Thunderbird District Contact Information
|Clarence Dula||District Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Don Beasley||District Commissioneremail@example.com|
|Tori Smith||Senior District Director||708-264-4425 / firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tim Wiese||Activities & Civic Service Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Scott Hoffmann||Advancement & Recognition Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Ebert||Camp Promotion & Outdoor Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Mike Lohff||Order of the Arrow Adviserfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tim Redmond||Training Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Jim Berding||Venturing Officers' Association Advisorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kris Ranciglio||District Public Relations Chairemail@example.com|
|Jacqueline Mattingly||STEM Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Terry Nickolotsky||Programs Chairemail@example.com|
|Dennis Trask||Membership Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chris Hohn||Eagle Board Chairemail@example.com|
Thunderbird District Newsletters
Click on the month to get access to the newsletter. If you would like to be sent this directly to your email each month, please email Kris Ranciglio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No December Newsletter
No December newsletter
Thunderbird District Advancement & Recognition
Eagle BOR Meeting Virtually
We will still meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but will do so remotely. “Remotely” does necessitate the Scout to physically mail or electronically mail Eagle paperwork to Chris Hohn, Eagle Chair, so the paperwork is in his possession two days before the meeting. The Board will then proceed with its usual approval process, although remotely. Chris Hohn can be contacted at: email@example.com
Cub Scout and Boy Scout Virtual Advancement Workshops
- Virtual Sculpture Merit Badge workshop: https://perennialstl.org/event/virtual-sculpture-merit-badge-workshop/
- Virtual textile merit badge workshop: https://perennialstl.org/event/virtual-textile-merit-badge-workshop-scouts-bsa/
Congratulations to our District Awardees
Spark Plug Awards
The Spark Plug is a unit level recognition, to give a shout out to that volunteer that bring energy and vitality to your unit program delivery. This year the following were given the Thunderbird Spark Plug Awards:
- Brandy Fowler – Pack 108
- Richard Pereira – Troop 181
- Jason Sutterfield – Troop 110
- Gerard M. Kamper – Troop 62
Eagle Within Award
Eagle Within Award Winners were also awarded at this year’s District Award Dinner for service over and above!
- Tony Duncan -Troop 51
- Scott Hoffman – Pack 4
John Gundy of the Thunderbird District was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award this year.
This is an entire list of all awardees from all of the GSLAC. These awardees go back to 1931! This is the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer.
Thunderbird Award of Merit List
Find attached the list of Merit award winners for the Thunderbird district. This is the highest award a district can bestow on a volunteer.
Eagle Project Grants
Resources / Downloads
- Youth Application | Adult Application (for adult volunteers and new Venturing and Sea Scouting participants who are 18 but not yet 21)
- Scoutreach Assistance Request Form
- Annual Health and Medical Form- Parts A & B only (less than 72 hours)
- Annual Health and Medical Form- Parts A, B & C (physical required)
- New Cub Scout Leader Guide
- New Parent Orientation Guide
- 2019-20 Program Guides
- Unit money-earning application
- Certificate of Insurance – Online Request Form
- Fiscal Policies: Unit Finances & Tax Exemption Status
- Incident Report Form / Near Miss Incident Form
- How to Print Membership Cards
- How to Print Charter Certificates
- Awards and Nomination Forms
- Boy Scouts of America
- Cub Scouts
- Log Unit Service Hours
- Internet Advancement
- Scouting Uniforms
- Merit Badge Counselor Directory
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.
Thunderbird District Activities and Camping
Click here for a downloadable version of our calendar.
Fall Camporee 2020
October 2-4 Beaumont – Lane field
Fee for Scouts BSA is $8.00
Check in at T-B HQ between 5:00and 9:00pm on Friday evening – or between 8:00 and 9:00am on Sat
Bring fees and completed rosters.
ALL participants need to check in at HQ to have temperature checked before proceeding to event area
If possible, check in as a unit (make things easier)
Parents / drivers need to stay in their cars to drop off or check in for temperature checks before proceeding
Same goes for pick -up
Unit leaders will be responsible for ensuring that all participants follow the safety guidelines and are healthy BEFORE they leave for camp
Masks are to be worn at all times except when eating or sleeping
Scouts should sleep 1 Scout per tent unless same sex family members
Regular had washing and sanitizing required
We are limited to 50 participants per area.
Grand Towers will be at one end of the field and Thunderbird at the other.
If Thunderbird has more than 50 campers, we’ll have to put them in a 3rd area
We’ll try to spread out each unit’s camping areas as much as possible and limit intermingling of units.
There’ll be no “campwide” events. So no district campfire.
