Digital Eagle July 25 2011


Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America 
July 25th, 2011 
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am until 5:00pm
Main Phone 205-970-0251 Fax 205-970-0349
Northern Area Service Center 256-883-7071 
Birmingham Scout Shop 205-967-5954
Huntsville Scout Shop 256-880-1488 or 877-880-1488 
Scout Shop Hours: 9-5 M-F, 10-2 Sat 



As of July 25, Tim Cooper, Greater Alabama Council, Scout Executive is

pleased to announce the following staff promotions and moves:



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.
Troop 4711 will host a Merit Badge Fair at the First United Methodist Church in Wedowee on Aug. 27th.  Please register your troop for the classes that they wish to attend. Link Below


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.
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.
POWDER HORN - Greater Alabama Council will conduct a Powder Horn course in the fall of 2011.  Click here for more information.
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.    
WEB INFO AVAILABLE - A wide range of Scouting information is available to all volunteers by looking at  From training to definitions on Scouting and other information on a national level can be attained from this website.  Everyone is encouraged to go to  to attain more information on Scouting you might need along with the Greater Alabama Council’s website at

Wilderness first Aid Course to be held-


The Wilderness and Remote First Aid class is a 16 hour course based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guideline.  This course certification is good for 2 years.


Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover AL & Oak Mountain State Park


CPR/AED:  Friday  October 14th 5pm – 9pm

WFA:  Saturday October 15th, 7:30am-7:30pm and Sunday October 16th, 8am – 12pm.


This course is required for any high adventure activity by the BSA. It is essential for troops who are involved in activities where you are further than 1 hour away from EMS.  It also meets one of the requirements for the Ranger Award in the Venturing Program.

This course is open to anyone aged 14 and over. 



The 2nd Annual Webelos Encampment at Camp Comer July 17-20 was a great success with over 150 Webelos attending.  Almost 500 Activity Badges were earned and the Webelos got a taste of long-term camping to help prepare them for Boy Scouting.  Special thanks to Kay Dummier, Will Jackson, Robin Lambert and Vince Lambert for a great job in leading the event.  


SCUBA OPPORTUNITIES - Boy Scouts -- SCUBA merit badge is now available.  Interested?  Click here for more information.


SCUBA OPPORTUNITIES - 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)
Arrowhead District Website:
 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 (
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

Karen Harris Johnson
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America
District Executive

Digital Eagle
July 18, 2011
Birmingham District
Twenty-nine new boy scouts from the Birmingham District had their first summer camp experience.  They traveled to Camp Sequoyah for Week 5, July 10 to July 16, 2011.  It was a week we’ll never forget. The scouts were enrolled in the Eagle Bound program and participated in a number of camp-wide events.  Thanks to the Birmingham District Camp Staff for the huge effort it took to get those scouts to camp and to keep them there.  A big thanks goes to the 2011 Camp Sequoyah staff.  They are the best!  
Everyone who volunteered for the June 2011 Birmingham District Cub Scout Day Camp at Ruffner Mountain was invited by Deborah Hudson, Day Camp Director, to attend a picnic at Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, July 09, 2011.  Thanks to the men from Troop 405 at Greater St. John Baptist Church Powderly for grilling the meat.  Everyone enjoyed the “What’s in the Bag” activity led by Deborah Hudson and the Pig Personality activity by Deborah Huff.
We took a short summer break from district committee and roundtable meetings in July.  The next time we see you will be at the District’s Program Preview on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.  All volunteers, parents, youth and others are invited to attend that meeting to learn about the upcoming council and district programs and camps, registration goals, Popcorn and Friends of Scouting (FOS) fundraising goals, and more.  See you on August 4!
School Night(s) for Scouting is coming this fall.  The Birmingham District in particular has several thousand boys who are eligible to participate in scouting programs.  If you are interested in helping to recruit youth and volunteers for scouting- we need at least one volunteer from each unit- especially at your school or church, please contact Karen Johnson, District Executive, at 205-902-2766.
Every scout deserves a trained leader.  Please remind any adults who want to register as a scout volunteer/leader that they must complete the Youth Protection Training, preferrably on-line, and submit the completion certificate with their registration form. They should also be encouraged to take as many other on-line training courses as possible- follow the links from or and submit those certificates to our training chairman, too.  For more information about volunteer training, please contact Yolanda Pleasant, District Training Committee Chairman, at or 205-401-6966.  
Have a great rest of the summer!


