
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, tblack@1bsa.org or 205-969-4241 to confirm your attendance.  To view the meeting(s) in your area, click here.
 
COUNCIL OFFICES CLOSED - The council offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 2nd.
 
CUB SCOUT SHOOTING SPORTS TRAINING - There will be a Cub Scout Shooting Sports training on April 10 at Camp Jack Wright, adjacent to Tannehill State Park.  Anyone working shooting sports at Cub Scout Day Camp must be trained to work on a range.  The training will be from 9:30-4:00 and conducted by Mike and Theresa Read.  Cost will be $3.00 to cover admission to the park.  Participants will need to bring a sack lunch.  To R.s.v.p. please contact Mike at almiker55@yahoo.com or Theresa at tsreadal@yahoo.com.   
 
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 is now open.  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.
 
INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA - One of the most exciting events of 2010 is racing through Birmingham – the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by  Legacy Credit Union at the Barber Motorsports Park, April 9-11.   As a Scout or volunteer, we would like to extend this great ticket offer.  Receive 15% off General Admission tickets and  Paddock passes with the code “boyscout.”  Don’t miss the stars of the IZOD Indy Car Series as they light up the track.  See Alex Lloyd, driver of the Dale Coyne Racing #19 Boy Scouts of America car, Danica Patrick, Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and more!  Click for more details.   We’ll see you there!
 
 

 
 
 Events, Activities, and Information 
  
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 www.goodturnforamerica.org.
 
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.
 
WILDERNESS FIRST AID CLASS AT CAMP JACKSON – May 22 & 23. For more information, or to register to attend, click here.
 
 
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, www.usmint.gov 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.   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.
 
HIGH ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES:
  • 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 bpritchard@1bsa.org 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 vlambert@1bsa.org 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 wcurtis@1bsa.org. 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 www.bsajamboree.org for more information.
 
SUMMER CAMP 2010 :
  • 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) Friday, March 19th to allow you completion of the roster of Scouts attending summer camp.  On-line class sign-up is now open.  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 www.scssa.orgwww.shelbyshootingsports.org
 
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 (www.1bsa.org). 
 
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 www.myscouting.org 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 www.Scouting.org. 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 www.Scouting.org  to attain more information on Scouting you might need.. along with the Greater Alabama Council’s website at  www.1bsa.org
 
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)
 
 2009 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 
District Executive: Garet Beane GBeane@1bsa.org   Cell-256-520-3343
Arrowhead District Website:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arrow_web/
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS-
 
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.
 
SPRING CAMPOREE- The previously planned Joint Camporee at Westmoreland has been canceled. Please stay tuned for more info. We are looking for a Troop to plan and organize a Fall Camporee. Please let me know if you are interested? GBeane@1bsa.org
 
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 and the Council soon.
 
RECHARTER- Below Recharter packets are PAST DUE!
Units that are still missing Recharters are:
Packs: 4200, 05, 31, 77, 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 GBeane@1bsa.org.
 
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 arrow_web@yahoo.com or GBeane@1bsa.org 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 GBeane@1bsa.org or have them go to www.1bsa.org and sign up at the bottom of the webpage.
 
ACTIVITIES:
 
PINEWOOD DERBY-  A link to the Pinewood Derby Pictures will be sent out this week! I apologize for the delay! Thank you Sandra Sandlin for being the photographer!
 
DAY CAMP-  Start signing up for Day Camp! Deadline to qualify for the “Early Bird Special” Price is May 17th for Point Mallard and May 24th for Cullman County Fairground. NO Exceptions!!!
 
June 7-11 Point Mallard Day Camp, 8am-3pm
June 14-18 Cullman County Fairground, 5pm-8:30pm
 
Youth and parents can participate in either and/or BOTH Day Camps
 
CUB LUAU- Get signed up by April 9th to avoid the $15 Late Fee for Session 1 and April 16th for Session 2!!
 
If you have any questions concerning the Arrowhead District Activities please contact Garet Beane at GBeane@1bsa.org
 
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”
 

  
BIRMINGHAM
ScoutReach Director - Derrick Russaw drussaw@1bsa.org   
 
 
 
 
Birmingham District Meetings for April 2010
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
1101 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SW, Birmingham AL 34211
 
6:00 pm. - District Committee Meeting for committee members and interested volunteers.  We need your help in planning activities and sharing information that will benefit everyone in the district.
 
