Orion District Roundtable
December 1, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Orion District serves Scouting units within the boundaries of Tomball, Magnolia and Montgomery school districts. 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 the district Facebook page at facebook.com/orionbsa.
District Award Nominations
Due by January 5, 2023
Nominate Scouters who have served Orion District youth above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations must be submitted by January roundtable. Awards are presented at the District Dinner.
Leader Award Nomination Forms
(click on the award for nomination form)
|Community Leadership Award
||Presented to a community leader who has provided outstanding support to the Scouting program in our district
|Family of the Year
||Presented to a family who has, as a group, provided outstanding support to the Scouting program in our district.
|Most Valuable Scouter Award
||Recognizes Scouters who everyone in the unit always seems to turn to when there is a need within the unit - every unit should nominate at least one!
|Courageous Scouter Award
||Honors a Scouter who, while facing their own personal challenges, provides exceptional leadership to youth at the unit level.
|District Award of Merit
||Presented to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.
Unit and Chartered Partner Awards
|Gold Star Award (in Excel)
||Award for those units who are fully providing the Scouting program and supporting the council and district. This award is self-nominated. All qualifying units can earn the Gold Star Award. The top unit of each type will receive the Platinum Star Award. See the Journey to Excellence forms.
|Excellence in Training Award (in PDF)
||Recognizes units that have set a high standard in leadership training. This award is self-nominated.
|Chartered Partner Award
||Presented to chartered partners that have demonstrated excellence in their relationships.
Friday, January 28, 2023 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Step into our own Orion National Park-themed District Dinner as we celebrate our adult volunteers for their hard work and dedication that made the last year successful! Enjoy a night of fellowship, great food and campfire stories that highlight the events of 2022. The event is being held at Church of the Good Shepherd (801 E Main St, Tomball, TX 77375).
The registration fee is $21.50 for the first person and $20 for each additional person who registers at the same time.
After 1/25/22, a late fee of $5.00 will apply; food is not guaranteed for late registration. Registration closes 1/27/2023. There is no onsite registration.
Merit Badge Counselors Needed
February 4, 2023
Merit badge counselors are needed to run the merit badge classes at the Orion District Merit Badge University being held on either February 4, 2023. Merit badge counselors must be registered with the council and have up-to-date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at myScouting.org. It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources with other troops with diverse occupations and skills. The Scouts will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.
Units that provide merit badge counselors will receive a link for early registration access for the Scouts in their unit.
The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a youth's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.
Merit Badge University is an advancement opportunity open to Scouts in troops, crews or ships. 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.