Wednesday, July 27, 2011

4th Annual Hornaday Campout - Sept. 23 - 25

Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Service Project

Monthly Birthday Bash and Bingo
Oakwood Nursing Center



Where: Oakwood Nursing Center
            W. Randol Mill
             817-460-2002
Director: Ann Williams

When: First Monday of each month (except when a holiday, Then the second Monday.

Time: 6:00- 6:45 pm

Location: Dining Room

Function: Serve Birthday Cake/Ice Cream and sodas (Sugar Free
                Cookies for Diabetics) 
                Play Bingo



Bring: ¼ Sheet Cake (White Cake)
           2 Gals No Sugar Ice Cream
           4 Pkgs Sugar Free Cookies
           4 Diet Sodas (2 colas, 2 Sprite/7 Up)
           Bowls/Spoons, Napkins
           Ice Cream scoop/ Cake knife

Provided: Bingo Game

Prizes: Bucket of Prizes provided by Rotary (purchased at Dollar Tree, etc)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fwd: From Bear Grylls

This is from adventurer and "Chief Scout" Bear Grylls' Twitter account. The video made a big impact on me and I plan to show it to my boys.

Beth 
Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls)
7/20/11 2:45 AM
To all scouts and adventurers - if cycling,wear a helmet. Always. My friend James Cracknell has made this short film: http://t.co/03woWr9

Friday, July 15, 2011

BALOO Training

Cross Timbers District Leaders -

We are offering Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) for Cub Scout leaders on August 6, 2011. So far only five have registered and four of those individuals are from outside our District! Come on XT Leaders!

This is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout, and it is required that at least one adult per pack complete BALOO training in order to apply for tour permits.

August 6, 2011
8:30am to 3:30pm
LDS Stake Center
3809 Curt Drive
Arlington 76016

Cost: $10

You can register on-line at the following link: http://trailhead.xtdistrict.org/XT2911register.htm

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

email: trailhead@xtdistrict.org

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chinese Student Exchange

Scouting friends

I am making the final push to find host families for the group arriving on July 20th. I ask that you please share this information with anyone you think might be inclined to participate or support a project like this. I lack about 10 families (3 pairs are boys). The website has complete information so it is easy to just share the link.

The website is www.arlingtonfriendship.org

There will be an short piece in the Fort Worth Star Telegram on Monday asking for host families. I am trying like crazy to recruit through "known" networks to avoid the expense of background checks. The Telegram is planning to cover the exchange and I have had inquiries from FOX. Several students (from Oakridge) will be earning community service hours through the project and AISD will also count it for NHS, StuCo, etc. For Scouts, I would imagine that there would be merit or badge worthy credit available, too.

Below is a letter that you can adapt or use as needed to share the information.

I appreciate anything you could do to share the information.

Thanks, Kate
kate.ross@sbcglobal.net


Letter follows



In less than two weeks 48 middle school students (ages 13-15) and 5 teachers from Chengdu, China will arrive in Arlington to learn more about America. They are anxious to know her people: our culture, our families, and our language. The response for host families has not yielded enough families. Please consider hosting a pair of students or a teacher.

These students and teachers represent three schools from Chengdu: Foreign Language School, Shi Shi Middle School and the Shude Experimental School—all of which have websites if you are interested in learning more about them. Chengdu is located in the southwestern part of China in Sichuan Province. The city boasts a population of 11 million people. Chengdu is also home to the Panda Breeding and Rehabilitation Institute…and to really spicy Chinese food. You may recall the area was rocked by a very large earthquake not too long ago.

I realize the time is short, but hope you can find it in your heart to help welcome these young visitors and their teachers to our community. Due to the lack of host families, their original schedule had to be modified. Now, the first few days the group will stay a hotel; followed by two weeks with families. The requirements for a host family are modest-- meals, a place to sleep and transportation to their activity site during the week. Please consider opening your home to offer family hospitality:

Week I : Sunday July 24th – Sunday July 31st
Week II: Sunday July 31st –Monday, Aug 8th

During the day, the group will take part in local tours and educational activities geared to enhance their understanding of English. During the first week the activities will be centered at the First United Methodist Church in Central Arlington. The second week, they move around a little more with one day at FUMC, 3 at Boles Jr. High and Six Flags. The teachers will be touring the Seguin Network schools of Ashworth, Ousley and Seguin. The students will work three days with AVID students from Boles.

There is a web site set up to provide information and updates. www.arlingtonfriendship.org.

