Digital Eagle 6 June 2011


June 6th, 2011 
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am until 5:00pm
Main Phone 205-970-0251 Fax 205-970-0349
Northern Area Service Center 256-883-7071 
Birmingham Scout Shop 205-967-5954
Huntsville Scout Shop 256-880-1488 or 877-880-1488 
Scout Shop Hours: 9-5 M-F, 10-2 Sat 



The Greater Alabama Council wishes to express its thoughts and prayers to those affected by last week’s tornadoes. This was a terrible tragedy but we will prevail.
If you need aid, or would like to donate, please visit .
There are several instances of Scouts and Scouters coming to the aid of others: 
Ten troops comprising the Mountain Scouts Tree Sale Assn. set up a donation site, for 2 weekends.  Nearly 60 Scout trailer loads of donated food, clothing and household goods were delivered to the Christian Service Mission for distribution.
The Webelos of Pack 58 in East Gadsden participated in disaster relief in Webster's Chapel in conjunction with White's Baptist Church. The aid was given in the form of labor--setting up cook tents for the soup kitchen for the workers & those affected, much hauling, toting & fetching, sawing & clearing downed trees, and even manning the pump trucks to refuel the tractors & backhoes in service. Troop 63 in Fort Payne went to help clean up at one of their scouts homes which was hit.  Pack 82 in Hokes Bluff, which assembled about 50 hygiene kits--towel soap toothbrush tooth paste and wash cloth--as well as some other personal items. They were all taken to Dekalb Co. and will be distributed to the collection centers
We are sure there were many other efforts; if your unit has provided aid, please let us know so we can track and report your efforts
Scouts and Scouters!  Matthew Sheets, Title Books and Long's Electronics have teamed up with GAC to collect books, (for school aged children) 15 schools where affected by the storms as they ripped through the state on the 27th.  Books should be gently used or new condition and be appropriate for school aged children.  Books collected can be taken to the GAC headquarters in Birmingham or the Long's Electronics warehouse in Irondale AL (2630 5th Avenue South, Irondale AL 35210) M-F 8:30a to 5:30p.  With many schools losing everything lets help restore what we can.

More info?
matt@alabamaschoolrelief.com or 205.514.9958
For all units looking to assist in the clean up efforts in DeKalb County. The towns of Geraldine, Fyffe, Rainsville, Sylvania, Henagar, Ider, and Flat Rock were all hit. There currently is not a central coordination for debris clean up and support, but the following information has been communicated. First, no scouts under age of 14 currently should come, the damage still presents some dangers and hazards. Units should contact the Fire Department in the local area, communicate who they are and work with the local unit to identify opportunities for assistance. 
All participants need to wear boots, long pants, long sleeve shirts and work gloves. They should also bring their own water and food for the day. Please be patient in contacting the areas for support, as many of them are still overwhelmed and working to get a handle on all issues. If you are going to be in the Lookout Mountain District working, please send an email to Michael Wells, local DE, at, as we want to recognize all groups supporting.

With the exception of Camp Jackson all Council properties were relatively undamaged. Camp Jackson sustained major damage and is closed until further notice. There will be a time when volunteers will be needed at the camp but currently professional crews are working and it is dangerous for anyone else to be there.   
Camp Jackson Comparison Photos
Both Council Service Centers are drop off sites for non-perishable food, bottled water, toilet paper, batteries, baby food/formula, diapers, blankets, wipes, personal toiletry items, snacks, bedding, new clothing and moving boxes. Items dropped off will be delivered to the Salvation Army.
For updates on the Council’s efforts and news on the cleanup and collections visit the Council’s Facebook page at



What's Happening (next four weeks) 

The summer board meeting and FOS celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at Camp Sequoyah.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES - Check out the upcoming training at the Training Calendar on our website.  
ON-LINE REGISTRATION  - A new page has been added to the council website for on-line registration.  Check it out! 
 Events, Activities, and Information 
New information in this section is indicated by this font color.
Mountain Lakes Day Camp - New Location & Date
July 11 - 15
8am - 2pm
Caldwell Elementary School - Scottsboro, AL


MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - Scouts from the Vulcan District were recognized on the front page of the Birmingham News for their participation in the annual Memorial Day Remembrance at the Alabama Veterans Memorial on May 29.  Click here for more.
CAMP JACKSON CLOSED - Due to the April 27 tornado damage Camp Jackson is CLOSED until further notice.  Please do not visit the camp or attempt to enter it.  It poses dangerous situations with downed and unstable trees, downed power lines, heavy equipment moving through camp and unstable structures.  Thank you for your cooperation.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT BASS PRO - As part of a national agreement between the BSA and Bass Pro Shops, three to five uniformed volunteers and/or youth are requested to be on site at the store in Leeds from 12:00-5:00 p.m.   for the weekends of June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and July 2-3 and 9-10. Bass Pro Shop staff will also be there as well. Volunteers and/or youth will assist in distributing $2 and $5 vouchers for sale for drawings of Bass Pro Shop gift cards.  Proceeds benefit the Council.  The units can count this as service hours that they need to log in at Journey to Excellence or Good Turn for America.
2011 UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING DEGREES -  The faculty of the 2011 University of Scouting are pleased to announce this year's degree recipients.  Click here for a complete list.
REVISED BSA PHYSICAL FORM - The BSA physical form has been revised and expanded, and now serves as the single health form for all BSA activities, from pack overnighters to jamborees and high adventure bases.  Part A (the health information section) and Part B (permission and authorizations section) are required for all Scouting activities.  Part C (the medical examination) is required for any activity greater than 72 hours (such as Boy Scout summer camp), and also for specific activities such as Wood Badge, NYLT and Powder Horn, for example.  The new section (Part D) is required to be used in conjunction with Part C for the High Adventure Bases (Philmont, Sea Base, and Northern Tier.)  For additional information, click here.
NEW TOUR PLAN REPLACES TOUR PERMIT - The new national Tour Plan went into effect on March 1.  However, the Greater Alabama Council Risk Management Committee recommends the online Tour Permit still be accepted in the Council until June 1, 2011.  Please visit the Council website,  Information on the Tour Plan is under the Bulletin Board.  Please become familiar and comfortable with the new process.  Should you have any concerns, please contact the Council Office at
POWDER HORN - Greater Alabama Council will conduct a Powder Horn course in the fall of 2011.  Click here for more information.
GAC ON FACEBOOK - Keep up with the Greater Alabama Council on Facebook.  - Click here for more information.  We have added a new feature: you can make a donation or pay your FOS pledge on Facebook.  Just click on the DONATE tab at the top of the page.
BSA YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING POLICIES - Changes to the Youth Protection policies were approved at the last BSA annual meeting. Please Click Here for additional information. Youth Protection Training is now required for all registered volunteers. The training is available on-line at this link:  To access the training you will need to create an account if you do not already have one.  You will be asked for your BSA identification number, however you may continue to create the account if you do not yet have your BSA ID number, and then add the number to your account profile once you receive it.  Be sure to print the certificate once you have completed the training and keep it with your Scouting records. Requirements to be fully trained
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


WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP IS COMING!  --  All Webelos make plans to attend Webelos Resident Camp July 17-20 at Camp Comer.  This was a great event last year and 2011 promises to be even bigger and better.  There will be two great programs for both first and second year Webelos.  The Leaders Guide will be available soon.  We’ll see you there!
CUB DAY CAMP -  Day Camp will be here before you know it.  To qualify for the $65.00 Early Bird price, all fees and registration must be in either Council Service Center three weeks prior to each respective camp.  To see when your Day Camp’s Early Bird deadline is, click here.  For additional information on Day Camp:  Click here for more details. 

