April 2012 

Newsletter for Scouts, Supporters & Valued Volunteers   


SPOTLIGHT:  Scout Fair 2012

Discover Your World

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 


LAST CHANCE TO Register for your booth TODAY


William Billard (left) and Alexander Bering (R) of New Faith Troop 601Be a part this amazing event at Reliant Arena.  We have close to 500 units signed up...don't be left out. Share your outdoor cooking and other Scouting Skills. Enjoy games, the merit badge midway, the Mega Derby and live entertainment.  View TV spot



Coupon Packs - Weekly Drawing Winners


Week 4 - Nicholas Lane

Troop 1014 in Soaring Eagle

Week 5 - Christian McConnell

Pack 888 in Flaming Arrow

Week 6 - Nicholas Braun

Pack 926 in Flaming Arrow

                  Week 7 - Haley Toppeto

Ship 208 in Raven


Don't forget to submit the form for the weekly drawing for every 15 Scout Fair Coupon Packs sold. Last chance for drawing in April 13th. Scouts will earn the Super Salesman Patch and be eligible for the weekly drawing. The Drawing Prize includes a weekend Kayak rental for two including the PFDs. The prizes are distributed at Scout Fair on April 14th at



Get ready for the 2012 Mega Derby 500 at Scout Fair...


MegaDerby 500

FREE Patch or Ribbon to All Participants!

Lightning Derby Mega Derby Thunder Derby

Registration OPEN Now!!

Closes 11:59PM * April 12th or upon 500 limit

On-site registration available contingent on 500 car limit.


View leaders page for more event info and Scout Fair Coupon Pack sales. Click here for online reservations to sell Coupon Packs at Kroger stores. 

General News

Planned Giving Seminar

Join us for a Complimentary PLANNED GIVING SEMINAR on Thursday, May 10 from 6pm - 8pm at the Bay Area Service Center of the United Way of Greater Houston (near Clear Lake) for information on building your estate plan and what it can mean to you. The speaker will be Andrew Lewis, well known and board certified estate planning attorney. Sandwiches will be provided. REGISTER ONLINE by May 8. Research a Planned Gift option that fits your needs with our new Gift Planning Website.




For the Graduate

Like We are so proud of our children. They have worked so hard and now they are graduating from highschool or college. Scouting has given lifelong memories and has prepared them for that step.  Please considere a lifetime membership in the James E. West Fellowship for your graduation gift. The James E. West Fellowship is a recognition program for $1000 gifts made to endowment. But right now even a $500 gift can become a James E. West member due to The Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program which matches dollar for dollar on all gifts to endowment of $500-$25,000. These gifts can be pledged and paid over several months as long as they are paid in full by December 15, 2012.  Your honoree will receive a certificate, a knot for his uniform, and a lapel pin. More


Friends of Scouting

The Friends of Scouting (FOS) program is the annual fundraising campaign that supports Council-wide programs, camps, training and helps close gaps so that EVERY boy can join Scouting and none are left behind. Contact your local District Executive on how to pledge your 2012 commitment. Next report meeting...April 19th at 6:30 pm. District, Community and Family FOS chairs, key leaders and volunteers should attend.  please rvsp marison.gonzalez@shac.org


Sporting Clays 

The 2012 Sporting Clays Event is scheduled for Thursday, April 26th at the beautiful Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve in Simonton, Texas.  Hess is our title sponsor and Wendel Skolaski of Amegy Bank is chairing this event. 

 This is a Council fundraising event with a corporate focus. Teams are made up of four shooters and start at $1,750. Individuals $500. For more information 



Scout Night with Houston Dynamo



Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas



Saturday, June 16 / 4:00 pm in the new BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas St.....Tickets $18 


All Scouts receive a Commemorative Patch with purchase. The first 150 scouts to purchase a ticket will have the option to hold the American Flag for the pre-game ceremony televised by ESPN. The following 200 scouts will have the option to be part of the Rally Tunnel, a human made tunnel to welcome the teams onto the field. 


