Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013 Silver Beaver Nominations Due March 1 2013

In 1931, B.S.A. President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the National Board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council and the concept of the Silver Beaver recognition was established.

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow upon a volunteer. It is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to boyhood by registered Scouters within the jurisdiction of the Longhorn Council The Silver Beaver recipients will be recognized at the Council Annual Recognition Dinner.

The Longhorn Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Longhorn's first Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to A. L. Shuman and O. K. Shannon. Beginning with these awards, more than 950 adult leaders in our Council have been recognized in this manner. Our Council plans to recognize additional leaders annually who may be nominated for their service to youth.

Although presentation is made by the Council, all nominations submitted must be approved by the National Court of Honor before the award can be presented. Only those persons who have been nominated by their Scouting peers are considered by the local council and the award may not be personally applied for. The selection process in our Council involves a Silver Beaver Selection Committee.

Due by March 1, 2013 Form can be found here

March 2nd B.A.L.O.O. Training

B.A.L.O.O. Training

(Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)

When: Saturday,  March 2 , 2012

Where: St. Barnabus United Methodist Church
Activity Building
5011 W Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington, TX

Time: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Cost: $10.00

WHAT:  This training is to help leaders understand the focus of the Cub Scout level of the BSA camping program. Leaders will acquire the skills and confidence necessary to plan and carry out a successful, first-time Cub Scout- level camping activity. Leaders will increase their knowledge of the resources available from the BSA and other sources to carry out a camping activity. Leaders will understand the requirements for a successful completion of this activity, using national standards as guidelines.  

The course will cover the following:

·         Where the approved council camping sites are located

·         What kind of gear you will need for Cub Scout family camping (personal and unit)

·         How to plan a program of fun for the Scouts and others attending a pack campout

·         How to plan a campfire program for the traditional camp fire that culminates most camp outs

·         How to safely use lanterns and stoves

·         How to cook for Cub Scouts and incorporate it into a den meeting

·         Cub Scout camping Health and Safety

·         Proper Flag ceremonies

These are just a few of the items that will be covered.

Lunch: As a part of training you will prepare and cook your own Lunch! (Food will be provided!!)

Please advise ASAP of any food Allergies!!!

Please refer any questions to:

Phone:  817 231 8529                                              email:
If you are planning on attending  please let us know your name, cell, e-mail addres,
unit and position.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


WOW! An opportunity for Scouts (AND their families) to come experience a big-time college basketball game and see UTA’s fabulous new College Park Center. FOR FREE!!!

Come out Saturday March 2, 2013, tip-off at 7:00 PM, and cheer for our UT Arlington MAVERICKS as they take on Utah State in a key WAC conference game.

 It’s also Senior Night, of course, as the final home game this season… show this team they have our community support!

These tickets are for Scouts and their families, and a potential Scout can be included too!

Tickets must be ordered by Wednesday Feb. 27th, and then obtained, through Steve Willey, Cross Timbers District Membership Chairman—(817) 247-8025 [direct].

Call Steve the sooner the better / time is of the essence, to get better seating and grouped together.

Cub Scout BB and Archery Training

Trainees agree to serve as range officers at least 3 days at Day Camp, district or council events such as Cub Shootouts, Webelorees, Cub Family Adventures, and Fall Festival. For every 3 days an Instructor runs a range at Day Camp, district, & council events they will get one Range Officer Certificate from the camping registrar (suitable for framing). Range Officers can use each certificate one time to reserve BB and Archery equipment at a Longhorn Council camp to run a Council certified BB or archery program (at SR2, Worth, Tahuaya). BB and Archery equipment may not be used off camp property except at official district and council events.

Both BB and Archery Trainings are 3 hours each and will be offered at 9am and then again at 1pm.


April 27th Longhorn Council Office


May 25th Longhorn Council Office


For registration for please e-mail

2.26.2013 6:00pm Camp Card Distribution

February 26 Council Camp Card Distribution

6:00pm- 7:00pm Cross Timbers and Tejas District

Little Road 4407 Little Road #600
Arlington Texas 76016

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Taco Dinner Friday Night?!?!

What:  Complimentary Dinner(Taco buffet) & Silent Auction Fundraiser(Desserts and other items)

When:  Friday, February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1500 California Ln. Arlington, TX 76015

Benefitting:  Troop 533(Young Men) and the Young Women of the Church, funds will be used to help pay for their summer camps.

Who to contact with questions:  Jon Rodriguez,  or 817-395-2930 

Troop 5 Open House


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Febraury Order of the Arrow Update



1)  Please join us tomorrow evening for our monthly Talahi Chapter meeting.  After reviewing the ongoing elections and conducting our Chapter business, we will enjoy a presentation on OA memorabilia by famed and noted historian and Boy Scout and OA scholar, Mr. Ken Majka.  Mr Majka will be displaying and explaining some of his vast BSA & OA memorabilia and paraphernalia.  I'm sure everyone will be informed and entertained!!


