Longhorn Council BSA is having a float in the 2017 Arlington 4th of July Parade. The float will have 29 American flags on it from the 1777 13-star flag to the 1960 50-star flag and all of those in between. It will also have a Texas flag. Following the float will be Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts walking the parade route. It would be nice if the scouts could carry their Unit flag or banner but it’s not necessary. Scouts should be in Class-A uniform and can wear jeans or shorts. Hats and sunscreen is a good idea. Cub Scouts riding bicycles must have helmets. BRING A WATER BOTTLE. WATER GUNS AND SUPER SOAKERS ARE NOT ALLOWED. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HANDOUT ANYTHING ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE.
The parade starts at 9am and takes about 2 hours. Last year it started late because of a rain storm. Every year is different. The scouts need to be there by at least 8:30 am. (see drop off area below). Our entry number is #76 row 3. The parade participants line up by entry number. The Parade theme this year is “A TEXAS FOURTH OF JULY” so cowboy hats etc. are welcome. I WILL HAVE A LARGE ICE CHEST WITH WATER ON THE FLOAT, AN ADULT WILL HAND OUT WATER TO THOSE THAT WANT IT.
Drop Off Location
We have created a drop-off area on the south side of our staging area. There will be no dropping off on Cooper Street — the Arlington Police Department will strictly enforce this.
South Drop-off Area: From Park Row Dr., go north on Cooper St., turn right on Doug Russell Rd. Police and event staff will direct you to the drop-off area. As you drop off please help us keep traffic moving by using the designated drop off lanes. You may exit on the south end of the drop-off area where parking is available. See drop off map below for more information.
We encourage the use of the UTA bus shuttles.
UTA BUS SHUTTLE SCHEDULE
Buses begin running between UTA Maverick Stadium and the south parade drop off area.
Bus arrives at City Hall to pick up judges for transport to south drop off area
Both buses in service between UTA Maverick Stadium and south drop off area
Police begin to secure streets around the parade route and Parade Lineup Area
Flag distribution begins
Bus arrives at north entrance to City Hall to pick up dignitaries for transport to Parade Lineup Area
Judges at Parade Lineup Area board buses for return to City Hall
Bus arrives back at Parade Lineup Area to pick up dignitaries who need a ride back to City Hall
Bus leaves Parade Lineup Area with dignitaries back to City Hall
Buses begin shuttle for parade participants back to UTA Maverick Stadium
Last parade entry projected to leave Parade Lineup Area
Last parade entry projected to return to Parade Lineup Area
Shuttle service to UTA Maverick stadium ends
Several items were left unclaimed after summer camp. All is at Mr. Acker’s Office. Feel free to pickup Mondays-Fridays, 8:30am-5:30pm or make arrangements with Mr. Acker for a different time. Some items were marked, but not all.
Also, if you accidentally picked up someone else’s items, drop them by.
June 26 Troop Meeting Change
We will meet in room 9 instead of the Parish Hall for this meeting.
Summer Camp Charges
The troop is calculating the final miscellaneous costs for summer camp. Meals and other expenses provided by the troop on the trip up and back will be totaled for the campers. Scott Shipferling with have this total by the July 3 meeting. He will also collect any outstanding whitewater or merit badge fees for the scouts/adults who went to camp. Any questions can be directed to our Treasurer, Scott Shipferling.
July Rotary Flag Fundraiser
We need Adult and Scout volunteers to put out flags the morning of July 3 and retrieve them the evening of July 5. Look for a sign up sheet at the Troop meeting June 26. Any questions can be directed to our Committee Chair, Paul Hoeller.
Popcorn Kernel Needed
We are looking for an adult to head up our Troop Popcorn Fundraiser. This position would involve our Troop Show and Sell and Scout Take Order fundraising program. This volunteer opportunity events are from August through November. To volunteer or get additional information please contact our Committee Chair, Paul Hoeller.
Merit Badge Counselors
We are updating our Troop list of Merit Badge Counselors. If you are a Merit Badge counselor please send a list of all the merit badges you are registered to teach to Kim Wood. If you are interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor or have any questions about Merit Badges, please contact our Advancement Coordinator, Kim Wood.
