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TOP CLOUDS: 9-1-15

  

NEW Welcome Home

Welcome home, and we hope everyone had a great summer.

With the recruiting of new scouts and their families, please let them know about “Smoke Signals”  and the great resources found on “Apache District Website”.   We welcome new subscribers.

Fall is a wonderful time of year to camp, but don’t let your new Cub parents get overwhelmed at the last minute with what to take, and what to buy for a camping trip. There is a “Cub Scout Family Camping List”, and an excellent “Cub Family Camping Guide” on the “Apache District Resources and Downloads” page”.  Remember what it was like to the parent of a brand new Tiger, Cub or Boy Scout!

It can be quite confusing and if you don’t plan correctly, it can put a strain on a family budget.

Have a great year, and remember, Keep the Outing in Scouting!

Yours in Scouting,
Apache District Marketing Team

 

BSA NATIONAL NEWS:

NEW NESA Scholarships
Just in case you missed it, the August 18th edition of BSA’s Scouting Wire newsletter had an article about the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) academic college scholarships. The new submission deadline is October 31, 2015. Recipients will be notified by mail in July 2016.  For further details visit Scouting Wire,
scoutingwire.org/newsletter/ and NESA.org.

 

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS: 

Eagle Scout Recognition in the Charlotte Observer
The Council Advancement Committee and the Council Marketing Committee are pleased to announce that a partnership was recently established with the Charlotte Observer.

Each and every one of our new Eagle Scouts can now be featured in the “Neighborhood” section of the Charlotte Observer. The process is very easy thanks to a new on-line form that the new Eagle Scout completes after his Eagle Board of Review – takes less than 5 minutes. The information will go directly to the Observer who will feature a picture of the Scout with details on his unit, chartering organization, etc. – as well as an overview of his project, and what has been the biggest impact of Scouting for him. Check out the Advancement page of the MCC web site for more details and the link to the form. Please encourage all new Eagle Scouts to complete the form so he can highlight all the great things that Scouting provides – for him, his fellow Scouts and our community!

The Eagle Scout Board of Review committee members are to look for this information in the Eagle Scout packet that is brought to Eagle Board of Review. The review committee is to encourage the Scout to use it to receive his proper recognition.

 

New Program for Summer Camp
The Mecklenburg County Council and Camp Grimes are pleased to make available in 2015, a program that has been exclusively designed for us -- The Summit Trek. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the BSA’s newest national Scout reserve located in Southern West Virginia. The Summit opened in 2013 by hosting over 40,000 participants and visitors at its inaugural National Scout Jamboree. Beginning in 2014, The Summit began operating summer seasonal programs that include high adventure, Scout Camp and training programs. This new program gives Camp Grimes Scouts and Venturers the opportunity to spend several days at the Bechtel Summit enjoying world class adventure venues. Your Summit Trek includes meals, roundtrip transportation to the Bechtel Summit, and Scott Summit Center programming (including required equipment). A tent and cot will be provided for you while at the Summit. Beginning Monday evening, you have full access to the Scott Summit Center activity venues. In the evenings, Summit Center becomes the hub of all Summit activities as all Summit program participants from the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, James C. Justice National Scout Camp and special programs, like the Camp Grimes Summit Trek, mingle and enjoy the Summit Center venues. On Friday morning, we will return to Camp Grimes and you will spend the rest of the day with your home troop. COST: $500 per youth or adult (must be at least 13 years old to participate). For more details about the venues, see the flyer at www.mycampgrimes.org/Summit_Trek_2015.pdf . Contact Alan Keiger at alan.keiger@scouting.org with questions.

 

NEW Popcorn Kickoff
Popcorn chairs and co-chairs, you are cordially invited to the 2015 popcorn kickoff! Wednesday, September 9, at the Palmer Building – 2601 East 7th St.