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Houston Area Scout Shops will be holding a camping event on May 19, 2012. Save the Date and learn about backpack fitting, Dutch oven cooking, knot tying, how to pack for camp and more. Sign up for the Council facebook and receive more info http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/SHAC.BSA


Donate Your Car for Scouting Learn more here


Shell's HERO Matching Gift Program now extends matches to help fund the council contributing to your Friends of Scouting. Here's how:
2.  Click "Give Money"
3.  Select, United Way Plus Program
4.Select "Sam Houston Area Council"


TRAIL-GATING...National Trails Day is June 2 in the Sam Houston National Forest. Activities include guided hikes, equestrian rides, trail work, canoe/kayaking, children's activities and more. Sponored by USDA Forest Service, GHORBA, and more.  NTD.SHNF@yahoo.com


Houston Museum of Natural Science has issued its Spring schedule of advancement classes for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  more 


If you are a District level volunteer and need resources, this is the place to go 


 Leader Updates

Silver Beaver Award Nominations May 1

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a Council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Help us recognize registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the Council. This is the highest recognition a Council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader. To nominate a person 


Go for the GOLD

Journey to Excellence for the District is a resource 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. If you are a District Level volunteer and have questions about the Journey to Excellence District form ONLY, please e-mail questions to jtedistrict@gmail.com


New Youth Protection Policy


Youth Protection Training is required for all leaders to be registered with the BSA every two years. The classroom version (per Texas law) is now required within the past 2 years for all adults participating in along-term camping experience in the state of Texas.  This includes day camp scheduled over consecutive days, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp, summer camp, and winter camp. Adults must complete the test with a score of 70% or higher to be considered trained and will receive a training card. A copy of each test will be on file for two years. Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training will be available in Districts leading up to summer camp and Day Camp. You may also check web sites of neighboring districts for a class that will work for you. more  Please note: Local Tour Permits also require that one adult leader on any outing have completed Youth Protection Training within the past two years.



New Leader Training

There are several training opportunities available in the Sam Houston Area Council. Please consult the council training calendar for a session that best fits your schedule. 



Updating Your Training Record


Having trouble finding your internet advancement unit ID #? We publish and regularly update the list of all pack, troop, crews, ships, and team ID numbers located here




Wood Badge


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 beyond the BSA.   schedule. You must complete basic training for your position and then get your applications in to the council office , Program Services Department. For more information 




National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he/she must KNOW, and what he/she must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO.  more information    2012 course Camp Strake dates: 12-1 (A/B): June 3- June 9, 2012; 12-2 June 11 - June 17, 2012




Trainer's EDGE-XTREME. July 7-11

For NYLT staff, potential staff, and unit youth leaders who have completed NYLT there will be a special Trainer's EDGE five-day training program at Camp Strake beginning Saturday, July 7. Participants will learn how to prepare effective presentations using various media styles which will WOW those you train. As you improve your self-confidence and presentation skills, you and your teammates will be enjoying the benefits of outstanding activities. more 



Powder Horn High Adventure Training


Powder Horn is a fun six day course designed to expose adult and older youth leaders of Venturing, Sea Scout, Boy Scout and Varsity units to resources and experts available to southeast Texas Scouting units and to provide hands-on experience with exciting activities for older youths. Powder Horn exposes participants to high adventure activities for older youth; provides an introduction to the resources available to successfully lead Crews, Ships, Teams and Troops through a program of high adventure; and helps leaders feel comfortable offering challenging outdoor activities, while balancing fun with safety, health and responsibility.  May 4-6 and May 18-20, 2012 Registration and more


 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Explorers

Destination Bovay...Cub Scout Resident Camp

Cub Scout Resident camp is a three-night "comfort" campout with pre-set campsites, modern showers/restrooms, fully prepared meals in air-conditioned dining hall, amphitheater and lighted pavilions.  For Scouts entering 2nd - 5th grade for the '12-'13 school year, they'll learn Scouting skills and rank advancements. Resident include activities such as: seeking treasure in the Lost Mine, archeological quest at the Dinosaur Dig, high speed pedal action at the BMX Bike Track, Robin Hood Style adventure at the Archery Range, marksmanship at Fort Bluebell's BB Gun Range, action at the K.S. "Bud" Adams Sports Field, Pow Wow at the Indian Village, exploring camp at the Nature Center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park.  Choose from one of eight sessions in June and July.  Registration


