Orion District Roundtable

November 2, 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.


Local Heroes Family Fun Day

October 28, 2018  |  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Houston Police Department (HPD) is hosting the 1st annual local heroes Family Fun Day. This free event will recognize the outstanding public safety efforts of local first responders including HPD, the Houston Fire Department (HFD), military and citizens. There will be HPD helicopters, HPD ladder trucks, SWAT operations demos, K-9 demos, driving demos, self-defense demos, food vendors, informational tables and more. The event is being held at Houston Police Academy (17000 Aldine Westfield, Houston, TX 77073).

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New District Executive

Please join us in welcoming Mary Welch as the Senior District Executive for the Tall Timbers District.  Mary’s field service experience will support our efforts to provide the best possible customer service to the volunteers and families in the The Woodlands, Oak Ridge, and Shenandoah. Mary has been serving successfully as the Senior District Executive for the Arrowmoon District since October 2015. She has been with the Sam Houston Area Council since August 2012 serving in the Golden Arrow, Aquila and North Star Districts.  Mary can be reached at (713) 805-7754, cell or mary.welch@scouting.org.


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.

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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.

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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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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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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December 26 - 31, 2017

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. 

There is a mandatory orientation on December 3, 2017, for all participants and every youth on the waitlist. The fee for NYLT training is $225. The fee includes two t-shirts and one neckerchief; extra t-shirts can be ordered. Before registering, read the FAQs and have the unit leader information (name, address, phone, and email) available. 

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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.

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