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TOP CLOUDS: 8-1-15

  

Membership Committee Update
We are here to help your Pack succeed! Recruiting & retention of Scouts is our constant focus.

Make sure you attend Roundtable on AUGUST 13 to pick up your brand new recruiting materials (we are developing a whole new look!) and to sign up for which schools you would like to recruit in this year.

Remember, in order to recruit adults and Scouts, a Unit must know what it will cost; know who will lead it; know what the schedule will be; and ASK people to join! This is the time of year to ensure you have the right adults in place to manage your Unit and begin preparing for the next school year.

Your Apache Membership contact is Traci Scott at traciscott@me.com

 

BSA NATIONAL NEWS:

Scouting Wire has arrived.

An official BSA one-stop spot for Scouting news and updates for employees and volunteers. This resource is designed to help you support the BSA as we work together to mold future leaders. And, true to Scouting’s last century of programs and resources, this hub is focused on providing educational information in a fun and inviting format.

 

http://www.scoutingwire.org is your home base for the tools and information you need to be successful in serving youth. Bookmark the site and explore the content tailored to your specialized role in the BSA. Find topics you’re most interested in and filter your results by program or organizational level.

 

 

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS: 

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 Program for Summer Camp
The Mecklenburg County Council and Camp Grimes are pleased to make available in 2015, a program that has been exclusively designed for us -- The Summit Trek. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the BSA’s newest national Scout reserve located in Southern West Virginia. The Summit opened in 2013 by hosting over 40,000 participants and visitors at its inaugural National Scout Jamboree. Beginning in 2014, The Summit began operating summer seasonal programs that include high adventure, Scout Camp and training programs. This new program gives Camp Grimes Scouts and Venturers the opportunity to spend several days at the Bechtel Summit enjoying world class adventure venues. Your Summit Trek includes meals, roundtrip transportation to the Bechtel Summit, and Scott Summit Center programming (including required equipment). A tent and cot will be provided for you while at the Summit. Beginning Monday evening, you have full access to the Scott Summit Center activity venues. In the evenings, Summit Center becomes the hub of all Summit activities as all Summit program participants from the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, James C. Justice National Scout Camp and special programs, like the Camp Grimes Summit Trek, mingle and enjoy the Summit Center venues. On Friday morning, we will return to Camp Grimes and you will spend the rest of the day with your home troop. COST: $500 per youth or adult (must be at least 13 years old to participate). For more details about the venues, see the flyer at www.mycampgrimes.org/Summit_Trek_2015.pdf . Contact Alan Keiger at alan.keiger@scouting.org with questions.

 

NEW Outstanding Cub Scout Day Camp
We had a great Day Camp this year. Special thanks to Monica Zeleznik and Michael Carey and their staff for an outstanding event. All the boys had a great time shooting bb guns and bows and arrows. Our Cub Scouts also got to fish, swim, make crafts and learn some boating skills. Our theme for the camp was “Carnival” and over 200 Cub Scouts and Scouter’s attended this year. Always remember to keep the “outing” in Scouting!

NEW Cub Scout Open House

Mark your calendars now Cub Scout leaders. Our annual open house recruit night at all Cub Scout Pack chartering organizations will be on Thursday, August 27th starting at 7pm. Please let John Crapster know if your Cub Scout Pack would like to participate by emailing him your commitment form at john.crapster@scouting.org. This is a great way to recruit new Cub Scouts and their parents and grow your Pack.

NEW Membership & Fall Recruitment
It’s that time again, Cub Scout Round-Up is just around the corner. Our Apache District team is excited about recruiting over 600 scouts this fall. We will have recruitment training as part of the Apache District Roundtable on August 13th at Providence United Methodist Church starting at 7:30pm. Please have several representatives from your unit at this important meeting. We will have all the marketing materials for you including yard signs, posters, stickers, bulletin inserts, etc. Charter Organization Open House Night is Thursday, August 27th at 7:00pm. Remember that the key is to get the application and registration fee from the new Cub Scouts at the meeting when you have your open house or school night. That way the parent feels committed and has a vested interest. This is the time of year to ensure you have the right adults in place to manage your Unit and begin preparing for the next school year. Our Apache Membership Chairman is Traci Scott; she can be reached at traciscott@me.com with any questions. Theme for our recruitment is: Adventure Is Calling! Exciting news, Head Coach Ron Rivera with the Carolina Panthers is endorsing our Scouting Program this year. He was a Scout in Panama growing up.

