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

Moms can learn a thing or two from the Boy Scouts

posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:20 AM by John Royar

Council Communications College slides

posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:07 AM by John Royar   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 10:09 AM ]

The slides from last night have been uploaded to the web and available to view or download in the "Forms, Policies & Resources" area.
Look in the Council Events section.

2017 Five Rivers District Camporee

posted Feb 15, 2017, 7:07 PM by John Royar

Registration is now open on Campmaster for the Five Rivers District Camporee.

The Camporee will be held at Camp George W Pirtle march 3-5.  The event with be themed Skills, Knowledge, and Strength.  Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts will be challenged during different events covering their own skills, knowledge, and strength.  Troops will form patrols/teams ranging in size from 5-8 people.  Units may have more than one patrol/team.  Events will range from shooting sports, pioneering, fire building, scout knowledge, and the capstone event is the cast iron chef competition held at the end of the day Saturday.  Start preparing your scouts for a fun filled event where they will have fun competing against each other and use those skills, knowledge and strengths they have.

The event cost will be 5.00 dollars per participant (leaders included), all paid participants will receive a patch, and awards will be presented on Saturday night at the campfire. Registration is to be done using the campmaster online registration system.  Payment will need to be made directly to the council office either by mail or phone with credit card.  The council office number is 903-597-7201.

Each unit will be responsible for providing their own food and equipment for meals.  The dining hall will not be available for use.

Special invitation to all Webelos II who will be crossing over to Boy Scouts this spring,  we are having a special crossover ceremony for all of these young men at the event on Saturday night,  these scouts are invited to attend the event on Saturday, no overnight camping will be available for the webelos. 

Webelos may arrive anytime on Saturday but need to be at camp no later than 4:00PM.  Webelos do not have to pay any fees to attend.  The dinner meal on Saturday for the Webelos and their parents/leaders will be provided.

If there are any questions please contact Richard Pennington at 936-465-4704 or

Join Announcement Group

posted Feb 14, 2017, 11:57 AM by John Royar

The purpose of this group is to push updates on information added, changed or deleted in the Council Wide News and Events as well as Help wanted sections of the organizations website.

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Texas Teen Turns Tragic Illness into Eagle Scout Project to Benefit Entire State

posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:32 PM by John Royar   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 9:14 AM ]

COLLEYVILLE, Texas, February 14, 2017. Michael Kinsey was an energetic A and B student in the sixth grade enjoying basketball and camping with his buddies in Boy Scouts. After being bitten by a tiny tick, a few days later a classic bulls-eye rash developed. Because until recently the Texas medical establishment has denied the existence of Lyme carrying ticks in Texas, the rash was misdiagnosed.  Subsequent symptoms were missed by multiple doctors. Michael was finally diagnosed out of state where doctors immediately recognized the combination of symptoms.

What followed were years of IV antibiotics to treat a now raging systemic infection. Michael, who is now 17 and a high school junior, has received homebound instruction services since the eighth grade. He still hopes to be well enough to attend his senior year on campus. His stretch dream is attending Duke University to play basketball on what he calls “the best college basketball team in the world.” When asked about playing basketball at Duke without playing in high school his response is “Michael Jordan didn’t play on the varsity team in high school.” It is this determined positive attitude which has carried Michael through years of painful illness. Now he is using his disease, his attitude, and a desire to help others to drive his project to earn Eagle Scout.

Michael learned that Texas A&M University has an ongoing project to map the presence of ticks across Texas and identify pathogens, including Lyme, which they may be carrying. Spring is prime time for emerging ticks as well as for camping in Texas. He approached Dr. Maria D. Esteve-Gassent, PhD who runs the Lyme Lab at A&M and asked how he could help in their research.

Following her instructions, Michael has engaged volunteers to produce tick drag kits to expedite out at no charge to Scout troops and anyone else wishing to participate in the A&M research. Once the ticks arrive at A&M they will be identified and processed by graduate students. Participants will have the satisfaction of knowing that their actions will be advancing both veterinary and human health in Texas.

