Digital Eagle July 5 2011

     

    GREATER ALABAMA COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA/LEARNING FOR LIFE,  INC
 
 
July 5th, 2011 
 
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 
 
Scout Shop Hours: 9-5 M-F, 10-2 Sat 
 
 
PLEASE REMEMBER GAC OFFICES CLOSED JULY 4th- 8th
 
 

 


 

 
 
Camp Jackson Update
 

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.

 
Since the camp was developed on a patchwork basis over the years, the Camp Jackson Development Committee, with the aid of the Council and the National Office, is looking at possible changes to the camp as it is rebuilt to better serve Scouting in the future. The Committee is also continuing to progress plans for capital projects at the camp that are part of the Capital Campaign.
 
 
 
 
Camp Jackson remains 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.

 

 
 
What's Happening (next four weeks) 
   
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.
 
Day Camps- Please check www.1bsa.org for more info. 
 

 
GENERAL SCOUTING

      
 
 
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, www.1bsa.org.  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 www.1bsa.org
 
 
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:  www.myscouting.org.  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
 

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.    

 
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
 
   
 
    

CUB SCOUTS

    
WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP IS COMING!  --  
 

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.

 
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. 
 
  
BOY SCOUTS 

 
SUMMER CAMP UPDATE -
  • 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.
     
 
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. 
 
HIGH ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES: 
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 acsand@bellsouth.net 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 tyoungblood@1bsa.org 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/EXPLORING

  
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
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ARROWHEAD (Serving Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan Counties)
 
 2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 
 Contact: wmcintyre@1bsa.org
Arrowhead District Website:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arrow_web/
 
NEW BOY SCOUT DISTRICT EXECUTIVE NAMED
 
 Will McIntyre has joined the Greater Alabama Council, BSA staff as the Arrowhead District Executive. His responsibilities will include serving all aspects of the Scouting program in Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties. Will is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Okinawa, Japan and Jacksonville, FL. He is a native of Birmingham and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Will earned the rank of Life Scout as a youth and he enjoys camping and all outdoor sports. He and his wife Sarah will be relocating to the Decatur area. “We’re glad to have Will on board.” said Tim Cooper, Greater Alabama Council Scout Executive. “He has great skills and we look forward to him helping to deliver a quality Scouting program to the youth of north Alabama.”   
                        
 Good Afternoon Everyone,
 

This is my fourth week on the job as your new DE and I've had such a great experience so far!  Your kindness and hospitality has made me feel right at home.  It was so much fun to visit our Day Camps last month in Cullman and Decatur. The boys sure did have a lot of fun! 

 

 We all had a lot of fun yesterday at the Spirit of America Festival in Decatur. It was a great day for festival goers to be out with their families and for us to show them what Scouting is all about. We had a lot of visitors to the Scouting Area and they all had a great time!

 

I want to remind everyone that Roundtable will be this Thursday, July 7th at Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur. It will be from 7:00pm-8:30pm and is a potluck dinner. I will see you there!

 

Please bring your completed POPCORN commitment forms to Roundtable!!!  Blank forms can be downloaded from the arrow_web group files. Please fill it out and either bring it to Roundtable or email it to our Popcorn Kernel, Brenda Daniel (arrowheadpopcorn@yahoo.com).

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day, and I will see you at Roundtable!!

 
 

William T. McIntyre

Arrowhead District Executive

Greater Alabama Council

Boy Scouts of America

 

Point mallard Park Cub Day Camp:

 

 

 

 
2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 

Karen Harris Johnson

Greater Alabama Council

Boy Scouts of America

District Executive

+1.205.902.2766

Philmont Scoutreach 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - Sunday, June 26, 2011
 

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.

 
Bass Pro Shops
Leeds, Alabama
Saturday, June 26, 2011
 

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.

 
Cahaba River
CLEAN Project
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Highway 280 East
Birmingham, Alabama
 

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.

 
Cub Scout Day Camp
Monday, June 6 - Friday, June 10, 2011
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Birmingham, Alabama
 

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.

 
Birmingham District Meetings
Thursday, July 7, 2011

District Committee - 6 to 6:45 pm, Robert Nesbitt, District Committee Chairman

District Roundtable - 7 to 8 pm
Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
1101 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Birmingham AL 35211
 
 
ScoutReach Summer Camp
Sunday, July 10 - Saturday, July 16, 2011
Camp Sequoyah
Delta, Alabama 36258 (near Cheaha State Park)
 

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.

 
Webelos Resident Camp
Sunday, July 17 - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Camp Comer
Mentone, Alabama 35984 (near Desoto State Park)
 

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. 

 
Training

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 yourdoname@aol.comor 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!

 

 

  

 
District Executive  Thomas Ritch email - tritch@1bsa.org    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 meritbadge.info. 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
(256)452-5135

 
 
 
CHEROKEE        **QUALITY DISTRICT**     
District Executive Anthony Edwards    aedwards@1bsa.org,
Office 205-969-4252 Cell 205-441-5763
Cherokee District Website - www.bsacherokee.org.
 
 
 
 
Day Camp for Cherokee District starts June 20-24, 8:00am – 4:00pm at aedwards@1bsa.org  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.  
 
 

 
 CHOCCOLOCCO             
2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 
District Executive Steven Miles  smiles@1bsa.org  Cell - 256-223-2999
  
 

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
District Executive
Choccolocco District
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America
256-223-2999

 

 

  
 LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN DISTRICT   
 
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.

http://lookoutmountain.1bsa.org
 
 

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe holiday. Take time to remember all you have as a citizen of this country, all the freedoms and opportunities, and remember this day is about more that cookouts and fireworks.

Check back next week to see a list of items coming the rest of the month.

