Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
Escouter Newsletter                                            Nov. 2013      
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Leader's News
Program News
Community Scout Events
Order of the Arrow
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Houston Arboretum offers Cub Scout courses on forestry, nature, conservation
  HMNS new advancement courses for fall 
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We are excited to present our 2014 Centennial Council Shoulder Strip patch. Special thanks to the designers of this limited edition patch from Troop 249 chartered to Trinity Lutheran Church from the Arrowmoon District: Elizabeth Stackhouse, Travis Stackhouse, and Raymond Wood. These patches will be available for sale in mid-December at the Cockrell Scout Center and online through the website.

Celebrating a Century of Service
Our 2014 patch design has been selected, and we would like to give special thanks to the creator of this design, Mr. Dave Peterson, Committee Member of Crew 1927 of the Phoenix District.

Four major events will highlight the celebration of the 100th birthday of the Sam Houston Area Council. Participate in each event and earn the segment to complete this 2014 limited edition Segment Patch. Participants will purchase the initial star patch, and then receive additional segments at no charge upon participation in each event:

* Scouting for Food, January  25 and February 1, 2014
* Scout Fair, April 12, 2014
* SHAC Camp participation: Day Camps, Summer Camp, Winter Camp
* Community Service/Land Stewardship, November 15, 2014

    Leader's News      

Sell Popcorn...Not to late to start TODAY

Selling gourmet Trail's End popcorn allows units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Units earn 30% in commission. Scouts can sell online! Join the $600 Club!...sell $600 in popcorn and earn a Barricade Dart Blaster. Sell $1500 and earn a Mini RC Stunt Car. Popcorn Sale ends December 2; Online sales run from Aug. - Nov. 25. Items due by December 2nd at midnight: It's not too late to sell! Visit the popcorn web page to see how and more on Popcorn  Please direct popcorn inquiries to


Leader Training Requirement
Through the implementation of required training for leaders, Councils all over the nation experienced an increase in youth retention, camp attendance, advancement, and overall membership.  These results show how much training affects the health of your Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, Team or Post. Our goal is training for all of our unit leaders. For the upcoming re-charter in December, 2013, make sure all top unit leaders are trained.  Top leaders are Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, Skippers, and Coaches. For information on what is required to be a trained leader, click here  SHAC training schedule  submit training records


Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow, Nov. 9 
Pow Wow is a training convention that takes place in a festive atmosphere designed for pack leaders. Cubmasters should take all Cub Scout leaders to this learning extravaganza. Course schedule  There will be something for Leaders, Assistants & Parents. Event is from 8-4, Davis Senior High School, 12525 Ella Blvd Houston, TX 77067
Cub Scout Shooting Sports Training, Nov. 9
Anyone planning to supervise a shooting range at a District or Council event, including: Cub Scout archery, BB Guns, Wrist Rockets (Slingshots), Catapults or Rockets....must 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. BB Gun & Archery Range Master Training at Pow Wow Register with Geno at 713-756-3304; Email:
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting provides the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting's fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values. The money raised through Friends of Scouting helps offset the cost of recruiting, training and providing programming to youth and adults in the Council.  Sign up for your 2014  Friends of Scouting presentation at your unit's biggest gathering (typically the Blue and Gold Banquet or a Troop Court of Honor).  The presentation informs parents and leaders of all Council services, and gives an opportunity to help support the Council in expanding the Scouting program to more youth. To sign up for your unit's FOS presentation, please contact your District Executive at
Volunteer for American Heart Walk, Nov. 16
The American Heart Association will be holding its annual Heart & Stroke Walk on November 16 at Reliant Park. Sign up for a service role to help.  This packet describes the duties and responsibilities. Register as a volunteer.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience and make a huge impact on our community!  If you have questions about the Heart and Stroke Walk, please call Shayna Guerra at 713-610-5051 or email at

books-apple-icon2.jpgCollege of Commissioner Science, Dec. 7

Commissioners and Adult Scouters who are interested in pursuing Commissioner of Science degrees at the Bachelors, Masters, or even the Doctoral level are encouraged to begin or continue their studies at this year's college. You may view your College of Commissioner Science Transcript online through the link on College of Commissioners Science page   Register here
'Tis time to start our new Re-charter process. Log on to and get started today. If you do not have your Unit Re-charter Packet contact your District Executive or your District Commissioner. All units and districts are now on the same schedule with re-charters due no later than December 15, 2013.

