A publication for and about Scouters in our Council
Partners in Chatham, Cumberland, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, and Vance Counties
May, 2008 Vol. 3, #05 http://www.ocscouts.org/newsletters/NewsLetters.html
2008 PROGRESS ENERGY SCOUTREACH GOLF TOURNAMENT SCORES A HOLE
IN ONE FOR SCOUTING!
On Monday, April 21st, 2008 over 240 golfers hit the greens to support the 2008 Progress Energy ScoutReach Golf Tournament.
Held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC, this year’s 15th annual event was a huge success with 61 teams participating in a
fun-filled day that helped to support a worthwhile cause. In the last 15 years over $500,000 has been raised to support the
ScoutReach programs within the Occoneechee Council.
The tournament is the primary source of funding for ScoutReach activities which reach out to at-risk and low income youth by
providing opportunities for Scouting through a quality program. The goal of ScoutReach is to foster community growth by working
through schools, churches, and other civic organizations to ensure every youth has an opportunity to participate in Scouting. Last
year this program touched the lives of over 3,000 Scouts by providing handbooks, uniforms, camping opportunities and registration
Presentation of plaques of appreciation to Capitol Broadcasting Company and Progress Energy for their continued support of the
annual ScoutReach program. Left to right: Council Scout Executive-John Akerman, James Farmer -representing Capitol
Broadcasting Company, Inc. Tournament Committee Chair- Donna Graham, Honorary Chairperson-Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, and
Council President- Rod Frankel.
This year marked the sixth year that Progress Energy has been the naming sponsor for this event. Special recognition
should be given to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina & Capitol Broadcasting Company for their support as
“Tournament Sponsors”. The Board of Directors of the Occoneechee Council would like to thank Hilda Pinnix-Ragland for
serving as this year’s Honorary Chairperson for the tournament, as well as Donna Graham and her team of committee members.
Also a special thank you to the businesses and individuals that participated in or financially supported this year’s tournament.
For more information about the ScoutReach program or participating in next year’s event, please contact John Phares, Finance
Director at (919) 872-4884 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
KEY 3 MESSAGE My sincere thanks to all the “farmers” of Occoneechee
Council who support us with their time, energy, expertise
COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S and finances. Scouting changes lives. At this time of the
COMMENTS year let’s all commit to work together to impact our
Council’s youth during the springtime of their lives.
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP
The Occoneechee North Star
National Youth Leadership Training
is still taking applications for
attendance. This is a six day
outdoor experience for current and future leaders in
support of the Scoutmaster’s responsibility for the training
PLANT YOUR SEEDS…. of his Youth Leaders. The conference utilizes the standard
Troop structure using the patrol method. Patrol leadership
CARE FOR YOUR CROPS…. changes daily to give all Scouts a chance to be a Patrol
REAP A SUCCESSFUL HARVEST Leader or Assistant. The participants will write their own
Vision Statement in which they will plan how to use their
Spring is an exciting time of the year in North Carolina. newly acquired skills in their home Troops. The
The weather becomes warmer, we spend more time Conference has been developed by the National Council
outdoors and we plan lots of events and activities. Farmers Boy Scouts of America. The conference is the highest
and gardeners plant their seeds, cultivate, water, nurture leadership training offered to Youth Leaders at the Council
and care for their crops and look forward to the blooms level.
and fruits of summer.
WHO MAY ATTEND?
Scouting is in a similar mode. Many of the seeds for our Participants may be any current or future leader in any
financial success are planted in the springtime. Scouting position. Also to be eligible attend they must be
Congratulations and thank you to all those who helped at least First Class in rank and thirteen years old by the
make our Council FOS Kick-Off Breakfast the most start of the course. Each Scout must also have a working
successful ever. Jim Goodmon of Capitol Broadcasting knowledge of camping, hiking and cooking over an open
and his team of volunteer Vice Chairs did a fantastic job. fire in all weather conditions and have the written approval
of his Scoutmaster. Enrollment is limited to 48 qualified
Throughout the Council our Districts are demonstrating
similar success with a variety of fundraising events such as
FOS Breakfasts, Distinguished Citizen Award Banquets
WHAT IS THE COST OF THIS COURSE?
and other programs. Recently, our Progress Energy
The total cost for NYLT is $200, which covers course
ScoutReach Golf Tournament was held with a record
materials, T-Shirt, hat and food for the week. A fee of $75
number of participants.
is required with the application form and the remaining
The programs and activities of Occoneechee Council are $125 is due no later than July 21st.