If you are not in a position to host, I ask that you share the information with someone you believe might be interested. I am available to answer any questions about this program. My cell number is 817-313-8458 and another contact email is kate.ross@sbcglobal.net.

I thank for your consideration.

Free Open House

This Saturday there will be a Fly-in at Meacham Field in honor of its birthday and the 100th year celebration of aviation in Texas. The first airplane was bolted together and flown in Jan 1911 at and old racetrack that was located behind what is now the Montgomery Plaza Complex on 7th Street. (used to be Montgomery Wards).

Sunday there is an open house at the Veterans Memorial Air Park located at 5500 Ross Ave. That is at the corner of Long and Ross Ave. South end of the Meacham Field (access from Long) and west of Main Street about two blocks. The dead giveaway is the 20 airplanes out on the lawn. There are some pretty nifty artifacts inside including a T-38 cockpit training that anyone can crawl into and let their imaginations go wild, and practice bomb recovered from Sid Richardson Scout reservation. There are free aviation activity CD s available – targeted for kids 6 to 11. Just ask for one. There is also a free patch for all the kids. Normally there is a small fee, but this Sunday it is free. The fly-in (about 20 aircraft) ia also free, but it is located n the ramp at the Meacham terminal from 2 til 4 PM.

A couple of fun free events less than an hour away from Arlington.

See attached flyer:

See www.facmuseum.org

Have a fine Aviation Day.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July Roundtable

Yes, once again it is time for Cub Scout Roundtable.

This Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30 pm at Pantego Christian Academy we will once again meet and solve all of the world's problems.

Would you believe Arlington's problems?

Ok, maybe we'll have fun and learn to be better Leaders. The theme for August is Honesty and I honestly hope you come.

Ron Ronalder,
Cross Timbers Roundtable Commissioner
ninaron@sbcglobal.net

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County volunteering

Down Syndrome Partnership is proud to be hosting its second annual Lose the Training Wheels program at UTA July 11-15th which teaches children with disabilities how to ride two-wheel bicycles. This is a great program, and the kids really enjoy it, but in order to make the camp a success, we'll need lots of help from volunteers.

We ask that volunteers be at least 16 and physically fit enough to walk/jog beside the budding cyclists. Volunteers shifts are 75 minutes long, and there are various sessions throughout the day from 8:30am -5:00pm. Volunteers can participate for the whole week, or just one day, as we can need all the help we can get.

For more information, you look at this website: http://dsptc.org/?p=1386

I've attached a registration from that scouts can fill out and mail in.

2011 Fall POPCORN- JULY 23rd Popcorn Retreat Lets Get 100% attendance.

Kernels/Leaders of Packs, Troops, and Crews

July 23 Popcorn Retreat Council Kick-
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Will Roger’s Coliseum, Round Up Inn Room
If 2 leaders come from a unit (leaders can not count for more than one unit) and stay for the entire training they will receive a 25 Scout Shop Card at the end of the training.

August 11 Show and Sell Orders due to Council by 5:00pm
August 20 Show and Sell Orders Picked up- Location TBA
August 20 Show and Sell Start Date
September 10 Take Order Start Date
October 15 Show and Sell Product Return and Payment- Location TBA
October 20 Take Order Unit Orders are due to Council by 5:00pm *Units can complete prize order at same time*
November 5 Take Order Distribution- Location TBA
December 2 Take Order Money Due by 5:00pm to Council
December 9 Take Order Prizes Deadline

2011 Unit Commission Plan
Show and Sell
30% base commission $0 to $9,999
35% Commissione upon reaching $10,000 +

Take Order
30% base commission $0 to $4,999
35% commission $5,000 to $14,999
37% commission $15,000 +
(Extra Commission if Paid on Time)

On-line
Use www.orderpopcorn.com to e-mail family and friends to take their order. More Details will be provided at the retreat. On-line Commission is 30% (On-line and Take order sales are to separate commission structures.) Youth prizes will be the same as last year.

Filler Up Prize
When a scout reaches $600 in sales they will receive a Zyclone Zing Ring Blaster that the unit will order at the time of prizes.

--
yours in scouting

Rodney Gibson
2011 Cross Timbers Popcorn Kernel
popcorn.xtdistrict@gmail.com

and
Kelsey Clark
Cross Timbers
District Executive
Longhorn Council BSA
Office: 817 231 8529
Cell: 817 729 1349
e-mail: bsacrosstimbers@aol.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Take Advantage of a Free Public Exhibition License to Show the Film "Scout Camp: The Movie".

