Want to join Scouting, for the adventures of a lifetime?


When is the best time to join Scouting?

Image from William D. Boyce Council

Symbols of a boy having a good time growing, and growing up.

Right now.

Scouting is a year around activity.  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venture Crew members do stuff every month of the year.  Waiting to sign up means you’ll miss some of the fun.  Why wait?

Want to join?  Want to find a Cub Pack, or a Boy Scout Troop, or a Venture Crew?  Check around this site.  If you live in Southwest Dallas County, Texas, in Lancaster, DeSoto, Cedar Hill or Duncanville, there is probably a unit close to you.  Find out when they meet, and sign up.  Or contact the leaders and ask questions.

Scouting is the adventure of a lifetime.  Sign up today.

Wisdom Trail District is one of a dozen areas organized under Circle 10 Council, BSA.  Wisdom Trail’s volunteers and Scout units serve youth in the four cities of Southwest Dallas County — though some boys come from other cities as well.  This site is intended to help you find a unit where you or your boy can have fun, and be a Scout.

The trail of adventure is calling.  You can start right here in Wisdom Trail District.

What are you waiting for?

Where to get started, and more information:


Give generously! Scouts collecting donations to local food pantries

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in Southwest Dallas County will collect food for our local food pantries on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Scouting for Food in Dallas, Texas area, February 13, 2016. Image from Yorktown Pack 200

Scouting for Food in Dallas, Texas area, February 13, 2016. Image from Yorktown Pack 200

(Of course, Scouts throughout Circle 10 Council, BSA, will be collecting in the rest of the Council, the counties around Dallas up to the Oklahoma border.)

Food pantries and outreach ministries in the Best Southwest Area some years rely on this February Scout service campaign to carry them through Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, in the past decade donations have not been sufficient to meet with demand. If you’ve given four or five cans of food in the past, please give eight or ten, if you can, this year.

Please give generously when a Scout knocks on your door.

Press release from the Council:

Scouting for Food is the largest single-day food collection event in Dallas and one of the largest in the nation. On one day, approximately 30,000 Scouts go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items for the less fortunate. The food is then distributed to local food pantries and assistance agencies across Circle Ten Council.

Tom Thumb has sponsored this food drive for 28 years and collects food at their locations throughout the entire month of February.

What is Scouting for Food?
Scouting for Food is the largest door-to-door food collection effort in the Dallas-Fort Worth area benefiting more than 45 assistance agencies across the area.

Who helps with Scouting for Food?
Scouting for Food involves approximately 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, friends, family and volunteers from the Circle Ten Council, BSA.

2016 Scouting for Food Dates: February 13, 2016

Food items can also be dropped off at any Tom Thumb Food and Pharmacy throughout the month of February!

Crossposted at Rock Solid Scouting (Troop 355) and Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub.

Come join the adventure! Scout-o-Rama at Camp Wisdom, Saturday, February 7, 2015

Scout-o-Rama, Camp Wisdom, February 7, 2015 -- come join the adventure!

Scout-o-Rama, Camp Wisdom, February 7, 2015 — come join the adventure!

Good weather Saturday for Scout-a-Rama. Hope to see representatives from every unit, to recruit. Flyers have gone out to almost every boy in schools in Wisdom Trail District; great chance to show off, and recruit Scouts.

To remind parents, and the non-Scouts your Scout invited to come along, please share this post on your timeline.

Thanks! See you at Camp Wisdom.


You’re a new Scout volunteer? You probably need this list

This is requisitioned, completely, from the September-October 2012 issue of Scouting magazine.

50 key tips for new Scouters.  Too important not to share:

The get-started guide for new Scouting leaders

50 Tips for New Scouting Leaders Suitcase WELCOME TO SCOUTING! You’re joining a force of volunteers a million strong, some who started in Scouting before you were born (see tip No. 38). Yet you may be uniquely qualified to have a powerfully positive impact on the young people in your unit (see tip No. 43). No pressure, huh?