NEW Trail’s End Popcorn Sale
Please don’t miss this great opportunity to help provide funds for your Ideal Year In Scouting. Knock It Out of The Park with the Popcorn Sale. Popcorn sale sign up forms are now out. So please take advantage of this great Scouting sells opportunity. Remember Cubmaster’s and Scoutmaster’s you can’t do it all. The key to a strong unit is a good committee. Please identify your 2015 Popcorn Chairman and send their contact information to Terri Bailey at terrie.bailey@scouting.org. The key dates are on the Council website. Remember between September 11th and September 25th units should hold kick off meeting with boys, parents and leaders to explain the popcorn program incentives and deadline dates. Please make plans now for this important meeting and stay tuned to the website for further information about the Council Kickoff.

NEW Camp Cards
Scouts and Scouter’s, great job selling camp cards this year. Our units earned over $112,000 in commissions and our youth earned $5,000 worth of camp scholarships. Apache District led the Council with selling 18,737 camp cards. Great job Scouts! The winners of the grand prizes both chose a PlayStation 4 and will be presented their prize at the July Executive Board Meeting. They are Cub Scout, Ryan Daly, with Pack 167 and Boy Scout, Timothée Legos, with Troop 164. Congratulations, you two!

NEW Friends of Scouting
A big thanks to all who gave this year to Friends of Scouting. Apache District is truly blessed by so many organizations and loyal supporters. We should soon be over 100% of our goal. Thank you Flint McNaughton for Chairing FOS for Apache District and thank you Jeff Williams-Tracy for heading up Family FOS. We could not have been successful without so many good people giving their time, talents and money to our great cause!

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.

NC Transportation Museum Merit Badge Programs

The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC has posted their Aviation and Railroading Merit Badge programs for 2015. 

 

Boy Scout Rail Camp featuring an opportunity for Scouts to work on Railroading Merit Badge will be held Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14-15, 2015. For more information, see http://www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs---Tours/Boy-Scout-Rail-Camp.aspx

 

For both events, the following guidelines apply:

1. Scouts must pre-register.

2. Scouts must attend as part of a patrol or troop group, with 2 adult leaders present at all times.

3. The merit badge courses are supervised under the direction of an adult Scout leader registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and will be current on BSA Youth Protection at the time the courses are held.

4. Each patrol or troop attending will be responsible for verifying the Scouts participation and knowledge of the subject matter and signing off the blue cards indicating completion of the merit badge. Merit badge course staff will not be signing off on completed merit badges.

 

Eagle Projects

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”

 

DISTRICT ITEMS:  

Membership Committee Update
We are here to help your Pack succeed! Recruiting & retention of Scouts is our constant focus.

Make sure you attend Roundtable on AUGUST 13, 7:30pm to pick up your brand new recruiting materials (we are developing a whole new look, including a Cub Scouting video with Coach Ron Rivera!) and to sign up for which schools you would like to recruit in this year.

We must have a representative at EVERY school's open house the week before school starts as well as at the school night in early September.

Remember, in order to recruit adults and Scouts, a Unit must know what it will cost; know who will lead it; know what the schedule will be; and ASK people to join!

Your Apache Membership contact is Traci Scott at traciscott@me.com

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 bsc415@bellsouth.net 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 rangermsr@frontier.com.

(4) James K. Polk Historic Site, located in Pineville. Contact Scott Warren or Robert Dreher at (704) 889-7145.

 

ADVANCEMENT


Reminder: Cub Scout Advancement: New Methods, New Materials

The new adventure-based Cub Scout program will soon be here! Youth handbooks and Den Leader Guides will be available for purchase in Scout shops and online starting May 1, and the new program begins June 1.

 

The basic unit of advancement in the new materials is an “adventure.” The name was deliberately chosen to emphasize the nature of the advancement process and the delivery of the program as active, fun-filled, and boy-centered. There are more than 80 adventures awaiting the current and future generations of Cub Scouts: fun adventures designed to provide what a boy wants and needs. They cover a wide range of topics that encourage growth in fields such as duty to God, STEM, personal fitness and sports, and opportunities in the outdoors.

 

Seven adventures are required for advancement at each rank from Tiger through Arrow of Light. As these are completed, Cub Scouts are recognized with an award specific to the each adventure. The chart below shows how the seven required adventures break down between those that are elective, and those that must be earned.

