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Upcoming Area Events - Posted 8.24.15
NEW Same Journey, Different Trails – Upcoming Diversity Training
I just left my second weekend of Wood Badge training. Part of that experience is to write a ticket of several goals that I want to accomplish over the next 12 to 18 months. My fellow Wood Badgers and I were challenged to make one of those goals related to the topic of diversity. I realized that like many of us, I probably didn’t know much about diversity or how to support it. I decided that my goal would be to submit a monthly article related to the topic. My hope is to get us all thinking about diversity and how it strengthens Scouting. And maybe I’ll help you come up with ideas for your own diversity goal when you take the Wood Badge course.
What does “diversity” mean? When we hear that word, we usually think of differences in race, gender or religion. But it also includes differences based on age, experience, background, and physical ability. Here is what the Boy Scouts of America 2011-2015 National Council Strategic Plan has to say about diversity:
“True to our mission, Scouting reflects our nation in its ethnic diversity, and shapes our nation by developing responsible citizens.”
For the BSA, and for us as leaders, diversity means being able to share the ideals of Scouting with the widest possible audience. And that means learning the best way to teach and lead our Scouts.
I hope you are planning to attend the upcoming Scouter Success Seminar on September 26 at CPCC, Levine Campus in Matthews. Please consider attending these courses:
SST 218 - Working with Scouts with Special Needs
Learn how to work with your Scout who is not advancing or is being disruptive and may have ADD/ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, or other special needs. Also includes the new advancement procedures for a Boy Scout who requests extra time to complete requirements for the Eagle Rank.
SST 911 - How Boys Learn
This course will high-light strategies for leaders to understand the nuances of normal “boy” behavior, identify problems that can be alleviated by changing teaching styles, rearranging the teaching environment, and the introduction of physical activity to Den or Patrol meetings.
Click here for more information and to register for the Scouter Success Seminar.
Same Journey, Different Trails is a monthly article related to the topic of Diversity. To suggest a topic contact Tim Hall at email@example.com.
June 6th marks the 71st anniversary of the allied landing on the beaches of Normandy. Over 150,000 troops were involved in Operation Overload. This was the beginning of the end of WWII in Europe.
Over 9,300 men and women are buried in the American Cemetery.overlooking Omaha Beach. They were so young, and they gave so much.
The beaches are quiet now, except for visitors playing in the surf, but they were "hell" 71 years ago. Let us not forget them.
Each year, French school children take the name of one of the buried. They learn as much as they can about the soldier, sailor, or airman, and then on the anniversary of D-Day, place flowers on their grave, so every grave is decorated at least once a year as a way of teaching French children to remember.
What a history lesson; what a wonderful way to honor our fallen.
Carolina Outdoors Radio Show
Looking for some great information on hiking, fishing, camping or wonderful places to visit, camp, or hike? Listen to Bill Bartee and Don Yager on “Carolina Outdoors Radio Show. You can hear them on WBT radio (1110 AM or 99.3 FM) on Saturday mornings at 5 a m. Or better yet, or download their podcasts and listen to them at your convenience. You can access their podcasts from http://jessebrowns.com
Bill is an Eagle Scout and the owner of Jesse Browns. He and Don have been doing the show for nearly 20 years.
Brown-headed Nuthatches Need a Good Home
With your help, 10,000 new Brown-headed Nuthatch homes will be placed across North Carolina by the end of 2015. Scouts in other states in the southeast can help their states as well. Watch this video to learn more about nuthatches and how your nest box will help them survive and thrive in your state.
The Brown-headed Nuthatch is a tiny songbird found in the southeastern states. This bird is in decline due to loss of habitat from deforestation and urbanization. Scouts made a real contribution to restoring the Eastern Bluebird by building nest boxes; it has been a common Scout service project. I am an Eagle Scout working with Audubon North Carolina to spread the word to our Scouting community. Once informed I know we can make a considerable contribution. This is an excellent Eagle Project or Hornaday Unit Project. It also fulfills other Merit Badge requirements, including Camping Merit Badge 9c and Fish and Wildlife Merit Badge 5a. It also is a great Cub Scout Project; components can be pre-cut and then assembled.
As a demonstration project, I built 22 of these nest boxes with my troop. You can check my website nuthatch.info for information about this bird and building these nest boxes. You can contact me there with questions as well. Please send me information and photos of your completed project, so I can feature your Troop or Pack and your contribution on this site.
Daniel Boone Council, Troop 91
Hemby Program Center - affliated with the Siskey YMCA
The Hemby Program Center is located at 9760 Happy Valley Drive in Charlotte. It is a 21-acrea site housing a Preschool, Afterschool Program and Eagle Rock Day Camp.
There are a number of opportunities for Eagle Scout Service projects. For further details, please contact:
Mr. Rich Gallagher, Executive Director - Siskey YMCA at: 980.322.7338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Activities Guide - As presented at the September CS Breakaway!
Looking for things to do with your units this fall?
In addition to the upcoming Apache District Cub-o-ree and Web-lo-ree, we have posted a great list of possible activities developed by Scouter Joanne White. Of course these are not endorsed by Joanne or Apache District. CLICK HERE for the resource guide.
