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TOP CLOUDS: 4-1-15


New 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 Carolina Outdoors Radio Show

Looking for some great information on fly fishing, camping or wonderful places to visit or hike? Listen to Bill Bartee and Don Yager on “Carolina Outdoors Radio Show. You can hear them on WBT radio (1110 AM or 99.3 FM) on Saturday mornings at 5 a. m. Or better yet, download their podcasts and listen to them at your convenience. Bill and Don have been doing this weekly radio show for the past 20 years, and they have some tremendous information to share. You can access their podcasts from

New Be Weather Smart! Be Prepared!

It’s not too early to be weather smart and to train your scouts and families. Tornadoes, floods, severe afternoon thunderstorms, and the Atlantic Hurricane season, which begins June 1st. it is important that all of us scouts, scouters, and parents be mindful of changing weather patterns in our area. Does your family have a severe weather plan and/or evacuation plan in case of emergencies? History has taught us that we are not immune to these types of storms even if we are inland. BSA, the state of North Carolina, and FEMA all have excellent resources available to us on hazardous weather training. Please visit:,, and


Journey to Excellence / Good Turn for America Service Hours

Thank you very much for all your help with Scouting For Food.

While we are in between bag distribution and food collection days, don’t forget to start thinking about collecting your Journey to Excellence/Good Turn for America service hours. Details can be found on page 17 of your 2015 Scouting For Food Leaders Guide.

Remember, anytime your unit or scouts do a service project, please log in your service hours.

Master List of Upcoming Merit Badge classes within Mecklenburg Council:

Upcoming merit badge courses include:


April 25-26, 2015 Nature Museum Environmental Science, Bird Study MBs

April 24-26, 2015 North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC, Boy Scouts Take Flight Aviation MB

May 23-24, 2015 Discovery Place Digital Technology, Programming, Weather, Space Exploration MBs

November 13-15, 2015 North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC, Rail Camp Railroading MB


Please note that the Cyber Chip course on Sunday, March 22 is a prerequisite for Digital Technology MB and Programming MB planned for May 23-24, 2015 at Discovery Place.

Full information on registration, cost, and pre-course homework, please check listings at



The 2015 Merit Badge Course Master List document at

Contains full details of all of the above courses as well as information on other merit badge courses available to Troops or patrols. These courses include:


Astronomy, Aviation, and Oceanography at Patriots Point, Home of the USS Yorktown

Forestry at The Cradle of Forestry near Brevard

Canoeing, Environmental Science, Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Kayaking, Mammal Study, Orienteering, Pioneering, Whitewater, Wilderness Survival at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Archery, BSA Stand Up Paddleboard Award, Climbing, Cycling (Mountain Bike Option), Geocaching, Kayaking, Kayaking BSA Award, Rifle Shooting, Search & Rescue, Shotgun Shooting, Sustainability, Whitewater, Wilderness Survival at Summit Bechtel Reserve James C. Justice National Scout Camp

Contact Stuart Tucker at

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 Scouts Take Flight, a three day weekend featuring Aviation Merit Badge as the theme, will be held Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25-26, 2015. For more information, see


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


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.

Urgent need for potential Eagle Projects

President James K. Polk Historic Site

With the renovation of the museum completed, now is a great opportunity to complete an Eagle Project at the birthplace of the 11th President of the United States. There are several projects that need to be done. For further details, please contact Robert Dreher (704) 889-7145. The site is located at

12031 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville, NC 28134.

Hemby Center-Siskey YMCA

The Siskey YMCA’s Hemby Program Center, located off Kuykendahl Road in south Charlotte has an urgent need to have Eagle Projects completed. The Hemby Program Center is located at 9760 Happy Valley Drive in Charlotte. It is a 21-acre site housing a Preschool, Afterschool Program and Eagle Rock Day Camp.

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”


Don’t know who is who on the Apache District Committee?

We have updated our District Committee website. You will also find several vacancies. Interested in helping? Contact our District Chairman, Dr. Stuart Tucker. Click here to view committee and openings.



New Scouting Wire has arrived.

An official BSA one-stop spot for Scouting news and updates for employees and volunteers. This resource is designed to help you support the BSA as we work together to mold future leaders. And, true to Scouting’s last century of programs and resources, this hub is focused on providing educational information in a fun and inviting format.


As March 4, 2015, is your home base for the tools and information you need to be successful in serving youth. Bookmark the site and explore the content tailored to your specialized role in the BSA. Find topics you’re most interested in and filter your results by program or organizational level.





New - 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 . Contact Alan Keiger at with questions.

New Council Banquet Don’t forget the 2015 Council Recognition Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Myers Park United Methodist Church. For further details, please visit




New Cub Scout Fishing Derby
On Saturday, May 9th, we will have a great time at Freedom Park doing a fishing derby. This fishing derby is only for Cub Scouts and their non-scout friends. Also, that day we have an Iron Scout Challenge for Boy Scouts at Belk Scout Camp. The idea for both is to have fun and introduce a non-scout friend to the adventure of Scouting. If interested, please take a look at the attached sheets. Have a great weekend!

Adult Leader Roundtable will be on April 9th – 7:30pm at Providence United Methodist Church. See you and your leadership there.

