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: M-F: 9-6; SAT: 10-4
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What's Happening (next four weeks)
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES- Check out the upcoming training at theTraining Calendaron our website.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION -A new page has been added to the council website for on-line registration. Check it out!
CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP -- "Early Bird" Discounts will be expiring soon. If you haven't yet registered for Day Camp, click here!
Events, Activities, and Information
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HEALTH TIP -Hydration – Drink! Drink!! Drink!!!Summer has begun, Day Camps, Summer Camps, and great Unit Trips.We have been inside all winter, and our bodies have not acclimated to the hot, humid weather. Dehydration can spoil the fun for our youth and our adults. Get outside to start getting your body use to the heat.Stay in shaded areas as much as possible, and most importantly, drink plenty of water.
UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING PATCH DESIGN CONTEST - Submit your design for the next University of Scouting patch. Submissions accepted until June 18th. Click here for more information.
TOUR AND ACTIVITIES PLAN -- A new system for Tour and Activities Plans (previously know as tour permits) has been institiuted by the BSA. To learn about the new system, click here.
WOOD BADGE 2012 - Greater Alabama Council will conduct one more Wood Badge course this year. The course will be on Saturday/Sunday/Monday September 15-17 at Camp Comer, and October 13-15 at Camp Westmoreland. Click here for information/registration flyer
SUMMER PROGRAMS AT BASS PRO -- Bass Pro shops will again be offering summer activities for Scouts. For more information, click here.
JUNIOR TRAIL BOSS PROGRAM – Camp Jackson will launch a mountain bike program soon. Before the bikes arrive and the fun starts, Camp Jackson needs a trail system built for this program. It will take hard work and dedication to turn this dream into a reality. Trail crews will be based on volunteer labor force that will need direction and leadership to build the trails properly. We are looking for 14 dependable people to assume the title of Junior Trail Boss and to assume leadership positions. These individuals will become part of an elite team of trail building specialists. They will oversee the work of trail crews with an adult leader. They will learn the rules of trail building, building switchbacks, building in sloped turns, armoring the trail, etc. The Necessary Skills need for this job is the ability to communicate well, to work well independently or as a group, and the ability to execute a plan. Minimum Requirements for applicants: they must be 16 years old or older (adults are also welcome), must be able to work a minimum of 1 Saturday a month, must be able lead a crew of 5 or more people with an adult leader and attend Camp Jackson Trail School (4 hours of classroom with 5 hours of hands on trail work). For an application, click here
Research and Program Innovation- will be sending a survey to about 5,000 Eagle Scouts from across the country under the age of 35 on Tuesday, May 8. The survey will be used to collect information regarding a few potential membership benefits given by joining the National Eagle Scout Association. An email invitation will be sent with the subject line “Tell us about some National Eagle Scout Association benefits” and will come from The Boy Scouts of America (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>). The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
SMLST - On Saturday, June 30, 2012 a Scoutmaster And Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training course will be held from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM at Camp Westmoreland. The cost will be $3.00 per person. A sandwich lunch and drinks will be provided. This is one of the courses required to be "Trained" in your position and IS NOT available online. Please email Bob Wilhide email@example.com or Roger Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend so we will have sufficient materials available. If you have completed OLS and Youth Protection, please let us know and we will be honored to present you with your "Trained" strip at the completion of this course.
New Section for highlighting our hard working Scouts! If you or a Scout you know made news let us know!
Cub Scout Day Camp 2012 Promotional Video Released: Click Here
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP - Volunteers for Webelos Resident Camp are needed, particularly Cub Shooting Sports-trained personnel and adults wanting to assist in the Dining Hall. You can sign up for the entire session, July 22-25 or just one day. Help the Webelos Resident Camp staff provide a great program the our Webelos. Contact Jeff Brasher at email@example.com or 205-970-0251 by July 6 for more information or to sign up for a fun event.
LOWE'S EAGLE PROJECT GIFT CARD - The Greater Alabama Council is the recipient of a grant of 52 $100.00 prepaid Lowe’s gift cards to be used towards Eagle Scout Service Projects. Click here for more details.
SUMMER CAMP 2012 - The 2012 Leader's Guides are posted on the website.REMINDER: Weeks 1, 2, and 3 at Camp Sequoyah and Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Camp Comer are filled to capacity. If your troop has not yet signed up, click here for a reservation form. On-Line class registration is now open. If your troop has not received login information, please contact the Scout office at 205-970-0251. A Users Guide is available to help with registration and class selection.The 2012 Program Supplement for Comer is posted on the Camp Comer webpage. Click here to check it out!