  • Camp Comer is full.  The first three weeks of summer camp at Camp Sequoyah are filled to capacity.  There is still room for your troop the last two weeks.  Click here for a registration form.  
  • CAMP CARDS are available -- click here for more details or for a flier, Click Here.
  • REMINDER:  Full payment is required 30 days prior to camp to qualify for two free leaders. 
  • Storm Relief for Summer Camp -- The council's National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is working to ensure that the recents storms do not prevent any Scout from attending summer camp.  Assistance may be provided  to help youth that are currently registered at a Greater Alabama Council camp by replacing necessary camping equipment and/or uniforms destroyed during the storms. In addition, a limited amount of campership funds is available for Scouts who are currently registered for a Greater Alabama Council camp and need help to complete their summer camp fee payment due to storm-related complications.  Use the standard campership application form   to specify exactly what assistance is needed to attend camp, and what storm-related damage created the need.  Submit all applications through your Scoutmaster to either council service center no later than June 1st.  The NESA committee will meet to review all applications on June 2nd and/or 3rd.
  • Leaders Guides are now posted on the camp pages of the website. Follow this link:( and select either Comer or Sequoyah; the link to the Guide is at the bottom of the page on the right.
      • ON-LINE REGISTRATION - On-Line Registration is currently open to all units to update their rosters.  Registration for classes is open for all units that have submitted the initial deposit of $ 75 per Scout.
      • Change to Sequoyah Leaders Guide - A small correction has been made to the Camp Sequoyah Leaders Guide concerning the scheduling of Fish & Wildlife Management and Mammal Studies merit badges.  The corrected copy is posted on the Camp Sequoyah page of our website (see link above)
      • Jackson Outpost is cancelled due to the storm damage at Camp Jackson.  
      • A Program Supplement for Camp Comer summer camp is on the Camp Comer webpage.  Click here to check it out.
EAGLE SCHOLARSHIPS - A link for information and applications for the 2011 National Eagle Scout Association scholarship program has been added to the forms section of the council website. 
Troop 240 extends an invitation to all eligible Scouts in the Greater Alabama Council to join them in their 2011 Philmont Adventure. Plans are being finalized now. Please contact Allen Sandlin immediately at for more details. 
Philmont 2011 - The Greater Alabama Council is in search of two Boy Scouts interested in a “Trip of a Lifetime” to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM in June 2011 due to a recent cancellation.  Scouts will need to meet the age, weight, fitness and advancement requirements with a preference for youth that have achieved the rank of Star Scout or greater.  There is a potential for a Scout to receive grant funding to help pay for a portion of the trip based upon need and an individual’s willingness to earn his way.  Interested Scouts should email Tommy Youngblood at and attach a completed application and letter of recommendation from your Scoutmaster.          
NYLT - Provide your youth leaders with the tools they need to succeed.  Click here for information/application for this summer's NYLT courses.  NOTE:  The NYLT Course previously scheduled for Camp Jackson has been moved to Camp Westmoreland.
SCUBA OPPORTUNITIES - Boy Scouts -- SCUBA merit badge is now available.  Venturers --SCUBA instructions and outings are available.  Interested?  Click here for more information.


VENTURING OFFICER ASSOCIATION - Make sure your Crew is represented at the Venturing Officers Association meeting at Camp Comer on Sunday, June 26th for VOA elections.  Each Crew should be represented by the Crew President and one other crew member of your choice. 
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPLORERS - The  Muscular Dystrophy Association  is seeking counselors (18 or older) for their summer camp.  Click here for more information.
SCUBA OPPORTUNITIES - Boy Scouts -- SCUBA merit badge is now available.  Venturers --SCUBA instructions and outings are available.  Interested?  Click here for more information.

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

ARROWHEAD (Serving Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan Counties)
District Executive: Contact Delwin Hill at
Arrowhead District Website:
PHILMONT for more details. Troop 240 extends an invitation to all eligible Scouts in the Greater Alabama Council to join them in their 2011 Philmont Adventure. Plans are being finalized now. Trip is leaving Athens, AL on July 1, 2011. Please contact Allen Sandlin immediately at
PART-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE- leadership to the Scouting programs of Frances Nungester Elem, West Decatur Elem, and Woodmeade Elem. Weekly meetings will be held Mon & Tues from 2:30-4:30pm at nearby facilities in accordance to the Decatur City Schools Calendar. To apply: Send resume with contact information to  Delwin Hill at
DIGITAL EAGLE- and sign up at the bottom of the webpage. 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. Go to
District/Morgan County Eagle Chair- Dennis Quintavalle- or 256-355-4293
Limestone Eagle Chair- Joe McDonald- 256-679-1196
Cullman Eagle Chairman- Charlie Youmans, 256-565-3400,