District Executive  Thomas Ritch email -    Office - (205) 970-0251  Cell - (256) 452-5135
Cheaha District,

We have in the works a Merit 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 The Robotics class is filling up fast so sign up early.  We also have two Adult Leadership Training classes planned for the day.  We have worked hard to get the classes set up and Counselors trained and listed with the counsel.  Please help us to plan by signing up your Scouts and Leaders early.  If you have any questions please call me or email me. The link to sign up for the fair is:

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.

Hope everyone is having a great summer and I look forward to seeing everyone during the coming weeks.

Our next Roundtable will be July 14th at 6:30 in Ashland First United Methodist Church.

Thank you everyone and hope you have a great week.


Thomas Ritch
Cheaha District Executive

District Executive Anthony Edwards,
Office 205-969-4252 Cell 205-441-5763
Cherokee District Website -

A big thanks you to all the leaders and scouts that worked Cherokee Day Camp. You all made camp wonderful this year. We could not have put on a fantastic camp for the cub Scouts, without all your help. The boys earned many belt loops and achievements in their rank books. Hope to have picture cds and other items at the August Program Preview Conference. Cherokee District is blessed with wonderful scout volunteers. From your 2011 Day Camp Director Cyndi LaFond.


This is a great article from David Darby. If you have information to be place in Digital Eagle please email me at


Cub Scouts attend Day Camp at Tannehill State Park

By David C. Darby

Tannehill State Park was the location of this year’s summer Day Camp Program for the Cub Scouts of the Cherokee District, held June 20-24. More than 50 day campers from area Cub Scout Packs participated in many fun and educational events including archery, leather crafts, wrist rockets, BB gun shooting, riding pedal cars, creating & launching water rockets, playing soccer, hiking, playing on the water slide and completing achievements in their rank books. Thanks to the many adult leaders who gave of their time to making this exciting event possible.


Our local Cub Scouts are part of the Cherokee District in the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1930, the Boy Scouts have helped our youth through the Cub Scout program, having served youth from 7 to 10 years of age (or first through the fifth grades). The older youth, age 11-18, are served by the Boy Scouts. It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential.


The Cherokee District is one of fourteen Districts served by The Greater Alabama Council, serving youth in 22 counties. For more information about Scouting programs in your area, call The Greater Alabama Council at 205-970-0251, or visit their website at


Photo Here: Cub Scout day campers and adult volunteers gather in front of the John Wesley Halls Mill at Tannehill State Park.


District Planning Meeting is on July 19, 2011 at the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce- 4:30pm to plan for the coming year. Your unit leader and District committee should plan to attend this meeting and bring your calendar items. We need to have all the information to provide to the Council as well as update our Website. Let’s plan a great year your Scouts!!!


 2011 Cherokee Program Preview Conference is Thursday, August 4, 2011- 7:00pm at Bessemer LDS Stack. Plan to attend to receive information on activities, calendar dates for 2011-2012, Popcorn Kick-off and much more!

Cherokee District Training- Please mark your calendars for Cherokee District Training on Saturday, September 10 , 2011 time and place TBA (Cub Leader Specific, Boy Scout Leader Specific, LDS Leaders Specific Training and District committee training.

Cherokee Fall School Night Training- July 25, 2011 at Pleasant Hill UMC—6:30pm

Commissioners Planning Meeting- July 25, 2011 at Jimmy’s Nick in Homewood- 11:30pm If you are commissioner and able to attend please do so.  

A Cub Scout Pack's Annual Budget Plan

What is the "ideal year of Cub Scouting" plan? It is implementing the elements of a complete annual Cub Scouting program for youth, committing as a pack to incorporate these elements, and then providing adequate funding for them. Even more, it is committing to implementing the plan with the entire pack: Cub Scouts, leaders, and families, by raising enough dollars to fund the "ideal year of Cub Scouting." The result is a well-managed, well-financed unit.

The steps to an "ideal year of Cub Scouting" are:

1.    Plan the pack's complete annual program.

2.    Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve the program.

