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Circle 10 University of Scouting Early Registration

posted Nov 8, 2018, 11:03 AM by Jason Ball

University of Scouting is coming up on Saturday, January 5th.  Pre-registration pricing for $30 is available if you sign up by Dec 16.  I have included some basic Q&A below.

Registration is via CampMaster

Full Detailed information including course catalog is available at

What is the University of Scouting?

The University of Scouting is an adult leader's learning adventure! It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where you choose the classes you wish to take. Classes are led by experienced volunteers and professionals who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts.

The University of Scouting offers a wide range of unique adult leader training courses from the:

•College of Cub Scouting: Cub Scout leaders can pick up tips, hints, and fun suggestions which will help their dens, the pack, and most importantly their own Scouts. Explore new cooking ideas, learn to tie knots, or even have some magical experiences during your meetings.
•College of Boy Scouting: Boy Scout and Varsity Scout leaders can learn about any of BSA's high-adventure bases or receive some pointers on "Meaningful Scoutmaster Conferences"  or a learn more from a variety of topics. *Senior Patrol Leaders may attend the SPL Academy with Scoutmaster approval.
•College of Venturing: Venturing advisors can spend the day on Venturing-specific topics. *Venturing youth may participate in the Venturing Academy!
•College of Commissioner Science: Commissioners have a slate of offerings to help earn a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate of Commissioner Science.
•College of General Studies: Leaders and parents can take other general studies topics which span a variety of Scouting Programs.
* Qualified youth may attend:

•SPL Academy
•Venturing Academy


Who should attend University of Scouting?

YOU should attend for sure, along with hundreds of your fellow Scout leaders and Scouting parents from Circle Ten Council and all of North Texas. All registered leaders, potential leaders and parents looking for the very best program for their youth in Scouting will find a variety of classes relevant to their current, or future, position in Scouting.


When is the next session?

Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 2019 New Course Catalog Check-in and walk-up registration opens at 7:00 a.m., opening ceremonies at 8:00 a.m. with the first class beginning at 8:30 a.m. The last class ends at 5:00 p.m.   Don't forget to visit the MIDWAY out on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall.  Registration closes midnight December 16, 2018.

Where will the University be held?

We are pleased to return to Southern Methodist University again!  2019 SMU map and parking pass coming soon. 


How do I register?

Online pre-registration & class scheduling via CampMaster opening soon.  Pre-registration & class scheduling will close midnight December 16, 2018.  The 2019 New Course Catalog  contains instructions on how to access CampMaster and schedule classes.


What is included in my registration fee?

In addition to a full day of fun, filled with interesting classes, handouts and fellowship with other leaders, everyone will receive lunch and a commemorative 2019-edition patch. After the event, notes from many of the sessions will be available online.


Are there any prerequisites to attend?

Generally, no, however, some courses are designed for registered leaders of the Boys Scouts of America as they are position-specific trainings. The Dean of each College will specify any additional prerequisites in the 2019 New Course Catalog. CLASS SCHEDULING CLOSES MIDNIGHT, DECEMBER 16, 2018


For those working towards a degree in the College of Commissioner Science, you must download, complete and bring the following with you:

1.Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot Requirements 2.Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot Tracking Worksheet


How do I dress for the University of Scouting?

If you are a parent, please dress comfortably for the day but with appropriate business casual clothing to respect the campus and youth that might attend.
For registered leaders, please wear the BSA field uniform appropriate for your Scouting Program.
For Scouts attending the SPL Academy or the Venturing Academy, please wear your respective uniforms.

What if I have questions, suggestions, or comments?
Please review the 2019 New Course Catalog for full details. If you still have questions, suggestions or comments please contact the Circle Ten Council Program Director via email.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist.


Chris Kiger

Leader Specific Training and IOLS on Oct 16 and Nov 1

posted Oct 1, 2018, 7:06 PM by Jason Ball

Hi Troop - I am sorry that this is coming up so fast.  The details for the Leader Specific Training just got published on the Lone Star District website.  This is for the classroom training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmaster, as well as the outdoor portion of this training, Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills.  If you want to take a more active role as an ASM in the troop but feel that you would like some additional guidance, then this training is perfect and will allow you to wear the "Trained" patch proudly.  Please shoot me an e-mail to let me know if you are signing up for this.

Chris Kiger
Are you fully trained?  You can be.  We are offering a plethora of trainings on two evenings in October. We want you and the leaders from your unit there.  See all the things you can do to become 100% trained.
Leader Specific - At the LDS church we hold Round Table at; 2801 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney
Scoutmaster Leader Specific, Tues , Oct 16th, 6:30 – 10:30 pm,
$12 early or $15 late (includes Troop Leader Guidebook)  
Scoutmaster Leader Specific Registration and additional details:
IOLS, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, Nov 2-3
Registration Deadline Monday, Oct 29
Tuesday, Oct 30th at 7:30 pm IOLS orientation at the LDS church
2801 El Dorado Parkway
IOLS takes place Fri and Sat, Nove 2-3 from Fri 6 pm to Sat 10 pm at Camp James Ray.  Cost is $30 early or $40 late (includes meals).y, October 29th
Sign up and more details:
Troop 531
McKinney, Texas

New Youth Protection Trainings required by Oct. 1, 2018

posted Aug 27, 2018, 7:32 PM by Jason Ball


All new and currently registered adult leaders are required to complete this training.  Please send me a screen shot of your completion certificate when you are done.

The Boy Scouts of America's new updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs on March 14th.  It replaces the face to face Youth Protection Training required for camps by the state of Texas.  By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training.   If you took the new YPT between Feb13 and March 13, they don't have to fully retake it to comply with Texas FTF, they can just retake the quiz.  It takes a couple hours for it to update their certificate.

Mandatory Updated Adult Youth Protection Training 
Quick Facts
In some states this may be known as the mandatory reporter of child abuse training required by state law. BSA National Mandatory Training Policy 
• Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be taken every two years. 
• Councils are permitted to enact additional requirements. Mandatory Training The Boy Scouts of America’s new updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this one-hour online training. 
The mandatory training modules are the following: • Overview and Policies • Sexual Abuse • Bullying 
The prior version of BSA’s Youth Protection trainings will no longer be available. 
The updated training replaces other Youth Protection trainings and is required for all BSA programs. By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. 
The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. 
• Adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must also take Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. 
• New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training prior to completing the registration process. • Units cannot re-charter unless all unit leaders have completed YPT within two years. 
• Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older. Adult program participants (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application. Account Users 
You must have a account to take the training (BSA registration is not required for an account). Printing Training Completion Certificate The training certificate will only be available for printing after completing the three required training modules and passing the test which completes the Youth Protection Training. It is available on on the Dashboard by clicking the print icon: After clicking the print icon, the certificate opens as a pdf that can be printed and/or saved

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Chris Kiger, ASM
Committee Chair for Training

We still have openings for the 2019 PHILMONT Trek

posted Aug 6, 2018, 5:21 PM by Jason Ball

We still have openings for the 2019 PHILMONT Trek


Troop 531 has openings on their 2019 High Adventure Trek to Philmont Scout Ranch.  The trek will be June 15th to 27th 2019. Check out Philmont’s cool website and the attached document to find out more about this adventure. 





Who: Scouts must be 14 prior to attending Philmont or be 13 prior to attending and have completed eighth grade,

Adults must be registered with BSA

When: Sign up by Sept 17th 


1.     Send an email to me at with PHILMONT in the title.  Let me know the Scouts and or adults name of who is registering. 

2.     Send me a deposit for $100 per person to reserve your spot.  Checks can be made payable to Troop 531.
3.     Complete the sign up form (Click Here) and submit by Sept 17th.

Upcoming Wood Badge Training Sessions for adult leaders in Sept and Jan

posted Aug 4, 2018, 10:49 AM by Jason Ball

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor organizations throughout the country. It builds on the best traditions and experiences of Wood Badge and also draws from a wide range of sources within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.
Upcoming Wood Badge Courses (click here for brochure)
Wood Badge 127 - Camp Wisdom September 13-15, 2018 and September 27-29, 2018
Wood Badge 128 - Camp Wisdom January 25-27, 2019 and February 8-10, 2019

Yours In Scouting,
Chris Kiger

2018 Rotary Club of McKinney Flag Delivery Signup

posted May 18, 2018, 3:04 PM by Jason Ball

Troop 531 Families,

We are once again raising money for Troop 531 by delivering and picking up flags for the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise (  We will be delivering and picking up flags for the following federal holidays:

Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Labor Day (including 9/11)
Veterans Day

New scout families, this is your chance to accrue both service hours for your next scout rank and scout bucks to go towards future scout campouts or summer camp.

Per flag holiday delivery or retrieval, we will need a total of:

4 Adult Drivers
8 Scouts

Exact routes for adults and scouts will be assigned in advance of each flag install/retrieve event.

Note:  All scout families (scouts and adult drivers) are expected to participate in at least one flag holiday event each year per Troop 531 guidelines.  This is important to ensure sufficient staffing per flag holiday to allow for enough drivers and scouts to cover the troop routes this year.  Each route is expected to take no more than 3 hours if all signup slots are filled for a flag holiday.  The troop receives much needed funds from this fundraiser much like our other fundraisers.  So sign up early and often in support of our troop!

