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District Recruiting Event

Come meet the local packs and troops of Leon Valley District!

Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 4 PM – 6 PM at Lion’s Club Park

KONA Ice and local food trucks will be in attendance as well as plenty of representatives from local units.

Come see us!

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November Newsletter

Membership
Current Registrants
Our current active registration is 515, down from 673 one year ago. The district committee, in partner ship with Devin Morgan (Leon Valley District Executive) is working to execute a mass recruitment event before the Thanksgiving Holiday. All interested units should contact Devin Morgan and/or Chris Collins (Assistant District Commissioner for Killeen) to coordinate representation for all.

Recruitment
The current plan is to distribute flyers at all elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools that units in attendance are assigned to. To make this process smoother, we could use volunteers to deliver flyers to the schools. The event is currently planned for November 14, 2020 4pm-6pm (1600-1800) at Lion’s Club Park.

Invitation Manager/Application Manager
Please ensure your Unit Key 3 are checking my.scouting.org on a regular basis for new applications and information requests. If an application sits, untouched, for nine (9) days, Devin will reassign it to another unit. Please ensure all leads are getting updated so no one is being left unattended.

Finance
Popcorn

Popcorn season is nearing its end. Popcorn take order is expected to be disbursed on Friday, November 13 at Central Transportation.

Friends of Scouting

We have reached a commitment of 110% for our Family Friends of Scouting for the 2020-2021 scouting year. Thanks so much to the units that have reached their goals:Pack 211 and Pack 218Troop 201, Troop 218G, Troop 222, Troop 229, Troop 258, and Troop 271

Program
Webeloree

The first annual Webeloree will be this coming Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 10am-2pm (1000-1400) at Camp Tahuaya. Troops will be in attendance to showcase skills to the younger scouts and there  will be a boat on display from Ship 101 in Chisolm Trail.

Spring Camporee 2021
Current plan is to hold this event at Camp Tahuaya from March 12-14 2021. The next planning meeting for the Spring Camporee will be on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7pm (1900) at Rudy’s in Killeen.

NYLT/TA 2020
Applications are currently being accepted for TA-218 which will be held from December 26 to December 31, 2020 at Camp Tahuaya. Youth intending to attend must be at least 13 years old and have earned the rank of First Class. Any youth who have previously attended NYLT/TA that would like to staff a course should submit a staff application and contact our District Executive, George Covert.

Postponements
There will be no Powder Horn in 2020. It has been postponed to 2021 and will still be at Camp Tahuaya.

The 2021 National Scout Jamboree has been postponed. A task force will be created to determine if and when the Jamboree can be rescheduled. For more information, please see: https://jamboree.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/07/NSJ21_Postponement_FAQ_FINAL-003.pdf

Advancements
Eagle Board of Review Information

Our average for 2020 has been two Eagle boards per month, bringing us to an expected total of 24 prospective Eagle Scouts for the year.
There has been some misinformation circulating about automatic extensions due to the COVID pandemic. Our district advancement committee would like to ensure that everyone is aware that these extensions are reviewed individually and awarded where deemed necessary by our council advancement committee.

All Eagle Board of Review meetings will need to be held virtually until further notice.

There will be an annual ‘Life-to-Eagle’ presentation at the November Roundtable. Please contact Devin Morgan or Chris Collins for the zoom meeting information. Please share with any scouts interested in learning about the process.

Merit Badge Counselor Information
All adults wishing to be registered as a Merit Badge Counselor (non-paid position) should complete a BSA Adult application, a Merit Badge Counselor application Youth Protection Training, and provide both applications, all supporting documentation (certifications and/or licenses) and YPT completion certificate to Clair and/or Karlene Stringham. Once your application has been processed, you will be added to an Excel spreadsheet that is sent out to the district advancement committees.
For you to show up in Scoutbook searches, you must add a position to your Scoutbook account as Merit Badge Counselor and add all merit badges you are approved to counsel for. If you are willing to counsel outside your unit, please check the corresponding boxes.

Technology
Office 365

We made the move to Office 365 over the Summer of 2020. At this time, we would like to openly offer access to any active volunteers in the district.

If your Charter Organization is a nonprofit with 501©3 status, they can also get their own Office 365 licenses that can be personalized for your unit(s).

For more information regarding either scenario, please contact Chris Collins.

Website
The Leon Valley District Website has been re-vamped. We need everyone’s help with ensuring that the information on the website is correct. At your convenience, please review the web pages and send any updates to Chris Collins and Greg Todd.

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District Meeting Notes

There were a couple of questions regarding how to handle merit badges where a Scout had either: 1) Earned the badge in a previous unit and did not receive the blue card, OR 2) Earned a badge at a merit badge college and did not receive a blue card.

For a scout that has earned a merit badge, but does not have a blue card, fill out a new blue card, print and staple a copy of the council advancement report for that scout and add it to the packet. The same process will be applied with the transcript from the merit badge college being stapled to the blue card.

For Eagle boards, the most important part is the report. The blue cards are important, but not required as Longhorn Council already should have record of all merit badges and ranks earned over the scout’s career.

—University of Scouting coming up soon virtually over a two week period.

