TOP CLOUDS: 9-1-14
NEW New Date for Smoke Signals
We hope you are having a great summer. We just wanted to let you know that Smoke Signals will be sent out on the first Monday of each month. If you have any information you would like to share with the District, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submitting copy is the 3rd Monday of each month. Please make sure you have your contact information included in all submissions should the editorial team have any questions.
Yours in Scouting,
John Andrews, Al Nedrich, and Bill Kalbas
Apache District Marketing Team
NEW Please don’t keep us a secret.
With all the new parents coming into our scouting family, please don’t keep Smoke Signals, and the Apache District Webpage a secret. We welcome new subscribers and it is easy to do. Also please share our Apache District Website.
NEW Packing lists and gear guides for Cub Scout Families.
Scouting provides some wonderful opportunities for scouts and their families to go camping. BUT don’t put a burden on your new parents by letting them know a week before a campout about what gear they will need. Please let them know as soon as their son joins scouts. Looking for a gear guide? We have a list and some other great information posted on the Apache District Resources and Downloads Page.
NEW Trail’s End Popcorn
Good luck with the Trail’s End popcorn sale. This year’s sale promises to be the best yet. We appreciate you supporting the Mecklenburg County Council. Do you have POPCORN FEVER? CATCH IT!!! If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Pindall our District Popcorn Chairman at email@example.com.
NEW Cub Scout Fall Recruitment
School Night for Scouting is now in progress at all Charlotte Mecklenburg area schools. Plan on attending a couple and recruit new families in your unit. Call John Crapster @ 704.342.9324 if you would like to help with a Boy Talk rally at the school.
NEW “Scouter Success” Training Program
The date for our next “Scouter Success” training program has been set for Saturday, September 27th at the CPCC Levine South Campus. This is an exceptional training opportunity so please encourage all your unit leadership team to get trained in their respective areas of responsibility. Well trained units are successful units. And, although we understand that Commissioners are among the best trained resources in Scouting, you just might find a course to complement your many skills! Click here for more details!
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.
BSA Recharter Process Changes – Extremely Important!
Attention all Unit Leaders (COR; Committee Chairman; Cubmaster or Scoutmaster). BSA National is implementing a policy change that can have a tremendous impact on your unit if not address properly and timely. This new policy goes into effect on January 1, 2015. The policy states that all units MUST have their recharter process completed and submitted on or before their scheduled due date. Most Apache units have their recharter date due on January 31st. About 8 of the 80 units in our district have their recharter due date on March 31. Click Here For Further Details
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”
World Scout Jamboree
Southern Region has 75 Scouts signed up. There is no maximum limit on the number of Scouts that can attend. Recruitment of youth is a high priority. There are also opportunities for youth and adults to attend as staff, officially, IST (International Service Team).
Limited BSA Scholarships may be available. For past World Jamborees, Scouts have helped to earn their own way with jobs at summer camp, fundraisers like pancake or spaghetti suppers, or sometimes grants from service clubs like the Lions Club, Rotary, Kiwanis, or Knights of Columbus.
USA troops will definitely be touring some in Japan, either before or after the Jamboree. The tour time will be 2 – 2.5 days. The tour agenda is pending. All tour sites will be youth friendly. Flights will be into Narita. Troops will take a bullet train from Tokyo to Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City to get to the Jamboree.
Individual troop patches will be allowed this time, a change from 2011.
The BSA Southern Region is working to have a strong representation at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) in 2015. Early planning and preparation will be important for Scouts, families, and leaders to achieving that goal.
The recruitment of BSA youth participants has begun in earnest. A ll youth must be 14 to 17 years old. Youth birthdays must fall between July 27, 1997 and July 28, 2001 to be eligible. Boy Scouts and Venturers (male and female) may attend.
The cost for unit participants is $5,750. This includes airfare, duffel bag, day pack, and jamboree fees. The airfare is from the home airport of the participant.
More information about the WSJ is available at these sites:
The BSA registration web site is now open at http://www.scouting.org/worldjamboree.aspx
If you know of Scouts or Venturers who might be interested in learning more about a WSJ or attending the WSJ, please ask parents or leaders to check out the websites and/or contact Stuart Tucker, adult volunteer from Charlotte, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BSA NATIONAL NEWS:
NEW Webelos to Arrow of Light transition gets a second option
The exciting changes to Cub Scouting are still a year away, but there’s good news for leaders of Cub Scouts, especially second-year Webelos, to ease the transition process.
