BLACK WARRIOR COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
October 10, 2011
Enclosed in today’s e-Newsletter is a tremendous amount of information. Please take a few minutes to read this newsletter. If there are questions please contact your District Executive.
Check-out information on the Council website www.bwc-bsa.org as information changes weekly.
Other associated websites:
www.aracoma481.net is the site for all thing Order of the Arrow related in West Alabama.
www.scouting.org is the National organizations website
www.myscouting.org for new leader training and Youth Protection Training
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In this e-mail you will find:
· Cub Haunted weekend information
· Fall Fellowship information
· Popcorn sales information
· Eagle Plaza and Chapel update
· Belt Loop Bonanza
· Silver Beaver nominations Due October 31, 2011
· District information
· Baloo Training and Outdoor Leader Training information
· Journey to Excellence
· National Youth Leadership Training information
· 2013 National Scout Jamboree
· Cub Haunted Weekend
A fall themed night in th Space is filling up quickly Walk in registration will not be allowed.
What: A weekend of living at a real Scout camp, doing the things Boy Scouts do – BB Range, archery, hiking, Scout crafts, handicrafts and games!
Who: Two great days of fun and adventure for you the parent, and your son. Every Cub or Webelos Scout must be accompanied by his Dad or his Mom. There is only room for two additional family members in addition to the registered Parent and Pal
Cost: Only $12.50 per-person Parent and Pal. This pays for meals, BB range, a patch, insurance and all program items. Each additional family member will cost $12.50 each.
Where: Camp O’Rear and Camp Horne
When: October 28th or 29th
GET YOUR RESERVATIONS IN EARLY AS PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO 250 TOTAL PEOPLE FOR EACH DATE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
Please return the form below with your payment to Black Warrior Council, P.O. Drawer 3088, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
Session 1 and 2 Arrive Friday for dinner 5:00 p.m. - Check in at camp office – get campsite assignment. Tents are furnished at Camp Horne only. No one will be allowed to drive to their campsite.
Breakfast Saturday, the program will be completed by 11:00.
Session 3 arrive at 5:00 pm on Saturday for dinner - Check in at camp office – get campsite assignment. Tents are furnished Camp Horne only. No one will be allowed to drive to their campsite. You will leave camp Sunday morning after a Scout’s own service at 11:00 a.m.
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING: Uniform, Toilet articles, Camp clothes, Towel, Insect repellent, Pillow, Raincoat, Sleeping bag or sheets & blanket, Camera, Flashlight, Hiking shoes, Sun screen Canteen/water bottle.
Complete medical Class I Health History form
Each Scout and parent needs a completed copy of this health history form. You need to carry this form with you to camp. Do not send your forms to the Council office prior to the camp; take them with you. You will need one for your son and one for you.
What NOT to bring: FIREWORKS
Cancellations: Due to circumstances beyond your control, such as illness in the family or injury that would force you to cancel, there will be a $5 per person service fee to cover the cost of administration and mailing. Due to food buying, etc., the fee will not be refunded for those who do not attend or not notify the Council Service Center (205/554-1680) and request a refund seven (7) days in advance. This request must be in writing and sent to the Black Warrior Council office, attention: Chris Mehaffey; fax 205/554-7830; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Reasons for going to Cub Haunted Weekend”
1. Take the time to be with your son! Build memories of Scouting with him.
2. The price is right for a weekend with your son, TWO meals, BB range, archery, nature hikes, etc.!
3. Get to know your camps. The most beautiful camps in West Alabama are available to you and your son!
4. Relax and have fun. We do the planning so you can relax and enjoy your time in the outdoors with your son!
Cub Haunted Weekend, A fall themed night in the woods
CIRCLE ONE: Session 1 is completely Full
Session 2 Camp Horne October 29 Friday night
Session 3 Camp O’Rear October 28 Friday night
Parent’s name___________________________________ District__________________
Pack # _______________Grade in school________________
Cub’s name__________________________ Phone (_____) ______________________
· Fall Fellowship will be at Camp Horne on Saturday October 29, 2011. Friday night will be service time to the Council helping with Cub Haunted weekend at Camp Horne and Camp O’Rear. All fellowship activities will take place on Saturday afternoon at Camp Horne including elections for 2012. Please make plans to attend this great event as we fellowship with each other and give service to the Council. Deadline for registration is October 15, 2011. For forms and more information please visit www.aracoma481.net
· 2011 Popcorn sale
September 6th Tuscaloosa, Prairie, and Jasper Popcorn Kick-off Meeting
- 3 locations will be available for you to attend
- Check with your District Executive or the council website for the one closest to you
- Host Your Unit Kick-off Right Away so Scouts can start selling
- Attend to receive your Popcorn Kick-off Kit!
