Wednesday, October 30, 2013

News from the Scout Executive










 


Longhorn Council, BSA





Dear Scouting Leader:

         Reference:  Scouting Projects

Allow me to report on the status of several projects, future plans, and needs that impact our Scouting units and families.  This year draws to a close with some very good results. A few high profile projects are (the entire list is much too long for this letter):

·      Renovation of more than 70 latrines at SR2 and Worth Ranch.
·      Acquired 15 adjoining acres and storage building at Camp Tahuaya. (This clears space for future program and building plans at CT.)
·      A new shower house has been built at Worth Ranch.  This facility is a prototype for all camp sites as the money becomes available.
·      All boats have been over hauled and retrofitted.
·      Basswood Scout Activity center is 95% complete and is open for your business.
·      We have begun issuing a e-newsletter to all Friends of Scouting donors and families.

Planned for 2014 are:

·      A complete redesign of a new and fully functioning Website with capabilities to register and pay for activities on line.
·      The e-newsletter will increase publication to bi-monthly beginning in January.
·      A ski slope will open at Worth Ranch.
·      Latrine renovations at Camp Tahuaya will be completed.

A great deal of our focus in 2013 has been on improving our camping and activity facilities.  While this has been very visible to all of those attending one of the camp properties, as a Council and Board, we have also been intently focused on Membership.
As a national movement we all must focus on the need to invite, recruit, and retain cub scouts, boy scouts, and venturers.  That is after all, why we exist as an organization.  I know you feel strongly about that too.

Future significant development of all properties is being planned and a full capital campaign will be carried out to bring these projects to life.  On-going maintenance and small project development will continue as resources are available from Friends of Scouting, Popcorn, and Camp Card sales. Our largest source of funds is the Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign.  Forty percent of this campaign comes from the families currently benefitting. For 2014 we are working with volunteers in all districts to change our FOS presentations (all new), the time cycle (earlier in the year), and the incentives for participating.

The 2014 FOS campaign has a very special incentive for units which will further help your unit save funds and adjust to the registration increase. Your unit can receive all of its cloth advancement free with the completion of 3 criteria.  You can get more of this information from your District Family Friends of Scouting Chair or the District Executive.  Participating in this incentive is completely optional.  We still want and need every unit to participate in the Friends of Scouting Campaign.

One of the very first steps toward participating is setting an Agreement (between your unit and the District Family FOS Chair or District Executive) on a Campaign Goal for your unit.  We need to set the Council budget for 2014 to know the funds required for the unit incentives. Please complete your negotiations by December 13th if your unit wishes to participate in this FOS Unit Incentive. 

While this is not mandatory, the FOS Incentive could be very beneficial to your unit.  Whether or not you participate, we still Need your unit to schedule a FOS presentation date.  A good FOS campaign directly impacts the ability of the Council to continue with camp projects, purchase liability insurance, and to provide other needed services.

To restate that request:  The deadline for declaring the Unit's interest in receiving Free Advancements for (until September 30, 2014) is December 13th.  I encourage you to schedule your Family FOS presentation as early as possible; set an aggressive goal to encourage and engage all families (75% of all families are NOT participating in FOS) and to get trained in your role within this Campaign.

2014 will be a Great Year! I have every confidence Scouting will grow with your leadership.

Sincerely yours,


John Coyle
Scout Executive
Kathy McLean
Finance Secretary
Longhorn Council, BSA
817-231-8561


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Attention leaders and camp staff!
Do you need to take the Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training? We have good news! The National Scouting Museum is hosting the course for you.
Who
Camp staff members, volunteer or paid, and adults attending a licensed resident camp or day camp 
What
Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training, as required by the Texas Department of State Health Services for all camp staff, volunteer and paid, and any adult attending a licensed resident camp or day camp
When
Saturday, November 16, 2013
10-11:30 a.m.
Where
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Why
Required by the Texas Department of State Health Services
The cost is FREE, but registration is required.
  
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CUB SCOUTS - JOIN THE FUN!



Cub Scouts - Join the Fun!
Visiting Webelos Parents Welcome for Q/A: What You Need to Know
Boy Scout Troop 380 Open House
Monday 11/4/2013 [7-9pm]

Cub Scouts will receive skill instructions at each activity.
Plus each visiting Cub Scout will receive handmade paracord bracelet!