Michael’s Eagle Project will help A&M benefit every visitor and resident enjoying the Texas outdoors. He has set up a Web site – – with instructions and additional information. Michael is requesting that cash donations go direct to A&M to offset the cost of DNA testing for pathogens. He is hoping to generate samples from every county in Texas. "If I can help even one person avoid what I have gone through for the past 6 years it will be worth it," he says.  His project is scheduled to run through peak tick season and end April 15, 2017. 

Press Contact:

Chris or Mary Kinsey


For additional information, to donate to A&M, or to participate in The Great 2017 Texas Tick Drag please go to

Date Change for March IOLS/OWL Training

posted Feb 6, 2017, 6:50 AM by Bradley Sawicki

The March date for IOLS/OWL Training has been changed. The original date for this training was March 17-19 but will now be held March 31-April 2 at Durango's Canyon. 

Annual Recognition Banquet

posted Feb 1, 2017, 2:36 PM by John Royar   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

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, 2016 Silver Award Recipients
and the 2016 Class of Eagles
Friday, March 3, 2017
6:30 PM
Holiday Inn, 5701 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, Texas

Please see attached form and return along with your check to:
East Texas Area Council, 1331 E Fifth Street, Tyler, Texas 75701
Reservations must be received no later than February 27th.

Cost is $25 per person

Food will be served open buffet style
(CFS or Roast Chicken, tossed green salad, garlic mashed potatoes,
oven roasted vegetable medley, dinner roll and apple or cherry cobbler)

Gender Identity Statement

posted Jan 30, 2017, 6:49 PM by John Royar

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.

“While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.  Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.

“The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”

“Scouting to the Core” Bringing Scouting to Neighborhoods’ Score Card

posted Jan 26, 2017, 4:37 PM by John Royar

Date:   January 23, 2017

To:       Council Key 3, Area Key 3, Council ASE & DFS, Membership VP’s

CC:     Ron Oats, Regional Director

RE:       “Scouting to the Core” Bringing Scouting to Neighborhoods’ Score Card

Attached is the year-end scorecard related to the “Scouting to the Core” Objectives as of December 31, 2016.  Congratulations to all our councils for your efforts and hard work in helping the region achieve its’ objective.  Thank you for your leadership.

Kudos to the following councils who are over their “Scouting to the Core” objective which includes organizing 3 new units per youth serving executive and who have retained 90% or more of their units over December 2015.

Dallas, TX

Fort Myers, FL

Nashville, TN

Austin, TX

Miami Lakes, FL

Goldsboro, NC

Galveston, TX

Augusta, GA

Roanoke, VA

Harlingen, TX

Charleston, SC

Ardmore, OK

Houston, TX

Lexington, KY

Fort Smith, AR

The following councils and areas have excelled in new unit organization year-to-date and ended the year with a unit retention number up over 90%:

Baton Rouge, LA

Fort Myers, FL

Newport News, VA

Lafayette, LA

Jacksonville, FL

Raleigh, NC


Miami Lakes, FL

Richmond, VA

Dallas, TX

Orlando, FL

Roanoke, VA

Hurst, TX

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Virginia Beach, VA

Shreveport, LA

Augusta, GA

Waynesboro, VA

Tyler, TX

Charleston, SC

Winston-Salem, NC


Gastonia, NC

Ardmore, OK

Austin, TX

Chattanooga, TN

Fort Smith, AR

Beaumont, TX

Jackson, TN

Oklahoma City, OK

Corpus Christi, TX

Lexington, KY


Galveston, TX

Nashville, TN

Atlanta, GA

Harlingen, TX


Birmingham, AL

Houston, TX

Goldsboro, NC

Jefferson, GA


Greensboro, NC

Rome, GA

Thank you for all you do to reach youth we currently are not serving.


David Rumbarger                                                       Fred Norton Jr.

Southern Region Executive VP                                  Southern Region Membership VP



Cub Scout Range Safety Officer Course

posted Jan 23, 2017, 5:56 PM by John Royar   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

Mar 18, 2017 BB Gun and Archery certification good for 2 years. No cost, but you need to RSVP with Randy Harmon (903) 539-0975. Be at the Pritle HQs building at 8am.

 Bring Lunch/Water/Drink and rain gear (inclement weather)

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