January 27, 2018
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. Orion District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized. All volunteers in Orion District are invited. The event is being held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (715 Carrell St., Tomball, TX 77375). The social begins at 5:45 pm, dinner is at 6:30 pm and the speaker and awards ceremony is at 7:00 pm. The registration fee is $18 per person. Tickets can only be purchased online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal. Food is ordered on January 22, 2018. Late registration is $25 and begins January 23, 2018; food is not guaranteed for late registration. There is no onsite registration.
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Merit Badge University
February 17, 2018 | 8:00 am
Merit Badge University is a Boy Scout advancement opportunity open to any registered Boy Scout. A Scout has the opportunity to work on requirements for several merit badges. These are not give-away merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the merit badge book ahead of time, attending classes and doing prerequisites. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed.
Orion District Roundtable
February 1,2018 | 7:00 pm
Orion District serves Scouting units within the boundaries of Tomball ISD and Magnolia ISD. Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the first Thursday of the month at Church of Good Shepherd (715 Carrell St, Tomball, TX 77375) 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 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. Follow our Facebook page.
Scout Fair Coupon Book Kick-off
January 25, 2018 l 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Scout 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 Church of the Good Shepherd (801 E Main St., Tomball, TX 77375). Each unit should send at least one representative. For more information, contact Karolyn Willis.
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Friends of Scouting
Friends 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.
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Lion Program - Pilot
Orion District has been chosen to be a part of a pilot program for a Scouting program for kindergarten-age boys for our council this fall.
Research shows that childhood development accelerates around ages four and five, about the time youth begin formal education. To supplement the learning and growth boys experience at home and in an educational environment at that age, Boy Scouts of America has developed a pilot program for five-year-old kindergarten boys called “Lion.”
The Lion program weaves traditional Scouting concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship into activities that are age-appropriate and fun for the boys and their parents.
The activities introduce the family to Cub Scouting, and provide an exciting way for the little guys to explore the world around them. The program will fuel their imagination, creativity and fun as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. Lions join with a parent or caring adult partner. Lions form dens of six to eight Lion pairs and have one den meeting and one outing per month. They wear a special t-shirt and have their own adventures. They are a part of the pack, but they do not participate in every pack meeting. At the end of the Lion year, they graduate to Tiger and advance through Cub Scouting. Important updates: Read the Scouting Magazine blog for recent updates including: Lions can be included in all pack meetings and pinewood derbies. Lions can choose blue uniform. Families can opt into fundraising activities. Boys' Life will include a Lion-specific page.
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Lion Guide Evaluations
Lion guides are to provide feedback every month on the pilot program. To assist the district and council in its efforts to evaluate the Lion program, please take a few minutes to complete this survey monthly. This information will be sent to BSA.
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