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The Choctaw District serves south Tuscaloosa County (south of the Black Warrior River), Bibb County and Moundville.
It’s that time of year again, time for your unit to recharter! Beginning November 1st the council will be distributing unit’s recharter packets. The packet will include an instruction sheet, unit roster, new youth and adult applications, and your units on-line recharter password. Your units recharter must be completed on-line; if you do not have access to the internet you may make an appointment to use a computer at the Council Service Center. Your unit’s recharter is due by December 16th, the Council will hosting a recharter turn in day Saturday December 14th from 9:00am to Noon at the Council Service Center. If you have questions or need help with your recharter contact your District Executive.
New District Name
We need your feedback. We have received two suggested names for our new district (Pickens, Tuscaloosa, and Bibb Counties). The first suggestion is the River District. The River name along with the Mountain District to the North and the Prairie District to the south would create council thyme. Also there is a significant river that runs through each county (Pickens County- Sipsey River, Tuscaloosa County- Black Warrior River, Bibb County – Cahaba River). The Second suggestion is the Tuskaloosa District, named after Chief Tuskaloosa who the city of Tuscaloosa was named after. Please let Brad Plunkett know witch name you prefer, you can contact Brad at (205)554-1680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can your Pack, Troop or Crew use a $25 gift card to the Scout Shop? Turn in all youth apps!
Fall is our busiest season to welcome new youth and families to our Scouting programs in west Alabama. It’s important that all new Scouts (from sign-up nights and those that show up at pack, troop and crew meetings) be officially registered through turning in to your district executive/the Council Service Center a completed, signed application and the appropriate funding. Timely submission of youth applications ensures accurate record keeping (i.e. rank advancement), liability insurance coverage, and receipt of Boys’ Life magazine (if applicable).
To encourage all Scouting leaders to turn-in any youth applications in folders, briefcases, etc., the Black Warrior Council will be providing a $25 gift card to the Scout Shop for every five applications turned in by unit leaders (with 25 or more registered youth members as of October 1) or $25 gift card for every three applications turned in by unit leaders (with less than 25 registered youth members as of October 1). Units can earn a maximum of two gift cards ($50). To qualify, all applications are to be turned in to your District Executive by Friday November 15.
Please do your part to help us accurately register all youth members in Scouting- and make the annual recharter/re-registration process even easier in December!
BSA Registration Fee Increase
In order to continue to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program, it is occasionally necessary to increase membership fees to offset rising administrative costs. For this reason, the BSA Nat’l organization is increasing the membership fee from $15 to $24 per year for all registered Scouts and adults effective January 1, 2014. For those who join after the beginning of the year, the fee will be prorated at $2 per month.
As always, our focus is to build the future leaders of this country by combining adventure, educational activities, and lifelong values. The fee increase is a step we must take in order to continue providing the services our families expect and need. With the help of each of our volunteers and Scouting parents, we will continue accomplishing incredible things for young people we serve. What do you receive for your $24 fee that goes directly to our Nat’l organization?
Liability insurance to registered adult members, local councils, chartered organizations and Nat’l organization
Technological platforms (MyScouting tools, Voice of the Scout, training, etc.) for the Scouting movement
Tools for local councils including camp support, office planning and evaluation, financial counseling, planned giving and fundraising information, and professional personnel support
Communications network through magazines and literature (handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, brochures, training materials, and professional development training)
Distribution of uniforms, equipment, and program supplies
Development and maintenance of year-round high-adventure bases and execution of events (jamborees, National Eagle Scout Association and Order of the Arrow conferences, and National Council meetings)
Communication with chartered organizations that use the Scouting program (religious institutions, civic organizations, labor unions, professional organizations, business, and industry)
Maintain Scouting associations in other countries as a member of the World Scout Conference
Establishment, maintenance of standards (Advancement, health & safety, etc.) to protect the BSA brand
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader. It is given to honor noteworthy individuals of exceptional character for their service not only to the Boy Scouts of America but also to all youth throughout community. The Black Warrior Council is now taking applications for highly qualified individuals to be considered for this honor. The deadline to submit completed applications is December 1, 2013.
Attached is the nomination form, this form includes 3 sections. In order to be considered a complete application all sections must be filled out as fully as possible. Because of the distinguished nature of this award, it is essential to include as much information about the nominee as possible. The form asks that very specific data be provided, including an extensive Scouting history and current status as well as accomplishments of the individual. The nomination is held in the strictest confidence from the nominee and while it is not appropriate to interview the nominee for information, casual conversation may elicit the data required. Other sources of information may be used such as: Spouse, Scout Service Center records, friends, neighbors and other Scouters. The individual nominated should have no knowledge that he/she is being considered. This is a requirement of National policy and prevents possible embarrassing situations for the nominee. If you have questions about the process please contact Jim Madison (205)554-1680 or email@example.comOutdoor Leader Training (flyer is attached)
The Black Warrior Council invites you to participate in Outdoor Leader Training on November 15-17 at Moundville Park. The cost is $35 per person and includes food on Saturday and Sunday (breakfast). The course offers and introduction to outdoor leader skills and is being staffed by many experienced Scouters from our Council. Come experience a fun-filled program with hands-on skills training designed to help you master the basic camping skills Scouts are required to have when moving from Tenderfoot to First Class rank.