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Newsletter February 2017

Round Table, Thursday, February 2nd

Come pick up your scouting for food bags and join us Thursday, February 2nd for our monthly first Thursday Round Table meetings.  The Cub Scout leaders meet to be given examples and be inspired to have better den and pack meetings.  The Boy Scout leaders meet to get ideas for troop meetings and campouts. What we really need is to have you there.  All units should be represented to know what the district and council are and can do for you.  See you at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 7:30 pm; 2801 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, TX each first Thursday of the month.
There are also a couple of meetings before Round Table at 6:45 pm:
Camporee Planning Meeting - For youth especially as well as adults from every troop, team and crew to plan our upcoming Camporee on April 8th.  Every unit should be represented.
Twilight Camp Planning Meeting - For every pack to prepare for and plan our upcoming June Cub Scout Day Camp.  Every unit should be represented.
Don't forget that our Order of the Arrow Chapter meets the same night and time as round table.  This time they will be trained to be able to run the McKinney Food Pantry for Scouting For Food.  Love to have your youth members there (offer them rides, hint, hint).

Camp Card Kickoff, Thursday, February 9th

There will be a Council Camp Card Kickoff this year on Februrary 9th at 7:00PM that at least one person from each unit should attend. There are some changes to the camp cards this year that everyone should be made aware of.
To signup to sell camp cards, please go to

Scouting For Food Collection, Saturday, February 11th

Does your Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew have your bags and route for Scouting for Food? Come and pick up your bags at Round Table on Thursday, February 2nd from our District Executive Tim Mason. Collection day is Saturday, February 11th. Units can start collecting in the morning but need to have it turned into the food pantry before 2 pm. When food is dropped off at the pantry the food will be counted. Each unit then needs to submit your results by 2 pm. See the routes as they now stand, see where to submit your result information, and more details at:
McKinney Order of the Arrow we need your help at the food pantry.

Order of the Arrow Elections, now until March 31st

Troops and Teams it is time to sign up for Order of the Arrow Elections.  All elections must be held by March 31st.  Sign up now to get the date that works best for your unit.

Cub Scout Advancement Modification

The BSA announces modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders, and Cubmasters.
See the announcement and details here:  

Couldn't Attend Face-To-Face Training? Check Out BSA's Online Training!

Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of https://my.scouting.org/   A login is required, but you may create a user account and view the courses. Registered BSA members may provide their member numbers as part of the user profile to receive training credit.
Youth Protection Training
- Please keep in mind you need Face-to-Face YPT if you plan to attend Winter Camp, Twilight Camp, Webelos Residence Camp or any summer camp in Texas. 
Leader Position-Specific Training
- Den Leader, Cubmaster,  Pack Trainer, Pack Committee, Venturing Adviser, and Venturing, Varsity, and Troop Committee
Supplemental Training
- Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Weather Hazards, Climb On Safely, Trek Safely 
Every Scout deserves a trained leader so take advantage of the online courses to help make your program safe and effective.

Archery Classes every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30pm

Terry and Amy Witt, USA Archery Level III NTS Coaches, will be holding archery classes every Tuesday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Texas Archery Academy's McKinney Range. Each session will cost $10 with all equipment being provided by Texas Archery Academy. These archery classes are for scouters, scouts and their siblings 10 years of age and older. The main goals of these class is to teach beginning archers how to successfully participate in the sport of archery as a lifetime sport and to compete in various local Texas Field Archery Association (TFAA), Texas State Archery Association (TSAA), and Texas Archery Academy Indoor League (TAIL) archery tournaments. Our other goals will be how to choose your archery equipment (bow, arrows, quiver, etc..), how to maintain your archery equipment and to form a Boy Scout Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Team to participate in these tournaments. For additional information please contact TerryWitt2@att.net