Download the Mustang District calendar for 2014-2015.
July 10, 7:00 pm
All leaders are invited to attend Roundtable.
Memorial Drive UMC in the Wesley Hall (enter the doors that face Memorial Drive)
12955 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
August 1 - December 1, 2014
Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Online sales begin August 1, 2014. Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24, 2014.
One representative per unit should attend the council's popcorn training in September. Sales materials and dinner will be provided. Sign up your unit.
• Increase unit and council income – 70% stays local.
• Pay for entire Scouting program.
• Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way.”
• Trail’s End prize program motivates Scouts.
• Loads of incentives – $600 Club, college scholarships.
• Sell online to those friends and family to earn more income and prizes. Register your unit and Scouts now for online accounts.
• Sales materials and resources provided at council popcorn trainings held in September.
|August 1 - November 24
||Online popcorn sales (count toward Scout rewards)
|October 1 - November 24
||Traditional take-order popcorn sales
||Unit orders due on Trail's End website
||Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
||Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
||Top seller's celebration (for council, district & online top sellers)
August 14, 2014
The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Rally Season is around the corner. Training for the 2014 Fall Recruiting season will take place during the Roundtable on August 14 at 7:00 PM. This is the time when applications, yard signs and other materials will be handed out also. Units that are not represented make other volunteers work harder to get materials and training to your unit.
Friends of Scouting has also purchased two Boy Scout recruiting yard signs for each troop. Come on August 14 to get them.
This one hour training will cover everything a pack needs to recruit many boys and parents into their unit, engage them and keep them.
At this August 14 training, prizes will be awarded to the unit that has:
- The most first-time training attendees.
- The most attendees overall.
- The largest percentage of registered leaders in attendance at the training.
Ideas on how to produce a successful rally:
- 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.
August 8-10, 2014
BeAScout.org is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. BeAScout.org has a Google pin for every unit. Is your unit information up to date, or do you have the unit leader from three years ago as your contact? Unit leaders can update your unit information to make it EASY for new Scouting families to find your unit by logging into myscouting.org and looking under Unit Tools, selecting BeAScout, and then clicking on "Unit Pin Management."
The Program Guide is a great resource for district and unit leaders and is available electronically. A copy of SHAC's Program Guide is distributed to each unit at May Roundtable. This guide include next year's district and council calendars, as well as information on all the fun events for the upcoming year.
West Division Program Guide
Planning ahead allows units to generate new ideas, find resources, and Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! SHAC has a variety of leader resources and toolkits to help with planning.
August 15-17, 2014
American Indian Weekend (AIW) is an opportunity to learn more about the American Indian culture and expand your dance and craft skills. Opportunities will be focused on learning to dance, making outfits and crafts, singing and many other areas of the American Indian culture. Participants will have an opportunity to gain hands on experience with some of the best craftsmen in the Scouting movement. AIW is open all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Activities will include classes (e.g., beadwork styles, fingerweaving, fan construction, moccasin construction, ribbon shirt construction), ceremony workshops, regalia workshops, dance classes, singing classes, Indian Lore Merit Badge (limited to 50), and a Saturday night pow wow with with past and present champion dancers, competitions and intertribal dances.
August 17, 2014
The OA Troop/Team Representative Summit is a training experience for Order of the Arrow (OA) troop/team representatives and their advisers. The OA troop/ream representative is a leadership position held by an OA member. He serves as a liaison among the unit, chapter and the lodge. Practically speaking, this gives your unit a voice in the OA and is the avenue through which your troops questions or requests of the OA are addressed. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop/team representative adviser. The summit emphasizes how the OA troop/team representative is a jack of all trades in his various leadership situations. The course also revolves around the OA Unit of Excellence Award and will give Arrowmen an opportunity to develop a plan for their troop to achieve this recognition. Finally, Arrowmen will begin to think critically about crafting their own goals regarding service to their unit.
August 22-23, 2014
Houston Trade-o-ree is an opportunity to buy, sell, and trade Scout memorabilia. All proceeds from this inaugural event go to help send youth, in need of assistance, to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at Michigan State University. Order trad-o-ree patches as well as the 2015 NOAC Scholarship patch set:
September 1 - November 17, 2014
Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA, but only youth members are elected. Assistant Scoutmasters under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes. New members are voted on by every youth member of the troop present at the election - not just the OA members.
Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, the OA troop/team representative and the unit leader. Schedule your unit election and request the election forms.
SHAC Advancement Academy
September 27, 2014 at Cockrell Scout Center
Every unit advancement chair is highly encouraged to attend the Advancement Academy to learn all about the advancement for all program levels from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The event is free if pre-registered by September 20. Lunch will be available for a small fee. The 2013 Guide to Advancement will be available for purchase at a special price.
October 10-12, 2014
Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme is a weekend for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast paced fun filled weekend, Webelos work on Arrow of Light requirements, while trekking across the ranch to exciting outpost program areas. Webelos are introduced to the Boy Scout patrol method giving them a unique experience into the importance of teamwork and an introduction to Boy Scouts. Space is limited, so register early.
October 17-19, 2014 at Bovay Scout Ranch and Camp Strake
Fun With Son gives newly registered Cub Scouts and their families an opportunity to experience and overnight campout and exciting activities such as BB guns, crafts, archery and more! Fun With Son is held at both Bovay Scout Ranch and at Camp Strake.
October 24, 2014
Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leaders to receive updates from the council at the Cockrell Service Center. Breakout sessions are 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, enterprise risk management, and communications.
October 28, 2014
October 31-November 2, 2014
OA Fall Pow Wow is Colonneh Lodge’s premier event for Order of the Arrow members. It is a combination of activities such as exciting games, sports, ceremony and dance classes, regalia building activities, competitions, pow wows, shows and more for three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss the annual Vigil Honor call out following the Saturday evening show.
November 8, 2014
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Over 50 clas