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TOP CLOUDS: 3-31-14

Camp Cards
Camp Cards are a great way for your Scouts to earn their way to camp.  It is a very simple sale where Scouts sell a camp card for $5 and the unit gets to keep 50% commission. By selling camp cards, you are helping support our Council.  If you do not sell all of your reserved cards, just turn them back in to the Council by the deadline at no risk.  Thank you for your consideration!!
 
Click here to view the leaders guide and to see what the camp card looks like this year.
 
Everyone wins with the camp card, give it a try!!!
Camp card sales end May 8th, so keep selling!

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”

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS:


What is Wood Badge Training?


Wood Badge is a leadership training course originated by the founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell in 1919 to train Boy Scout leaders. It has evolved over the years to help prepare adult leaders in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing programs.

Wood Badge takes many of the most current management and leadership principles, and puts them into the Scouting context. You will learn these effective principles, see examples of how they can solve real issues that you as scout leader’s face, and have opportunities to practice what you have learned on the course. You will then make a commitment to use your new skills to improve your unit, district, or council during the Application Phase of the course.

When, Where and How Much?

The next Wood Badge course being hosted by the Mecklenburg County Council is designated as SR5-415-14. It will be held at Belk Scout Camp located at 9408 Belt Rd, Midland, NC 28107.
 • Weekend I - July 25-27, 2014
• Weekend II - August 16-18, 2014
The fee for the Wood Badge training experience is $250.00. A reservation fee of $100.00 must be returned with your Acceptance of Invitation found on the MCC Training website.
For further information!
If you would like more information on attending Wood Badge, please visit our website: http://www.mcctraining.org/WoodBadge.aspx or email the Course Director Dan Hardesty at mailto:thehardestys@carolina.rr.com.

 

McDowell Nature Center Merit Badge Weekend, April 5-6, 2014
Bird Study, Nature and Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badges

The staff of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Nature Centers are collaborating to sponsor a merit badge weekend on Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, 2014 at McDowell Nature Center.  Instructors for these courses are BSA registered as Merit Badge Counselors and have completed Youth Protection training.

Click here to view the flyer online
for details on registration, costs, and pre-course preparation.
Registration in advance is required.

McDowell Nature Center is handling all registration, so please contact their staff at 704.588.5224 to register and to ask questions about the courses.

Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 1:00 pm


The Hornets Nest Region (HNR) of the the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) is pleased to offer an Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge workshop to Scouts from Mecklenburg County Council at the Spring AutoFair on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To register Scouts for this Workshop, one Scout leader or parent from each troop should send email to Mr. Mike Parker of HNR at mparker@drakecap.net with

Adult leader contact name
Adult leader phone number
Adult leader email address
Adult leader mailing address (for event tickets, maps, parking stickers)
Troop #
Total number of Scouts from that troop who will be participating in the merit badge course.
There is no charge to Scouts for participating in the workshop or for attending the event or for parking.
This program includes free admission to the Charlotte AutoFair, free group van parking, free refreshments, and a complimentary copy of the Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge workbook for each Scout.  This workshop is sponsored by the Hornets Nest Region of the AACA.

Registration closes on March 12 or when maximum class capacity of 40 Scouts is reached.

Each Scout should bring a blue card signed by his Scoutmaster indicating approval to participate in the course.

Please note that the HNR AACA Workshop will begin at 1:00 pm.  As you plan your travel, please consider heavy traffic, parking delays, and potential long walk time to the HNR instruction area.


Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival - Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17
While this is not a merit badge opportunity, here is a great chance to learn about fly fishing from the experts.

Place:  Ramsay Center at the Western North Carolina University - Cullowhee, NC
Further details about the festival will be posted on the website in the coming months.  Please visit http://southeastfaff.org.
For information on lodging (including hotel room blocks) and camping, please click on the Festival 2014 tab and then visit the NC Mountain Guide.

DISTRICT ITEMS:


Scuba Diving Venture Crew
Apache District and Diver’s Supply is trying to continue a Scuba Diving Venture Crew.  Our first meeting will be on 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at Diver’s Supply (8700 Pineville-Matthews Rd – Suite 800, Charlotte, NC).  We plan to meet or go on a trip once a month. To be a Venture Scout in our co-ed program, one must be between the ages of 14 and 20.

We need a few more adult leaders to make this possible, so if interested contact John Bittinger at 704-342-9336. Registration is $25 to be a member of our Venture Crew, however, if you are already a current Scout or registered leader, there will be no additional national registration fee.  Please have anyone interested in joining us on April 8th to RSVP john.bittinger@scouting.org , so we will be prepared.

What To Do With Old Cub Scout Applications Laying Around:
Maybe you have a stack of blank Cub Scout applications laying under a stack of other important scouting documents or maybe you have them in a file in the back of your scout files. Do you have a few spread out in your trunk?

Apache District is sponsoring a pilot program to recycle these applications. Here’s what you do.

1. Pick or Plan a fun Pack event in May, June or July.
2. Ask each Cub Scout Mom, Dad and Scout, to find a friend and bring them to that fun event.
3. Give the friend the application and have them join your Pack.

Among the proven benefits of this recycling program are:
- You may complete new scout recruiting before the madness of back-to-school recruiting.
- New Cub Scouts have all summer to get excited about your next program year.
- You can identify new parents to help with your organization.
- It’s an easy way to keep your Pack energized over the summer.

