Orion District Roundtable

December 7, 2017   |   7:00 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicOrion District serves Scouting units within the boundaries of Tomball ISD and Magnolia ISDRoundtable 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.


Pushmobile

December 9, 2017

Pushmobile PatchMake plans to attend the eighth annual Orion District pushmobile! Build or borrow a pushmobile and show how Cub Scout teamwork makes it all run! Pushmobile is a boy powered go-cart. Cub Scout dens make their own pushmobile. Boys work together as a team to push their pushmobile through the course to the finish line at this annual district event. Teams are formed by Scout rank (grade). The ideal team size is eight Scouts. Teams with less than eight Scouts may add Scouts from other teams, ranks (as long as they are a lower grade) or packs. Every Scout will receive a patch. Registration is $60 per team (car). Late registration is $60 per team beginning 12/8/2017. Onsite registration is $75. The pack pushmobile coordinator should register the teams. The event is being held at Lone Star College - Tomball (30555 Tomball Pkwy, Tomball, TX 77375) from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.

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Friends of Scouting

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


Popcorn Sales

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. New for this year, units that sell over $12,000 will receive free home popcorn delivery. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Carol Tatay Bland.

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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.

Learn More about the Lion Program            Lion Updates

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.

Lion Guide Evaluations          Lion Adventures Overview      

 


Orion District Communications

The Orion District newsletter is published several times per year and contains information about upcoming district and council events and activities. Follow the Orion District on Facebook.

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December 2, 2017

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner. This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. You do not have to be a registered commissioner to attend. Any adult leader that is interested in the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend. The training is being held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

Register       Course Catalog       Course Descriptions       Learn More


December 5, 2017

Each unit is asked to conduct a Friends of Scouting campaign to explain the services of the Sam Houston Area Council to parents and leaders and offer them the opportunity to financially support the council's annual operation.  

This training session is for district Family Friends of Scouting chairs as well as unit ambassadors. The role of the unit ambassador is to ensure unit participation and fundraising goals are set and achieved.

RSVP

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.


December 9 or 10, 2017

Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) is designed to help prepare Philmont advisors to lead a successful trek. PASS is an 8-hour course taught by experiences Philmont staffers that covers backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont. Participants will enjoy a trail lunch and sample a trail dinner in between training sessions. At the conclusion of the course, advisors will receive PASS materials to share with crew members. The December 9th course will be held at Camp Brosig and the December 10th course will be held at the Cockrell Scout Center. The cost is $40.

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Our local Scout Shops are once again providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scouts who may be in need of uniform and Scouting items. This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting November 6 through December 18, 2017.

The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan Giving Tree (similar to an Angel Tree) will be set up at the Scout Shop with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the items they need and other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scouting supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child. We need your assistance to make this project a success. So, start shopping to help every Scout in need.

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December Roundtable

Recharter is the annual reregistering of all Scouts and Scouters. Internet rechartering opened on November 1, 2017. Recharter turn-in will be held during December roundtable. For more information contact your unit commissioner.

 Learn More      Journey to Excellence

The unit should be doing the following:

  • Ensuring all registered adults have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT) before March 1, 2018.  If their YPT expires before this date, have them take the appropriate YPT at myscouting.org.
  • Ensuring all registered adults have the correct BSA ID in their my.scouting.org profile.
  • Ensuring the current or new unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor) is fully trained.

December 26-31, 2017

Winter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Boy Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 32nd annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868), just 3 miles outside of Navasota, TX. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

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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 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, you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  Check out the current openings at www.shac.org/employment.


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.