Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 Popcorn Retreat

2012 Longhorn Council Popcorn Retreat

Who:  2 Leaders per unit for Popcorn Training

Location:  Colleyville Theatre
                5655 Colleyville Blvd.
                Colleyville, TX 76034

(Just 5 lights down from council office)

Date:  July 21st

Time:  9:00-10:00 a.m.

o   The prize for 2 leaders coming and staying and being trained is a 20.00 gift card that is for one unit, no multiples even if you are in another unit. You will receive your take order forms and other information you will need for popcorn. 

Renee Horton  |  Development Director

Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council
850 Cannon Drive  |  P.O. Box 54190
Hurst, Texas  76054-3191
P 817-231-8518  |  F 817-231-8600

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

National Cemetery Volunteer Request

From: richard chesnut Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:06 PM
To: John Coyle
Subject: National Cemetery Flags
Thanks for you time,
I am Richard Chesnut SSG, Platoon Sergeant 1st Bn, 4th Reg. Texas State Guard. We volunteered to assist it the placement of some 22,000 flags at the head stones of our veterans located at the national Cemetery between Grand Prairie and Dallas. We do not have enough boots on the ground to get the task done. We would welcome assistance from the Boy Scouts. I think this would be a great honor and experience for your scouts. The time is 0800 hours and the place to meet is the National Cemetery on the 27 May, we will also need assistance in gathering them up on 31 May.
Anyone going on flag detail the 27 May needs to contact Bob at

Thank you for you help,
You can email me or call at 817-980-8118.
SSG Richard Chesnut

Arlington Silver Eagle Boy Scout Luncheon

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cub Scout Day Camp

If you are coming to camp and have not registered on-line yet, please do it now.
Our Cross Timbers Dinosaur Safari is fast approaching.
The dates are Tue, June 26th - Fri, June 29th 4pm to 9pm, and Sat, June 30th 8:30a to noon, 
with our Family Picnic, Campfire Program and Closing from noon to approx 2:30p. 
The fee for this adventure $85.00, and less than 30 days before our 1st day of camp, the fee will go up to $95.00. Registrations received after May 25th are not guaranteed a t-shirt or hat.
YPT and Camp Training - Sunday, May 20th @ 7p 3809 Curt Drive Arlington, 76016 (where we have camp)
Attached are the forms needed for Camp: 
  1. "2012 Cub Day Camp Information Form" - if you can print the completed form from the on-line registration that will be good, if you can't please print this form and complete. This form is required for everyone attending Camp. 
  2. "Annual BSA Health and Medical Record Part A and Part B" -  This form is new to Cub Camp this year. "Part A" is General Health Information, please complete ALL areas. If your child does not receive immunizations, you must present a document from either your child's Pediatrition or the County Health Department stating that your child does not recieve immunizations. Please read "Part B" carefully and complete ALL areas. This is the Informed Consent and Hold Harmless / Release Agreement, Talent Release Agreement (Photo Release), and the Adults Authorized to take Youth to and from this Event. Must have these forms for everyone attending Camp.
  3. Contract, Camp Rules and Job Descriptions - Must have a signed form by everyone attending Camp, including siblings 5 yrs and older. 
  4. "Day Camp Adult Information Form" - 2012 Youth Protection Training MUST be the Classroom Course! On-line YPT Training, even if it has not expired, does not meet the current State requirements for Camp. Please attach a copy of your classroom YPT card and your current BSA member card. If you do not have or cannot find your card, please have another Adult in your Pack, Church of Community complete the areas indicated for youe Character Reference. Criminal background and Sex Offender background checks will be on file for all Adults attending Camp.
  5. "Camper Pick-up Notification" - Please list ALL Cubs you will be picking up from Camp, then place this on the dash of your car. It must be visible to Traffic and Security when you pick up Campers at the close of each day.
  6. "Refund Policy" - for information purposes.
When ALL of these papers are complete, please get them to Tara Brecht as soon as possible. You may contact Tara . The 1st day of Camp will go smoother if all the paperwork is complete and turned in ahead of time.
YPT (classroom training) will be offered:

