Thursday, February 16, 2012

Make History at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree




 Dear Scouter,
It's not very often that you have a chance to be part of history. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree scheduled for July 15-24, 2013, is that opportunity. This will be the first event at the BSA's new jamboree home, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
It will be the most action-packed Scouting event ever, with mountain biking, paddleboarding, zip lines, canopy tours, rafting, kayaking, and much, much more. The 2013 Jamboree will also include all the things you love from previous jamborees - patch trading, scuba, etc. 
There is only one first time, and this is it. We want you to join us!
There are three ways that you can be a part of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.
*  Serve as a staff member for the entire jamboree.
*  Serve as a unit leader for a troop or crew from your council.
*  Short on time? Serve as a staff member for half of the jamboree.
Sign up today! You can learn more at www.bsajamboree.org, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheBechtelSummit.
If you have already applied to attend the jamboree, make sure your fellow Scouters have signed up, too! You will definitely want to share this experience with them.
Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I look forward to seeing you at the Summit.
Yours in Scouting,
Larry Pritchard
Director of Program/Jamboree
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Internet Advancement System



Internet Advancement System
Process ranks and awards for packs, troops, teams, crews, ships, and posts
Units can now submit advancement for unit youth members online using BSA's Internet Advancement system. You will find this method to be easy, convenient, and accurate because you will enter the information yourself. The system is separate from Internet Rechartering, but uses a similar concept. Unit leaders can record awards, ranks, and merit badges directly to BSA's official youth member records with the online system.
Use Internet Advancement for the following:
• Add ranks, merit badges, and awards
• Update information on existing advancements (excepting the Eagle Scout rank).
To use Internet Advancement: (accessed through myscouting.org under Unit Tools.)
1. Select your unit advancement processor. This person must have Internet connectivity and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
2. Obtain a unit ID code from the District Advancement Chair or District Executive 662crosstimbers@bsamail.org.
3. Gather information for advancement, including merit badge applications and advancement records with dates.
4. Click "Internet Advancement" below on this page. Follow the instructions in Internet Advancement to process advancements and print an advancement report.
5. Have the appropriate people sign the printed unit advancement report and submit it to the council. Save a copy for your files. Units should submit monthly before the end of each month, or more often if needed.
6. In December, submit a report before the end of the month to update your unit and council statistics.
Training
Talk to your Commissioners or District Advancement Chairman. Additionally, anyone who wants to learn more about Internet Advancement can review the Internet Advancement Help Information.
There is a Frequently Asked Questions link on the Internet Advancement site and these should be reviewed.  If you encounter any issues in using the Internet Advancement site, please contact the National Service Desk at 1-877-272-1910 for assistance.
Click here for:
INTERNET ADVANCEMENT (requires Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater)
Internet Advancement Help Information

Camp Card Info




Dear Camp Card Scouter:
It is the council's amended agreement with Kroger's corporate office that we will sell Popcorn in front of Kroger's but will refrain from selling camp cards in front of them.  This was made when forced to choose one or the other campaign. We apologize for any confusion there may have been.  The Kroger Stores are NOT to be contacted.
The Camp card campaign should be very effective in helping boys to pay for camping opportunities even without selling at the Kroger stores.  Not only will the customer get their $5.00 back on groceries, they get $ 1.00 immediately on Wendy's, 50% off on Ranger tickets, 33% off on Pappa John's pizza, and more.
The cards will be available between Feb. 24 and 27th.  We will pre count out 20 cards for each youth you reported as selling.  They may have more cards at your request.  Stay in touch with your DE and with Becky.  To access the Leader's Guide, please follow this link:http://www.longhorncouncil.org/Info/Support-Scouting/Camp-Cards.aspx
Thanks very much.
Kathy McLean
Finance Secretary
817-231-8561

Scout Night with the Dallas Mavericks for SM Ron at troop 558.



