Spring Articles

   
Key Leader's Conference

January 11, 2015

Key Leader's Conference is an annual half-day meeting for district leaders to receive updates from the council at the Cockrell Scout Center. District Journey to Excellence recognitions are awarded. Training is typically offered for: district chair, district vice chair, district and assistant district commissioners, Boy and Cub Scout Roundtable staffs, Order of the Arrow, Eagle Scout Association, and the following committees: membership, program, activities, advancement, training, camping,  popcorn, religious emblems coordinator, and Enterprise Risk Management.


   
OA LLD Training and Banquet

January 17, 2015

All Order of the Arrow (OA) members are invited to attend the Lodge Leadership Development . This dynamic annual leadership training event will help Arrowmen learn more about the OA and Colonneh Lodge and become a better leader. Youth and adult training classes include leadership development, event planning, goal setting, and other tools needed to improve chapters. Arrowmen gather for a night of celebration at the annual Colonneh Lodge OA Banquet each January. Together, Arrowmen share their appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, recognize award recipients and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.


    
Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign in which district volunteers make a short presentation explaining how the Scouting program is funded and why financial support is needed to maintain and expand the quality programs and camping facilities during a special meeting (e.g., Blue and Gold, Court of Honor). Please schedule your FOS presentation with the district Friends of Scouting chair or district executive by January Roundtable.

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Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business and community organizations to support Scouting. The $24 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 . 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 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. Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.


    
Ten Commandments Hike

February 15, 2015

The Ten Commandments Hike is open to Scouts, Scouters and families of all ages. Participants hike to ten places of worship and hear a spokesperson from the religious organization explain the history of the building, distinctive nature of that organization’s religious beliefs and a brief explanation of one of the ten commandments. The hike includes an event patch for each participant. All Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, adult leaders, siblings, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, Sunday school classes, confirmation classes, or other interested youth and their parents, and friends are welcome!


    
Scouting for Food

January 24 & January 31, 2015

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.” There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit to the community than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.

Scouting for Food is scheduled for January 24 and 31, 2015, when Scouts throughout the Sam Houston Area Council 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. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," this council-wide service project begins Saturday, January 24 as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, January 31 to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

   
Scout Sabbath / Sunday

February 1 and 7, 2015

Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath is an opportunity for units are to participate in the religious service of their chartering organization by attending services in uniform, conducting a flag ceremony, speaking about Scouting, and/or formally thanking them for their support throughout the year. Unit should also consider have a recruiting information table in the foyer or hospitality area. This is also a great time to distribute the religious awards earned by Scouts. A religious institution has the option of celebrating Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath at its discretion.
 


   
University of Scouting

February 7, 2015

University of Scouting is the one opportunity each year where adult leaders of all program areas come together for a day of fun, fellowship, and learning. Whether you are a new leader or experienced, or simply an interested parent, there is something for you. This training offers a variety of courses designed to give additional information to help in all areas and programs. There are no prerequisites. University of Scouting is intended to enrich your program experience and provides quality supplemental training to allow leaders to enhance and improve the program quality that they deliver, and to have a positive impact on the youth of our council.


   
Venturing Rendezvous

March 14-16, 2015

The Venturing Rendezvous is a weekend campout activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program. The weekend is filled with games, movies, competitions, campfire and much moreMake it a full weekend, just a day, or a night and a day activity. The Venturing Rendezvous offers a chance to relax, do as much, or as little as you want, visit with old friends and make new friends, enjoy meals prepared for you, and of course, engage in a lot of fun activities. Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women 14 years of age (and in the 9th grade) through 20 years old. Venturing provides positive experiences to help young people mature and become responsible and caring adults. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development, citizenship, and physical fitness.


   
Scout Fair

April 18, 2015

Scout Fair is the biggest Scout show in the nation from 11am and 1pm at Reliant Arena. Scouts from Tiger Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts will have a fabulous, fun-filled day mingling with thousands of other Scouts and their families, participating in hundreds of hands-on activities (e.g., climbing walls, craft booths, monkey bridges, rubber band guns, making Gak, meeting astronauts), tasting gourmet camp-fare cooked by Scouts (e.g., cobbler, chili, turkey, bread), and taking home treasured bits of memorabilia.

Scout Fair coupon books are a wonderful way for units to raise money from February 1 – April 18. Coupon books are easy to sell since they only cost $10 and provide $600 in savings. Units get 30% commission on each coupon book sold and can get 40% if the unit has a booth at Scout Fair.

Scout Fair booths: Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon.


   
Spring Recruiting

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. Recruiting events can be any sort of fun activity that would entice elementary-aged boys to checkout Scouting. This can be simply inviting potential recruits to an already scheduled summer pack activity, or it can be a separate event focused primarily on recruiting. Invite newly recruited Scouts and kindergarteners to attend day camp and pack summer events. Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Tigers and their families involved early.


