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Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

From your Apache District Committee


New--Apache Eagle Project Proposal In-person Reviews for Thursday, January 13, 2022,for Thursday, January 13, 2022, are on schedule but reviews begin at a new, earlier time, namely, 5:30 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.

For information on scheduling In-person or virtual reviews, please follow this link:, under # 2. Eagle Scout Project Review,

Apache District


Apache District Roundtable for Thursday, January 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m. is on schedule.

Brady Drummond-Ryan,

Apache Roundtable Commissioner

Scouting for Food

Thursday, January 13:  Door hanger cards distributed at Roundtables.

Saturday, January 29:  Scouts distribute door hanger cards to homes in their assigned neighborhoods.

Saturday, February 5:  Scouts will go door–to-door to collect bags and boxes of non-perishable food and deliver food to collect sites.

Sunday February 6:  Scout may collect food brought for donation by worshippers at local churches.

Apache District units have committed to about 60,000 door hanger cards so far.

If your unit has not contacted Phil Adams regarding your unit’s Scouting for Food coverage area and number of door hangers needed, please contact him at 704-575-5209 or at

Merit Badge Information

Current merit badge requirements:

Unofficial, optional merit badge workbooks:

Blue Card Guide:

Merit Badge Homework Guide:

Official BSA merit badge pamphlets:

Troop library or Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop or


Merit badges for social distancing:  58 badges Scouts can complete at home


Movies for Merit Badge Advancement


Remote Scouting

Scheduled Merit Badge Courses

Mecklenburg County Council is pleased to offer the following merit badge courses:

Coin Collecting MB, Save the Date, Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Charlotte Coin Club Annual Show


Spring Camp, Save the Dates, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23-24, 2022, at Camp Grimes.  Spring Camp is an encampment for earning merit badges.

New--Chess MB, Saturday, January 8 2022, at Council Service Center

On-line registration is open.

New—Coin Collecting MB, Save the Date, Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Charlotte Coin Club Annual Show


New--Spring Camp, Save the Dates, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23-24, 2022 at Camp Grimes

Schedule Your Own Merit Badge Courses

Scuba Merit Badge

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

Scouts BSA opened access to Citizenship in Society Merit Badge on November 1, 2021.

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge will be required for Eagle rank on or after July 1, 2022.


Mecklenburg County Council has Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Counselor Training scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 p.m., with registration at

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7:00 p.m., with registration at

and for Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 7:00 p.m. with registration at

Here are sources of information:


New listing:


Overview, Instructions, Requirements


Counselor Guidelines


PowerPoint presentation


Information on Citizenship in Society as required for Eagle rank on or after July 1, 2022, slides 30, 35, 26


Scouting Forum post from Ron Federle, # 47

Eagle Scout candidates will continue to use the current rank requirements until June 30, 2022 and will not be required to complete the new Citizenship in Society Merit Badge as long as they complete all of the current Eagle Rank requirements before July 1, 2022. They do not have to submit their final Eagle Scout application nor complete their Eagle Scout Board of Review prior to July 1, 2022, but must complete all current Eagle Scout requirements before then.

Starting July 1, 2022, Eagle Scout candidates will be required to complete all Eagle Scout requirements including the new Citizenship in Society merit badge.

As has been the practice, the Local Council will be responsible for verifying in the system the Eagle Scout candidate and their completion of the Eagle Scout requirements. The Local Council will determine those Scouts that meet all requirements before July 1, 2022 under the current requirements, and those Scouts that fall under the new Eagle Scout requirements as of July 1, 2022.

