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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 

 

2015 Recharter: IMPORTANT!!


There are 3 steps in in the recharter process:
  1. Update and submit the online recharter.
  2. Print and obtain the correct signatures.
  3. Turn in signatures and payment to Circle Ten.

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". 

 


 

 

Five Trails Annual Recognition Dinner

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)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tickets will be available at 
District Roundtables during January:
  • Boy Scout Roundtable - Monday, 01/05/2015, 7:30 pm
  • Cub Scout Roundtable - Monday, 01/12/2015, 7:00 pm
You may also contact Pam Peveto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Clif Chamberlain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Note: We will NOT hold tickets for payment at the door!
Tables of eight (8) may be reserved - table must be paid for in full, $208.00, at the time of reservation. 
 


Nominating Your Unit's STAR Award Recipient
 
 
The ‘STAR’ Award recipient is an adult recognized by his/her unit for outstanding contribution to the unit’s program during 2014. To nominate a registered adult leader in your unit, follow the directions on one of these STAR application forms: 
 
 

 

PICTURES NEEDED FOR AV DINNER PRESENTATION
We need your unit’s pictures which depict adults participating in District or Unit events
Please send pictures to James Roman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 

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: 

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx

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

 
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