   
Silver Beaver Nominations

May 1, deadline

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader. Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate a fellow Scouter for this award.  Awards are presented at the Council Recognition ReceptionNomination forms are due May 1.

In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver recognition was established. The Sam Houston Area Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to W. A. Childress and to E. A. Hudson. Beginning with those first two awards, more than 1500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner. A complete complete list of Sam Houston Area Council Silver Beaver recipients is available.


   
OA Arrowmen Bash

May 1 - 3, 2015

OA Arrowmen Bash is a weekend event that allows Order of the Arrow members to recommit themselves to the principles of our order, brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. Friday night is an opportunity for fellowship. Saturday morning focuses on service to camp and Saturday afternoon and evening is filled with food, fun, and fellowship (e.g., games, activities, competitions, pow wow).


    
Program Preview

May Roundtable

Program Preview is held during May Roundtable. The district program for next year will be revealed. The SHAC Program Guide will be given to units. The Program Guide contains information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. The SHAC Toolkit contains valuable resources for units including the Scouting Trail, a monthly handout describing upcoming council events.

After Program Preview, units should conduct its annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources (Cubs Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing), as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), units can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures. Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! SHAC has a variety of leader resources and toolkits to help with planning. A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders.


    
New Eagle Scout Reception

May 17, 2015

New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout Class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and three guests. The evening is underwritten with generous sponsorships by many Eagle Scout alumni, charter members and patrons.  Eagle Scouts are encourage to join the SHAC Eagle Scout Association.


    
Council Coordinated

May 28, 2015

Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leaders to receive updates from the council at the Cockrell Service Center at 7:00 pm. Breakout sessions are typically offered for: district chair, district vice chair, district and assistant district commissioners, Boy and Cub Scout Roundtable staffs, Order of the Arrow, Eagle Scout Association, and the following committees: membership, program, activities, advancement, training, camping,  popcorn, religious emblems coordinator, and Enterprise Risk Management.


    
District Day Camp

June XX-XX from X:XX - X:XX pm at XX Location

Day Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Scouts can attend any district’s camp that best suits their schedule. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch.

At camp, Cub Scouts will salute those heroes who help keep us safe and secure each and every day. Can only adults be heroes? Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! Sometimes a hero is obvious, the policeman who risks his life to protect us from violence or the fireman who pulls people out of burning buildings. Some people around us seem like regular people, but they are heroes because they used to be soldiers in the military and served our country to keep us free. Heroes are all around us. You never know when or where emergencies will arise. Scouting teaches us how to handle these situations. We don’t expect to get hurt, and don’t expect to need first aid, but we are prepared just in case. Do Your Best! One person can make a difference. One person who helps can change someone’s world. Maybe one day the hero will be you or your Cub Scout.


    
District Twilight Camp

June XX-XX from X:XX - X:XX pm at XX Location

Twilight Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Scouts can attend any district’s camp that best suits their schedule. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch.

At camp, Cub Scouts will salute those heroes who help keep us safe and secure each and every day. Can only adults be heroes? Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! Sometimes a hero is obvious, the policeman who risks his life to protect us from violence or the fireman who pulls people out of burning buildings. Some people around us seem like regular people, but they are heroes because they used to be soldiers in the military and served our country to keep us free. Heroes are all around us. You never know when or where emergencies will arise. Scouting teaches us how to handle these situations. We don’t expect to get hurt, and don’t expect to need first aid, but we are prepared just in case. Do Your Best! One person can make a difference. One person who helps can change someone’s world. Maybe one day the hero will be you or your Cub Scout.


   
Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep youth safe from abuse. During YPT Training, participants learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, participants will answer questions about that section’s topic. This course must be completed by all registered leaders, and is highly recommended for parents and other adults working with youth.

The Texas Department of State Health Services requires all camp staff members (volunteer and paid) plus any adult attending a camp complete a Classroom Youth Protection Training in order to attend a licensed including day camp (Cub Scouts), summer camp (Boy Scouts), winter camp (Boy Scouts), resident camp (Cub Scouts).  We have <insert several or two> upcoming courses:

Month XX, 2015 X:XX pm XX Location, XX address
Month XX, 2015 X:XX pm XX Location, XX address

Find additional courses being held around the council. Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training is good for two years from the date of completion. FAQ's for Classroom Facilitated YPT.


    
Boy Scout Summer Camp

Sam Houston Area Council hosts two individual summer camp experiences where Boy Scouts can earn merit badges, learn and practice their Scouting skills, follow the patrol method and work towards advancement while having a fun time swimming, climbing, shooting and enjoying the Texas hill country. Attend either Cockrell River Camp or Walter Hall Horseshoe Bend.

Super Troop is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to attend an extra week of camp or to attend camp individually if a Scout can’t attend camp with his unit. Limited spots are available. Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience at El Rancho Cima.  Older Scouts, Venturers and adults will experience zip lining, a horseback trek, whitewater adventure, rock climbing, rappelling and much more. Scouts can attend during the same week as their unit attends El Rancho Cima or Scouts can sign up individually..

