Friday, December 23, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Gift- Supporting Scouting.

Remember what it was like to be a Scout? The adventures, challenges, friends, and fun? Even if you weren’t a Scout, you know what they stand for: character, confidence, leadership, and great memories.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, and provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Most Scouts’ day-to-day experiences with Scouting come through their individual packs, troops, teams, crews, and ships. These units are overseen by nearly 300 local councils, which receive an annual charter from the National Council.

Way to give
http://aplacetogive.scouting.org/magento/give-to-local-scouting?cid=662

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Order of the Arrow December Update

Arrowmen and leaders,

I just wanted to tell everyone who wasn't able to attend that the December chapter meeting and Christmas party was a lot of fun, and I'd like to thank those who attended. The attendance was a little low, but I think that those of us who attended had a good time.

The 2012 Vigil elections will be held on January 28, 2012. I have attached a list of all eligible Talahi Arrowmen who are eligible for election to the Vigil Honor, as well as the Vigil nomination form. Please review the attached list and submit an application for Arrowmen you feel may warrant the honor of election to the OA's highest honor. Once you have completed the form you may email it to our Lodge Adviser, Mike Murray at artty62@gmail.com. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 13, 2012.

I've also attached a calendar for 2012 events. Please bear in mind that dates and events are always subject to change.

I would like to wish all of our Arrowmen and leaders a safe and Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season.

Also please check your calendars to help with Elections and Schedule Elections.

Thank you.

Yours in Brotherhood,

Gary Faletti
Talahi Chapter Adviser
talahiadviseroa@earthlink.net

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merit Badge News


                                
Merit Badge News

Don’t forget that there is a brand new merit badge on the way – Welding!  We already have a counselor signed up and ready to go!  He is Dwight Grayson – 972-642-2504.  Thank you, Dwight!
We are still in need of District Counselors for five merit badges.  They are:
Fingerprinting         
Oceanography           
Plant Science            
Sculpture                                              
Small Boat Sailing

If you have someone in your unit that can counsel one of these badges, please have them fill out the required forms and get them to me.  If they are already a MB Counselor, have them call me.

Check this out!

A Christmas present to you from me, Another updated version of the MBC Listing will be posted at 

crosstimbersdistrict.org/documents/badge.pdf.                                           by the end of the week.  The username is tiger and the password is Eagle29.  Both words are case sensitive.  Two new updates this year!!

Merry Christmas to One and All!

Charlie Oliver
817-467-5418
ceoliver@swbell.net

Did you hear the one about the District Executive?


Apparently he is always talking about scouts.
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE DISTRICT HAS A BLOG? THIS BLOG IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT EVENT GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT AND COUNCIL. CHECK IT OUT
But did you know that units can share events on the blog as well. We are a scouting community and what everyone to know what is going on. If you have anything you feel is news worth or promotional able please send to the District Executive (662crosstimbers@bsamail.org). It might even get sent out through this e-mail blast.
Yours in Scouting
The Cross Timber District Committee
Care of
Robert Blake
Communications Chair

District Kick Off Dinner for the 2012 Friends of Scouting Campaign (Please RSVP. ASAP)




District Kick Off for the 2012 Friends of Scouting Campaign
The Cross Timbers District Friends of Scouting Team wants to Invite all District Committee Members, Commissioners, Presenters, Unit Coordinators, Charter Organization Representatives, Committee Chairs, Cub masters, Scout Masters, Coaches, and Advisors.  Spouses are welcome and encouraged.
Meal cost is $10.00 a person.
Saturday December 17th, 2011
6:00pm Doors open social
6:15pm Dinner Line opens
6:45pm Presentation
Westminster Presbyterian Church
               
Please come and join us in setting the tone for the 2012 Friends of Scouting Campaign.
Please RSVP by   Sunday December 11th to 662crosstimbers@bsamail.org or 817 231 8529.
Yours in Scouting
The Cross Timbers Friends of Scouting Team
Mark Cashion- Chair
Andy St. Jean- Schedule Coordinator
Jim Fleischman- Presentation Coordinator
Jennifer Higy- Recognition Coordinator
Kent Couch- District Chairman
Kent Anderson- District Chiarman
Kelsey Clark- District Executive
817 231 8529
Mailing
Cross Timbers District
2012 Friends of Scouting
Longhorn Council, BSA
PO Box 54901
Hurst Texas 76054
Yours in Scouting
Kelsey Clark
District Executive
Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council, BSA
817 231 8529
Mailing
PO Box 54901
Hurst Texas 76054

