October 12, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting held the second Thursday of the month (except July) at 7:00 pm at the LDS Church (10055 West Rd, Houston, 77064) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters.
Bobcat Day and Rocket Launch
October 14, 2017 | 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
All new Cub Scouts and their parents are invited to their first district Scouting event. Scouts will earn their Bobcat Badge through fun game activities, win prizes, learn to raise and lower the flag, learn about leave no trace and launch their rocket. Parents will get an overview and Q&A on the Scouting program and a chance to meet district leaders and see Scouting in action through the services of the Boy Scout and Scouters (adult volunteers) implementing the Bobcat Day program for their new Cub Scouts.
Boys who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at Bobcat Day. Boys in first through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend. We will help you find a pack near you and get signed up for Scouting. The event is being held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (10055 West Rd, Houston, TX 77064). Distribute the promotional placemat/ activity sheet to Scouts to remind them about the event. The half-day flier can be attached to the rockets. The registration is $5.00 for the Scouts; onsite registration will be $10.
Learn More and Register Promotional Placemat Half-page Flier
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To the countless Scouts who have helped restore the community in the face of Harvey's devastation, we thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do.
If you or a Scout you know has helped make an impact, please share your story, by clicking here or let us know by tagging or messaging our council's Facebook page.
Due September 30, 2017
The council conducts an annual camping survey of troops, crews and ships to determine how many youth participated long-term camping and high-adventure activities. The information is included in the council's annual report and Journey to Excellence. The unit leader should complete the short survey for the period of September 2016 through August 2017 by September 30, 2017.
The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Involve all your pack leaders in recruiting by inviting everyone to the training! The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack. We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign will be Rocket Into Scouting. Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining. Scouts who join in September will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. For more information, contact Consuelo Worley.
Learn More Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers
Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. New for this year, units that sell over $12,000 will receive free home popcorn delivery. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Belinda Stockwell.
Sign your unit up for Traditional and Online Sales Learn More
Why Sell Popcorn?
• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.
• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $650 club, $2K club.
Download the Soaring Eagle District calendar for July 2017 to June 2018. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.
District Calendar: July 2017 to June 2018
A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders.
West Division Program Guide Leader Resources
Cub Scout Planning Boy Scout Planning Venturing Planning
Update your unit information on the web
Calling all unit leaders! Now is the perfect time to make it easy for Scouting families to find your unit.
Step 1: BeAScout.org has a Google pin for every unit! Update your unit information by signing into MyScouting, under Unit Tools select BeAScout, the click on Unit Pin Management. If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the unit leader or committee chair.
Step 2: The district website lists all units. Click on the Units tab on the green toolbar above. Send corrections to the webmaster using the link at the top of the page.
District Committee Meetings
District committee meetings are typically held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the LDS Church (10055 West Road). Consisting of chartered organization representatives (CORs) and elected district committee members, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district. The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.
Help us promote Scouting
The Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook. The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.
We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts.
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