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.

 

 

March 5

7:00 pm - Twilight Camp Pack Representative Training (at least one representative per unit should attend
7:00 pm - Pack Membership Chair meeting - plans for Spring rallies
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

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.

Register for District Dinner


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
Armand Bayou Nature Center (new location)

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 Armand Bayou Nature at 9:30 pm on Friday night. Pick up will be at 9:00 am on Sunday morning at the Armand Bayou Nature .

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 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 $65 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.

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.


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
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

March 18, 2015

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation, and was organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry. 

March 18, 2015 is Scout Day. Tickets include admission to the Florida Georgia Line concert, NGR Park, carnival area, livestock and horse shows, shopping food, educational exhibits and the rodeo. Scouts can attend a special presentation from 2:00 - 3:00 pm to fulfill some of the requirements for the "Horsemanship" Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, and the "Sports Belt Loop and Pin" for Cub Scouts in the NRG Arena Sales Pavillion.  NRG park opens at 8:00 am and RodeoHouston begins at 6:45 with the entertainment at 8:45 pm.  Tickets purchased after February 21 may not be located in the Scouting section for the concert. Scouts with any Florida Georgia Line concert ticket, including season passes holders or tickets purchased for a different section, can participate in the Scouting activities.

Register for Scout Day at the Rodeo


Spring is here Scouters, and you know what that means? It’s time to reach out to all of those potential Scouts and give them the opportunity to join Scouting.

Did you know that 46% of families have never been asked to join Scouting? Based on a recent national survey you can see how Scouts and families find out about an join a Scouting. 68% are asked by a Scout, friend, volunteer or the charter organization to join. What can we do during spring recruiting to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join?  

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. For Cub Scouts, there is no better time to personally invite your son's friends to a meeting! District and pack campouts are coming up as well as day campresident camp and summertime pack activities! And don’t forget about all of those potential Scouts, the kindergarteners who can join on June 1! March and April is the time to get talkin’ with the schools and ask if you can invite kids to join Scouting! Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Scouts and their families involved early.

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:

April 10-12, 2015 and April 24-26, 2015

Like Adventure? Are you taking youth on high adventure activities? Is everyone qualified to plan and execute the adventure?   Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day training course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship.​ Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.This course is a fun introduction to skills. Powder Horn does not train you to be an expert, or even to be self-sufficient in any aspect of outdoor skills. Units will most likely still need to find knowledgeable, trained, and certified individuals to provide a safe and exciting outdoor high adventure program.  

Register for Powder Horn


 

March 27-28, 2015
Cockrell Scout Center (
2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008)

The Houston Trade-o-ree is an event held for the primary purpose of buying, selling, or trading Scout memorabilia. All proceeds from the trade-o-ree go to the Colonneh Lodge National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) scholarship fund which helps send youth, in need of assistance, to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University.  

Register for the Trade-o-ree 


 

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.


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