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Scout Fair 2014

Booth_Planning_IdeasARROWMOON SCOUTERS:

Unit Leaders please pass this 2014 Scout Fair and Coupon Pack Sale information on to your Units:

ARROWMOON DISTRICT SCOUT FAIR KICK-OFF
THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014 7 pm – 7:45 pm
LARRY J. RINGER LIBRARY, COLLEGE STATION (in the front room)

Arrowmoon District Units are invited to join in “Celebrating a Century of Service” for the Sam Houston Area Council’s 100th Birthday at the 2014 Scout Fair which will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 am – 3 pm. Scout Fair offers units the opportunity for Council-wide fellowship and a forum to showcase their many Scouting skills. The planning and teamwork used to create booth displays provides Scouts many program and learning opportunities. Scout Fair is FREE and a fun event for the entire family.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read THOROUGHLY!! Email if you have any questions.

SCOUT FAIR COUPON PACK SALES: This is a fantastic fundraiser! Selling Scout Fair Coupon Packs provides a great fundraising opportunity for your unit and allows Scouts to fund Scouting programs and activities by “earning their own way.” Each Coupon Pack sells for only $10 offering over $600 in savings. When Scouts sell 15 or more Coupon Packs, they’ll earn the Super Salesman Patch, qualify for entry in weekly drawings and earn great prizes from the Scout Fair Coupon Pack Prize Brochure. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Pack sold with funds turned in on or before April 12, 2014.

Basic Info – The “Coupon Pack” is a booklet of coupons valued at over $600 in savings. Each pack sells for $10. Your Unit may reserve store-front selling times for the Kroger’s stores in Bryan and College Station.

Coupon Pack Kick-Off – The Arrowmoon District Coupon Pack Kick-Off will be held at the College Station Larry J. Ringer Library in the front room on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 from 7-7:45 pm. Coupon packs and support materials will be distributed at this meeting to all Unit Scout Fair Chairs. Your sales may begin on Feb. 1, 2014! If you are unable to attend this kick off, please be sure to have your Scout Fair Chair attend the Feb. Roundtable to register and pick up your Scout Fair and Coupon Pack materials.

Kroger Store-Front Selling Reservations – IMPORTANT: In order to sell Coupon Packs at Kroger you MUST reserve a date, time and store location through the Arrowmoon District Scout Fair Chair, NOT through the SHAC website. DO NOT contact Kroger managers directly and DO NOT register on the SHAC website. There is always a problem with communication from SHAC to our local Kroger stores, so the only way to ensure the local stores know your unit is coming and we are not double-booked with other groups is to register through me. Only units with confirmed Kroger locations may sell Coupon Packs at that location. If your unit would like to sell at Kroger please contact Catherine Utsler at caudean@gmail.com with your Unit Number, Unit Type, and Scout Fair Chair Contact information (email and phone).

Commissions and Incentives – Your unit receives 30% base commission on Coupon Pack sales for monies turned in by Scout Fair, April 12, 2014. You can earn an additional 10% commission if your Unit participates in Scout Fair either by hosting a booth or participating as a Service Unit at Scout Fair. In addition, there are early turn in dates that will allow your Unit to earn even more extra commission up to a maximum of 45%! As if that isn’t enough, Scouts will qualify for entry in weekly drawings and earn great prizes from the Scout Fair Coupon Pack Prize brochure.

REMEMBER: Scouts that attend Scout Fair, participate at Scout Fair, or sell Scout Fair Coupon Packs, receive a participation Scout Fair segment to complete the Centennial Star in celebration of SHAC’s 100th birthday. Sell 15 Coupon Packs to qualify for the Super Salesman Patch (one Super Salesman Patch per Scout. No combining of sales between Scouts.)

SCOUT FAIR BOOTH AT RELIANT ARENA: Scout Fair is the largest gathering of its kind and offers something for everyone from games and outdoor cooking to an Advancement Midway and educational displays.

Basic Info – To host a booth at Scout Fair your Unit must register by March 28, 2014. To register go to:
http://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com/event/scout-fair-2014/1392696
and follow the instructions on the page. After March 28, units may only register as a service unit.

Type of Booth – Attached is a list of booth ideas from the 2013 Scout Fair. It can help you decide on the type of booth best for your unit.

Contact Catherine Utsler at caudean@gmail.com for more information on Scout Fair or Coupon Pack Sales.

Summer Camp Information

Hello All

Many of you are asking for Summer Camp dates. They are here and I hope they work for all of you. We will be going to San Isabel Scout Ranch for merit badge camp and Rocky Mountain High Adventure for high adventure camp July 13th through the 21st. Both camps are in Colorado about 2 hours apart so we will travel together as a Troop Saturday and Sunday before and after.