Re-charter November Schedule 2013 as follows:
Nov 1st - Internet Re-chartering available
Nov 7th- IR Stage 1 - Load Unit Roster Completed.
Nov 18th- IR Stage 2  - Update Unit Roster Completed.
Nov. 21st- IR Stage 3 -  Check Unit Roster Completed.
Nov. 24th- IR Stage 4 -  Update Fees Completed.
Nov. 27th- IR Stage 5 -  Submit Unit Roster Completed
Membership, Membership, Membership.  Let me say this again one last time...Membership.  What should we all be focusing on this time of year as we close down 2013, and get ready for the 2014 Sc outing Year?  Membership!!! Over half of our new Scouts that join each year come from outside of the first school-based rally. This is the best time of the year to get the word out about our Troop/Team and Crew Scouting units, by doing the following and more:
* Have a unit high adventure event.  Invite friends to a troop/crew/team sponsored events to see what things we do in Scouting, that are beyond the normal Camping and Knots. 
* Capitalize on your best recruitment aid... the Scouts themselves and the relationships they have already developed and use these for Peer-to-Peer recruitment. 
* Send in articles for recognition in community newspapers, blogs, online post for events and service projects your units is already doing to increase the visibility of your unit. 
* The Crews and Teams should be talking to the troops to see if they had any members age out that would like to continue on in Scouting as a youth.  
Make sure you update with the current troop leadership information. Each unit should be checking their page for leads from parents that are looking to join.

BSA membership fee increased to $24
The Boy Scouts of America will increase its annual membership fee for youth and adults to $24 from $15, beginning January 1, 2014.  This fee will be prorated at $2 per month for all new members starting after January 1st. This does include all Sam Houston Council units with a December 31, 2013, Unit Charter expiration date.


Camp Strake Survey

We are excited to report that we have purchased 1,442 acres in San Jacinto County, Texas that will be the site for the new Camp Strake.  More information about this site will come out in the future. As we begin our planning for the new Camp Strake, we would like to get opinions from Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers on some programming ideas. Please encourage Scouts and Venturers in your units to participate in our survey by November 4, 2013.  Parents can take the Cub Scout survey. for each son. Thank you for your help.
Messengers of Peace Projects
Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women to work toward peace. This initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they've done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities. The initiative is inspired by the World Scout Committee, administered by the World Scout Bureau, and driven by youth volunteers worldwide.
Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a project that has had a significant impact on the community in any one of these three areas can qualify as a Messenger of Peace.
1. Personal: harmony, justice, and equality
2. Community: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
3. Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment
Submitting MOP-related projects is easy. Just check the Messengers of Peace box when entering a service project through the Journey to Excellence website ( This will add the project to the map on the Messengers of Peace website ( and will generate a unit certificate.
To purchase these ring patches, a unit representative should take the unit certificate to the local Scout shop or Cockrell Scout Center. 

Scouting for Food, Jan. 26 & Feb. 1

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 25 and February 1, 2014, 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. More

Register for a Scout Fair Booth
Join us in "Celebrating a Century of Service" for the Sam Houston Area Council's 100th Birthday at the 2014 Scout Fair which will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 am - 3 pm.. Scout Fair offers units the opportunity for Council-wide fellowship and a forum to showcase their many Scouting skills. The planning and teamwork used to create booth displays provides Scouts many program and learning opportunities. Scout Fair is FREE and a fun event for the entire family. Register for your unit booth now.  View Flyer for leaders   Register for unit booth

Tour Plans 

The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and is active. Please go to You do not need a tour plan for Council sponsored activities or camping at Council camps. For the Council's Guidelines on when to file a tour plan, Click Here.



Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

Your November update from The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America.   DHS has asked the Boy Scouts of America to build upon the foundation of the Ready campaign and to help citizens across the country prepare for emergencies of all kinds.

Enterprise Risk Mgmt Guide for Units 
The purpose of this guide is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. Communicate the importance of incident and near-miss reporting and hold staff members accountable for implementing reporting procedures at unit, district, and council levels.  For Guide     more



STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, 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 enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. Nova Awards program provides youth recognition for their efforts.  We are seeking experts in these fields to support our Scouting programs and help create STEM programs for 2013-2014. If you would like to share your expertise and join the new SHAC STEM committee, please contact  Michelle     more


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 more info.

