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Digital Eagle 3 MAR 14
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
Regions Field Boy Scout Night Open House- Click Here
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.
STATE PARKS AND TOUR PLANS - While Tour Plans are not required traveling within the Greater Alabama Council, they are required when visiting an Alabama State Park to qualify for the reduced entry fee. Please have a completed and approved form ready upon arrival. The park may not grant the discounted rate if you do not have the proper paperwork. This is a state park policy, not a BSA or GAC policy.
STEM COMMITTEE WANTS YOU! - The GAC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Committee is looking for volunteers to join the committee to promote this initiative. The committee will also promote the NOVA and SUPERNOVA awards, as well as the STEM program in Cub and Boy Scouting and Venturing. For more information or to become a member of the committee please contact the Clayton Scout Service Center at 205-970-0251.
1. Congratulations to Daniel Massie For earning the Charles H Townes Supernova Award for Webelos. Mr. Massie is the first Supernova Award recipient in the Greater Alabama Council. Thanks to his Mentor (and Cubmaster and Mom), Kristin Massie.
2. There are new Nova training courses available on the BSA’s training web site (http://www.scouting.org/
3. A great introduction to the Nova Award program with some practical applications is offered at the upcoming University of Scouting on . Check out this new and increasingly popular program opportunity and start learning how you can use it for great program for your scouts. Sign up for “Counseling Nova Activities” in periods 1 and 2.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing it to 205-970-0349. It will then be submitted to the Properties Committee and Camp Committee for approval.
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.
I just wanted to thank all of the Eagle Scouts in the Greater Alabama Council that participated and entered the Arhtur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award which is conferred upon by the Sons of the American Revolution.
I wanted to annouce that Eagle Scout Trevor Lyn Cofer, of Thorsby, AL, Troop 747, of the Tukabatchee Council has been awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout of 2013 by the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Trevor is a 17 year old with a combined 10-years of Scouting, currently working on his Bronze Eagle Palm. He is an all A's honor roll achiever since 2010, made a 31 on his ACT, and has enrolled for the Fall semester at Auburn University.
The SAR's Silver Eagle was awarded to Trevor on 15 February 2014, and honors him as a distinguished Scout and Patriot. We the members of the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution share pride in his accomplishments, and we wish him every success in the future.
I would like to ask that all Scouters encourage our Eagle Scouts to enter the scholarship contest for next year! We are hoping and making plans to have a display set up for ScoutFest 2014 at Point Mallard Park and will be opening up for entries then!
Yours in Scouting,
Blake C. Stephenson
Eagle Scout Committee Chair
Sons of the American Revolution
We will have a Commissioners meeting at University of Scouting on during 3rd Period.
The University of Scouting is a great opportunity for training and fellowship. See you there!!
WOOD BADGE -
Announcing Wood Badge Course for 2014
, 2014- Comer
An Advanced Training Course for all Adult Scout Leaders – Cub Scouters, Boy Scouters, Varsity Scouters, Venturers, and BSA professional staff.
For more information, please contact:
Scoutmaster Elaine Ziegler
What is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing Leaders, as well as Council and District leaders. The primary purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen Scouting in packs, troops, crews, districts, and the council.
Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership program and offers a common award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket, also known as the project phase. By "working the ticket", participants put their newly gained experience into practice to attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement.
On completion of the course and their five ticket goals, participants are awarded the Wood Badge beads to recognize their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people. The Wood Badge award consists of a pair of small wooden beads, one on each end of a leather thong, a taupe neckerchief bearing a tartan patch of the Maclaren clan (honoring William De Bois Maclaren, who donated the funding to purchase Gilwell Park in 1919), and a braided leather woggle (neckerchief slide). These three symbols denote the membership of Gilwell Troop 1, a world-wide assembly of all past and present Wood Badge recipients.
*Click here for downloadable form and more information
NRA INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: Their will be two chances coming up to be NRA Instructor Certified for various firearms and course on and at the Hugh M. Comer Scout Reservation, 16490 County Road 89, Mentone AL 35984. Only Online Registration will be available.
Please register online at: http://www.naft-llc.com
￼￼￼Training to be Offered:
: NRA Basic Instructor Training
: NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Training
: NRA Range Safety Officer Training
Click here for the downloadable flyer for the March training to get more information
Philmont Training Center 2014 Courses:
The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1950, PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.
Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. All registered Scouters are invited to attend training center courses.
Here are a list of the courses being offered by the Philmont Training Center for summer/fall of 2014. Click here.
If you are interested in attending the Philmont Training Center for 2014 please contact Cindy Perry at email@example.com or Clay Pruitt at firstname.lastname@example.org by to let us know if your interested in attending these incredible courses.
Introducing the 2014 NYLT Courses:
￼Spring Session, Camp Jackson, Scottsboro, AL 35769
￼Summer Session, Camp Westmoreland, Florence, AL 35
Michael Cole, Winter Session Scoutmaster 256-283-4755 (Cell) email:email@example.com
￼￼Nick Liberatore, Spring Session Scoutmaster 256-503-4141 (Cell) email: Nicholas.Liberatore@mda.mil
￼￼Mark Brown, Summer Session Scoutmaster 256-653-6712 (Cell) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is NYLT?
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a six-day outdoor training course
for senior youth leaders in the Boy Scouting or the Venturing programs. Three different NYLT
Sessions are being offered by the Greater Alabama Council in 2014: the Winter NYLT Course, the
Spring NYLT Course and the Summer NYLT Course. The Winter Course will be conducted over
two three day weekends, & . The Spring and Summer NYLT Courses will be conducted as a week long course and will be offered on or . NYLT augments the training received from Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). NYLT focuses on the skills needed by Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders, Presidents and Boatswains. The course is led by a volunteer staff of youth and adults experienced in training youth leaders.
*Please click here for registration form and more information
Shades Valley Lutheran Church
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!
Jefferson State Community College
2601 Carson Road
COST: $15.00 until ; $20.00 after
Lunch may be purchased for $6.00 as part of the registration process until
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 is now closed.
PLEASE NOTE: UOS is not offering Boy Led Troop Discipline. Instead, we're offering "ILST For Your Troop"
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 Check out is .
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 email@example.com. 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 night is at , Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served , as well as Breakfast . 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We greatly need your help. Thanks for your consideration. Click Here