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
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!
Events, Activities, and Information
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District Executive Openings - The Greater Alabama Council is currently accepting applications for District Executive candidates. The District Executive serves many roles in Scouting, but the primary task of a DE is to provide volunteer support to ensure the Scouting program advances. For more information on the role of a District Executive, visit www.scouting.org/jobs. A four year degree is required Scouting offers competitive salaries and benefits. If you are interested, please submit your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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
Attention all Scouts and Scouters!
Scout Night with The Barons is Friday, August 17 vs. The Tennessee Smokies. What a great way to wrap up the summer and start the Scouting year than a baseball game with the family at Regions Park. For more information Click Here
TRAINER'S EDGE The Northern Program Area will host a Trainer's EDGE course on Saturday, August 11, at the Twelfth Avenue Church of God in Arab. This is a great course for improving your presentation skills. It is required for NYLT and Woodbadge Staffs, and highly recommended for University of Scouting instructors and District Training Staffs. Flyer is attached.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT IDEAS
"DO YOU NEED AN EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT? INTERESTED IN AVIATION? The Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham has several opportunities for Eagle projects. Right now, there are two specific needs. The first is the diorama for the Wright Brothers/Wright Flyer. The second is the diorama for the World War I German Biplane. Other projects similar to this have been completed as Eagle projects.
If you are interested in these two projects or want to find out about other possible projects, please contact Wayne Novy at the Museum at (205)833-82226."
SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED The GAC is accepting nominations for the Silver Beaver Award through November 15, 2012. Applications should be mailed to the Silver Beaver Committee, Greater Alabama Council, 516 Liberty Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35242. This is the highest award a Council can award to a volunteer. To nominate a volunteer or to download the application, click here.
SCOUT SHOP UPDATE:
The Scout Shops in Birmingham and Huntsville have some great back to school items on sale. Check out the SCOUT BLU Youth Denim pants for $4.99. Need a day backpack, check out the backpacks with Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing logos. From August 3-August 9 there will be a sales based on Sliding Scale with sales being from $50-$99 with a 20% discount over $l00 will be 25%. You will need to check with your sales associates for any exclusion on the sale.
We now have in the new books for the NOVA program that many of you have been asking about. Come by now to purchase yours.
Huntsville Scout Shop is looking for a full time Sales Associate. If you are interested in the position, please contact Rose Ellen Evans at 256-880-1488 for details.
Our store hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays.
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
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.
There will be a series of programs and speakers at Camp Jack Wright this fall. For more information, click here.
The GAC Camping Committee voted in May to set the 2103 Summer Camp fee at $275.00 per camper. This is an all-inclusive fee that pays for all merit badge costs. This means Scouts won't be charged an extra fee for basketry, rifle, archery, leatherwork and so forth.
If a GAC Troop participates in two of three Council fundraisers (popcorn sale, Family FOS or Scout Card sales) before the next camping season their fee will be reduced to $250.00 per Scout.
Out of Council Troops make up a third of the campers at Sequoyah or Comer. Their support helps keep the cost of camping affordable for our Scouts and they fill our camps because not all of our Troops camp in Council. If an out of Council Troop camps in the GAC two or more times in the last five years they receive the in Council rate of $250.00. Otherwise the out of Council rate is $275.00 per Scout.
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
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.
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.
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
*Anson will be out of the District for the next two weeks to receive training to better serve the District. In the meantime please contact Clay Pruitt (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need further assistance.
*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 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 pm. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (3310 Danville Rd SW, Decatur, Alabama 35603). All Boy Scout leaders, Cub Scout leaders, and Crew advisors invited!
*If your unit has not received a popcorn unit commitment form please send an email to Clay Pruitt (email@example.com) or Brenda Daniels (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get you one to you. Also, we will have commitment forms at the PPC and
*Volunteers needed for 75th Anniversay Ducks Unlimited and Outdoor Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 11th, Ingalls Harbor Pavilion-Decatur
Ducks Unlimited has approached us and we need adult and youth volunteers for the Ducks Unlimited Fair next Saturday.
We need 4 Boy Scout aged boys to help from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 4 more boys from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. to help with parking and whatever Ducks Unlimited needs. All boys will need to be in Class A uniform shirt and shorts (no blue jeans!)
Also we need 2 adult volunteers to man a booth to help with distributing information and getting information from any young person who wants to sign up for Scouts. We will need adults from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.;12:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.;3:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.;6:45-10:00 p.m. The dress code applies for adult.