We will need to start getting commitments soon so that we can have enough space reserved. Final payments for the camps will be due by sometime in March with a partial payment due in January.

Cost
San Isabel Scout ranch $240 per scout paid on time
Rocky Mountain High adventure $425 per scout paid by March 1
Travel cost for either camp will be approximately $150 due by July 1st

I will get out more information on deadlines after Thanksgiving but please be considering which camp you will want to go to and let me know.

Thanks
Will

Flags for 2013 Subscriptions have begun!

Boy Scout Troop 802 would like to invite you to participate in Flags Across College Station. By subscribing you will have an American Flag displayed at your home 6 times a year. The yearly subscription is only $30.

For each flag purchased, a small “flag-yard holder” (an 8″ PVC pipe) will be installed for easy access and for future flag display approximately 18″ or less from the curb.

Subscription deadline: 2 weeks before first holiday to assure placement on first holiday.

We are currently serving the following areas/subdivisions:

Pebble Creek
Castle Gate
Castle Rock
Emerald Forest
Woodcreek

New Eagle Mentor progam

Asst. Scoutmaster Will McCollum writes:

Hello All,

I would like to announce the beginning of a new Eagle Scout Mentor program in Troop 802. We will kick this off with a meal to introduce mentors to our current Life Scouts on October 22, 2012 at 6:15. If you are a Life Scout or almost a Life Scout I would like to invite you to attend this meal before the scout meeting on that day. I hope that you all will be able to make it.

I would also like to invite all Eagle Scouts from Troop 802 to participate in this program. (If you know of an Eagle scout from another Troop that would like to participate we will certainly welcome his participation) Your participation does not mean that you have to be at every Troop meeting. Your job will be to make periodic contact with one or more scouts to mentor and encourage them along the path to Eagle Scout. You never know if your interaction with a scout will be the difference of that scout going on to complete his Eagle or not. I have talked to a few who have agreed to participate but I don’t know who all is in town so if you know of any of the guys that are in town could you please pass this on.

Again the kickoff event will October 22, 2012 at 6:15 in the Fellowship Hall at A&M United Methodist Church. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP to wmccollum@am-umc.org so that we will have enough food.

Thanks
Will McCollum
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 802

Citizenship in the World Opportunity

Scouts & Friends,

Cit In The World Merit Badge
Those of you who are working on your Eagle-required Citizenship in the World Merit Badge have an opportunity to meet some of those requirements in an easy and interesting way.

Ambassador Sirchan Siv will be speaking at the Bush Library on Saturday, November 10. Here are the details:

Event Schedule

*9:15 AM- Those from Troop 802 will meet in fountain/garden circle area in front of the Bush Library. We will enter the library and be seated as a group, following Library staff directions. Each Scout/family will need to arrange their own transportation to the Bush Library. Note that you will be able to buy discounted tickets to the library’s exhibits for that day.

9:30 – Doors open at the George Bush Library. Bush Library staff will be available to direct guests to the Bush Library theater. Scouts and Scout leaders will be seated to the front and parents and siblings will be seated to the rear.

9:55 – Pledge of Allegiance and Scout Oath led by Scouts.

10:00 – Remarks by Ambassador Siv followed by Q&A with the audience Ambassador.

10:45 – Event concludes. Ambassador Siv will proceed to the rotunda to inscribe copies of Golden Bones. Scouts and their families are then invited to visit the George Bush Library for the group discount of $5.00 per person.

Event Details

Location: The event with Ambassador Siv will take place in the theater at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Parking: Free parking will be available at the George Bush Library. Please park in lot PA41 or PA43. Please see http://transport.tamu.edu/parking/maps/campus.pdf for further information.

Scouts & their families are welcome to attend. Please reply back/e-mail Eric Miller at govmiller@gmail.com with the number attending. I know it’s almost a month away, but the sooner I get the Bush folks a head count, the better prepared they can be.

So please reply back by Oct 20 *IF* you are going and how many are going. If you’d like more details, please ask- I’ll answer what I can. I can’t provide a concrete list of what requirements will be met, as I do not know exactly what Ambassador Siv will be talking about.

Thanks!

Eric Miller
MBC- Troop 802

2012 District Camporee

Scouting Around The World

Synopsis

Howdy! The Arrowmoon District Camporee is an annual campout in which troops all cross the district gather for competition and camaraderie. Patrols take part in events that test their Scouting knowledge and skills, teamwork, and leadership. Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to make new friends and learn new things throughout the weekend.

Seeing as last year was the most widely participated  World Scout Jamboree and this year is the 2012 Summer Olympics, we are celebrating diversity and the wide world of Scouting with our 2012 Camporee theme of Scouting Around the World. We hope each troop will participate in this theme.

