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TOP CLOUDS: 11.3.14

 

NEW Scouting for Food 2015
Start planning now, Scouting For Food is just around the corner.   

As many of you may have heard, our long-time Scouting For Food Coordinator, Del Whittaker, has taken on a new assignment.  He is now coordinating the Council’s 100th year anniversary celebration. 

Scouter Tim Morgan, Vice Chairman of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has graciously agreed to serve as our 2015-2016 Scouting For Food Coordinator.   Recently retired Scoutmaster of Apache District’s Troop 119, Tim is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver.   In 2014, Troop 119 collected over 12,000 pounds of food. 

Mark your calendars.  Door to door bag distribution will begin on Saturday, January 31. 2015, and food collection will begin on Saturday, February 7, 2015. 

In 2014, we collected 165,000 pounds of food.  Our goal is to exceed that.  Actually, our goal is to make certain that every person in need who goes into a Loaves & Fishes pantry will receive a week’s worth of groceries.   We have a pretty awesome task ahead of us.

District Coordinators will have information for you at upcoming roundtables, and the 2015 Scouting For Food Leader’s Guide will be posted on the Council website in the near future.

For more information contact Bill Kalbas at (813) 493-1512 or at w.kalbas@gmail.com

 

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: Scott.Warren@ncdcr.gov or Sara.Walker@ncdcr.gov

 

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 kpindell@bdo.com.

 

 

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.

 

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:

http://www.scouting.org/worldjamboree.aspx

http://www.23wsj.jp/

http://www.mccscouting.org/News/ArticleView/tabid/188/ArticleId/164/2015-World-Scout-Jamboree-Unit-Leader-Application.aspx

The BSA registration web site is now open at http://www.scouting.org/worldjamboree.aspx

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 stutucker@aol.com

BSA NATIONAL NEWS:

 

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS:

 

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 www.scouting.org/programupdates.

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 www.scouting.org/programupdates. 

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.

 

 

DISTRICT ITEMS:

 

NEW How Many Scouts In Apache?
Thanks to all of you who put time and energy into recruiting new Cub and Boy Scouts to Apache District units so far this fall. As a district we still need to find 300 more new scouts by the end of the year. Here's what's happened so far: 

Recruited - 351 new Cub Scouts and 69 new Boy Scouts

Retained - 72% of existing Scouts, top in the council!

Apache has 2,701 total scouts enrolled right now

Let's make Apache 3,000 Scouts Strong....

NEXT: 

1. Check your unit's https://beascout.scouting.org/ page to be sure you've followed up on any hot leads. 

2. Call John Crapster or John Bittinger to arrange another school visit if your Pack or Troop needs more Scouts. 

3. Designate a "Bring a Friend" meeting or event in the next 6 weeks and push to add more quality adults and boys to your unit.

Contact Eric Davis at edavisclt60@gmail.com for more information.

 

NEW Apache District Fall Cuboree
We had another outstanding Fall Cuboree with approximately 800 in attendance. The boys were made up of Tigers Wolves and Bears this year. They had a chance to shoot BB guns and bows and arrows as well as do Crafts play Frisbee golf and work on their fishing and casting.  This year’s theme was Cub Scout Fiesta and we had a Mariachi Band come to our Campfire and perform and the boys had fun sharing in the festive atmosphere as did all the parents.  Special thanks to our Cuboree Chief Mike Husak for chairing such an outstanding event and Natalie Kosakowski for her support and all the volunteers that helped.          

Contact John Bittinger at john.bittinger@scouting.org for more information.

 

NEW Apache District Family Friends of Scouting 2015

Attention unit Leaders Jeff Williams Tracy our Family FOS Chairman will be contacting you soon to get a date for our Annual Family Friends of Scouting presentation. This year our goal is to try to make sure we get on your calendar as early as possible since we would like to have a presentation in all Packs Troops and Crews in Apache District.  Any Troops that have their big Court of Honor before the new year please contact Jeff so he can get you on the schedule. His contact information is as follows: JSWT@harkeylambeth.com 704-377-4700.  We had a great year last year raising more dollars than any other District in our Council.  Special thanks to Jeff Williams Tracy and our Family FOS team and we look forward to another outstanding year!!

Contact John Bittinger at john.bittinger@scouting.org for more information.

 

NEW Apache District Webeloree

This is the first year our District has had a Webelo-ree. It took place October 24th-26th. This year’s theme was Get Zombie Prepared - the boys all loved this theme and some key events were shared with the Apache District Camporee where they were participating at Cook Your Buns off Camporee. The goal was to get the boys familiar with the Boy Scouts. The Troops helped familiarize them with some of the leadership as well as work on key advancement opportunities and have a chance to participate in more challenging activities than they would normally get to participate in such as Pellet Gun Shooting, Outdoor Climbing wall and Low Copes course. Special thanks to Natalie Kosakowski and her Webelo-ree committee for an outstanding event.

Contact John Bittinger at john.bittinger@scouting.org for more information.

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 www.scouting.org. Go for the GOLD!

 

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 15th. 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 dates: November 13. Contact Al Nedrich, our District Roundtable Commissioner, if you have any questions or have an agenda item at al@nedrich.com.

 

NEW Apache Day Camp
Dates have officially been set so please mark your Pack calendars for June 22-26, 2015! Contact Monica Zeleznik at apache.daycamp@gmail.com for more information.

NEW Public Health MB
November 20, 22, 23. Contact Stuart Tucker at stutucker@aol.com for more information.

Woodwork Merit BadgeNovember 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 information 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: jime@jacksonpark.org Include Troop number, email address and contact phone number.JPM Warehouse Facility, 4001-B Sentry Post Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

Apache Web Site Helps:

 

Click here to view more resources and news

 

ORDER OF THE ARROW:

 

New Apache Officers for 2015!  Your new Apache Chapter officers are: Chalmers Middleton - Chapter Chief; Jon Unferth Vice Chief; Elliott McGinnis - Chapter Secretary and Brian Law Chapter Quartermaster.  A number of Chapter Arrowmen also hold Lodge positions.  Those include:  Zach Unferth – VC of Administration; Sam Unferth – Lodge Quartermaster and Chris Nedrich – Legends newsletter editor.

 

The Chapter was very busy in October.  A number of Arrowmen provided concessions at both the Cuboree and Camporee / Webolo-ree last month.  This effort was spearheaded by Quartermaster - Brian Law.  The Chapter will continue to provide this effort at all Apache District overnight camping events in the future.

 

Brothers - A number of important dates remain on our 2014 calendar: Monthly Chapter meetings - 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.

  

Click HERE for more Lodge information.

 

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