For every youth/adult volunteer that participates they will get a pass for the event for the rest of the day, a 75th anniversary Ducks Unlimited t-shirt and other goodies that Ducks Unlimited has.
Festival will feature outdoor related exhibitors, presentations from outdoor celebrities, live music, plus many more family-friendly activities. Special guest appearances by the Duck Commander Phil Robertson, the Sporting Chef Scott Leysath, Donny McElvoy from the “Hunt, Fish, and Cook” television show, Deke the DU dog from Wildrose Kennels, and other outdoor celebrities. The event concludes with an outdoor concert by Daryle Singletary. All activities take place at the Ingalls Harbor Pavilion located at 802 Wilson St. NW.
Please email Clay Pruitt (email@example.com) your name and what time you want to volunteer to help with this great event.
*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?
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 – 7:00 p.m. – 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 Westmoreland. 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.
What have you done to make sure that your Pack, Troop or Crew is going to be better than it was last year? Working on a calendar, looking at additional advancements, identifying a Unit Popcorn Kernel or simply putting your Unit Committee together will go a long way in ensuring that things are different than they were in the past. With the delay in school beginning, we have the time now to look at new and inventive ways to put on our program. As the saying goes:
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. – Benjamin Franklin
Let’s do whatever we can do to ensure that we are providing the best possible program to every youth within our communities!
UPCOMING EVENTS School Night Training (TONIGHT!!, TONIGHT!!, TONIGHT!!) Monday, July 30, 2012 Sixth Avenue Baptist Church 6:00pm
This meeting is designed for each Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and those that will assist with recruiting youth in the Birmingham District. We understand that there is no set date for the beginning of school as of today, but please come out to understand the direction that will be going to make sure that we give every youth in our communities the opportunity to participate in Scouting. This is going to be a radical approach that all Scout Units will appreciate.
Program Preview Conference Thursday, August 2, 2012 6th Ave Baptist Church 6:00pm
This meeting is for all Scout Leaders, parents and those interested in Scouting within the Birmingham District. We will outline all of the programs and activities for the 2012-2013 calendar year and explain new ideas of how we will make Scouting fun for all.
Popcorn Kickoff Training Thursday, August 9, 2012 Golden Flake Snack Foods Address: 1 Golden Flake Drive, Birmingham, AL 35233
This meeting is for all Scout Unit Popcorn Kernels. If you have not identified your 2012 Popcorn Kernel, then the Cubmaster or Scoutmaster should attend. Please R.s.v.p. to Carol Ashworth at (205) 969-4250 because dinner will be provided to all attendees.
From UAB: Take 6th Ave S. Go under bridge and turn right onto 6th Street S. Turn into the facility at the guard shack and inform them that you are attending the Boy Scout Popcorn Meeting.
From West End Area: Take 6th Ave S. Birmingham Police Precinct will be located on the right. Turn right onto 6th Street S. Turn into the facility at the guard shack and inform them that you are attending the Boy Scout Popcorn Meeting.
NASA/McWane STEM Overnighters August 10-11, 2012 McWane Science Center 100 19th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203
(Only open to scouts that have participated in the June and July events)
August 14, 2012 Jefferson State Community College Begin at 5:30
Many of us find ourselves in need of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training…for Summer Camp, Cub Scout Day Camp, etc.
Wes Ward of Troop 915 and Birmingham Fire and Rescue has offered to teach CPR to any Scouts, Scouters, or parents that wish to take the course.
Wes is prepared to teach CPR each “second Tuesday” of the month at Jefferson State Community College, in the George Layton Building, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and lasting a little over an hour.
The George Layton Building is the building directly in front of you when you enter the Carson Road entrance to JSCC. The class is usually on the second floor. Classes will be by reservation only on a “first come – first served” basis, with a limit of 20 per class. The charge for the course, including the certification card, is $5.00.
This week is Cheaha's Day Camp and it is being held at Spring St. Rec Center in Talladega from 4:30-7:30 p.m. If you plan on attendning and have not signed up yet please bring the form with you this evening to be able to attend. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Also our planned camporee will be held Nov. 9th 10th and 11th this year. We are still ironing out all of the details, but go ahead and mark the dates in you calendars and plan on another great camporee.
August 4th is Wedowee's Merit badge fair. Please visit meritbadge.infofor all the info on classes and trainings available. There will be leader specific training available for anyone interested. Please visit the website for all info.
I look forward to seeing everyone this week during day camp and hope everyone has had a good summer so far.
