The Aquila District serves Scouting units in the southwest area of the Houston ISD attendance zones of Harris County, including Sharpstown, Bellaire, Meyerland, and Braes Oak. Aquila District is located in the Sam Houston Area Council.
Aquila is a constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for eagle. Aquila is pronounced / ækwelu / (æ as in cat; e as in bed, u as in cup) or / u‛kwilu / (u as in cup, i as in pig).
Aquila District Roundtable
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 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.
Aquila District Committee Meetings
District Committee meetings are typically held the first Thursday of every month (except July) at 7:00 pm at Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd.) in the parlor. Consisting of chartered organization representatives (CORs) and elected district committee members, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district. The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program. All districts are responsible for carrying out four standard functions:
1) The membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and through new members and adult volunteers joining existing units and working to retain current members.
2) The finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
3) The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion; special activities including community service; training adult volunteers; and youth advancement and recognition.
4) The unit service function provides direct coaching and consultation by district volunteers for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.
Aquila District Commissioner Meetings
Commissioner meetings are typically held the second Thursday of the month at 6:45 pm at Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd. Bellaire, TX 77401). The commissioners review specific unit needs, discuss ways to support unit growth in the Journey to Excellence criteria, examine ways to promote events and provide resources to units, support on-time charter renewal, and evaluate ways to help the units and district maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The unit service function is carried out by the district commissioner staff.
Aquila District Program Preview
The annual Program Preview replaces the May roundtable each year to introduce unit leaders to the council and district program available to units for the coming Scouting year. By attending, unit leaders will be able to incorporate these events into their unit calendars as they finalize their units' annual planning.
Dinner will be served to leaders attending beginning at 7:30 PM. After dinner, event representatives will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information. Copies of the council program book and the district calendar also will be distributed.
But wait! There's more! The district staff has lined up several door prizes for attendees. You must be present to win!
Program Preview is held at the same location as the monthly roundtables -- Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401.