North Star District

The North Star District serves Scouting units located in the Fort Bend school district (north of US 59). All Scouts leaders are invited to the monthly Roundtable meeting on the second Thursday of the month at the Sugar Land United Methodist Church (431 Eldridge Rd) at 7:00 pm.

The district has 42 units and over 1,400 registered youth. The goal of the district is to support and strengthen the individual units in their delivery of programs to the youth with: 1) quality activities, 2) commissioner service, 3) training, and 4) adult and youth recruiting. Scouting serves all areas of the community, with our outreach and programs. For more information, visit our district website.

North Star 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 Valerie Thogmorton

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • March 5 (5% bonus): 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church (431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, 77478)
  • March 26 (3% bonus)10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Parkway United Methodist Church (5801 New Territory Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479)
  • April 9 (1% bonus): 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Parkway United Methodist Church (5801 New Territory Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479)
  • 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 Valerie Thogmorton. 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


Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign in which district volunteers make a short presentation explaining how the Scouting program is funded and why financial support is needed to maintain and expand the quality programs and camping facilities during a special meeting (e.g., Blue and Gold, Court of Honor). Unit Leaders: Please schedule your FOS presentation by January Roundtable with the district Friends of Scouting chair or district executive by January Roundtable.

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business and community organizations to support Scouting. The $24 registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other . None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign. Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24 percent of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values. Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.


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.


January 24 & January 31, 2015

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.” There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit to the community than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.

Scouting for Food is scheduled for January 24 and 31, 2015, when Scouts throughout the Sam Houston Area Council help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," this council-wide service project begins Saturday, January 24 as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, January 31 to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

Unit Scouting for Food Registration


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.


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.

 


 

Soar to new heights this year in science, math, and history with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum's Aviation Merit Badge Workshop. Located at William P. Hobby Airport, these exciting one-day programs serve as an excellent introduction for youth to aviation while helping them earn their Aviation Merit Badge*. Scouts will learn about the forces of flight, types of engines, and functions of aircraft instruments and control surfaces. Guided tours of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and presentations by career speakers will also inform participants of commercial aviation’s rapid growth and various job opportunities available in the Houston Area. Dates: January 31, 2015, May 23, 2015 and September 5, 2015.  Flyer.  Registration Form.

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