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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 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 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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Hornaday Merit Badge Mania

posted Apr 11, 2019, 12:49 PM by Sapona District   [ updated Apr 11, 2019, 12:49 PM ]

Camp John J. Barnhardt
May 10-12, 2019
Merit Badge Classes being Offered include: Bird Study, Energy, Environmental Science, Fishing, Forestry, Plant Science, Public Health, Soil and Water Conservation, Sustainability, Mammal Study, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian.

Deadline for registration and updates to existing registrations is May 5th.   
Fees: $30 per Scout and $15 per Adult Leader   
Payment: All registrations must be paid online.  You may pay by credit card or enter the account information from your check with no additional fees.  Make sure you receive a confirmation and receipt in e-mail to ensure you completed the process.  Print your ticket and bring it with you to check-in. If you need special assistance, please contact your district executive.  
Check In: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Friday, May 10th  and 7:00 am – 7:45 am Saturday, May 11th.  Early Check-in is not allowed on Friday – You will not be able to access campsite prior to 5pm. Check in will be at the shelter beside the Log Cabin.   
Camping: Camping will be on your own.  Troops will need to contact Kyle Camp at the Council office for campsite registration using the Short Term Camping Permit for Camp Barnhardt.   
Parking: Only vehicle towing trailers will be allowed in camp for up to 30 minutes to disconnect trailer and return to parking lot. 
Garbage: Each troop is to have its own plastic bags for garbage.   Each troop is responsible for taking its garbage out of camp or to the dumpsters at the Dining Hall. Campsites will be inspected at the end of the weekend. 
Water: The water may be off in campsites, so each troop should bring a water container that can be filled at either the bathhouse or cafeteria. 
Bathroom: The only bathrooms that will be open will be the ones in the campsites and the bath house at Campsite #4.  

Sapona Spring Aviation Camporee

posted Mar 2, 2019, 4:44 PM by Sapona District   [ updated Mar 2, 2019, 5:21 PM ]

When: April 12-14, 2019

Where: Sugar Valley Airport

Cost: $10-Scouts and Leaders

Scouts will have the opportunity to fly (weather permitting)!

Each Scout wanting to fly must fill out an original EAA Young Eagle form and have a parent/guardian signature. 

Young Eagle forms are limited and must be requested based on scouts committed to attending the Camporee.

Scouts MUST fill out BSA Activity Consent form

Forms MUST be in by March Roundtable, March 12th, for Scouts to fly!

There will also be a flag retirement ceremony and an OA Tap-out ceremony Saturday night.

We will also be offering the Signs, Signals and Codes Merit Badge and Fly Fishing for those who already have the Aviation Merit Badge.

If you have any questions please contact Tammy Peeler (704) 642-2853 or 

Activity Consent Form:
Last Day To Register
4/5/2019 5:00 PM

Sapona Pinewood Derby

posted Mar 1, 2019, 3:25 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Apr 5, 2019, 11:57 AM ]

The District Derby planned for April 13 has been cancelled due to extremely low registration.
The event will not be scheduled

If you know of a scout that registered for the event please let me know of the cancellation
and should be contact Jeff Bays for a refund.

Thank you to those that planned to volunteer for the event. 

In Scouting,
Kelly Hunsucker

Race Date: April 13th, 2019

Location: China Grove 1st UMC (110 W Church St. Chine Grove)

Time: Registration starts at 9:30am. Race starts at 11:00 am

Cost: $5 per Scout

There will be concessions available!

Online registered racers will get a token to use at Concession Stand

We need pit crew members from other units to assist with the event. Volunteers will get a special race discount
(contact Kelly Hunsucker for more details)

Positions Needed:
Starting Gate Technician (get to use a fancy remote for start gate)
Finish Line Technician (give the cars back to racer)
Pit Crew Specialist (help keep cars organized in garage)
Software Specialist (use the Grand Prix Race Software). Looking for an adult that is familiar with the software
or comfortable with computers.  Training will be available if needed.

Contact: Kelly Hunsucker

Last Day To Register
4/8/2019 5:00 PM

Racers will be able to register morning of event as long they register by 10:45 am on Race Day.