Sunday, May 20th ..... 7:00pm-8:00pm ..... 3809 Curt Drive Arlington, 76016 (where we have camp)
Saturday, May 26th ..... 9:00-10:00 am ..... 11:00 am–Noon ..... Hurst (Council Office) and Camp Tahuaya
Tuesday, June 12th ..... 7:30pm-8:30pm ..... Pantego Christian Academy (Scout / Cub Roundtable)**
**RSVP to by Sunday, June 10th  to attend the June 12th training.
Traci McGraw
Cross Timbers Twilight Camp Director

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

IOLS is over...What's next?

WOOD BADGE!!   You heard many of us talk about Wood Badge over the weekend.  It truly is the best leadership training you can obtain.  It is not a camping course like IOLS or a policy course like the online training. The purpose of Wood Badge is to help you as an adult leaders develop leadership skills so they can deliver the highest quality Scouting program. It models the best techniques for developing leadership and teamwork. Wood Badge made me a better unit leader but most of all it made me a better husband and father.
The next available courses are:

WB-123  ** Sunday Observant**  (This is the course where many of the IOLS staff will be staffing)
Lakeview Lodge Conference Center (Sleep in dorms, A/C meeting rooms)

Sid Richardson (SR2) - Mon.-Sat., July 16-21, 2012

Sid Richardson (SR2) - Fri.-Sun., Sept. 7-9, 2012

Sid Richardson (SR2) - Fri.-Sun., Sept. 28-30, 2012

  ** Sunday Observant**
Sid Richardson (SR2) - Thu-Sat, October 11-13, 2012

Sid Richardson (SR2) - Thu-Sat, October 25-27, 2012
Sid Richardson (SR2) - Fri.-Sun., Mar. 2-4, 2013

Sid Richardson (SR2) - Fri.-Sun., Mar. 23-25, 2013
You can register online and pay with a credit card at:
Or you can print and complete the form and return it to me:
The cost of Wood Badge should not discourage anyone; our Council has wonderful payment plans and scholarships to make it affordable for everyone. Let me know if you would like information regarding these plans.
I hope to hear from each of you soon with your plans on attending Wood Badge.
Your Friend in Scouting and Ex-SPL,
Clyde Gormley
(214) 926-5846 (mobile & text)

National Cemetery Flags

Thanks for you time,
I am Richard Chesnut SSG, Platoon Sergeant 1st Bn, 4th Reg. Texas State Guard. We volunteered to assist it the placement of some 22,000 flags at the head stones of our veterans located at the national Cemetery between Grand Prairie and Dallas. We do not have enough boots on the ground to get the task done. We would welcome assistance from the Boy Scouts. I think this would be a great honor and experience for your scouts. The time is 0800 hours and the place to meet is the National Cemetery on the 27 May, we will also need assistance in gathering them up on 31 May.

Thank you for you help,

You can email me or call at 817-980-8118.
SSG Richard Chesnut

CPR Class - 4 seats available Last days to register

Barbara Hammett, RDH
Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Location: Shady Valley Country Club
4001 West Park Row Drive

(817) 275-3092 

$30.00 (includes Student Book)
Please RSVP to or call 817.505.1257
Class limited to 8 participants


Robert Blake

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cub Scout Roundtable

Attention to all Cub Scouters!
Contrary to all rumors, Cub Scout Roundtable will be held next Tuesday at the regular time.  Breakout sessions will be held and our normal time of frivolity before and after the breakouts will be something you do not want to miss.
And now for some very good and very bad news. 
 Phil VonderHeydt will be leaving us .  This is very good news for Phil because he has sold his house and will be moving to Colorado with his wife where they will get to spend time with his granddaughters who are future Venture Scouts.
This is very bad news for us because Phil has been at roundtable since before my grown children were born.  I will take over the Cubmaster and Committee breakout sessions for the next two months, but is time for another adult leader in the district to step up and fill Phil's shoes. Boy, is that hard to say!
I look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Pantego Christian Academy.
Ron Ronalder, Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner

Fwd: Journey to Excellence and Planning Resources

Cross Timbers Scouters,

We need your help with several items by the May 10th Roundtable.

