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TOP CLOUDS: 12.1.14


Please don’t keep us a secret.

With all the new parents coming into our Scouting family, please don’t keep Smoke Signals, and the Apache District Webpage a secret. We welcome new subscribers and it is easy to do. Also please share our Apache District Website.

New Happy Holidays

On behalf of the entire Apache District Committee, we wish our Scouting family a happy, safe, and blessed holiday season.

VERY IMPORTANT!!!!  Apache District Awards Banquet

The annual Apache District Awards Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, December 11th at Myers Park Presbyterian Church located at 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207. The festivities start at 6:30 PM IN Oxford Hall, and the cost is $15.00 per person. Please respond to Del Whittaker at: with your RSVP so we can have an accurate expectation of the total headcount that will be attending. You can pay at the MCC office and/or at the door the night of the banquet. If units are paying as one, please include the names of those folks that will be attending. Reservation

Deadline to register is December 3rd.

New Scouting For Food

Don’t forget, Scouting For Food bags will be distributed at the January Roundtable. If you haven’t selected your location, please see Phil Adams at the district banquet or the January Roundtable. Also, make sure you download and take a look at the 2015 Leaders Guide

New Story Ideas needed

Each year the media is looking for a new story angle. If you have any ideas,
please contact Bill Kalbas at

Some ideas include:

Would your unit like to have a reporter follow you from bag distribution to collection?

A new unit that is doing Scouting for Food for the first time.

A scout whose family may have been helped by Loaves & Fishes.

We also would like to know if you are having any major events such as “stapling event.”

New President James K. Polk Historic Site museum Grand reopening a great success.

An estimated 650 people attended President Polk’s birthday celebration and the Grand Re-opening of the remodeled museum. Many thanks to the Scouts of Troop 119 for all of their help.

New Urgent need for potential Eagle Projects

President James K. Polk Historic Site

With the renovation of the museum completed, now is a great opportunity to complete an Eagle Project at the birthplace of the 11th President of the United States. There are several projects that need to be done. For further details, please contact Robert Dreher (704) 889-7145. The site is located at

12031 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville, NC 28134.

Hemby Center-Siskey YMCA

The Siskey YMCA’s Hemby Program Center, located off Kuykendahl Road in south Charlotte has an urgent need to have Eagle Projects completed. 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.

New Cold Weather Camping Training

On January 10, 2015, at 8:30 am, Catawba Lodge, Order of the Arrow will offer Cold Weather Camping training at CPCC’s Levine Campus. During this training Scouts, regardless of age and whether or not they are in the Order of the Arrow, can learn skills that will help them camp during cold weather. Classes being taught include Clothing, First Aid, Cooking, Shelter, Leave No Trace, and Sleeping and are being taught by some of the best Arrowmen the lodge has to offer. There is no pre-registration or fee for this training, but Scouts should arrive by 8:30 AM to register the morning of January 10th and classes will start promptly at 9:00 AM and end at Noon. For more information on the Order of the Arrow Catawba Lodge, please visit their website at

On the same date and at the same location, the Mecklenburg County Council Training Committee will provide several other training courses for Adult Leaders. For further details, please visit the Mecklenburg County Council’s training page.

New Apache District Spring Cuboree

The Apache District Spring Cuboree will be held at Camp Grimes, the weekend of April 17-19.  This Spring’s theme will be:  All About That Bass!  Fun with Music!  For further details visit the Apache Spring Cuboree page for flyer and registration information @

New Apache District Day Camp

Day Camp offers Cub Scouts and Webelos the opportunity to experience exciting camp activities including swimming, boating, crafts, hiking, fishing, archery and so much more!


Please mark your calendars! Camp is scheduled for June 22-26, 2015. Check the website for more information in January 2015


Please contact Monica Zeleznik, Day Camp director at if you are interested in volunteering at one of the program stations or if you have any questions at all.


For further details please visit the Apache District Day Camp page at


Don’t know who is who on the Apache District Committee?

We have updated our District Committee website. You will also find several vacancies. Interested in helping? Contact our District Chairman, Dr. Stuart Tucker. Click here to view committee and openings.


New Orienteering Merit Badge Opportunity

Latta Nature Center is offering an Orienteering Merit Badge Course on Saturdays, December 13 and 20, with Scouts expected to participate both days.  Please call Latta Plantation Nature Preserve @ 704.875.1391 to regiter before class starts or Scouts may register on-line at:


Our Apache website has additional information @:


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 a 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 recharter due date on March 31. Click Here For Further Details


Eagle Project

Looking for potential Eagle Service Projects? Check out this brand new one to help senior citizens and persons with disabilities, read more at Around the Campfire”


World Scout Jamboree

Southern Region has 75 Scouts signed up. There is no maximum limit on the number of Scouts that can attend. Recruitment of youth is a high priority. There are also opportunities for youth and adults to attend as staff, officially, IST (International Service Team).

