Raven District Roundtable

September 10, 2015, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at Wooster Baptist Church (7007 Bayway Dr. Baytown, Texas 77520) 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 events and training opportunities, 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.


Fall Popcorn Sales

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting.  Why Sell? • Increase your unit income – 73% stays in the local area • Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way” • There are loads of incentives including cool prizes and college scholarships. For more information, contact Donna Bernelle.

More Information          Sign up your unit to sell popcorn           Popcorn Kernel Guide

There are two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, and selling online to friends and family out of town:

1. Traditional take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after your unit kick off through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.

2. Online popcorn sales are a great way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout prizes and the scholarship program. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. Scout must create an account to sell online. Online sales run through November 10, 2015


Cub Scout Fall Recruiting

The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Download directional signs and table tents to use during your recruiting nights. 

Order Fall Recruiting Night Flyers      Council Recruitment Resources / Leader's Guide
 

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 to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join? Utilize the BSA's Build an Adventure and Badge of Honor resources. Ideas on how to produce a successful fall recruiting campaign:

  • School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).
  • Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.
  • Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.
  • Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.
  • Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.
  • Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.
  • Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.
  • Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.
  • Have Cub Scouts wear their uniforms on the day of the rally.
  • Plan a second event (e.g., pack meeting) to invite prospective Cub Scouts. Use the second chance flyers.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Tired of the same weekend trips, going to the same places, doing the same thing and want something new for your Scouts? Check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife calendar for something new and exciting. 


Upcoming Council Events

September 12, 2015

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. There will be a working lunch followed by additional breakout sessions. The program will conclude with a general Q&A discussion on advancement topics. 

This training is a highly recommended program for all district and unit advancement chairs and anyone interested or involved in the advancement process. 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).  The training is being held at the  Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West, Houston, 77008) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Register for Advancement Academy                      Course Descriptions


September 26, 2015

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a STEM/Nova day from 9 am to 1 pm.  Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts and their families will have access to the museum at a discounted rate, and can work on some of the requirements for the Supernova Awards!​

More Information


November 6-8, 2015

OA Fall Pow Wow is for Order of the Arrow members and is Colonneh Lodge's premier event. It is a combination of sports, games, expos, shows, ceremony competitions, Native American crafts, Pow Wows, and so much more. OA Fall Pow Wow is held at Bovay Scout Ranch, and is three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss the annual Vigil call out following the Saturday evening show.  

More Information and Registration                  Flyer


September 1 - November 16, 2015

Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA, but only youth members are elected. Assistant Scoutmasters under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes. New members are voted on by every youth member of the troop present at the election - not just the OA members. Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, OA troop/team representative and unit leader. 

Request a Unit Election


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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.