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    Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America

March 3, 2014
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

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!  
Night of Honor - Celebrating our 2013 Eagle Scouts and Silver Beaver Class - Click Here

 Events, Activities, and Information 
New information in this section is indicated by this font color.

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 (  Look for “STEM Orientation” for a description of the STEM/Nova Awards program, “STEM Nova Counselor Training” for Counselors, and “STEM Supernova Mentor Training” for Mentors.

3.  A great introduction to the Nova Award program with some practical applications is offered at the upcoming University of Scouting on March 8.  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 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
Alabama Society
Sons of the American Revolution

 Commissioner's Corner 

Hey Commissioners:

We will have a Commissioners meeting at University of Scouting onSaturday March 8th during 3rd Period.

The University of Scouting is a great opportunity for training and fellowship. See you there!!

Tim Smalley




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 

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:

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 or Clay Pruitt at 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)
Nick Liberatore, Spring Session Scoutmaster 
256-503-4141 (Cell) email:
Mark Brown, Summer Session Scoutmaster 
256-653-6712 (Cell) email:

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


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 (This has been extened to FEB. 28th)

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 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 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


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 We greatly need your help. Thanks for your consideration. Click Here



SUMMER CAMP 2014 - Campsites are filling quickly for next summer.  Weeks 1-3 at both camps are now closed.  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.
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 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 ( 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

If you have any questions regarding the Council Contingent please contact Clay Pruitt at 205-970-0251 or



2014 Camp Sequoyah Week 6

“Expand Your Dreams”

Greater Alabama Council


July 13-19, 2014


Okay! We'll level with ya! There are just some super Scouts out there that live and breath SUMMER CAMP! After all it is the most exciting time of the year. The Greater Alabama Council is thrilled to announce that we are adding a 6th week at Camp Sequoayh designed specifically for those Scouts that want to experience more summer camp. Scouts register to attend as individuals instead of with a troop.  No adult leaders are required.  The Camp Sequoyah Staff will provide instruction and be your Scout leader for the week.  Each Scout will be assigned a campsite and adult staff members will provide leadership.  Scouts can then focus their attention on merit badges and activities they really enjoyed or did not get to do during regular summer camp.

The cost for Scouts who already attended a G.A.C. summer camp in 2014 is only $200. $250 for those Scouts who did not already camp with the Council in 2014. 

Click Here for more info




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 



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



District News 

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



On March 21-23, 2014, at Camp Comer, Coosa Lodge is hosting a pow-wow. And you’re invited! - Click Here

Coosa Lodge


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 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 for full details.

- See our full calendar at


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:


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 ( or click here for more info:

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 for more details.


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


- John Mayhall, Lodge Chief:
- Mr. Ed O'Neal, Lodge Adviser:
- Mr. Joey Kiker, Staff Adviser:



Recharters Due

Recharters were due for most Arrowhead Units on December 31, 2013 or 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, or District Director Rich Hayes at 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

Point of Contact (name, phone, email):
Possible alternative date: 

Philmont Slots Available 

Troop 336, Hartselle has 4 open slots for 1 adult+1 scout and 2 scouts. Our travel dates are 15 June to 1 July 2014 with arrival at Philmont on17 June. Contact Scott Owen at 256-612-7416 or sfowen6@charter.netfor more information.

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 or Mark Stapleton

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.


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. 


Joe MacDonald - 256-232-8371- Athens 
Charlie Youmans - 256-565-3400 - Cullman 
Michael Findlay - 256-686-1546 - Decatur

Sign up for the Arrowhead Yahoo Group page at:

Rich Hayes 
Arrowhead District Director 

Birmingham District Scouts performing the flag ceremony at the UAB vs. Louisiana Tech game.

March 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. 

March 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.


The Harlem Globetrotters
March 16th, 2014
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 

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

Birmingham District Pinewood Derby 
Date has change to: April 12, 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 So enjoy the ride!

Program Preview Conference
Thursday, May 1, 2014
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 

Thank you,

Brian Wilson
District Director
Greater Alabama Council
Boy Scouts of America
(205) 563-8097 

Anthony Edwards 
Senior District Executive 
Greater Alabama Council 
Boy Scouts of America
(205) 969-4252

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. 

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.

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.

We will also be looking to create a new spring event for our spring recruiting purposes, pleas stay tuned for info on that. We have been working on a small fishing derby just for our Cub Scouts in Cheaha District, there will be more info to follow on this event in the next couple of weeks.

