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Upcoming Area Events & Information - Posted 9.24.20



Dear Apache District,


To quote Dr. Seuss, "the more that you learn, the more places you will go." Looking beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic, Scouting will eventually resume its traditional activities and outings. Doing so will require trained leaders, committee members, and volunteers. During this time, the Program Committee of the Apache District wanted to encourage scouting volunteers to utilize BSA's online training resources.


First, all adults participating in scouting must complete Youth Protection Training within the last two years. If your certification is expiring soon, I would encourage you to complete the training now. The training is available on My.Scouting.org.


Second, there are numerous other online training resources available for all other scouting positions, such as Cub Scout Den Leader, Scouting BSA committee member, or merit badge counselor. Those courses are also available at My.Scouting.org.


Third, the Apache District maintains a website with live training class updates and links to training resources. https://www.mccscouting.org/around-the-campfire. Updates to the training calendar will be published when available.

During this time, I hope all volunteers will utilize the online training resources to broaden their scouting knowledge.


Yours in Scouting,

Alex Eyssen


Program Chair, Apache District Committee

Upcoming Merit Badge Workshops

NEW 2020 Merit Badge Classes!!! -  GREAT NEW ADDITIONS - UPDATED 9.24.20

NEW - Conservation Saturdays at Belk Scout Camp

10/17, 24, 31/2020--Conservation Service Projects

10/24/2020--Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge

10/31/2020--Forestry Merit Badge

11/21/2020--Conservation Service Projects

For details of service projects, merit badge requirements and pre-course homework, COVID-19 precautions and forms,

please click HERE to download and read Conservation Saturdays Guide 2020 before registering.


To register for Conservation Service Projects on Saturday,10/17/2020, please click on



To register for Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge or

for Conservation Service Projects on Saturday,10/24/2020, please click on



To register for Forestry Merit Badge or 

for Conservation Service Projects on Saturday,10/31/2020, please click on



To register for Conservation Service Projects on Saturday,11/21/2020, please click on


Please click HERE to download Conservation Saturdays Guide 2020

NEW – Stamp Collecting Merit Badge

Saturday, October 31, 2020, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Scouts can earn Stamp Collecting Merit Badge by completing pre-course homework and all other requirements at the event.

Location:  St. Sarkis Armenian Church

7000 Park Road

Charlotte, NC 28210

Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/AdqrbSfC27mNX25m6

Registration fee:     $10.00 plus $1.00 transaction fee

Please click HERE to download and read Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Guide before registering.

To register and pay, please click on


Please click HERE to download and read Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Guide before registering.

Schedule Your Own

Scouts BSA STEM Nova Award Class

Scouts BSA STEM Up and Away Nova Award for Engineering

Scouts BSA members can complete requirements 3, 4, and 5 of the Up and Away Award with a dedicated visit to iFLY Charlotte (Concord).  

Website:  https://www.iflyworld.com/charlotte/

For information on registration, scheduling, and cost, please click on



For Scouts BSA STEM Nova Award Requirements, please click on



For Scouts BSA STEM Nova Award Video Suggestions, please click on



For information on adult registration and training as a Nova Award Counselor and a Supernova Award Mentor, please click on 




Scouts and their leaders from Mecklenburg County Council made news with a feature article “STEM’S Hidden Gem” in Scouting magazine, March-April 2020, pages 28-31, about their adventures at PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute) in March of 2019.


NEW - Upcoming International Scouting Opportunities


Additional events with BSA contingents (tentative):

Summer 2020, Caribbean Scout Jamboree (exact dates and location TBD)

July, 2021, 16th World Scout Moot, Ireland (exact date TBD) 


2021, 4th Interamerican Scout Moot, Argentina (exact date TBD)

2013, 25th World Scout Jamboree, Korea


Other international Scouting opportunities:

European Scout Voluntary Program


Participants must be 18 to 30 years old and must commit to serve on camp staff in Europe for at least 6 weeks. 


Kandersteg International Scout Centre


Schedule Your Own Merit Badge Courses


Astronomy, Backpacking, Bird Study, Camping, Environmental Science, Fishing, Geology, Hiking, Insect Study, Kayaking, Mammal Study, Nature, Orienteering, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Soil and Water Conservation, Sustainability, Weather, Wilderness Survival Merit Badges, BSA Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Award

at McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

​15222 South York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278

980 314 1128


Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival Merit Badges, BSA Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Award

at Latta Nature Center and Preserve

6211 Sample Rd.

Huntersville, NC 28078

980 314 1129

Patrols or troops may schedule merit badge instruction with minimum group size of 6, up to a maximum of 15, with BSA-registered Merit Badge Counselors.  Groups must schedule their programs of instruction at least 3 months in advance.