NYLT 2012 - One more Session of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) will be offered this Summer, July 15 – 22, and it is filling up fast.Troops and Crews should be Youth Led, give them the skills needed to Succeed. Click here for an information flyer or an application form. These are also available on the training page of the council website (www.1bsa.org).
NYLT 2012-2 Was a great success. 49 participants completed the week long National Youth Leadership Training, and had a great experience. Look for pictures in the upcoming Digital Eagles.
NEW - Introduction to Leadership Skills For Troops (ILST) – When your Troop selects new youth leadership, the Scoutmaster and Adult Leaders in the unit should conduct an ILST to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek. The course can be downloaded from http://www.scouting.org/Training/Youth.aspx.
NATIONAL JAMBOREE -- Planning is already underway for the 2013 National Jamboree. The Greater Alabama Council will send 108 Scouts and 12 Leaders to the first jamboree at the new permanent jamboree site.
NYLT 2012 -One more Session of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) will be offered this Summer, July 15 – 22, and it is filling up fast.Troops and Crews should be Youth Led, give them the skills needed to Succeed. Click here for an information flyer or an application form. These are also available on the training page of the council website (www.1bsa.org).
NEW - Introduction to Leadership Skills For Crews (ILSC) – When your Crew selects new youth leadership, the Crew Advisor and Adult Leaders in the unit should conduct an ILSC is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak.. The course can be downloaded from http://www.scouting.org/Training/Youth.aspx.
NEW - Introduction to Leadership Skills For Ship (ILSS) – When your Ship selects new youth leadership, the Skipper and Adult Leaders in the unit should conduct an ILSS is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Crews in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Crews and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ship is a prerequisite for Sea Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership
NORTHERN TIER OPPORTUNITY - Venture Crew 2367 has a reservation for Northern Tier June 2012 We currently have 3 (three) spaces available for coed crewmembers. If you are interested you may contact Cal Alred 205-266-8386 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL JAMBOREE -- Planning is already underway for the 2013 National Jamboree which will include Venturers for the first time. The Greater Alabama Council will send 8 Venturers and 2 Venture Leaders to the first jamboree at the new permanent jamboree site. Contingent cost is anticipated to be $1,500.Click here for more information.
VENTURING OFFICER ASSOCIATION (VOA) - The next VOA meeting will be Sunday, June 24th at 2PM at Comer Scout Reservation. Each crew should send their Crew President, and another representative selected by the crew.
Congratulations to all Explorer Post Teams that came out Saturday, April 21st 2012 at the Trussville Fire Competition!! It was a great day and a wonderful event as always!! Congratulations to the top teams!!
ROOM SEARCH 1.Punkin Center Team 2 38sec 2.)Fairhope Team 2 39sec 3.)Pelham Team 2 40sec
4.)Fairhope Team 1 41sec 5.)Cass Co Team 1 41sec 6.)Cass Co Team 3 41sec 7.)Grant Team 2 42sec 8.)Mobile Team 3 43sec 9.)Argo 43sec 10.)Leeds 58sec 11.)Pelham Team 1 1:06 12.)North Shelby 1:06 13.)Harvest Team 3 1:15 14.)Trussville Team 2 1:17 15.)Mobile Team 2 1:24 16.)Trussville Team 1 2:16 17.)Punkin Team 1 2:19 18.)Fairhope Team 3 2:50 19.)Tri-County 2:43 20.)Ranburne 2:55 21.)Swearengin Team 1 3:25 22.)Harvest Team 2 4:20
2012 Trussville Explorer Competition MVC 1.) Forestdale 2.) Cass Co Team 3 3.) Pelham Team 1
1.) North Shelby 2.) Trussville Team 2 3.) Center Point