Please start signing up for our Cheaha Day Camp, this year we are partnering with our neighbors Choccolocco in order to provide a top notch experience for Day Camp. We are looking to welcome 150 scouts to this event that will be held in 3 separate locations over 3 days. June 9th will be held at Anniston Museum of Natural History,June 11th will be at Shocco Springs here in Talladega, and June 13thwill be at Camp Lee in Oxford. We are still working out all the kinks, but Transportation will be provided for the outlying areas to make the process as easy to attend as possible. The early bird price for this event is $75 sign up now and enjoy our payment plan, just send what you can now and be billed what works for you until the event. We are very excited and hope you will join us for what is sure to be a top notch experience.

Also thank you Troop 4132 for hosting an excellent Pine Wood Derby. All winners will be receiving information about the council derby pretty soon. Again thank you to Troop 4132 for hosting the district and showing us such a good time.

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

Thank you,

Thomas Ritch
Cheaha District Executive

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 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

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


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 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 or contact Clay Pruitt at 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

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

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 at

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

Scouts and Scouters,

We had a great Choccolocco District Friday Night Thunder Pinewood Derby this past Friday night. Many racers showed up to test their mettle, and several will be moving on to the Council Derby. I'd like to give a special thank you to Angel Athey, Miranda Harmon-Sparks, Danette Sweet, Matt Garrett, Roy Knepp, Len Motz, and Billy Wall for all their help. A very special thanks to Angel for all her hard work, and for designing an awesome patch. 

University of Scouting is coming up this weekend at Jeff State. I hope to see a lot of you there. Let me know if anyone needs help lining up a ride or would like to carpool. 

Day Camp will be here before you know it. We're doing something very exciting this year, a traveling day camp at three different locations for three days. Day one will be at the Anniston Museum of Natural History, there will be a live animal show and a lot of cool scientific stuff. Day two will be at Shocco Springs, where the McWane Center will bring their mobile show and we'll get to swim and shoot BB guns and do archery. Day three will be at Camp Lee, where we'll get to swim in the lake and have a family picnic, including the awards ceremony. Online registration will be up soon, and if you want to make payments, get in touch with me. It's June 9, 11, and 13. There will be transportation provided. 

And, be thinking ahead to this fall and our Council Encampment, ScoutFest 2014. It will be at Point Mallard in Decatur. There will be a concert, lots of cool activities, and hundreds upon hundreds of your closest Scouting friends. It's going to be awesome.

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.

Yours in Scouting,

Jacob Probus
District Executive


Upcoming District Events:

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

March 8 - University of Scouting at Jeff State

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

April 16 - American Values Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Jacob Probus
Choccoloco District Executive


“I made myself a snowball
As perfect as can be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for it's head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first - It wet the bed.” 
― Shel Silverstein 


Tuesday, March 4th 12 Noon Pittman Theatre, Boy Scouts of America will get an award at the United Way Agency Meeting, if you would like to join me, let me know, it's 10.00 for lunch, I would love to see you there tomorrow!! 

Be there by 5:30 if possible, 5:45 at the latest, we will do a quick run through if anyone needs it, Leaders who are volunteering be there by5:45, we will give you instructions when you get here, THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPATING AND HELPING!!!


MARCH 7th FIRST FRIDAY GIVES BACK, we're gonna roast Marshmellows from 5:45-7-ish Please let me know by WED who can come join us. Gadsden, Alabama 205-902-1577 text, call or Please remember the stores are giving 10% back to participating organizations!!!

MARCH 8th University of Scouting!!

March 11th DISTRICT BANQUET: Western Sizzlin 6 p.m. Fort Payne, Alabama

March 15th LOWE'S Fort Payne, Alabama PINE WOOD DERBY RACE: $5.00 per participant, Registration 9 a.m. Race 10, will have outlaw race after for any youth sibling or parent wanting to race, that will be $5.00 as well. WE WILL PROMOTE THE COUNCIL PINEWOOD DERBY RACE AT EVENT, THEY HAVE AWESOME PRIZES AT THE COUNCIL RACE!!!

MARCH 18th NEED SCOUTS TO BE AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 8 a.m. in Centre, Alabama. Cherokee County AVL Breakfast. Honoring Betty Jo Latham, Key Note Speaker Martin Newton Samford University Athletic Director

They have 10,000 eggs to hide!!!
Also, the Hunt begins at 10 a.m. All families are invited, this is a FREE Event Heil is putting on for the Community!!!

April 15th AVL Gadsden, Ronnie Watkins, Fred Sington, Jr. Honorees, COACH GENE STALLINGS Keynote Speaker: Need Eagle Scout Photos, and creative items to put on tables, YOU WILL GET THESE BACK, be sure to tape or put your pack/troop number on bottom of items so that we can get these back to you after event!!!


SCOUT FEST: May 1st you will be able to sign up, PLEASE EVERYONE TRY AND GO, this is in place of our Fall Camporee and this will be so much fun at Point Mallard!!!

