Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Boy Scout and Venturing Coming Events

Boy Scout & Venturing Events News
Boy Scouts | Venturing | Sea Scouts
Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America
November 22, 2016
$10 off for everyone attending Week 3. $15 off for week 4. 
Week 3 and Week 4 discounts, PLUS, a $20 per person matching discount any week you attend the Texas High Adventure Base: for each Scout attending our Boy Scout Summer Camps you get $20 additional discount for one high adventure participant (youth or adult).
Phone: (817) 231-8537
For major Scouting news from across the council look for the new Longhorn e-Newsletter.
Sunday, November 27th, 2-5 PM
Sunday, January 8th, 2-5 PM
Sunday, February 12th, 2 -5 PM
Sunday, March 12th, 2-5 PM
To apply for a summer camp or High Adventure staff position, complete a camp staff application and mail to the Longhorn Council, then interview with a camp director. Fax resumes and applications to: 817-231-8600. For more information contact the Longhorn Council office: 817-231-8537, camping@longhorn.org.
See us at the Council Camporee!
Scouts & Venturers are invited to join our living history staff and Crew 1872 for a week as a 4th Cavalry trooper on the Texas frontier. Fire carbines, cannons, and gatling guns in battle reenactments of the 1870's Red River War and the Civil War (1861-65). Our quartermaster fixes mountains of food! (read more)
Crew 1872 preparing for a battle reenactment at Gettysburg, in July 2013.  US Cavalry troopers in a skirmish.
Crew 1872 and our Chisholm Trail Adventure US Cavalry living history staff attended the huge 150th anniversary Gettysburg reenactment in July this summer.  (see photos)
Each December the lake at Camp Tahuaya is stocked with over 2,000 Rainbow Trout from Missouri. For 2017 we are doubling the size of Camp Tahuaya's annual end of December trout stocking. Participants can catch up to 6 Trout per person. No limit on Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill. (read more)
The new facility offers programs for Boy Scout Troops & families including overnight lock-ins, birthday parties, meeting rooms, Climbing Towers, Pool rentals,swim tests, a Starship Bridge & space flight simulators, and reptile shows.
Winter Outdoor Skills Competition!
Saturday, February 18, 2017.
This is a traditional Scouting Winter Camping and Outdoor Skills competition.  Each patrol/crew must build and bring a wheeled Klondike sled or a wheeled miniature Conestoga or Prairie Schooner Wagon with their trademark canvas bonnets!  Participants can serve as the draft animal of their choice: dogs, horses, oxen, or mules - depending on the vehicle they bring!  Patrols/teams will load the wagons/sleds with their personal and patrol equipment and pull them through the competition course using a map and compass to find each station.  Competition Stations will be named after famous Gold Rush towns.  Patrols/teams will receive "gold" nuggets for their score at each station.. (read more)
Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America, 850 Cannon Drive, Hurst, TX 76054

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Year-end Cross Timber District Goals

District Leaders, Committee Chairs, Members-at-Large, Supporters of Scouting in Arlington -

The following areas of interest can help our District have a strong year-end finish, with your help:

1.  Training.  We are 10 leaders short of reaching our goal for trained leaders.  If we can get 10 leaders
who have not been trained, especially Den Leaders or Cubmasters to take the online training for their position, (and
also make sure your YPT training is current) we can close the gap.
Please contact Richard Kincaid, kincaidrichard@hotmail.com  if you need information on how to complete online training.

See the following comment from Council:

Direct Contact Leader Training. To improve the Direct Contact Leaders Trained situation, it might help you to know that, for JTE purposes, the only training that counts is position-specific for direct contact leaders: TL, DL, WL, CM, SM, VC, NL and SK.* No assistants. To be considered trained YPT has to be current. Maybe expired YPT is the problem?

* Key to position codes:
TL = Tiger Den Leader
DL = Den Leader
WL = Webelos Leader
CM = Cubmaster (MC is Committee Member)
SM = Scoutmaster
VC = Varsity Coach
NL = Crew Advisor (I don't know where that comes from)
SK = Skipper of a Sea Scout Ship

If you have recently completed Wood Badge training, please make sure it gets recorded by the end of the year.

2.  Advancements.  Please make sure your advancements are recorded at the Council office, either through the Scout Shop or your Unit Advancement Chair and Unit Commissioner.  Newly minted Bobcats should be recorded by the end of the year. We need 55 more Cub Scouts to report their advancements to reach our goal.
The Advancement Rate for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts has dropped since the end of 2015. We think it is a reporting issue.