Scout Leader/Parent,
Thank you for your past support of Scout Night with the Dallas Mavericks.
You help to make it one of the most successful group nights each year! 
Once again we are having Scout Night with the World Champion Dallas
Mavericks!  This year the Scout Night in on Friday, April 6th.  I have
attached a flyer with all of the ticket ordering information to this email.
There are 3 options for tickets this year.  A $13 discounted ticket, a $26
discounted ticket, and a $55 discounted ticket which includes a Sleepover at
the AAC and several other goodies!  Last year was our first sleepover event
and it was a huge success.  Don't worry, if you can't make the sleepover we
still have discounted tickets.
If you have any questions or would like to order tickets, please feel free
to contact me at 214-658-7181 or mark.hapka@dallasmavs.com.   Please pass
this around to any other Scouts that you may feel are interested in
attending the game, as we try to reach as many Scouts as possible. 
There is a chance that we may sell out of the Scout allotment prior to the
due date so I encourage you to get your order in as soon as possible.
Have a great weekend!
Sincerely,
Mark Hapka
NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks
214-658-7181
Call me to see the WORLD CHAMPIONS!
Group Outings, Single Games,
Season Tickets or Luxury Suite Rentals




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Global Youth Service Day Invitation


Hello Friend of Arlington Youth!

On April 21st, 2012, The Arlington Alliance for Youth will host Global Youth Service Day to showcase all of the amazing ways that young people are serving our community (in conjunction with UTA's Day of Service). Groups who participate by conducting a service project on April 21st are eligible for grants of up to $300 to help fund your project. Groups who may participate include Church Youth Groups, Afterschool Programs, School Clubs and organizations, Sports Teams, Cub and Boy Scouts and Venturers, Girl Scouts, Leadership Clubs, etc. Any group of youth ages 0-23 can participate!

Additionally, the City of Arlington will host a City-Wide Celebration event at 11:30 that day to honor the contributions of young people. The celebration will feature a free hot dog lunch for all, awards, music and fun! All Global Youth Service day participants and advisors are invited and encouraged to attend.

To participate, all you need to do is fill out the quick online Coalition Pledge. We will hold an informational meeting this Thursday, January 26th at the Junior League of Arlington from 4:30-5:30. Please plan on attending so that we can share with you all of the details and let you know about our exciting recognition programs that are tied in with GYSD.

If you have any question about how to participate, please contact GYSD Chair Tim Cameron at timc@ymca-arlington.org

Steve Willey
Membership Chair, Cross Timbers District, Boy Scouts of America
Board member, Arlington Alliance for Youth

Tim Cameron
Community / Teen Programs Director
YMCA of Arlington
1148 W. Pioneer Parkway Suite H
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 275-8418 Ext.21
(817) 461-1414 Metro
(817) 299-9631 Fax

timc@ymca-arlington.org
www.ymca-arlington.org



Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)




Calling all Units!!  Calling all Units!!

Take a quick inventory of your trained leaders. Do you have anyone that is lacking IOLS? Round them up and encourage them to attend the March 1st – March 3rd IOLS.


What is IOLS you ask?  It is an fun filling exciting weekend where you get to learn how to teach young men in outdoor settings.  More importantly you get to act like
11 and 12 year old boys for the weekend!

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skill is required for Boy Scout SMs and ASMs, Varsity Coaches and Assistant Coaches, is highly recommended for Committee Members and Webelos Leaders.  NOTE:  Webelos Outdoor Leader Specific Training has been replaced with Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skill.

When: Thursday, March 1, 2012 (7:00 pm) to Saturday, March 3, 2012 (3:30 pm)
Where: MK Ranch (Waxahachie)
Cost: $25

Sign up soon!  The Patrol Meeting is on Thursday, February 16th.  See attached flyer for more information.

If you are interested in staffing this course let Jerry or Clyde know asap.

Clyde Gormley
214.926.5846

Jerry Smiley
214.437.2055 (cell)

Norman Rockwell




    From Todays Star Telegram:
Norman Rockwell and the Art of Scouting
This new exhibit at the National Scouting Museum is an in depth look at Scouting-inspired artwork that includes works by Rockwell, as well as Walt Disney Studios, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Howard Chandler Christy, Dean Cornwell and Joseph Csatari. The museum also will hold a chess tournament 1-5pm jan 29 and has "FREE FUNDAYS" 1-5pm Sundays and 10am - 7pm Mondays.
10am Friday and Saturday, Monday-Thursday and Jan 27-28, 30-31; 1pm Sunday and Jan 29. National Scouting Museum 1329 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving. Free admission Sunday and Monday. Admission $8, $6 seniors and children 4-12, $5 school groups and Scouts/Scouters; children under 4 free. 800-303-3047 or 972-580-2100; www-bsa-museum.org