September 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress, TX 77433). The objective is 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 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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BigCypress.
The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack. We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign will once again be Rocket Into Scouting. Girls and boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining and will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event.
Learn More Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers Signs and table tents
Join Scouting Nights should be designed to be fast-paced for today’s busy parents. The key to making any Sign-Up Night successful is advanced planning and preparation, including recruiting a sufficient number of enthusiastic volunteers to help. To ensure families get the message that it’s time to sign up, use various methods of communication and be sure to have a plan. You should start to build the buzz at least six weeks out from your sign-up event(s). The council and district will help get the word out, but the majority of your success will come from unit marketing. Geofencing is a method of geographically targeting a specific audience using Facebook.
Scouting activities contribute to the academic development of the children who participate. Share with principals and teachers the brochure which lists the Cub Scout advancements that support over 120 skills taught in elementary school. There are two methods typically used at Join Scouting Nights.
Option 1: Table Rotation Method: The table rotation method has been used very successfully in recent years and is ideal for smaller groups. It allows families more flexible timing and it allows the pack to have better one-on-one conversations with new families as they visit the tables. Families sign in at the first table, then they go on a self-paced journey through five stations to learn how Scouting and the pack work. Families who are familiar with Scouting, or who have limited time, may hurry past some tables and go directly to checkout. The diagram below shows the stations and the recommended room setup. A model campsite with a tent, camp chairs, fishing poles, etc. should be in the center of the room so everyone circles some Scouting fun while they’re there! Table displays can be checked out from the district executive or units can make their own.
Sample Table Rotation Model Table Display - Table 1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4 Table 5
Option 2: Presentation Method: The presentation method has been used successfully for many years and is ideal for larger groups. If using this method, remember that the goal is to sign up new Scouts and adult leaders. Packs are asked to avoid the use of PowerPoint presentations because they tend to include too much information, take too much time, and often cause interested families to leave without signing up because they simply can’t stay so long. Instead, new Cub Scouts and parents should be invited back to a Parent Orientation a week later, which gives the pack an opportunity to share more information about their activities and leadership. A model campsite with a tent, camp chairs, fishing poles, etc. should be to one side of the presenter, so everyone clearly sees some Scouting fun while they’re there!
Sample Presentation Method
Webelos to Scout Expo
October 25-27, 2019
The Webelos to Scout Expo is a campout designed to introduce 4th and 5thgrade Webelos Scouts and their parent/guardian to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday morning, Webelos Scouts will participate in five activity stations by run by troops: first aid, cooking, BB guns, archery and pioneering. Parents will attend Scouting 101. During the afternoon, Webelos Scouts will visit the Troop Fair. Troops will set up displays and activities in their campsites for Webelos Scouts and their parents to visit. The evening will culminate in a rousing campfire and special presentation by the Order of the Arrow (OA). The event is being held at Camp Brosig (1893 Trenchman Road, Sealy, TX 77474).
The registration fee includes a patch, activity supplies and entry for one Webelos Scout and a parent/guardian. Additional adults can be added for $10. Webelos Scouts will receive a t-shirt if registered by 10/4/19. Parents can order t-shirts until 10/4/19. Registration is typically completed by individuals; check with your Webelos den leader before registering to make sure registration isn't being done by the den leader. After 10/1/19, there is a $10 late fee. The last day to register is 10/11/19 and there is no onsite registration.
Learn More and Register
Troops are needed to run the activity stations (first aid, cooking, BB guns, archery, and pioneering) in the morning. To volunteer your troop to lead one of these stations please contact Gregory Stafford. There will be a Troop Fair from 3:00 to 5:30 pm, where all troops will set up displays and activities in their campsites for Scouts and their parents to visit. Troops can recruit new Webelos Scouts by showcasing their talents at cooking, activities, and teaching new skills! Parents will be looking for information regarding troops, so please remember to have informational sheets to share!
Learn More and Register
Download the district calendar for July 2019 to June 2020. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.
District Calendar: July 2019 to June 2020
Annual Planning: 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 for Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts.
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