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Digital Eagle June 20 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and Troop 227 in the loss of Eli Graves. Visitation will be Tuesday 4-9pm, with services at 2pm Wednesday at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Cullman.
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.
NEW YOUTH PROTECTION REQUIREMENT
Effective June 1, 2011 the Boy Scouts of America will require NEW applicants to have 30 days from submitting their application to complete Youth Protection Training. The current adult application states that new adult applicants must complete Youth Protection Training before submitting their application. The adult leader application is being updated with these changes. Again, this change applies to only NEW leaders.
Don’t forget to register for Webelos Resident Camp! Deadline is July 1. Leaders Guides are available on the Council website, www.1bsa.org. This is a great event for both 1st and 2nd year Webelos they will not want to miss.
- 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
Cahaba River CLEAN Project (See Pictures Below)
Powder Horn Training. We have at least one scout volunteer from the Birmingham District registered for the Powder Horn Course but we need more. This is a great opportunity for leaders and youth to get basic training about the high adventure opportunities available to scouts at all levels. The training dates are Weekend #1 September 16 – September 18 and Weekend #2 October 7 – October 9, 2011. To register for the course you must be trained for your position and pay a $225 fee by July 15, 2011. Hope to you there!
Good morning, Choccolocco District. I hope that everyone is having a great start to their week. Mine is still going a little slow trying to figure out how to maneuver with my lovely cast but hey, I will get there. Just remember guys, exercise coupled with proper rest is a sure way to stay healthy. :o) I hope that all of you have a great week.Now, down to business. Begin planning your fall calendars. I will begin contact schools in the next week trying to establish dates for our round-ups this fall. It is going to be a busy round-up season and I will need all of you to make sure that we get it done quickly and effectively to ensure we get to the kids before anyone else does. Let's make sure that we do the recruiting in a quality way and ensure that we have something ready to give to the kids to get them involved immediately. Please have all pricing prepared and ready to go before I go to the schools so I will know what to tell the kids as I answer questions about how much it costs. We have a council-wide training this Thursday night. The district training team will attend this and then come back to train the district in July. Right now, the tentative date set for the district training is July 21st. Please make sure that you can be there. It is important.
I know that summer is a bit slow for packs. I would like for you to make sure, however, that you are taking advantage of the Summertime Pack Award. This is a great award that you can give to your boys at the end of the summer for participating throughout the summer. My pack earned it last year and they truly enjoyed getting it during our first award ceremony of the new year. It is so simple to earn. Hold at least one meeting and one event per month of the summer. Record the attendance of each event. Each scout must attend the one meeting and one event to qualify. Fill out the paperwork on those that qualified at the end of the summer and submit it to the office. It is that simple.
Summer is a little slow for events. Go out and make your own events. There is plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, and camping to do over the summer. Why not do it? Take your boys out and show them what summer is all about.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.
Mountain Lakes District Executive; GAC, BSA
**2011 Shelby Day Camp**
Here are a few shots of the fun we had at Oak Mountain State Park in the morning Cub Camp compliments of Michelle Hawkins.
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or cell phone 256-361-7303.
Thank you to all of the units, leaders, parents, and, most of all, scouts that participated in the first of our TWO TWILIGHT CAMPS. We had a great time and a wonderful closing ceremony on Friday night. Our goal is to return to Clearbranch for the 2012 camp and we hope that you would talk to all of the scouts in your unit to ensure that we have more attendees next year. Special thanks goes out to Jon Ryan and Samantha Meadows for organizing the camp and for Trey Finlay for jumping in with donations for our closing ceremony food and for agreeing to cook all of the hot dogs.
The District School Night for Scouting Training will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church beginning at 6:30pm. 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.
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:
Sharon Heights Baptist Church Campus
Contact Mechell Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Please visit, http://threerivers.1bsa.org/, for the registration form.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org under the Subject: Sign me up.
***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