Aquila District Roundtable
October 8, 2015
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.
October 6, 14 and 19, 2015
Every unit should send at least one representative to Recharter Training at 7:00 pm at Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd. Bellaire, TX 77401). 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 31
- Read the important information at www.shac.org/recharter
Merit Badge Fair
October 24, 2015
The Merit Badge Fair hosted by the Twin Bayou District is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges. The fair is limited to the first 400 registered Scouts. The Merit Badge Fair is being held at St. Thomas High School (4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007) from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
More Information and Registration
Fall Popcorn Sales
Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Why Sell? • Increase your unit income – 73% stays in the local area • Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way” • There are loads of incentives including cool prizes and college scholarships. For more information, contact Richard or Susan Smith.
More Information Sign up your unit to sell popcorn Popcorn Kernel Guide
There are two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town:
1. Traditional take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after your unit kick off through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.
3. Online popcorn sales are a great way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout prizes and the scholarship program. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. Scout must create an account to sell online. Online sales run from through November 10, 2015.
Popcorn Blitz Day
Blitz day is a designated day where units are encouraged to sell popcorn during take order as a group by canvasing areas in their neighborhood. Scouts that meet the items sold count indicated by each date will qualify for entry in the drawing for one of three GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition.
- October 3, 2015 – Sell total 20 items by this date
- October 24, 2015 – Sell total 40 items by this date
- November 7, 2015 – Sell total 60 items by this date
To enter into drawing, email screen shot (from your cell phone) of the Scout’s sales form(s) showing the total number of qualifying items sold by 7:00 pm on the designated Blitz dates and email a picture of the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to indicate Scout’s name, unit type and number and contact phone number to contact in case they win. The winner will be drawn and announced on Facebook the following Monday.
Note: Scouts are not required to participate in Blitz Day to enter drawing. If the required number of items are sold and met by the Blitz Day deadline, a Scout may submit an entry for the drawing.
Cub Scout Fall Recruiting
The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Download directional signs and table tents to use during your recruiting nights.
Council Recruitment Resources / Leader's Guide
Did you know that 46% of families have never been asked to join Scouting? Based on a recent national survey you can see how Scouts and families find out about an join a Scouting. 68% are asked by a Scout, friend, volunteer or the charter organization to join. What can we do to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join? Utilize the BSA's Build an Adventure and Badge of Honor resources. Ideas on how to produce a successful fall recruiting campaign:
- School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).
- Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.
- Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.
- Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.
- Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.
- Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.
- Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.
- Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.
- Have Cub Scouts wear their uniforms on the day of the rally.
- Plan a second event (e.g., pack meeting) to invite prospective Cub Scouts. Use the second chance flyers.
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