Mustang District Roundtable

February 10, 2022    |   7:00 - 8:30 pm  |  Virtual

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month (except for June and July) at 7:00 pm to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas, information on upcoming events and trainings, and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts. Follow the district Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MustangDistrictSHAC.       


Award Nominations

Due by January 18, 2022

Nominate Scouters who have served Mustang District youth above and beyond the call of duty.  

Nomination Forms

 

Family of the Year Award (district level)

family of the year graphicThe family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth is vital to his or her success in Scouting. Those parents who volunteer as leaders are a vital support for other kids, as well as their own. The extra effort that parents put forth as leaders, in addition to their family responsibilities, deserve to be recognized. But when the whole family is involved in Scouting, they deserve recognition all the more. The Family of the Year award is a way to honor these families by selecting, from those nominated, the family whose work as a team in Scouting has made the greatest difference in the Mustang District.

Partners in Scouting Award (district level) partners in Scouting award sign

Our Scouts and Scout units rely on support from our community to provide a successful program. Their contributions of time, manpower, facilities, and funding often are behind the scenes. These people, businesses, organizations, and groups provide support and  encouragement for our Scouts and Scouters. 

Rookie of the Year Award (unit level)

The Rookie of the Year Award is an award to be given to an adult whose first year of service at the unit level has significantly impacted the youth and adults in the unit. Many new Scouters join a unit and automatically plug in and make significant and lasting contributions, despite being green. The expectation is that they’ll continue to serve in a variety of capacities serving their unit. The Mustang District Rookie of the Year Award is intended to properly recognize an individual new to your unit whose first year of service has had a significant impact on the youth, program, or committee on a unit level. Each unit may make one nomination.

Spirit Award (unit level)

The Spirit Award is presented to one or more Scouters in each unit who has made a significant impact in the lives of youth in the unit and/or district. Units may select one candidate per year for every 50 Scouts registered with the Boy Scouts of America. (i.e., 1 – 50 Scouts = one nomination, 51 Scouts = two nominations).  Anyone may recommend a Scouter for the award. The unit committee selects the candidate(s) based on their knowledge of the candidate’s contributions, personal qualities, etc. 

District Award of Merit (district level)

District Award of MeritThe District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by councils. The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. The award is made available annually on the basis of one for each 25 traditional units or fraction thereof. The district need not present all the awards to which it is entitled each year. It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. A professional Scouter or council employee may not receive this award based on employment service. However, a professional Scouter or employee who also serves as a volunteer Scouter may be eligible, based on volunteer service.

Chartered Partner of the Year

The purpose of the Chartered Partner of the Year is to encourage excellence in relationships between chartered partners and the council, to provide examples of excellence in relationships from which others may learn, and to create an annual recognition providing visibility for recipients of the award. Nominees are from religious bodies, educational groups, civic/service/fraternal associations, business/industry/labor, and military/veterans’ organizations. Nominees must charter a unit(s) within the Sam Houston Area Council boundaries. The chartered partner should demonstrate outstanding or distinctive relationships beyond the normal expectation; provide noteworthy service to youth, contributing to increased youth participation; cooperates with the district and/or council; involve the instructional head in the selection of quality unit leadership; and cause a greater comprehension in the use of Scouting within the community organization.


District Dinner

February 4, 2022

fleur-de-leis on a plateDistrict Dinner is an opportunity for a night of fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and thank our adult volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Mustang District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized.  All volunteers in Mustang District are invited.

6:30 pm  Registration and social reception in the main entry hall
6:30 pm  Doors open to the auditorium with assigned seating
7:00 pm  Dinner is served and program commences

The registration fee is $20.00 per adult or $140.00 for a table of eight payable online with a credit card or electronic check. A $10 late fee begins on 1/23/22 and food isn't guaranteed for those who register late. There is no onsite registration. The event is being held at Grace Presbyterian Church, Massey Tucker Hall (10221 Ella Lee, Houston, Texas 77042). Council refund policy. 

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Webelos Woods

February 25 - 27, 2022  |  5pm Friday - 10am Sunday

Webelos Woods is a special outdoor adventure for Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders), featuring the many outdoor adventures of Scouting, including archery, BB-gun shooting, hiking, knots, lashings and first aid. A campfire program and Arrow of Light ceremony is held on Saturday evening and conducted by the Scouts BSA youth leadership at Webelos Woods.

