The Scout Shop will be open Saturday, January 31.  This special day is to offer a shopping day for our volunteers attending the University of Scouting that will be held at Tyler Junior College.  You can register for U of S on this site under training.

Logging at Camp Pirtle

Forest Health and Safety at Camp Pirtle

By Frank B. Shockley, Council Conservation Chairman

Since 2003 the ETAC Forest Stewardship Committee has lead the way in conserving the natural renewable resources that play an important role in the programs that are offered at G.W. Pirtle Scout Reservation. Beginning in January 2015 the East Texas Area Council will contract the harvest of about 160 acres at Camp Pirtle to improve the forest’s health and safety for everyone who uses the camp. Highly skilled, trained harvest contractors and their employees will conduct that work under the watchful eyes of the Camp Ranger, a private forestry consultant retained by ETAC, and myself.

The primary purpose of these harvesting operations is to diminish the very serious safety, forest health, and economic issues that result from the almost constant loss of large trees, mostly pine trees. Those losses are expected to continue due to drought stress and insect infestations. Combined with the nature of the soils in some areas and the advanced age of the pine trees those environmental conditions result in the mortality of many trees. Harvests on 4 areas, the Campsite area, the Venture Base, a portion of the Carr Lodge Area, and the Administrative/Activity Area will be conducted for the reasons stated above. There will be no final harvests on any of those areas and, in the case of the last area mentioned, only selected trees will be removed.

The appearance of the areas discussed above will be enhanced by grinding stumps of harvested trees and possibly planting new trees.

Two other harvest operations, a thinning of diseased and weaker trees near the camp’s main entrance and a final harvest of an area south and east of COPE were scheduled in the board-approved 2012 Stewardship Plan. Within 18 months of harvesting, the latter area will undergo site preparation for tree planting and will be replanted with pine seedlings.

As always, revenues from the sale of those trees will give the council opportunities to improve the already high quality programs that are available to Scouts and Scouters.

The council and Stewardship Committee greatly appreciate your understanding and patience during these operations. Efforts will be made to ensure that they do not interfere with anyone’s use of the camp. The plan is to complete operations in the heavily-used portion of GWP in advance of the spring camping season. In the long run look for a healthy, safe, aesthetic forest to welcome you when you visit the George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation.

NYLT 2015 Information Released

The 2015 edition of the National Youth Leadership Training will be held June 21-26.
The East Texas Area Council Training Committee is committed to making NYLT a very special experience. Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts will live in a patrol setting at the George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation where they use their leadership skills to resolve exciting and challenging outdoor situations. The event will conclude with a closing challenge for each Scout to build upon what they have learned throughout the week.

NYLT will equip youth leaders to be better unit leaders, and leave young people with invaluable life skills.  It will help guide their journey to become true “servant leaders,” able to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.

Course participation is limited, so send in your application ASAP!

Important Note Regarding Recharter and Trained Leaders


Early in 2013, the Executive Board of the East Texas Area Council made a motion to require all leaders to be fully trained for their position in order to remain registered.  That requirement is no longer in effect.

From the minutes of the June 3, 2014 Executive Board meeting:

"Assistant Scout Executive Daniel Anderson reports our mandate of January 29, 2013 requiring all direct contact leaders to have completed their position-specific training on order for their unit to recharter is not compliant with BSA membership policies.  A motion to rescind the motion approved by the Executive Board on January 29, 2013 requiring all direct contact leaders to have completed their position-specific training in order for their unit recharter was made by Frank Shockley.  Second by Gene Stewart.  Motion carried."

The World Will Be Scouting

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology.

The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Cross Road of Culture, and the Peace Program.

Participants will live and learn with fellow Scouts from around the world. They will be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent but will soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That’s right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

Wood Badge 2015

Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge teaches participants the basics of listening, communicating, valuing people, team development, situational leadership, problem solving, and managing conflict. Once the skill is learned, each member is given the opportunity to use the skill as a member of a successful working team. At the conclusion of the course, each participant develops a set of personal goals related to his or her Scouting role known as "the Ticket." Working toward these goals allows each participant to practice and demonstrate new skills.


The first weekend of Wood Badge 2015 will be held March 20-22 at Sky Ranch in Van TX.  The second weekend of Wood Badge 2015 will be held April 24-26 at George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation in Gary TX. 


Cost is $240.00 , which includes all of your housing expenses and meals, course materials, t-shirt and the Wood Badge beads and neckerchief. 


Please refer questions to the Course Director, Debbie Splinter at 903-245-0977 or Debbie.Splinter@tsjh.org

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