Boy Scout News

Tejas Lodge 2018 Annual Banquet

posted Oct 24, 2018, 7:19 AM by Daniel Anderson

The Lodge Annual Banquet will be Saturday, November 10 at 6:00pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Longview.  See the attached flier for more details and registration information.

Scouts BSA - transition rules

posted Oct 4, 2018, 6:58 AM by John Royar

On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will begin admitting girls into Scouts BSA. 

One of the characteristics of Scouting—for over a hundred years—is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. 

The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy. 

It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle Scout rank should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements. 

Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals at the 2018 Top Hands Meeting, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award. 

To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First-Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the BSA Guide to Advancement).

Winter Camp 2018

posted Oct 2, 2018, 8:07 AM by John Royar   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 8:15 AM ]

Winter Camp reservations are now active in Camp-master


Richard Pennington has accepted the Position of Camp Director and will be supported by Edward  Vestal. The Leaders Guide will be published in a few weeks.

Cost this year will $140 per Scout and $50 per Leader. Some Merit Badges will have an additional fee.

Winter Program Updates

posted Dec 14, 2017, 12:24 PM by Daniel Anderson

Good evening East Texas,

     It has been a beautiful day on the grand prairies of north, central Texas.  Tomorrow, I will travel east to Tyler and the Council office for several meetings.  I am reminded that as December speeds by, Winter Camp is coming.  There is still time to register your unit and reserve a campsite for this winter experience in the piney woods.  Camp will begin on December 27 and conclude on December 31.  This will be your last chance to camp along the shores of Lake Murvaul in 2017.  In addition, if you would like to volunteer to serve during Winter Camp, call me at 817-266-7795.  Come out and join us, while earning a "Polar Bear" patch.  It could happen.  Last Thursday evening, LuAnn and I drove from Centerville, Texas to Spring, Texas in a snow storm.  Wow!  Of course, it just as well could be 80.  In any event, do not miss the first annual, last ever, Pirtle Klondike Derby, 2017.  MUSH!

     2018 is just around the corner.  That means summer camp will take center stage in the coming months.  Summer camp staff applications are available and interviews will be held daily during Winter Camp.  Positions for Scouters over the age of 21 and Scouts under the age of 18 are available.  For more information, call the Council Service Center in Tyler or call me at the number listed above.  Every scout deserves a week at summer camp and Pirtle is our H.O.M.E. camp.   

     During November, the East Texas Area Council and Camp Pirtle hosted the 2017 N.J.L.T. course.  It was held simultaneously with Turkey Camp.  On behalf of the Council and camp, I want to thank Michael Brannon and his staff for developing and executing this opportunity allowing each youth participant to improve the leadership skills needed to benefit their units.  It was a joy to witness their team building and scouting spirit in action.  Without adult volunteers like you, these events could not be held.  Your devotion and service are appreciated.

     With the holiday season is full swing, I wish each of you happy Scouting and a merry Christmas.


Yours in Scouting,


Ron Mills 

Winter Camp Leaders Guide - 2017

posted Nov 8, 2017, 8:48 AM by Daniel Anderson

Good news, folks, the 2017 East Texas Area Council Winter Camp guide is here!

While it's been quietly circulated for over a month now, the public unveiling is ready.  CampMaster is open for registrations and merit badge classes are ready to go!

Any questions?  Address Ron Mills (817-266-7795) or Daniel Anderson (903-597-7201)

Winter Camp Leaders Guide Now Available - 2016

posted Oct 24, 2016, 7:18 AM by Daniel Anderson

Ready to revive one of East Texas Area Council's proudest traditions?  Or start new ones?

With new camp leadership, 2016 is going to be the most dynamic Winter Camp Program we've ever done. Spread the word!  Troop reservations will be up soon on CampMaster, but in the meantime, check out the Leaders Guide under the "Council Events" section in the Forms, Policies and Resources tab.  It's got a camp schedule, information about all of our new evening program as well as the updated Merit Badge offerings.

For more details, contact or call the Council Service Center at (903) 597-7201.  Brace yourselves, Winter (Camp) is coming!

RE: Quad Jam Neckerchiefs

posted May 9, 2016, 6:03 PM by John Royar   [ updated May 11, 2016, 10:04 AM ]

We will be placing a final order next week to replace the neckerchiefs so generously given up by the Venture Crews, Ship and unit adult leaders so our youth Boy Scouts would have neckerchiefs for the event.

Any Quad Jam attendee desiring additional neckerchiefs can do so now until Thursday, May 12th by placing an order through the Scout Service Center. The cost is $ 7.25 per neckerchief and they must be paid for in advance. Please provide your all the requested information including, contact information. We will notify you when the replacement and additional neckerchiefs have arrived and are available for pickup through Facebook and the Council website. Expect delivery at least 3 weeks from May 13th. You may order any of the District neckerchiefs not just your District..

Those units who were registered and not able to attend can pick theirs up at the same time as the supplemental order is available, since while we have all the youth’s available now (except for Troop 312) they are all still missing enough for the adult leaders registered to attend.

Please complete the attached order form and submit it with your payment. If you send it to the Service Center by email or fax you will need to call with credit card information. If you mail it in with payment it must be received by May 12th. Multiple individuals from the same unit are encouraged to place their order on the same form

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