BSA Recharter Process Changes - EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
Attention all Unit Leaders (COR; Committee Chairman; Cubmaster or Scoutmaster). BSA National is implementing a policy change that can have at tremendous impact on your unit if not address properly and timely. This new policy goes into effect on January 1, 2015. The policy states that all units MUST have their recharter process completed and submitted on or before their scheduled due date. Most Apache units have their recharter date due on January 31st. About 13 of the 80 units in our district have their rehcarter due date on March 31st.
As per the new policy, any unit that fails to recharter by their scheduled due date will be eliminated from the BSA rosters. No youth advancement, BSA insurance will be suspended, no use of BSA camp facilities, etc.
To ensure that all units are properly rechartered, the Apache District Committee is recommending the following:
Ensure that each unit has a Membership Chairman as an active member of their Unit Committee. This person will be become the focal point for maintaining the units roster and for the units recharter activity.
Ensure that all registered members of the unit have an up-to-date Youth Protection status. (Youth Protection has a required renewal every 2 years for all registered leaders). All leaders must be registered and all registered leaders must be current with their Youth Protection.
Unit Leaders need to make contact with their Unit Commissioners to ensure that their recharter process to perform correctly and completely.
Attend the October 2014 Roundtable meeting and pick up your Recharter Package
Attend the Recharter Workshop on the November 2014 Round Table date. Bring your laptop or tablet to work through the process with your Commissioner or District Leadership. This is session is predominantly focused on units rechartering in January.
Attend the Recharter Workshop on the January 2015 Round Table date. Bring your laptop or tablet to work through the process with your Commissioner or District Leadership. This is session is predominantly focused on units rechartering in March or those January recharters who have yet to complete this process to date.
Your Apache District Commissioner Staff is committed to assisting all units toward a successful completion of this process. We just need your commitment and focus on this very important unit activity. Let’s ensure that our valuable scouting activities and programs remain un-interrupted by this process.
Please feel free to contact me, Don Herzhauser at email@example.com, if you have any questions or require any assistance.
Don Herzhauser – Apache District Commissioner
Carolina Thread Trail
Looking for new places to Hike, Bike Walk, Run, Paddle, Learn, or Volunteer
Check out Carolina Thread Trail - http://www.carolinathreadtrail.org
Also view the excellent interactive Map - http://www.carolinathreaedtrai.org/map/
The Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) is an exciting project that’s creating a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are 141 miles of The Thread open to the public – linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions.
Fishing Resources - NEW POSTING!!
Looking for places to take your kids fishing?
Both the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department
And the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission have EXCELLENT websites. The N C Fishing Access map is AWESOME!
For further details please visit:
Eagle Project availability!!
Potential Eagle Projects
Midland Commons Apartments
Midland Commons is a low income senior housing community. It is owned by National Church Residences a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing to seniors 62 years old or older and persons with disabilities. They have several potential project, but especially the need for a raised community garden.
Background information from the Service Coordinator:
“Last year we started our first community garden which took the majority of my residents back to their gardening days. Everyone was excited and worked hard making our garden the best. However, Midland Commons has some residents in wheelchairs and lack range of motion to bend and kneel; this prevents them from participating in our garden.
As Service Coordinator, I am attempting to add some cheer to their lives during this spring and summer time by having raised garden beds installed and wanted to know if your Boy Scouts Unit would take this project on? I hear the Boy Scouts have an “Eagle Project” and can’t think of a better project where the boys would gain wisdom from Midland Commons residents and improve their gardening, project management and construction knowledge.”
For further details, please contact Jonas Richardson, Service Coordinator at (704) 395-8777 or 0827. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hemby Program Center – affiliated with the Siskey YMCA
The Hemby Program Center is located at 9760 Happy Valley Drive in Charlotte. It is a 21-acre site housing a Preschool, Afterschool Program and Eagle Rock Day Camp.
There are several opportunities for Eagle Scout Service projects. For further details, contact Mr. Rich Gallagher School Age Program Director (980) 322-7338 email@example.com
James K Polk Masonic Lodge
Scouting and the Masonic Fraternity have a long history together. The James K. Polk Masonic Lodge 759, located in Pineville, has a potential Eagle Scout Service project. They are looking to make a nice memorial garden with lighting and benches around the lodge flagpole. For further details, please contact Randy Richardson, the lodge secretary at (704) 910-3628. For further information about the Lodge please visit http://www.jkpolk.com
President James K. Polk Historic Site
While several projects have already been completed, there is a continuing need for more projects at the President James K. Polk Historic Site. Wow, what a great opportunity to do a service project at the birthplace of the eleventh President of the United States. For further information, please call Mr. Robert Dreher at (704) 889-7145. He is usually there Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. After hours you can leave a message.
Reed Gold Mine
Located in nearby Midland, NC, not far from the Belk Scout Camp, and just a 30-minute drive from the Ballantyne area, this is the site of the first gold mine in the United States. For information about merit badges and Eagle service projects call Mike Scott at (704) 721- 4653.
Comments, suggestions and potential Eagle Service Projects
If you have comments, suggestions or potential Eagle Service Projects, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in History and Genealogy?
Want to know what happened on a particular day or where our early settlers came from? Check out the newspaper collection, historical maps, city directories, and pictures in the the Carolina Room, located in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library 310 N. Tryon St. Please call first before taking a group. (704) 416-0150 For further details visit www.cmstory.org
Town Creek Indian Mound Located in Mt. Gilead, NC
Around the Campfire heard it is definitely worth the visit.