Showing posts from September, 2015

Upcoming Trainings


US Cavalry Open House Invitation

US Cavalry Open House The Guns of the Frontier Longhorn Council BSA
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, 1 PM
Join the 4th U.S. Cavalry in the 1870's. Fire cannons, gatling guns, and carbines! Fight infrontierbattle reenactments. Living History Adventure for youth age 14 & older.
Longhorn Council Office
850 Cannon Drive
Hurst Texas 76054
You are invited! . . . Join the 4th U.S. Cavalry of the 1870's for battle reenactments, artillery schools, demos at Philmont, and much more.

Crew 1872 is the Longhorn Council's US Cavalry "living history" crew, staffing the frontier battles at our High Adventure Base, our US Cavalry Winter Camp, and attending battle reenactments throughout the year. If you are interested in firing artillery, serving on a Gatling Gun crew, and going to exciting living history battle reenactments, and you are 14 or older, or have completed the 8th grade, then stop by our Guns of the Frontier display at the Longhorn Council office on Satu…

Save the Date for University of Scouting


After Dark in the Park

After Dark in the Park River Legacy Living Science Center is planning After Dark in the Park, an annual fund raising event, that attracts families with children ages 2 to 12. It is an outside carnival with bounce houses, cake walks, crafts, face painting, etc.
I am Captain of the Camping Area. This year I am planning to teach simple knot tying, tell ghost stories, play games and have sign-a-longs.
I need volunteers!
If you would be interested in helping with any of those things or if you have a badge you are working toward that is associated with outdoor activities or camping, call me and let's see if we can work it in.

After Dark in the Park runs Oct. 9,10, 11 from 4 to 10pm each night. It is tons of fun. Volunteers work 3 hour shifts any OR all nights.

Please contact me, Marylee Thomason
home817-860-6905(answering machine) or cell682-203-0532(text or voice)

When do Boy Scouts start using patrols and what is the ideal size?

"The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method." —Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting's founder

The building block of the troop is the patrol. Patrol sizes may vary but (according the numerous BSA publications) the ideal patrol size is eight Scouts. Although it could range from around 6 to 10 and still be functional; any smaller or bigger and the patrol dynamic changes greatly and doesn’t work.

Types of Patrols There are three kinds of patrols: new-Scout patrols, regular patrols, and Venture patrols. New-Scout patrols are for 11-year-old Scouts who have recently joined the troop and are together for the first year in the troop. An older, experienced Scout often is assigned as a troop guide to help the new-Scout patrol through the challenges of troop membership. An assistant Scoutmaster should also assist the new-Scout patrol to ensure that each Scout has every opportunity to succeed right from the start.Regular patrols are …

ECOFEST Arlington 2015 Saturday September 19th

Popular Eco-friendly Arlington Festival Offers FREE Family Fun Featuring Scouting!!! The seventh annualEcofest Arlingtonwill take over the streets of Downtown Arlington on Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. This free, family-oriented event will take place at Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram Street. Ecofest Arlington helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness and promotes stewardship across North Texas. "Last year, Arlington set a new record for Ecofest attendees," Urban Forestry Land ManagerHeather Dowellsaid. "This event is one of a kind and its popularity reflects that. Ecofest gets bigger and better every year and we know it makes a difference in our community." The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department has partnered withRepublic Services, and otherlocal sponsors, to provide a wide range of activities starting at 10am. More than forty vendors will spotlight their green products and services. Classes and demonstrations on en…

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

Sponsored by Cross Timbers Districts

             Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

               Saturday, September 26, 2015
                       8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
                David Shuford Course Director

St. Barnabas United Methodist Church Scout Hut in the back
 5011 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington, TX 76016

 Register online at:
                   Cost $10 (include lunch)
          Registration deadline September 18, 2015
            We need 10 participants and payment

Who Should Attend?
New pack chartered organization personnel, Cubmasters and associate
Cubmasters, Pack committee members, commissioners, and other adults
 involved with Pack camping should attend.

Questions Contact:
Richard Kincaid, Cross Timbers Training Chair

Make check payable to Longhorn Council
Mail payment to:c/o Richard Kincaid
4901 Granite Shoals Ave
Fort Worth, Texas  76103

Charter Organization Representative (COR) Training

Charter Organization Representative (COR) Training Sponsored by Cross Timbers District
Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Pantego Lions Club Hall 3535 Marathon, Pantego 76013
James Goreham and Stephen Willey Cost “Free”
Who Should Attend? Pack, Troop, Team, Crew Organization Personnel, all LDS Bishopric members, Charter Organization Representatives.
This is a quick and easy course that will acquaint you with your role and responsibilities as a Chartered Organization Representative of a Scouting unit and what important role you play in the District and the Council.
This training is required for you to be considered “fully trained.”