Garfield S. Murden

National Director, Scouts BSA

Pilots & Program Development


Training on-line at

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Scouting, Total time: 30 minutes

Diversity and Inclusion [NYLT module], Total time: 7 minutes

YE Diversity and Culture [Youth Exploring Leadership Experience module], Total time: 11 minutes


BSA Diversity Equity & Inclusion web site


Additional resources for research and learning, slides 38-41


Advancement News, a BSA e-publication with advancement information for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA members, Venturers, and Sea Scouts


New--Eagle Project Opportunities

Are you a Life Scout looking for an Eagle Project opportunity? Rea Farms STEAM Academy, a CMS's K-8 school, opened in South Charlotte last year. As a new school, it does not have a lot of stuff that kids would like (and frankly need for mental health) like older recess equipment in good working order. Students would greatly appreciate swings, gaga ball pit, and other outdoor equipment.  No Scouts or units have established relationships there yet. We would love to see a Scout(s) develop projects to help this school. If interested, please contact Dayna Perkowski-Galdun at


New--Eagle Scout Scholarships, Be Prepared to apply for NESA scholarships soon

Applicants must have completed an Eagle Scout board of review before January 24, 2022; must be members of NESA (click here to join); and must submit their application through the NESA scholarship portal between December 1, 2021, and January 31, 2022.

BSA Conservation and Community Service Information


Scout or Patrol or Troop service projects could be opportunities to meet requirements for service hours for rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life rank

or Bird Study Merit Badge

or Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

or Camping Merit Badge

or Mammal Study Merit Badge

or BSA 50-miler Award

or BSA Historic Trails Award

or BSA Paul Bunyan Award

or BSA Hometown USA Award

or Conservation Good Turn Award

or BSA Summer of Service Awards

or one of the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Awards

or BSA 50th Anniversary Environmental Protection Agency Award (expires 12/31/2021)


Information about opportunities for service hours and Eagle Projects with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is posted at


Advancement Update:  Extensions Beyond Age 18

Local councils have authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit requirements.  More information is available at


Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities

Volunteers Needed – Eagle Projects and Eagle Boards of Review

The Apache Advancement team seeks volunteers to participate in Eagle Project Proposal Reviews and in Eagle Boards of Review.  For those interested, please email the Apache Advancement Chair, Dean Elledge at

Eagle Application Packets with Complete Merit Badge Advancement Records Requested

When Scouts present their Eagle application packets to the Council office to seek scheduling for the Eagle Boards of Review, please include a current Scoutbook or other advancement report so that the Board can process an immediate Palm recognition request at the time of the Board.

For further Advancement information, please contact your Apache District Advancement Chair or visit or

Eagle Board of Review Questions

Tools for Eagle Projects

Charlotte Community ToolBank provides inexpensive access to tools for group projects.

When Scouts present their Eagle application packets to the Council office to seek scheduling for the Eagle Boards of Review, please include a current Scoutbook or other advancement report so that the Board can process an immediate Palm recognition request at the time of the Board.

Eagle project idea—Bug Hotel

Safety with pressure-treated wood

Aquatics and Fishing News

From the Pond

For resources and further information about Mecklenburg County Council’s fishing program, please visit:

Any questions?  Contact Bill Kalbas at


Outing in Scouting



Apache Spring Cuboree (Lion-Webelos), Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2-3, 2022, Camp Grimes



Monday, January 17, 2022, Winterplace


Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 6:30 p.m., Camp Card Kickoff, unit leaders’ dinner at Council Service Center,


Sunday, March 6, 2022, 2:00 p.m., Celebration of Achievement, recognition of 2020 and 2021 Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Award Recipients, CPCC Halton Theater, 1106 Elizabeth Ave.

Summer Camp at Camp Grimes for 2022

Staff Week, June 12 - 18, 2022

Week 1, June 19 - 25, 2022

Week 2, June 26 - July 2, 2022

Week 3, July 3 - 9, 2022

Week 4, July 10 - 16, 2022

Week 5, July 17 - 23, 2022

Webelos Adventure Camp 2022 – Now Accepting Seasonal Staff Applications

Do you have what it takes to serve on WAC staff? Want to be part of the towering adventure as our young Scouts rumble through camp this summer? Join us at Belk Scout Camp for Webelos Adventure Camp.

Opportunities for first choice positions are best among those who apply prior to March 18th.  However, applications will continue to be accepted after that date.  Additionally, any staff that applies before March 18th will get their name embroidered on their staff hat.

If you think you would be a positive addition to our camp staff, click the link to complete a Camp Staff Application: WAC Staff Application.