7:00 pm  - District Roundtable Meeting for all scout leaders and volunteers and parents.  We want you to get to know leaders in other units in our district by sharing information and planning joint ventures.
 
We have a special treat planned for you.  Bring your spork for Dutch Oven Cooking!  
 
 
CHEAHA
District Executive  Steven Miles smiles@1bsa.org  256-223-2999
 
 
 
 
Guys,
 
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 www.1bsa.org 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 www.1bsa.org under the Cheaha link, forms page.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR BOTH CAMPS.  Ask about discounts for volunteering.
 
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 www.1bsa.org 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 www.1bsa.org 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.
 
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.
 
 
SMiles
 
 

 
 
CHEROKEE        **QUALITY DISTRICT**     
District Executive Anthony Edwards    aedwards@1bsa.org,
Cherokee District Website - www.bsacherokee.org.
 
 
2010 Cherokee District Day Camp June 21-25 at Tannehill State Park
8:30am-4:45pm 
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 tonight 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 jackets6912@yahoo.com
 
Baloo (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)- training April 3rd at Hueytown United Methodist Church, contact Jay Hamaker at jbrd760533@bellsouth.net 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.
 
 
Cherokee District Committee 
Committee meeting will be on April 1, 2010 at 6:00pm location: Bessemer LDS Church
 
Cherokee Roundtable
Roundtable will be on April 1, 2010 at 7:00pm location: Bessemer LDS Church
 
 
 
 Congratulation to Pack 322 2010 Arrow of Light Recipients:  
 Back row( left to right)   D. Ford,  M. Hamaker,  B.Dobbs,  G. Robertson
 Front row: C. Collins, B. Thomas
 Not pictured: N.Stidham
 
 Leaders are John Dobbs and Jay Hamaker
 
  
 

  
 
CHOCCOLOCCO             
District Executive Doug Jackson    doug@1bsa.org
 
 
 

***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!

 
Dates
 
 
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
 
 
 

 
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN DISTRICT
 
Visit our District Website by clicking here: Sequoyah-Etowah District Website
 
District Executive Chad Thompson CThompso@1bsa.org 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 (cthompso@1bsa.org).  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 kwomack2@bellsouth.net or 256-504-3886.
 
Cubscout Day Camp
There will be a Day Camp Meeting on April 8th at 6:30 pm at the Attalla First United Methodist Church for the Noccalula Falls Day Camp.  If you are interested in attending and would like more information please contact Beverly McCalister at 256-390-7966 or bev222owl@aol.com.
 
Is cancelled.
 
District Time Table
 
 
 
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.
 
cthompso@1bsa.org) if you are interested.
 
 
Chad Thompson
District Executive
 
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Greater Alabama Council
516 Liberty Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35243
256-613-3156
  

 
 
MOUNTAIN LAKE           **QUALITY DISTRICT** 
District Executive Johnathan Lovett  jlovett@1bsa.org
 
 
Attention all Scouters!  There will not be a roundtable meeting or District Banquet this Thursday Night April 1st due to a service that is being held at Henryville United Methodist Church.  We will have our District Banquet the following Thursday April 8th at Henryville United Methodist Church at 6:30PM.  If you have not already sent me awards that your pack has earned please do so immediately.  Also if you have not RSVP'd please send me an email including the number of people that will be attending from your pack.  Remember that every Scouter and Scout Parent is invited to attend the District Banquet, but we need to know that they are coming.
 
Attention all Scouters!  We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Mountain Lake District Pinewood Derby this past Saturday!  Thanks to Grant Pack 7082 for hosting our District Derby and for their hard work to make sure that everything went well.  I have included some pictures of our Division Winners.
 
   
 
 
 
YIS,
Johnathan Lovett;
Mountain Lakes District Executive; GAC, BSA
(256)609-3150
    
 

 
SHELBY         **QUALITY DISTRICT**
Senior District Executive Bart Arney barney@1bsa.org
 
 
 
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 bddfsimpson@bellsouth.net and Brandy at brandytriggs@gmail.com.
 
 
 
District Specific Dates:
  
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 gdcambron@aol.com 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 kpkennedy@bellsouth.net
 
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.
 
  
Thanks again and please let me know if I can assist you in any way.
 
