Digital Eagle July 8 2013

  

    Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America


 
 
July 8, 2013
 
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
 

Digital Eagle Format Changing!

We are very excited to announce that soon we will be changing the way the GAC Digital Eagle looks & works. The first step of this process is moving to a biweekly schedule. 


What's Happening (next four weeks) 
 
 
 
 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES- Check out the upcoming training at the Training Calendar   on 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 
 
New information in this section is indicated by this font color.
 
 
 
 GENERAL SCOUTING
 

 

 UNIFORM GUIDE

For your convenience a Uniform Guide is attached.  Please feel free to share this within your units.  If your unit is fortunate enough to earn the Gold or Silver JTE level, these colored shoulder loops are not part of the uniform.  Gold is used to distinguish National Council-level employees and Silver is for Council or District-level personnel.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Scout Shop or District Executive. Click here

 

DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR SPLASH ADVENTURE WATER PARK - Greater Alabama Council Scouting families can purcgase discout tickets to Splash Adventure Water Park.  CLICK HERE for the on-line ticket store, and use code GACBSA

AMERICAN VALUES LUNCHEON PICTURES - If you were at the American Values Luncheon and would like to purchase pictures from the event please go here  www.zapfoto.com.  Use the password BSAZAP

PRE-PAID SCOUT CARD - A BSA pre-paid Scout card is now available from Discover.  Click here for more information.

JAMBOREE COMMEMORATIVE PATCH -- The Greater Alabama Council is pleased to offer its 2013 National Jamboree flap sets and composite patch to the public. There are two unique sets: "Alabama Then & Now" and "GAC Camps". In addition you may purchase a combo set that includes a special composite super patch of the GAC Camps and one each of the other sets. Each set comes with six different strips and a center patch. These orders will be mailed in early August. Click Here

 

Become a Test Unit for Online Youth and Adult Application Processing

Many units have asked for it and it has arrived! The GAC is serving as a Pilot Council for a project in conjunction with www.BeAScout.org to allow units to sign up youth and adults online. If you wish to become a beta tester for this project, please do the following:

1) Email Brent Pritchard, bpritchard@1bsa.org, and let him know you want your unit to participate. 
2) Update all key unit leadership’s email updated in Scoutnet with their primary email address. This includes your key leaders (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor) Committee Chairs, and Chartered Organization Representatives. To update this information, please email Penny Griffin, pgriffin@1bsa.org. This is a key component of approving the online applications.
3) Make sure your unit pin is updated on the www.BeAScout.orgwebsite. For more information, click here.

More information will be forthcoming as this feature begins to expand. Please become a beta tester today!

WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP NEEDS YOU!

Webelos Resident Camp July 21-24 at Camp Comer needs volunteers. To make sure a quality, safe and fun learning environment is available your help is needed. If you have a special skill or have been trained in areas like shooting sports, Safe Swim Defense, adult leader training, etc. you could be an invaluable resource. And general volunteers are also needed to assist when and wherever. Opportunities are available for the entire session or just one day. To volunteer or for more information please contact Jeff Brasher at jbrasher@1bsa.org, Kay Dummier atkdummier@charter.net or Roger Etherington atetheringtonr@bellsouth.net. We'll see you there! 

 

SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE BRIMINGHAM BARONS - CLICK HERE

CAMP JACKSON UPDATE - Take a look at all the progress Camp jackson has made! The Camp Jackson Committee has been working around the clock to make Camp Jackson a truly special place for our Scouts! Great job! Click Here

 


 Commissioner's Corner 


 TRAINING


WOOD BADGE
There will be only one Wood Badge Course offered for 2013. It will be held 9/12-14 at Sequoyah and 10/10-12 at Camp Westmoreland. This is a Thursday, Friday, Saturday Course. This course will fill up sooner than you think. For more information, go to: 
https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php   For more information on Wood Badge, click here.

NYLT Summer Session/2nd Course
When: Sunday, July 21- Saturday, July 27
Where: Camp Westmoreland, Florence, Alabama
Cost: $225.00
Contact: Wayne Jackson (
email-waynejackson@centurytel.net)
(Click here for flyer and registration form for the event) 

Adult staff and Health Officer are needed for this NYLT course -- contact Wayne Jackson for more information.

