October 2020
The Digital Eagle
Welcome to the October 2020 edition of the Digital Eagle! This is a monthly publication of the Greater Alabama Council, BSA.

Scouting Stories Project

Have you received an email from us recently?
Did the email say:
"IMPORTANT: Verification of Greater Alabama Council Member and alumni data is now needed. Please Call 1-855-303-9231 within 7 Days"?
This email really is from us! We're partnering with the National Office's Alumni Group and with Publishing Concepts (PCI) as a way to collect and record Scouting Stories. We hope you will take a few minutes to call the number listed in the email and share your Scouting Story with us.

Did you not get an email? Here are three easy steps to ensuring your Greater Alabama Council legacy:

STEP 1—LOOK FOR A YELLOW POSTCARD IN YOUR MAIL.
Soon, you will receive a yellow postcard featuring our logo on the front.
 
STEP 2—UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.
When you call the toll-free number on the postcard, you will reach a trained representative who will help you update the personal information we have on file.
 
STEP 3—CONTINUE THE LEGACY
Once your contact information is updated, the interviewer will ask if you would like to share your favorite Greater Alabama Council experience for our council’s digital archive. As an alumni of the Greater Alabama Council Scouting program, you are a critical part of ensuring Scouting’s legacy for generations to come.
Sample email image for reference
Sharing your story affords you the opportunity to support the council, purchase Greater Alabama Council apparel, and/or purchase a commemorative book celebrating our local Scouting program—100 percent of monetary donations as well as a portion of apparel purchases goes directly to helping our council continue to bring Scouting to boys and girls in our community.
 
So, don’t wait. Call the toll-free number on the card and share your story as Greater Alabama Council Scout, volunteer, advisor, mentor, or proud parent. Every story is important and powerful in fulfilling this exciting legacy project. Help us fill our digital vault with your priceless memories of leadership, character development, and how the promise of Scouting unfolded for you. We can’t wait to share in your stories!
Nation's Oldest Veteran's Day Parade Moves Online

For 72 years, the National Veterans Day Parade has taken place in Birmingham, and 2020 will see the annual tradition still take place, but with a twist: this year, it will be a livestreamed event that culminates in a fireworks show from Region's Park in Birmingham!

Your Troop, Pack, or Crew can take part in this historic event by sharing with event organizers a short, 1 minute video introducing your Scouts and sharing your support of our nation's veterans. To share a video with the National Veterans Day Parade, here are some helpful hints:

  • Use landscape position (sideways) - never Instagram (portrait)
  • Keep it to :60 seconds or less
  • If possible, send it in .mp4 format.
  • If you are inside, make sure there is light on your faces, and if there are only a few of you, that you fill the screen with your bodies, not from across the room. Make sure your camera is sideways, like a flat screen TV.
  • Make sure to get everyone in the camera frame

When making a video, please be mindful of the Scout Oath and Law. To submit a video, coordinate with your Unit's leadership and click on the "Submit a Video" link below to submit this to the Council for review and final submission.


The deadline to submit a video for inclusion into the virtual parade is October 21st.
Help Support Your Local Community!

This year, more than any other, has demonstrated the need to help support our friends and neighbors in our local communities. Through agencies like the United Way and the United Givers Fund, many local agencies and services that you rely on, are able to receive operational support. Without help from families like yours, the United Way and the United Gives Fund wouldn't be able to help many worthwhile causes and agencies in your community, like the Greater Alabama Council. Please, take some time today to go to your local United Way or United Givers Fund and make a contribution to help support your hometown. Links to the United Ways and United Givers Funds that serve the communities we serve are listed below.
RECHARTER TIME!

Its time to complete your Unit's Annual Recharter Process! We have developed a handy resource page to help you as you begin the Recharter process. Rechartering can be a simple process if you use the resources on the web page linked below. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your District Executive.
The Key Steps Units Need to Know They Can Be Taking Right Now to Help Return to Scouting Activities

Many Scout units have a desire to return to Scouting activities, but they have questions about how to do so safely. Additionally, with some traditional meeting locations unable to be used because of the pandemic, units may need additional options. During the recent recruiting webinar on how to hold meetings safely during COVID-19, attendees received tips on the key steps they can be taking right now to find a safe way to return to their meeting activities. 
 
More information on those key steps is included in the article below. Be sure to share this with your units that have questions about how to move forward with Scouting right now. 

Focus on Safe Transportation 
As Scouting activities resume in some communities this fall, many Scouts and Scouters will be traveling to and from various events in vehicles. The safety of our members, volunteers, and employees continues to be of the utmost importance. Be sure your unit is familiar with the BSA safety content focused on this key topic. 
Fall Recruiting Webinars

Back by popular demand are some of the BSA's Membership Recruiting Webinars. To register for the course, click on the buttons below!
It's Popcorn Time!
Spend less time fundraising and MORE time Scouting! Our Council’s annual Scout popcorn sale is a turn-key fundraiser that provides our units with the funding they need to deliver an amazing Scouting Program! Click on the link below to learn more about our annual popcorn sale, and sign up to get started! Need help? We've included helpful training videos to help turn you into a popcorn-selling master!
University of Scouting

Mark your calendars for the University of Scouting, March 20, 2021. More information coming soon!
Celebration of Heroes!

Save the Date for the Greater Alabama Council Celebration of Heroes Virtual Event on Veterans Day, November 11th at 6:00pm. Join with Scouts and Scouters in supporting our Council and highlighting our Scouting Heroes and Veterans. Scouts will be part of the program! Post comments, share pictures and tell stories. Hear from an Eagle Scout who recently received Scouting’s Heroism Award and see what Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw thinks of Scouting in Alabama! We all have Scouting Heroes who have impacted our lives, join with us in celebrating them and honoring them at this fun and exciting live-streamed virtual event. Save the date! Nov 11th, 6:00pm. More information to come!


fishing cub scouts
Cub Scout Fishing Derby!