ScoutReach Director - Derrick Russaw  205-902-2620                  
Birmingham District Cub Scout Day Camp
Monday, June 6 - Friday, June 11, 2011
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
1214 81st Street South
Birmingham AL 35206
Volunteers are needed to make sure we give our cub scouts the best District Day Camp experience possible.  We need boy scouts to help, too.  Early Bird registration is $65.   For more information about Scout Trek 2011, contact 
Deborah Hudson, Day Camp Director, 205-981-6473.
ScoutReach Summer Camp
Sunday, July 10  - Saturday, July 16, 2011
Camp Sequoyah
Delta, Alabama  36258 (near Cheaha State Park)
We are asking Birmingham District parents and leaders to register their boys who are going into the sixth grade and higher grades for overnight residential summer camp.  This is a great opportunity to experience the great outdoors, work on rank and merit badge requirement, meet new friends and get to know old friends better, and learn new skills.  The total cost per scout is $225.  For adults who are unsure about their outdoor skills, this is an excellent opportunity to spend at least one night and day with your scout(s) a residential camp environment. 
Webelos Resident Camp
Sunday, July 17 - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Camp Comer
Mentone, Alabama
All first and second year Webelos should make plans to attend Webelos Resident Camp.  For adults who are unsure about their outdoor skills, this is an excellent opportunity to spend at least one night and day with your scout(s) in a residential camp environment.
Every registered adult must have youth protection training.  Every registered adult should be trained for their registered position.  If you have any kind of training needs, please contact Yolanda Pleasant, Birmingham District Training Chairman, at or 205-401-6966.  
Have a great week scouts and scouters!
Derrick Russaw
Scoutreach Director
205-969-4247 (w)
205-902-2620 (c)

District Executive  Thomas Ritch email -    Office - (205) 970-0251  Cell - (256) 452-5135
Cheaha District,
Talladega Day camp has come and gone , and I would like to thank all the Volunteers who made it such a great week. Joelle Ariail and Maria Clark put a lot of time into this camp and it showed with them earning 100% on their Day Camp inspection, and more than 100% it showed with all the smiles on the faces of the kids that attended the camp. So thank you Joelle and Maria for all your hard work and thanks to all the Volunteers that helped with the camp and put in so much hard work to make this camp a successful one.
We are gearing up for our Next Day Camp in Wedowee for the week of June 13th-17th. Sherrie Cantrell has been working very hard and we are looking forward to another great Day Camp at Wedowee Kiwani's Park. So if you have not registered yet i is not to late, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.
We have in the works a Merritt Badge fair in Wedowee sponsored by Cheaha's Troop 4711. Registration for this Fair will begin June 20th and you can find the information on that by visiting the website I will be giving more information on the merit badge fair as everything is being planned.
I know that summer is coming up and everyone is gearing up for summer camp and day camp, but we have gotten the dates for some events coming up in the fall. For the Cub Scouts we have the Fishing Derby at Sequoyah, and Camp Comer sept. 24th.
Cub Haunted will be the at Sequoyah the weekends of October 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, and will be at Camp Comer the weekends of October 7-8, 8-9, 14-15,21-22,22-23. So that is what we have coming up this fall for the cub scouts so put it on your calendar and lets start gearing up for this fall.
For the Boy Scouts we have our Fall Camporee that we have been planning for the weekend of November 11,12,and 13th, we have sent a letter to wave the fees for the camping area in Cheaha State park and will be able to get more information when we hear back on that. But if you could go ahead and put those dates on your calendar for the Fall Camporee.
This Past weekend we had an Order of the Arrow Ordeal at Camp Sequoyah and Cheaha was well represented with 14 Cheaha chapter members there: 4 new ordeal members, 5 new brotherhood members, and we provided 4 Elangomats for the Ordeal. So well done guys and way to represent our district.
Our next Roundtable will be July 12th at Ashland First United Methodist Church.
Thank you everyone and hope you have a great week,
Thomas Ritch
Cheaha District Executive

District Executive Anthony Edwards,
Office 205-969-4252 Cell 205-441-5763
Cherokee District Website -
Day Camp for Cherokee District starts June 20-24, 8:00am – 4:00pm at  Tannehill State Park. If you would like a representative of Day Camp to come to your den meeting or Pack meeting to help field any questions the scout or parents might have please contact Anthony Edwards at
Day Camp Volunteers
We need walking den leaders, registration helpers and helpers.  Please email if you would like to help on June 20-24
Summer Camp…………. Space for summer camp is filling up quickly, and it’s filling up from out of council troops.   Let’s make sure that everyone who wants to go to camp will get the opportunity to this summer.  

