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NYLT Staff Search 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:54:00 AM

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The first step in the BSA Youth Leadership Training continuum is conducted in the home unit. Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers who have 1) completed this training and 2) reached the age of thirteen but are not yet eighteen, (for Venturers not yet twenty one) may participate in the next step by accepting the challenge of the council level National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT Staff

After participation in an NYLT course, a Scout may apply to serve on staff. If you enjoyed NYLT, and you want to make sure other Scouts have the same rewarding experience, then staffing may be for you. Attending National Youth Leadership Training was a positive step in learning leadership skills for a successful Scouting career, but leadership skills learned in NYLT can also be used in other aspects of your life: school, church, home and your future professional career.  It is a lot of fun, but also requires dedication to hard work and preparation. Conducting a National Youth Leadership Training course takes a great deal of planning, plenty of inspiration, and the enthusiastic participation of manydedicated people. The rewards for participants, staff, and the Scouting movement are tremendous.

If you are interested in staffing, please attend one of the NYLT youth staff search opportunities. The process consists of a five-minute presentation on some aspect of Scouting and a five-seven minute interview. All candidates will be evaluated by experienced NYLT youth staffers and the results will be shared with future course directors. 

Register for the NYLT youth staff search:

 

Wood Badge: Special Announcement 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 3, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Wood Badge course 14-3 will accommodate hearing impaired individuals whose hearing aids have a manual t-coil control. Participants with this set up will be able to hear directly from the audio loop system. Those who have questions or are in need of other types of hearing loss accommodation can contact the course director, Janet Kelly.

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Upcoming Courses

SC-576-14-2 July 28 - August 2, 2014 - week-long course.  We only have a few spots left!
SC-576-14-3 September 26-28 & October 24-26, 2014.
Course 14-3 will be accessible to those with hearing loss.*
SC-576-14-4 October 16-18 & November 13-15, 2014

All fees are due with registration.  Each Wood Badge course is limited to 48 participants.  Male/ female/ youth/ adult participation may be further limited by housing requirements. Per National guidelines, any course not having 30 fully paid participants 30 days prior to the start of the course is subject to cancellation.

Wood Badge is the premier adult leader training program in Scouting. The program highlights personal and unit level leadership development with courses in team building, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs. Wood Badge is a fun, challenging and inspirational Scouting experience for all leaders who wish to improve their leadership skills.

Wood Badge is a six-day advanced training program which gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.

Wood Badge provides participants with firsthand knowledge regarding how teams develop and achieve excellence. Participants take part in an active learning process through involvement in planning, development, presentation and assessment. Participants will enjoy a world-class learning experience that will strengthen their long-term commitment to Scouting.

Who may attend?

All registered adult Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Sea Scouts, and Venturers and Sea Scouts over age 18, who meet the following eligibility requirements may attend Wood Badge:

  1. Be registered adults of the Boy Scouts of America (there is no minimum tenure requirements).
  2. Have not previously attended a Wood Badge course.
  3. Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position. (see FAQs)
  4. Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions. (see FAQs)
  5. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. A BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Parts A, B, C) is required for all participants.
  6. Attend all sessions. There are no make-up opportunities. If an attendee has to miss any of the sessions they will be dropped from the course and will be asked to return another course to attend the entire program. This includes attendance at any patrol meetings during the intervening week between the two weekends.

 

Update your unit on BeAScout.org 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:47:00 PM

BeAScout.org is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. Is your unit information up to date or do you have the unit leader from three years ago as your contact?

The following registered leaders in your unit have the ability to update your unit's meeting location and contact information:

(A) Unit Leader: this means your Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Crew Advisor or Skipper

(B) Unit Committee Chair

(C) Chartered Organization Representative

Here’s what you need to do to update your unit's pin - the whole process should take less than 10 minutes:

  • Step 1. Log onto your account at “MyScouting.org” and select “BeAScout” from the Unit Tools section on the left-hand menu. A new page will be displayed: There are two "tabs" on this window, and you should be on "Unit Pin Management" - if not, then click the "Unit Pin Management" tab. 
     
  • Step 2. Take a moment to look-over the Unit Pin Management screen: If at any time you are lost, look for the "Help" link in the upper right-hand corner of the page for help.  Also, note that the "Google Pin Preview" section, in the bottom-right area of the page, will display what will appear on the Google map.  It will change as you enter/edit information in these steps. 
     
  • Step 3. Check the "Unit Description" - this box contains a combination of your unit name & your chartered organization. If that the information is incorrect then reach out to your district executive (DE) for assistance. 
     
  • Step 4: If your Scout unit has a web site, then enter the web address (URL) here.  Otherwise, enter www.shac.org so they will be directed to the Sam Houston Area web site.  You can always edit this field later if your unit establishes a web site.
     
  • Step 5. Update the Alternate Unit Description: many units opt to type their unit type and number followed by their meeting location (example: "Pack 867 - Lincoln Elementary")
     
  • Step 6: Make sure the Pin Status says "Active" if you want your pin visible to perspective Scouts and parents on the map. 
     
  • Step 7a: Select your primary contact. The primary contact will receive all emails from prospective Scout parents, so be sure to let the person know that they will be responding to all parent leads. If the fields in this section are "grey" then you must check the "Contact Person" box in the "Fields Displayed on Google Pin" section at the bottom-left side of the page.  If the person is already a registered adult leader in your Scout unit, then their name will be selectable from a list.  Once selected, all information is automatically provided in this section's fields. 
     