 

SCOUTMASTER LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING (SMLST)
Vulcan District will host a SMLST at the Birmingham Scout office,Saturday, September 21, More information to come. Visithttp://vulcan.1bsa.org for more information.

INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (OLS)
Vulcan District will host an OLS course November 1-3, at Camp Sequoyah. More information to come. Visit http://vulcan.1bsa.org for more information.

 

 

 CUB SCOUTS

 


 

WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP NEEDS YOU!
 

Webelos Resident Camp July 21-24 at Camp Comer needs volunteers. To make sure a quality, safe and fun learning environment is available your help is needed. If you have a special skill or have been trained in areas like shooting sports, Safe Swim Defense, adult leader training, etc. you could be an invaluable resource. And general volunteers are also needed to assist when and wherever. Opportunities are available for the entire session or just one day. To volunteer or for more information please contact Jeff Brasher at jbrasher@1bsa.org, Kay Dummier atkdummier@charter.net or Roger Etherington atetheringtonr@bellsouth.net. We'll see you there! 

 


BOY SCOUTS 

 

MERIT BADGE REGISTRATION -  Open for all weeks.  Click here for a User's Guide to the on-line registration sysytem.

LEADERS GUIDES -- Now posted on the Camp Comer and Camp Sequoyah webpages.                                        Also available here:  COMER        SEQUOYAH

NATIONAL JAMBOREE --  ONLY 15 Boy Scout openings available -- don't miss the first National Jamboree at the Summit! Contingent cost is anticipated to be $1,500.  Click here for more information

NATIONAL JAMBOREE MENU - The jamboree menu has been posted.  Check it out on the Jamboree Participant Page.

CHANGES TO EAGLE-REQUIRED MERIT BADGE LIST -- Effective January 1st 2014, Cooking will be added to the list of merit badges required for Eagle.  A new merit badge, Sustainability, will be introduced in 2013, and Scouts will have the option of earning either Environmental Science or Sustainability for Eagle.  Click here for more information.

 
CAMP JACK WRIGHT - There will be a series of programs and speakers at Camp Jack Wright this fall. For more information, click here.
 

 

 

VENTURING/EXPLORING 

 
 
 
WHITEWATER RAFTING - A whitewater rafting trip on the Ocoee is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th for Explorers and Venturers.  A bus will leave from Comer Scout Reservation at 7:15 AM  (crews/posts may camp at Comer Friday night) and return at approximately 4:30 PM.  Cost is expected to be $60 - $65.  A minimum of 45 participants will be required. More information is available on the council website:  https://1bsa.org/whitewater-rafting.php.
 
 
NATIONAL JAMBOREE --   Only 1 Venture female youth position left!  Don't miss out on the first National Janboree to be held at the Summit and the first to include Venturers.  Contingent cost is anticipated to be $1,500.  Click here for more information.  
  

District News 

(Click on the District to go directly to that section) 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

WHERE TO GO SCOUTING

Are you interested in helping create a cutting-edge Where To Go Scouting Guide for Coosa Lodge? If so,checkoutwheretogoscouting.org or send an email to chris@coosa50.org and join the team! 


KEY 3 CONTACT INFO

* Lodge Chief - Patrick Yim (chief@coosa50.org)
* Lodge Adviser - Mr. Ed O’Neal (adviser@coosa50.org)
* Staff Adviser - Mr. Joey Kiker (staffadviser@coosa50.org)


FIND US ONLINE

Coosa Lodge was recently recognized as the best social media experience in Section SR-9. Get connected with us and find out why!

http://coosa50.org/
http://twitter.com/coosalodge
http://facebook.com/coosalodge

 


ARROWHEAD

- We had a great tim at Point Mallard for Day Camp! Thanks again for all the volunteers who came out everyday to help and make it such a great time for our cub scouts. Come out to Cullman this week and check out our Twilight Camp. 