Fire Building -
Phoenix/Panther Patrol to teach

Triangle Lash Pole Walk -
Raptor Patrol demonstrate & teach lashings

Make/Cook "Fancy" Dessert Donut Holes in Dutch Ovens
glaze - frosting - sprinkles - chocolate - etc
Python Patrol to teach

Learn CPR/First Aid Skills -
Hurricane Patrol & Lighting Patrol to teach

Plus a Cub Scout can win prize for longest Trebuchet throw!
Viper Patrol - (also remember need trebuchet "sling" and balls?)

T-380 Scout Hut - Northwest Christian Church
1001 N. Davis at Wright St.

2-blocks south of Randol Mill Rd. - 1-mile south of Lamar HS
NWCC eastside parking lot; look for two T-380 trailers
(Note part of parking lot will be roped off)



Mr. J - (Charles Jeffreys)
a.k.a. - Troop 380 Scoutmaster
817-313-2001

B.S.A. Troop 380 meets 7:30pm Monday
Scout Hut - Northwest Christian Church
1001 N. Davis - Arlington TX 76012

Training young people to be leaders today,
while having outdoor experiences to last a lifetime!



WR Campmaster Program




Some of you may have received this message earlier.  I am trying to get the word out to everyone so please disregard if you received this message earlier.  If you would please pass the word to others who may not be on this list.  I am sending this message to my NRA class also, some of you may want to take this training. 

Attached is the Campmaster Training Application in pdf format.  The date has now been set so please make plans to attend if you are interested and pass the word to others who may not have received this message.  As you will see on the application, we will meet at Worth Ranch Roeser Hall at 8:00 am on Saturday November 23 and will complete the training around 5:00 pm.  There will be no fee, we will provide you with lunch.

As of now we have several Council Chairs who will talk with us about their program areas and what you should know in your role as a Campmaster.  For example Shooting Sports.  It will be a full day so plan to arrive on or before 8:00 am.  My phone number is 817-994-1063, if you have a question give me a call. 

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 23rd.  Tom Lucas 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Re-charter Training Info

Hello All!
(If this reaches one of my LDS former unit leaders please pass it on to the current and let me know about the change.)
What:    Charter Renewal Training
When:  October 27, 2013 at 7pm
Where: The LDS Stake Center – 3809 Curt Drive Arlington, TX
We will be conducting our 2013 training on the Charter Renewal process. The training will take about 1 hour. This is especially important for those who not used the internet re-charter site in the past and a good review for those who have done many times before. For those units that have not yet picked up their packets, they can pick them up that night.
The online systems opens up on 1 November 2013. The completed re-charter is due 15 December 2013 along with the fees and the 2013 JTE forms. We will have 2 turn-in dates, 24 November 2013 at the Arlington LDS Stake Center and on 10 December 2013 at the Scout Roundtable.
Thank you everyone!
Meaghan Lee
Meaghan Lee  |  Cross Timbers District
Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council
850 Cannon Drive  |  P.O. Box 54190
Hurst, Texas  76054-3191
P 817-231-8529  |  F 817-231-8600

Cub Scout Programs 2012-2013.doc

http://www.longhorncouncil.org/uploads/47/47cdbae5-1995-4094-b059-1525b21b9261.pdf

October eNewsletter




SURPRISE FOR A LONGHORN TIGER CUB:  Nathaniel Gribble of Pack 253 received an unexpected SURPRISE at the Tiger Cub Adventure Day, an event for new Tiger Cubs.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR UNIT BE DOING THIS FALL?  Some of the best activities for your Den or patrol, Pack, Troop or Crew (or for your family) are located at Longhorn Council camps and facilities.  FIND OUT about them!
RECHARTERING COMING UP SOON:  Annual rechartering of your pack, troop or crew is coming up in the next few months.  A new twist this year that may make the process easier is Online Rechartering.
MANY PARENTS EXPERIENCE "STICKER SHOCK" when they are asked to pay all the fees at the time they sign up their child for Scouting.  It doesn't have to be that way!
ELECTION DAY NEXT MONTH:  Sometimes the first experience a youth will have with citizenship will be through Scouting.  Don't miss next month's election as an opportunity for learning in your pack, troop, crew or family.  READ the story of a famous Eagle Scout in politics.  LEARNabout Scouts and Eagles in our government.
KNOW SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE IN SCOUTS?  Forward this e-news and ask them to contact Longhorn Council at 817-231-8500 (Hurst) or 254-772-8932 (Waco) or www.longhorncouncil.org 
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October eNewsletter


SURPRISE FOR A LONGHORN TIGER CUB:  Nathaniel Gribble of Pack 253 received an unexpected surprise at the Tiger Cub Adventure Day, an event for new Tiger Cubs.

