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Expand Your Dreams - Jul 13-19, 2014

NOTE: This activity is an individual undertaking, not a troop activity.  We are providing this information as an FYI...

Okay! We'll level with ya! There are just some super Scouts out there that live and breathe SUMMER CAMP! After all it is the most exciting time of the year. The Greater Alabama Council is thrilled to announce that we are adding a 6th week at Camp Sequoyah designed specifically for those Scouts that want to experience more Summer Camp. Scouts register to attend as individuals instead of with a Troop. No adult leaders are required. The Camp Sequoyah staff will provide instruction and be your Scout leader for the week. Each Scout will be assigned a campsite and adult staff members will provide leadership. Scouts can then focus their attention on merit badges and activities they really enjoyed or did not get to do during regular summer camp.

The cost for Scouts who already attended a G.A.C. Summer Camp in 2014 is only $200. $250 for those Scouts who did not already camp with the Council in 2014. There are only 110 slots to attend so be sure to sign up fast! The payment schedule can be found in the guide.

Please take a moment to read the linked guide. If you have any questions please send those to

We look forward to your Scouts "Expanding Your Dreams" this summer!

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Camp Sequoyah Week 6.pdf Registration Form  
SeqWk6Guide2014 V2(1).pdf Week 6 Leaders Guide  

Summer Camp @ Sequoyah - Jun 15-21, 2014

Your adventure awaits you at Camp Sequoyah – Land of a Thousand Dreams - in the shadows of Mt. Cheaha (Alabama’s highest peak). Camp Sequoyah is a state historic site as the location of the 1840 Alabama Gold Rush and the ghost town of Chulafinnee. There is still gold in them hills, but the Camp’s greatest treasure is the opportunity to help a Scout on the Trail to Eagle. Camp Sequoyah’s staff is preparing to translate the dreams of your Scouts into the real life action of Scouting advancement and adventure. Most merit badge instruction occurs before noon, leaving the remainder of the day for troops to participate in a variety of fun activities that strengthen troops and patrols. Come join in the fun.

Camp Sequoyah is a state historic site and was the location of the Alabama Gold Rush.  It was dedicated on June 29, 1972 as part of the 1,387 acre Frank Spain Scout Reservation. Camp Sequoyah offers four merit badge periods each day. The afternoon is left free for troops to schedule their own activities or take advantage of the great activities planned by the camp staff.

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Westmoreland Spring Camporee - May 2-4, 2014

Tough Scouts Tough Scouters
Westmorland District
Spring 2014 Camporee
May 2 May 4 2014

Prep your troops for Competition

This event will place patrols or Scouts against patrols of Adult Scouters to see:
Who Is the Toughest patrol in Westmoreland

4 to 8 Scout or Scouter Patrols will compete in a relay scramble of 8 challenge arenas. Throughout
the competition patrols will amass points. The patrol with the most points will be pronounced Westmoreland’s Toughest Patrol. (Small troops or troops not able to field 4 boys for competition may choose to combine with other troops. Contact registration for details).

Challenges will include:
Shooting Sports
Orienteering - Bring Your Compass
Geocaching - Patrols will need a GPS
Woods Craft

Further pushing the limits of Scout Skills and Toughness: We are also going to up the Game on the Dutch Oven competition this spring. Cobblers and Cakes will not be Judged, we are looking for High
Quality Desserts and Baked Goods.

Registration and information Contact Kelly Kutz by email

OA Members Only - SR-9 Conclave - Apr 25-27, 2014

NOTE: This activity is an individual undertaking for OA members, not a troop activity.  We are providing this information as an FYI...

Each spring, at a nearby Scout camp, the Lodges of our Section meet at an annual Conclave. The word “conclave” means “a secret gathering”, but don’t let the name fool you — hundreds of people will be there, from twelve lodges.

Click here to register online! Late Fees Apply on March 31!

The 2014 SR-9 Section Conclave will be April 25-27, 2014, at Moundville Archaeological Park in Moundville, Alabama. (Click here for driving directions via Google Maps.) If you bought a Coosa Lodge Event Pass, this event is not included in that.

The participant fee for Conclave is $55, plus a $20 late fee if registered after March 30, so hurry and sign up. All participants will receive a Coosa Lodge t-shirt, a delegate patch, and a super rare mystery item!

Things will kick off Friday night with an exciting opening show, powered by our very own Coosa Shows team. Then on Saturday, there will be plenty of training, American Indian drumming and dancing, ceremonies evaluations, inter-lodge sports competitions, fellowship opportunities, and much, much more! Saturday night will wind down with a closing show, once again powered by Coosa Shows.

