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Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) is a prestigious recognition granted by the local council’s NESA committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Unlike the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which is a national award, the NOESA recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact closer to home.
The Greater Alabama Council, NESA committee is accepting nominations for the NOESA through . We encourage you to honor a local Eagle Scout with your nomination.
Application information available online at http://www.nesa.org/
The Greater Alabama Council, National Eagle Scout Association committee is accepting applications for the 2013 Eagle Scout project of the year through Last year, Eagle Scout Eli LeCriox from the Westmoreland District was selected as our local Eagle Scout project of the year, and he went on to receive the National BSA Eagle Scout project of the year and a college scholarship! Don't miss this opportunity to showcase how you serve your community!
Application information for the 2013 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout service project of the year award available online at http://www.nesa.org/adams_
Louisiana Tech versus UAB Basketball Game Tickets- CLICK HERE
CIRCUS TICKETS - See the Greatest Show on Earth and help the Greater Alabama Council. Special ticket rate for Scouts and Scouters. CLICK HERE for more information and to place your order.
CAMP STAFF WANTED - Interviews for staff positions at Camps Comer and Sequoyah for the 2014 summer camp season will begin soon. If you are at least 15 years of age and a Star Scout (if registered as a Boy Scout) and want a great summer experience, fill out and return the camp staff application.
CAMP JACKSON BIKE PUMP TRACK - Learn more about this new program feature at Camp Jackson. Click here for a Scoutmaster Guide to the Pump Track.
SCOUTING REPORT TO THE STATE - Tuesday, February 4th. CLICK HERE for more information.
2014 SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORS NAMED - The Greater Alabama Council is pleased to announce the Summer Camp Directors for the 2014 camp season will be Dr. Rob Carter for Camp Sequoyah and Seth Hill for Camp Comer. Rob has served as Camp Director at Sequoyah since 2004. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and has worked at several camps throughout the Southeast. He is affiliated with Troop 19 in Jacksonville where he is a professor at Jacksonville State University. Seth is also an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He has worked at Camp Comer in different capacities for several years since 1996. A resident of Gadsden, he is the Training Advisor for Area 9 for the Order of the Arrow and is self-employed. Applications for 2014 Summer Camp are being accepted now. To reserve your campsite or for more information call the Council Office at 205-970-0251 or visit www.1bsa.org.
STATE PARKS AND TOUR PLANS - While Tour Plans are not required traveling within the Greater Alabama Council, they are required when visiting an Alabama State Park to qualify for the reduced entry fee. Please have a completed and approved form ready upon arrival. The park may not grant the discounted rate if you do not have the proper paperwork. This is a state park policy, not a BSA or GAC policy.
STEM COMMITTEE WANTS YOU! - The GAC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Committee is looking for volunteers to join the committee to promote this initiative. The committee will also promote the NOVA and SUPERNOVA awards, as well as the STEM program in Cub and Boy Scouting and Venturing. For more information or to become a member of the committee please contact the Clayton Scout Service Center at 205-970-0251.
BBVA COMPASS BOWL - For group ticket information on the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl, click here.
VOLUNTEER AT CAMP! : Do you love a particular GAC camp? Do you have a special skill or craft or just want to volunteer to help have the best facilities for our youth? The Council's Properties Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the Camp Volunteer Service Corps that can help work at camps to assist in doing work to assist the Rangers and respective Camp Committees. Tasks range from "just helping" to skilled trades such as plumbing, electrical and masonry. If you are interested in being considered to serve on the Camp Volunteer Service Corps, please complete the attached application and submit it Jeff Brasher at email@example.com or faxing it to 205-970-0349. It will then be submitted to the Properties Committee and Camp Committee for approval.
SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE HUNTSVILLE HAVOC: Our remaining Scout Night game is Saturday, January 11th at 7:30pm. We are offering discounted tickets to Boy Scouts and their families for this game. For just $10 per ticket, Boy Scouts and their families can enjoy a fun night with the Havoc. On our video board, we will recognize each Troop or Pack that comes to the game. We encourage every Scout to attend dressed in their uniforms as well. Also, we have designed brand new Scout Night patches for this season. They will be available to purchase for $1 each. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 14th. To order, call (256) 518-6160 or (256) 518-6163.