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. – Complimentary dinner (2 food trucks will be open), games, fun, prizes

7:15 – 8:30 p.m. – Exciting popcorn program and packet checkout

Give your RSVPs ASAP (no later than September 4th) to Carole Stojetz at (704) 342-9345 or carole.stojetz@scouting.org or Terrie Bailey at (704) 342-9343 or terrie.bailey@scouting.org

 

NEW Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge

The Hornets Nest Region of the AACA is offering Youth Program education sessions at the Charlotte AutoFair at Charlotte Motor speedway on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm.  The program will be led by certified AACA instructors and will include:

1.  Boy Scout merit badge class on Automotive Maintenance, including engine function, brakes, tires, ignition, electrical system, and other systems
2.  Information on buying your first used car with a list of what to look for
3.  Safety Checklist on preparing your vehicle for a trip.

The Youth Program is appropriate for ages 8 through 17.

Location is the Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte AutoFair.

The AACA will provide free entry to the car show for the day and free group van parking.

To organize attendance and register Scouts, Unit Leaders must contact:

Johnny Yarborough at 704 882 2627 or at jyarborough9@carolina.rr.com

Or the HNR AACA office at 704 841 1990 or at hornetsregionaaca@windstream.net

The Program will provide a Hands on Experience and a Learning Experience for All.

Each Scout has the responsibility to follow up with a registered Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge counselor to complete all requirements.

Each Scout should prepare for the class by
1.  Reading the merit badge book.
2.  Printing the merit badge workbook from
http://www.meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badge_Worksheets and bringing it to the class
3.  Attending the class in a class B uniform and wearing closed-toe shoes.
4.  Bringing a blue card signed by his Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course
5.  Attending the class following BSA Youth Protection Guidelines, namely, with a parent and/or in a group with 2-deep adult leadership with at least one age 21 or older with current BSA Youth Protection (within the last 2 years)
6.  Identifying, with the help of your Scoutmaster, a qualified Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge counselor from your troop or community who is registered with BSA (see
www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf), current with BSA Youth Protection (see www.myscouting.org), and registered with Mecklenburg County Council as a counselor this merit badge (see www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf)

To follow BSA Youth Protection guidelines and for group registration, a unit leader or a representative (one per unit), not parents or Scouts, must register Scouts interested in this program.

Instructors from HNR AACA will not be completing blue cards at the class

For more information contact Stuart Tucker at stutucker@aol.com

 

Trail’s End Popcorn Sale
Please don’t miss this great opportunity to help provide funds for your Ideal Year In Scouting. Knock It Out of The Park with the Popcorn Sale. Popcorn sale sign up forms are now out. So please take advantage of this great Scouting sells opportunity. Remember Cubmaster’s and Scoutmaster’s you can’t do it all. The key to a strong unit is a good committee. Please identify your 2015 Popcorn Chairman and send their contact information to Terri Bailey at terrie.bailey@scouting.org. The key dates are on the Council website. Remember between September 11th and September 25th units should hold kick off meeting with boys, parents and leaders to explain the popcorn program incentives and deadline dates. Please make plans now for this important meeting and stay tuned to the website for further information about the Council Kickoff.


Eagle Scout Recognition in the Charlotte Observer
The Council Advancement Committee and the Council Marketing Committee are pleased to announce that a partnership was recently established with the Charlotte Observer.

Each and every one of our new Eagle Scouts can now be featured in the “Neighborhood” section of the Charlotte Observer. The process is very easy thanks to a new on-line form that the new Eagle Scout completes after his Eagle Board of Review – takes less than 5 minutes. The information will go directly to the Observer who will feature a picture of the Scout with details on his unit, chartering organization, etc. – as well as an overview of his project, and what has been the biggest impact of Scouting for him. Check out the Advancement page of the MCC web site for more details and the link to the form. Please encourage all new Eagle Scouts to complete the form so he can highlight all the great things that Scouting provides – for him, his fellow Scouts and our community!