As always, you can reach me for any questions at my address or cell phone number:


Yours in Scouting

COH Signup Link 05.21.2018

posted May 17, 2018, 8:22 PM by Jason Ball

Please see link to sign up for refreshments for Court of Honor Monday.

COH Reminder 05.21.2018

posted May 17, 2018, 8:19 PM by Jason Ball

Hello Troop 531,

Just a reminder that Monday's meeting is our Spring Court of Honor. It's a great time to honor all our Scouts and their hard work. Don't forget to wear full class A uniform. Also, you will find an attached report on the email sent out today of what we currently have in the way of awards being presented. If you are expecting something different, please let Andy Hudson know. I realize it's shorter notice than normal, but try to let me know of any changes before Saturday evening in order to get it in for this Court of Honor. 

See email from this afternoon for listing....

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Andy Hudson
Advancement Coordinator Troop 531

REMINDER: Save the Date: Eagle Project May 19th 9:30 AM

posted May 14, 2018, 8:00 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated May 15, 2018, 4:27 AM ]

Troop 531,

I need your help with my Eagle Scout project.  This is a great way to get service hours and to give back to the community.  The project supports the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano.  This organization helps children who have been abused.  We will be making improvements to a playhouse the children use, building shelves for a storage facility and painting a 6 foot concrete wall.    

What: Tyler Bagby’s Eagle Scout Project

What to bring:

Wear clothes that can get paint on them and work gloves
Sun screen, a hat and water bottle
A roller pan and paint roller handle (if available)
A cordless drill (if available)
What is provided: We will have donuts, coffee and juice for breakfast and pizza and drinks for lunch. 

Where: Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, 2205 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX 75074

When: Saturday, May 19th starting at 9 am

How: Sign up on line. 

Special Note: For those over 18 please complete the linked form and call  for him to pick them up Wednesday night this week. (SEE EMAIL FOR CONTACT INFORMATION)

Oklahoma Watersports Campout Final Details for this Friday, May 11 departure

posted May 9, 2018, 3:10 PM by Jason Ball

Troop 531 McKinney
4:53 PM (13 minutes ago)
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Friday departure details at the bottom of this message.

 What do I need to bring?
    - Everything you would bring for a normal campout, plus....
    - Sunscreen
    - Shoes for the water that have a strap across the heel.  MANDATORY to wear at the riverpark.  Crocs with strap = ok.  Flip flops = no way
    - No barefeet allowed in park.
    - Two for drying off and one for sitting on in the car when driving back from the riverpark.  
       Please don't leave a wet mess in your driver's car  :)
    - Change of clothes and shoes for Sat afternoon.  Please change into dry clothes/footwear before you get into the car to drive back to our campsite.
    - Avoid having to put on a ton of sunscreen by wearing an SPF water shirt.
    - Extra money if you want to buy something at the riverpark.  You have already paid for lunch and dinner.
    - Swimsuit with pockets and a baggie that will seal if you want to keep something dryish in your pocket.  Lockers I am told are free.
    - Class A uniform for travel to and from the campsite (Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK)
    - Standard eating utensils and plates for breakfasts that will be cooked at camp and for cracker barrel on Friday night.  Water bottle.
    - Did I mention sunscreen?

On Saturday, we will leave the campsite by 9:15 am to head north to Riversport Adventures for an 11:00 am arrival.
Our reservations for whitewater rafting are at 11:30 am.  We will have a 30 min safety briefing from 11:00 - 11:30 am.
Lunch at 12:30 pm.
Depart  Riversport Adventures at 5:00ish.  Head south back to campsite, stopping at CiCi's pizza for dinner.


Senior Patrol to meet early in the church parking lot between 5:20-5:30pm Friday

Grubmasters meet in the church parking lot to get ice and food packed. 5:30pm Friday

Patrols are to meet in the church parking lot at 5:45pm Friday

Departure from St Gabriel at 6:30pm Friday

Estimated departure from campsite ~9:45 am Sunday  Target arrival at St Gabriel between 12:15 to 12:45 

Parents - If your child has medication to be dispensed during the campout, it will need to go to the selected adult for distribution.  Please provide all medication in the original bottle for only the number of nights + 1 dosage (just in case).  Please also include written instructions for distribution.  

Contact Chris Kiger for any questions about Riversports Adventure, payment, waivers, itinerary, etc...
Contact Kevin Hastcoat for any troop or camping related questions.

Chris Kiger

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