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  • Longtime Scoutmaster Jack Kepley joins Order of the Long Leaf Pine By Mark Wineka, Salisbury Post Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 9, 2018 SALISBURY — Here was the ruse: Scout leaders had asked one of their legends, 94-year-old Jack ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2018, 12:47 PM by Sapona District
  • A busy sky: Cub Scouts help museum display model plane collection By Staff Report Published 12:05 am Saturday, September 23, 2017 SPENCER — About 35 Cub Scouts and their adult leaders descended on the N.C. Museum of Dolls, Toys and ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 8:33 AM by Sapona District
  • Rusher Earns Eagle Published 7:20 am Sunday, February 12, 2017 salisburypost.com Bobby “Bo” Lee Rusher III, 16, received his Eagle Scout award on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017,  at St. John’s ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2017, 8:44 AM by Sapona District
  • Boy Scouts collect more than 14,000 pounds of food for local food pantries By Amanda Raymond amanda.raymond@salisburypost.com Published 12:10 am Monday, February 6, 2017 SALISBURY — Boy Scout packs visited neighborhoods all over the county to collect food for local ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2017, 8:37 AM by Sapona District
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2022 Barnhardt Program Release Party

posted Jul 22, 2021, 12:35 PM by Sapona District

When: August 28, 2021

Where: Camp John J. Barnhardt

Time: 9am-3:30pm

Cost: Free

Last Day To Register
8/23/2021 5:00 PM

 Join us on August 28th for the 2022 Barnhardt Program Release Party!

We are celebrating the end of the ‘21 summer and announcing our 2022 summer camp theme at a special one-day event. We look forward to seeing both troops that attended camp this summer and those that may consider coming to Barnhardt in the future. 

The Release Party is completely free.  We are so excited to reveal our plans for 2022 that we are opening camp activities for representatives from your troops at no cost. Come climb, zip, swim, boat, and shoot. See our top-ranked facilities and meet our staff. Try out everything we have to offer so that you can tell the rest of your troop why they should make Barnhardt your summer home! 

We’ll reveal the 2022 summer camp theme, provide copies of the 2022 Program Guide, and explain all our special events during lunch. Camp leadership will be on hand to answer questions and give you a tour of the facilities. Otherwise, spend time in our program areas. We’re convinced that you’ll be so impressed that you chose to attend Camp John J. Barnhardt next summer. 

 Due to the nature of the event, we’ve limited participation to 3 scouts and 2 adults per troop. Don’t worry—if your representatives have as good of a time as we expect, we’ll likely see your unit at Barnhardt in June or July! Registration closes on August 23rd. All participants must be current members of the BSA.

Check-in will open at 9am and activity areas will open at 9:30am. Check-in will remain open until noon so groups will have flexibility with arrival times. Lunch and the theme announcement will occur at noon with all activity areas closing by 4pm. Questions may be directed to barnhardtprogram@gmail.com

Since we know some out of council units may be traveling a long distance, they may camp before or after the event at no charge (but responsible for their own food other than lunch). Contact kyle.camp@scouting.org to make camping arraignments.

 Join us at Barnhardt to wrap up the summer in style—you’ll have a great time and will see why our camp might be the right place for your troop in 2022!

http://www.centralnccouncilbsa.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2831152&orgkey=2390&ReturnURL=//www.centralnccouncilbsa.com/app/calendar/month/2390/2021-08-01/2390/0/
Last Day To Register
8/23/2021 5:00 PM

Sapona BALOO Training

posted Jul 22, 2021, 12:22 PM by Sapona District


When: August 28-29, 2021

Where: Faith Lutheran Church

Cost: $30.00

This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter. 

In order to access the pre-requisite training, registrants must go into Scouting University online, search BALOO, add the pre-requisite course plan and take the modules. The easiest way to do this is to login to your my.scouting.org account and select the "BSA Learn Center" box.

For more info contact: chasingthesun24@gmail.com

Cost
$30.00 per Participant

Registration Begins
7/17/2021 12:00 PM
Last Day To Register
8/23/2021 11:55 PM

Recharter Update

posted Jan 11, 2021, 9:55 AM by Sapona District

In an effort to provide the best and safest program to our youth, it is critical that all re-charters are completed and processed in a timely manner.  The reality is that we as unit leaders have legal responsibilities and liabilities based re-charters being processed on time.  Any re-charter that has not been processed or was not in the office by December 31 is considered a “dropped” unit and is no longer covered by the accident and health insurance and is no longer eligible to receive advancements.  We moved the 2021 Charter due date Council-wide to December 1, 2020 in an effort to get the process completed earlier.

I know of and appreciate the hard work that everyone is doing to get re-charters in and to address any issues your charters may have.  Please help us make sure your unit is delivering a quality, timely program by ensuring your re-charter has been processed, your unit is registered, advancing, and covered for any issues that may arise.