We at Scouting magazine have been where you are, and we understand just how intimidating the job can be. So we created this handy guide to help you through the first months of your Scouting career. Half of the tips below stem from our own experience; the other half come from Scouters across the country who responded to survey questions on our Facebook page (see tip No. 20).

We appreciate their input and look forward to the day that you, too, start sharing your wisdom with Scouting’s next crop of rookie leaders. But, we also realize that our readers have plenty of additional advice to share, too. That’s why we ask that—if you see something we’ve missed—post your own suggestions for new leaders below.

When you’re done studying the new-leader tips below, make sure you test your new knowledge by taking the “Are You Ready to Lead” quiz.

50 Tips for New Scouting Leaders Add to Bookmarks1. Add to Bookmarks. MyScouting (myscouting.org) is the entry point on the BSA Web site for all sorts of Web-based activities, including training, Internet advancement, and registration for national events. Signing up is simple, and there’s a tutorial if you get stuck. As soon as possible, add your member ID to your profile so you get credit for online training.

2. Become an Alum. Even if you’re new, you qualify for the BSA Alumni program (bsaalumni.org). Why sign up? Four words: free bugle-call ringtones.

3. All in the Timing. Get all your Scouting dates on your family calendar and fix any conflicts. Nothing’s worse than having to cancel a den meeting on your wedding anniversary (except not canceling a den meeting on your wedding anniversary).

4. Training Basics. Every Scout deserves a trained leader, and every leader deserves to be trained. The basic-training sequence has four phases: Fast Start, Youth Protection (the required child-abuse prevention and detection course), This Is Scouting (an overview of the Scouting program), and position-specific training. Learn more, including which courses are available online, at bit.ly/BSAtraining. Remember, you must complete Youth Protection training before you can register as a leader.

5. You are Here. As a volunteer, you can earn all sorts of awards, most of which are represented by those knots you see on veteran leaders’ uniforms. Find out which awards are available for your position and start tracking your progress. Learn about all the knots by visiting bit.ly/knowyourknots.

6. Know Then Sew. When you’re properly uniformed, you set an example for your Scouts and have a place to display the awards you receive (patches aren’t just for the boys). Yes, uniforms can be expensive, but many packs, troops, and crews have closets of “experienced” uniforms that you may use. Before you start sewing on patches, grab a uniform inspection sheet from bit.ly/uniforminspection and get things in the right place the first time. Don’t like to sew? Try Badge Magic (bit.ly/badgemagickit).

7. Get to Know Your Scouts  … You’ll be spending lots of time with them, so find out where they go to school, what they like and dislike, and how you can best contact them (phone, e-mail, Facebook, etc.).

8. … and their Parents. What are their hobbies and talents? Who can haul the boys to camp? Any Eagle Scouts in the group? Give every parent a little job and your job won’t seem so big.

9. Then Check Out ScoutParents. Speaking of parents, surf over to scoutparents.org for extensive information on how Scouting benefits parents and families, not just kids. There’s even a free e-book about the subject on the site.

10. Nights at the Roundtable. Here’s where you’ll find a bunch of Scouters who’ve been in your shoes and are eager to help you be successful. Some of the best discussions happen after the closing, so plan to stay late. Check with your unit leader or council office for dates and locations.

11. Sites for Your Eyes. Another great source for Scouting information is the Internet. You can find Scouting magazine online at scoutingmagazine.org. Ask people in your unit or district for their favorite online discussion groups, blogs, and podcasts. And be sure to bookmark Scouting’s blog: blog.scoutingmagazine.org.

12. Less Taxing. If you itemize your taxes, you can deduct the cost of your uniforms and the miles you drive as a volunteer. You’ll need good records, so start a receipt file and mileage log. For more information, visit bit.ly/scoutingwriteoffs or consult your tax adviser.

