October 1, 2016
Rocket Day is a Cub Scout event that gives new Cub Scouts an introduction to Scouting and potential Cub Scouts an opportunity to join. Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining, and if they join before September 31st, they will also receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at Rocket Day. All new Cub Scouts in the district, along with their families are invited to Rocket Day to launch rockets given to them for joining. Packs are encouraged to make the event a pack event by inviting all Cub Scouts and their families to watch the rocket launches, see demonstrations by district Boy Scout troops, have a picnic lunch and even opt to see the Museum of the American GI. Dr. Joe Kerwin, NASA astronaut and CAPCOM for Apollo13 will be onsite to be our honorary launch director.
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Arrowmoon District Roundtable
October 13, 2016
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2815 Welsh Ave, College Station, Texas 77845) 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 policy, 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.
Recharter Training Workshop
October 13 and November 10, 2016
Every unit should send at least one representative to Recharter Training. The training is being held during November roundtable at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2815 Welsh Ave, College Station, Texas 77845).
Every December, all units are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Units are to complete the internet recharter and submit the signed paperwork by December roundtable. Some important things to remember:
- Plan ahead to get recharter done early, as this time of the year is typically very busy. It takes time to gather information and collect fees and signatures
- Ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT)
- Ensure the top unit leader (i.e., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Varsity Coach) has completed BSA training for his or her position
- Submit internet advancements and service hours by December 31st
- Read the important information at www.shac.org/recharter
More Information Journey to Excellence
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, Teresa Perkins. The council is using a new vendor for popcorn the year, Camp masters.
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. . For more information, contact Roberta Pugh.
Learn More Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers Checklist
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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