3.    Identify all sources of income (den dues and any traditional pack activities), and then determine the amount of product sale and the sales goal per youth member that will be needed to reach the income goal.

4.    Gain commitments from parents, leaders, and all Cub Scouts.

If you like to raise money every month, plan your program as you go, limit your activities based on the unit's income, or not involve the youth members in the planning process, then this format might not be for you! Those leaders who want a meaningful, exciting, and comprehensive youth program that achieves the objectives of Cub Scouting will find this format the ideal way to go. Click for budget worksheet. 

District Executive Steven Miles  Cell - 256-223-2999

Good morning, Choccolocco District.  I hope that everyone is finding their week start a good one.  Mine is going to be a little shakey as I have been on vacation for two weeks and have forgotten how to work.  :o)  Seriously, it was a great opportunity for me to recharge my batteries and get back into the swing of things.  Things I learned on my vacation, I hate to paint.  I have painted an entire week.  Well, no more painting until next year.

I am not going to bore you this week with a lot of gibberish I am going to stick straight to the facts.  We have a lot coming up and a little time to get it done. 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 Augutst 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 need volunteers for this one guys.  Some personal matters have removed the coordinator from the mix and I am needing some help now.  Please volunteer.  Check with your leadership to see who can step up.  This is a huge event that we do not need to put a mediocre effort forward.
I would like for everyone to make sure they get into their fall calendars Cub Scout Haunted weekends. I mentioned at the last roundtable that I would like everyone to commit to working at least one weekend at the Cub Scout Haunted. I am a very greedy DE and would like for everyone to commit to all three weekends but I will take at least one. I would like all Units to sponsor and design a Fall Carnival type game that we can put on the field in front of the Dining Hall to set up a fun atmosphere for all of the kids that come. Go ahead and be thinking about this. I know that you will have fun as I do every year. I will take care of the prizes and such. Just get the games designed and there. Please let me know what you will be doing so I can work on prize levels and lay-out on the field.
Guys, that about covers it. Please continue to strive towards excellence in everything that we do. Serve the youth. That's what we are signed on to do. Thank you for all that you do.



Steven D. Miles
District Executive
Choccolocco District
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America

Serving Cherokee, DeKalb, & Etowah Counties
District Executive Michael Wells
Cell - 256-473-5511
Office - 205-969-4258

Please note: Our District’s Web address has changed! Please update your bookmarks! Look for new updates to the page coming soon.



Following the Trainer’s EDGE Course on Saturday, we will be discussing the Gadsden Fish Derby. If you would like to be included and are not attending the training, please let Michael Wells know, and we will contact you, if training ends early.



We are starting a NEW VENTURE CREW in Gadsden at Crosspoint Church. Venturing is a co-ed program for boys and girls ages 13 to 20. We will be having a Open House in the future. Please check next week’s Digital Eagle for more information.



The Trainer’s EDGE will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Crosspoint Community Church located at 2730 Wills Creek Rd, Gadsden, AL. Crosspoint is located just off I-759 in Gadsden. The training will be located in the two-story gym, in between the two playgrounds, to the left of the main building. The cost of the course is $5 plus $6 if you want lunch, plus $10 if you want a Trainer’s neckerchief. Registration starts at 7:30 AM with instruction beginning at 8:00 AM. The course will be over at 5:00 PM.

You MUSTpreregister for this event as you MUSTbring a prepared presentation with you. To register send the information below to either Lisa Sullivan or John Trichell at You will receive further instructions when you preregister. If you have questions contact either Lisa or John. You may also contact Clay Pruitt, Field Director at or (205) 969-4264.

Trainer's EDGE is BSA's latest version of the Training Conference that instructs leaders on better ways of making presentations at trainings and allows the participants to practice the EDGE training model (Explain, Demonstrate Guide & Enable) and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences. Participants are given an opportunity to prepare and practice a training session of their choice, using materials, equipment, and/or props that they bring with them to the course.



As we enter into the heat of summer, make sure we focus on safety. Most of our youth spend time in climate controlled areas, and are not adjusted to the heat. Make sure everyone stays properly hydrated with water. Most of your carbonated drinks such as Coke or Mountain Dew, as well as tea and the energy drinks, contain caffeine, or other ingredients that are a diuretic, which cause you to expel fluids. Have mandatory brakes, and make sure you see everyone drinking water, not just a swallow out of a bottle, but large quantities. Also make sure you are familiar with signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, and watch out for all adults and youth. Nothing ruins an outing like having to go to the hospital to get an IV for fluids. Stay safe and have fun.



