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 is sent on a weekly basis and is in addition to the roundtable newsletter.

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Phoenix District Roundtable

November 2, 2017

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.     


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
November 3-4, 2017 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) 
Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Rd.
Tomball, TX 77375
Fr at 6:30 pm to
Sat at 8:00 pm
$29.50 Register
November 3-4, 2017 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Rd.
Tomball, TX 77375
Fr at 6:30 pm to
Sat at 8:00 pm
$29.50 Register

New Phoenix District Executive

Effective October 1, 2017, Drue Banta will serve as the new senior district executive for the Phoenix District. Drue will be responsible for supporting district volunteers in the areas of district operations, membership recruiting, family Friends of Scouting, product sales, and unit service. Drue is an Eagle Scout from Denver, Colorado. Drue began his career in May 2015 and has served successfully as the district executive in the Phoenix II and David Crockett Districts. Join us in welcoming Drue to the district. Drue can be contacted at drue.banta@scouting.org.


Cuboree / Rocket Day

October 28, 2017  | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cuboree is an action-packed day for Cub Scouts. Scouts will enjoy a day of fun games and prizes, crafts, archery, BB gun shooting, treats, and activities.  Boys who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at cuboree. Boys in first through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend. We will help you find a pack near you and get signed up for Scouting.

The cost is $11.50 per Scout and $5 per sibling. Siblings under age 3 are free. Patches are guaranteed for the first 150 Scouts registered. The late fee begins October 26, 2017, and is $14.50. Onsite registration is $15 (checks only). The event is being held at Top Dog Superstore, 23822 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375.

Distribute the promotional placemat/ activity sheet to Scouts to remind them about the event. The half-day flier can be attached to the rockets.

Learn More and Register     Promotional Placemat     Half-Page Flier


Webelos Woods

December 8-10, 2017

Webelos Woods is a campout 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. Webelos will have an opportunity to work with Boy Scout troops in a number of skills, activities, and games; experience a Boy Scout campfire program and Scout’s Own Service (non-denominational); and have fun and get a taste of Boy Scout camping.

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. 

Pre-registered Webelos Scouts will receive an event patch and water bottle; registration is $16.50 and includes activities supplies. Late registration is $21.50 and begins 10/6/17; patches and water bottles are not guaranteed. Onsite registration is $26.50. Registration is typically done by the den or unit leader. The event is being held at Spring Creek Park (15012 Brown Road, Tomball, TX 77375).

Learn More and Register


Recharter News

Attention, all Phoenix units!  Now is the time to get your rosters in order and get ready for recharter.  Please download our Recharter Summary Handout Sheet (below) and follow these instructions to get your unit ready for recharter for the 2018 Scouting year.  Check back here in our recharter section of the Phoenix website, and at www.samhoustonbsa.org/recharter on the SHAC website for updated information on the recharter process.

For now, follow steps one and two of the overall plan:

  1. Preparation (process new applications, update the unit roster, ensure every adult has current YPT and top leader (and hopefully all leaders) are trained.
  2. Training (Attend one of our three District Recharter Workshops) on 10/12/17, 11/2/17 and a date TBD. Recharter packets will be distributed at one of our three training sessions. 
  3. Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 pm the training location is at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 14301 Stuebner Airline Road.

For questions, contact Kevin Renfro, Phoenix District Commissioner.

Recharter Summary Handout           Learn More


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. New for this year, units that sell over $12,000 will receive free home popcorn delivery. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Montye Holmes.

 Learn More   


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


The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. 
This is a great resource for Scouters and parents.


December 9 or 10, 2017

Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) is designed to help prepare Philmont advisors to lead a successful trek. PASS is an 8-hour course taught by experiences Philmont staffers that covers backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont. Participants will enjoy a trail lunch and sample a trail dinner in between training sessions. At the conclusion of the course, advisors will receive PASS materials to share with crew members. The December 9th course will be held at Camp Brosig and the December 10th course will be held at the Cockrell Scout Center. The cost is $40.

Learn More and Register


December 26-31, 2017

Winter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Boy Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 32nd annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868), just 3 miles outside of Navasota, TX. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

Learn More and Register


December 26 - 31, 2017

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. 

There is a mandatory orientation on December 3, 2017, for all participants and every youth on the waitlist. The fee for NYLT training is $225. The fee includes two t-shirts and one neckerchief; extra t-shirts can be ordered. Before registering, read the FAQs and have the unit leader information (name, address, phone, and email) available. 

Learn More and Register             NYLT Flier


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  Check out the current openings at www.shac.org/employment.


Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days