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TOP CLOUDS: 5-30-14

Be Weather Smart! Be Prepared!
Tornadoes in the Southwest, afternoon summertime thunderstorms coupled with the Atlantic Hurricane season beginning Sunday, 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: “Are you Weather Smart?” on BSA’s website, also and

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.

Volunteers Needed – 2014 Camp Grimes Merit Badge Program Appraisal
You are invited to be a part of this important activity. Please meet in the Scout Office parking lot on Thursday, June 19, 2014 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the camp staff in the dining hall. After lunch, appraisal teams will provide evaluation and feedback reports to the Camp Director and program Director in an open discussion.
If you have any questions, please call or email Joel Moser, Council Advancement Chairman, at 704-552-0996 or

Something to Consider

In his remarks at the Council Banquet this past April, Mecklenburg County Council President Joseph Grier quoted author Neil Postman: “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” He went on to say: “I think it is appropriate to paraphrase that quote and say that scouts are living messages that we send to a time we will not see.”

Smoke Signals would like to add: “To Children, Elderly People (grandparents and great grandparents) are living messengers of a time they will never see.” God Bless and have a great summer.

Duke Energy - Explore the Outdoors

Saturday, June 7 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Be prepare to be inspired and motivated to get outdoors when you attend the EnergyExplorium’s “Explore the Outdoors” event on Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event, which is free and open to everyone, encourages children to get out and participate in all that the outdoors has to offer, like outdoors sports and activities. The event is also aimed at empowering children to discover and experience the many joys, wonders and benefits of nature. For further details, please visit this website.


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 13 of the 80 units in our district have their recharter due date on March 31. Click Here For Further Details

Eagle Project

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”

Spirit of the Eagle Award

The Boy Scouts of America has created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary posthumous recognition for registered youth members who have lost their lives through illness or accident. It is offered by the National Court of Honor as a final salute and tribute in celebration of the recipient’s life, and publicly recognizes his or her contributions to the mission of Scouting.
Click here for more information.
Click here for the application.

A unit committee must complete and submit it to the local council within six months of the member’s death. After acceptance there, it is forwarded to the National Youth Development Team for review and approval.

World Scout Jamboree

The BSA Southern Region is working to have a strong representation at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) to be held in Kirara-hama, Japan 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. All 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. Touring plans before or after the Jamboree, if any, are not yet settled.
More information about the WSJ is available at these sites:
The BSA registration web site is now open

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


3 Things to do Now to Build a Stronger Unit

1. Plan your next Scout year right now and include summer activities for scouts to invite friends and recruit new members.
2. Identify the parents and scouts who will lead your unit recruitment effort and call Eric Davis, 704-564-0972, to get them trained and ready.
3. Visit this website for all the resources your membership coordinator needs to grow and replenish your unit with fresh scouts and committed families. 

Any mom, dad or family with a son has a limited time to nurture that boy. Let Scouting help make the most of that limited time by asking them to join your pack or troop today.

Climbing Merit Badge Resource

Christy and Scott Thrift have registered with Mecklenburg County Council as Climbing Merit Badge Counselors and have completed BSA Youth Protection Training. They offer Climbing Merit Badge instruction and other high adventure activities through their enterprise Thrifty Adventures. Check them out at their website at
One of their favorite locations for group instruction is Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, North Carolina’s first official sport climbing park, about 66 miles from Charlotte. See
One campground close by the climbing site is Hiddenite Family Campground. See
What is Wood Badge Training?

Wood Badge is a leadership training course originated by the founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell in 1919 to train Boy Scout leaders. It has evolved over the years to help prepare adult leaders in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing programs.

Wood Badge takes many of the most current management and leadership principles, and puts them into the Scouting context. You will learn these effective principles, see examples of how they can solve real issues that you as scout leader’s face, and have opportunities to practice what you have learned on the course. You will then make a commitment to use your new skills to improve your unit, district, or council during the Application Phase of the course.

