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.

 

 

February 5 7:30 pm - Cub Scout Roundtable, Webelos Woods meeting for Webelos leaders
7:30 pm - Boy Scout Roundtable, Webelos Woods Planning
March 5 7:00 pm - Twilight Camp Pack Representative Training (at least one representative per unit should attend
7:30 pm Cub Scout Roundtable
7:30 pm - Boy Scout Roundtable
April 2 7:30 pm Cub Scout Roundtable
7:30 pm - Boy Scout Roundtable
May 7 7:30 pm Cub Scout Roundtable
7:30 pm - Boy Scout Roundtable
Packs turn-in Twilight Camp paperwork

District First Aid Day

February 21, 2015 (new date)
Webster Police Department at 311 Pennsylvania Ave

The District First Aid Day is for Webelos and Boy Scouts. Webelos work on the Readyman badge and Boy Scouts work on the First Aid Badge.

Register for First Aid Day


District Webelos Woods

February 27, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday morning, Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots) and during the afternoon local Boy Scout troops teach basic Boy Scout skills. The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.

Webelos Woods Patrol Registration


Award Nominations

Due March 6, 2015

Do you know a Scouter who …

Thrives on Planning Fun Programs?
Possesses Leadership Skills?
Team Player?
Enthusiastic?
Has Vision?
Delegates?
Flexible?
Creative?
Organized?
Scout Spirit?
Great Attitude?
Leads by Example?
Good Communicator?
Servant Leader Attributes?
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law?
Makes a Difference with our Youth?

Nominate Scouters who have served Bayshore youth above and beyond the call of duty.  Nominations may be turned-in at February or March Roundtable or dropped off at the Clear Lake Scout Shop. The deadline for submitting nominations is 3/6/15 at 9:00 pm.

Nomination Form


District Dinner

March 27, 2015

District Dinner is an opportunity to thank our district volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Bayshore District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized. All Scouters are invited.

 


Scout Fair

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00am - 3:00pm at NRG Arena

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. 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. Open to the public. Admission is free (parking is $10).

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 April 18, 2015. 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. In addition, your Scouts will qualify for prizes once they sell 15 Coupon Books. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels.  For questions, contact Isabel Efird

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • March 5 (5% bonus), 6:30 - 8:30 pm, House of Prayer (14045 Space Center Blvd, Houston, 77062)
  • March 26 (3% bonus), 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Clear Lake Scout Shop (1300 Bay Area Blvd, Suite 107, Houston, 77058)
  • April 9 (1% bonus), 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Clear Lake Scout Shop (1300 Bay Area Blvd, Suite 107, Houston, 77058)
  • April 18, 9:00 am - noon, Scout Fair (NRG Arena)

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 unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon. For more information regarding booth rules and regulations, please refer to the Scout Fair booth safety guidelines. For questions, contact Isabel EfirdUnits must register for a booth by March 31, 2015.
 

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 


Order of the Arrow (OA) Ordeal

Bayshore Sponsored Ordeal
April 24-26, 2015
Baytown Nature Center

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For 99 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. 

Boy Scouts who were elected into the Order of the Arrow (OA) by their troop must complete an Ordeal within one year, in order to become a member of Colonneh Lodge. If a candidate does not attend an Ordeal within one-year, then the candidate has to be re-elected by their unit. Each year, the Bayshore DIstrict Chapter hosts an Ordeal. Additional Ordeal opportunities are listed on the lodge website 

There is important information about Ordeals for parents and candidate, including a list of what to bring on the lodge website.  

All candidates and their families are invited to attend the chapter banquet on Friday night. Candidate check-in will be at the banquet. The banquet is free and is potluck. Clear Lake Troops - bring a main Italian dish (e.g., spaghetti or lasagna); La Porte Troops – vegetable; Deer Park/Sagemont/Heritage Park Troops – Salad and Dressing; and Seabrook Troops – Bread/Rolls/Dessert.   If you are not able to attend the banquet, please drop off the candidate at the Baytown Nature Center at 9:30 pm on Friday night. Pick up will be at 9:00 am on Sunday morning at the Baytown Nature Center.

