Big Cypress District Roundtable
Scout Fair Kick-off
January 26, 2017
Scout Fair Coupon Books are a brilliant way for units to raise money and prepare Scouts to earn their own way! The Scout Fair Coupon Book offers great savings for the buyer, while Scouts earn commissions for every $10 Coupon Book sold. Buyers support the Scouting program will receive hundreds of dollars in valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Buffalo Wild Wings, Luby's, Fuddruckers, the Houston Astros and many more. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Book sold. Participate at Scout Fair, as either a service unit or booth participant, and earn an additional 10% commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates for additional bonus commissions. In addition, your Scouts will qualify for prizes once they sell 15 Coupon Books. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels.
The Scout Fair Kick-off meeting is being held on January 26, 2017 at Foundry United Methodist Church (8350 Jones Rd., Houston). Scout Fair is being held May 6, 2017 at Minute Maid Park from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
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February 9, 2017
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Cypress United Methodist Church (13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd., Cypress, 77429) 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.
February 17-19, 2017
Camp-o-ree is a weekend campout for troops around the district. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The camp-o-ree is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch - Tellepsen Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868).
Registration is a two-step process. Troops need to RSVP by January roundtable on January 12, 2017, and then register and order t-shirts by February 3, 2017.
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April 7-9, 2017
Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday morning, Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots) and during the afternoon local Boy Scout troops teach basic Boy Scout skills. The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skills and Scout spirit. The event is being held at Camp Brosig. Registration is $31.50 for a 4th grade Webelos and an adult; the fee also includes one youth t-shirt, a patch, camping fee and program supplies. Adults may purchase t-shirts.
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Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $24 registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other activities. None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign.
Friends of Scouting helps:
- Recruit and train youth and leaders
- Provide assistance to those in need
- Keep camps and activities affordable
- Enhance programing and facilities
- Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders
Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24 percent of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values.
Unit Leaders: Each unit is requested to hold an FOS presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the blue and gold banquet or a troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Please sign up for a presentation.
Donate Sign up for FOS presentation
Blue and Gold Place Mats and Ideas
Most packs celebrate Scouting anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the blue and gold banquet.
Free, customizable place mats are available to use at blue and gold banquets to help promote day camp and resident camp.
In 1914, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell started a Scouting program based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories and targeted at younger boys in Britain. Jungle Safari makes a great blue and gold banquet theme and ties in with the 2017 day camp theme. We have a variety of jungle themed resources available. Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.
Letter Sized Place Mat Legal Size Place Mat Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas
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.
Learn More Take our Social Media Survey
Life to Eagle Scout
Eagle Scout Board of review: After a Boy Scout has completed the requirements for any rank, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience and decide whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the rank. For an Eagle Scout board of review, at least one district or council representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review. On the advancement page (under the resources tab), there is a new form to request a district representative to served on the Eagle Scout board of review.
Eagle Scout Service Project: While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. On the advancement page (under the resources tab), there is a new form to request a district Eagle Scout project approval review meeting.