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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>). The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
O.W.L.S.- Lookout Mountain will host an O.W.L.S. training on August 18th at Noccalula Falls Campground in Gadsden, Alabama. This is supplemental training required for leadership who will be taking older Cubs on Webelo Den Campouts & is meant to enhance skills learned at BALOO & Leader Specific trainings. OWLS (Outdoor Webelo Leaders Skills) curriculum also includes teaching helps for outdoor-group Webelo Activity Badges as well as Webelo-to-Boy Scout Transition material. Click Here
CAMP SEQUOYAH 40th!- Come join us June 29th at Camp Sequoyah to celebrate 40 years of Camping!
Former Camp Sequoyah staff members and families are invited to attend a alumni meeting and potluck that night at 6:00 at the Camp dinging hall.
Following that a tour of camp will be conducted for all.
The highlight of the evening will be the 40th Anniversary Campfire Celebration. Please make plans to join us at camp! Check in will be in the main parking lot.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – 21, 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 – 21, 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 email@example.com
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, August 19th at Cullman First United Methodist Church. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) * 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
Our Program Preview/Planning Conference will be in August at our Roundtable on the 2nd. This year we will provide each unit a CD with all flyers, etc. to distribute at the meeting. It is a well attended meeting each year, so please plan to attend!
-School Night for Scouting volunteer training session thursday night July 26th at 6:00 at St. Andrews Presbyterian church in Decatur. I will be in touch with all of our cub masters in regards to school nights and school visits, so let me know if you have set dates and when you would like to get into certain schools etc.
If your unit has not received a popcorn unit commitment form please send me an email and I will get you one.
WOOD BADGE: Last week there was a challenge to all in regards to Wood Badge. How many of you took that challenge? Wood Badge is a valuable experience and important tradition in Scouting. On the morning of September 8, 1919, nineteen men dressed in short pants and knee socks, their shirt-sleeves rolled up, assembled by patrols for the first Scoutmasters’ training camp held at Gilwell Park in Epping Forest, outside London, England. The camp was designed and guided by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a 61 year-old retired general of the British Army and the founder of the World Scouting Movement. Although an experimental course was conducted in 1936, Wood Badge training was officially inaugurated in the United States in 1948. Since that time it has grown and developed and become a key motivating force in the training of volunteer leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge Training offers a unique opportunity for learning and for leadership. Participants live and work together in a patrol with other Scouters. While they learn about the skills of leadership and the techniques of Scoutcraft, they have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the values and the methods of Scouting. They experience the fun and adventure of Scouting at first hand, and in a very special way. With other Scouting leaders, and an experienced staff setting the example, they try to live Scouting at its best.
Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands of Scouters. In their turn, these Scout leaders have affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.
So what’s the hold up? Cub Scout Leaders – This is the best time to experience Wood Badge. If your scouts continue on into Boy Scouting, Varsity, or Venturing. You can be there along with them and their experience will be that much better due to your experience and knowledge gained from participating in Wood Badge. Boy Scouts, Varsity & Venturing Leaders – The same thing applies to you. Why wouldn’t you want to deliver the best possible Scouting experience to the scouts of your units? Additionally, how many of your units send your scouts to National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)? Wood Badge and NYLT are very closely aligned. Why would you ask that your youth leadership go to NYLT yet not ask the adult leaders of your unit attend Wood Badge?
