Oct 2011 

Newsletter for Scouts, Supporters & Valued Volunteers   



SPOTLIGHT:  Pop'tober

Popcorn and BeAScout.org will go hand in hand this year.  With a media push scheduled this month, families who want to buy popcorn will check BeAScout.org to find a unit in their area.  Make sure your information is current. Customize your Google 'pin' with contact information, photo and special message along with your unit website.  How to get started

General News

 Silver Beaver Awards, Oct. 10

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer.  Join us at the Chapelwood United Methodist Church reception to award the 2011 recipients . 



FOS Chair training, Oct. 18

FOS chairpersons are invited to attend the 2012 Chair Orientation. The training will be held at the Cockrell Service Center and is scheduled for October 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. All attendees will hear from fellow volunteers that have been successful in raising funds to support Scouting in their respective areas. Dinner will be served so please reserve your place by emailing marisol.gonzalez@shac.org by October 14, 201



Scout Night at Houston Dynamo vs. LA Gallaxy


 Oct. 23 / 6PM Tickets $16

This will be the LAST GAME AT ROBERTSON STADIUM and will feature David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Purchase your tickets now to reserve your seat! First 200 Scouts can sign up for clinic to achieve some of the requirements for Sports Advancement. more 



Scout Day at King Tut Exhibit, Nov. 12


Visit Tutankhamen: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs exhibit. Fulfill some of the requirments of art advancement with workshops designed for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Pick up a take-home bag filled with resources and materials, including a fun art activity. The exhibit times run from 11am - 12pm and ongoing workshop until 4pm. Registration begins Friday, September 2, 2011. For tickets and info, or call 713.639.7584



Honor a soldier and match the gift

We are so proud of our Soldiers & Veterans.  They have worked so hard for our country and have risked a lot. Many are also Scouts.  Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the appropriate recognition that would be truly meaningful.

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.  Honor a soldier...pledge now and pay monthly through Dec. 15th. Your honoree will receive a certificate, a knot for his Scouting uniform, and a lapel pin.



 FOS Kick-off Dinner, Nov. 17 

On November 17, 2011 all key finance volunteers will gather to kick off the 2012 Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign year. This rally is where 2012 pledges are declared and each campaign will be tallied with the progress of their goal. FOS funding supports Scouting's youth development programs that serve over 48,000 youth members. Reserve your place for an inspiring program about Scouting's impact.






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Now through October...The Houston Scout Shop at the Cockrell Scout Center will be open the following hours: Monday - Wednesday 9 AM - 6 PM; Thursday & Friday 9 AM - 7 PMSaturday 9 AM - 6 PM. The Clear Lake Scout Shop will have the following extra hours during September and October: Saturdays open till 5PM. The Camp Strake Scout Shop will have the following permanent Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 AM - 6 PM; Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM


The ExxonMobil Foundation offers a volunteer incentive program to help the Sam Houston Area Council for hours served individually or as part of an approved team project. Recent changes in this program allow districts to benefit - but each district needs to apply in order to participate.  Read more or contact match@shac.org or  (713) 756-3318



Join the official Sam Houston Area Council Facebook page. Take advantage of news and opportunities posted on facebook that are too timely for eScouter.Help spread the word to your Scouting friends and family and ask them to join at www.facebook.com/SHAC.BSA



District Operations webpage...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. comments? DistrictOps@shac.org


Preserve the tradition and values of Scouting, as well as perpetuating its future for generations to come...Join the Heritage Society. Include Scouting in your estate planning or make outright gifts Of $10,000 or more to the Endowment of the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The 2011 Reception of the Scouting Heritage Society will be held on October 25.  Contact (713) 756-3321 or Devin.Koehler@shac.org.


Houston Museum of Natural Science Fall advancement classes start this month.  see schedule



Scouts in uniform will receive free admission to the Big Texas Train Show benefiting the Houston Railroad Museum.  Oct 8-9 at Georgia R. Brown.



 Donate your car and support Scouting











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:  "Service Projects"


This month's Highlight is: "Service Projects: The unit participates in service projects, with one benefitting your chartering organization. The projects and hours are entered on the Journey to Excellence website."   Check out the new COMMUNITY SERVICE WEB FORUM now located on the home page. 


"A Scout is Helpful." "...to help other people at all times..." Pretty high up on the priority list of things Scouts do! Unless youth see those words in action, that is all they are - words. Young boys need concrete examples so they can better understand what "helpful" means. Service projects not only help other people, they are practical ways to teach our Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers the meaning of service. Service is a requirement for Boy Scout and Sea Scout ranks. We, as leaders, help meet those requirements and teach those ideals when we schedule and accomplish unit service projects on a regular basis. When we are done, we need to log them in the JtE website (https://scoutnet.scouting.org/gtfa/ui/security/login.aspx). You have closed the loop, from planning to doing to reporting.

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




 Leader Updates

Pop'tober begins October 1st - November 29th

Units not signed up to sell, please email contact data to popcorn@shac.org . It's not too late to sell!!! Selling gourmet Trail's End popcorn allows units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Units earn 30% commissions and Scouts earn gift card prize incentives reaching different levels. New this year...Scouts that sell $100 in Military Sales earn a special patch. Join the $600 Club!