The Eagle Scout Board of Review committee members are to look for this information in the Eagle Scout packet that is brought to Eagle Board of Review. The review committee is to encourage the Scout to use it to receive his proper recognition.

NC Transportation Museum Merit Badge Programs

The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC has posted their Aviation and Railroading Merit Badge programs for 2015. 

 

Boy Scout Rail Camp featuring an opportunity for Scouts to work on Railroading Merit Badge will be held Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14-15, 2015. For more information, see http://www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs---Tours/Boy-Scout-Rail-Camp.aspx

 

For both events, the following guidelines apply:

1. Scouts must pre-register.

2. Scouts must attend as part of a patrol or troop group, with 2 adult leaders present at all times.

3. The merit badge courses are supervised under the direction of an adult Scout leader registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and will be current on BSA Youth Protection at the time the courses are held.

4. Each patrol or troop attending will be responsible for verifying the Scouts participation and knowledge of the subject matter and signing off the blue cards indicating completion of the merit badge. Merit badge course staff will not be signing off on completed merit badges.

 

Eagle Projects

Looking for potential Eagle Service Projects? Check out this brand new one to help senior citizens and persons with disabilities, read more at “Around the Campfire”

 

DISTRICT ITEMS:  

NEW Same Journey, Different Trails – Upcoming Diversity Training
For the BSA, and for us as leaders, diversity means being able to share the ideals of Scouting with the widest possible audience. And that means learning the best way to teach and lead our Scouts.

I hope you are planning to attend the upcoming Scouter Success Seminar on September 26 at CPCC, Levine Campus in Matthews. Please consider attending these courses:

SST 218 - Working with Scouts with Special Needs

Learn how to work with your Scout who is not advancing or is being disruptive and may have ADD/ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, or other special needs. Also includes the new advancement procedures for a Boy Scout who requests extra time to complete requirements for the Eagle Rank.

 

SST 911 - How Boys Learn

This course will high-light strategies for leaders to understand the nuances of normal “boy” behavior, identify problems that can be alleviated by changing teaching styles, rearranging the teaching environment, and the introduction of physical activity to Den or Patrol meetings.

Click here for more information and to register for the Scouter Success Seminar.

Same Journey, Different Trails is a monthly article related to the topic of Diversity. For more information visit Around the Campfire. To suggest a topic contact Tim Hall at tah22400@gmail.com.

 

Unit Service Projects
Is your unit looking for a service project? Here are some ideas:

(1) Ask your Charter Organization. This is a great time for cleaning and gardening; many organizations could use a little help.

(2) Belk Scout Camp - Contact Ranger Mike Cook (704) 848-0958 bsc415@bellsouth.net Spend a day or spend a weekend, there are plenty of service projects for packs and troops at Belk.

(3) Mecklenburg Scout Reservation (Camp Grimes) Contact Ranger Chris Williams (828) 652-8592

rangermsr@frontier.com.

(4) James K. Polk Historic Site, located in Pineville. Contact Scott Warren or Robert Dreher at (704) 889-7145.

 

ADVANCEMENT

NEW Upcoming Advancement Training Opportunities
The following advancement training courses will be offered at the Scouter Success Seminar Training on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the CPCC Levine Campus.  Information and on-line registration for these courses are available under the Training tab located on the council’s website.  Please plan to attend for these courses are essential in understanding Boy Scout advancement.      

Trail To Eagle Training Course
Learn about Boards of Review where participants will be instructed on how to properly conduct Boards of Review with emphasis on subject areas common to the Tenderfoot through Eagle ranks. 

Learn the "nuts and bolts" regarding the steps that occur after a Scout thinks he has completed all requirements for the Eagle Scout rank. Topics will include Scoutmaster Review, Eagle rank Application, Letters of Reference, differences in the Eagle Board of Review, final evaluation of the Eagle Service Project and the appeals process.

