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.


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

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 Scouts are Awesome! Video explains Cubbing

You can use this for recruiting, no?

Let’s start here: Cub Scouts are awesome. This is a program with an amazing history and tradition, a sure-fire way to get more involved with your kids that puts the fun first.

Right off the bat, the Cub Scouts program starts with activities and and skills that every kid will love. Academic and physical challenges don’t compete in the Cub Scouts; they compliment one another. The whole program is centered around helping kids achieve, and bringing you right along with them.

If you’re looking for a way to instill values into your children, look no further. Cub Scouts is fun with a purpose. From citizenship to stewardship and everything in between, the Cub Scouts provide the perfect foundation for young boys to grow into young men.

Cub Scouts. Do your best. Have fun doing it.

Learn more at

Cub Hub, a new site for recruiting Cub Scouts

This promises to be a good source of information on Cub Scouting — send parents here if they have questions about Cub Scouting in general.

Heck, check it out yourself!  I learned a lot: Cub Hub

Cub Hub screen capture - click image to go to Cub Hub

Cub Hub screen capture – click image to go to Cub Hub


Boy Scout Troops in Wisdom Trail District

Here’s the current list of Boy Scout Troops in Wisdom Trail District, in Dallas County’s Southwest section.

Boy Scouts can be age 11, or having completed fifth grade, and not yet 18 — this is prime adventure time for boys.

Troop # Charter Organization
and meeting time
1 Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Duncanville
1111 W. Danieldale, Duncanville
Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Jim Scott  (e-mail Dan Alexander)
109 DeSoto Presbyterian Church
212 W. Pleasant Run, DeSoto
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Wes Attaway
140 Lions Club of Lancaster
Scout Hut, 230 Lions Club Lane
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Jim Conrad
141 DeSoto Christian Church
337 Beltline, DeSoto
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Don Heinen
193 Duncanville Church of Christ “The Grace Place”
402 W. Danieldale, Duncanville
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Michael Lastufka
239 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1019 Big Stone Gap, Duncanville

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Bob Langston
355 First Christian Church Duncanville
203 S. Main St., Duncanville
Mondays, 7 p.m.
John Geurin
357 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1415 Vernon, Dallas
7 p.m., 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Gregorio Cabello
486 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1415 Vernon, Dallas
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Eric Pelfrey
493 First United Methodist Church, Duncanville
403 S. Main St., Duncanville
Mondays, 7 p.m.
David Baucam
520 First United Methodist Church Cedar Hill
126 Roberts St., Cedar Hill
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Mike King
541 Hope Lutheran Church, Cedar Hill
917 N. Straus Rd., Cedar Hill
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Mike Eigel
782 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1019 Big Stone Gap, Duncanville

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Samuel Francis
785 American Legion Post 81, Duncanville
414 E. Red Bird Ln, Duncanville
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Larry Ward
786 High Pointe Baptist Church
101 High Pointe Ln, Cedar Hill
2nd & 4th Thursdays
Preston Walker
1141 First United Methodist Church, DeSoto
310 Roaring Springs, DeSoto
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Tim Mueck