TOP CLOUDS: 12-28-12
NATIONAL BSA NEWS:
Scouting for Food: As we sit around still enjoying leftovers from festive holiday dinners, please do not forget those less fortunate in our area who continue to need help. The Scouting community in Mecklenburg County came together last year to set a record when we collected over 255,000 pounds of food for Loaves & Fishes to distribute to those in need. Despite reaching new record levels, these efforts only made a dent in the overall need for those less fortunate. We are committed to try to do better this year.
We are asking that all units participate and help in the food drive. The 2013 schedule is as follows:
§ January 10th Pick up your bags at the January Roundtable meeting at Providence UMC.
§ January 26th Please distribute your bags to the designated neighborhoods.
§ February 2nd This is the designated food collection date.
Apache Merit Badge Opportunities: Please see the following opportunities for your Scouts to work on a series of unique merit badges:
§ Medicine Merit Badge course at Carolina’s College of Healthcare Sciences. Drs. Chris Morris, Brian Wilder and Stuart Tucker will guide Scouts through this course. All are registered Scouters, Youth Protection Trained, and approved by the MCC Advancement Committee as qualified Medicine Merit Badge Counselors. Faculty from the College of Health Sciences will serve as instructors. This opportunity will be offered on February 9, 2013. Scouts will rotate from laparoscopic surgery simulation, laboratory medicine, x-ray and imagining technology and human simulator CPR practice during the initial four sessions. You will also get a tour of the CMC Hospital labs.
§ CPCC Merancas Campus Merit Badge Day is set for Saturday, March 2, 2013. Plans are underway to offer opportunities for the following merit badges: Crime Prevention, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, Traffic Safety, Automotive Maintenance, Welding, or others being taught by the CPCC staff. Cost will be $15 which will include supplies, merit badge handbook and workbook for each Scout. Volunteer Scouters will be needed to provide two-deep leadership in all classroom, lab, and shop sessions.
Please save these dates, discuss the opportunities with your Scouts, and encourage them to take advantage of these unique merit badges. More information will be forthcoming over the next several weeks and will be posted on our website: www.mccapache.org.
Apache Web Site Helps: Please go to our district web site at www.mccapache.org for two segments that we believe will be beneficial to both units and adult leaders. The first segment is aptly named Around the Campfire where unit leaders, parents and friends can see potential options for a weekend or day trip, suggestions where Eagle projects are needed, and just good old discussion topics. There is also an excellent resource guide for new parents to learn more about the BSA terminology as well as suggested gear guides for your families.
There is also a Fundraising Section where units can post specific information about an upcoming fund raising event so folks outside their immediate unit may have the option to participate and help out.
Please check out our web site: www.mcctraining.org for the latest and greatest training opportunities and course descriptions. Here are some of the upcoming events:
§ Adult Winter Training January 5, 2013
§ Youth Winter Camping January 5, 2013
§ Outdoor Leadership Skills March 8-10, 2013
§ Seals Training March 8-10, 2013
§ Woodbadge Training March 22-24 & April 27-29, 2013
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Apache Chapter Meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of every month. This coincides with our district roundtable meetings … same time and place. All members are encouraged to attend. Free pizza!
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