- Remember even though school is out for the summer now, it is time to start thinking about fall recruitment. 
If you have school night for scouting dates, or schools you know you want to recruit from, please contact so we can have a nice smooth recruitment this year and we can get all of your materials in order. 

- Looking for unit commissioners- If you are interested in getting involved on the District level, or becoming a unit commissioner we are always looking for more help, there is a place for YOU, so please contact me. 

UPCOMING EVENTS 
7/21/13 NYLT SUMMER COURSE – For flyer, go to:http://www.jotform.co/uploads/joeykiker/12212430227/228843597591635239/2013%20Summer%20NYLT%20Flyer.pdf 
7/21-24/13 WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP - Leader’s Guide:https://1bsa.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/file/2013%20Webelos%20Resident%20Camp%20Information%20Guide.pdf 
9/12-14/13 WOOD BADGE – There will be only one Wood Badge Course offered for 2013. It will be held 9/12-14 at Sequoyah and 10/10-12 at Camp Jackson. This is a Thursday,Friday, SaturdayCourse. This course will fill up sooner than you think. For more information, go to: https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php 
SPECIAL NOTES: 
EAGLE ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Dennis Quintavalle - 256-654-9384 - Cullman 
Charlie Youmans - 256-565-3400 -Decatur/Cullman 
Joe MacDonald - 256-232-8371- Athens 
Sign up for the Arrowhead Yahoo Group page at:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arrow_web/
Anson Walck 
Arrowhead District Executive 
205-516-0438 
awalck@1bsa.org 
Rich Hayes 
Arrowhead District Director 
256-221-9822 
rihayes@1bsa.org


 
 
PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE
Program Preview Conference is Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Sixth Ave Baptist Church-6:30PM. 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 2013-2014 calendar year and explain new ideas of how we will make Scouting fun for all.


BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT SCOUTING BASKETBAL CLINIC
The Birmingham District Scouting Basketball Clinic was held on Friday, June 21, 2013 and Saturday, June 22, 2013. On Friday June 21, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Basketball Coach Jerod Haase spoke on the importance of doing your best. Mo Finely, former player for UAB basketball team fellowship and took pictures with participates. On Saturday, June 22 Tuskegee University Assistant Basketball Coach John Douglas spoke about keeping good grades and doing what it takes to play on the next level. Chris Williams and Jason Smith both oversea professional player also fellowship and spoke a few words of encouragement to the youth. All participants took part in a two hour skills clinic and receive a t-shirt and a regulation basketball. See Pictures Below:


2013 BIRMINGHAM DAY CAMP AT RUFFNER MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE 
I would personally like to send out a "BIG THANK YOU" to all volunteers and staff for a job well done. And a special THANK YOU to all of den walkers. I can't thank you all enough! You sincerely made the camp that much more enjoyable and my hat's off to all of you. All scouts received a very nice patch along with an unforgettable experience! It was super heroes all around for fun and adventure. Day Camp was held at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve with the third day being a day of swimming at East Pinson Recreation Center. This year we took on a heroes theme, complete with Super heroes characters that brought excitement to all the Cub Scout. UAB Football Coach Garrick McGee, came out to teach our cub scout about respect, listening and accomplish goals in life. The BB and Archery ranges were among the stations where the boys had the opportunity to earn belt loop and pin for both. Wednesday was ‘POOL DAY’ filled with fun and games! The rain came on Friday, it tried to put a damper on our fun, but no way! We endured the obstacle and made the best of it, and persevered – accomplishing everything we set out to do with minimal delays. During the week the Cub Scout completed a service project. See article below by Deborah Huff.
 
BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP 2013 SERVICE PROJECT
The Birmingham District Cub Scout Day Camp was held at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center during the week of June 3-7, 2013. For the Day Camp Service Project, the Cub Scouts agreed to Adopt-An-Animal at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. There were six animals and the Frog received the most votes. The cost for each animal is $25 so each scout was asked to donate a minimum of fifty cents. The Cub Scouts raised a total of $50 and were able to adopt a Frog and a Snake at Ruffner Mountain. The camp received a certificate and a framed photo for each animal that will be on display at the August 2013 Roundtable Meeting. Congratulations to Birmingham District Cub Scouts! 


