Scout Fair 5% Bonus Commission Turn In

March 5, 2015   7pm-8:30pm  

Woodforest Presbyterian Church

15330 Wallisville Road
Houston, TX 77049

Scout families please make sure you have turned in your coupon pack sales money to your Unit Scout Fair Chair on-time to take advantage of the 5% bonus commission.  Your unit Scout Fair Chair must have your money turned in to council by March 5th for your unit to receive this commission.

 


Scout Fair Coupon Booths at Kroger    

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. 

Coupon Book booths are direct sales opportunities which generally are located at retail stores, businesses, organization sponsored events, farmers markets, sporting events, or parking lots where Boy Scout unit’s have permission to set up a table/booth to sell Scout Fair to the public. Scout Fair Coupon Book booths also help Scouts expand their sale goals and encourage them to go beyond friends and family for making sales. Before contacting a business, read the Coupon Book booth guidelines. Coupon Book booth selling guidelines at businesses

Kroger allows units to sell Scout Fair Coupon Books in front of their stores. Units must register to reserve a time and location.

Register for a booth at Kroger


Raven District receives the Silver Level Journey to Excellence recognition

A huge thank you to the district committee, our volunteers, and our professional advisor, Mac Garza, 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.

 


Raven District 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.

 
March 12, 2015 7:00 pm Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable
April 9, 2015       7:00 pm Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable
May 14, 2015 7:00 pm Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable

District First Aid Meet Winners

Congratulations to the winner of the Raven District First Aid Meet that was held in January.

1st place: Troop 208 Fire Breathing Dragons

2nd place: Troop 107 Task Force

 3rd place: Troop 208 Flaming Phoenixes


Webelos Woods

March 6-8, 2015

The theme for this year's Webelos Woods is going to be Boot Camp! Although we will not be holding traditional screaming, demeaning, and demoralizing drills. We are encouraging boots and camouflage! The event is being held at Lake Charlotte Campgrounds/Cedar Hill Park in Anahuac.

Plans for the event have already started and we are asking  troop leaders to change the skill that your Scouts have traditionally taught to the Webelos. For example; if your Scouts have taught fire building the last several years, change that skill to something else such as maps and orienteering. This is intended to give the scouts a chance to more efficiently learn a different skill (than they have been learning in years past) as well as using the EDGE model to teach that skill.
 
Webelos leaders/Cubmasters: Please teach your Scouts a boot camp style Scout cadence to shout as they move throughout the camp and be ready to shout those cadences during our camp fire ceremony! Also, be prepared to do some skits/comedy routines!
 
As always, we need to be as informed as possible regarding the potential attendance to this event. So, we are asking that you RSVP with an estimate of how many Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts will be attending the event. The sooner we know the better the planning will go for the event, as well as budgeting the money to be given directly to the campers experience in the form of prizes and additional amenities. Please RSVP.
 
You will still need to turn in your paper registrations by Roundtable, February 12, 2015

Leader's Guide / Registration Forms                 Webelos Woods Schedule

We are asking that packs please schedule their Arrow of Light Ceremony now, so we will know how many participants to expect.

Sign up for Arrow of Light Ceremony


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. 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. For questions, contact Donna Bernelle

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • March 5 (5% bonus), 7:00 pm at Woodforest Presbyterian Church (15330 Wallisville Rd., Houston, 77049)
  • March 26 (3% bonus), 7:00 pm at Woodforest Presbyterian Church (15330 Wallisville Rd., Houston, 77049)
  • April 9 (1% bonus), 7:00 pm at Woodforest Presbyterian Church (15330 Wallisville Rd., Houston, 77049)
  • 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 Donna Bernelle. Units 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


Raven District Twilight Camp

June 10-13, 2015       

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1010 Birdsong Dr., Baytown 77521)

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. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. Twilight Camp is being held from 5:45 pm - 9:15 pm on Wednesday - Friday from and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday.

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.

Register for Twilight Camp


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. 


District Merit Badge Day Volunteers Needed

The district Merit Badge Day is going to be held on May 16, 2015 at Wooster Baptist Church, 7007 Bayway Drive, Baytown, TX from 9am - 4pm..

We need volunteers to lead Merit Badge classes. Please send us a list of merit badges that you are a counselor for, so we can provide a list of classes by the end of February. Please contact Lori Henderson or Angie Repman if you are interested in teaching a class or have any questions. Flyer


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.


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Upcoming 2015 Spring Events

Camp-o-ree - April 10 - 12, 2015

The district camp-o-ree is a weekend campout for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. 

Laid Back Weekend - April 24-26, 2015
Laid Back Weekend is an opportunity for packs and troops to camp, sit back, relax, and visit with other units. Activies include fishing, games, bb, archery and more.

OA Arrowmen Bash - May 1 - 3, 2015
OA Arrowmen Bash is a weekend event that allows Order of the Arrow members to recommit themselves to the principles of our order, brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. Friday night is an opportunity for fellowship. Saturday morning focuses on service to camp and Saturday afternoon and evening is filled with food, fun, and fellowship (e.g., games, activities, competitions, pow wow).

Program Preview - May Roundtable
Program Preview is held during May Roundtable. The district program for next year will be revealed. The SHAC Program Guide will be given to units. The Program Guide contains information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. The SHAC Toolkit contains valuable resources for units including the Scouting Trail, a monthly handout describing upcoming council events.

Merit Badge Day - May 16, 2015
Merit Badge Day is is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on all or most of the requirements for up to XX merit badges. Classes are taught by adults with experience in the field.

New Eagle Scout Reception - May 17, 2015
New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout Class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and three guests. The evening is underwritten with generous sponsorships by many Eagle Scout alumni, charter members and patrons.  Eagle Scouts are encourage to join the SHAC Eagle Scout Association.

Twilight Camp - June 10-13, 2015
Twilight Camp is full of fun and excitement. Camp is held every night for one week and scouts have the opportunity to make new friends and share all kinds of new experiences. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, nature, crafts and more. Tigers, Wolves, and Bears will work on achievements and electives while Webelos will work on activity badges.

Boy Scout Summer Camp - June/July
Sam Houston Area Council hosts two individual summer camp experiences where Boy Scouts can earn merit badges, learn and practice their Scouting skills, follow the patrol method and work towards advancement while having a fun time swimming, climbing, shooting and enjoying the Texas hill country. Attend either Cockrell River Camp or Walter Hall Horseshoe Bend.

National Youth Leadership Training - June
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. Content is delivered in a unit and small group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Courses are held in June and December. Courses fill up early.

Resident Camp - July
Resident Camp is a three-night summer camping program for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade at Bovay Scout Ranch. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire, and lots more.  From Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Scouts attending resident camp are also encouraged to register for day camp, as the advancements offered at Resident Camp add to those offered at Twilight Camp.