Examples of summer events that attract new Scouts:
    - Fishing and hot dogs at a local park
- Field Day and hot dogs- play non-traditional outdoor games and serve hot dogs
- Ultimate Frisbee hike at a local course- a great walk in the woods and the cubs get to throw stuff. Hot dogs not required.

So make an easy summer plan now. Recycle all those blank Cub Scout applications before August. Enjoy your hot dogs. And Congratulations on growing your Pack before the first school open house!

Contact Eric Davis, Apache Membership Chairman, 704-564-0972  edaviclt60@gmail.com

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:  April 10th, May 8th and June 12th.  July we will not have any district meetings.  Contact Al Nedrich, our District Roundtable Commissioner, if you have any questions or have an agenda item at al@nedrich.com.

Scout Night at the Charlotte Hounds

Come join your fellow Scouts and families on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 for the HOME OPENER of your Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse team!
This is our 2nd Annual "Scout Night at the Hounds" game.
Order your tickets now for an exclusive Scout discount offer ~ $11.00 per ticket!
WHAT: Charlotte Hounds versus the Ohio Machine.
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m      .
WHERE: Charlotte Memorial Stadium
WHO:  CHARLOTTEHOUNDS.COM or 704.206.1519
Click flyer for more information and how to order your tickets.

Beaver Day
All  troops  should  have  Beaver  Day on  your  calendar: May 16-18  at  Camp  Grimes.
This is a weekend that troops go to camp, help set up the camp and prepare to open summer camp. Contact Ranger Chris Williams for more details: RangerMSR@Frontier.com

Apache Day Camp 2014
Cubmaster’s , Den Leader’s and Parent’s, Day Camp is right around the corner, so mark your calendars for the week of June 23rd – June 27th.  Camp Director, Cyndi Murdock, is excited about this year’s theme: “Are you tougher than a Scout Leader?” We are looking forward to great Day Camp.  Please get your boys and parents ready for these activities:  BB guns, archery, fishing, swimming, boating and nature hikes, climbing and lots more.  Cost is $125 per camper until May 30th and then the fee goes up to $150, so register now.  No registration will be processed without adequate adult volunteers registered (need one adult volunteer for each 4 Scouts).  Any questions should be directed to our Camp Director at apache.daycamp@gmail.com


Apache Spring Cub-o-ree @ Camp Grimes

This year, Spring Cuboree will be held at Camp Grimes April 25th-April 27th.  Please mark your calendars.  Natalie Kosakowski is our Cuboree Chairman and she is looking forward to a GREAT event.  Come as your favorite “Super Hero”.  Look forward to a great Cub Scout Program of BB guns, bows and arrows and more exciting things.  Natalie and her assistant chair, JoAnn White, are looking forward to seeing you and your Cub Scouts.  We will have lots of fun!  Cost will be $12 per participant and you must preregister at the Scout Office.  For further information go to www.mccscouting.org  and click on Apache District or contact Natalie Kosakowski

Powder Horn 2014 – Friday-Monday, September 5-8, 2014

Powder Horn is a High Adventure resource management training course to introduce a range of high adventure activities to older Scouting youth and to their leaders.  Central NC Council in Albemarle and Mecklenburg County Council are again jointly sponsoring a Powder Horn this year, scheduled for Camp Barnhardt (about 52 miles from Charlotte, Map) on Friday -Monday, September 5-8, 2014.

To meet BSA requirements we have planned the curriculum to include 3 full days of activities but realizing that most participants must return to school or work on Monday September 8, we are offering a full program of electives on Friday and Saturday and Sunday so that participants may qualify for their Powder Horn insignia by late Sunday afternoon.

Youth must be 14 or older to attend, either Boy Scouts or Venturers.  To shoot pistols, youth must be a member of a Venture crew.  If they are not a Venturer in their home council, they may bring a completed BSA Youth Application signed by a parent or guardian and they can register as a Venturer in Central NC Council when they check in.

Course sessions are oriented whenever possible to hands-on activities.  Participants can put on SCUBA gear and tanks and swim underwater in the Camp Barnhardt pool.  You can use flint and steel or steel wool and a battery or a fire plow or a fire saw or a bow drill to try to start a fire.  You can change a flat tire on a bicycle.  You can shoot a military rifle or skeet with a shotgun or targets with a pistol or perhaps try out Cowboy Action Shooting.  You can learn to cast with a fly rod and to tie a fly.  You can eat an MRE.  You can cook on a hobo stove and make your own biscuit bag twist bread.  You can paddle a kayak or a paddleboard.  You might shoot arrows with a hunting bow.

Enrollment is now open: Click Here

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TRAINING:

Wilderness First Aid for Scouts - April 11-12, 2014
 
Wilderness First Aid for Adults - May 2-3, 2014
 
Wood Badge S5-415-14 - July 25-27 & August 16-18, 2014

For more information on training visit http://www.mcctraining.org/

ORDER OF THE ARROW:

The Apache District wide callout will be THIS Friday, April 4th!  This will be at Belk Scout camp beginning at 7:30pm.  Apache Chapter meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of every month.  This coincides with our district roundtable meetings … same time and place.  All members are encouraged to attend.

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