1)            Membership- Unit Inventories and Voice of the Scout E-mail updates. The District Membership Committee is asking unit leaders to send a listing of the adults and youth that are currently active with the units. Membership Inventories are conducted in the Spring to checked the charter process and prepare for Summer Camp. Also mark your calendars for a Membership Inventory in October to prepare for Unit Recharters. Inventories can be given to an Unit Commissioner, District Executive or E-mailed to A separate part is the Voice of the Scout E-mail update. The national System will be sending out surveys' to ask for feedback on scouting. To do this unit leaders are being asked to update e-mail address for members in the unit. Please see the attached letter explaining the Voice of the Scout Program.
2)            Journey to Excellence Planning- Has your unit Looked at the 2012 Unit Journey to Excellence Program and planned for  Gold this year. For additional information please go to Also take a look at the unit planning guides that can be found Let any district representative know if you have an area of concern that the you may need help on.
3)            Advancement- Units are being encouraged to use the internet advancement system. If you haven't started using this system please check it out. If you need your ID number please e-mail MIkel Shelton ( or Kelsey The Cross Timbers District has several units that currently show as not having any advancement yet this year. If you are one of those units the an Advancement Committee Member or the District Executive will be contacting your unit.
4)            Service Hours- With Journey to Excellence we are asking all units to submit their Service hours through the Journey to Excellence site. The same ID number used with Internet Advancement is used to set up the Service Hour Account.
5)            Unit Leader Training- The Cross Timber Training Committee would like to what training is need in your Unit and who Needs this Training. This would be a great thing to include with the unit Inventory.

Yours in Scouting

Kelsey Clark
District Executive
Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council

817 231 8529

PO Box 54190
Hurst Texas 76054

Texas Youth Protection Training


Monday May 21 will not be a training date it is Sunday May 20th 7:00pm at 3809 Curt Drive in Arlington.

Sorry finger typed the wrong date.


 Texas Youth Protection Training

WHO- Any Adult that will be at a Boy Scout Summer Camp or Helping with Day Camp in the State of Texas.

In District Trainings dates-

May 8, 2012 7:30pm Pantego Christian Academy Please RSVP to by Sunday May 6th

May 19, 2012 9:00am 3809 Curt Drive Arlington Texas 76016

May 20, 2012 7:00pm 3809 Curt Drive Arlington Texas 76016

June 12, 2012 7:30pm Pantego Christian Academy RSVP to by Sunday June 10th.

Council Training Dates-
DATES ................... CLASS #1 ...................CLASS #2 ...................... LOCATIONS
Sat. May 19 ............ 9:00-10:00 a.m. ......... 11:00 a.m.–Noon .......... Hurst, and SR2 (at Adventure Race)
Sat. May 26 ............ 9:00-10:00 a.m. ......... 11:00 a.m.–Noon .......... Hurst, Tahuaya
REGISTER: Please preregister for the classes to be held at the council offices.
• To sign up for a class at the Hurst office, please email
your name, unit #, # of people, and the date, time, & location of the class.
• To sign up for a class at the Waco office, please email
your name, unit #, # of people, and the date, time, & location of the class.
Longhorn Council Boy Scouts of America

UPDATE: New Tour and Activity Plan to Go Live May 10

For the past three months, the Tour and Activity Plan demo has been available for testing on MyBSA. National received much positive feedback, and based on your input, they are making enhancements before the application goes live. It will take some extra time to deliver this improved system; therefore, the Tour and Activity Plan will now be fully available for use beginning May 10, 2012.  All details of the new plan will remain the same except for this change in date.

Please share this email with your volunteers!