Camporee will be held at Camp Arrowmoon near Hearne, Texas in Robertson County. This event is hosted by members of TAMU Students Serving Scouting/Sea Scout Ship 1876 and Scouters within the Arrowmoon District.

To promote pre-registration and improve planning, the fee for the event is $7.00/person if registered by the March 8 District Roundtable. The fee will be $9.00/person after the March 8 District Roundtable. On-site registration will be permissible.

The fee covers the costs of patches, ribbons, facilities, and supplies. Troops are responsible for all troop equipment and meals as well as bringing their best Scouting spirit!

Camporee will be March 23-25, 2012. Check-in begins at 5:30pm on Friday evening. Competitive events will be conducted on Saturday morning and afternoon. Campfire will be held on Saturday evening. Camporee will conclude with a chapel service on Sunday morning. All troops should plan on leaving Camp Arrowmoon by 12:00pm on Sunday.

Important Information

When?                 Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25, 2012

Where?               Camp Arrowmoon, Robertson County, TX

How Much?       Until March 8 Roundtable:           $7.00/person

After March 8 Roundtable:          $9.00/person

Events and Activities

Events and activities throughout the weekend will involve (subject to change):

  • Orienteering
  • Pioneering
  • First Aid
  • Firebuilding
  • Teamwork
  • Fitness
  • Strategy Building
  • Observation
  • Communication


Chair Contact Info

Joe Jilka                                    (979) 224-2698                jjilka@verizon.net

Planning Information

To help this event run as smoothly as possible, we would like to provide you with important information. This information is subject to change as plans are finalized.

Registration

Registration for this year will be on-line using the DoubleKnot registration system.  An emergency contact form is attached to this packet for you to fill out and bring to Camporee. Attach additional sheets as needed. Checks should be made out to SHAC. Please inform us if you are unable to register on-line or wish to mail your registration.

Directions to Camp Arrowmoon

From Bryan/College Station:

Take TX-6 north to FM-2549 (there are overhanging, blinking yellow lights and a green sign for Camp Arrowmoon) and turn right. Go 3.2 miles and turn right onto Camp Arrowmoon Road (there will be another green sign). Drive 1 mile on Camp Arrowmoon Road and turn in to the main gate.

 From Hearne:

Take TX-6 south to FM-2549 (there are overhanging, blinking yellow lights and a green sign for Camp Arrowmoon) and turn right. Go 3.2 miles and turn right onto Camp Arrowmoon Road (there will be another green sign). Drive 1 mile on Camp Arrowmoon Road and turn in to the main gate.

Camp Operation and Layout

Joe Jilka and TAMU Students Serving Scouting/Sea Scout Ship 1876 will be in charge of general camp operations and activities.

Camping will be located within the campsites. A list has been posted to the Arrowmoon website of those campsites troops maintain and care for. If your troop is not listed, please let us know which unclaimed campsite you desire, otherwise we will assign one. Parking and activities will be in the open, south field.

The lodge will serve as the main headquarters and first aid station. However, a satellite headquarters and first aid station will be set up near the activities area on Saturday to facilitate operations.

Parking & Traffic Flow

All traffic will enter through the main gate and exit through the South gate. Vehicles with trailers will be directed to the campsite area. All other vehicles will be directed to the parking area. Only one vehicle per troop is permitted in the campsite area. There will be no parking allowed in the Pine Grove or in the traditional campsite areas, with the exception of one emergency vehicle.

Emergency vehicle parking permits will be issued this year, one per troop. If vehicles without parking permits are found in the campsites, all patrols within the troop will penalized by 10 points per car on their overall competition score.

Schedule

A tentative schedule is contained in this packet. A “final” schedule will be distributed to your troop when you check in on Friday evening.

Check-In

Check-in begins at 5:30pm on Friday, March 23. When your troop arrives, a camp staffer will direct your unit to its camping area. Please check in as soon as you can after you arrive.

SPL & Scoutmaster Meeting

This important informational meeting will be held on Friday evening. Each unit should send at least an adult leader and a youth leader. We’ll cover important information and major last-minute changes. Then, stick around to socialize over cracker barrel with fellow leaders and with the camp staff.

Eagle Scout Gathering

Friday evening following the SPL & Scoutmaster meeting, an Eagle Scout Gathering will commence. All Eagle Scouts, new and old, are invited to gather, share stories, and enjoy cake as we celebrate the highest honor Boy Scouts can earn on the 100th anniversary of the first Eagle Scout Recipient.

Meals

Each troop will be responsible for its own meals.

Patrol Events

There will be several events on Saturday morning and afternoon in which patrols will compete against each other. The events will emphasize Scouting skills and the patrol method.