For More Information Contact: Richard Kincaid,  Cross Timbers Training Chair

What is going on with the Crosstimbers website and communications??

If you have not looked lately we have a new website.. It is consolidation of all of our resources and communication..

The blog is still the heart of our communication system. When something is posted to the google blog, it is sent out the following day to our email list as a summary email.  It is also posted to our Facebook page.

let me state that again "WHEN YOU POST TO THE BLOG... IT UPDATES THE WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, AND SEND AN EMAIL" all with one post.

You can find all the latest information from the blog under news at

if you need to get information out one in a while, please send it to the

If you post information allot, please ask to be added to the blog as an author. 

If you are responsible for an activity or area that needs a page on the website, please let us know.  

Please sign up on the new website at

We would really like to here about your fundraisers, eagle projects, trainings…

Try a hammock!

Why you should try camping in a hammock!

For those that know me I have been a hanger for years.. the link above is a great read if you have considered hanging one for your next adventure!


Free Sailboat - 26ft lake grapevine

Is anyone interested in a free 26 foot sailboat.. mast broke in storm needs fiberglass work on bow.. Free with title.. must pick up at lake grapevine by Friday.. You will need a trailer for a fixed keep vessel..

Might be a good boat for a Seascout project..  Let me know and I will get you the contact info..

Contact me at or txt 972.365.7010

This is just something I ran across, I don't know a lot of details.

Why Thousands Love Scoutbook

Scouting Wire Volunteer NewsletterCheck out these 5 can't-miss stories for September 9, 2015, and then share your favorites with your Scouting team!Learn More About Scoutbook in One Hour! Are you getting questions about what Scoutbook can offer parents, Scouts, and volunteers? Here's a chance to help your team understand what you gain with this revolutionary Scouting web application.  Read more Why This New Online Cub Scout Training Gets An A+ Back to school season is in full swing this fall and we aren't just talking about

Service hours- After Dark in the Park - River Legacy

Subject: After Dark in the Park 

I am looking for some Boy Scout involvement in After Dark in the Park for the River Legacy Living Science Center. This is an annual fund raising even for the science center. It runs from Friday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 11th from 4 to 10pm all three nights. The event attracts families with young children to pre-teens and grand parents. The Camping Area is one that can be entertaining for all those ages.
The Camping Area is going to be great this year. We are going to have sing-a-longs, lessons in knot tying, ghost stories and a some games.
I need volunteers in two to three hour shifts. If anyone can teach knot tying that would be wonderful. We will provide the rope. I have some funny ghost stories chosen so if there is a good story teller, I need him.
We have a simple version of Werewolf that will be fun for children aged six or seven and up though adult. Friday night my son is going to lead it, but I need a dramatic volunteer for Saturday and Sunda…

Roundtable 7:30 Tuesday

Please join us for Roundtable at 7:30 PM Tuesday night, September 8th. We want to hear about your experiences with your troops at Summer Camp. Please come and share. If you have a photo or two you would like to share, please email them to me at
We meet at Pantego Christian Academy 2201 W Park Row Dr, Arlington, TX 76013


Boy Scout Chess Tournament..

Boy Scout Chess Tournament  Posted on August 28, 2015 by Troop 545
Troop 545 invites you to a Boy Scout Chess Tournament 
for Troops in the Crosstimbers District
National Chess Day: October 10, 2015
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
2100 N. Davis Dr., Arlington, Texas 76012Check In from 8:00am – 9:00am in Parish Hall.Player orientation and first round immediately after check-in.All Scouts will play all 5 rounds.Players should wear their field uniform (the tan one).Trophies for the top 5 individuals and plaque for top troop.Can help meet requirements 6a or 6b for Chess Merit Badge.Send questions to or Chris at 817-507-7522Expect to finish by mid- to late-afternoon (depends on entries).Open to Boy Scouts in the Crosstimbers district.Players should know the rules of chess play.Any skill level is welcome.Not a rated chess event.$10 entry fee if received by October 1; otherwise $20.Scouts should bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch.Troop 545 will be selling pizza by …

Change is in the air! (or at least the web)

What might be coming on the horizon for the Crosstimbers District?

Stay tuned for more information......

little hint.. working on new website and adding more social media...


Robert Blake

The study that has Scouters excited for recruiting season

Scouting Wire Volunteer Newsletter for 9/2/2015View this email in your browserScouting Wire Volunteer NewsletterCheck out these 5 can't-miss stories for September 2, 2015, and then share your favorites with your Scouting team!Emotional Video Gives Dad's Perspective on Scouting As part of our "Families Like Mine" video series, this new video features Juan, a Scout dad, who grew up in Mexico and came to the U.S. when he was 19 years old. Read more