New Tour and Activity Plan to Go Live May 1

When compared to the former tour permit process, the new plan will no longer require signatures or approvals. Rather, as the plan is completed online, the required prerequisites for that type of trip or activity will be displayed.
For any prerequisites that have not been met (for example, not having someone on a trip who has Hazardous Weather training where this training is required), and before being allowed to submit the form, the person completing the form will have to certify that all prerequisites will be met prior to conducting the trip or activity. Once submitted, an email notification will be sent to your council, chartered organization, committee chair, unit leader, and emergency contact to let them know that a plan has been submitted. Receivers of this notification can log in to MyScouting and review the plan.
Other tour and activity plan enhancements include the following:
  • Because email notifications will be sent once a plan has been submitted, it is important to maintain current leadership information in the system.
  • Links are provided to current program-required training and education.
  • System prompts and warnings are included.
  • You will be able to review and fix any deficiencies flagged by the system prior to submitting the plan.
  • You can store, retrieve, copy, and reuse completed tour and activity plans.
  • Files such as trekking plans and flight plans may be uploaded.
  • Unit volunteers who currently have access to the tour and activity plan will be able to view and update all plans submitted for their unit up to the day before the scheduled tour date.
  • There will be leader certification of the plan prior to submission.
The Tour and Activity Plan Training Video can be found once you log in to your account.
FAQ (attached)

Linda Presley  |  Director of Administration
850 Cannon Drive  |  P.O. Box 54190
Hurst, Texas 76054
P 817.231.8505
 |  F 817.231.8600

Jeffrey Chatman's 4,000 mile "Journey of Hope"

  Jeffrey Chatman, Troop 380 Eagle Scout, is currently a sophomore Business major with a Theatre minor, at TCU where he is also involved with KinderFrogs. The College of Education at TCU is the only teacher preparation program in the United States that operates two schools of special education:  Starpoint School and KinderFrogs School.

Olenjack's Fundraising event Sunday May 20th featuring a performance by "The Way" Praise Band.
On Sunday May 20th Olenjack's restaurant will be donating a portion of their entire day's receipts to support Troop 380 Eagle Scout Jeffrey Chatman on his  "Journey of Hope",  a  60 day, 4,000 mile coast-to-coast bike ride raising money and awareness for People with Disabilities. Eat any time on Sunday or plan to join us on the patio at 5:30 for a performance by "The Way".
Jeffrey will be riding with members of his national fraternity Pi Kappa Phi with a personal goal to raise $7,000. Of the money raised, 87% is given out in grants to organizations supporting People with Disabilities in communities along the way as they participate in local events at the end of each days ride. The riders provide their own equipment as well as transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the ride.
To read more about this cause or to donate directly, visit Jeffrey's website at: or call him at 817-939-8715

FYI, On Friday July 6th they will be riding to Arlington's city hall to meet with Mayor Bob Cluck
Thanks for supporting Jeffrey on his next "Eagle Project"!

Camp Card Money Due May 4th for 50%

For 50% Commissioner Camp Card Money is Due to be turned in by May 4th.

If possible please turn in money to the Council Office in Hurst. If you are unable to make it to the office I will be more than happy to schedule a time to pick up from your unit directly
Yours in Scouting

Kelsey Clark
District Executive
Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council, BSA

817 231 8529

850 Cannon Drive
Hurst Texas 76054

Merit Badge News

Time for re-certification has passed!!!!!!!!

I sent out 227 re-certification emails with attachments on Friday, April 6th, over a month ago and have not heard back from 94 counselors.  That is over 41% that did not respond.  I will wait one more week which means that the cutoff date is May 16, 2012.  Don’t forget that a new YPT certificate will be required for all those whose YPT expires this year.

Keep a lookout  for the Kayaking Merit Badge  It should be coming out the end of May  The Search and Rescue Merit Badge should be out June or July

Don’t forget!

For the time being you are to still use the current version of the MBC Listing, dated 1/4/12, posted at                                           The username is tiger and the password is Eagle29.  Both words are case sensitive.   This version is good until the re-certification process is completed.  Any questions, contact me.

Charlie Oliver

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