In keeping with the Camporee theme of “Scouting Around the World,” each event will tie into a facet of our world. We hope that the Scouts will learn a bit about other cultures and Boy Scout organizations around the world.

Troop Countries

Upon registering, each troop will receive a country to represent during Camporee weekend. Troops and Patrols are encouraged to display items that depict their country and that country’s Scouting program, wear traditional outfits, cook customary meals, etc. Troops and patrols will earn points toward the competition based on their exhibition of knowledge and spirit associated with the theme.

During lunch and following the activities on Saturday, there will be a Bazaar in the main Lodge. Sea Scout Ship 1876 will have typical American snacks and beverages available for purchase for those Scouts who are interested. There will also be displays for the boys to learn more about Scouting around the world. Scouts are encouraged to mingle, get to know one another, and have a good time.

Campsite Inspections

Campsite inspections will occur after Saturday’s activities and just before dinner. Campsites exemplifying the theme are encouraged and will be looked upon favorably.

John A. Jackman Memorial Dutch Oven Cook-off

John Jackman was the first advisor to TAMU SSS/SSS 1876, a Scoutmaster of Troop 802, and most importantly, an ardent Dutch oven chef.

Adults will submit entrées while youth will submit desserts. SSS 1876 will judge the entries and give awards. Whether or not you win, you’ll always have our eternal gratefulness!

Campfire & Order of the Arrow Tapout

To finish off a busy Saturday, we’ll build a campfire that will keep you warm. Scout patrols as well as adults are encouraged to perform a skit or sing a song. Skits and songs will be screened Saturday during lunch. Acts that tie to the theme are most welcome and will be rewarded. Visitors are invited to attend. The Order of the Arrow tapout will occur after campfire.

Worship Service

A Scout is reverent. A non-denominational worship service will take place after Sunday morning’s flag ceremony. If you will not be in attendance, please limit your movements about the camp.

Camp Breakdown & Check-Out

Camp breakdown will officially occur after the worship service. Please check-out with the staff before departing. Packets with patches and ribbons will be given when an evaluation form is completed. We request that all troops vacate Camp Arrowmoon by noon on Sunday.

 


Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 23

5:30pm-8:00pm                 Troop Check-in and Campsite Setup

8:00pm-8:30pm                 SPL and Scoutmaster Meeting

8:30pm-9:30pm                 Eagle Scout Recognition and Cracker Barrel

10:00pm                               Taps

10:30pm                               Lights Out

Saturday, March 24

7:00am-8:30am                 Reveille and Breakfast

8:30am-8:45am                 Flag Ceremony, Welcome, and Announcements

 

9:00am-11:00am               Patrol Events – Morning

11:00am-1:00pm              Lunch, Bazaar, and Troop Skit “Try-Outs”

1:00pm-3:00pm                 Patrol Events – Afternoon

 

3:00pm-5:00pm                 Campsite Inspections and Bazaar

5:00pm-7:30pm                 Dinner

5:30pm-6:00pm                 Dutch Oven Cook-Off Deliveries

 

7:30pm-7:45pm                 Flag Ceremony & Campfire Lineup

7:45pm-8:00pm                 Move to Campfire

8:00pm-9:30pm                 Campfire/Skits/Awards/OA Tap Out

9:30pm-10:00pm              Return to Campsites

10:00pm                               Taps

10:30pm                               Lights Out

 

Sunday, March 25

7:00am-9:00am                 Reveille and Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am                 Flag Ceremony, Move to Worship Service

9:15am-9:45am                 Worship Service

10:00am                               Break Camp & Troop Check-Out

12:00pm                               Depart Camp Arrowmoon

Fees

The fee for registering before or at the March 8 Roundtable is $7.00/person.
After the March 8 Roundtable, the fee for registering is $9.00/person.

The 2012 Arrowmoon District Camporee is a rain-or-shine event.

There will be NO REFUNDS.

2011 Arrowmoon Campout

2011 January Arrowmoon Campout
2011 January Arrowmoon Campout

We all had a great time this past weekend at Arrowmoon despite the cold and rain.  I thought I would just quickly post a couple of pictures that Mr. Howard provided (since this was a (rare) Adult led campout).

-Mr. Romero

Arrowmoon Fungus
Arrowmoon Fungus

Pioneering Campout – January 15th

Hello Troop 802 –

Yes, it’s that time again – CAMPING !!!! Yes! And to celebrate, we are doing a 2 night campout!

We will be having a Pioneering campout to practice log lashings and rope tying, as well as, hosting a local Webelos den from Pack 802.

Arrive Friday night at 6pm (or a little before to load) at the church. Webelos will be arriving Saturday morning around 10am.

See you then!