August 2011 

Newsletter for Scouts, Supporters & Valued Volunteers   

Working hard at Trainers EDGE Extreme


SPOTLIGHT:  Recruitment

 Put Your Unit on the Map is the application that puts your Pack, Troop or Crew on the map so potential Scouts and volunteers can find you. Customize your Google 'pin' with contact information, photo and special message along with your unit website.  Our goal is to have all unit pins updaged by August 1... just in time for Scout Nights. How to get started



New Fall Cub Scout Recruitment Kick-offs

The first Fall Recruitment Kick-off will be Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 pm to offer tools and training for a successful fall recruiting season. Join us for a meal, followed by a fast-paced presentation of new ideas, proven tools-delivered by enthusiastic trainers! The Fall Recruitment plan includes recognitions for packs that meet their goal and whose leadership participates a Recruitment Kick-off. New tools this year include a sample Boy Talk script and a New Leader cd. 

View other kick off dates. Please reserve your place

General News

CPAs, ATTORNEYS, CFPs, & CFREs...Sept. 7

The Sam Houston Area Council is conducting a CPE and CLE Course for credit hours.  The free course will be held on September 7, 2011.  Visit for more information and to RSVP. 


It's SCOUT DAY with the Astros

Sun. Aug 21 vs San Francisco Giants 1:05 pm

Sun. Sept. 25 vs Colorado Rockies 1:05 pm


Tickets $9 - $24. Games start at 1:05 p.m. RECEIVE A FREE 2011 SCOUT DAY PATCH with your ticket order. Save on service charges and handling fees...order a group of 20 or more, contact Brent Broussard at 713.259.8316 


John B. Turner Memorial Golf, Sept. 19


The 35th annual John B. Turner Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at The Kingwood Country Club in support of the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The tournament will be played on three courses with  prizes awarded for first through third place foursomes on each course. The longest drive and the closest pin for each course will also receive awards. Get in the game and sponsor a foursome!  More info


Silver Beaver Recipients for 2011


The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer.  In 1931, B.S.A. 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. More on award and 2011 recipients 


The Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program


The James E. West Fellowship Award nationally recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 to $24,999 in cash or securities to the Sam Houston Area Council's Endowment. With The Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program, even $500 can become a Fellowship Member.  The award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who devoted three decades of service to the Scouting movement serving from 1911 - 1943.  Honor an Eagle Scout, Graduate, retiree, soldier, unit leader or leave our legacy for years to come. 


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Memorials & Tributes 

For more on planned giving  Are you looking for a unique way to memorialize or honor those close to you?  Give a memorial ("in memory of") or Tribute ("in honor of") to that extraordinary individual in your life.


















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 Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy @ 6:00 PM Join us for Scout Night! October 23.  Includes advancement workshop for first 200 Scouts... more  Game Ticket: $16 per person (Regularly $20)


Part of BSA's National Strategic Plan is to involve youth in developing approaches and seeking solutions for issues facing the BSA today: retention, recruiting, health and wellness, families, education, service and many, many more.  To plan next summer's BEYOND (Building Experienced Youth - Outhstanding New Youth Development) Conference.  Eva Hogan and Monica Traylor, Sam Houston Area Council Sea Scouts, are part of the more 


Eagle Scout from Troop 584 in Katy earns 130 Merit Badges(includes all centennial merit badges issued in 2010). Miller is one of six Sea Scouts in the nation chosen to set sail this summer on the U.S. Coast Guard's Barque Eagle  More on this achievement


As we begin our second century of Scouting, we want to ensure that every Scout receives the very best program possible.  Journey to Excellence (JTE) can help achieve this vision through benchmarks on advancement, retention, training and service. 


Highlight:  "Building Scouting"


Prompt training of your leaders provides better program for your youth. All your current leaders need to complete training by the end of the year. The new leaders you recruit this fall will benefit by completing training this fall. Most of the training is conveniently on-line now, and leaders can easily work it into their schedule. Before a new leader can be registered, they must complete Youth Protection Training, which can be done without a BSA ID number. They can continue to take Fast Start, This Is Scouting, and other internet training right away. When their registration is complete and they have their BSA card with the ID number, they must update their MyScouting profile to link the training they have completed with their BSA training records. Face-to-face training can be recorded as soon as the person is registered. Expect each of your leaders to complete the required training, then follow up with them individually. Appoint a pack trainer or a member of the committee to be responsible for making it happen.


See goals associated with this element of JTE.  Each month you can review your progress with this  aid to tracking   reports

Leader Updates

Journey to Excellence...Service Hours

We'd like to recognize Pack 191 of the Arrowmoon District with the most service hours for the first half of 2011. They have logged in 560 service hours!


