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

Questions About Girls in Your Pack? See Family Scouting.

posted Aug 13, 2018, 7:20 AM by Daniel Anderson

The National Council has provided guides, infographics and detailed resources for any packs that are welcoming Family Scouting or considering adding girl dens to their pack.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Training

posted Jul 6, 2018, 8:47 AM by John Royar   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 8:47 AM ]

The East Texas Area Council and the Wo-Ha-Li District invites you to participate in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), a fun-filled program of hands-on skills training in the outdoors, designed to help you master basic camp skills required for Tenderfoot through First Class Scout ranks. This course will be held at the Alert Academy, approximately 2 miles east of Big Sandy on Highway 80 in Upshur County on September 28th through 30th, 2018. Cost of the course is $36.00. 


posted May 9, 2018, 8:16 AM by John Royar

Pack Key-3

posted May 4, 2018, 8:22 AM by John Royar

Pack Key 3 members (Cub Master,  Committee Chair, Charter Organization Representative), 

Be on the lookout for an very important email being addressed to you with the subject: Scout Me In. 

Shooting Sports Chair & Council Training Chair

posted Apr 23, 2018, 6:28 AM by John Royar   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 6:29 AM ]

The East Texas Area Council is happy to announce that two 5 Rivers District Scouters, Brian Crews and Shea Davis, have accepted appointment as chairmen of important Program committees.  Brian has begun serving as the ETAC Shooting Sports Chairman and  Shea is serving as the ETAC Training Chairman.  Both of these Scouters are looking forward to building programs that will benefit all of ETAC youth and adults.  

Please give them your support.

Frank B Shockley

Hazardous Weather training update

posted Apr 5, 2018, 5:57 AM by John Royar

The BSA is retiring the current course WS81 and will be replacing it with SCO_800. In addition the following positions now require Hazardous Weather training to be considered position trained: 

Cubmasters (CM) 
Den leaders (DL) 
Webelos den leaders (WL) 
Scoutmasters (SM) 
Leaders of 11-year old Scouts- LDS (10) 
Crew advisors (NL) 
Skippers (SK) 
Post Advisor (AA)

For more details on this update, see the Hazardous Weather FAQ 040218.pdf below.

The Great Tyler Cleanup

posted Mar 2, 2018, 10:52 AM by John Royar

Keep Tyler Beautiful is inviting people of all ages to demonstrate that they love where they live by coming together for a community wide cleanup on Saturday, April 7th. This is a part of the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off and the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup. 

Keep Tyler Beautiful will be hosting the event from Southside Park and Rose Rudman Trail and volunteers are encouraged to meet at Southside Park. Walk up registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the cleanup will start at 9 a.m. 

“It’s exciting to watch this event grow every year.” says Keep Tyler Beautiful Board Chair,

Shannon Franzen. “We encourage everyone to come out to the trails to cleanup or host your own cleanup at another location in the City! There are many streets, parks and neighborhoods that could use some attention.”

Keep Tyler Beautiful will provide you with all the supplies to help you cleanup for the location of your choice. 

Volunteers will be able to pre-register for the event online beginning March 1 and will receive a t-shirt. Lunch will be served after the cleanup at Southside Park. 

For more information or to register, you can visit our website at or the Facebook event page by using the hashtag #GreatTylerCleanup2018.  


2018 Wildfire Community Preparedness Award and Grant

posted Feb 27, 2018, 6:22 AM by John Royar   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 7:19 AM ]

We have applied for a grant from the National Fire Protection Agency to help us make our narrow woods roads at Camp Pirtle safer and more effective by cutting the brush that overhangs those roads.  Now we need all of ETAC’s Scouts & Scouters help to make that grant a reality. As part of awarding the grant, a contest is underway to help decide who gets the funds. If we are selected, the funds will be used to hire a contractor who operates a tractor with a boom-mounted rotary cutter to cut back vegetation along the aforementioned roads. That will enhance wildfire preparedness by providing safe access and egress for road maintenance crews and for firefighters who will be able to quickly and safely implement fire control measures. That may also prevent a fire's spreading onto adjacent private properties

To vote use the following link:

  • All votes must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018 by 11:59:59 pm ET.
  • Winners will be announced on March 21, 2018.
  • Contest limited to one vote per person, per day.

Voting is very important because the number of votes received by the project will be factored into the decision to grant the proposal.

Thank you for your help with this very significant project for the George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation and a for helping ETAC fund the cost of the activity.

Frank shockley

Summer Camp 2018

posted Feb 23, 2018, 3:06 PM by John Royar

The Summer Camp season is fast approaching. At Camp Pirtle we are making great strides to improve both our program and our facility.  For details on registration, weeks scheduled and the program, review the Leaders Guide for the year you are planning to attend camp.

Now is the time to start working on Camp staff applications. If you or someone you know would like to work at Camp Pirtle this summer please use the staff application found in the Forms, Policies & Resources under the Pirtle section.

Note: The 2018 Leaders Guide will be posted on or around March 1st, 2018

For more details or to access the link to download the leaders guide visit

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.


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