Thanks to all of you who attended the District Dinner. Congratulations to our 2017 Eagle Class and the 2017 Eagle Project of the Year, Abhinav Dewan Troop 992
North Star District would like to recognize the following individuals, families, and organizations for their contribution to the district and council:
North Star District Town Hall (Roundtable)
April 12, 2018 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Town Hall is a district monthly meeting held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Sugar Land First United Methodist Church (431 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77478) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Town hall is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of the town hall is to give leaders program ideas, information on events and training opportunities, and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the town hall experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
Download the North Star District calendar for July 2018 to June 2019. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.
District Calendar: July 2018 to June 2019
Annual Planning: A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders.
Leader Resources Unit Program Planning Tools
Cub Scout Planning Boy Scout Planning Venturing Planning
Scout Fair Coupon Books
Scout Fair coupon books sales 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. At the Scout Fair Kickoff, unit leaders receive training and materials. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. For more information, contact Valerie Throgmorton.
Turn-in Dates and Locations Learn More about Coupon Books
Newsletters: Sign up for the North Star district electronic newsletter that will be published monthly and will contain information about upcoming district and council events and activities. You can also sign up for the Day Camp newsletter.
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Texting Service: North Star District is taking communications to a new level! Remind is a program that allows us to safely and efficiently interact with Scouters about upcoming events. Subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. To receive messages via text, text @nsdistrict to 81010. You can opt-out of messages at any time by replying, 'unsubscribe@nsdistrict.'
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $33 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 activities. 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 helps:
- Recruit and train youth and leaders
- Provide assistance to those in need
- Keep camps and activities affordable
- Enhance programming and facilities
- Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders
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.
Unit Leaders: Each unit is requested to hold a FOS presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the blue and gold banquet or a troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Please sign up for a presentation.
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Update your unit information on the web
Calling all unit leaders! Now is the perfect time to make it easy for Scouting families to find your unit.
Step 1: BeAScout.org has a Google pin for every unit! Update your unit information by signing into MyScouting, under Unit Tools select BeAScout, the click on Unit Pin Management. If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the unit leader or committee chair.
Step 2: Verify the information on the district website. Send corrections to the webmaster.
Help us promote Scouting
The Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook. The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.
We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts.
Learn More Take our Social Media Survey