Monday, April 30, 2018

Important YPT info

Effective 3-18-2018, The State of Texas has approved the new Online YPT2 for Day camps, Resident Camps and Summer Camp programs. There is no longer a need to attend a Face to Face session. So go to my.scouting.organd update your YPT2 today from the convenience of your home. Threre are 3 segments to watch and the test. you must take all three sessions and then take the test. When successful, your status will show 100% complete.

Friday, April 27, 2018

ScoutingWire: Alumni Edition

Hello Robert,
Scouting is happening all around us! Here are just some of the latest stories.
Thank you for your continued support!
Yours in Scouting,

Dustin Farris
Director, Scouting Alumni and Friends
P.S. Always remember...Once A Scout, Always A Scout.
P.P.S. If you find a typo in this ScoutingWire: Alumni edition, send us an email at, with the subject "Alumni Spelling Bee", and a description of the typo. We will feature YOU in a future issue of Alumni Alive! 

Twins Hope to Someday Earn Eagle Together

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Jon Bon Jovi and Son Were Cub Scouts

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Eagle Scout Wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize

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Southwest Airlines Pilot Does Good Turn for Scout

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Special Offer to Pathfinders

Blue Skies and Bright Sun

If you're looking for a great way to get the family together under some blue skies, check out this deal from Abenity Cruise! Right now, you can save up to $1,000 when you use your Pathfinder benefit. Go ahead, sit back and relax in the sun while visiting some of the best ports.
Log-in to your Pathfinder benefits to learn more about this offer and other discounts available.
If you are not already a Pathfinder member, upgrade today at A percentage of your Pathfinder membership goes to support Scouting in your community.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Don't see an event in your area? Submit one here!
Featured Event:Back to Gilwell and Other Places
Monday, April 1, 2019 through Sunday, April 7, 2019
Email Amy Schwartz ( if you are interested in this opportunity.


Thurs. 7/19/2018


Wed. 6/20/2018
Northern Colorado Gathering of Eagles
6:00pm - 8:00pm (MDT), Loveland, CO


Wed. 8/1/2018
Annual Gathering of Eagles
6:00pm - 8:00pm (EST), Orange Park, FL


Wed. 6/6/2018
2018 Gathering of Eagles
6:00pm (EDT), Atlanta, GA


Fri. 4/27/2018
NESA Affinity Group/BSA Alumni Gathering
1:00pm (EDT), Indianapolis, IN


Sat. 5/12/2018

5/18/2018 - 5/20/2018

Sun. 5/20/2018
Pedro Trail - A Service Day at D-Bar-A Scout Ranch
11:00am - 6:00pm (EST), Metamora, MI


5/25/2018 - 6/8/2018

New Jersey

4/19/2018 - 4/22/2018

Sat. 8/18/2018
Alumni Trip to the SteelStacks
8:00am - 11:00am (EDT), Bethlehem, PA

New Mexico

7/22/2018 - 7/29/2018

10/20/2018 - 10/28/2018
A Scouter's Vacation in New Mexico
9 Days and 8 nights in New Mexico

New York

Thurs. 6/21/2018

Thurs. 1/10/2019
2018 Longhouse Council Eagle Recognition Dinner
6:00pm - 9:00pm (EDT), Syracuse, NY


Wed. 5/16/2018
Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner
6:30pm - 9:00 (EDT), King of Prussia, PA

Wed. 5/16/2018
Philadelphia Area Eagle Scouting VIP Reception
5:30pm - 6:30pm (EDT), King of Prussia, PA

Sat. 8/18/2018
Alumni Trip to the SteelStacks
8:00am - 11:00pm (EST), Bethlehem, PA


Thur. 4/26/2018
Gathering of Eagles
5:30pm - 8:00pm (EDT), Chattanooga, TN


Thur. 4/26/2018
Eagle Alumni After-Hours Networking - Houston NORTH
5:30pm (CDT), The Woodlands, TX

Thur. 4/26/2018
Eagle Alumni After-Hours Networking - Houston WEST
5:30pm (CDT), Houston, TX

Sat. 5/12/2018
Eagle Scout Recognition
11:30am - 1:00pm (CST), San Antonio, TX

Thur. 5/24/2018
National High Adventure Bases Alumni Reception
5:00pm - 6:30pm (CDT), Dallas, TX


Sat. 4/28/2018
Gathering of Eagles Banquet
6pm (MDT), Ogden, UT


5/25/2018 - 5/28/2018
Troop 31 Centennial Celebration
Weekend Event, Fort Monroe, VA


Sat. 5/5/2018


8/24/2018 - 8/26/2018
Camp Thunderbird Reunion
Summit Lake, WA

West Virginia

6/10/2018 - 6/16/2018
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Thousands of Girls Are Joining Cub Scouts

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Thousands of Girls Are Joining Cub Scouts 
The Associated Press recently covered news of the growing availability of Cub Scouts for girls.
Pinewood Derby Serves As Entry Into World of Scouting for These Girls 
For the first time in their community, girls were able to participate in the popular event as official Cub Scouts.
Posthumous Eagle Board of Review Held for Scout With Heart Condition 
He never let anything - certainly not a heart condition and other health issues - stand in the way of his goals.
Michael Yerger, Contestant on 'Survivor: Ghost Island,' Is an Eagle Scout 
Yerger is trying to be the youngest person ever to win Survivor.
Venturers Heading to Military Academy Forged Friendships in Scouting 
They all report to Cadet Basic Training at West Point this summer.

