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New Horizons District Contact Information

New Horizons District

Blake StewartDistrict Chairman
Tim TraceDistrict Commissioner314-283-3420tjtrace.bsa@gmail.com
Matt KasateDistrict Director314-256-3054matthew.kasate@scouting.org
Ben LuedloffDistrict Executive314-256-3132benjamin.luedloff@scouting.org
Amanda HeidemannActivities Chair314-853-9729swiftalphaantelope@gmail.com
Sophie CraftAdvancement Chair314-791-3042sophiec@hotmail.com
Amanda VogtCamping Chair636-394-6809venturingpresident@yahoo.com
Ken McGohanMembership Chair314-740-6133KenMcGohan@msn.com
Earl BinderPublic Relations Chair314-537-7675earlbinder@gmail.com
Malcolm BlissTraining Chair314-909-8594malcolmbliss@prodigy.net
Kim MontgomeryVenturing314-276-4896montgomerykd@gmail.com
Mike HulsizerFriends of Scouting Chair314-956-1804hulsizer@webster.edu
Matt ColePopcorn Chair314-258-6671matt@celtatom
Teresa CollettiSTEM Co-Chair314-578-3832tacolletti@att.net
Lisa BalbesSTEM Co-Chair314-283-3203lisa@balbes.com

New Horizons District Training

Position Specific training is available at

Position Specific training is available at https://my.scouting.org as well as myriad of skill-based virtual offerings (watch for Digital Duffle Bag emails). Take advantage of this time to review and complete your position specific training. Remember, the Scout Motto is "Be Prepared" and trained adult leaders are prepared and ready to support our programs now and in the future.


Your District Training staff is available to answer any questions you might have:


Address any additional questions regarding Training to Malcolm Bliss, New Horizons Training Chair, malcolmbliss@prodigy.net



Note: Both sessions listed are required for credit.


Cub Scout Leader Training:

Virtual Cub Scouts CM/ACM/DL/CC/PC blended Leader Training:

When: February 8th & 10th,, 7pm-9pm CST

Sign-up: https://scoutingevent.com/312-cubleadertrainingfebruary

When: March 8th & 10th, 7pm-9pm CST

Sign-up: https://scoutingevent.com/312-cubleadertrainingmarch

When: April 12th & 14th, 7pm-9pm CST

Sign-up: https://scoutingevent.com/312-cubleadertrainingapril


Cub Leader Outdoor Experience: POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

When: TBD


Scouts BSA Leader Training:


Virtual Scouts BSA SM/ASM/CC/TC blended Leader Training

Note: Both sessions listed are required for credit.


When: Tuesdays, February 16th & 23rd, 7pm-9pm CST

Sign-up: https://scoutingevent.com/312-ScoutsBSAleadertrainingFeb

When: Wednesdays, March 17th & 24th, 7pm-9pm CST

Sign-up: https://scoutingevent.com/312-ScoutsBSAleadertrainingmarch

When: Thursdays, April 15th & 22nd, 7pm-9pm CST

Sign-up: https://scoutingevent.com/312-ScoutsBSAleadertrainingapril


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills: POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

When: TBD


Youth Protection Training:

All new and currently registered leaders must complete the updated training which is required for all BSA programs for an adult to register with your unit. It is available online 24/7 at https://my.scouting.org.  YPT certification is good for 2 years. Encourage all leaders & parents to take YPT yearly, as there are periodic updates and additions to the training, and unit re-charters require all registered leaders to have up to date Youth Protection to be on the charter!


Virtual Youth Protection Training:

When: February 18th at 7pm-9pm

Sign-up: http://scoutingevent.com/312-YPTFebruary

When: March 23rd at 7pm-9pm

Sign-up: http://scoutingevent.com/312-YPTMarch


New Horizons District Program Planning

Each summer Packs, Troops, and Crews should be sitting down  to program plan with their leadership.  This program plan consists of three main items:

  1. An annual calendar.
  2. An annual budget- including fundraising objectives and per scout sales goals to keep them motivated.
  3. Leadership Succession Planning- Who is taking over key positions with the unit?