For fifth-graders, a troop visitation game is held on Saturday afternoon. Fifth-grade Webelos Scouts who get their adventure cards signed off by every troop earn a prize.

Webelos Woods is a great opportunity for Webelos Scouts to spend time with and learn from older Scouts, and experience first-hand what's ahead in Scouts BSA. Many Webelos dens visit several troops during the weekend event. By hanging out with the troops, the Webelos Scouts can get a feeling for the personality of each troop, and which troop fits them best. Many troops invite Webelos dens to join them for a lunch or dinner hour to learn more about their troop. The event is being held at Camp Brosig1893 Trenckmann Rd., Sealy, TX 77474).

For fifth-graders, a troop visitation game is held on Saturday afternoon. Fifth-grade Webelos Scouts who get their adventure cards signed off by every troop earn a prize. Webelos Woods can be a key component of the pack program that assists Webelos Scouts as they make the important decision of which troop to join. 

Learn more about Webelos-to-Scout transition and information to help assist Webelos Scouts as they make the important decision on which troop to join and questions to ask troops at www.shac.org/webelos. Find area troops at www.shac.org/join-troop.

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It's time to sign up for summer camp. Summer camp is a week-long council-organized overnight camp for Scouts BSA that operates under council-retained leadership. The program provides opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail.

Summer camp is held at Camp Strake, a first-class and state-of-the-art facility for Scouts and their leaders. Program areas include shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery, sporting arrows), climbing, rappelling, boating (canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding), swimming, ATV riding, ziplining, merit badge classes and more.

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Full Throttle is a weekend event for Scouts BSA. Troops who are camping at Camp Strake on April 29 - May 1, 2022, or May 7-8, 2022, can sign up their Scouts to participate in activities such as shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery), climbing, COPE (high-ropes course), zipline, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding or ATV riding. The camp staff provides the program leadership. Registration is now open for spring.

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March 11-13 and 26-27, 2022 

Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America's ultimate leadership training designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of Scouters in all aspects of the BSA, whether unit, district, or council level – from assistant den leaders to Scoutmasters, from Cubmasters to Venturing Advisors, from committee members to commissioners. It is a fun, energetic and inspiring course guaranteed to infuse your unit with fun and meaning – all designed to fulfill the mission of the BSA, and ensure our youth is getting everything they are promised from the program.

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations throughout the country. Participants can expect to develop skills in many areas, including leadership theory, team building, problem-solving, communication, project planning and more.  These skills can be taken back to packs, troops, crews and ships to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.  Scouters will find these skills invaluable in their business and personal lives as well.

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April 28-May 1, 2022  |  Camp Strake

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. Do you have young adults in Venturing who are looking to breathe underwater because they have already learned how to filter it?  What about Scouts who are ready to maximize their shooting skills?  Would you like to expose 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, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)Sea Scouts, the Kodiak Challenge, the Hornaday awardMessenger of Peace, living history, Leave No Trace, vendors, the National Scout Jamboree, event planning, scuba diving, and more?

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In Scouting events and activities, the BSA’s primary consideration is the safety of its youth and adult members. To achieve that goal, the BSA, in consultation with other organizations, has created specific guidelines for shooting sports. These organizations also provide training and instructor certification by discipline-specific subject matter experts to prepare those individuals who will serve in a leadership or supervisory role in the various shooting sports activities. Training classes are offered in order to be able to run a shooting (pistol, rifle, shotgun, archery) range at a troop, crew, ship, district or council event. 

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To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, it important to remind units to follow BSA Brand Guidelines and use approved materials from the BSA Brand Center in developing their recruiting materials. This includes following the requirements included in the Scouts BSA Branding Dos and Don’ts Guide and the associated Brand Training Guide.  

The Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training is one of the efforts underway to be sure Scouters have a clear understanding of what they can do. This training should be shared with all volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community.

BSA Brand Guidelines     BSA Brand Center    Scouts BSA Branding Dos and Don’ts Guide    Brand Training Guide

While our goal is to encourage youth to join our program, we must always be clear in our communications about the program they are joining.

  • We are The Boy Scouts of America.
  • The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA are different organizations.
  • We support all other youth organizations and do not disparage them.
  • We encourage parents to enroll all youth in a character development program that meets their needs – and the BSA is certainly ready to welcome them.