Summer employment opportunities are available. Staffing summer camp is an outstanding opportunity to serve Scouting through working at one of the Sam Houston Area Council’s summer camps: Cockrell River Camp, Walter Scout Camp Horseshoe Bend or Bovay Scout Ranch. Full-time summer camp staff employment is available for Scouts and Venturers ages 16 and up and adult Scouters. In addition, counselor-in-training opportunities (two weeks of service) are available for Scouts and Venturers 14-15 years old.


    
National Youth Leadership Training

June

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Content is delivered in a unit and small group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Courses are held in June and December. Courses fill up early.


    
Resident Camp

July

Resident Camp is a three-night summer camping program for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade at Bovay Scout Ranch. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire, and lots more.  From Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Scouts attending resident camp are also encouraged to register for day camp, as the advancements offered at Resident Camp add to those offered at Day / Twilight Camp.

 

Upcoming 2015 Fall Events

Fall Popcorn Sales - August 1 - December 1, 2015
Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Online sales begin August 1. Show-and-Sell runs from September 1 to September 30. Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24.

SHAC Venturing Summit - August 8-10, 2014
The Venturing Summit is the end-of-the-summer activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program. There will be a full slate of activities such as small boat sailing, rowing, slip and slide, swimming, kickball, volleyball, geocaching, Guitar Hero challenge and more.

SHAC American Indian Weekend - August 15-17, 2014
American Indian Weekend (AIW)  is an opportunity to learn more about the American Indian culture and expand your dance and craft skills. Opportunities will be focused on learning to dance, making outfits and crafts, singing and many other areas of the American Indian culture. AIW is open all Boy Scouts and Venturers.

OA Troop/Team Representative Summit - August 17, 2014
The OA Troop/Team Representative Summit is a training experience for Order of the Arrow (OA) troop/team representatives and their advisers. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop/team representative adviser.

SHAC Trade-o-ree - August 22-23, 2014
Houston Trade-o-ree is an opportunity to buy, sell, and trade Scout memorabilia. All proceeds from this inaugural event go to help send youth, in need of assistance, to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at Michigan State University.

SHAC Webelos Coyote Xtreme - October 10-12, 2014
Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme is a weekend for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast paced fun filled weekend, Webelos work on Arrow of Light requirements, while trekking across the ranch to exciting outpost program areas. Webelos are introduced to the Boy Scout patrol method giving them a unique experience into the importance of teamwork and an introduction to Boy Scouts.

SHAC Fun with Son - October 17-19, 2014 at Bovay Scout Ranch and Camp Strake
Fun With Son gives newly registered Cub Scouts and their families an opportunity to experience and overnight campout and exciting activities such as BB guns, crafts, archery and more! Fun With Son is held at both Bovay Scout Ranch and at Camp Strake.

OA Fall Pow Wow - October 31-November 2, 2014
OA Fall Pow Wow is Colonneh Lodge’s premier event for Order of the Arrow members. It is a combination of activities such as exciting games, sports, ceremony and dance classes, regalia building activities, competitions, pow wows, shows and more for three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration.

SHAC Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Training - November 8, 2014
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Over 50 classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meeting ideas, field trips, pack committee resources, pack meeting ideas and more.

Community Service Day - November 15, 2014
Community Service Day is an opportunity for units to perform a community service project, conservation project, project for their chartered organization, or participate in an Eagle Scout project.

SHAC Winter Camp - December 26-31, 2014
Winter Camp is held each year at Camp Strake between Christmas and New Years and is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and for Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with actual real-life experiences in the field. Registration is due by October 31.

National Youth Leadership Training - December 26-31, 2014
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Content is delivered in a unit and small group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment.

District First Aid Meet - Month XX, 2015
Boy Scout Patrols are tested on their first aid skills at the district First Aid Meet. Patrols work as a team to solve several first aid scenarios. The top two scoring patrols represent the district at the Council First Aid Meet.

District Camporee - Month XX-XX, 2015
The district Camporee is a weekend campout for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.

Webelos Woods - Month XX-XX, 2015
Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday morning, Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots) and during the afternoon local Boy Scout troops teach basic Boy Scout skills. The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.

District Dinner - Month XX, 2015
District Dinner is an opportunity to thank our district volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. XYZ District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized. All Scouters are invited.

Pushmobile - Month XX, 2015
A pushmobile is a boy powered go-cart. Cub Scout dens make their own pushmobile. Six boys work together as a team to push their pushmobile through the course to the finish line at this annual district event.

Fishing Tournament - Month XX, 2015
Cub Scouts love to fish. At the Fishing Tournament, Cub Scouts will work on the fishing belt loop and compete for the longest, smallest and most fish by rank. This is a great event to bring prospective Scouts.

Pinewood Derby - Month XX, 2015
Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track.