Take Advantage of a Free Public Exhibition
License to Show the Film "Scout Camp: The Movie".

Act quickly! Tenderfoot Films is offering you a free public exhibition license to show the film "Scout Camp: The Movie" to attendees at your council camps this summer, or at any other council-wide event you may sponsor. This movie is a "love letter" to an enduring tradition that we all remember fondly from our own experience--the annual pilgrimage to a week-long summer Scout camp. The film was screened to enthusiastic audiences at last year's National Jamboree. DVDs of the movie were sold out early in the week at the Jamboree.

Read more about the film and tap into the great income potential this film has for your council by downloading the PDF document here.

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium


SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is having a Special Boy Scouts Day on July 15th. I am hoping you can share this information about this great offer. It is only $10 per person.

 Explore these Underwater Creatures!

 BRAND NEW! Just opening on July 12th, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium transports you into the amazing underwater world. Get prepared for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays and a giant sea turtle. Amazing 360° underwater ocean tunnel, 30 incredible displays, more than 5,000 sea creatures and even a Shark Walk if you're brave enough! Don’t miss any of it!

 We look forward to seeing you there!

For tickets www.visitsealife.com/grapevine/boyscout
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Monday, July 4, 2011

A great scout showing at the Arlington 4th of July

Bob Horak did a great Job capturing some pictures of the Parade in Arlington today.. 

Thank you Bob!!!








Sunday, July 3, 2011

New Blog for Crosstimbers

All X/T Scouters,

Please put the following blog address in your 'favorites' folder and refer
to it when needed.


http://crosstimbersdistrict.blogspot.com/

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Upcoming Cross Timbers District Training

The Cross Timbers District is hosting the following training opportunities. You can register on-line at the following link: http://trailhead.xtdistrict.org/XT2911register.htm

BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout, and it is required that at least one adult per pack complete BALOO training in order to apply for tour permits.
August 6, 2011, 8:30am to 3:30pm, LDS Stake Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington 76016
Cost: $10

Outdoor Leader Specific Training (required for Boy Scout SM and ASM, highly recommended for Committee Members and Webelos Leaders)
September 30, 2011 (7:00pm) to October 2, 2010 (2:00pm), MK Ranch (Waxahachie)
Cost: $25

NOTE: Webleos Outdoor Leader Specific Training has been replaced with Outdoor Leader Specific Training.

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training and Committee Challenge (required for SM, ASM and Committee Members)
October 8, 2011, 8:00am - 5:00pm, LDS Stake Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington 76016
Cost: $10

Cub Leader Specific Training (required for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders, Cub Master and Pack Committee)
November 10, 2011, 7:00pm - 9:30pm, Location TBD
Cost: FREE! No need to pre-register.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

email: trailhead@xtdistrict.org
cell: 214.437.2055

Jerry Smiley

Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield - Scout day

A Day Full of Fun for Scouts and their families on two dates

Friday, July 22, 2011
10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. (Dive in movie Iron Man 2)

Saturday, July 23, 2011
10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

(call Randall Hudson to check other date availability)


- Admission ticket for unlimited fun all day long
- Walk up Meal Wristband (choice of hamburger, hot dog, or chicken strips, chips, and drink).
- All Day Drink Pass for unlimited fountain drinks
- Shaved ice or ice cream treat
- (1) free Admission Ticket for Leader with purchase of 10+ Scout packages

Scout Package Price only $20 per person
(minimum of 10 required)
$2 Fun Patches also available!

Reservations required! Please call Randall Hudson listed below to reserve the day for your pack or den and to receive this special Scout pricing. Pricing is good for friends and families please include them in your count and one form of payment is required.

Mansfield, Randall Hudson
817-769-8829
randallh@hfalls.com        
       

Trainer Egde Training in the fall.

Trainers EDGE is designed to help Scouters understand the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.  Any Scouter who delivers training to youth or adults is welcome to attend (i.e. Wood Badge and NYLT Instructors, District and Council Trainers, Commissioners, Pack Trainers, Merit Badge Counselors, just about anyone!).  You don't even have to be currently involved, just INTERESTED!  Trainers EDGE is held three times each year in the Spring and in the Fall.

Please pre-register!  For information on upcoming courses contact your District Training Chair or refer to the Longhorn Council Training Calendar.   


