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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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