Friday, May 24, 2013

BSA Membership Policy Decision


From: "Longhorn Council BSA" <lhcinfo@longhorn.org>
Subject: BSA Membership Policy Decision
Date: May 24, 2013 3:00:21 AM CDT
To: "Longhorn Council BSA" <lhcinfo@longhorn.org>

LONGHORN COUNCIL  BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
 
 
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 would continue the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for adults regarding participation as adult volunteers. Please click here to view the full resolution. The vote was taken and the resolution was adopted.
The BSA Executive Board has previously stated that, following the vote, they will immediately take the appropriate action through various sub-committees to make certain that implementation goes as smoothly as possible.  This policy change will be effective on January 1, 2014.
We recognize that this process has been difficult for many in our local Scouting family. We respect all opinions and positions. To be clear, Longhorn Council stands united with the BSA and we sincerely hope that all of the Longhorn Council family will put aside their differences in order to focus on the main thing - the young people we serve.
For 100 years, Longhorn Council has been serving young people in North and Central Texas. The impact in our community speaks for itself:28,757 registered youth members; 4,500 young people supported by our ScoutReach programs; more than 600 Eagle Scouts per year; and hundreds of thousands of service hours performed each year.  Longhorn Council has a reputation as one of the best councils in the BSA.
Our priority continues to be serving more youth, building character and teaching the values represented in the Scout Oath and Law. The leadership and Executive Board of Longhorn Council is committed to fulfilling our mission and remaining one of the top Councils in the BSA. We will continue to deliver quality programing that positively changes lives. We understand that we may have some in our family that are disappointed in the outcome of this vote, but we must concentrate on minimizing disruption while delivering a positive program for the youth we serve.
Thank you for your prayers, patience and support as we move forward.
And please remember, you are invited to attend one of the following fireside chats 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 – Arborlawn Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth
June 12 – St. Joseph's Catholic Community Parrish Hall, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington
June 13 – LDS Ward Building, 1100 Stapleton, Flower Mound
 
What will be on the agenda?
·         We will have the latest information following the vote on the membership standards resolution.
·         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 and an opportunity for you to give us your input.
·         Q and A with Council leaders.
We sincerely hope that you or at least one representative from your Scout unit will be able to attend.  We are not limiting attendance and encourage anyone to attend that would like to be updated on the National agenda, as well as learn more about how Longhorn Council is driving the mission statement of Scouting through membership growth, camping opportunities and more. 
 
Thank you for your involvement in Scouting and we look forward to visiting with each of you that can attend one of the meetings.
 
 

 
 

850 Cannon Drive                  PO Box 54190            Hurst, Texas 76054              817-231-8500            Fax 817-231-8600
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) the NOVA award provides scouts of at all levels an opportunity to go deeper in to these fields.
Myscouting.org changes- National is working on updating an providing unit leaders with more resources when it comes to unit level information. Find out what you can do.

Cross Timber District
C/O Longhorn Council
850 Cannon Drive
PO Box 54019  Hurst,Texas  76054



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 http://longhorn.kintera.org/westtxflap. Thank you very much for your contribution in helping West, TX recover from this disaster.

WWW,
Jake Torpey
Lodge Chief

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Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge
Longhorn Council #662, Boy Scouts Of America

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2013 Summer Camp Camperships


Hello all.

Campership requests are due at this Thursday's Camping Committee meeting. The form can be found at:
http://www.longhorncouncil.org/Info/Forms/documents/Campership_Request-Longhorn-Council-Summer-Camp-Ca.aspx.  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.

Thanks.

Yours in Scouting,

Gary Faletti
Camping Committee Chairman
Cross Timbers District

  Gary Faletti  Talahi Chapter Adviser  talahiadviserOA@earthlink.net

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fireside Chats with the Council Key 3


Longhorn Council                                                                                                                                Boy 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 – Arborlawn Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth

June 12 – St. Joseph’s Catholic Community Parrish Hall, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington.

June 13 – LDS Ward Building, 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 your input.

·         Q and A with Council leaders.

