Friday, December 20, 2019

New District Name Survey

Longhorn Council District Naming
As many of you may have heard the Cross Timbers and Tejas Districts are merging in 2020.   WIth that we will need a name to call ourselves.   This is your chance as a Scout or Scouter in our district to suggest a name you think we should use.  

This name can be any name, but really should be a name that represents the area and the volunteers of the area.  The name can be as long or as short as you want, it can also have multiple words in it.  One caveat, we can not reuse the name "Tejas" or the name "Cross Timbers"  

From these name suggestions the new merged committee will chose the best name.

         Please open this link:

        This survey will be available for 30 days!      Thank you for all that you do for Scouting!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Longhorn Council District Re-alignment

Longhorn Council District Re-alignment has been approved 

A few weeks ago at the last Longhorn Council Board Meeting, the District Service Assessment Plan was approved, which re-aligns the 16 districts into 12 districts starting in March 2020.

We have been having discussions about this over the last couple of months at Council and District meetings.   The goal was to look at the Total Available Youth , and to keep school districts in tact, as much as possible.  With all the changes occurring in Scouting, it was time.  As the LDS church, transitions out, and girls have been added to both Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA, the districts were becoming unbalanced.  

Our new district, will be the boundaries of the Arlington, Mansfield and Kennedale ISDs, basically merging the Cross Timbers and Tejas districts.   Joint Key 3 meetings between the two districts have already started.  We will begin joint Roundtable, District Committee and Commissioners meetings in January.  A new District Committee will be official in March.  Meeting locations are likely to move to more central locations in the I-20 area.    The new district will likely have a new name, which is being encouraged by the Longhorn Council.  Discussions have already started on the new name, possibly combining Cub Day camps, Training committee, Membership committee, and what the combined district committee might be.  

Any questions or concerns, please let me know, discussions will continue at all district meetings.  

Thank You for all that you do for Scouting!  

David Shuford

Cross Timbers District Chairman

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Roundtable - Tuesday night - Re-Charter Turn-in and Holiday Party

Roundtable - Tuesday night - Pantego Christian Academy, 2201 W Park Row 

Re-Charter Turn-in and Holiday Party at 7PM

Here is the list of what ALL units should bring:

–Signed Recharter Papers

–Adult and Youth Applications listed on page 1

–One Blank Check- Signed

–Completed/Signed JTE Unit Award Form

–Family FOS Presentation Date

–Checked Check list from Council Web Site   file:///H:/Recharter-Turn-In-Check-List-11.13.2019.pdf

Please contact your Unit Commissioner, if you have any questions, or know that you will not be ready by Roundtable.  Make arrangements with your commissioner to turn-in your re-charter at a later date, if needed.    

Do NOT turn in Re-Charters directly to the Longhorn Council. 
All units must turn in re-charters through the Commissioner staff, and the District Commissioner. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Former Scoutmaster Doc has passed, Final Salute tonight

Scouts, Parents, Volunteers, and Alumni,

We are very sad to announce that former Scoutmaster "Doc" Craig Poindexter has passed away peacefully minutes ago at Arlington Memorial Hospital.
As a military veteran Doc will be honored with a Final Solute in the first floor atrium on the south side of the first floor of the hospital at 800 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012.
It will take a few hours from now (5:30pm) to prepare for the send off (estimated 7:30pm).
Doc's family has invited all current and former scouts, parent, and volunteers, as well as any past coworkers, friends, and acquaintances . (Uniforms are welcome but not required).
More details about funeral arrangements and celebration of life services will be provided later as we receive updates.
Please share this email and the troop's Facebook post on your feed/wall/etc for all to see.  

Yours In Service,

Eric McGinnis 
Assistant Scoutmaster 
BSA Troop 68 - Arlington TX 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Need Volunteers this Saturday at River Legacy Scout Day!

River Legacy is hosting a Badge Day program to help scouts earn some of their badges! Volunteers are needed to help facilitate activity stations with topics such as bugs, animal habitats, fun, feathers and ferns and much more!
We still need about 35 volunteers for the event THIS Saturday! Please tell your friends and families or anyone needing volunteer hours!
If you are interested in helping with this volunteer opportunity, please sign up on

Breanna Sayers
Volunteer Coordinator
River Legacy Living Science Center
703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
817-860-6752 ext. 109

Looking for more ways to volunteer with River Legacy? 

Like and follow us on our Volunteer Facebook and Instagram pages!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Salvation Army Needs groups for bell ringing.. This is a non-uniform event!

Please share it with your unit or other organizations.

This is not a BSA sponsored event and you may NOT wear your uniforms.

We would love for y'all to Bell Ring this year! Bell Ringing - IT'S FUN! IT'S EXCITING! It’s Helping Raise Critically Needed Funds for Children and Families! INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS ARE NEEDED TO BELL RING!

   Start with one (1) team of two or three individuals and swap out for a new team every couple of hours. With 5 teams, you can cover the entire day and have FUN while changing lives! Also, you can volunteer on your own if you don't want to develop the team approach. If volunteers are under age 18 then their parent or teacher/sponsor must bell ring with them. 

   Today Sign Up as a group and take an entire day 10AM to 8PM, Or, Sign Up for a couple of hours. Go to and schedule your bell ringing date/time and location. Or, to sign up or if you have any questions please contact Bridget Lenhardt, Volunteer Coordinator, or 314-882-4972.

