Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council


Escouter Newsletter                               May 2013

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News for Leaders
Program News
Support Scouting
Community Scout Events
Order of the Arrow
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Popcorn - Coming soon to a Scout near you! Increase your unit and council income - 70% stays local.-Pay for your entire Scouting program. Scouts learn life lessons by "earning their own way." Prize Reward Program including $600 Club & College Scholarships.

Sales materials provided at Council Popcorn Kick-offs scheduled for September. More


Houston Arboretum offering

May 18 from 9-11am, Cub Scouts can earn the Wildlife Conservation Academic Pin. Participate in a service project to help the Arboretum habitat and more. To register


Scout Shop "Get Ready to Camp" event in May! This exciting, all-day event provides the perfect setting for Scouts and parents to get all their camp questions answered and to compare and choose from the newest gear available. It's a one-day here for store contacts
* A $20 ScoutStuff Gift Card with $100 camp gear purchase

* Personal backpack fittings, Dutch Oven cooking, games

* Free Summer Camp packing list

Membership Update
The Boy Scouts of America's Executive Committee has proposed the following membership standards resolution:

Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.

This resolution will be voted on by the voting members of the Boy Scouts of America ("BSA") at the upcoming BSA's National Annual Meeting on May 23, 2013.  There are approximately 1,400 voters, which includes representatives from local councils throughout the country. The Sam Houston Area Council has twelve voting representatives based on its membership size. 

After a thorough process of surveying parents, leaders, chartered partners and financial supporters, the Council learned from our constituents that they do not want to change the current national policy on membership standards
..more  Comments,     FAQs  Key Actions and Time line  National update


