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NEW President’s Day
February has several important holidays that honor our Presidents. Friday, February 12th, is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Monday, February 15th is Presidents’ Day, and Monday February 22nd is President George Washington’s Birthday. Don’t forget to remind your scouts about the importance of these days. Be sure to mention that President Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, was an Eagle Scout.

Yours in Scouting,
Apache District Marketing Team

NEW Scouting For Food
Scouting for Food is underway. Don’t forget Saturday, February 6, is collection day and we need your help. When you arrive at the collection site, please remember to help unload and sort. This will speed things up. Please review the information in your 2016 Leader’s Guide. It can be found on the Mecklenburg County Council or the Apache District website. Many thanks to all who are participating in this very important service project.

Finally, help us spread the word. In addition to the old fashion “word of mouth” way, please use your social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to remind your Charlotte friends and family about the Scouting for Food.

New Merit Badge Opportunities
Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum (near Freedom Park, a division of Discovery Place) are pleased to announce programs for Scout advancement in 2016. For further details, please visit the Apache District Website – More info below in the Advancement section.

NEW Charlotte 49ers Scout Night
Saturday, February 6, at 7 p.m., Halton Arena
Discounted tickets to 49ers Men’s Basketball game:
Charlotte vs. ODU (Sat. 2/6 @ 7PM)

-       Each Scout will receive a 49ers Scout patch

-       In-game PA/Scoreboard recognition for all Scout groups

-       Post-game photo opportunity on the court

-       First 100 Scout participants to register will be eligible for a unique “Fan Tunnel” experience

All scouts, family, and friends receive $10 tickets

If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets directly, contact Caleb Weith at 704-687-5196 or

NEW Camp Cards – A great Fundraiser
Thank you for participating in this year’s camp card sale. Every $5 card sold helps a youth earn their way to camp and other activities. If your unit missed the kickoff, it is not too late to sell. Just contact John Crapster at and let him know how many your unit would like to reserve. Our sale runs from now till March 30th.

NEW Summer Camp for Venturers
Venturers, check out a summer camp dedicated to Venturing and High Adventure at Lumpkin Adventure Base - June 19 through July 16 - Weeks 1-4







NEW Silver Beaver Nominations
Do you know a volunteer Scouter that works tirelessly for the youth of our community and is dedicated to the Scouting movement? Or do you know someone in your unit that works behind the scenes to make every camping trip, court of honor or activity run smoothly? Then you should nominate this person for the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition awarded to Scouters within the jurisdiction of a local council. Nomination forms are due in the council office by March 4, 2016. You can download a nomination form from our website. Awards will be presented at the council recognition dinner in April 2016. John Mahaffey will be serving as the 2016 Silver Beaver Chairman. Form can be found Here.

Special News from Camp Grimes:
This year, Mecklenburg County Council is taking special steps to promote summer camp at Camp Grimes. You will be hearing more about it at FOS presentations, Blue and Gold Banquets, and District Roundtables. The Council wants to offer special focus on the first year program to Webelos and young Boy Scouts. Here are just some of the reasons why you and your scouts should consider Camp Grimes:

  • Camp Grimes Summit Trek returns for 2016
  • New rifles and shotguns will be in use
  • 2016 fee is $280
  • Fees associated with merit badges will NOT change from 2015

Staff applications are now being accepted at

A leader’s meeting is set for February 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Scout Service Center.

100+ Years of Service – Eagle Project/Service Project Opportunities
In celebration of its 100th Anniversary in 2016, the Charlotte Rotary Club is reaching out to Mecklenburg Scouts to offer assistance with Eagle Projects and Troop Service Projects. For further information, contact Wil Bosbyshell, Apache District Rotary Co-Captain, Troop 1 Former Scoutmaster/Committee Member 704) 414-0029 or Greg Sizemore Apache District Rotary Co-Captain, Troop 1 Assistant Scoutmaster (704) 649-5703

Same Journey, Different Trails – Camperships
Does your unit have a Campership program? Do your parents know about it?

Our council works hard to keep Scouting affordable. The day camp and summer camp programs are very competitively priced compared to other summer programs. Yearly registration fees, even after adding unit activity fees, are very reasonable when compared to most sports. Scouting may be the best deal in town.

However, there are times when a family is hard pressed to come up with the money for their son’s annual dues or summer camp trip. A lost job, illness, or other unforeseen circumstance may force parents to decide that they can’t afford to stay involved in Scouting.

Money should never be the reason a boy leaves Scouts. Make sure your Pack or Troop has a campership program and funds set aside to support it. And make sure the parents know about the program and how to take advantage of it. Here are some tips:

  • Make it a rule that the Scout should earn part of the fee by participating in unit fundraisers. This will make it feel less like a handout.
  • Be discrete and respectful. It may be a sensitive topic.
  • Develop a campership request form for your unit. There are many available online to draw from.
  • Put the rules, instructions, and campership form in your parents’ guide book.