MEMBERSHIP FEE INCREASE - The National BSA membership fee for youth and adults will increase to $24 per year effective January 1st, 2014. For more information from the Chief Scout Executive, click here.
PRE-PAID SCOUT CARD - A BSA pre-paid Scout card is now available from Discover. Click here for more information.
VEHICLE FOR SALE - The GAC has a 1985 Chevrolet P30 delivery truck for sale. This vehicle has a diesel engine and it has 200,000 miles and will be sold as is, less removal of some BSA graphics. It is in great condition and and has restored both inside and out. Make your best offer. Contact Jeff Brasher at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit your bid.
Race At Camp Sequoyah Coming Soon!
Come join us on February 8, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. for the 1st
Camp Sequoyah, located on Hwy 431 in Delta, AL. This Boy Scout summer camp located just outside of Oxford,
AL will be the backdrop of three great races sure to meet everyone’s ability level. Running through the camp on dirt, gravel, and sand surfaces, through the campsites, by the lake, and through the trails, this is sure to be a great running experience. Packet Pick up at the Opportunity Center in Anniston, AL on February 7th, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or Annual Scout Strong Running event at the beautiful race day at Camp Sequoyah from 6:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.
District Commissioner Teleconference:
Toll Free: 1-877-204-3718
Direct Dial*: 1-303-223-9908
*We recommend the direct dial number be used if you or your participant is calling in from a mobile phone.
BOY SCOUT ADULT LEADER TRAINING
The next SMLST – Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training Class for the Vulcan District will be offered , at Tannehill State Park, in conjunction with the Vulcan District Camporee.
The next IOLS – Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills for the Vulcan District, will be offered the weekend of at Camp Tekawitha.
For more information and to register, go to:http://www.vulcandistrict.com/
WOOD BADGE -
Announcing Wood Badge Course for 2014
, 2014- Comer
An Advanced Training Course for all Adult Scout Leaders – Cub Scouters, Boy Scouters, Varsity Scouters, Venturers, and BSA professional staff.
For more information, please contact:
Scoutmaster Elaine Ziegler
What is Wood Badge?
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 is a Scouting leadership program and offers a common award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. Courses generally 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 attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement.
On completion of the course and their five ticket goals, participants are awarded the Wood Badge beads to recognize their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people. The Wood Badge award consists of a pair of small wooden beads, one on each end of a leather thong, a taupe neckerchief bearing a tartan patch of the Maclaren clan (honoring William De Bois Maclaren, who donated the funding to purchase Gilwell Park in 1919), and a braided leather woggle (neckerchief slide). These three symbols denote the membership of Gilwell Troop 1, a world-wide assembly of all past and present Wood Badge recipients.
*Click here for downloadable form and more information
NRA INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: Their will be two chances coming up to be NRA Instructor Certified for various firearms and course on and at the Hugh M. Comer Scout Reservation, 16490 County Road 89, Mentone AL 35984. Only Online Registration will be available.
Please register online at: http://www.naft-llc.com
Training to be offered:
: NRA Basic Instructor Training
: NRA Basic Rifle Instructor Training
: NRA Basic Shotgun Instructor Training
Click here for the downloadable flyer for the January training to get more information
￼￼￼Training to be Offered:
: NRA Basic Instructor Training
: NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Training
: NRA Range Safety Officer Training
Click here for the downloadable flyer for the March training to get more information
Philmont Training Center 2014 Courses:
The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1950, PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.
Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. All registered Scouters are invited to attend training center courses.
Here are a list of the courses being offered by the Philmont Training Center for summer/fall of 2014. Click here.
If you are interested in attending the Philmont Training Center for 2014 please contact Cindy Perry at email@example.com or Clay Pruitt at firstname.lastname@example.org by to let us know if your interested in attending these incredible courses.