 Leaders' News
Nominations for Silver Beaver Award due May 3
The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the Council. This is the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader. To nominate a person for the Silver Beaver Award for 2012,  more
Hornaday Gold Badge for Adults
Scouting is an enthusiastic supporter of conservation efforts and programs. The Hornaday Awards for youth (Unit Award, Badge, Bronze Medal, and Silver Medal) recognize significant contributions to conservation and to conservation-related education by Scouts.There are also adult Hornaday recognitions that commemorate the contributions of leaders to conservation. One of these, the Hornaday Gold Badge, is presented in recognition of the influence the nominee has had on youth and educational programs emphasizing sound stewardship of our nation's natural resources and environmental improvement a period of at least three years. The Council Conservation Committee wants to recognize the champions of conservation in the Sam Houston Area Council. We ask that you nominate deserving individuals. Nominations should be sent to Paul Robers at no later than August 1, 2013. Forms can be found here
Spring Recruiting 
Make sure we are inviting Kindergardeners to District Day Camp. This is a great opportunity to get them engaged in the program. Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the Fall, but Spring is a great time to get new Tigers and their families involved as they graduate into 1st grade. More information on how to join Scouting and ideas on recruiting.
Scout Fair
The Best Scout Fair on Earth was held on Saturday, April 13th and proved to be another record breaking year for Sam Houston Area Council. Over 500 units were in participation and Coupon Pack sales generated $1.485 Million dollars directly contributing to local Scouting Programs and units in 16 surrounding counties. Scout Fair offers something for everyone...Scouts, siblings, adult leaders, families, friends & our community. Thank you for your involvement and commitment to Scouting and we look forward to seeing you all again next year at Scout Fair 2014 on Saturday, April 12th as we celebrate SHAC's 100th Birthday! Please direct Scout Fair inquiries to
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is an annual campaign where the Sam Houston Area Council asks Scouting families, businesses and civic-minded citizens to support our mission of providing the Scouting program to nearly 60,000 youth. One-hundred percent of funds raised stay local to support the youth in our area. Your support helps provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting. With your support, we can:
  • Recruit and train youth and leaders
  • Keep our camps and activities affordable
  • Enhance programing and facilities
  • Provide communication tools and volunteer leaders
We need your support... participate and become a Friend of Scouting! The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please consider a donation. No gift is too big or too small. Donate today:
 Eagle Reception, May 19
In 2012, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the first Eagle Scout and it was also a record year for the Council as 1174 Scouts achieved the Eagle Scout rank. The Eagle Scout Association of the Sam Houston Area Council is planning a special reception for the Class of 2012 to be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Houston, Texas, beginning at 2:00 pm. The program is FREE for all Scouts and Scouters to attend. We encourage Scout Troops and Life Scouts to attend.  This is a great Scouting experience to celebrate the Eagle Scout Award and be inspired about the Award.  Please mark your reservations are available at Each registered 2012 Eagle Scout attending will receive a special Sam Houston Area Council Eagle Scout Medallion.
NESA Eagle Scout Award Recipients
It is with great pride, that the Sam Houston Area Council announces the eight recipients of the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA). The 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. The following Eagle Scouts have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, or to the community. Congratulations to John R. Curry, David W. Hawes, Daniel G. Ownby, Charles E. Schneider, Brian G. Smith, Frank D. Tsuru, John P. Wilkirson, & Clay C. Williams. These men will be honored at the New Eagle Reception held on May 19. Charles J. Jacobus has been selected as the 23rd Distinguished Eagle Scout Award Recipient.
Tiger Cubs to Attend Resident Camp 
The following change to NCAP and Guide to Safe Scouting allows Tiger Cubs to attend resident camp with their adult partner or guardian.  This change takes effect immediately. read more 
BB & Archery Range Master Training
Anyone planning to supervise a shooting range at a District or Council event, including: Cub Scout or Boy Scout Archery, BB Guns, Wrist Rockets (Slingshots), Catapults or Rockets needs to take Range Master training. BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified Range Master. Range Master training covers setting up a range, safety, handling equipment, using a bow stringer, maintaining and storing equipment and instructing Scouts. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged so enough trainers and handouts are available. More
NRA Rifle and Shotgun Training 
Sam Houston Area Council needs more trained adults in the shooting sports.
The SHAC Shooting Sports Committee will be gearing up for adult classes in many shooting disciplines. The Basic Instructor Training, BIT, is a prerequisite for the other courses. After BIT, other Instructor training include Pistol, Rifle , Shotgun, Muzzle Loading and Range Safety Officer.
NRA Trainings being organized as you read this.  For questions or additional information, contact
Council Shooting Sports Committee Chairman; Bob Shrewsberry
The Fundamentals of Training - T1
 Held Saturday, May 11, 8am-12pm at the Cockrell Scout Center. This training session is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum in Scouting and is intended for both youth and adult trainers. This course is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training and introduce Scouting trainers to teaching techniques and skills. DEVELOPING YOUR DISTRICT TRAINING TEAM will follow T1. Contact
Trainers EDGE, May 18
The Trainer's EDGE uses contemporary training techniques and emphasizes the importance of experiential learning, or "learning by doing." Most of the sessions not only demonstrate good training methods, but also give participants a chance to interact and actually practice what they have learned. The purpose of the Trainer's EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. This course is intended to "train the trainer" on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media. This conference is for Scouters who will be delivering training to adult leaders as well as to the young people in Scouting. ALL TRAINERS, including pack trainers, should participate in a trainer development conference. Click here
Wood Badge Adult Leadership Course
Wood Badge is a six-day advanced leadership course 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 Fall coursesThe dates for our fall Wood Badge courses are SHAC 13-3 - September 12-14 and October 10-12 (Thursday to Saturday course)  and SHAC 13-4 - October 25-27 and November 22-24 (Friday to Sunday course). Registration is now open for SHAC 13-3 and 13-4. Wood Badge at Philmont Scout Ranch is August 19-24.

Powder Horn
Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six day course to expose adult and older youth leaders to resources available in southeast Texas. Powder Horn Training brings in many experts, or "consultants," to teach sessions. Participants will be exposed to high adventure ACTIVITIES, RESOURCES, NEW IDEAS AND EXCITEMENT to support youth in Troops, Crews, Ships and Teams! Ultimately this will support them to operate a successful high adventure program in their home units.


Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection Training is required for all leaders to be registered with the BSA every two years. The classroom version (per Texas law) is required within the past 2 years for all adults participating in along-term camping experience in the state of Texas. This includes day camp scheduled over consecutive days, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp, summer camp, and winter camp. Adults must complete the test with a score of 70% or higher to be considered trained and will receive a training card. A copy of each test will be on file for two years. Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training will be available in Districts leading up to summer camp and Day Camp. You may also check web sites of neighboring districts. Check here for our current Youth Protection Training Dates for Facilitators and BSA Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Trainings. Please note: Local Tour Permits also require that one adult leader on any outing have completed Youth Protection Training within the past two years.  
Stay Safe... new Risk Management Guidelines
The purpose of this guide is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. Policies and guidelines have been established because of the need to protect members from risk and hazards that have been identified through one hundred-plus years of Scouting experience. Communicate the importance of incident and near-miss reporting and hold staff members accountable for implementing reporting procedures at unit, district, and council levels. more
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing Venturing, Explorers

Cub Scout Day Camp

Put on your sunglasses and sunscreen for a Day Camp down by the sea at Cub Scout Island. Camps will be full of fun and excitement. Scouts entering 1st - 5th grade for the 2013-2014 school year may attend. Scouts will make new friends and share all kinds of new experiences such as earning rank advancements, shooting BB guns and archery, learning new skills, playing sports and games and making crafts. Each camper will receive a t-shirt and patch. You can attend any camp...Locations/more info.  Check out the Day Camp Advancement opportunities.


Destination BOVAY...New Cub Scout Packs, save 25%

If you are a newly chartered Cub Scout Pack in the Sam Houston Area Council, we have an amazing DEAL for you. Sign up to attend the 2013 Bovay Scout Ranch Summer Resident Camp and receive a 25% discount. This is our way to say "Welcome to Scouting and an introduction to the Cub Scout Camping Program" Please contact Geno Aguilar (713) 756-3304 for further details

New Leader's Guide   More 

Sprucing up for summer...enlarging the Trading Vic's Trading Post, all the restrooms are getting a makeover and a new coat of paint on the S.S Mary K Fleming paddle boat.  See you soon at Bovay!


Bovay Scout Ranch 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.


SHAC Corps

SHAC Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. The Order of the Arrow is leading this opportunity, but this service project is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. All you have to bring is your personal camp gear.  Camp is providing the food and a special Patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas for activities.  Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individuals may register.  The two remaining SHAC Corps will be May 10-11 @ Camp Strake and May 31 - June 1 @ El Rancho Cima.  Register   


El Rancho Cima Weekend Programs

There are still a few weekends left to utilize the better than ever El Rancho Cima Weekend programs before weekend camping and activities close to prepare for the 2013 Summer Camp Season. Take advantage of Horseback rides, canoeing, the shooting ranges and on some weekends the ZIP LINES. Availability and reservations may be booked and paid for online. click here


 El Rancho Cima Summer Camp

Have you secured your 2013 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. Availability is now limited so don't put it off another minute. Don't your Scouts to miss out on the experience of a lifetime! The El Rancho Cima Leaders Guide is now available Register camp: Cockrell River Camp Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend Rough Riders at Hamman High Adventure Base. Check out our Facebook group page:!/groups/2399608450/?fref=ts



Summer Camp Staff Applications

Looking for a way to get paid doing what you enjoy the most? Scouting? We'd really like to have you come join our summer camp staff team! Summer Camp Staff Applications! Staff Packets are available on line  Return completed packet to    



National Jamboree 2013 - Registration, patches

View the new patches. Order patches (discount code provided if you are attending Jamboree) 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 the Jamboree adventure is $2150. Whitewater, climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, and much, much more. All at 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 or contact Jason Oliver at 713-865-9123,


Not going to the Jamboree? - You can still order the collectors set of patches. The deadline to order has been extended to May 15