The target audience is all Scouters who support Scouts’ advancement toward becoming Eagle Scouts.  This includes Troop Committee members, troop leaders and District Eagle Review Representatives.  The latter, if not up to date with this training, are especially urged to attend. 

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and Process Training Course
Learn about the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the process relating to it. The responsibility of the Scout and the role of supporting adults will be explained. The aim of the course is to provide all the necessary information required so that the Eagle Scout candidate may successfully complete his project.  The Eagle Scout Project Workbook will be fully explained.  Life Scouts are eligible to attend this session for personal information and understanding in preparing, planning and executing their Eagle Scout project.

 

 

Merit Badge Counselor Training Course

Why are merit badge counselors an essential part of the advancement process?  Learn who is qualified to serve as a merit badge counselor, how to be an effective merit badge counselor, and how to obtain approval of merit badge counselors from your District Advancement Chairman.

Learn about the twelve merit badges that require certification to be involved with them.

 

 

KEY APACHE DISTRICT DATES: 

Rendezvous ‘15

October 2-4, 2015, at Belk Scout Camp. Hosted by Mecklenburg County Council VOA. All Councils Invited. Cost: $30

Includes Saturday & Sunday meals, T-shirt, Patch, & Mandatory Fun

 

All Crews are encouraged to bring a race team or two! All race teams must have 4 members and co-ed teams preferred. Walk-up Events will be available Saturday Morning. The Main Event will start at 4pm on Saturday Afternoon. Don’t forget your work gloves for the service project!

 

Registration and Payment Deadline: September 18th, 2015

1410 East Seventh Street

Charlotte, NC 28204

For more info, visit

mccscouting.org/ScoutingPrograms/Venturing.aspx

Email: mccvoa@gmail.com

 

 

Fall Cub-o-ree

The Fall Cuboree will take place at Belk Scout Camp on Friday, October 9th through Sunday morning October 11th. Only tigers, wolves and bears and their family members are invited to attend. Our Webelos Scouts will have their own Webelo-ree on Friday October 23rd through Sunday morning October 25th at Camp Grimes. We will have more information on the District website soon. The cost will be $12 per person to attend the event.

 

Webelo-ree & Boy Scout Camporee

The Apache District will have Webelo-ree and Boy Scout Camporee at Camp Grimes starting on Friday October 23rd through Sunday morning October 25th. This is an opportunity for our Webelos to focus on key advancement areas and start to really look forward to becoming a Boy Scout. Also, this will give the boys an opportunity to become a little more familiar with Boy Scout Troops that they would later cross over into. Our Boy Scout Camporee Chairman is Lynn Snuggs, Scoutmaster of Troop 45. The goal is that the Webelos share in some activity with the Boy Scouts, so they start to become more familiar with what Boy Scouts do. All Scoutmasters and Webelos Leaders will have a breakout session at the August 13th Roundtable at Providence United Methodist Church to discuss the details of these events. For further information, please look at http://www.mccscouting.org and click on Apache District.

 

Adult Leader Roundtables

Adult Leader Roundtable will be on the following dates at Providence United Methodist Church starting at 7:30pm: September 10th, October 8th and November 12th.  On December 10th, we will be having our Annual District Banquet. Check our Council website for more details. We need your help with providing an excellent program this year. If you or someone you know can help with Roundtable or have an agenda item, please let Angie White know, her email address is angie@scarycrow.com .

 


Apache Web Site Helps:

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ORDER OF THE ARROW:

IMPORTANT DATE - This year's Fall Fellowship has moved to September 18-20!!  Please refer to the Lodge website @ http://www.catawba459.org for more information.

Our next Chapter meeting all candidates interested in running for a Chapter office must be attend and present their "stump" speeches and goals for 2016.  We will elect all Chapter officers (Chapter Chief, Vice-Chief, Quartermaster and Secretary) at Fall Fellowship later this month.  

 

Please join us for our next Chapter meeting @ the Apache District Roundtable meeting – September 10th @ 7:30 pm.

 

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