Mustang District Roundtable

February 14, 2019

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month (except for June and July) at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, 77079) 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.     


District Award Nominations

Due January 16, 2019

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

 

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.

Nomination Form for Family of the Year Award

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. 

Nomination form for Partners in Scouting Award

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.

Nomination Form for Rookie of the Year Award

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. The Spirit Award is $10. One adult from the unit should pay for the award when registering for the dinner.

Nomination Form for Unit Adult Recognition Award

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.

Nomination Form for District Award of Merit

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.

Nomination Form for Chartered Partner of the Year


District Dinner

February 1, 2019  |  6:30 pm

fleur-de-leis on a plate

District 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. The event is being held at Chapelwood United Methodist Church (11140 Green Bay, Houston, TX 77024). The registration fee is $20.00 per adult or $140.00 for a table of eight. The late fee begins January 25, 2019. Registration closes January 29, 2019.

Learn More and Register


Webelos Woods

February 8-10, 2019

Scoui sitting by a camp fire Webelos Woods is a campout at Camp Brosig for Webelos Scouts. Fourth grade Webelos Scouts will work on adventures and shooting sports. Fifth grade Webelos Scouts are introduced to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting, including shooting sports. The event is being held at Camp Brosig (1893 Trenckmann Rd., Sealy, TX 77474). Registration is typically completed by the den or pack leader. The registration fee is $15 for Webelos Scouts and $10 for adults. Fifth grade Webelos Scouts can also participate in the Arrow of Light ceremony for a $10 fee (includes an arrow).

Learn More and Register


Camporee

April 20-22, 2019

Boy Scout on a compassCamporee is a weekend camp out for troops in the districts.  Patrols and individual Scouts compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skills and Scout spirit.  The event is being held at Tellepsen Scout Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).

Registration is done by troops. The troop needs to RSVP with an approximate head count for planning purposes by February 28, 2018. Every troop is expected to help at the camporee (e.g., run an activity or demonstration, emcee the campfire, Scouts Own Service, logistics, administration, registration). 

The registration fee is $10 per person (Scouts and adults) and covers facility fees, Saturday lunch, and patch. There is an activity package fee of $20 per youth and adult who wish to participate. The activity package fee covers unlimited archery, 10 shotgun shells, 10 rifle shots and the climbing tower.  Only those Scouts and adults signing up to participate need pay this activity fee and bring a consent form.

Learn More and Register


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: January 2019


January 26, 2019 (hanger drop off)
February 2, 2019 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Souper Bowl of Caring, the project begins Saturday, January 26, 2019, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 2, 2019, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

A Cub Scout and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.

Scouts will 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. The unit representative should register the unit for Scouting for Food.

Learn More        Unit Participation Sign-up


Scout Fair coupon books 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. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving hundreds of dollars in valuable savings from partners. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold, for funds turned in on or before April 6, 2018. Participate at Scout Fair with a booth and earn an additional 10% commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. In addition, your Scouts will qualify for prizes once they sell 15 coupon books. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels. 

Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners and pick up free offers. The unit leader should sign-up the unit to sell Coupon Books.  The kick-off meeting for the unit representative is being held on January 24, 2019.

 Learn More      Sign Up to Sell Coupon Books


As the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) welcomes girls into Cub Scouts and older girls into the Scouts BSA program starting on February 1, it is important that families understand the program or organization they are joining.

There have been some instances where our volunteers may have inadvertently used the name or trademarks of the Girl Scout of the USA (GSUSA) brand in spreading the word that girls are or will soon be part of all BSA programs. GSUSA recently have filed a lawsuit asserting that these instances have caused confusion. While we don’t believe there has been any such confusion, we respect and support the GSUSA and their rights to their brand.

To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, we have developed resources to make sure our leaders are aware of the do’s and don’ts in promoting BSA programs.

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 builds on the infographic, and the guidance provided to councils in April.

Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training     Infographic 

This training should be shared with all volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community. 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.

To aid you in this effort, councils and volunteers are encouraged to use these intro talking points as you host info sessions and launch efforts for Scouts BSA. Additionally, please use this resource to help address any questions you might get in the community about this matter.

Learn More


January 18, 2019, deadline to submit

Do you know a Scout who conducted a great service Eagle Scout service project? Then nominate them for the Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. This is a program of the National Council is designed to recognize the valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. 

Every 2018 Eagle Scout service project is eligible.  Parents, mentors, or leaders of the Eagle Scout can complete the form on behalf of the Eagle Scout. The top six Eagle Scout service projects from the council will be recognized at the New Eagle Scout Reception on May 5, 2019. 

Nomination Form for Adams Eagle Scout Project of the Year