December 2012 

Newsletter for Scouts, Supporters & Valued Volunteers   

Sam Houston Area Council Wishes You A Happy Holiday


General News



Don't miss Santa's Scout Shop

Stop by your Scout Shop for holiday shopping and enjoy refreshments and special events for the kids. We'll help them write a letter to Santa or make a BSA holiday ornament. Shop our holiday specials and register for a chance to win a stocking full of Scout items. Dec.1 or Dec. 8 based on location. From December 1 - December 12 get 12 Days of Deals at your Scout Shop. Every day is a different deal. more


Celebrate Martin Luther King

Join us at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum opening up just for Scouts on Jan. 20 to include guided tours and advancement workshops for the Heritages Belt Loop and American Cultures Merit Badge. Includes re-enactment of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  1pm - 4pm.  $3 Scouts / $5 adults.  Call 713 942 8920 for tickets. Program conceived by the African American Committee on Scouting.


Nominate Outstanding Eagle, Jan. 18 deadline

The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) is a prestigious recognition granted by a local council NESA committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Distinct from the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, this award recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact in their community. Please nominate men who have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, or to the community. Nomination form / past recipients


Scout Nights

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas       
Friday, Dec. 28th / 8:00 PM Reliant Stadium
Tickets $20. Receive a commemorative Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Patch with each ticket! All seating in the Gridiron...Please wear your Scout uniform.The first 200 Scouts to order tickets can participate in our pre-game flag ceremony on the field.  flyer and map Call Warren at 832 667 2319 or


Harlem Globetrotters

Sunday, Jan. 27 / Reliant Arena

Enjoy ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment...Tickets $16 and $22 with patch  more


 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam on Feb. 2...$11 ticket includes patch and pit party. Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at   more




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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

7:00pm @ Toyota Center

Receive a commemorative Houston Rockets Gift! (while supplies last). Pricing Order Your Tickets by 3PM TODAY: Call: Cathy Veniegas @ 713-758-7231 Fax: 713-758-7343 Email:


Cub Scout Map & Compass Pins... the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center December 8, 9-11 a.m. Come learn all about maps and compasses while hiking the Arboretum trails. Make your own compass to take home. Bird Study Merit Badge, Jan. 19 from 9-1. Register


Dec. 8...Check out Scout Day at Houston Museum of Natural Science. Exclusive discounts and Cub advancement sessions for astronomy, geology and science. New spring schedule for Scouts.


Weekend Trading Post Manager wanted at Bovay Scout Ranch


Annual Council First Aid Meet will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at St.

Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer at Edloe St. Each district allowed TWO representative teams from Boy Scout Troops. Winning teams representing the district must be from regular existing patrols. Each team should be composed of five members.more


Coming Feb. 17th, in honor of Black History Month, Dream of Doors in partnership with Express Children's Theatre.  Cockrell Scout Center 2pm-5pm includes 50 minute performance and Theater Advancement session. Tkts $ 713 682 5044. Special thanks to the African American Committee on Scouting. 


Save the Date for Scout Day at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (TM)...Wed. March 13th.  Ticket Includes advancement session and free gift to first 500.  Entertainer announced Jan. 7.  More info to come.




Leader Updates





Scouting for Food, Jan. 26 & Feb. 2

A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting Spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive in conjunction with the Souper Bowl of Caring. Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful. Scouting for Food is scheduled for January 26 and February 2, 2013, when Scouts throughout the Sam Houston Area Council help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. Click here for more information and to register





Selling gourmet Trail's End popcorn allows units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Please visit the popcorn page to find details regarding popcorn distribution. Aeros Experience Registration, Frequently Asked Questions and other pending items. Congratulations to all participating scouts, families and units in our council territory; your efforts help make this year's campaign a success. More specific details about our top sellers will be announced in a future E-Scouter edition. Key dates/Reminders: December 8: Unit Popcorn Pick Up, Unit Payment due to council; December 15: Overall Top Sellers Celebration at Cockrell Scout Center; January 23: Houston Aeros Night




Grotto's Chef, Ricky Cruz with Troop 878 in Iron Horse DistrictScout Fair 201

Register for your booth to "The Best Scout Fair on Earth" on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 from 10 am - 3 pm. Scouts from 16 counties will unite in one place to showcase their Scouting skills and demonstrate why they have "the best unit on earth." Enjoy games, sample great tasting food and learn some new things from our partners on the merit badge midway.





General Liability Insurance Fee

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, what is known as the "unit charter fee" will be renamed the "unit liability insurance fee" and will increase in cost from $20 to $40 yearly. The new fee will begin with units that have Dec. 31, 2012 charter expiration dates (a charter period beginning Jan. 1, 2013). All units, including Exploring posts, are required to pay this annual fee when submitting their charter renewal applications. All funds will be applied to the general liability insurance program and help defray expenses. more  



Join our FACEBOOK page

Want to make sure you keep up with all the latest news from our Council? Then join our Facebook Page ( To make sure our postings show up in your News Feed, hover over the "Liked" button on our page profile (below our cover photo) and click either "Show in News Feed" or "Get Notifications." We have lots of information on our events tab ( You can join events and share them with your Scouting friends.