SUP at Latta has a maximum class size of 10 Scouts.

Because of requirements which require pre-course and/or post-course activities, partial completions with a one-day course are possible for Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Insect Study, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Sustainability, and Weather merit badges.

Cost of instruction is $15 to $40 per Scout, varying by the course request.   Each class must have at least one supervising adult present throughout the class for class size of 9 or less, 2 adults for class sizes of 10 or more.  Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

Camping options are available on-site at McDowell Nature Preserve.

Scouts enrolling in Kayaking Merit Badge and BSA SUP Award courses must complete the BSA Swimmer Test before arrival and bring evidence to participate.

Blue card requirement:  Each Scout must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course.  Scouts should fill out the requirement grid portion of the card and have the Merit Badge Counselor initial this section of the card for each completed requirement.  When the Scout has completed all requirements, the Merit Badge Counselor must sign and date the card in 2 places.  Each Scout is responsible to obtain these signatures and to turn the card in to their Scoutmaster so that the merit badge can be registered and awarded.


Bird Study Merit Badge

Carolina Raptor Center

6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

704 875 6521


Patrols or troops can call to schedule a Bird Study Merit Badge course with minimum class size of 6.


Climbing Merit Badge 

Inner Peaks

10715 Independence Pointe Pkwy., Matthews, NC 28105 


704 844 6677 

Mr. Chris Dimatteo of the Inner Peaks staff is a registered Climbing Merit Badge Counselor with Mecklenburg County Council. Courses are offered for a minimum class size of 6, a maximum class size of 18, on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 1/2 hour lunch break or on Sundays from noon to 7:00 p.m. Courses cover all requirements except for requirement # 1 covering first aid skills, which Scouts must complete through their home troops.

Indian Lore Merit Badge

Town Creek Indian Mound

509 Town Creek Mound Rd.

Mt. Gilead, NC 27306


An overnight stay may be available by special permit.

A Troop must have their own merit badge counselor to sign blue cards and to coordinate instruction.

Please call Mr. Daniel Alexi at 910 439 6802 for planning.

Mining in Society Merit Badge

Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

9621 Reed Mine Rd, Midland, NC 28107

Website:  https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/reed-gold-mine

Cost is $5, which includes ticket for gold panning.

For Merit Badge Guide with information on optional camping, pre-course homework, and registration for your patrol or troop by phone or email, please click on



Scouting Heritage Merit Badge

Hammerstone Scout Museum

2166 Leaflet Church Rd, Lillington, NC 27546

919 618 2965



Tours and/or camping on site are available only by appointment.  Troops must schedule their visits by calling Mr. Wayne Farrar at the number above.

Camping is also available Raven Rock State Park 8.8 miles away.

Troops must provide their own merit badge counselors.

Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/edftUjnBBGyCz8Mz8


Scuba Merit Badge

Lake Norman Scuba LLC

482 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117

Phone:  704 660 3483

Mr. Andrew Katsamas is a registered Scuba Merit Badge Counselor with Mecklenburg County Council.

Pre-course requirements:

Completion of Swimming Merit Badge

Completion of CPR training

Course completion requires 6 hours of pool instruction each day for 1 weekend and 6 hours of quarry diving instruction each day for 1 weekend and 1 hour review with the counselor.


2019 - Apache Awards Banquet

Congratulations to Apache District’s 2019 recipients of the following awards, and to all the scouters who were recognized by their units with the God Send Award.


District God Send Award – Laurie Breininger and Gary Wilson - Pack 79 and Andy Waligowski - Pack 7


Cub Scouters of the Year - Tony Fabiano - Pack 613 & Hector Soberson - Pack 249

Boy Scouters of the Year - Jason Bennett - Troop 3 & Don Denton - Troop 111



Venture Leader of the Year - Doug Whitaker- Crew 167


Commissioner of the Year – David Larsen


55 Years in Scouting

Congratulations to Del Whittaker who received a certificate for 55 Years in Scouting.

2019 District Award of Merit

The District Award of Merit is a Council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by Councils.  The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.


Congratulations to members of the Apache District - District Award of Merit class:

pictured - Brian Tenholder - Troop 175, Tara Christensen - Pack 34, Sean Spainhour - Pack 258






Special award -

55 Years in Scouting

Congratulations to Del Whittaker who received a certificate for 55 Years in Scouting.












Opportunities for Eagle Projects

Cancelled - Conservation Service Hours Day 

scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Belk Scout Camp 

has been canceled to follow public health initiatives for social distancing.   We will process refunds for current registrants.  We will reschedule when we can.

