Digital Eagle 22 JAN 14

      

    Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America


 
 
January 22nd, 2014
 
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
 
2014 BOY SCOUT SUMMER CAMP LEADERS GUIDES RELEASED!!!
 
 
What's Happening (next four weeks) 
 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIESCheck 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
 

Regions Field Boy Scout Night Open House- Click Here

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 Friday January 24, 2014. We encourage you to honor a local Eagle Scout with your nomination.

Application information available online at
 
http://www.nesa.org/outstanding_eagle.html 

The Greater Alabama Council, National Eagle Scout Association committee is accepting applications for the 2013 Eagle Scout project of the year through Friday January 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. 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_award.html

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.

FACEBOOK PRIVACY POLICY CHANGE - Facebook has changed their privacy policy for users age 13-17.  For a summary of the changes, click here.

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.

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 jbrasher@1bsa.org 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 jbrasher@1bsa.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. 

Click Here for the Form

Click Here to Register Online 


 Commissioner's Corner 

 


 TRAINING


BOY SCOUT ADULT LEADER TRAINING
The next SMLST – Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training Class for the Vulcan District will be offered Saturday, February 15th, 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 February 28-March 2 at Camp Tekawitha. 

For more information and to register, go to:http://www.vulcandistrict.com/boy-scout-leader-training/

WOOD BADGE - 

Announcing Wood Badge Course for 2014

March 14-16, 2014- Comer
Apr. 11-13, 2014-Westmoreland

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 
C: 
256-566-9563
H: 
256-350-6861
Email: 
egziegler114@gmail.com

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 Friday, January 24th, 2014 to Sunday, January 26th, 2014 and Friday, March 28th, 2014 to Sunday, March 30th, 2014 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:
Friday, 24 January: NRA Basic Instructor Training
Saturday, 25 January: NRA Basic Rifle Instructor Training
Sunday, 26 January: NRA Basic Shotgun Instructor Training

Click here for the downloadable flyer for the January training to get more information

Training to be Offered:
Friday, 28 March: NRA Basic Instructor Training
Saturday, 29 March: NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Training
Sunday, 30 March: 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 
cindyperry4711@gmail.com or Clay Pruitt at cpruitt@1bsa.org by Tuesday, Sept. 24th to let us know if your interested in attending these incredible courses.


Introducing the 2014 NYLT Courses:

Winter Session, January 18-20 & Feb 14-17, 2014 Camp Comer, Mentone, AL 35984
Spring Session, June 1-7, 2014 Camp Jackson, Scottsboro, AL 35769
Summer Session, July 6-12, 2014 Camp Westmoreland, Florence, AL 35

Michael Cole, Winter Session Scoutmaster 
256-283-4755 (Cell) email:mjcbravo63@gmail.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: markdjbrown@yahoo.com

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, 18-20 January 2014 & 14-17 February 2014. The Spring and Summer NYLT Courses will be conducted as a week long course and will be offered on 1 – 7 June 2014 or 6-12 July 2014. 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: Friday January 10 2014 5pm – 9pm Riverchase Room

WFA: Saturday January 11, 2014, 7:00am-7:00pm Riverchase Room 
Sunday January 12, 2014, 7:00am – 12:30pm 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 Friday, Jan. 10th 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:

Angie Pettigrew
227 Sunrise Court
Alabaster, AL 35007
Registration Deadline – Dec. 15, 2013

Additional Information: 
www.bsa367.com/wfa

CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions please contact Angie Pettigrew
E-mail address: 
angiep@uab.edu or pettigrewangie@gmail.com 
Cell phone: 
205-999-1085

SHOOTING SPORTS TRAINING - There will be a Shooting Sports Training class at Jefferson State Community College on February 1, 2014 at 8:00 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 jonryan62@charter.net if you have someone who needs this training.  There is a limit of 20 participants, so get your reservations in early.
 


 CUB SCOUTS

 


Day Camp Forms and Cub Adventure Info Coming Soon!

 


BOY SCOUTS 

 Merit Badge University 2014 Hosted by Alpha Phi Omega and Auburn University - CLICK HERE
 
SUMMER CAMP 2014 - Campsites are filling quickly for next summer.  Weeks 1 and 2 at Comer are full and weeks 1 and  3 at Sequoyah are almost full.  Other weeks are also approaching capacity.  Click here for a reservation form if your troop has not yet signed-up!  (Our out-of-council guests, please click here for your reservation form.)
 
PHILMONT 2014 CAMPERSHIPS - The Greater Alabama Council has received an allocation from the Waite Phillips Campership Fund for the 2014 Philmont summer season.  CLICK HERE for more information.
 
SCUBA ADVENTURE AVAILABLE - There are several youth and adult openings for a SCUBA Diving Adventure June 4-11, 2014 at Sea Base.  This adventure is for qualified divers, and consists of 10 day and one night dive at various locations in the Florida Keys, with food and lodging at the Sea Base. The cost is approximately $950 per person (plus transportation).  Youth participants must be at least 14 years of age, and all participants must meet the diving health standards in Part D of the BSA Health Form.  If interested, contact Brian Godsy at bgodsy@bellsouth.net. 

