Wild, Wild West Day Camp
June 20-24, 2016
Day Camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the 2016-2017 school year to make new friends, earn rank advancements and enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, skills, and crafts. 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 youth ages 14-17 can also volunteer. The registration fee is $60 per Scout. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. There is a late fee of $10 for registering after 6/5/16. Day camp is being held from 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 pm at Burrough’s Park. Adults must be registered a minimum of two weeks before camp starts.
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Phoenix District Roundtable
May 5, 2016
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the first Thursday of the month at Klein LDS Center (16535 Kleinwood Dr, Spring, 77379) at 7:00 pm 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.
May’s theme will be “Summer Scouting for Dens and Packs,” and a special presentation on the Galveston Sea Base High Adventure area. In June, we’ll have our traditional ice cream social, and the Phoenix District Program Fair: come and find out about all the great adventures ahead this summer and fall!
Program Preview - May Roundtable
Support your unit’s annual planning process by attending Program Preview, conducted at May roundtables. A calendar of 2016-2017 district and council dates will be distributed. Information will be available on all the fun events for the upcoming year in which units can participate.
After Program Preview, your unit should conduct its annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources for each program, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), your unit 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 (and parents) to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories!
The Phoenix roundtable newsletter is a monthly newsletter that contains information about upcoming district and council events and activities and becomes available the first Thursday of the month. The electronic newsletter newsletter is sent on a weekly basis and is in addition to the Roundtable newsletter.
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Merit Badge University
April 30, 2016
We are recruiting volunteers for our Merit Badge University being held on April 30, 2016 at Lone Star College. The Merit Badge University (MBU) is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges.
Merit badge counselors are needed. We would like to offer over 30 different merit badges. Merit badge classes range from two to eight hours. Room volunteers are also needed. Room volunteers are parents that assist the merit badge counselor. Registration is now open.
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May 14, 2016
The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands on experience in methods and media.
The course is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church and costs $5. During the final training session, each participant will make a 5 minute presentation on a Scouting topic of his or her choice. The topic should be broad enough to allow the presenter to apply the learning from the morning sessions. Please bring any material or equipment you will need for your presentation with you to the Trainer’s EDGE course.
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Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training
Classroom Facilitated YPT must be taken by anyone (both BSA registered and non-registered) 18 years old or older attending or staffing a long-term camping program in a camp licensed by the State of Texas (e.g., day camp, resident camp, Boy Scout summer camp, winter camp). For more information, visit the FAQ's for Classroom Facilitated YPT. YPT is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse and participants learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. The training takes about an hour to complete. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note taking materials. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. For more information, contact Tamela DeMaranville.
Download the Phoenix District calendar for July 2016 - 2017. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.
Phoenix District 2016 - 2017 Calendar
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.
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 camp, resident 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.
Pack Recruitment Resources Order Spring Recruiting Flyer
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:
Troop Recruitment Resources Crew and Ship Recruitment Resources
Put your unit on the map
Calling all unit leaders: now is the perfect time to put your unit is on the map at www.BeAScout.org with a Google pin! Update your unit information with your new unit leaders, and make it EASY for new Scouting families to find you.
- Sign into MyScouting
- Under “Unit Tools” select BeAScout
- Select “Unit Pin Management”
- Update your unit information
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 Cubmaster or committee chair.
Help us promote Scouting
The 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.
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