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  • Rusher Earns Eagle Published 7:20 am Sunday, February 12, 2017 Bobby “Bo” Lee Rusher III, 16, received his Eagle Scout award on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017,  at St. John’s ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2017, 8:44 AM by Sapona District
  • Boy Scouts collect more than 14,000 pounds of food for local food pantries By Amanda Raymond Published 12:10 am Monday, February 6, 2017 SALISBURY — Boy Scout packs visited neighborhoods all over the county to collect food for local ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2017, 8:37 AM by Sapona District
  • Scouts Give Blessing Bags to Homeless Shelter Guests Thursday, December 24, 2015 By Shavonne Walker It took a group of 35 Cub Scouts three months to collect toiletry items for a group of people ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2015, 9:12 AM by Rowan District BSA
  • Colton Opel earns Eagle Scout Award Published Sunday, June 28, 2015 Colton Opel, 18, of Salisbury, is receiving his Eagle Scout award today, June 28, 2015, at Christiana Lutheran Church. Scoutmaster Jeff Fleming of ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2015, 9:01 AM by Rowan District BSA
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posted Jun 14, 2017, 7:55 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 12:13 PM ]

Wayne Dalton passed away June 8 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 60. A graduate of Catawba College, Wayne had a distinguished 28 year career in the Boy Scouts as a District Executive and Field Director in this Council and in Georgia. In recent years he continued serving scouting as a unit commissioner in the Sapona District and a faithful volunteer in Friends of Scouting and other activities.

Wayne was born in Davidson County on February 26, 1957, to David T. Dalton and Mae Jessie Jones Dalton. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, T.J. Dalton and John Dulin and a sister, Geraldine Dalton.

Surviving are his wife, Amy B. Dalton; a son, Reginald O. (MaToya) Carter; two daughters, Shalondia Anderson and Allyson Dalton; two grandchildren, Peyton and Piper; brothers, Harvey, N.D. (Erma), James (Delores), Ernest (Stacy), Cecil (Brenda), Tony (Shirley) and Zayne (Angela) Dalton; a sister, Ernestine (Willie) Henderson; his father-in-law, Junius Barnes, Sr. and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, June 17, 2017. 719 South Caldwell Street Salisbury, NC 28144. (next to Salisbury High School).

Here is a link to Wayne’s obituary from Robert’s Funeral Service web site.!/Obituary

Please keep Amy and the entire Dalton family in your prayers as they deal with this great loss.

Marny Hendrick
Sapona District Vice-Chairman

Cub Scout Sneak-In Weekend

posted May 4, 2017, 10:00 AM by Sapona District   [ updated May 4, 2017, 10:05 AM ]

July 22-23, 2017 @ Camp John J. Barnhardt

Let’s have some family summer-time fun! Sneak in Weekend is a chance to bring out the family and experience Scout Camp together. Families are encouraged to bring siblings to take part in this great weekend of adventure! We will get to learn about nature in the Ecology area, ride in tandem canoes at the Waterfront, and play games in the field!

Contact E-mail

$15.00 per Additional Adult
$15.00 per Additional Cub Scout
$15.00 per Additional Sibling
$30.00 per Cub Scout & Parent/Guardian

Registration Begins
2/21/2017 8:00 AM
Last Day To Register
7/14/2017 10:00 AM

BSA’s Tour and Activity Plan Eliminated

posted Apr 3, 2017, 9:59 AM by Sapona District

Posted on March 31, 2017 by in Health and Safety.

Be prepared to spend less time filling out forms and more time having fun.

The Boy Scouts of America has eliminated its Tour and Activity Plan, shifting the focus away from paperwork and toward creating a safe space for Scouts to enjoy the program as designed.

The Tour and Activity Plan was a two-page document submitted to your local council for approval at least 21 days before longer trips. As of April 1, 2017, it is no more.

Richard Bourlon, team leader for Health and Safety, encourages unit leaders to instead use a “flexible risk-assessment strategy” when planning outings.