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.   


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.


District Executive Johnathan Lovett    (256) 609-3150 

Mountain Lake Day Camp: A huge thanks goes out to Jimmy Chapman and his volunteer staff for putting on a great Day Camp for the Mountain Lake District!  The children, as well as, the adult leaders had a great time!  They got to experience a lot of great things including: a life saver helicopter fly-in, a visit from the Scottsboro fire department, a visit from the ambulance service, a trip to the Scottsboro Splash Park, BB's, Archery, Arts and Crafts, a trip to Dominos Pizza to tour and make their own pizza, lots of sports activities, water bottle rockets, advancements, and a whole lot more!!!  Jimmy Chapman and his staff really went above and beyond to ensure that these boys had an unforgettable fun-filled experience!  We will post pictures of our Day Camp on the Digital Eagle next week!      

Fall Program Preview Conference: Attention all volunteers!!!  Mark your calanders for Thursday August 4th.  We will meet at the Henryville Methodist church at 6:30 pm to discuss all the exciting events and activities planned for the upcoming year in Scouting!  Please encourage all of the adult leaders in your unit to attend!  This is a great opportunity for fellowship among other scouters in our district!  There will also be an Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting!  Any Scout or Adult leader that is a member of the Order of the Arrow is welcome to attend this meeting.  Below is a list of things that we will be discussing at our upcoming Program Preview Conference.

At our Program Preview Conference we will be discussing:

The popcorn sales drive (Please make sure that your unit popcorn kernal is in attendance!!!)
Cub Scout Round-ups and recruitment

Cub fishing rodeo
Cub Haunted Weekend

Boy Scouts - Fall Camporee

Upcoming training opportunities

And a whole lot more!!!We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!
2011 Popcorn Sale!!!  Our 2011 Popcorn Sale is here again!  We encourage every unit to give their youth an opportunity to earn great incentives and awards through our annual popcorn sale!!!  The annual popcorn sale also teaches our youth the importance of "earning their own way".  It is a valuable way to teach youth the skills they will need in order to be successful in life!  By participating in our annual popcorn sale; a scout can potentially fund their entire year of scouting!!!  Please come to the Program Preview conference at Henryville United Methodist Church on August 4th to hear more about this great opportunity and these great incentives!!! 
Don't Drop on Albertville!!!  In April of this year; Albertville Troop 4071 spent 4 hours of their time picking up trash on roads in the Albertville community.  They spent their personal time to help beautify their community and show others that they care about their community!  This was a great opportunity for them to earn service hours and make an impact on the community they live in!  A huge part of living the Scout Oath and Law is to do our duty to God and our Country!  They exhibited this by cleaning up the community and land that God has blessed them with!  We should all do our part, each and every day, to help our community and reach out to others!  Thank You Troop 4071 for sharing this story! 
Johnathan Lovett;
Mountain Lakes District Executive; GAC, BSA
(256) 609-3150

Senior District Executive Alan Riethmaier  205.213.3409 (Cell)   205.969.4244 (Office)

**School Night Training**

School Night training is being moved to Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Riverchase Church of Christ.  Please communicate this change with all leaders in your unit.   During this meeting we will outline some new changes for our recruitment process as well as provide your unit the supplies you will need to successfully engage as many youth as possible!


**Oak Mountain State Park Service Opportunity**

We have a need for some Boy Scout Projects at Oak Mountain State Park. We need the following projects handled by a Scout, Scouts or a Troop:


1)      Volleyball court built at the Fishing Center by the bathrooms located on the lower lake


2)      A sand court landscaped in with wood stationary net poles. Some benches along the sidelines would be nice.


3)      Also in the same area we need some horseshoe pits built and landscaped with benches as well.


Please feel free to contact me by email or phone if you can assist.  Thank you for your time.