District Executive Steven Miles  Cell - 256-223-2999
Good morning everyone. I hope that everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the heat as much as I did. :o) If you did not get a chance to enjoy it, there is still plenty out there to go around.
Well, it is finally here. Day Camp 2011 starts today. If you have not registered and would still like the opportunity to come out and enjoy the fun, we start at 4:00 p.m. Come out a few minutes earlier and register with us. The cost in $90. We are at the Oxford Lake, just behind the Civic Center. Come on out and get ready to have a great time.
At the roundtable on last Thursday, Gary Wright send mention of an OA event that is coming up soon. The information is below.
Gary's comments were:
On another note, if the roundtable is tomorrow night, would you mention the Summitcorp event. We have 10 slots available. The week is July 24. The OA member can download the application, fill it out and send money to scout office. Keith Wycoff is the BSA office contact. They can call me or email me as well. 256-463-2188 or It is a great bargain for this price of $250-$300. The money needs to be paid to the council before I can enter them into the registration site.
Looks like something that is a bunch of fun. Check it out.
If you have not signed up for Summer Camp, please do so ASAP. Spots are now very limited. Make sure you take your kids to camp. Give them the full experience.
I am still short some charters that are hanging out there. Let's try to get those in ASAP. Remember to pay attention to the youth protection training that is required for all adults on your charter. They have to take it either on-line or by the DVD. Let's get it done so we can get this all behind us.
Popcorn!!!! It is just around the corner. There are some great prizes this year to include cash incentives for district top sellers. It is going to be a great year for it so let's make sure that we get behind it. Let me know if you are intending to sell. I want to make sure that we have everyone on board to make this a banner year.
Choccolocco/Cheaha Fishing Rodeo-September 24th at Camp Sequoyah
I would like for everyone to make sure they get into their fall calendars Cub Scout Haunted weekends. I mentioned at the last roundtable that I would like everyone to commit to working at least one weekend at the Cub Scout Haunted. I am a very greedy DE and would like for everyone to commit to all three weekends but I will take at least one. I would like all Units to sponsor and design a Fall Carnival type game that we can put on the field in front of the Dining Hall to set up a fun atmosphere for all of the kids that come. Go ahead and be thinking about this. I know that you will have fun as I do every year. I will take care of the prizes and such. Just get the games designed and there. Please let me know what you will be doing so I can work on prize levels and lay-out on the field.
Guys, that about covers it. Please continue to strive towards excellence in everything that we do. Serve the youth. That's what we are signed on to do. Thank you for all that you do.
 Steven D. Miles
District Executive
Choccolocco District
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America

Serving Cherokee, DeKalb, & Etowah Counties
District Executive Michael Wells
Cell - 256-473-5511
Office - 205-969-4258
Please note: Our District’s Web address has changed!  Please update your bookmarks! Look for new updates to the page coming soon.
To everyone in the Lookout Mountain area, we have all been impacted by the storms and tornados of April 27th. We did have some of our scouting family hit, and suffered some property damage.   Fortunately, no one that we are aware of in our scouting family suffered injury.
Thanks go out to all the units who have already looked for opportunities to help. The Webelos of Pack 58 in East Gadsden participated in disaster relief in Webster's Chapel in conjunction with White's Baptist Church. The aid was given in the form of labor--setting up cook tents for the soup kitchen for the workers & those affected, much hauling, toting & fetching, sawing & clearing downed trees, and even manning the pump trucks to refuel the tractors & backhoes in service. Troop 63 in Fort Payne went to help clean up at one of their scouts homes which was hit.  Pack 82 in Hokes Bluff, which assembled about 50 hygiene kits--towel soap toothbrush tooth paste and wash cloth--as well as some other personal items. They were all taken to Dekalb Co. and will be distributed to the collection centers
As we identify more ways to aid with the clean up efforts, we will communicate them.
Thank you.
Yours in Scouting,
Michael Wells
District Executive
Lookout Mountain (Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah counties)
Members of Troop 63 in Fort Payne, Troop 75 in Fischer, Troop 96 in Tenbroeck, and Troop 106 in Mentone, attended the Spring Camporee at Camp Comer. In addition to supporting the Cub Adventure Weekend, several members from the troops took time to clean up camp. Thanks goes out to all the boys who helped.
Everyone in our district has sighted the need for training. I order to conduct training in our district, we need qualified trainers. To become a qualified trainer, you need to complete the Trainer’s EDGE course. We will be holding a Trainer’s EDGE course in Lookout Mountain on Saturday, July 23rd, at Crosspoint Community Church in Gadsden. We need everyone available to attend, so we can have a large District Training Staff to conduct needed training. Ask all Registered Adults to Attend. Go to Training on the Council Website to download a copy of the Registration Form.
All units should have their recharter packets turned in. If you have not received your packet, or have any issues, contact Michael Wells,, Cell: 256-473-5511. Make sure all Registered Adults have Youth Protection Training.
June 6-10…Noccolula Falls-5:30p.m.-9:00p.m
June 13-17 ...Henagar City Park-8:00a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Go to the Greater Alabama Website to register online.
The Lookout Mountain District Committee will meet the third Thursday of each month, our next meeting is Thursday June 16th, at First Federal Bank in Fort Payne, at 6pm.
Digital Eagle
Make sure you are talking to all your members about signing up for the Digital Eagle, and all the other digital media where they can get information.