2)  We still have a few elections remaining to be conducted, and if anyone would like to assist, we can still use help  with these unit elections.  If any adult or youth member is interested in participating, please let the Chapter Chief know so he can schedule some elections for you.   "Many hands make light work."  Remember: we're the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.  There are only a few elections remaining, and they only take about 30 minutes or less to complete.


3)  We will also discuss new OA Awards which can be earned by the troop, the Scoutmaster, the Troop OA Rep, and the Troop OA Rep Adviser - the Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award.  Handouts will be available.


4)  All kinds of fun and exciting OA opportunities coming up - Spring Fellowship, Section Conclave, District Camporee and OA Callouts, and Ordeals.  We'll talk about dates, locations and costs.  Brotherhood Q&A handouts will be available.


5)  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.


Attendance has been a little low the last several months.  Have we lost your interest?  Tell your Chapter Chief what you want him to provide to make your meetings more interesting and enjoyable.


 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, February 19, 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

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kroger Sign up info

This link downloads a word document with the instructions.

For problems with the document please email

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Merit Badge News

On the horizon!
This year will bring about a number of new merit badges.  The Game Design MB will be released in March in Austin and the Programming MB and the Sustainability MB are targeted for the National Jamboree.  Sustainability, along with Cooking, will become required MBs on January 1, 2014.  Digital Technology is also expected to be released this year.  Mining MB, yes, I said Mining, is on track to be released early 2014.

Counselors needed!!
We need District Counselors for Cinematography, Horsemanship, Oceanography, and Sculpture merit badges.  If you know of someone that you think would be qualified to be a counselor for any of these, have them fill out an application and get it to me ASAP.

MB Counselor List
You can find the latest edition of the MB Counselor Listing (dated 2/12/13) at                                           The username is tiger and the password is Eagle29.  Both words are case sensitive.  Any questions, contact me.

Charlie Oliver

Eagle Board of Review Process & Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Approval Workshop

Eagle Board of Review Process & Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Approval Workshop

Cross Timbers District Scouters, I’m offering a workshop on the district processes for scheduling and conducting Eagle Board of Reviews and on the district approval process for the Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal.

First Part:  Eagle Scout Board of Review:
The first hour will cover the Eagle Scout Board of Review Process.  Eagle Boards of Review are staffed by District volunteers and unit committee members.  This workshop is designed for the District volunteers.  However, the information is appropriate for Unit Leaders, Committee members or anyone who helps with or is interested in the Eagle board process.  Topics covered include:  The BSA Guide to Advancement for Boards of Review, Scheduling an Eagle board, and conducting the board of review through its phases. 

The objective of this workshop is to provide the district volunteers a standard process for Eagle boards conducted within the Cross Timbers district.

Second Part:  Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Proposal Approval
The second hour will cover the service project (Eagle Rank requirement #5).  The workbook underwent substantial changes in the Fall of 2011.  Since that time we have been determining the best practices for the scouts to obtain district approval, provide the scouts with consistent information and understand the remainder of the service project requirement.  This workshop goes through the elements of the project proposal meeting with the Life Scout.

Who should attend this workshop?  Scout Masters, Unit Advancement Committee members, Unit Eagle Guide/Mentors, Scouters who otherwise assist Life Scouts with their Service Project.
One objective for the service project part of the workshop is to find several scouters to help review and approve Service Project proposals.  Currently, I am the only one reviewing and approving project proposals within Cross Timbers District.  I’m interested in a small committee of three or four scouters who would alternate reviewing project proposals.  This group of scouters would need to be consistent in their processes to ensure we provide the scouts a fair project review and approval process.

Both workshop parts rely on the 2011 Guide to Advancement for the BSA procedures and what is appropriate within the district.  I believe that this workshop will be beneficial to the district and our scouts climbing the Trail to the Eagle.

Dates:  The same material will be offered on Thursday February 21; Tuesday February 26 and Saturday March 2nd.  To ensure sufficient material printed is available, please RSVP to Mikel Shelton at

At the workshop, please wear the Official Uniform of the Boy Scouts of America
Specific Times and Locations:
Thursday February 21;  7:00 to 9:00 pm;  The office of Shelton, Mead & Shelton, CPAs; 218 E Abram St, Arlington TX  (First building West of the Flying Fish restaurant downtown).

Tuesday February 26;  7:00 to 9:00 pm;  The office of Shelton, Mead & Shelton, CPAs; 218 E Abram St, Arlington TX  (First building West of the Flying Fish restaurant downtown).

Saturday March 2nd; 8:00 am to 10:00 am; St Barnabas United Methodist Church; 5011 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington TX 76016 (same date and location as Baloo training).

Mikel Shelton
XT Advancement Committee Chair

Monday, February 11, 2013

NOVA Awards Program for STEM

The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.

