Smoke Signals - 1.1.20

An online edition of our Apache District Newsletter can also be found @ http://www.mccscouting.org/apache under the Smoke Signals tab

 

 

 

Happy New Year to our Scouting Friends and Family

From your Apache District Committee

Apache Roundtable Reminders:  Thursday, January 9, 2020

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

5:00 p.m.  Eagle Project Reviews

6:15 p.m.  Apache District Committee

7:00 p.m.  Cracker Barrel

7:30 p.m.  Roundtable convenes, OA Apache Chapter meets

8:15 p.m.  Cub and Scouts BSA Breakout Sessions

9:00 p.m.  Roundtable adjourns

 

Apache Roundtable Breakout Sessions, Thursday, January 9, 2020

Cub Scout Breakout and Scouts BSA Breakout:   Bring your best skits and songs for some friendly competition.

 

Eagle Project Reviews

https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-scouts, then Project Review Information, or

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/176532_a901c5127e164caebbb165cb131bb7c7.pdf

 

NEW - Scouting for Food

Bag pickup

If you haven’t made other arrangements, please pick up your Apache District Scouting for Food bags at the Apache District January Roundtable meeting. 

 

Change in Scouting for Food Bag Fliers

Harris Teeter will no longer use Scouting for Food Bags in their stores, nor will they have the red Loaves & Fishes barrels inside each store.  Instead, they will ask customers at check-out if they would like to make a financial donation directly to the Scouting for Food effort. 

This money will be used by Loaves & Fishes to purchase specific food items that are needed in their pantries.

 

As a result of this operational change, the red barrels that have traditionally been used as a drop-off location for bags that were not picked up during our normal collection, will no longer be available.  

 

We are asking units to add a contact name, phone number and/or email address to your unit flyer that you attach to your collection bags.  This way donors can contact you directly if their bags were not picked up.

 

Scouts at the Door

The “Scouts at the Door” program will continue this year at participating Harris Teeter stores.  If your unit would like to participate in the “Scouts at the Door” program and has not signed up for a Harris Teeter store, please contact Tim Morgan at tmorgan11@carolina.rr.com

 

If your unit is participating in Scouts at the Door, please remember to bring your bags to offer people. Please then take them to a collection site for Apache. 

 

Please also remember that you cannot sell Scout unit fund raising items at Harris Teeter stores that weekend. 

 

Further details are available in the “Scouting for Food Leaders Guide” is available online at www.mccscouting.org. It’s located under the Training & Resources page.

 

 

NEW - Community Service Hours for Advancement & Scouting for Food

 

Scouts must meet the following requirements for community service for advancement:

 

Tenderfoot requirement 7b. Participate in a total of one hour of service in one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout slogan and Scout motto. 

 

Second Class requirement 8e. Participate in two hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Tell how your service to others relates to the Scout Oath

 

First Class requirement 9d. Participate in three hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. The project(s) must not be the same service project(s) used for Tenderfoot requirement 7b and Second Class requirement 8e. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout Law.

 

Star Scout requirement 4. While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. 

 

Life Scout requirement 4. While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least three hours of this service must be conservation-related. 

 

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge requirement 7. Do the following: 

a. Identify three charitable organizations outside of Scouting that interest you and bring people in your community together to work for the good of your community. 

b. Pick ONE of the organizations you chose for requirement 7a. Using a variety of resources (including newspapers, fliers and other literature, the Internet, volunteers, and employees of the organization), find out more about this organization.

c. With your counselor’s and your parent’s approval, contact the organization you chose for requirement 7b, and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours of your time for the organization. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

 

Scouts are encouraged to seek approval of service hours with their Scoutmasters as they plan for participation in the 2020 Scouting for Food program.  In addition to bag distribution and collection in neighborhoods and in church congregations, Scouts are eligible to participate in the soft sort on site at the collection centers on Saturday, February 2 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and/or Sunday, February 3, from noon to 3:30 p.m.   Shifts for service are 2 or 3 hours in duration.

These guidelines apply:

1.  Scouts must be 10 years old or older.

2.  Scouts must wear closed toe shoes.  Scouts must Be Prepared for inclement weather with sun block, hat, layers for warmth and/or rain gear, if appropriate.

3.  Scouts must have adult supervision.  If Scouts register as group, the group must provide at least 1 adult for every 6 Scouts.