Introducing the 2014 NYLT Courses:
￼Winter Session, & Camp Comer, Mentone, AL 35984
￼Spring Session, Camp Jackson, Scottsboro, AL 35769
￼Summer Session, Camp Westmoreland, Florence, AL 35
Michael Cole, Winter Session Scoutmaster 256-283-4755 (Cell) email:email@example.com
￼￼Nick Liberatore, Spring Session Scoutmaster 256-503-4141 (Cell) email: Nicholas.Liberatore@mda.mil
￼￼Mark Brown, Summer Session Scoutmaster 256-653-6712 (Cell) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is NYLT?
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a six-day outdoor training course
for senior youth leaders in the Boy Scouting or the Venturing programs. Three different NYLT
Sessions are being offered by the Greater Alabama Council in 2014: the Winter NYLT Course, the
Spring NYLT Course and the Summer NYLT Course. The Winter Course will be conducted over
two three day weekends, & . The Spring and Summer NYLT Courses will be conducted as a week long course and will be offered on or . NYLT augments the training received from Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). NYLT focuses on the skills needed by Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders, Presidents and Boatswains. The course is led by a volunteer staff of youth and adults experienced in training youth leaders.
*Please click here for registration form and more information
Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course - Click here
WHAT: The Wilderness and Remote First Aid class is a 16 hour course based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guideline. This course certification is good for 2 years.
WHERE: Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover AL & Oak Mountain State Park
WHEN: CPR/AED: Riverchase Room
WFA: Riverchase Room
Oak Mountain State Park
WHY: This course is required for any high adventure activity by the BSA. It is essential for troops who are involved in activities where you are further than 1 hour away from EMS. It also meets one of the requirements for the Ranger Award in the Venturing Program.
WHO: This course is open to anyone aged 14 and over.
PRE-REQUISITES - Current certification in adult CPR/AED is required. A separate CPR/AED class will be held on for those NOT HOLDING current certification. CPR/AED certification class cost is $15.00. If you are currently certified in CPR/AED, you must send a copy of you CPR card prior to attending the WFA class. If you need certification please contact the course coordinator, Angie Pettigrew.
DETAILS – Angie Pettigrew is the Wilderness First Aid Instructor as well as an active ASM for Troop 367. She as well as others who assist in teaching the course has attended all three High Adventure Camp in the past 2 years. This course will follow the BSA guidelines which were published in 2009. The CPR and WFA classes will be taught at the Riverchase United Methodist Church, Riverchase Room in Hoover AL on Saturday and at Oak Mountain State Park on Sunday.
COURSE – The WFA course fee is $125.00, which includes Red Cross course materials as well as continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. The class has limited size and will be filled on a first come basis. After receiving your information and payment, you will be pre-registered for the course and fully registered when the class reaches 30 participants. Your payment will be refunded if the class doesn’t reach 30 participants. The course is nonrefundable 30 days prior to training. You may substitute someone else in your place if you can’t attend. Please make your check Angie Pettigrew and mail it to:
227 Sunrise Court
Alabaster, AL 35007
Registration Deadline –
Additional Information: www.bsa367.com/wfa
CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions please contact Angie Pettigrew
E-mail address: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell phone: 205-999-1085
BALOO TRAINING - BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It is required for every pack to have at least Two (2) adults trained in BALOO to take the Pack Camping. Do Not Miss this Opportunity to get trained.
Saturday, January 18, 2014, Shades Valley Lutheran Church, 9 am to 5 pm.
CLICK HERE for more information and registration form.
SHOOTING SPORTS TRAINING - There will be a Shooting Sports Training class at Jefferson State Community College on in the Fitzgerald Student Center. The class will be a full day class and will be in room BDH-106 during the Three Rivers Merit Badge Day 2014. Mike Read is the instructor and the nominal fee can be paid at the registration desk.
Please contact me email@example.com if you have someone who needs this training. There is a limit of 20 participants, so get your reservations in early.
Day Camp Forms and Cub Adventure Info Coming Soon!