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Texas Skies District Roundtable

February 8, 2018  |  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 the LDS Church-Katy Stake Center (1603 Norwalk Dr, Katy, 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 us on Facebook.


Webelos Woods

January 19-21, 2018

Webelos sitting in front of camp fireWebelos Woods is a Boy Scout level camping event, where Webelos Scouts are invited to spend the weekend in a Boy Scout led environment. The purpose of the Webelos Woods camping weekend is to showcase the Boy Scout tenants of a boy-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 Boy Scout Handbook. All activities are led by Boy Scout troops  On Saturday evening, there will be a campfire program and a crossover ceremonies for fifth grade Webelos Scouts. The registration fee is $20 per Webelos Scout. The fee for fifth grade Webelos who are also participating in the Arrow of Light ceremony is $30. The fee for parents, Boy Scouts and leaders is $5.00. Family members and friends are invited to attend the Arrow of Light ceremonies on Saturday evening. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch (County Rd 317, Navasota, Texas 77868).

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District Dinner

January 27, 2018

District Dinner graphicThe District Dinner 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.  

The theme for 2018 is Mad Hatter.  Awards will be given out for the tallest, craziest, most colorful, wildest, smallest, and most unusual hats. The event is being held at (Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community, 1530 Norwalk Dr, Katy, TX 77450). The gathering is at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 6:00 pm and the awards ceremony begins at 6:30 pm. Dinner will be catered by Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q.  Registration ends January 24, 2018. 

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Award Nominations

Nominations Due January 15, 2018

Nominate Scouters who have served Texas Skies District youth above and beyond the call of duty. For questions about nominations, contact texasskiesdistrictshac@gmail.com

Spirit Award

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. Units may select one candidate per year for every 60 Scouts registered with the Boy Scouts of America. (i.e., 1 – 60 Scouts = one nomination, 61-120 Scouts = two nominations and so on).  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. 

Nomination Form for Spirit Award

District Award of Merit 

District Award of MeritThe 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. 

Nomination Form for District Award of Merit


Training

trained patchTraining 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 James Yaklin.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date

Course
(click on title for course description)

Location

Time

Cost

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1/22/18 Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position-Specific Training
St. Faustina Catholic Church
28102 FM 1093
Fulshear, TX 77441
6:30 - 8:30 pm $0 Register
2/26/18 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Westland Baptist Church
1407 West Grand Parkway South
Katy, TX 77494
7:00 - 8:30 pm $0 Not Needed
3/5/18 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Westland Baptist Church
1407 West Grand Parkway South
Katy, TX 77494
7:00 - 8:30 pm $0 Not Needed
3/19/18 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Westland Baptist Church
1407 West Grand Parkway South
Katy, TX 77494
7:00 - 8:30 pm $0 Not Needed

Scout Fair Coupon Book Kick-off

January 25, 2018   l   7:00 - 8:00 pm

Scout Fair KickoffScout Fair coupon books sales 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. At the Scout Fair Kickoff, unit leaders receive training and materials. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. Leaders will also receive information on prizes and how their unit can participate at Scout Fair to earn an additional 10% commission. The kickoff meeting is being held at 7:00 pm at Epiphany of the Lord (1530 Norwalk Dr., Katy, TX 77450). Each unit should send at least one representative. For more information, contact Audrey Markiton.

RSVP for Kick-off and Sign-up to Sell Coupon Books       Learn More about Coupon Books


Friends of Scouting

 2015 FOS CSPFriends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $33 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 activities. 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 helps:

  • Recruit and train youth and leaders
  • Provide assistance to those in need
  • Keep camps and activities affordable
  • Enhance programming and facilities
  • Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders

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.

Unit Leaders: Each unit is requested to hold a FOS presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the blue and gold banquet or a troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Please sign up for a presentation.

 Donate               Sign up for FOS presentation


January 27, 2018 (hanger drop off)
February 3, 2018 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," the project begins Saturday, January 27, 2018, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 3, 2018, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. A Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful. Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. The unit representative should register the unit for Scouting for Food.

Register        Learn More          Unit Chair Guidebook


The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. 
This is a great resource for Scouters and parents.

The Scouting Trail: January 2018


February 10, 2018    |   8:00 am - 2:00 pm

The first council-wide opportunity to learn Scoutbook will be conducted at the Cockrell Scout Center from 8:00 – noon for basic users, and from 1:00 – 2:00 for merit badge counselors. The training will begin with a general session, followed by breakouts specializing in user areas (parents, unit leader, advancement chair). Following a lunch break (bring your own), the training will continue with an orientation on how to use the merit badge counselor functions in Scoutbook (for troops). This training is free and open to any registered adults in the council and parents of Scouts. Please register for the appropriate breakout session so we can plan workspaces accordingly. 

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April 6-8 and 20-22, 2018

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 the Scouts in 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 (e.g., rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 1860 baseball, 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, and more? Powder Horn is offered once every year, so do not miss this chance to attend.  Set your sights on a course that maximizes Scouting skills while bringing adrenaline, new activity ideas and leadership to your unit.  Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.The first weekend is being held at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and the second weekend in Galveston.

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Katy Eagle Scout Association Fellowship

Eagle Scout alumni young and old to join in these gatherings for fellowship, networking, service, and to promote the growth of Scouting in our communities.The fellowship is being held at Rudy’s Country Store and Barbeque (21799 Katy Fwy, near I-10 at Mason) at 7:00 pm. The Katy Chapter of the SHAC Eagle Scout Association is made up of Eagle Scout alumni from the West Division (Texas Skies, Mustang, Copperhead, and Big Cypress Districts) and meets bimonthly on the first Wednesday of the month. 

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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 son to do things together. As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your boy 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.

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Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days


SHAC CSP with car keysHelp ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

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.


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  

Job Openings

 


SHAC FacebookThe Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook.  The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.

We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts. 

Learn More          Take our Social Media Survey