- A MUST ATTEND for EVERY popcorn kernel – new and experienced!
- Great tools and techniques to make your sale a success
Blitz Day September 10, 2011 or when your unit can do it together. Must turn names into office for patch
Show-n-sale must be returned by October 21, 2011 to get credit before take orders are due.
October 27 – Noon Unit orders are due to be submitted on-line
You probably want the deadline for your Scouts to be a couple of days earlier so that you can have some time to put your unit order together
Don’t forget to order your prizes!
November 11th, 2011 from 9 am to 5pm Pick up your Popcorn
Check with your DE or District Kernel for distribution location for your district
December 1st Popcorn Money Turn In Day Due before 5:00 pm
- The 1st is the last day to turn in your money
You can turn in your money ANY TIME before then at the Council office on Jack Warner Parkway
· Eagle Plaza and Chapel
If you have not visited the McAbee Service center in the last week then you have missed out on the construction beginning on the Eagle Scout Plaza and Chapel. The most important part of this project is the names on the monuments. It you have not checked your name or the names of the Eagles from your Troop please contact Rob Fikes email@example.com to ensure the spelling is correct as well as the year in which the award was earned. The anticipated completion date is February 8, 2012
· Belt Loop Bonanza The Fifth Annual “Belt Loop Day” on November 12, 2011, will be held 2015 3rd Ave N, Tuscaloosa 35404. This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints building. Each Cub Scout will be able to earn belt loops and activity pins at this event! This is an all day event and “Certificates of Achievement”, with a BWC belt Loop Patch, will be presented to each scout. All boys who attend must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and pre- registered by submitting this form by October 17, 2011. There is a $3 cost per scout. Adults who attend may purchase patches to availability for $3. Chick-fil-a is $5.50 paid in advance with registration. Come and join in the fun! · Silver Beaver Silver Beaver Applications are due to David Hartin, Chairman of the Silver Beaver committee by October 31, 2011. Please e-mail him for an application and let him know who you are nominating. Dhartin@comcast.net
· District Information
Choctaw District fall camporee (for Boy Scout Troops) will be held October 14-16 at the Wright property in Green Pond. Cost is $8 per person. Please get rosters to Lucas ASAP.
Chickasaw -Winter camporee December 17-19 at Camp Horne cost is $8 per person. Program will be planned at a Scout Master meeting this week at the office.
There are only two remaining School nights; Tuscaloosa Academy October 11, and Aliceville Elementary on October 18, 2011.
Prairie Outdoor Leader Training/BALOO Training/NYLT Training -Cost $15 - November 4 – 5, 2011 – Camp O’Rear , Jasper, AL – Contact: Lynn Smelley (205)612-0583; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Prairie District Camporee – Oct. 14, 15, & 16, 2011 – Forkland Campgrounds – Forkland, AL – Cost $8.00 – Contact: Cindy Hay (334)289-9050; email@example.com
Popcorn Order Help Meetings – October 24, 2011 – October 27, 2011 – Call to set up meeting for help with your Unit’s Popcorn Order – Contact : Terri Gregson (334)341-9499 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prairie District Committee Meeting/Roundtable Meeting – October 6, 2011 – 6:30 pm at Rock Tenn Training Building - Contact: Don Self (334)295-4376; email@example.com or Terri Gregson (334)341-9499.
Mountain Roundtable Thursday October 13th-6:30pm at the Drummond Building in Jasper
Fall Camporee –October 14-16th at Airport in Addison, AL – cost $8.00
Cub Haunted Weekend – October 28 and 29th – cost $12.50 per person (still need some troops to commit to helping)
Popcorn Order Turn in Night – Tuesday, October 25th at the Drummond Building in Jasper 5:30-7:30pm (for those who need help ordering!!!!)
BALOO and Outdoor Leader Training.
Outdoor Leader Training/BALOO Training -Cost $15 - November 4 – 5, 2011 – Camp O’Rear , Jasper, AL – Contact: Lynn Smelley (205)612-0583; firstname.lastname@example.org
A second Set of courses will be offered in January at Camp Horne.
