October 29, 2016
Boys who join Cub Scouts this year before September 30th will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at Rocket 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. Rockets are not guaranteed for Scouts who join after September 30th. The event is free; please register so we can make sure we have an engine available for your Scout. The rocket launch is being held at Community of Faith (16124 Becker Rd, Hockley, TX 77447) from 10 am-2 pm.
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Big Cypress District Roundtable
November 10, 2016
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.
Recharter Training Workshop
November 10, 2016
Every unit should send at least one representative to Recharter Training. The training is being held during November roundtable at 7:00 pm at Cypress United Methodist Church (13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd., Cypress, 77429).
Every December, all units are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Units are to complete the internet recharter and submit the signed paperwork by December roundtable. Some important things to remember:
- Plan ahead to get recharter done early, as this time of the year is typically very busy. It takes time to gather information and collect fees and signatures
- Ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT)
- Ensure the top unit leader (i.e., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Varsity Coach) has completed BSA training for his or her position
- Submit internet advancements and service hours by December 31thst
- Read the important information at www.shac.org/recharter
More Information Journey to Excellence
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. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Melinda Bellinger. The council is using a new vendor for popcorn the year, Camp masters.
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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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.