Northern Tier National High Adventure Programs

Since 1923 Scouts have been going to Ely, MN to paddle in North America's Canoe Country. 90 years later, Northern Tier National High Adventure Programs are still offering wilderness adventures with top notch staff and state of the art equipment. Northern Tier now offers wilderness canoeing expeditions in Northern Minnesota, Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Manitoba through three canoe bases. Reservations are open for Northern Tier's 2014 season visit here for more information/register



STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has developed to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. Nova Awards program provides youth recognition for their efforts. The hope is that the requirements and activities for these awards stimulate interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around us. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for Scoutsmore or email



Support Scouting
Heritage Society

Have you left Scouting in your Will? Do you intent to or need help in doing so? We can help. Be sure to share your intent by joining the Scouting Heritage Society. We will not solicit from you, but will invite you to two Heritage Society events a year. If you're interested in learning more, attend one of our Seminars or Workshops. Sign up for our monthly educational e-news. 



Your Will
Many times, we need a little encouragement to start the process of writing a Will. At this workshop you will meet with a qualified professional about your desires and wishes and after a free one hour consultation, leave with a Medical Power of Attorney/Physician's Directive document.  RSVP and get more details at
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. more















If you want to learn more about financial planning, please attend one of the seminars offered at








Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the appropriate recognition that would be truly meaningful. Give a Life Membership in the James E. West Fellowship. Thanks to The Cockrell Foundation's Matching Gift Program, your $500 donation will qualify you for this Fellowship Award.



Be A Rising Stars Patron

Our 97-year tradition marches on...

On May 19, the Sam Houston Area Council will honor the Eagle Scout Class of 2012-13 and you are cordially invited to be a Rising Stars Patron. Become part of the special group of Scouting enthusiasts that makes this event possible each year. The Rising Stars Among Us, 1200 Eagles - will be honored at this event, featuring Jose Grinan of Fox TV 26 as master of  ceremonies. Your sponsorship will support the growth of Scouting and recognize 2012 -13 Eagle Scout Class for the hard work and their dedication to service at the annual New Eagle Scout Reception on May 19. Complete details of the recognition for each sponsorship level can be found at: call Devin Koehler at (713) 756-3321


Donate Your Car or Boat for Scouting


Scout Days, Scout Nights
Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City
7PM Sat., May 12th at BBVA Compass Stadium
Tickets $16 includes custom Scout patch. Be one of the first 80 that participate in the American flag ceremony on-field. FOR TICKETS,* 713.276.7538  download flyer
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
DRAGONS! July 17 / 7:30  $27, $20, and $13 (service fees may apply)
Reliant Stadium         
Brought to you locally by Chick-fil-A
For information or to order groups of ten or more, please contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at   OR purchase individual tickets online by clicking here:
Use the password SCOUT. Note that service and handling fees will apply for online purchases  MORE
Astros vs Mariners
Games start at 1:05 p.m. RECEIVE A FREE 2012 SCOUT DAY PATCH for the first 2000 ticket purchasers. 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  purchases of less than 20 tickets...Log on  and use code Scout  MORE
Order of the Arrow


Congratulations if you have been elected into the Order of the Arrow in Fall 2012.  You can now register to attend your Ordeal.  Each candidate must complete their Ordeal in 2013.  Register at

OA Dues
It is now time to renew your dues for 2013.  Remember that you must be dues paid in order to wear you Lodge flap and also be a registered member of BSA.  You can now also order extra lodge flaps when paying your dues online that will be shipped to you along with your membership card.  Pay your 2013 dues at
Shac CORP.... The two remaining SHAC Corps will be May 10-11 @ Camp Strake and May 31 - June 1 @ El Rancho Cima.  Register 

OA HIgh Adventure

Check out the OA High Adventure programs at Philmont, Sea Base, and Northern Tier. These programs offer two full weeks of high intensity outdoor adventure, leadership development, and a way to build friendships that will last a lifetime, for as little as $250. Any Order of the Arrow member between the ages of 16 and 21 is eligible, and spots are available for the summer of 2013. Visit us at