2012 Trussville Explorer Competition Make and Break 1.)Pelham Team 1 1:49 2.)Argo 1:54 3.)Grant Team 2 1:58 4.)Tri-County 2:03 5.)Pelham Team 2 2:07 6.)Cass Co Team 2:18 7.)Forestdale 2:22 8.)Fairhope 2:23 9.)Cass Co Team 1 2:46 10.)Harvest Team 1 2:46 11.)North Shelby 2:50 12.)Punkin Center Team 1 3:12 13.)Trussville Team 1 3:30 14.)Helena 3:39 15.)Harvest Team 2 5:07
2012 Trussville Explorer Competition Haz-Mat 1.)Fairhope Team 3 4:31 2.)Mobile Team 1 5:28 3.)Punkin Team 2 6:28 4.)Helena Team 2 7:21 5.)Forestdale 7:36 6.)Center Point 8:18 7.)Ranburne Team 1 9:01 8.)Cass Co Team 1 9:42 9.)Swearengin Team 1 9:48 10.)Trussville Team 1 10:00 11.)Leeds 10:30 12.)Birmingham 11:35 13.)Punkin Team 1 12:11 14.)Cass Co Team 3 12:46 15.)Fairhope Team 1 14:11 16.)Punkin Team 2 15:41
2012 Trussville Explorer Competition Bunker Gear Relay 1.)Grant Team 2 8:40 2.)Fairhope Team 2 9:46 3.)Forestdale 10:05 4.)Pelham Team 2 10:07 5.)Mobile Team 3 10:09 6.)Cass Co Team 3 10:37 7.)Fairhope Team 1 10:47 8.)Fairhope Team 3 10:51 9.)Cass Co Team 2 11:07 10.)Center Point 11:11 11.)Cass Co Team 4 11:15 12.)Leeds 11:16 13.)Tri-County 11:18 14.)Trussville Team 1 11:26 15.)North Shelby 11:29 16.)Ranburne 11:30 17.)Argo 11:34 18.)Trussville Team 2 11:39 19.)Pelham Team 2 11:43 20.)Mobile Team 2 11:48 21.)Helena Team 2 12:07 22.)Cass Co Team 1 15:15 23.)Punkin Team 3 12:34 24.)Swearengin Team 1 13:09 25.)Harvest Team 2 13:43 26.)Harvest Team 3 14:28 27.)Punkin Team 1 15:21 28.)Mobile Team 1 15:37 29.)Birmingham 16:30 30.)Punkin Team 2 18:41
The National Order of the Arrow Committee announced that two-time Coosa Lodge Chief, two-time Section Chief, and all-around good guy James Tarbox has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award at this year’s National Order of the Arrow Conference.
From the National Order of the Arrow website:
The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The award is presented every two to three years during the National Order of the Arrow Conference.
The award is a sterling silver arrowhead, bearing an arrow pointing upward and to the wearer’s right, suspended from a white neck-ribbon upon which are embroidered red arrows. A white square knot embroidered upon red cloth is also available. Presentation of the award is limited; nominations are open to both youth and adult.
James joins Dr. James Flatt and Mr. Keith Swedenburg as the only past or current members of Coosa Lodge to be recognized with this honor. He also has the distinction of being the first “home-grown” member of Coosa Lodge to receive the Award.
James was inducted into Coosa Lodge in 2001 at Camp Sequoyah. He then served in nearly every aspect of the Lodge, including ceremonies, shows, the kitchen, and the trading post, before being elected as Coosa Lodge’s only two-term Lodge Chief on his way to back-to-back elections as SR-6S and SR-9 Section Chief. James’ experience with Coosa Shows and his success as Section Chief opened the door for him to serve as the Shows CVC at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference, where he led dozens of Arrowmen in successfully planning and executing four exciting and inspirational arena shows.
Summer Camp in the GAC — If your unit has not registered for summer camp, there may still be a chance for you to attend one of the Greater Alabama Council camps. Camp Comer and Camp Sequoyah are both at or near capacity and the few remaining slots are filling up quickly. If you’re interested in putting your name in one of those final slots, contact the council office.
NOAC — Planning and preparation continue for the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (or “NOAC”), set for July 30th through August 4th Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Coosa Lodge is riding chartered buses to the conference and ongoing fundraising efforts have dramatically reduced the cost for our contingent members. The current cost is $400, which is down from our original estimate of $600 and is actually below the actual cost for participants as set by the National Committee. If you want to attend NOAC, the time to sign up is NOW! Click here to for NOAC information and a registration/payment link.
