Lone Star District
Circle Ten Council
Lone Star District Award Nominations
We need your help. We need to know who it is that makes your unit and our district SPECIAL! It is time to nominate the Scouters in the packs, troops, crews and posts of our district that do such a great job providing a quality program for the youth in our area. Nobody knows who does a better job than you. Please take a moment to nominate them. The awards will be presented at the District Eagle Recognition and Award Dinner on Saturday, January 20th. The awards are:
The Unit Spark Plug Award (Every unit should submit one of these.)
The Outstanding Organization Award
The Unit or District Scouting Family Award
The Unit or District Rising Star Award
The District Silver Star Award
We would also love to be able to collect and present some Adult Leader Knots at the January dinner and encourage their submission throughout the year. Their requirements and applications are linked.
Awards you can work towards and fill out an application for yourself or others:
Scouter's Training Award for Den Leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, or District Committee
Scouter's Key Award for Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, District Committee, Commissioner
Commissioner Arrowhead Honor, Award of Excellence in Unit Service
Awards where a leader is nominated by others:
Unit Leader Award of Merit
Commissioner Certificate of Commendation, Distinguished Commissioner Service Award
Get award details and nominate them here: Award Link
Let them know how much you really do care! The nomination deadline will be Friday, January 12th. Please get them in quickly.
Webelos Woods Feedback Mtg, Dec 7, 6:30 pm
We are having a Webelos Woods Feedback Meeting, 6:30 pm before Roundtable. Come and discuss what went right and what went wrong so we can ensure we retain the best practices for next year. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5871 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071
Roundtable, Dec 7th, 7 pm
Gear, Gadgets, Galore! 1st Annual Lone Star District Show & Tell
Then for the December Roundtable we’d like to encourage our adult leaders across the District to bring in their favorite 'Scout Stuff' for our very first District Show & Tell event. What you bring in can span the gambit from your must have item on every campout, camp tools your unit uses that make a campout that much better, that new/old piece of equipment that you’re really excited about showing all your Scout buddies, or simply something (not necessarily camp related) that helps enhance, aid, and or make your Scouting experience great. Surprises us, but remember, it must be Scout appropriate. In addition to bringing in your items, please be prepared to share a few words about it and what makes it special to you. As an added bonus, given that the holidays are upon us, this is a great way to get gift ideas for your favorite Scout or Scouter! Show and Tell Signup Link
The New White Elephant Award, Submissions due December 7th
Just Kidding! BSA didn’t create a new Leader Knot for us to earn, but hopefully we got your attention. Since the holidays are here, and to add a bit more fun to our December Roundtable, we encourage everyone to bring a low/no cost item for a White Elephant gift exchange if you’d like to participate with the group. The gift doesn’t have to be Scout related, but as always, needs to be Scout appropriate. Just like the Show & Tell, surprises are welcome and encouraged!
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5871 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071
Order of the Arrow Chapter Mtg, Dec 7th, 7 pm
As always come have some fun, food, and fellowship with the other chapter members of the Order of the Arrow. We need you there.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5871 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071
Order of the Arrow Unit Elections - December 1st through March 31st
Has your unit scheduled an OA election with the Order of the Arrow yet? We hope 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.
Merit Badge Counselor Reg: ACTION REQUIRED, Dec 15
Merit Badge Counselor Registration: ACTION REQUIRED
Merit badge counselors should have received an email from Daniel Murphy in the last few weeks. All counselors need to respond to that email, indication if they want to remain registered as a MB counselor. They must also attach their YPT certificate. This response must happen by December 15, 2023 or the counselor will be dropped. If dropped, all paperwork will have to be resubmitted. If you are a counselor and you did not receive the email, email Michell Crawford at email@example.com as soon as possible. You will be sent the email to respond to,
Also, if you have been a MB counselor but not in a paid leadership position (committee member, ASM, SM, CC)), you will need to either register with the troop in one of these positions or fill out paperwork to register as a MB counselor only. The fee for that registration is $25.
If there are questions contact Michell Crawford. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Sidekicks Scout Night, Dec 9th
Here is an invite from ... the Dallas Sidekicks (professional indoor soccer) would like to invite the Scouts BSA troops and packs to attend their home opener on December 9th
Group ticket rates are $15 or $20 each, depending on where in the arena the seats are located. The games are held at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center in Allen.
UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING, Sat, Jan 13, 2024
Join us for a day of Scout fun and learning on January 13, 2023, at the Region 10 Service Center or Camp Wisdom. Classes can be taken at both locations so be sure to factor in travel time to avoid missing any of the fun.
District Eagle Award and Recognition Dinner, January 20, 2024
Please save the date for the 2024 Lone Star District Eagle Award and District Recognition Dinner. Come help us celebrate another great year of Scouting in the Lone Star District!
Who: All Lone Star District Leaders and the Class of 2023 Eagles (2023 Eagles are free)
What: Join us for dinner as we give thanks to everyone that made the 2023 Scouting year count!