For more information on SR-9, visit To make sure you’re up-to-date on all the latest news and info, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our email updates.

Back to Basics Camp-out - Apr 11-13, 2014

It's time to do a NEW SCOUT / Scout skills campout on Monte Sano for April 11-13.  Think of it as a back-to-basics backpacker camp-out.  Whatever you can fit in your backpack or tie to it, that is all you get to bring.   Patrols will pitch dining flies, cook backpacker meals, sleep on the ground in tents (or above the ground in hammocks).  Bare bones raw MAN CAMPING!!

Each patrol needs to select a grubmaster and plan for 4 meals: Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner; Sunday breakfast.  Meals are to be suitable for taking on a backpacking trip.  Don't expect to have access to a large cooking stove.

Each scout needs to bring his own dinner for Friday night.  This should be an already prepared/purchased dinner, i.e., no cooking required unless you intend to cook over a camp fire that night.

Also, each scout needs to bring his own snacks suitable for munching on during a hike (e.g., trail mix, jerky, dehydrated fruit).

Patrols will set up their camp sites upon arrival Friday night (cooking/dining area, water, lantern, tents) and be responsible for maintaining a clean area throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, the troop will be reviewing basic scouting skills and helping new scouts with their fireman chit and totin' chip. 

Additionally, the troop will undertake a "reasonably gentle" hike with backpacks.  Each scout will be responsible for packing and carrying his own gear on the hike.  If you do not have access to a backpack, let one of the adult leaders know ASAP and we'll try to find one you can borrow.  Fear not, we will instruct everyone on proper packing techniques prior to the start of the hike.

Items to pack for the hike include: 1 change of clothes, rain gear, water, sleeping bag, snacks, light jacket, duct tape. 

Each scout should wear light-weight, comfortable, breathable clothes in layers, a cap/hat, and sturdy, broken-in shoes or boots.  Wool socks and light-weight hiking boots are recommended.  Sock liners are useful, too.  Also, each scout should carry a bandanna, small flashlight, whistle, and pocket knife (w/ totin' chip).  Hiking sticks are useful as well.

Attached is a complete packing list for a 12-day hike in Philmont, NM.  This is WAY more than you need but is provided as an example of what to take on a multi-day backpacking trip.

There will be a campfire on Saturday night.  If you want to have an actual campfire program, be thinking about skits/songs/silly stuff you can do and coordinate with the SPL during the day on Saturday.

This should be an awesome camp-out full of, as Mr. Phil said, bare bones raw MAN CAMPING!!!

Cost: $3.50 per meal * 4 meals + $1 per night * 2 nights = $16 for full weekend
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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - Apr 5, 2014

Come join Troop 7086 for our Spaghetti dinner Fundraiser at Ford’s Chapel on Saturday, April 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Dine in or take it To-go!

Dinner Includes Spaghetti, Bread, Garden Salad, Dessert and a Drink!

Order Tickets Online

or Call 256-777-5203

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $10
Kids (Ages 2—13) : $6
Family (2 adults plus children 13 and under): $30

OA Members Only - Hawk Day - Apr 5, 2014

NOTE: This activity is an individual undertaking for OA members, not a troop activity.  We are providing this information as an FYI...

Our next “Hawk Day” event is April 5th at historic Camp Tranquility, which located inside Oak Mountain State Park near Pelham, AL. Work begins at 8am and should wrap up around 4pm. Everyone who works the full day will receive a special Hawk Day patch. We will be working to clean up camp sites, improve camp sites and facilities, and improve the road into the camp.

Bring your own lunch and plenty of drinking water. Camp is rustic/primitive, with very few on-site amenities (ie, no running water or electricity).

If you have any of the following tools, please bring them and be prepared to use them: chainsaw (adults only), shovel, post-hole digger long-handle pruners, claw hammer, bow saw, shears, weed eater, crowbar, paintbrush.

Also be sure to to bring some work clothes (You’re gonna get dirty!), some sturdy work gloves, and a change of clothes for the ride home.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Larry Faulkner (

Coosa Lodge Spring Pow-Wow - Mar 21-23, 2014

NOTE: This event is for all scouts; not just OA members.