 

We sincerely hope that you or at least one representative from your Scout unit will be able to attend.  We are not limiting attendance and encourage anyone that would like to be updated on the national agenda as well as learn more about how the Longhorn Council is driving the mission statement of scouting through membership growth,  camping opportunities and more to attend. 

Thank you for your involvement in Scouting and we look forward to visiting with each of you that can attend one of the above meetings.

 

Sincerely,

 

Frosty Tempel                                                   Michael Cawood                                              John Coyle

Council President                                             Council Commissioner                                   Scout Executive 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

May Order of the Arrow Update


Arrowmen:

 

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:

 

Ordeal

Brock Bergstrand

Jakob Britton

Christopher Caroe

James Forrest

Trey Hudspeth

James Meredith

Kermit Seaman

Nicholas Shepherd

Christian Smith

 

Brotherhood

Chase Cochran

George McKee

 

3)  The next important dates to remember are May 17-19, 2013: the CT Ordeal.  Again, please remind candidates that they need to attend an Ordeal weekend to complete their journey into the OA, and current Ordeal members are encouraged to seal their OA membership by doing their Brotherhood.

 

4)  Time to pay your 2013 dues!  Still a bargain at only $10!  Be the first on your block with a brand-new OA membership card!!   If Scoutmasters want to send a list of OA members and a check, we can get all your cards to you at one time.  Remember to support the Lodge.  The dues we collect are invested back into funding camp improvements to make your camping experiences more enjoyable.  Member Retention is also part of our effort to reach our 2013 OA Chapter Journey to Excellence goal.

 

 As always, the Talahi Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, located at 601 W. Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76010.   We will next meet at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 The chapter officers and I would like to invite all Arrowmen to attend our meeting.  If you're a regular attendee, it will be great to see you again.  If you haven't been to a meeting in a while, please come and reconnect with the Order of the Arrow - we've missed you!

 

Yours in Brotherhood,


Gary Faletti

Talahi Chapter Adviser


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.
  1. Our den has a motivated den leader - that's you. (by the way, parents responded that this is the most important element to them.)
  2. A trained and prepared den leader.
  3. Every boy in our den has his own book for his rank.
  4. 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.
  5. We conduct fun, relevant den meetings.
  6. Our parents are actively involved with the den.
  7. 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 experience that will influence them positively for the rest of their lives? Or will they have a negative experience, which can have the opposite effect? What you do is so important. Thank you!
Did you know that the BSA provides many resources to help you as a den leader? In addition to the direct support you receive from your district and council in the form of training, activities, program planning, and other help, we offer many supplemental resources on our websites.
Here are some of those resources.
For frequently asked questions, new parent orientation, training, awards, and more
Specifically for den leaders:
Resources for new leaders:
Cub Scouts Academics and Sports Program
Den meetings
Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide
CubCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Cub Scout leaders and parents.
Training
Awards
Uniform
http://www.BSAUniforms.org and www.ScoutStuff.org
We hope these resources help you fulfill your position responsibilities. If you would like to share your comments or ideas with us, we have a site for that, too. Just email the national office at program.content@scouting.org. Good luck.




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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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 for 2 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 to anyone who 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         CPR Training (reservation required)      LDS Stake Center       
 
Sunday May 05, 2013 @ 5pm             Parent Orientation & Leader Training    LDS Stake Center
 
Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 12pm         CPR Training (reservation required)      LDS Stake Center
 
Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 9am           Parent Orientation & Leader Training    LDS Stake Center
Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 11am         Youth Protection Training (as needed)   LDS Stake Center
Saturdasy May 18, 2013 @ 12pm       CPR Training (reservation required)      LDS Stake Center
 
Sunday May 19, 2013 @ 5pm             Parent Orientation & Leader Training    LDS Stake Center
 
Saturday May 25, 2013 @ 9am           Parent Orientation & Leader Training    LDS Stake Center
Saturday May 25, 2013 @ 11am         Youth Protection Training (as needed)   LDS Stake Center
Saturday May 25, 2013 @ 12pm         CPR Training (reservation required)      LDS Stake Center
 
Sunday May 26, 2013 @ 5pm             Parent Orientation & Leader Training    LDS Stake Center
 
