Council Wide News & Events

Cub Scout Announcements and Events 






Each District will post Announcements and Events which are unique and only affect units in the District on the following pages:

Dogwood  Wo-Ha-Li  Golden Eagle  Tomahawk  Five Rivers

Exclusive Scout Show at Medieval Times

posted Sep 8, 2017, 1:48 AM by John Royar

Scouts HONOR meet knightly CHIVALRY at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament! Our thrilling scout show is a great way to excite the entire troop (See attached flyer for more info).

  1. All seats $31.95 ($29 in savings)
  2. Exclusive Scout show includes:
    1. 2 Hour Live Tournament
    2. Four Course Medieval Feast
    3. Free Animal Science Workshop
    4. All Scouts receive the Medieval Times Participation Patch
  3. Scout show dates:
    1. Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2. Sunday, April 22, 2018
    3. Sunday, May 6, 2018
    4. Sunday, May 20, 2018
    5. Sunday, September 22, 2018
  4. Doors open at 12 PM. Animal Science workshop begins at 1 PM. Dinner & Tournament begins at 2 PM. (This applies for all shows)

 

For more information, please contact 469-342-5555 or email Karen.reeves@medievaltimes.com.

 

2017 Turkey Camp

posted Sep 8, 2017, 12:31 AM by John Royar

TURKEY CAMP 2017 – Nov 18th – 21st

For more details see attached flyer on the event.

Merit Badge Counselors - YPT

posted Sep 5, 2017, 2:58 PM by John Royar

Attention Merit Badge Counselors

BSA requires that all Merit Badge Counselors maintain an in-force certificate of Youth Protection Training. It must be in force in order for the counselor to be authorized to sign off on requirements for their specifically approved merit badges even if they are currently registered. An expired certificate of Youth Protection training automatically defaults to not meeting the MBC requirements. The following attached list (YPT MBC Status 8.25.2017.xlsx) is of currently registered merit badge counselors whose YPT has expired or is less than 30/60 & 90 days from expiring. Those that have already expired are no longer authorized to sign off on any merit badge requirements past their date of expiration It is possible that an error has occurred within the system and the individual has simply not received credit. If those individuals will furnish a copy of their certificate or training card to me, I will see if we can correct the official record and reinstate privileges to serve as a merit badge counselor and contribute to the boy’s scouting experience.

Please keep in mind that BSA requirements concerning YPT are first and foremost for the protection of our youth and for the counselor’s protection as well.

Bill Cox

ETAC – Program Committee

Boy Scout Chair

wmgcii@gmail.com

Membership Fee Change

posted Sep 1, 2017, 9:51 AM by John Royar

Changes to Membership fees

 

Effective December 1, 2017 membership fees will become $33.00 annually for new members. This will impact renewing members at recharter time for 2018. Units planning school night recruitment events should adjust fees collected accordingly. Unit’s will continue to pro-rate fees for new members until recharter time but must use the new fee for December. There is no change to Boy’s Life fees.

Youth Protection Changes

posted Sep 1, 2017, 9:46 AM by John Royar

Changes to Youth Protection Training

Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application. (This has been a policy of the East Texas Area Council for several years, but has now become a National standard).

With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Internet Rechartering system will be updated so that units cannot submit the registration renewal of any adult who does not have current YPT as of the effective date of the renewal. Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars will no longer be able to override the registration system to register any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current.

Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a CBC and YPT, even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip

Services honoring Scouts

posted Aug 8, 2017, 3:32 PM by John Royar   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 8:28 PM ]

William Brannon - Visitation will be held at Downs Funeral Home on Hwy 31 in Marshall, TX on Wednesday, August 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 10th at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church in Hallsville, TX.

Heath Faucheux - Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 2108 Ridgewood Dr, Longview, TX on Friday, August 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 12th at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Longview, TX.

Thomas Larry - Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 2108 Ridgewood Dr, Longview, TX on Saturday, August 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 13th at 3:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Longview, TX.


In lieu of flowers, the families asks that you consider donations to the Troop 620 Memorial Fund, Boy Scouts of America, 1331 East 5th St., Tyler, TX 75701, or to the Roaring Bobcat Band Booster Club, Attn: Brannon Scholarship Fund, PO Box 810, Hallsville, TX 75650.

Updated statement

posted Aug 8, 2017, 10:59 AM by John Royar

This is an extremely difficult time for our Scouting family. We are very sad to confirm the deaths of three youth participants following a boating incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. The East Texas Area Council and the Scouting community will continue to support them in any way that we can. Please join us in keeping these families in your thoughts and prayers.

We are mindful of the Scouts and volunteers who were present on the outing and the impact this incident had had on them. Grief counselors are standing by to care for our Scouts and adult volunteers.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the emergency teams who responded and assisted our Scouts and volunteers throughout this incident.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s statewide incident team is investigating the accident. Please direct any questions specific to the accident to TPWD.

Dewayne Stephens
Scout Executive, East Texas Area Council


Sad Heart

posted Aug 7, 2017, 7:00 PM by John Royar

Scouting family,

I am sure you've seen the news and many of you have reached out to me. The Boy Scouts in our Council in East Texas lost 3 fine young men. They were great kids, great summer camp staff and great examples of young men living the ideals of Scouting under the Scout Laws we hold so dear. In honor of their lives, their footprints and their legacies I offer prayer for their families and friends. May God cradle them in his arms.

Dewayne Stephens
Scout Executive, East Texas Area Council

Special Ceremony for Thomas Larry

posted Aug 7, 2017, 12:23 PM by John Royar

Dear scouting families,

We are saddened to inform you that Thomas Larry, who is currently in critical condition in Shreveport, will become an organ donor at 11am on August 8th, 2017.

There will be a special recognition at that time at the LSU Shreveport Medical Center, 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA.

At the beginning of the organ donation process, a flag will be raised and continually flown during his procedure. After the donation concludes, the flag will be lowered and given to the Larry family.

We are asking for as many boys in uniform that would like to attend this special recognition to please be at the hospital at 11am. Continue to pray for all families involved in this unbelievable tragedy.

Sincerely,
Dewayne Stephens
Scout Executive, East Texas Area Council 

Youth fatalities for East Area Texas Council

posted Aug 5, 2017, 8:44 PM by John Royar

This is an extremely difficult time for our Scouting family. We are very sad to confirm the deaths of two youth participants following a boating incident. A third youth has been airlifted to an area hospital after sustaining injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. We will support them in any way that we can.

“I would like to thank the emergency teams who responded and assisted our Scouts and volunteers throughout this incident.”

East Texas Area Council, BSA Scout Executive & CEO, Dewayne Stephens

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