 

 
 
Hello Everyone,


I hope everyone had a great 4th, and got to spend it with your families. I know that many of you are just getting back from a week at summer camp either from Seqouyah or Comer, and I hope you had a great time. I saw quite a few of you at Seqouyah this past week, and it looked like everyone was having a blast.


The Cheaha Annual Merit Badge fair sponsored by Troop 4711 will be held Saturday August 3rd. Visit meritbadge.info to find the event, or just follow this link: http://meritbadge.info/mbn/eventdetails.aspx?id=A6AE5D14-7002-41D2-B287-F2316D732D4A . We will also try to offer BALOO at this event, but we would need some one qualified to teach it, please contact me as soon as possible if you can teach the class. Sign up fast, we have a lot of out of council units attend this event, and classes will fill up quick.


Wood Badge, if you have ever been interested in earning your beads, now is the perfect chance. Wood Badge will be held at Sequoyah this fall. This is in our back yard, so it will be easier to make the trip for everyone in our district. Please visit https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php to sign up for the course, you will be glad you did it.

As for our next meetings we are set for our Program Preview, and Popcorn meetings. We realize that it might be hard for everyone to attend these since this district is so big. Having said that we are going to try something a little different. We are holding two separate meetings hosted by two different troops. The first meeting will be heldAugust 1st at 7:00 p.m., and hosted by Troop 4130 at their Scout House, with a cook out involved. The next meeting will be heldAugust 8th at 7:00 p.m., hosted by Troop 4711, location TBD. So I hope this will make it convenient for everyone to make one of the two meetings.

The first annual 10K, 5K, one mile fun run is on the calendar forOctober 5th at camp Sequoyah. This will be a great event for us to get out in the public's eye. We expect over 200 runners, and not only will this go to support our district, this will also get the public on our property to see what we offer. We are very excited for this event, and it has endless potential not only for this year, but for the coming years. Please promote this to your units, and come out and help where ever you can. Also the race will be open to any registered Scout, adult or youth, to run in any of the races for just $10. We hope you come join us in the first one. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the event. Check it out at:http://www.annistonrunners.com/event-calendar/?eventID=537&date=10/05/2013 

Click Here

Also if anyone in your troop or pack works at Walmart if you could please get them to visit the website and fill out the volunteer form, Walmart donates money to the Boy Scouts for anyone employee who volunteers. Please help us fund scouting. Also if you are employed by Honda, please do the same. We need to take advantage of these Employers wanting to fund our program. Contact me for any information you need.

Thank you all for everything that you do, and I look forward to seeing everyone out and about this summer.

 
 
ROUNDTABLE and DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING has now switched back to the FIRST THURSDAY of the month. Mark you calendars!

The DISTRICT WEBSITE is being updated. If you have announcements or great Scouting stories, please contact me and I will get them up on the website.

WOOD BADGE There will be only one Wood Badge Course offered for 2013. It will be held 9/12-14 at Sequoyah and 10/10-12 at Camp Jackson. This is a ThursdayFridaySaturday Course. This course will fill up sooner than you think. For more information, go to:https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php

Day Camp is just around the corner! This is an important part of the Cub Scout program. There is still time and room to sign up your Cub. You can register online at www.1bsa.org





UPCOMING EVENTS:

6/24 -28/13 CHEROKEE DISTRICT DAY CAMP - Tannehill State Park. 8:00am - 4:00pm. Contact Rick Timmonsrimit1954@yahoo.com or 205-382-2102 for any questions or to volunteer. 

7/4/13 DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING - Bessemer LDS Church.6:00pm-6:55pm. All District Scouters are invited to attend.

7/4/13 ROUNDTABLE - Bessemer LDS Church. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Roundtable is a great way to receive free training and information from fellow Scouters and from the Council.

7/21 - 7/24/13 WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP - Camp Comer. Registration due by 7/5/13.

