Aquila District Roundtable

March 8, 2018  |  7:00 - 9:00 pm

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 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. Like us on Facebook.


District Dinner

February 24, 2018   |   7:00 pm

District Dinner 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. Aquila District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized. All volunteers in Aquila District are invited. The event is being held at Bethany United Methodist Church (3511 Linkwood Drive, Houston, TX 77025). Adult registration is $16.50 for the first adult and $15 for additional adults. Youth (under 8) are $10. Registration closes 2/20/18. Register online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal. There is no onsite registration.

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Recognition Nominations

Help us recognize Scouters who have served Aquila District youth above and beyond the call of duty for the following awards and recognitions.

  • Family of the Year Award (due February 15, 2018)
  • Aquila Award (due February 15, 2018)
  • Unit Service Award (due February 15, 2018)
  • Honor Unit (due February 15, 2018)

Nomination Forms


Camporee

March 2-4, 2018

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch: Duke Energy Camporee Site (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868). The unit leader needs to RSVP for the camporee by February roundtable with estimated numbers so the event staff can plan the event.

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Scout Fair Coupon Books

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. For more information, contact Paula Burns.

Turn-in Dates and Locations       Learn More about Coupon Books


Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council.

The training classes are being held at Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401). For more information, contact Ron McAdams.

All adults who are volunteering at day camp must attend both Classroom Facilitated YPT and Day Camp Volunteer Training. All adults attending Boy Scout summer camp in the state of Texas must attend Classroom Facilitated YPT.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Time Register
4/16/18 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) 6:30 - 7:45 pm Register
5/12/18 Day Camp Volunteer Orientation 9 - 9:50 am Register
5/12/18 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) 10 - 11:15 am Register
5/16/18 Day Camp Jr. Staff Orientation 6:30 - 7:20 pm Register
5/16/18 Day Camp Volunteer Orientation 6:30 - 7:20 pm Register
5/16/18 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) 7:30 - 8:45 pm Register
5/20/18 Day Camp Jr. Staff Orientation 2 - 2:50 pm Register
5/20/18 Day Camp Volunteer Orientation 2:00 - 2:50 pm Register
5/20/18 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) 3:00 - 4:15 pm Register

Twilight Camp

June 4-8, 2018  |  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Excitement is waiting as Cub Scouts travel the world on a passport to adventure as they learn new skills, and make new friends. Twilight Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. No matter what camp you choose, you can be sure it will be loaded with an awesome program such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more. Twilight camp is being held at Longfellow Elementary (3617 Norris Dr, Houston, TX 77025).

Many volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering.  Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children ages 3-5 (potty trained) in the tot lot program and girls ages 6-10. Boy Scouts and youth ages 10-13 can also volunteer with a parent. Youth and Boy Scouts age 14-17 can register as junior staff. The registration fee is $51.50 for the first Scout and $50 for each additional Scout. Adults and youth volunteers are $10. The tot-lot is $30, and girl siblings are $50. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies, and water bottle.

  • Late registration begins 3/15/18. A late fee of $20 will apply; patches, t-shirts and craft supplies are not guaranteed.
  • Registration closes two weeks before the first day of camp.

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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


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: February 2018


February 23, 2018

Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, or staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) are invited to attend the Baden Powell Fellowship Dinner. During the evening, attendees from the previous year share memories of their leadership training experience through slide shows, stories and regalia presentations. Scouters will be given an opportunity to contribute to the training scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to Scouts and Scouters attending council leadership training courses. The dinner is being held at the Cockrell Scout Center; the cost is $18 per person. 

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March 24, 2018

University of Scouting is a training for leaders of all program areas to come together for a day of fun, fellowship and learning. University of Scouting has over 100 different classes, presented by some of the most experienced volunteers in the council covering leader specific training, information on how to train youth, conservation, program ideas and more. University of Scouting also offers several youth courses.

  Register        Course Catalog        Learn More          


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.

Learn More             Register 


Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days


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.


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  

Job Openings

 


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