 

GREAT FLAG RETIREMENT AT FIRST FRIDAY IN GADSDEN

Troop 777 conducted flag retirement ceremony. They had 53 flags plus they replaced the city's flag. It was taken down and disassembled on site before retiring. The crowd participated with the red and white stripes and the blue fields were give to local veterans to retire. Carter Rains did a piece in the Gadsden Times and went on the local radio promoting the event, and conducted the ceremony along with Noah Harden, TJ Davis, Derek Trichell, RC Roe, Mike McDaniel, and Tyler Hopper from Troop 777 and Jonah Harden, a Webelos 2 from Pack 777. Noah, Carter, and Derek spent several hours preparing the flags.   

 

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.

 

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          
2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 
District Executive Johnathan Lovett  jlovett@1bsa.org    (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
  
    
 

  
 
 SHELBY         
2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 
Senior District Executive Alan Riethmaier ariethmaier@1bsa.org  205.213.3409 (Cell)   205.969.4244 (Office)
 SHELBY         
 

**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 atariethmaier@1bsa.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.
  

Alan Riethmaier

Shelby Senior District Executive

Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America

205.213.3409 (Cell)

205.969.4244 (Office)

ariethmaier@1bsa.org

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
TALAKTO               
2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 
Senior District Executive Curtis Hunt    Chunt@1bsa.org   or cell phone 256-361-7303
District Executive Brian Reeves   brreeves@bsamail.org 
      
 

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 chunt@1bsa.org or cell phone 256-361-7303. 

 
Daycamp (Scout Trek 2011)- June 20-24 Registrations are now being accepted for the Talakto Daycamp 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 Sarah Capps @ sccapps93@gmail.com  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 servicehours, 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 @ Talakto_communications@yahoo.com to volunteer.
 
Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society's 43rd Annual Gem and Mineral Show- October 14, 15, 16 Beltloop 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 Beltloop and Pin Webelos can work to earn their Geology Beltloop 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 @ Talakto_communications@yahoo.com to book a spot.
 
Scouting for Food- tentative date- November 19th We are supporting the Salvation Army again this year. Bags will beavailable at the November RoundTable. Stayed tuned for more information. Please letus 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 toknow 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 MyScouting.org 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 When: Thursday, May 5th , 2011 Where: JP II Catholic High School, 7301 Old Madison Pike, Huntsville(1/2 mile weston left past Bridge Street Town Centre)Time: 7:00 p.m. Order of the Arrow meets at 6:30 p.m. National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) meeting starts at 6:00 p.m.
 
Thank You,
 
Curtis Hunt
Senior District Executive
Boy Scouts of America
2211 Drake Avenue
Huntsville,Al.35805
Cell: 256-361-7303
Office: 256-883-7071
 
 
 
 

  
THREE RIVERS          
 
 
2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT
Please visit our district website and facebook page at :
 
District Website - http://threerivers.1bsa.org 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, 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.

 
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 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.

   

 

 
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.
 
 
COMMITTEE INFORMATION AND EVENTS
 
 
 
 
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:

 
Brookside Camp
July 11-15, 2011

Sharon Heights Baptist Church Campus

5:00-9:00pm

Contact Mechell Malone at mechellmalone@yahoo.com for more information

 

Please visit, http://threerivers.1bsa.org/, 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 atrustybayonet@charter.net

 
 
 
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 bwilson@1bsa.org under the Subject: Sign me up.

 
 
 

 
 VULCAN               **A Quality, Award Winning District since 2004**
2010 CENTENNIAL QUALITY DISTRICT 
 
Senior District Executive Doug Jackson  doug@1bsa.org  Office (205) 969-4269 Cell (205) 907-2845. 
  
  

Updated:
***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 (kristinmassie@bellsouth.net).

 

***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.

Here is the latest example of Vulcan in action:

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, bkmelton@charter.net

 
  

  
WESTMORELAND         
   Interim District Executive- Clay Pruittt- cpruitt@1bsa.org 
 
 

My name is Clay Pruitt and I will be serving as your interim District Executive until a replacement can be found.  For those who may remember it was my pleasure to serve as your District Executive prior to Alan Riethmaier and I am looking forward to serving with you again.  Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 205-914-7182 or via email at cpruitt@1bsa.orgif I can be of any assistance.  I take great pride in making sure all my phone calls that I receive from you are returned as well as emails to make your job easier to serve our youth.  Westmoreland District holds a special place in my heart and you are a special group of people who I care for very much.  I greatly appreciate all your service to our youth, it is recognized and very much appreciated.  I look forward to hearing from you and I will keep you posted on any information that becomes available.

Eagle Board of Reviews
To schedule a Project Review or Eagle Board, email the Westmoreland District Eagle Board at <mailto:EagleBoard@WestmorelandDistrict.com> EagleBoard@WestmorelandDistrict.com<mailto:EagleBoard@WestmorelandDistrict.com> with your Name, Troop #, Email and Phone Number that you maybe reached at.  Also, state if it is a Project Review or Eagle Board and give a brief Description of your proposed project including the sponsor and the physical location.

Have your email sent to the Board by the Friday afternoon before the 1st Thursday of the month so that you maybe scheduled for the upcoming Board. The Eagle Board meets the first Thursday of each month concurrently with Roundtable except no meetings are held in the month of July."3

 
The Westmoreland District Day Camp was exceptional!!! Congratulations and Thank You to Laurel Rickard, Kristie Woodfin, and all of the wonderful volunteers for putting on such a great week of fun for everyone! 84 boys participated in camp this year and Laurel and Kristie received a perfect score on their camp inspection!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

  
  
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, Coosa50.org.
 
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?
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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