13. Get a Life—or snag your son’s copy when he’s not looking. Boys’ Life magazine content aligns with pack and troop programs, and the jokes are always good for a laugh. For a quick game, create a scavenger hunt where boys look for specific words or pictures in the current issue. Learn more about BL at boyslife.org. 50 Tips for New Scouting Leaders Meet and Greet

14. Meet and Greet: STEP 1. Seek out your chartered organization representative, the volunteer who oversees Scouting at your chartered organization (the school, community group, or religious institution that sponsors your unit). Ask how Scouting supports the organization’s mission and what your unit can do to help. This is especially important if you’re the unit leader or committee chair.

15. Meet and Greet: STEP 2. Seek out your district executive and unit commissioner. The DE is the professional Scouter who oversees Scouting in your community; the commissioner is an experienced volunteer charged with supporting your unit. Their goal is to make your unit successful, and they have access to lots of useful resources.

16. Meet and Greet: STEP 3. Find a mentor in your district who holds the same position as you. Meet for coffee to discuss any challenges you’re facing, then visit one of your mentor’s meetings to see him or her in action.

17. Get to Philmont—Pronto! Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., is the world’s largest youth camping facility. It’s also the BSA’s national volunteer training center. Every summer, the Philmont Training Center offers dozens of weeklong conferences for Scouters of all experience levels. Best of all, your spouse and children can participate in great family programs while you’re in class. Details at philmontscoutranch.org/ptc.aspx.

18. KISMIF? OMG! Quick! What do the following acronyms and initialisms mean?


If you don’t know NESA from NOAC, bookmark the Language of Scouting website (scouting.org/scoutsource/Media/LOS.aspx). You’ll never be at a loss when veteran Scouters start tossing jargon around. (Find the answers to this in your September-October 2012 issue of Scouting magazine.)

19. On the Map. Have you visited Beascout.org? This spiffy new unit locator uses Google Maps to help prospective Scouts find you. The BSA’s Beascout.org is so new that many veterans don’t know about it. Introduce your unit to it, and you’ll no longer be the newbie.

20. Do You Like Us? You are on Facebook, aren’t you? Then “like” the pages for the BSA and Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines. When you do, you’ll get the latest Scouting news. Find us at facebook.com/scoutingmagazine.

21. Find Direction. What do you want to accomplish this year or before you leave Scouting? (Which we hope won’t be this year.) Write down your goals and paste them in your leader book to help you stay on track.

22. Catch Up on Some Reading. Read the appropriate youth and adult handbooks that relate to your position. If you’re a Wolf den leader, get the Wolf Cub Scout Handbook and Cub Scout Leader Book. If you’re an assistant Scoutmaster, get the Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook. If you’re a Venturing Advisor, get the Venturing/Ranger Handbook and the Venturing Leader Manual. If you’re a … Well, you get the idea.

23. Reach the Summit. The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia promises a world of excitement for older Scouts and Venturers. You can’t visit until next summer, but the Web site is open for business now: summit.scouting.org.

24. Start Your Journey. Journey to Excellence is the BSA’s performance recognition program for units, districts, and councils. JTE, which replaces the Quality Unit program, measures advancement, activities, leader training, and more. Visit bit.ly/BSAjourneytoexcellence to learn about the specific goals for your type of unit. Then ask your unit leader about your unit’s progress toward Bronze, Silver, or Gold recognition.

25. Meet a Founder. Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell, died in 1941, but his spirit is alive and well today. You can read many of his books, including Scouting for Boys (the first Boy Scout handbook), at bit.ly/bpowell.


