Tatanka

Sam Houston Area Council          

The Tatanka District serves Scouting units located in the Alief school district, select schools in the inner city and northern parts of Houston, Sunnyside area, Houston Housing Authority, and select city parks. All Scouts leaders are invited to the monthly Roundtable meeting on the second Thursday of the month at the LDS Church (3450 S. Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX  77082). 

Tatanka District Leadership            Tatanka District Calendar

Every December, all units (packs, troops, teams, crews, posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Through the process, chartered (sponsoring) organizations, youth member and adult leader information is updated as well as registration fees and Boy's Life subscriptions are collected/paid. A representative of each unit completes the paperwork for renewing a charter online. With internet rechartering, units can indicate returning members, add new members, and update information for an individual or the chartered organization.

Recharter Training will be announced via the Tall Timbers email list.

  • Unit leaders can access Internet Recharter at www.myscouting.org beginning November 1.
  • Obtain your unit’s recharter packet from your commissioner. The access code will be provided.
  • Start with the unit’s current information in Scoutnet. Records can be upload information from TroopMaster or PackMaster, but this can really mess up the process if the records are not perfect, so this is not encouraged.
  • The final printed roster must be signed by the chartered organization institutional head and the unit leader.
  • Turn in the signed roster, payment of fees, and any new members’ applications no later than the December Roundtable. Check with your unit commissioner for details.
  • Unit leaders need to plan ahead to get their recharter done early as this time of the year is typically very busy and it takes time to gather information, collect fees, ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT), ensure that top unit leaders are trained and get appropriate signatures. 

All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in service projects. A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Anyone can get involved in a Good Turn.

Attention all units!  Did you know that your unit can earn points towards the Journey to Excellence program just for logging your units community service hours online? That’s right your unit can earn up to 200 extra points if you log your service hours online. All types of service projects can be entered into this system including the Good Turn for America projects such as the shelter drive, food drive, and blood drive. Units may also enter their service hours for community projects that they took on as a unit. Please log all service hours. Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

What hours should be logged?

  • Any service hours performed by your unit for individuals or organizations in the community
  • Service hours performed by your unit to support your chartered organization
  • Scouting for Food hours
  • Volunteering on Community Service Day or similar events
  • Eagle Scout project hours

August 1 - December 1, 2014

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting.  Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24, 2014.




Important Dates:

October 1 - November 24 Traditional take-order popcorn sales
December 1 Unit orders due on Trail's End website
December 13 Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
December 13 Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
January 10 Top seller's celebration (for council, district & online top sellers)

During 2014, the Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating 100 years of serving youth. For a century, Scouts have embraced "Do A Good Turn Daily" and "A Scout is Helpful." Help celebrate a century of service by purchasing limited edition 100th anniversary council shoulder patches (CSP) for $7.50 and activity patches for $1.00, while supplies last. Don't miss your chance to own these keepsakes that will be cherished for a lifetime. Segments can be earned for Camp Participation and participating in Community Service / Land Stewardship Day. Patches can be ordered online, or purchased at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008-1311) or one of the five Houston area Scout Shops.

Order Patches!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Work on your basketball skills with members of the Houston Rockets staff and attend a Houston Rockets game!!!  The Houston Rockets Basketball Skills camp will be from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and then attend the game that night!!! Ticket pricing for this event are $22, $29, and $44. For more information, Contact Melissa at 713-758-7231.  Flyer


December 6, 2014

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is  to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner.

This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. Any adult leader that is curious about the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend.


December 13, 2014
 

Top Leader Basic Training Day is an opportunity to train the top unit leaders before recharter. All top leaders must be trained before December recharter. Top leaders are Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, Skippers, and Coaches. 

There is no charge for the training, but registration is highly encouraged so room assignments and handouts can be made based on registration numbers. Lunch can be purchased for $8, or you can bring your own lunch.  Flyer

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training for Cubmasters 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Basic Training* 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Venturing Advisor Training 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Varsity Leader Basic Training 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

*Scoutmasters also need Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Register


December 26-31, 2014

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. Content is delivered in a unit and small group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Courses are held in June and December. Courses fill up early.


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 Leader's 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 17, 2015

All Order of the Arrow (OA) members are invited to attend the Lodge Leadership Development . This dynamic annual leadership training event will help Arrowmen learn more about the OA and Colonneh Lodge and become a better leader. Youth and adult training classes include leadership development, event planning, goal setting, and other tools needed to improve chapters. Arrowmen gather for a night of celebration at the annual Colonneh Lodge OA Banquet each January. Together, Arrowmen share their appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, recognize award recipients and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.


Saturday, January 17, 2015 at NRG Stadium

Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. The Pit Party is your opportunity to get an up close look at the amazing trucks of Monster Jam and receive autographs from your favorite Monster Jam drivers. The Monster Jam Pit Party will take place from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, January 9, 2015.


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 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!