 MOUNTAIN LAKE          
District Executive Johnathan Lovett    (256) 609-3150 
Mountain Lakes Day Camp
New Location & Date
July 11 - 15
8am - 2pm
Caldwell Elementary School - Scottsboro, AL
Johnathan Lovett;
Mountain Lakes District Executive; GAC, BSA
(256) 609-3150

Senior District Executive Alan Riethmaier  205.213.3409 (Cell)   205.969.4244 (Office)
SCOUTMASTERS!! We need a few good scouts.  The Shelby District Cub Day Camp (morning to early afternoon) and Webelos Twilight Camp (early afternoon to evening) are just around the corner (June 6-10).  Opportunities are available for First Class and above Boy Scouts to fill needed support and junior staff positions.  These positions will involve varying degrees of responsibility in the vicinity of younger scouts, so only submit names of more mature scouts please.
If you have any boys that fit this description, who would be interested in serving at one of the camps, please email contact details so that we can begin the application/review process.  For both camps, please contact Douglas Reinsch,, 205-585-2252.
 Alan Riethmaier
Shelby Senior District Executive
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
205.213.3409 (Cell)
205.969.4244 (Office)

Senior District Executive Curtis Hunt   or cell phone 256-361-7303
District Executive Brian Reeves 
 Good Morning,
The Eagle Luncheon has been rescheduled for June 28th, 12:00 p.m.  We have parking passes at the office that you will need to have in order not to be charged for parking. Please call Dianne or Rachel to arrange pick up times for your parking passes. Please feel free to invite your co-workers, friends, neighbors, and any one else to show the Scouting Spirit in Madison County.

Talakto District:  Please reserve your seat for our annual Eagle Luncheon on June 28th, at the VBC East Hall 12:00 p.m.  Congressman Robert Aderholt will be our guest speaker.  We have four of our very own being awarded that that day: Keith Wilson, Albert Farrar, Col. James Heyward, and Mayor Tommy Battle.  You can contact me by email at or cell phone 256-361-7303. 

Day Camp (Scout Trek 2011)- June 20-24 Registrations are now being accepted for the Talakto Day Camp that is being held at the Cahaba Shrine Park. Early bird registration is $65 until May 30th. After that it costs $90. Don't forget, parents/leaders that volunteer to work the entire week pay 1/2 price for their Cub to attend. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Michele Tisler @ Boy Scouts must by at least 14 years old to volunteer.
Fishing Rodeo- September 24th Our Fishing Rodeo will be held at Madison County Lake this year. Stay tuned for flyers to come. Boy Scouts- don't forget that if you need service hours, we need your help. Adults and siblings can fish but anyone over 12 must have a fishing license. There were reports of parking problems last year so we are looking for any input and suggestions you may have on how to solve the problem. We are looking for a chairman for this event. Contact Dianna O'Dell @ to volunteer.
Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society's 43rd Annual Gem and Mineral Show- October 14, 15, 16 Belt loop and Merit Badge opportunity. In the past 6 years, we have had over 2400 kids attend this event. Slots are limited so book early. Cub Scouts can work to earn their Geology Belt loop and Pin Webelos can work to earn their Geology Belt loop and Pin and the Geology Activity Badge Boy Scouts can work to earn their Geology Merit Badge And don't forget to visit the Fluorescent Room where all the rocks glow under shortwave ultraviolet light! Contact Dianna O'Dell @ to book a spot.
Scouting for Food- tentative date- November 19th We are supporting the Salvation Army again this year. Bags will be available at the November RoundTable. Stayed tuned for more information. Please let us know the answer to the typical grocery store question, "Paper or plastic?" We've noticed that the plastic bags have gotten really thin and want to know which you prefer. Talakto collected 20,715 pounds of food in 2010 to help needy families in our local area. Great job!!
Powder Horn September 16-18 & October 7-9, this is not a Venturing Course,but a High Adventure exposure course to take Scouting to the next level in their Troop and Crew.
Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers. New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered. You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training..To take Youth Protection training go to My Scouting and create an account. From the portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council. When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into My Scouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in MyScouting to your BSA membership.
Roundtable New Location!! *GREAT* Scouting resource covering upcoming events, places to go, things to do! Held the first Thursday of each Month 
Thank You,
Curtis Hunt
Senior District Executive
Boy Scouts of America
2211 Drake Avenue
Cell: 256-361-7303
Office: 256-883-7071

