September 2012 

Newsletter for Scouts, Supporters & Valued Volunteers   



General News
Council Recognition Reception, Oct. 15
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.    See the 2012 recipients...more info


SCOUT DAY with the BearKats

Saturday, Sept. 8th at 6 pm
Sam Houston State Univ vs Incarnate Word

Join us for Scout Day at Sam Houston State University. Tickets $10 and include Scout Patch, tailgate experience and post game autograph session with pizza party. Call 936 294 1729 to reserve by noon on Sept. 8th.  download flyer    parking map 




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 


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 Night With The Dynamo

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday, October 6th

7:30 P.M. - BBVA Compass Stadium

2200 Texas Street, Houston, TX 77003

Ticket Price: $18 per person


The first 100 scouts to purchase a ticket will have the opportunity to be part of the American Flag on the field during pre-game. (Must be 7 years old or older to participate


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Splashtown Scout Day, Sept. 8. Enjoy a day of Fun in the Sun with fellow Scouts, Friends and Family! Please present your Scout ID, or wear your Scout uniform to purchase your discounted admission ticket for only $19.99 each plus tax. Offer valid for each Scout plus 3 additional family members. Flag Ceremony will begin at 11:45am. In addition, Scouts can participate in activities to earn credit towards their Scout achievements. For moreinformation, please contact


Visit the Scout Shop...Get a free scout patch when you purchase a full Cub Scout uniform. Go Back to School with Scouting daypacks, binders, pencils, pens, and coming in September, notebooks. Is your unit ready for new Pack or Troop T-shirts? Stop by your Scout Shop to get quality custom shirts at a great price.


Greater Houston Stamp Show, Sept 21-23...Great for the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge. For beginners of all ages. Stamps, albums, catalogs, and lots of free stuff. Enter the drawing, 10-18 year olds eligible, for a valuable framed copy of the second stamp ever issued by Great Britain in May, 1840. Free Admission/Parking at Humble Civic Center. more at


Duty to Country...Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 in Katy will recognize all veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom. The traveling Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon stationed out of Washington, DC will perform at this event. The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon that performs a unique precision drill exhibition. Location/time: Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium in Katy, Texas on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Open to the public, and free of charge.


Webelos Naturalist badge

October 13, 2012 9-11am

$15/ scout at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Observe organisms in the wild and learn if they are producers, consumers, or decomposers. We will hike the forest and learn how to identify venomous snakes and poisonous plants in the area.



New Fall Schedule for Scout programs at Houston Museum of Natural Science


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


Sell POPCORN!!! It's simple... its fun... it's profitable! Units earn 30% base commission and Scouts earn Reward Bonuses as they reach different levels as well as have the opportunity to earn many other prize incentives. Visit the popcorn web page here: Popcorn .SIGN UP TO SELL HERE! Traditional Take Order Sale runs October 1 thru November 26. Important Dates: Sept. 7 is the deadline to sign up; Aug. 1- Nov. 15 - Online Sales count toward Scout Rewards; Oct. 1 - Nov. 26 - Traditional Take Order Sales period. Please direct popcorn inquiries to




Volunteer: Fun with Son

We need five volunteers from each district.... Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner at Camp Strake in Conroe or Camp Bovay near Navasota from October 19-21, 2012. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire, and more. Contact your District Executive to volunteer---no charge to attend and meals will be provided. more


New Health and Medical Record debuts Sept. 3

An updated Annual Health and Medical Record will be available to Scouts everywhere Sept. 3. Its use will be mandated by Jan. 1, 2014. Units should use this new medical form at their Fall Recruiting events. Accurate medical information is vital to keeping Scouts safe and healthy at all Scouting events. This new format will make it easier for councils and volunteers to have a completed AHMR-as required for all participants. Please link to the AHMR host page so the most recent version of the form can be found.


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


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 Oct 18-20 & Nov 15-17. More info


Outdoor Ethics Course, Oct 5-7

The Outdoor Ethics Trainer course will prepare adults and youth leaders (must be 14 to attend) to teach the new BSA Outdoor Ethics Program. This is the training for all Troop LNT Trainer positions, but again, youth must be 14 years old prior to the course to attend. Everyone who satisfactorily completes the course is qualified to be a resource for units, their district and the Council. All trained participants are qualified to teach BSA LNT 101. The course begins at 6 PM Friday evening at Kuester Lodge in Camp Strake and ends 11 AM Sunday morning. Your $55 fee includes all course materials, 3 meals Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.  Register 


Save Nov 3...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.










 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Explorers

Fun with Son
Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their parent or guardian at Camp Strake in Conroe or Bovay Scout Ranch near Navasota from October 19-21, 2012. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire, and more. Admission includes two meals (dinner, breakfast). Registration is now open

Weekend Camping at Bovay Scout Ranch

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the east Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Conveniently located just 75 minutes from downtown Houston. To register for programs below


 Adventure Camp is a weekend camp out for Cub Scouts and their families. Admission covers three meals in the air conditioned dining hall, the Scout's activity supplies and a camp patch for the Scouts. Activities typically include BB guns, archery, water park (weather permitting), BMX bikes, dino dig, lost mine, nature center, Indian village and more. Bovay Scout Ranch certified trained staff members provide the program supplies and lead the activities. Packs, Dens and individual families may register.