 

Food collection sites where Scouts can help with sorting food:

 

Ada Jenkins Center

212 Gamble, Davidson, NC 28036

 

Arboretum Pineville Mathews Road and Providence Road  

NOTE: the trailers are located in the lot in front of the Harris Teeter store.

                                                 

Bethel Presbyterian Church                 

19920 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius, NC 28031

 

Huntersville United Methodist

14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

 

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church 

11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill NC

 

Sharon Presbyterian Church

5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

 

Steele Creek Athletic Association

13530 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC 28273

 

Town Center Plaza

8600 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28213

 

Trinity Presbyterian Church

3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211-2797

 

Individual Scouts or Scout groups must register on-line in advance at

https://loavesandfishes.volunteermatrix.com/#mon1

 

 

NEW - A Big THANK YOU

Many thanks to all the scouts, scouters, and parents, who helped with Charlotte’s first Wreaths Across America on December 14, 2019.  Sponsored by the Mecklenburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Scouts and members of several ROTC units placed wreaths on the graves of approximately 350 veterans.  Well done!

 

NEW - Area 5 Certified Angling Instructor Course    Become a BSA CAI!

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18-19, 2020

Belk Scout Camp

The Mecklenburg County Council Fishing Committee proudly announces its first BSA Certified Angling Instructor Course.  Sign up now for the weekend course and earn your BSA Certified Angling Instructor certification. You will learn fundamental fishing and fly-fishing skills, how to best teach Scouts fishing skills, and have fun!  For further details, please visit https://www.mccscouting.org/fishing

Merit Badge Courses

 

Information on regional and national courses is posted at

http://www.meritbadge.info/

http://www.meritbadge.info/mbn/default.aspx

Spreadsheet sorts by date and by state are recommended.

 

Current merit badge requirements:

https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/

 

Optional merit badge workbooks:  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges

Merit Badge Courses

Information on regional and national courses is posted at

http://www.meritbadge.info/

http://www.meritbadge.info/mbn/default.aspx

Spreadsheet sorts by date and by state are recommended.

 

Current merit badge requirements:

https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/

 

Optional merit badge workbooks:  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges

Upcoming Merit Badge Courses:  Scheduled

Discovery Place Science Merit Badges

Information on merit badge workshops at Discovery Place Science is posted at https://science.discoveryplace.org/programs-and-classes/scout-programs

Please call Discovery Place Science at 704 372 6261, extension 300 to register and pay.

More information on local merit badge courses, including links to supporting documents, Merit Badge Guides, and online registration and payment sites when operative, is available at

https://www.mccscouting.org/around-the-campfire

 

Discovery Place Science Merit Badges

           

Saturday, February 1, 2020               Robotics

Saturday, February 1, 2020               Weather

Sunday, February 2, 2020                  Space Exploration

           

Saturday, March 7, 2020                    Pulp and Paper

Saturday, March 7, 2020                    Oceanography

Saturday, March 7, 2020                    Programming

Sunday, March 8, 2020                      Chemistry

Sunday, March 8, 2020                      Sustainability   

           

Saturday, May 2, 2020                       Oceanography

Saturday, May 2, 2020                       Energy

Saturday, May 2, 2020                       Space Exploration

Sunday, May 3, 2020                         Chess  

           

Saturday, June 20, 2020                    Electricity

Saturday, June 20, 2020                    Weather

Saturday, June 20, 2020                    Chemistry   

Sunday, June 21, 2020                      Electronics

           

Saturday, August 29, 2020                 Energy

Saturday, August 29, 2020                 Engineering

Sunday, August 30, 2020                   Chess

Sunday, August 30, 2020                   Sustainability

           

Saturday, September 19, 2020          Robotics

Saturday, September 19, 2020          Oceanography

Sunday, September 20, 2020            Space Exploration

           

Saturday, November 7, 2020             Weather

Saturday, November 7, 2020            Programming

Saturday, November 7, 2020            Pulp and Paper

Sunday, November 8, 2020              Chess

           

Saturday, December 5, 2020            Electricity

Saturday, December 5, 2020            Chemistry

Sunday, December 6, 2020              Electronics

Sunday, December 6, 2020              Sustainability

 

Discovery Place Nature Merit Badges

Information on merit badge workshops at Discovery Place Nature is posted at https://nature.discoveryplace.org/programs-and-classes/scout-programs

Please call Discovery Place Nature at 704 372 6261, extension 300 to register and pay.