EAGLE SERVICE PROJECTS - There are still a few $100.00 Lowe's Eagle Scout Grants available for Scouts working on their Eagle Scout service projects. These grants are available for purchasing materials that may be needed in completing the projects and must be used prior to December 31, 2014. For more information, click here.  CLICK HERE for more information.

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.
 

Change in High Adventure Camps Wilderness First Aid Policy!  -  If you are planning on attending any of the BSA high adventure bases (Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base or The Summit) for the summer of 2014 please note that now you must have at least 2 participants that are Wilderness First Aid certified. Please review the training column on the Digital Eagle or visit the Training Calendar on the 1bsa.org website to see when the next training will be available.

 

High Adventure Weekend!
April 4-6
Camp Comer Scout Reservation 


Available to: This event is open to all Venturers, Explorers, Sea Scouts and Boy Scouts over the age of 14. (Provisional participation is available.)

What to bring: clothes for the weekend, warm and light jacket, rain coat, sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, flashlight/headlight, toiletry items.

Expense: $50 for youth, $30 for adults (includes: meals, camp housing facilities, and program materials)

On-time: Registration is March 14, 2014 to receive a T-shirt (you know you want one!), registration cutoff is March 28th

Movement: Activities include rappelling, paintball, war canoe, bouldering, mountain biking, geocaching, archery, shotgun, pistol, rifle, a carnival, and Comer Clue!

Expected: Everyone is expected to bring Health Form parts A and B (1BSA.org) and Parent Release Permission Form.

(Click here for flyer and registration form)

 

 

 

VENTURING/EXPLORING 

  
VENTURING OFFICERS ASSOCIATION -  Venturing Officers Association of Greater Alabama meets once/month.  Every Crew in the Council should be represented at these meetings. If the President of your Crew cannot attend she/he should send a representative. If unable to make the drive, please let us know and we can include you through skype, or facetime. We have some great ideas for council wide events, but need your ideas to make them even better!   Please call Caroline Dewberry at 256.714.1045 for more information.
 
PHILMONT 2014 CAMPERSHIPS - The Greater Alabama Council has received an allocation from the Waite Phillips Campership Fund for the 2014 Philmont summer season.  CLICK HERE for more information.
 
SCUBA ADVENTURE AVAILABLE - There are several youth and adult openings for a SCUBA Diving Adventure June 4-11, 2014 at Sea Base.  This advenuture is for qualified divers, and consists of 10 day and one night dive at various locations in the Florida Keys, with food and lodging at the Sea Base. The cost is approximately $950 per person (plus transportation).  Youth participants must be at least 14 years of age, and all participants must meet the diving health standards in Part D of the BSA Health Form.  If interested, contact Brian Godsy at bgodsy@bellsouth.net. 

 

 

 

District News 

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

 
 
 
**UPCOMING EVENTS**


-Feb 1: Hawk Day at Camp Tranquility Get some dirt under your fingernails and join us for a day of service as we work to improve the historic Camp Tranquility at Oak Mountain State Park. Watchcoosa50.org for more details.

- Feb 7-9: Ceremonies Retreat at Camp WestmorelandInterested in starting or joining a ceremonies team? Here's your chance! The best of the best from Coosa Lodge will spend their weekend teaching an intense, weekend-long ceremonies workshop on everything from starting the team and building regalia to memorizing scripts and mastering your performance. Watch coosa50.org for more details.

- Mar 21-23: Spring Pow-wow at Camp Comer Our incredibly popular Spring Pow-wow will be returning for 2014. We'll open our annual spring fellowship to all members of the Council to learn more about the OA, participate in some traditional Native American drumming and dancing, and take part in what is arguably one of the best Webelos crossover ceremonies in the country. Watch coosa50.orgfor more details.

- Apr 25-27: SR-9 Conclave at Moundville Join hundreds of Arrowmen from nearly a dozen lodges across Alabama and Georgia as they participating in training and competition to strengthen each other and determine which lodge is the best. We'll be camping at the historic Moundville Archaeological Park in Moundville, Alabama (just south of Tuscaloosa). Watch coosa50.org for full details.

- See our full calendar at coosa50.org/calendar.

UNIT ELECTIONS

The time for unit elections is coming up quickly! Many units hold their elections between February and April so their candidates can participate in the May Ordeal or be called out at Summer Camp. If your unit would like to hold an Order of the Arrow election, we'll be more than happy to send a trained, friendly election team to you to conduct the election and process the paperwork. Click here to request an election team: https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/20665476209963

COOSA LODGE HISTORY PROJECT

We're launching our history project for the Order of the Arrow centennial celebration next year, and we need you're help! Project adviser Chris Brightwell is gearing up to film a documentary and pen an extensive historical reference that spans the entire 85 years of the the Order's service to Scouting in North Alabama. It'll reach back to the founding of Cherokee Fifty in 1930, advance through the birth of Achunanchi and Kaskanampo lodges, celebrate the unification of those lodges in to Coosa Lodge, and maybe try to paint a picture of what our future might look like. 

