Thunder Wolf District Roundtable

September 10, 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.


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
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. 

Webelos Woods

October 23-25, 2015

Webelos Woods is a special weekend designed for Webelos (4th and 5th graders) and their parents to experience what awaits them in Boy Scouts. Webelos will have an opportunity to visit with Boy Scouts and the troop adult leaders. Webelos will work on adventures. Fourth grade Webelos will camp with a parent in a group camping area. Fifth grade Webelos and at least one parent will camp with a host troop. The event is being held at Camp Mauritz.

More Information


Fall Popcorn Sales

 

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. For more information, contact Tiffany Schaupp.

More Information          Sign up your unit to sell popcorn           Popcorn Kernel Guide

There are two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, and selling online to friends and family out of town:

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 your unit kick off through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.

2. 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 through November 10, 2015


Cub Scout Fall Recruiting

The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. 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.

 


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.


Upcoming Council Events

September 5, 2015

Soar to new heights this year in science, math, and history with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum's Aviation Merit Badge Workshop. Located at William P. Hobby Airport, these exciting one-day programs serve as an excellent introduction for youth to aviation while helping them earn their Aviation Merit Badge*. Scouts will learn about the forces of flight, types of engines, and functions of aircraft instruments and control surfaces. Guided tours of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and presentations by career speakers will also inform participants of commercial aviation’s rapid growth and various job opportunities available in the Houston Area.   

Registration Form         Flyer


September 12, 2015

Advancement Academy is a training for unit advancement chairs, committee members, unit leaders, and district advancement committee members. Instructors will discuss advancements for all Scouts, training requirements and recent advancement updates and changes. The day begins with an opening general session followed by program specific breakout sessions. There will be a working lunch followed by additional breakout sessions. The program will conclude with a general Q&A discussion on advancement topics. 

This training is a highly recommended program for all district and unit advancement chairs and anyone interested or involved in the advancement process. Lunch will be available for $8 and must be ordered when registering. Copies of the Advancement Guide are available at the special discount price of $10, if pre-ordered ($12 onsite).  The training is being held at the  Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West, Houston, 77008) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Register for Advancement Academy                      Course Descriptions


September 26, 2015

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a STEM/Nova day from 9 am to 1 pm.  Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts and their families will have access to the museum at a discounted rate, and can work on some of the requirements for the Supernova Awards!​

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November 6-8, 2015

OA Fall Pow Wow is for Order of the Arrow members and is Colonneh Lodge's premier event. It is a combination of sports, games, expos, shows, ceremony competitions, Native American crafts, Pow Wows, and so much more. OA Fall Pow Wow is held at Bovay Scout Ranch, and is three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss the annual Vigil call out following the Saturday evening show.  

More Information and Registration                  Flyer


September 1 - November 16, 2015

Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA, but only youth members are elected. Assistant Scoutmasters under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes. New members are voted on by every youth member of the troop present at the election - not just the OA members. Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, OA troop/team representative and unit leader. 

Request a Unit Election


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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.