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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


NEW  D-Day

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

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 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.

Bennett David
Daniel Boone Council, Troop 91
Asheville, N.C.



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

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Unit Leaders need to make contact with their Unit Commissioners to ensure that their recharter process to perform correctly and completely.

  4. Attend the October 2014 Roundtable meeting and pick up your Recharter Package

  5. 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.

  6. 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, 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 -

Also view the excellent interactive 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


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


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


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:



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

Town Creek Indian Mound Located in Mt. Gilead, NC

Around the Campfire heard it is definitely worth the visit.


Be Prepared!

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.
Be Ready (kids site)
Crossword Puzzle related to emergency planning
North Carolina Department of Public Safety,000010,000019
Many Cub Scout rank achievements are satisfied by emergency planning.  The following document details the Cub Scout and Webelos Emergencey Prep requirments.

District News!!!!

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 2015 Council Recognition


Mecklenburg County Council and Apache District Receive Gold Level Journey to Excellence Award


Two of Apache’s own Awarded the 2015 Silver Beaver!


Congratulations to District Advancement Chairman Craig Gross, and Council Vice President for Membership Ken May on being awarded the Silver Beaver.  This award is well deserved by two of Apache’s own very hard working, very dedicated Scouters.  


Pictured above from left to right are:  Ken May and Craig Gross.


Congratulations to our four new 2014 Apache District Award of Merit recipients


Pictured above from left to right are:  Tony Roux(T24), Bob Branan(T11), Flint McNaughton(T116) and Tommy Anderson(T-167).

Upcoming Events

  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.


Visit the:

Old English Cemetery (where several of General Cornwallis’s generals are buried).

Confederate Cemetery

 Union Cemetery

 African American Cemetery

 Old Courthouse

 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



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indian Rock

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.

Waxhaw Museum

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.

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:

North Carolina Transportation Museum

North Carolina Transportation Museum, in nearby Spencer.
This is a great place to visit.

Other Resources:

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
Sierra Trading post
Backpacker Magazine

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.  

Silver Beaver RecipientsCongratulations 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!!!

Comments, suggestions and potential Eagle Service Projects


If you have comments, suggestions or potential Eagle Service Projects, send an e-mail to:





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