  • Step 7b: Also be sure to check all the information with the primary contact volunteer and edit fields that are no longer current (e.g., phone number, email address). It is very important that you keep this information up-to-date as volunteers and contact information will change over time.
     
  • Step 8. Enter the location where your unit holds its meetings (address information). This address will dictate where your unit pin will appear on Google Maps.  Note that it may be helpful to enter the name of your meeting location "address 1" and the street address on "address 2"
     
  • Step 9. Check the Google PIN preview - this is a preview of what will appear on the map. Parents will only be able to see what is in this box, so please Review it carefully for accuracy. 
     
  • NOTE: There is an option to change the icon from a Scouting map symbol representing your unit type to something else. Please DO NOT change the unit logo icon.
     
  • Step 10. Once you are done, click the “SAVE” button and your information will be uploaded.

That’s all you need to do to set up your unit for BeAScout.org. Be sure to do this as soon as possible so your unit will get recruiting leads.

BSA Program Updates 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:04:00 PM

The next three years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development.

BSA's Program Updates page will always have the most recent information on what is coming and when. Some of the recent posts include:

  • Venturing: New Venturing award requirements have been released. Drafts of Handbook for Venturers, Venturing Advisor Guidebook, and the Venturing Awards and Requirements Book were on display and are due in Scout shops soon.
  • Cub Scouts: Samplers of new youth handbooks and den leader guides unveiling five of the 84 new adventures have been released. Other items of note include PDFs about progress-toward-rank recognition insignia; Ethan, our new Cub Scout guide; a transition guide, FAQs, and more!

Scouting Newsroom is the new, official site for BSA news, updates and information. The public-facing site has news releases, fact sheets, and an overview of topics important to Scouts, Scouters, the public, and the news media.

There’s an “Email Updates” box where you can enter your email address and receive a message every time a new entry is posted.

Register for Community Service Day 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:59:00 PM

Celebrating a "Century of Service"

November 15, 2014

Community Service Day is an opportunity for units to perform a community service project, conservation project, project for their chartered organization, or participate in an Eagle Scout project. The Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating a "Century of Service" in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, we will log-in more than 100,000 hours of service across the 16 1/2 counties we serve. The Sam Houston Area Council will be reaching out to the communities in our area, notifying them of this day of service and encourage them to recommend projects in which units can participate.

Unit Information: Each district will have a person designated as a district community service day coordinator, whose role will be to encourage units to sign up for projects, as well as answer questions units may have regarding service projects. Each unit should identify a unit Community Scout Day chair. More information can be found in the leader packet.

Unit Registration

Service projects that are eligible for this day of service are similar to those that a unit would perform at any other time. Food drives, clothing drives, service projects at schools or churches, Eagle Scout projects, park projects, etc. would all be acceptable projects. We also encourage units to involve churches or schools other groups to participate with their service project. All of those members hours will also count as part of the service hours for that day. Only service hours performed on November 15, 2014 will count for that day, even if the project takes several days to complete.

Community Leaders: Please submit projects that you would like to be considered for Community Service Day. We will distribute the project requests to each of our 27 districts, and you will be contacted by an interested local Scout unit.

Community Leader submit a project

Sign up for Popcorn Sales 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:49:00 PM

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. The council provides the sales materials, training, and leader tools. Sign up your unit today.

Why Sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 70% stays in the local area.
• Pay for your entire Scouting program.
• Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way.”
• The prize program motivates Scouts.
• There are loads of incentives: $600 club and college scholarships.
• For additional revenue, sell online to friends and family out of town.

2014 Products

Chocolate Lovers Tin $55              Large Caramel Corn with nuts $20
Sweet and Savory Collection $45   Unbelievable Butter Microwave $20
Cheese Lovers Collection $35   Butter Lite Microwave $20
White Cheddar Popcorn $25   Jalapeno Cheddar $15
Kettle Microwave $25   Kettle ready-to-eat $15
Chocolatey Caramel Crunch $25   Small Caramel Corn $10


2014 Scout Prizes

 


$600 Club – Sell $600 in popcorn
and earn the ZX Crossbow

$1,800 Club – Sell $1,800 in popcorn and
earn the Hexbug – Mechanical Spider

College Scholarships

Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face or combination) in any calendar year receive 6% of their total sales invested in their own college scholarship account. That is $0.06 of every dollar they sell!

Once Scouts are enrolled, 6% of their sales each year will be added to their account. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time. Online sales count!


Top Sellers

The top seller in every district will receive a trophy and the GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera

The top three sellers in the council will receive a trophy and an Amazon gift card:

  • First place - $600
  • Second place - $400
  • Third place - $200

Summertime Pack Award 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:40:00 PM
A pack can qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award by planning and conducting three pack activities - one each in June, July, and August. This award can be an incentive for greater attendance at your summer pack activities. Day/Twilight camp can count as the June activities.

Individual Scouts that participate in all three pack events can receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin. There is a different color pin for each Cub Scout rank so earning the pin each year has more incentive.

Qualifying packs receive a colorful streamer for their pack flag.

Dens with an average attendance of at least half their members at the three summer pack events will be eligible for a colorful den participation ribbon.

The purpose of the National Summertime Pack Award is to encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several weeks or months. If a pack is in a 'year-round school' (or is part of a home-school association), the pack could earn the Summertime Pack Award by having a special pack activity during those breaks.
 
Submit National Summertime Pack Award applications to Cherye Altice.