DAY CAMP MAD SCIENTIST I Have given out Place mats at blue and gold ceremonies, you can start making payments now, please let everyone know, like a layaway payment, and do a little every month!!!

Josh Tidwell
CONTACT: 256-438-7172
CANOE- 35.00
Shuttle 10.00

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE on our and go to LOM District!!!

Thank You for all of your hard work and dedication to Scouting,

Yours in Scouting,
Jessica Millican

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

If you have any recharter questions or concerns please contact me or Charlie Grider at 256-609-1685 or

Thank you for all you do in Scouting, 

Curtis Hunt
District Director
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 or Mike Lewis at 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. 



Please join many of your Scouting friends for an evening filled with great fellowship, and information about the happenings in the Shelby District. It's happening at the Shelby District Roundtable Thursday, March 6 at the Riverchase Church of Christ.

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, 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!

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

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. These cards will be available at the March Roundtable. CLICK HERE

The Shelby 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 John Giddens at205-542-0983, or by email at

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,

The Shelby District will be holding OUTDOOR LEADERS SKILLS training at Brierfield Park on April 11-12. This course is designed to teach adults the same skills that all First Class Scouts would learn. This is a course for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and others. More information to come soon. 

Our SHELBY DISTRICT BANQUET will be held on March 20, 2014 at Jefferson State Community College (Shelby Campus). Come join us and celebrate the achievements of our JTE GOLD AWARD DISTRICT. We will also be recognizing many deserving adult leaders for their hard work and the many units in our district that put on a great Scouting program.

DATE CHANGE: Due to the COUNCIL PINEWOOD Derby date being put on April 26, we will be holding our SHELBY DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY on April 12. Details will be available at our March Roundtable. 

If you have any questions or need assistance from the council, please do not hesitate to contact:

Derrick Russaw
205-902-8620 Cell
205-970-0251 Office

ROUNDTABLE – MARCH 6th at 7 PM at Trinity Presbyterian

We’ve made it to March! You know what that means: District Pinewood Derby (March 15th)! The District Pinewood Derby will be held at Madison Square Mall upstairs across from Dillard’s in the old Steve and Barry’s location. Also, there will be a Council Pinewood Derby onApril 26th for district qualifiers. CLICK HERE

RECHARTERS – You are DROPPED if not turned in
Recharters were due into the office by 5 PM on February 14th. Thank you to all the units that have turned in and completed their recharters! If you still have your recharter or know your recharter needs documents, please work to get it completed and turned in as soon as possible. If your recharter is not completed, you are currently lapsed, not good! You will be contacted until we get the charter completed. If you need any help or have any questions, please call your Unit Commissioner or Anna at (256) 508-5623. We are here to help you guys if you need it!

Also, the Whitney M. Young Banquet will be held March 14th at 6:00 PM at the Marriott near the Space and Rocket Center. Tickets are $25 each and are available from the Scout Office. Please come out to congratulate the honorees this year!

We also have Scout Cards in the Huntsville office now! The cards are $5 a piece. As many of you know, the Scout Cards help scouts earn their way to camp. Attached, you will find the Scout Card Guidebook for you to use and to review. We have a lot of exciting deals this year:

Publix: $5 off your purchase of $50 or more
Express Oil Change: $5 off oil change and 10% off any mechanical service
Alabama Outdoors: 10% off your purchase
Huntsville Iceplex: Buy one, get one free adult admission (includes skates)
Quiznos: Free medium drink with purchase of combo meal
Baskin Robbins: 10% off purchase
Shane’s Rib Shack: Free smothered fries with purchase of two entrees
SportClips: $2 off any haircut

On the topic of summer camp, the first three weeks at both camps are FULL. If you still have not registered for summer camp, please do so as soon as possible. Camp is filling up quick!

PPC will no longer be held in August. PPC will be moved up to May Roundtable.

Some units will also be contacted to discuss participating in school nights for the spring. We really want to start early with Spring Recruitment. Getting started early will help grow our membership.

As a reminder if you were unable to attend the District Award Banquet, we still have awards in the Scout Office. Awards will be brought to March Roundtable. Please make sure you have picked up your awards. 

Also, we will have a workday at Trinity Presbyterian Church to thank them for letting us use the church for Roundtable. More information and details about the upcoming workday will be sent out soon.

As always, there are a few dates you should keep in mind for the upcoming months. 