THREE RIVERS          
Please visit our district website and facebook page at :
District Website - or facebook – Three Rivers District GAC                         
Contact: Brian Wilson                                                                                     
Senior District Executive                                                                             
(205) 969-4282 - Office                                                  
District Updates
Thank you to all of the units that participated in the Veteran’s Flag Ceremony flag ceremony and removal of the flags from Jefferson Memorial Cemetary in Trussville.  Pack 216 would like to especially thank all of the units that came out to remove the flags on Thursday evening.   This is an annual event and we want to see each of you and even more on next year.
Are you ready for School Night?
The District School Night for Scouting Training will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. We would like to have, AT LEAST, one representative from each Cub Scout Pack and Troop that plans to recruit scouts this fall in attendance. Remember, now is the time to contact your schools to begin planning the dates for School Nights. The ideal nights would be to hold your meetings on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Please do not wait to contact the principal or secretary because they have traditionally taken the last couple of weeks in June – July as vacations to get ready for the next year. This is a job for the unit committee to organize.
Welcome to the Open Vent
Thanks to all of the units that had representation at the June Roundtable. We had a great open vent during the Cub Scout Breakout and plan to begin putting out thoughts into action ASAP. Remember, you are needed, welcome, and just as important as the next leader when it comes to helping us become a successful Scout District.
June Committee Meeting
Our June District Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at St. Vincent’s East Hospital beginning at 7:00pm in Classroom C. We would like to outgrow that room in route to becoming a better district and the only way that we can do that is with your support.
July Roundtable
It’s time to take a break. We will not hold a July Roundtable in order to give you some much needed time away and to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday.
Cub Scout Twilight Camp
Have you promoted, started registering, and getting ready to join us at one of our TWO District Twilight Camps? We have a fun-packed, adventure-filled, and awesome week of events planned for each and every scout, sibling, and leader. Yes, I did say leader. The cost to attend camp is $90, but you can pay as little as $35 to attend the camp ($35 discount if you sign up three weeks prior to the date and an additional $30 if you or a responsible adult comes out to help us as an adult chaperone for at least four of the five days). Here are the details:
Trussville Camp
June 13-17, 2011
Clearbranch United Methodist Church Campus
Contact Samantha Meadows at for more information
Brookside Camp
July 11-15, 2011
Sharon Heights Baptist Church Campus
Contact Mechell Malone at for more information
Please visit,, for the registration form.
Commissioner Staff
If you have not received a visit or call from your Unit Commissioner or have no idea of who your Unit Commissioner is, please contact Bill Kiley at
Journey to Excellence
Do you like being successful? If so, please visit the District Website for the new Journey to Excellence Awards Forms for each scouting program. This award replaces the Centennial Quality Unit Award and will be based on your 2010 successes instead of assigning goals and listing verbal commitments at the end of the year.   Should each unit accomplish the “Bronze” level, we would have really good units. Should each unit accomplish the “Silver” level, we would see a great turn around in the overall quality of our programs. Should each unit accomplish the “Gold” level, we would have done above and beyond the requirements to make our units the best possible. Each accomplishment and level is designed to make our programs better, provide consistency across the board, and to make scouting available in each community for every youth. One key component to this award is that we must have each accomplishment documented and in the computer system.
If you are interested in receiving District specific information, please email under the Subject: Sign me up.