Saturday, March 14, 2020        Environmental Science Merit Badge

Saturday, May 9, 2020             Environmental Science Merit Badge

NEW - 10th Annual Merit Badge Mania 2020

Friday, Saturday, January 17, 18, 2020

First Baptist Church

202 Summitt Drive, Sanford, NC 27330

Information, registration:  

http://meritbadge.info/mbn/EventDetails.aspx?ID=1D1E442D-6E64-4935-B364-6DB39C607FEC

25 merit badges are offered.

Camping is not available.

 

Sunday, January 19 and Saturday, January 25, 2020         Art Merit Badge

Beth Eden Lutheran Church, Newton, NC

NEW - Monday, January 20, 2020   Snow Sports Merit Badge option at 10am, noon, 2 pm

Winterplace Ski Resort

100 Old Flat Top Mt. Rd., Ghent, WV 25843

Five Minutes Off I-77 at Exit 28

https://www.winterplace.com/

Information flyer:  https://86e79986-1cec-421c-807e-8446c73855a8.filesusr.com/ugd/31584b_3da9ce2333d846ef89121757776a7c41.pdf

Registration and payment: 

http://mccscouting.doubleknot.com/event/winterplace-ski-2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020        Public Speaking Merit Badge

For information on registration and pre-event homework, click on

https://86e79986-1cec-421c-807e-8446c73855a8.filesusr.com/ugd/176532_6b9557a2b8084172893102bb88b06560.pdf

NEW - Saturday, February 8, 2020     Coin Collecting Merit Badge - Save the Date!

2020 Charlotte Coin Club Annual Show

http://www.charlottecoinclub.org/show.htm

Location:  The Park Expo & Conference Center

800 Briar Creek (corner of Independence Blvd)., Charlotte, NC 28205

 

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 21-22-23, 2020   Rail Camp, Railroading Merit Badge

https://www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs---Tours/BSA.aspx

 

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 28-29-March 1, 2020    Snow Sports Merit Badge

https://www.lakejunaluska.com/specials_packages/group_packages/boy_scout_retreats/

NEW - PARI Scouts BSA Space Camps   Astronomy and Space Exploration Merit Badges

PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute)

1 Pari Dr, Rosman, NC 28772

828 862 5554

https://www.pari.edu/

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 28 – March 1, 2020   Scouts BSA Boys Weekend

Information, registration:  https://71259.blackbaudhosting.com/71259/Boy-Scout-Space-Camp

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14-15, 2020   Scouts BSA Girls Weekend

Information, registration:  https://71259.blackbaudhosting.com/71259/PARI-Scouts-Girls-Camp

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25-26, 2020   Scouts BSA Boys Weekend

Information, registration:  https://71259.blackbaudhosting.com/71259/Boy-Scout-Space-Camp-24Apr2020

 

NEW - Friday, March 7, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Uwharrie District Merit Badge College 2020

Davidson County Community College

297 DCC Road Thomasville, NC 27360

http://www.meritbadge.info/mbn/EventDetails.aspx?ID=9AE45FFC-F5F0-478B-B6B7-A8F046B0EC97

Registration is exclusively available for Old North State Council Uwharrie District units from January 30 to February 17, 2020.  Units and individuals from other Councils or Districts may begin to register on February 17, 2020. Last day to register is March 1, 2020.

Cost is $9.

 

NEW - Friday, March 27, 2020   Collections Merit Badge - Please Save This Date

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sardis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

6100 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270

https://www.bsator.com/event/2020-charlotte-trade-o-ree-state-north-carolina/

 

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Lees-McRae Merit Badge College

191 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Information and link to on-line registration and payment:  https://www.danielboonecouncil.org/LMMBC20

Online registration is open.

NEW - Saturday, April 18, 2020   Landscape Architecture Merit Badge - Please Save Date

Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Duke Mansion, Queens College

Upcoming Merit Badge Courses:  Schedule Your Own

Aviation and Oceanography Merit Badges

USS Yorktown, Mt Pleasant SC (near Charleston)

Camping is available on-board.  More information:  http://www.patriotspoint.org/camping/

Yorktown provides instruction; troops must provide merit badge counselors to sign off blue cards.  Most, but not all, merit badge requirements are covered.

Click HERE for Aviation and Oceanography Merit Badge Flier

 

NEW - Climbing Merit Badge

Inner Peaks, 10715 Independence Pointe Pkwy., Matthews, NC 28105

https://www.innerpeaks.com/climbing-for-kids/

(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

https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/town-creek-indian-mound

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.

