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Five Trails Leader Recognition

At the Five Trails Annual Awards Dinner, held January 30, 2015, at the DFW Doubletree Hotel, the following recognition was awarded for calendar year 2014: 

Eagle Scouts 2014

In 2014, ?? Scout achieved Scouting's highest rank, Eagle Scout. 


Five Trails Star Awards

Each unit 


District Award of Merit

This Council award is presented to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the District level.  The nature and value of “noteworthy service to boys” may consist of a single plan or decision that contributed vitally to the lives of a large number of boys or it may have been given to a select few over an extended period of time. The Five Trails District award winners for 2014 are: 

    • Don Herring, Jr. 
    • David Hymer 

Silver Beaver Award

This award is given for outstanding and noteworthy service to youth by a registered Scouter upon recommendation of the Circle Ten Council and by approval of the Executive Board of the National Council. (This award is not awarded every year.) The Five Trails District award winner for 2014 is: 

    • Peter Parish

Camporee Traveling Trophy

This trophy is awarded for winning the Scout skills competitions at the District Camporee. The Five Trails District award winner for 2014 is: 

    • Troop 175

Traveling Popcorn Award Trophy

The Five Trails District award winner, with a total of $27,825 of popcorn sold, is: 

    • Pack 820

Friends of Scouting Traveling Trophy

The Five Trails District award winner, with a total of $11,050 raised for Friends of Scouting, is: 

    • Troop 840

Adult Religous Emblem Award

A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. The religious emblems programs are programs created by the various religious groups to encourage youth to grow stronger in their faith. The religious groups—not the Boy Scouts of America—have created the religious emblems programs themselves. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official uniform, but each religious organization develops and administers its own program. This award for adult leaders of the Baptist faith is called the Good Shepherd award. For being a good shepherd, this award is awarded to: 

    • Jason Buffington


Congratulations to all the Five Trails District award winners for 2014! 



Chaplains and Chaplains Aides

The following information is provided to assist Boy Scout Troops to implement: 

  • Chaplains (adult leaders) 
  • Chaplains Aides (youth leaders) 

Click HERE to access the Guide for Chaplains Aides (PDF).

Questions? Contact Jason Buffington using THIS LINK


2015 Five Trails District Spring Camporee

What: Five Trails District Spring Camporee
Who: All Boy Scout Troops and Webelos Dens in Five Trails District (Note: This event counts for camping with a Boy Scout Troop, which is required for the Arrow of Light, IF you arrange to camp with a Boy Scout Troop!)

When: April 17-19, 2015 (check-in after 5:30 pm Friday, competitions and campfire on Saturday, closing ceremonies on Sunday) 
Where: Trevor Rees-Jones, Clements Scout Ranch, near Athens, TX
How: Register your Troop or Webelos Den(s) using the PDF form below
Details: Cost is $15/person if paid by April 6 Boy Scout Roundtable, $20/person after that OR at the gate. 
Registration Form: Click HERE (PDF).

Camporee Chair:
Joe Ulrich, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Camporee Registration and Administration: Jenny Quonoey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OA Activities: Pete Parish, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2014-2015 Webelos Crossover Program Preview

Five Trails District has an exciting program to assist Webelos to achieve their Arrow of Light and crossover to Boy Scouts. The program consists of 4 types of events:

  • Pre-transition Networking and Planning Meetings  
  • Webelos Show 'N' Do and (optionally) Boy Scout Campout (meets Arrow of Light requirement) 
  • Webelos Troop Visitation Weeks 
  • District-wide Crossover Event 

This program has the following advantages for your Webelos

  • Easy contacts between the Packs and Troops in your area

  • Help in scheduling Webelos Troop visits

  • District-wide Boy Scout skills and activity exposition

  • An outstanding District-wide Crossover Ceremony

For details, see this Flyer (PDF) 

Questions: Contact Pete Parish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 972-814-9502 


Becoming a Den Chief

The Coppell portion* of Five Trails District is currently piloting a new way for Boy Scouts to easily serve as Den Chiefs.  In lieu of each Scout from five Coppell Troops reaching out to any of the nine Coppell Packs, we have a single Den Chief Coordinator Commissioner, who will help you get plugged in. 


Click HERE to download the Den Chief Program Guide for 2014-2015 (for Coppell).


