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SPECIAL EDITION - 2.2.16 in the Smoke Signals Archive area!!!!! 



Spring Cleaning at Smoke Signals
Smoke Signals getting too long and cumbersome? We think so. We decided to keep our news to the latest and or most relevant information. Remember, much of the information you may be looking for from past editions is posted on the Apache District website or can be found thru the
Smoke Signals Archives page. Problem solved!



Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to spend with the family, but there is more to it than picnics and the Indianapolis 500. It is a time we must pause, remember, and honor our fallen. It is a time that we as parents and scout leaders must teach our scouts the real meaning of this National Holiday.


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NEW Help Needed at the President James K. Polk Historic Site

Saturday, May 14, 2016

10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

12031Lancaster Hwy

Pineville, NC 28134


Maximum 6 to 8 scouts are needed to direct cars where to park and possibly help other miscellaneous jobs.


Class A uniform, wear a hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle.


Contact: Contact Bill Kalbas at W.


NEW Council Recognition Banquet

For those who missed it, the Council Recognition Banquet was a great success.

Once again, congratulations to all the recipients of the Silver Beaver, but especially, Apache’s own James Todd (Troop 79) and James Smith (Troop 356).


NEW Wear Your Seat Belt!

Remind your Scouts and all your teenagers to wear their seat belts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. “Of the teens (aged 13-20) who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2013 approximately 56% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. “


NEW Lansford Canal State Park

Looking for a great place to visit in May?

Checkout the many things you can do, and the new booms of the beautiful Rocky Shoals Spider Lilly in the Lansford Canal State Park.


NEW Back Country Music and BBQ at the President James K. Polk Historic Site

Saturday May 14… 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join our friends at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville as they ring in spring with some backcountry tunes and tasty BBQ. This festival will feature local artists playing historic music, as well as local ‘que. Bring the family, your lawn chairs, and blankets to enjoy acts like the Appalachian Dulcimer Club, Red Hills Dance, the Myers Park Consort, and our headliner, the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club! Hours: 11:00 am-3:00pm. Admission: Enjoy the music for free. The BBQ meal is $12 and includes meat, 2 sides, roll and drink.


Reminder - Apache District has a new home.

Please join us at the South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church 8601 Bryant Farms Road Charlotte, NC 28277.

Meetings, cracker barrel, and project reviews will be held in the single story building between the sanctuary and fenced playground. Note the change in times and locations. We look forward to seeing you at Roundtable.


Proposed Eagle Project Reviews

Time: 5:00 p.m.             Room: Commons Room


Apache District Meeting

Time: 6:15 p.m.            Room: Choir Room


Apache Chapter – Order of the Arrow

Time: 7:30 p.m.            Room: The Cottage (Trailer Area)      


Early Cracker Barrel

Time: 7:15 p.m.            Room: Mecklenburg Hall

Hosted by: Chef Mike Babb or our volunteer of the month Troop, Pack, or Crew.


Apache District Roundtable

Time: 7:45 p.m.            Room: Mecklenburg Hall



BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
Belk Scout Camp (map)
On May 7th, our council training committee will be hosting a BALOO orientation beginning at 7:30 that morning. Instead of being part of our Spring Training Event on May 14th at CPCC Levine, BALOO will be held at the weekend before at Belk Scout Camp, utilizing the Learning Development Center and nearby campsites. BALOO is a one-day training event that introduces leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack Family Camping. Each Pack is required to have at least one BALOO trained adult participating in their Pack outdoor activities and Family Campouts. Participants who complete this training will:

  • Understand the focus of the Cub Scout level of the BSA Outdoor Program
  • Gain the skills needed to plan and carry out a successful Cub Scout-level Pack Family Camp overnight activity
  • Learn more about the resources available from the BSA for carrying out these activities

<<Online Registration is now open>>

Any questions, contact Rick Messina


2017 Jamboree
Experience the best of Scouting in one place. From stadium shows to merit badges, patch trading to adventure sports, you’ll want to be at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in 2017. Our council has been awarded 4 Troops and 2 Venturing Patrols for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree to be held at the Bechtel Summit Scout Reserve in West Virginia July 19-28, 2017. For more information and to register, go and click on the Jamboree Banner.

Summer Camp for Venturers
Venturers, check out a summer camp dedicated to Venturing and High Adventure at Lumpkin Adventure Base - June 19 through July 16 - Weeks 1-4