    Check out this brief video to see the impact you make while bell ringing:  m/watch/?v=366247467458030

  Bell Ringers are needed in: Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Colleyville, Bedford, and HurstRemember - Bell Ringing is more FUN if you get a group together. Thank you for Bell Ringing and for Doing The Most Good! We Can't Wait For You To Sign Up! Thank you

Joyful unto Him,

Bridget Lenhardt
Special Events & Volunteer Supervisor | Cell 314-882-4972 | 817-860-1836 ext. 78426
The Salvation Army Family Life Center and Youth Education Town

Sign Up Today and Bell Ring!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Arrangements for Ken Majka

From the Majka Family 

Updated Memorial and Graveside Service Information

Kenneth’s Visitation will be Sunday, November 24 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Wade Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

His Memorial will be on Monday, November 25 at 2:00 PM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church at 2100 N. Davis, Arlington.

His Burial will be on Tuesday, November 26 at 3:00 PM at Moore Memorial Garden, 1219 N. Davis, Arlington

Due to a miscommunication between the funeral home and the cemetery we are unable to have the memorial and burial on the same day. We are very sorry!

Note: Ken is being buried in his Scout uniform, please feel free to wear yours (to be clear this has not mentioned by the family, but the pallbearers that are Scouts will be wearing theirs).

Monday, November 11, 2019

REMINDER - Roundtable on Tuesday Night

Tuesday - November 12th  

at 7PM at Pantego Christian Academy

2201 W Park Row, Arlington TX 76013

Last Roundtable Meeting of the year, we have lots of information to discuss!  
Next month is RE-CHARTER Turn-In! 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Centennial Camporee Weekend Edition

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
It's not too late to come out on Saturday!
Dinosaurs at the Camporee
A Velociraptor and a T-Rex from Walking with Dinosaurs Jurassic Extreme in Houston will join us Saturday afternoon for a guest appearance starting at 1:30 PM. Please keep a safe distance and don't feed the dinosaurs!
Chess Tournament
There will be an open all-day walk-in chess tournament in the Mess tent. All are welcome. Players will each get 5 minutes to finish each game they play. Open from from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM.
Sci-Fi Reenactors
Please remind all youth attending: DO NOT TOUCH the expensive and easily damaged costumes worn by Star Wars and other Science Fiction Reenactors.
Gorgeous weather expected for our Centennial Camporee. Saturday looks to be especially nice with the high in the upper 60's and sunny! So, complete your registration. If for any reason you missed the registration online, come as a walk-in. We won't turn you away! Click the pic above for more information...
Quick reminder: Make sure your unit has all popcorn-selling Scouts entered into the Trails End system. They won't receive prizes (Amazon gift cards) without this.
For more information about next weekend's Take Order pick ups please visit our Longhorn Council IHUB:
Happy Campsgiving from the Longhorn Council Scout Shops! Save 20% when you buy 3 or more select "Campsgiving" products.
Please contact our LHC Scout Shops to learn more:
CAMP CARDS Strike the Words 
"Camp Cards" from your memory!
Longhorn Council will now offer 
The New "Scout Saver" Spring Fundraiser.
This promises to be more fun to sell, easier to use, and will feature local
and national vendors. Some of the details are still being worked out but you
can read some basic information on this Scout Saver PDF, click below:
Calling all LHC TCU Horned Frogs Football Fans… 
Tommy Burrell, Account Executive, from TCU Athletics is ready to answer
questions about the football game on November 29th.
Here is what we do know:
  • Scouts 12 years and under (NCAA rules restrict age) get pre-game on-field activities, a patch, and a jersey.
  • The opponent is West Virginia.
  • The game is the day after Thanksgiving so this may be a fun family event.
  • Not an "official" Longhorn Council event this year but we are working to have something in place for next season.
Please contact Tommy with if you have any questions:
A special invitation from IFLY Fort Worth:
Please join us on December 14th, 2019 for our BSA + iFLY Indoor Skydiving Up and Away Nova Award STEM Event.
iFLY is proud to collaborate with the LHC, Boy Scouts of America and all Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers across the nation. Through this collaboration, we offer Scouts a chance to earn a STEM Nova Award and experience firsthand how flying accelerates learning.
For more in depth information on our STEM program and partnership with the BSA, please visit the link below.
This event is open to ALL Scouts registered with any Council of the Boy Scouts of America, regardless of rank and gender. Please be advised that iFLY does not employ registered/certified BSA Counselors; these individuals must be sourced from your local BSA Community.
Saturday, November 16, 2019 will be one of the busiest days of the year. Whether you and your unit will attend University of Scouting or pick up Take Order popcorn, you can all celebrate with a Mavs game. This special Scout Night allows families to enjoy nice pricing, including a low-price food bundle, all while helping your community. All Scout Night tickets purchased will help local councils. Be sure to click the "Longhorn Council" tab so we get credit for your attendance.
The Dick's Sporting Goods "Appreciation Days" sale is right around the corner. On Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th, Dick's will provide 20% to our Scouters on certain items.
Thanks in advance for contacting the store with any questions.
So, after you have shopped at our LHC Scout Stores this week and then attended our LHC University of Scouting 2019, Dick's may have a couple of items on your wish-list ready to purchase.
Here is the coupon they provided which lists all the participating stores and more information:

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

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