Lodge Officers: * Lodge Chief — Kyle Dotson (email@example.com) * Vice-Chief of Service — Ethan Merrell * Vice-Chief of Inductions — Jon Rogers * Vice-Chief of Administration — Caleb Hood * Vice-Chief of Communications — Jacob Smith * Vice-Chief of Native American Affairs — Alex Pope * Vice-Chief of Fellowship — Micah Gilliland * Northern Area Vice-Chief — Tyler Belk * Southern Area Vice-Chief — Jorge Marin
We had great day camps in both Cullman and Decatur, the boys had a lot of fun, thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible. We would especially like to thank: Denise Marco, Ally Carter in Decatur and Robin Lambert and Steven Turner in Cullman for their leadership as day camp and program directors.
It is time to start thinking about popcorn, its right around the corner. Units need to decide who there individual kernel's will be.
The nominating committee is beginning to meet, if you have someone in mind who would be a good candidate for the district committee, please let us know.
6/28/12 DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING – (ARROWHEAD)(N) 6:30 – 7:30 at the offices of Byrd, Smalley & Adams, P.C. (237 Johnston Street S.E., Decatur, AL) This meeting is open to all Scouters in Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan Counties.
6/30/12 SCOUT MASTER LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING – (WESTMORELAND)(N) course will be held from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM at Camp Westmoreland. The cost will be $3.00 per person. A sandwich lunch and drinks will be provided. This is one of the courses required to be "Trained" in your position and IS NOT available online. Please email Bob Wilhide at firstname.lastname@example.org or Roger Pope email@example.com if you plan to attend so we will have sufficient materials available. If you have completed OLS and Youth Protection, please let us know and we will be honored to present you with your "Trained" strip at the completion of this course.
7/4/12 SPIRIT OF AMERICA - Point Mallard Park in Decatur. Scouting activities will be from 4:00pm - 6:30pm. We need units to volunteer to "host" fun activities for people to enjoy and to learn about Scouting. Jim Bloom will be demonstrating Dutch Oven Cooking. Suggested activities include the water bottle rockets, pinewood derby, and rain gutter regatta. Units should contact Brenda Daniel (931) 993-8466 firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or for more information.
7/12/12 ROUNDTABLE – 6 – 8 pm. Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur. All Boy Scout leaders, Cub Scout leaders, and Crew advisors invited! Come to Roundtable! This is our annual summer pot luck and picnic. Please bring a dish, salad, or desert to share. The District will provide soft drinks, ice, cups, plates, napkins, and utensils. This is a casual event, but we will conduct brief business. Meet at the pavilion. Please see the Arrowhead calendar at www.1bsa.org for a map of the location of Rhodes Ferry Park.
7/27-28/12 MCWANE CENTER CAMP-IN – If you wanted to have your pack participate in one of the McWane Center Camp-Ins listed below and none of the dates worked for your unit or you need to have a fun activity so that your pack can qualify for the Pack Summertime Award, Laurel Rickard has arranged for this one. Just contact her for more information at email@example.com.
10/7/12 TIGER CUB SAFARI – Watch for more information to come
10/19-21/12 ARROWHEAD FALL CAMPOREE – The dates have been set, the location has been set for the Matthews Preserve in Limestone County. More information is to come. Save the dates and make plans to attend
Hello, Birmingham District! I want to personally thank each of you for the hard work that went into this year’s Cub Scout Day Camp – Cubs of the Roundtable. We had some wonderful parents and Walking Den Leaders to work with this year and we all made it home safely each day. The most beautiful news to my ears is that we did not have to make any visits to the hospital.
I cannot mention names for everyone that made this event such a memorable week for so many Scouts, but I am sure that none of the staff will forget Jason and Chris for all of their hard work on the grill each day. If you have a chance to thank someone, please do not forget Deborah Hudson. She was one of the best Day Camp Directors that I have had the chance to work with and she was the glue that held it all together.
Now that you have all had the chance to calm down and rest your bodies, start getting in touch with each other because it will be time to start planning again in about six months.
TRAINING Unit Commissioner Training Unit Commissioner Training is coming. If you are interested in helping our scout units get stronger for years to come, join us for Unit Commissioner's Training. These trainings will take place Saturday, June 30, 2012 beginning at 8:30am. The location will be at the Greater Alabama Council Office in the conference room. If you are interested in participating in the training, please contact Brian Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 969-4276.
Summer Camp If you have not already done so, please register your unit for Summer Camp today. Weeks 1, 2 & 3 at Camp Sequoyah and Weeks 1-5 at Camp Comer are filled to capacity. For a registration form, visit the Boy Scouts section of today's Digital Eagle or contact Vince Lambert at email@example.com.