If you want to be a part of this or know someone who might, contact him (chris@coosa50.org) or click here for more info:http://coosa50.org/2014/01/announcing-the-coosa-lodge-history-project

NOAC 2015

We're planning to take 200 Coosa Lodge members to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference to celebrate the Order's centennial, meet Arrowmen from throughout the Order, learn the most effective ways to improve our lodge program and maximize its impact, and much, much more. We'll have more info on this as the year progresses, but you should just go ahead and plan to be with usAugust 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Watch coosa50.org for more details.

GET CONNECTED

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the lastest news and info as soon as it's available! 

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

LODGE LEADERSHIP

- John Mayhall, Lodge Chief: chief@coosa50.org
- Mr. Ed O'Neal, Lodge Adviser: adviser@coosa50.org

- Mr. Joey Kiker, Staff Adviser: staffadviser@coosa50.org 


ARROWHEAD

Recharters Due December 31, 2013:

Recharters were due for Units in Morgan and Limestone counties on December 31, 2013. We know it is difficult to get them in with the holidays but now is the time. If you have questions, need help, or are ready to turn it in please contact your Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner Henry Gilson at gilson.henry@yahoo.com, or District Director Rich Hayes at rich.hayes@scouting.org. Cullman Units your recharters are due January 31, 2014.

Friends of Scouting Presentations:

It is time once again for Friends of Scouting. Please send information on your Blue & Gold, next Court of Honor, or heavily attended event in your unit so we can schedule a presenter for you. Send the following details to Rich Hayes at rich.hayes@scouting.org:

Unit:
Date:
Time:
Location:
Point of Contact (name, phone, email):
Possible alternative date: 

Arrowhead District Awards Banquet 

The 2014 Arrowhead District Awards Banquet, hosted by Troop 240 of Athens, will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Beasley Center of Athens First United Methodist Church, 208 West Hobbs Street in downtown Athens, Alabama. The event will be held at the Beasley Center located behind the church at the corner of Bryan and Marion Streets.

Please RSVP to Joe McDonald at jm22439@charter.net or 256-679-1196 no later than January 23, 2014 so that we may make plan for the great number of attendees that will be there. The cost of the event is $10.00 per person with pre-registration, and $12.00 at the door. Troop 240 would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all 2013 Eagle Scouts and we look forward to the opportunity to congratulate you in person.

Arrowhead District Pinewood Derby: April 12

This year's District Pinewood Derby will be hosted by Pack 236 in Athens, AL. The Derby will be held on April 12, 2014 at Isom's Chapel UMC. Registration starts at 8:00 am, and racing begins at 10:00 am. The cost of the District Pinewood Derby is $5 per car, and each scout will receive a commemorative 2014 Arrowhead District Pinewood Derby patch.

Awards will be given for 1st through 5th place in both speed and best in show (design/appearance).

New this year - The 1st Annual Cubmaster's Cup. This is a Cubmaster only race. Cubmaster's must follow the same rules as the scouts, and this race is fro bragging rights to which Cubmaster has the best Pinewood Derby skills in the District. I challenge all Cubmasters to participate.

The flyer and rules are posted on the website in the File section in the folder designated for the 2014 District Pinewood Derby. Hard copies will be distributed at Roundtable. If you have any questions, please ask Adam Harm at adamharm@bellsouth.net or Mark Stapleton atMStapleton@bhate.com.

Spring Camporee: April 25-27

The Spring Camporee will be held April 25-27. More information will be published soon. Please hold the dates for the event in your Troop calendars.



COMMISSIONERS NEEDED!

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. 

SPECIAL NOTES: 

EAGLE ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Dennis Quintavalle - 256-654-9384 - Decatur
Charlie Youmans - 256-565-3400 - Cullman 
Joe MacDonald - 256-232-8371- Athens 

Sign up for the Arrowhead Yahoo Group page at:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arrow_web/

Rich Hayes 
Arrowhead District Director 
256-221-9822 
Rich.hayes@scouting.org


 
 

MONTHLY MEETINGS

January 9, 2014
BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING - 6:30pm - 7:00pmat Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.
1101 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW Birmingham, Alabama 35211
Come help us plan activities that your Scouts and boys are interested in. The District Committee Meeting and Parent’s Night is held every 1stThursday of the month. 


January 9, 2014
BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT PARENT'S NIGHT (ROUNDTABLE) -7:00pm - 8:00pm at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church Parents and leaders will receive training and valuable information on scouting event. Please invite parents and leaders to learn what fun is going on in the Birmingham District.





ACTIVITIES

February 2-8, 2014
Scouting Anniversary Week 

Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1907. An American, William D. Boyce became lost in the fog in London, and was helped by a young boy to find his way. When Boyce offered the boy a tip, the boy declined, saying that it was his duty as a Boy Scout to help others. Boyce was so impressed by the boy's character that he met with Baden-Powell to discuss bringing the Scouts to the United States. Boyce was helped by Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard and James E. West, and the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in Washington, D.C., February 8, 1910. 

In order to commemorate these great moments and the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, the Birmingham District will hold Scouting Anniversary Week on February 2-8, 2014. Packs, Troops, and Districts all decide which events they will plan for this special week. If you have any questions email Anthony @ aedwards@1bsa.org

Here are some ideas so that you can put together an awesome celebration:

Conduct a special service project during Scouting Anniversary Week to demonstrate both pride in America and pride in community for your chartered partner organization or school as a way of thanking them for their support of Scouting. 