New 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 spring-cleaning and gardening; many organizations could use a little help. (2) Belk Scout Camp - Contact Ranger Mike Cook (704) 848-0958 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 (4) James K. Polk Historic Site, located in Pineville. Contact Scott Warren or Robert Dreher at (704) 889-7145.


Membership Committee Update

We are here to help your Pack succeed! Recruiting & retention of Scouts is our constant focus.

To support year-round recruiting, make sure you have a spring recruiting event on your calendar! Bring-a-buddy to a fun event. Troops, recruit teams of potential and existing Scouts to participate in the upcoming IRON SCOUT CHALLENGE. May 9th 8am-2pm at Belk Scout Camp.

Packs, join in the fun at the Fishing Derby at Freedom Park on May 9 10am-12pm. Bring a friend! Fishing, lunch & awards.

As always, please share your recruiting & retention event success stories with us so that we can pass them along & inspire other Units!

Your Apache Membership contacts are Traci Scott at and Karl Johnson at



Where To Go Advancing


Major Changes Coming to the Cub Scout Program

Anyone in the Apache District can now access the new Cub Scout program changes covered at the January 10, 2015, training session at Levine. It is located at

The National website URL


This information is an excellent resource to get the word out as to the
upcoming Cub Scout program changes that will take effect on June 1, 2015.

The former Cub Scout program goes away after May 31, 2015, and will no longer be used or recognized after that date. (This website also has information about upcoming changes to the Boy Scout and Venturing programs to be rolled out at later dates.)

Good luck to the Cub Scout Packs in the Apache District as this transition

takes place. Advancement is only one change. Rolling out the entire gambit in

the new Cub Scout program rests with all on the Council Program Committee.

District Committee, district professionals and Cub Scout leaders.

For more information contact Joel Moser at


Where to Go Advancing

There is now a new webpage available to all Scouts and Scout leaders identifying opportunities where certain merit badges are offered. It is called “Where To Go Advancing”. It is located on the council website under the Council Program tab, Advancement pull-down menu. It identifies where and how to contact organizations and merit badge counselors for certain merit badges identified there. Check it out.
The webpage is sponsored by the Council Advancement Committee. Contact George “Jose” Meier at for further information.



Key Apache District Dates:


Adult Leader Roundtables

All adult leaders should attend Roundtable at Providence United Methodist Church starting at 7:30pm on the following dates: April 9, May 14 and June 11. Contact Al Nedrich, our District Roundtable Commissioner, if you have any questions or have an agenda item at


Apache District Spring Cuboree

The Apache District Spring Cuboree will be held at Camp Grimes, the weekend of April 17-19.  This Spring’s theme will be:  All About That Bass!  Fun with Music!  For further details visit the Apache Spring Cuboree page for flyer and registration information.


Apache District Day Camp

The theme for Apache District Day Camp 2015 is Cub Scout Carnival! The dates for camp will be June 22-26, 2015 and will be held at Belk Scout Camp.

Apache Day Camp Registration is now available! We will be doing registration on-line this year. You can find information about camp - along with Day Camp Downloads such as the 2015 Apache District Day Camp flyer (pdf) and links to the required health forms - for your Packs on the Apache district day camp webpage here:


You can access the registration page on the website or directly through this link: Apache Day Camp Registration


Please ask your Cubmaster or Pack Coordinator for Day Camp for your Pack’s registration password. It is set up so that four scouts can be registered for every one adult that volunteers. I suggest that you encourage adults to register quickly so that it opens up spots for youth.


We are currently trying to fill some of the key positions out at camp. Some of the positions we are currently looking to fill are:


Program Specialist (Climbing Tower) - 18-years old, lead position filled, assistant positions needed

Program Specialist (Crafts) - 18-years old, 1 position available

Program Specialist (Nature) - 18-years old, 2 positions available

Program Specialist (Sports/Games) - 18-years old, 2 positions available


Please contact Day Camp Director, Monica Zeleznik at or indicate your interest when you register online for camp.


If you have any program related questions, you may contact Camp Program Director Michael Carey at


Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you this summer!


For further details please visit the Apache District Day Camp page at


Apache Web Site Helps:


Click here to view more resources and news




Dixie Fellowship 4.24.15 @ Belk Camp– 23 DAYS AND COUNTING

Dixie is right around the corner! As hopefully you know by now, Catawba Lodge is hosting and we need YOUR help! Please, if you have not yet signed up for a committee, go to the following link:
And sign up for a committee! (We need the most help in food service currently)
Also, please ask to join the following Facebook page:

2015 Dixie Fellowship Staff
To receive updates about Dixie and being on staff!
Thanks and if you have any questions, please contact Nick Zanzot, 2015 Service Lodge Coordinator at


Click HERE for more Lodge information.


Apache OA Elections


We had a record breaking election season for 2015.  Our district elected 129 youth for induction into the Lodge.  The following are Ordeal weekends for 2015 – Beaver Weekend / May 15-17 @ Camp Grimes; June Ordeal / June 5-7 @ Belk Scout Camp; and August Ordeal / August 21-23 @ Belk Scout Camp.  Please refer to the Lodge website @ for more information.


Lastly, the Apache Call Out was held on Friday – March 27 @ Belk Scout Camp.  We had 61 candidates Call Out and over 125 people attend this special event.


Please join us for our next Chapter meeting @ the Apache District Roundtable meeting – April 9 @ 7:30 pm.


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