NEW Apache Spring Cuboree Recap

We had a super Spring Cuboree at Camp Grimes this past weekend! It was perfect Carolina Blue Sky Weekend. It was cool at night and perfect during the day. Jamey Baysinger and his committee did an outstanding job! This year’s theme was Cub Scouts The Spirit Awakens. We had Jedi Knight Training and Princess Leia and Goda and Rdd2. We had Bb guns, bows and arrows, indoor climbing wall, fishing a stomp rocket, desert contest and a 3 mile walkabout and much more. It was action packed and much fun was had by all. The songs and skits and the campfire were fun and funny and we ended on a solemn note where all the Veterans were recognized and called up to retire an American Flag. Many thanks go out Jamie Baysinger for organizing and leading a great Apache District Spring Cuboree. We would also like to thank Margaret Carey for doing a great job as Grubmaster and Michael Carey for serving as Quarter Master for the Cuboree and doing a super job as well. Also special thanks to all the Packs that volunteered and participated in the event: Pack 3, Pack 8, Pack 11, Pack 55, Pack 80, Pack 114, Pack 119, Pack 167, Pack 249, Pack 265, Pack 405. Jamey would like to thank all of his committee: Brain Benton and Doug Hulse, Bill Hobbs and Don Leswing, Alex Eyssen, David Hahn, Jason Lambertson and Mark Owen, Kristi Price, Laura Williams, Sharon and Walker Leake, Chris Rusin, Mathew Fullam, Chris Weaver, Meg and Michael Carey, Eric Forester, Sandra Handy, David Campbell and Monica Zeleznik and John Bittinger.


Apache Day Camp 2016
The theme for Apache District Day Camp 2016 is Take Flight! The dates for camp will be June 20-24, 2016 and will be held at Belk Scout Camp.

Apache Day Camp Registration is now available! You can find information about camp - along with Day Camp Downloads such as the 2016 Apache District Day Camp flyer (pdf) and links to the required health forms - for your Packs on the Apache district day camp webpage here:

Apache Day Camp Information Page

Registration information has been given to your Committee Chairs, Cubmasters, and Day Camp Coordinators. Please speak with them regarding registration for camp. Meanwhile, participants can make sure Day Camp Coordinators have required health forms and youth protection certificates.

The following positions (18-years old or older) are needed:

  • 1st Aid & Nature (1st Aid/poisonous plants/prevention/1st aid kits) – needed for one day only, would prefer a Webelos Den Leader or Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Tools (knots/knives/saws/ax) - needed for one day only, would prefer a Webelos Den Leader or Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Lifeguards (training and certification available) – needed all week

Please contact Day Camp Director, Monica Zeleznik at if you are interested.

Attention: Apache District Day Camp Den Leaders, Staff, Jr. Staff, and Volunteers - Save the Date for our Meeting and Training on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Belk Scout Camp. More meeting and training details to come soon!

Apache District Dates
Training for Youth
NYLT - 6/20-25/2016 - Belk Scout Camp
NYLT - 6/27 - 7/02/2016 - Belk Scout Camp
SEALS Training – November TBA, 2016 - Belk Scout Camp



NEW Merit Badge Courses
For information on registration and pre-course homework on all courses, see

Digital Interactive Merit Badge Pamphlets

20 interactive digital merit badge pamphlets, including every Eagle-required badge, now available

Discovery Place Merit Badge Workshops 2016

See for more info.

Apache Events

Apache Cub Scout Day Camp - June 20-24 2016 - Belk Scout Camp,

Lead - Monica Zeleznik –

Apache Cuboree - 10/07-09/2016

Apache Webeloree-Camporee - 10/21-23/2016

Adult Leader Roundtables
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



Apache Web Site Helps:

Click here to view more resources and news




Greetings, Brothers!


There are many important events and programs coming up in the near future.




We are entering the Ordeal season, with the first Ordeal of 2016 being held at Beaver Weekend. Beaver Weekend is held annually at Camp Grimes, with the purpose of preparing the camp for the summer camp sessions. Those in attendance (regardless of participation in Ordeal or Brotherhood activities) will be helping to prepare camp, and providing service. With that in mind, if a Scout is eligible to participate in the ordeal and will be at Beaver Weekend, it is very wise for them to participate in the Ordeal at this time. This year Beaver Weekend will be held May 20-22. Sign-ups for Troops can be found on the Catawba lodge website.

Ordeals will also be held at Belk Scout camp in June and August. Brotherhood can be obtained at any of the ordeal weekends.


There were a total of 121 elected ordeal candidates this year. Thank you all for your flexibility and cooperation with our busy ordeal season this year! We look forward to seeing all elected scouts at an ordeal ceremony this year.


The Apache Chapter has formed a Teepee Committee to handle the painting of our Teepee. If you or a Scout and are interested in joining and participating in this undertaking, please contact one of our chapter officers or express interest at a Chapter meeting. We would like to involve as much of the chapter as possible in the painting of the teepee.


Chapter meetings have been moved as of last month to South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church. They will still be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 7:30. Our next meeting will be held on May 11th, in the Cottage building on the SMPC campus. Pizza will be provided!


The totem poles acquired given to Catawba Lodge during the 2015 Dixie Fellowship are set to be placed outside of the Indian Village. Make sure to check them out at one of our upcoming events!


Catawba Lodge has recently set up a Remind text message account. To receive important updates from Catawba Lodge, text @catawba459 to 81010 or visit the following website:


We look forward to seeing everyone at the events and chapter meetings in the near future.


Yours in Scouting,


Eliot McGinnis

Catawba Lodge - Apache Chapter Chief

704-995-0929 - C


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