For Working With Scouts
26. The most powerful words in the world are, “That sounds cool. Make it happen.” ­—Cassie Johnson 27. Be willing to do whatever you are asking the boys to do. They will be more willing to participate if you make a fool of yourself first. —Stephanie Gourley 28. Listen to the Scouts. They are smarter than you think. —Andrew O’Connor 29. Scouts just want to have fun and learn. They never have an agenda. —Skip Tamke 30. Trust your older Scouts—but verify! —Tim Hagey

For Working With Families 50 Tips for New Scouting Leaders Volunteering
31. There are never enough volunteers. Recruit those parents from the day they sign up their kid! —Jane Hansen 32. Share as many details about an event as you can before a family has to commit. That way they have every opportunity to make sure it is right for them. —Shelli Smith Luna 33. Stick to your schedule. Families will come to understand it’s easier to work into a planned schedule than to pull things together at the last minute. —Laurie Good Kautz 34. Some kids have a very structured home life; others are the opposite. Make your den rules apparent from the beginning and stick with them. —Michelle Cianflone Flynn 35. When someone asks you “How can I help?” you’d better have an answer; otherwise, they may never ask again. —Dave Ruiz

For Getting Up to Speed, Fast
36. Go to roundtable, learn online, and make friends. —Christine Needham Martin 37. Don’t wait to get all of your basic training done. —Kirsten Johnson 38. At your first roundtable or training, look for the person with the most knots on his or her Scout shirt. Knots indicate experience and knowledge, and those individuals are a wealth of resources and contacts—and they are free. —Lindsay Foster 39. Talk to other Scouters. At summer camp or other council or district events, go to other campsites and talk to the Scouters there. —Chuck Pint 40. Ask questions. Most leaders are willing to help, but they don’t want to make you uncomfortable or overwhelmed. —Aileen Sheehan Masone

For Measuring Success
41. Success as a Scouter can be measured in grins and laughter. —Tom Osen  42. Do you go home after a meeting tired but smiling because you saw a boy do something big for himself that most people, even his parents, probably would never notice? That’s when you know you’ve done it right. —Phil Peck 43. Success is seeing your Scouts following the morals and ethics learned in Scouting and putting them into practice with enthusiasm. —Ronald Pierantozzi 44. Success is seeing the smiles of the boys as they learn new things and watching them come back every week eagerly anticipating more. —Charles Nesloney 45. Wait 15 to 20 years to see what kind of men they become. Then you’ll know if you were successful. —Calvin Gray

Miscellaneous Tips
46. There are so many Scouting urban legends out there. (“The left-handed handshake has been banned because it’s a secret sign.”) If someone says something that seems odd or strange, ask where it can be found in print. —Michelle Matowski 47. Plan for more than you can do in an activity or meeting. —Bradley White-Findeisen 48. No one, especially the Scouts, cares what you know. What is important is what you do. —Joe Julio 49. Learn to listen, not lecture; to joke, not judge; and to laugh whenever possible. —Dan Hartnett 50. In volunteering, you are truly receiving a gift. The more time and effort you set aside for your Scouts, the greater the gift you’ll receive in return. —Anthony Daniel Thorne

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Schedule changes in Scout Sign Up Nights for Lancaster, Desoto, and Cedar Hill elementaries

Painting by Norman Rockwell.  Cub Scouting starts a lifetime of adventure, growth, and service.

Painting by Norman Rockwell. Cub Scouting starts a lifetime of adventure, growth, and service.

Here is the schedule for Join Scout Night functions at elementaries in Lancaster, Desoto and Cedar Hill, Texas — all cities in Wisdom Trail District, Circle 10 Council BSA.

This schedule reflects all remaining Join Scout Night functions scheduled, with a few changes.

New to Scouting?  Details on when the Cub Pack and Dens meet will be available at these meetings, or you can check all the Packs in Wisdom Trail District, here.  Generally there will be just one Pack recruiting each school, but you may join any other local Pack you wish to join.