NEW...Webelos Coyote Trail Extreme

At Coyote Trail Extreme (CTX), Webelos will work on Arrow of Light requirements while trekking across the Ranch to exciting Outpost program areas. With an introduction to the patrol method, Webelos gain insight into the importance of team work and an introduction to Boy Scouts.  There are two different programs: WOW (Webelos Outdoor Warrior) and WON (Webelos Orienteering and Navigation).  WOW has a shooting sports emphasis and WON has an orienteering emphasis. MORE   Leader's guide


District Day Camp / Twilight Camp 2012 

Save your district date for 2012 "Jungle Adventure" Day / Twilight Camp next summer. Scouts entering first thru fifth grade for the 2012-13 school year may attend. Scouts will make new friends and have fun earning rank advancements, shooting BBs and archery, learning new skills, playing sports, games and making crafts. Each camper will receive a t-shirt and patch.
Day Camp is a great supplement for the exciting advancement program offered at Bovay Scout Ranch Resident Camp



S.H.A.C. Corps 

Scouts Helping at Camp Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. Bring your personal camp gear and we'll provide the food and a special Council Shoulder Patch that will only be available to those who provide service. You can attend more than one weekend to collect all five CSP's. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas. Upcoming dates in several camps more


Head to El Rancho Cima this Summer

Have a blast at Cima this year?  Senior Patrol Leaders and Scoutmasters who sign up wil 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.  More info on Summer Camp  You also register here:  Cockrell River Camp   Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend    Rough Riders is the NEW High Adventure experience'  This premiere campsite located on the Devil's Backbone is committed to our senior Scouts who will experience a breath taking ride down a 1000' zip line, in preparation for a 2000' zip line that is guaranteed to start your heart and take your breath away. Discover how to saddle and bridle your own horse on an overnight horseback trek in the outback of El Rancho Cima. Learn the saga of our early heritage at the dugout in Apache Springs during an overnighter. Encounter unique rappelling and ascending on a real rock cliff and much more. 


El Rancho Cima Camp Staff

We are looking for your Best Scouts to be Summer Camp Staff Members. This is an experience that will form memories that will last a lifetime. For more information


Fundraising for Eagle Scout Service Projects 

The Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application (page 17 of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook) must be used in obtaining approval for service project fundraising or securing donations of materials. These are the exceptions:  all contributions are from the candidate, his parents or relatives, his unit or chartering organization, parents or other members of his unit, or the beneficiary of the service project. Please use the fillable PDF version of the form and print a copy for the project plan. link to the fundraising application   Comments or approval will be offered in two business days.  Please maintain a copy to submit with the project plan.


Sail Daze, April 8

Sea Scouts are celebrating their 100th birthday in 2012 with the upcoming event, Sail Daze for Sea Scouts, Venturers and Boy Scout youth ages 14 and up.   Youth will be sailing a variety of small craft on Galveston Bay from Houston Yacht Club on April 8th.  For more info, contact Bryan Talley at 713 419 3920. The first official centennial event in America was held in Sam Houston Area Council over the Martin Luther King weekend.  Two hundred and fifty-four Sea Scout youth and adults gathered at Camp Mohawk in Alvin on Saturday to begin three days of intense rank advancement training, fun, and fellowship.  Record-breaking attendance included eleven SHAC ships and 16 visiting ships from ten councils from across Texas and six other states.  


National Jamboree 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF THE FIRST JAMBOREE AT THE NEW SUMMIT? Are you a Venturer or Boy Scout who will be First Class rank by 2013?  Then you are eligible to attend the next BSA National Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in the mountains of West Virginia. 40,000 Scouts will enjoy whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, zip-lining, awesome shows, and more. JULY 15, 2013- JULY 24, 2013.   More on Jamboree 


 Order of the Arrow


candidates choose your Ordeal date. Please visit  http://www.colonneh.org/home

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