Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fishing event Saturday September 24

We are having a fishing event this Saturday September 24th at Randol Mill Park.  Would you mind getting this image out to some of you people?
I would highly appreciate it.
Philip Wakeland

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fwd: Fall OLS - XT2911

Hello graduates of XT2910!   

I hope that you have been doing well with your troops and packs.  This is a note to let you know that our next OLS class is coming up at the end of September.  Please pass on to your friends what a good time you had and encourage them to come to XT2911. 

I have attached a flyer for you all to pass on to your units.  Time is short, so they need to register soon.

Cici's Pizza Night September

Pack 376 serves youth and families in East Arlington. Please come and help support them on thier scouting path.

Please bring a copy of the attached flyer if you are able to attend.

Tiger Cub Fun Day


PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL YOUR CUBMASTERS ASAP-currently there are ZERO people registered for this event and we normally have about 200.  Let's give everyone the opportunity to make arraignments to be there.  IF anyone would like to volunteer you can send them my information. 
Tiger Cub Adventure Day is October 1st and will be having an amazing time this year with over 15 different events and plenty of fun and games.  Please fill out the attached registration form and drop it off at the Longhorn Council office.  You can also mail it 850 Cannon Dr. Hurst TX, 76054.  Thank you again and if you would like to volunteer please get in touch with Matt Vasquez at 817-914-5831.
Matt Vasquez
District Executive
Longhorn Council, BSA

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Upcoming Trainers EDGE

Trainers EDGE is designed to help Scouters understand the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.  Any Scouter who delivers training to youth or adults is welcome to attend (i.e. Wood Badge and NYLT Instructors, District and Council Trainers, Commissioners, Pack Trainers, Merit Badge Counselors, just about anyone!).  You don't even have to be currently involved, just INTERESTED!  Trainers EDGE is held three times each year in the Spring and in the Fall.
Please pre-register!  For information on upcoming courses contact your District Training Chair or refer to the Longhorn Council Training Calendar.   

Currently Scheduled Upcoming Courses:

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Longhorn Council Service Center
850 Cannon Drive, Hurst Texas 76054
Registration Form (Sept 17th) - Online Advancement

Pack, Troop and Crew Advancement Chairs: now has online advancements for your use.  Yes, the BSA is working toward a one-stop place for all you electronic scouting needs.
All your youth advancements can be documented on      Benefits:  provides a shopping list of awards, automatically update the official record at the Council office, avoid duplicating work with handwritten advancement records and your current electronic program.
Using for reporting advancement and awards is not yet required but may be in the near future. 
Now that you are interested what do you do?  You send an email to me (Mikel Shelton asking for your unit's advancement code.  In return, I'll send you the code plus a PowerPoint presentation that walks you through the login process.
I'm looking forward to the units in Arlington flooding my in box!  Kelsey will also have the codes at Roundtable Tuesday night.
Foreshadow:  There are other advancement related items that will require the use of in the very near future.  So, be a trail blazer and make the transition now!
Mikel Shelton, CPA
Cross Timbers District
Advancement Committee Chair

Troop 445 Open House Announcement.

Troop 445 would like to invite you to thier Open House

Monday September 26th


Barnabas Hatt at
St. Barnabas United Methodist Chruch
5011 W. Pleasant Ridge Road
Arlington TX 76016

Thursday, September 8, 2011

So many things going on try the main blog page

So many new posts today that all of them will not show up on the front page of the site. To see everything you can navigate to the link below.

Thank you for being a part of scouting!!

Robert Blake
The Web Guy

Troop 68 Open House 12 September 7:30 PM

Howdy !!!,

I am helping get the work out for Craig "Doc" Poindexter, Scoutmaster at Troop 68.  They are having an Open House on Monday evening, 7:30 PM, September the 12th at the troop 68 Scout House at 407 North Mesquite (Behind the 1st Methodist Church) on Mesquite – North of Division between North a& Sanford Streets.  They will have a lot of their equipment on display and pictures from past events.  They will be cooking something-up, as well. Troop 68 is the longest registered troop in Arlington (since 1929) and Doc has been the Scoutmaster there for the past 30 years. There has been over 100 Eagle Scouts since he came on board as Scoutmaster  They are inviting all Webelos and their parents and Cubmasters  for a good time and look at what they are doing.
There is a Special Fun Campout planned for the weekend of Friday, September 23rd through Sunday the 25th.    This campout has the new potential members in mind and should be a fun time for all.  The Cubs that go will have to be accompanied by a parent.  All of this will be explained at the meeting. You can go to  to see what trips are coming and who the contact people are.  We know that Webelos need to go visit a Scout troop to earn their Arrow of Light, so we encourage both Webelos ones and twos to attend.
I have included at least one member of each Cub Pack on this e-mail.  Please get the word out to you your Webelos leaders, so they can plan to come to a fun night.  This is a strong troop with a lot of great history and traditions in Arlington.  And if you can't make the open House, please feel free to come to any Monday night meeting at 7:30 and join in.