Session 1: Thursday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th

Session 2: Sunday, July 10th through Wednesday, July 13th

Session 3: Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 17th

For more information contact the WAC Camp Director, Sasha Timkovich


NEW - Exploring (for young men and women 10 to 20 years old)

Exploring is for middle and high school students (beginning 6th grade). Engaging with career professionals, young adults gain unique, real-life opportunities to experience varied career choices aiding in a more informed decision about future careers.

Exploring Career Interest Survey

Here is the 2022 Career Exploring survey link to share with high school students.  Completing this 5-minute survey helps up determine which businesses to partner with for future mentoring opportunities.  Students will receive an invite from participating businesses if there is a career interest match. This survey is intended for high school students and parents of middle school students.


Middle School Students are invited to participate in the 2022 Build It! Exploring Club hosted by ABC Carolinas!

Glimpse at the Program which begins in January 2022 and runs monthly through November 2022:

February - Intro to Design

Hear from architects and engineers who design the buildings around the city.

March - Construction 101

Learn more about construction safety, OSHA guidelines and essential construction PPE and how to build the floor and wall systems.

April - Construction 102

Learn more about the preplanning for construction projects and how to install windows and siding.

This Middle School Club will meet Saturday mornings monthly through November 2022. When meeting in person, masks will be required and all CDC guidelines will be followed.

Monica Zeleznik, Exploring Director,

Click this link to see a video about our 2021 Build It! Explorers Club

Click this link to download a flyer about the 2022 Build It! Explorers Club

Click this link to register for the informational meeting.


National Scouting

National Jamboree—Save the Dates:  July 19-28, 2023

BSA launched the schedule for the 2023 National Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) with live streamed announcements on Youtube and Facebook on September 29, 2021.

Sign up for Jamboree email list at

View a short Jamboree video at


BSA High Adventure Base reservations 

Florida Sea Base

Northern Tier

Check out Summer, Winter, and Autumn Adventures at



Some crew slots for 2021 are open.  Registration is open for Individual Treks, Ranch Hands, STEM Trek, OA Trail Crew, Trail Crew, Roving Outdoor Conservation School, Rayado, Family Adventure Camp, Training Center Conferences, NAYLE, Philmont Leadership Challenge, PhilBreak, Autumn Adventure, Volunteer Vacation.


Summit Bechtel Reserve

Check out High Adventure, Scout Camp, Training and Conferences at

International Scouting

BSA announced that the International Spirit Award is available to Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters. Requirements and Award form can be found at International-Spirit-Award-app.130-044.pdf (   The award can be processed through Scoutbook and can be purchased through our local Scout Shop with a Scoutbook Advancement Report.
Please fill out the application with the date that each requirement was completed. All requirements must be met within 5 years from the start to completion of the Award.
Youth and adults wear the
 International Spirit Award emblem as a temporary patch centered on the right uniform pocket.


Requirements and application form for the International Scouter’s Award Square Knot are posted at


July 18 to 22, 2022, 16th World Scout Moot, hosted by Scouting Ireland

Please click here for more information and to apply:


August 1-12, 2023, 25th World Scout Jamboree, Saemanguem, South Korea

2023 World Jamboree Host Site

2023 USA World Jamboree Contingent Site

The USA contingent is collecting expressions of interest for contingent leadership roles.

Some IST roles may be open for support of USA exhibit.


World Scout Conference  Egypt 2024

World Scout Moot  Portugal  2024

World Scout Jamboree  Poland 2027


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


International BSA Blog


2022 Catawba Lodge events

Friday-Sunday, March 18-19-20, OA Spring Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp, Brotherhood opportunity

Friday-Sunday, April 22-23-24, OA Area 5 Conclave at Camp Barnhardt

Friday-Sunday, May 20-21-22, OA Beaver Day at Camp Grimes, OA Ordeal and Brotherhood     opportunities

Friday-Sunday, June 3-4-5, OA June Ordeal at Belk Scout Camp, OA Ordeal and Brotherhood   opportunities

