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:
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)
All Five Trails District units recharter in January, 2015, and per the new BSA policy there is no grace period. All recharters need to be pro processed by January 31st or your unit will be dropped. This year we are only recharting for only 11 months; everyone is moving to a December 31st deadline, beginning at the end of 2015 (for the 2016 recharter year) . Therefore, the cost of recharter for 2015 is $22 per person (adult and youth) and $11 for Boy's Life. (When we recharter again at the end of 2015 (for 2016), the registration fee/Boys Life will go back to $24/$12 respectively.)
All of our District's unit recharters are due in January, 2015. Work should be completed by January 15, 2015, and the final copy with signatures and checks submitted by that date.
Because the Council is shifting ALL UNIT CHARTERS to DECEMBER 31, 2015, next year, for the year 2015, you will only need to collect and forward fees for 11 MONTHS. This means the fee to be remitted is $22.00 for registration for the year 2015. Those members wishing to subscribe to Boys' Life, an eleven month fee of $11.00 should be submitted. Your 2015 charter will then be in sync to expire December 31, 2015.
Regardless of how many years, your Unit's membership/recharter chair has done this process, the re-chartering system resets each year at the beginning of the re-chartering process. This means that to the "system", whoever is doing this for your unit is considered a "new user" and will have to create a new user name and password. Once created, they may be used until the process has been completed this year.
Because the on-line re-chartering system is set for a uniform charter length of 12 months, some pen and ink changes will have to be made to the final copy submitted to the council office. Any place that indicates that the charter is for 12 months should be changed to 11 months. The charter expiration date should be changed to December 31, 2015, and re-calculated fees for 11 months be written in by hand.
With all our personnel changes, if you are no longer in a position of leadership in your unit, please forward this message to the current leadership.
This is important because, beginning January 1, 2015, the former 60-day grace period for lapsed charters disappears. January units not completely and correctly submitted, will DROP on February 1st; we lose the formerly-available 60-day grace period to "fix things".
Please make plans to be in attendance to help recognize the ‘STARs’ of Five Trails District and all the many people who have provided the momentum needed to sustain a strong Scouting program in Irving and Coppell during 2014.
|When:||Friday, January 30, 2015|
|Doors Open:||7:00 pm|
|Dinner and Program:||7:15 pm - 9:30 pm|
|Ticket Cost:||$26.00 per person|
|Place:||Doubletree Inn by Hilton|
|Address:||4441 W. John Carpenter Freeway|
|Irving, TX 75063|
|TX 114 @ Esters Road (North Frontage Road)|
|Contact Information:||972-929-8181 (Doubletree Inn)|
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:
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:
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:
Five Trails District has five training sessions scheduled:
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.
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!