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Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

From your Apache District Committee


Apache Roundtable for Thursday, September 9, 2021, 7:00 pm will meet in-person at

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

6:00 p.m.  Eagle Project Proposal In-person Reviews

6:15 p.m.  District Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m.  Cracker Barrel, Meet and Greet

7:30 p.m.  General Session:  Opening Flag ceremony, Invocation, District Updates, Training Awards, Announcements, RT Commissioner's Minute

7:50 p.m.  Breakout Session:  Webloree/Camporee, October 22-24. Camp Grimes

            Packs:  Webloree updates and brainstorming activity ideas

            Troops:  Camporee - Zombie Apocalypse - updates and more

8:45 p.m.  “Leave No Trace” clean-up, Roundtable ends

Thursday, July 8, 2021, No Roundtable will occur.

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 2021, Next Roundtable

Agenda is posted at

Brady Drummond-Ryan,

Apache Roundtable Commissioner

Eagle Project Proposal Reviews

Scouts may request virtual reviews.  Scouts should follow instructions for scheduling posted at, then Project Review Information.

Recruiting Ideas for Your Unit

Bryan on Scouting Blog, July 8, 2021

“Cub Scout recruiting season is near; #CubChatLive has you covered”

Cub Scout Meetings – Where Do We Go?

If your Charter Org is closed, you can still meet outside.  Now is a great time to keep the outing in Scouting.  Meet at public parks – Town or County parks are open.  If you can’t have traditional Den Meetings, meet as a Pack and let the Scouts learn Scout skills – some may be advanced or repeats, but get them outside and have them bring a friend!!

For more information or ideas, contact Apache Membership Chair Andy Waligowski at

Cub Scout leaders

These resources may be helpful to planning Cub programs:

These Cub Scout Adventures video resources can help your next den meeting:

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, Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop,

Printed and digital editions for Kindle:

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:

Personal Management MB, beginning Thursday, September 09

Collections MB, Saturday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Scouting Heritage MB, Saturday, September 18, Noon to 3:00 p.m., at

Sardis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6100 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270


Radio MB, Saturday, October 16, Back Creek Church Scout Barn

Welding MB Saturday, December 4, CPCC Harper Campus

Graphic Arts MB, Saturday, December 11, CPCC Harper Campus

Winter Camp, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, December 17-18-19, at Belk Scout Camp

  • All day Saturday

    • American Business + Entrepreneurship + Salesmanship

  • Half-day sessions on Saturday morning, repeated in the afternoon

    • Citizenship in the Community

    • Citizenship in the Nation

    • Citizenship in the World

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Safety + Traffic Safety

  • Sunday morning

    • Family Life


Links to Merit Badge Guides and to on-line registration and payment are posted at

Schedule Your Own Merit Badge Courses

Scuba Merit Badge


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


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 Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

or Camping Merit Badge

or BSA 50-miler Award

or BSA Historic Trails Award

or the BSA Hometown USA Award,from%20a%20list%20of%2013.


or the Conservation Good Turn Award


or the BSA Summer of Service Awards


or one of the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Awards


or the 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


BSA Fishing to Host Two New Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) Courses

BSA and MCC Fishing are pleased to announce two new nationwide Certified Angling Instructor courses.  The courses are designed to give Scout leaders and older Scouts some great tools and ideas to get their youth learning about fishing.

The courses are open to registered parents, Scout leaders, both volunteer and professional, and youth 16 and older.  Becoming a CAI is a great way for a Scout or Venture Crew member to get a staff position at a summer camp.

Upcoming CAI Courses

CAI 2021 NA 7 

Wednesday Nights -   September 22 - October 27  (7:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern)

CAI 2021- NA 8

Thursday Nights -   October 7 - November 11  (7:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern)

Further details and registration visit 

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


Any questions?  Contact Bill Kalbas at


Outing in Scouting



Apache Fall Camporee: Zombie Apocalypse 

Oct 22-24th at Camp Grimes

Competitive activities! Cooking Demonstration, First Aid, Fire building, and Pioneering

Contests! Dutch Oven Dessert and Pumpkin Carving

Guaranteed loads of fun for the weekend

Pricing & more information coming soon!