Hold a special flag-raising ceremony at a high-profile location in the community or school. Make a special presentation to your school principal, local school board, mayor, or city council. 

Scout Sunday: Make public appearances at worship services onFebruary 2, 2014. As your charter organization or one located within a mile of your school if you can participate in their worship ceremony by serving as ushers or simply wearing the uniform to the service.

Birmingham District is schedule to wear your scout uniform on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at your school and recruit a friend to join scouting and earn a recruiters patch.

Conduct unit family events, including Blue and Gold banquets, Courts of Honor, parents' nights.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014 Scouting Report to the State
February 4, 2014 
9:00am-9:00am Scouts and adults may visit their legislator in their office
1:00pm – Scouts will present the colors in the House
11:30am – 1:00pm For those who would like to attend a special luncheon honoring the legislature 

The Boy Scout Councils of Alabama will be visiting our state capital onTuesday, February 4th. While in Montgomery Scouts, leaders, board members and parents will meet with elected officials and share the good news about Scouting in Alabama and how they make a positive difference in the lives of youth. We want you to join us on this special day. You must provide your own transportation, either individually or group. Patches limited to the first 300 participates. You may also register online at www.1bsa.org


UAB vs. Louisiana Tech Basketball
March 2, 2014
Beginning at 3:00pm
Location: Bartow Arena
Please contact Heather Mayfield at (205) 969-4255 orhmayfield@1bsa.org to purchase your regularly priced $15 for $8 before February 16, 2014. Tickets will only be available at this price through Heather Mayfield and until the deadline.


Birmingham District Pinewood Derby 
March 8, 2014
Location: TBD
Weigh-in at 9:00am
Race begins at 10:00am

Every year Birmingham Cub Scouts and adult partners team up to participate in a Pinewood Derby.
A Cub Scout design, carve, paint, weigh, refine, and race their car and a bonding partnership is created.
This is at the heart of the event’s success!! In addition, Cub Scouts build confidence and take pride in their own growing skills and hard work! For more information about the District Pinewood Derby please contact Anthony Edwards at aedwards@1bsa.org. So enjoy the ride!


The Harlem Globetrotters
March 16th, 2014
4:00pm
Pete Hannah Arena at Samford University in Birmingham
Tickets: $17 

The Harlem Gobetrotters are making a stop near you. Special Discount for all Greater Alabama Council Scouts, Families, Volunteers and Staff! Opportunities for color guard, group photo on court, high five fan tunnel and much more!!! For more information or to order your tickets contact Jackie Bravman @ 800-641-4667 x 116 orbravman@harlemglobetrotters.com 



TRAINING 

BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT CUB SCOUT LEADER TRAINING
DATE: April 19TH, 2014
PLACE: TBA
TIME: 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Please Mark your calenders for Cub Scout Training for Tiger Den leader, Cub Scout Den leader, webelos Den Leader, committee member, and cub master.


Thank you,


Brian Wilson
District Director
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America
(205) 563-8097
bwilson@1bsa.org 


Anthony Edwards 
Senior District Executive 
Greater Alabama Council 
Boy Scouts of America
(205) 969-4252
aedwards@1bsa.org 

 

 
 
Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and a very happy New Year. We are gearing up for 2014 in the coming weeks, and look forward to it very much. This year we will concentrate on recruiting all year long in order to offer our program to as many youth as possible. We will also be offering new and unique program opportunities. 

First on the calendar is our Scout Strong Race. It is scheduled forFebruary 8th at Camp Seqouyah, and the cost for any registered scouter for any race is $10. We are going to limit the number of participants so please get your registrations in as soon as possible, the form is attached. Click Here

Also another very exciting new event is our Zombie Survival event held at Camp Sqouyah, please stay tuned for more information on this.

Rechartering process is underway, and I will be keeping you updated on our progress through the next 2 months. If you have an issues what so ever with your charter please give me a call and I will be happy to assist you with your problem. Please be sure to get these in on time, and complete.

Our Distirct American Values Dinner is set for March 8th at Shocco Springs, we will need volunteers to help us put this on and do the flag ceremony. We are very excited to have Former Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley, as our guest speaker. Please let me know if you are interested in attending or helping out.

District Pinewood Derby is set for February 22nd at Munford Rec Center, located in the old high school gym. The cost is $5 per Cub Scout. See you there and good luck to everyone in building their cars, and remember it is all about having fun.

Round Table is set for this Thursday the 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Talladega Citizen's Hospital in the board room. Please come by if you can make it, we will have a lot to cover for the coming year. We will also offer any assistance for recharters that you may need.

Thank you everyone for all you do, and I look forward to a very exciting 2014!

Thank you,

Thomas Ritch
Cheaha District Executive
256-452-5135
tritch@1bsa.org

 
 
Hello Cherokee District!

I hope everyone has had a great New Year so far and are still going strong on your resolutions. 

