June 2012 

Newsletter for Scouts, Supporters & Valued Volunteers   


General News

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? Whitewater, climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, and much, much more. (Not to mention all of the things you've grown to love about the jamboree: patch trading, SCUBA, arena shows, Technology Quest) The Summit, in beautiful West Virginia...t's going to be big. It's going to be wild. JULY 15, 2013- JULY 24, 2013. more


Scout Story of the Month

We want to hear your stories and share how Scouting makes a difference. Let us know how you helped in service to others or to the environment. Tell us how Scouting has impacted your life. Eagle Scout projects, Hornaday and unit service project would be great stories to submit. Enter to win a drawing each month for $20 at the Scout Shop. We will call for your stories on Council's facebook this month. We will feature each winning story in the Escouter and on facebook. 


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. contact Reyna Gonzalez with the Houston Dynamo Soccer Club at 713-276-7521 or regonzalez@houstondynamo.com 



Scout Day with Houston Astros

Sunday, July 29 vs Pittsburgh Pirates-1:05 Tickets $9 - $24.

 It's SCOUT DAY with the Astros. Games start at 1:05 p.m. RECEIVE A FREE 2012 SCOUT DAY PATCH with your group of 20 or more ticket purchase. Also save on service charges and handling fees when you order for a group of 20 or more, contact Brent Broussard at 713.259.8316



Scout Night with Sugarland Skeeters

The Sugarland Skeeters will be hosting the first annual Scout Night on Friday, August 24 at 7:05 pm against the Bridgeport Bluefish. The game will also feature a sleep-over which will take place immediatley following. The Scout Night Sleepover events are fun for the whole family (Cub Scouts ok). Game tickets $8 for lawn seat; Sleepover is SOLD OUT. All ticket holders receive a commemorative patch.  Contact: Taylor McFarland at 281.240.4487






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Eagle Scout Networking - Next Wednesday

All Eagle Scouts are invited to the Entrepreneurial Eagles Networking Breakfast, Wednesday June 6 at the Cockrell Scout Center, featuring Judge David Hittner on "Ethical Values in Business - Reflections from the Courtroom." Networking begins at 7:00 am sharp! Bring plenty of business cards for sharing. Register Now


Nominate SHAC...Nominations are now open for the 2012 Halliburton Hometown Hero Program! Members of the Greater Houston community are invited to nominate a local charity that is going above and beyond to make our community a better place to live and work. Winning charity receives $5,000. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, June 1


RAM Home Safety Prep Show presented by Popular Mechanics is offering a discounted tickets to adult Scouters. Saturday, June 2, 2012. 10 to 5, Reliant Center. Adults $8/Kids Free. (Save $2 with "scouts" promo code; online only). Meet Mykel Hawke of Man, Woman, Wild and Colby Donaldson of Top Shot. Check out displays by survival gurus, first responders, weather pros, check out cool supplies and gear. For tickets and more info: www.popularmechanicshomesafety.com  


Scout Night at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30pm in Reliant Stadium. Ringling Bros. powers up audiences with acts from all over the globe, featuring breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that spark the imaginations of children of all ages! Experience the current of excitement at Ringing Bros. Fully Charged! Come one hour early to meet our animals and performers at the All Access Pre-Show - FREE with your ticket! Each Scout will receive a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Scout Patch AND the first 50 to order will get access to Clown College. For info or to order groups please contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or christina@texasgrouptickets.com


The Children's Museum of Houston's Scout Overnights give Scouts the opportunity to explore the museum after hours, earn badges/belt loops/pins and sleep in our galleries. Activities related to badges/belt loops/pins will be offered while exploring the Galleries. Cub Scouts can meet requirements for the Math and Science loops and pins. Meet further requirements for Language & Culture, Art, Citizenship and Physical Fitness. www.cmhouston.org


Houston Museum of Natural Science...Any day this summer, June 2 through August 31: Bring your Pack or Troop in a group of 12 people or more to HMNS and get Permanent Exhibit Hall tickets for $7 per person. Visit the Box Office in your uniforms or troop shirts to receive your discount tickets. The first Saturday and Sunday of each month this summer is Scouts BIG Deal Family Weekend! Scouts and their family will get $7 tickets to the Main Exhibit Halls! Just come to the Box Office with a Scout in uniform or troop shirt on June 2-3, July 7-8, or August 4-5 www.hmns.org/bigyear 





 Leader Updates


Pay for your entire Scouting program and encourage your Scouts to learn life lessons by "earning their own way." The Trail's End Award Program motivates Scouts with incentives: The $600 Club, $1500 Sellers & College Scholarships. Sell Online or direct. All sales combined for prize incentives. ales materials provided at Council Popcorn Kick-offs. Choose which session best suits your schedule! Limited seating / Two people per unit please! Dinner, Training & FREE Leader's Tools. All sessions start promptly at 7:00PM. Check schedule. Please direct popcorn inquiries to popcorn@shac.org