“We looked at how the old plan was being used, how many people were using it, how many calls we received about it, and how much time this took staff and volunteers, versus the return – did it create a safer environment?” Bourlon says. “There wasn’t a correlation, so we’re giving them that time back.”

What’s replacing the Tour and Activity Plan?

The old method: One adult leader filled out the form and submitted it to his or her council.

The new method: Have a plan. Get everyone on the same page. For Cub Scouts, that means the pack leadership. For other units, that means adult leaders work with Scouts/Venturers to plan a trip that’s safe, fun and engaging. No forms required.

“Getting everyone on the same page is a beautiful thing,” Bourlon says. “And then we also know you are using a handbook or other program literature consistent with BSA rules, regulations and policies.”

Going to do an activity that supports Scouting’s values but isn’t in any book? Consult the flexible risk-assessment tools in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the Enterprise Risk Management Guidebook when planning.

This change has added significance in Boy Scouting, Sea Scouting, Varsity and Venturing, where older youth should be doing most of the planning anyway.

“Before, this was only available to adults,” Bourlon says. “Our materials are now publicly accessible and appropriate for youth to use.”

What about Tour Permits?

Though you might find some still floating around, tour permits (local and national) were eliminated in March 2011 and were superseded by tour plans — and then by the Tour and Activity Plan in 2012.

All have now been eliminated.

How does insurance work in the post-Tour and Activity Plan world?

The Tour and Activity Plan wasn’t a determining factor in insurance coverage. (Neither, by the way, is wearing a uniform. You’re covered whether in or out of uniform.)

Registered volunteers have primary coverage for official Scouting activities, and nonregistered volunteers are provided excess coverage for official activities.

If an automobile or watercraft is used, the BSA provides additional excess auto coverage.

To be official, the activity should be consistent with the values, Charter and Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, the operations manuals, and applicable literature of the Boy Scouts of America.

Do I need to file any forms or notify the council of any trip we take?

No. But you should use the BSA planning tools available here. In most cases, this doesn’t include forms to complete and submit. These tools are meant to prompt discussions and conversations about risks.

What about Exploring?

The manual process Learning for Life and Exploring used in the past for outing permits is discontinued, too.

How does this change affect the safety of BSA outings?

It doesn’t. The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. But no policy or form will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.

Moreover, the program hasn’t changed. For example, parents still must give permission for leaders to take youth on a trip. Cub Scouts should only camp at council-approved locations. Etc.

Where can I find more information about BSA Health and Safety?

As always, this page is your best source.

The 2017 Camp Card Sale

posted Feb 1, 2017, 9:49 AM by Sapona District   [ updated May 20, 2017, 9:13 AM ]

Go to Camp for Free!!!

The 2017 Camp Card Sale

All units should be finishing up with Camp Card sales. Jeff Bays will be at District Office (St. John's Office) on May 16 from 4:30 to 6pm.  During this time each Unit Card Chairperson will be able to return in unsold cards and turn in money.  Each Unit will keep 1/2 of the profits off each card if all funds/cards are turn in by May 19 and after that date the profit margin reduces.  Units will be able to turn in cards/money at the May Roundtable. Thank you to all the units for a great sale this year.

Below the Camp Card Sale Schedule:
  • May 12th- Camp Card sale ends
  • May 16th - Turn in Cards/Money at District Office from 4:30-6pm
  • May 19th- Deadline for Card returns & Final settlements to receive full commission
  • May 26th- Commissioner drops to 30%
  • June 2nd- Commission drops to 15%

If you have any questions or need cards please contact your District Executive or Jeff Bays at or 405-833-4147.

Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility

posted Dec 2, 2016, 8:50 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 8:51 AM ]

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Bryan Wendell in Advancement, Cub Scouting 

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. 

The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern.

What are the modifications? Some adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program.

The changes, which take effect today (Nov. 30, 2016), were approved by the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

The fine-tuning reflects the BSA’s three-step approach to new programs: Launch. Learn. Modify.