9/12-14/13 WOOD BADGE – There will be only one Wood Badge Course offered for 2013. It will be held 9/12-14 at Sequoyah and 10/10-12 at Camp Jackson. This is a ThursdayFridaySaturdayCourse. This course will fill up sooner than you think. For more information, go to: https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php

Will McIntyre
Cherokee DE
205-541-4292
wmcintyr@1bsa.org

 
 

Scouts and Scouters,

Hope everyone is having a great Summer! 

Popcorn season is right around the corner. We'll have our Popcorn Kickoff and our Program Preview at the August 1 Roundtable. Please come out. Also, please fill out a Unit Commitment Form for popcorn, which is attached. Click Here

I'd like to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication as we prepare to enter the fall strong and deliver the program to as many youth as we can in our area. 

We're in the planning stages for an upcoming 5k/10k race at Camp Sequoyah. The event will be called Scout Strong. It's open to all Scouts for a discounted rate of $10. See attached flyer. 

Yours in Scouting,

Jacob

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Upcoming District Events:

August 1 - Roundtable, LDS Church Saks, 5:30 p.m.

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If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Jacob Probus
Choccoloco District Executive
jprobus@1bsa.org
256-438-0274


 
 
“The real way to gain happiness is to give
it to others.”Lord Baden-Powell

Hope everyone had a safe and happy July 4th!!

WEEBILOS RESIDENT CAMP JULY 21-24

CUB FISHING RODEOS COMING UP SEPT 21 AND SEPT 28
GADSDEN WILL BE HELD AT GADSDEN STATE FISHERY
FORT PAYNE WILL BE AT CAMP COMER

PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE SET FOR AUGUST 13TH, WAITING ON CONFIRMATION OF PLACE.

SCHOOL NIGHT FOR SCOUTING TRAINING SET FOR AUGUST 1ST THURSDAY NIGHT 6 P.M. WILL CONFIRM PLACE AND LET YOU KNOW IN NEXT DIGITAL EAGLE ALONG WITH EMAIL.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO IN SCOUTING,

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL YOUTH AND LEADERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR DAY (TWILIGHT CAMPS) EVEN WITH RAINY WEATHER, YOU STILL MADE IT SPECIAL, THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

YOURS IN SCOUTING,

JESSICA MILLICAN
205-902-1577
JMILLICA@1BSA.ORG
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For scouts who need Eagle Scout project approvals or Eagle Boards of Review, Dr. Norman Johnson has had to step down to deal with a serious health issue. We wish him a speedy recovery. From now on, to schedule project approvals or boards of review, please contact Charlie Grider: eaglescout1983@yahoo.com or 256-609-1685

We will be putting on a Cub Scout Fishing Rodeo at Camp Jackson onSeptember 28. Adults, if you are interested in volunteering at this event, please let me know (brreeves@1bsa.org). We will need a lot of help to make this activity a success. Registration information will be forthcoming soon.

During August Roundtable, we will be doing our popcorn kickoff. Please have an adult representative from your unit attend to get the latest on this year's popcorn sale. This will be on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 PM. The location is Henryville First United Methodist Church in Claysville.

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the town hall meeting at Camp Jackson. Your feedback is invaluable and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to make scouting a success.

Please see the following message from Troop 71 of Albertville:
Need of Meritbadge counselors for Meritbadge day, Troop 4071 in Albertville will be holding a MB day on Sept 28th at Albertville High, we are in need of counselors to teach classes. If you have a special skill and would like to share please contact Mike Lewis at 256-506-3871 or email at mysonisascout@yahoo.com Thank You.

Thanks again to Angie Southers, Brian Bright, and everyone else who helped out with our Cub Scout Day/Twilight Camp this year! We had a lot of fun. Here's a few pictures from the event earlier this summer:


I hope you all are having fun this summer! We have great camp programs going on at Comer and Sequoyah this year. Also, I hope all of you that will be attending the National Jamboree have tons of fun! Good luck and be safe.
Brian
brreeves@1bsa.org

 

 

 
 

