Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Photogprapher Needed

We are preparing early for the 2016 Cross Timbers District Awards and Recognition Dinner.
Beginning immediately, we need an active district scouter to be the 2015-16 XT

DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHER until March of 2016. The objective is to collect and/or shoot photos of training events, OA events, various district committee meetings, Eagle Boards of Review, cub day camp, summer camp, unit special events, anniversary events, etc. that involve adults and youth from the Cross Timbers District during the coming year. The photographer will take photos and provide a repository to gather a digital collection of photos from others. The photos will be used to produce a Power Point presentation at the 2016 District Awards and Recognition Dinner. It's not every day you get to shoot 'em, tweak 'em, frame 'em and then hang 'em! 

If interested, please contact Kent Couch, XT District Vice Chairman, via email with your phone number at We need you! Thanks!

North Arlington Chess Club News

NACC Open #2

USCF-Rated Tournament for $5!
Our next rated tournament is only two weeks away. Please pre-regsiter. We already have 14 pre-regsitrations with ratings from 200 - 1700.  We will most likely add are reserve U1000 section, but allow any rating in the open. Please bring your tournament sets and clocks if you have them.  We currently have only one section, but if enough people play, we will have a lower-rated reserve section. Invite your friends.

No Meeting April 30

We will not have our weekly meeting on April 30.

Upcoming Tournaments

"K-12" or "Scholastic" means for kids only
May 2 Plano Chess Club May Spectacular G/30;d0 - 3 Sections: U400, U900, 900+.

MAY 9   North Arlington Chess Club Open #2 G/40;d5 - Our tournament, so bring a friend.

May 16   Many Springs 75 G/60;d5 - For experienced players.

MAY 22-25 70th Annual Texas State and Amateur Championships G/90 with 30 sec increment - Over $8,000 in prizes

May 23 - One Day Scholastic at State and Amateur Championships G/30;d5 - Scholastic- Trophies (If you follow the link, scroll down the page.)

Dallas Chess Club has several tournaments each week.  The best young players and masters in DFW play regularly.

Catherine won a medal and a trophy at the DFW All Boys/All Girls Championships on Saturday. One was for best dressed in pink, the other for a positive score in the girl's open section.

Club Meetings

April 30: NO MEETING
May 7: Room 1
May 14: Room 1
May 21: Room 2
May 28: Room 1

Meetings are open to all.

Club Tournaments

May 9: NACC Open #2
USCF Rated | at UTA
NACC Open #2 Tournament Flyer.

Register Now for the NACC Open #2 on May 9

June 6: NACC Open #3
July 11: NACC Open #4
August 1: NACC Open #5

Club Ladder

Our ongoing ladder tournament is not rated, and games are played at our regular club meetings. Anyone can join at any time. Club Ladder Rules

1. Noah
2. Catherine
3. David
4. Chris
5. Marvin
6. Luke
7. Tyler
8. Robert
9. Bing
10. Dylan

Start at the bottom and work your way up.

Guide to Scout Advancment 2015.pdf

Robert Blake has shared the following PDF:
Here is the latest advancement guide in PDF
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Troop 68's 85th Year Reunion

If you are receiving this announcement, it is because through our extensive research of documents and records your name has been found in association either past or present with Boy Scout of America - Troop 68 of Arlington, Texas.
We are excited to announce that on Saturday April 18th we will be celebrating the 85 years of scouting that Troop 68 has brought the youth of Arlington. All of us have our memories, stories of great adventures, and pictures of our time growing up in Troop 68. This will be a great opportunity for us too share those adventures and once again see everyone that we grew up with in the Troop.
A tentative schedule of events are listed below, more details will follow as we get closer to the event.
Friday Evening April 17th J. Gilligan's Bar and Grill Reserved Room on 400 E. Abram St. Arlington TX 76010
7pm until? Old Timer's Social meet & drink for the 21 and up crowd 
Saturday April 18th     Scout Hut on 407 N. Mesquite St. Arlington TX 76011
9am Event Setup for Door Greeting, Patrol Demonstrations, and Activities.
11am                         Reunion Kick-off, Door Prizes, Demonstrations, & Tours.
12pm until?                 BBQ Lunch, Awards Program, Story Telling, and other related activities.
This message will be going out as an email, snail mail, and on Facebook, so if you get it twice it just makes it easier to share. 

If you know of any other former Scouts, Brothers, Fathers, Sons, Nephews, Uncles, or Grandfathers of the Troop, please pass this announcement along, as we may have missed them. I hope to see you there!

If you have any stories, old photos or newspaper articles of bye gone events, please bring them early Saturday morning to share with everyone. As many if you know we collect Boy Scout memorabilia, and we plan on bringing out a variety of items to display, from all aspects of scouting history, so please feel free to bring any of your own items to show them off (just make sure to label them). We will have many tables out to reserve spaces for your albums, awards, photographs, or TV/monitors/laptops to display your slide shows.

We will need a head count to prepare for the BBQ, or it may just be served until it's gone, so please email us at or give us a call@ 214-274-5676.
Eric Bradley McGinnis
Scoutmaster - Boy Scout of America - Troop 68
Scout Hut on 407 N. Mesquite St. Arlington TX 76011

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Who is up for a Philmont trek?

leaving Saturday July 18th and returning Sunday August 2nd.  Basically the last two weeks in July.

I believe it is 4 slots, at least one needs to be an adult. 

Contact Corey at

or you can contact me and I will get you in touch with him.. 


Robert Blake

Monday, April 6, 2015

BALOO Training on April 18th

Date: April 1, 2015 at 9:30:56 PM CDT

Please share this email with as many Cub Scout leaders as possible!!    The registration link is up and open for BALOO!!
First….we need Cub Scout leaders to attend this BALOO training and become trained!!  Encourage them to register !!!  See the attached flyer.   ALSO…..There will be a Live YPT Class at 8AM, before the BALOO course. 
Second….I am looking for scout leaders that would volunteer to join the staff for this BALOO training, and teach a segment of it!  

Anyone else that could come help us…..please!!
Our needs are……
Attendance / Registration - 1 hour prior
Sessions – approx 45 minutes
- Aims and Purposes
- Planning
- Foil Pack lunches
- Equipment
- Campfire Planning
- Campfire
- Health and Safety
Quick Sessions  - approx 15 minutes
- First Aid / Sanitation
- Nature Hikes / Games
- Stoves/Lanterns/Fire Safety
Just let me know!!   I have a complete handbook on BALOO training and agendas.   THX!!!!
David Shuford
Pack 378
Committee Chairman

Philmont Treks Available

A Troop in Coppell is looking for 4 Scouts who are interested in a Philmont Scout Ranch Cavalcade program this summer.  If you have Scouts interested in joining them, send a note to and I will connect you with them.

Additionally, there is a Sea-base for this summer and another Philmont trek with openings this year. As well as a Philmont trek for next year.

If you are interested please post to this blog entry.

Kelty helps local Boy Scouts in pinch

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Hi Kelty Friends,
Last week we were disheartened to learn that Boy Scout Troop 444 of Littleton, CO had a trailer and camping gear worth $25,000 stolen from, of all places, a church parking lot.  So Kelty did something about it and donated $25,000 of camping and outdoor gear to the troop.
Kelty has been around for over 60 years. Countless Boy Scouts have used our products over the years, and many of these great people have subsequently turned into lifelong Kelty customers. In all, it was a no-brainer for us to help an organization that has such long and rich traditions in the great outdoors.

If you feel compelled to keep the Kelty spirit going and donate to Boy Scout Troop 444, you can do so here.
- Team #KeltyBuilt

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