Thunder Wolf District Roundtable     

February 11, 2016

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Missouri City (3900 Lexington Blvd) 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.

All troops need to send a representative to the February roundtable to plan camp-o-ree.


Placemats to Promote Day Camp

Free, customizable placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets and den meetings to help promote day camp. Day camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Save the date:  June 7-10, 2016 from 3:00 - 8:00 pm at Elkins High School.

Letter Sized Placemat            Legal Sized Placemat


Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign in which district volunteers make a short presentation explaining how the Scouting program is funded and why financial support is needed to maintain and expand the quality programs and camping facilities during a special meeting (e.g., Blue and Gold, Court of Honor). Unit Leaders: Please schedule your FOS presentation by January roundtable.

Schedule a FOS presentation

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business 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 . 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 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. 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.


Scout Fair

Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00am - 3:00pm at NRG Arena

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 (parking is $10). 

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 April 16, 2016. 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 216 Scout Fair Coupon Books will receive an additional bonus: A night at iFLYFor questions, contact Amy Hoover.

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • March 3 (5% bonus): First United Methodist Church (3900 Lexington Blvd, Missouri City, TX 77459) at 7:00 pm
  • March 31 (3% bonus): Christ United Methodist Church - Scout Shack (3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479) at 7:00 pm
  • April 7 (1% bonus): First United Methodist Church (3900 Lexington Blvd, Missouri City, TX 77459) at 7:00 pm
  • April 16, 9:00 am - noon, Scout Fair (NRG Arena)

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 unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon. For more information regarding booth rules and regulations, please refer to the  Scout Fair booth safety guidelines. Units must register for a booth by March 31, 2016. 

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


Scouting for Food

January 30, 2016 (hanger drop off)
February 6, 2016 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food bag of groceriesThere is no better way to show our Scouting Spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Scouting for Food is scheduled over two weeks, when Scouts throughout the Sam Houston Area Council help make a difference to fight hunger. 

In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," this council-wide service project begins the first weekend with Scouts distributing door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following weekend to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. For more information, contact Steve Whitcomb.

More Information       Unit Registration for Scouting for Food 


Camp-o-ree

March 4-6, 2016

Camp-o-ree is a weekend camp out for troops.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. Every troop must send a representative to the February roundtable to help plan the camp-o-ree. Every troop needs run a part of the camp-o-ree (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camp-o-ree promises to challenge the youth leadership, as well as stretching everyone else’s comfort zones. These events cannot happen without each Scout’s competitive spirit and participation.

More Information and Registration


Day Camp

June 7-10, 2016

Day Camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the next school year to make new friends, earn rank advancements and enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, skills, and crafts.  Lots 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. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. Every Scout will receive a t-shirt and patch. 

Day Camp is being held at Elkins High School from 3:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration is $65 for Cub Scouts and $25 for tots and girls.  There is a $20 late fee if registering after 5/24/2016. 

Register


Webelos Woods Update  

Monies paid are in the process of being refunded.  We are trying to schedule a Webelos Activity Pin Day in lieu of this rained out event.


Life to Eagle Scout

After a Boy Scout has completed the requirements for any rank, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience and decide whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the rank.

Eagle Scout Boards of Review:  At least one district or council representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review. Find out more about how to request a district representative for an Eagle Scout Board of Review on our advancement page.

Eagle Scout Service Project: While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting. A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. Find out more about how to request a district project approval meeting on our advancement page.


District Texting Service

ThunderWolf District is taking communications to a new level! Remind is a program that allows us to safely and efficiently interact with Scouters about upcoming events. Subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. To receive messages via text, text @twdistrict to 81010. You can opt out of messages at any time by replying, 'unsubscribe@twdistrict'.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank Scout Night to further help the Sam Houston Area Council’s commitment to fighting hunger in our community! Scouts that participate are eligible to earn a “Scouting for Food” patch. This is an additional opportunity to participate in the food drive component of Scouting for FoodFor more information, contact Megan Hageney at 713-547-8634 or mhageney@houstonfoodbank.org. Register for the 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm volunteer shift on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Houston Food Bank main warehouse (535 Portwall St., Houston, TX 77029).

More Information and Registration


February 13, 2016

 

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.

     University of Scouting Registration          Course Catalog      More Information


February 19, 2016

Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), or staffed National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) are invited to attend the Baden Powell Fellowship Dinner. During the evening, attendees from the previous year share memories of their leadership training experience through slide shows, stories and regalia presentations. Scouters will be given an opportunity to contribute to the training scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to Scouts and Scouters attending council leadership training courses. The dinner is held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

Baden Powell Registration


February 26-28, 2016

The Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout at a Bovay Scout Ranch. This event is intended to be an opportunity for the youth to bring prospective Venturers and Sea Scouts to a council-wide activity. The weekend is filled with games, movies, crew against crew competitions, campfire program. The registration fee is $10 for all participants. You can register as a unit or as an individual. All participants must be at least 14 years old. The registration fee includes a patch, and lunch on Saturday. ​T-shirts are available for $12. They are only available through online registration.

Register


SHAC (Scouts Helping At Camp) Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. The Order of the Arrow is leading this opportunity, but this service project is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Campers only need to bring their personal camp gear. Camp is providing the food and a special council shoulder patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas for activities. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individual Arrowmen (OA members) may register for this free event. The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the event. February 19-21, 2016 at Bovay Scout Ranch; May 20-22, 2016 at El Rancho Cima; September 9-11, 2016 at Camp Brosig.

Register for SHAC Corps


March 4 - 6, 2016

This 16-hour, overnight course is for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. Completion of this course or another recognized Leave No Trace Trainer course is required for a youth to hold the Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in their unit. 

Register for BSA LNT Trainer Course                Learn More


April 8-10 and April 22-24, 2016 

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 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 (rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 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, salt water fishing and more? Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program. Scouts ages 14 and up may also attend.  There are only nine spots remaining, so register today.

Register for Powder Horn      Order a Powder Horn Jacket and Belt Buckle       Powder Horn Facebook group


ToolBank logoThe Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts.

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