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    Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America


 
 
Feb. 3, 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
 

Staff interviews for Comer Scout Reservation will be held Saturday February 22nd from 10:00 - 4:00 at both the Birmingham and Huntsville Scout Offices. Scouts who are interested in interviewing must be First Class and at least 14 by the start of camp. For more information contact Seth Hill at phillip.seth.hill@gmail.com

 

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

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


 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, 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:

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

 

BALOO
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Shades Valley Lutheran Church 9:00-5:00
720 Shades Creek Parkway
BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It introduces Cub Scout leaders to pack overnight camping. Whether you’re an experienced camper or an outdoor novice, BALOO has something to offer you! 
Packs may hold overnight campouts, but at least one adult leading the outing must be BALOO trained. (Guide to Safe Scouting). You do NOT have to be a registered leader to attend… just interested in giving your Cub Scouts a great campout experience. Come learn better ways to prepare for a fun and safe outing that everyone (including YOU) will enjoy! For more information CLICK HERE

 

University of Scouting!

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Jefferson State Community College
2601 Carson Road
Birmingham, AL 

COST: $15.00 until February 21st, 2014; $20.00 after February 21st 

Lunch may be purchased for $6.00 as part of the registration process until February 21st

Here is what you need:

The 2014 GAC UoS Catalog has all the information about classes, degree requirements, and all degree applications you will need. CLICK HERE 

A GAC UoS 2014 Paper Registration Form (For use only if you are unable to register on-line)

A color map of Jefferson State Community College campus. (Please print and bring a color copy of the map. If you don't print and bring your own copy, we will provide a color copy at registration for $1.00 to defer the printing cost.)

SPECIAL GUEST COMING TO 2014 U.O.S. - Click Here For More Info!!!

On-line registration tips:
1. A primary and alternate selection must be made for all six periods before you may proceed to the next step of the registration process. Selections may be classes, free period or (third and/or fourth period) lunch.

2. When a class is selected, you must indicate if you are attending the class as a student or as an instructor.

3. To order lunch, be sure to check the box to order and one of the circles to select your meal.

4. A credit card (MasterCard/Visa/Discover) will be required to complete the registration.

5. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration.


PROCEED TO ON-LINE REGISTRATION
 


 CUB SCOUTS

 


Cub Adventure Weekend!!!
Camp with your family at Camp Comer. We have exciting activities for ALL Cub Scouts, as well as the entire family. Your favorite activities are back and we have added slingshots to the fun, with a Galactic, Space adventure theme. Sign up now so you don’t miss out on the fun! There will be an additional $25.00 late fee if registration is received less than one week prior to session date. Check in time starts Friday at 4:00 p.m.Check out is 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

The cost is $60.00 per Cub and Partner, $80.00 for 2 Cubs and Partner and additional family members are $25.00 each. (Children 5 and under are free). Deadline is one week from date of each session. Patch for the Cub is included in the fee. For information contact Clay Pruitt at 1-205-970-0251 (x4254) or cpruitt@1bsa.org. Handicap accessible campsites are available for any families with special needs. T-shirts will be available by pre-ordering or on site in the Trading Post for an additional fee. $10.00 for YS-AXL and $15.00 for 2X and 3X.

Dinner Friday night is at 6:00 p.m., Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served on Saturday, as well as Breakfast on Sunday. Campers with special dietary restrictions need to contact the Council Service Center prior to attending for assistance.

Sleeping Accommodations - Camp Comer has two man tents and four man Adirondacks. Due to the number of participants, we cannot reserve campsites and we have to save the Adirondacks for families of 3 or more on a first come first serve basis. We ask that any groups with four use the Adirondacks. There will be room for families that wish to bring their own tents.

Click here to register online

or

Download a paper copy here.

Cub Adventure Weekend Staff Needed!!

If you would like to serve on staff at Cub Adventure please fill out the attached paper copy here and email to Jenny Hairell atbandjhairrell@gmail.com. We greatly need your help. Thanks for your consideration. Click Here

 


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)

 

 

Philmont 2015 Council Contigent!!

I am pleased to confirm that Greater Alabama Council has been assigned the following allocation for our 2015 Council Contingent:

The contingent is limited to 45 youth and 15 adults. 

