New District Executive

We would like to welcome Ashley Rex as our new district executive. Ashley will give service and leadership to fiscal management, membership and unit growth, and effective unit service working with the volunteers and stakeholders of the Thunder Wolf District. You can contact Ashley at Ashley.Rex@Scouting.org.

John Williams is now serving as the district director of Mustang District.


Merit Badge Day

August 8, 2015
 

Merit Badge Day is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on merit badge requirements. Scouts who are First Class rank are limited to one Eagle Scout required merit badge. Registration ends August 1, 2015. 

Merit Badge Day is being held at Christ United Methodist Church (3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land 77479) from 8:00 - 5:00 pm.

The cost is $5 per Scout. Lunch is an additional $6, and must be ordered in advance.  Lunch includes a Chick-fil-A sandwich, chips and bottled water.

There will be a Life to Eagle presentation at lunch for those interested. This presentation is for Life and Star Scouts and their parents. There is no cost for this presentation, unless you want lunch.

More Information


Thunder Wolf District Roundtable

August 13, 2015

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month 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.

Fall recruiting training will be held at roundtable on August 13, 2015.  Every pack needs to send a representative to pick up recruiting materials.


Fall Popcorn Sales

August 18, 2015: Popcorn Kickoff

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting.  Why Sell? • Increase your unit income – 73% stays in the local area • Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way” • There are loads of incentives including cool prizes and college scholarships

Popcorn Training: One representative per unit should attend the popcorn kick-off on August 18, 2015, at the Sugar Grove Church of Christ (11600 W Airport Blvd, Meadows Place, TX 77477) at 7:00 pm. Unit leaders will receive, sales materials, training, tools and will also find out what's new this year (e.g., accept credit card payments with SQUARE). For more information, contact Tiffany Schaupp.

Sign up your unit to sell popcorn

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell:

1. Traditional take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after unit kick off on August 18 through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.

2. Show-n-sell is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. Units pre-purchase a product bundle. Sales run from September 1 - 30, 2015. Interested units must submit a commitment form by July 27, 2015.

3. Online popcorn sales are a great way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout prizes and the scholarship program. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. Scout must create an account to sell online. Online sales run from August 1 - November 10, 2015


Cub Scout Fall Recruiting Training

August 13, 2015

The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Every pack should send at least one representative to the Fall Recruiting Night Training on August 13, 2015, at First United Methodist Church of Missouri City (3900 Lexington Blvd) at 7:00 pm. Download directional signs and table tents to use during your recruiting nights. 

Order Fall Recruiting Night Flyers      Council Recruitment Resources / Leader's Guide
 

Did you know that 46% of families have never been asked to join Scouting? Based on a recent national survey you can see how Scouts and families find out about an join a Scouting. 68% are asked by a Scout, friend, volunteer or the charter organization to join. What can we do to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join? Utilize the BSA's Build an Adventure and Badge of Honor resources. Ideas on how to produce a successful fall recruiting campaign:

  • School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).
  • Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.
  • Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.
  • Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.
  • Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.
  • Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.
  • Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.
  • Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.
  • Have Cub Scouts wear their uniforms on the day of the rally.
  • Plan a second event (e.g., pack meeting) to invite prospective Cub Scouts. Use the second chance flyers.

 


Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional training opportunities offered in the council.

Register for training Date Register Course Description
Merit Badge Counselor Training August 15, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 am
Register Provide district-approved and registered merit badge counselors with understanding of the methods of counseling and their role in the advancement program.
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) September 19, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 ish
Register BALOO is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a pack overnighter. 
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training* September 19, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 ish
Register Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters Basic Leader Training is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Training (IOLS)* October 2-4, 2015 Register Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides Boy Scout leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. 

Annual Planning

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance, that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders. After Program Preview, units should conduct an annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), units can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures.  Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! 

The  South Division Program Guide contains valuable information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. Additional resources can be found here. Leaders who want a meaningful, exciting, and comprehensive youth program that achieves the objectives of the Scouting program will find this format ideal. The result is a well-managed, well-financed unit. Recognizing this, the BSA recommends the following plan:

1.  Plan your complete annual program (Cub Scout resources,  Boy Scout resources,  Venturing resourcesdistrict calendar)
2.  Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve the program.
3.  Identify the amount of product (e.g., popcornScout Fair Coupon Books) that will need to be sold per youth member to reach the income goal.
4.  Get commitments from parents and youth.


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'.

To receive messages via email, send an email to twdistrict@mail.remind.com. To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.


 

August 14-16, 2015
Bovay Scout Ranch

The Venturing Extravaganza is the end-of-the-summer activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program.  Make it a full weekend or part of the weekend. Venturers can camp, or just enjoy a long, summer day. The Venturing Extravaganza is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch and offers a chance to relax, do as much, or as little as you want, visit with old friends and make new friends, enjoy meals prepared for you, and of course, engage in a lot of fun activities.
 
The theme for the weekend is Venturing in Time – Come join us at the various program areas where you and your friends can participate in  shooting sports, slip & slide, a 1980s Arcade, Renaissance Jousting games, a 1830s Texian Outpost, and much much more!! And remember, we kick-off Friday night with a movie. 

Register            More Information


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Experience the NEW Cub Scout Adventure Program

The Cub Scout program is changing! Come and learn all about the new exciting changes that went into effect June 1, 2015!

All Cub Scout leadership, parents, den leaders, committee members, and unit commissioners are invited to attend. There is no charge to attend. The program updates is being held from 9:00 - 11:0 am at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008). Read the council blog for more information about the new program.

RSVP for Cub Scout Program Updates Training                 Get pack meeting plans for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017


 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Join the Houston Astros celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! To order tickets click here, password: Scout. For orders of 20 or more and to save on service charges contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316.  The first 2000 Scouts will receive a Scout Day Patch. To receive a patch orders must be made through link or as part of a Scout group through this offer. For more information contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or Broussard@astros.com.


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