Save the Date for Fall Recruitment Kickoffs

The Sam Houston Area Council will be holding several regionalized Fall Recruiting Kickoffs designed to help Cub Scout Packs plan and prepare for their recruiting rallies in the fall . See the full list of kickoff dates, times and locations. Registration will be posted on our home page in mid June. For further information on the Regional kickoffs or membership related questions, please contact Jonathan Holland



Online Advancement

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



Trainer's EDGE Extreme, July 7-11

Our Second Annual Trainer's EDGE Extreme is a 5-day training camp for youth who aspire to be or are currently trainers, through total immersion in practice and evaluation, this course enables youth to build confidence as effective presenters and leaders to improve their units as well as give them skills for future endeavors. more  


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 schedue 


Your Journey to Excellence

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 please e-mail questions to jtedistrict@gmail.com   If you are a District level volunteer and need resources, visit our District Operations webpage



Planning a Service Project 

Two new service resources are available from BSA. For Service Project Guidelines, including age guidelines for tool use and work at elevations... click here  For Project planning, this guide can be utilized for all Scouting service projects including those for Eagle Scouts. 



Wood Badge Leadership Training

Wood Badge is a six-day advanced leadership course offered four times per year for Scout Leaders involved in all program levels- Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Participants will learn techniques to become better leaders. Our next courses for 2012 will occur on the following weekends (Sep 28-30 &Oct 26-28) and (Oct 18-20 & Nov 15-17). Visit www.shac.org/wood_badge













 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Explorers

Day Camp / Twilight Camp 

Twenty-three Council Day Camps are offered in Districts across the Council. Scouts entering the first thru fifth grade in the next school year may attend. Participate in earning rank advancments, shooting BB-guns, archery, learning new skills, playing sports and games, making crafts...and new friends. www.shac.org/daycamp


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. View Brochure For Scouts entering 2nd - 5th grade for the '12-'13 school year, they'll learn Scouting skills and rank advancements. Choose from one of eight sessions in June and July. Sign up another unit and get a free Blue Bell Ice cream party at camp. Registration and more


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



Cima this Summer

Have a blast at Cima last summer? Senior Patrol Leaders and Scoutmasters who sign up again will receive a special edition belt buckle. More info on Summer Camp You can register here: Cockrell River Camp Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend Rough Riders is the NEW High Adventure experience for older Scouts at El Rancho Cima. Scouts will be surrounded by the beauty of the Texas Hill Country while participating in activities to include rock rappelling, ascending, a canopy zip line, horseback riding, wilderness survival, dug-out (mine shaft) overnighter, blacksmithing and more. Each week is limited to the first 75 participants. Both youth and adults may participate


El Rancho Cima Camp Staff

We are looking for your Best Scouts to be Summer Camp Staff Members. learn more 


Venturing Summit, Aug. 10-11

The Venturing Summit is the end-of-the-Summer activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and friends who are thinking about joining at Bovay Scout Ranch. There will be sailing, rowing, swimming, kickball, volleyball, baseball, tomahawk throwing, blackpowder rifle, geocaching, and more. www.shacventuring.org


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






 Order of the Arrow

Section Conclave at Texas A&M

Nine Lodges from south Texas get together for fellowship, competitions, shows and lots of fun while celebrating the traditions of the Order of the Arrow and spending the weekend at a local college. This year our host is Texas A&M on July 13-15. www.sr2-3s.org


Candidates Choose your Ordeal date

Please visit  http://www.colonneh.org/home

Support Scouting

Get in the GAME...Corporate Dodgeball Challenge

Sponsored by Anadarko Petroleum
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Competitive Edge Sports
Spring, Texas

The 2nd Annual Corporate Dodgeball Challenge is just around the corner so prepare your team for fast-paced competition, team building and fun.Every $1250 team entry fee will help the Boy Scouts of America's Sam Houston Area Council continue in the 100-year tradition of shaping young men into the responsible, respectable leaders of tomorrow. Build your team and SIGN UP ONLINE today! dodgeball@shac.org or call (713)756-3318 


Join the Heritage Society

Have you put Scouting in your Will or intent to do so? If so, you can become a member of the Scouting Heritage Society by returning this form. You will be invited to two special events annually and receive the Scouting Heritage Society Pin. Contact Devin.Koehler@shac.org for more information.


Announcing Endow 500

On June 1, our "Endow 500" campaign will blast off to reach a goal of 500 gifts ranging from $500 - $25,000 for a total of $1,000,000 by December 15, 2012. When matched one for one due to the Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program, the resulting $2,000,000 will return $100,000 on an annual basis to Scouting. All donors will be recognized as a James E. West Fellow. We have developed an Endowment Promotions Committee to help promote the program. If you are interested in learning more about the match or to volunteer, please contact Devin.Koehler@shac.org or 713-756-3321.




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