Copperhead District Roundtable

Second Thursday of the Month

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the Copperfield LDS Church (16203 Longenbaugh Dr, Houston, TX 77095) 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.


District Twilight Camp

June 8-11, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bear Creek Park Farm & Ranch Club (1 Abercrombie Drive Houston TX 77084)

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. Scouts can attend any district’s camp that best suits their schedule. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch.

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


Annual Planning

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance, that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders. After Program Preview, units should conduct an annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), units can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures.  Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! 

The  West Division Program Guide contains valuable information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. Additional resources can be found here. Leaders who want a meaningful, exciting, and comprehensive youth program that achieves the objectives of the Scouting program will find this format ideal. The result is a well-managed, well-financed unit. Recognizing this, the BSA recommends the following plan:

1.  Plan your complete annual program (Cub Scout resources,  Boy Scout resources,  Venturing resources, district calendar)
2.  Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve the program.
3.  Identify the amount of product (e.g., popcornScout Fair Coupon Books) that will need to be sold per youth member to reach the income goal.
4.  Get commitments from parents and youth.


In Mourning - Chuck Devier

It’s with a heavy heart that I pass along to you the news that a beloved friend, Scoutmaster and much more has passed away.

Charles Allen Devier (Chuck) was camping at Stephen F Austin State Park this weekend and was killed during the strong storms that hit the area early Saturday morning – April 25, 2015 .  He was participating in a weekend park program and was not with his Troop at the time of his death.  Additional details have not been confirmed at this time and we ask that you keep his family in your prayers.

Chuck served with Troop 61 out of Peace Community Church, the Copperhead District and in the Sam Houston Area Council in various capacities.  He will be missed, but not forgotten…

YIS,

David A Covington | District Committee Chair

KHOU Channel 11 News Story


Order of the Arrow Meetings

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. All Arrowmen are invited to attend chapter meetings on the last Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Copperhead LDS Church on Longenbaugh. Come get to know each other and lay out the plans for this year. We have new leadership and exciting ideas for this chapter!
 


Upcoming Council Events

July 18, 2015 at Texas State University at Section Conclave

ArrowTour is one of three programs that comprise a year-long celebration of the Order of the Arrow’s centennial anniversary. In the summer of 2015, four delegations of youth Arrowmen will travel to council camps and Scouting events to bring our national centennial experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities throughout the country.

ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order's Centuries of Service, both past and future. Youth leaders from around the country are already hard at work building the ArrowTour program. The program has been designed for all Scouts, OA members, Scouting alumni, family, friends and non-members alike. Whether a first-year camper or a seasoned volunteer, the ArrowTour program will offer something for everyone. Some of the planned ArrowTour programs include:

  • Exploration: History displays, interactive timelines, and program videos
  • OA Evening Show: A camp-wide program that will recognize the Order’s rich 100 year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin. We will end the show with a camp-wide social.
  • Activities: Silk screening (bring a shirt), branding (bring hat or belt), 100th-anniversary trading post, and recreational games.
  • Service: ArrowTour Team service project, alumni outreach to benefit local councils.

July 12-18, 2015

If you have completed Wood Badge, and are looking for your next great leadership adventure, consider taking the Summit Leadership Challenge (SLC), a wonderful experiential learning course focused on servant leadership. The course will be held at the Summit National Training Center in West Virginia.

Make it a family experience with the Summit Leadership Challenge (SLC) for adult leaders and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) for youth! The courses will run concurrently from July 12-18, with a second NAYLE course offered July 19-25. Or make it a troop or crew experience; travel together, learn together, and lead together!

Adults learn to internalize and practice their leadership skills in this action-packed course. The course hones the skills taught in Wood Badge in an outdoor experiential learning environment. SLC underscores the values of Scouting,  teamwork,  and promotes the concepts of servant leadership. The course is open to Scouters in all programs. 

Summit Leadership Challenge prerequisites include attendance at Wood Badge (you may still be completing your ticket). NAYLE prerequisites include a minimum age of 14 (or be 13 and have completed eighth grade), completion of NYLT, and both courses require a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (all parts). www.summitbsa.org/programs/training


 

 

Sunday, June 14 and Sunday, September 6, 2015

Join the Houston Astros celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! To order tickets click here, password: Scout. For orders of 20 or more and to save on service charges contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316.  The first 2000 Scouts will receive a Scout Day Patch. To receive a patch orders must be made through link or as part of a Scout group through this offer. For more information contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or Broussard@astros.com.


 

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Help ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

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.