Talakto District News

May 2024

Talakto District is a part of the Greater Alabama Council of Scouting America

District Executive Notes

Monthly Notes from the Talakto District Executive


Summer programs are just around the corner – Fun and Adventure!

But let’s not forget to be safe. Unit Leaders should be safety trained for the specific activities planned for summer. Let’s say you’re going canoeing, then take the Paddle Craft Safety Course.

There is a course for almost all Scouting activities. You can find them by looking at www.Scouting.org, under the Training tab for the course you might need.

Please plan your backpacks and hikes with respect to hiking times. Not all hikes are equal! A general rule of thumb:

 Hiking time = 2/mph

 Add 1 hour for every 1000 feet of gross elevations gain

 Add extra time for lunch, breaks, stream crossings, etc.

 Anything else you can think of

I pray you have the best adventures this summer! Safely.


The Elks Club is looking for 6-8 Scouts to help with their June 14th event. Please call Tom Rathz at (256) 683-7910 or me at (256) 361-0876

God Bless, Mark Humphrey


Den Walker Adults and Scout Den Chiefs and Counselors-in-Training are needed for Cub Scout Day Camp June 17-21 8 am to 3 pm - register yourself or a Scouts BSA member to help at camp here!

HOT OFF THE PRESSES: The program planning guide with all the council’s plans for 2024-25 is now available! Look at all the opportunities for your youth this coming year. Check it out at https://1bsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/2024-2025-GAC-Program-Planning-Calendar-FINAL-PRINT.pdf

LOST AND FOUND: Check out the Lost and Found from Talakto Camporee. Someone is missing their handbook! Pick up the stuff at the Scout Office!

NEED TO BORROW GOLF CART FOR DAY CAMP - If you have a golf cart that we can graciously use for Cub Scout Day Camp June 16-21 please email [email protected] and [email protected]

Veterans Cemetery Flag Placement  

Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville  



Date/Time: 9:00am, Saturday, May 18, 2024 


Location: Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville AL 


Volunteers:  VFW, Scouts, Veterans and Veterans Organizations and anyone who wants to help.  


POCs: Michael D. Gronkowski, VFW Commander, 570/417-7811, [email protected] , John Perry, 256/658-2010, [email protected] or Johann Moore, Committee Chairman, Scouts BSA 7400, [email protected], 256/509-3406. 


Where to report: Maple Hill Cemetery. Enter at the south gate at McClung Ave drive north to the assembly area. We will provide the flags. Look for the pickup trucks. 

Mission: Place 1500 flags on Veterans graves. We will have area maps to hand out. Each group will have a designated area. 

What to bring: Bring something to make a hole in the ground to place the flag – a drill with a long bit, large screwdriver, car jack or tire iron handle, etc. 

Please avoid any areas where funerals may be taking place until the service has concluded. 

We will need help with picking up the flags. We plan to pick the flags up on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 9:00 or depending on the weather. 

Talakto District Training

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)


What: Talakto District is offering both the BALOO and IOLS courses. The courses are the second half of BSA Adult Leader training and are focused to provide basic outdoor skills to develop and implement an outdoor program. The courses will run simultaneously over Friday evening and Saturday.

When: Friday and Saturday, September 6th and 7th 2024. Check in at Ford’s Chapel United Methodist Church begins at 5pm on Friday with the opening session starting at 7pm. Courses will conclude at 6pm on Saturday.

Where: Ford’s Chapel UM Church – 280 Ford Chapel Dr., Harvest, AL 35749.

Uniform: Scout Uniform (Class A and B)

Details: Participants will camp overnight on Friday. Course fee is $25 per person to cover food.

Participants will be assembled into Dens and Patrols. Additional information and forms will be provided after registration. Please provide information on any special medical or dietary needs.   


Sign-up:   https://form.jotform.com/240935313497158

Or contact Tom Billig at [email protected] or 256-617-4407

Membership Minutes

May 2024


Soon your unit will start building your ANNUAL PROGRAM PLAN.

What activities contribute to your unit’s advancement needs? First aid. Camping. Cooking.

Safety. And many others. What activities create the fun and adventure everyone wants?

Campouts every month. Pinewood Derby. Trips to the park or pool. Bike trips. High

Adventure. Camporee. Water sports. Scoutreach Cultures Day. Disc Golf. And more. What

about service projects? Scouting for Food. Cleanup drives. Eagle projects.

Greater Alabama Council offers many camping adventures. Cub Day Camp. Summer Camp.

Winter Camp. Cub Haunted. And the list goes on. The council also offers training events for

youth and adult leaders. Order of the Arrow events. Make sure those get on your calendar

too. The Program Preview Conference is a great resource to learn of these opportunities. And

check the 1BSA.org web site.

When you have picked the best selection of activities for your unit, then you develop your

ANNUAL FINANCE PLAN. The goal is to ensure that all Scouts can participate in activities by

earning their way. You could sell Scout Popcorn or Camp Cards. Maybe do a car wash. Sell

chocolates. There are so many ways. FINANCE supports PROGRAM.

So now, you gotta have Scouts! Build your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PLAN to keep your Scouts

and get More Scouts. Make sure you plan open house meetings several times a year and

encourage prospects to visit. Invite friends to your outdoor activities. Invite them to

ceremonies and service projects. Reach out to nearby Packs, Troops, Crews, and Ships. Maybe

they have some skills or Scouts that you need. Design your PROGRAM and FINANCEs to KEEP

the Scouts you have and INVITE new Scouts to Adventure. FINANCE supports PROGRAM whichsupports MEMBERSHIP.

Your ANNUAL PLAN is to invite families into Scouting and provide great program opportunities

for all.

Mark Your Calendars For These Important Dates:

18 May - Council Pinewood Derby

17-21 Jun - Huntsville Cub Scout Day Camp 2024=$125

7-13 July - Summer NYLT Course

14-17 Jul - Webelos/AOL Camp 2024 @ Comer

17-20 Jul - Cub Scout Summer Camp @ Comer

1 Aug - Talakto Roundtable @ First Huntsville UMC Wesley Center

5 Sept - Talakto Roundtable @ First Huntsville UMC Wesley Center

6-7 Sept - Talakto Baloo/IOLS Training Overnight

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