The theme for this month is RECHARTERS!! They are due by the end of the month, please please please contact me at wmcintyr@1bsa.organd schedule a time for me to pick up completed packets from you. You can also drop them by the office. If you are having trouble or need help with your packet do not wait until it is too late! Contact me or Cyndi LaFond for help with recharters her email is jackets6912@yahoo.com

Cherokee District needs volunteers to serve as Unit Commissioners and District Committee Members. If you are interested in volunteering at this level please contact me. We have a variety of exciting positions that directly impact Scouting in Western Jefferson County as a whole.


UPCOMING EVENTS/IMPORTANT DATES:

DISTRICT CAMP-O-REE- 2/7-2/9 @ Tannehill State Park. 

SCOUTMASTER AND ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING- 2/15 @ Tannehill State Park. Please contact Michael Wells at miwells@bsamail.org to register or for more information.

ZOMBIE SURVIVAL COURSE- 2/21-2/23 @ Camp Sequoyah. Course covers orienteering, decision making, and basic Scout skills. Register online at 1bsa.org or contact Clay Pruitt at cpruitt@1bsa.org for more information.

INTRODUCTION to OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS)- 2/28-3/2 @ Camp Tekawitha in Springville. Find the flyer and online registration form at https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/22475479354968

SCOUT NIGHT at BARTOW ARENA- 3/2 @ 3:00PM at Bartow Arena. UAB will be hosting LA Tech. Tickets will be sold through the Council at HALF PRICE for all Scouts, Scout families, and friends. Tickets must be purchased through Heather Mayfield (205-969-4255) by Friday, February 14th in order to receive the special rate. After that tickets must be purchased at full price through the UAB Box Office.

UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING- 3/8 @ Jeff State Campus near Tarrant. 

DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY- 4/12 @ Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. 

CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP- 6/9-6/13, 5:30PM-9:00PM @ Tannehill State Park

 
 Scouts and Scouters,

I hope everyone's year is starting off well. We're getting the ball rolling here in the Choccolocco District.

This Thursday will be our 2014 District Banquet. It will be held at the LDS Church in Saks and it will be potluck, so bring something tasty. I hope to see everyone there are we celebrate our District Award of Merit recipient and all the hard work that went into making 2013 a great year of Scouting in Calhoun and Cleburne Counties. The banquet will start at 6 p.m. 

The 2014 JSU Merit Badge Fair is this weekend. It's too late for online registration but it's not too late to participate. Just show up for registration, which starts at 7 a.m. Everyone should take advantage of this great advancement opportunity. It's a top notch merit badge fair, and it wouldn't happen without the hard work of Danette Sweet, so thank you so much Danette. Hope to see you all there. 

Our Webelos Pin Fair will also be at JSU and it will be taking place onFebruary 22

Our Friday Night Thunder Pinewood Derby will be February 28 at the Quintard Mall, so I hope those cars are getting built and fine-tuned for the big race under the lights. Registration and weigh-in will begin at 5 p.m. and racing will start at 6. 


Yours in Scouting,


Jacob Probus
District Executive


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Upcoming District Events:

Jan. 23 - Choccolocco District Banquet

Jan. 25 - Merit Badge Fair, JSU

Feb. 22 - JSU Webelos Pin Fair

Feb. 28 - Friday Night Thunder Pinewood Derby

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If you have any questions or concerns please contact:


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

 
 

VACANT POSITIONS IN DISTRICT:

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

FINANCE COMMITTEE

ACTIVITIES CHAIR

ADVANCEMENT CHAIR

STEM COMMITTEE CHAIR

Fort Payne Day Camp: NEED HELP HAVE NO ONE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP JENNY HAIRRELL, PLEASE IF YOU CAN HELP CONTACT HER TODAY at 256-572-8155.

PINEWOOD DERBY WORKSHOP AT LOWE'S FEBRUARY 15th
10 a.m. Bring your own tools.

DISTRICT BANQUET:
FEBRUARY 11th 2014 6 p.m. WESTERN SIZZLIN FORT PAYNE


DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING: 6 p.m. COLLINSVILLE LIBRARY. WE WILL HAVE FAMILY FOS TRAINING, please send the person who will be presenting at your Blue and Gold's and Court of Honor Banquets. We are doing something different this year, we are training one or two people from each district, this helps us so if I cannot get to every one of your events, you will have a trained leader who can do the presentation.

MESSAGE FROM JENN NEWTON:

Many thanks to everyone who came out Sunday for our very first Day Camp Meeting!!! We got a LOT done and we are SOOOO Looking forward to the event!!!
Mark your calendars for the first week in June... We'll be needing help from adult volunteers and Boy Scouts. We want our Cubs to have a great time with the Mad Scientist Theme!!

Jenn N.

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SCOUT FEST NOV 7-9 2014 DECATUR, ALABAMA Point Mallard Park
AN ADVENTURE BY THE RIVER


WE NEED SCOUTS FOR THE FOLLOWING CUB Scouts and Boy Scouts
March 6th 2014 Fort Payne United Methodist Church 
Siran Stacy KeyNote Speaker 
Honoring Bill Shugart and Layman Hughes
6 p.m.

NEED SCOUTS
MARCH 18th 7:45 a.m. Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
Martin Newton Keynote Speaker Athletic Director of Samford University

NEED SCOUTS:
APRIL 16th 11 a.m. PITTMAN THEATRE
Gadsden Key Note Speaker
Coach GENE STALLINGS
Honorees: Mr. Fred Sington, Mr. Ronnie Watkins (Ronnie Watkins Ford)

ALL SCOUTS WILL HAVE EXSCUSE LETTER FOR SCHOOL.

