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Digital Eagle July 25 2011
As of July 25, Tim Cooper, Greater Alabama Council, Scout Executive is
pleased to announce the following staff promotions and moves:
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.
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 meritbadge.info. 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: http://www.meritbadge.info/mbn/eventdetails.aspx?id=09E47190-1B57-4BD1-A687-797ED4CA6AFC
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.
Cheaha District Executive
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.
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Cub Scouts attend Day Camp at Tannehill State Park
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 www.1bsa.org.
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.
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.
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America
Please note: Our District’s Web address has changed! Please update your bookmarks! Look for new updates to the page coming soon.
GADSDEN FISH DERBY PLANNING
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.
NEW VENTURE CREW IN GADSDEN
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 email@example.com or John Trichell at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 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!
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
Mountain Lakes District Executive; GAC, BSA
**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.
Oak Mountain State Park
205-438-4655 park cell
**Troop 220 Successes**
The following boys received academic recognition at each of their respective schools:
A/B Honor Roll
A Honor Roll
Gold Presidential Award for straight A's all through school
Faithfully raising the flag award
A/B Honor Roll
7th grade Scholar's Bowl team
7th grade Scholar's Bowl team
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 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 Alanatariethmaier@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.
Shelby Senior District Executive
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
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 @ 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.
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.
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
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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.
***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.
School Night for Scouting Training
Thursday, July 25
Florence Blvd. Church of Christ
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
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 email@example.com to get your form in.
Field Director-North Program Area
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 coosa50.org
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.