Prepared. For Life.
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May 5th Training

May 5 New World United Methodist Church
Den Chief  9 to 12 Youth and adult a great way to find out about the program a how it can benefit your Unit

Eagle Mentor / Coach  10:30 to 12:00  Have questions about the Eagle Process and how to help your Eagle ask Our District Advancement Chair Clayton Starkweather

STEM / NOVA 9:00 to 10:30  What is this Program ? How can it Benefit my unit and Boys?

Texas Face to Face YPT  9:30     or  11:00

Den Chief Training

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hornaday Advisor Training

On behalf of Chandra…..

Attached is the flyer for our upcoming Hornaday Adviser Training to be held Friday, May 18th - Sunday, May 20th at Sid Richardson Scout Camp. Members of the National Hornaday Awards Committee will be leading the course. This is the first time this course has been offered in Texas and the only Southern Region course offering in 2018. If you have any interest in conservation AND want to help scouts work towards earning the prestigious William T. Hornaday awards, please consider taking advantage of this opportunity!

Online registration is available through the council website at:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Any help in promoting this course is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
Chandra Clark
CELL: 214-901-6032

In Scouting Service,
Diane Morrison
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

State Parks Getaways – April 2018

Where to Go Wild Over Wildflowers l 6 Hacks for Hiking l 6 Parks to Go Fly a Kite l We Will Not Be Tamed Sweepstakes

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State Parks Getaways

Where to Go Wild Over Wildflowers

Indian paintbrush and bluebonnets
Wildflowers are throwing a colorful carpet over our spring landscape. You probably recognize bluebonnets, our famous state flower, but they're not the only color in the carpet – Texas has over 5,000 types of wildflowers! Check out these favorite parks and the spring flowers they're known for:
Ft. Boggy – N of Houston, spider lilies
Lake Mineral Wells – W of DFW, Indian paintbrush
Lake Somerville – E of Austin, bluebonnets
Daingerfield – E of DFW, dogwood tree blossoms
Franklin Mountains – in El Paso, gold poppies 
Visit our PinterestInstagram or Facebook for the latest photos of park wildflowers and tag yours with #TxStateParks.

 More Spring Wildflowers in Parks 

6 Hacks for Hiking State Parks

Nature walk and hike sign
Whether you like to hike, walk or skip your way around state parks, check out these 6 helpful resources before you go:
hikers on mountain trail
6. State Parks app get it for easy access to trail maps
Keep your parks beautiful by staying on the trails and discarding your trash.

Leave No Trace Video

6 Parks to Go Fly a Kite

family flying a kite on a beach
Let your spirits soar by flying a kite at a state park. April is National Kite Month, so celebrate by joining us at these park kite festivities:
People have been making kites for over 2,000 years, so you may want to try to make one yourself. When it's time to send it soaring, look for an area of park with an open space free of exposed power lines, trees and cactus. Plenty of parks have suitable areas for kite flying, including: 
Lockhart – S of Austin
Cleburne – S of DFW
There's a reason we still fly kites, because it's FUN. So check out these kite tips, take a look at our night kite video, and go out and create some happy memories with a kite at a state park.

Night Kite Video

April is State Park Month at Whole Earth Provision Co., link

We Will Not Be Tamed

We Will Not Be Tamed, man on a cliff
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) encourages all Texans to get involved in conserving the wild things and wild places of our state. As the nonprofit partner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWF is raising awareness about the lands, waters and wildlife we all love.
"We Will Not Be Tamed" calls on you to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit, and why we should all be inspired to conserve it.
TPWF has enlisted a group of remarkable Texan outdoorsmen and women to stand together and tell their stories about places that have given so much. They include El Paso's Matt Morris, pictured here, who credits time spent in the ruggedly beautiful Franklin Mountains with restoring his health and vitality. TPWF is calling them The Untamed, and you can learn more about Matt and the other Untamed ambassadors at
TPWF has also teamed up with popular Texas brands including Toyota, Yeti, Howler Brothers and Diablo Paddlesports. Together they've created a one-of-a-kind sweepstakes to give away everything needed to live the wild life – and the grand prize winner will drive home in a new Toyota Tundra. 


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

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