Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council


Escouter Newsletter                               January 2013

In This Issue
News for Leaders
Camp Info, First Aid Meet
Support Scouting
Community Scout Events
Order of the Arrow
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Bird Study Merit Badge, Jan. 19 from 9-1. Register


New Scout Spring schedule at HMNS


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 and more info to come.



The Best Scout Fair on Earth

On Saturday, April 13th, 2013, Scouts from 16 counties will unite at Reliant Arena to showcase their Scouting skills and participate in fun-filled activities. Participate in a unit booth to display your unit's skills, activities and show others what makes your unit the "Best Unit on Earth."  Register for your booth  and be a part this amazing event. Also, sample great tasting food and learn some new things from our partners on the merit badge midway. scout fair page 


Important Dates: Jan. 24 - District Kick off (Locations found on Scout Fair Page); Feb. 1 - Coupon Pack sales begin.






News for Leaders
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. 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. All Scouts participating will receive the 2013 patch. Click here for more information and to register


University of Scouting 2013 "NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY," Feb. 9
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

Key Leaders Conference, Jan. 12 

District leaders - Get ready for the excitement that lies ahead in the Sam Houston Area Council in the coming year! Join us at the Cockrell Scout Center on January 12, 2013 for Key Leaders Conference. Led by our council leadership team, the conference will highlight Council plans for the coming year and train you in the responsibilities for your district position. We will kick off at 8:30 and adjourn at noon. During the conference we will present the 2012 Journey to Excellence District Awards.

Special breakout sessions will be held, during which these key leaders will get updates and news specific to their area - paving the way to quality programs for our youth in 2013. Who's invited? All District Chairs, Vice-Chairs, District Commissioners...see the complete list below.


District Chair, Vice Chair, District Commissioners, Program Chair, Camping Chair, OA Chapter Advisor,Training Chair, Advancement Chair, Enterprise Risk Management Chair (formerly Health and Safety Chair), Activities Chair, Membership Team, Commissioner Teams


There is no charge, and breakfast is on us. But to make sure we have enough for everyone, please make a reservation no later than Wednesday, January 9th. We'll have a great day of fellowship and get off to a great start in 2013!


Ten Commandment Hike, Feb. 23 

The Sam Houston Area Council is hosting the 18th Annual Ten Commandments Hike in conjunction with Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath which occur earlier in February. We will host four separate hikes. Our traditional hike or Museum District Hike will feature some of the older churches in the Museum District southeast of downtown Houston. Our second hike will take place in the Kingwood area and will meander through the wooded areas and view newer sanctuaries in somewhat more modern motifs. Our third hike will be the Southwest Hike which is in the beautiful Sugar Land area. The fourth hike, the Downtown Houston Hike, will take place in downtown Houston under towering skyscrapers that make Houston so unique. Participants will enjoy viewing these historic and newer places of worship and hearing a brief presentation of the history of the building, the distinctive nature of their religious beliefs and a brief explanation of one of the Ten Commandments. The hike includes an embroidered patch for each participant. This is a walking event covering the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. $8.00 per participant. Online registration coming soon. For additional information, contact: George Etier, 713-677-4159 or


Friends of Scouting

Remember those days of your youth - the hiking, camping, and swimming with friends? Today's young men and women need those same experiences to develop into tomorrow's leaders and you can help! Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for everyone to support Scouting. Your FOS contribution:

  • Recruits and trains youth and leaders
  • Provides assistance to those in need
  • Helps keep our camps affordable
  • Enhances program and facilities
  • Provides communication tools for adults

Check out our 2013 FOS recognition items!


Nominate Nat'l Eagle Scout Service Project, deadline Jan. 18

The Glenn A. & Melinda W. Adams Nat'l Eagle Scout Service Project award recognizes an Eagle Scout leadership service project each year. Each local Council chooses 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


Nominate Outstanding Eagle Award, deadline Jan. 18

The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award will be presented by the Eagle Scout Association - Sam Houston Area Council (ESA-SHAC) to adult Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life's work and have shared their talents with their communities on a volunteer basis. The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) is a prestigious recognition granted by the Council Eagle Scout Association to Eagle Scout Alumni 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 closer to home. Any Eagle Scout (21 years or older) with such an outstanding record is eligible for nomination. The nominee must live within the boundaries of the Sam Houston Area Council.  Nominations



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

You are invited to explore and enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the east Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Bovay Scout Ranch has a variety of camping opportunities for everyone from Cub Scouts to Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews. Bovay Scout Ranch has year round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps and the new Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme Adventure Camp. More 


Bovay Scout Ranch Summer Cub Scout Resident Camp

Join a three-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. All (8) Sessions are now open for registration on-line, register early!

Adventure Camp

Join 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. Packs, Dens and individual families may register.
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 this type of weekends. register 

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme

Enjoy 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 Boy Scouts patrol method. Nov. 15-17, 2013.  Save the date! Registration will be available soon.


Blue and Gold Placemats 

We have placemats to use at your Blue and Gold banquet to help promote Day Camp. They can be customized with your district's day camp date, location and website. There are two sizes available (8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17) and can be printed in black and white. Scouts will love coloring them during the banquet. They are available at: 


35th Annual Boy Scout First Aid Meet, Feb. 16

The Council-wide First Aid Meet is Saturday, February 16, 2013 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer at Edloe St. Each district is allowed TWO (There can be no ties) representative teams from Boy Scout Troops. (This is a Boy Scout program only). The cost for the 2013 Council First Aid Meet is $25.00 per patrol. The participation fee must be paid in advance at the Cockrell Scout Service Center by Monday, February 11, 2013. No fees will be accepted at the meet. More 


New El Rancho Cima Weekend Programs

Want to camp at El Rancho Cima in the fall, well now you can. Take advantage of the cooler weather and visit a "different" El Rancho Cima. Take advantage of Horseback rides, canoeing, the shooting ranges and on some weekends the ZIP LINES. For more information  or contact Tami Kinn at 713-756-3309




Head to El Rancho Cima next summer

Have you secured your summer camp reservation at El Rancho Cima? With all the new and exciting programs and troop activities you don't want to miss this opportunity. To sign up, Please visit the following links.Registration will open September 1.  Reserve early to secure the week you want to attend. visit under camping and activities, El Rancho Cima weekend programs.

Register:  Cockrell River Camp   Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend   Rough Riders at Hamman High Adventure Base


If you filled out a 2013 Summer Camp Request Form at camp list year, please contact Tami Kinn at to make sure your troop is already in the system. Check out our Facebook group page:!/groups/2399608450/?fref=ts


National Jamboree 2013 - LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!!!

This will be the trip of a life time. Are you a Venturer or Boy Scout who will be First Class rank by 2013? Participation includes a 3 day tour of Washington DC, all food, Jamboree gear, and travel. Price for this exciting adventure is $2150. 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's going to be big. It's going to be wild. JULY 15, 2013- JULY 24, 2013. For more information 

Support Scouting
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 information, please visit or contact or call  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. As the donor or employee, you must act in order for a gift to be matched.


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

Scout Days, Scout Nights
Buffalo Soldiers Scout Day...Jan. 20

Join us at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum opening up for all Sam Houston Area Council 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. Brought by the African American Committee on Scouting. 



Harlem Globetrotters, Jan. 27

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






Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, 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




Feb. 17th, in honor of Black History Month, Dream of Doors in partnership with Express Children's Theatre. at Cockrell Scout Center from 2pm-5pm. Includes 50 minute performance and Theater Advancement session. Tkts $ 713 682 5044. Brought by The African American Committee on Scouting.

Order of the Arrow
OA Banquet, Lodge Leadership Development on 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.


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.