the ways that we nurture these seeds. Please be sure that
your unit is represented at the Program Kick-Off that will WHAT’S THE DATE?
be held at the Council HQ on the evening of May 29th. August 3 - 8, 2008 at Camp Durant. Participants should
Register your unit for Camp Durant this summer – the plan for arrival no later than 11:30 am and registration
camp staff has already completed the first of its training promptly begins at 12:00 noon, August 3rd. Participants
weekends and is ready to “show off” the facilities and the will be ready to depart after the closing ceremony on
fun of our remodeled camp. This year Camp Durant also Friday, August 8th (around 7:00 pm). Parents and
features a Webelos Resident week and a Cub – Adult Scoutmasters will be invited to attend the closing dinner
Overnighter. and ceremony on August 8th to celebrate their Scout’s
The “harvest” of Occoneechee Council comes in the late
summer and fall. We anticipate awarding another record HOW CAN I REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE?
number of Eagle Scout badges. We look to duplicate, or Applications can be found on line through the Council
surpass, our achievement of 10 of 13 Centennial Quality calendar by clicking on the following link:
Districts in the Council. We expect to continue our https://www.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.as
enviable record of membership growth and youth retention p?ActivityKey=345232 . For more information please
as a result of our strong programs and training. contact: Kathy Connelly-NYLT Coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 919-779-6784.
SUMMER CAMP 2008 NEW SUMMER
Summer Camp 2008 and the ADVENTURE OF A
LIFETIME are almost here! It won’t be long before the 2008 CUB SCOUT
first Scouts roll through the gates of a brand-new Camp RESIDENT CAMP
Durant. For the first time, we’ll welcome them with brand
new showers in every campsite and an incredibly trained
and enthusiastic staff, ready to DELIVER THE PROMISE
to every Scout, adult leader and visitor at Camp Durant Calling all Wolf and Bear Scouts. Come join us at Camp
this summer! Durant in Carthage this summer for two days and three
nights of cub activities geared to our theme of “Blazin”
This summer, the largest staff in the history of Camp Saddles. Scouts will have an opportunity to experience
Durant will be ready to make sure your experience is the activities at the BB and Archery ranges, Nature and Crafts
best you’ve ever had! Over the past few months our centers and cooling off at the waterfront. All rising Wolf
exceptional staff has been working tirelessly to bring the and Bear Cubs along with their adult partners are
best and most exciting program your Troop will encouraged to sign up for this event. Campers will be
experience in North Carolina. camping in a two-person tent on a pallet with meals served
in an air-conditioned dining hall.
It’s not too late to sign up for this incredible and life-
changing adventure. If your Troop would like to Units wishing to participate must register. Two-deep
participate this summer, or if you have Scouts that would registered leaderships for every six Scouts will be
like to join our provisional Troop, please contact Linda required. The cost is $50.00 per person if received by May
Grady at the Occoneechee Council Office at (919) 872- 2, 2008. Registration is limited to the first 200 campers.
4884 or by e-mail at email@example.com. You can Additional information and registration forms are available
also surf to our NEW Camp Durant website at at www.ocscouts.org.
WHEN: July 20 – July 23, 2008
This is an exciting summer for Camp Durant, and one that
your Troop does not want to miss! We’ll see you soon! CUB-ADULT
The Cub-Adult Overnighter is an exciting Saturday
afternoon and evening of outdoor activities, a catered
Howdy partners. Come on down to Camp Durant in dinner and campfire. You will enjoy a restful evening in
Carthage, NC for two days and three nights of fun-filled tents provided by the camp. Mark your calendar for
adventures. We are planning activities for the Webelos Saturday, June 28 – Sunday, June 29, 2008. This event
Scouts at the waterfront, BB/Archery ranges, Handicraft will take place at Camp Durant located in Carthage, NC.
and Nature areas and the bouldering walls. Activities will include programs at the BB and Archery
ranges, nature and craft centers and, of course, the
The program is opened to Webelos (I/II) dens and leaders waterfront.
(two-deep leadership is required for every six scouts), or
Webelos Scouts and parent/guardian. Appropriate medical Come one, come all to this fun event. Saturday night will
and hold-harmless forms will be required. Camping will be feature a catered dinner. Sunday morning a light breakfast
in two-person tents (on pallets) with a covered shelter in will be served. Time will be limited so you may want to
each campsite. Meals will be served in an air-conditioned eat prior to check-in on Saturday or bring a bag lunch.
dining hall. Refreshments are available. LUNCH WILL NOT BE
PROVIDED. Cost is $40.00 per cub-adult partner. There
The cost is $50.00 per person if received by May 2, 2008. is a $10.00 fee per additional camper. Registration is
Additional information and registration forms can be found limited to the first 100 cub/partner pairs. You will also
at www.ocscouts.org receive a really cool patch. Additional information and
registration is available at www.ocscouts.org.