It's almost time for school nights and popcorn! Hopefully you all have your unit popcorn kernels assigned and ready to attend the first popcorn meeting. Which will be held:
August 9th, from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. 4809 Bell Hill Road, Bessemer, AL 35022. BBQ Supper will be provided by the Council.
Also, we will have a School Night For Scouting Training Meeting:
August 16th, from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce. All adult leaders who will be involved in Fall Roundup are urged to attend.
The annual Program Preview Conference will be held in lieu of Roundtable on August 2nd at 7:00pm at the Bessemer LDS Church. This is your opportunity to sync your unit program calendar with the Council's program calendar.
I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance. My current number is 256-714-9841, though this will change this week or next to a local number. I'll let everyone know when I get it.
We have a very busy schedule coming up for the next two weeks and then we get into fall recruitment. Let's start with the meeting dates for trainings and district information:
August 2nd at 6:30 p.m., Program Preview Conference at the Anniston LDS Church
August 7th at 6:00 p.m., Popcorn Kick-off at the Anniston LDS Church
August 9th at 6:00 p.m., School Night for Scouting training at the Anniston LDS Church
Make sure that you have representation at all of these meetings. Thanks for all that you continue to do.
Now for the Up-coming event dates:
August 11, 2012, Venture Crew 4009 is inviting interested youth, 14 to 20, and potential Venture Crew adult leaders to a day of activities at Camp Lee (see attachment) here in Anniston. We’ll be hosting our event from 8:30 am and end with a bonfire in the evening. Rock Slide, Zip Line, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Swimming….Lunch, refreshments and dinner will be provided.
August 17, 2012, Scout Night with the Birmingham Barons
September 22, 2012, Cub Scout Fishing Rodeo at Camp Sequoyah
Tiger Cub Safari, Birmingham Zoo, October 7
Cub Scout Haunted, October 13-14, October 20-21, October 27-28
Choccolocco District Air Rifle Shooting Competition, CMP, November 3
Jacksonville State University Scout Day, JSU, November 10
Choccolocco District Cub Scout Belt Loop Fair, November 10
Choccolocco District Merit Badge and Webelos Pin Fair, JSU, January 26, 2013
Choccolocco District Pinewood Derby, Quintard Mall, February 16, 2013
Guys, We have a lot coming up in the very near future. We have school night recruitment. We have events. We have district trainings. Guys, we have to get behind this as a district and make is successful. We need volunteers for school nigt recruitment, Cub Fishing Rodeo, Cub Haunted all weekends. It takes volunteers to make this program go and grow. I need you guys to stand up and say that you will help make it so. As you can see, you have everything above you need to be a successful unit. Let's become a successful district as well.
I hope to see you all at the Program Preview Conference on Thursday night. 6:30 p.m. start time at the Anniston LDS Church.
SCHOOL NIGHT FOR SCOUTING MEETING The fall recruiting meeting is Monday, August 6, 6:30 to 8:00pm, at the Collinsville Library. All units should make sure their Recruiting/Membership team is present. Packs will go over the in school pitch, “Boy Talk”, and how to set up and run a successful School Night Sign up.
PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE (PPC) & POPCORN KICKOFF Tuesday, August 7th, 6:30 pm, Collinsville Baptist Church (the white church on top of the hill where 68 and 11 intersect). This is a week earlier than normal roundtable. We will go over all program information for the remainder of the year and for 2013. Make sure your Unit Kernel is there. Bring your whole popcorn committee. We have some exciting new products. If you haven’t sold in the past, come join us. If your program is funded, let your scouts and ventures raise money to help themselves go to the Jamboree, Go to Sea Base, or Philmont, or Northern Tier. Buy new camping equipment. Go to summer camp, Winterblast, or NYLT. Take advantage of the opportunity, come to the Kick off.
New District Executive-Jessica Millican We have hired a new District Executive to serve the Lookout Mtn. District. Mrs. Jessica Millican will start on Monday, August 6th. Jessica is from Gadsden and has been working for the Greater Alabama Council for 3 years in our Exploring program. Jessica will be at the School Night Training on Monday as well as our Roundtable on Tuesday night.
For any questions or further information, contact:
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.
We will be having a popcorn kickoff during our August roundtable. It will be held this Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 PM at Henryville First UMC in Claysville. Every unit should make plans to have an adult leader present.