UPCOMING EVENTS 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. 8/2/12 COMMISSIONER’S STAFF MEETING – 6 – 7 PM at St Andrew Presbyterian Church (3310 Danville Rd, Decatur, Alabama 35603). All Unit Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners, and Roundtable Commissioners are invited. 8/2/12 ROUNDTABLE – 7 – 8 pm. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (3310 Danville Rd SW, Decatur, Alabama 35603). All Boy Scout leaders, Cub Scout leaders, and Crew advisors invited! Come to Roundtable! 8/4/12 2ND ANNUAL WEDOWEE MERIT BADGE FAIR – (CHEAHA)(C) The Wedowee Troop 4711 will host their 2nd Annual Merit Badge Fair on Aug 4, 2012. Scouts can take up to 2 classes and the fees will cover a lunch and snacks at the Fair. Please reserve your classes early. Cost is $15. Registration and Check-in is from 7:30 – 8 am. Broad Street Wedowee AL. 36278 For more information or to register, go to: http://www.meritbadge.info/mbn/eventdetails.aspx?id=70DD7123-8E9B-462C-BA70-92CFB0CDCD09 8/4/12 TRAINER’S EDGE – (CHEAHA)(C) Leaders while your scouts are taking Merit Badge A Trainers Edge class will be offered on the date of the Fair and will begin at 8:30 am and will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Wedowee. The class fee is $5.00 and neckerchief's will be for sale at $10.00 each. 8/9/12 POPCORN KICK-OFF MEETING - All units please send your popcorn kernel (or one representative) to our district's kickoff meeting Thursday, August 9th at 6:00pm at Casa Blanca in Athens. Casa Blanca is across from Publix in the shopping center of Dolphin Pools. The district will provide the meal and you will receive popcorn materials (order forms, etc) and be able to complete the commitment form (if you haven't already). Information is also available on our Facebook page Arrowhead District Popcorn Sales. -1802 US Highway 72 East Athens, AL 35611 8/18/12 OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS – WEBELOS LEADERS – (Lookout Mountain)(C) at Noccalula Falls Campground in Gadsden, Alabama. This is supplemental training required for leadership who will be taking older Cubs on Webelos Den Campouts & is meant to enhance skills learned at BALOO & Leader Specific trainings. OWLS (Outdoor Webelos Leaders Skills) curriculum also includes teaching helps for outdoor-group Webelos Activity Badges as well as Webelos-to-Boy Scout Transition material. For more information:https://1bsa.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/file/OWLS%20GADSDEN%208_18_12.pdf 9/7/12 FALL ORDER OF THE ARROW ORDEAL – Camp Comer. For more information, go to: www.coosa50.com. 9/15-17/12 WOOD BADGE 2012 – (Session 1) Course S9-1122 Saturday/Sunday/Monday at Camp Comer and again October 13-15 at Camp Westmoreland. This is the capstone of Scout Training – For information/registration flyer, go to: https://1bsa.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/file/S9-1-12-2%20Flier.pdf. 9/22/12 FISHING RODEO – Hanceville Veterans’ Park 9/29/12 FISHING RODEO – Joe Wheeler Veterans’ Park 10/7/12 TIGER CUB SAFARI – At the Birmingham Zoo. 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 11/2/12 FALL ORDER OF THE ARROW ORDEAL – Camp Jackson. For more information, go to: www.coosa50.com.
CHANGES FOR ADULT TRAINING AWARDS - In 2011 the National Council’s awards committee conducted a review of the hundreds of awards presented to Scouts and adults in the BSA. Among the recommendations was the update of the unit leader training awards requirements and a review of the Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards. As a result: The Cubmaster Award has been discontinued. Cubmasters may now earn the Scouter’s Key Award and may wear the Scouter’s Key knot with a Cub Scouting device. The Cub Scouter and Pack Trainer Awards have been discontinued. Cub Scout pack leaders may earn the Scouter’s Training Award and may wear the Scouter’s Training Award knot with a Cub Scouting device. The Tiger Cub and Webelos Den Leader’s Awards have been discontinued. All den leaders may earn a new Den Leader’s Training Award medal that is being created, and may wear the Den Leader’s Training Award knot (identical to the previous Cub Scout Den Leader Award knot) with the appropriate device. A Tiger Cub den leader device is also being developed. Scouters who have earned the discontinued awards will still be able to wear these awards and knots. Scouters who have begun to work on the Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards will still be able to earn them as long as they are completed by the following dates: Tiger Cub Den Leader Award - December 31, 2012 Webelos Den Leader Award - December 31, 2012 Cubmaster Award - December 31, 2013 Pack Trainer Award - December 31, 2013 Cub Scouter Award - December 31, 2013 Cub Scouters who have not started to work on an award may only earn the new awards and must use the new requirements.
Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing awards, knots, and devices have not been changed. Only the requirements have been updated.
Leaders who have started to earn these awards may use either set of requirements, but Scouters who have not started to work on an award may only use the new requirements.
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
It was a great weekend but I didn't hear a lot from the scouting front. Pack 4206 completed a great biking trip on Saturday morning with Joe Smith and his group completing quite a few miles. We had a couple of great scouts run in the Haley's Twilight 5k in Anniston on Saturday night, with one of those scouts winning an award in his age division. Both scouts finished the 3.1 miles in less than 36 minutes and both were in the 9-under division. We also had a few scouts from Pack 4009 come out to the Anniston Runners Youth Running Club on Sunday afternoon at Oxford High School and logged in a few miles. It was a great weekend for being outdoors. What are your stories?
Since the summer is upon us, we don't have a lot on which to really report. Summer camp is going great. I have already heard of a few units having a great time. Let me know how it went. Send me some pictures.