Hemby Program Center  Brace Family YMCA

The Hemby Center is located on Kuykendall Road; between Providence and McKee.

It is a 21-acre site housing a Preschool, Afterschool Program and Eagle Rock Day Camp.  Plenty of opportunities  for Eagle Scout Service Projects.   

For further details:please contact:  Mr. Ben Penegar, Executive Director of the Brace Family YMCA ben.penegar@ymcacharlotte.org   Phone: (704) 716-4209

NEW - President James K. Polk Historic Site update!! - posted 10.1.19

The staff and support group at the President James K. Polk Historic site in Pineville  greatly appreciate the Eagle Scout Service Projects which have been completed at the site.  However, for the time being, they do not have any new projects.   Keep checking Around the Campfire for future updates."

Midland Commons Apartments 

Midland Commons is a low income senior housing community.  It is owned by National Church Residences a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing to seniors 62 years old or older and persons with disabilities.  They have several potential project, but especially the need for a raised community garden.


Background information from the Service Coordinator:


“Last year we started our first community garden which took the majority of my residents back to their gardening days. Everyone was excited and worked hard making our garden the best. However, Midland Commons has some residents in wheelchairs and lack range of motion to bend and kneel; this prevents them from participating in our garden.


As Service Coordinator, I am attempting to add some cheer to their lives during this spring and summer time by having raised garden beds installed and wanted to know if your Boy Scouts Unit would take this project on? I hear the Boy Scouts have an “Eagle Project” and can’t think of a better project where the boys would gain wisdom from Midland Commons residents and improve their gardening, project management and construction knowledge.”

For further details, please contact Jonas Richardson, Service Coordinator at (704) 395-8777 or 0827.  His email address is  sc@ncr.org

Reed's Gold Mine

Located in nearby Midland, NC, not far from the Belk Scout Camp, and just a 30-minute drive from the Ballantyne area, this is the site of the first gold mine in the United States. For information about merit badges and Eagle service projects call Mike Scott at (704) 721- 4653.

Comments, suggestions and potential Eagle Service Projects


If you have comments, suggestions or potential Eagle Service Projects, send an e-mail to:   w.kalbas@gmail.com.



Keep the Outing in Scouting.  Check out the latest Where To Go Camping Guide


Looking for great places to camp? Each year the Catawba Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, prepares an update to the Where To Go Camping Guide (WTGCG).  The 2019 version has now been published to the web at 




The WTGCG contains information on Mecklenburg County Council and BSA camping policies and our Council camps.  You can discover where your unit might go car camping or backpacking or canoe camping with sample trips that units have taken.  The Guide also contains information on camping in association with unit, council, regional, and national training programs, on camping at BSA National High Adventure Bases and at National and World Scout Jamborees



Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – Belmont, NC - posted 9.4.18

Eagle Service Project and other volunteer opportunities

Eagle Scout projects are a great way for the Garden to not only work with individual Scouts to complete this major milestone, but also to enhance the Garden itself.  Garden staff will work with scouts to ensure all projects fall within Garden parameters.  Scouts interested in completing their service project at the Garden must contact the Volunteer Manager to set up their initial meeting.  The Garden also offers opportunities to fulfill community service hour needs throughout the year.  Whether it’s spending some time with our horticulture staff or helping out at one of our many weekend events, there are endless volunteer opportunities at the Garden!  Please feel free to contact

Heather Wiley, Volunteer Manager at (704) 829-1257 or Wiley@dsbg.or

Carolina Outdoors Radio Show

Looking for some great information on hiking, fishing, camping or wonderful places to visit, camp, or hike?  Listen to Bill Bartee and Don Yager on “Carolina Outdoors Radio Show.   You can hear them on WBT radio (1110 AM or 99.3 FM) on Saturday mornings at 5 a m. Or better yet, or download their podcasts and listen to them at your convenience.  You can access their podcasts from http://jessebrowns.com

Bill is an Eagle Scout and the owner of Jesse Browns.  He and Don have been doing the show for nearly 20 years.


Carolina Thread Trail

Looking for new places to Hike, Bike Walk, Run, Paddle, Learn, or Volunteer
Check out Carolina Thread Trail -

Also view the excellent interactive Map - http://www.carolinathreaedtrai.org/map/

The Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) is an exciting project that’s creating a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are 141 miles of The Thread open to the public – linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions. 

Fishing Resources

Looking for places to take your kids fishing?

Both the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department


And the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission have EXCELLENT websites.  The N C Fishing Access map is AWESOME!


For further details please visit:




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