2019 Webelos Adventure Camp

posted Feb 11, 2019, 10:07 AM by Sapona District

Pirates of the Uwharries
Camp John J. Barnhardt
July 20-23, 2019

Cost: $155 Scout and $75 Leader

All 4th & 5th grade Scouts are invited to join the excitement of Webelos Adventure Camp at Camp John J. Barnhardt! All activities are focused on the Webelos Badge and Arrow of Light requirements and also include fun activities like canoeing and the climbing tower! The theme for Webelos Adventure Camp is Pirates of the Uwharries and Scouts will have fun in the High Seas of Camp John J. Barnhardt.

During the fun and excitement the Scouts will have the opportunity to start working in patrols and get a taste of what Scouting will be like once they cross over into Scouts BSA. Meals will be prepared by a professional staff and served in the air conditioned dining hall. Sleeping will be in platform tents with 2 cots per tent. Scouts are encourage to bunk with other Scouts during the week.
(Please note Youth Protection Standards).

Webelos will participate in the Aquanaut, Earth Rocks or Iron Chief Adventure Badges.

Arrow of Light Scouts will participate in the Aquanaut, Into the Woods or Sportsman Adventure Badges.

Both Den's will be able to participate in BB guns, Archery, the Climbing wall, Canoeing and Crafts.

2019 Webelos Adventure Camp Information Guide

Registration Begins
Last Day To Register
7/1/2019 5:00 PM

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.

Scout Me In

posted May 19, 2018, 8:24 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Jul 28, 2018, 7:48 AM ]

The BSA Launches Historic ‘Scout Me In’ Campaign Inviting Girls and Boys to Experience Adventures Through a Cub Scout’s Point of View

Scouts BSA’ Also Unveiled as the Name of the Program for Older Boys and Girls to Ensure All Youth Are Welcome and Can See Themselves in Scouting

Irving, Texas – May 2, 2018 – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history today by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.

The Scout Me In creative shifts the perspective by showing what it’s like to be a Scout from a kid’s point of view. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action – from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime – where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life.

“Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” said Stephen Medlicott, National Marketing Group Director of Boy Scouts of America. “That’s why we love ‘Scout Me In’ – because it speaks to girls and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want you to join!’”

The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country. It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be ‘Scouts BSA,’ and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.”

The new Scout Me In recruitment campaign and creative approach was created by award-winning Dallas agency Johnson & Sekin, who also led efforts in the naming process supporting Scouts BSA. The Cub Scout and Scouts BSA program launch, led by Golin, will encompass a fully integrated strategy that spans paid, owned and earned channels.

“Scouting is deeply woven into the fabric of American life,” said Chris Sekin, Managing Partner of Johnson & Sekin. “It is a privilege to work with the organization to usher in its newest era that now includes all of our country’s youth and families.”

“We are excited to partner with the BSA to expand its impactful programs that are relevant to all families,” said Caroline Dettman, Golin’s Chief Creative and Community Officer. “We are thrilled that the mission and goal of the BSA’s programs to instill character and leadership is now a powerful promise for boys and girls alike.”

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

BSA Today

District Leadership Awards Inventory Update

posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:37 PM by Sapona District   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 1:17 PM ]

A collaborative project has been established, between the Sapona District Committee and the Sapona District Banquet Awards Selection Committee To update the database of all the Awards and Recognition’s that are held by all the Leaders in the Sapona (formerly Rowan) District. This is the one organized and put together in 2011.

Every Leader’s participation and cooperation is requested, to help compile the recognition information, for the updating the database records. Please go through your personal records or your units records, for the recognition’s you have and indicate on the following list (see attachment below).  Please place a check by the awards you have and if possible, please provide the date, you were presented with the award. Thank you for your help in this matter. Pass copies to all your leadership in your unit or fill one out with a summery of the awards held by all leaders for your unit.

Take the time to list the knots on your uniform or if you have woodbadge beads (If you know, please list participate year or Staff)!  

We are also looking to fill some gaps of Award Recipients from the Annual Sapona (formerly Rowan) Adult Banquet. The years we are looking for are: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, all award categories.

If you are a Sapona/Rowan Award recipient please send us your info or if you do not remember the date, that's fine, just let us know what award you were presented with. Also, if you know some else, who is an award recipient, please send us there info.