Sell $600 in popcorn and earn the Zyclone


 Leader's Tools, Important Dates, Mission Possible, Trail's-End Log-In, SHAC Popcorn Site


Additional Popcorn Sales Brochures available at council, your District Executives or District Popcorn Chairman Have you created your on-line selling account?  


Your SECOND Rally 

Why set up that second rally? You will increase the opportunity to provide Scouting to all of the youth in our communities. You'll also grow the pack both in youth members and adult leaders. Second rallies can be shaped to the pack's needs. Some packs hold a second rally just like the first, others hold a special event, and many invite interested families to a pack meeting where the prospective members attend 30 minutes in advance to hear a message on Scouting and the activities to come. For creative ideas, talk with your district membership committee and/or with your district executive. Get Boy Scout troops to get involved! They can help out at rallies, or early pack meetings, and it gives great exposure for the troop from new boys entering the program, and returning Cub Scouts, reminding them that in a few short years they will be able to cross over to Boy Scouts. Be sure to follow-up with any families that attended a rally but have not completed an application.



Ensure the new Cub Scouts (and their families!) are active in their new dens and packs! Check den attendance rosters against pack roster to see that every new Cub Scout is registered by Nov. 1



Scouting for Food

In the Law of the Pack, a Cub Scout gives good will and in the Boy Scout Promise, a Boy Scout promises to help other people at all times. By participating in the Scouting for Food drive in association with Souper Bowl of Caring, Scouts are able to fulfill those words. Last year we collected 175K pounds of food, the largest amount by a single organization.  Papa Johns is generously providing door hangers designed to hang on doors. Help fight hunger in your neighborhood. The Scouting for Food kick-off for will be on Thursday, October 27 at the Cockrell Scout Center at 7:00 PM for all Scouting for Food District leaders. more information/sign up your unit to participate



Council Coordinated Meeting Oct. 27, Please register

Please register for the upcoming Council Coordinated meeting and let us know what break out sesssions you will attend. To help you run a strong District Committee meeting, we will present a mock meeting in the general session. Help us plan the room size necessary for each break-out.  Register Here



Cub Scout Leaders Pow Wow, Nov. 5

Join in for a Cub Scout leader's learning extravaganza - a big fun-filled experience where Cub Scout leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting. Offered only once per year, you get to choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions. Walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! Click here for more information  




Day Camp Training, Nov. 4-6

Training specifically for day camp and program directors will happen at Camp Strake. Register


Wood Badge

Boy Scouts of America offers leaders with a progression of training opportunities to give adult volunteers the skills they need to provide leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.  Wood Badge is BSA's ultimate leadership training for adults, where participants are immersed in a six-day course covering the theory, practice, and experience of appropriate skills for leading others within Scouting and in many environments beyond the BSA.  SHAC-115, Oct. 27 through 29 and Nov. 17 through 19, 2011 For your registration form and otherĀ information 


Journey to Excellence Resources 

 You'll find the Journey to Excellence page for Districts to use to see how they are measuring month to month towards the end of year GOLD qualification.  District Journey to Excellence criteria is in the final phase. The most critical item on the form is item #1; unit participation in Journey to Excellence. All Unit Commissioners and District Committee members are encouraged to mention this every opportunity you have at the unit level.  October 27, 2011 is the next Council Coordinated Meeting, 7PM at the Cockrell Scout Center. We will be demonstrating a formal district committee meeting for all to see. Everyone will participate in this during the general session.  Please encourage your committee to attend.



College of Commissioner Science, Dec. 3

 "Graduating with Honors" is the theme for SHAC's second year of Commissioner College. The college dean and his highly acclaimed staff of educators and instructors are preparing an outstanding catalog of accredited sessions aimed at assisting Commissioners and Scouting adults in earning Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degrees of Commissioner Science. "Cockrell Hall" will set the stage for a day of higher education. A course schedule and complete catalog of courses can be found on the council website. For information and registration 


























Cut Scout / Boy Scout / Venturing / Explorer Updates

Fun with Son 

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for NEW Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner at Camp Strake or Camp Bovay.  Sessions run from October 21 - 23.  Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire, and more.  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.


New Director at Bovay Scout Ranch 

Please welcome Dr. Carmalita (Carmie) McCallum who has joined our staff at Bovay to serve as Camp Director. Dr. McCallum is a retired educator. She has been a teacher from grades K thru 5th grade and also has been an assistant school principal, a principal and a professor at Texas A & M University. Dr. McCallum is no stranger to Scouting either, after graduating from college she served as an Aquatics Director for El Rancho Cima - Horseshoe Bend, River Camp and Camp Strake for 6 years. A BSA Head Wrangler and Boots & Saddle Director at El Rancho Cima for 2 years, she has also served on National Camp Training Staff.



Don't let the burn ban affect your next campout or Scouting activitiy! There are still lots of fun and excitement to be had in spite of the weather conditions and fire bans.  If you plan ahead for "no-cook meals" and bring high-calorie power foods, you can make sure your body receives the  sustenance it needs. Remember to drink plenty of water with every meal.