David Johnson

Park Ranger

Oak Mountain State Park

205-620-2520 office

205-438-4655 park cell


**Troop 220 Successes**

The following boys received academic recognition at each of their respective schools:


Blake Sanders

A/B Honor Roll

Perfect Attendance


Kyler Krause

A Honor Roll

Gold Presidential Award for straight A's all through school


Trey Hammett

Faithfully raising the flag award

 Chase Sparks

A/B Honor Roll

7th grade Scholar's Bowl team

Destination Imagination

 Austin Owens

7th grade Scholar's Bowl team

Destination Imagination

Academic All-Stars award



A Honor Roll



A Honor Roll

Highest Average in Social Studies


**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 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 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)


Senior District Executive Curtis Hunt   or cell phone 256-361-7303
District Executive Brian Reeves 

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 m
ay have on how to solve the problem. We are looking for a chairman for this event. Contact Dianna O'Dell @ to volunteer.


Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society's 43rd Annual Gem and Mineral Show- October 14, 15, 16 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 @ 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 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.


PPC: Preview Planning Conference is scheduled for August 4 at Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church at 6:30. Come prepared to get more information about upcoming Talakto District events.


Huntsville Stars "Scouts in the Outfield" Download form here

 Thank You,
Curtis Hunt
Senior District Executive
Boy Scouts of America
2211 Drake Avenue
Cell: 256-361-7303
Office: 256-883-7071

Please visit our district website and facebook page at :
District Website - or facebook – Three Rivers District GAC                         
Contact: Brian Wilson                                                                                     
Senior District Executive                                                                             
(205) 969-4282 - Office                                                  

District Updates

Thank you to all of the units, leaders, parents, and, most of all, scouts that participated in our two TWO TWILIGHT CAMPS. This was a great year and we made our goal of having a combined total of 125 Scouts to participate. We want to thank Jon Ryan and Adam Gooch for serving as the Camp Directors as well as Mechell Malone and Samantha Meadows for serving as Program Directors. We have already secured the second week of June with Clearbranch Church to host Day Camp 2012 and we ask that you go ahead and plan your calendars with this information. We will be working on the second camp’s location and date in the near future.
Are you ready for School Night?

Now is the time to get with your school’s principals to schedule the dates for the upcoming School Night for Scouting. Our goal is to complete fall recruitment by September 22, 2011 and we cannot do this without your support. Keep in mind that we would like to host these events on Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning no earlier than 6:00pm. Give your families enough time to get home begin on homework and possibly eat dinner prior to heading out to a meeting. Also, we would like to host these events as stand alone meetings. They should not be coupled with Open House, Meet and Greet, or PTO Meetings. You are encouraged to participate in these events as a Pack, but not to

July 21, 2011 – District Committee Meeting
                            St. Vincent’s East Hospital
                            Atrium Cafe
August 4, 2011 – District Roundtable

                               St. Vincent’s East Hospital

                               Classroom 1

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  


  VULCAN              **A Quality, Award Winning District since 2004**
Senior District Executive Doug Jackson  Office (205) 969-4269 Cell (205) 907-2845. 
***Day  Camp- 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. 
***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 (
***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.
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,


School Night for Scouting Training
Thursday, July 25
Florence Blvd. Church of Christ
6:30 p.m.
We will go over all aspects of conducting a successful School night from talking with the kids to organizing the sign up at the school. Please come with a lot of questions.

August Roundtable/Program Preview Conference
Thursday, August 4
Florence Blvd. Church of Christ
6:30 p.m.
Please join us as we will he going over the program for the 2011-2012 Scouting year.

Popcorn Commitment Forms
Our popcorn campaign will be kicking off soon. Please contact our co-kernel Laurel Rickard at to get your form in.

Clay Pruitt
Field Director-North Program Area
205.914.7182 (C)
256.883.7071 (W)
256.883.2193 (F)


These past few weeks, camps Sequoyah and Mike have held several Brotherhood ceremonies. Congratulations to all our brothers who have sealed their membership in our lodge!

Our next event will be the September Ordeal at Comer Scout Reservation, September 9-11th. If you're a member cost for the Ordeal will be $10. The registration forms for members and candidates are both on

If you are planning on running for a lodge position make sure to have your Officer Nomination Form as deadline to turn it in is at the September Ordeal.

OA Fact -  The OA has more than 176,000 members located in lodges affiliated with approximately 327 BSA local councils.

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