When, Where and How Much?
The next Wood Badge course being hosted by the Mecklenburg County Council is designated as SR5-415-14. It will be held at Belk Scout Camp located at 9408 Belt Rd, Midland, NC 28107.
• Weekend I - July 25-27, 2014
• Weekend II - August 16-18, 2014

The fee for the Wood Badge training experience is $250.00. A reservation fee of $100.00 must be returned with your Acceptance of Invitation found on the MCC Training website.
For further information!
If you would like more information on attending Wood Badge, please visit our website: or email the Course Director Dan Hardesty at


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: June 12th. July we will not have any district meetings. Contact Al Nedrich, our District Roundtable Commissioner, if you have any questions or have an agenda item at

Fly IN at Asheboro

Scouting families may be interested in the Fly IN on June 7, at the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame near Asheboro.

Apache Day Camp 2014

Cubmaster’s , Den Leader’s and Parent’s, Day Camp is right around the corner, so mark your calendars for the week of June 23rd – June 27th. Camp Director, Cyndi Murdock, is excited about this year’s theme: “Are you tougher than a Scout Leader?” We are looking forward to great Day Camp. Please get your boys and parents ready for these activities: BB guns, archery, fishing, swimming, boating and nature hikes, climbing and lots more. Cost is $125 per camper until May 30th and then the fee goes up to $150, so register now. No registration will be processed without adequate adult volunteers registered (need one adult volunteer for each 4 Scouts). Any questions should be directed to our Camp Director at

McDowell Nature Center Boy Scout Merit Badge Week
Monday July 28 through Friday August 1, 2014

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department holds a wide variety of summer camps for youth throughout the summer. This year McDowell Nature Center is hosting a series of Boy Scout Merit Badge courses during the week of Monday July 28 through Friday August 1. See page 6 of
Merit badge offerings include Nature, Cooking, Fishing, Bird Study, Mammal Study, Reptile and Amphibian Study, First Aid, Wilderness Survival, and Environmental Science. Registration is now open. Please call McDowell Nature Center to register and arrange payment. Costs are $15 for all badges except Wilderness Survival which costs $35 and includes and an overnight campout. Class sizes are limited. Some requirements for some badges must be completed before the course to qualify for completion.

Powder Horn 2014

Friday-Monday, September 5-8, 2014
Powder Horn is a High Adventure resource management training course to introduce a range of high adventure activities to older Scouting youth and to their leaders. Central NC Council in Albemarle and Mecklenburg County Council are again jointly sponsoring a Powder Horn this year, scheduled for Camp Barnhardt (about 52 miles from Charlotte, Map) on Friday -Monday, September 5-8, 2014.

To meet BSA requirements we have planned the curriculum to include 3 full days of activities but realizing that most participants must return to school or work on Monday September 8; we are offering a full program of electives on Friday and Saturday and Sunday so that participants may qualify for their Powder Horn insignia by late Sunday afternoon.

Youth must be 14 or older to attend, either Boy Scouts or Venturers. To shoot pistols, youth must be a member of a Venture crew. If they are not a Venturer in their home council, they may bring a completed BSA Youth Application signed by a parent or guardian and they can register as a Venturer in Central NC Council when they check in.

Course sessions are oriented whenever possible to hands-on activities. Participants can put on SCUBA gear and tanks and swim underwater in the Camp Barnhardt pool. You can use flint and steel or steel wool and a battery or a fire plow or a fire saw or a bow drill to try to start a fire. You can change a flat tire on a bicycle. You can shoot a military rifle or skeet with a shotgun or targets with a pistol or perhaps try out Cowboy Action Shooting. You can learn to cast with a fly rod and to tie a fly. You can eat an MRE. You can cook on a hobo stove and make your own biscuit bag twist bread. You can paddle a kayak or a paddleboard. You might shoot arrows with a hunting bow.

Enrollment is now open: Click Here
Cost is $95 for youth, $135 for adults. For more information, see

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Wood Badge S5-415-14 - July 25-27 & August 16-18, 2014

For more information on training visit


Brothers - Congratulations on a very successful Beaver Day weekend at Mecklenburg Scout Reservation!  The Lodge inducted 100 new Ordeal members and an additional 27 Arrowmen sealed their membership by completing their Brotherhood.

Our next Chapter meeting will be on Thursday, June 12th @ 7:30.  Planning for the June and August Ordeals will be our primary activity during this gathering.  We will meet in our usual location @: Providence United Methodist Church - 2810 Providence Road.  We will not have a Chapter meeting in July.

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