Register for Ordeal


Order of the Arrow (OA) Chapter Banquet

April 24, 2015
Clear Lake United Methodist Church

All Order of the Arrow members and their families (including newly elected OA members) are invited to attend the annual Ani-Lati Potluck Banquet on at 6:00 pm at Clear Lake United Methodist Church. Candidates and family members whether they are in Bayshore chapter or not are invited to attend. It is a potluck dinner and there is no cost to attend. Candidate check-in will be at the banquet. If you are not able to attend the banquet, please be at the Baytown Nature Center at 9:30 pm.

What to bring for the banquet: Clear Lake Troops - bring a main Italian dish (e.g., spaghetti or lasagna); La Porte Troops – vegetable; Deer Park/Sagemont/Heritage Park Troops – Salad and Dressing; and Seabrook Troops – Bread/Rolls/Dessert.  


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.


District Calendar


Download the newly released Bayshore District calendar for June 2015 - June 2016

 

 


District Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important Scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality scouting program every Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturer desires. Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council.

Date Course / Registration Link
January 31, 2015 Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training
February 7, 2015 University of Scouting
February 27 - March 1, 2015 Intro to Outdoor Leader Training (IOLS) at Webelos Woods (Challenger Park)
February 28, 2015 Outdoor Leader Training for Webelos Leaders at Webelos Woods (Challenger Park)
March 7, 2015 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign in which district volunteers make a short presentation explaining how the Scouting program is funded and why financial support is needed to maintain and expand the quality programs and camping facilities during a special meeting (e.g., Blue and Gold, Court of Honor). Unit Leaders: Please schedule your FOS presentation by January Roundtable.

Schedule an FOS presentation

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business and community organizations to support Scouting. The $24 registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other. None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign. Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24 percent of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values. 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.


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

January 24 & January 31, 2015

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.” There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit to the community than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.

Scouting for Food is scheduled for January 24 and 31, 2015, when Scouts throughout the Sam Houston Area Council help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," this council-wide service project begins Saturday, January 24 as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, January 31 to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

Unit Scouting for Food Registration


Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath is an opportunity for units are to participate in the religious service of their chartering organization by attending services in uniform, conducting a flag ceremony, speaking about Scouting, and/or formally thanking them for their support throughout the year. Unit should also consider have a recruiting information table in the foyer or hospitality area. This is also a great time to distribute the religious awards earned by Scouts. A religious institution has the option of celebrating Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath at its discretion.
 


February 7, 2015

University of Scouting is an annual training event for Cub Scout, Boy ScoutVarsityVenturing, Sea Scouts, Order of the Arrow, district and council leaders and parents. It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where participants choose from over 100 courses. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you.  Youth courses include Chaplain's Aid Conference, Troop Guide Conference, Den Chief Conference and much more. Webelos, whose parents are attending University of Scouting, can attend Basic Aid Training (Readyman Badge).

Register for University of Scouting                  Course Catalog


 

February 15, 2015

The Ten Commandments Hike is open to Scouts, Scouters and families of all ages. Participants hike to ten places of worship and hear a spokesperson from the religious organization explain the history of the building, distinctive nature of that organization’s religious beliefs and a brief explanation of one of the ten commandments. The hike includes an event patch for each participant. All Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, adult leaders, siblings, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, Sunday school classes, confirmation classes, or other interested youth and their parents, and friends are welcome! The event costs $5.00 for each participant and includes a patch.

Register for Ten Commandments Hike


February 20-22, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch
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.


Free, customizable placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets to help promote day camp and resident camp. Enter the date and location of day camp before printing. The placemats can also be used during den meetings.

 

 


 

February 27- March 1, 2015

The Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout at a Bovay Scout Ranch. This event is for Venturers, Sea Scouts and prospective youth. The weekend is filled with games, movies, crew against crew competitions, campfire program. This year's theme is highland games. Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. The cost is $10 and includes a patch and lunch on Saturday.  You can register as a unit or as an individual. Scouts can camp the entire weekend; however, you are responsible for your own meals (excluding the lunch provided on Saturday).

Register


 

February 27 - March 1, 2015

This 16-hour, overnight course is for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. Completion of this course or another recognized Leave No Trace Trainer course is required for a youth to hold the Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in their unit. Each BSA Trainer course is taught by a recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator, so your Trainer standing is recognized nationally be BSA’s partner, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Participants receive a Leave No Trace Trainer card from BSA, BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course Guide, and Leave No Trace Trainer certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Register for Leave No Trace Trainer Course


 

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