Thanks for all you do.

IOLS Fall 2011

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

Mandatory Pre-course Patrol Meeting
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
LDS Stake Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, Texas  76016
IOLS Overnighter
September 30, 2011, 7:00PM – October 2, 2011, 3:30PM
MK Ranch   Waxahachie, Texas
(private property only 40 minutes from Arlington!)
Who is Required to Attend IOLS?
Webelos Leaders, Assistant Webelos Leader, Scoutmasters,
Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, Assistant Varsity Coaches.
Venture Advisor and Venture Associate Advisor must attend if
their Crew participates in outdoor or high adventure activities.
Other volunteers that would benefit from IOLS
Committee Chairs, Committee Members, Patrol Mentors, Charter Reps,
parents—anyone that camps with the unit, adults who may be future unit leaders.
Fee is $25
If there are less than 18 participants this course will be cancelled.
Registration must be completed no later than 11:00PM on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
How do I register?

Complete the online registration and mail your $25 fee to Jerry Smiley at
2310 River Ridge Road, Arlington, Texas 76017.
Make checks payable to Longhorn Council Do NOT send payments to Council office!
How often do I need to take IOLS?
IOLS is one-time training.  Once you are IOLS trained you do not have to repeat it.
But we would love to have you on our IOLS staff.
Why is there a Mandatory Pre-course Patrol Meeting?
IOLS uses the Patrol Method.  Participants are formed in to Patrols.  Your Patrols must plan for the campout. You will need to plan your patrol flag, patrol yell, duty roster, and meals.  
We will cover what items to bring to the campout during the Pre-Course Patrol Meeting.
Will I have fun?
YES!! YES!! and YES!!!
Who can I call for more information and questions?
Jerry Smiley, District Training Chair (214) 437-2055

Flag Retirement Ceremony 9/10/2011

Scouter and Scout Community,
Sorry this is short notice. We have had a great group of volunteers working on getting this together.
On Saturday September 10th a Flag Retirement Ceremony has been planned to be held in the parking lot of Nuts and Bolts Hardware (2320 S Collins St in Arlington). We are asking if any Boy Scout, Venture, and Adults that could help arrive no later then 10:30am in uniform and bring scissors to help in the ceremony.
Cub Scouts, Parents, and Community are welcome to attend the Ceremony that will start at 11:00am. The plan is to retire flags for an hour and to be done by noon.
Back ground information on the collection of Flags-
There seems to be fewer flags flying these days, and many of those that still fly show signs of wear and tear.
As we approach Sunday's commemoration of the 9-11 attacks on America, 98.7 KLUV encourages you to replace your worn, torn or tattered flag and fly a bright, fresh flag on this most important of anniversaries.
We've teamed with Elliott's Hardware, Mr. C's Ace Hardware and Nuts 'n Bolts Hardware to make three-by-five, American-made, American flags available for just $5…but only through this Sunday, 9-11.
Just bring your old flag to one of the locations listed below and you can get a new flag for Just $5 (including pole and mounting bracket).
$5 is the price…but if you pay $6 (or more!), the extra funds will be donated to the USO at DFW Airport!
Whether you decide to buy a flag or not, you can bring in an old flag and we will see that it receives a respectful and proper retirement.

Read more: KLUV's Fresh Flag Project

yours in scouting
Jason Brewer
Cross Timbers
Activity Chair
Kelsey Clark
Cross Timbers
District Executive
Longhorn Council BSA
Office: 817 231 8529
Cell: 817 729 1349

Fort Worth Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting Annual Retreat

I am the Communications Chair for the Fort Worth Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.  We are conducting our annual Cub and Boy Scout retreats in October, and I'd appreciate it if you would help me get the word out.  If you would, please forward this information to all Longhorn DE's, so they may have an announcement placed in their respective RT Readables for September.

Here's what they may want to include in the announcement:

What: Fort Worth Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting Annual Retreat
Who: Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
When: The weekend of October 7-9
Where: The Barn on Dunham Road in west Flower Mound (SE of intersection of US 377 and FM 1171)
Theme: Search for the Holy Grail
Information and Registration: Retreats at or contact Barbara Moore at 972-539-0257 or
To volunteer:
Note: Attending the Boy Scout retreat satisfies the Chapter One requirement for the Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem

If any DE's  have questions, contact John Cuccaro at

Thanks, Matt -- have a great day!

John Cuccaro

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