Occasional items of interest that you can search, discover, share, or toss in the fire.
Upcoming events and nearby places to visit
Fun and interesting for the entire family - Great opportunities for Cub Scout belt loops, arrow points and Boy Scout merit badges.
Dedicated Scouter George Tucker Passes Away.
Memorial service scheduled for Saturday August 2, 2014
Family needs our help!!!
As many of you have heard, we lost George Tucker, a good friend and Scouter on Friday June 28, 2014. Both George and his mother-in-law passed away the same week. George did not have any life insurance, and his family needs our help.
There will be a memorial service for George and his mother-in-law on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM, with lunch to follow. If you can attend, please contact Robyn Tucker at - firstname.lastname@example.org so she will know how many to expect for lunch. Scouts & Scouters are encouraged to wear their Scout uniform. The service will be at Forrest Hill Church, 7224 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210
Dedicated Scouter George Tucker passes away - his family needs our help.
As many of you have heard, we recently lost a great friend and Scouter, George Tucker. He had heart problems for the last several years, about a year ago, his doctor told him his heart was only working at about 10% of normal, but it was not bad enough to get on a transplant list. Earlier this year, he had a heart pump put in and it really helped, but shortly after that, the doctors discovered that George had cancer of the esophagus and was only one of five people in the US to have a heart pump and have cancer. If they had found the cancer first, they would not have put in the heart pump. In April, he started radiation treatment for five weeks, and then at the end of May, they started Chemo. After the third treatment, he was in really bad shape; they let him rest for a few extra weeks and then did another treatment. It really knocked him down, in blood test they found the chemo had killed most of his white blood cells and a good bit of the red ones, this destroyed his immune system. When he went to the doctor the day before he died, they ran blood test and found an infection; they took him to the hospital and found that many of his organs were shutting down. As it turns out, it was too late and George died Friday morning (June 28) about 8:30 AM.
Now for the rest of the story, when George died, he did not have any insurance, his mother-in-law, who lived with George and Robyn, died the first of last week, just a few days before George and she did not have any insurance. Now, Robyn has two burials to pay for with no insurance coming in.
George was an avid Boy Scout leader, coming into the program with his son Jonathan in 2002. Since then, George attended several summer camps, served on the troop committee at Troop 7, was Wood Badge trained, served on several Cub Scout summer camp staffs, served as a district commissioner, served on a number of camporee staffs, was the Apache web master, was on the council committee for the web pages service and served on the 2010 National Jamboree staff, and he was a member of the District Marketing Committee that created Smoke Signals. As well as being a strong Christian, he was a member of Forrest Hills Church.
As Robyn faces having to deal with two burials, she really needs some help; we are asking anyone who can help this family to do so. . If you are in a position to help the family, please make your check payable to Forrest Hills Church, mark it “For George Tucker Family Fund” and your donation will be passed on to them. Mail it to:
Forrest Hills Church
George Tucker Family Fund
7224 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210.
When I talked to Robyn she said she is planning a memorial service for George, but it would be the first part of August because she will have some family in then, but not sure of the exact date at this point, but she will let me know once she has it planned.
Please pass this on to any Scout unit or any one or group who you think could help this family. George and Robyn have one son, Jonathan, 19, who is an Eagle Scout. Since graduation last year, he had been taking some courses at CPCC and working part time at Target. He had planned to go on to college this fall somewhere to work on a degree in computers.
Thank you for helping this family in any way you can.
Boy Scout Troop 7
Powder Horn 2014 Is Almost Here - Sign Up Now!
Interested in learning about High Adventure opportunities? Graduates of the 2013 class are still talking about what a great time they had, and what they learned.
Powder Horn is a BSA training course to introduce participants to High Adventure opportunities that they can bring back to their home units. Mecklenburg County Council and Central NC Council are co-sponsoring this course at Camp Barnhardt near Albemarle on Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday of September 5-6-7-8. To meet BSA requirements, the course is planned to extend into Monday, but fully appreciating that many attendees must return to work or school on Monday, the curriculum is planned so that requirements for the Powder Horn insignia will be completed by Sunday afternoon.
Adult Scout leaders in any Scouting program and Boy Scouts 14 and older and Venturers (male and female) are welcome to attend.
More information is available at and online registration is open at
Cost is $135 for adults, $95 for youth.
Please direct questions to Stuart Tucker, Course Director, at email@example.com.
The NEW 2014 Recruiting Roundup Materials
Additionally, the Recruiting Powerpoint is also available - CLICK HERE for this document.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or require any assistance.