2013 National Scout Jamboree Longhorn Council Contiengent Information







2013
NATIONAL SCOUT
JAMBOREE
INFORMATION SHEET
LOCATION: The 2013 Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve near Beckley, West Virginia.
DATES: The Jamboree begins on July 15, 2013 and ends on July 24, 2013
TRAVEL PLANS: Current plans call for the Longhorn Council Jamboree contingent to leave from DFW area on or about July 13, 2013 and fly to Washington, D.C. We plan to visit such places as Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Capitol, the Smithsonian Institute, the Presidential Monuments and many other sites. We will arrive at Summit Bechtel Reserve for the Jamboree encampment on Monday the 15th of July 2013. After a once-in-a-lifetime
experience at the Jamboree, we will return home July 24, 2013.
ORGANIZATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS: The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first come first serve basis. Scouts must be First Class or above, at least 12 years old by July 15, 2013, or an 11 year old that has completed the 6th grade, but not have reached his 18th birthday by July 24, 2013. Venturing members are eligible and encouraged to participate. Crew
members must have a current membership with a Venturing Crew, graduated from the 8th grade or are at least 14 by July 15, 2013, but not have reached their 21st birthday by July 24, 2013. All participants must meet the health and medical requirements, live and abides by the Scout Oath and Law and the Jamboree code of conduct and be approved by unit and council leadership to participate in the Jamboree.
The council contingent will consist of seven troops and two Venture Crews. After all troops and crews are filled, a standby list of alternates will be established. Scouts will be assigned to a Jamboree troop consisting of 36 Scouts and four adult leaders. Crew members will be assigned to crews consisting of 8 youth and two adult leaders. Every contingent member will be required to attend contingent troop/crew meetings, submit a completed National Jamboree Medical form signed by a licensed health care practitioner and attend a practice encampment scheduled in May of 2013.
COST: The fee for the Longhorn Council Jamboree contingent is $2,000. Every effort is being made to keep the fee at $2,000 including Jamboree fee, patches and personal contingent apparel, tour and transportation. Airline fees are the biggest unknown and additional fees may be added to cover airfare not contained in the $2,000.  A $150 registration deposit is due with the Jamboree registration. Jamboree fees are only refundable if there is an alternate to take your place.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
Registration Deposit starting now $150.00 due by March 1, 2012
First payment due before June 1, 2012 $400.00
Second payment due before August 1, 2012 $400.00
Third payment due before November 1, 2012 $400.00
Fourth payment due before January 1, 2013 $400.00
Final payment due before April 1, 2013 $250.00 (Additional Air fare may be added if needed)
FEE INCLUDES: The Jamboree fee covers the National Jamboree fee, transportation, tours, admission fees, meals, lodging, insurance, and patrol and troop equipment. Additional expenses not covered by the Jamboree fee include uniforms and personal gear, spending money, memorabilia items, and personal expenses related to pre-Jamboree troop activities.
The Jamboree fee is based on current projections of all costs. We reserve the right to adjust the final payment should costs increase significantly, but will make every effort to avoid doing so.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To submit an application for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, please go to www.summitbechtelreserve.org and use the process outlined on the "Instruction for Applying to attend the 2013 National Jamboree" which follows this fact sheet. Upon submission of a completed application, please navigate to the bottom of the "Application Dashboard", printout and complete the "2013 NSJ Request to Attend" form and mail it with the $150 registration to Longhorn Council, PO Box 54190, Hurst, Texas 76054 to the attention of Kevin Steffy
LEADERS: Leaders interested in being one of the Contingent Troop leaders should follow the application process at the Jamboree website. Interviews for Troop leaders will take place in early 2012.
Yours in Scouting
Kelsey Clark
District Executive
Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council, BSA
817 231 8529
Mailing
PO Box 54901
Hurst Texas 76054