Hope everyone is having a good week, and I appreciate everyone who was able to attend roundtable this past Thursday. While at roundtable we discussed some up coming events, and set dates for our fall camporee. The following our the upcoming events.
Fishing Rodeo will be held September 22 at Camp Sequoyah. This is a great opportunity to get your new cubs from the round up to see the fun in scouting. So be sure to mark this on your calender.
Tiger Cub Safari will be held October 7th at the Birmingham Zoo, this has always been a family favorite.
Cub Haunted, will be held at Camp Sequoyah on the weekends of October 13-14, 20-21,& 27-28th. This is a great chance to get those new families that all important first camping experience. So mark the dates on your calender and choose a good time to make it. We also need volunteers to help with this event, so if you are interested then give me or Steven a call and help with this great event.
Fall Camporee, our fall camporee be held November 9th, 10th, and 11th. More details will be releases as they come available, but I wanted to make sure that the dates were on everyone's calenders.
So I look forward to working with everyone over the next couple of weeks to get read for the fall. And if you could make it to our next roundtable it will be held July 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Talladega Citizen's Hospital.
It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Anthony Edwards. Anthony has served as the Cherokee Executive District for five years. In the time spent he has been a positive influence on the youth and volunteer he served. He will bring knowledge and experience to his new role as the Senior District Executive for the Birmingham District. We are excited about his new position with Greater Alabama Council. Please join us in welcoming Anthony to Birmingham District and congratulating him on the promotion.
Bradley Knobloch and Avery Gallup will be recognized at the Annual Mayor’s Luncheon on May 15, 2012 at 12 noon.
Bradley Knobloch, a junior at Pleasant Grove High School, has leaded an effort to giveaway 3,300 tree seedlings to Pleasant Grove residents whose houses were in the tornado's path. Thou¬sands of trees were taken down in Pleasant Grove as a result of the tornado. Bradley and his troop have help residents plant the seedlings the same day. Bradley whose home was destroyed in the storm decide
Avery Gallups, a sophomore at Oak Grove High School and member of Pleasant Grove Boy Scout Troop 120, is leaded the project. His project was to build a granite monument to honor the 11 residents that were killed in the deadly April 2011 tornadoes. Avery and his fellow Scouts have raised over $9,000 towards the project which was unveiled on April 28. Both Knobloch and Gal¬lups are members of Pleasant Grove Boy Scout Troop 120.
Day Camp for Cherokee District starts June 18-22, 8:30am – 4:00pm at MLK 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day Camp Volunteers: We need walking den leaders, registration helpers and helpers. Please email if you would like to help on June 18-22
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
Let me start this week's email by saying congratulations. I want to congratulate Joey Hudgins and Amy Hudgins and the great team of volunteers that they put together to run the Choccolocco District Day Camp last week at Jacksonville State University. It was a huge success. The kids and the adults both had a great time with lots of laughter coming from all. The youth had lots of fun doing crafts, playing games, swimming, learning about the flag, tying knots, and just being kids. The adults had fun as well, especially on the last day during the scouts versus leaders kickball game where the youth creamed the adults, 70-6. :o) Yours truly had a great time as well. I want to again say congratulations and thanks to all of you that took the time to make day camp happen.
I would also like to thank Ray Lockridge, HB Enger, and Joe Smith for volunteering to transport 12 of our district Scoutreach Youth to the McWane Science Center for an overnight science experience. This event was one of three events for them this summer that will teach them science and space knowledge with some hands-on experiments. This will also go towards helping them with their advancements in those fields. I would also like to thank the United Way and Troop 4206 for providing transportation for these guys. Without your efforts, they wouldn't have gotten there. Thanks again.
Summer Camp-It is finally here, week 1 of summer camp. Get out there and have a great time guys. Remember, camp cards are now being sold as well. This is a great idea for your scouts instead of them taking cash. Check out more information athttps://1bsa.org/campcard.php. If you have not made your final payment for camp, please do so now. We have a few units that are behind on the schedule. For more information on our camps, go tohttps://1bsa.org/camps.php.
For my Order of the Arrow members, NOAC has been set for July 30th-August 4th. If you are interested in going to this, please contact Vince Lambert at email@example.com and he can pass you the information. If you are interested in working on the Order of the Arrow staff for the 2013 National Jamboree, please contact Joey Kiker firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day Camp is here, starting today at Jacksonville State University and running until Friday, July 15. This is a twilight camp from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We need volunteers guys. If you are interested in volunteering for day camp, contact me at email@example.com. For more information on Day Camp, go to www.1bsa.org. Remember, payment for Day Camp is $90. If you have not registered, it is still not too late. We will take walk-ups today. Let's do it guys. Hope to see you all there.