Don Herzhauser – Apache District Commissioner
Carolina Thread Trail
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
President James K. Polk Historic Site
Note: While the museum and visitor center are undergoing renovation, new project proposals for Eagle Scout Service Projects are on hold. We will keep you posted.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Now is the time to double check your hurricane/home emergency supplies and make sure you have a plan. Better still, now is a great time to involve your scout with the family planning. Give him some tasks so that he is invested in the process.
Some ideas of 'scout appropriate' tasks
- Print a checklist of supplies for your emergency kit (see link below)
- Make sure the Emergency kit is fully stocked; make a list of items you need to replenish
- Clean up the yard of things that can fly around in a windstorm.
As a family, talk about what you will do if the hurricane approaches, when you will evacuate and to where, or what to do if you are staying home and the storm intensifies unexpectedly. Most important, emphasize that while a hurricane sounds scary, it's manageable, and to stay calm.
Many Cub Scout rank achievements are satisfied by emergency planning. The following document
details the Cub Scout and Webelos Emergencey Prep requirments.
Two Troop 119 Leaders receive the Celtic Cross Award.
Congratulations to Steve Stevenson and Reid Wilkerson, Assistant Scoutmasters Troop 119 who recently received the Celtic Cross Award, an award sponsored by the National Association of Presbyterian Scouters.
Presented by Scoutmaster Tim Morgan, the award recognizes adult leaders who have given exceptional service to children and youth.
Troop 119 is chartered by the South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.
(L to R) Steve Stevenson, Reid Wilkerson and Tim Morgan)
Highlights from the 2013 Council Recognition
Mecklenburg County Council and Apache District Receive Gold Level Journey to Excellence Award
Both Mecklenburg County Council and the Apache District achieved the Gold Level Journey to Excellence Award. Journey to Excellence is BSA’s new council performance recognition program. It is a replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.
Scoutmaster Tim Morgan Awarded the Silver Beaver
Congratulations to Tim Morgan, Scoutmaster of Troop 119 for being awarded The Silver Beaver, the highest recognition awarded to Scouters within a local territory by the National Court of Honor. The award is made of noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered volunteers. Eagle Scout Tim Morgan was one of six Scouters in Mecklenburg County Council, and the only one in Apache District) to receive the Silver Beaver in 2013.
Peter Olynick Awarded the Earle. J. Gluck Award
Congratulations to Peter Olynick for receiving the Earle J. Gluck Award. This award is sponsored by the Charlotte Kiwanis Club annually in memory of an outstanding Kiwanian and Scout trainer, to recognize exceptional services in adult leader training within Mecklenburg County Council.
Pictured left to right.
Robert E. Coughlin Jr., Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 777, S. Stern Dixon, Committee Member Troop 118 and Council Vice President, Michael L. Hastings, Unit Commissioner-Etowah District, Rick Monroe, Scoutmaster Troop 72, and Tim, Morgan, Scoutmaster Troop 119.
Alan Simonini, Chartered Organization Representative, Troop 82 and Council Executive Board Member
Congratulations to our four new 2013 Apache District Award of Merit recipients
Pictured above from left to right are: Joel Walters, Natalie Kosakowski, Lois Layer and Eric Krause.
NEW!! Salisbury Historic Trail
A neat 6 to 6 ½ mile day hike starting at the Military Cemetery and ending at the Rowan museum. Allow 2 to 3 hours at the museum. There are plenty of places to stop and shop.
Old English Cemetery (where several of General Cornwallis’s generals are buried).
African American Cemetery
Rowan County Museum
Trolley Tours run on Saturdays; there is a fee
For further details on the walking tour, please see attached pdf file.
For further details on attractions in Salisbury , please visit http://www.visitsalisburync.com
Nearby Places to Visit!!!
Looking for some neat things to do this summer? Here are a few. Some are free, while others have a small admission charge. Consider connecting them to Boy Scout Merit badges (such as American Heritage, and Indian Lore), or to the Cub Scout belt loop and arrow point electives.
Andrew Jackson State Park
Andrew Jackson State Park combines history, art and community activities into a setting that has made it one of the S.C. State Park Service’s most popular attractions.
Popular features of the park include living history programs, an Andrew Jackson museum that details his boyhood in the South Carolina backcountry. Great opportunities for picnics, boating, hiking and fishing.
Lansford Canal Park
Stretched along the Catawba River on the South Carolina fall line, Lansford Canal State Park is home to the well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable from 1820 to 1835.