 VULCAN               **A Quality, Award Winning District since 2004**
Senior District Executive Doug Jackson  Office (205) 969-4269 Cell (205) 907-2845. 
***Thanks to Russell Byrne and  Troop 320 for organizing a supply collection at Scout square in Vestavia. Thanks to all Scouters, Scouts, and citizens for their help in making this happen.
***Fall Recruiting will be here before you know it. We want to have the school recruiting dates set before the School year ends. We need these dates at the May roundtable. We are targeting the week of 22nd-26th. Our School Night For Scouting Training will be August 2nd at 6:30pm. Hoover- we are still working with the school system, but try to work out a date with the principals during the week of August 22-26. 
***Cub Scout Day Camp July 25-29 at Oak Mountain State Park.  All Cub Scouts will want to attend!!  Sign up by June 27 to receive the Early Bird Discount.  See the Day Camp Page at the Vulcan District website for more information:
Cub Scout Leader Specific Training will be offered at this month’s roundtable.
Training dates, flyers, and additional information are on the website.
***Big thanks to Alvie Allison, Kenny Hartley, and Canterbury UMC for a fantastic Advance-O-Rama. We had over 350 Scouts come out and get quality  instruction on a huge selection of Merit Badges. Thanks to all of the instructors and Scouts who participated.
***Congratulations to Vulcan District’s Silver Beaver Recipients –Steven Benefield, Ralph Upchurch, and Mickey Harbin.
 ***Philmont Training Center Scholarship Available - Vulcan Adult Scout Leaders who want to attend the Philmont Training Center can apply for the Robert F Calhoun Philmont Training Center Scholarship.  Applications are due April 15th, 2011.   Please see the attached flyer for details.
 Follow the Vulcan District on Twitter for real time updates and info on Scouting in our district.    
Vulcan OA is on Facebook- “Nunne-Hi Chapter of the Coosa Lodge”
District OA Meetings - 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,

 District Executive Chris Mitchem   or cell 256-655-1650  
Good Morning Everyone,
The following items were left at the camporee: an Auburn hat, three Frisbees with a clear case, and a purple and black basketball. Contact Laurel Rickard at to pick up these items.
Here are the upcoming events and training events for the Westmoreland District:
•The Westmoreland District Day Camp will be held at Camp Westmoreland on 13 June – 17 June. Early Bird Registration is $65.00, Event Registration is $90.00 
•Pack 11 in Cherokee is hosting a Cubmobile Race in Cherokee around the 4th of July weekend. The race is open to all units. For more information contact Greg Robinson at
•There will not be an Eagle Board or Roundtable during the month of July!
256-883-7071 OFFICE
256-655-1650 MOBILE

Coosa Lodge
May 20-22nd was the first Ordeal of the year at Camp Sequoyah. A grand total of 162 members, including 71 new members, attended, and 14 members sealed their membership in Brotherhood. The weather couldn’t have been better, and the food was great. Members and candidates alike helped the camp in various service projects such as removing storm damage.
The next event is September 9-11 is the second Ordeal of the year, and will be held at Camp Comer. The pre-registration deadline for candidates is August 26 and the late fee will be an extra $20. There is no late fee for members. If have been called out but haven't pre-registered, go ahead and fill out the per-registration form and bring it with you when you register on-site. There will be a Brotherhood ceremony Saturday afternoon, so, if you've been a member for 10 months or more, come out and seal your membership in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service! If you have any questions about this weekend, go to our website,
OA Fact of the Bi-weekly Update:
Did you know that in 1977, Dr. James Flatt, previous Lodge and Section adviser, was the lodge chief of Pellississippi Lodge in Tennessee – the host lodge of NOAC that year – and escorted Dr. E. Urner Goodman around part of the time?
Lodge officers:
Chief – Devan Beitel
Vice Chief of Service – Kyle Dotson
Vice Chief of Administration – Jacob Smith
Vice Chief of Communications – Nathan Moore
Vice Chief of Fellowship – Jorge Marin
Vice Chief of Inductions – Ethan Merrell
Vice Chief of Native American Affairs – Alex Pope
Northern Vice Chief – Micah Gilliland
Southern Vice Chief – John Melton