Anticipated Itinerary: 

Saturday, 13 June 2015: Depart from Birmingham by bus (approx 7 PM)

Monday, 15 June: Arrive at Philmont-Saturday, 28 June: Depart Philmont, 

Sunday, 29 June: Bus returns to Birmingham

Estimated Cost: $1,400 includes transportation, lodging, all meals, and Philmont fees. (Note: Transportation costs are based on filling the bus and are subject to change. The final cost will be determined as soon as firm transportation costs are established.)

Contingent applications will be processed beginning Monday, March 24th. A deposit of $ 150 is required with the application. Additional payments will be due on September 1st, 2014 and February 1st, 2015.

Youth must be 14 (or 13 and completed eighth grade) as of 15 June 2015

All participants must meet the height/weight standards and Philmont specific requirements of Part D of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Form.

Waite Phillips scholarships may be available for 2015. We will be notified prior to fall of 2014 if any funds will be
available for use by council contingents if a financial need is present. 

Click here to download the application for the Philmont 2015 Council Contingent. 

You can mail the application on the address on the application or email at cpruitt@1bsa.org

If you have any questions regarding the Council Contingent please contact Clay Pruitt at 205-970-0251 or cpruitt@1bsa.org.

 

 

 

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. 

 

Venturing/Exploring

What: Venturing Officers Association Meeting


When: Sunday, Feb. 16th

Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Cullman Museum 

This meeting is for all Venturers who are Presidents of their Crew to hear the latest information about Venturing opportunities and to place input in Council Venturing Opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Dewberry at dewberry9@gmail.com

 

 

District News 

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

 
 
 
**UPCOMING EVENTS**

Coosa Lodge

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb 7-9: Ceremonies Retreat at Camp Westmoreland -- Interested 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. Visit 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. Visit coosa50.org/pow-wow for 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 latest 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

ARROWHEAD

Recharters Due

Recharters were due for Units in Morgan and Limestone counties on December 31, 2013. Recharters were due for Units in Cullman county on January 31, 2014. 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. Please help us by completing your Recharters as soon as possible. 

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 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. 

Day Camp Committee Meeting

The Arrowhead Day Camp Committee will be meeting prior to Roundtable at 6 PM on February 6th. Roundtable is at St. Andrew Presb., 3310 Daneville Rd SW, Decatur, AL. 

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

February 6, 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. 


February 6, 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 on February 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 on
Tuesday, 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.

2014 Birmingham District Banquet

Mark your calendars for Birmingham District Banquet Thursday, on April 3, 2014 at 6th Avenue Baptist Church-6:30 (Registration forms and details to come!!!)


Birmingham District Pinewood Derby 
Date has change to: March 15, 2014
Location: South Hampton Elementary School
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 Globetrotters 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 


Program Preview Conference

Thursday, May 1, 2014

 6:30pm

 6th Avenue Baptist Church    

 

Get prepared for the 2014-2015 program and plan your Scouting year in the process. The Birmingham Program Preview meeting is for all Scout Leaders or parents in packs, troops, and crews. There you will get the council and district dates for 2014-2015.

 

 

Birmingham District Day Camp

June 2-6

9:00am -4:00pm

At Ruffner Mountain (1214 81st Street South Birmingham, AL 35206)

 

We need volunteers to help at day camp. For more information on Birmingham Day Camp or planning meetings  please contact Mrs. Deborah Hudson at dhudson4028@bellsouth.net


TRAINING 

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

Please mark your calendars 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,

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 Seqouyah is filled now. So if you have signed up for this event we look forward to seeing you there.

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 13th 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.

Also there will be a training opportunity with Vulcan District, it is as follows: Vulcan District is hosting an SMLST, Saturday, February 15, 8 to 3, at our District Camporee at Tannehill, and an IOLS course the weekend of February 28-March 2, at Camp Tekawitha. Both of these are prior to the Spring Woodbadge Class. Registration Deadline for SMLST is this Saturday, February 8. The information is in the Digital Eagle, and registration can be done online or a registration form can be printed at http://www.vulcandistrict.com/boy-scout-leader-training/

We will also be looking to create a new spring event for our spring recruiting purposes, pleas stay tuned for info on that.

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 is safe and warm after last week's storm! 

Thank you to those units who have completed and turned in your recharter packets. RECHARTERS ARE NOW PAST DUE. Please contact me at wmcintyr@1bsa.org and 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, just let me know and I would be happy to help. 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.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with Day Camp this year. See below for dates and times. If you are interested, please contact Paula Tucker at ptucker322@gmail.com


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. 