WHEN: July 23 – July 26, 2008
COME WITH US
5. Orange District and Three Rivers with 15% each
AND BUILD LEADERS of their goal.
O. Temple Sloan is pleased to announce that we have 6. Total Family Capital from all Districts in
reached over $6,605,000, or 75.7% of our Capital Occoneechee is $76,000 or 34% of the $215,000
Campaign goal. goal.
The leader in the Public Phase of the Capital Campaign is The Charley Sullivan Training Center Campaign is moving
Cumberland County which has raised over 100% of its forward with over $190,000 raised. Thanks to General
$50,000 goal. Congratulations to District Campaign Chairman Brad Starr and key workers for efforts on the
Chairman Steve Wheeler and staff members Bill Waters O.A Campaign. Our next step is the Chapter Campaign
and Terry McIntire. So far, the two District Family/Capital kicked off on March 15 with the O.A. POW WOW at
Campaigns have raised over $10,000 - $5,000 of that in the Camp Durant on September 12, 2008.
last two months.
Welcome back Rodney McDonald from his surgery!! He
Congratulations to Tommy Stone and his brother Jim for and Brad Starr have helped preview the letter that is being
receiving Outstanding Service Certificates from Campaign sent out to all adult Lodge members as a part of the
Vice Chairman Rick Guirlinger for supporting two staff Chapter Campaign.
cabins as a part of the Capital Campaign. Falls District
leads all Wake County Districts with $40,000 raised, or Please note that the Charley Sullivan Training Center
40% of their District goal. Hemlock follows with $11,000 Campaign is a part of the Family FOS and Capital
raised, $10,000 of which is Family/Capital Campaign Campaign.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Rogers of
Henderson for hosting the March, 2008 Estate Preservation
Workshop with 18 Scouters and Friends of Scouting in
attendance. This was the first such workshop conducted
this year and two more are being planned. The agenda is a
broad based discussion of possible ways to preserve estates
and possibly benefit the Occoneechee Council Boy Scouts
of America in the future.
Tommy Stone and John Stone
Pacesetter Districts in the Family Capital Campaign
1. Tuocs District with $9,175 raised or 190% of
2. Kia Kima District with $16,700 raised or 111% -
Adopt A Campsite gift made the difference here
plus other gifts! Cliff and Stephanie Rogers
3. Moore District with $16,299 raised or 81% of
goal - Adopt A Campsite made difference too Any Scouter who wishes to help in the solicitation part of
plus other gifts! the Capital Campaign, Foundations or Endowment can
contact Development Director Bill Lappin or
4. Hemlock District raised over $10,500 or 50% of Administrative Assistant Alycia Davis at 919-872-4884.
its goal from nine gifts. Most of these were
$1,200 gifts; once the pledge is paid they will
receive a James E. West Fellowship!
ORDER OF THE ARROW
As summer approaches let's get ready for summer camp.
OCCONEECHEE LODGE 104 Our staff is ready to assist you with uniforming, books,
foot lockers, rain gear, mosquito netting, and hydration
At Spring Pow-Wow in March the Lodge hosted Webelos systems. Stop by and check out our new line of camping
Cub Day and it was a great success. The rifle range was gear!
opened for the first time at an OA event. We have made
plans to open up one camp program area every Lodge Don't forget our Wacky Wednesday specials. As of April
weekend to garner interest in outdoor skills. We also want 16th we have items on sale such as t-shirts, caps, craft kits,
to provide our brothers with knowledge that they can take canteens, mugs, and ponchos.
back to their Troops. Even with a little weather scare
Saturday night, the weekend was a fantastic success. As a reminder to our customers who shop in Fayetteville,
Cumberland Scout Shop will have new summer hours of
We have a big year ahead of us and this was a great kick- operation:
July – August
At Pow-Wow we put ourselves in a good position for Monday Closed Every Monday
conclave. This year, it is April 18-20 at Camp Bowers and Tuesday - Friday Open 9-6
we decided as a Lodge to have the movie 300 as the theme Saturday Open 10-4
for our delegation to Conclave. We are building our Sunday Closed
costumes and getting ready to battle it out with the rest of
the section for that coveted spirit award! Please continue to support your local Scout Shop.
