Bayshore District Twilight Camp

June 8-12 from 4:30 - 9:00 pm at Lomax Arena (1508 1/2 Lomax Rd La Porte, TX 77571)

Twilight Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Scouts can attend any district’s camp that best suits their schedule. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch.

The cost if $60 for Cub Scouts. Register by May 1, 2015 and get $5 off. A late fee is added after May 17, 2015. 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 girls ages 14-17 can volunteer. Last day to register is May 26th or when maximum capacity is reached; spaces are filling fast.

At camp, Cub Scouts will salute those heroes who help keep us safe and secure each and every day. Can only adults be heroes? Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! Sometimes a hero is obvious, the policeman who risks his life to protect us from violence or the fireman who pulls people out of burning buildings. Some people around us seem like regular people, but they are heroes because they used to be soldiers in the military and served our country to keep us free. Heroes are all around us. You never know when or where emergencies will arise. Scouting teaches us how to handle these situations. We don’t expect to get hurt, and don’t expect to need first aid, but we are prepared just in case. Do Your Best! One person can make a difference. One person who helps can change someone’s world. Maybe one day the hero will be you or your Cub Scout.

The State of Texas requires that every camp volunteer attend orientation training and have current classroom facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) certification (expires after 6/12/13). Both trainings will be offered:

- Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm at University Baptist Church Chapel (use entrance off of Middlebrook)
- Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 am at Deer Park United Methodist Church (1300 East 13th St, Deer Park 77535, in the gym)
- Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm at House of Prayer Lutheran Church (14045 Space Center Blvd, 77062)
 

Register for Twilight Camp

 


Bayshore District Roundtable

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the first Thursday of every month at House of Prayer Lutheran Church (14045 Space Center Blvd, 77062) 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 upcoming events and trainings, 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.

 

 

 

June 4, 2015 7:30 pm: Cub Scout Roundtable
7:30 pm: Boy Scout Roundtable
August 13, 2015 7:00 pm: Fall Recruiting Night Training (every pack needs to send at least one representative)
7:30 pm: Cub Scout Roundtable
7:30 pm: Boy Scout Roundtable

 

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 East 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 resourcesBoy Scout resourcesVenturing resources, district 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.


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 checkout 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.

Request Spring Recruiting Flyers

But what about the Boy Scouts and Venturers? Spring is the perfect time 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:

New District Calendar


Download the new Bayshore District calendar for June 2015 - June 2016 (note: the calendar was revised May 2015). 

 


Bayshore District and Eagle Trail District Merger

Volunteers from Bayshore District and Eagle Trail District met on March 31, 2015 to discuss a proposed merger of the two districts. Download the PowerPoint slides from the meeting to find out additional details.


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers who become involved in Scouting in order to share their skills and values with young people find learning, growth, and fulfillment in the experience. Studies show that volunteering in the Scouting Program has a positive impact in many areas of adult life including, Communication Skills, Relationship Skills, Survival and Outdoor Skills, Management and Leadership Skills. Read the Volunteer Outcomes Study conducted by Harris Interactive.

We rely on many dedicated volunteers to promote the Boy Scouts of America's mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. We have about 1,000 volunteers in Bayshore District and Eagle Trail District providing leadership and mentoring to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Through the dedication of our many volunteers, we remain the foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training in America.

We are looking for volunteers to serve in leadership roles in our proposed new district and share in the positive experiences of the Scouting programs. Please let us know what areas you are interested in and that best match your strengths and abilities.

Sign up to Volunteer


Bayshore District Twilight Camp

June 8-12 from 4:30 - 9:00 pm at Lomax Arena (1508 1/2 Lomax Rd La Porte, TX 77571)

Twilight Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Scouts can attend any district’s camp that best suits their schedule. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch.

The cost if $60 for Cub Scouts. Register by May 1, 2015 and get $5 off. A late fee is added after May 17, 2015. 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 girls ages 14-17 can volunteer. Last day to register is May 26th or when we hit our limit spaces are filling fast.

At camp, Cub Scouts will salute those heroes who help keep us safe and secure each and every day. Can only adults be heroes? Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! Sometimes a hero is obvious, the policeman who risks his life to protect us from violence or the fireman who pulls people out of burning buildings. Some people around us seem like regular people, but they are heroes because they used to be soldiers in the military and served our country to keep us free. Heroes are all around us. You never know when or where emergencies will arise. Scouting teaches us how to handle these situations. We don’t expect to get hurt, and don’t expect to need first aid, but we are prepared just in case. Do Your Best! One person can make a difference. One person who helps can change someone’s world. Maybe one day the hero will be you or your Cub Scout.

The State of Texas requires that every camp volunteer attend orientation training and have current classroom Youth Protection Training (YPT) certification (expires after 6/12/13. Both trainings will be offered:

- Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm at University Baptist Church Chapel (use entrance off of Middlebrook)
- Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 am at Deer Park United Methodist Church (1300 East 13th St, Deer Park 77535, in the gym)
- Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm at House of Prayer Lutheran Church (14045 Space Center Blvd, 77062).
 