CUB SCOUT SHOOTING SPORTS TRAINING- 4/12, 9am-5pm @ Camp Sequoyah. Contact Mike Read for more information atalmiker55@yahoo.com

DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY- 4/12 @ Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Registration starts at 8:00am. Races start at 9:00am. Cost is $5 per car. Official Rules can be found athttps://1bsa.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/file/2013%Pinewood%20Derby%20Rules.pdf


CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP- 6/9-6/13, 3:00PM-8:00PM @ Tannehill State Park Click Here

 
 Scouts and Scouters,


Well it looks like we all survived the Great Snowstorm of '14. I hope everyone got through it all unscathed and with minimal suffering. I also hope everyone got a chance to play in the snow. I did some serious sledding with my little boy. 

Congratulations to Angel Athey for being honored with the District Award of Merit. It's well deserved. Angel works very hard on behalf of Scouting locally, spear-heading Cub Haunted with last year's recipient, Miranda-Harmon Sparks, and heading up our district pinewood derby. Thank you Angel for all you do, and congratulations. 

The 2014 JSU Merit Badge Fair went off without a hitch. Thanks to everyone who participated and especially everyone who helped put it on. 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. 

Our Webelos Pin Fair at JSU has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict with the university. More info will be posted as soon as it's available.

I hope you're all getting ready for Friday Night Thunder. The Choccolocco District 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:

Feb. 6 - Roundtable, LDS Church Saks, 6 p.m.

Feb. 20 - District Committee Meeting, LDS Church Saks, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 28 - Friday Night Thunder Pinewood Derby

March 8 - University of Scouting at Jeff State

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If you have any questions or concerns please contact:


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

 

District Chairman Mal Street presents the District Award of Merit to Angel Athey at the 2014 Choccolocco District Banquet.


 
 

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
6 p.m. Working on the cost at this time per individual at this time. 

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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:
Tuesday, APRIL 15th 11 a.m. PITTMAN THEATRE
Gadsden Key Note Speaker
Coach GENE STALLINGS
Honorees: Mr. Fred Sington Jr., 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!!
RECHARTERS THAT ARE OUT NOW ARE DUE FEB 28th WE NEED TO GET THESE IN SO IF THERE ARE ANY DEFECTIVES WE CAN GET THEM CORRECTED BEFORE FEB 28TH!!
ALSO I NEED YOUR JTE SCORES, BRONZE SILVER GOLD OR NO SCORE. IF YOU NEED A SHEET TO DO THIS LET ME KNOW.

SUMMER CAMP IS FILLING UP FAST, THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY SIGNED UP!!!

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

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Hello Everyone, 

My name is Curtis Hunt and I will be filling in until we hire a new District Executive in Mountain Lake. If you have questions please contact me at 256-361-7303(cp) or chunt@1bsa.org


If you have any recharter questions or concerns please contact me or Charlie Grider at 256-609-1685 or eaglescout1983@yahoo.com


Thank you for all you do in Scouting, 

Curtis Hunt
District Director
256-361-7303(cp)
chunt@1bsa.org
 
Spring Camporee - We are trying to organize the camporee.  The Mountain Lake Camping Committee needs your help.  Right now it is May 2 - 4 at Camp Jackson.  Theme will be Wilderness Survival.  We are looking for volunteers to help plan this camporee.  Please e-mail Steven Harnden at sharnden5452@charter.net or Mike Lewis at mysonisascout@yahoo.com if you can help or have suggestions.
 
Troop 18 turns 100 years old this year and we are celebrating on Scout Sunday.  All are invited to come to the celebration on February 9 at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church.  See attached flyer. 

 
 

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 
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• **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

 

 
 
 
Happy beginning of February! As a reminder if you were unable to attend the District Award Banquet, we have awards in the Scout Office. Also, any awards not picked up by February 6th will be brought to Roundtable.

We want to congratulate the District Award Merit recipients. In the attached photograph (from left to right): Charles Roberts, April Hall, Michelle Roberts, and Lt. Jeffrey Rice. They go above and beyond to help the Talakto District and scouting and we thank them for all they do. Congratulations again guys! 


Recharter time is coming to a close very soon. For those units who have completed their recharters, thank you! The due date to have your charter turned into the office is February 14th at 5:00 pm. For those units who still have charters, if you need any help or guidance please feel free to contact Anna or Curtis at the Scout Office. We are here to help you guys!