· Journey to Excellence:
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion in regards to the new Journey to Excellence program. This program will take the place of the Centennial Quality Award. It has some significant changes over past quality unit programs used by the BSA. I would encourage each unit to designate a leader to participate in a pre-recorded webinar to receive training on this new program. You can find forms and information about this program along with recognition items for achievers at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/JourneyToExcellence.aspx. If you have questions about the program or have problems accessing the site please contact Chris Mehaffey 205-554-1680 or 205-826-7779.
Enter Volunteer Service Hours from Service Projects
This year with the new Journey to Excellence Award it is especially important to enter the number of service hours your unit has completed. In fact it is requirement number 7 for Cub Scout Packs and requirement number 8 for Boy Scout Troops to enter these service hours into the Journey to Excellence Website. Now is a great time to enter these hours after your unit has participated in Scouting For Food and earned a number of new service hours. Follow the simple instructions below to complete this.
1. Go to www.Scouting.org
2. Click on "Volunteer"
3. On Quicklinks click on "Scoutings Journey to Excellence"
4. On Service Projects click on "Enter Service Hours through Good Turn for America Here"
· Scouting’s response to the disaster in our community has been incredible. Units have helped clean-up in hard hit areas, organized donation centers and given so much personally to help those hardest hit. These stories show the character and the passion that Scouting youth and volunteers have. If possible, immediately send any photos of youth/ adults in uniform helping with relief efforts. If youth and adults are in unit t-shirts that is fine, we just need photos. Please document these incredible stories for a later date.
· It is important that each unit keep track of the following:
1. first and last names of individuals working
2. date of work performed
3. number of hours each person works on disaster relief.
This information is important to the EMA offices in the counties hit by the tornados. Please send all of this information to the Council office and we will get this to the appropriate people.
· We have received several phone calls and e-mails from Scouters in other states wanting to help Black Warrior Scouts. Please send all information of those directly impacted by the tornados to the Council office immediately so that the needs can be matched to the assistance. The office will be the clearing house for all calls like this. If you have received any communication wanting to help Scouts please send all information to the Black Warrior Council Office (email@example.com) Please do not attempt to respond to assistance without contacting the office of the Black Warrior Council. One location to match needs and assistance is best for all involved.
· National Youth Leadership Training –
What: National Youth Leadership Training (“NYLT”)
When: July 15, 2011 to July 21, 2011
Location: Camp O’Rear in Jasper, AL
Cost: Information will come out in December as we are working on the budget to attempt to lower the cost.
The NYLT course is designed to assist Scouts in their Leadership Training abilities. The course will cover such things as communication skills, finding your vision, instructional campfire, setting your goals, model patrols leaders council, building pioneering projects, problem solving, resolving conflict, leading yourself, valuing people and many more. We have many activities planned during the week such as Leggo challenge, round robin games, etc. The purpose of this course is for the scouts to learn how to be effective leaders not only in their troops but in their everyday life. During the course of this week, we will be teaching them several different skills which they will use during the week as the course goes on. The course is designed as instructional and at the same time using the skills that we will be teaching. It is designed for learning as well as having fun at the same time. The participants will be working together as patrols.
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
The staff of this NYLT course is very excited about being able to present this program to the youth of our Council. We are excited about being able to offer a quality program for the participants and make sure it is fun and at the same time learn life skills. This program is designed to make better leaders of all whether in Scouting or help them in their future.
· 2013 National Scout Jamboree
2013 seems like a long way away but planning has already begun on the BWC contingent to the National Scout Jamboree at the Summit. https://summit.scouting.org/en/Pages/default.aspx
Bruce Lanier has been chosen as the Scout Master for the 2013 National Jamboree Troop, also selected as leaders for the Troop are Pat O’Neal and Chip Dixon. All other applications will be considered for the Venture patrol leadership positions. These positions will be selected once the determination is made that we as a Council can fill the patrol.
Youth may now visit the Summit website and begin applying for a spot in the Troop. There will be 36 spots available and they will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Troop leadership is already aware of 23 youth who intend on submitting an application to be part of the Black Warrior Council Jamboree Troop. The Summit will require the online application be completed and then the BWC will require a $250 non-refundable deposit. Personal interviews will be done with youth applicants in October, November, December and January. The anticipated cost of this trip is $1,400 but the final price will be published the first of November after the Jamboree committee meets. For more information please contact Brice Lanier or Chris Mehaffey.