School recruiting events are just around the corner. Please remember that my schedule is already filling up, so let me know what your recruiting plan is for this year ASAP. We are certainly looking forward to seeing a lot of new faces at our scout events!
We have a couple of training events coming up. There is a Trainer's Edge event on Aug. 11 at the Twelfth Ave. Church of God. Please see the attached flyer or contact Eugene Roberts at Eugeneemail@example.com for more information. Also, there is an Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills (OWLS) training on Aug. 18 in Gadsden. See the flyer for more information. Please remember that every boy deserves a trained leader!
Thanks to everyone who turned in their recharters in a timely manner. We will be distributing recharter paperwork earlier this year and hope that we will be able to get most of them processed before the holidays to prevent delays.
• Save the date – Shelby District Program Preview, August 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Riverchase Church of Christ on Hwy 31 in Pelham, AL. This will be an opportunity to get an overview of the year of Scouting for 2012-2013. Make sure there is a unit representative in attendance for each unit. Let’s start the year out right!
• IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR POPCORN!!! Shelby District Popcorn Kickoff is Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster, AL, Room 204. The meeting will be from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Order forms will be available for pickup at the kickoff. Please continue to turn in your 2012 popcorn commitment forms early to make sure that you and your popcorn kernel and your units will be in the popcorn information loop! For those curious about the popcorn guide it has been posted to https://1bsa.org/popcorn.php . You can at least open/read/print out the following: 2012 Guide Book (calendar is on page 3), Unit Order, and Scout Rewards. For more information please contact Julie Decker, the Shelby District Popcorn Kernel,firstname.lastname@example.org
• *Thursday, August 2, 2012 – District Committee Meeting, Hoover Municipal Building, 11:30 AM.
• We Need your HELP! Shelby District School Night For Scouting Team -If you are interested in serving on the School Night for Scouting Committee for the Shelby District, please contact the School Night for Scouting Chairman, Chris Foxhall, email@example.com .
• Attention all Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts! Asbury Troop 538 will host a Scout Swap on Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the Asbury United Methodist Church parking lot. This is your opportunity to buy/sell/swap scout clothing, equipment and supplies. If you have items to swap, please plan to arrive by 8:30 AM to set up. The church address is 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, 35242. If you need additional information please contact Randy Walker at 205-706-1223 or email at 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 9th 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
• 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.
o Sleepover Includes: Dinner, Breakfast, IMAX® Film, Adventure Halls, Science Programs, Camp-In Patch, Telescope and Camp-In Tee-Shirt.
o Date of Camp-In: Friday, August 10-11, 2012
o Location: McWane Science Center - 200 19th Street North, Birmingham, Al 35203
o Check-In Begins at 5:00 PM CST. Groups may arrive earlier in the day to explore the Museum at NO COST. Dinner Begins at 5:30 PM CST.
• 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 Boy Scout troops of the Shelby District so the rules will not be excessively strict. This event is open to all Troops and Crews in the Shelby District.
o 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.
o You may setup as early as 7am.
o No more than 10 boy scouts per team (no exceptions)
o 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.
o 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.
o 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)
o 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)
o The scouts will provide the plates and plastic utensils for the judges.
• Cub Scout Fishing Rodeo at Oak Mountain State Park is Saturday, September 22, 2012. Registration is 8:00 AM, Opening Ceremony is 8:45 AM, Fishing and Midway open is 9:00 AM, Lunch is 12:00 PM, and Awards/Closing is 1:00 PM. Cub Fishing Rodeo is a time for new and returning Cub Scouts to start off the Scouting year with an exciting outdoor activity. The fee is $11.00 for one cub and one parent/guardian. The fee for two cubs and one parent/guardian is $17.00. Other family members are encouraged to attend at a cost of $7.00 each. The fee includes lunch, program supplies, and activity patch (for the Cub Scout only). Please bring personal fishing equipment and bait. Pre-registration is encouraged!!! www.1bsa.orgClick Here
Thank you to the leaders and volunteers of the Shelby District who participated in the Shelby District School Night for Scouting training on July 26! Thank you for taking the time to attend the training to ensure successful recruitment in the Fall.
If you are interested in having a “Scouting Spotlight” in the Shelby District, please submit write-ups and pictures to Terri Gregson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9:00 AM on Monday mornings to be included in that week’s Digital Eagle. Thanks!