As always, there are a few dates you should keep in mind for the upcoming months. Again, ScoutReach Cultural Day is fast approaching. Pre-registration closed January 31st at 5:00 pm. However, you can still register with a small late fee. Please try to register as soon as possible if you plan to attend the event. We have a lot of fun activities planned for the day. If anyone has any questions or concerns, you can contact Deborah Stuessy at (256) 874-6061 orsstuessy@bellsouth.net. Also, you will find the Cultural Day Leaders packet attached here.

Some dates to remember:

February 6th
Event: Roundtable
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church
Time: 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 1st
Event: District Training Workshop
Where: TBA
Point of Contact: Jimmy Sneddon; jimmy@sneddon5.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
Speaker will be Four Star General Dennis Via

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: 
Thank you all for making the Three Rivers Merit Badge Day a huge success! I appreciate everyone helping and making this a great opportunity for scouts to earn a couple of merit badges. Special thank you to Jon Ryan for heading this up. It keeps growing and we continue to have scouts from different districts and Councils. There were so many involved that I can’t list them all here, just know that it was greatly appreciated. THANK YOU!

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 atthreerivers1bsa.org (no dot in between threerivers and 1bsa).

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. The Cub Scout Leader Training starts at 6:00 pm.

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 at Camp Sequoyah. It is full. Taking no more reservations. 

February 24, 2014 – Eastern Area Mayors Breakfast at Trussville Civic Center at 7:30 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 atmelissa.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 atteambuildrr@aol.com or Dennis Antkowiak atdmantkowiak@gmail.com

March 4, 2014 – Pell City Mayors Breakfast at Pell City Civic Center at7:30 am. Honoree is Elmer Harris and Guest Speaker is Scott Meyers from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Please contact me atjoelliott@1bsa.org

March 6, 2014 – American Values Luncheon featuring University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban at BJCC. Please contact me for table information 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)


 
VISIT WWW.VULCANDISTRICT.COM FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.

New Annual Health & Medical Form
A new form was released last fall, and must be used for all activities beginning in 2014.
https://1bsa.org/article.php?cn=865&account=

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.

VULCAN DISTRICT ROUNDTABLE
ALL PARENT’S AND LEADER’S ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY, 6, 6:30 pm. 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.

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/

BALOO
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Shades Valley Lutheran Church 9:00-5:00
720 Shades Creek Parkway
BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It introduces Cub Scout leaders to pack overnight camping. Whether you’re an experienced camper or an outdoor novice, BALOO has something to offer you! 
Packs may hold overnight campouts, but at least one adult leading the outing must be BALOO trained. (Guide to Safe Scouting). You do NOT have to be a registered leader to attend… just interested in giving your Cub Scouts a great campout experience. Come learn better ways to prepare for a fun and safe outing that everyone (including YOU) will enjoy! For more information CLICK HERE

UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING
Registration is open for the University of Scouting. For more information, and to learn about a Special Guest Presenter, go to 
https://1bsa.org/university-of-scouting.php

VULCAN DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Due to the weather, the meeting will be next Tuesday, February 11, 6:30pm, at the Scout Office. We are looking for individuals to join in the growth of Vulcan District. 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, atjswaika@yahoo.com,205-213-0774.

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.

VULCAN DISTRICT COMMITTEE WILL MEET AT CAMPOREE
The February District Committee Meeting will be held at the Vulcan District Camporee, starting at 11:30 am, Saturday, February 15.

DAVID DOWD HIGH ADVENTURE FUND
Applications will be accepted until February 14, 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

CUB ADVENTURE WEEKEND
Camp with your family at Camp Comer. We have exciting activities for ALL Cub Scouts, as well as the entire family. Your favorite activities are back and we have added slingshots to the fun, with a Galactic, Space adventure theme. Sign up now so you don’t miss out on the fun! There will be an additional $25.00 late fee if registration is received less than one week prior to session date. Check in time starts Friday at 4:00 p.m.Check out is 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
https://1bsa.org/article.php?cn=910&account=

SCOUT CARDS
The Scout Card initiative is designed by the Greater Alabama Council to help Scouts earn their way to summer camp, day camp, Winter Blast, Webelos Resident Camp or to provide funds for other unit expenses. Scout Cards are a great value for anyone who purchases one. The card's discounts more than pay for itself for the buyer in just a few short uses. More information will be posted on the website soon. Each unit should identify a Unit Coordinator.

