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Digital Eagle 13 June 2011
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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.
Recovery efforts from the approximately half-mile wide EF-4 tornado that hit Camp Jackson are progressing. A professional tree removal contractor has opened the road to the back of camp and is removing trees that fell on buildings, structures, and tent platforms. A logging contractor has been working to salvage the numerous trees that were blown down. A construction contractor has begun work to repair the Ranger Cabin and will then repair the OA Lodge and other buildings that can be repaired.
Like all of the Council's camps, Camp Jackson is covered by insurance for replacement costs to the buildings and structures. The insurance company has surveyed the damage and has reserved funds to repair/replace the damage to the buildings and structures.
The summer board meeting and FOS celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at Camp Sequoyah.
- 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:(http://www.1bsa.org/camps.php) 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.
Karen Harris Johnson
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America
Irondale, AL – The sounds of summer, sports and fun filled the air at the annual Birmingham District Cub Scout Day Camp at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center last week. 145 boys got a chance to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities. Activities included knot-tying, shooting sports, swimming, fishing, songs and crafts. The McWane Center and the Birmingham Zoo were great ways to start the day and the Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN Project was a great community service effort for the Webelos. Mayor William Bell came to visit the camp on Friday and gave a special speech to the boys on the importance of scouting and citizenship. Overall the Cub Scout Day Camp provided children in the community with a fun, safe environment and was a truly unique Scouting experience.
Mountain Lakes District Executive; GAC, BSA
**2011 Shelby Day Camp**
Thank you to all the parents and volunteer staff who played an part in providing an outstanding day camp experience for over 500 young men last week! We had a great time playing and learning together.
**June Board Meeting and FOS Victory Celebration**
All board members and Friends of Scouting volunteers are encouraged to attend our joint meeting at Camp Sequoyah beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21st.
**June Popcorn Meeting**
District popcorn committee members: Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 22nd for a council-wide popcorn meeting at the Liberty Park Service Center. We will begin our meal at 6:00 p.m., and our meeting at 6:30 p.m.
**School Night Training**
District Roundup Team – June 24th at Fultondale Elementary – 6-8 p.m.
Unit Roundup Training - July 14th at Riverchase Church of Christ - 7:00-8:00 p.m.- Every cub scout unit should have at least two people attend this training to gather your school night supplies, learn about new changes in 2011 recruitment, and to coordinate our district recruiting efforts with neighboring packs.
**No July Round Table**
We will not hold Round Table during the month of July.
**Program Preview Conference**
August 4th at 7:00 p.m. – Riverchase Church of Christ – All Scouting leaders are encouraged to attend the 2011 Program Preview Conference. This meeting is your chance to get updates on all council and district activities for the 2011-2012 school year. We will roll out our training, fundraising, and activity dates and flyers.
**Baron’s Scout Night**
August 19th – See the Council Website at www.1bsa.org for the registration flyer. This is a great deal, and a blast!
**Unit Training Updates**
Please take a few minutes to review the training status of your unit’s leaders. This is a key to earning the Journey to Excellence Award! If our records do not match yours please email Alan email@example.com so we can reconcile them.
**Oak Mountain Fishing Rodeo Save The Date**
This year’s fishing Rodeo will be held on Saturday, September 24th with an overnighter at Camp Tranquility field on Friday, September 23rd.
**2011 Shelby Camporee Save The Date**
Please mark your calendar on October 14-16 at Veterans Park in Hoover. Program details will be available at the Program Preview Conference on August 4th.
Shelby Senior District Executive
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone 256-361-7303.
***Daycamp- Well who can really say that June is cooler than July now? July 25-29 at Oak Mountain State Park. You can still sign up for the Vulcan Daycamp and get the early bird special. Please see our district website and the Day Camp Page for all of the details. We will be having a lot of fun, and we hope you can join us. Please get your application in.
***Popcorn- As you plan your upcoming Scouting year, figure out your unit budget and how much you will need the Scouts to sell to meet that budget. We have a great team in place that is waiting and willing to help you. We need your help to insure we have a successful year this fall with our popcorn sale. Kristin Massie is the District Kernel. Please contact her for help and to let her know your unit popcorn kernel (email@example.com).
***School Night for Scouting- Please contact your schools to set the date. The district is targeting the week of August 22nd. The district School Night team is excited about this Fall and are eager to help your unit. Joe Swaika is the District School Night Chairman and Peter Bosworth our membership chairman. You can contact them for information or support. I hope to have more information on the Hoover School system this week. Our School Night Training is going to be August 2nd.
***This is the first week of Summer Camp. I hope all Troops have a great experience.
***The Vulcan District continues to serve our communities as the Storm recovery efforts continue. Here is the latest example:
“Pack 776, Liberty Park Baptist Church, recently collected sports equipment that was delivered to the University of Alabama day care facility (University Place) and to a school in Alberta, AL, both of which provide services to children affected by the recent tornado devastation. The intention was to replace sports equipment that was damaged in the storm, so the kids would have something active to do this summer”
***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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org