Just a couple for the calendar:
Cub Scout Fishing Rodeo is set for September 22, 2012 at Camp Sequoyah. Make sure you get your guys to this great event.
Tiger Cub Safari is set for October 7th. Watch out for more information on this coming up.
GREAT WEEK AT GADSDEN’S CUB DAY CAMP!!! Our knights had a great time making their Quivers for their water bottles, firing the Catapult, and doing many knightly things. On Friday, King and Queen Noccalulla and their court entertained the scouts. What a wonderful week.
FORT PAYNE CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP – FORT PAYNE FAIRGROUNDS It is not too late to join the Knights of Fort Payne for a fun filled week. Register Now June 18th through June 22nd, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Hydration – Drink! Drink!! Drink!!! Summer has begun, Day Camps, Summer Camps, and great Unit Trips. We have been inside all winter, and our bodies have not acclimated to the hot, humid weather. Dehydration can spoil the fun for our youth and our adults. Get outside to start getting your body use to the heat. Stay in shaded areas as much as possible, and most importantly, Drink plenty of water.
RECHARTERING If you have not received your Recharter Packet, Contact Michael Wells IMMEDIATELY. Make sure you contacting all the scouts on your recharter and trying to re-engage any youth who have stopped participating.
Cub Scout Twilight Camp will be held at Scottsboro First United Methodist and the Caldwell School Grounds just behind the church from July 9-13. This year, we are having a twilight camp that will last from 4:00 PM till 8:30 each day. We believe that this will allow more parents to bring their sons and to be able to stay and volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jimmy Chapman atJimmy.Chapman@lozier.biz. We will have a BB gun range, an archery range, crafts, and many other fun activities. The early bird cost is $66 and will be available through June 18. Following June 18, the price will be $90. No exceptions. Stay tuned for more information.
The Koasati Chapter of the Order of the Arrow has formed a ceremony team. Any arrowmen interested in becoming a member of the team may contact Koasati Chapter Chief John Mayhall firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Those units who have not turned in their recharter paperwork need to do so immediately. This is very important. Please bear in mind that, once your troop/pack/team/crew drops, you will be unable to register for events and will not be covered by liability insurance until the paperwork is filled out properly and turned in. Thank you for your immediate attention. The following is a list of units that have dropped: Pack 4277 Pack 4278 Pack 7111 Pack 7220 Pack 7421 Troop 4053 Troop 7023 Troop 7111 Troop 7256 Troop 7259 Please contact Brian Reeves immediately at email@example.com if your unit is on this list.***
Alan Everett of Scottsboro is working hard to develop a system of trails for a mountain bike program at Camp Jackson. We thank him for his hard work and diligence. Please see the following article from him concerning the Junior Trail Boss program: Camp Jackson will launch a mountain bike program soon. Before the bikes arrive and the fun starts, Camp Jackson needs a trail system built for this program. It will take hard work and dedication to turn this dream into a reality. Trail crews will be based on volunteer labor force that will need direction and leadership to build the trails properly. We are looking for 14 dependable people to assume the title of Junior Trail Boss and to assume leadership positions. These individuals will become part of an elite team of trail building specialists. They will oversee the work of trail crews with an adult leader. They will learn the rules of trail building, building switchbacks, building in sloped turns, armoring the trail, etc. The Necessary Skills need for this job is the ability to communicate well, to work well independently or as a group, and the ability to execute a plan. Minimum Requirements for applicants: they must be 16 years old or older (adults are also welcome), must be able to work a minimum of 1 Saturday a month, must be able lead a crew of 5 or more people with an adult leader and attend Camp Jackson Trail School (4 hours of classroom with 5 hours of hands on trail work).
Here is the application to be a Junior Trail Boss: Click Here
• South Program Area School Night For Scouting Training will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Fultondale Elementary school. If you are interested in serving on the School Night For Scouting Committee for the Shelby District, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
• **2012 Shelby District Camporee Save The Date** Please mark your calendar for this year's Camporee: October 19-21 at Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park, 240 Furnace Parkway, Brierfield, AL 35035. Program details will be available at the Shelby District Roundtable/Program Preview Conference, August 2nd at Riverchase Church of Christ, 1868 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, AL 35244.To Volunteer to help with Camporee Planning and Events please email Camporee Chairman: Danny Van Deventer at:email@example.com
• *July 12, 2012 – District Committee Meeting, Hoover Municipal Building, 11:30 AM.
