District Award Nominations
Nominations due by February 11, 2016
Help us recognize Scouters who have served Aquila District youth above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations may be turned-in at February roundtable, and may be emailed or mailed as indicated on the form. Awards are presented at the District Dinner.
- District Award of Merit for Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.
- Family of the Year Award for families who contribute to the Scouting program and give noteworthy service to youth, both in the Scouting program and outside of Scouting.
- Aquila Award for Scouters who have rendered noteworthy service to youth and contributed service to youth in the community outside of Scouting.
- Unit Service Award to recognize Scouters who have made noteworthy contributions to unit Scouting programs.
- Aquila District Honor Unit for units that conduct their Scouting programs in a manner that supports the district's efforts to earn the Journey to Excellence Award and meet specific goals.
Aquila District Roundtable
February 11, 2016
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd. Bellaire, TX 77401) 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 policy, 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.
Merit Badge Counselor Training
February 16, 2016
In preparation for the upcoming Merit Badge Fair, Merit Badge Counselor Training will be conducted at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 7200 Bellaire Blvd., starting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 16. If you are registered as a Merit Badge Counselor or plan to register as one, please plan to attend if you have not previously taken this training. This training does not expire so you only have to take it once.
Aquila District Dinner
February 27, 2016
All Aquila District volunteers and their families are invited to join us at Bethany United Methodist Church for a night of family fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and thank our adult volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made the past year incredibly successful. Adult registration is $12 and youth (under 10) are $9. Registration closes 2/23/2016.
Registration and Nomination Forms
Merit Badge Fair
February 27, 2016
The Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Boy Scouts and Venturers, of any rank, to work on merit badges. The event is being held at St. Thomas Episcopal School (4900 Jackwood St., Houston, TX 77096). Registration opens soon.
Placemats to Promote Twilight Camp
Free, customizable placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets and den meetings to help promote twilight camp. Twilight camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Save the date: June 6-10 from 6:00 - 9:15 pm at Longfellow Elementary.
Letter Sized Placemat Legal Sized Placemat
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign in which district volunteers make a short presentation explaining how the Scouting program is funded and why financial support is needed to maintain and expand the quality programs and camping facilities during a special meeting (e.g., Blue and Gold, Court of Honor). Unit Leaders: Please schedule your FOS presentation by January roundtable.
Schedule a FOS presentation
Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business 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 . 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 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. Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00am - 3:00pm at NRG Arena
Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking. Bring comfortable shoes and your camera. At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers. Open to the public. Admission is free (parking is $10).
Scout Fair Page Scout Fair Leader Page
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 purchased. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving over $600 in valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Sonic, Bass Pro, Goodyear and more. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Book sold, for funds turned in on or before April 16, 2016. Participate at Scout Fair, as either a service unit or booth participant, and earn an additional 10% commission. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. When Scouts sell 15 or more Coupon Books, they'll earn the Super Salesman patch, qualify for entry in weekly drawings and earn great prizes from the Scout Fair Coupon Book prize brochure. Scouts who sell at least 216 Scout Fair Coupon Books will receive an additional bonus: A night at iFLY. For questions, contact Paula Burns.
Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:
- March 3 (5% bonus): Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401) at 7:30 pm
- March 31 (3% bonus): Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401) at 7:30 pm
- April 7 (1% bonus): Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401) at 7:30 pm
- April 16, 9:00 am - noon, Scout Fair (NRG Arena)
Scout Fair Booths: Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon. For more information regarding booth rules and regulations, please refer to the Scout Fair booth safety guidelines. Units must register for a booth by March 31, 2016.
Scout Fair Booth Registration
Service Units: Units can participate in Scout Fair as a service unit. Service units should check-in at the council service unit booth upon arrival. Scouts are needed in many ways to help at Scout Fair, whether helping to hand out flyers, unload boxes, or set up areas. Your unit will receive a notice of where your help is needed one week before the fair. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission.
Scout Fair Service Unit Registration
Scouting for Food
January 30, 2016 (hanger drop off)
February 6, 2016 (food pick up)
There is no better way to show our Scouting Spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Scouting for Food is scheduled over two weeks, when Scouts throughout the Sam Houston Area Council help make a difference to fight hunger.
In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," this council-wide service project begins the first weekend with Scouts distributing door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following weekend to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. For more information, contact Edilia Bautista.
More Information Unit Registration for Scouting for Food