The Boy Scouts will have a float in this year’s Arlington 4th of July Parade. The Scouts will walk alongside the float throughout the parade route. We would like as many scouts as possible to attend to showcase the Boy Scouts’ presence in Arlington. We will also need several scouts to take turns carrying US flags during the parade. If you are interested in attending, please let Paul Hoeller know, and plan on meeting Bob Horak at 8:30 am at the big UTA parking lot, south of the campus, at Cooper Street and Mitchell. To get to the parking lot, you can either drop off along Doug Russell street or park in the UTA Maverick football stadium and take a shuttle over to the parking lot. Once you reach the parking lot, look for a float with US flags on it and a bunch of Scouts standing around.
We have partnered with the Sunrise Rotary Club to help them with a Flag program their club has operated for many years now. As a fundraiser for them, annual subscriptions are sold, to specific neighborhoods, to display flags in front of subscribers houses on 6 holidays throughout the year. The holidays are Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, 9/11, & Veterans Day. This becomes a fundraiser for us as we are “subcontracted” to provide the labor for a specific route. We earn $2 per flag ($1 for putting out and $1 for picking up). The route that has been assigned to us, currently has 112 flags and is in SW Arlington, Martin HS District (within the proximity to North of Pleasant Ridge Rd, South of Arkansas Ln, East of Little Rd, and West of Bowen Rd). There are other routes within this area, as well, AND there is quite a bit of opportunity to grow by adding new customers, who already live on the route, but do not currently subscribe. If we add a subscriber, through our marketing efforts, we get an additional one-time $5 and then the $2 for each holiday. Marketing is done by distributing door flyers (hangers) to potential subscribers ONLY within our route boundaries. It is VERY IMPORTANT to understand that there are other routes throughout the City and we will ONLY focus our efforts in our assigned area per our agreement with the Rotary Club. There is more opportunity than we can staff!
The flags are displayed for multiple days on 3 holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day). We’ll typically put flags out on the Saturday before (beginning at 6:00 am) and pick them up on the following Tuesday (beginning as early as 4:30 pm). On the other holidays: Flag Day, 9/11, & Veterans Day, we are expected to get the flags out that morning and pick them up that evening. This is the Rotary Club’s program and part of our agreement is that we operate within their schedule. The weather (rain) sometimes affects when flags are displayed as they do not want them picked up and stored wet (to avoid mildew). The flags are stored at a Rotarians place of business (Colors Carpet Cleaning) at 2155 Corzine Dr, Arlington (76013), a small industrial park between Pioneer Pkwy & Arkansas Ln. This is where we will meet to load the flags and where we will meet to return the flags.
If you have not already done the math, the value of this fundraiser is easily about $1300 per year (with the current number of subscribers) and based on what’s been calculated, it would not be difficult for us to grow the route, with the right amount of volunteer support, and earn close to $2000 per year.
WE NEED SCOUTS & ADULTS to successfully execute this program. Please look at your schedule and let Mr. Acker know where you can help… WE START THIS WEEKEND!! – I realize this is short notice for some of you. We do have a small group who has already committed to this first run, but we could use more! For this Memorial Day, we’ll split the route into 2 smaller routes. If we get enough additional support, we can break it up even further, taking less time to execute. It would be best if we have 2 (minimum) “Display Teams”, at least one “Marketing Team”, and 2 (minimum) “Pick Up Teams”. Each “Display Team” will need an open bed pick up, (preferably; a large SUV could work), minimum two adults (Registered with BSA) and a minimum of 2 Scouts. The “Marketing” Team will need a minimum of 2 adults, and however many Scouts we can fit into the drivers vehicle. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP THIS SATURDAY, MAY 27, FROM 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM or on TUESDAY, MAY 30, FROM 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, please call or text Mr. Acker on his cell or email.
The next holiday, Flag Day – June 14th, is while we are at Scout camp. The Rotary Club is aware that we may not have enough volunteers to execute and they are prepared to run this route themselves. HOWEVER, if you are not going to Scout Camp and can volunteer on Wednesday, June 14th, from 6:00-8:00 am or from 5:00-7:00 pm, we can keep still earn the available funds for the Troop.