District Dinner

February 23, 2018   |   6:00 pm | Menu | Flyer

The annual district dinner is an opportunity for a night of fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and recognize the class of 2017 North Star District Eagle Scouts and their families. The North Star District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels and many of those behind the scenes will also be recognized. Please plan to join us this for this very special evening to congratulate and recognize our 2017 Eagle Scouts, hear from some very special guests and see some Scout magic to make it a memorable evening. The event is being held at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Community Center, 705 St. Theresa, Sugar Land, TX 77498. The cost is $16.50 for the first Scouter and $15 for each additional Scouter.  To learn about how to sponsor an Eagle Scout, family, or an Eagle Scout table, please email District Executive Steven Forde. Please register by February 19, 2018, so food can be ordered. The late fee ($5.00 per person) begins February 20, 2018; food and seating are not guaranteed for late registrations.

There will be a silent auction at the dinner. if you would like to donate an item or would like a hint of some of the items that have already been donated, please contact Brian Turner. The deadline is fast approaching to sign upDon't miss out on this magical evening of Scouting fun.

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Spring Camporee

March 2-4, 2018 (new date)

Boy Scout on a compassCamporee is a weekend campout for troops and crews around the district.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The event is being held at Long Acres Ranch (2317 Williams Way Blvd., Richmond, TX  77469). Registration is done by the unit leader online. The registration fee is $15 for Scouts and leaders and includes a patch and t-shirt if registered by 2/16/18. Extra t-shirts can be ordered for $10. There is no onsite registration.

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Looking for Day Camp Volunteers

Excitement is waiting as Cub Scouts travel the world on a passport to adventure as they learn new skills, and make new friends. Twilight camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. An awesome program is being planned with activities such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more. Registration opens soon. For more information, please contact Steven Forde or Angie Lopez.

 We are currently in search of:

 -Assistant director of day camp  -BB range master  -Facilities manager (Mr.Fix-it)
 -Assistant program director  -Archery range master  -Woodworking teacher
 -Camp health officer  -Registrar  -Engineering teacher
 -Quartermaster  -Tot Lot (preschool)  -Whittling teacher
-Sports    

North Star District Town Hall

March 8, 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 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 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.


Scout Fair Coupon Books

Scout Fair KickoffScout 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


District Communications

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

FOS CSPFriends 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.

 Donate               Sign up for FOS presentation


Help us promote Scouting

SHAC FacebookThe 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


The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. This is a great resource for Scouters and parents.

The Scouting Trail: February 2018


February 23, 2018

Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, or staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) are invited to attend the Baden Powell Fellowship Dinner. During the evening, attendees from the previous year share memories of their leadership training experience through slide shows, stories and regalia presentations. Scouters will be given an opportunity to contribute to the training scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to Scouts and Scouters attending council leadership training courses. The dinner is being held at the Cockrell Scout Center; the cost is $18 per person. 

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March 24, 2018

University of Scouting is a training for leaders of all program areas to come together for a day of fun, fellowship and learning. University of Scouting has over 100 different classes, presented by some of the most experienced volunteers in the council covering leader specific training, information on how to train youth, conservation, program ideas and more. University of Scouting also offers several youth courses.

  Register        Course Catalog        Learn More          


April 6-8 and 20-22, 2018

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course which helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Would you like to expose the Scouts in your troop, crew or ship to rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, firefighting, search and rescue, trekking in a different countries, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, wilderness first aid, astronomy, shooting sport (e.g., rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 1860 baseball, wilderness survival, NYLT, Sea Scouts, the Kodiak Challenge, the Hornaday award, Messenger of Peace, living history, Leave No Trace, vendors, Jamboree, event planning, tying flies, scuba diving, and more? Powder Horn is offered once every year, so do not miss this chance to attend.  Set your sights on a course that maximizes Scouting skills while bringing adrenaline, new activity ideas and leadership to your unit.  Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.The first weekend is being held at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and the second weekend in Galveston.

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Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days


SHAC CSP with car keysHelp ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

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.


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  

Job Openings

 


SHAC FacebookThe 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