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.


Fall Popcorn Sales

August 18, 2015: Popcorn Kickoff

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

Popcorn Training: One representative per unit should attend the popcorn kick-off on August 18, 2015. (location TBD). Unit leaders will receive, sales materials, training, tools and will also find out what's new this year (e.g., accept credit card payments with SQUARE). For more information, contact Lynn Mackay.

Sign up your unit to sell popcorn

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell:

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 unit kick off on August 18 through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.

2. Show-n-sell is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. Units pre-purchase a product bundle. Sales run from September 1 - 30, 2015. Commitment form.

3. 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 from August 1 - November 10, 2015


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.

 


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 17-19, 2015

Section Conclave is an annual event for Arrowmen, where nine lodges from Southern Region Section 2-3 South get together for fellowship, competitions, and lots of fun, while celebrating the traditions of the Order of the Arrow. Known as the Lone Star Fellowship, Arrowmen will have a blast participating in the numerous special events, games, over the top activities, ceremony and dance competitions, awesome shows, patch trading and so much more. For more information, visit www.sr2-3s.org.


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.

August 14-16, 2015
Bovay Scout Ranch

The Venturing Extravaganza is the end-of-the-summer activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program.  Make it a full weekend or part of the weekend. Venturers can camp, or just enjoy a long, summer day. The Venturing Extravaganza is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch and offers a chance to relax, do as much, or as little as you want, visit with old friends and make new friends, enjoy meals prepared for you, and of course, engage in a lot of fun activities.
 
The theme for the weekend is Venturing in Time – Come join us at the various program areas where you and your friends can participate in  shooting sports, slip & slide, a 1980s Arcade, Renaissance Jousting games, a 1830s Texian Outpost, and much much more!! And remember, we kick-off Friday night with a movie. 

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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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SHAC CSP with car keysHelp 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.