SHELBY

SHELBY

**MARK YOUR CALENDARS**

•OFFICIAL POPCORN KICKOFF PARTY - Calling all unit popcorn kernels, cubmasters, scoutmasters, interested scouters, and popcorn aficionados. Mark your calendars now to attend the Shelby District Popcorn Kickoff Party July 29th 7pm Fellowship Hall at Helena United Methodist Church. Very important to have a representative or two from ALL units to hear about all the great new improvements to the 2013 Popcorn lineup… Several items priced at $10 ( yes several not just 1 J), great new prize program. great new flavors. One stop shopping…Get everything you need to get your units primed and ready to sell and raise the money so your units can continue delivering a great action packed program to your scouts. We love popcorn yes, we do, we love popcorn how about you!!! See you there. Shelby District Popcorn Kernel Julie Decker Julie@uab.edu, (h) 620-4312, (w) 975-7096

•*Thursday, July 25, 2013 – District Committee Meeting, Location TBD, 6:30 PM.

• ALL PARENTS AND LEADERS OF THE SHELBY DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO 2013-2014 PROGRAM PREVIEW!!!!! COME FIND OUT WHAT FUN ACTIVITIES WE HAVE IN STORE FOR THIS NEXT YEAR! IT'S MAKES PLANNING YOUR YEAR OF SCOUTING SO MUCH EASIER. 

• ****MARK YOUR CALENDAR**** - Program Preview Meeting onAugust 1, 2013 at 7:00PM at Riverchase Church of Christ.

• Personal Fitness Merit Badge through the Alabaster YMCA. Each individual Scout, troop or patrol that wants to work on the merit badge through the Alabaster Y can simply contact Carol Hamilton (Membership Director) at (205)663-7240orchamilton@ymcabham.orgto set up a schedule and make the necessary arrangements. 

A. J .Smith, Dist. Relations Chair

• SCOUTING OPPORTUNITY - The members of the Tannehill Wood Carvers Club would first like to extend a special invitation to you to join us at the Cane Creek Schoolhouse in Tannehill State Park to make some chips. We meet on the second Saturday of each month from8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Our meetings are informal and the membership is a laid-back group who like nothing better than helping someone get started in a hobby that we all love. Visit our website at “Tannehillwoodcarvers.org” and pack a brown-bag lunch and make plans to join us.

Second, we’d like to explore the possibility of providing a bit of wood carving mentoring for you and your Scouts at our June 8, July 13, andAugust 10, 2013 meetings. While we are not prepared to counsel the Woodcarving Merit Badge (only a couple of our members are registered Scouters), we can help you improve your carving skills to provide a better experience for your Scouts, assist you or your Scouts complete projects that they’ve already begun, or to get them started on new projects which would provided by the members at no cost to your Scouts. If you or your Troop would like to participate in this program, please contact Don Self (334-295-4376ordonaldself@att.net).



¬Scouting Spotlight

•If you are interested in having a “Scouting Spotlight” in the Shelby District, please submit write-ups and pictures to Terri Gregson (tgregson@1bsa.org) by 9:00 AM on Monday mornings to be included in that week’s Digital Eagle. Thanks!

 
 
 
 Curtis Hunt Team Leader:
chunt@1bsa.org or cell phone 256-361-7303



Hello Everyone, 

We had a wonderful Day and Twilight Camp this year. Twilight Camp was a first in Madison County and it was fantastic! The staff for each camp was great and the youth had a great a time. Hear are some events that are upcoming 


Popcorn:

There will be a unit popcorn kickoff meeting at the LDS church on Sparkman Drive July 18 starting at 5:30pm. Every unit will need to send a representative to this meeting. Changes! Changes! Changes!!! Trails-End additions / Council changes and tools for your unit to utilize to have a successful popcorn fundraiser will be addressed. Your unit WILL want to be in the know of these changes. One potential money maker is the addition of an Alabama and Auburn tins filled with Cheddar Buffalo popcorn--- taste tested and given two thumbs up in June. 

If you have any questions please contact Cindi Purinton @dixiechick4u6@yahoo.com 



PPC: 

Will be the first Thursday of August, more information to come with the location and time.


School Nights:

Yes, its that time of the year again! We will be have a training coming up soon, for school night training. Please start to identify your School Night Chairman so they will be present at the training.