 

Scuba Merit Badge

Lake Norman Scuba LLC, 482 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117

https://www.lakenormanscuba.com/

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.

Scouting STEM Opportunities

Scouts BSA STEM Up and Away Nova Award for Engineering

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

iFLY Charlotte (Concord), 7840 Lyles Lane Northwest, Concord, NC 28027

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bsa-nova-engineering-up-and-away-stem-education-event-tickets-76830047741

 

Scouts BSA STEM Up and Away Nova Award for Engineering

Patrols and Troops can schedule their own instruction sessions.

For pre-course video homework suggestions, see [attachment]

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 Scouts BSA STEM Nova Award Requirements and for Video Suggestions, please go to

https://www.mccscouting.org/around-the-campfire

 

For information on adult registration and training as a Nova Award Counselor and a Supernova Award Mentor, please go to  https://www.scouting.org/stem-nova-awards/volunteer-support/

ADVANCEMENT NEWS:

Adult Volunteer Registration and Renewals

BSA National now requires an updated Background Check Form to be submitted with each new Adult Application (along with BSA Youth Protection certificate) and with each adult registration renewal for rechartering units, merit badge counselors, districts and councils.  Here are links to information and forms:

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/se-packet/2019-09-30/Background-Check-Disclosure.pdf

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/se-packet/2019-09-30/Additional-Disclosures-And-Background-Check-Authorization-NOT-CALIFORNIA.pdf

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/10/14/rechecks-of-criminal-backgrounds-explained/

 

Bobcat Advancements

This is a reminder for all Packs to submit their advancements for those new Cubs earning their Bobcat badge.

 

Conservation Project Opportunity

Although Eagle Projects at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site are currently on hold, there is an opportunity for a Scout Troop to perform a conservation project to assist in the cleanup of the back area of the property. This should be a one to two day project that will involve removal of bulk items and trimming back of overgrown brush that would ideally be performed in late October to early December. Please contact Scott Warren at 704.889.7145, if your Troop is interested in assisting in this project.

 

Eagle Boards of Review

Although the process will remain the same, the behind the scenes individuals are changing. Steve Stevenson from Troop 119 will handle the coordination of Apache District Representatives for Eagle Boards of review. Tom Gauch from Troop 174 has handled this process for many years and many thanks go to him for serving in that role. Once the Eagle package has been approved by Mecklenburg County Council, Steve will reach out to Apache District representatives, who will coordinate with the individual Scoutmasters to conduct the Eagle Boards of Review.

 

Large-scale Eagle Project Tips

Do you have Scouts in your Unit who have dreams of making a huge impact in their community through their Eagle Scout Project? Does the thought of a multi-location project seem to inhibit them from pursuing this dream? For those looking for helpful hints on how to succeed in areas of planning, fundraising, and volunteer recruiting check out the article below from Bryan on Scouting! In the article, Eagle Scout Peter Livengood - recipient of the 2019 Glenn A. & Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award for the Northeast Region, shares how his city-wide project became a success.

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/08/07/2019-northeast-region-eagle-project-of-the-year-a-smarter-way-to-filter-stormwater/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer8212019&utm_medium=email&utm_content=B

 

Eagle Application Packets with Complete Merit Badge Advancement Records Requested

Life Scouts and Troop Advancement Chairs:  please include a printout of a Scout’s advancement record, including all merit badges earned, in the Eagle Application Packet that goes to Council.  These records will allow the Troop and the Council to promptly process recognition of the Scout with Eagle Palms, if he or she qualifies.

 

For further Advancement information, please contact your Apache District Advancement Chair or visit https://www.mccscouting.org/advancement or https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-scouts

Eagle Board of Review Questions

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/09/14/20-questions-to-ask-at-your-next-eagle-board-of-review/

Tools for Eagle Projects

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWqwzlkJWv8

http://charlotte.toolbank.org/

APACHE DISTRICT NEWS AND EVENTS:

NEW - Annual Pancake Breakfast   Please Save The Date

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sharon Presbyterian Church – Charles Little Activity Building (CLAB)

5201 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210 

Join Pack 34 as they cook and serve pancakes and sausage for their annual pancake breakfast.  This event coincides with Scouting for Food pickup.  Sharon Presbyterian is Scouting for Food drop-off point.  Hope to see you there!  

