Council Wide News & Events

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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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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

Merit Badge Counselor Renewals for 2018

posted Nov 17, 2017, 5:48 AM by John Royar   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 1:08 PM ]

As of November 14th, only half of the nearly 300 merit badge counselors for 2017 have asked to renew their registration and approved merit badges for charter year 2018. A lot of young Scouts are going to miss out on merit badges they want to take or have to have to advance. More importantly they will miss out on the reason for merit badges being such an important and required part of the Advancement program. To quote from the BSA Advancement Guidelines: The Benefits of Merit Badges

There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant, continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom

As of November 14, 2017, the attached list (MBC 2018 no response v 11.12.2017) reflects the current registered and approved merit badge counselors for 2017 who we have no record of a response for a 2018 renewal. There are less than 23 days left to avoid being dropped as a registered and approved merit badge counselor. No response is considered a request to drop. If you are dropped and continue to function as a merit badge counselor you could be putting the scout at risk by voiding that badge as properly earned.

Please don’t put off responding with a “yes” and “your current contact information” now. You may only be called upon to sporadically work with a boy on a merit badge. That experience is as rewarding for you as it is for the Scout. Sometimes you are the only counselor available for a specific merit badge.

If you show up on this list or need to register, please contact Bill Cox at 903 839-6031 or

Scholarship for Eagle Scouts

posted Nov 15, 2017, 4:06 PM by John Royar

Scout Leaders, School Counselors, and Media,

East Texas Communities Foundation will begin accepting applications for the Glenn and Vivian Prater Memorial Scholarship on December 1. Please share this good news!

This scholarship honors the memory of Glenn and Vivian Prater who were residents of Liberty County, Texas. Although neither of the Praters were able to attend college due to financial reasons, they were firm believers in education. Mrs. Prater taught kindergarten before it was part of the public school system. She also sold World Book Encyclopedias. Mr. Prater was valedictorian of his high school class. His passion was working with Boy Scouts; he mentored 12 Eagle Scouts as a Scoutmaster and received the Woodbadge and Silver Beaver Awards.

This scholarship is to be awarded to an Eagle Scout accepted to attend or currently attending Texas A&M University. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or prior graduates of a public, private, or home school in one of the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Liberty, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, or Wood County. Preference will be given to students from Liberty County. The deadline for submission of the application and all supporting documents is February 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.

Complete eligibility requirements and the link to the application are listed here on our website: We offer 50 additional scholarships which are also detailed on our website.

Thank you for helping get the word out. Please contact me if you need additional information.


Warm regards,


Mary Lynn Smith

Program Officer

East Texas Communities Foundation

315 N. Broadway, Ste. 210

Tyler, Texas  75702



903-533-0258 (fax)

Online Recharter

posted Nov 2, 2017, 11:03 AM by John Royar

On Nov 1, the online recharter link became active and all units are now able to login and start the recharter process. Each Unit should have received a letter with instructions from the National Registrar and by now you may have reviewed a presentation on the process. As a reminder of those instructions, the web URL to log into is

If you are a new user, you can consult the most current presentation for instructions on using Internet Rechartering. In addition there is a FAQ using this link:  

You will also need a code to activate the Unit process. Your DE and or District Commissioner has this code. 

Council Registration Fee

posted Oct 31, 2017, 11:27 AM by John Royar   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 12:46 PM ]

Please review the attached letter from the Council Key-3 concerning Executive Board action.


posted Oct 20, 2017, 1:01 PM by John Royar

The 60th Annual Scouting Jamboree on the Air and on the Internet starts Friday evening and continues through Sunday.


Friday, October 20th  Locations

Scout Hut in Gilmer

Time: Now until 9 or 10 pm


Saturday, October 21nd locations

East Texas Area Council

1331 East 5th Street, Tyler
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Hot Pepper Festival in Palestine

Time: ?

PACARC, the Palestine area ham radio operator club, will be setting up a radio shack


Scout Hut in Gilmer

Time: 2pm ish until 9 or 10 pm


Sunday, October 22nd locations

Back parking lot at Alpine Church of Christ in Longview

Time: 3p – 6p
Cost: $5 {This includes: snacks, drinks, JOTA / JOTI patch, and a lot of fun.}
Why: to communicate with other radio operators and internet users around the USA and the World.
Who: any interested Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts 
Attention Boy Scouts: Jeff Sorrells will work on the 
Radio Merit Badge. Please RSVP to me for this.  Amy Pruitt 903-746-3275 Pack 621

Scouting Membership Change

posted Oct 11, 2017, 10:54 AM by John Royar

Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page and the Family Scouting FAQ

  • This change is the result of years of requests from families: The BSA thoughtfully evaluated how to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible and adapt to the changing needs of today’s families — all while remaining true to our mission and core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Changes will begin in 2018 (Cub Scouts) and stretch into 2019 (older girls): Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the BSA also will deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable girls to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows us to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.

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


2017 Turkey Camp

posted Sep 8, 2017, 12:31 AM by John Royar   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 1:11 PM ]

TURKEY CAMP 2017 – Nov 18th – 21st

For more details see attached flyer, Leaders Guide and spreadsheet on the Merit Badges offered.

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

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