CALLING ALL AWESOME TALAKTO VOLUNTEERS!!!! SCHOOL NIGHT VOLUNTEER TRAINING IS HERE!!!! DATE: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 TIME: 6:30PM LOCATION: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1804 Sparkman Dr. NW)
***MEMO: THIS IS A MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL SCHOOL NIGHT TEAMS. WE MUST HAVE (at least) ONE REPRESENTATIVE FROM EACH UNIT PRESENT. WE GREATLY NEED YOUR HELP UNIT LEADERS!! We are in need of unit teams for school night events. WE MUST HAVE EACH TALAKTO UNIT REPRESENTED TO BEGIN PLANNING OUR EVENTS. WE WANT THIS TO BE A GREAT YEAR FOR MEMBERSHIP =)
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR SCHOOL NIGHTS 2012: 1. ALL School Night Teams MUST Attend Training 2. Please begin assembling your teams & bring your members and/or your roster to training 3. If you need additional assistance in compiling your school night team please contact our office and ask for Arianne Price (256) 883-7071. 4. This meeting is MANDATORY, if you are unable to attend please notify Scout office asap!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE: THIS THURSDAY NIGHT!!!! :)
Date: THURSDAY, AUGUST 2nd Time: 7PM Place: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1804 Sparkman Drive: 1 mile North of University Dr.)
Please COME OUT and get a Preview of ALL THE UPCOMING EVENTS this Fall! We need your leadership for EACH UNIT present so as can begin this year ALL ON ONE ACCORD! If you have any questions OR if you are unable to send UNIT REPRESENTATION to the conference we will need you to call the Scout Office and notify Curtis Hunt or Arianne Price. We are expecting to see EVERY TALAKTO UNIT LEADER present and participating in this very important yearly planning event :)
Calling all POPCORN KERNALS!!! :)
Its time for our annual unit fundraising extravaganza: POPCORN SALES 2012!
Please make a note of our upcoming POPCORN KICK OFF:
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012 Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: Marriott Hotel (Tranquility Base Location / Next to Space & Rocket Center) Mandatory for: Popcorn Kernals and Unit Leaders (serving as popcorn kernals this year)
** This event is the LAUNCH for our Popcorn Campaign...If your TROOP LEADER will not be able to attend please notify Arianne Price asap. If your PACK LEADER will not be able to attend, please contact Curtis Hunt asap. We want to do ALL we can to ensure each unit has a successful campaign this year!***
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.
NEW ONLINE TOUR PLAN - The Tour and Activity Plan is now available for use on MyScouting.org. To access this application, click on the 'Tour and Activity Plan' link under 'Unit Tools'. Please remember that only unit leaders have access to the Tour and Activity Plan. An informative training video has been developed on how to use the new Tour and Activity Plan application. It can be found at:http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/demotourplanvideo.aspx. The Tour and Activity Plan FAQ page can also be viewed http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety/DemoTourPlanFAQ.aspx. Please contact your local council with any questions or concerns
THINGS HAPPENING IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEK
July 29-August 10, 2012 – ROBERT AND I WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE FOR TRAINING IN DALLAS. If there is anything you need, please contact Derrick Russaw at 205-902-2630 or email@example.com.
August 2, 2012 – ANNUAL PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE(PPC) AT THE AUGUST ROUNDTABLE at 7:00 pm at JEFF STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Please plan on attending the August Roundtable to see what is planned for 2013 so you can plan your own calendars.
August 7, 2012 – POPCORN! POPCORN! POPCORN! The popcorn training meeting will be at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Trussville at 6:30 pm. EVERY UNIT’S POPCORN KERNEL SHOULD BE THERE AND EVERY UNIT SHOULD BE THERE. If your unit did not participate last year, please participate. Please give the boys an opportunity to sell popcorn! EVERY UNIT CONTACT DEBBIE TEWS AT firstname.lastname@example.org or 205 913-4949
THE ABOVE MEETINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE OF THE THREE RIVERS DISTRICT! Please plan on attending THE PPC on August 2 at 7:00 pm at Jeff State Community College, and the POPCORN KERNEL TRAINING MEETING at 6:30 pm at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Trussville.
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.
August 14, 2012 – CPR TRAINING at Jeff State. RESERVATION ONLY. Please contact Jon Ryan at email@example.com
Sept 15-17, 2012 - WOOD BADGE 2012 – 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.
PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE (PPC) Thursday, August 2nd, 6:30 pm, Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. All Scouters are invited. This is the First Roundtable of the year, and the unit with the most adults present for the whole meeting (no sneaking out early) will win the District Spirit Stick, and Prize. There will also be door prizes. I look forward to meeting all the volunteers in the District
POPCORN!!! Yellow Kernels of exploding moisture are ready to help units and youth meet the goal of financing a great program. Tuesday, August 14th, 6:30 pm at the council office, we will kick off the Fall Fund Raiser. Make sure your Unit Kernel is there. Bring your whole popcorn committee. We have some exciting new products. If you haven’t sold in the past, come join us. If your program is funded, let your scouts and ventures raise money to help themselves go to the Jamboree, Go to Sea Base, or Philmont, or Northern Tier. Buy new camping equipment. Go to summer camp, Winterblast, or NYLT. Take advantage of the opportunity, come to the Kick off
VULCAN DISTRICT SCOUT DAYS AT THE RED MOUNTAIN ZIP LINE!!! Red Mountain Park will welcome hundreds of Vulcan District Scouts on Tuesday, August 7 (Cub Scouts) and on Wednesday, August 8 (Boy Scouts and Venturers). Thursday, August 9 will be reserved as a rain date.As a way to thank the Boy Scouts of America, Red Mountain Park will only charge our Scouts $10 to ride the Zip Line on these dates! The normal price for the Zip Line experience is $50, so this is an outstanding value for our Scouts. Scouts will need to sign up for the Zip Line at the Scout Office in Liberty Park. Space will be limited and the registration deadline will be in late July. If the event is over-subscribed, slots will be allocated according to Units and only to Scouts who are fully registered by the deadline, which will include payment in full, the completed registration form, and the completed Red Mountain Park release form. Units must provide adult supervision for Scouts participating - at least one adult for three Cub Scouts, and at least one adult for five Boy Scouts or Venturers. Adults may be Zip Line participants if space is available.Minimum age to ride the Zip Line is 6. Persons who weigh less than 100 pounds will ride the Zip Line in tandem with one other person. http://www.redmountainpark.org/zip-line-trips. Scouts will be scheduled in groups of no more than 50 in each of four start times - 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Participants will be required to arrive at least 30 minutes before their start time. Be on the lookout for more specific information, including registration forms and instructions, in the coming days. Please pass on this news to your Unit families so they can mark their calendars for the amazing Red Mountain Zip Line experience for Cub Scouts on Tuesday, August 7 and for Boy Scouts and Venturers on Wednesday, August 8! Flyer is Attached!!!!!
FALL RECRUITING We had a good Fall Recruiting Meeting. If you were not able to attend, one of our School Roundup Team members will be following up with you in the next two weeks. GREAT DAY CAMP What a great time at Oak Mountain State Park. Thank you to all the Volunteers who made the week a success. Catapults, Noodle sword fights, Fishing, Archery, the list goes on.
WEBELOS II TWILIGHT CAMP What a great program. Thank you to all the Troops and Venture Crews who participate in teaching skills to the Webelos II patrols. It is a great introduction to boy led units, and is exciting to start their year, knowing the opportunities they will have at the work to attain their Arrow of Light.
Nunne-Hi Chapter Vulcan OA is on Facebook. 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
Michael Wells Senior District Executive Vulcan District 256-473-551 email@example.com
August Roundtable - Program Preview and Popcorn Kickoff! Just wanted to let everyone know about our upcoming roundtable on Thursday evening, Aug. 2, 6:30 pm at Florence Blvd Church of Christ.
We will be having our Program Preview Conference which will lay out the dates of upcoming events of interest to our units.
We will also be having our Popcorn Sale Kickoff! Our district co-chairs for popcorn will be Denise Herbster and Lori Woolfolk.
Bring a appetite, I'll have sandwich trays and drinks. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
School Night for Scouting Training: Connie Johnson, the District School Night for Scouting chair and I are out going to our area schools and meeting principals about School Night Rallies!
We're not giving any dates for the rallies, just touching base and spreading some Scouting goodwill with a personal visit and some popcorn!
We'll be having a SNFS Training on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 pm at Florence Blvd Church of Christ.
Please bring plenty of ideas! I'll have lots of materials to pass out from flyers, to stickers and posters to flyers to table placards.
Also we'll sit down with the calendars and work out the dates that we will rally the schools and then the nights we will do the sign ups and locations!
Please let me know if there is anything special you need, like the yard signs let me know so I can get those.
The District committee has issued a new mission statement for Camp Westmoreland, I have attached it so you can see it! Great job! Click Here
Congratulations to Ali Brown of Venturing Crew 284 for earning her Venturing Silver Award!
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.