Contact info: Mike Christensen – 704 241 0999Pack34CLT@gmail.com

Attention:  Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and AOL Dens -- Please Save These Dates

Apache Day Camp

https://www.mccscouting.org/apache-day-camp

Belk Scout Camp

Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, 2020

 

Attention:  Webelos and AOL Dens and Scouts BSA Troops -- Please Save These Dates

Apache Webeloree + Camporee at Camp Grimes

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 23-24-25, 2020

Fall Recruiting is the Beginning, not the End

As a reminder, Units should recruit year-round.  Don’t just rely on fall back to school.  Use local events in your area, at your Charter Organization, and in the schools.

 

Share Your Recruiting Success

Did you do something new or take a different approach?  Did the Choose your own night work better than one common night?  What didn’t work?  What could the District/ Council do differently to support your Unit?  Share with Andy Waligowski at awaligowski@icloud.com for a chance to win a gift card at November Roundtable!

Membership Committee – WE WANT YOU!

Apache District NEEDS you. As the newly appointed Apache District Membership Chair, my goal is to ensure we cover all available programs – Boys, Girls, Adults, Cubs, Venture, Scouts BSA, Special Initiatives and retention/ cross over.

For more information contact Andy Waligowski – awaligowski@icloud.com

 

COUNCIL NEWS AND EVENTS:

 

NEW - Webelos Adventure Camp (WAC) News  - Please Save the Date!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Unit Leaders Meeting at Council Office

Bear Den Leaders, Webelos Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committee Chairs, and WAC Coordinators are invited to attend.  Please make sure your Pack is represented.  An RSVP will go out in January for food planning.

Programming Change for WAC 2020

The “Castaway” Adventure will replace the “Webelos Walkabout” because “Webelos Walkabout” is better suited for cooler spring and fall weather.  Units may wish to plan their den or pack programs with this change in mind.

WAC Sessions at Belk Scout Camp -- Theme is “Luau”

Session 1: Sunday, July 12th through Wednesday, July 15th

Session 2: Thursday, July 16th through Sunday, July 19th

Session 3: Sunday, July 19th through Wednesday, July 22nd

Session 4: Thursday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 26th

WAC Email Contact List

Please help to keep the WAC email contact list current.  If you have moved on from your position and someone else should be receiving WAC information, please send email to

WAC Camp Director Monica Zeleznik at WACdirector@gmail.com

WAC Staff Registration is now live!

https://www.mycampgrimes.org/wac/staffapp.phtml?apply

WAC Council Web Page

https://www.mccscouting.org/webelos-adventure-camp

WAC Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/WebelosAdventureCampMCC/

NEW - Attention:  Eagle Scouts and Sponsors   Please Save This Date

Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Quail Hollow Club, 3700 Gleneagles Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Scouts and Sponsors can RSVP through links at https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-banquet

 

NEW - Attention:  Scouters   Please Save This Date

Council Recognition Banquet

https://www.mccscouting.org/annual-recognition-banq

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Myers Park United Methodist Church

NEW - Attention:  AOL Dens, Scouts BSA Troops   Camp Grimes Dates and Deadlines

https://www.mycampgrimes.org/dates.phtml?ver=5

January 15, 2020:  Troop Camper Deposits Due - $20.00 per Scout

January 30, 2020, 6:30 pm:  Camp Grimes Program Kick-Off, AKA, Burnt Hot Dog           Supper at the Council Service Center

March 27, 2020:  Online Merit Badge Registration begins @ 8:00 am

April 17, 2020:  Campership Applications Due

May 1, 2020:  Balance of Camp Fees Due

May 6, 2020:  OA Beaver Days Registration Deadline 

May 15-16-17, 2020:  OA Beaver Days

Week 1   June 14 - June 20

Week 2   June 21 - June 27

Week 3   June 28 - July 4

Week 4   July 5 - July 11

Week 5   July 12 - July 18

NEW - Attention:  AOL Dens and Scouts BSA Troops, Camp Staff -- Please Save These Dates

Camp Grimes 2020

 https://www.mycampgrimes.org/staffapp.phtml?apply&_program_id_=37

January 15, 2020 Troop Camper Deposits Due - $20.00 per Scout

March 27, 2020 Online Merit Badge Registration Begins @ 8:00 am

April 17, 2020 Campership Applications Due

May 1, 2020:  Balance of Camp Fees Due

May 6, 2020:  OA Beaver Days Registration Deadline

May 15-16-17, 2020:  OA Beaver Days

Week 1 June 14 - June 20

Week 2 June 21 - June 27

Week 3 June 28 - July 4

Week 4 July 5 - July 11

Week 5 July 12 - July 18

http://www.mycampgrimes.org/dates.phtml?ver=5

NEW - Attention:  2020 Camp Grimes Summer Camp Staff -- Please Save These Dates

https://www.mycampgrimes.org/staffapp.phtml?apply&_program_id_=37

September 15, 2019:  Staff Employment Applications Accepted

January 10, 2020:  Staff invite back emails will be sent.

