Thursday, February 23, 2017

TRWD Fly Fest Boy Scout Merit Badge Help

Subject: TRWD Fly Fest Boy Scout Merit Badge Help

I wanted to reach out about our upcoming event on March 11th, Tarrant Regional Water District's Fly Fest. This is a fly fishing festival that takes place on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas. Within this festival, for the second year, we are incorporating a Boy Scout merit badge class to help boy scouts earn their fly fishing merit badge. We have all of the equipment needed, the full outline of the course mapped out, we just need help with staff to volunteer. If you would take a minute and check out our website at you can see everything our festival has to offer. We had an amazing turn out last year with the scouts and we already have scouts signing up for this year! The scout class runs from 10:00AM to around 2:30PM we would ask for you to show up at 9:30AM to get everyone rounded up and going. If you would like to participate as an instructor please reach out to me at (817) 372-2015 or send me your contact and a good time to call and I will be happy to discuss all of this in depth. Thank you all for taking this event into consideration, we would love to have you all as a part of our event to make it a success again!
Thanks Again,
On-Site Venue Manager and Special Event Coordinator
Trinity River Vision Authority  | Panther Island | Marine Creek
817-698-0700 ext. 4162

Eagle Project - Need help

From: Mary Kinsey <>
Subject: Eagle Project - Need help
Date: February 23, 2017 at 11:01:10 AM CST

My name is Michael Kinsey and I am a member of Troop 28 in Colleyville, Texas.  I have been involved in Scouting for 11 years.  I am currently working on my Eagle Project and could use your help.  

About six years ago I was bitten by a tick while camping and as a result I contracted Lyme disease and other infections.  For the last 4 years, I have been homebound attending school at home through the school district.  Unfortunately for me, the Lyme went to my brain and has given me constant daily headaches.

My Eagle Project is to benefit Texas A & M research on Lyme and other pathogens in the state of Texas.  As part of their study they will identify the type of tick and whether they are carrying any diseases. Their goal is to map the entire state of Texas.   Doctors in Texas do not believe that there is Lyme in Texas so for the last four years I have had to fly to California for treatment.  

The project involves getting Troops across Texas to help by doing tick drags.  As part of my project I have developed a tick drag kit that has most of the materials needed to perform the tick drag.  The only materials you supply are duct tape, walking stick or pole, alcohol for shipping ticks, and smart phone to record date/time/location.  

You can learn more about my project by going to my website:

Your kit comes with the instructions or you can also read them on my website.   Tick drags can be performed in parks, nature reserves, camps, or anyplace there is natural (not maintained) tall grass and undergrowth.  Tick drags can be accomplished in an hour and be incorporated into your regular camping trip or make a great short excursion.  

If you would be willing to help me on my project, please send an e-mail to: with your name & shipping address, phone number and date the kit is needed.  

My goal is to help A & M further their research of ticks and Lyme in Texas.  

Thanks for considering helping me with my Eagle project in support of the Texas A & M Lyme Lab.   


Michael Kinsey

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

District Committee Election

The Cross Timbers District Committee election will be held on March 14, 2017 at
the District Roundtable.

If you have any questions or comments for the Nominating Committee, please contact Bob Watson
the Nominating Committee Chair.

Thank you,

Gregory Schadt, District Chair
Cross Timbers District

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stop the presses!! On-Line Membership Applications are Coming!!

Cross Timbers Units!

On-Line Membership Applications are Coming!!   
Be sure and update your unit’s info for BEASCOUT.ORG!!  
Access is on  under Legacy Tools!


David Shuford
Unit Commissioner / Training / Popcorn Kernel - Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council Certified Trainer

District Camporee.......Camporee!

Cross Timbers Units!

District Camporee is next weekend!!  
Please register online at: Online Registration Link:
And volunteer to help with Boy Scout and Cub Scout events!   The weather forecast is looking GREAT!!!


David Shuford
Unit Commissioner / Training / Popcorn Kernel - Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council Certified Trainer

Camp Cards 2017

Cross Timbers Units!

Please see the attached information on 2017 Camp Cards.   Many NEW things……please read carefully!!
Camp Cards must be requested on-line or by the attached form in February!!
Camp Cards will be available for pick up at the March Roundtable.  


David Shuford
Unit Commissioner / Training / Popcorn Kernel - Cross Timbers District
Longhorn Council Certified Trainer

Introduction to outdoor leadership skills / IOLS training

Scout Master / Troop Committee Specific Training

Hammock choices

I have discovered 2 new hammock makers that warrant a look.  Hobo and Bearbutt appear to be well made and at a great price..  If you buy one, please let me know what you think..

I have been hanging for about 6 years now, and have slept well in 9degrees to 100+, raining, and more. Having a good hammock is only part of the equation, pair that with a good pad, possibly a wrap for cold weather.  the most important is a good tarp, possibly a bug net..

I personally have several brands of hammock and have found my perfect setup..

Eno Doublenest
Grand trunk Funky tarp
eno helios straps

Straps are nice, however I have often used a good climbing assessor cord.. the key is to find rope or webbing that does not stretch.. Eno atlas is the best for 200lbs or more.

(in no specific order)

If you have any questions, want to advice or just compare setups, give me a holler.


Robert Blake
The Gear Guy

Announcement from Longhorn Council about COVID-19 (Please read carefully)

How is COVID-19 (Coronavirus) impacting Scouting at Longhorn Council? Please read this importa...