As always, we strive to be number one in customer
Most everyone should have completed their Troop service!
elections by now and I want to discuss one issue.
The Troop must contact the Chapter and schedule an
election to be held at one of their regular Scout meetings,
but they cannot just decide one night to hold their own OA REPTILE DAY FOLLOW-UP
Hundreds and hundreds of
If you have questions, the Lodge Chief asks that you smiling faces, just like the
contact him through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ones above, attended this
year’s Reptile & Amphibian
Hope to see you at Spring Inductions on May16-18! Day at the N.C. Museum of
Natural Sciences. The
Museum attendance for this
event was over 10,000. The Cub Scouts were in force with
over 200 in attendance. Approximately 20 Boy Scouts
were able to begin work on their Reptile and Amphibian
Exhibitors from various clubs and organizations took over
four floors of the Museum where they had an opportunity
to display their favorite reptile and amphibian friends.
From the smallest poisonous dart frogs measuring ¾ of an
inch long, to the largest snake, a python from Indonesia,
Lula (weighing a whopping 200 lbs) everyone had an
opportunity to get up close, and sometimes personal, with
these cold-blooded creatures.
SCOUT SHOP NEWS
A special thank you to Stuart Thomas, Troop 214, for
Happy Spring to all the Scouts and Scouters in lending his expertise in counseling the Reptile and
Occoneechee Council. Spring brings about lots of exciting Amphibian merit badge session, his son Joshua and Troop
events. It is almost graduation time for those hard working member Bill Michaud for volunteering at the check-in
Cub Scouts. Make this time in their Scouting careers a fun table. The Museum staff’s enthusiasm and support lent
and special event. We have ceremony and skit books to itself to yet another great event. Hope to see everyone at
enhance your Pack meetings. We will have an ample the next event in September – the much anticipated Bug
supply of neckerchiefs and books. Shop early and beat the Fest.
last minute rush!
GET A BANG OUT OF YOUR SUMMER
LITERALLY: you & your family
Contact: William M. Fairhurst
Adviser- Crew 111
105 Sedgemoor Dr.
Cary, NC 27513
Would you like to be certified as a lifeguard? Venture Crew 111 Invites YOU
to the first ever NRA/ATA TRAP CAMP
You Can Be:
1. CPR Certified When July 14 & 15, 2008 8:30 AM through 5:00 PM (Lunch Provided)
2. First Aid Trained
3. Lifeguard Certified Where: Durham County Wildlife Club, Hopson Rd., RTP, NC See
4. Qualified to work as a Lifeguard www.dcwc.net
5. Lifesaving Merit Badge if in BSA
What: You will complete the NRA Basic Shotgun Safety Course, earn the
When: May 23, 2008 6:30 PM to 10 PM Shotgun Safety Qualification Patch & Basic Practical Rocker. You should
May 24, 2008 8 AM to 6 PM also earn the Pro-Marksman and possibly the Marksman rockers. If you
May 25, 2008 8 AM to 6 PM are a Boy Scout you will earn the Shotgun merit badge and Venture
Elective. You will be trained by Certified NRA/ATA Instructors and
Where: The Wessex Pool, Midenhall Rd, Cary 27513 Coaches.
Cost : $95 (Check made out to Venture Crew 111 BSA) You will learn the basics of the Olympic Sport of
(Crew 111 members and Wessex Residents $80). Email Trap Clay Shooting
me your request, but your reservation is contingent on
receipt of payment. How: We are hosting two full days of a hands on instructional event! We
expect each student to shoot at least 200 targets. (Hitting them is optional).
You can join the crew for $11. Minimum Age: 15 Opportunities will exist to speak to shooting coaches about team activities.
All ammunition and firearms will be provided and there will be experienced
For full course information go to: www.redcross.org people available to inspect your own gun if you want to use it.
services>health and safety>Swimming>Lifeguarding
The cost will be $100, including all ammo, firearms, t-shirts, instructional
materials, and lunch.