Favorite activities in this Piedmont Park include picnicking, nature watching and studying the canal structures. Fishing is permitted along the Catawba River, and a paddling trail runs through the park for canoes and kayaks.
President James K. Polk Historic Site
This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration: the Mexican-American War, settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute, and the annexation of California. Reconstructions of typical homestead buildings—a log house, separate kitchen, and barn—are authentically furnished. The visitor center features a film on Polk's life and exhibits on his family and tumultuous presidency. http://www.nchistoricsites.org/polk/polk.htm
Cowpens National Park
A pasturing area at the time of the battle, this Revolutionary War site commemorates the place where Daniel Morgan and his army turned the flanks of Banastre Tarleton's British army. This classic military tactic, known as a double envelopment, was one of only a few in history. http://www.nps.gov/cowp/index.htm
Kings Mountain National Park
Kings Mountain State Park has miles of forested trails perfect for supreme Kings Mountain hiking, two fishing lakes, and sits adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, one of many national park Revolutionary War sites. Local crowds flock to the park during regularly scheduled special events, especially every November when living history demonstrations are held at the park’s replica 1800s Piedmont farm. http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/kingsmountain/introduction.aspx
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
The Latta Plantation Nature Center has an active program of advancement and camping programs for Cub Scouts at all levels. If your den or pack does not have access to a critical skill, or if your Cubs are seeking adventure not far away, please check out the opportunities on Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve.
Please call Latta Plantation Nature Center well in advance to work out scheduling details.
A nominal fee is charged. Please see attached pricelist.
Mecklenburg County Nature Preserves
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department operates 3 Nature Centers: Reedy Creek, McDowell, and Latta Plantation. You can link to these Centers from
Rankin National History Museum
The Rankin Museum is fun for all ages. Take yourself away from your everyday world and explore faraway places and times past in our exhibits. Imagine what it would be like if you were there! Take a walk in the jungles of Central America, in the backwoods of the Carolinas, or go on a safari in Africa and encounter animals closer than you could ever get in the wild. http://www.rankinmuseum.org/
Town Creek Indian Mound
Located in Mt. Gilead, NC, Town Creek, has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century. It is one of the most popular State Historic Sites in North Carolina. http://www.nchistoricsites.org/town/
In Charlotte an Indian landmark in the Big Rock Nature Preserve - South Charlotte
Walking and driving tours in Charlotte
Cane Creek Park – Waxhaw, NC
Fishing, swimming and hiking.
The museum's permanent exhibit is focused on the rich history of the Waxhaws region. Beginning with its Native American roots, the exhibits trace the history of the region to the turn of the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to Scots-Irish immigration and the rural life of these early settlers to the Waxhaws.
In addition there are exhibits interpreting the American Revolution in the region, as well as exhibits on agriculture and important crops and the Civil War. The turn of the century exhibit gives a unique look at the town of Waxhaw as it existed around 1900. http://museumofthewaxhaws.com/
Charlotte Nature Museum
Located in Freedom Park, not far from up town Charlotte, the museum offers nature-based fun and learning for the family. There is a modest admission fee for non-members. For further details please visit: http://www.charlottenaturemuseum.org/
North Carolina Transportation Museum
North Carolina Transportation Museum, in nearby Spencer.
This is a great place to visit. http://www.nctrans.org
Insiders Guide- Fun with the Family North Carolina – Hundreds of ideas for day trips with the kids. by James L. Hoffman
City and county, and state web pages offer great information about parks and upcoming activities.
Resources for hikers
Jesse Brown Outdoors http://www.jessebrowns.com/categories/Climbing/
Sierra Trading post http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/hiking-footwear-guide/
Backpacker Magazine http://www.backpacker.com/
Have Fun – Be Safe, and Have a Great Summer!!!!!
2012 Apache District Silver Beaver Recipients
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition, which may be awarded to Scouters within the jurisdiction of a local council territory by the National Court of Honor, based upon research and nominations by the local council. The award is presented for noteworthy service with exceptional character on behalf of youth to registered Scouting volunteers.
Congratulations to all of our 2012 Mecklenburg County Council recipients, especially to George MacBain, Dwayne Thomas, and Mark Spisak from Apache District.
Pictured here are Dwayne Thomas, George MacBain, and Miriam Olynick, a Silver Beaver recipient in 2010.
Potential Eagle Service Projects!!!
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. Chris Goodrum School Age Program Director (704) 716-4329 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com.
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