Phoenix Newsletter

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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Fall Recruiting Training

August 17, 2016

The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Begin your planning by attending fall recruiting training. Involve all your pack leaders in recruiting by inviting everyone to the training! The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack. We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign will be Rocket Into Scouting. Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining. Scouts who join in September will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. 

At the fall recruiting training, you will be given tips on how to run your fall membership sign-ups and giving you valuable materials to make your boy talks and recruiting nights run smoothly. If you have questions, please contact your District Membership Chairman, Jennifer Burton at jlbgeo@comcast.net

The training will be held at 7:00 pm on August 17th at Cypress Creek Christian Church (6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, 77379) in the annex building, room 22 and 24. 

       Learn More      Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers      Checklist


Popcorn Sales

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Kerin Farrell. The council is using a new vendor for popcorn the year, Camp masters.

Sign your unit up to sell popcorn             Learn More      

Why Sell Popcorn?

• Increase your unit and council income – 70% stays in the local area.
• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.
• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $650 club, $2K club. 


Phoenix District Roundtable

September 1, 2016

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicRoundtable 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.


Outdoor Leader Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council. For more information about training, contact Tamela De Maranville.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Location Time Cost Register
September 16-17, 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Road Tomball, TX 77375
7pm Fr to
9pm Sat
$36.50 Register
September 17, 2016 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Spring Creek Park 
15012 Brown Road Tomball, TX 77375
7:30 am to
4:00 pm
$26.50 Register
September 17, 2016 Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL) Spring Creek Park 
15012 Brown Road Tomball, TX 77375
7:30 am to 
9:00 pm
$26.50 Register

Webelos Woods

October 28-30, 2016 - New Date

Webelos Woods is a camp out designed to introduce 4th and 5th grade Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities at Spring Creek Park (15012 Brown Road, Tomball, TX 77375).

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. The evening will finish off with an entertaining campfire program. After the campfire troops, crews and ships will host a cracker barrel where Webelos and their parent/guardian can tour their campsites and ask questions. New for 2016: Troop 382 will be providing a burger burn for $3 on Friday night (burger or hotdog, chips, drink cookie) and a Saturday lunch for $2 per person.

More Information and Registration


Annual Planning

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders.

North Division Program Guide         Leader Resources   

Cub Scout Planning        Boy Scout Planning       Venturing Planning


District Calendar

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


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

SHAC FacebookThe 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. 

Learn More          Take our Social Media Survey


May 6, 2017

Minute Maid Park

We are excited to announce that Scout Fair will be held at Minute Maid Park on May 6, 2017, so mark your calendars.  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. 


September 10, 2016

Advancement Academy is a training for unit advancement chairs, committee members, unit leaders and district advancement committee members. Instructors will discuss advancements for all Scouts, training requirements and recent advancement updates and changes. The day begins with an opening general session followed by program specific breakout sessions. The working lunch will consist of a Q&A discussion on advancement topics followed by additional breakout sessions.

This training is a highly recommended program for all district and unit advancement chairs and anyone interested or involved in the advancement process. The fee to attend is $5. Lunch will be available for $8 and must be ordered when registering. Copies of the Advancement Guide are available at the special discount price of $10, if pre-ordered ($12 onsite).

                 Course Schedule                        Course Catalog                       Advancement Academy Registration      


September 24, 2016

Order of the Arrow members will be leading a service project on National Public Lands Day. This service opportunity is open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, family members and Venturers. The event is being held at ​Double Lake Recreation Area (301 FM 2025 Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331). This cost is $5 and includes lunch. 

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Nearly 200,000 volunteers and park visitors will provide service at 2,520 public land sites in all 50 states. 

Learn More and Register


October 14-16, 2016

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a 16-hour, overnight course to train participants, ages 14 and up, 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.

 Learn More        Register for NLT Course     

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course 

October 28-30 and November 10-13, 2016

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is a 5-day course conducted over two weekends. Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended. Graduated LNT Master Educators will be able to organize and teach the 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainers Course, the BSA Leave No Trace 101, and Outdoor Ethics Orientation, LNT awareness workshops and facilitate all of the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. 

 Learn More        Register for LNT Master Educator Course         


July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)


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