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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April 27 - 30, 2018
Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The Iron Horse Chapter of the Order of the Arrow will be hosting the Iron Horse camporee. LDS units can leave on Saturday night.
Every troop must send a representative to the April roundtable to help plan the camporee. Every troop needs run a part of the camporee (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camporee promises to challenge the youth leadership, as well as stretching everyone else’s comfort zones. These events cannot happen without each Scout’s competitive spirit and participation. The event is being held at Fritchie Park (10603 Fritchie Cemetery Rd., Cypress, TX 77429). The registration fee is $10 per Boy Scout and $5 per adult. Registration is done by the troop leadership online. There is no onsite registration.
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Cub Scout Shooting Sports Day
May 19, 2018 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Day is an opportunity for Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts (1st - 5thgraders) to participate in shooting sports such as BB gun shooting and archery. Cub Scouts can work on the Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards. Cub Scout shooting activities are only allowed at sanctioned district and council events. Each participant will receive a safety briefing before shooting. Scouts can participate in additional activities such as Smashball; a concession stand will be open. The event is being held at Bammel Church of Christ (2700 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068). There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required.
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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 Elizabeth Doyle.
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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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New District Executive
Please join us in welcoming John David (JD) Wahrlich as the district executive for the Iron Horse District. His role as district executive will be to provide leadership and support to the volunteers in our district with a focus on district operations, membership recruiting, unit service, family Friends of Scouting, and product sales. JD is a fighting Texas Aggie class of ’14 with a focus on leadership theory, business, and English. Born and raised in Houston, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 266. He is an active member of the St. Thomas High School Alumni Board and the recycling committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We are very excited to have JD serve as the district executive for the Iron Horse District. JD can be reached at (713) 598-6473, cell or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.