Thunder Wolf District Roundtable     

October 12, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm (except June and July) at the First United Methodist Church of Missouri City (3900 Lexington Blvd, Missouri City, TX 77459 ) 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.  

The October roundtable topics are charter organizations and Webelos to Scout transition.


Rocket Day

October 14, 2017   |   9:00 am - noon

All new Cub Scouts and their parents are invited to their first district Scouting event. Boys who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at Rocket Day. Boys in first through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend. We will help you find a pack near you and get signed up for Scouting.

The event is being held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church (4213 Mangum Rd, Houston, TX 77092). Distribute the promotional placemat/ activity sheet to Scouts to remind them about the event. The half-day flier can be attached to the rockets.

Learn More and Register      Promotional Placemat     Half-Page Flier


Meet the Troops

October 12, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Calling all 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts. Meet the troops is an opportunity for Webelos Scouts to find out about Boy Scout troops in the district and for troops to have information available regarding their unit.  Meet the troops will be different than in years past. 

Webelos Scouts must make a decision that will have an impact on his Scouting career: the choice of which Boy Scout troop he will join. Webelos are encouraged to visit several different troop meetings before selecting a troop to join. A list of troops in our area and their typical meeting night and location is available.

Troop Meeting Nights

Here is some information to assist Webelos Scouts and their parents as he makes the important decision on which troop to join including questions to ask during troop visits.

Webelos to Scout Transition


Webelos Woods: Apocalypse Scout

November 3-5, 2017  |  Camp Mauritz

Calling all 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts! Webelos Woods is a special weekend designed especially for Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders) in Thunder Wolf District 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. Registration opens soon.

Webelos Woods Information

 


Share your Story

Make an Impact!

SHAC FacebookTo the countless Scouts who have helped restore the community in the face of Harvey's devastation, we thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do.

If you or a Scout you know has helped make an impact, please share your story, by clicking here or let us know by tagging or messaging our council's Facebook page


Camping Report

Due September 30, 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 2016 through August 2017 by September 30, 2017.

Camping Report


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 Scott Dreiver.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Location Time Cost Register
October 7, 2017 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd.,
Sugar Land TX 77478
8:00 am - 3:00 pm $8.50 Register
October 7, 2017 Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd.,
Sugar Land TX 77478
8:00 am - noon $0 Register
October 7, 2017 Den Leader Position-Specific Training Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd.,
Sugar Land TX 77478
8:00 am - noon $0 Register
October 7, 2017 Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position-Specific Training Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd.,
Sugar Land TX 77478
8:00 am - noon $0 Register
October 7, 2017 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd.,
Sugar Land TX 77478
8:00 - 10:00 am $0 Not Required
October 13-15, 2017 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
$31.50* Register

Recharter

Recharter is the annual reregistering of all Scouts and Scouters. Internet rechartering opens up on November 1, 2017, and all units should complete their recharter by November 18, 2017. Recharter training will be held on October 18, 2017, at the First Colony Branch Library at 7:00 pm and on October 26, 2017, at location TBD at 7:00 pm.  All units must attend one of the sessions to pick up the packet and 2017 password. Those who have performed recharter previously will only have to stay for the first 30 minutes. Recharter turn-in will be held on November 9, 2017, at 6:00 pm before roundtable and on November 16th and 18th.  For more information contact your unit commissioner or Doug Acker.

During October, the unit should be doing the following:

  • Ensure all registered adults have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT) before March 1, 2016.  If expires before this date, have them take the appropriate YPT at myscouting.org.
  • Ensure all registered adults have the correct BSA ID in their my.scouting.org profile.
  • Note the national membership fee is increasing to $33.
  • Ensure the current or new unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor) is fully trained. Training Day will be held in October as notated above.

Fall Recruiting

The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Involve all your pack leaders in recruiting by inviting everyone to the training! 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 Steve Hillin.

         Learn More        Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers 


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, Angi Hillin.

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.


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 the 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, Missouri City, TX 77459 ).


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


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.

South Division Program Guide         Leader Resources

Cub Scout Planning       Boy Scout Planning       Venturing Planning


Update your unit information on the web

Calling all unit leaders! Now is the perfect time to make it easy for Scouting families to find your unit.

Step 1: BeAScout.org has a Google pin for every unit! Update your unit information by signing into MyScouting, under Unit Tools select BeAScout, the click on Unit Pin Management. If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the unit leader or committee chair.

Step 2: The district website lists all units. Click on the Units tab on the green toolbar above. Send corrections to the webmaster using the link at the top of the page.


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 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


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