Troop Program Planning Workbook

Unit Performance Guidebook


Helpful Links

Resources / Downloads


Internet Rechartering

Click here to visit the Rechartering website.

Click here for a brief tutorial (requires Flash Player)

Click here for an overview.

To renew your unit charter on-line:

  • Sixty days before your unit’s expiration date, select a renewal processor. This should be someone in your unit who is familiar with the members and leaders of your unit to ensure all information provided through the process is correct.
  • Your unit charter renewal packet is distributed to the unit leadership and includes an access code specifically assigned to your unit.
  • Thirty to forty-five days before your unit’s expiration date, the renewal processor clicks Recharter Now on this webpage and begins the process.
  • When the on-line process is completed, the renewal processor prints the completed charter renewal application.
  • The Unit Leader and the Executive Officer sign the charter renewal application. The signed application along with any individual applications for new youth members or adult leaders, and materials received in the charter renewal packet and all appropriate fees, should then be brought to the Council Service Center, or your district’s charter turn-in meeting.

New Horizons District Calendars

New Horizons Eagle Scout Candidates

We are still scheduling reviews during Covid 19 in a virtual environment instead of meeting in person at Parkway United Church of Christ. Please follow the normal procedure which is explained below.

All Eagle Scout Paperwork can be turned in online to the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
Click here to find instructions to the Electronic Eagle Scout Application Process 

Important Information to Note about Eagle Extensions

The Council has authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster and Summit  requirements. This will be reviewed at a local level rather than through National.

The Council is required to follow the new Guide to Advancement rules.   These will be included in the next publication and are available now at www.scouting.org/advancement.

Extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed In the new guide material.

Extensions that were approved under the COVID-19 authority remain valid until their deadline date.

Any new or additional time request will have to be submitted using the 2021 process.

Scheduling a Project Proposal Review

  • You will need to make sure that you are using the most current Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.
    Eagle Scout Project Workbook.
  • Your proposal needs to be be reviewed and signed by the Benefiting organization representative, your Unit leader, and a Committee member.

Scheduling a Final Eagle Board of Review

Before calling, your Eagle Application will need to be signed by Council and returned to you.
When bringing your paperwork to Council, you will need to bring:

  • Eagle Scout Application with signatures from your Unit Leader, Unit Committee Chair found here.
  • Twenty-One (21) merit badge cards that are listed on the Eagle Scout Application.
  • A Statement of Ambitions and Life Purpose
  • Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
  • Five letters of recommendation sealed in envelopes (letters should match the references on Requirement #2 of your Eagle Scout Application)

To be fair to all scouts, appointments will be made first-come / first-serve and if you call before the necessary signatures are in place, you may be placed at the back of the line.

To schedule an appointment:


Call the New Horizons District Eagle Board of Review’s Appointment Line and leave a message.
Remember to speak slowly and clearly so that your call can be returned:

  • Your name (please spell your last name)
  • Phone number
  • Troop number
  • Best time for us to reach you
  • Project Proposal Review or Final Eagle Board of Review
  • If you require a specific week or just the next available appointment.

Appointments are NOT finalized until a Weekly Coordinator has contacted you. Make sure that the number you leave is correct and that a voicemail can be left. The Weekly Coordinator will review the requirements for your respective board and provide you with a date and time for your review.

Our weekly coordinators are:

First Wednesday of the month:
Mrs. Spiekerman-Byers –Email

Second Wednesday of the month:
Mrs. Lee– Email

Fourth Wednesday of the month:
Mr. Brill–Email


Eagle Scout Process Overview
Life to Eagle Workshop Handout
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project Information for Project Beneficiaries
Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations
Eagle Scout Application
'Statement of Life’s Ambition' Guidance


Parents & Leaders – If you have a Scout with special needs, help us help your Scouts. Please feel free to let the weekly coordinator know. We have specially trained reviewers that we can ask to participate.


If you have any questions about the Eagle Scout process please contact:
John Klos
New Horizons Eagle Board of Review Chair

Sophie Craft
New Horizons District Advancement Chair

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