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