Some other categories we are looking for are:
  • Cubmaster of the Year  82-85, 89, 2000, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08
  • Assistant Cubmaster of the Year (If Awarded) Before 1992, 94-2008
  • Den Leader Of the Year 89, 97, 98, 2000
  • Webelos Leader of the Year 85, 89, 91, 97, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 04
  • Tiger Leader of the Year 1988-2014
  • Scoutmaster of the Year 97, 99, 2000, 03, 04, 07
  • Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year 89, 91, 97, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07
  • Venturing Adviser of Year All Years
  • Assistant Adviser of Year All Years
  • Female Scouter of the Year 89, 91, 94-2000
  • Male Scouter of the Year 89, 91, 94-2000, 02, 03, 04
  • District Award of Merit 81-86, 89, 97, 2000, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 11, 12, 14

Please send completed form or additional information to: Henry Fairley IV, 713 West Council St, Salisbury, NC 28144
or e-mail to or drop it by the Sapona District office in St. John’s Lutheran Church Community Building

Henry Fairley IV

2018 Journey to Excellence & Sapona Scout Cups

posted Feb 17, 2018, 9:02 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Feb 17, 2018, 9:12 AM ]

At the Sapona District Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the District Committee unanimously voted to utilize the Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence (JTE) program as the Scoring System for the Sapona District Boy Scout and Cub Scout Cup Awards in the future. 

This was done for several reasons:

1.  To encourage each Scouting Unit in Sapona District to be aware of and implement the JTE program as a means of strengthening their unit finance, programming, membership and service;

2.  To ensure all Scout Units in each BSA program are measured against consistent standards and measured against their own unit’s previous year’s results to drive continuous improvement;

3.  To eliminate any advantages of larger units versus smaller units and/or new units versus longer tenured units; and

4.  To ensure all units have equal access to the information and standards of our Sapona District  & BSA Recognition.

JTE Scoring is done by each Scout Unit’s leadership and committee with assistance by their Unit Commissioner.  The JTE  Scorecard is turned in with your Unit’s annual re-charter in December.

The Sapona District Cups will be awarded annually utilizing the highest Unit JTE Scores for each Scouting program.  In the event of a tie between two units within the same Scouting program, the tie-breaker for that  program’s Sapona Cup Award will be presented to the unit with the highest percentage of Adult Scouters (all or any registered unit leader-i.e. Scoutmasters & Assistants, Cubmasters & Assistants, Den Leaders, Crew Advisors, Post Advisor, Unit Committee Members & Chartered Partner Representative) who have completed their role specific training. 

Additional resources can be found on the website and by clicking on this link to the Journey to Excellence landing page on .  Please be sure to use the Guidebook for your Unit’s Scouting program which are available by clicking on this link:

BSA Board of Directors Announcement

posted Oct 12, 2017, 6:47 AM by Sapona District

Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors voted on welcoming girls into Scouting programs.  Below is the official BSA news release. 

Irving, Texas – October 11, 2017 – Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.
“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”

Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before [1], making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing. Additionally, many groups currently underserved by Scouting, including the Hispanic and Asian communities, prefer to participate in activities as a family. Recent surveys [2] of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts.  Education experts also evaluated the curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.

“The BSA’s record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing” said Randall Stephenson, BSA’s national board chairman. “I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization.  It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.”

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack.  Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.

This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page.

Youth Protection Update

posted Jul 2, 2017, 9:23 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 9:02 AM ]

In an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse, the BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program effective February 2018.

For those that may have missed this recently, if you have not completed YPT2 training since last month (February 2018), you must retake this course.

As a result, every scouter must logon to their account at (or take a class offered at many council events) for YPT2 training by 10/1/2018 in order to stay registered with the BSA.

If you need more details or answers to questions, please see the below link to Bryan on Scouting’s blog. Please ensure this information is passed down to your unit’s leadership so that they have time to prepare for this deadline.


A new requirement that many may not be aware of as well, effective 6/1/2018, all registered scouters (volunteers and professionals) including any adult who will be present at a scouting activity for 72 total or more must complete the YPT2 training as well. These hours do not have to be consecutive. The best advice to all units is to get all leaders and adults (parents, families, guardians, etc.) YPT2 trained to ensure you have covered this requirement.

If you have any questions, please contact me at: or Chris Mills at:

Thank you!
Dee Ann Vincent
Sapona District Training Chair

More Info about Youth Protection can be found here:

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