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.

 

 

December 4 7:30 pm - Cub Scout Roundtable
7:30 pm - Boy Scout Roundtable and Camp-o-ree Meeting
*All unit recharters are due

Fall Popcorn Sales

August 1 - December 1, 2014

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Scouts can sign up to sell popcorn online. Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $600 club, $1800 club and scholarship program.  Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24.



Important Dates:

October 1 - November 24 Traditional take-order popcorn sales
December 1 Unit orders due on Trail's End website
December 13 Prize orders due (link will be emailed to unit popcorn kernel
December 13 Popcorn distribution (see district website for location)
December 13 Unit top sellers form due (at distribution center)
December 13 Unit payments due (at distribution center)
January 10 Top seller's celebration (for council, district & online top sellers)

District Calendar


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

 


Internet Recharter

Every December, all units (packs, troops, teams, crews, posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Through the process, chartered (sponsoring) organizations, youth member and adult leader information is updated as well as registration fees and Boy's Life subscriptions are collected/paid. A representative of each unit completes the paperwork for renewing a charter online. With internet rechartering, units can indicate returning members, add new members, and update information for an individual or the chartered organization.

• Unit leaders can access Internet Recharter at www.myscouting.org.
• Obtain your unit’s recharter packet from your commissioner. The access code will be provided.
• Start with the unit’s current information in Scoutnet. Records can be upload information from TroopMaster or PackMaster, but this can really mess up the process if the records are not perfect, so this is not encouraged.
• The final printed roster must be signed by the chartered organization institutional head and the unit leader.
• Turn in the signed roster, payment of fees, and any new members’ applications no later than the December Roundtable. Check with your unit commissioner for details.
• Unit leaders need to plan ahead to get their recharter done early as this time of the year is typically very busy and it takes time to gather information, collect fees, ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT), ensure that top unit leaders are trained and get appropriate signatures. new


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
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 a 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.


District Camporee

January 25-27, 2015

The district camporee is a weekend campout for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The camporee will be held at Camp Brosig.

 


District First Aid Day

January 31, 2015

The District First Aid Day is for Webelos and Boy Scouts. In the morning, Webelos work on the Readyman badge and Boy Scouts work on the First Aid Badge. During the afternoon, Boy Scout Patrols are tested on their first aid skills at the District First Aid meet. Patrols work as a team to solve several first aid scenarios. The top two scoring patrols represent the district at the Council First Aid Meet.


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.


Award Nominations

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.


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.

 


Upcoming Council Events

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Work on your basketball skills with members of the Houston Rockets staff and attend a Houston Rockets game!!!  The Houston Rockets Basketball Skills camp will be from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and then attend the game that night!!! Ticket pricing for this event are $22, $29, and $44. For more information, Contact Melissa at 713-758-7231.  Flyer


December 6, 2014

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is  to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner.

This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. Any adult leader that is curious about the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend.


December 13, 2014

Top Leader Basic Training Day is an opportunity to train the top unit leaders before recharter. All top leaders must be trained before December recharter. Top leaders are Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, Skippers, and Coaches. 

There is no charge for the training, but registration is highly encouraged so room assignments and handouts can be made based on registration numbers. Lunch can be purchased for $8, or you can bring your own lunch.  Flyer

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training for Cubmasters 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Basic Training* 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Venturing Advisor Training 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Varsity Leader Basic Training 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

*Scoutmasters also need Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Register


All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in service projects. A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Anyone can get involved in a Good Turn.

Attention all units!  Did you know that your unit can earn points towards the Journey to Excellence program just for logging your units community service hours online? That’s right your unit can earn up to 200 extra points if you log your service hours online. All types of service projects can be entered into this system including the Good Turn for America projects such as the shelter drive, food drive, and blood drive. Units may also enter their service hours for community projects that they took on as a unit. Please log all service hours. Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

What hours should be logged?

  • Any service hours performed by your unit for individuals or organizations in the community
  • Service hours performed by your unit to support your chartered organization
  • Scouting for Food hours
  • Volunteering on Community Service Day or similar events
  • Eagle Scout project hours

"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Check out your scorecard

Internet advancement allows units to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges.  Units should make sure all advancements are submitted by December 31, 2014, so proper Journey to Excellence (JTE) advancement statistics will be accurate for your unit and district.