Limited BSA Scholarships may be available. For past World Jamborees, Scouts have helped to earn their own way with jobs at summer camp, fundraisers like pancake or spaghetti suppers, or sometimes grants from service clubs like the Lions Club, Rotary, Kiwanis, or Knights of Columbus.

USA troops will definitely be touring some in Japan, either before or after the Jamboree. The tour time will be 2 – 2.5 days. The tour agenda is pending. All tour sites will be youth friendly. Flights will be into Narita. Troops will take a bullet train from Tokyo to Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City to get to the Jamboree.

Individual troop patches will be allowed this time, a change from 2011.

The BSA Southern Region is working to have a strong representation at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) in 2015. Early planning and preparation will be important for Scouts, families, and leaders to achieving that goal.

The recruitment of BSA youth participants has begun in earnest. All youth must be 14 to 17 years old. Youth birthdays must fall between July 27, 1997 and July 28, 2001 to be eligible. Boy Scouts and Venturers (male and female) may attend.

The cost for unit participants is $5,750. This includes airfare, duffel bag, day pack, and jamboree fees. The airfare is from the home airport of the participant.

More information about the WSJ is available at these sites:

The BSA registration web site is now open at

If you know of Scouts or Venturers who might be interested in learning more about a WSJ or attending the WSJ, please ask parents or leaders to check out the websites and/or contact Stuart Tucker, adult volunteer from Charlotte, by email at




New 100th Anniversary

Mecklenburg County Council will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2015. This special year will begin with the Good Scout Breakfast (December 4, 2014) - and end with a special birthday recognition in November 2015. The original Mecklenburg County Council Charter was granted on November 20, 1915.

The celebration will highlight our community service, leadership and training Scouting offers throughout the year.

Special historical "DID YOU KNOW" facts will be distributed at our monthly district Roundtables which will be incorporated into the weekly unit meetings to help remind each Scout of this historical year.

The Steering Committee has adopted special new logos for 2015. You will see a 100th Anniversary 'star' patch which we hope EVERY Scout and Scouter will have, one which will be completed by adding activity rockers through Scouting events and activities throughout the year. Additionally, we have coordinated the Friends of Scouting campaign to highlight this anniversary year.

The Cub Scout Angle New Adventure Program Implementation: Webelos Leaders, Start Planning Now

The biggest changes to Cub Scouting in a generation are scheduled to take place in June 2015. Although there will be changes in the way advancement is organized to simplify the program for leaders, the focus for boys will still be on fun, adventure, and learning by doing. For details, see

For most dens, the change will be simple—boys begin using a new handbook as they move to the next rank. For dens currently in their first year of the Webelos Scout program, however, there will be options as the boys move into the second year of the program.

Option 1. Boys who earn their Webelos rank by June 1, 2015 may continue using the current handbook and complete the Arrow of Light requirements as stated there. However, they must finish all requirements for the Arrow of Light by June 1, 2016. For elective activities beyond the Arrow of Light requirements, boys may choose to work on additional activity badges—or, after June 1, 2015, some of the new adventure pins. The new requirements are posted at

Option 2. Beginning June 1, 2015, boys may begin using the new Webelos Handbook with new Arrow of Light requirements. The new requirements call for boys to complete four specific “adventures” (Building a Better World, Camper, Faith in Action, and Scouting Adventure) plus three additional adventures of their choice. For the transition year only, current Webelos activity badges earned beyond the three counted for the Webelos rank (Fitness, Citizen, and one more) may substitute for the “three additional” adventure pins.

The new Webelos Handbook and Webelos Den Leader Guidebook will be available in early 2015 to facilitate more detailed planning and implementation of the new program.



Friends of Scouting Campaign Progress

Thank you everyone for participating this year in our Friends of Scouting Campaign. Our district goal for Friends of Scouting is $203,000. As of August, we were over 100% of goal. Great job everyone!!! A big thank you to Flint McNaughton for chairing this year’s campaign. If you have not pledged your support for 2014, please do so.


Key Apache District Dates:


Adult Leader Roundtables

All adult leaders should attend Roundtable at Providence United Methodist Church starting at 7:30pm on the following dates: January 8, February 12, and March 12.  Contact Al Nedrich, our District Roundtable Commissioner, if you have any questions or have an agenda item at


Apache Web Site Helps:


Click here to view more resources and news




Brothers - A number of important dates remain on our 2014 calendar: Catawba Lodge Annual Banquet - Friday / Dec. 5th @ Belk Scout Camp.


Cold Weather Training, which will be held Saturday, January 10th @ CPCC Levine Campus needs Arrowmen for training classes.  Positions to be filled are as follows:

Leave No Trace:                     1 Youth

Sleeping in the Cold:                2 Youth, 1 Adult


Please contact Chapter Chief - Chalmers Middleton to volunteer.


Elections area starting in December 1!  Please anticipate scheduling calls from our Vice-Chapter Chief - Jon Unferth.  Those interested in helping with unit elections should contact Jon @


Click HERE for more Lodge information.


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