Congratulations to Copperhead District

Congratulations to Copperhead District for receiveing a 2014 Journey to Excellence recognition at the Key Leaders Conference, and thank you to all of the volunteers and professional Scouters in our district 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. Congratulations Copperhead District.


Don't miss District Dinner this Saturday!

You are invited to this year's Copperhead District Dinner. This year's dinner will be a ton of fun with a Hawaiian Luau theme! Great fun and great food. Don't miss it!


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!


Arrow of Light Ceremony Requests

 Do you need to schedule an Arrow of Light ceremony for your Webelos? You can request a ceremony date online or contact the Copperhead District OA Chapter Advisor to check on what dates are available. Please note that the OA teams will not be available for Arrow of Light ceremonies the weekend of February 13 - 15 2015. For more information, contact Bracey Furr at 281-723-0554.


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. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional 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. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels. For questions, contact Veronica Ramirez

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • March 5 (5% bonus), 7:00 - 8:00 pm (LDS Church, 16203 Longenbaugh, Houston, 77095)
  • March 26 (3% bonus), 7:00 - 8:00 pm (LDS Church, 16203 Longenbaugh, Houston, 77095)
  • April 9 (1% bonus), 7:00 - 8:00 pm (LDS Church, 16203 Longenbaugh, Houston, 77095)
  • 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 Veronica RamirezUnits 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 


Upcoming Council Events

Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath is an opportunity for units are to participate in the religious service of their chartering organization by attending services in uniform, conducting a flag ceremony, speaking about Scouting, and/or formally thanking them for their support throughout the year. Unit should also consider have a recruiting information table in the foyer or hospitality area. This is also a great time to distribute the religious awards earned by Scouts. A religious institution has the option of celebrating Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath at its discretion.
 


February 7, 2015

University of Scouting is an annual training event for Cub Scout, Boy ScoutVarsityVenturing, Sea Scouts, Order of the Arrow, district and council leaders and parents. It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where participants choose from over 100 courses. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you.  Youth courses include Chaplain's Aid Conference, Troop Guide Conference, Den Chief Conference and much more. Webelos, whose parents are attending University of Scouting, can attend Basic Aid Training (Readyman Badge).

Register for University of Scouting                  Course Catalog


 

February 15, 2015

The Ten Commandments Hike is open to Scouts, Scouters and families of all ages. Participants hike to ten places of worship and hear a spokesperson from the religious organization explain the history of the building, distinctive nature of that organization’s religious beliefs and a brief explanation of one of the ten commandments. The hike includes an event patch for each participant. All Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, adult leaders, siblings, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, Sunday school classes, confirmation classes, or other interested youth and their parents, and friends are welcome! The event costs $5.00 for each participant and includes a patch.

Register for Ten Commandments Hike


February 20-22, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch
May 15-17, 2015 at Camp Brosig
May 29-31, 2015 at El Rancho Cima

SHAC 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 Boy Scouts and Venturers. All you have to bring is your personal camp gear. Camp is providing the food and a special shoulder patch, that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas for activities, such as zip lines. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individual Arrowmen may register.


Free, customizable placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets to help promote day camp and resident camp. Enter the date and location of day camp before printing. The placemats can also be used during den meetings.

 

 


 

February 27- March 1, 2015

The Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout at a Bovay Scout Ranch. This event is for Venturers, Sea Scouts and prospective youth. The weekend is filled with games, movies, crew against crew competitions, campfire program. This year's theme is highland games. Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. The cost is $10 and includes a patch and lunch on Saturday.  You can register as a unit or as an individual. Scouts can camp the entire weekend; however, you are responsible for your own meals (excluding the lunch provided on Saturday).

Register


 

February 27 - March 1, 2015

This 16-hour, overnight course is for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. Completion of this course or another recognized Leave No Trace Trainer course is required for a youth to hold the Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in their unit. Each BSA Trainer course is taught by a recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator, so your Trainer standing is recognized nationally be BSA’s partner, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Participants receive a Leave No Trace Trainer card from BSA, BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course Guide, and Leave No Trace Trainer certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Register for Leave No Trace Trainer Course


 

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