Some dates to remember:

March 6th
Event: Roundtable
Event Type: District 
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church

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

Event: University of Scouting
Event Type: Training
Where: Jefferson State Community College
Time: 8:00 AM

March 14th
Event: Whitney M. Young Banquet
Where: Marriott – Space and Rocket Center
Time: 6:00 PM
Speaker will be Four Star General Dennis Via

March 15th
Event: District Pinewood Derby
Event Type: Cub Scout
Where: Madison Square Mall
Time: 9:00 AM
Point of Contact: Shanna Wanca
Click HERE

March 27th
Event: District Committee and Commissioner Meeting
Where: Lockheed Martin
Time: 6:00 PM

April 26th
Event: Council Pinewood Derby
Event Type: Cub Scout
Where: Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church
Point of Contact: David Philpot

If anyone has any questions or concerns, you can contact Anna at(256) 508-5623 or


Jay Elliott
Three Rivers District Executive

District Website:


For a full list of things happening in the Three Rivers District, please see the Calendar of Events on the district website (no dot in between threerivers and 1bsa). For more information and registration forms for the events below, please visit our website at

March 6, 2014 – American Values Luncheon featuring University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban at BJCC. 

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) 2014 

March 8, 2014 – University of Scouting at Jeff State Community College

March 14-16, 2014 - Woodbadge (weekend #1) Camp Comer

March 16, 2014 - Harlem Globetrotters at Samford Center

March 18, 2014 - Pell City Mayors' Breakfast

March 21-23, 2014 - OA Spring PowWow - Camp Comer

March 29, 2014 - District Pinewood Derby at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta, AL

April 3 – District Awards Banquet/Roundtable at Jefferson State Community College - Pot Luck - 6:30 P.M.

April 4-6, 2014 Venturing High Adventure Extravaganza at Camp Comer

April 11-13, 2014 – Woodbadge (weekend #2) Camp Westmoreland




Congratulations to our Derby Winners
1st Nick Snow Pack 776
2nd Ben Lorino Pack 213
3rd Daniel Cather Pack 776

1st Colin Sisk Pack 279
2nd Kai Olivet Pack 1
3rd Brant Simmons Pack 321

1st Sam Housman Pack 397
2nd Xavier Truax Pack 352
3rd Josiah Whitlock Pack 93

1st Jon Fielding Stogner Pack 279
2nd Hudson Murrell Pack 253
3rd Sam Estreicher Pack 320


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. Each unit should identify a Unit Coordinator. Cards will be available at the March 6 Roundtable, go online to order, or make sure to email Michael Wells with the Number of Cards needed, To order and to get the leaders guide, go to 

Due to the weather, the meeting will be next Tuesday, March 4, 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,,205-213-0774.

THURSDAY, MARCH 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.

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, It is critical that every unit have a representative present to pick up the packet, and review the changes for 2014.


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 visit

Registration is open for the University of Scouting. For more information, and to learn about a Special Guest Presenter, go to

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,

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 4:00p.m.Check out is 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

Leaders please contact Lisa Sullivan in order to schedule a Family FOS Presentation at your Blue & Gold or Court of Honor. Lisa Sullivan, 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!

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

The Nunne-Hi meeting is set for the last Thursday of the Month March 27,.....It will start at 6:30 PM at the Troop 21 Hut located at 2222 Savoy Street, Hoover. 
If you have the WHITE SASH with the RED ARROW, you need to attend the next meeting of the Nunne Hi Chapter, 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.

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. 

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.

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.


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 . 

Daniel Giles - Westmoreland District Executive

Scout Cards will be available during Roundtable this Thursday night! Please be thinking of how many cards your unit would like to purchase or take out on consignment. 

We will have our Annual Westmoreland District Banquet on Thursday, April 10. We are in the process of receiving nominations for the District Award of Merit as well. Please send your submissions to me by March 30.

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 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!

We have several opportunities for community service the first one coming up is the Florence KIWANIS Pancake day, here are the details:Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum.
The Kiwanis Club has given me specific numbers of how many volunteers they will need and also they have added a shift ontoSaturday.
So here are the needs:
Friday, March 7 - 20 volunteers from 3:30PM to 7:30PM
Saturday, March 8 total of 45 volunteers for 3 shifts (15 per shift)
Shift 1 - 6:00AM - 10:00AM
Shift 2 - 8:00AM - Noon
Shift 3 - 10:00AM - Cleanup
Please respond to me on who will be there and how many you plan to bring! I have already spoken to Troop 153 and a few individuals from Pack 153!
Also when you arrive at the Coliseum, please go and find Keith Underwood, he is the floor manager for the KIWANIS and he will be wearing an orange Auburn sweatshirt. Keith will assign the Scouts to their duties.

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!

Each Scout should email the Eagle Board at 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

Westmoreland Eagle Board Guidelines

Sample Reference Letter

District Email- I would like to ask everyone to encourage your parents to sign up for the district email by going to: to get the latest and greatest with our District.