If you need help with any aspect of the re-charter process, please reach out to your District Executive and they will be happy to help.  As always, I will be glad to help with any scouting concerns you may have.  You may contact me at jeff.bays@scouting.org or 704-982-0140 option 3.

Please keep in mind:

  • We cannot accept any advancements or conduct eagle boards or process any type of awards for someone that is not current. 
  • We cannot allow anyone to participate in events or attend any activity including unit meetings that is not currently registered.

All restrictions apply to adults and youth.

Thank you for everything you do for Scouting and our youth,

Jeff Bays, Field Director

DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW

posted Sep 11, 2020, 9:59 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Jan 7, 2021, 8:23 AM ]

Attention Scoutmasters and Eagle Candidates in Sapona District

The Sapona District Eagle Board of Review will conduct virtual reviews for Eagle Candidates and Eagle projects only using the Zoom Conferencing program by appointment only beginning at 6:30 pm on day of review. See district calendar for BOR dates. Review periods will be 45 minutes for Eagles and 30 minutes for Eagle Project approval.

All Candidates should appear in Full Official BSA Uniform.

NOTE: The District Board plans to continue virtual reviews for the immediate future regardless as to what you may read or see elsewhere including the District Calendar. At this time we are not reviewing Star or Life candidates but may consider it in the future.

To make appointments email your full name, unit number, email, phone number to Marny Hendrick at the email listed at bottom of this message. Once appointment time is set, candidate will be notified  of the Zoom meeting ID and appointment time by the Review Board by email. Candidate will also receive a copy of the District Board Policy and Guidelines to help prepare for the review.

For Eagle Project approval:

■ Candidates must be a current Life Scout

■ Candidate must fill out the Proposal section of the Eagle Project Work Book and obtain all signatures for that section prior to the review (Beneficiary signature plus Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chair)…scan and email the proposal section to email address below, prior to the review. Also include the Fundraising Application form, filled out and signed, if public fundraising and solicitation is involved.

■ Once review is complete and approved by District Board, the signature page will be returned to the candidate. The project can be commenced immediately after approval.

For Eagle Rank Candidates

Submit original Eagle Scout application with signatures to email address below.

Application also must be submitted to Ellen Whitley at Central NC Council office for verification prior to the Review Board (Ellen.Whitley@scouting.org). Verified copy must then be emailed to the address below prior to the review date. Can also FAX to Ellen Whitley at 704-982-0262. Please do not wait until the last minute to seek verification because it may not be available in time.

The candidate’s written personal statement of life ambitions and goals plus honors and awards outside scouting (see certification section of Eagle application) must be emailed to address below with the Eagle application.

Candidate should bring Eagle project workbook with required signatures in Final Report section to the review session and be prepared to discuss project and show the signatures to the Review panel.

To make appointment and submit required documents and information contact:

Marny Hendrick, marny@mindspring.com

Sapona District Recognizes District Leadership Award Recipients

posted Aug 27, 2020, 12:29 PM by Sapona District   [ updated Aug 27, 2020, 12:30 PM ]

By Post Lifestyles
Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Sapona District of Scouting BSA recently recognized its 2019 District Leadership Award recipients during the annual program preview picnic on July 26.

The following individuals were recognized:

Cubmaster of the Year Mark Steelman Pack 448

Assistant Cubmaster of the Year Jack Godfrey Pack 328

Lion Leader of the Year Matthew Cameron Pack 308

Bear Den Leader of the Year Rebecca Moore Pack 308

Webelos Leader of the Year Linda Binkley Pack 308

Scoutmaster of the Year Becky Sides Girl Troop 4443

Assistant Scoutmaster of Year Mike Powers Troop 320

Venturing Advisor of the Year Walter Ryerson Crew 443

District Scouter of the Year Marie Licata Troop/Crew 443

District Award of Merit - Robert Anderson   Troop 442 2019 (100th recipient, since 1974), John Barber   Pack/Troop 306/443 2019

Cub Cup – Pack 306, North Hills Christian School 2019

Scout Cup – Troop 443, St John’s Lutheran Church 2019

Special Recognitions:
Jack Kepley - Troop 448 - Kiwanis Centennial Service Award- 2020
Spencer Chandler - Troop 379 Service Above Self Award – 2020 (High School Category)

Phil Cameron - Pack/Troop 306/443 - International Scouters Award- 2019

Kevin Fuller - Pack 328/Roundtable Commissioner - Commissioner Arrowhead Honor- 2020

Sapona District has been serving youth in Rowan County for 100 years and plans to have an anniversary celebration on Jan. 30 at the Salisbury Civic Center. Since 1929, more than 1,875 youth have achieved the Eagle Scout rank in Rowan County.