Just a couple for the calendar for the fall:
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 email@example.com.
***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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
I had the privilege to attend a professional development course at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico last week. It was great to get some fresh ideas on how to grow scouting in our district. I also made a lot of new friends. On Wednesday afternoon, they gave us the option of participating in a variety of Philmont activities. Some of my new friends and I decided that we would hike Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico. The elevation at the summit is just over 13,000 feet. We decided to take the shorter but more difficult trail. The trailhead was at 9,000 feet and was 7 miles long round trip. I'm sure you all can only imagine what climbing 4,000 feet in elevation over a distance of only 3.5 miles is like. We had a lot of fun and didn't have any trouble sleeping for the next several days (I won't even mention how sore my body still is). Here's a few fun pictures, including a picture of beautiful Williams Lake, which was at the halfway point of our trek:
KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE DAY CAMP 2012 WAS AWESOME!!!!!
Special Thanks to Sarah Capps and April Hall for being our Bonafide Day Camp Leaders this year!! Hip Hip Hooray for a JOB WELL DONE =)
This year we had over 300 Cub Scouts plus parents, tots and volunteers that made Knight of the Roundtable a fun time for ALL!! We want to give a special thanks to all the ladies of Day Camp Headquarters: Cindy, Shanna, Sharon, Deborah, Shawn, LeAnne, Jill, Robin and ALL OUR AMAZING Cub Scout Moms who volunteered their time tirelessly to make this years Day Camp a Smashing Success!!! Stay tuned for a Slide Show and Video Clips from all the FUN of KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE 2012!!!!
SCHOOL NIGHT VOLUNTEER TRAINING & RECRUITMENT (Monday, June 25th at 6:30PM) Date: Monday, June 25th Time: 6:30PM Location: Pope John Paul Catholic High School
***Please come out if you are available to help us recruit youth in our schools this fall. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! If you are unable to attend the training meeting, and still would like to volunteer to help please contact the Scout Office (256) 883 – 7071.****
SCHOOL NIGHTS 2012 ARE ALMOST HERE!!!!!
IT’S TIME FOR - NIGHT PRESENTATIONS, SCHOOL RALLIES & BOY TALKS!!! Let's bring the wonderful world to Scouting to even more youth this year! Be A School Night Volunteer: WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RECRUIT MORE YOUTH!!!! (Any day or event in which you are able to attend to assist in leading and signing up youth we greatly appreciate it. Give us a call at the Scout office to let us know when your available to help!)
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 11, 2012
A BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO BOTH STAFFS OF OUR TWO GREAT DAY CAMPS THE PAST TWO WEEKS. WE HAVE HAD NOT ONE, BUT TWO INCREDIBLE DAY CAMPS. I KNOW THAT EVERYONE WAS EXHAUSTED AFTERWARDS, BUT THE SMILES ON THE BOYS FACES WERE WORTH EVERY MINUTE THAT ALL OF YOU WERE THERE. EVERYONE, PLEASE PAT KIM PARRISH, ADAM GOOCH AND MECHELL MALONE ON THE BACK FOR OUTSTANDING JOB PUTTING THE STAFF AND PROGRAM TOGETHER. OUR DISTRICT HAS WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS AND ROBERT AND I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH.
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 email@example.com(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 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.
July 13-14, 2012 - NASA’s SUMMER OF INNOVATION CAMP IN AT MCWANE CENTER
NASA Summer of innovation (SOI) is a 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 camp-ins to complete program. Sleepover Includes: Dinner, Breakfast, IMAX® Film, Adventure Halls, Science Programs, Camp-In Patch, Telescope and Camp-In Tee-Shirt.
Please contact Heather Mayfield at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
August 10-11, 2012 - NASA’s SUMMER OF INNOVATION CAMP IN AT MCWANE CENTER
NASA Summer of innovation (SOI) is a 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 all camp-ins to complete program. Sleepover Includes: Dinner, Breakfast, IMAX® Film, Adventure Halls, Science Programs, Camp-In Patch, Telescope and Camp-In Tee-Shirt.
Please contact Heather Mayfield at email@example.com for more information.
Doug Jackson has left the Boy Scouts to pursue a career as an attorney. The GAC and the Vulcan District wish Doug the best in this next journey in his life. For all immediate Vulcan District related inquiries, please call or email Derrick Russaw- 902-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
***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
**There WILL NOT be a Roundtable for the month of JULY!**
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.
***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.
Here are a few photos from our recent Westmoreland District Twilight Camp courtesy of Jerry Woolfolk.
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.