August 2012 

Newsletter for Scouts, Supporters & Valued Volunteers   



General News
2012 Silver Beaver Award Recipients 
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer for distinguished service in the area. 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.  Join us for the Awards on Oct. 15.  See the 2012 recipients...more info


Scout Day with Houston Astros

Sunday, Sept. 16 vs Philly
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. More 



Scout Day at the Bayou Bucket

Saturday, Sept. 29 / 2:30 pm at Reliant Stadium

Tickets $20 and includes commemorative patch


Join us for Scout Day at the Bayou Bucket, Houston's premiere college football rivalry featuring the Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls. Be one of the first 200 to secure your ticket and participate in the the giant flag ceremony on the game field during the national anthem. For tickets to the Bayou Bucket, presented by StateFarm, contact Warren Caguioa at 832-667-2319
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Clearance Sale at Scout Shops through August 3. Check out the Huge Clearance Sale at all Houston Area Scout Shops. From T-shirts to pocketknives, you will find it at a great price.


Earn Scout achievements at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Programs for Tigers, Wolfs, Bears, Webelos and Boy Scout Bird Study Merit Badge. Call 713 366 0376 more


Continuing Professional Education for CPA's,Attorneys & CFREs... attend this complimentary course On Oct. 23 for credit hours. Be a part of the new Estate Planning Professional directory. For speakers and registration

 Leader Updates


ONLINE SALES BEGIN TODAY! Hassle-free delivery and easy to track...all online sales are directly shipped to customers.  Sales will be credited to a Scout's unit and the Council in his name.  Scouts can earn cool rewards when they sell online. Go to the Trail's End leader's website to watch the online selling tutorial.

Check out the great incentives: The $600 Club, $1500 Sellers & College Scholarships. Whether you sell online or direct, all sales are combined for prize incentives. Get your sales materials at the Council Popcorn Kick-offs scheduled for September...All sessions start promptly at 7:00PM. Check schedule.
Limited seating / Two people per unit please! Dinner, Training & FREE Leader's Tools.   Please direct popcorn inquiries to



Register NOW for Fall Recruitment Kickoffs

Please join us for a fun and exciting kickoff that is sure to help you recruit new Scouts! You will hear rally suggestions, gain new ideas and methods, learn about this year's joining incentive, and work with experienced rally leaders who have been successful in your area! The 2012 Rally Plan uses proven ways to get more boys and adults excited about Cub Scouting - giving us the opportunity to change even more lives. There will be twelve kickoffs held in ten different locations across the Sam Houston Area Council., so one is sure to be close to you! Food will be provided at all Kickoffs and all Kickoffs are free for up to four people from your pack. See the full list of kickoff dates, times and locations. Click here to register.  For further information on the Regional kickoffs or membership related questions, please contact Jonathan Holland  



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 



New Session...Trainer's EDGE, Aug. 18

This course is designed to help make Scouters better trainers! This training session instructs leaders on better ways of making presentations at trainings and allows the participants to practice the EDGE (Explain, Demonstrate Guide & Enable)training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences. Participants include all program areas that deliver training to adults and youth leaders. Our next course will be on Saturday, August 18, 8am-4:30pm at The Family of Faith, 16710 FM 529 Road, Houston, Texas, 77095 More


Religious Emblem Training, Aug. 23

Looking for a great way to strengthen your unit program, foster better relations with your faith based chartered organization AND build your Scouts' faith? Well, the Religious Emblem programs can do all three at once. To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed numerous religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America approves of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The Religious Emblem awards can be earned by Scouts at all levels as well as adult volunteers. BSA has created two new volunteer positions: Council Religious Emblem Coordinator and District Religious Emblem Coordinator (DREC). Join us for DREC training program on August 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Cockrell Service Center.  Contact your District Professional for more details. More on emblems


A PROJECT WILD/Aquatic wild WORKSHOP, Sept. 15

On Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 am - 6 pm in Montgomery County take a course on conservation & educational activities emphasizing habitat and wildlife. Ideally suited to nature and environmental education. Games and activities can be used for troop pack and den meetings, camporees, Scout advancement. Receive two books with over 160 activities.Teachers can also receive TEEAKS credit. The first 20 participants pay a reduced fee compliments of BP. More info



Wood Badge Adult Leadership Course

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 





Save Nov. 3 for Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow 

Experience a day of fun learning the tools and resources to help your Cub Scouts have the BEST Scout Program possible! Pow Wow is a training convention that takes place in a festive atmosphere designed for pack leaders - the Cubmaster should take all Cub Scout leaders to this learning extravaganza. Come out to learn new things, share ideas and see what the other packs are doing. We will be offering over 100 sessions to choose from! There will be something for everyone-Leaders, Assistants & Parents! Nov. 3 from 8-4 at the Paul Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Dr., Houston




NYLT, Dec. 26-31 

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for Councils 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. Join us this year at Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, TX. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give skills and confidene. This course fills up very quickly, so don't delay. more










 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Explorers

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.   


Eagle Scout Day of Service 
Our Gathering of Eagles in February was themed, "Dedicated to a Life of Service." Let's carry forward...join us for our first Eagle Scout Day of Service on Sat. Oct. 13, 2012, at Yellowstone Academy, a faith-based, non-denominational school serving low-income children in grades K-8. We'll take on a variety of repairs and improvements on the campus, working from 9am until 1pm where lunch will be provided. Yellowstone Academy is at 3000 Trulley St., on the corner of Trulley and Sauer, Houston TX 77004, in the Third Ward. Eagle Scouts...Join us in the start of a new tradition, our first council-wide Eagle Scout Day of Service. Register  questions

Winter Camp 2012 

Winter Camp 2012 is right around the corner for Boy Scouts. Chris Jones will be back as the Camp Director and Bobby Warren will be returning as the Program Director as well. A "Spy Theme" will entice your Scouts to attend and participate in the fabulous activities, more to be revealed as we approach December 26. Take this opportunity to register your unit now. Register here


El Rancho Cima Summer Camp 2013

El Rancho Cima just had one of the of the best seasons we have ever had. We are taking reservations for 2013. To reserve your week, please contact Tami Kinn at today. We are planning even more exciting activities for your Scouts and Adult Leaders.


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 

 Order of the Arrow

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Support Scouting

Sam Houston Area Golf Classic, Sept. 19th 

Please join us at The Clubs of Kingwood on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

The Classic will be played in a scramble format with prizes awarded to the top three foursomes on each course. Prizes will also be given for the longest drive and closest to the pin on each course. All proceeds from the event go to support Scouting in the 16 counties supported by the Sam Houston Area Council. Teams start at $2,000. Many sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit  or contact


Honor a Unit Leader

Like many of us, we are so thankful for that special Unit Leader. They do an outstanding job for your Unit and deserve more than anyone can give them. This year, consider a lifetime membership in the James E. West Fellowship to endow the outstanding programs we now have and provide the funds to meet future needs. While the James E. West membership is $1000, your donation of only $500 can bestow this honor. Due to the generosity of The Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar for endowment gifts 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. For more information. Contact or (713)756-3321


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 for more information.



Announcing Endow 500

"Endow 500" campaign has set 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. If you are interested in learning more about the match or to volunteer, download the Mobile App or please contact or 713-756-3321.



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