 

Currently Scheduled Upcoming Courses:

                                              
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Trinity Baptist Church 

403 E. Highway 2410 (Knights Way), Harker Heights, TX 76548
Registration Form (Aug 20th)     
 
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Longhorn Council Service Center
850 Cannon Drive, Hurst Texas 76054
Registration Form (Sept 17th)    


--
yours in scouting

Kelsey Clark
Cross Timbers
District Executive
Longhorn Council BSA
Office: 817 231 8529
Cell: 817 729 1349
e-mail: bsacrosstimbers@aol.com

2011 Fall POPCORN- JULY 23rd Popcorn Retreat Lets Get 100% attendance.

Kernels/Leaders of Packs, Troops, and Crews

July 23  Popcorn Retreat Council Kickoff-  
            9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Will Roger’s Coliseum, Round Up Inn Room
             If 2 leaders come from a unit (leaders can not count for more than one unit) and stay  for the entire training they will receive a $25 Scout Shop Card at the end of the training.

August 11 Show and Sell Orders due to Council by 5:00pm
August 20 Show and Sell Orders Picked up- Location TBA
August 20 Show and Sell Start Date
September 10 Take Order Start Date
October 15 Show and Sell Product Return and Payment- Location TBA
October 20 Take Order Unit Orders are due to Council by 5:00pm *Units can complete prize order at same time*
November 5 Take Order Distribution- Location TBA
December 2 Take Order Money Due by 5:00pm to Council
December 9 Take Order Prizes Deadline
2011 Unit Commission Plan
Show and Sell
     30% base commission $0 to $9,999
     35% Commissione upon reaching $10,000 +

Take Order
     30% base commission $0 to $4,999
     35% commission $5,000 to $14,999
     37% commission $15,000 +
         (Extra Commissioner if Paid on Time)

On-line
Use 
www.orderpopcorn.com to e-mail family and friends to take their order. More Details will be provided at the retreat.  On-line Commission is 30% (On-line and Take order sales are to separate commission structures.) Youth prizes will be the same as last year.

Filler Up Prize
When a scout reaches $600 in sales they will receive a Zyclone Zing Ring Blaster that the unit will order at the time of prizes.

--
yours in scouting

Rodney Gibson
2011 Cross Timbers Popcorn Kernel
popcorn.xtdistrict@gmail.com

and
Kelsey Clark
Cross Timbers
District Executive
Longhorn Council BSA
Office: 
817 231 8529
Cell: 817 729 1349
e-mail: bsacrosstimbers@aol.com

Commissioners College

Commissioners College

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Commissioner's College Main Site
Click here for catalog.


Longhorn Council’s College of Commissioner Science will be a full day of learning and fellowship with opportunities to earn the recognition of a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate in Commissioner Science. By attending the college, you will be getting the most up-to-date information on ways to improve your service to your units. The college will offer 47 different one-hour classes (of which you can select seven to attend). These classes are packed with material you can use at your next unit visit and will be presented by some of the most experienced commissioners in Longhorn Council. To register, download the attached catalog and use the registration form enclosed to make your reservation and class selections.


Texas Christian University
Tucker Technology Center
2840 W. Bowie Street
Fort Worth, TX 76129Tucker Center location map


General Outline


Registration.
If 
Pre-Registered - Tucker Tech Center Lower Level
New Registrations - Tucker Tech Center Upper Level
Coffee and refreshments - available during registration and throughout the morning.
Opening Ceremonies - Lecture Hall 2 of the Sid Richardson Building next door to the Tucker Technology Center.
Morning Periods - Three, 50-minute Periods Tucker Technology Center
Lunch - (Provided) Lower Floor of Tucker Tech Center
Afternoon Periods - Four, 50-minute Periods Tucker Technology Center
Graduation Ceremonies - Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 2
Click here for CCS Schedules, Prerequisites, and Registration Form.

Who Can Attend?

ANY REGISTERED SCOUTER, including:District Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners, Unit Commissioners, Roundtable Commissioners and their Staff, and all Scouter Volunteers interested in any of the Training opportunities being offered.

Degree Prerequisites

Bachelor's Degree
Current BSA Registration as a Commissioner or Scouter, Completion of Commissioner Basic Training, Complete 7 courses of instruction from class schedule, 5 of which must be from Bachelors program level.
Master's Degree
Completion of bachelor’s degree or have been awarded the Commissioners Key, Earned Arrowhead Honor, current BSA registration as a commissioner, complete 7 additional classes of instruction from class schedule, all of which must be from the masters program level at the Commissioners College.
Doctor's Degree
5 doctors level classes will be offered.







Round Table Information

Roundtables for the Cross Timbers District are held the second Tuesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. We meet at Pantego Christian Academ...