Here’s a quick look at what you need to know. 

Cub Scouting’s fall 2016 modifications, an overview

  • First of all, you won’t need to buy any new materials. The new requirements will be posted in a free addendum available at This will supplement the handbooks in current circulation and for sale online and in Scout shops.
  • While the overall feedback from den leaders about the new Cub Scout program has been very positive, some den leaders said a number of the new adventures had requirements that were too difficult for dens to complete within the Scouting year.
  • The number of new Cub Scouts is up in many areas of the country, but rank advancement rates have not kept pace, meaning the BSA’s team of volunteers and staff advisers wanted to react quickly to eliminate what might have become a roadblock for some dens.
  • A national volunteer task force developed a solution: Make more of the adventure requirements optional, giving dens more flexibility to match their unique needs.
  • The modifications are designed to ensure that adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year. This means they are achievable by all Cub Scouts, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.
  • Most of the modifications involve the number of requirements that must be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within the limited time available to many dens. This is done while retaining the rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs adapted to their needs.
  • The changes increase den-level customization. Units that can handle more content, perhaps because they meet more often or for longer periods, can — and should! — keep the optional requirements part of their program. On the other hand, those that have struggled to finish the requirements will welcome these changes as a way to meet their needs.
  • With the modifications, dens should be able to complete one adventure in approximately two den meetings.
  • The transition should be seamless, with leaders able to use revised requirements as the den begins any new adventure.

Where to find the new requirements

Simply log on to I suggest making it one of your bookmarks.

Pinewood Derby brings Cub Scouts to Transportation Museum

posted Apr 30, 2016, 9:51 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Apr 30, 2016, 9:55 AM ]

Published 12:05 am Sunday, April 10, 2016 
By Shavonne Walker 
Salisbury Post   

SPENCER — Seth Warren carefully placed his blue and red “Superman” inspired wooden car on the aluminum track. He would later excitedly announce he won first place in his particular heat. The 10-year-old Cub Scout isn’t a stranger to the District Pinewood Derby races, but he had just as much enthusiasm as if for the first time.

Seth was one of 21 Cub Scouts from the Sapona District, formerly the Rowan District, to enter into the competition held Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum. The race was open to those Tigers, Bears, Wolves and first-year Webelos who won in their pack and those who wanted to participate.

Boy Scout Pack 306 facilitated the event, said organizer Ann Barber, but the participants and volunteers were from several area packs.

The event would crown three overall winners, but there were many who walked away winners with trophies and medals.

The best part for Seth of course, he said, was getting to race his car. Seth and his father, Kevin, painted, sanded and placed the wheels on the car. Next year Seth will age out of the competition since he’ll be a second-year Webelos. This is his fourth year with the Pinewood Derby.

“He’s grown tremendously,” said his mother, Rory.

She was initially terrified to let Seth participate in Scouts, she said, but her husband assured her their son would be fine. Seth has high functioning autism and has central processing disorder as well as a number of life-threatening food allergies.

Rory said having to adhere to eating specific foods was really a concern, but her fears were allayed when the Scout pack made sure Seth had a specific type of hot dog while on a camping trip.

“The troop has gone out of their way to help him,” Rory said.

Scouting has helped with his socialization skills, Rory said.

Oliver Shue, 7, is the third generation in his family to be involved in Boy Scouts. His father, Mark and grandfather were all a part of Scouting. Mark is a Scout leader and his father was a Scout Master. Oliver is in his first year as a Scout.

Oliver helped his dad paint and sand his car, he said proudly. Oliver’s favorite part of Scouting is getting to go on trips — camping, the beach, and a tour of the Ronald McDonald House.

The scouts race within their pack with cars that have to weigh a certain amount and be built using a kit provided to them by the Boy Scouts organization, explained District Executive Howard Torrence.

“A big part of this is that they built the cars themselves,” Torrence said.

The event is the culmination of all of their hard work, he said.

This year, the event fell on the same day as Little League for some Scouts. In the past, the derby has had closer to 60 participants.

The Pinewood Derby takes place once a year.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253,

New Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards

posted Apr 18, 2016, 12:36 PM by Sapona District   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 12:44 PM ]

Ready … Aim … Fire! Announcing the New Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards!

Take aim at fun and excitement in your council with the new Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards. Insignia will arrive in national Scout shops and become available for wholesale customers in February. The awards will be offered in three disciplines: BB guns, archery, and slingshots. Councils may choose to offer one or more of the disciplines. With rank-specific requirements and insignia, there is incentive for boys to earn the awards year after year at camp. Our youth members consistently list shooting sports as one of their most-desired outdoor activities. With these new awards, Cub Scouts will hit the bull’s-eye with fun!

Note: Cub Scouts may not shoot archery or BB guns except at district or council events.

Award requirements
Shooting sports award FAQs
Shooting sports tracking sheet
Shooting sports targets

Boy Scouts of America Releases the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook

posted Apr 10, 2016, 7:54 AM by Sapona District   [ updated Apr 10, 2016, 7:55 AM ]

Irving, Texas (March 23, 2016) — How can you use the sun for directions when your smartphone dies? How can you cook a meal using just foil? What’s the best way to help a friend who’s being cyberbullied? While many turn to their favorite search engine to find these answers, Scouts know the answers and they learned them from the Boy Scout Handbook. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) today released the 13th edition of its Boy Scout Handbook, a book that has been used by millions of Scouts to guide them through Scouting and life’s many adventures.

First published in 1910, the Boy Scout Handbook includes lessons on citizenship, character and outdoor survival skills – elements that have been built into the fabric of Scouting. Just as the BSA continuously innovates its programming to appeal to the interests and needs of today’s youth, the Boy Scout Handbook has also been updated to include new content addressing some of the latest youth topics and trends, such as cyberbullying, STEM education and sustainability.

“What young people experience in Scouting truly prepares them for life,” said Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of Boy Scouts of America. “From the small things like cooking techniques to bigger lessons about citizenship and character, the Boy Scout Handbook can help Scouts build an adventure and prepare them for various situations they may encounter in their lives.”

To celebrate the new edition of the Boy Scout Handbook and showcase how Scouting can help prepare youth for life, the BSA developed a new video series called Handbook Hacks. The videos demonstrate how the lessons learned through Scouting and skills found within the Handbook can be knowledge that Scouts use throughout their lifetimes. The videos series begins this week with a video on Geocaching, a fun way to learn about navigation and uncover hidden treasures. The new videos will be introduced via the BSA’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

“Handbook Hacks showcase general tips and skills that Scouts learn and can ease or improve anyone’s life,” added Surbaugh. “From fun ways to spend an afternoon as a family to treating aches and sprains, we invite everyone to take a page from our book and find how Scouting can help you in your everyday life.”

Scouts will be encouraged to get involved and share skills learned from reading the Boy Scout Handbook by using #HandbookHacks on social media. They can create their own Handbook Hack video or simply share a tip from the Handbook. The BSA will feature these stories in various ways over the coming weeks.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and nearly 1 million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

New District Name

posted Dec 18, 2015, 12:10 PM by Rowan District BSA   [ updated Dec 22, 2015, 4:21 AM ]

This note is to let all know the results of the District Name Change Vote. After the original vote ended up with Catawba and Sapona tied at the top, we proceeded with a run-off on-line vote that closed on midnight on Tuesday, December 15th. Beginning, January 1, 2016 we will be known as the Sapona District. A little information that can be shared about the name should serve to let you know that we should be proud and excited about this change. Please see below some perspective on the Sapona name:

Sapona (Sappony) is a Native American tribe that once resided in Rowan County. The tribe’s history is one of family bonds, hard work, moral values and loyalty. It is the history of a people whose lives changed with the changing of times — from hunters and farmers of pre-contact days to trading partners with the English during colonial times, from tenant and landed farmers throughout the 1800s and 1900s to a contemporary Indian people in a diversified world today.

