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Digital Eagle June 27 2011
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.
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
Birmingham District’s Zavier Mason of Troop 415, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, returned from a Philmont Scout Ranch trek on his 16th birthday. Many thanks to Bill Cather for the leadership he provided to the Philmont Scoutreach crew. Now we just need to get more of our district’s boy scouts to First Class rank so that more of them can participate in High Adventure activities, too.
On Saturday afternoon, June 26, 2011, five Birmingham District cub scouts, along with their leaders Chris Stoutemire and Deborah Hudson, performed a community service project at the Bass Pro Shop in Leeds. The scouts distributed fliers encouraging shoppers to show their support for scouting by making a donation at the checkout register. Afterwards the scouts toured the huge store to see all that it has to offer. Many thanks to Bass Pro Shops for their continuing support of the Boy Scouts of America.
On Saturday morning, June 18, 2011, more than twenty Birmingham District boy scouts and venture crew members joined with members of the Isaac Walton League and Gordon Black, Education Director for the Cahaba River Society and the CLEAN Project, to pick up litter along the Cahaba River near Hwy 280 East by foot and by canoe. After the work was done, a delicious hot dog lunch was provided by the John Izak volunteers.
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.
District Committee - 6 to 6:45 pm, Robert Nesbitt, District Committee Chairman
Birmingham District parents and leaders are asked to register their boys who are going into the sixth grade and higher grades for overnight residential summer camp. This is agreat 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.
All first and second year Webelos should make plans to attend Webelos Resident Camp. Scouts will have many opportunities to start and complete several activity pins needed for advancement and to just enjoy the outdoor life. The total cost per scout is $115. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 205-401-6966.
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!
Have a great week scouts and scouters and a Happy Fourth of July!
Good morning, Choccolocco District. I hope that everyone is finding their week start a good one. I want to start off this week by saying, "Thank You." Thank you goes out to all of those from Pack 4006 and Troop 5006 that volunteered to work at the Haley's Twilight 5K Race for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday evening. These scouts and leaders came out and volunteered their time to pass out water at a water station to people they didn't even know. I promise you that it was very much appreciated. Thank You!!!! I would also like to thank all of you that enjoyed the many council meetings we had last week by giving up your time on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings to attend meetings that will help us advance as a district. I know that the nights were long but in the end, they will be worth it for those that we serve.
Now, again, on 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.
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.
District School Night Training is on July 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Anniston LDS Church. I need everyone there that can come. Put it on your Calendar.
Program Preview Conference is on August 4th at 6:30 p.m. at the Anniston LDS Church. Be there with as many leaders as you can muster. This is the big one.
September Roundtable and Popcorn Kick Off meeting is on September 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the Anniston LDS Church. This is also our roundtable. Be there to get your popcorn forms and all of the information about this year's sale.
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
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.
TRAINING IN LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN
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.
CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP
Lookout Mountain had two outstanding Cub Scout Day Camps, Noccalula Falls and Henagar.
Thank you to all the volunteers who made these weeks the best for our boys. Thank you also to the support and facilities extended to our groups in Gadsden and Henegar.
Remember to think Safety this 4th of July.
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 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 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 Day Camp 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.
For convenience, Monday June 27 (TONIGHT) will be an optional DAY CAMP REGISTRATION TURN-IN NIGHT at Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 1912 Canyon Road, Vestavia Hills AL. Ascension is located behind Publix in Vestavia. Go to the upper parking lot, and enter through the Church Lobby. Come any time between 7:00 – 8:30 PM to turn in your forms and get answers to any Day Camp questions you may have.
***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. Trails End has some great tools to help every unit plan their budgets. Even if you are not participating, these tools are helpful. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
***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 6:30pm.
***As Summer Camp continues please let me know if you need help. I hope all Troops have a great experience. Remember that at the July Roundtable we will be discussing Camp.
***The Vulcan District continues to serve our communities as the Storm recovery efforts continue.
NEW- We will have an opportunity to help July 6th with loading school desks for the Hackelberg schools that are being donated by Hoover School System. This will be for Boy Scouts and Adults. Details, as they are received will be on the district website and emailed to SM’s.
“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. NEW APPLICATION WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE.
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, email@example.com
Good Morning Everyone,Here are the upcoming events for the Westmoreland District: