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.

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Orion District Roundtable

March 1, 2018   |   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.


Scout Fair Coupon Books

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. For more information, contact Karolyn Willis.

Turn-in Dates and Locations       Learn More about Coupon Books


Camporee

March 2-4, 2018

Boy Scout on a compassCamporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Scouts will compete in various competitions such as fire building, first aid, knots, orienteering, archery, rifle shooting, and other Scout skills. Patrols are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. Many of the activities will be arranged as a challenge course where the Scouts must work through skills or tests to gain clues or access to their next activity.  It will be like combining the TV shows Amazing Race and Are you Tougher than a Boy Scout. Bring your patrols out to compete and find Orion's best Scouts. The event is being held at Camp Karankawa (3249 FM 1459, Sweeny, Tx 77480).

Registration is done by troops. To help with planning, troops must RSVP. Boy Scouts are $10 and adults are $3. Registration should be completed by the troop leader online. There is no onsite registration.

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Twilight Camp

June 12-15, 2018  |  2:00 - 8:00 pm

Excitement is waiting as Cub Scouts travel the world on a passport to adventure as they learn new skills, and make new friends. Twilight camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. An awesome program is being planned with activities such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more.   

Many volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering.  Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children ages 3-5 (potty trained) or girls ages 6-13. Boy Scouts and youth ages 14-17 can also volunteer. An adult/guardian must register with a Tiger (1st grader). Camp is being held at Spring Creek Park (15012 Brown Rd, Tomball, TX 77377). The registration fee is $66.50 for the first Scout and $65 for each additional Scout. Adult volunteers are $15, and youth volunteers are $15. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies. A registered parent/guardian must be onsite at all times when tot-lots, siblings and Tigers are at camp.

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  • There is an early registration discount of $15 for Scouts until 3/15/18.
  • Late registration begins 5/15/18. A late fee of $25 will apply; patches, t-shirts and craft supplies are not guaranteed for late registrations.
  • Registration closes for youth and adults two weeks before the first day of camp.

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


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      

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: February 2018


March 24, 2018

University of Scouting is a training for leaders of all program areas to come together for a day of fun, fellowship and learning. University of Scouting has over 100 different classes, presented by some of the most experienced volunteers in the council covering leader specific training, information on how to train youth, conservation, program ideas and more. University of Scouting also offers several youth courses.

  Register        Course Catalog        Learn More          


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.

Learn More             Register 



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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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