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Dedicated Scouter George Tucker Passes Away. Memorial service scheduled for Saturday, August 2, 2014. Family needs our help!!!
Eagle Scout—Merit Beyond the Badge!
A must read: Baylor University Research Finds Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society.
Download pdf: "Boy-Scouts-Report"
2014 Camp Card Information
Camp Cards is a great way for your Scout’s to earn their way to camp. It is a very simple sale where Scout’s sell a camp card for $5 and the unit gets to keep 50% commission. The Council Camp Card Kickoff is on Wednesday, February 26th – 6:30pm at the Scout Office. If you would like your unit to sale, all you need to do is fill out the attached registration form and email it to me prior to February 19th and have one adult volunteer attend the kickoff (food will be provided at the kickoff). Scouts can also earn scholarship money and win a prize. By selling camp cards, you are helping support our Council. If you do not sale all of your reserved cards, just turn them back in to the Council by the deadline at no risk. Thank you for your consideration!
Click on this link to view the leaders guide and to see what the camp card looks like this year: http://www.mccscouting.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=O1SzWujYGWQ%3d&tabid=238
Everyone wins with the camp card, give it a try! Click for the camp card registration form. So far we have 56 units signed up to sale—let’s double that number!
Apache District Director, BSA
Merit Badge Opportunities
More forthcoming...so stay tuned!
Merit Badge Updates
On Saturday, 02/08/2014, 24 Scouts gathered at the UNCC Student Union where they checked in for Astronomy Merit Badge class with physics professor Dr. Susan Trammell and her teaching team of staff and undergraduate and graduate students. After an introductory session on refracting and reflecting telescopes in the lab, Scouts participated in a demonstration of photon capture as cotton balls rained down from a balcony into different size buckets to show the advantage of large diameter telescopes to capture light. When the sky cleared at lunchtime, Scouts used filtered telescopes outside to see sun spots and solar prominences and learned about the magnetic fields that cause them. Later during daylight they observed the seas and highlands of the moon. They learned about regolith (moon dust) and crater ejecta blankets by splashing "meteor" balls into trays of flour topped with cocoa dust.
After lunch, Scouts used hands-on instruments for light analysis and spectography and heat imaging, all important tools of astronomy. They practiced the orbital positions of the sun, earth, and moon to show moon phases and solar and lunar eclipses. They used Starry Night software to learn about constellations and planetary motion. The day ended with a walk to the UNCC Observatory for observations of the planet Jupiter and 4 of its moons, the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, and the moon along the lunar day-night terminator line to see outlines of craters.
The Scouts appreciated the work of Dr. Trammell and all of her staff in creating for them such a fine and fun experience in learning science at UNCC.