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 lonestardistrictactivities@gmail.com for further information.

See routes and get flyers and door card information at lonestardistrict.org/activities/sff

Get updated door cards here.

Council's Rec. Banquet, Thu, Mar 25th

Please join us at Circle Ten Council's Annual Recognition Banquet at the Plano Event Center (2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano) on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

The Annual Recognition Banquet is held each year to recognize Eagle Scouts and the volunteers of the Circle Ten Council. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Bob Sanford 2020 Class of Eagle Scouts and the 2020 Silver Beaver Awards, the highest volunteer recognition presented on the council level. You may access a flier for the banquet to share with your units here.

We are excited to host an in-person event this year and have confidence in the COVID 19 protocols the Plano Event Center has in place for the safety of our guests. We are restricted to a maximum of 600 participants so please register early. Tables will have a maximum of six guests. Registration is now open and will close on March 9th, or sooner as capacity is reached. You may register here. Feel free to reach out to Leigh Anne LeBlanc or Paula Bramble with any questions or concerns at leighcat3@gmail.com or paula.bramble@scouting.org.

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

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.

https://scoutingevent.com/571-2021AquaAdventure

2021 Iron Horse & Lone Star District Twilight Camp

Who: Tigers, Bears, Wolves, Webelos, Arrow of Light, Tiger Partners, Siblings, and Adult Leaders

What: Crafts, Sports, BB's, Archery, Science, Scout Skills, etc.

When: June 14th-17th.

Where: Myers Park

Why: FUN, Advancement, FUN, Friends, FUN, Outdoors, FUN, Skills, and More FUN!!!

Come join us this summer for some Weird Science fun!

Register here: https://scoutingevent.com/571-2021IHTwilightCamp

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
    cblackstock@mckinneytexas.org, shaye@mckinneytexas.org

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!

Info and sign up for the sale!