PLEASE IF YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR RECHARTER GET TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, let's go ahead and get these in!!


Thank You All for a great year in Scouting!!
Jessica Millican
205-902-1577
jmillica@1bsa.org

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SHELBY


● The SHELBY DISTRICT MERIT BADGE DAY will be held onSaturday, January 25, 2014. The Shelby Merit Badge Day class list will be posted and registration will open soon. Check www.meritbadge.infofor updates

For additional information, please contact George Smartgmsmart@bellsouth.net or Randy Thomas, thomasr@bellsouth.net 
.
• **FAMILY FRIENDS OF SCOUTING: Leaders please contact Larry Walck, our 2014 Family Friends of Scouting Chairman, in order to schedule a Family FOS Presentation. Larry Walck,larry.a.walck@gmail.com or Cell 205-532-1568. Thank you for your help! Troops, remember that a Family FOS presentation will help lower the cost of summer camp for 2014. Sign-up early! Holiday gatherings are another great place to have an FOS presentation!

•There will be a Wilderness First Aid class January 11th and 12th at Riverchase United Methodist Church. Please contact Angie Pettigrew for more information. E-mail address: angiep@uab.edu orpettigrewangie@gmail.com Cell phone: 205-999-1085

• All NEW YOUTH APPLICATIONS need to be turned in from SCHOOL NIGHT FOR SCOUTING (SNFS) and any additional recruitment!!! Please drop off all unregistered youth application to the Greater Alabama Council office or send to tgregson@1bsa.org

 

 
 
 
I hope everyone had a great weekend and is looking forward to a great year of scouting! The District Leader Banquet was a success. If you were unable to attend, we hope you will make it out next year. Also, any awards not picked up at the banquet are being held in the Scout Office. We will also bring them to the February Roundtable.

Below are a few dates you should keep in mind for the upcoming months. First, ScoutReach Cultural Day is fast approaching. Pre-registration is open until January 31st at 5:00 pm. Please try to register early if you plan to attend the event. We have a lot of fun activities planned for the day. Attached, you will find the leaders packet wit details about the activities and more. If anyone has any questions or concerns, you can contact Deborah Stuessy at (256) 874-6061 or sstuessy@bellsouth.net. CLICK HERE

Some dates to remember:

January 11th
Event: District Leader Banquet
Where: Holy Spirit Church
Point of Contact: Dianna O’Dell; (256) 656-1271talakto_communications@yahoo.com

January 30th
Event: District Committee and Commissioner Meeting
Where: Lockheed Martin – Bradford Location
Time: 6:00 p.m.

February 1st
Event: Pinewood Derby Workshop
Event Type: Cub Scout
Where: Scout Shop
Point of Contact: Reed Carpenter; rpcarpe@yahoo.com

February 6th
Event: Roundtable
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church
Tims: 7:00 p.m.

February 8th
Event: Cultural Day
Event Type: Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venture
Where: A&M
Point of Contact: Deborah Stuessy; (256) 874-6061sstuessy@bellsouth.net

Event: Pinewood Derby Workshop
Event Type: Cub Scout
Where: Scout Shop
Point of Contact: Reed Carpenter; rpcarpe@yahoo.com

March 8th
Event: Pinewood Derby Workshop (Pre-weight check for District)
Event Type: Cub Scout
Where: Scout Shop
Point of Contact: Reed Carpenter; rpcarpe@yahoo.com

Event: University of Scouting – SAVE THE DATE
Event Type: Training

March 14th
Event: Whitney M. Young Banquet
Where: Marriott

March 15th
Event: District Pinewood Derby
Event Type: Cub Scout
Where: Madison Square Mall
Point of Contact: Shanna Wanca

If anyone has any questions or concerns, you can contact Anna Shavers at (256) 508-5623 or anshaver@1bsa.org.

 

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


District Website: 
threerivers1bsa.org

***NEW THREE RIVERS NEWSLETTER: 

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.

Commisioner training in November.  Possibly the 16th or 17th.  Details to follow.


THINGS HAPPENING IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS

For a full list of things happening in the Three Rivers District, please see the Calendar of Events on the district website at 
threerivers1bsa.org


February 1, 2014 – Three Rivers Merit Badge Day at Jefferson State Community College, Carson Road Campus.  Sign in begins at 8:00 am. For more information including catalog and registration visit the Three Rivers Website at threerivers1bsa.org

February 1, 2014 – OA Hawk Day at Camp Tranquility in Oak Mountain State Park between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.  For more information, please check the Coosa50.org website.

February 4, 2014 – Scouting Report to the State – Montgomery, AL.  For more information, see the GAC Website

February 6, 2014 – Roundtable at Jeff State Community College.  Cub Scout Leader Training at February and March Roundtable (you must attend BOTH sessions).  Please come and bring someone new from your unit.

February 14-17 – NYLT (second Session) at Camp Comer

February 20, 2014 – Three Rivers District Committee Meeting at Jeff State Community College

February 21-23, 2014 – Zombie Survival Pilot Course at Camp Sequoyah.  For more information, see visit 1bsa.org. 