Same Journey, Different Trails is a monthly article related to the topic of Diversity. For more information visit Around the Campfire. To suggest a topic contact Tim Hall at

Eagle Scout Recognition in the Charlotte Observer
The Council Advancement Committee and the Council Marketing Committee are pleased to announce that a partnership was recently established with the Charlotte Observer.

Each and every one of our new Eagle Scouts can now be featured in the “Neighborhood” section of the Charlotte Observer. The process is very easy thanks to a new on-line form that the new Eagle Scout completes after his Eagle Board of Review – takes less than 5 minutes. The information will go directly to the Observer who will feature a picture of the Scout with details on his unit, chartering organization, etc. – as well as an overview of his project, and what has been the biggest impact of Scouting for him. Check out the Advancement page of the MCC web site for more details and the link to the form. Please encourage all new Eagle Scouts to complete the form so he can highlight all the great things that Scouting provides – for him, his fellow Scouts and our community!

The Eagle Scout Board of Review committee members are to look for this information in the Eagle Scout packet that is brought to Eagle Board of Review. The review committee is to encourage the Scout to use it to receive his proper recognition.



NEW Same Journey, Different Trails – Diversity in Leadership
I recently moved to the Concord/Huntersville area and my boys and I joined up with a nearby unit. It is a small group but very active, and with a great group of dedicated leaders. The boys fit in well with the other Scouts. But there is one policy the Troop has that nearly made me choose another unit. They do not allow women to go on campouts. They can be on the committee, but they don’t camp.

The reason our Troop doesn’t allow women on campouts is that “boys behave differently” when their moms are around. I found a message forum discussing this issue. According to Ted M., “There is a very different dynamic when it is all boys and men vs having women present.” (

The other argument is that moms will mother their boys. That one can be negated quickly by setting the expectation that all adults, regardless of gender, should take care not to “parent”, but follow the philosophy of a boy led Troop and let the Patrol Method work as it is intended. We only step in when someone is going to lose an eye, right?

The main argument for allowing women to go camping, and I agree having seen it first hand, is that many campouts and other events would not happen if it weren’t for moms volunteering to go.

Also, some of the best Scouters and role models out there are women. I myself have learned a lot from the female Scouters active in our own District and Council.

As for the argument about boys acting differently, ScouterMom says, “our young men will also benefit from learning how to interact appropriately with women. As they grow into adulthood, they will have women as colleges, employees, and bosses. It is beneficial for them to learn how to behave appropriately with both genders.” (

Visit Around the Campfire for a longer version of this article and to find out what the BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting has to say.

Same Journey, Different Trails is a monthly article related to the topic of Diversity. To suggest a topic contact Tim Hall at


Unit Service Projects
Is your unit looking for a service project? Here are some ideas:

(1) Ask your Charter Organization. This is a great time for cleaning and gardening; many organizations could use a little help.

(2) Belk Scout Camp - Contact Ranger Mike Cook (704) 848-0958 Spend a day or spend a weekend, there are plenty of service projects for packs and troops at Belk.

(3) Mecklenburg Scout Reservation (Camp Grimes) Contact Ranger Chris Williams (828) 652-8592



New Position of Responsibility: Outdoor Ethics Guide

The new Boy Scout requirements introduce a new position of responsibility. Outdoor Ethics Guide will replace the Leave No Trace Trainer position. The following job description is provided by the BSA Outdoor Ethics task force: The outdoor ethics guide helps the troop plan and conduct an outdoor program that emphasizes effectively practicing the Outdoor Code, the Leave No Trace principles, and the Tread Lightly! principles. The guide works to help Scouts improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to help minimize impacts as they hike, camp, and participate in other outdoor activities. In particular, he should support Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. How does a Scout get position of responsibility credit if he is in the middle of his tenure as Leave No Trace Trainer on Dec. 31, 2015? The unit should simply credit him with time served in that position, and then begin his tenure as Outdoor Ethics Guide on Jan. 1, 2016.


NEW Digital Interactive Merit Badge Pamphlets

20 interactive digital merit badge pamphlets, including every Eagle-required badge, now available


NEW Discovery Place Merit Badge Workshops 2016

Saturday, February 6 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Energy

Saturday, February 6 1:45 pm to 5:30 pm Engineering

Sunday, February 7 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Chess


Saturday, March 5 10:15 am to 5:30 pm Robotics

Sunday, March 6 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Space Exploration

Sunday, March 6 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Cyber Chip


Saturday, May 14 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Weather

Saturday, May 14 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Digital Technology

Saturday, May 14 1:45 am to 5:30 pm Programming

Sunday, May 15 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Model Design and Building


Saturday, June 25 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Electricity

Saturday, June 25 1:45 pm to 5:30 pm Chemistry

Sunday, June 26 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Electronics


Saturday, August 27 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Energy

Saturday, August 27 1:45 pm to 5:30 pm Engineering

Sunday, August 28 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Chess


Saturday, September 24 10:15 am to 5:30 pm Robotics

Sunday, September 25 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Space Exploration

