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

Family Program Survey

posted Jul 20, 2017, 6:52 AM by John Royar

The East Texas Area Council has been asked to conduct a family program survey. The survey will consist of watching a video, reviewing two documents “Discussion guide for family program meetings” and “Introduction for family program meetings”. Once you have completed the video and reviewed the documents you will be asked to comment on 9 areas.  This survey will be available and active from today until July 27th. You may access the survey by going to this link Its very important to start with the “Read First – Family survey (on-line registration) and Video links” thread first. 

Thank you for everything you do to make Scouting a pivotal part of our community.

Yours in Scouting,

John Royar (

Council Commissioner


posted Jul 14, 2017, 7:29 AM by John Royar

We are wishing a speedy recovery for Barbara our Council Office Manager. She is currently in ICU at Trinity Mother Francis in Tyler. Units that would like to send cards of encouragement and prayers can forward them to the Council Office. 

Boy Scout Summer Camp Registration

posted May 11, 2017, 9:34 PM by John Royar

Course registration opens for both weeks of camp for Boy Scout summer camp at Midnight on May 11th. Adults who have Camp-Master accounts linked to a unit and have the role of "leader" assigned may now register your youth for classes. I recommend units have the Adults who will handle finance, advancement and other administrative duties as well as counsel the Scouts during the week while at camp be listed as a Camp-Master Unit Leader.    

Church Of Jesus Christ of LDS Program Changes

posted May 11, 2017, 1:17 PM by Daniel Anderson   [ updated May 11, 2017, 1:25 PM ]

From Deseret News:

-The LDS Church, the oldest and largest charter organization of the Boy Scouts of America, will drop Scouting from its Young Men's program for boys ages 14 through 17.

-The church will continue to sponsor Cub Scouts for boys 8 to 10 and Boy Scout programs for those 11 through 13 as part of the Young Men's program.

-The BSA released a statement on Thursday [May 11th, 2017] that said in part, "Although thousands of youth and leaders who participate in Venturing crews nationwide embrace and support the program, we recognize that not all programs are a perfect fit for all partners. We anticipate that many youth from the LDS Church will continue to participate in Scouting beyond the age of 14 as young men work to earn the Eagle Scout rank."

What this means:

-LDS Wards, as an entity of local Stakes, will not serve as the chartered organization for a Varsity Team or Venturing Crew.
-Young men may continue to be registered in a Boy Scout troop as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements for membership.
-Young men may register in a Varsity Team or Venturing Crew that is sponsored by an organization other than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
-The Church focus for young men ages 14 to 17 will be to further their role in the Aaronic Priesthood.

The Aaronic Priesthood is "an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood" (D&C 107:14). It is often called the preparatory priesthood. As a priesthood holder serves in the Aaronic Priesthood, he prepares to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, to receive the blessings of the temple, to serve a full-time mission, to be a loving husband and father, and to continue in lifelong service to the Lord. []

-This does not preclude those youth from registering in Boy Scout or other organizations.

Scout Office Closure 5-12-17

posted May 8, 2017, 1:31 PM by John Royar

The Scout Office will be closing at noon on Friday May 12th for Staff Training. They will reopen on Monday morning, May 15.

Scout Office Closure

posted Apr 14, 2017, 6:44 AM by John Royar

The Scout Office and Scoutshop will be closed on Good Friday (4/14/2017)

Summer Camp Staff Interviews - April 8

posted Apr 5, 2017, 9:02 AM by Daniel Anderson

The next round of summer camp staff interviews will be April 8 at 9am at the Council office in Tyler.  Please see the attached letter for more details.

Also, while campsites are starting to fill for both weeks, there IS still space availabe!  See to get your son, patrol or troop registered.

2017 Boy Scout Summer Camp Leaders Guide

posted Mar 26, 2017, 10:36 AM by John Royar

The guide is now ready!

Access to Training data

posted Mar 7, 2017, 6:58 AM by John Royar

Received a great question today and wanted to share the answer.

Q. I can see the training status for troop xxx, but I see it for pack xxx. What is the situation?

A. District and Council charters have not posted yet. You are locked out of having your Commissioner permissions until they are completed. You are listed as a Member of the Committee for the Troop and that role is not authorized to see additional detail. However, you are listed as the Pack Trainer in the Pack and that role does allow you to see training data. Unit Key 3 can assign you additional access in security manager.

lost access to many of the myScouting tools

posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:33 AM by John Royar

District and Council Leaders,

By now you should have noticed you have lost access to many of the my.Scouting tools effective March 1. Once our District and Council charters are posted, your access to the tools you use daily will be turned back on. For Commissioners, I ask you just maintain a paper record of contacts until we are given access to Commissioner Tools once again. This loss of access is a year after year problem and the only way we can resolve this behavior is make processing the District and Council charters a priority and get it completed prior to the last day of Feb.

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