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August 2021

Phoenix District Roundtable

Sept 2, 2021 |  7:00 pm  | In person

Cypress Creek Christian Church - 6823 Cypresswood Dr.

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. 

Cub Scout Breakout for Cubmasters & Committee Chairs: Great Pack Meetings
Cub Scout Breakout: Songs, Skits & Games
Scouts BSA Breakout: Scout Led Program

UPCOMING EVENTS

Leader Kickoff Social

Saturday, Sept. 18  |  9:30 - Noon  |  Meyer Park Pavilion (North)

All Scout leaders - Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Parents, Committee Members, Scoutmasters, Troop leadership, Order of the Arrow - are invited for an opportunity for networking, fellowship and a chance to share ideas as we kickoff the new year.
All are invited to join us to kick off the year with networking, door prizes, fun and pizza lunch.

Cub Scout Adventure Day/Rocket Day

Saturday, Oct. 2  |   9 a.m. - 1 p.m.   |   Krimmel Intermediate (7070 FM 2920)

Cub Scout Adventure Day is an action-packed day for Cub Scouts. Scouts will enjoy a day of fun games, crafts, archery, activities and more. Cub Scouts who join this year will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch. Returning Scouts and families are also invited to attend Adventure Day. They can bring rockets from previous years to launch again.

New Scouts can attend any Rocket Day event in the council that fits their schedule.

Registration is now open

Cub Scout Adventure Day/Rocket Day

Volunteers are also needed for Adventure Day/Rocket Day. Cub Scout adult leaders, Troop leaders and Scouts BSA members are invited to join us for the fun day. We would like for this event to showcase as many aspects of the Scouting Adventure as possible by adding a fun atmosphere to the event beyond just the rocket launches. There is a volunteer signup on the Rocket Day page.

Save the Date: Webelos Woods - Oct. 22-24

Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. 

MEMBERSHIP

Recruiting continues as school begins

We are now well into our fall recruiting season and most of our packs have hit the ground running.  We have many families in our district that are looking for what we have to offer and we need to make sure that we do not miss them.  Let's make sure that we continue to push our messaging at our open houses and make sure we get as many families to attend our sign up nights as possible.  Make sure that you are including your be a scout link on every social media post and make sure that you have a great program to sell.  We are seeing an unprecedented number of families sign up online before they have even attended a sign up night.
Please reach out to our membership team if you need help manning open houses, scout talks, or sign up nights.  We are here to help!

Brad Graving - Phoenix District Membership Chairman
brad.graving27@gmail.com

Encourage families to Text Cub Scout, Scouts BSA or crew to 833-301-1301. They will be directed to a website (Cub Scouts: shac.org/join, Scouts BSA: shac.org/join-troop, Crew: shac.org/join-crew, Ship: shac.org/join-ship) with more information and registration links.

Help promote Scouting on social media by adding a photo frame around your profile picture. To find the frame, click on edit/update your profile picture (or go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes), search for a frame by entering Sam Houston Area Council, then choose one of our four frames.

Help us Relaunch Scouting as a Scouting Influencer Campaign. For more information about the Scouting Influencer Campaign, please click www.samhoustonbsa.org/influencer.

Recruitment Resources

POPCORN

Fall Fundraiser is underway

Every Scout should learn the value of hard work and earning their own way. The popcorn sale is the perfect opportunity to teach this valuable life lesson and fund the most exciting year of Scouting ever. 

The council does all the pre-work to set up the sale, eliminating the need for units to research opportunities, calculating returns, creating sales and promotional materials, managing a relationship with a vendor, etc. The popcorn sale is not just about selling popcorn...It’s also about promoting Scouting! The unit leader should sign up the unit for fall popcorn sales.

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ORDER OF THE ARROW

Phoenix OA Chapter Meetings

Sept. 2   | Cypress Creek Christian Church - 6823 Cypresswood Dr.  | 6:45 p.m.

September Chapter Meeting: Chapter elections and OA Representative training. All OA members from each unit are asked to attend. Candidates (those elected but still need to complete their Ordeal) welcome.

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America and recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
OA chapter meetings provide youth Arrowmen an opportunity to develop a plan to support units in the district, promote upcoming events, participate in ceremony team preparation and regalia building, learn leadership skills and have fun. 

