Please join us as we "Celebrate Century of Servce", Sam Houston Area Council's annual Scout event on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Reliant Arena. Scout Fair is where Scouts from all over the Council unite in one place to display Scouting fun for all ages!
- Plan your day to capture many activities:
- Meet industry experts at the Merit Badge Midway & Conservation Corner
- Try your luck with games of skill
- Interact with other units across the Council
- Sample outdoor cooking creations
Saturday, April 12th 10am - 3pm @ Reliant Arena
FREE ADMISSION - Parking $10 - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Courtesy of Paul Roberts, Big Cypress District Advancement Chair via Bryan Wendell and the fine folks at Scouting Magazine (visit their fantastic blog at http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/), have you ever wondered what Merit Badges your Boy Scouts are earning? There are currently 136 Merit Badges that a Scout can earn, everything from Camping, Canoeing, Digital Technology, Traffic Safety and Nuclear Science.
Scouting Magazine compiled a list of Merit Badges by popularity and the results are what you would expect from today's Scouts focused on safety, ecology and citizenship.
Top 5 Merit Badges:
Citizenship in the World
Citizenship in the Nation
Interestingly enough, some of the newest Merit Badges such as Robotics, Welding and Search and Rescue are proving to be very popular. Sadly some of the older Merit Badges aren't as popular as they used to be. Near the bottom of the list is Journalism, American Business and Bugling. Programming, a relatively new Merit Badge sits at the bottom but I suspect it will take off fairly quickly.
Check out the rest of the list below or visit the Scouting Magazine Blog for all the details.
MARCH ROUNDTABLE "BIG CYPRESS CARES!"
We have a special request that comes from Cypress Cares, this local organization supports our Troops by sending care packages and letters of encouragement from our Community. Cypress Cares is running low on supplies for care packages that have been requested and they need our help! Bring any of these items to the Roundtable this Thursday, March 13th, 7pm at Cypress United Methodist Church and Support our Troops!
Nuts, mixed nuts, trail mix
Chips and cookies of any kind (take it easy on these...remember, GS cookies are coming!!)
Drink Mixes, Singles are preferred
Coffee Whole Bean or Ground (The Afghan Bazaar has grinders for <$20)
Red Bull, Pit Bull, Monsters, Ripits, Gatorade
GOOD quality razors (cheaper ones tend to rip up the faces of these guys who must shave daily!), shaving gel and after shave
feminine hygiene items
Wet wipes are also in demand
White ankle socks and black, OD green, or tan boot socks
Recreational equipment always go fast
Hand and foot warmers
Pens, pencils, Sharpie permanent markers, writing/drawing paper
Many of our Units in the Big Cypress District host their own websites and Facebook pages, this is just a reminder that the BSA does offer Social Media Guidelines which are also a key component of the Youth Protection Program. If you are posting pictures or updates from events such as Blue and Gold or Red and Tan, please ensure that no personally identifiable information (Scouts full names, ages) are posted and that you respect the privacy of those that have requested that no photographs are made available (via Part B of the Annual Health and Medical Record Form).
Also, please note the following regarding Facebook pages:
"When creating a Facebook page, you should make it a public fan page. In addition, you should designate at least two administrators who have access to the login, password, and page management/monitoring information. This conforms to the two-deep leadership policies of the BSA. At least one of these page administrators should be a BSA employee, a local council employee, or registered volunteer who has taken Youth Protection training. All Youth Protection policies that govern the use of email are applicable to the use of the messaging capabilities of Facebook."
Official BSA Social Media Guidelines: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx
The Sam Houston Area Council BSA has updated their process to earn patches for Service related activites, including Scouting for Food. Visit the link below to register all your Scouts & Volunteers that participated in the event, this ensures that they recieve credit for the hours that they have served. This process will be intregal part of the Council's attempt to record 100,000 service hours on Saturday, November 15th for the Sam Houston Area Council Day of Service.
For more information about Service Hours, vist shac.org and scroll down to the bottom of the Welcome page. You'll see links posted for "Journey to Excellence Service Hours Information".