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

G.W. Pirtle Staff Interviews

posted Feb 12, 2019, 8:42 AM by John Royar   [ updated Feb 12, 2019, 9:10 AM ]

Summer Camp Staff Interviews will be conducted on the following days:

March 2 from 9 to noon at the council office (East Texas Area Council 1331 E 5th St, Tyler, TX 75701) 
March 9 from 1-4 at Troop 550's Scout Hut (106 N Grove St, Marshall, TX 75670)
March 16 from 9-noon at camp (George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation, Co Rd 1241, Gary City, TX 75643)

YPT update

posted Feb 12, 2019, 7:01 AM by John Royar

Here is an important Announcement on Youth Protection Training (YPT) from Scouting U.

On March 1, 2019, the online YP Course will be replaced with an updated version.

If you have started—but not completed—the current Y01 Youth Protection Training: You must complete the training by February 28th, or any progress you have made will not transfer, due to the new learning plan. Otherwise, you may simply start over with the new training plan on March 1, 2019.

If you HAVE already completed the current Y01 Youth Protection Training: You WILL NOT be affected. You DO NOT have to retake the training when the March 1, 2019 course is released.

Completions will not be recorded on until you have completed all 3 modules and the certification test.

To print your completion certificate, return to, select "Menu" then "My Dashboard." Your Youth Protection Training Certificate can be printed by selecting the printer icon in the "YPT Status" area.

This update will include new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February, 2018. However our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The on-line version of the GTSS is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.

Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two year period.

When the course update is complete, four new VOLUNTARY modules will be added and will be available under the “VOLUNTARY programs.” These include:
1. Physical Abuse
2. Neglect
3. Emotional Abuse
4. Witnessing Violence
These new, VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse

and a Spanish version will also be available

BB Gun and Archery Range Master Training

posted Feb 4, 2019, 9:56 AM by John Royar

BSA BB Gun and Archery Range Master Training

Two opportunities:
Saturday, April 1310:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, May 1810:00am – 4:00pm
18251 County Rd 498, Lindale, TX 75771, USA
Description:Cost: Free Bring: Sack lunch and water POC: Randy Harmon 903 539-0975

Council Banquet

posted Jan 9, 2019, 11:24 AM by John Royar   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 9:51 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, 2018 Summit Award Recipients, 2018 Quartermaster Award Recipients and the 2018 Class of Eagles


Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Holiday Inn, 5701 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, Texas

Cost is $30.  Please see attached form below for registration. All are invited and if you are able, please help pay for our youth attending and being recognized.


posted Jan 8, 2019, 12:40 PM by John Royar

University of Scouting is an annual one-day supplemental training event for volunteer leaders, youth (Venturing/Sea Scouts), and parents at all levels in every Scouting program: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA , Venturing/Sea Scouts, District, or Council operations. This event has been moved to May 4th, 2019.

Who should attend University of Scouting?

YOU should attend for sure, along with hundreds of your fellow Scout leaders and Scouting parents from the East Texas Area Council. All registered leaders, potential leaders and parents looking for the very best program for their youth in Scouting will find a variety of classes relevant to their current, or future, position in Scouting. Whether you are new to the Scouting program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you! The University of Scouting offers a wide range of unique adult leader training courses:

• Cub Scouting: Boy, Girl and Family Pack leaders can pick up tips, hints, and fun suggestions which will help their dens, the pack, and most importantly their own Scouts. Explore new cooking ideas, learn to tie knots, or even have some magical experiences during your meetings.

• Scouts BSA: Boy and Girl Troop leaders can learn about any of BSA's high-adventure bases or receive some pointers on "Meaningful Scoutmaster Conferences"  or a learn more from a variety of topics.

• Venturing/Sea Scouts: Venturing advisors and Ship Skippers can spend the day on specific topics. *Crew and Ship youth may participate as well*

• Commissioner Science: Commissioners have a slate of offerings to help earn Basic Training and knowledge tools of the trade.

• District/Council Studies: Leaders and parents can take other general studies topics which span a variety of Scouting operations.


Cost and location to be announced soon.


May the Fourth be with You!

National Council

posted Dec 12, 2018, 8:20 PM by John Royar

Leaders, Parents and Friends of Scouting,

Wednesday evening information regarding possible business action by the National Council reached the media.  It is important to understand that this action relates only to the National Council and not to the East Texas Area Council, our units and our ongoing mission to serve our 17 counties.  While the possible action taken by the National Council is certainly of interest and matters greatly to Scouting at-large, in the meantime we remain focused on rechartering our units, our two Distinguished Citizens Award luncheons and planning for our remaining winter programs.  At this time, we are not coordinating with local media as the matters pertain to the national office.