Sunday, September 25 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Cyber Chip


Saturday, November 5 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Weather

Saturday, November 5 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Digital Technology

Saturday, November 5 1:45 am to 5:30 pm Programming

Sunday, November 6 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Model Design and Building


Saturday, December 3 10:15 am to 1:15 pm Electricity

Saturday, December 3 1:45 pm to 5:30 pm Chemistry

Sunday, December 4 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Electronics


NEW Nature Museum Merit Badge Workshops 2016

Saturday, February 27 10:00am – 4:30pm Geocaching


Saturday, March 5 10:00am – 4:30pm Environmental Science


Saturday, May 7 10:00am – 4:30pm Reptile and Amphibian Study

Sunday, May 8 12:30pm – 5:00pm Bird Study


Saturday, August 6 10:00am-4:30pm Environmental Science


Saturday, September 24 10:00am – 4:30pm Environmental Science


Saturday, November 5 10:00am – 4:30pm Geocaching


Saturday, December 3 12:30pm – 5:00pm Environmental Science


Scouting is Service

Beginning in 2016, Boy Scout rank requirements will see some changes, including provisions in six of the soon-to-be-seven ranks that involve service to others. (Presently, only Second Class, Star, Life, and Eagle ranks include a service-related requirement.) The new service requirements through Life rank will be:


Tenderfoot: Participate in a total of one hour of service in one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster.

Second Class: Participate in two hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster.

First Class: Participate in three hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. The project(s) must not be the same service project(s) used for Tenderfoot…and Second Class.

Star: While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service pro-jects approved by your Scoutmaster.

Life: While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least 3 hours of this service must be conservation related.


Other aspects of note concerning service projects:


Except for Eagle Scout, service involves work only; planning, development, or leadership must not be required of any Scout.

Service may be conducted individually as well as with one’s patrol or troop.

Assisting with another Scout’s Eagle project is appropriate for Tenderfoot through Life service requirements.

Only the Eagle Scout service project requires preapproval. Although service to meet the requirements of the other ranks requires approval, this need not occur before the work is completed.

For Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class, the service requirement includes a discussion of how the work related to the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Scout slogan and motto.

For all ranks other than Eagle, assisting others is acceptable; it is not necessary to lead a service project or service work.


In guiding Scouts through the ranks, it may be helpful to view these requirements as stepping-stones toward what a Scout will ultimately do at the summit of his Eagle trail. In this regard, note that at the First Class level the requirement specifically states that the work must be different from what the Scout did for his Tenderfoot and Second Class service requirements. This is purposefully included as a way to offer the Scout greater opportunity and minimal repetition.


NEW Sources for Revised 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirement Information




Apache Events

Leadership Dinner - 3/16/2016 -

Apache Cuboree - 04/15-17/2016

Apache Cub Scout Day Camp - June 20-24 2016 - Belk Scout Camp,

Lead - Monica Zeleznik –

Apache Cuboree - 10/07-09/2016

Apache Webeloree-Camporee - 10/21-23/2016

Apache Banquet - 12/08/2016


Adult Leader Roundtables

Check our Council website for more details. We need your help with providing an excellent program this year. If you or someone you know can help with Roundtable or have an agenda item, please let Angie White know, her email address is


Apache Web Site Helps:

Click here to view more resources and news





Many Apache arrowmen welcomed the new year with us at our January meeting. Attendance of meetings is on the rise, and the chapter is using some of our funds that we raised last year to serve pizza to attendees. 


The Apache Chapter is led by Chapter Chief Eliot McGinnis, Chapter Vice Chief Travis Nagorski, Secretary Alex Pendzick and Quartermaster Jonathan Gamble. We have worked together to plan projects and further develop the Chapter. 


Apache brothers held both the Cold Weather Sleeping and Leave No Trace presentations at Cold Weather Training this year. Positive feedback was received for both classes.


We have selected a TeePee design and have found a viable location to paint it in, which we plan to paint in mid February. 


Thanks to the efforts of our Vice Chief and several other members of our Chapter, we have scheduled more than 14 elections for this season. Scoutmasters, if you have not scheduled your OA election, please reach out to Vice Chief Travis Nagorski. Travis can be reached at his Catawba Lodge email: .


This years Scouting for Food Apache collection sites are the Arboretum and Sharon United Methodist Church (the same ones as last year). The collection dates are Saturday February 6th, and Sunday February 7th.


For candidates elected at an election this year, the Apache call-out will be held on the evening of Friday, April 8th at Belk Scout Camp.


We have new t-shirts, available for sale at chapter meetings and events.


Thank you for your continued support for the Chapter. Your service helps us grow and expand our efforts to serve.


Yours in Scouting,


Eliot McGinnis

Catawba Lodge - Apache Chapter Chief


The next meeting is February 10th, at Providence United Methodist Church.

Be there to get caught up, discuss important decisions, and to eat lots of

pizza! I hope to see you all there!


Alex Pendzick

Catawba Lodge - Apache Chapter Secretary


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