          Required       Elective          Recognition

Rank       Adventures      Adventures          Device     

Tiger                                        6                                  1          Adventure Loops

Wolf                                         6                                  1          Adventure Loops

Bear                                        6                                  1          Adventure Loops

Webelos                                  5                                  2          Adventure Pins

Arrow of Light                         4                                  3          Adventure Pins

 

There are 19 adventures available for boys earning the Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks. Each takes approximately one month to earn, so boys will be recognized regularly for their advancement. Multi-colored belt loops are used to represent required adventures and monochrome loops represent elective adventures. The new program provides more than enough material for an entire year of fun, energetic, and Cub Scout-centered adventure.

Boys earning Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks are recognized with adventure pins that may be worn on the Webelos colors or on the front of the Webelos cap. Different shapes—diamonds for required Webelos adventures, arrowheads for required Arrow of Light adventures, and ovals for electives—add interest and help the boys chart their progress.

For a closer look at the background of the program changes, as well as brief descriptions, rationales, and requirements, visit www.scouting.org/programupdates.

 

Transition to Cub Scout Adventure Program

Transition to the new program will be a simple matter. At the end of the current program year, which for most dens is the close of the school year, boys will begin using the new materials. For example, a boy who earns his Tiger rank in the current program will begin using the new Wolf requirements on June 1, 2015.

 

Boys who earn their Webelos rank prior to June 1, 2015 will have two options to earn the Arrow of Light rank:

 

• Continue to use the current program materials and complete the requirements for the Arrow of Light as described in their current handbook. If desired, they also may also earn any of the new re-quired or elective Webelos and Arrow of Light adventures in addition to the current offering of activity badges.

• Elect to use the new adventure program to earn the Arrow of Light rank. They must earn the four required adventures, but there are some options for the three elective adventures: They may use any activity badges that were not used to fulfill the Webelos badge requirements, or they may choose from any of the remaining adventures available—including those required for the Webelos rank.

 

 

KEY APACHE DISTRICT DATES: 

NEW Fall Cub-o-ree

The Fall Cuboree will take place at Belk Scout Camp on Friday, October 9th through Sunday morning October11th. Only tigers, wolves and bears and their family members are invited to attend. Our Webelos Scouts will have their own Webelo-ree on Friday October 23rd through Sunday morning October 25th at Camp Grimes. We will have more information on the District website soon. The cost will be $12 per person to attend the event.

 

NEW Webelo-ree & Boy Scout Camporee

The Apache District will have Webelo-ree and Boy Scout Camporee at Camp Grimes starting on Friday October 23rd through Sunday morning October 25th. This is an opportunity for our Webelos to focus on key advancement areas and start to really look forward to becoming a Boy Scout. Also, this will give the boys an opportunity to become a little more familiar with Boy Scout Troops that they would later cross over into. Our Boy Scout Camporee Chairman is Lynn Snuggs, Scoutmaster of Troop 45. The goal is that the Webelos share in some activity with the Boy Scouts, so they start to become more familiar with what Boy Scouts do. All Scoutmasters and Webelos Leaders will have a breakout session at the August 13th Roundtable at Providence United Methodist Church to discuss the details of these events. For further information, please look at http://www.mccscouting.org and click on Apache District.

 

Adult Leader Roundtables

Adult Leader Roundtable will be on the following dates at Providence United Methodist Church starting at 7:30pm: August 13th, September 10th, October 8th and November 12th.  On December 10th, we will be having our Annual District Banquet. 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 Karl Johnson know, his email address is kdjoneseven@yahoo.com .

 


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ORDER OF THE ARROW:

Reminder - The LAST Ordeal weekend for 2015 is August 21-23 @ Belk Scout Camp.  If you were elected this year, you must attend the August event or go through your Troop election process next year.  Please refer to the Lodge website @ http://www.catawba459.org for more information.

Catawba Lodge 2015 Centurion Award Recipients

For nearly 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has purposefully recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  The Centurion Award recognized Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing and ongoing operational excellence of their local council’s lodge, and who, in doing so, inspired other to follow in their footsteps.  We are proud to announce the following recipients:  Lawrence W. Banks, Jr., Mark B. Chapman, Olvin Alexander “OA” Crenshaw, Dustin Counts, Jesse Lee Everidge, Jr., Sean P. Fox, Paul Joseph Horton, Carl Eugene Grimes

Please join us for our next Chapter meeting @ the Apache District Roundtable meeting – August 13th @ 7:30 pm.

 

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