Aquila District Roundtable

December 10, 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.


Due by December 10, 2015

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 31st.
  • Recharter paperwork is due on or before the December 10th roundtable.
  • Read the important information at
  • For questions contact District Executive Samuel Armenta.

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Youth Protection Begins With You graphicEvery December, all units are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Rechartering on time is critical. It is required for units to continue registration without interruption. It is required to ensure Scouts are registered, critical for receiving rank advancement and other awards, and for insurance coverage.  

What is the most likely delay in the recharter process?  Expired Youth Protection Training (YPT). Seventy-two percent (72%) of the recharters submitted last year with errors were because an adult needed to take YPT. All adults must have taken Youth Protection Training appropriate for their unit within the last 24 months. This course can be taken online at My.Scouting - it only takes about 25 minutes to complete. If your YPT expires before March 2016, please renew it now.

Take YPT online 

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. Youth Protection Training (YPT) is designed to help keep our youth safe from abuse. Participants will learn the Boy Scouts of America's youth protection guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. 

Classroom Facilitated YPT: All adults attending day camp, resident camp or Boy Scout summer camp must also take Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training, as required by the state. Find an upcoming Classroom Facilitated YPT course.  

Upcoming Council Events

November 14 - December 19, 2015

The Houston Area Scout Shops are providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scouts who need uniforms.

The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan tree (similar to an Angel tree) will be set up at the Scout Shop with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the uniform  items that they need. There will also be a space for other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child. The names of the Scouts are confidential. As donations are collected, store staff will contact you. Leaders, please fill out the sign-up form and return to the store by November 9, 2015 for every Scout who would benefit from donations from the Scouting community to complete their full uniform. If you have any questions please contact the store manager.

Flyer and Sign-up Form

December 12, 2015

Top Leader Basic Training Day is an opportunity to train the top unit leaders before recharter. All top leaders must be trained before December recharter. Top leaders are Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, Skippers, and Coaches. 

Register for Top Leader Training Day

April 8-10 and April 22-24, 2016 

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 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 (rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 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, salt water fishing and more? 

The course is already 50% full, so register quickly. This makes a great present.

Register for Powder Horn      Order a Powder Horn Jacket and Belt Buckle       Powder Horn Facebook group

December 5, 2015

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is  to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner. 

You do not have to be a commissioner to attend. Any adult leader that is interested about the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend. A variety of courses are available including courses that focus on Scouts with disabilities.

Register for College of Commissioner Science        Course Schedule      Paper Registration

Report Service Hours by December 31st

All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in service projects. A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Anyone can get involved in a Good Turn.

Attention all units!  Did you know that your unit can earn points towards the Journey to Excellence program just for logging your units community service hours online? That’s right your unit can earn up to 200 extra points if you log your service hours online. All types of service projects can be entered into this system including the Good Turn for America projects such as the shelter drive, food drive, and blood drive. Units may also enter their service hours for community projects that they took on as a unit. Please log all service hours. Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

Report Service Hours

      What hours should be logged?

  • Any service hours performed by your unit for individuals or organizations in the community
  • Service hours performed by your unit to support your chartered organization
  • Scouting for Food hours
  • Eagle Scout project hours


Scouting's Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.  • Pack Scorecard • Troop Scorecard • Crew Scorecard • Ship Scorecard • Team Scorecard • Post Scorecard 

Journey to Excellence Website

Internet Advancements are due December 31st. Internet advancement allows units to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges.  Units should make sure all advancements are submitted by December 31, 2014, so proper Journey to Excellence (JTE) advancement statistics will be accurate for your unit and district.

January 16, 2016

All Order of the Arrow (OA) members are invited to attend the Lodge Leadership Development . This dynamic annual leadership training event will help Arrowmen learn more about the OA and Colonneh Lodge and become a better leader. Youth and adult training classes include leadership development, event planning, goal setting, and other tools needed to improve chapters. Arrowmen gather for a night of celebration at the annual Colonneh Lodge OA Banquet each January. Together, Arrowmen share their appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, recognize award recipients and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.

Register for LLD and the banquet

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