February 15, 2020:  Invited-back staff confirmations are due.

March 1, 2020:  New staff applications reviews begin.

March 9 and 16, 2020:  Staff interviews begin.

March 20 to 31, 2020:  Staff employment offers go out.

April 15, 2020:  Goal for completing full staffing.

May 1-2-3, 2020:  Summer camp staff training

May 6, 2020:  OA Beaver Days Registration Deadline

May 15-16-17, 2020:  OA Beaver Days

May 29-30-31, 2020:  Summer camp staff training

June 13, 2020:  Camp inspection by Council representatives

Week 1   June 14 - June 20

Week 2   June 21 - June 27

Week 3   June 28 - July 4

Week 4   July 5 - July 11

Week 5   July 12 - July 18

NEW - Join the Fun, Join the 2020 Camp Grimes Summer Camp Staff !

Staff applications for the 2020 summer camp at Camp Grimes are now being accepted. Scouts 14 years old and older as of June 8, 2020, may apply for non-paying camp staff counselor-in-training (CIT) positions.  Scouts 15 years old and older as of June 8, 2020, may apply for paid camp staff counselor positions.  Go to www.mycampgrimes.org, scroll down to Camp Staff Information, click on Online Application, fill out your application, and hit submit. For fun, for pay, for a rewarding and memorable summer, then Camp Grimes is your place to be.  For more information, please contact Camp Director Alan Keiger at grimescampdirector@gmail.com 

 

 

NEW - Attention:  Eagle Scouts and Sponsors -- Please Save This Date

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m., Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet

Quail Hollow Club, 3700 Gleneagles Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Scouts and Sponsors can RSVP through links at https://www.mccscouting.org/eagle-banquet

 

NEW - Attention:  Scouters--Please Save These Dates

Council Recognition Banquet

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Myers Park United Methodist Church

ORDER OF THE ARROW – APACHE CHAPTER

 

Greetings Brothers,

Just a few things I'd like to draw to your attention for January.

 

REMINDER - Elections

Elections for new Arrowmen are rapidly approaching and help will be needed. The elections will be from January through March, the goal is to have everyone do at least one election.  The Chapter will conduct election training in the January Chapter meeting.  If you are interested in helping, please plan to attend.  Additionally, please contact Apache’s Vice Chapter Chief, Kevin Easley for election based questions @ easley.kevin@hotmail.com

 

IMPORTANT - January Chapter Meeting

Our next Chapter meeting is Thursday, January 9 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (6828 Old Reid Road) @ 7:30 pm.  This is a VERY IMPORTANT MEETING – Election Team training will take place during the 2nd half of this meeting.  All Arrowmen involved in Troop elections need to attend.  There will be free pizza and drinks for all Arrowmen in attendance.

 

NEW - Lodge Recognition Dinner and Awards

Congratulations to Kadin Abbas and Mr. Chris Easley – the 2019 Apache Arrowmen of the Year recipients!!  Additional congratulations to:  Kadin Abbas, Kevin Easley, McNeil Jordan, Andrew Schoenwald, and Mr. Shawn Abbas, on earning the Apache Service Award!!  Lastly, Peter Staffieri was awarded the Lodge’s Fire Rat of the Year!

Contact Information

If there are any Arrowmen that should be included in these notifications that are not currently, please let Mr. Roux or myself know so we can add them to the database. We hope to expand the Apache database even more in this new term of officers.

 

Link your Lodge Email to your Personal Email

I'm aware some of you may not know how to access your Lodge email account, or are unaware that you have one. Therefore, I put together a set of instructions on forwarding all of your Lodge emails to your personal email account! Please see the following Google Drive link for instructions- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwrGkVVw08OudS1xSHZlb1RSS1U/view?usp=sharing Please follow these instructions to keep up on Lodge Events.