Friday-Sunday, September 9-10-11, OA September Ordeal at Belk Scout Camp, OA Ordeal and             Brotherhood opportunities

Friday-Sunday, September 30-October 1-2, OA Fall Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp, OA Brotherhood    opportunity

Friday, September 30-October 1-2, OA Fall Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp, OA Brotherhood opportunity

Friday, December 2, OA Annual Banquet at Belk Scout Camp


National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), July 25-30, 2022, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

New and OldWhere To Go Camping Guide 2022

The Catawba Lodge Where To Go Camping Guide is alive and well at

The WTGCG is a large file (275 pages) with all kinds of information related to camping opportunities, in local camps, parks, state and national forests, High Adventure Bases, national and international events, by way of car camping, backpacking, and float trips.


Link your Lodge Email to your Personal Email

Some of you may not know how to access your Lodge email account, or may be unaware that

you have one. You can find instructions on forwarding all of your Lodge emails to your personal

email account at


OA High Adventure Opportunities

Summer, 2022

OA Canadian Odyssey (Northern Tier)

OA Ocean Adventure (Florida Sea Base)

OA Summit Experience (Summit Bechtel Reserve)

OA Trail Crew (Philmont Scout Ranch)

OA Wilderness Voyage (Northern Tier)


OA, Southern Region, 2020 National Leadership Seminars (NLS) (for youth)

Sept 24-26, 2021, Orlando, FL

Nov 12-14, 2021, BSA National Office, Irving, TX

Dec 10-12, 2021, Greensboro, NC

OA, Southern Region, 2020 Developing Youth Leadership Conferences (DYLC) (for advisers)

Sept 24-26, 2021, Orlando, FL

Nov 12-14, 2021, BSA National Office, Irving, TX

Dec 10-12, 2021, Greensboro, NC

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), July 25-30, 2022, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


"Trained" Patch Information


“Trained” Patches for Youth Leaders

Scout youth leaders who have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), den chiefs (Scouts, Sea Scouts, or Venturers) who have completed Den Chief Training, and Venturing youth leaders who have completed the Crew Officers Orientation or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) may wear the Trained Leader emblem with their badge of office.

Den Chief training is available online at

ILST and ILSC are available online at

Youth should print their certificates to present to unit leaders for facilitate record keeping.


Youth Training
SEALS (for youth) Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills and IOLS (for adults) courses at Belk Scout Camp are planned for the second weekend of March and for the second weekend in November on an ongoing basis.

Next SEALS course:  Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12-13, 2022

Please sign up early.  Course will fill quickly.

Next IOLS course:  Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12-13, 2022

National Youth Leader Training (NYLT, AKA “Top Gun”) at Belk Scout Camp

The next MCC NYLT course will be a Winter Course in a 2-weekend format, with weekend 1 scheduled for January 15-17, 2022 and weekend 2 scheduled for February 19-21, 2022.

Online registration is open

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at Summit


Adult Training

Mecklenburg County Council training events:

Next IOLS course:  Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12-13, 2022


Wilderness First Aid training:  Friday-Saturday, February 25-26, 2022


Wood Badge, Friday, September 16, 2022 - Sunday, September 18, 2022, and Saturday, October 8, 2022 - Sunday, October 9, 2022


Philmont Training Center Conferences [for adult volunteer training]

Philmont Family Adventure Camp

Philmont Back Country Sneak Peek

Philmont Fall, Winter and Spring Programs


Divemaster Academy

Diving Instructor Development Course



Recognize Scouter Excellence

“Trained” Patches for Adult Leaders

Adult leaders can find requirements for earning their “Trained” patches at

along with references to online training courses available at

Another resource is

Online District Committee training is available.


Units, please recognize your uniformed leaders by presenting them “Trained” patches and the following awards. These knots require training to position and tenure:

Den Leader Award

Scout Leader's Training Award (Any leader)

Scouter Key (Cubmasters and Scoutmasters

Unit Leader Award of Merit (Committee submits for Cubmasters and Scoutmasters)
Requirements and tracking forms:

Square Knots

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