Texas Skies District Roundtable

December 9, 2021  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphic Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at Jeanette Hayes Elementary School (21203 Park Timbers Ln, Katy, TX 77450) 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 www.facebook.com/SHACTexasSkies.


Rocket Day

November 20, 2021

Youth who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket that they can design and build at home. Youth in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend. We will help you find a pack near you and get signed up for Scouting. New Scouts can attend any Rocket Launch Day event in the council that fits their schedule

The event is free; RSVP for one of the 20-minute launch slots between 9:00 am - noon. Please arrive 10 minutes before your time slot for check-in with the rocket already assembled. The event is being held at American Shooting Center.

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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 Aaron Sobel.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

 

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 Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters.

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December 10-11, 2021 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) at Jones Creek Ranch Park $41.50 Register

Webelos Woods

January 14-16, 2022

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 weekend 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.  The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch. This year, Scouts from area troops will staff and lead the event; interested youth can learn more and need to apply by 11/19/21

Parents can learn more about Webelos to Scout transition, including some questions to ask when visiting a troop, at www.shac.org/webelos. Find area troops at www.shac.org/join-troop.

Every unit needs to RSVP by December roundtable to let the event staff know if you are attending. Estimated numbers are provided to the council so the district can reserve the appropriate number of campsites and program areas for the event. Please let us know if this number changes significantly before the event. 

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Spring of Service

Join Scouting families across the greater Houston area in a spirited Spring of Service! As we have throughout our history, Scouting families are answering the call to work together in service. From caring for the environment to assisting neighbors in need, Scouts have always been a force for positivity and goodness in our communities. Let’s step up and remember the Unknown Scout who helped William Boyce cross the street on that long ago foggy night! Together, we can answer the call to make a positive impact in our neighborhoods and communities.

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Please send feedback on any of the council or district websites. 

Let us know about errors, corrections needed, information updates, broken links, or suggestions on how to improve. 

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It's time to sign up for summer camp. Summer camp is a week-long council-organized overnight camp for Scouts BSA that operates under council-retained leadership. The program provides opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail.

Summer camp is held at Camp Strake, a first-class and state-of-the-art facility for Scouts and their leaders. Program areas include shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery, sporting arrows), climbing, rappelling, boating (canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding), swimming, ATV riding, ziplining, merit badge classes and more.

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Full Throttle is a weekend event for Scouts BSA. Troops who are camping at Camp Strake on April 29 - May 1, 2022, or May 7-8, 2022, can sign up their Scouts to participate in activities such as shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery), climbing, COPE (high-ropes course), zipline, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding or ATV riding. The camp staff provides the program leadership. Registration is now open for spring.

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To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, it important to remind units to follow BSA Brand Guidelines and use approved materials from the BSA Brand Center in developing their recruiting materials. This includes following the requirements included in the Scouts BSA Branding Dos and Don’ts Guide and the associated Brand Training Guide.  

The Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training is one of the efforts underway to be sure Scouters have a clear understanding of what they can do. This training should be shared with all volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community.

BSA Brand Guidelines     BSA Brand Center    Scouts BSA Branding Dos and Don’ts Guide    Brand Training Guide

While our goal is to encourage youth to join our program, we must always be clear in our communications about the program they are joining.

  • We are The Boy Scouts of America.
  • The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA are different organizations.
  • We support all other youth organizations and do not disparage them.
  • We encourage parents to enroll all youth in a character development program that meets their needs – and the BSA is certainly ready to welcome them.

The council offers are a variety of first aid training courses throughout the year including First Aid/CPR/AEDFirst Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course, and Wilderness First Aid.

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Now you can support Scouting without lifting a finger — or at least not more than one. AmazonSmile, the simple and no-cost way to donate to the Sam Houston Area Council, now works on the Amazon Shopping app for iPhone and Android.

That means it’s easier than ever to support Scouting anytime, anywhere. Through its AmazonSmile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice — at no cost to you. You’ll get the same prices, selection and service found on Amazon.com, but now Amazon gives 0.5% of its cut to a good cause.

The Sam Houston Area Council is an eligible AmazonSmile charity. Individual packs, troops, posts, ships and crews are not eligible.

Previously, AmazonSmile required the user to shop using their browser — either on a desktop computer or through the mobile browser on a smartphone. That meant that when you shopped in the official Amazon app, you weren’t contributing to your chosen charity — even if you had already activated AmazonSmile. By adding AmazonSmile to its official app, Amazon is making the program available anytime, anywhere. So now when you buy a blender from the back seat or a printer from the patio — our council still gets that 0.5%.

If you aren’t yet an AmazonSmile member, sign up at smile.amazon.com using a web browser (mobile or desktop). You’ll sign in with your Amazon credentials, and the site will walk you through the process. Amazon will ask you to choose your favorite charity. This is where you search for “Sam Houston Area Council.”

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Looking for a Cub Scout Pack

Join Cub Scouts graphic Welcome to the adventure of Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting helps to support your family by providing ready-made opportunities for you and your child to do things together. As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your child joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness. The Boy Scouts of America has been weaving these lifetime values into fun and educational activities since 1910.

Find a pack near you