February 24, 2014 – Eastern Area Mayors Breakfast at Trussville Civic Center at 7:00 am.  Honoree is State Representative Arthur Payne and Guest Speaker is former Astronaut Larry Delucas.  Please contact Courtney Dollar @ cdollar@trussville.com or Melissa Jones at melissa.jones@bryantbank.com for information.

February 28-March 2, 2014 – Three Rivers Camporee at Camp Sumitanga.  For more information and leaders guide, please visit the Three Rivers website at threerivers1bsa.org or contact Kip Brannon at teambuildrr@aol.com or Dennis Antkowiak at dmantkowiak@gmail.com.

March 4, 2014 – Pell City Mayors Breakfast at Pell City Civic Center at 7:00 am.  For more information, please contact me at joelliott@1bsa.org

March 6, 2014 – American Values Luncheon featuring University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban at BJCC.  Please contact me at joelliott@1bsa.org

March 6, 2014 – Three Rivers Roundtable at Jeff State Community College at 7:00 pm.  Cub Scout Leader Training - Session 2 (must attend both sessions at February and March Roundtables)


 
ALL DISTRICT ORDER OF THE ARROW MEMBERS
If you have the WHITE SASH with the RED ARROW, you need to attend the next meeting of the Nunne Hi Chapter, Thursday, January 30th, at 6:30PM at the Troop 21 Scout House, Bluff Park United Methodist Church. Vulcan District needs your service. You were elected not only for what you have done, but for what you can do. The Vulcan District Chapter, NUNNE HI (VULCAN) CHAPTER, needs all arrowmen to be active and attend. You should be active in the direction of the district, working to make Vulcan District be the best.
We need all arrowmen to attend
Vulcan OA is on Facebook - “Nunne-Hi Chapter of the Coosa Lodge”
Both former and current arrowmen of any lodge are invited to attend.
For Information, contact David Gunn, 205-410-6706.

VULCAN DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
We are looking for individuals to join in the growth of Vulcan District. The Membership Committee is meeting next Tuesday, January 28th, at6:30pm at the Scout Office. This is a critical need in our district, and we need active volunteers to help. If you are interested, please contact Joe Swaika, Vulcan District Membership Chair, at jswaika@yahoo.com,205-213-0774.

1ST ANNUAL SCOUT STRONG RUN
1st Annual Scout Strong 10k/5k/1 Mile Fun Run, promoting Physical Fitness and Outdoor Awareness in the youth we serve, their families, and their communities. Come join us on February 8, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.for the 1st Annual Scout Strong Running event at the beautiful 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 race day at Camp Sequoyah from 6:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.
Chip timing for the 10k and 5k races-Unique metal trophies for the top three male and female overall winners in each race-Medals given in 5 year age divisions for the 10k and 5k races-Finishers medals for the 1 Mile Fun Run participants. To get the registration form, CLICK HERE.

RECHARTER!!
All ReCharter Paperwork is DUE at the Council Office ASAP. No unit should be late. Every unit should have received their Packet and completed training, if not, Contact your District Executive Michael Wells, miwells@1bsa.org. It is critical that every unit have a representative present to pick up the packet, and review the changes for 2014.

SCOUTING REPORT TO THE STATE
February 4, 2014 in Montgomery, AL Scouts and adults may visit their legislators in their offices then present the colors in the House. A special luncheon honoring the legislature will follow. Space is limited. For information and to register, go to https://1bsa.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/file/2014%20Scout%20Day.pdf.

DAVID DOWD HIGH ADVENTURE FUND
Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2014, for the David Dowd III High Adventure Fund. The goal is to financially assist Boy Scouts from troops within the Birmingham Metropolitan Area to enable these scouts to have an opportunity to experience the multiple benefits of high adventure scouting at any Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) high adventure program.
To get the information and a copy of the application, go to:http://www.vulcandistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/DDDIII-Fund-Application-2014.pdf

VULCAN DISTRICT PARENT’S AND LEADER’S NIGHT (ROUNDTABLE)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY, 6, Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, 
Roundtable is for all adults. This is the place to be to find out what is happening, and receive training opportunities.

GREAT DAY OF VULCAN SERVICE
On Saturday, January 4th we had over 150 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ventures, Scouters, Parents and other Adults turn out for the Vulcan District Service Project. We cleared and cleaned up a large stretch along the Lakeshore Trail (Greenway Walking Trail). The hours of service helped all scouts meet requirements for the Leave No Trace Award, and Boy Scouts to fulfill several rank and various merit badge awards. Boy Scouts and Ventures could also use the hours of service to meet the 50 Miler Award. Thank you to Bill Cather for Planning and coordinating this annual service day for the last four years. Put it in your calendar for Saturday, January 3, 2015!!!

