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BSA ANNOUNCES SCOUTSTRONG - The SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge will help you add activity to your life, and reward you when you do!  This challenge is for everyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America, including Scouts, Venturers, Parents, Volunteers, Council Staff, Board Members, Friends of Scouting, and BSA Alumni.  To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award, you are required to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids under 18 for at least five days a week, for six out of eight weeks. Stick with the program and you'll earn an award in less than two months.  For more information, go to: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/wtw/pala_overview.pdf

 

 

Voice of the Scout - In the coming weeks, all Scout volunteers with email addresses in the Scout MyBSA system will receive a email survey for the Voice of the Scout. The Voice of the Scout is an online survey that will directly engage our members, parents, and volunteers to gain feedback on their Scouting experience. 

Opinions are anonymous and this information will be used by the Greater Alabama Council to offer better solutions to unit service and program delivery in the council. 

If your email is not on file with your registration or you wish to check and make sure your address is correct, please email Heather Mayfield at 
hmayfield@1bsa.org with your information.

 

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DINING HALL STAFF FOR CUB EVENTS - Do you like cooking?  Do you enjoy camping?  What about participating in Cub events at Comer or Sequoyah?  The Council is seeking to expand the kitchen and dining hall staffs for Cub Scout events held at our camps.  This is a great opportunity for service, leadership and it really is a lot of fun.  If you or your unit are interested in learning more about the dining hall training program, or want to help ensure quality meals at events, please contact Jeff Brasher at 205-970-0251 or jbrasher@1bsa.org.

 

EAGLE PROJECTS - Looking for an Eagle service project in the Birmingham area?  Consider Camp Tranquility.  Click here for more information.

 

KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS HONORS EAGLE SCOUTS - The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization that will award a special certificate and pin to any Boy Scout that earns the Eagle rank.  For more information or to get the pin and certificate please contact Jimmy Collett at 256-328-3124.

 

GOOD TURN FOR AMERICA  - For a youth member in the Greater Alabama Council to earn the Good Turn for America Award a Cub Scout must complete a service project of at least two hours and a Boy Scout or Venturer a service project of at least five hours.  Hours do not have to be consecutive.  To log the hours go to www.goodturnforamerica.org.

 

 

CHIEF ZACK CROSS -  Zach Cross was an ordinary man from Bessemer, Alabama who served as a rising tide in the lives of men all over Alabama, the United States, and in distant countries. Chief trained boys who eventually became leaders in numerous professions. Now get your copy of Chief, a biography of Zack Cross. Copies of the book can be purchased at The Greater Alabama Council or through mail. Cost is $19 (+ $3 shipping & handling if mailed). Click here for more details and order form. 

 

CAMP USE PERMITS -  Camp Use Permits are used to notify the council and the camp ranger staff of your unit/group's intent to use camp property, and any special requirements you may have.  They should be submitted at least two weeks prior to arrival at camp to allow the ranger staff sufficient time to schedule necessary maintenance, arrange program items and respond to any specific requests.  One form (Click Here for sample forms) is for Camps Comer, Sequoyah, Jackson and Westmoreland;  a separate form is used for Camp Jack Wright to meet the requirements of Tannehill State Park.

 

LEAVE NO TRACE UPDATE - The new Boy Scout handbook adds a Leave No Trace Trainer as a position which can fulfill the leadership requirements for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.  In order to be certified as a Leave No Trace Trainer, a Scout must be over the age of 14 and have completed the 16 hour trainer course.   Click here for more information. 

 

                                                                                                                               

 

 

EAGLE/UNIT SERVICE PROJECT OPPORTUNITY -  Since 1996, the Southern Environmental Center (SEC) at Birmingham-Southern College has transformed more than 10 vacant/blighted urban lots into community parks and sustainable landscape demonstration sites (“EcoScapes”). Filled with native plants and local sculpture works, each garden functions as an outdoor classroom for nearby schools, and as a community gathering place. All of the EcoScapes are contoured to reduce storm water runoff and three (Seven Springs, Samuelson, & Turkey Creek) are specifically designed to protect endangered darter fish populations. A number of EcoScapes also serve as gateways to existing or proposed greenway projects like Red Mountain Park and the Village Creek Greenway.   

 

The community EcoScape program provides a 'natural' outlet for Eagle Scout projects. Recently completed examples include a fence constructed around the Brown Springs EcoScape pond, a brick path @ BSC EcoScape, as well as nature trails and park benches @ Turkey Creek EcoScape. With three new EcoScapes currently under design/construction, multiple opportunities exist for additional Eagle Scout projects. For more information, please contact:

Roald Hazelhoff, Director

Southern Environmental Center

Birmingham-Southern College

Direct line : (205) 226-4934

www.myecoscapes.org