• NASA Summer of innovation (SOI) is a NO COST solicitation-driven project that is designed to support learner interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by strengthening the capacity of community and school-based organizations that inspire and engage middle school learners in STEM content during the summer. This project will expand both the breadth and depth of school and community-based collaborators’ ability to provide meaningful, educational, and exciting STEM experiences to learners entering grades 4-9. Youth who participate must be a registered Scout and must attend both to complete program.
• The Boy Scout Iron Chef Cook Off will be on 08/18 at the Helena Market Days. Deadline to enter is July 20th. This event is intended to be a fun and friendly competition between the two Boy Scout troops in Helena, with an open invitation to other interested troops in the Shelby District. The more, the merrier!
-The Helena Market Days will provide a tent and a table for each team. There will also be access to tab water and power at the concession but you will need to bring power extension cords.
-You may setup as early as 7am.
-No more than 10 boy scouts per team (no exceptions)
-Each troop will need to safely set up their cooking gear by their tent. You may bring additional items used in cooking such as salt, flour, sugar, spices, oil/non-stick spray, etc.
-You may only use vegetables and fruit from vendors at the Helena Market Days. The market will provide each team $20. You may shop at anytime from the market's open at 8am to the end of the competition. You may spend more if you use your own money but quantity doesn't mean quality.
-Sponsor will provide mystery meats that will be given to both troops in equal portions. They will be revealed at 9am at which time a clock will start and end at 10:30am for judging. If both teams end early , we can have the judging earlier (to prevent the food from staying in the heat)
-One adult from each troop will need to act as a safety officer with first aid to ensure the boys are okay but may not assist in the cooking (please coach and practice with them ahead of time)
-The scouts will provide the plates and plastic utensils for the judges.
Imagine living in America, traveling half way around the world and still being in Boy Scouts of America. That is what I, Willem Van Dam, did. I used to be a Boy Scout in Alabama in Troop 72. After a little bit I moved to Japan with my family to be missionaries. One thing we were worried about was being able to participate in scouts, but luckily I am now participating in American Boy Scouts here in Japan, even though it is American Boy Scouts there are some differences. Overall I may be half way around the world but I still am in Boy Scouts of America. My goal is to become Eagle.
DAY CAMP PARENTS ORIENTATION Date: Saturday, June 16th Time: 3PM Location: NSS National Speological Society Park
SCHOOL NIGHTS 2012 ARE ALMOST HERE!!!!! - We will be reaching out to our volunteer teams in teh coming weeks to prepare for SCHOOL NIGHT PRESENTATIONS, RALLIES & BOY TALKS!!! :) Let's bring the wonderful world to Scouting to even more youth this year!!!!
School Night Vonunteer Training: WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RECRUIT MORE YOUTH!!!! Date: Monday, June 25th Time: 6:30PM Location: Pope John Paul Catholic High School
Roundtable is held the first Thursday of Month at Trinity Presbyterian Church @ 7:00 p.m. - There will be NO: Boy Scout, Venturing Roundtable in the months of JUNE or JULY. - Day Camp staff will be meeting during Roundtable for Summer Months.
There will be NO DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING the month of JUNE.
Spring Round Up Applications are DUE into the local Scout Office this week. If you have questions or concerns please call teh Scout Office(256) 883-7071.
National Youth Leadership Training The premiere leadership training course for the youth leaders of of our scout troops and venturing crews. National Youth Leadership Training, a course to be offered on two different occasions at Camp Westmoreland. The Greater Alabama Council is accepting applications now. See the flyer for additional details.
When: Session 2, Sun. - Sat., July 15 - July 21, 2012
Where: Camp Westmoreland
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING DATES!!!!! (Mark Your Calendars- More Information Coming Soon) Program Planning Conference: August 2, 2012 Trainer's Edge: August 11th
We have quite a few troops traveling over the next few weeks. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers as they travel. EVERYONE BE SAFE!
Please let me know about any Court of Honor, Eagle Projects and New Eagles, etc. Please send me dates, times and any other important information. Also, please send me a picture of important things happening in your units. I will promote it or be there if I know about things happening in your units.