Cub Scouts who have earned the Webelos rank as of June 1, 2015, and are moving on to earning the Arrow of Light will now have two options for completing the Arrow of Light:
Option 1: He may continue to work out of the current handbook and complete the Arrow of Light requirements as stated.
Option 2: He may begin using the new Webelos Handbook and the Webelos Den Leader Guide for the Webelos adventures. If he chooses this option: Read more of this post
NEW Revised Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
The revised Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, was published electronically on the Advancement Resources webpage on May 20. Simultaneously, the previous workbook was removed and can no longer be accessed.
The revised workbook is not fundamentally different from its predecessor. It has been reorganized, some functionality has been improved, a few clarifications made, and a new document added for project beneficiaries. Click here for the key changes.
NEW Important Information about Eagle Service Projects
The Council Eagle Project Review Committee has been receiving an abundance of Eagle Scout projects to review just prior to the Eagle candidate’s 18th birthday. This situation is causing a significant difficulty for both the candidate and the volunteer committee in reviewing and approving the project to accommodate the 18th birthday deadline. The Council Advancement Committee strongly recommends any projects to be reviewed should be submitted at least six months prior to the candidate’s 18th birthday.
NEW Now there’s a new, third way to wear Eagle Scout palms
In January of 2014, the BSA Awards and Insignia Committee approved a third place on the Scout uniform for wearing Eagle Palms. Traditionally, Eagle Palms were and are worn on the Eagle medal ribbon by youth and adults and on the Eagle Scout Square Knot or the National Eagle Scout Association Square Knot by adults. In 2014, youth may also wear Eagle Palms directly on their Eagle Scout oval cloth patches. Placement on the patches is not specified. Read more
NEW 6 improvements in the revised Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
MECKLENBURG COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS:
NEW Annual Popcorn Tailgate Kick-off Party.
The fall is approaching and it’s Popcorn Sales time again! We’re excited to invite all Scouts and their families to our annual Popcorn Tailgate Kick-off Party.
The event will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at Independence Park (located behind the Scout Center) 1410 E, 7th Street from 5:30-8:00pm.
Join us for (free food) refreshments, games, giveaways and much more as we celebrate the beginning of a super sale!
We’ll have a live DJ, dance contests, celebrity guest appearances and lots of Popcorn giveaways!
Bring the whole family! Click here to RSVP your attendance or you can RSVP your Unit’s attendance by sending an email to email@example.com
If your unit has not yet signed up to sell, email a point of contact to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you so much for all you do.
NEW 2014 Recruiting Roundup Materials
The NEW 2014 Roundup Guidebook and Marketing Resources are now available. Please click here for this important information.
Additionally, the Recruiting PowerPoint is also available - CLICK HERE for this document.
NEW Journey to Excellence
Our district is working on achieving the Journey to Excellence award for 2014. There are three levels of qualification, your Unit Commissioner will be visiting your unit by the end of November to go over your progress and level achieved. Then we will be recognizing your Unit at a future Roundtable. If you would like more information, please visit www.scouting.org. Go for the GOLD!
NEW Friends of Scouting Campaign Progress
Thank you everyone for participating this year in our Friends of Scouting Campaign. Our district goal for Friends of Scouting is $203,000. As of August, we were over 100% of goal. Great job everyone!!! A big thank you to Flint McNaughton for chairing this year’s campaign. If you have not pledged your support for 2014, please do so.
NEW District Banquet
Mark your calendars for an exciting District Banquet. We are having our banquet on Thursday, December 11th at Myer’s Park Presbyterian Church – Oxford Hall. Cost is $15 a person and we would like for every unit to be represented. Please make sure you nominate a deserving volunteer for Award of Merit or for some of the other ‘leader of the year’ awards. Check out our website for more details. Deadline to submit the nomination forms to the Scout Service Center is November 14th. We are having the event catered and the food should be delicious. Del Whittaker and Al Nedrich are again serving as our Annual Recognition Banquet Chairmen. Thanks Del and Al!!!
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 date: September 11, October 9, and November 13. Contact Al Nedrich, our District Roundtable Commissioner, if you have any questions or have an agenda item email to: email@example.com.