To make this all work requires partnering across several folks:

  • District Den Chief Coordinator – a Unit Commissioner chartered with coordinating between the Pack Leaders and the Den Chiefs (through the Troop Leaders).
  • Pack Leaders – Cub Scout volunteers (e.g., Cubmaster and Den Leaders) who are looking for additional assistance with their Dens and are willing to help a Boy Scout grow as a leader.
  • Troop Leaders – Boy Scout volunteers (e.g., Asst. Scoutmasters) who will ensure that the Boy Scout seeks the proper Den Chief training, will provide feedback and mentoring during their Den Chief experience, and liaison with the Troop Advancement team for recognition after the term of service is complete.  The following Troop leaders are the Den Chief contacts for the Scouts:
    • Troop 807 – Mr. Towell
    • Troop 840 – Ms. Hediger
    • Troop 841 – Mr. Halpin
    • Troop 842 – Mr. Franks
    • Troop 845 – Mr. Caswell

If you are a Boy Scout seeking to serve as a Den Chief, you can sign up to be placed in a Den (or notify us that you are already active) -- click HERE.

* Note: The Irving part of Five Trails is still a "work-in-progress" for this District program. Stay tuned to this page for more details as they become available. 


Five Trails Web Site Update

The Five Trails District Web Site Administrator apologizes for the "strange" appearance of the web site. The vendor that hosts our web site made a major change in the hosting platform software with (essentially) no notice, which has resulted in the need to upgrade the software we use for our web site. 

It is my intention to accomplish that upgrade as quickly as possible, but in the meanwhile, some of the web pages are being overwritten with error messages which may interfere with some content, especially at the top. Until errors are corrected, Upcoming Events and the Scout Cloud, both of which usually appear below Resources on the left side of our web pages, are temporarily disabled. IF you wish to know about upcoming events, please check the Five Trails Calendar using the menu item to the right of the Home menu item at the top left of the web site, below the picture show. 

Thank you for your patience while these errors are corrected as quickly as possible. 

If you are unable to find/read the content you need, please contact me directly so I can attempt to help you quickly: 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 214-762-7709 
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State-Mandated Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training


If you plan to attend any BSA extended camp in Texas this year, you must have proof that you have attended the state-mandated Face-to-Face (F2F) Youth Protection Training (YPT). Note: Online BSA Youth Protection Training is NOT sufficient!


This applies to all extended BSA camps held in the state of Texas, including any Cub Scout Day Camp, Webelos Residence Camp, Boy Scout Resident Camp (both summer and winter), or Venturing Resident Camp. All adults who plan to be at all or part of these camps must  have this training. (Exception: Parents can get a visitors pass to join their Cub Scouts for lunch on Friday (only), in which case F2F YPT is not required.) 


Note: The requirement for F2F YPT does not apply to weekend camping or to one-day activities, where the BSA online Youth Protection Training (YPT) will be sufficient.


Remember that F2F YPT is good for two (2) years. This means that IF you took the training in the spring of 2012, your card will expire before this summer’s camping season and will need to be renewed.


Both Circle Ten Council and Five Trails District have training sessions scheduled.


Circle Ten Council has added a new training session: 


  • Circle Ten Council’s Bobby Lyle  Billy Gamble Scouting Center, 5600 US 75, in Fairview, TX, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 3. To register for this course, login to Circle Ten Council's CampMaster 

Five Trails District
has five training sessions scheduled:

  • There was a training session sometime during the Camporee at Camp Constantin in April.
  • Another training session will be held during the Cub Scout Roundtable on Monday, May 12, at 7:00 pm, at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Freeway (a.k.a. TX 183), in Irving, TX.
  • Another F2F YPT session will be held at 7:00 pm on May 15 at First United Methodist Church, Room 306, 420 S. Heartz Road, Coppell 75019. 
  • Yet another F2F YPT session will be held at 7:00 pm on May 29th at Irving North Christian Church, 2901 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving 75062.
  • Finally, Troop 840 will host a training session for Five Trails District units on Saturday, June 14, at 9:30 am, at Valley Ranch Baptist Church (VRBC), at 1501 E. Beltline Road, Coppell. If you wish to sign up for the workshop at VRBC, please click this link


Watch the Five Trails District website to see if/when/where more F2F YPT sessions are scheduled. 


If you have questions you can contact Clif Chamberlain, Five Trails YPT Coordinator, via cell phone at 469-223-2313. 


NEW Annual Health and Medical Records forms from BSA!

See this link for the NEW and IMPROVED BSA Annual Health and Medical Records form:

You will find the new form MUCH easier to understand/use!

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