 

Thank you for reading! 

 

Ryan Coverston

Chapter Secretary

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)

Monday-Saturday, August 3-8, 2020

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

https://noac2020.org/

https://oa-bsa.org/noac2020

Registration information:  http://www.catawba459.org

 

OA High Adventure Opportunities

Summer, 2020

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)

https://oa-bsa.org/high-adventure

 

Order of the Arrow, Southern Region, 2020 National Leadership Seminars

March 6-8, 2020     Atlanta, GA         

Sept 25-27, 2020   Greensboro, NC

Nov 13-15, 2020    Little Rock, AR

http://southern.oa-bsa.org/nls/

 

TRAINING:

SEALS - Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills at Belk Scout Camp

March 6-8, 2020

Registration opens January 6, 2020

http://seals.mcc-bsa.org/

IOLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills [for adults] at Belk Scout Camp

Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 2020

https://sites.google.com/site/outdoorleaderskillsmcc/home

 

NEW - BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation at Camp Coker

Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8, 2019

https://scoutingevent.com/552-Baloo2019

BALOO training is the Cub Scout leader training required for leaders of any den or pack outdoor event, including pack and WEBELOS den overnighters.

BALOO training is comprised of two components—an online component and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “TRAINED” Cub Scout outdoor leader.  Online prerequisite is available through my.scouting.org, Cub Scout training, Expanded Learning.

 

NEW - Attention:  Scouters -- Please Save This Date

BSA Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) course

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18-19, 2010

Belk Scout Camp

MCC Wood Badge S5-415-20 at Belk Scout Camp

Friday, July 31, 2020, 7:00 am through Sunday, August 2, 2020, 5:00 pm and

Saturday, August 22, 2020,7:00 am through Sunday, August 23, 2020, 5:00 pm

For those seeking to participate in Mecklenburg County Council’s 2020 Wood Badge course:

Please submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Course Director to consider you for invitation to this Premier Leadership Development Course.  Please register online at https://www.mycampgrimes.org/woodbadge/program.phtml?register

OR by submitting the LOI form to the Council office. Here is the link to the LOI form:  https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxzNTQxNXdvb2RiYWRnZXxneDo3ZDY0NTgzZTgxMDFmNg

COPE & Climbing Training
Calling All Adult Scouters (18 years & older) and Scouts BSA Youth (16-17 years old who have completed the Climbing Merit Badge)
COPE [Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience] & Climbing Instructors are always needed to help support our year round activities including summer and day camp programs.
The MCC COPE & Climbing Committee is excited to offer the following training courses:
COPE & Climbing Foundations Level I Instructor Courses at Belk Scout Camp
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2-3, 2020
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 11-12-13, 2020
Online registration is open by following links at
https://sites.google.com/site/bsamcctraining/

For more information please visit our COPE & Climbing Program page at

https://www.mccscouting.org/cope-climbing

You may also reach out to Rob Seate (rseate@carolina.rr.com) or

Sasha Timkovich (timkovich@gmail.com) with questions.

NEW - National Youth Leader Training (NYLT) at Belk Scout Camp

Sunday, June 28 (noon) - Friday, July 3, 2020

Registration will open January 1, 2020.

http://topgun.mcc-bsa.org/home-1

 

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid courses at Camp Grimes are planned for the last weekend of March and for the last weekend in September on an on-going basis.

 

Online Training

Earning the Trained patch for your left sleeve requires being “Trained to Position”, often including online modules available at https://my.scouting.org

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne White, Apache Training Chair @ Ioanamw@carolina.rr.com

 

Spread the Word About Scouting.

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 Web page a secret. We welcome new subscribers and it is easy to do. Also, please help us by sharing these links:

Apache District Webpage

http://www.mccscouting.org/apache

 

Like the Apache Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/ApacheDistrict

Apache Twitter Account

Be sure to follow us on twitter @ApacheDistrict

Mecklenburg County Council

MCC Scouting.Org

Mecklenburg County Council Backpack monthly e-newsletter

Go to https://www.mccscouting.org/

Scroll to the bottom of the page, fill in your “Name” and “Email Address”, then

Click on the blue “Subscribe Now” bar.

 

Like the Mecklenburg County Council STEM Facebook page

https://b-m.facebook.com/MCCBSASTEM/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0

 

BSA National

Scouting Wire Volunteer Newsletter - The Official Blog of the Scouting Movement.

http://scoutingwire.org

 

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