Lone Star District
Scouting for Food moved to Saturday, March 20th
Due to the unprecedented weather over the past few days, we have made the decision to move this year's Scouting For Food Collection and Drop-off date to Saturday, March 20th. We are asking all units and leaders to maximize the use of social media to let neighborhoods know that we will not be collecting this weekend and should residents have items they wish to donate, please hold them for the March 20 pickup date. Posting this information as wide as possible on neighborhood HOA's, neighborhood Facebook groups, Nextdoor, etc will be the best way to get out the message to as many people as possible. We will also be posting on the District Facebook and Community Impact website for McKinney.
If you collected food last weekend for the McKinney Little Free Pantry, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
See routes and get flyers and door card information at lonestardistrict.org/activities/sff
Council's Rec. Banquet, Thu, Mar 25th
Order of the Arrow Unit Elections - before to March 31st
Has your unit had an OA election with the Order of the Arrow yet? We had hoped to be done by March 1st. However, we can still have them before March 31st. Have your OA Representative or Senior Patrol Leader sign up here.
IOLS, April 13, 16-17
Lone Star Districts's Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills or IOLS Training will be held at Beautiful Camp James Ray April 16th and 17th while Lone Star District will be doing our Camporee (it might be very compatible with those of our leaders who need it). They will start at 6 pm on Friday and will end around 9 pm on Saturday. The cost is $30. It is required for all Scoutmasters and their assistants. It is good for Webelos parents or leaders in preparation for moving up to a troop.
There is an orientation meeting that you will need to attend on Tuesday, April 13th at 7 pm at the Bobby Lyle Billy Gamble Scouting Center.
Sign up online here: https://scoutingevent.com/571-2021LSIOLS
Lone Star District Camporee, April 16-18
Come join Lone Star District at Camp James Ray for our annual Camporee with all the troops and crews of the district. We'll have competitions and fun and culminate with a large campfire program and Order of the Arrow callout. It will be a blast.
Register is here https://scoutingevent.com/571-2021LSspringCamporee
Aqua Adventures Weekends -
April 23, April 30, May 14, Aug. 20
April 23, April 30, May 14, Aug. 20
Are you a water sports and water craft fanatic?! Are you always on the hunt for your next adrenaline rush? If you can answer “yes” to either of those questions........ then come join us on the crystal clear, calm, cool, collected waters of Possum Kingdom Lake for one of the four 2021 AQUA ADVENTURES weekends! At these weekend long events, Troops, Crews, and Ships will experience thrilling water activities as well as a chance to test their skills at fun and exciting welding projects.
All youth participants must be accompanied by two adult leaders or their parents at all times during the duration of the event.
Lone Star District Swim Test Opportunity for Troops and Crews
If you are interested in setting up a Swim Test for your unit, the APEX Centre in McKinney can accommodate you. They offer hourly lane rentals and provide Red Cross-certified Lifeguards who can sign off on the BSA Swim Test (See requirements in Circle Ten Council Pre-camp Swim Check Policy). Your scouts do NOT need to be members of the APEX, but they will need to sign a liability waiver.
Lane rentals are $12 per hour per lane (includes lifeguard staffing)
Lanes are available 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. during the week, 12:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, or 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays
Payment is made at time of reservation by check or credit card. Card can be taken over the phone or by check handed to Sumner or Carlie to process. Checks should be made out to City of McKinney – Apex Centre
All participants are expected to wear a mask in the building and to maintain social distancing at all times
BSA Aquatics supervision guidelines must be followed by the unit. Each unit is responsible for providing Unit Swim Classification Record and Swim Test Verification forms to be signed off by the Certified Supervisor at the time of the test
Reservations need to be made at least 2 weeks prior to the swim test date to ensure a space.
Contact Carlie Blackstock or Sumner Haye to make arrangements
This opportunity is intended for units wishing to hold a single event for all Scouts. If you have Scouts who can’t attend your unit’s event and need an individual test, there are spots available at the District’s Allen Natatorium sign-up .
Camp Card Calendar
January 26 Unit Camp Card Kickoffs
January 26 Only day for 60% bonus commission for cards purchased at kickoff
January 27 55% bonus commission begins
February 25 50% standard commission begins
April 30 Last day for 50% commission
May 1 Commission reduced to 35%
May 16 Commission reduced to 25%
June 1 Commission reduced to 10%
June 10 District Camp Card Chair wrap-up meeting
In 2021, the camp card sale has a new look! Not only do you receive a tri-fold brochure with 10 tear off coupons, but you receive an access code to activate the Saver Guide app on your mobile device or online. This app provides thousands of additional offers and can help you pinpoint offers in your area, based on your GPS! What an awesome improvement and more value!