Contact: Megan Thompson

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 8-9-10, Apache Cuboree


Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23-24, Apache Camporee & Webeloree


Thursday, December 9, Apache District Annual Banquet


Please consider the high value and low cost of word-of-mouth advertising for Scouting.  Scouting families have enjoyed an increasing number of outdoor activities at our camps and through den, pack, patrol, troop, crew, district, and council programs.  We have new stories to tell of our good times.  Spreading the word to friends and neighbors at the beach or pool or backyard parties can open doors to opportunities for more youth and adults to join Scouting during Fall Round-up.

If ever a fleeting doubt on the value of Scouting walks the aisle of your train of thoughts, please watch the video posted at



Saturday, September 25, Trailblazer Day for new Cub Scout members

Saturday, October 30, Spookoree

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13-14, 3rd Annual NST15 All-Girl Camporee


Save the Date!  Friday - Sunday, November 12 - 14, 2021

3rd Annual NST15 [National Service Territory] All-Girl Camporee at Camp Grimes

Details forthcoming.  Please email  with any questions or if you would like to be involved in planning.


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

Why We Do What We Do…

My middle son Will and two of his classmates and fellow EMT’s were in the Charlotte Fire Fighters Exploring Post, and Troop 118. Captain Stefan Jones was the post leader and, oh, how he made an impression on Will. During Will’s junior and senior year in high school Will took every opportunity to ride along, and even stay overnight, with Station 3 or 42……and his mom and I can credit Will for convincing his brother to sell his motorcycle after sharing some of the motorcycle accident calls he rode on. Today all three of them continue their service as commissioned officers; Will in the U.S. Navy, and his friends serve in the U.S. Coast Guard.

~William B. Cornett (Bill)


Exploring provides exciting activities and mentorship for youth looking to discover their future.


Exploring Career Interest Survey

Engaging with career professionals, middle and high school students gain unique, real-life opportunities to experience varied career choices aiding in a more informed decision about future careers.

Below is the 2021 Career Exploring survey link to share with 8th through 12th grade students. By completing this survey, students will receive an invite from us to attend open house events if there is a career interest match.

If you have a 6th or 7th grade student, or perhaps you would like to serve as a career mentor, or if you have any other questions, please schedule meeting with me at

National Scouting

Boys’ Life magazine, first published in 1911, was renamed Scout Life beginning with the January 2021 issue.



The print version of Scouting magazine, first published April 15, 1913, ended with the May-June 2020 issue.

A new Scouting magazine app is available in the App Store and Google Play.



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


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


New and OldWhere To Go Camping Guide 2021

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


The Catawba Lodge Executive Board (LEB) established dates for Lodge events in 2021 at its January meeting:

September 10-12   OA Ordeal at BSC

October 1-3   OA Fall Fellowship at BSC

December 3   OA Banquet at BSC

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) 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.

SEALS - Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills [for youth] at Belk Scout Camp

Next SEALS course:  Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14, 2021

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

Online registration is open for NYLT scheduled for June 27-July 2, 2021 at  at


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at Summit

Adult Training


Scout adult leader training opportunities in our Council and region, lists compiled by

Towner Blackstock Apache Training Chair,, 704-491-4010:

1.  Training Awards: Earn a Knot

2.  Required Position Training

3.  OLS:  Outdoor Leadership Skills [courses in NC and SC]

4.  Advanced Training (courses offered by Mecklenburg County, Occoneechee, Blue Ridge Councils, Camp Coker]

5.  Trainer/Instructor Training [Climbing, Trainers Edge, LNT

6.  CPR and Wilderness First Aid

Mecklenburg County Council training events:

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 10-11-12, COPE & Climbing training

Saturday-Sunday, September 11-12, BALOO training

Saturday, September 18, Scouter Success training

Saturday, October 2, Cub Scout BB/Archery training

Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14, IOLS training

Friday-Saturday, November 12-13, Wilderness First Aid training

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


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

Upcoming Mecklenburg County Council Training Courses

For information on Upcoming Cub Leader Training and on Upcoming Scouts BSA Leader Training, please go to

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) [for adults] at Belk Scout Camp

BALOO is an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program.

Information on future courses will be posted at

Wilderness First Aid

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


Philmont Training Center 2021 Conferences [for adult volunteer training]

BSA Family Adventure Camp


Recognize Scouter Excellence

“Trained” Patches for Adult Leaders

Adults 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, 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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