Units can have their own fires in their camping areas
Theme is “Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge”
Program Starts at 9:00am on Saturday
Units should split up into groups of approx. 10 Scouts to move from station to station on Saturday as Patrols
Groups will be proceeding around the Camporee field from event to event in a clockwise direction
Patrols should pack a sack lunch to be eaten within their pod and not return to campsite until they have rotated through the entire event in order to avoid as much intermingling as possible
If any Unit wants to come out for just Saturday (no camping), that’s fine
They just need to check in at District HQ between 8 and 9 on Saturday
We will not be running a Cub Scout program at the Camporee – instead
Cub Launch will be happening Every Saturday in September and October thru Oct 24
$10 (a $5 voucher is available for all “new” Cubs)
Register Online on GSLAC website (stlbsa.org)
Cubs MAY camp with Troops – up to the unit
But they will need to make a separate reservation with Council
If any Scouts have difficulty coming up with the fees for this Camporee – contact me, John Ebert at firstname.lastname@example.org Camperships may be available.
The council is hard at work planning the 2020 popcorn sale. GSLAC and Pecatonica are working on a variety of ways to execute an awesome sale during these abnormal times. I want to reassure you that we are going to make sure we give you the tools and plan to keep all of your scout families safe. If you are returning as the kernel you will have to set up a new popcorn username and passcode.
SIGN UP FOR THE 2020 POPCORN SALE HERE (Click the “Create Unit Profile” button and be sure to enter the council key: 312gsla)
For all the dates: 2020 Important Popcorn Dates
FALL PROGRAMS COMING:
TOPIC 1: Cub Scout Meeting Planning Guide
- A planning guide for packs and dens to navigate how to meeting safely during the time of COVID
- Virtual and In-Person Meeting ideas
- Feature full list of Cub Scout Advancements for each rank that can be done outside and socially distant
- Other ideas on drive-up advancement ceremonies or other fun activities to do safely, in-person
- 2nd edition to come for the winter
- Information and Guide (attached): https://stlbsa.org/2020FallOutdoorExperiences/
TOPIC 2: Scouts BSA Troop Planning Guide
- Meeting and activity guidance, like where to meet, what types of technology to use, and how to make sure you are meeting Youth Protection requirements
- Camping and transportation guidelines
- A sample meeting agenda with guidance on how to do each part virtually
- Individual meeting plans for September through December, with monthly themes designed to complement rank advancement and get troops outdoors.
- Guidance on service opportunities and selecting an Eagle project
- Information and Guide (attached): https://stlbsa.org/2020FallOutdoorExperiences/
TOPIC 3: Cub Launch Saturdays
- Will take place almost every Saturday in September and October at Beaumont and then 7 other locations will have multiple Saturdays to choose from as well (flyer attached)
- Sessions will be capped at 50 people both staff and participants
- The sessions at Beaumont will be at 9AM, 11AM and 1PM
- Activities include, hiking the bobcat trail (where they can get their bobcat badge), archery, bb guns and STEM demonstrations and a STEM activity
- And new Scouts will get $5 off registration (voucher attached)
- Information and dates: https://stlbsa.org/activities/events/cub-launch/
QUESTIONS? Contact Suzie Voss: email@example.com
SCOUTFEST 2020 (ACTUALLY 2021)
ScoutFest 21 is a once-a-decade, regional Scouting camporee organized by the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Expected attendance is 20,000 people across one weekend in Forest Park!
ScoutFest 21 is open to the whole family, including Cub Scouts, to camp overnight in St. Louis’s iconic park. Exciting program and activities are currently being developed by volunteers and youth, and will include live performances and fireworks on Art Hill, STEM and robotics, climbing walls, water sports, competitions, and much more!
The dates are set at October 1-3, 2021.
Go to the website for more information: https://www.scoutfest21.com/
Thunderbird District Merit Badge Counselor
Become a Merit Badge Counselor
Interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor or Supernova Mentor?
There are three steps:
- The first step is to have current Youth Protection Training. Available at my.scouting.org
- The second step is to be a registered member of the Greater St. Louis Area Council or complete an Adult Application to become a registered member.
- The third step is to complete the merit badge counselor request.
- This can be done online or on paper.
To submit online:
Select the box labeled Merit Badge Counselor Registration.
Complete the form.
Special note for the Troop Selection field:
Greater St. Louis Area Council does not subscribe to selective unit request. You may fill this field with the unit number you are registered with or leave it blank.
To submit via paper:
Click here to download a paper copy. Send the completed form to your District Advancement Chair or District STEM Chair.