Thunder Wolf District Roundtable     

May 11, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

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.


District Committee Meeting

First Thursday of the month

The district committee meeting is an opportunity to be informed and help out with providing the Scouting program to the youth in our district.  Program activities such as day camp, New Scout Adventure Day, Webelos Woods, and camporee are just a small sample of the programs the district offers to the youth and units in our area.  The committee is entirely volunteer-based.  At least one member from each unit (pack, troop, team, crew) is invited to attend.  The committee meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Missouri City (3900 Lexington Blvd).


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 trainings offered around the council. For more information, contact David Van Kleek.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Location Time Cost Register
5/19-21/17 Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and 
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
Camp Mauritz
Co Rd 256,
Ganado, TX 77962
Fr at 6:00 pm to
Sun at noon
$26.50 Register
4/22/17 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
LDS Church
8333 Scanlan Trace E,
Missouri City, TX 77459
9:00 am - 3:00 pm $11.50 Register
4/22/17 Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training
LDS Church
8333 Scanlan Trace E,
Missouri City, TX 77459
9:00 am - noon $5 Register
4/22/17 Den Leader Position-Specific Training
LDS Church
8333 Scanlan Trace E,
Missouri City, TX 77459
9:00 am - noon $5 Register
4/22/17 Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position-Specific Training
LDS Church
8333 Scanlan Trace E,
Missouri City, TX 77459
9:00 am - noon $5 Register
5/16/17 Day Camp Volunteer Training​ and
Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Austin Parkway Elementary
4400 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX. 77479
7:00 pm $0 Not Needed
5/25/17 Day Camp Volunteer Training​ and​
Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Austin Parkway Elementary
4400 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX. 77479
7:00 pm $0 Not Needed
6/3/17

Day Camp Volunteer Training​ and​
Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT)

LDS Church
8333 Scanlan Trace E,
Missouri City, TX 77459
10:00 am $0 Not Needed
6/10/17 Day Camp Volunteer Training​ and​
Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT)
LDS Church
8333 Scanlan Trace E,
Missouri City, TX 77459
10:00 am $0 Not Needed

Scout Fair

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Minute Maid Park
10:00am - 3:00pm 

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 (area parking fees apply). 

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 May 6, 2017. 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 217 Scout Fair coupon books will receive an additional bonus of two tickets to an Astros game, hat, and a souvenir bag. For questions, contact Amy Hoover.

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • April 27, 2017 (1% bonus): First United Methodist Church of Missouri City (3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459) from 7:00-8:30 pm
  • May 6, 2017, 9:00 am - noon, Scout Fair (Minute Maid Park)

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. Units must register for a booth by April 21, 2017. 

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

Scouts Paws for a Cause: The first ever youth-led Scout Fair service project will be held at Scout Fair! SHAC has teamed up with several local animal shelters to provide support for these organizations dedicated to caring for our furry friends. Bring an item from the donation list and drop it off at the designated booths during Scout Fair. Participants will be entered for a special prize based on this year’s Scout Fair theme, "Scouts today. Legends tomorrow."

Canned puppy, dog, kitten or cat food (no fish/seafood, please)

  • Purina Pro Plan 
  • Fancy Feast
  • Authority (PetSmart) 

District Calendar

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

District calendar for June 2017 to July 2018


Day Camp

June 6-9, 2017  |  3:00 - 8:00 pm 

Update 2/9/17: Due to construction at Elkins, camp will be the first week after school lets out.

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Day camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the next school year. Scouts will have a wild time on the safari adventure making new friends, earning rank advancements and participating in BB guns, archery, sports, skills, and crafts. The registration fee is $76.50 for the first Cub Scout and $75 for each additional Cub Scout. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies, and water bottle.

Learn More and Register

Many 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 for the tot lot program on days a parent is volunteering. Boy Scouts and youth ages 14-17 can also volunteer. Tot lots and sibling girls are $35. Volunteers (Boy Scouts, adults, junior staff) are free. Camp is being held at Elkins High School (7007 Knights Ct, Missouri City, TX 77459)

  • Late registration begins May 7, 2017. A late fee of $10 will apply; patches, t-shirts and craft supplies are not guaranteed.

Spring Recruiting

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting eventsRecruiting events can be any sort of fun activity that would entice elementary-aged boys to check out Scouting. This can be simply inviting potential recruits to an already scheduled summer pack activity, or it can be a separate event focused primarily on recruiting. Invite newly recruited Scouts and kindergarteners to attend day camp and pack summer events. Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Tigers and their families involved early. The council provides a variety of support materials for packs, including fliers.

Request Spring Recruiting Fliers

But what about the Boy Scouts and Venturers? March is the perfect month to have an open house to invite friends and other potential Scouts for the opportunity to see what your troop, crew and ship is made of. Check out some of the cool resources:


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'.

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


Help us 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 Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. 
This is a great resources for Scouters and parents.


July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually search 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! 

Openings are available for staff members to assist the council in a new initiative for new unit development. The part-time onboarding specialists will guide new Scouting units (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing) through the steps of new unit organization. Through this process, they will assist new chartering organizations in the identification of adult volunteers for new Scouting, assist the new adult volunteers with program planning, budgeting and scheduling, guide the new adult volunteers through district and BSA resources to be trained, and guide the new adult leaders through the start-up of the new unit's programming to ensure the program is launched and the new unit is chartered. Check out the current openings at www.shac.org/employment.


Due May 1, 2017

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver Award recognition was established. Nominations should be confidentially submitted directly to silverbeaver@shac.orgDownload a complete list of Sam Houston Area Council Silver Beaver Award recipients. The Silver Beaver Award is presented at the Council Recognition Reception.

Silver Beaver Nomination Form


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. 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! www.shac.org/leader-resources

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.

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.


July 15, 2017

El Rancho Cima is being sold, and a decommissioning celebration is being held. Scouts and Scouts are invited to attend a special fun-filled day of hiking to Sentinel Peak, swimming, shooting sports, bus tour of the property, BBQ dinner, and a final closing campfire to see El Rancho Cima one last time.

Register             Learn More about Camp Development


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