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TOP CLOUDS: 10-1-14 - published 9-29-14


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 Powderhorn 2014 A Tremendous Success. Recently, 48 scouts and scouters from councils in Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia gathered at Camp Barnhardt for an interesting and fun-filled weekend. Powderhorn is BSA training program that introduces adults and older youth to high adventure activities and resources. Several Scouters from Apache District, including Tony Roux, and Bill Kalbas served as instructors, and our own District Chairman, Dr. Stuart Tucker did a great job as course director.

NEW Boy Scouts are needed to help with parking at the President James K. Polk Historic Site reopening on November 15.

Ten to fifteen Boy Scouts are needed (from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m) to help direct (park) cars at the November 15th  Grand Reopening Celebration.  If your unit can volunteer, please contact Scott Warren or Sara Walker at (704) 889 -7145. Their e-mail addresses are: or

Packing lists and gear guides for Cub Scout Families.

Scouting provides some wonderful opportunities for scouts and their families to go camping.  BUT don’t put a burden on your new parents by letting them know a week before a campout about what gear they will need.  Please let them know as soon as their son joins scouts.  Looking for a gear guide?  We have a list and some other great information posted on the Apache District Resources and Downloads Page.


Trail’s End Popcorn

Good luck with the Trail’s End popcorn sale.  This year’s sale promises to be the best yet. We appreciate you supporting the Mecklenburg County Council.  Do you have POPCORN FEVER? CATCH IT!!!  If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Pindall our District Popcorn Chairman at


Cub Scout Fall Recruitment

School Night for Scouting sign-ups are now complete at all Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. We had an outstanding team of volunteers this year and it was a huge success. Please turn your new youth and adult applications into the Scout Office as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who made this such a great success. Special thanks to our Apache Membership team: Charlie Foxx, Traci Scott, Eric Davis, Karl Johnson and our Unit Commissioner’s.

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 members and openings.


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 8 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. A ll 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 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.

2014 Recruiting Roundup Materials

The NEW 2014 Roundup Guidebook and Marketing Resources are now available. Please click here for this important information.

Additionally, the Recruiting PowerPoint is also available - CLICK HERE for this document.





Journey to Excellence

Our district is working on achieving the Journey to Excellence award for 2014. There are three levels of qualification, your Unit Commissioner will be visiting your unit by the end of November to go over your progress and level achieved.  Then we will be recognizing your Unit at a future Roundtable. If you would like more information, please visit Go for the GOLD!


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.


District Banquet

Mark your calendars for an exciting District Banquet.  We are having our banquet on Thursday, December 11th at Myer’s Park Presbyterian Church – Oxford Hall.  Cost is $15 a person and we would like for every unit to be represented. Please make sure you nominate a deserving volunteer for Award of Merit or for some of the other ‘leader of the year’ awards.  Check out our website for more details.  Deadline to submit the nomination forms to the Scout Service Center is November 14th.  We are having the event catered and the food should be delicious.  Del Whittaker and Al Nedrich are again serving as our Annual Recognition Banquet Chairmen. Thanks Del and Al!!! 


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 date:  October 9, and November 13.  Contact Al Nedrich, our District Roundtable Commissioner, if you have any questions or have an agenda item email to:


NEW October 26, 2014 - The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy: As part of their 2014 membership drive, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be showing this never-before seen movie at the Blumenthal Performing Arts McGlohan Theater on Sunday, October 26 at 6:00p.m.

Event highlights also include, exciting guest speakers, a 1- year membership or gift membership to the ATC, prizes and more. Kids get in free. There is an admission fee for adults. For tickets and further details, visit Note: For a $5.00 off discount on adult tickets enter the promo code FLR14.

October 10-12, 2014 Apache Fall Cuboree “Fiesta” for Tigers, Wolves and Bears - Belk Scout Camp

The Cub-o-ree will take place at Belk Scout Camp on October 10th-12th. We are encouraging only our Tigers, Wolves and Bears to participate.  We have a special Webelo-ree scheduled for our 4th and 5th graders at Camp Grimes, October 24th – 26th.  This year’s theme is “Cub Scout Fiesta”. We still encourage family members to attend.  Cost per participant is $12 per person includes:  lunch on Saturday, and souvenir patcha and cup. Highlight include:  shooting sling shoot, archery and BB’s, crafts, games and more.  Deadline to register your Pack at the Scout Office is September 26thFor more information to volenteer, please contact Mike Husak @  For more event information click here!

October 24-26, 2014 Apache Webelo-ree “Get Zombie Prepared” - Camp Grimes 

The event is scheduled for October 24_26 at Camp Grimes.  The cost is $15 per participant which will include activities, lunch on Saturday, patch and a t-shirt.  Natalie Kosakowski and her committee have a great event planned. Some activities to expect are camping, outdoorsman, shooting pellet guns & archery, craftsman, outdoor climbing and more. The theme is “Get Zombie Prepared”. Cub Scout Pack registration is due by October 9th at the Scout Office or Roundtable.  It is important to get your registration forms turned in on time or your scouts may not get a t-shirt. For more information, click here!


October 24-26, 2014 Apache Fall Camporee “Cook Your Buns Off” - Camp Grimes

Our Boy Scout Camporee will be October 24th – 26th at Camp Grimes.  The theme of the Camporee is “Cook Your Buns Off”. Everyone who attends are in for a great time, please encourage your unit to participate. Cost is $10 per participant.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Christopher Kubala at 704.614.4919 or   For further details click here!


Woodwork Merit Badge
November 1 and 8, 2014 (8:30 until 1:00 with open shop after that until 2:00 pm) Jackson Park Ministries Woodshop. 
For more event informaion click here and scroll down our home page!!

Sessions will be offered again by Jim Emery of Troop 80 and the Charlotte Woodworkers Association.  Both sessions are required to complete the merit badge.  As with any merit badge, please read the merit badge pamphlet before coming to the session.  Cost for the session is Free.  Material costs, depending on your project. The cost will be up to the scout.  The association will supply the pen kit.

Registration by Email: Include Troop number, email address and contact phone number.
JPM Warehouse Facility, 4001-B Sentry Post Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208


November 15, 2014 President James K. Polk Historic Site Grand Reopening Celebration:  Polk Revisits Pineville.
Come and celebrate with the folks at the President James K. Polk Historic Site, as they reveal the newly renovated visitor center.  Bring the whole family to take part in an array of fun activities.  Shuck corn, dance a folksy jig, and snap pictures with none other than President Polk himself.  You won’t want to miss out on the celebration! Hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Admission:  Free


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Brothers - A number of important dates remain on our 2014 calendar:  Lodge Fall Fellowship - October 3-5 (Lodge and Chapter officer elections!); Monthly Chapter meetings - October 9; November 13 and Catawba Lodge Annual Banquet - Friday / Dec. 12th @ Belk Scout Camp.


Next year, Catawba Lodge is hosting the Dixie Fellowship on the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.  The Planning committee would like all the help we can get, so if you would like to join a committee, please email the Chairman and he will give you all the information on how you can help.  Click HERE for a list of available committees.


Our next Chapter meeting will be on Thursday, October 9th @ 7:30.  An introduction of our new Chapter officers, planning for the Annual Banquet and discussing Unit elections for 2015 will be our primary activities during this gathering.  We will meet in our usual location @: Providence United Methodist Church - 2810 Providence Road.  


Catawba Lodge/Order of the Arrow Fall Fellowship
October 3-5 at Belk Scout Camp.

Click HERE for more Lodge information.


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