Scouting was founded on the premise of doing a Good Turn daily. Community service is very important in the character-building process and, as Scouts, we have made the commitment to give back to our communities. Make it meaningful, make it something visible to others.  You are encouraged to discuss and choose your projects with the help of your Scouts, unit committee, and chartered organization.  All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in this service project initiative.

To get started: Go to

You will need your unit ID* (five to 11 digits) and your unit number (four digits, no letters). You can get this information by calling the Sam Houston Area Council Program Servics Deparment, 713-756-3398.  *Please note this is the same ID number used for Internet Advancement. Click for unit tips


Popcorn Online Sales Now ON


Selling gourmet Trail's End popcorn allows units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Units earn 30% commissions and Scouts also earn gift card prize incentives reaching different levels.     New this year...Units can also earn an additional 2% Bonus Incentive based on their total sales by meeting the MISSION POSSIBLE Challenge. Sign up to sell... deadline August 15th.  Earn one of the requirments for Mission Possible...attend Council Training... see dates/times on popcorn page.  More on online through Nov. 29

Traditional Take Order Sale runs October 1st thru November 29th.



Wood Badge

Wood Badge for the 21st Century is the premier training program for all adult Scout leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. This includes all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing Leaders. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the Wood Badge course draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor organizations from throughout the country.  Our 2 Fall Courses are:

SHAC-114, Sep. 30 through Oct. 2 and Oct.21 through 23, 2011. SHAC-115, Oct. 27 through 29 and Nov. 17 through 19, 2011 For your registration form and other information 


New Cub Scout Leader Outdoor Orientation

BALOO...Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This course, offered in both English and Spanish, will be held Saturday, September 10 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Cockrell Scout Center. At least one adult per pack must have completed BALOO training and be in attendance for that outing in order to take your Cub Scouts camping. The Course Directors are Dale Sawyer and Alex La Mar. The course is $7.00 (We provide food and charcoal, you will prepare your lunch Cub-style!). Registration starts at 8:00 am and payment will be due then (please have correct change). If the cost is an issue, please let Dale Sawyer ( know and we will make accommodations as needed.Please RSVP by Sept. 7 with your language preference.


New SHAC Website pages

The Council has a new webpage devoted to District Operations. If you are a District level volunteer, check out this new District Operations page under leader resources.

Let us know if there is a resource you feel should be included on this page at


Also under Leader Resources is a Journey to Excellence page for Districts to use to see how they are measuring month to month towards the end of year GOLD qualification. Some of the needed reports are mathematically intensive so we are working on getting these posted monthly.



Fall Unit Health Status Report Interview

Commissioner staff will be contacting unit leaders to review the 2011 Fall Unit Health Status Report. The form and corresponding short interview by the commissioners allow them to work together with unit service staff in identifying both the strong and weak points in their program. Think about your concerns, specific unit needs and options for improvement when you schedule your interview

Cut Scout / Boy Scout / Venturing Updates

Fun with Son

Due to popular demand, we are bringing back our fantastic event designed for all newly recruited Cub Scouts. This fall we will be hosting 4 sessions of exciting Cub Scouting activities on October 21-23 at Camp Strake and Bovay Scout Ranch. Click here for more.


Pack Outing Weekends 

On designated weekends, a pack will allowed to camp at Bovay Scout Ranch with all program planned and meals cooked and carried out by their own pack. Campsites, restrooms and showers will available. This will allow the packs to have use of the facility, but without the cost of food, staff and program. Call 713 756 9123


Weekend Camping

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and family members who come to Cub Adventure Camp will have their day filled with an exciting variety of activities. Advancement is the ticket.  Hold a place

Tour Plan

Heading out with your Scouts?  You'll need a Tour Plan (formerly Tour Permit). More info on Tour Plan and guide to safe scouting.


Head to El Rancho Cima next summer

Have a blast at Cima this year?  Don't wait to secure your place for next summer. To sign up, call Tami Kinn at 713 756 3309.  


Register NOW for Winter Camp 

Troop and Staff applications are being accepted for Winter Camp at Camp Strake beginning Dec. 26th. Limited number of positions available...900 Scouts and 300 adults.Troop registraion  Staff applicationMore on Winter Camp  


Minto Rendevous For Sea Scouts, Sept. 9-11

Summer Camp Sea Scouts from across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas join Sam Houston Area Sea Scouts every year for the Annual Minto Rendezvous. Minto is a traditional rendezvous where youth test their nautical skills and maritime knowledge. In addition to the standard events, this year a Flotsam Flotilla race will be run. Each ship is encouraged to design and build a boat made of nothing but packing tape and cardboard. Competition promises to be fierce and hilarious. Minto will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch. Contact Cassie Johnson at





Order of the Arrow


Now is the time for candidates to choose their Ordeal date.  Please visit


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