Aquila Program Preview

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The annual Program Preview replaces the May roundtable each year to introduce unit leaders to the council and district program available to units for the coming Scouting year. By attending, unit leaders will be able to incorporate these events into their unit calendars as they finalize their units' annual planning.

Dinner will be served to leaders attending beginning at 7:30 PM.  After dinner, event representatives will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information.  Copies of the council program book and the district calendar also will be distributed. 

But wait! There's more!  The district staff has lined up several door prizes for attendees.  You must be present to win!

Program Preview is held at the same location as the monthly roundtables -- Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401.


Aquila District Roundtable

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - NOTE SPECIAL DATE!

The June roundtable will be held on the first Thursday of June to allow leaders to be involved with Aquila Twilight Camp the following week.

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.


Twilight Camp "Round-Up" Day

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 3511 Linkwood Drive, Houston

To make the first day of camp run smoother, we are hosting a Camp Round-Up the afternoon before Twilight Camp. All Cowhands (Staff) and Cub Scouts are required to attend the pre-camp registration at the gym at Bethany anytime on June 5 from 1-4 PM to:
  • find out what patrol you're in
  • make sure your paperwork is in order
  • make sure the camp nurse has all your info
  • pick up t-shirts, water bottles, backpacks and car tags
Please make plans to come to Round-Up. It will allow us the start camp on time on Monday with less confusion. See you there!
 

Wild, Wild West Twilight Camp

June 6-10, 2016 

Twilight Camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the 2016-2017 school year to make new friends, earn rank advancements and enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, skills, and crafts.  Lots of volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering.  Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children as follows: Boys & Girls ages 3 through Kinder (potty trained) in Tot Lot. Girls in 1st to 5th grade (1st grade girls can be with Tot lot, or walk with Tigers if one parent is willing to be a tiger walking leader and the other parent works camp). Boy Scouts (under the age of 14) and Girls (6th grade though age 13 with parent working) can register (Junior Den Chief). Youth ages 14-17 can volunteer as junior staff (Den Chief in our district).  Special note Den Chief is not used as a description for registration. Twilight Camp is being held from from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Longfellow Elementary. The registration fee is $50.00 per Scout. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. After 5/23/2016, there is a $20 late fee; late registrants are not guaranteed a patch. Adults must be registered a minimum of two weeks before camp starts. Please register early for planning purposes.

More Information and Registration               Letter Sized Promotional Placemat            Legal Sized Promotional Placemat


District Calendar

Download the Aquila District calendar for July 2016 - July 2017. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.

Aquila District 2016 - 2017 Calendar


Spring Recruiting

Spring is here Scouters, and you know what that means? It’s time to reach out to all of those potential Scouts and give them the opportunity to join Scouting.

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. For Cub Scouts, there is no better time to personally invite your son's friends to a meeting! District and pack campouts are coming up as well as day campresident camp and summertime pack activities! And don’t forget about all of those potential Scouts, the kindergarteners who can join on June 1! March and April is the time to get talkin’ with the schools and ask if you can invite kids to join Scouting! Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Scouts and their families involved early.

Pack Recruitment Resources          Order Spring Recruiting Flyer

But what about the Boy Scouts and Venturers? March is the perfect month to have an open house to invite friends and other potential Scouts for the opportunity to see what your troop, crew and ship is made of. Check out some of the cool resources:

Troop Recruitment Resources            Crew and Ship Recruitment Resources


Put your unit on the map

Calling all unit leaders: now is the perfect time to put your unit is on the map at www.BeAScout.org with a Google pin! Update your unit information with your new unit leaders, and make it EASY for new Scouting families to find you.

  • Sign into MyScouting
  • Under “Unit Tools” select BeAScout
  • Select “Unit Pin Management”
  • Update your unit information

If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the Cubmaster or committee chair.


Help us promote Scouting

SHAC FacebookThe 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


SHAC (Scouts Helping At Camp) Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. The Order of the Arrow is leading this opportunity, but this service project is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Campers only need to bring their personal camp gear. Camp is providing the food and a special council shoulder patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas for activities. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individual Arrowmen (OA members) may register for this free event. The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the event. May 20-22, 2016 at El Rancho Cima; September 9-11, 2016 at Camp Brosig.

Register for SHAC Corps


May 14, 2016

Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.  Trainer's EDGE brings to life the EDGE model taught in Troop Leadership Training, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, National Youth Leadership Training, and Wood Badge.

Register for Trainer's EDGE


May 15, 2016 

The New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout class. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout alumni, Scouters, Scoutmasters and Cubmasters are all encouraged to attend this special program to recognize the Eagle Scout Class 2015-2016, the Adams Project of the Year Award, and NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipients. Eagle Scouts and their families will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to be recognized by accomplished Eagle Scouts. The event is being held at at 2:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza (8686 Kirby Dr at the corner of Kirby Dr and 610).

Learn More


Sunday, July 24, 2016 vs. Angels

Sunday, August 28, 2016 vs. Rays

Join the Houston Astros to celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! Please wear your uniform. See the flyer for more information or contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or Broussard@astros.com.

 


July 21 & 23, 2016

This sales training will help participants learn how to increase unit fundraising efforts. The training is being conducted by Michael Beck, a professional sales coach and creator of a program that has helped many units stop worrying about raising funds year-round and concentrate more on the FUN of Scouting.

He has helped units across the country increase their sales revenue dramatically (an average of 14 percent). Skills learned apply to all types of fundraising including popcorn, Scout Fair tickets and unit money earning projects. One representative from each unit should attend.  The training will be held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

Learn More 


July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)


ToolBank logoThe Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts.

SHAC CSP with car keysHelp ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

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.