Calling all Cub Scouts and Families! You're invited to join us for fishing, fun, prizes, and a patch! Don't know how to fish? That's ok, we'll teach you! Poles, bait, and other supplies will be furnished, or you can bring your own! Join us at a Cub Scout Fishing Derby near you! Here are the details:

Cost: $10.00 per Scout (new Scouts), $5.00 per sibling or additional Scout.
Event times: ALl events start at 9am and end at 12pm.

Click here or on the button below to see dates and locations near you!

Go Camping in "God's Backyard"
The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama is welcoming Cub Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, and Venturing Crews to spend a weekend camping at Camp McDowell, a historic camp that has been in operation for nearly 100 years. Situated on 1,140 acres adjacent to the Bankhead National Forest in Winston County, Camp McDowell is open year round with a variety of programs and opportunities. To learn more, click on the links below.
Powder Horn 2021
Powder Horn is a High Adventure Resource Management Course open to all Scouting Adults and Youth age 14 . Participants will learn the necessary skills to oversee a high adventure program and learn of local resources available for your group’s program. For more information and to register, click the button below.
Winter NYLT Course: January 16-18, February 13-15

NYLT is a six day, five night course that gives Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, Explorers and Venturers methods, skills and experiences to become better leaders in their unit. The course centers around the concepts of what a leader must be, what they must know, and what they must do – with a clear focus on how to accomplish all this.

To learn more and register for the course, you can visit the page at https://1bsa.org/nylt/ or click on the button below.
Engineering Merit Badge

Sign up to participate in the Engineering Merit Badge Program at the Barber Museum! This program is on the move from start to finish and includes a hands-on Build-a-Bike activity, a tour of the largest motorcycle collection in the world, and a short film. With stunning views of the Barber Motorsports Road Course, vehicle exhibits, and restoration shop, the museum offers a thrilling environment in which to learn about the field of engineering.

The opportunity costs $18 per Scout, and it includes all materials needed for the program, including the Barber Museum BSA Patch. We ask that Scouts be prepared by reading the Engineering Merit Badge book prior to their troop’s scheduled visit. To show pride in your troop and demonstrate your participation as a Scout, we ask that Scouts wear their uniforms.
Reserve a spot for your Scout or their whole troop today!

The Engineering Merit Badge Program, sponsored by Yamaha, will be offered at the Barber Museum on the following Saturdays, at 9:30 am. Spaces are limited, so please contact us to reserve your spot.

  • October 24
  • November 14
  • December 5


Register to attend our Engineering Merit Badge Program. When you arrive at the registration link close the login box to enter your information. The form on the first page is where you'll enter parent information, and the form on the second page is where you will enter the Scout's information. You can register multiple attendees/scouts at one time.

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Nelson or call her at 205-702-8713.
You’re invited to attend Wood Badge!
Wood Badge is advanced Scout leader training that began in 1919 by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting and Wood Badge’s first director. It came to America in 1948 and has been updated to reflect current BSA policies and programs. Incorporating the best techniques available, Wood Badge has become the most advanced leadership training course in Scouting!

The Spring 2021 Course will be hosted at Camp Comer on April 9-11 and April 24-25, 2021. To learn more and register for the course, click on the button below.
Launching into Fall with the OA!

Virtual Induction Weekends are here! Virtual Inductions are a safe way to complete your OA Induction requirement during the pandemic. To learn more about Virtual Induction Weekends, simply click this link, or click on the button below.

Fall Fellowship is just around the corner! We're looking forward to an outstanding and unique weekend of fellowship and fun at Camp Comer on the weekend of November 20-22! Registration opens Sunday, October 10! Check the Lodge's Facebook page for more information and details!

Do you have a Scout who is interested in taking a more active role in the Order of the Arrow? Lodge Officer nomination forms are now on coosa50.org ! We're looking for youth who want to take their OA membership to the next level and who want to serve the youth of the Greater Alabama Council! Just click on the button below, or the link above to learn more.

To make sure you are in the loop, be sure to make sure your OA Dues are paid and that the Lodge has your most current email address so you can receive the Lodge's digital newsletter. Also, once you pay your Lodge dues for the year, you'll receive a "Member in Good Standing" patch! The artwork for the patch is below. Need to update your mailing address or email address? Please take a moment to submit the form below!
 
To stay up-to-date on all the latest with Coosa Lodge, follow the links below!

Are you looking for ways to keep Scouting while you're at home? We have compiled a resource page for you to keep the adventure going! You'll be able to find 30-Day Challenges and more on our resource page. To access the page, just click on the button below.
Scouting is a global institution– there are National Scout Organizations representing their home countries and delivering the promise of Scouting in virtually all areas and regions globally. The BSA International Department works to help Scouts and Leaders from the BSA to experience the bigger picture of Scouting and connect with it through our involvement in the World Organization of the Scout Movement. To learn more about Scouting around the world, including exciting events like the upcoming World Scout Moot in Ireland in 2021, click below.
The CDC has produced a series of fact sheets for young adults, ages 15-21. The fact sheets cover a variety of topics, including what test results mean, how to stay safe at the pool or beach, how to wear a face covering and other preventive measures. To learn more and access the sheets as well as those regarding the Alabama mask mandate and resources from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, click on the links below.
Scout Days!
Stay up-to-date on Scout days
One of the best parts of Scouting is the outing! We're actively building a list of Scout Days at various events near and far that you and your Scouts will love to attend! For more information, click on the Scout Day image, or the button below.