Day Camp Meetings

Lot's to know about setting up your District Day Camp.  We'll meet the third wednesday of the month at 6:30 to discuss plans and actions.  Join us at the Cockrell Scout Center for these informative sessions October 19 and November 16 (no mtg in December).  Camp and Program directors are strongly encouraged to attend.


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



Eagles, Eagles on the Wall

Next time you visit the Cockrell Scout Center, check out our newest Eagles on the wall.  Congratulations to our 2010 class. see full list 












Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge at Texas A&M

The Boy Scouts Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge event at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine will take place April 14, 2012.  You must register Nov. 14-18.  Frequently Asked Questions



New Conservation Class starts Oct. 22

 The SHAC Conservation Committee will host a Ranger Conservation program at the Spring Creek Nature Center - it is a three session event.  Starting Oct 22, the class will cover Ecology, selected local species, and how to measure our world.  Dec 17 will cover how to design, develop and execute a conservation project.  Feb 18 will cover International Conservation efforts and site investigation.  The event is free, but please pre-register so that instructional materials will be available in the correct quantity. 


National Leadership Training (NYLT), Dec. 26-31

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide Scouts with the leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops/crews and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  Every troop/crew should have at least one representative at NYLT 2011, space is limited to forty-eight (48) participants. Next course Dec. 26 - 31 at Bovay Scout Ranch. More 


Head to El Rancho Cima next summer


Have a blast at Cima this year?  Don't wait to secure your place for next summer. New programs for older scouts including high adventure Rough Riders.  Senior Patrol Leaders and Scoutmasters who sign up their unit by Dec. 31 will save $20 per scout and receive a special edition belt buckle. Lasso two units who didn't come last year and you'll get a custom branding iron for your unit. To sign up, call Tami Kinn at 713 756 3309 or visit camp registration page



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 




National Jamboree

The next BSA National Jamboree will be held in August 2013 at the new Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in the mountains of West Virginia.  This Jamboree will be the first at this premier new facility.  If you want to be part of breaking in the new site adjacent to the New River Gorge National River as part of the Sam Houston Area Council contingent, now is the time to register. Parents can register their scouts by completing the online registration forms.  The application will require a small registration fee.  Once applications are completed online, they must be printed out, approved and signed by the scout's Scoutmaster, and returned to the Sam Houston Area Council.More 


World Affairs Forum

All High School Students are Invited to Attend World Affairs Council Houston's Young Leaders Forum, Monday, October 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hear Andrew J. Tabler, expert on US-Syria relations talk about Syria Youth Today. Free for students. Registration required. Click here for details. At this event, get more details on the new World Affairs Council Exploring Post after Forum. www.learningforlife.org/exploring




Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia will soon launch the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Police Explorers program, a career and value-oriented initiative that will give young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with deputies of the HCSO.



The program will have posts in Houston, Humble, Spring and Tomball. (News story) It is open to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 (must have completed the 8th grade) and 21 interested in a career in law enforcement. Scout Master Joseph (Al) Blendermann, who also is a veteran Sergeant of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, will lead this important program.More 















 Order of the Arrow


Fall PowWow, Oct. 14-16

Fall PowWow is Colonneh's premier Lodge event and is an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and lots of fun at Camp Strake. It is a combination of sports, exciting games, competitions, shows, Native American activities, Vigil callout, and many surprises. This year's PowWow will also include Lodge Officer elections. Arrowman will camp with their Chapter for a weekend of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. All Arrowman are invited to "Catch the Spark, Ignite the Passion.  more


OA Elections

Now is the time for your Troop or Team to sign up for the Fall 2011 Order of the Arrow elections. Elections run from September 1 - November 15, 2011 for the 2012 class of candidates. If your District's/Chapter's Unit Election Committee has not yet contacted you, please contact the Chapter Order of the Arrow Adviser  in your District to schedule an election for your unit. The OA is pleased to announce that we are once again offering Call-outs, Election, and Ordeals at El Rancho Cima. Election Forms  Ordeal Registration Forms   

Brotherhood Ceremonies

Have you been in the Order of the Arrow for more than 10 months? An Ordeal member's commitment is to return in service to their unit, a duty that should never be neglected. The Brotherhood honor is a step that an Ordeal member should take when ready to seal their membership within the OA. Take part in a spectacular Brotherhood ceremony marking the completion of induction into the Order of the Arrow. Add "bars" to your sash at one of the upcoming ceremonies: Sept 10 at 4:00 at Strake Dining Hall, Oct 15 at Fall PowWow, Nov 19 at 4:00 at Strake Dining Hall, or Dec 28 at Strake Seaton Lodge at 7:00. more 


National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)

Colonneh Lodge is taking a contingent to the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) which will held at Michigan State University from July 30 through August 4, 2012. NOAC will feature a number of unique events, including ceremonies, drum, and dance, evening shows, the OA history museum, awesome recreation competitions, Founder's Day Parade, the Grand Hodag, inter-Region dodge ball and more. Cost is $800-$900.  Deposit is due by January 1.  Space is limited

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