Orion District Roundtable

September 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.


University of Scouting

September 23, 2017

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          


Camping Report

Due August 31, 2017

The council conducts an annual camping survey of troops, crews and ships to determine how many youth participated long-term camping and high-adventure activities. The information is included in the council's annual report and Journey to Excellence. The unit leader should complete the short survey for the period of September of 2016 through August of 2017 by August 31, 2017.

Camping Report


Fall Recruiting 

The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack. We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign will be Rocket Into Scouting. Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining. Scouts who join in September will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. . For more information, contact Melissa Spears.

         Learn More        Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers       Signs and Table Tents


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.

Sign your unit up for Traditional and Online Sales             Learn More   

Why Sell Popcorn?

• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.
• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $650 club, $2K club.


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.

Learn More about the Lion Program         Lion Adventures Overview

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.

Lion Updates

 


Orion District Calendar

calendar iconDownload the Orion District calendar for July 2017 to June 2018. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.

July 2017 to June 2018 Calendar 


Annual Planning

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders.

North Division Program Guide         Leader Resources

Cub Scout Planning       Boy Scout Planning       Venturing Planning


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.

Sign up for the Orion District Newsletter

 


Help the council promote Scouting

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


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.


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.

Learn More and Register


November 10-12, 2017

Webelos Coyote Trail Extreme is an annual council event for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts. During this fast paced fun filled weekend Scouts work on advancements and are introduced to the patrol method, giving them a unique experience into the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first Boy Scout camp out such as fire lays, basic knots, lashings, and more.  

 Learn More and Register


September 30, 2017

Order of the Arrow members will be leading a service project on National Public Lands Day. This service opportunity is open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, family members and Venturers. This project will serve to meet the Life Scout conservation project hours. The event is being held at Double Lake Recreation Area (301 FM 2025 Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331). The cost is only $5 per person and includes lunch. Registration can be done by individual Arrowman or units (troops, teams, crews, ships). Units may camp overnight; request this during registration.

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October 20-21 or 21-22, 2017

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Cub Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more. The registration fee is $24 per participant and includes an event patch, activity supplies, snacks and two meals. Register early as sessions fill up quickly.

Fun with Son is run by volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with check-in, run program areas (e.g., BB guns, archery, crafts, rockets), serve in the dining hall, assist with parking and staff the first aid area. Volunteer registration can be done by individuals or unit leaders.

Learn More and Register      Volunteer Sign-Up


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