District Committee Meeting:

The last Thursday of Each month at Lockheed Martin located off of Bradford Drive in the starting at 6:00 p.m.

 
Jay Elliott
Three Rivers District Executive
205-482-5930
joelliott@1bsa.org

Robert Smith
Three Rivers District Director
205-936-6866
rosmith@bsamail.org

District Website: threerivers.1bsa.org

UNIT COMMISSIONERS NEEDED - The Three Rivers District is actively recruiting Unit Commissioners to serve Packs, Troops, and Crews. Unit Commissioners serve a maximum of three units, and provide a vital link between the units and District Services/Support. Those interested please contact Aaron Tews at 205-854-8509, or by email at atews@bellsouth.net.

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.

THINGS HAPPENING IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS

For full list of things happening in the Three Rivers District, please see the Calendar of Events on the district website at threerivers.1bsa.org

July 21-24, 2013 – WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP AT CAMP COMER. See main part of digital eagle for information.

July 21-2, 2013 - NYLT Summer Session/2nd session at 
Camp Westmoreland, Florence, Alabama. Contact Wayne Jackson (email-waynejackson@centurytel.net) for more information. 

August 1, 2013 – ROUNDTABLE AT JEFF STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Please try to come and bring someone with you.

September 12-14, 2013 -- WOOD BADGE – There will be only one Wood Badge Course offered for 2013. It will be held 9/12-14 at Sequoyah and 10/10-12 at Camp Jackson. This is a Thursday,Friday,Saturday Course. This course will fill up sooner than you think. For more information, go to: https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php
 

 
**PROGRAM PREVIEW CONFERENCE**
AUGUST 1, 6:30pm, Canterbury United Methodist Church. 
ALL ADULTS ARE WELCOME. We will have a Cornucopia of information for packs and troops, including a district calendar, and initial information on Scoutfest 2014.
100% Attendance Challenge. We would like to see at least 1 adult from every unit. The unit with the most adults will win the Vulcan Spirit Stick, and a special prize. We will have Door Prizes.

VULCAN EAGLE BOARDS MOVED FOR JULY
Vulcan Eagle Boards of Review will be held July 11, at Canterbury United Methodist Church.
Please make sure of your scheduled time.

SCHOOL NIGHT FOR SCOUTING FALL RECRUITING
AUGUST 8, 6:30pm. Location to be determined. We will be recruiting Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. Every unit should have a Membership Chair, who needs to attend this meeting.

VULCAN DISTRICT POPCORN KICK OFF
TUESDAY, JULY 30, Location to be determined.

VULCAN DAY CAMP
A great time was had by all at the Vulcan Cub Scout Day Camp. Thank you to all the adults who volunteered their time to make this a Safe, Fun, and Exciting week for all the boys. The theme was heroes, and we even got to meet some real heroes, including LifeFlight rescue helicopter. 
Get ready for a great Day Camp in 2014. 


WOOD BADGE
There will be only one Wood Badge Course offered for 2013. It will be held 9/12-14 at Sequoyah and 10/10-12 at Camp Westmoreland. This is aThursdayFridaySaturday Course. This course will fill up sooner than you think. For more information, go to: https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php, and visit http://www.woodbadgealabama.com.

VULCAN DISTRICT WEB PAGE WATCH FOR CHANGES
http://vulcan.1bsa.org.
We are working to continuously update information on the Vulcan District Website. Please visit the website, and click on “Email Us” to give us feedback. Check back periodically as we work to improve our communication avenues.
A wide range of Scouting information is available to all volunteers by looking at www.Scouting.org. From training to definitions on Scouting and other information on a national level can be attained from this website. Everyone is encouraged to go to www.Scouting.org to attain more information on Scouting you might need along with the Greater Alabama Council’s website at www.1bsa.org

UNIT COMMISSIONERS NEEDED
The Vulcan District is actively recruiting Unit Commissioners to serve Packs, Troops, and Crews. Unit Commissioners serve a maximum of three units, and provide a vital link between the units and District Services/Support. Those interested please contact Peter Bosworth at205-837-9195, or by email at pabosworth@aol.com

SCOUTMASTER LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING (SMLST)
Saturday, September 21, GAC Office.

INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (OLS)
November 1-3, Camp Sequoyah.

JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE (JTE)
This is a great tool to use in planning the year and to support your units development . Use this to evaluate your program, and identify opportunities for improvement. The new 2013 Journey to Excellence scorecards for packs, troops, teams, crews, ships, posts, districts, and councils are now available online. There are also great tools to aid your program and tracking. For the latest information and tools, go towww.scouting.org/jte, and look for the box labeled “2013 Scorecards.”

VENTURING IN THE VULCAN DISTRICT
There are several opportunities for growing new units in the Vulcan District. Currently, we only have a couple of Active Venturing units. Venturing and Sea Scouting Programs, which can be all Girls, all boys, or Co-ed, ages 14 to 20 are a great opportunity to develop the Values and Leadership Skills in youth of this age. If you are not familiar with the programs, or if you know of any interested groups, or want to work with a current charter partner on starting any new units please get in touch with Michael Wells, miwells@1bsa.org.

ORDER OF THE ARROW – NUNNE HI (VULCAN) CHAPTER
Vulcan OA is on Facebook - “Nunne-Hi Chapter of the Coosa Lodge”
Nunne Hi Chapter meetings will begin again on August 29, 2013.
District OA Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at6:30PM at the Briarwood Scout House. Both former and current arrowmen of any lodge are invited to attend.

Michael Wells
Senior District Executive
Vulcan District
Office: 205-969-4269
Cell: 205-540-2302
miwells@1bsa.org 
 

 
 
 
 
Daniel Giles
256-810-8170
dagiles@1bsa.org

The Westmoreland Twilight Camp was a big success again this year! We had 86 Cubs attend camp this year and they had a great time. I would like to thank all of the Volunteers that came out gave their time so the Cubs could experience the program. I would also like to thank once again Camp Director Laurel Rickard and Program Director Kristie Woodfin for all of their help this year! Great Job!

Thank you to Jerry Woolfolk, Cub Master of Pack 10 in Muscle Shoals for his awesome photos of the Westmoreland Twilight Cub Camp!

Also of note, many of our Scout Troops are preparing for trips to summer camp. Please pray for their safe travels this summer and that the Scouts will have a meaningful experience. We have Troops attending camps at Comer, Sequoyah, Skymont and Yocona.

Noah Latham of Troop 75 in Florence earned the Rank of Eagle Scout on June 6, 2013
Congratulations Noah!

Here is a copy of the latest Westmoreland District Calendar.

There will Not be a July Roundtable.

The W.C. Handy Festival is requesting help from Scouting in the Westmoreland District, here is what I have: The In 
Harmony With Nature project that we have been working on with our partners, Florence Recycling, Shoals Solid Waste Authority, Keep the Shoals Beautiful and the tourism offices. The mission of the project is to encourage all sponsors of events in public spaces to have litter-free events. There are several events during the Handy Festival, which are targeted, and each has an event coordinator. This is a proposal to the Westmoreland District for assistance during the 2013 festival, which will be July 19-28.

If your unit conducts any Community Service Projects or has a Special Outing or Event, please let me know and send me your photos! 


EAGLE BOARD of REVIEWS and EAGLE PROJECT REVIEWS

Each Scout should email the Eagle Board at eagleboard@westmorelanddistrict.com. This email address will deliver his Request to several Board Members.

To schedule a Project Review or Eagle Board, the Scout should tell the Board their Name, Troop #, Email address and Phone number that they may be reached at. Also, state if it is a Project Review or Eagle Board and give a brief description of the proposed or approved Project including the Sponsor's Name and the physical work Location.
All requests are due by the Friday (at 5:00 P.M.) prior to the firstThursday of the month (Roundtable night). A Board Member will send the Eagle Board's Monthly Schedule out by the Monday night prior to Roundtable. The Schedule will be sent to each Scout, his Scoutmaster, the D.E., Roundtable Chair and Eagle Board.

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. 
 
 

 

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