Powder Horn 2014
Friday-Monday, September 5-8, 2014
Powder Horn 2014 Is Almost Here - Sign Up Now!
Cost is $135 for adults, $95 for youth.
Please direct questions to Stuart Tucker, Course Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW Apache Fall Cub-o-ree
The Cub-o-ree will take place at Belk Scout Camp on October 10th-12th. We are encouraging only our Tigers, Wolves and Bears to participate. We have a special Webelo-ree scheduled for our 4th and 5th graders at Camp Grimes, October 24th – 26th. This year’s theme is “Cub Scout Fiesta”. We still encourage family members to attend. Cost per participant is $12. Some of the activities to expect are shooting sling shoot, archery and BB’s, crafts, games and more. Deadline to register your Pack at the Scout Office is September 26th.
The event is scheduled for October 24_26 at Camp Grimes. The cost is $15 per participant which will include activities, lunch on Saturday, patch and a t-shirt. Natalie Kosakowski and her committee have a great event planned. Some activities to expect are camping, outdoorsman, shooting pellet guns & archery, craftsman, outdoor climbing and more. The theme is “Get Zombie Prepared”. Cub Scout Pack registration is due by October 9th at the Scout Office or Roundtable. It is important to get your registration forms turned in on time or your scouts may not get a t-shirt. For more information, click here!
NEW October 10-12, 2014 Apache Fall Cuboree “Fiesta” for Tigers, Wolves and Bears - Belk Scout Camp Highlights include BB’s, Archery, Sling Shots, Crafts, Games and more. Pack forms and registrations due by 9/26/14… $12 per person includes activities, lunch on Saturday, and souvenir patch and cup. For further details http://www.mccscouting.org/Districts/Apache/DistrictActivities/FallCubORee.aspx
NEW October 24-26, 2014 Apache Fall Camporee “Cook Your Buns Off” - Camp Grimes
Our Boy Scout Camporee will be October 24th – 26th at Camp Grimes. The theme of the Camporee is “Cook Your Buns Off”. Everyone who attends are in for a great time, please encourage your unit to participate. Cost is $10 per participant. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Christopher Kubala at 704.614.4919 or email@example.com / For further details click here!
NEW Woodwork Merit Badge
November 1 and 8, 2014 (8:30 until 1:00 with open shop after that until 2:00 pm) Jackson Park Ministries Woodshop
Sessions will be offered again by Jim Emery of Troop 80 and the Charlotte Woodworkers Association. Both sessions are required to complete the merit badge. As with any merit badge, please read the merit badge pamphlet before coming to the session. Cost for the session is Free. Material costs, depending on your project. The cost will be up to the scout. The association will supply the pen kit.
Registration by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Include Troop number, email address and contact phone number.
JPM Warehouse Facility, 4001-B Sentry Post Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
NEW November 15, 2014 President James K. Polk Historic Site Grand Reopening Celebration: Polk Revisits Pineville.
Come and celebrate with the folks at the President James K. Polk Historic Site, as they reveal the newly renovated visitor center. Bring the whole family to take part in an array of fun activities. Shuck corn, dance a folksy jig, and snap pictures with none other than President Polk himself. You won’t want to miss out on the celebration! Hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: Free
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ORDER OF THE ARROW:
Brothers - A number of important dates remain on our 2014 calendar: Lodge Fall Fellowship - October 3-5 (Lodge and Chapter officer elections!); Monthly Chapter meetings - Sept. 11; October 9; November 13 and Catawba Lodge Annual Banquet - Friday / Dec. 12th @ Belk Scout Camp.
Next year, Catawba Lodge is hosting the Dixie Fellowship on the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. The Planning committee would like all the help we can get, so if you would like to join a committee, please email the Chairman and he will give you all the information on how you can help. Click HERE for a list of available committees.
Our next Chapter meeting will be on Thursday, September 11th @ 7:30. Planning for the Fall Fellowship and discussing next year's Chapter officer requirements will be our primary activities during this gathering. We will meet in our usual location @: Providence United Methodist Church - 2810 Providence Road.
Catawba Lodge/Order of the Arrow Fall Fellowship
October 3-5 at Belk Scout Camp.
Click HERE for more Lodge information.
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