Bart
 

 
TALAKTO               **QUALITY DISTRICT**
Senior District Executive Curtis Hunt    Chunt@1bsa.org   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
 
 

  
THREE RIVERS          
District Executive Brian Wilson    bwilson@1bsa.org
 
 
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 - http://threerivers.1bsa.org

facebook – Three Rivers District GAC

Committee Events and Information

Activities – Samantha Meadows, Chairman mesamiam@bellsouth.net

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 jonryan62@windstream.net for Trussville or Adam Gooch at awgooch@gmail.com for Camp in the Corridor if you are interested in participating.

 

Camping – Greg Moore rgmchop@aol.com

 

Training – Tamara Brewer, Chairperson tamarabrewer@bellsouth.net

CUB SCOUT LEADER ESSENTIALS TRAINING

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.

 

VENTURE LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING

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    bpritchard@1bsa.org 
 
Robert F. Calhoun Philmont Training Center Scholarship - Scouters are invited to apply for the Robert F. Calhoun Philmont Training Center Scholarship which will provide for one adult Scouter from the Vulcan District to attend the Philmont Training Center.  You can receive an application by emailing Brent at bpritchard@1bsa.org.  Applications are due April 15th
 
8th Annual Birmingham Area Scout Memorabilia Trade-O-Ree 2010
Come on out Friday, April 9th from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Vestavia.  You can trade/ purchase patches/ neckerchiefs, slides, pins, uniforms, knives, & more! For more info, please email Ben Putnam- psputnam@yahoo.com
 
Vulcan OA is on Facebook- “Nunne-Hi Chapter of the Coosa Lodge”
 
Upcoming Training Events:
 
April 1st- Webelos Den Leader Training, Teresa Hall, wareagle78@gmail.com
 
April 10th- Basic Adult Leaders Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Karen Fowler, kfowler57@gmail.com
 
April 23rd-25th- Outdoor Leader Skills (OLS), Dean Snow, dsnow@snowsonline.com
 
May 6th- Cubmaster Training, Teresa Hall, wareagle78@gmail.com
 
June 3rd- Pack Committee Training, wareagle78@gmail.com
 
There are just a few spots left for ADVANCE-O-RAMA.  www.meritbadge.info 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:  http://vimeo.com/9264319
 
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, bkmelton@charter.net
 
Follow the Vulcan District on Twitter for real time updates and info on Scouting in our district.     www.twitter.com/vulcandistrict
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
WESTMORELAND            **QUALITY DISTRICT**
District Executive Alan Riethmaier    ariethmaier@1bsa.org
  
  
 
 
 
 

 
 
Coosa Lodge Update – Digital Eagle 
 
As a reminder, don’t forget the upcoming Lodge events:
April 16-18 – 2nd Annual SR-9 Conclave at Camp Tukabatchee (Prattville) http://coosa50.org/calendar/conclave/
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 www.coosa50.org 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: communications@coosa50.org  
 
Want Updates via E-Mail on Coosa O.A. Happenings ???
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 Oldstyler304@yahoo.com . 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 http://coosa50.org/forms-and-publications/newsletter/
 
 
 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. 
Office
Officer
Adviser
Lodge Chief
Col. Kent Jackson
adviser@coosa50.org
Vice-Chief of Service
Ryan Sweeney
service@coosa50.org
Mr. Tim Rogers
wtrogers@otelco.net
Vice-Chief of Administration
Thomas Willingham
administration@coosa50.org
Vice-Chief of Communications
Mr. Joey Kiker
joey.kiker@gmail.com
Vice-Chief of Fellowship
Micah Gilliland
fellowship@coosa50.org
Mr. Will Hayes
wh85@yahoo.com
Vice-Chief of Inductions
Mr. Brett Melton
bkmelton@charter.net
Vice-Chief of
Native American Affairs
Mr. Julian Simmons
nitis@aol.com
Northern Area Vice-Chief
Mr. Ed O'Neal
eoneal@mac.com
Southern Area Vice-Chief
Ethan Merrell
southern@coosa50.org
Mr. Wayne Jackson
waynejackson@centurytel.net
Immediate Past Lodge Chief
Will Jackson
willj1989@gmail.com
 
Staff Adviser
 
Mr. Doug Jackson
staffadviser@coosa50.org
Webmaster
 
Mr. Chris Brightwell
chris@coosa50.org
Yours in Cheerful Service - WWW,
Davis Faulkner
Vice-Chief of Communication
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

 

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