VULCAN DISTRICT ADULT LEADER RECOGNITION BANQUET
Units, make your plans now to attend the 2014 Vulcan District Adult Leader Recognition Banquet on Thursday, January 23, 2014, 7pm. This is a great way to provide recognition to your unit leaders and encourage them in the Race to Excellence for the sake of the boys in our program. This year, our banquet will be hosted by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, so click here to get more information and register: http://www.vulcandistrict.com/leader-recognition-banquet/

VULCAN DISTRICT CAMPOREE
Vulcan District Camporee will be February 14-16, Tannehill State Park. More information coming at Roundtable. Every Troop should plan on attending, Leader Specific Training to be offered Saturday, Youth Protection Training for all Adults Available Saturday Afternoon. Troops need to contact Webelos and invite them to join them for the overnighter at the Camporee. http://www.vulcandistrict.com/camporee/

BOY SCOUT ADULT LEADER TRAINING
The next SMLST – Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training Class for the Vulcan District will be offered Saturday, February 15th, at Tannehill State Park, in conjunction with the Vulcan District Camporee.

The next IOLS – Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, will be February 28-March 2 at Camp Tekawitha. 

For more information and to register, go to:http://www.vulcandistrict.com/boy-scout-leader-training/

FAMILY FRIENDS OF SCOUTING
Leaders please contact Lisa Sullivan in order to schedule a Family FOS Presentation at your Blue & Gold or Court of Honor. Lisa Sullivan,mulberryscouter@yahoo.com. Thank you for your help! Troops, remember that a Family FOS presentation will help lower the cost of summer camp for 2014. Sign-up early! Holiday gatherings are another great place to have an FOS presentation!

NEW VULCAN DISTRICT WEB PAGE LAUNCHED!!!
http://www.vulcandistrict.com/.
Visit the Vulcan Website, take time to see all the information. We are working to continuously update information on the Vulcan District Website. Click on “Email Us” to give us feedback. Check back periodically as we work to improve our communication avenues.

A WEALTH OF RESOURCES
www.scouting.org is a great resource with a large amount of information, some specific areas include training information athttp://www.scouting.org/training/adult.aspx, Journey to Excellencehttp://www.scouting.org/jte.aspx, a library of forms athttp://www.scouting.org/forms.aspx, recruiting and membership resources at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Membership.aspx, and marketing your programs at 
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing.aspx.
Take some time to set up an account, and explore all the support that is out there.

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.

2014 JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE (JTE)
This is a great tool to use in planning the year and to support your unit’s development. Use this to evaluate your program, and identify opportunities for improvement. The new 2014 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, including a spreadsheet to help you work on your scores and planning. For the latest information and tools, go towww.scouting.org/jte

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.

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 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 2014 Wood Badge course for the Greater Alabama Council is this Spring. It will be held March 14-16 at Camp Comer and April 13-15 at Camp Westmoreland. This is a FridaySaturdaySunday Course. To register, or to get more information on this course, go tohttps://1bsa.org/wood-badge-registration.php. For more information on Wood Badge, visit www.woodbadgealabama.com.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES
January 18-20, 2014 & February 14-17, 2014 – NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING – WINTER COURSE – Camp Comer. For more information, see the council website 1bsa.org.

The SHELBY DISTRICT MERIT BADGE DAY will be held onSaturday, January 25, 2014. The Shelby Merit Badge Day class list will be posted and registration will open soon. Check www.meritbadge.infofor updates.

February 1, 2014 – THREE RIVERS MERIT BADGE DAY at Jefferson State Community College, Carson Road Campus. Sign in begins at8:00 am. For more information including catalog and registration form go to the Three Rivers Website at: http://threerivers.1bsa.org/.

UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING, Saturday, March 8, Jeff State. Check the Council Website for more information. www.1bsa.org.

April 25-27, 2014 & May 2-4, 2014 – CUB ADVENTURE WEEKENDS at Camp Comer. For more information, https://1bsa.org/article.php?cn=910&account=


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

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

For our Cub Packs the annual Pinewood Derby will be March 8, at First United Methodist Church in Florence. Registration will start at 8:30AM. Here are the details of District Pinewood Derby. Click Here

If your unit has an upcoming Blue and Gold Banquet or a Court of Honor please let me know, I would like to opportunity to attend and to talk to the parents about financial giving to Scouting. 

If you are looking for help with building your Pinewood Derby Cars our local Lowe's stores offer a Saturday class to help with the project. Please call the stores for more informations. Also the Scout Shop in Huntsville is offering classes to help with the cars as well. Their dates are: 1 Feb 10am-4pm and 15 Feb 10am-4pm

If you need any help with re-charters please let me or our District Commissioner Karl Hall know. We are willing to help out in any way we can! Thank you to the units that have already turned their packets in!

Congratulations go out to out to our newest Eagle Scout for 2014, Jay Luna of Troop 284 in Florence. Congratulations Jay!

Here is the latest Westmoreland District Calendar : Click Here

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 theMonday night prior to Roundtable. The Schedule will
be sent to each Scout, his Scoutmaster, the D.E., Roundtable Chair and Eagle Board.

Helpful Eagle Links: 
Lowes National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant
https://1bsa.org/article.php?cn=830&account=

Westmoreland Eagle Board Guidelines
http://westmoreland.1bsa.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/file/Forms/WestmorelandDistrictEagleBoardRequirements.pdf

Sample Reference Letter
http://westmoreland.1bsa.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/file/Forms/Eagle_Reference_Letter%20-%20GAC.PDF

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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