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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:

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New Youth Protection Training

posted Feb 3, 2018, 10:42 PM by John Royar   [ updated Feb 4, 2018, 9:59 AM ]

Dear Scouting Friends:

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. These comprehensive policies were considered groundbreaking when they were developed and soon became the standard used by other organizations for safeguarding youth. But when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve.

Sustained vigilance on youth protection is a central part of our culture.

Over the past two years, we have worked with experts in the field of child abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment to develop new training and resources that will further strengthen our ability to protect youth. These changes include:

·         Fully updated and revised Youth Protection Training developed with leaders in the field of child abuse prevention and includes insights from experts, survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection training for all adults.

·         Expanded youth protection content across all our communications channels will inform and engage our volunteers and parents.

·         An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.

·         The BSA also provides unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.

·         Youth protection training for youth members will be available in 2019.

In addition to updated training and resources, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

       As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.

       As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their youth protection training.

       As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their youth protection training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.

By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth.

·         Adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must also take Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

·         New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training prior to completing the registration process.

·         Units cannot re-charter unless all unit leaders have completed YPT within two years.

·         Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older. Adult program participants (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application.

The only position exceptions to taking the required the Youth Protection Training are:

·         institutional heads and

·         adult partners in Tiger and Lion programs.

·         Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to take the training.

·         The training is closed captioned.

·         Spanish version will be available mid-2018.

Facilitator-led training materials will be available by mid-2018.

 

Boy Scout Weekend at the ballpark

posted Jan 31, 2018, 3:18 PM by John Royar   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 3:18 PM ]

The Texas Rangers will be hosting the Seattle Mariners and Sunday’s game will begin with a pregame parade for all scouts and scout leaders in uniform. Scouts will also receive a commemorative patch with their ticket.You can choose between three great games over the three days the weekend of April 20-22.

Wood Badge 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:54 PM by John Royar

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training experience designed to meet the leadership needs for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders as well as Council and District leaders and Scouting professionals is waiting for you. We look forward to seeing you at our next course!
 

Wood Badge is

  • Scouting’s Premier Training Program for all adult leaders
  • Leadership Training, applicable to all scouting positions
  • Tool for Improving all scouting programs, including yours
  • a six-day course, conducted over two weekends
    • Weekend One April 6 – April 8, 2018 Course starts promptly Friday at 7:30am 
    • Weekend Two April 27 – 29, 2018 Course starts promptly Friday at 7:30am

Topics include

  • Managing Conflict
  • Communicating
  • Listening to Learn
  • Valuing People and Leveraging Diversity
  • Stages of Team Development
  • Team and Individual Leadership
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Project Planning
  • and much, much more
For more details and registration application, see form attached or contact:

Donna Mangrum (Course Director) donnawieneke@aol.com (903) 570-1975 

2019 World Jamboree

posted Jan 29, 2018, 9:45 AM by John Royar   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 10:52 AM ]

2019 World Jamboree Fee Discount to lapse next WEDNESDAY

posted Jan 29, 2018, 9:21 AM by John Royar

Early applicant discount: applicants who submit a $250 deposit between November 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 and make all additional payments on time will have a $100 discount applied to their last payment.

2018 University of Scouting

posted Jan 18, 2018, 2:05 PM by John Royar   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 11:48 AM ]

Registration for the University of Scouting on Jan 27th is now active. However, we still do not have the classroom assignments from the School. Once we know this information, the rooms will be mapped to each class so your schedule will have this detail when you print it out. This event will be held at the Palestine Jr. High, 233 Ben Milam, Palestine TX.  Check in  is from 7:45 to 8:10. Opening session (period 1) will be from 8:15 - 8:45 and all participants/event staff are asked to  attend. Council Leadership will address Girls being  added to the Cub Scout Program.

 

Update: 1/22/18

 

Details on course room assignments are now known and this data will be uploaded into campmaster by Tuesday midnight. You will be able to print your course schedule on Wednesday. Included in the files section below you will find a map of the school, as well as release letters that will need to be turned in signed on 11/27. For all minors attending UoS 2018, the parent of the youth must sign the release.

 

To register, go to this link: https://etex.camp-master.com/

Council Office Closure

posted Jan 15, 2018, 9:00 PM by John Royar

Based on School closings, East Texas Area Council will be closed Tuesday, January 16th.

Annual Recognition Banquet 2018

posted Jan 11, 2018, 2:36 PM by John Royar   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 2:36 PM ]

East Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America


 Executive Board and Staff

Invite you to join them

for the

Annual Recognition Banquet


Recognizing the service of outstanding volunteers, Silver Beaver recipients, 

scholarship winners, 2017 Summit Award Recipients, 2017 Quartermaster Award Recipients 

and 

the 2017 Class of Eagles


Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Holiday Inn, 5701 S. Broadway Ave, Tyler, Texas


If you can help sponsor a deserving Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster recipient dinner at the banquet, you may do so on the registration form.


Please return the registration form along with your check to:

East Texas Area Council, 1331 E Fifth Street, Tyler, Texas 75701

Reservations must be received no later than February 26th.


Download the attached file for the registration form below. 

Please share this information

. . . all are invited to attend . . .