3. Service Hours. Please record your unit’s service hours.  We are 1403 hours short of reaching our goal.  If you have performed service that qualifies or need to make plans before the end of the year, we appreciate the service you provide to our community.

Invite friends to participate in year-end Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing activities. Ask them to join your unit.

Thank you for your hard work and service this past year.

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Yours in Scouting,

Gregory Schadt, District Chairman
Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council, BSA

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

You are invited !! Boy Scout Troop 520 Annual Spaghetti Dinner

We would like to cordially invite you !

Boy Scout Troop 520

Annual Spaghetti Dinner
November 14, 2016
6:00 – 7:30 PM
New World United Methodist Church
2201 N. Davis Arlington TX
Adult Tickets $5.00
Children Tickets $ 3.00
Family Tickets $ 13.00
Deserts $ .50
Tickets will be sold at the door!

Spaghetti will be served with an assortment of sauces, salad, bread, and drink. Assorted deserts can be purchased. Door prizes will be drawn for thru the evening. Bring the family for an evening of good food and fun.

Monday, November 7, 2016

November XT Dist Com Training Report

Cross Timbers Training Report November 1, 2016
1.     1. Fall Training Dates:   District Training registration see District Website
November 10  - COR – Charter Organization Representative Specific Training     LDS California Bldg.   4 signed up                
November 19 - University of Scouting – Council   TTC Trinity River Campus Downtown Ft. Worth

2.      2. Trainings Completed:
September 24  - BALOO – 12 Participants  - 8 XT 4 Out of District

October 8   -    Scoutmaster and ASM Specific Training - Cancelled
October 22     Cubmaster/ACM Specific Training               3 all Tejas
         Pack Committee Specific Training                0
         Den Leader /ADL Specific Training                2 XT

3.     3. Face to Face Training for Winter Camp and Winter Twin Arrows

Our certification with the State expired in August and has not been renewed. Scouters with expired Face to Face YPT need to go to State website and take another training. Any Face to Face Training taken since August is not valid if the State does a check. (List Attached) (via Council Training Committee)

4.    4.   Serious need to clear up my.scouting  problems for District and Council JTE

We are within a small number of moving our JTE up (see attached District Training report)
  1. I will enter training and there will be tables and computers to help clear up problems at Council Camporee and University of Scouting.
  2. There are several people with multiple numbers and using temporary numbers; Temporary numbers are short and often start with 2 

5.     5. New "Troop Committee Challenge" Training Syllabus out

6.     6. Tentative XT Spring Training             working on locations etc. to get on council and district Web before Dec.

February 4   -    Location TBA           change ? all Venture & ILSC and ILSY with Train the Trainer another date
  • Venture Advisor Specific Training    9:00 am - 11:30am
  • ILSC/ILST - Introduction for Leadership Skills for Crews and Troops  Youth Training (Adults welcome)  12:30 – 3:30
February 11   - 8:00 am - 1:30 PM    
Scoutmaster and ASM Specific Training - Location TBA           First Methodist ?

February 18  - Council Office EDGE

? February 25  -Den Chief need date
March 3 -4         MK Ranch Near Waxachie          Combined with Tejas 

April 8        9 am to 12  - Location TBA            change times / offerings/ Location
Cubmaster/ACM Specific Training
Pack Committee Specific Training
Den Leader /ADL Specific Training
April 8 -  9 am to 11:30 am   Location TBA  
COR – Charter Organization Representative Specific Training

April 22  BALOO  8:30 to 3:30  Location TBA

COR - Charter Organization Represenative Specific Training November 10

If you have already taken training but it is not on your my.scouting let me know so I can enter it.
Charter Organization Representative Training

COR Training

Sponsored by Cross Timbers District

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
LDS California Building
1500 California Ln. (California and Fielder), Arlington, TX
  • Provides CORs with the basic info they need to build successful Units for the Charter organization.
  • Meets requirements, along with YPT, for CORs to be considered Trained


    Who Should Attend?                               

    Pack, Troop, Venture Crew Organization Personnel, all LDS Bishopric members



    Contact: Richard Kincaid, Cross Timbers Training Chairkincaidrichard@hotmail.com


    Register at: crosstimbersdistric.org     Cost free

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