National Youth Leadership Training/Twin Arrows
12/26-12/31 Camp Tahuaya TA-218
Fee: $175. Out of Council Fee: $225
Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
Must have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.
As of March 1, 2019, Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be at least 13. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. For 2019 only, an exception will be granted for girls registered in Scouts BSA to attend NYLT without first achieving the First Class rank. Boys registered in Scouts BSA will still be required to earn the First Class rank before attending NYLT.
Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.
Have a unit leader recommendation.

Wood Badge 2020 Split Course at Sid Richardson is still on
Standard Course Fee: $210

Greg Brayfield – 2020 Course Director NEW DATES*
S2-662-20-1 at SR2. Two Weekends Required.
3-day Weekend #1: * Oct 30 – Nov 1, Friday 7:30 a.m. to Sunday 5:00 PM
2-day Weekend #2: * Nov 21-22, Saturday 7:30 a.m. to Sunday 5:00

Gary Goldstein – 2020 Fall Course Director
S2-662-20-4 at SR2. Two Weekends Required.
3-day Weekend #1: Sept. 25-27, Friday 7:30 a.m. to Sunday 5:00 PM
2-day Weekend #2: Oct. 24-25, Saturday 7:30 a.m. to Sunday 5:00 PM

Register Online

—Message from the Waco Scout Shop on 8/4/2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Scout Shop is closed until further notice.If you need to make a purchase, please call the Longhorn Scout Shop at 817-427-1555, and they will assist you. The council office is open for business, but please call ahead to let Kevin know that you are coming, to insure that he will be there 254-772-8932.We apologize for any inconvenience.

July Roundtable

To receive the full invite, please contact Chris Collins at [email protected]

Below is the information for the virtual Roundtable that will be conducted this Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  We will start with the breakout sessions and then gather at the end for announcements. Below is what each breakout room will be focusing on:

  • Cub Scout: Scoutbook Den Leader Training 
  • Scouts BSA: COVID 19 Protocols

We encourage you to forward this to everyone in your unit because this is a very important Roundtable before we approach the beginning of school as well as the recruitment season.  If you have any questions, please contact the following people below:

Chisholm Trail Day Camp (Temple-Belton Day Camp)

Please understand that early bird registration ends this Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Please be sure to make parents aware that the cost will rise from $105 to $125 after this date. 
The last day to register is Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you. 😊

Sincerely,

Devin Morgan | Leon Valley District Executive
Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America
Southern Service Area
Cell: 254-466-1284
Waco Office: 254-772-8932 Ext. 201
Hurst Office: 817-231-8500
[email protected]

Cub Scouts 2020 Day Camp

I know there have been several questions in regards to what is occurring with Day Camp. Leon Valley will not be having Day Camp this year at Central Texas College due to campus being closed for events until August; instead, Leon Valley packs will be joining Chisholm Trail Day Camp that will be held from June 8th until June 12th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Bend of the River Ranch in Temple, Texas. I know there are several interested packs and families who want to a part of the festivities that will be held this year. If you are still interested in completing a campership form, please get in contact with me by this weekend via email or by cell number below.

Scouts BSA leaders, I know summer camp is cancelled but please understand that youth can be a part of Day Camp and earn community service hours in the process.

Early bird registration deadline of $105 is Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The last day for online registration of $125 is Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  Please have parents follow the link below to register their child or themselves at the “Temple-Belton Day Camp”:

https://scoutingevent.com/662-daycamp2020

Please remember that your child’s safety as well as your safety is our TOP priority this year at camp, and if you have any questions, I am willing to help or get you in contact with the Day Camp Director for Chisholm Trail.  Thank you for your time and please take the time to read the message below. 😊

Sincerely,

Devin Morgan | Leon Valley District Executive
Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America
Southern Service Area
Cell: 254-466-1284
Waco Office: 254-772-8932 Ext. 201
Hurst Office: 817-231-8500
[email protected]

Virtual College of Commissioner Science

For those interested in becoming a Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner, District Commissioner, Council Commissioner, or Assistant in any of these areas, please feel free to begin your training at my.scouting.org for the Commissioner’s Basic Training. In addition, Longhorn Council will be hosting a virtual College of Commissioner Science over the month of May. We will cover 9 courses in 8 days. Courses will be held via pre-registered Zoom meetings on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM Central to 9:00 PM Central at the latest. Completing 7 of these courses will earn you a Bachelor’s in Commissioner Science. Please use the links below to register for the events.
5/6/2020 101 Core Concepts of Commissioner Service https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZMpfuCtqz4oHtayliP2UkZvSdRQ4…

5/9/2020 102 Supporting Timely Recharter Renewal
https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZwtcOmhrDwiGNNmo…

5/13/2020 103 Linking District Resources & 104 Contacting Units
https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZYrdu2vqT4pHNdi8rJBYFVD7mXxi…

5/16/2020 105 Resolving Common Unit Issues https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZ0rfuGpqD8uHNQsDxETq4rP…

5/20/2020 107 Supporting Timely Recharter https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZYqd…

5/23/2020 114 Understanding and Communicating with Today’s Leaders https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZEvd-2spjsjG9U0tjc8_TI3Cx…

5/27/2020 116 Collaborative Assessments https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZcsfuuhrTsvGdeMAPOzjZzpbtIIo…

5/30/2020 153 Roundtable and Commissioner Tools https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZUodOmhqT0oHtXhEr…

Remember to register for each course so you can get the invitation links and passwords.

Contact Chris Collins at [email protected] with any questions regarding these events.

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