Occasional items of interest that you can search, discover, share, or toss in the fire.
Upcoming events and nearby places to visit
Upcoming Area Events & Information - Posted 4.28.16
NEW - 2017 National Jamboree - MCC News!!
Please let this serve as a reminder of several upcoming events as follows:
April 30, 2016: MCC Spring Training at CPCC Levine Campus -
May 7, 2016: 2017 Jamboree Rally at the MCC Service Center between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. This will be an "open house" type event so folks can come and go. We will have coffee, water and donuts. May 7th Rally patch info. - CLICK HERE!
CLICK HERE for 2017 Jamboree information package!!
National Scout Jamboree - 7/19-28/2017 - Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV
National Jamborees are held every 4 years (more or less), when 40,000 or more Scouts from the USA and some foreign countries gather to camp and learn about conservation, science, and Scouting values, practice goodwill, trade patches, attend rock concerts and stage shows, cook and clean up, sometimes get wet, then get dry.
You can read about the history of BSA Jamborees at
At the next Jamboree in 2017 Scouts can try out new adventures, like shooting sports, water sports, serious mountain biking, rafting, and rappelling. Merit badge courses will be offered.
Scout leaders have opportunties to meet new people, serve Scouting in new ways (manning mountain biking trails and zip lines, water sports and pioneering activities, food distribution trucks, subcamp medical facilities, trash and recycling collections), and lead units of Boy Scouts and Venturers.
Mecklenburg County Council will sponsor 4 Boy Scout troops and 2 Venture crews. Registration for youth and adults is now open.
Scouts and team members
MUST have a current BSA membership with a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team.
MUST be at least a First Class Scout.
MUST be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree or an 11 year old that has graduated the 6th grade, but has not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.
MUST be approved by the unit leader and local council.
MUST have appropriate parent/guardian to complete the online parental consent. (An email will be sent to the parent/guardian during the application process.)
MUST participate in pre-Jamboree training experience with local council and unit leader.
For details see http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/participants/
Cost for youth is $1590. Cost for aduls is $795. For details see
Scouts can register online at
The Council Jamboree Committee will be holding a Jamboree Rally on Saturday, May 7, at the MCC Service Center between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Please consider this invitation to talk with Jamboree veterans about this opportunity and to answer your questions.
Keep the Outing in Scouting. Check out the latest Where To Go Camping Guide
Looking for great places to camp? Each year the Catawba Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, prepares an update to the Where To Go Camping Guide (WTGCG). The 2016 version has now been published to the web at
The WTGCG contains information on Mecklenburg County Council and BSA camping policies and our Council camps. You can discover where your unit might go car camping or backpacking or canoe camping with sample trips that units have taken. The Guide also contains information on camping in association with unit, council, regional, and national training programs, on camping at BSA National High Adventure Bases and at National and World Scout Jamborees
Do you a favorite place to camp? We would like to hear about it and share it with our readers. Please send your brief comments to: Apache Camper@gmail.com
2015 Apache District Award Recipients
District Award of Merit
Christopher Gamble (Troop 56)
Monica Zelenick (Pack 167)
Mike Husak (Troop 8)
Michael Carey (Pack 249)
Commissioner of the Year
Scout Leaders of the Year
Don Leswing (Pack 8)
Jay Brietz (Pack 3)
Mitch Cox (Troop 8)
God Send Awards
1 Albert Schilling
3 Jennifer Clutter
7 Kelly Jordan
8 Donna Lynch
9 Steve Hughes
45 Tony Johns
55 Andy Hale
80 Jeanne King
114 Sarah Amador
167 Jamey Baysinger
174 Leslie Tesch
249 Chris Weaver
256 Tanya Hicks
265 Michael Hattenbach
465 Bert Wray
1 Graham McGoogan
8 Dan Burns
9 Jason Permenter
11 Devin Ware
34 Curtis Blaine
55 Andy Bell
116 Tim Calkins
119 Andy Kramer
165 Jeannette Hewitt
167 Paul O’Shea
236 Jeff Kuk
249 Liz Farley
Preventive Foot Health: What the Public Can Learn from the Boy Scouts - by W. Stuart Tucker, Jr. MD - Boy Scout leader in Mecklenburg County Council
Same Journey, Different Trails – Encouraging Leadership in Older Scouts - December
Last weekend I went on an overnight trip with my son’s Troop. The younger Scouts attended a merit badge program, rock wall climbing, and other scheduled activities while the older boys, as usual, went off to do their own thing only showing up for meals and lights out. The adults were disappointed. It is a relatively new Troop and they are trying to make the transition to being a truly boy-led unit. But that is hard to do if the boy leaders disappear the first chance they get.
It is important for several reasons to get the older boys involved with the younger boys. Among them are sharing their knowledge of Scouting, creating and continuing Troop traditions, and most importantly motivating younger Scouts to advance in rank. A 15 year old is a rock star to a 12 year old. They can be much more effective than us old folks in getting a young Scout’s attention and motivating him to learn the important skills and ideals of Scouting.
So how do we encourage diversity and inclusion among the different ages and ranks within our units? Scouting Magazine has some ideas:
· Give prizes to the Scout who helps the most other Scouts get started on their goals.
· Make teaching part of the weekly meeting agenda. Have the SPL assign a Scout who is First Class or above to teach a lesson to the younger boys each week.
· Recognize Scouts for finishing requirements at the closing of each meeting. Perhaps they could also mention the Scout that taught the requirements.
· Send older Scouts to leader training such as SEALS or NYLT and encourage them to practice the skills they learn.
· Plan a group activity with the older Scouts set up at different stations around the room teaching different skills
· Assign older boys as Troop guides for younger patrols.
Same Journey, Different Trails is a monthly article related to the topic of Diversity. To suggest a topic contact Tim Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 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 - EAGLE PROJECTS CURRENTLY ON HOLD
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. Scott Warren 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.
Around the Campfire heard it is definitely worth the visit.