The Nova Awards

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don't Lie

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch. The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Supernova Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts:Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award
For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
For Boy Scouts:Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award
Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award
For Venturers:Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award
Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award
Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

3.2.2012 49th Troop 379 Pancake Supper

Friday, February 8, 2013

2013 Freinds of Scouting Campaign beyond week of Giving

    Our commitment to the scouting program has made an impact with-in your unit, scouting organization, and community. This impact can be seen at a district level in the quality of our unit programs and combined achievements from 2012. To highlight some of these achievements:

-          0.8% Membership Growth to 1,646 youth

-          73.9% Retention of Youth from 2011 to 2012

-          78.79% of Cub Scouts and 50.07% of Boy Scouts Receive a Rank advancement

o   50 Eagle Scouts in 2012

-          69.20% of Cub Scouts and 62.1% of Boy Scouts attended Summer Camps

-          5,340 reported service hours for a 3.24 hours per youth average


These achievements represent the impact that our commitment makes on each youth involved in scouting. These achievements also represent an extending impact that scouting has on the youths’ families and community. Every time a youth is asked to be a scout, we give them an opportunity to experience new things and learn what it means to be a servant leader. Through the use of the Cub Scout motto “do your best” and Boy Scout Motto “Be prepared,” they learn and live the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


                As part of the Longhorn Council our commitment impacts more than just our units and community. To hear about the impact and importance of the Friends of Scouting Campaign to the Longhorn Council please take a second to listen to our Scout Executive John Coyle. (link to video)


For the 2013 Friends of Scouting Campaign Cross Timbers District has set a goal of 350 gift commitments to raise $42,500. As we ask youth to be a scout we are asking that each one of us make a commitment to “do our best” to help “be prepared” financially for success in 2013.


This year there are three ways to make a commitment.

1)      Easiest and Fast way is to go to

2)      Complete the Commitment form found on the website listed above and turn in to your unit leader during the week of giving or mail to

                Cross Timbers Friends of Scouting 2012 PO Box 54901 Hurst, TX 76054

3)      Respond by e-mail to or call 817.231.8529 to be contacted about how your commitment can be remitted.

 On March 22nd, 2013 we will have our District Dinner to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers through the awarding of the District Award of Merit. To register for the District Dinner please go to  Please join us for this celebration.


We would like to leave you with this quote from Sir Robert Baden-Powell, “No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.”

Now here is a Roundtable that everyone will want to attend!

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Pantego Christian Academy on Park Row, the Scout and Cub Roundtables will be combined for a very special program. Council Scout Executive John Coyle and Council President Frost Tempel will be speaking and listening to Cross Timbers Scouters.  

These gentlemen will report to you about what has been happening all over our Council. Not only  have improvements been made or are in progress at all of the Camps and also at the Cub Center, but new, more and improved programs are on the calendar. Scouts will have many new opportunities in 2013. But there will be more! Both Mr. Coyle and Mr. Tempel will report about goals and expectations for our Council in the future. You all will also be able to ask questions from the persons that are in-the-know.

So come to the Roundtable. Your attendance and participation will be appreciated. Bring your unit chairperson or unit assistants if you can!

Do not stress – we will also have time for announcements and the distribution of paper. And every XT Scouter will be given the opportunity to demonstrate to the “home office” how well you put away your chairs after the meeting!

ScoutCast Podcasts Are Here!

For the past few years, Cub Scout leaders have had an opportunity to listen in on some really great program ideas and useful tips for packs and dens from experts all across the nation, as well as getting the latest and greatest news about Cub Scouting, just by downloading the monthly podcast known as CubCast. Now Scoutmasters, Varsity Scout coaches, and Venturing crew Advisors have their own source of information.

Beginning with the inaugural episode in January, ScoutCast provides a new way for leaders of older youth to learn about some of the less tangible aspects of Scouting. In last month’s first episode, you can hear from Michael Gurian, a world-renowned behaviorist and author of multiple books on gender-specific learning and behavior. Michael will help leaders identify and deal with bullying in their units. The ensuing months will feature topics such as appropriate discipline, working with special-needs youth, best methods of handling economic diversity within your unit, and anger management.
We’ve heard your concerns and are pleased to start giving you more of the tools you need to better lead and teach the youth you serve. Please encourage all of your leaders to take advantage of these simple and easily accessed training opportunities. And, let us know what we can do to help you! Chances are, you’re not alone, and the very challenges you are facing are shared by other leaders across the organization. Just send us an email at and we’ll do everything we can to get your topic handled.

You can find ScoutCast (and CubCast) at Pass the word along!
You can also read more about this new program and its hosts in Scouting magazine’s “Bryan on Scouting” blog.

Winter Training Time

The Winter 2013 issue of Training Times has been posted at Click on the photo, or head to “Training Updates” to find it. As always, it is available to read online or downloadable for sharing. Please do both!

To read the entire issue, click the link above or the image at left. Previous issues of the newsletter are available by following the links under the BSA Newsletters header at right.

Help Promote ‘Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?’, Debuting March 4

A new reality television show that pits Scouts against adults in feats of outdoor skills—“Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?”—is set to debut March 4 on the National Geographic Channel.
To help promote the show in your area/region/council, head to the Marketing Toolbox (see link below) and share the range of downloadable digital and print assets to help create awareness and encourage Scouts and Scouters to watch the show!

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