The 2014 Coosa Lodge Spring Pow-wow is , March 21-23, at Camp Comer near Mentone, AL. You can find all of the details on the pow-wow info page:

The cost is $20 per person. This event is covered by your 2014 Event Pass, if you have one. All lodge members who are not registering with their units are asked to register as staff. Click here for the member/staff registration form. Members who do not have work assignments will be directed toward the Service Corps. tent upon registration.
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Scout Sunday - Mar 2, 2014

Well after talking with Mr. Jack about the Men's Group breakfast, he said the Men's Group would like to provide breakfast for the scouts!!! This is their way of thanking YOU for all of your hard work and dedication at being awesome scouts!!!!! The Men's Group meets downstairs at 7:45a. Wear your Class A and BE PREPARED to enjoy a meal, if you are not able to stick around for the other services that is OK. The Men's Group will have a business meeting after breakfast and the scouts can excuse themselves if they wish. Hope to see you there!!

Court of Honor - Feb 25, 2014

We will meet in the FC UMC foyer at 6:30pm for snacks and beverages.  The CoH will commence at 7pm (approximate) inside the sanctuary.

The theme of the CoH is “Heritages.”  For those that wish to share, they will be provided an opportunity to enumerate briefly some aspects of their heritage (Native American, Irish, etc).

The SPL sent out a reminder regarding food assignments by patrol.  For your convenience, here it is again:

  • Flying coyotes -  chips n dips
  • Dragons - drinks (2 2ltrs each)
  • Vikings - Entree items 
  • SPL/ASPL - Dessert 

Zombie Survival - Feb 21-23, 2014

Zombie Survival at Camp Sequoyah is a three day, two night event open to any registered Boy Scouts and Venturers of the Greater Alabama Council.

Registration will be capped at 152 youth participants

Registration costs $25 per Boy Scout, $20 for each Adult and must be completed by Friday, February 14, 2014.

Registration is available online through the council website - or you can email me the registration form at
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Zombie Survival 2014 Leaders Guide.pdf  

Webelos Night Troop Meeting - Jan 28, 2014


6:30 - 7:00 Pre-opening Games

  • Who am I (SPL/ASPL)
  • Human Knot (SPL/ASPL)
7:00 - 7:15 Opening
  • Service patrol - Flying Coyotes
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Scout Oath
  • Scoutmaster's Welcome
7:15 - 7:45 Skills
  • Uniform (PL/APL)
  • Practical knots (PL/APL)
  • Stretcher building (PL/APL)

7:45 - 8:15 Inter-patrol Activities (SPL/ASPL)

  • What's Wrong with His Uniform Game
  • Handclasp Salute and Sign Relay
  • Square Knot Contest
8:15 - 8:30 Closing
  • Announcements
  • Troop Elections Results
  • Scoutmaster's Minute
  • Scout Law
  • Prayer

Westmoreland Merit Badge College - Jan 25, 2014

First United Methodist Church – McDowell Hall
415 North Seminary St. , Florence, AL  35630

$12 per Scout if pre-registered. $15 Day of Event;  Payment due at registration

Registration includes Lunch – Scouts should be prepared with notebooks, merit badge book(s) and writing utensil

Registration starts at 7:30 A.M., Session 1 Classes begin at 8:30A.M.

Please email all registration forms to Phillip Marks –
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2014 WDMBC Registration Form-Preliminary.doc  

Lock-in and MB Cleanup - Jan 24, 2014

Where: FC UMC

When: Friday, 24 Jan @ 6pm to Saturday, 25 Jan @ 6:30am.  If you’re not attending the MB College in Florence, please arrange to be picked up BEFORE 6:30am

Cost: $5 for breakfast (provided by Troop)

Attire: Activity uniform (Class ‘B’ shirts)


  • Merit Badge worksheets
  • Merit Badge books
  • Pen / Pencil / Paper
  • Other MB materials as required
  • Scout Handbook
  • Sleeping bag / pillow as desired
  • Toiletries
  • Sack dinner for Friday night


  • Merit Badge Cleanup (for MB already in progress)
  • “What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar” competition
  • Webelos Visit Planning

2013 Activities

  • Iron Chef camp-out, Dec 13-15.  Prepare your best backpacker, foil, and/or dutch oven recipes!
  • Court of Honor and Christmas party.

  • Veteran's Day Weekend, Pensacola FL camp-out!  Swimming, Air & Space Museum, Ft. Barancas Cemetery, Fishing in the bay; it's all good!

  • Oct 11-13, Camp-out at Monte Sano.  Older scouts to take day trip on Saturday to work on Kayaking Merit Badge while younger scouts participate in the Geology Merit Badge at the Gem & Mineral Show.

