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.

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  • 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

The purpose of Merit Badge Counselor Training is to provide council or district-approved and registered merit badge counselors with understanding of the methods of counseling and their role in the advancement program of Boy Scouts of America. 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.

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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.


Scout Fair

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 iFLYFor 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


Report Scouting for Food Service Hours

Scouting for Food was a huge success.  Units are encouraged to report their Scouting for Food results on the Journey to Excellence website. This helps provide the community an accurate report on the great service and dedication our Scouts are showing throughout the Sam Houston Area Council.

Enter service hours              More Information and Resources


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank Scout Night to further help the Sam Houston Area Council’s commitment to fighting hunger in our community! Scouts that participate are eligible to earn a “Scouting for Food” patch. This is an additional opportunity to participate in the food drive component of Scouting for FoodFor more information, contact Megan Hageney at 713-547-8634 or mhageney@houstonfoodbank.org. Register for the 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm volunteer shift on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Houston Food Bank main warehouse (535 Portwall St., Houston, TX 77029).

More Information and Registration


February 13, 2016

 

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.

     University of Scouting Registration          Course Catalog      More Information


February 19, 2016

Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), or staffed National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) 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 held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

Baden Powell Registration


February 26-28, 2016

The Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout at a Bovay Scout Ranch. This event is intended to be an opportunity for the youth to bring prospective Venturers and Sea Scouts to a council-wide activity. The weekend is filled with games, movies, crew against crew competitions, campfire program. The registration fee is $10 for all participants. You can register as a unit or as an individual. All participants must be at least 14 years old. The registration fee includes a patch, and lunch on Saturday. ​T-shirts are available for $12. They are only available through online registration.

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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. February 19-21, 2016 at Bovay Scout Ranch; May 20-22, 2016 at El Rancho Cima; September 9-11, 2016 at Camp Brosig.

Register for SHAC Corps


March 4 - 6, 2016

This 16-hour, overnight course is for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. Completion of this course or another recognized Leave No Trace Trainer course is required for a youth to hold the Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in their unit. 

Register for BSA LNT Trainer Course                Learn More


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? Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program. Scouts ages 14 and up may also attend.  The course is full.  Contact Cesiah.Molina@scouting.org to be placed on the wait list.

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


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.

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