Jan. 1, New Health and Medical Record

An updated Annual Health and Medical Record will be mandated by Jan. 1, 2014. 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  



Glenn A. & Melinda W. Adams Nat'l Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year


This award recognizes an Eagle Scout leadership service project. Each local Council will choose a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner. A national winner then will be selected from the four regional finalists. Please nominate an Eagle Scout for this prestigious award which recognizes leadership skills and the ability to make an impact on other lives. Any 2012 Eagle Scout project can be submitted. More



Friends of Scouting 2013

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. Help us provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting's fun, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values. Schedule your unit's Friends of Scouting presentation by contacting your District Executive today.  







University of Scouting 2013 "NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY"
University of Scouting is designed for ALL adult leaders in the Boy Scouts of America regardless of function or program area. Learn from these sessions and add quality to your program - GUARANTEED! Discover the opportunities available for meetings and outings. Learn about Council activities to support your program. Visit the Scout Shop for your supplies. Learn more about Scouting's origins and the legacy of learning. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Aldine High School. More





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. registration for our 2013 Spring courses

SHAC 13-1 - March 1-3 and April 5-7 (Friday to Sunday course)
SHAC 13-2 - March 21-23 and April 18-20 (Thursday to Saturday course)
SHAC 13-3 - September 12-14 and October 10-12 (Thursday to Saturday course)
SHAC 13-4 - October 25-27 and November 22-24 (Friday to Sunday course)
Registration is open for SHAC 13-1 and 13-2.



 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Explorers

Destination BOVAY for Summer 2013

Cub Scout Resident camp is a 3-night camp out for Scouts entering 2nd - 5th grade the following school year. From Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Scouts attending resident camp are also encouraged to register for District Day Camp as the advancements offered at Resident Camp add to those offered at Day Camp. Resident Camp 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.  2013 BSR Summer Resident Camp On-line registration 


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 or call 713 756 3304.  Round Table presentation request   Find us on the web


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.



The Getaway Weekends at El Rancho Cima

Want to camp at El Rancho Cima this fall, now register here online. 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.


Winter Camp, Dec. 26-31
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.  Merit Badges offered   Register your unit now. Register here
REI Gear Workshops, Dec. 2 or 9 

Visit REI from 6:30 - 8:30 pm for an informative evening on what you will need for upcoming High Adventure trips. This event is tailored to Scouts to outfit them for trips such as Philmont. Experienced REI staff members will facilitate breakaway sessions on Camping Gear, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags & Pads, Footwear, and Outerwear. Participants will have opportunities to win REI prizes and ask questions in a classroom setting. *Pre-registration for each participant is mandatory. Dec. 2 at REI Houston Galleria, 7538 Westheimer Rd.  Register at  OR Dec. 9 at REI Houston Willowbrook, 17717A Tomball Parkway,  Register at



 Save $20/Scout on El Rancho Cima

Check out the new El Rancho Cima summer camp brochure...don't wait to secure your place! Troops that sign up by Dec. 31 will save $20 per Scout. Register: Cockrell River Camp   Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend Rough Riders at Hamman High Adventure Base



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?  The Summit, in beautiful West's going to be big. It's going to be wild. JULY 15, 2013- JULY 24, 2013 more

 Order of the Arrow

OA Banquet, Jan. 5

Arrowmen gather for a night of celebration at the annual Colonneh Lodge OA Banquet on January 5 at the Cockrell Scout Center. Together we share our appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, award recipients and to celebrate the past year's accomplishments. Registration


Lodge Leadership Development, Jan. 5


All Arrowmen are invited to attend Lodge Leadership Development, a dynamic annual leadership training event, to learn more about the OA and Colonneh Lodge and how to become a better leader on January 5 at the Cockrell Scout Center. Youth and Adult training classes include leadership development, event planning, goal setting, and other tools needed to improve chapters. Attendance is required for all members of the Lodge Executive Committee; which includes Chapter Advisers and Chapter Chiefs. Registration


Support Scouting
Cockrell Match Program closes Dec. 15

 Thanks to the generosity of the Cockrell Foundation, gifts from $500 - $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Be sure to take advantage of this program between now and December 15th, 2012. Help secure the future of Scouting with a program that provides financial support in perpetuity. Provide camperships to Scouts in need, camp improvements, and general support to strengthen the Scouting Program of the Sam Houston Area Council. You can also arrange an annual gift to recognize someone special.  Endow 500 seeks to achieve 500 gifts of $500 to $25,000 from 500 future-thinking donors by December 15, 2012. These gifts will raise $1 million which will be matched by The Cockrell Foundation. A total $2 million will return $100,000 back to Scouting in perpetuity. Help us achieve 500 gifts by making a pledge or gift today. Gifts can be made online or by mail at


Sporting Clays

The 17th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament, chaired by Wendel Skolaski, will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve in Simonton, Texas. Teams for the shoot start at $1,750 and sponsorships start at $250. Lunch and dinner are provided and each shooter gets a gift for participating! For more information, please visit or contact or call Erin at 713 756 3325


It's a Match Gift!

Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts - these gifts are known as "Matching Gifts" Additionally, some companies will make contributions on behalf of volunteer time given to Scouting. These volunteer programs are known by various names including "Volunteer Incentive Program", "HERO" and many others.


Any employee with ExxonMobil should contact


Is your company on the list?


If your employer matches or participates in programs funding the Boy Scouts but is not listed please contac    All of these programs are donor / volunteer directed. This means you the donor or employee volunteer must act in order for a gift to be made.



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.


 Donate Your Car for Scouting

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