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Dave Ross RIP

[Webmaster note: Until recently, Dave Ross served as Five Trails District Commissioner.]


From Alan Mossman - Retired BSA Executive:
It is with sadness and regret I inform you that our retiree friend David I. Ross passed away last Thursday evening at Baylor hospital. Dave served faithfully as a member of the national staff with Council Information Systems. His main interest and activity have always been dedication to the BSA and Kiwanis.

He has no next of kin surviving in the area and it is my understanding that there was no Last Will and Testament, so his dear and caring friend Charlotte Hudgin in Irving is handling his final affairs. She is awaiting a judge’s ruling.

Dave wished to be buried next to his mother in Chicago and that wish will be fulfilled. Charlotte told me that there will be a memorial service in the DFW area sometime in January after a date has been arranged. I will keep you posted as I receive further information.


Dave, we at Five Trails District thank you for your service. Rest in peace as you go to that Great Campsite in the Sky

More news will be posted as an update to this article when it becomes available. 




Were You Beaded "Recently"? 

At the Annual Five Trails District Recognition Dinner, which will be January 29 (NOT 25th), 2016, we will recognize Scouters for their 2015 activities and accomplishments. At this dinner, the program lists all Scouters who have been beaded for Wood Badge. But ... there is only one person on the list who has been beaded since 2008! And that is JUST NOT CORRECT!

So, check the list here and IF your name is NOT on the list AND you HAVE been beaded, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so she can get your name added to the list! 


Five Trails District 2015 Annual Recognition Dinner


What: Five Trails District 2015 Annual Recognition Dinner
When: January 29, 2016, 7:00 pm 
DoubleTree by Hilton, 4441 W. John Carpenter Freeway (TX Hwy. 114), Irving, TX
Approximately $26.00 per person
Your unit should be in attendance to help recognize the 'STARSof 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 the 2015 year. 
How: To nominate a 'STAR' from your unit, click here to see the nomination form. 

Flyer: To see a printable flyer, click here

Note: Tickets and further information will be available at Cub and Boy Scout December Roundtables!!


Upcoming Five Trails Events

The following Five Trails District events are coming up soon:

  • December 1, 7:00 pm, at VRBC: District Commissioners Meeting
  • December 3, 7:00 pm, at National Scouting Museum: District Committee Meeting 
  • December 7, 7:30 pm, at PPUMC: Boy Scout/Venturing Roundtable
  • December 7: RECHARTER TURN-IN OPPORTUNITY (first time)
  • December 14, 7:00 pm, at PPUMC: Cub Scout Roundtable
  • December 14: RECHARTER TURN-IN DUE (NO exceptions)
  • December 26-31, at Camp James Ray; NYLT
  • December 26, at Camp Trevor Rees-Jones: Winter Camp STAFF check-in (and some units)
  • December 27-31, at Camp Trevor Rees-Jones: Winter Camp (all units)

For more information on any event, see the Five Trails District calendar, which is available on the Five Trails web site


CORRECTED 2015-2016 District Calendar

It is our intention to continue to maintain the online calendar function that Five Trails District uses. But ... if you would like the next year's calendar in one printable doccument, click here

Corrections? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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


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 – Mrs. Isaacs
    • Troop 841 – Mr. Ellinger
    • 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. 


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 2013, 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 new F2F YPT training sessions at these locations: 

  • Circle Ten Council John D. Murchison Scouting Center, 8605 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235:
    • Wednesday, April 1
    • Wednesday, April 8
    • Thursday, April 16
    • Wednesday, April 22
    • Wednesday, April 29
  • Circle Ten Council’s Bobby Lyle  Billy Gamble Scouting Center, 5600 US 75, in Fairview, TX 75069:
    • Wednesday, April 1
    • Wednesday, April 8
    • Thursday, April 16
    • Wednesday, April 22
    • Wednesday, April 29
    • Wednesday, May 6 (Note: This session is facilitator-only training, by invitation only.)

Note: Registration for all YPT F2F training sessions at Circle Ten listed above MUST be made through Camp-Master. Click HERE to go to Camp-Master to register. (You must have a Camp-Master user ID and password, for which the previous link provides instructions.)


Five Trails District has one training session scheduled: 

  • A training session will be held during the Cub Scout Roundtable on Monday, May 11, at 7:30 pm, at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Freeway (a.k.a. TX 183), in Irving, TX. 

Watch this 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. 


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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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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