For information call Robbie Spivey 919-678-0007 email
Bill Fairhurst 919-678-0630 email WFairhurst@NC.RR.com
Deceased Scouter EAGLES
Michael Seamus Siegl Gage Our Progress
March 26, 1982 - March 24 2008
Michael Seamus Siegl, loving and beloved son of Adelaide
and Christopher Siegl, brother of Brendan and Kevin
Siegl, died Monday, March 24 at UNC Hospital. Michael,
a graduate of Enloe High School and Wake Tech April 2008
Community College, passed away after a six-week
struggle to regain his health. Michael was an active
member of the St. Andrew Catholic Church youth group,
Search participant, and most recently, a participant in the
post-Katrina efforts in New Orleans with the Jesuit
Volunteer Corps. Michael was an Eagle Scout (Troop
316) and an Assistant Scout Leader for National Jamboree
Troop 1637. He also was a member of Pack 250 in Silver
Spring MD; Pack 316, Troop 209, and Troop 316, all in
Apex, NC. He was a long-term employee of the Food
Lion on Laura Duncan Road in Apex. His grandfathers,
Theodore Siegl and Robert Moran, and his uncle Michael
Maria Siegl, preceded Michael in death. His
grandmothers, numerous aunts and uncles and cousins
A Memorial Mass was held at St. Andrew Catholic
Church in Apex on Saturday, March 29, 2008. The family
received visitors at a reception following the Mass. 2008 EAGLE COUNT
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
The Jesuit Volunteers, Rex Hospital Foundation,
AS A PARENT OF A SCOUT, WHAT
SHOULD I DO NEXT?
1. Perform an occasional task to assist the unit’s
2. Participate directly with your Scout
3. Go to and observe Scout meetings, Den and
Pack meetings, Troop and Crew meetings.
4. Be part of the unit’s program in both weekly
meetings and outings
5. Support the program financially
6. Coach your son in advancement and the
earning of recognitions
7. Influence your Scout’s continued
8. Assist your son in earning the religious award
for your faith.
Scouting parents really need to check out this web site
UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING Notice
The 2008 University of Scouting will be held on Saturday http://www.doubleknot.com/openrosters/DocDownloa
November 1, 2008. Mark your calendars now! d.asp?orgkey=382&id=36110
In 2007 almost 300 Scouters attended the University of
Scouting, earning degrees and building their scout skills
and knowledge. It was a great opportunity to gather with
PROTESTANT GOD AND
fellow Scouters for a day of fun and learning. We expect COUNTRY AWARD
this year’s event to be even better!
The Goals for this award are to
The 2008 planning committee is already working hard to provide an opportunity for young
get the catalog online and the staff recruited. The deadline people and their families to
for suggested course additions/deletions will be June 1st. explore their faith together and
You may submit course ideas to the Committee by sending learn six ways of strengthening
an outline or short description to Chancellor Vivian Sloggy those same families through
at Sloggy@embarqmail.com. If you would like to serve faith. It is the goal of the
on staff please let us know. program to help families grow in
God’s love and to memorize the
Watch the Council web site and the Scout Sign for further Ten Commandments.
The God and Family curriculum is designed to help youth
See you in November! understand the importance of family and God’s role in a
healthy family. The God and Family Program provides an
opportunity for young people and their families to explore
their faith together. Children will read about different
KODIAK TRAINING IS families in the Bible, which can teach them about God’s
NOW AVAILABLE plan for strengthening families. To remember these
lessons, children will compare families and “pizza.” The
six steps for making pizza will give students a concrete,
Kodiak training is a leadership development course for “hands-on” model on which to build their
older teens offered by a Troop or Crew in a Council six- understanding of God’s love for their families. They
day format or over two three-day weekends. It is based on will make a pizza as they study how families can grow
the servant leader concept and is delivered while on a trek, together in God’s love, and they will choose “family
trip or other activity. projects” to be done with their family at home.
The Southern Region is responsible for certifying the
Kodiak course in each Council. Ours will be held on June PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER
6-8 and June 13-15. The total of $200 includes all
activities, equipment rental and facility use fees. It also SERVICE AWARD
includes all course materials, meals, course t-shirts and
patches. All participants must have a Class 3 physical and President Bush in 2002 challenged all Americans to
a signed informed consent form. contribute at least 4,000 hours of service over their
The course leaders will teach five leadership skills called
commissions using illustrations found in nature. Kodiak The BSA has recently become a leadership organization
has as its base a nature setting and uses adult and teen for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
When you look at the qualifications for the award you will
This course is limited to 24 participants. BSA registered find every Eagle Scout qualifies for at least the Bronze
youth will have priority until April 30, 2008. Applications Level Award.
MUST be approved by an Advisor / Scoutmaster AND a
parent / guardian. The Council would like your unit and its boys with their
families to think of ways that you can earn the Gold Level
Award. Click http://goodturnforamerica.org
You can use the reporting mechanism. We also want to be
able to recognize your unit for providing 200+ hours of