  • Sept 20-22, Camp-out at Town Creek to work on Fishing Merit Badge.

  • Nashville Shores camp-out!
  • Support Ford's Chapel UMC Zip-n-Flip community activity
  • Court of Honor and installment of new leaders.

JULY 2013
  • Camp-out at Cathedral Caverns with cave tour to follow!

JUNE 2013
  • Summer Camp at Rainey Mountain in Georgia, June 2nd through 8th. We're going "out of council" this year after attending Camp Sequoia for the last couple of summers. This will be loads of fun, with merit badge offerings that include all the usual outdoor activities and a bunch of technology-related offerings as well.

MAY 2013
  • Spring Camporee will be at Mathews Preserve May 3rd through 5th. We will be attending with Scouts from Jackson and DeKalb counties. Merit badges being taught are Search & Rescue, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, Cooking, First Aid and Radio.
  • Order of the Arrow Ordeal at Camp Comer, May 17th through 19th.
  • National Youth Leadership Training, May 26th through 31st.

APRIL 2013
  • Conducted swim tests at Dublin Pool in Madison on April 2nd in preparation for summer camp. Also work on rank requirements and the swimming merit badge.
  • Several scouts helped with Hayden Merritt's EAGLE project on April 6th.
  • Held camp-out at Joe Wheeler, April 12th through 14th. Golf , Geocaching, and much more!
  • Adult training at the Latter Day Saints Church on Sparkman Drive in Huntsville, April 13th.
  • Scouts participated in Ford's Chapel Fun Day at the church on April 27th.

MARCH 2013
  • OA Pow-Wow at Camp Comer - March 15th through 17th. An introduction to the Order of the Arrow for all Scouts. Camping, classes and generally lots of fun!
  • March 3rd was Scout Sunday at Ford's Chapel United Methodist Church. The Scouts served as greeters and ushers, and Mr. Phil addressed the congregation and let everyone know what's happening with the Troop and how proud he is of all the boys.
  • We held a campout on Monte Sano Mountain for the new Scouts. The boys worked on earning their Totin' Chip (for using a pocket knife, etc.) and their Firem'n Chit (for fire building and safety) as well as a number of Rank requirements. A few of the boys also built their own shelter and slept in it overnight, part of the Wilderness Survival merit badge.

  • Merit Badge Colleges at Jefferson State, Westmoreland Scout Camp and Alabama A&M gave the boys the opportunities to work on a wide selection of merit badges, and their hard work was evident at our Court of Honor on February 26th.
  • Our trip to the Nashville Science Museum was a big success and lots of fun for all involved. We toured the museum, and then spent the night there!
  • The Court of Honor theme was "Old School Scouting", and we got to see a lot of Mr. Jack's memorabilia from his Scouting days in the 1950's and 1960's. Thanks!

  • Lock-In - We had a Merit Badge clean up lock-in at Ford's Chapel United Methodist Church. The Scouts worked to complete the final requirements on Merit Badges which they had already started. On Saturday the Scouts visited the United States Post Office and the Court House in Somerville, Alabama. Then they visited the Cook's Pest Control Museum in Decatur. The Scouts finished their day with a swim at Dublin Pool in Madison.

2012 Activities

  • Iron Chef Competition - It was Scout vs. Scout in our annual camping cook-off at Camp Westmoreland!

  • Christmas Party - December 18th at our regular meeting time. We had a gift exchange and snacks!

  • USS Alabama - Once again we traveled to Mobile and spent the night on board the World War II battleship USS Alabama. The following day we traveled to Pensacola, Florida, to see the National Naval Aviation Museum. We also climbed a haunted lighthouse, and then camped at the beach!

  • Court of Honor - Our Fourth Quarter Court of Honor was held on November 20th, 2012. The theme was "Native Americans"

  • Halloween Party at the Poor Farm - Troop 86 gathered with parents and leaders (and a few Cub Scouts) for a Halloween party! We ate hotdogs, taco soup (yum!), chips, cupcakes and lots more food. Then we played volleyball, horseshoes, 'needle in the haystack' and several other games, plus Assistant Scoutmaster Mr. Jack fired up the tractor and took us all on hayrides! Thank you to all who brought food, and an extra big thank you to Mr. Jack for letting us come out and play at the Poor Farm!
  • Monte Sano Campout - We camped on Monte Sano Mountain, then attended the Gem & Mineral Show at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Several scouts completed their Geology Merit Badge requirements.