Tall Timbers District Roundtable
September 12, 2019 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Roundtable is a monthly district meeting typically held the second Thursday of every month at LDS Glen Loch Ward Building (27707 Glen Loch Dr., The Woodlands 77381) 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 events and training opportunities, 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 us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TallTimbersBSA.
The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack. We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign will once again be Rocket Into Scouting. Girls and boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining and will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event.
Learn More Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers Signs and table tents
Join Scouting Nights should be designed to be fast-paced for today’s busy parents. The key to making any Sign-Up Night successful is advanced planning and preparation, including recruiting a sufficient number of enthusiastic volunteers to help. To ensure families get the message that it’s time to sign up, use various methods of communication and be sure to have a plan. You should start to build the buzz at least six weeks out from your sign-up event(s). The council and district will help get the word out, but the majority of your success will come from unit marketing. Geofencing is a method of geographically targeting a specific audience using Facebook.
Scouting activities contribute to the academic development of the children who participate. Share with principals and teachers the brochure which lists the Cub Scout advancements that support over 120 skills taught in elementary school. There are two methods typically used at Join Scouting Nights.
Option 1: Table Rotation Method: The table rotation method has been used very successfully in recent years and is ideal for smaller groups. It allows families more flexible timing and it allows the pack to have better one-on-one conversations with new families as they visit the tables. Families sign in at the first table, then they go on a self-paced journey through five stations to learn how Scouting and the pack work. Families who are familiar with Scouting, or who have limited time, may hurry past some tables and go directly to checkout. The diagram below shows the stations and the recommended room setup. A model campsite with a tent, camp chairs, fishing poles, etc. should be in the center of the room so everyone circles some Scouting fun while they’re there! Table displays can be checked out from the district executive or units can make their own.
Sample Table Rotation Model Table Display - Table 1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4 Table 5
Option 2: Presentation Method: The presentation method has been used successfully for many years and is ideal for larger groups. If using this method, remember that the goal is to sign up new Scouts and adult leaders. Packs are asked to avoid the use of PowerPoint presentations because they tend to include too much information, take too much time, and often cause interested families to leave without signing up because they simply can’t stay so long. Instead, new Cub Scouts and parents should be invited back to a Parent Orientation a week later, which gives the pack an opportunity to share more information about their activities and leadership. A model campsite with a tent, camp chairs, fishing poles, etc. should be to one side of the presenter, so everyone clearly sees some Scouting fun while they’re there!
Sample Presentation Method
New District Executive
Please join us in welcoming Karla Martinez as the district executive for the Tall Timbers District. Her 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. Karla can be reached at Karla.Martinez@scouting.org or (713) 560-0024.
Karla grew up in Houston, TX before moving to the suburbs of Chicago at age 11. After high school, she pursued a degree in Law, Letters, and Society at the University of Chicago. When she graduated in 2012, she sought to give back to the community through a service year with AmeriCorps working with high achieving students at an under-resourced high school. In 2013 she moved back to Texas to continue her work in youth leadership with the National Hispanic Institute. In 2017 she came back to Houston, and now she is excited to continue to contribute and serve to further the development of young people.
October 18-20, 2019
Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday morning, Webelos dens compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots) and during the afternoon local troops teach basic Scouting skills. The dens are judged on den flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration, and Scout spirit. Webelos Woods is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch - Duke Energy Camporee Site (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).
Learn More and Register
Download the district calendar for July 2019 to June 2020. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.
District Calendar: July 2019 to June 2020
Annual Planning: A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders for Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts.
Cub Scout Planning Boy Scout Planning Venturing Planning Leader Resources