Dewayne Stephens | Scout Executive

East Texas Area Council

New Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training

posted Dec 6, 2018, 5:30 PM by John Royar

New Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training
As the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) welcomes girls into Cub Scouts and older girls into the Scouts BSA program starting on February 1, it is important that families understand the program or organization they are joining. 

There have been some instances where our volunteers may have inadvertently used the name or trademarks of the Girl Scout of the USA (GSUSA) brand in spreading the word that girls are or will soon be part of all BSA programs. GSUSA recently have filed a lawsuit asserting that these instances have caused confusion. While we don’t believe there has been any such confusion, we respect and support the GSUSA and their rights to their brand. 

To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, we have developed resources to make sure our leaders are aware of the do’s and don’ts in promoting BSA programs. 

The Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training we are introducing today is one of the efforts underway to be sure Scouters have a clear understanding of what they can do. This builds on the infographic that was shared last month, and the guidance provided to councils in April. 

This training should be shared with all staff and volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community. 

While our goal is to encourage youth to join our program, we must always be clear in our communications about the program they are joining. 

We are The Boy Scouts of America. 

The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA are different organizations. 

We support all other youth organizations and do not disparage them. 

We encourage parents to enroll all youth in a character development program that meets their needs – and the BSA is certainly ready to welcome them.

To aid you in this effort, councils and volunteers are encouraged to use these intro talking points as you host info sessions and launch efforts for Scouts BSA. 

Additionally, please use this resource to help address any questions you might get in the community about this matter. 

Thanks for all you do for Scouting,
Patrick W. Sterrett
Assistant Chief Scout Executive, National Director of Field Service

Winter Camp Leaders Guide - Final Details Released

posted Nov 8, 2018, 8:43 AM by Daniel Anderson

While the merit badge schedule and overall camp schedules have been circulating for a while now, the final composition of the Winter Camp Leaders Guide is ready for wide release.  It can be found attached to this post, in the "Forms" section and uploaded to Facebook.

You can register your troop at and clicking on the Winter Camp event heading.

Tejas Lodge Banquet

posted Oct 24, 2018, 10:13 AM by John Royar




   DATE: Saturday, November 10, 2018     TIME: The event will start at 6:00 pm  Where: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church2500 McCann Rd. Longview TX 75605

     Cost: Members and Guests- $18.00

                     (Registration must be at council office by November 5th


posted Oct 17, 2018, 6:26 PM by John Royar   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 6:31 PM ]

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

• As of October 12, just under 350K volunteers have an expired YPT across the BSA. Within the East Texas Area Council we still have 1,069 Leaders that must complete the new training. Scouters that have NOT taken the new YPT will not be able to recharter.  (i.e., their unit cannot submit their recharter with individuals who have an expired YPT included).  This will undoubtedly lead to some units being forced to remove leaders from their roster in order to submit their charter renewal. 

• As a reminder Y02 and Y03 have all been subsumed by the new YPT Y01.  I.e., YPT for all Scout Leaders, regardless of which programs they are registered in (Scouting, Venturing, Exploring), shows as Y01.

• The most common reasons why individuals who think they have completed the new YPT appear as noncompliant in YPT reports are:

o They failed to complete ALL FOUR YPT modules.

o They have multiple member ID numbers.  This often happens when a person that has forgotten their my.Scouting credentials creates a new account rather than contact Member Care at 972-580-2489 (M-F) for help.

o Leaders with multiple membership ID numbers in multiple councils (including the national council and region/area registrations) should read the section under the Manage Member ID to learn how to synchronize their training across each member ID.

• There seems to still be confusion amongst some Scouters who did not realize that even if they took YPT in January of this year, that they had to take the new YPT (released in February 2018) and that the expiration date for ALL previous versions of YPT (Scouting, Venturing and Exploring) was changed so that it was not later than September 30, 2018.

• For inquiring minds, updating YPT using Training Manager DOES update the YPT database of record in ScoutNet. (Give it overnight to sync.)


Manage Member ID process

• If you find yourself in the situation where you need to add a Membership ID number to your my.Scouting account, the process is easy:  Click on the Menu in the upper left hand corner, then under Legacy Web Tools select Manage Member ID.  At the bottom of the page, you can select the council (including the National Council #000, which you should not confuse with the National Capital Area Council #082) and then add your membership ID number.

• For those members that have multiple membership numbers (see example below) in order to synchronize your training (including YPT) across all of your membership ID numbers, simply make each Membership ID number your PRIMARY for 24 hours, and then switch to the next Membership ID.


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