Phoenix OA Chapter
OA Fall Pow Wow - Nov. 5-7

Communication udpates for OA

The National Order of the Arrow is making distinct and updated changes in our communication processes.  You will be receiving an email clarifying all of the great new LodgeMaster updates from Colonneh Lodge. Information will be shared for your units elections, candidates, Ordeal & Brotherhood opportunities as well as member dues status. To help this process we are requesting each unit to list their OA Representative Youth and Adult. Use the QR Code to add your information for our Chapter Leadership. 

SHAC Corps

S.H.A.C. (Scouts Helping at Camp) Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. 

The Order of the Arrow is leading this opportunity, but this service project is open to all troops and crews. Camp is providing a special patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects could include camp maintenance, creating trails, and developing program areas. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours.

TRAINING

Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Every leader deserves to be trained. The council offers a variety of training courses for all levels of leaders in all Scouting program. Scouters can attend training in any district. 

Join the Training Team

We are always seeking out experienced trained leaders who would like to pass on their wisdom to other Scouters, or would like to serve in some way to help us out at our Training Events.  If you’d like to be a Trainer, a Quartermaster, or a Camp Medical Officer, please contact Kevin Renfro, Phoenix District Training Chair at kevin.renfro@gmail.com


CAMP MEDICAL OFFICERS:

The BSA Short-Term Camp Administrator rules (which cover all overnight District events) requires us to have CAMP MEDICAL OFFICERS. For most events, you don’t have to be a medical professional – you just have to complete First Aid/CPR/AED Training and be current in your certification, and you need to complete the online Camp Medical Officer Training course. Let us know if you’re interested!

Registration now open
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
Nov. 6-7 at Troop 87 Hut
This Cub Scout leader training is required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is comprised of two components – an online component and a practical, hands-on component.

Wood Badge

October 15-17 & 30-31, 2021  |  Camp Strake

Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America's ultimate leadership training designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of Scouters in all aspects of the BSA, whether unit, district, or council level – from assistant den leaders to Scoutmasters, from Cubmasters to Venturing Advisors, from committee members to commissioners. 

It is a fun, energetic and inspiring course guaranteed to infuse your unit with fun and meaning – all designed to fulfill the mission of the BSA, and ensure our youth is getting everything they are promised from the program.

Wood Badge

NYLT

December 26-31 , 2021  |   Bovay Scout Ranch

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Scouts in troops, crews, and ships with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  

Fall Shooting Sports Training
The SHAC Shooting Sports Commitee is hosting Rifle (Oct 1-2), Shotgun (Oct. 29-30) and Pistol (Dec. 10-11) training at Bovay this fall. The three courses required to become an instructor in one device are offered during the weekend. Click here for more details.

Training Schedule

Training Schedule

CAMPING & OUTDOORS

Shooting Sports Fulfillment Day
Saturday, Sept. 25 
  |   Tellepsen Scout Ranch
An opportunity for Scouts who have a partial merit badge in rifle or shotgun to complete the badge. This is not a merit badge class, but an opportunity to clear up your partial! Scouts typically receive a partial merit badge because they did not meet the minimum shooting score requirement, or did not clean a firearm.
Shooting Sports Fulfillment

Fun with Family

October 8-10 , 2021  |   Bovay Scout Ranch

Fun with Family gives newly registered Cub Scouts and their families an opportunity to experience an overnight campout and exciting activities such as BB guns, crafts, archery and more! The event is held at Bovay Scout Ranch. 

Fun with Family

Weekend Camping

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Youth yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

Packs and Webelos dens can camp at Bovay Scout Ranch and Camp Brosig. Bovay Scout Ranch also offers Adventure Camp, where Cub Scouts and families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas. Meals are eaten in the air-conditioned dining hall.
Troops, crews, and ships can camp at Camp StrakeCamp Brosig, and Tellepsen Scout Camp

Cub Scout Family Camping
Scouts BSA Weekend Camping
Adventure Camp

Winter Camp

December 26-31 , 2021  |   Camp Strake

Winter camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. 

Winter camp is held at Camp Strake, a first-class and state-of-the-art facility for Scouts and their leaders. Over 60 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp

Webelos Coyote Xtreme

November 12-14, 2021  |   Bovay Scout Ranch

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme (WCTX) is an annual event for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast-paced, fun-filled weekend Webelos Scouts will work on advancements and be introduced to the patrol method. Webelos Scouts will learn the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first camp out with a troop, such as fire lays, basic knots, lashings, and more. Space is limited, so register early.

LEADER RESOURCES

Leader Guides

Scouting relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. National planning resources are available to help leaders develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures.

Leader Resources

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