Showing posts from May, 2013

BSA Membership Policy Decision

From: "Longhorn Council BSA" <> Subject: BSA Membership Policy Decision Date: May 24, 2013 3:00:21 AM CDT To: "Longhorn Council BSA" <>
LONGHORNCOUNCILBOYSCOUTS OFAMERICA Dear Longhorn Council Scouting family, Over the past six months, the Boy Scouts of America has embarked on the most extensive research exercise in the 103 year history of our organization. This has been a broad-based listening exercise involving thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of man-hours. The process has been inclusive, democratic and fair. Today, 1,400 volunteer delegates, representing every BSA Council and corner of our Scouting family, convened in Grapevine, Texas to vote on a resolution proposed by the National Executive Board of Directors that would change our membership policy stating that "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation alone".  This resolution wou…

End of Year Fun for Scouts

June 1st, 2013 National Trails Day  Get out and do some hiking and service by picking up trash. First 20 to sign up get a special hike at 1:00pm at River Legacy Park. The 2013 BSA National meeting will be held at the Gaylord Hotel, in Grapevine from May 18 through May 24. The Longhorn Council is the host council and will be providing volunteer staffing.  Schedule 2013 Day Camp Information and Registration Forms- Cost this year is $85.00. Please register early. Required Training Are you going to Cub Scout Day Camp or a Boy Scout Summer Camp in Texas? Do you need the Texas youth protection. Check out dates and time here. Special Longhorn Council Shoulder Patch Supporting Camperships News- 2013 Friends of Scouting- Thank you for your help in building a solid financial foundation of the 2013 Friends of Scouting Campaign. Please share this information with those you know that scouting has impacted their life. Gifts can be mailed in or done on-line. NOVA Awards Program- Focusing on Science, Tech…

Help out West, TX! - Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge (#662) - West, TX Relief Flap

On April 17th, 2013, in the small, the tight-knit Texas town of West suffered a devastating fire and explosion in a nearby fertilizer plant. This explosion left 15 people dead, mostly firefighters, first responders and volunteers helping to fight the fire, and over 200 injured. The explosion nearly decimated the epicenter, destroyed West Middle School, and a two-story apartment building. Over a hundred homes were also damaged or destroyed in the blast. The town of West, which sits between Ft Worth and Waco, needs our help and as arrowmen we are obligated to aid in the recovery process.

   Our lodge, Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk, the lodge in which West lies, has created a lodge flap which will be provided in return for a ten dollar donation. You can purchase this flap by going to Thank you very much for your contribution in helping West, TX recover from this disaster.

Jake Torpey
Lodge Chief


2013 Summer Camp Camperships

Hello all.

Campership requests are due at this Thursday's Camping Committee meeting. The form can be found at:  I have also attached the form to this email.  If you have requests and have not yet submitted them, please complete and scan and return them and I will take them to the Camping Committee meeting.


Yours in Scouting,

Gary Faletti
Camping Committee Chairman
Cross Timbers District

Gary Faletti Talahi Chapter Adviser

12,000 view on the blog!!

Please keep getting the word out for the blog.. we hit our 12k mark this week..

Fireside Chats with the Council Key 3

Longhorn CouncilBoy Scouts of America

Dear Scouter:
You are invited to attend a fireside chat with the Longhorn Council leadership/Key 3.We have scheduled four locations and dates within the Council, so hopefully one will be convenient for you.Each event will begin at 7:00 PM.
June 5 – Baylor University Sciences Building, Room E125, 101 Bagby Avenue, Waco.
June 6 – ArborlawnChurch, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth
June 12 – St. Joseph’s Catholic Community Parrish Hall, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington.
June 13 – LDSWardBuilding, 1100 Stapleton, Flower Mound.

What will be on the agenda?
·The BSA voting members from around the country will have taken action on the proposed resolution on membership standards.We will have the latest information.
·A state of the Longhorn Council report, including updates on the improvement projects being conducted in our camping and activities facilities.
·A look ahead at the capital improvements still needing to be addressed; an opportunity for you to give us y…

May Order of the Arrow Update


1)We've concluded two Order of the Arrow callouts, and 43 candidates have been called out.  Please encourage them to attend an Ordeal weekend.

