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Digital Eagle July 22 2013
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
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.
UNIFORM GUIDEFor 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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com. 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!
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
UNIT COMMISSIONER RATIO - BSA standard is to have a miniumum 1 unit Commissioner serving 3 units. 10 of our 12 Districts are currently below the 1:3 ratio. Every DISTRICT COMMISSIONER should take the time now to begin recruiting and registering new unit Commissioners.
Call on me or any member of the Council Commissioner Cabinet for assistance.
Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing Leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The primary purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen Scouting in packs, troops, crews, districts, and the council.
Wood Badge aims to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. Courses have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket, also known as the project phase. By "working the ticket", participants put their newly gained experience into practice to support their local units and strengthen the overall Scouting movement.
The 2013 Wood Badge course for the Greater Alabama Council is right around the corner. It will be held at Sequoyah and at Camp Westmoreland. This is a ,, Course. Our course still has a couple of openings but will fill up very soon. To register, or to get more information on this course, go to: https://1bsa.org/wood-badge-
NYLT Summer Session/2nd Course
On Sunday 21 July 2013, 34 participants braved the rain and began the 3rd installment of NYLT in the GAC this year. Despite the rainy weather, the team spirit is not dampened. Leadership skills, communication and teamwork are developing, so look for stronger youth led units in the GAC!
SCOUTMASTER LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING (SMLST)
Vulcan District will host a SMLST at the Birmingham Scout office,, More information to come. Visithttp://vulcan.1bsa.org for more information.
INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (OLS)
Vulcan District will host an OLS course , at Camp Sequoyah. More information to come. Visit http://vulcan.1bsa.org for more information.
Trainer’s EDGE Course
Huntsville Scout Service Center 2211 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805
To register, go to www.tors.cypress-softworks.com create an account if you do not have one already, and then follow the Register for Courses link.
If you have any questions about the course or about registration, contact Eugene Roberts (Eugenefirstname.lastname@example.org) 256-679-2349.