Register for Twilight Camp


District JTE Recognition - Correction, we achieved Gold!

After the final tally, it was revealed that Bayshore District received the Gold Level Journey to Excellence recognition. Bayshore District is one of only two districts in the council that received the Gold level. 

A huge thank you to the district committee, our volunteers, and our professional advisor, Sidney Castillo, who work so hard every day to make our Scouting program stronger.

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the performance recognition program for councils, districts and units. The BSA Journey to Excellence program uses a balanced approach and key performance indicators to measure performance versus process, encourage and reward success, and achieve the BSA mission. 

The Journey to Excellence program is based upon a proven balanced scorecard approach. Each level has slightly varying categories and or weighting based upon nationally validated studies that demonstrate what type of focus and achievement is necessary to you compare what you are doing against the standards. District objectives include finance, membership, program (e.g., advancement, camping, community service), unit service and leadership.

 


Webelos to Scout Transition

It's the time of year when 5th grade Webelos 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

Webelos dens are also encouraged to plan a joint camping trip with a troop. Below are some troop campouts and activities that Webelos are invited to join. Parents and leaders can contact the Scoutmaster directly to inquire about additional opportunities for Webelos to learn more about specific troops. We a list of questions for Scout and parents to ask when visiting troops.


Upcoming Council Events

May 15-17, 2015 at Camp Brosig
May 29-31, 2015 at El Rancho Cima

SHAC 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. All you have to bring is your personal camp gear. Camp is providing the food and a special 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, such as zip lines. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individual Arrowmen may register.


Saturday, May 30, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 am
Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008)

The Cub Scout program is changing! Come and learn all about the new exciting changes that will go into effect June 1, 2015! Den leaders, Cubmasters, parents, committee members and commissioners are invited!!!  There is no charge to attend. Read our blog for more information about the new program.

RSVP for Cub Scouts Program Updates Training 

 


The 2015 version of the Guide to Advancement has been released. The Guide to Advancement is a critical reference tool for anyone involved in advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and Sea Scouts.

It’s not meant to be read cover to cover. Instead, it’s organized and indexed so you can find answers to your advancement questions quickly. I appreciate that the sometimes-complicated topics covered in the Guide are conveyed in plain English.

The Guide to Advancement is updated every two years to reflect changes to programs, requirements and policies. Changes come from a team of national-level professionals and volunteers. Many of the new sections are the result of frequently asked questions that the Advancement team is answering through new policies.

You can find a complete list of significant changes to the Guide in section 1.0.3.0, beginning on Page 7.  Read the about the 13 biggest changes


July 18, 2015 at Texas State University at Section Conclave

ArrowTour is one of three programs that comprise a year-long celebration of the Order of the Arrow’s centennial anniversary. In the summer of 2015, four delegations of youth Arrowmen will travel to council camps and Scouting events to bring our national centennial experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities throughout the country.

ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order's Centuries of Service, both past and future. Youth leaders from around the country are already hard at work building the ArrowTour program. The program has been designed for all Scouts, OA members, Scouting alumni, family, friends and non-members alike. Whether a first-year camper or a seasoned volunteer, the ArrowTour program will offer something for everyone. Some of the planned ArrowTour programs include:

  • Exploration: History displays, interactive timelines, and program videos
  • OA Evening Show: A camp-wide program that will recognize the Order’s rich 100 year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin. We will end the show with a camp-wide social.
  • Activities: Silk screening (bring a shirt), branding (bring hat or belt), 100th-anniversary trading post, and recreational games.
  • Service: ArrowTour Team service project, alumni outreach to benefit local councils.

July 12-18, 2015

If you have completed Wood Badge, and are looking for your next great leadership adventure, consider taking the Summit Leadership Challenge (SLC), a wonderful experiential learning course focused on servant leadership. The course will be held at the Summit National Training Center in West Virginia.

Make it a family experience with the Summit Leadership Challenge (SLC) for adult leaders and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) for youth! The courses will run concurrently from July 12-18, with a second NAYLE course offered July 19-25. Or make it a troop or crew experience; travel together, learn together, and lead together!

Adults learn to internalize and practice their leadership skills in this action-packed course. The course hones the skills taught in Wood Badge in an outdoor experiential learning environment. SLC underscores the values of Scouting,  teamwork,  and promotes the concepts of servant leadership. The course is open to Scouters in all programs. 

Summit Leadership Challenge prerequisites include attendance at Wood Badge (you may still be completing your ticket). NAYLE prerequisites include a minimum age of 14 (or be 13 and have completed eighth grade), completion of NYLT, and both courses require a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (all parts). www.summitbsa.org/programs/training

 

Sunday, June 14 and 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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Help ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

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.