2)  Speaking of Ordeal weekends, last weekend was our first Ordeal at SR2, and we inducted 9 new Ordeal members and 2 Arrowmen did their Brotherhood:

Brock Bergstrand
Jakob Britton
Christopher Caroe
James Forrest
Trey Hudspeth
James Meredith
Kermit Seaman
Nicholas Shepherd
Christian Smith

Chase Cochran
George McKee

Cub Scout E-News

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NEWS FLASH: TONS OF RESOURCES HELPFUL TO DEN LEADERS!Characteristics of a Great Den Recently research revealed what a den needs to be great. Hopefully this describes your den. If not, maybe you can start applying these methods to build a strong and successful den.
Our den has a motivated den leader - that's you. (by the way, parents responded that this is the most important element to them.)A trained and prepared den leader.Every boy in our den has his own book for his rank.Our den has a program plan. (This can be shared with families in the form of a calendar.) Also, our den communicates regularly with the parents.We conduct fun, relevant den meetings.Our parents are actively involved with the den.Our Cub Scouts experience advancement on a regular basis.
The den leader position could be the most important one in the Boy Scouts of America. As den leader, you personally affect the future of six to eight Cub Scouts. Will they have a good experie…

Day Camp Training Dates and Information

Parent Orientation and Leader Training-ALL Parents and ALL Adults going to Camp are required to have this training.There are 6 sessions to choose from, you only need to attend one!!! YPT (Youth Protection Training)– This training is good for2 years,if you took the Classroom YPT last year you DO NOT need to take it this year.This is required for ALL persons over 18 yrs who will be at Camp – even for 1 day!There are 5 session to choose from, you only need to attend one!!! CPR– We are offering CPR toanyonewho would like to be certified.There is a fee of $30.00 for this training and reservations are required.We must have at least 8 registered to have the class. Please call Traci McGraw (817-312-9163) to reserve your place. Parent Orientation & Leader Training / YPT / CPR Saturday May 04, 2013 @ 9am          Parent Orientation & Leader Training   LDS Stake Center Saturday May 04, 2013 @ 11am        Youth Protection Training (as needed)LDS Stake Center Saturday May 04, 2013 @ 12pm        C…

June 1st 2013 National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day at River Legacy Park
When:  June 1st, 2013 beginning at 1:00 PM
Where: River Legacy Park N Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, Texas
Why:  To earn the ‘National Trails Day BSA Patch’, participate in a fun event and enjoy the outdoors.
Cost:  Hike Free, Patch $3.00 each.
Events:       1:00 PM A guided Nature Hike limited to the first 20 Scouts/Scouter’s who sign up via e-mail to

 2:00 PM individual hikes and trash pickup at River Legacy Park.

Can’t make the day at River Legacy Park but still want to earn the National Trail Days patch? Here’s what to do. Fill out the attached participation / patch order form and payment of $3.00 a Patch at the May or June Roundtable. On this weekend document your own trail hike with pictures on the trail of all participants and submit your story to Patches will be be deliverd to the following Roundtable.

Patch Order-
Leader name_…

May Boy Scout Round Table

On Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30pm at the Pantego Christian Academy on Park Row – you will hear a ‘how-to’ session on branding and marketing your unit.
And by “how-to” means receiving practical ways to get boys and their parents to your Unit.  There will be tips about effective open house evenings (and you can share your success stories, too); learn about trial-size Scouting events, using your troop committee, senior Scouts and all your resources that you already have available to you to achieve success at growing Scouting. Gee - all  of this in under 45 minutes! And its FREE! So come to the Scout Roundtable, bring your assistant leaders and lets grow Scouting in Arlington.

But there is more! Philmont – in New Mexico – offers some amazing adult training courses for many different Scouting positions. We are going to hear some testimony about Philmont training (other than hiking the back-country). And a week at Philmont can be a family event.
And still more! Announcements and paper will be ava…