Saturday June 01, 2013 @ 9am        Jr Staff Camp Orientation & YPT       LDS Stake Center
 
Saturday June 01, 2013 @ 9am            Youth Protection Training (as needed)   LDS Stake Center
Saturday June 01, 2013 @ 11pm         CPR Training (reservation required)        LDS Stake Center
 
Saturday June 08, 2013 @ 9am            Youth Protection Training (as needed)   LDS Stake Center
Saturday June 08, 2013 @ 9am            CPR Training (reservation required)       LDS Stake Center
 
LDS Stake Center
(This is our Day Camp location)
3809 Curt Dr
Arlington , TX  76016
 
 Jr Staff – Camp orientation, training and YPT will be offered to ALL Youth 14 -18 yrs old who want to help at Day Camp. This includes Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Young Women, MHS Honor Society, etc.
This training is required!
 
Registration – Get your Pack registered NOW!  Camp fee is $85.00 per boy.
Please see calendar for Registration turn-in dates.
Call Tara Brecht (817-861-2533) or Shauna Steenbakkers (817-561-5707) for assistance.
 
Camperships – Please have your Pack sell " Camp Cards " or do another fundraiser to earn money for Camp. If a boy needs financial assistance for Camp, please complete the Campership Form, get ALL required signatures, attach 50% of Camp Fee ($42.00) and return to Traci McGraw (817-312-9163) or Kelsey Clark (817-231-8529). This Form must be completely filled out and have ALL required signatures to be considered for a Campership.
 
Registration Important Dates
 
Saturday April 06, 2013                       Camp Registration begins @ www.longhorncouncil.org
Tuesday May 21, 2013                         Dead line to turn-in Camperships
Saturday June 08, 2013 @ 9am            Day Camp Paper Registration turn-in    LDS Stake Center
Sunday June 09, 2013 @ 5pm              Day Camp Paper Registration turn-in    LDS Stake Center
Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 6:30pm       Day Camp Paper Registration turn-in     Pantego Christian                                                                                                                                                     Academy
 
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Other Important Day Camp Dates to Remember
 
BB/Archery Training – We need people trained for Day Camp (PLEASE)
 
Wood Cutting "Party" – We need circular saws, table saws, jig saws and the owner of each saw to use it as we cut and package the wood for our Camp Wood Projects.
 
May 25, 2013 9am                   BB& Archery Training                 Council Office
June 01, 2013 @ 9am              Wood Cutting Day                         LDS Stake Center
June 24, 2013 @ 9am              Camp Set-up                                   LDS Stake Center
June 29, 2013 @ 2:30pm         Camp Clean-up                              LDS Stake Center
 
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Go-to-Camp Activities and sign-up - Come to the Arlington Scout Shop (2401 W Pioneer Pkwy, Pantego) to participate is some fun activities, Sign-up boys for Scouting and register for Day Camp too.
 
May 11, 2013 @ 10am          Go-to-Camp Activities & sign-up                  Arlington Scout Shop
 
Traci McGraw                                                Elaine Williams
817-312-9163                                                  817-881-9918
Day Camp Director                                       Day Camp Program Director
 

 
Traci McGraw 817-312-9163
Cub Scout Day Camp Director
Cross Timbers District
http://www.longhorncouncil.org
 
 
Say Yes to AVON!
To buy or sell contact:
Traci McGraw
http://www.youravon.com/tracimcgraw

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 662crosstimbers@bsamail.org

 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 662crosstimbers@bsamail.org. Patches will be be deliverd to the following Roundtable.

Patch Order-
Unit_________________________________________________
Leader name__________________________________________
Unit Leader Number ___________________________________

How many patches wanted_______________________

Total Cost __________________________________


 

 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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 available on a limited basis. So plan on attending and bring another unit leader with you to help you carry the paper home.

Do you have Roundtable Program ideas? Do not keep them a secret!

Limited space - Welding Merit badge

The Welding Merit Badge will be offered to the first 50 Scouts registered.   You must contact Candice Ortaga at 817-909-4422 or  ortagana...