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Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
If your Scout has sold 10 or more Scout Discount cards they are eligible to put their name in the drawing. Go to www.1bsa.org and click on the Scout Discount Card tab. The link to fill out the form will be on the website. Scouts can only enter their name in once however names will be carried over each week of the drawing.
Would your unit like to make money to pay for your next camping trip? Now is the time to sign up for our Scout Discount Card sale. Their are less than 5,000 Birmingham cards left in the office for units. If you have not already signed your unit up for the sale now is the time.
If your unit would like to sell Huntsville Scout Discount cards please contact the Huntsville Scout office at 256-883-7071 or go towww.1bsa.org and click on the Scout Discount card link to fill out your units form today.
If you have any questions concerning the Scout Discount Card sale you can go to www.1bsa.org and click on the "Ask a Scout Card Question Here" tab.
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 email@example.com 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.
Sipsey Wilderness Update:
Do you or your unit camp at the Sipsey Wilderness? Then you will want to click here for some information from the USDA and the Bankhead National Forest.
MID MARCH SCOUT SHOP NEWS LETTER - CLICK HERE
It was good to see many of you in the Commissioner's meeting at University of Scouting. "Big Hand" to the UoS staff for a great event and perfect Spring weather!
If you were unable to attend the meeting, a brief summary of the agenda:
** Encouragement to the important work of the Commissioners from GAC Scout Executive JT Dabbs.
** Challenge from Asst. Council Commissioner Reed Alexander to the District Commissioners to achieve the 1 Commissioner to 3 Unit ratio. Call on Reed for assistance with the goal of achieving this for every district in 2014!
** Report of UVTS and the great job by several Districts in visits and REPORTING visits. Still time for other Districts to improve reporting!!
** COMMISSIONER CONFERENCE: Tentative plans for a 1/2 day meeting on . Mark your calendar. Looking for a location in the Cullman area.
** Commissioner meeting suggested (great idea) at Scout Fest this Fall in Decatur.
** Deputy Scout Executive Tim Molepske concluded the meeting with moving thoughts from his late father, a great Commissioner himself.
Thank you for your service!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Clay Pruitt at email@example.com 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:firstname.lastname@example.org
￼￼Nick Liberatore, Spring Session Scoutmaster 256-503-4141 (Cell) email: Nicholas.Liberatore@mda.mil
￼￼Mark Brown, Summer Session Scoutmaster 256-653-6712 (Cell) email: email@example.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, & . 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.
BOY SCOUT LEADER TRAINING
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) weekend session will be taught at Camp Tekawitha in Springville, AL, This course starts and concluding .. This session involves a great deal of learning in the field, rather than in a class room setting. Emphasis will be on learning practical Scouting skills that will prepare you to lead an outdoor scouting experience for your troop. This weekend has always proven to be fun, exciting, and very important in discovering what the “Scouting Spirit” is all about. The fee for the OLS session is $17.50, which includes all materials for this session.
Registration deadline for this IOLS session is .
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 visit http://www.vulcandistrict.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com. We greatly need your help. Thanks for your consideration. Click Here
2014 Webelos Resident Camp
Looking for a GREAT and FUN opportunity for your Webelos this summer? Then click here for info about Webelos Resident Camp. We'll see you at Camp Comer !