Texas Skies District Roundtable
February 9, 2023 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church (22111 Morton Ranch Rd, Katy, TX 77449) at 7:00 pm 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. Follow the district Facebook page at facebook.com/SHACTexasSkies.
Outdoor Leader Training
Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional training courses offered around the council. For more information, contact David Sealy.
What to Bring to Training Council Training Schedule
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters, and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is comprised of two components – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component which includes an overnight with 16 hours of instruction time. A minimum of one BALOO-trained leader is required to be present on any pack family or Webelos den overnight camping.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is an overnight training with 16 hours of instructional time that gives adult leaders the practical knowledge they need to help Scouts to learn outdoor skills. The skills presented closely follow the Scout Handbook and rank advancement requirements. This is a required training course for all Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters.
January 13-15, 2023
Webelos Woods is a weekend event designed to introduce Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th grade) and their family to some of the exciting adventures of Scouts BSA. The event is filled with fun activities, intriguing demonstrations, and plenty of outdoor excitement. The purpose of Webelos Woods is to showcase the Scout tenants of a youth-led troop and the patrol method.
Fourth-grade Webelos Scouts will have the opportunity to visit the archery range and work on various Webelos Scout and Arrow of Light Adventures. Fifth-grade Webelos Scouts will have the opportunity to visit the BB gun range and work on various Scouting skills directly from the Scouts BSA Handbook.
There will be Arrow of Light Ceremony teams on-hand Saturday to conduct crossover ceremonies for the 5th grade Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light rank. Packs and troops may camp the entire weekend and arrive Friday night and depart Saturday morning. All activities are led by Texas Skies District troops. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).
Registration is typically completed by the Webelos leader or unit leader. Individuals can register if their den is not attending. At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check. Council refund policy.
Every unit needs to RSVP by December roundtable to let the event staff know whether the unit is attending. Estimated numbers are provided to the council so the district can reserve the appropriate number of campsites and program areas for the event.
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District Awards Recognition
February 9, 2023
The District Awards Recognition event is held during February roundtable and is an opportunity for a night of fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and thank our adult volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Texas Skies District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will be recognized. All volunteers in Texas Skies District are invited. Registration is not required for the event. The event is being held at Jeanette Hayes Elementary School (21203 Park Timbers Ln, Katy, TX 77450).
Due by January 31, 2023
Nominate Scouters who have served Texas Skies District youth above and beyond the call of duty. Awards are presented at the District Awards Recognition event. For questions about nominations, contact the district advancement chair.
The Spirit Award is presented to one or more Scouters in each unit who has made a significant impact in the lives of youth in the unit and/or district. Each unit may nominate one candidate, regardless of unit size. Units may nominate additional candidates for every 25 Scouts registered. There is no cap on the number of nominations a unit may submit. For example, a unit of 100 Scouts may nominate four (4) candidates: one (1) for the unit itself (regardless of size) or the first 25 Scouts, one (1) for the next 25 Scouts (26-50), one (1) for the next 25 Scouts (51-75) and one (1) for the last 25 Scouts (76-100). Anyone may recommend a Scouter for this award. The unit committee selects the candidate(s) and makes the nominations to the district. All unit nominations will receive an award.
Family of the Year Nomination
The family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth is vital to their success in Scouting. Those parents who volunteer as leaders are a vital support for other kids as well as their own. The extra effort that parents put forth as leaders, in addition to their family responsibilities, deserve to be recognized. But when the whole family is involved in Scouting, they deserve recognition all the more. The Family of the Year award is a way to honor these families by selecting, from those nominated, the family whose work as a team in Scouting has made the greatest difference in our community.
District Award of Merit
The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by the district. The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. A committee of district peers will review the nominations and select the recipients. Selections for the Rising Star Award will also be chosen from these nominations.