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 recruiting training will be held at roundtable on August 13, 2015. Every pack needs to send a representative to pick up recruiting materials.
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 at the Foundry United Methodist Church
(8350 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77065) at 7:00 pm. 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 two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town:
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. 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.
Cub Scout Fall Recruiting Training
August 13, 2015
The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Every pack should send at least one representative to the Fall Recruiting Night Training on August 13, 2015, at LDS Longenbaugh Chapel (16203 Longenbaugh Dr, Houston) at 7:00 pm. Download directional signs and table tents to use during your recruiting nights.
This year, ALL Cub Scout Packs in a CFISD Elementary School will hold their Fall Rally on the same day.
Date - Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00pm
** New application turn-in at the McDonald's in Walmart (Hwy 529) from 8pm-10pm.
Date - Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00pm
Order Fall Recruiting Night Flyers Council Recruitment Resources / Leader's Guide
Did you know that 46% of families have never been asked to join Scouting? Based on a recent national survey you can see how Scouts and families find out about an join a Scouting. 68% are asked by a Scout, friend, volunteer or the charter organization to join. What can we do to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join? Utilize the BSA's Build an Adventure and Badge of Honor resources. Ideas on how to produce a successful fall recruiting campaign:
- School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).
- Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.
- Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.
- Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.
- Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.
- Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.
- Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.
- Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.
- Have Cub Scouts wear their uniforms on the day of the rally.
- Plan a second event (e.g., pack meeting) to invite prospective Cub Scouts. Use the second chance flyers.
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., popcorn, Scout 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!
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