Freestyle Weekend Unit Camping: Troops, Teams, Crews, Packs, or Webelos Dens can enjoy the amazing beauty of Bovay Scout Ranch rolling hills, trails and vast open spaces. Clean campsites, restrooms and showers are available; units may design their own program activities and provide their own meals during these weekends.


Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme is a specialty Adventure Camp weekend for 4th and 5th grade Webelos. During this fast-paced fun-filled weekend, Webelos work on Arrow of Light requirements while trekking across the Ranch to exciting outpost program areas. Webelos are introduced to the patrol method giving them a unique experience into the importance of team work and an introduction to Boy Scouts. Space is limited, please register early.


Habitat projects and service at SHNF 

The Sam Houston National Forest is requesting Scouting units willing to help with service work around Subblefield Lake campground on Sept. 29. Projects include helping build fish habitat and may qualify as Eagle and/or Hornaday projects. Camp free if you contribute service. For those interested in a Fish & Wildlife Projects contact Daniel (Dano) Jauregui (936)344 6205 ext 6235. For other inquiries about service opportunities contact Nancy Garcia (936) 344-6205.


New Search & Rescue Merit Badge 

The highly anticipated debut of Search and Rescue Merit Badge - the BSA's 130th current merit badge - has finally arrived. Check out the requirements. The official merit badge pamphlet and emblem are available online and at the Scout Shop.  The next merit badge is coming soon...GAME DESIGN.


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


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.




 The Getaway at El Rancho

Want to camp at El Rancho Cima this fall, well now you can. Getaway to El Rancho Cima and make it your troop's weekend camping destination in the fall and winter. Take advantage of Horseback rides, canoeing, the shooting ranges and on some weekends the ZIP LINES. For more information contact Tami Kinn at 713-756-3309 or click here


Winter Camp
Winter Camp 2012 is right around the corner for Boy Scouts.  A "TOP SECRET, Spy Theme" will entice your Scouts to attend and participate in the exciting activities.  Look for the merit badge info on November 1. Take this opportunity to register your unit now. Register here


El Rancho Cima Summer Camp 2013

Troops that sign up by Dec. 31 will save $20 per Scout. To sign up, Please visit the following links.  Registration will open September 1st. Get a reservation early to secure the week you would likeHave a blast at Cima this year? Don't wait to secure your place! Fill out a Summer Camp Request Form? Make sure your troop is Register: Cockrell River Camp Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend Rough Riders at Hamman High Adventure Base

 Order of the Arrow

OA Fall Extravaganza, Oct 12-14

Save the date...

Fall Extravaganza is Colonneh Lodge's premier event at Camp Strake. It is a combination of sports, games, expos, shows, ceremony competitions, Native American crafts, PowWows, and so much more. Arrowmen can register and camp with their district for three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don't miss the annual Vigil call out following the Saturday evening show. Register


OA Elections

Elections run from September 1, 2012, and must be concluded by November 16, 2012. Please contact the OA Chapter Adviser in your District to schedule an election for your unit and to receive your election forms. It is mandatory that the OA Chapter's (District's) team conduct the OA candidate election (with support from the Unit Arrowman, Unit OA Representative, and Unit Leader). The youth and adult membership requirements remain the same for 2013; however, the number of adults nominated are now based on the number of youth elected. Contact your OA Chapter Adviser for more details. more

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


Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Awards, Sept. 27

The Sam Houston Area Council will present the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Luncheon on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from Noon-1:30 pm in the Cockrell Scout Service Center at 2225 North Loop West. The event will begin with a VIP reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at noon with emcee Jerome Gray honoring distinguished Scouts and organizations that have put a special emphasis on increasing diversity, inclusion and support with respect to African American youth. Honorees include Anthony Chase, Eagle Scout, President-ChaseSource, Eric Mullins, Distinguished Eagle Scout, Co-CEO-Lime Rock Resources, UPS - Gulf South District and Marion Edwards, Distinguished Scouter.  For tickets  More info on event and African American Committee


Corporate Match

Many corporations match their employees' contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even give financial contributions on behalf of volunteer time given to Scouting. Is your company on the list? If your employer matches or participates in programs that fund the Boy Scouts but is not listed please contact


Send a Memorial or Tribute

Are you looking for a unique way to recognize those close to you? Give a memorial ("in memory of") or Tribute ("in honor of") so that those extraordinary individuals in your life will be acknowledged and handled with great care. Visit The Memorial Tribute Fund to learn more or make a gift.



Honor a Unit Leader

Consider a lifetime membership in the James E. West Fellowship to honor a unit leader. It will 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. Download the Mobile App or please contact or 713-756-3321. more information


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.


Make a Difference for Youth Today and Tomorrow

Can $1.37 per day make a difference in Scouting?  The answer is YES! Just a 20 oz bottle of soda a day or a couple of fast food meals per month. $1.37 per day is all it takes to help secure the Endowment of the Sam Houston Area Council. Make five easy payments of $100/month for only five months. Your gift of $500 or more will be matched by The Cockrell Foundation dollar for dollar. 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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