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Virtual Sapona District Eagle Board of Reviews

posted Apr 20, 2020, 9:48 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Jan 7, 2021, 8:19 AM ]

Attention Scoutmasters and Eagle Candidates in Sapona District

The Sapona District Board plans to continue virtual reviews for the foreseeable future. We will continue to review and make a decision about returning to in-person review sessions on a month to month basis. Plenty of notice will be given to leaders and Eagle candidates if changes are made in the review process. At this time we are not reviewing Star or Life candidates but may consider it in the future.

The Sapona District Eagle Board of Review has developed a process to conduct virtual reviews for Eagle Candidates and Eagle projects only using the Zoom Conferencing program by appointment only beginning at 6:30 pm on day of review (See district calendar for BOR dates). Review periods will be 45 minutes for Eagles and 30 minutes for Eagle Project approval.

All Candidates should appear in Full Official BSA Uniform (aka Class A).

To make appointments email your full name, unit number, email, phone number to the email listed below. Once appointment time is set, candidate will be notified  of the Zoom meeting ID and appointment time by the Review Board by email. Candidate will also receive a copy of the District Board Policy and Guidelines to help prepare for the review.

 For Eagle Project approval:

■ Candidates must be a current Life Scout

■ Candidate must fill out the Proposal section of the Eagle Project Work Book and obtain all signatures for that section prior to the review (Beneficiary signature plus Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chair)…scan and email the proposal section to email address below, prior to the review. Also include the Fundraising Application form, filled out and signed, if public fundraising and solicitation is involved. Submit by Sunday prior to review.

■ Once review is complete and approved by District Board, the signature page will be returned to the candidate. The project can be commenced immediately after approval.

 For Eagle Rank Candidates

Submit original Eagle Scout application with signatures to email address below…submit all information by Sunday prior to review.

Application also must be submitted to Ellen Whitley at Central NC Council office for verification prior to the Review Board (Ellen.Whitley@scouting.org). Verified copy must then be emailed to the address below prior to the review date. Can also FAX to Ellen Whitley at 704-982-0262.

The candidate’s written personal statement of life ambitions and goals plus honors and awards outside scouting (see certification section of Eagle application) must be emailed to address below with the Eagle application.

Candidate should bring Eagle project workbook with required signatures in Final Report section to the review session and be prepared to discuss project and show the signatures to the Review panel.

How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing

To make appointment and submit required documents and information contact:

Marny Hendrick, 704-433-9098, marny@mindspring.com

A Message from the BSA

posted Mar 19, 2020, 3:19 AM by Thomas Griffin   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 3:24 AM by Sapona District ]


To our Scouting community, 

In Scouting, we vow to help other people at all times. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Scouting community must do its part to slow the spread of the virus, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructure. 

The safety of Scouts, volunteers, employees and our communities is our top priority.  

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings of 10 or more people be suspended through the end of March. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other state and local authorities. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution.  

In accordance with national guidelines, please focus on the following through the end of March: 

  • Avoid in-person gatherings; instead, utilize available digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects and advancement, adhering to the current youth protection guidelines already in place for digital communications. 
  • If you must meet, limit participants to fewer than 10 people and remain at least six feet apart.
  • Follow BSA blogs and social channels, as well as #ScoutingAtHome, for great examples and ideas of how to continue Scouting. 
  • If you or any member of your family feel sick, DO NOT go into the office or attend any gatherings. Contact your health professional to get care and notify your supervisor so they can take the appropriate measures while you focus on recuperating.  

We will continue to evaluate the ongoing situation and prioritize the safety of everyone involved in Scouting – youth, families, volunteers, employees and our communities – is our number one priority. 

We realize these decisions are not without their challenges, and we thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities in difficult times.  

The steps we are taking reinforce the many ways – big and small – that Scouting empowers character and leadership today and for generations to come.  

Yours in Scouting, 

Roger C. Mosby
President and CEO
Boy Scouts of America

Sapona District Centennial Recognition Banquet

posted Feb 2, 2020, 9:33 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Jan 15, 2021, 11:41 AM by Rowan District BSA ]

Come One, Come All, To The Event 100 Years In the Making!

Our 2021 District Banquet, will be a cerebration of 100 years of Scouting in Rowan County as well, as our Annual Leader Recognition Event. Be there or be square! This is truly an event not to miss! Please share this information with your unit leadership and families.

Event Details--

When:
The new official date for the Sapona Centennial Banquet is May 29, 2021.

Where:
The new location is Shiloh United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Granite Quarry, NC, located at 234 S Main St, Granite Quarry, NC 28146.

Cost:
$15.00 per Participant and that includes a limited edition banquet collector patch

We are accepting designs for the event patch.