 Date and Day  Start time  School City/ School District
9/24/2013 Tues. 6:00 PM Rosa Parks Elementary
Moved to 10/10/2013
9/24/2013 Tues. 5:30 PM Beltline Elementary Lancaster
9/24/2013 Tues. 3:30-4:00 PM
7:00-7:30 PM
Rolling Hills Elementary Lancaster
9/25/2013 Wed. 6:30 PM High Pointe Elementary Cedar Hill
9/25/2013 Wed. 6:00 PM Ruby Young Elementary
Moved to 10/02/2013
9/25/2013 Wed. 7:00 PM Highlands Elementary Cedar Hill
9/26/2013 Thurs. 6:00 PM Woodridge Elementary Desoto
9/26/2013 Thurs. 6:30 PM Frank D. Moates Elementary Desoto
9/26/2013 Thurs. 3:30-4:00 PM
7:00-7:30 PM
Pleasant Run Elementary Lancaster
9/30/2013 Mon. 6:00 PM Waterford Oaks Elementary Desoto
10/02/2013 Wed. 6:00 PM Ruby Young Elementary Desoto
10/10/2013 Thurs. 6:15 PM Cockrell Hill Elementary Desoto
10/10/2013 Thurs. 6:00 PM Houston Elementary Lancaster
10/10/2013 Thurs 7:00pm Rosa Parks Elementary Lancaster
10/16/2013 Wed. 7:00 PM Amber Terrace Elementary Desoto
Cub Scout Sign, Salute and Handshake

Cub Scout Sign, Salute and Handshake — Welcome to Cub Scouting!

Schedule changes in sign-up nights for some Lancaster and Cedar Hill schools

“The Ideal Scout,” by R. Tait MacKenzie; this first version resides just outside the offices of the Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Where have you seen other replicas of this statue?

Please note the schedule changes in sign up nights for these five schools only, as follows, according to a message from District Executive Andrew George:

  • Beltline Elementary (Lancaster) has been CHANGED to 9/24 at 5:30pm.

  • Houston Elementary (Lancaster) has been CHANGED to 10/10 at 6:00pm.

  • Highlands Elementary (Cedar Hill) is SCHEDULED for 9/25 at 7:00pm

  • Rolling Hills (Lancaster) is SCHECULED for 9/24 3:30pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-7:30pm.

  • Pleasant Run is (Lancaster) SCHEDULED for 9/26 at 3:30pm-4:00pm & 7:00pm-7:30pm.

Rolling Hills and Pleasant Run have two times listed.  Principals said it would be difficult to get parents to come back to the school. Council decided to have two JSN sessions, one for when the parents pick up children after school, and another for those who ride the bus, whose parents want to return later.

Join Scout Nights — scheduled sign up events at local schools

Local Scout units will take their recruiting shows on the road, to a school (we hope) in your neighborhood.

Recruiting poster from way back!

Recruiting poster from way back! “Scouting rounds a guy out.” Image from Boy Scout Trail.com

Most of these schedules are set by the school principals, based on what time they can spare in the school’s busy schedule.

At each of these events, you can find a presentation on Scouting, usually Cub Scouting, and local Scouts and Scout leaders to answer your questions.  Sign up costs about $25, usually, prorated for the end of the year, and including a subscription to the wonderful monthly magazine Boys Life.

You may sign up a Scout, and you may volunteer as a leader, at each of these events.

Please check back to watch for changes in the calendar!  If for some reason you cannot attend these events, use the lists found on this blog and contact the leaders of the unit you want to join.

Scouts may sign up for the adventure of a lifetime any day of the year.

(This list updated September 24, 2013.)