WHAT SHOULD YOUR UNIT BE DOING THIS FALL?  Some of the best activities for your Den or patrol, Pack, Troop or Crew (or for your family) are located at Longhorn Council camps and facilities.  FIND OUT about them!

RECHARTERING COMING UP SOON:  Annual rechartering of your pack, troop or crew is coming up in the next few months.  A new twist this year that may make the process easier is Online Rechartering.

MANY PARENTS EXPERIENCE "STICKER SHOCK" when they are asked to pay all the fees at the time they sign up their child for Scouting.  It doesn't have to be that way!

ELECTION DAY NEXT MONTH:  Sometimes the first experience a youth will have with citizenship will be through Scouting.  Don't miss next month's election as an opportunity for learning in your pack, troop, crew or family.  READ the story of a famous Eagle Scout in politics.  Learn about Scouts and Eagles in our government.

KNOW SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE IN SCOUTS?  Forward this e-news and ask them to contact Longhorn Council at 817-231-8500 (Hurst) or 254-772-8932 (Waco) or www.longhorncouncil.org 

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Regards,

Robert Blake
817.505.1257
877.860.5831 x 190
robert.blake@bitxbit.com







Tuesday, October 15, 2013

November NRA Classes


Hi All,
In case you haven't seen the attached applications on the Council web site they are for a November Rifle/Shotgun/RSO class that will be at Worth Ranch in November I know several of you ask me to notify you when the next class was scheduled. Also if you have anyone who my want to just attend a RSO class we are offering that as well. Beginning in January the 2 deep trained leadership to open a council range will be implemented. We have limited opening for the Rifle/Shotgun /RSO class still available , but several for the RSO class. So if you have fellow scouter who want and need the training help me help you and pass along the information and the applications.

Shoot Safely,

Dennis


https://www.dropbox.com/s/j8s7j8zrveifnr4/nra_instructor_course_fall_2013.pdf

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3qf5qe2ckatfexf/NRA_WR_Range_Safety_Officer_Course_2013.pdf


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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Camparee!!!



Order of the Arrow Meeting and EAGLE COURT OF HONOR






Arrowmen:


Good evening.  For those who didn't make it to the Sid Richardson Ordeal on September 20-22, I would like to announce our new Ordeal and Brotherhood members:
Ordeal Members:
William Brangers
Cole Davis
Quinn Gibson
Connor Greenwood
Ethan Mattox
Douglas Miles
Mike Cameron
Dwayne Nickols
Asa Rice
Chris Rissler
Jim Sears
Brotherhood Members:
Christian Brangers
Christopher Davis
Larry Gibson
Congratulations to these members!  And we still need to get other candidates to do their Ordeal and our eligible Ordeal members to do their Brotherhood.  We have a couple of opportunities for conversions.  We have a BH opportunity at our District Camporee on Nov 15-17 at Worth Ranch.  We also have a last-minute Ordeal at Worth Ranch for Ordeals & Brotherhoods at Worth Ranch on December 6-8.  I've attached the Brotherhood question & answer sheet for your help.  You can go to the Longhorn Council website to register for the Ordeal, and check with your troop or team to see about registering for the Camporee.  We (your Chapter and your Lodge) still need help to reach our goal of Ordeal & Brotherhood conversions to reach our Journey to Excellence goal for the year.  PLEASE HELP US!  If you're planning on being at the District Camporee and you've been an Ordeal member for at least 10 months, go ahead and do your Brotherhood - I'll even give you your BH sash at no extra cost!  That's free!!!
For this month's activity, we have something special!  One of our Arrowmen, ANDREW FALETTI, has earned his Eagle rank and wants to celebrate this with his fellow Arrowmen and will have his EAGLE COURT OF HONOR at the Elks Lodge on Tuesday, Oct. 15 as part of our Chapter meeting.  Please come celebrate this occasion with him and have a piece of cake with him after the ceremony.  Our Chapter ceremony team will be doing an OA ceremony as part of the COH.
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As follow up, the last Ordeal date of the year is December 6-8 at Worth Ranch.  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  


 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.   Our next scheduled meeting is at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 15, 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!  Also, if you have any suggestions for meeting events, please let your Chapter Chief or me know; we want to provide an interesting program for you.
Yours in Brotherhood,
Gary Faletti
Talahi Chapter Adviser


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