MB Counselor Last call to Renew

posted Dec 1, 2017, 7:27 PM by John Royar

LAST CALL TO RENEW

Current year Merit Badge Counselors MUST, on an annual basis, advise the ETAC they want to renew for the next year. The Deadline for doing this is December 8th to avoid being dropped as an approved merit badge counselor. The following list is the current approved merit badge counselors for ETAC who have not indicated (11/28) they want to renew for another year. Only approved merit badge counselors can sign off on merit badge requirements for the specific merit badges they have received approval and maintaining valid Youth Protection Training certification. To do otherwise could jeopardize the acceptance of that merit badge as having been earned and affecting his advancement. Responses to renew can be done via email to wmgcii@gmail.com. Include your registered name and current contact information. (MAIL ADDRESS, PREFERRED MAIL ADDRESS AND EMAIL)

It would be a shame to lose 30% of the merit badge counselors and provide fewer opportunities for the scouts to learn and grow in confidence, leadership, responsibility all while having fun.

 


Mark

Annett

Crystal

Arcand

Emily

Ashton

Wendell

Barnes

Joe

Barrington

John

Bearse

Bruce

Bennett

Allen

Bergeron

Linda

Bergeron

Ryan

Bockover

Michelle

Brannon

Stanley

Brannon

William

Bridger

Robert

Brown

Steven

Bryant

J

Burge

Kourt

Chatelain

John

Clark

Ronnie

Collins

Melissa

Combs

Charles

Crossman

Lisa

Crossman

Robert

Crossman

Douglas

Crouch

Jimmy

Decker

Misty

Deggs

Thomas

Draschil

Joseph

Egbe

Dion

Faucheux

Michelle

Faucheux

Von

Freeman

Kristi

Gay

Maurice

Gentry

Sheila

Gentry

Jeffrey

Gillispie

George

Gomez

Andrew

Greule

Manuel

Guerrero

Karen

Hall

Wendy

Hall

Seth

Holloway

Bradley

Hyland

Dennis

Hyland

Erica

Hyland

Karalee

Hyland

Thomas

Ishmael

Matthew

Jolley

Jeffrey

Jon

Sheryl

Kelehan

Danny

King

Jessica

King

Stacy

Kottwitz

Matt

Land

Richard

Lowe

Bret

Lynn

Christi

McClure

Michael

McElroy

Sherry

McGovern

Cort

Miller

LuAnn

Mills

Ronald

Mills

Nicole

Moore

James

Moulton

Jason

Moulton

Theophilos

Nackos

Dyson

Nickle

William

Ogg

James

Peterson

Carrol

Pilgrim

James

Pitts

Frank

Pratt

Mary

Pratt

Leonard

Reynolds

Anne

Rhodus

Charles

Rhodus

Sheli

Rose

William

Sharp

Jill

Shuler

Raymond

Sorrells

Timothy

Speer

Brent

Staley

Peyton

Stephens

Kirkpatrick

Taylor

Jannifer

Washington-Griffin

Samuel

Webber

Thomas

Westberry

Cathy

Williams

Marvin

Wrich

Daren

Yeager

Tristan

Ziemke


Thanksgiving Blessings

posted Nov 22, 2017, 7:45 AM by John Royar

At Thanksgiving we often stop to think of the things we are thankful for and as Americans, we have a lot to be grateful for. We live in freedom, we can worship as we choose, and most of us have enough food, clothing and adequate shelter.

We are as blessed as any people in the world, but sometimes we forget that and want even more.  Let’s remember that a lot of the world’s population goes to bed hungry every night in homes that few Americans would be willing live in.

It is good to remind ourselves that we are lucky and to thank God for our blessings. That’s what Thanksgiving really is, a time to give thanks. The Pilgrims started it more than 300 years ago when they gathered to thank God for a bountiful harvest. That three-day feast typically referred to as the “first Thanksgiving” took place in 1621 and included wildfowl, corn, venison and praise to God.

What are you most thankful for during this Thanksgiving Week? Here’s a few big ones.

  1. The Youth you allow us to care for - Our goal is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  2. All Scouting volunteers at the Unit/District/Council level - You are the life blood that keeps this movement going. It would not happen without your dedication, commitment and the time you give.
  3. Our Scouting Families - We are thankful for you as most of our units would not exist if it was not for you. Parents you sacrifice your time and resources to give your youth a well rounded learning opportunity. Thank you for all that you give; it’s an honor loving your most precious.
  4. Camp Pirtle - Nestled in the piney woods of East Texas, George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation has facilities allowing our youth to enjoy many activities from rifle, shotgun & archery ranges to a COPE course and climbing walls, wide array of boating activities at the Waterfront access to Lake Murval.
  5. All the other people that make the program happen – You are the volunteers staffing a thumbuster getting camp ready. Your projects have ranged from easy to difficult and require a variety of skills and skill levels. You may have been asked to paint a wall, clear a trail, fix plumbing, remove bulk trash, cut down a tree, repair an A/C unit or anything else Camp Pirtle guests and Ranger Ken deem as "needs improvement".  We also can’t forget everyone that provides the finances that make things happen.  These are the folks that support our Friends Of Scouting  whether Family or Community campaigns. Without your direct support in this area, the program would not be available!  There are also many others on this list, from Day Camp staff to Merit Badge Instructors.

 

Thanksgiving Blessings,

East Texas Area Council Key – 3
Tom Prothro – Council President
John Royar – Council Commissioner
Dewayne Stephens – Council Executive

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