December 26-31, 2014

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Content is delivered in a unit and small group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Courses are held in June and December. Courses fill up early.


Sunday, January 25 at 2:00pm at NRG Arena

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating more than eight thrilling decades of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Tickets are $16-$28 and includes an official Harlem Globetrotters Scout patch! An exclusive pre-game meet and greet is available for the first 100 Scout tickets purchased for Scout Day! Can’t come on Scout Day? Get your discounted tickets and patch for one of their other games!   Deadline to order tickets is Friday, January 16, 2015. Choose from Friday, January 23 at 7:00pm or Saturday, January 24 at 2:00pm or 7:00pm.


Saturday, January 17, 2015 at NRG Stadium

Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. The Pit Party is your opportunity to get an up close look at the amazing trucks of Monster Jam and receive autographs from your favorite Monster Jam drivers. The Monster Jam Pit Party will take place from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, January 9, 2015.


January 11, 2015

Key Leader's Conference is an annual half-day meeting for district leaders to receive updates from the council at the Cockrell Scout Center. District Journey to Excellence recognitions are awarded. Training is typically offered for: district chair, district vice chair, district and assistant district commissioners, Boy and Cub Scout Roundtable staffs, Order of the Arrow, Eagle Scout Association, and the following committees: membership, program, activities, advancement, training, camping,  popcorn, religious emblems coordinator, and Enterprise Risk Management.


January 17, 2015

All Order of the Arrow (OA) members are invited to attend the Lodge Leadership Development . This dynamic annual leadership training event will help Arrowmen learn more about the OA and Colonneh Lodge and become a better leader. Youth and adult training classes include leadership development, event planning, goal setting, and other tools needed to improve chapters. Arrowmen gather for a night of celebration at the annual Colonneh Lodge OA Banquet each January. Together, Arrowmen share their appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, recognize award recipients and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.


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


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!


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.
 


During 2014, the Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating 100 years of serving youth. For a century, Scouts have embraced "Do A Good Turn Daily" and "A Scout is Helpful." Help celebrate a century of service by purchasing limited edition 100th anniversary council shoulder patches (CSP) for $7.50 and activity patches for $1.00, while supplies last. Don't miss your chance to own these keepsakes that will be cherished for a lifetime. Segments can be earned for Camp Participation and participating in Community Service / Land Stewardship Day. Patches can be ordered online, or purchased at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008-1311) or one of the five Houston area Scout Shops.

Order Patches!


A gift to endowment ensures that the council can continue to offer the outstanding programs we now have and also grow to meet the needs of our youth and community for the next 100 years. The Cockrell Foundation is providing dollar for dollar match of all individual gifts of $500 up to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000 to the endowment.  The council’s permanent endowment ensures that we can offer the outstanding programs and meet the future needs of our youth. For 2014, the James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, B.S.A. and presented by the Sam Houston Area Council for individuals who contribute $500 or more in cash (the Cockrell Foundation will match an additional $500) or securities to the Sam Houston Area Council Endowment. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to the Friends of Scouting Campaign.


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.


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Mark your calendar

Scout Fair – April 18, 2015
Scout Fair
is the biggest Scout show in the nation from 11am and 1pm at Reliant Arena. Scouts from Tiger Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts will have a fabulous, fun-filled day mingling with thousands of other Scouts and their families, participating in hundreds of hands-on activities (e.g., climbing walls, craft booths, monkey bridges, rubber band guns, making Gak, meeting astronauts), tasting gourmet camp-fare cooked by Scouts (e.g., cobbler, chili, turkey, bread), and taking home treasured bits of memorabilia.

Scout Fair coupon books are a wonderful way for units to raise money from February 1 – April 18. Coupon books are easy to sell since they only cost $10 and provide $600 in savings. Units get 30% commission on each coupon book sold and can get 40% if the unit has a booth at Scout Fair.

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. 

Twilight Camp - June 8-12, 2015
Twilight Camp is full of fun and excitement. Camp is held every night for one week and scouts have the opportunity to make new friends and share all kinds of new experiences. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, nature, crafts and more. Tigers, Wolves, and Bears will work on achievements and electives while Webelos will work on activity badges. Location: TBD