When: January 20, 2024 at 5:00 pm
Where: Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S Stonebridge Dr, McKinney, TX 75072
Cost: $10 with a TexMex themed potluck
We look forward to celebrating with you!
Sign up here: https://www.scoutingevent.com/571-2024LoneStarDinner
IOLS, BALOO, ILST courses January 19-20, 2024
The Iron Horse District in Frisco is hosting some courses you or your unit might need right here in McKinney at Myers Park. See if they work for you. Our next ones are at Camporee in April.
Scouting for Food, Saturday, February 10th, 2024
Units come help gather food in our communities for the The McKinney Little Free Pantry in McKinney, and the appropriate pantries for the other towns in the district. It is a great service project for our units and greater service for those in need. Send someone from your unit to the meeting on January 4th for routes and information.
Towne Lake Trout Derby, Sat Feb 17, 2024
Reel in the fun!
The annual Towne Lake Trout Derby fishing event 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 is perfect for those who love to fish - kids and adults alike! Bring your fishing pole and bait to catch a few of the thousands of fish released into the lake. The event will include a casting contest for kids, and trophies for those who catch the biggest and smallest trout. The event is free for everyone; register in advance (link to be here soon) or onsite at the event.
Our district will be running an open play Pinewood Derby recruiting event at the same time you can invite your fiends to or you can come and help with. (We will have some district cars to race.)
District Crossover, February 25, 2024 at 3 pm
Join the district and all of the Arrow of Lights cross over into Troops. The Order of the Arrow is hosting a crossover ceremony at Bonnie Wink Park in McKinney on Sunday, February 25th at 3 pm. The cost is $5 per Scout.. Each Scout will receiver a totem.
Register here soon. Save the date.
BALOO Training Campout, April 12-13, 2024
Join us for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation with an preparation meeting on the 9th then camping on the 12th and 13th during and by our Camporee Campout. It is needed for Cub Scout Packs and Webelos Dens to camp.
IOLS Training Campout, April 12-13, 2024
Join us for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills with a preparation meeting on the 9th then camping on the 12th and 13th during and by our Camporee Campout. It is required for Scoutmasters and their assistants. It will be at Camp James Ray, 2026 Mill Creek Road, Pottsboro, TX.
Camporee, April 12-14, 2024
Save the date for our Spring Camporee with the Lone Star and Eagle Trail districts. We want all troops and crews to come and run a fun station everyone can attend. We'll compete, have prizes, and more. We want to see you there so save the date. It will be at Camp James Ray, 2026 Mill Creek Road, Pottsboro, TX.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Cub Scout Program Changes Coming June 1, 2024
1. Goal was to make program SIMPLE, FUN, EASY (think from perspective of busy leaders).
2. All ranks, LION – ARROW OF LIGHT, will be standardized with a consistent number of adventures to achieve rank: 6 “core” and 2 “elective”
3. The distinction between Webelos Program (4th and 5th grade) and the Webelos RANK (4th grade) and Arrow of Light Rank (5th grade) was a source of confusion to many. This will be rectified by having separate handbooks, just like there is for the other ranks.
4. BOBCAT will NO LONGER be a RANK. It becomes the first adventure in EACH grade level rank. The requirements will be different at each rank.
5. All “core” adventures are now standardized into 6 categories across each rank: CHARACTER/LEADERSHIP (this is the BOBCAT at each rank); OUTDOORS, PERSONAL FITNESS, CITIZENSHIP, PERSONAL SAFETY (OR SAFETY/FIRST AID FOR THE 4TH/5TH GRADERS), AND FAMILY/REVERENCE. This will make it easier for leaders planning pack outings or using mixed age dens, to plan meetings across a topic.
6. SUPPLEMENTAL AWARDS (not achievements) were not seeing much use/awareness; many of these are NOW reconfigured into an ELECTIVE which should increase their visibility.
7. Electives have been “repopulated” … lots of them; 16 in total for Lions and AOL; 20 for each of the other ranks. Some popular electives, such as FISHING, show up IN EVERY RANK (presumably with some variation of requirements – bet all include going fishing!). In the slide below, the “lightest” color in each rank at top are electives continuing from the current program. The “mid-tone” colored ones are NEW, including ones that used to be stand alone awards/patches, and the darkest tones at bottom (BB’s/Archery/Slingshot) are ones that must be done in a district/council setting.
8. They published a schedule of when information will be released; handbooks in March/April. More information coming out each month in another CUBCHATLIVE (dates and TOPICS are INDICATED in the chart below: 12/1/23; 1/12/24; 2/2/24; 3/1/24/ 4/5/24; 4/5/24; 5/10/24; 6/7/24)
9. Changes effective 6/1/2024 (i.e., for NEXT Cub Scout year) -- ALL RANKS continue as current for the spring semester.
If you have already watched/listened to the CubChatLive, great. If not, you can use this link: https://youtu.be/0Orm_Gz8hrg -- about 35 minutes, worth listening to.
Also, all the information this is currently in PRINT is available on the Program Updates Page: https://www.scouting.org/program-updates/cub-scout-program-updates-announced/