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January 2014 Creek Notes

January Roundtable

Hello  and Happy New Year,  Upper Cumberland District Scouters.   Here is another CREEK FLOW – notes from the Scout Roundtable that may be useful in your planning and programming.   Ron Turpin gave us a informative and entertaining talk and video presentation on the the development of the properties and the advancement of high adventure programs on what we know as Latimer High Adventure Reservation, located in the Cumberland Plateau, near Spencer, TN.  New opportunities for Scouting and Venturing continue to be developed.  This facility, also, can accommodate civic and church groups, and company retreats. Troop 20 was a UCD participant at Winter Camp here.  Scouts and leaders had a terrific experience and look forward to returning in 2014. Latimer will have a Grand Opening on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  For more info, contact Ron Turpin at 615-516-9751 or go to www.latimer.org .   Lorie Berta, USD Training Chair, addressed the need and purpose of leader training, and asked leaders to assess the needs/interests in their units and provide that information so specific training could be planned.  We’re asking Lorie to return for the February SRT and continue the discussion and planning for district training needs.  We’re. also, asking Lorie to continue to assist the SRT with timely mini-trainings that will encourage leaders to attend the SRT. Lorie can be reached a lberta@twlakes.net   Debbie Hannah, Scoutmaster and Advancement Committee, Chair for Merit Badges, provided updated Merit Badge Counselor lists for 2014.  The development and maintenance of approved merit badge counselors is a major undertaking every year.  If you see opportunities to expand the MB Counselor list or have questions, please contact Debbie at dshannah@frontiernet.net

Jim Groce provided another copy of the BSA National Outdoor Achievement app to attendees.  If you need assistance with this application, go to www.scouting.org or call Jim at 931-528-6274.

  Calendar events on the horizon:   1. UCD Night Owl Cub Scout Lock-In at First United Methodist Church, Freeman Building, Friday, 5:30 pm -Saturday, 9:00 am, January 17-18, 2014.  Great annual Cub Scouting event in the UCD.  Scout troops and Venturing crews are encouraged to serve here.  For more info, please contact the Buckners at dmbuckner@gmail.com    2. Tennessee Tech Merit Badge University is Saturday, January 25, 2014.  Registration online began January 10.  Huge array of offerings in the STEM program.  Participants must be at least in the 8th grade.  Scouts are encouraged to address pre-requisites and Be Prepared by having read the MB pamphlet.  Go to www2.tntech.edu/mbu or contact the MBU Registrar at mbu@tntech.edu    3. CSRT and SRT, Freeman Building, 1stUMC, Thursday, February 6, 7:00 PM.  Commissioner Meeting at 6:00 PM.  Order of the Arrow meets at 6:00 PM at the T108 Scouthut. Bobby Brown, Scoutmaster,  will present some ideas on youth leadership training at the SRT.   3. UCD Winter Camporee, February 21-23, 2014.  Let’s have a hugh turnout at the February SRT so final prep and assignments can be made.   Here’s one more opportunity for your May 2014 calendar: Scout Day at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  $18. p/p fee includes box lunch and special Scout patch.  There may be provision for free overnight camping under the rockets. There’s more to do and see here than can be listed: flight simulators, GForce accelerators, Mars climbing wall, artifacts, exhibits, and IMAX movies. Camping, also, is available at nearby Monte Sano State Park.  This is a 140 mile drive and could be a day trip adventure.  For more info, go to www.rocketcenter.com  or call 286-721-7140.
Special thanks to all the presenters.  If you have ideas for the SRT or have a timely Scouting topic to present, please let us know.
A Scout is Cheerful
Jim Groce, Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Dan Fenlon, Upper Cumberland District Commissioner
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