Aquila District

The Aquila District serves Scouting units in the Southwest area of the Houston ISD attendance zones of Harris County, including Sharpstown, Bellaire, Meyerland, and Braes Oak. All Scouts leaders are invited to the monthly roundtable meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd. Please contact Mary for more information about Scouting. 

For more information about Aquila District, please visit the district website.

Aquila District Leadership                Aquila District Calendar 


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 Susan Smith

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • March 5 (5% bonus): 7:30 - 8:30 pm, Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401)
  • March 26 (3% bonus): TBD
  • April 9 (1% bonus): 7:30 - 8:30 pm, Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401)
  • 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 Susan Smith. Units 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


January 11, 2015

Key Leaders Conference is an annual half-day meeting for district leaders to receive updates from the council at the Cockrell Scout Center. District Journey to Excellence recognitions are awarded. Training is typically offered for: district chair, district vice chair, district and assistant district commissioners, Boy and Cub Scout Roundtable staffs, Order of the Arrow, Eagle Scout Association, and the following committees: membership, program, activities, advancement, training, camping,  popcorn, religious emblems coordinator, and Enterprise Risk Management.


Sunday, January 25 at 2:00pm at NRG Arena

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating more than eight thrilling decades of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Tickets are $16-$28 and includes an official Harlem Globetrotters Scout patch! An exclusive pre-game meet and greet is available for the first 100 Scout tickets purchased for Scout Day! Can’t come on Scout Day? Get your discounted tickets and patch for one of their other games! Deadline to order tickets is Friday, January 16, 2015. Choose from Friday, January 23 at 7:00pm or Saturday, January 24 at 2:00pm or 7:00pm.


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.


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


 

March 18, 2015

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation, and was organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry. 

March 18, 2015 is Scout Day. Tickets include admission to the Florida Georgia Line concert, NGR Park, carnival area, livestock and horse shows, shopping food, educational exhibits and the rodeo. Scouts can attend a special presentation from 2:00 - 3:00 pm to fulfill some of the requirements for the "Horsemanship" Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, and the "Sports Belt Loop and Pin" for Cub Scouts in the NRG Arena Sales Pavillion. NRG park opens at 8:00 am and RodeoHouston begins at 6:45 with the entertainment at 8:45 pm. Tickets purchased after February 21 may not be located in the Scouting section for the concert. Scouts with any Florida Georgia Line concert ticket, including season passes holders or tickets purchased for a different section, can participate in the Scouting activities.

Register for Scout Day at the Rodeo


April 10-12, 2015 and April 24-26, 2015

Like Adventure? Are you taking youth on high adventure activities? Is everyone qualified to plan and execute the adventure? Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day training course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship.​ Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.This course is a fun introduction to skills. Powder Horn does not train you to be an expert, or even to be self-sufficient in any aspect of outdoor skills. Units will most likely still need to find knowledgeable, trained, and certified individuals to provide a safe and exciting outdoor high adventure program.  

Register for Powder Horn


 

Spring is here Scouters, and you know what that means? It’s time to reach out to all of those potential Scouts and give them the opportunity to join Scouting.

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 during spring recruiting to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join?  

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. For Cub Scouts, there is no better time to personally invite your son's friends to a meeting! District and pack campouts are coming up as well as day campresident camp and summertime pack activities! And don’t forget about all of those potential Scouts, the kindergarteners who can join on June 1! March and April is the time to get talkin’ with the schools and ask if you can invite kids to join Scouting! Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Scouts and their families involved early.

But what about the Boy Scouts and Venturers? March is the perfect month to have an open house to invite friends and other potential Scouts for the opportunity to see what your troop, crew and ship is made of. Check out some of the cool resources: