Welcome to Orion District!
Orion District Roundtable
March 2, 2017
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the first Thursday of the month at Church of Good Shepherd (715 Carrell St, Tomball, 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.
Orion District Calendar
Download the Orion District calendar for July 2016 to July 2017 and July 2017 to June 2018. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.
July 2017 to June 2018 Calendar
District Pinewood Derby
March 4, 2017
The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race. Win or lose, Scouts will take pride in having done their best. Scouts learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things they will remember for life. The event is being held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (715 Carrell St, Tomball, TX 77375 - Bollinger Hall). Scouts who placed first, second or third in their rank in their pack's pinewood derby can participate in the district pinewood derby.
March 4, 2017
The cook-off is open to all current and previous Scouts and Scouters. Competitions will be held for best entree, best side, best dessert, and best overall. Separate competitions will be held for youth and adults. Competitors provide their own cooking supplies. Fires must be off the ground; charcoal may be used. Camp stoves are also welcome. Non-cooking can also be prepared and is a great idea for Cub Scouts entires. Judges are needed at noon. The entry fee is any donation to Friends of Scouting. Cooking may begin at 8:00 am and judging will be conducted at noon. There will be some cool surprises for the winners.
The event is being held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (715 Carrell St, Tomball, TX 77375 - Bollinger Hall) at the same time as the district pinewood derby races.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Minute Maid Park
10:00am - 3:00pm
Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking. Bring comfortable shoes and your camera. At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers. Open to the public. Admission is free (area parking fees apply).
Scout Fair Page Scout Fair Leader Page
Scout Fair Coupon Books 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. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving over $600 in valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Sonic, Bass Pro, Goodyear and more. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Book sold, for funds turned in on or before May 6, 2017. Participate at Scout Fair, as either a service unit or booth participant, and earn an additional 10% commission. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. When Scouts sell 15 or more coupon books, they'll earn the Super Salesman patch, qualify for entry in weekly drawings and earn great prizes from the Scout Fair coupon book prize brochure. Scouts who sell at least 217 Scout Fair coupon books will receive an additional bonus of two tickets to an Astros game, hat, and a souvenir bag. For questions, contact William Harris.
Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:
- March 9, 2017 (5% bonus): The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (801 East Main, Tomball, TX 77375)
- April 6, 2017 (3% bonus): The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (801 East Main, Tomball, TX 77375)
- April 27, 2017 (1% bonus): The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (801 East Main, Tomball, TX 77375)
- May 6, 2017, 9:00 am - noon, Scout Fair (Minute Maid Park)
Scout Fair Booths: Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each. Units must register for a booth by April 21, 2017.
Scout Fair Booth Registration
Service Units: Units can participate in Scout Fair as a service unit. Service units should check-in at the council service unit booth upon arrival. Scouts are needed in many ways to help at Scout Fair, whether helping to hand out flyers, unload boxes, or set up areas. Your unit will receive a notice of where your help is needed one week before the fair. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission.
Scout Fair Service Unit Registration
June 6-9, 2017 | 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Twilight camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the next school year. Scouts will have a wild time on the safari adventure making new friends, earning rank advancements and participating in BB guns, archery, sports, skills, and crafts. The registration fee is $66.50 for the first Scout and $65 for each additional Scout. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies. Camp is being held at Spring Creek Park (15012 Brown Rd, Tomball, TX 77377).
Learn More and Register
Many of 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. Adult volunteers are $10, and youth volunteers are $15 for youth volunteers.
- Register by March 13, 2017, to receive a limited-edition cap.
- Late registration begins May 7, 2017. A late fee of $25 will apply; patches, t-shirts and craft supplies are not guaranteed.
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $24 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 programing and facilities
- Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders
Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24% 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 an 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
Blue and Gold Place Mats and Banquet Ideas
Most packs celebrate Scouting anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the blue and gold banquet.
Free two-sided place mats are available to use at blue and gold banquets to help promote day camp and resident camp.
In 1914, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell started a Scouting program based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories and targeted at younger boys in Britain. Jungle Safari makes a great blue and gold banquet theme and ties in with the 2017 day camp theme. We have a variety of jungle themed resources available. Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.
Day camp is being held June 6-9, 2017, (new date) from 2:00 - 8:00 pm at Spring Creek Park (15012 Brown Rd, Tomball, TX 77377).
Letter Sized Place Mat Legal Size Place Mat Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas
Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. Recruiting events can be any sort of fun activity that would entice elementary-aged boys to check out Scouting. This can be simply inviting potential recruits to an already scheduled summer pack activity, or it can be a separate event focused primarily on recruiting. Invite newly recruited Scouts and kindergarteners to attend day camp and pack summer events. Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Tigers and their families involved early. The council provides a variety of support materials for packs, including fliers.
Request Spring Recruiting Fliers
But what about the Boy Scouts and Venturers? March is the perfect month to have an open house to invite friends and other potential Scouts for the opportunity to see what your troop, crew and ship is made of. Check out some of the cool resources:
Help us promote Scouting
The 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