THREE RIVERS IS ON FACEBOOK! The facebook group link is Three Rivers District, GAC. If you are on Facebook, please go to our page and like our page. In addition to our great website,threerivers.1bsa.org, Facebook is another great asset to keep everyone informed on the latest District news.
June 30, 2012, UNIT COMMISSIONER TRAINING is coming. If you are interested in helping our scout units get stronger for years to come, join us for Unit Commissioner's Training. These trainings will take place Saturday, June 30, 2012 beginning at 8:30am. The location will be at the Greater Alabama Council Office in the conference room. If you are interested in participating in the training, please contact Jay Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org(205) 482-5930
June 30, 2012 – SCOUTMASTER AND ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING course will be held from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM at Camp Westmoreland. The cost will be $3.00 per person. A sandwich lunch and drinks will be provided. This is one of the courses required to be "Trained" in your position and IS NOT available online. Please email Bob Wilhide at email@example.com or Roger Pope firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend so we will have sufficient materials available. If you have completed OLS and Youth Protection, please let us know and we will be honored to present you with your "Trained" strip at the completion of this course.
***A note from Joe Swaika, District School Night for Scouting Chairman,- Scout Leaders, Our School Night for Scouting Trainning is going to be on August 1st at 6:30pm. Your Pack needs to be there. Due to the change in School calendars we have adjusted our target dates. We are now targeting the week of August 27th-31st. Start working with your school now to get on the calendar. If you need help please don't hesitate to contact me. Joe Swaika, email@example.com
***Eagle Boards- Every unit would benefit from participating in the Eagle Boards. Contact George Taylor for more information. Congratulations to all of Vulcans 2012 Eagles. Our newest Eagles are:
Jonathan Lynn Selby Troop 23 Jerome Paul Compton III Troop 28 Michael Steven Frost Troop 21 Samuel Freeman Hardy Troop 21 Samuel McDonald Davis Troop 63 Robert Ezell Troop 63 David Andrew Sessamen Troop 95 Andrew Jacob Stokes Troop 96 Andrew Steven Long Jr Troop 312 Andrew Samuel Parker Troop 320
***Vulcan Cub Shooting Day at the CMP was a blastand you can join in! We will have our next event on October 5th. Please add this to your Pack calendar. Thanks to Richard Duhon for arranging this, and thanks to all the Scouts and parents that participated.
***Vulcan is on Facebook! The facebook group link is Vulcan District, Greater Alabama Council, BSA. This is going to be a good tool to keep up on the latest District news.
***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. I am still waiting on the revised form, as soon as it is provided it will be distributed.
***OA Chapter- Nunne-Hi -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, firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to give Laurel Rickard and Kristie Woodfin a big thank you for the great Wesmoreland Cub Twilight Camp that ran last week. The district had 91 cubs attend and it was awesome!
Congratulations to the following Scouts who recently completed all the requirements and earned the rank of Eagle:
Peter Chobot Troop 285
Ory Wigington Troop 52
Eli LeCroix Troop 52
Bradley Thomas Troop 52
***To schedule a Project Review or Eagle Board, email the Westmoreland District Eagle Board at 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.
**There WILL NOT be a Roundtable for the month of JULY!**
***District Email- I would like to ask everyone to encourage your parents to sign up for the district email by going to :westmorelanddistrict.com to get the latest and greatest with our District.
Upcoming District Activities:
I know that school has just finished up for the summer, but we need to be thinking of School Night for Scouting, both our school rallies and the roundup nights. Please let me know what your unit has done in the past. To help out with School Night there will be a training session next Monday, June 25 at 6:30 pm at Pope John Paul Catholic High School in Huntsville.
Pack 142 at Colbert Heights will be hosting a Cubmobile Race in downtown Cherokee, on Saturday, June 30, starting at Noon. Race registration will be $10 per racer for more information contact Sean Riddle at email@example.com or 256-856-5656.
On Saturday, June 30, 2012 a Scoutmaster And Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training course will be held from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM at Camp Westmoreland. The cost will be $3.00 per person. A sandwich lunch and drinks will be provided. This is one of the courses required to be "Trained" in your position and IS NOT available online. Please email Bob Wilhide at firstname.lastname@example.org or Roger Pope at email@example.com if you plan to attend so we will have sufficient materials available. If you have completed OLS and Youth Protection, please let us know and we will be honored to present you with your "Trained" strip at the completion of this course.