Sign up dates Time School
9/5/2013-Thurs. 6:00 PM Hastings Elementary Duncanville
9/5/2013-Thurs. 6:00 PM Alexander Elementary Duncanville
9/5/2013-Thurs. 6:00 PM Hyman Elementary Duncanville
9/10/2013-Tues. 6:00 PM Smith Elementary Duncanville
9/10/2013-Tues. Daniel Intermediate (at Smith Elementary, next door) Duncanville
9/10/2013-Tues. 6:00 PM Bilhartz Elementary Duncanville
9/11/2013-Wed. 6:00 PM Central Elementary Duncanville
9/11/2013-Wed. Hardin Intermediate (at Central Elementary, next door) Duncanville
9/11/2013-Wed. 6:00 PM Brandenburg Intermediate Duncanville
9/12/2013-Thurs. 6:00 PM West Intermediate
9/12/2013-Thurs. 6:00 PM Merrifield Elementary Duncanville
9/17/2013 Tues. 6:00 PM Bray Elementary Cedar Hill
9/17/2013 Tues. 7:00 PM Plummer Elementary Cedar Hill
9/18/2013 Wed. 6:00 PM Beltline Elementary
Moved to 9/24/2013
9/18/2013 Wed. 7:00 PM Houston Elementary
Moved to 10/10/2013
9/19/2013 Thurs. 6:00 PM West Main Elementary Lancaster
9/19/2013 Thurs. 7:00 PM Lancaster Elementary Lancaster
9/19/2013 Thurs. 6:00 PM Acton Elementary Duncanville
9/24/2013 Tues. 6:00 PM Rosa Parks Elementary
Moved to 10/10/2013
9/24/2013 Tues. 5:30 PM Beltline Elementary Lancaster
9/24/2013 Tues. 3:30-4:00 PM
7:00-7:30 PM
Rolling Hills Elementary Lancaster
9/25/2013 Wed. 6:30 PM High Pointe Elementary Cedar Hill
9/25/2013 Wed. 6:00 PM Ruby Young Elementary
Moved to 10/02/2013
9/25/2013 Wed. 7:00 PM Highlands Elementary Cedar Hill
9/26/2013 Thurs. 6:00 PM Woodridge Elementary Desoto
9/26/2013 Thurs. 6:30 PM Frank D. Moates Elementary Desoto
9/26/2013 Thurs. 3:30-4:00 PM
7:00-7:30 PM
Pleasant Run Elementary Lancaster
9/30/2013 Mon. 6:00 PM Waterford Oaks Elementary Desoto
10/02/2013 Wed. 6:00 PM Ruby Young Elementary Desoto
10/10/2013 Thurs. 6:15 PM Cockrell Hill Elementary Desoto
10/10/2013 Thurs. 6:00 PM Houston Elementary Lancaster
10/10/2013 Thurs 7:00pm Rosa Parks Elementary Lancaster
10/16/2013 Wed. 7:00 PM Amber Terrace Elementary Desoto

Traditionally, we’ve had one unit recruiting at each school, often units that were founded specifically to serve the youth at that that school.  However, Scouts may want to join a different unit — perhaps one sponsored by their home church congregation, or one with several other friends.  That’s fine.  Transfers from one unit to another are easy and cheap ($1.00).  The important thing is to find a unit your boy likes.

If you want to study the various units in Wisdom Trail District, you can find a list of them on this blog:  Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams and Venture Crews.

Is your school in Lancaster, DeSoto, Cedar Hill or Duncanville, Texas, not shown here?  Make a note in comments.  We’ll work to get you information on when your school is scheduled, or help you find other ways to join up.

Cub Scout fishing derby set for October 5

It’s a great time to join Cub Scouting, if you like to fish, or if you’ve never been fishing!

Wisdom Trail’s annual Fishing Derby is scheduled for October 5 — registration is due at the September Roundtable, from Pack leaders.

Here’s the invitation:

Fishing Derby Patch

Wisdom Trail District Fishing Derby October 5, 2013

Hosted by the Lippoe Chapter of the Order of the Arrow
And Troop 785

 Grab your lucky fishing hat and gear and come join us!

Registration: due at September Roundtable
Update: You may register online, using CampMaster:

Start fishing at 9:00am end fishing at 12:00pm
Location: Lake Shirley – Camp Wisdom

Cost:  $8 per Scout.  Fee includes hot dog lunch and fish fry!

Things to bring:
fishing gear (some will be available), chair, sunscreen, water bottle and hat.

Camping is available for Friday or Saturday night
please contact Tony Gibson if your unit is interested in camping.

For more information, please contact Tony Gibson at Targ.1993@gmail.com.

Download the flyer here: Wisdom Trail District Fishing Derby 2013 (2)