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2014 Recharter Training Seminar

What: Recharter Training
When: Sunday, Nov. 16th, 2:00 pm
Where: Plymouth Park United Methodist Church (PPUMC), 1615 W Airport Fwy, Irving, TX 75062, REAR ENTRANCE
Who: All membership/recharter chairs for each Five Trails unit (Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, and Team) 

The Recharter Training will be a step-by-step walk-through of the rechartering process. Bring your laptop or tablet so you can work on your unit's recharter. The instructor will have all the access codes in case you have not received it yet. 

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 turned in 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.) 

We will go over all of this at the training to help you recharter in a timely fashion. 



To:  All Units, Five Trails District

From:  Dave Ross, Five Trails District Commissioner


Five Trails District has scheduled a re-chartering training/orientation session for: 


                Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

                Plymouth Park United Methodist Church (Roundtable location)


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". 


Questions?  Please give me a call (214) 493-5724 (cell) or (972) 253-9328 (home). 


I look forward to seeing your unit represented on Sunday. Thanks for all you do for our Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, and our community. 


Dave Ross, Five Trails District Commissioner





Five Trails Den Chiefs

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.

If you are a Cubmaster or Den Leader wanting a Den Chief (or already have one serving) -- 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. 


2014 Five Trails Webeloree

  • This yearevent will be at Camp Wisdom in Cub World.  Camp Wisdom is at 6400 West Red Bird Lane, Dallas, TX 75236.  
  • Webelos Den/Pack check-in is Fri., Nov. 14th, after 5:00 pm.  Events will be held on Saturday. 
  • Closing ceremonies will be Sunday morning, followed by dismissal at about 10 am.  
  • Events will include BBs, archery, tug of war, as well as other rodeo-themed activities.

Come prepared for all kinds of weather and to have a good time!  As always, we will have various training offerings for the adults.  Stay tuned for more information ....

Ifyou have questions, please call Daniel Murphy at 817-909-2864 or e-mail him atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Cosis $15 per person for those who pre-register before the deadline, but $2per person after 8:3pm on Monday, November 10,2014, including at Webeloree check-in.  
What does a Webelos need to bring?  What does the Webelos Den/Pack need to bring?  
See this list ==> here


How does a Webelos Den/Pack register for the Webeloree?  Use this Google Form:

Note that registratiomust completed by the November Cub Scout  Roundtable, November 10th, 2013.  Payment is due at the Roundtable or atthe Circle 1office at Harry Hines and Regal Row.  Please make your check’s memo field reflect Account # 300-7

Webelos Den Leaders/Cubmasters: If you wish to track who from your Webelos Den is attending (along with adult leaders), use this attendance form ==>


News Flash:  BBs and Archery Certification (for adults) may be offered at Webeloree.  See TBD this link!

Staffing the 2014 Five Trails Webeloree

The Five Trails Webeloree is for Webelos to get their first glimpse into the Boy Scout world.  We need Boy Scouts to staff this event! Scouts will receive service hours for staffing the Webeloree.


  • Staff check-in begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 10. 
    • Note: There is no supper meal provided for staff Friday evening at the Webeloree; you are responsible for eating before you arrive OR bringing your own supper. 
  • Staff check-out is at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 12. 
  • Staff are responsible for brining their own camping gear and personal eating utensils.  Food will be provided for staff for $5.00 per person for the weekend.  

To register for staffing the 2014 Five Trails Webeloree, fill out this Google Form

 by Monday, November 10, at 7:00 pm.  You may pay your $5.00 at check-in.  

Note:  Each Boy Scout is also responsible for bringing his own current 2014 BSA Medical Form - Parts A & B to check-in. 

Need More Information about Staffing?: Contact the Five Trails District Webeloree ChairDaniel Murphy, via phone at 817-909-2864, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



ANNOUNCING: 2014 Fall Five Trails Merit Badge College

 Coppell Bible Fellowship (751 W. Sandy Lake Road, Coppell, TX 75019)
When:  Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
(Check-in/payment 8:00 - 8:45 am) 


ANNOUNCING: 2014 Fall Five Trails Merit Badge College

 Coppell Bible Fellowship (751 W. Sandy Lake Road, Coppell, TX 75019)
When:  Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
(Check-in/payment 8:00 -


2014 Day Camp Achievements

To view the (corrected) achievements of your attendees at the 2014 Five Trails District Day Camp, click hereNote: These achievements were corrected on August 8, 2014, due to an omission in the original document. 


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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Notice: The merit badge college scheduled for Saturday December 12th has been postponed until next year.


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. 


Are your boys and girls registered with the BSA? Are you sure?
If your scouts are not registered, they would or could be victims of the following;
-No BSA insurance
-No BSA liability coverage
-Advancement record problems
-Boys Life subscription problems

From October 12th-16th all units are required to send in a copy of your unit’s complete roster.
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fax your list of unit members to 214-902-6789 Attn: Gary Garza

If we do not receive your roster, we will contact your unit leadership on October 19th to review your roster via phone.

Every Scout in your unit must be accounted for.
Be Prepared.


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!

Boy Scout Round Table 1st Monday of Each Month
Training held at Northgate United Methodist Church, Irving at 7:30PM
District Committee Meeting 1st Thursday of Each Month
Meeting held at the National Scout Museum at 7PM
Cub Scout Round Table 2nd Monday of Each Month
Meetings held at Northgate United Methodist Church, Irving at 7:00PM
Commissioners Meeting 2nd Thursday of Each Month at the National Scout Museum at 7:30PM
Venturing Round Table 1st Monday of Each Month
Training held at Northgate United Methodist Church, Irving at 7:30PM
OA Chapter Meeting 1st Monday of Each Month
3rd Thursday of Each Month
Meetings held at Northgate United Methodist Church, Irving 7:30PM
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