Event Schedule:
5:30pm Gathering/Fellowship
6:00pm-9:00pm Event
6:10pm Meal
6:30pm Program

Highlights include:

Our three guest speakers:
The Honorable Mayor Karen Alexander
Distinguished Scouter Jack Kepley
Eagle Scout Bill Graham


Program Highlights Include:
The History of Eagle Scouts Presentation and Limited Edition Special Centennial Unit Awards.
Food Catered By Debbie Suggs


Attention Units:
Please invite all your current and former leaders (from all levels of Scouting) and Scouts and Eagle Scouts and Parents and your Chartered Partners.


Note:
As a Scout District, we currently need 19 more Eagle Scouts to achieve 1900, since Melvin Spencer, our first Eagle Scout, of Troop 44, 1st Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, in August 1929.

We have a special recognition for our 1900th Eagle Scout and hopefully, we will be able to hand it out at the Banquet. Unit Leaders please encourage your Scouts on the Eagle Trail, to complete their projects and their final Eagle Board of Review.

Please bring your Unit Flags to be apart of the largest opening flag ceremony, in decades and to be put on display during the event.
Also, start thinking about nominating your leaders for District Leader Recognition Awards

(EX: Cubmaster, Asst Cubmaster, Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos Leader of the Year, Scoutmaster, ASM of the Year, Venture Adviser, Asst Adviser of the Year, District Scouter of the Year, District Award of Merit)

Note:
District Award of Merit, will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021

Nominate Your Outstanding Sapona District Scout Leaders and Volunteers for 2020!

Each Year the Sapona District BSA is proud to honor our outstanding unit leaders and volunteers. This year is especially significant because we are celebrating 100 years of scouting in Rowan County and Sapona District. We are currently seeking your nominations for the various awards and recognitions. Attached please find a nomination form for unit level awards plus a form for the District Award of Merit. Please take time now to identify and nominate your leaders for outstanding service during 2019. The deadline for submitting nominations is December 15, 2020. In the interim, submit all; nominations to our District Executive Dieter Stoelting in person or by email. Forms are available below.

EAGLE SCOUTS: As in the past we will recognize our  outstanding Eagle Scouts for 2020 at the banquet. Scoutmasters please notify your 2020 Eagle Scouts of this opportunity and encourage them and their families to attend.

Please make plans now to participate and please nominate your outstanding leaders. If you have any questions or wish to be involved in the Centennial Banquet planning process please let Henry Fairley, Dieter or the District Committee know.

 

Yours in scouting,

Marny Hendrick,  marny@mindspring.com

Henry Fairley, hfairley@bellsouth.net


Registration Link Below:
Last Day To Register is 1/26/2021 10:00 PM


Questions:
Contact Banquet Chair, Eagle Scout Henry Fairley IV, hfairley@bellsouth.net or Dieter Stoelting Dieter.Stoelting@scouting.org


http://www.centralnccouncilbsa.com/event/2644821
Last Day To Register
1/26/2021 10:00 PM

Holiday Parade 2019

posted Dec 19, 2019, 1:04 PM by Rowan District BSA

Visit our Facebook page for pics of Sapona Scouts and Leaders in this year's Holiday Parade.

Scoutbook Lite

posted Jul 2, 2018, 11:02 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Jul 3, 2018, 3:21 AM ]

BSA’s Scoutbook Lite, which will replace Internet Advancement, debuts in 2018
The BSA announced it will release Scoutbook Lite, a new tool for quickly inputting advancement data, in the third quarter of 2018.

This free solution will replace the current Internet Advancement platform, which will be retired.

Scoutbook Lite will feature a slick new user interface. It will be optimized to whatever device you use: desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Once Scoutbook Lite is released, the Scoutbook database will become the official record of advancement for the BSA.

Scoutbook Lite, as you might guess, comes from the team behind Scoutbook, the BSA’s advancement-tracking web app that has more than 1 million users. The Lite version of Scoutbook will incorporate key elements of the paid version.

Even after Scoutbook Lite is released, the Scoutbook team will continue to work on and improve Scoutbook as the full-featured application. That means you can expect frequent exciting updates.

Scoutbook Lite: What to expect

Scoutbook Lite will offer optimized functions for almost everything found in the current Internet Advancement platform.

I say almost, because one feature won’t be making the leap to Scoutbook Lite. The system will no longer support the CSV data file import.

The BSA found that less than 10 percent of units used this feature in Internet Advancement. The team focused instead on tools that more Scouters need and want.

Are you a programmer?

As Steve Jobs used to say, there’s “one more thing.”

Scouters experienced in the development of apps or web platforms will be excited to learn that the BSA will roll out a number of APIs (application programming interfaces).

The BSA will release a selection of specific, read-only APIs to Scouting volunteers in the first half of 2018. There are no current plans to roll out APIs to third parties.

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/12/21/scoutbook-lite-to-replace-bsas-internet-advancement-platform-in-early-2018/


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