Roundtable

February 8, 2018   l   7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicLike Us on Facebook Roundtable 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.


Boy Scout Camporee

February 16-18, 2018

Boy Scout on a compassCamporee 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. Every troop needs to send a representative to the January roundtable for planning. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch - Tellepsen Scout Ranch, 3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Events will include archery, fire building, first aid, knot tying, messy camp, orienteering, pioneering, rifle and shotgun shooting, a campfire program, climbing, dining fly competition, dodgeball, Dutch oven cook-off, eight-knot competition, ironman competition, OA call-out and tomahawk throwing.

Registration is a two-step process completed by the unit leader. RSVP for the camporee by January roundtable on January 11, 2018. The registration fee includes the camping fee, awards, t-shirt, patch and activities for those registered by 2/15/18. The registration fee is $40 for Boy Scouts, $15 for adults and $20 for Venturers and Sea Scouts. There is no onsite registration. 

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Scout Fair Coupon Book Kick-off

January 25, 2018   l   7:00 - 8:00 pm

Scout Fair KickoffScout Fair coupon books sales 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 purchased. At the Scout Fair Kickoff, unit leaders receive training and materials. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. Leaders will also receive information on prizes and how their unit can participate at Scout Fair to earn an additional 10% commission. The kickoff meeting is being held at 7:00 pm at Foundry Methodist Church (8350 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77065). Each unit should send at least one representative. For more information, contact Angela Teague.

RSVP for Kick-off and Sign-up to Sell Coupon Books       Learn More about Coupon Books


Friends of Scouting

FOS CSPFriends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $33 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 programming 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 a 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


January 27, 2018 (hanger drop off)
February 3, 2018 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," the project begins Saturday, January 27, 2018, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 3, 2018, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. A Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful. Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. The unit representative should register the unit for Scouting for Food.

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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: January 2018


February 10, 2018    |   8:00 am - 2:00 pm

The first council-wide opportunity to learn Scoutbook will be conducted at the Cockrell Scout Center from 8:00 – noon for basic users, and from 1:00 – 2:00 for merit badge counselors. The training will begin with a general session, followed by breakouts specializing in user areas (parents, unit leader, advancement chair). Following a lunch break (bring your own), the training will continue with an orientation on how to use the merit badge counselor functions in Scoutbook (for troops). This training is free and open to any registered adults in the council and parents of Scouts. Please register for the appropriate breakout session so we can plan workspaces accordingly. 

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April 6-8 and 20-22, 2018

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course which helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Would you like to expose the Scouts in your troop, crew or ship to rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, firefighting, search and rescue, trekking in a different countries, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, wilderness first aid, astronomy, shooting sport (e.g., rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 1860 baseball, wilderness survival, NYLT, Sea Scouts, the Kodiak Challenge, the Hornaday award, Messenger of Peace, living history, Leave No Trace, vendors, Jamboree, event planning, tying flies, scuba diving, and more? Powder Horn is offered once every year, so do not miss this chance to attend.  Set your sights on a course that maximizes Scouting skills while bringing adrenaline, new activity ideas and leadership to your unit.  Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.The first weekend is being held at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and the second weekend in Galveston.

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Life to Eagle Scout

Life patch and Eagle Scout pinEagle 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 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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