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February 2014 Creek Notes

Hello Upper Cumberland.  Here is the Creek Flow – a report of the February UCD Scout Roundtable business and presentations.

John Wiggins, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 156, gave his final report on preparations for the Upper Cumberland District Klondike Derby 2014 to be held at the Hill Family farm, south of Cookeville, on the weekend of February 21-23.  Participating units will host or “run” competitive events to include fire building, log rolling, survival shelter building, cross-cut saw, axe throw and sled events.  Patrols are building wheeled sleds to transport their gear.  Registration fee for Scouts and adults is $5. and includes the patch and cost of some materials.  If you need directions, assistance or have questions or resources, please contact John Wiggins, 931-644-3585 or johnb5046@gmail.com  John has planned a great event. Let’s show our Scout spirit and give those Scouts a great experience.

Bobby Lane, Scoutmaster, Troop 196, gave a thorough, well-received presentation on Junior LeaderTraining and he provided handouts and materials so Troops could address this opportunity. We’re going to ask Bobby to come back in the Spring and share some of of his expertise and experiences.  Bobby pointed that the “Trained” patch is appropriate for trained youth members.

Debbie Hannah distributed Camp Cards allotments and collected receipts for those cards.  This is a excellent opportunity for Scouts seeking monies for Summer Camp and a good value for purchasers.

The packet, also, included some instructions on appropriate ways to sell cards according to BSA policy.

Dan Fenlon distributed Training Records – Incomplete for Troop leadership. Scoutmasters and Troop Committee Chairs are asked to assist in reconciling training errors and encouraging leaders to complete needed trainings. Scoutmasters and Troop Committee Chairs should be able to correct errors on-line.  If you have questions, please contact your Commissioner, or Dan Fenlon or Jeremy Belk.

Dan Fenlon commented on the Upper Cumberland District Leader’s Banquet to be held at Collegeside Church of Christ on March 18, 2014, 6:30-9:00 pm.   He, also, reminded leaders to get eligible Scouters to complete applications for Training Awards (knots). Also, a reminder for submission of recommendations for the Long Rifle Award and the Frank Bush Memorial Award.  Recognition for a deserving Scouter won’t happen unless YOU initiate it NOW.

Lorie Berta, addressed some training opportunities. Please check the www.mtcbsa.org , www.ucdbsa.org and www.scouting.org websites for most of what you need.  Lorie can be reached at lberta@twlakes.net  There’s a Spring OLS offering, May 2-4, 2014 at Boxwell.  Go to www.mtcbsa.org and Training or contact Mark McCoy, (cell) 615-330-5685 or contact Lorie.  There are always limited slots, so do not delay, if interested.

Imortant Calendar Events or Opportunities on the horizon:

2014 University of Scouting, Saturday, March 15, 2014.  Catalog/course descriptions and online registration – go to www.mtcbsa.org  Questions?  Contact Scott Penfield at spenfield@comcast.org or

David Edwards at dedwards@mtcbsa.org

2014 Cumberland University MBU, Lebanon, TN is Saturday, March 15, 2014.  Online registration is underway and troop leaders need to move rapidly to find needed classes.  Go to www.cumberland.edu/scouting for all the info and online registration.

Upper Cumberland District Awards Banquet, Collegeside Church of Christ, March 18, 2014. 6:30 P.M.

A Scout is Helpful.

Jim Groce, SRT Commissioner

Dan Fenlon, UCD Commissioner