Roundtable and Adult Recognition Event

December 13, 2018   l   7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicLike Us on FacebookRoundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Good Shepard 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.

fleur-de-leis on a plateThe adult recognition event is an opportunity for a night of fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and thank our adult volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Big Cypress District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized.  All volunteers in Big Cypress District are invited. The event is free, and dinner will be provided.  Please bring a dessert or drink to share.


District Award Nominations

Nominate Scouters who have served youth above and beyond the call of duty at the unit and district level for special awards. This is an opportunity to help recognize and thank leaders and volunteers that helped the unit succeed in delivering a great Scouting program for your Scouts.  Several awards will be presented to volunteers at the Big Cypress District Adult Recognition Event. 

Branching Out - Family of the Year Award (district level)

family of the year graphicThe family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth is vital to his or her success in Scouting. Those parents who volunteer as leaders are a vital support for other kids, as well as their own. The extra effort that parents put forth as leaders, in addition to their family responsibilities, deserve to be recognized. But when the whole family is involved in Scouting, they deserve recognition all the more. The Family of the Year award is a way to honor these families by selecting, from those nominated, the family whose work as a team in Scouting has made the greatest difference in the Big Cypress District.

Nomination Form for Family of the Year Award

Cut Above the Rest - Partners in Scouting Award (district level)

partners in Scouting award sign Our Scouts and Scout units rely on support from our community to provide a successful program. Their contributions of time, manpower, facilities, and funding often are behind the scenes. These people, businesses, organizations, and groups provide support and  encouragement for our Scouts and Scouters. We would like to recognize these partners who have generously supported our Scouts, Scouters and events in the Big Cypress District. The Partners in Scouting Award will honor the most outstanding Scouting partner for the year. Please nominate these organizations for the Partners in Scouting Award, so their outstanding support as a cut above the rest can are recognized. Two awards are presented annually. 

Nomination form for Partners in Scouting Award

Sapling - New Scouter Award (unit level)

saplingGiven to an adult whose first year in the unit has significantly impacted the youth and adults in the unit. Many new Scouters join a unit and automatically plug in and make significant and lasting contributions, despite being "green." The expectation is that they'll continue to serve in a variety of capacities serving their unit. The Big Cypress Sapling Award is intended to properly recognize individuals new to your unit whose first year of service has had a significant impact on the youth, program, or committee on a unit level. One nomination per unit.

Nomination Form for New Scouter Award

Tree of Life Unit Adult Recognition Award (unit level)

cypress treeGiven to an adult whose service has enabled unit growth, provided adult inspiration, and positively impacted youth over the tenure served. Many Scouters have a tremendous impact upon Scouting in their neighborhood, but may not be well known throughout the district. Their work is very important and directly affects the quality of Scouting in our district. The Tree of Life Award is intended to properly recognize individuals who have excelled in serving youth on a unit level. This person is the life blood of the unit, without whom, the unit would not be as successful. Three nominations per unit.

Nomination Form for Unit Adult Recognition Award

District Award of Merit (district level)

District Award of Merit The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by councils. The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. The award is made available annually on the basis of one for each 25 traditional units or fraction thereof. The district need not present all the awards to which it is entitled each year. It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. A professional Scouter or council employee may not receive this award based on employment service. However, a professional Scouter or employee who also serves as a volunteer Scouter may be eligible, based on volunteer service.

Nomination Form for District Award of Merit


First Aid Meet

January 6, 2018  |  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

first aid meet logoThe First Aid Meet is an event that challenges Scouts in troops to perform first aid in simulated real-life situations. Patrols compete in practical first aid problems, displaying hands-on skills from the Boy Scout Handbook, First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet and current American Red Cross guidelines. The top three scoring patrols represent the district at the council First Aid Meet. The event is being held at Coles Crossing Community Center  (13050 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77429). 

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The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. This is a great resource for Scouters and parents.

The Scouting Trail: November 2018


The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. An enhanced Youth Protection Training course debuted in February; all Scouters who took Youth Protection Training prior to February 2018 need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1, 2018.

The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.

Finally, beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection Training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.

The BSA is serious about fighting child abuse, and you’re an important part of that fight. Thanks for your vigilance and dedication. To take the new online Youth Protection Training, please visit www.my.scouting.org.

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December 1, 2018  |  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner. This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. Participants do not have to be a commissioner. Any adult leader that is interested in the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend. During third period, all participants will attend the feature presentation by Ellie Morrison, National Commissioner on national program updates on family Scouting and Scouts BSA. The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. The deadline to register to have a print copy of your session schedule is November 28, 2018.

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 December 26-31, 2018

Winter camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 33rd annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868), just three miles outside of Navasota, TX. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

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December 26-31, 2018

Kodiak Challenge is an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant— one that will encourage Venturers and Sea Scouts to try new things that may be out of their comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Crews (ILSC), National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), and/or National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868).

The Kodiak Challenge is taught by older/more experience unit youth leaders to give participants experience in values and vision, effective teams, communication, decision making, and planning. The Kodiak Challenge is open to registered Scouts ages 14-20 in a crew or ship who are looking for an opportunity to grow personally and are ready for a leadership challenge. Venturers are expected to strive to achieve the above aims while living the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. The cost for each Scout to attend camp is $295. Registration can be completed individually by parents or the crew and ship can register together. Adult leadership from the unit is not required for participation. Staff applications are being accepted; please e-mail the camp registrar for more information.

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Life to Eagle Scout

Life patch and Eagle Scout pinEagle Scout Board of review: After a Scout in a troop has completed the requirements for any rank, they appear before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of their experience and decide whether they have 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 serve 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.

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