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!

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), or a registered Venturer and want a great summer experience, fill out and return the camp staff application. CLICK HERE

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

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.

VULCAN CHAPTER OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW 
The Nunne-Hi meeting is set for the last Thursday of the Month ..February 27.....It will start at 6:30 PM at the Troop 21 Hut located at 2222 Savoy Street, 35226...in Hoover. 

Since the Chapter (the Nunne-Hi Chapter represents the Vulcan District) hasn't got a working budget due to low attendance, those attending the Feb 27th meeting should bring $2.00 cash to to help out with the refreshments we will have on hand. Distinctive, blue, Nunne-Hi Chapter pocket flaps will be available for $5.00 also.

Since your Troop will need an annual OA election this year, please plan on being there, or have your representative there, at the meeting so we can determine who will assist with the elections at troops other than your own. 
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.

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.

CAMP JACKSON BIKE PUMP TRACK - Learn more about this new program feature at Camp Jackson. Visit the General Scouting section at the top of the Digital Eagle for more Information.

NYLT
NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.
https://1bsa.org/nylt.php

Lowe’s Eagle Grants
The Greater Alabama Council is the recipient of a grant of 50 $100.00 prepaid Discover gift cards provided by Lowe's to be used towards Eagle Scout Service Projects. Cards must be used only to purchase building materials and equipment for the project. This program is in lieu of Scouts soliciting local Lowe’s stores for donations. 
https://1bsa.org/article.php?cn=830&account=

VULCAN DISTRICT RECONGIZES ADULT VOLUNTEERS
On January 23, 2014, approximately 100 Scouters from the Vulcan District gathered at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church to celebrate the leadership and contributions of their adult leaders at the annual adult volunteer awards dinner. The Race to Excellence themed event recognized adult leaders who provide the oversight and safety net that help the boys execute the BSA program in this youth-driven program. The meal for the evening event was provided by the Fish Market Restaurant. Attendees had an opportunity to win door prizes provided by Mountain High Outfitters, Barber Motorsports Park, and the District that included a number of useful camping and hiking items both individually and for groups. The members of the Order of the Arrow (Coosa Lodge) Nunne-Hi Chapter served as volunteers for the event as well as Troop 4 youth members who both aided the event and provided the color guard for the ceremonies. 

“It’s a great evening to honor the adults who are the advisors, counselors, go camping and really just are the go to adults for the youth involved in the scouting program,” according to David Keith, District Vice-Chairman and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, “ the strength of the scouting program is in the youth leadership and the committed adult involvement. Tonight is the district’s opportunity to tell them thank you on behalf of the scouts they work with.”

Individual Award honorees included: 

Vulcan Award: Dean Snow
District Award of Merit: Katy Anderson, Mike Anderton, Kimberly Cook
Cub Scout Leader and Scouter’s’ Training Award: Shawn Wright, Hunter Picket, Edward Simms, Jr. 
Cubmaster’s Key: Edward Simms, Jr.
Scouter’s Training Award: David Weaver, Thomas LaVine, Thomas Latrell, James Williams, J.M. Hart, Linda Griggs, Alan Davis, W. Odom, Jr.
Scoutmaster’s Key: Allen Powell
Venturing Training Award: Kelly Burns, David Dowd
Venturing Advisor Award of Merit*: David Dowd 
Unit Leader Award of Merit: Edward Simms, Jr.
District Committee Training Award: Don Russell, Joe Swaika 
District Committee Key: Hunter Pickett 
Unit Leader Award of Merit: Edward Simms, Jr
District Committee Training Award: Don Russell, Joe Swaika 
District Committee Key: Hunter Pickett 

*Believed to be the first in Greater Alabama Council

Additional information on unit award honorees and about the evening itself can be found at http://www.vulcandistrict.com . 

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

Our Monthly Westmoreland District Roundtable will be this Thursday, February 6, 6:30PM at Florence Boulevard Church of Christ. If you your unit's re-charter paperwork please bring to the meeting!

I just want to thank everyone that worked on our recent Merit Badge College for all of their hard work. A special Thank you goes out to Mary Tidwell, Rachel Chobot and Cathy Davis for all of their efforts!

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 remaining date is February 15 from 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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