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.

Recharter Training

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

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 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.

Upcoming Council Events

October 6 - 20, 2015

Starting October 6, the national council of the Boy Scouts of America will send a link to an email survey to leaders, chartered organization representatives, parents of Scouts, and Scouts over age 14. The survey is called the "Voice of the Scout." Responses are due by October 20, 2015

The survey happens twice a year. It's important because it's a chance for you to give both the national organization and our council Executive Board and staff your feelings on what works and what doesn't in Scouting. Past feedback has figured into changes like the new Cub Scout advancement program... so your answers will be taken seriously.

This message will be sent to the email address you provided to your unit at recharter or when you filled out your last membership application - so please check whatever email that is during this coming week.

Finally, there will be one question in the survey asking whether you would recommend the Scouting program to others. We understand that everybody has something they wish was done a little better or a little differently; this question is not the forum to express those wishes. Simply put, if your child has enjoyed and benefited from this program, please answer with a "9" or "10" rating. We encourage you to use every other question in the survey to offer your most complimentary or most pointed comments about ways our volunteer and professional staff can make your Scouting experience better.

October 16-17 and 17-18, 2015

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more. Registration closes October 14, 2015. Registration includes an event patch, activity supplies, and two meals.

Register for Fun with Son                  Volunteer Staff Registration

October 17, 2015

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Scouts of any age can stop by the Cockrell Scout Center from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and talk to Scouts around the world by computer and amateur radio.  Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered from 146 countries! Registration is not required. We will have some shared computers available, or we can show you how to use your laptop or mobile device to connect to Sessions are typically about 20 to 30 minutes. 

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November 6-8, 2015

OA Fall Pow Wow is for Order of the Arrow members and is Colonneh Lodge's premier event. It is a combination of sports, games, expos, shows, ceremony competitions, Native American crafts, Pow Wows, and so much more. OA Fall Pow Wow is held at Bovay Scout Ranch, and is three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss the annual Vigil call out following the Saturday evening show.  

Register for OA Fall Pow Wow                  Flyer

November 14, 2015

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Over 50 classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meeting ideas, field trips, pack committee resources, pack meeting ideas and more. Leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting. Offered only once per year, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! 

Register for Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow                  Course Catalog  

September 1 - November 16, 2015

Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, OA troop/team representative and unit leader. 

Request a Unit Election

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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.

A gift to endowment ensures that the council can continue to offer the outstanding programs we now have and also grow to meet the needs of our youth and community for the next 100 years. The Cockrell Foundation is providing dollar for dollar match of all individual gifts of $500 up to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000 to the endowment.  The council’s permanent endowment ensures that we can offer the outstanding programs and meet the future needs of our youth. For 2014, the James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, B.S.A. and presented by the Sam Houston Area Council for individuals who contribute $500 or more in cash (the Cockrell Foundation will match an additional $500) or securities to the Sam Houston Area Council Endowment. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to the Friends of Scouting Campaign.