I think that the references to family bonds, hard work, moral values, loyalty and adaptability embody everything for which both scouting as a whole and our district should strive:

  • Family bonds should be the foundation upon which we build our District
  • Hard work represents scouting’s commitment to service
  • “Moral” and “loyal” are found in both our Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • A successful scouting program requires us to change with the times in order to continue to meet the needs of the youth we serve
  • As an aside, currently our OA Chapter is the Sapona Chapter so we would also have consistency in that regard

Thanks to everyone who participated in this process. We have a rich history as the Rowan District and I look forward to seeing us begin to make an even richer one as we transition to the Sapona District. I am honored and proud to serve with each and every one of you as we make this program great for the youth we serve. Thanks so much for your past, present, and future leadership and service. Your impact is extraordinary.

Have a joyous holiday and let’s make 2016 our best Scouting year yet.

Jake Parrot
District Chairman

Scouting for Food helps needy, teaches life lessons

posted Feb 9, 2015, 7:20 AM by Rowan District BSA   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 6:46 AM ]

By Jeanie Groh

Rowan County Boy Scouts, along with scouts across the nation, hit the streets this weekend to collect bags of food for Rowan Helping Ministries, through the annual Scouting for Food event.

Last week, the boys went door-to-door, leaving behind large paper bags for the food collection. This week, those who wished to donate left their donations in the bags outside their front doors and the Scouts came by to pick them up.

Organizers say this could be a record setting year for Rowan County Boy Scouts.

They collected a grand total of 20,537 pounds of food – nearly three weeks worth of food for Rowan Helping Ministries.

Food Lion gave an initial donation of 1,000 pounds of food, and then promised to match the Rowan County Scouts’ collection, up to 4,000 pounds – a goal the Scouts far surpassed.

The boys collected 10,214 pounds of nonperishable food items from local neighborhoods. They received two monetary donations equivalent to 980 pounds of food and Colton Opel, a member of Troop 317 who is working on his Eagle Scout project, collected 4,343 pounds on his own.

The China Grove Troop’s donations have not yet been counted, but will go to Main Street Mission.

Pack 306, chartered by North Hills Christian School, tackled the Plantation Ridge subdivision in Salisbury on Saturday morning.

The boys darted from house to house, looking for bags on front porches. As they walked, parents and troop leaders talked about where the food was going and why it was important.

When they found a bag, they’d load it into the back of the pick up truck they had followed them around.

After they finished canvasing the neighborhood, Troop Leader John McGrail dropped off the 829 pounds of food the boys collected at Rowan Helping Ministries.

At Rowan Helping Ministries, boy scouts sorted the food, put it in boxes and loaded it into a trailer.

According to Nate Valentine, food manager at Rowan Helping Ministries, the food will go into back stock, and will be used to replenish the shelves of the soup kitchen as needed.

“This is outstanding,” said Valentine. “We start getting a little low at this time of year.”

This is the first year Rowan County Boy Scout Troops have donated their Scouting for Food collections to Rowan Helping Ministries.

In the past, the donations have gone to Second Harvest, along with the donations from all the other districts in the council.

In an effort to keep the donations local, they did things differently this year.

Not only do donations stay local, having all of the troops drop off their donations at Rowan Helping Ministries simplified things and made them easier, according to John Barden, executive of the Rowan District.

“This is definitely a win-win for both organizations,” Barden said.

The boys also benefitted from their work. It gave Scout leaders the opportunity to teach them teach them the benefits of civic service.

Debbie Guimond, a cub scout master and supply chain manager for Food Lion, helped coordinate the effort between Food Lion and the Boy Scout troops.

This year, Food Lion plans to donate 75 million meals to families in need through its Food Lion Feeds Program. Saturday’s donations are a part of that program.

“With our Food Lion Feeds, it was a great alignment in what the scouts are trying to do,” Guimond said.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my company,” she said. “I grew up very poor and I know what it’s like to go hungry.”

“It means a lot,” Guimond added.

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