Save the date...University of Scouting 2014

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 8, 2014, location TBD

  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring
You are invited to explore and enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the east Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. There is 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.  Bovay Scout Ranch has a great swimming pool and an air-conditioned dining hall (closed on Weekend Camping dates).
Bovay Scout Ranch
Bovay Scout Ranch

Adventure Camp at Bovay

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. register

Webelos Coyote Extreme
We are currently sold out for registration for 2013!!  Look for information this spring on reservations for  Nov. 14-16, 2014.  
Weekend Unit Camping at Bovay

Troops, Teams, Crews, Pack

, 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 activ

ities and provide their own meals during these weekends. register  


Bovay Scout Ranch Needs Seasonal Camp Staff

Bovay Scout Ranch has a great working environment. This weekend job consists of working closely with youth and parents at different program areas we call outposts. The Camp will furnish food and lodging. You will be responsible to the staff leader to which you are assigned. Ages: 15 and older. For more information contact Geno Aguilar at 713-756-3304 or


Winter Camp, Register NOW

Winter Camp at Camp Strake is December 26-31, 2013.  Reservations are very limited. See merit badge list. $250.00 per Scout. visit webpage 



Wknd Camp at El Rancho Cima

 Experience El Rancho Cima year around.  Your Unit Can:
 Ride the longest zip line in Texas
 Enjoy a Horseback Ride, Canoe in the Blanco River, Shoot...Kayak...and Hike  More information   Register Cockrell River Camp   Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend  or contact Tami Kinn at 713-756-3309



Register for Summer Camp at El Rancho Cima

In 2014, we have two camp anniversaries to celebrate...60 years of camping at Cockrell River Camp and 40 years at Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend.  Join the celebration during your week of camp. Don't wait, secure your week at El Rancho Cima NOW!!!  If you sign up and follow the payment plan, each Scout and adult will receive an El Rancho Cima T-shirt.   If 50% of the youth that your unit recharters  come to camp,  the unit leader will receive a Fishing Shirt with the 100th anniversary logo.  OR If 75% of the youth that your unit recharters come to camp, the unit leader will receive a satchel with the 100th anniversary logo  (must follow the payment plan for these offers)   More


Adams Award Nominations for Eagle Scout projects 

Each 2013 Eagle should complete their application for the Adams Award which recognizes the top Eagle Scout Leadership Projects for this year.   online application  Deadline is January 18, 2014


First Aid Meet, Feb. 15

The 36th Council First Aid Meet is Saturday, February 15, 2014 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). Winning teams representing the district must be from regular existing (natural) patrols. . Each team should be composed of five members.  For each problem, there will be four performers and one victim and any other patrol members must "sit out". The Patrols will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The cost for the 2014 Council First Aid Meet is $25.00 per patrol. more


Personal Management Merit Badge 

First Community Bank is proud to have merit badge counselors who assist with the Personal Management Merit Badge. Sessions are held every other Thursday from 4:30- 5:30.  Contact your closest First Community Bank to schedule your appointment.


Cinco Ranch:
First Colony:
Sugar Creek:
Sienna Plantation:


Land Stewardship Day, Nov. 9

Help restore the beauty and function of the land in our area by participating with a land stewardship organization in a conservation service project.  OR identify a need yourself and partner

with a local organization.  Serve this year and prepare

for participation in our 100 year anniversary celebration in 2014.  More



Railroading with Metrorail, Nov. 16
Fulfill the requirements of your Railroading merit badge with Houston METRORail, Nov. 16. Experience a fun day on the METRORail with the "Think Rail" safety training at METRO's Rail Operations Center on Nov. 16. Three new light-rail lines are opening in Houston in the next year, with the North Line opening this December. Join METRO to learn about railroading and safety, get a tour of where the light-rail trains live and take a ride on the METRORail's Main Street Line.  For more details, contact  Space is limited so sign up early.

Eagle Scout Reception, May 18

Free event....for all Scouts, Scouters, Parents, and 2013 Eagle Scouts  Online registration    Every registered 2013 Eagle Scout in attendance will receive a special SHAC Eagle Medallion commemorating the event, and their name will appear in the 2013 program.   Please mark your calendar and SAVE THE DATE.  All 2013 Eagle Scout applications must be in the Council Office no later than February 15, 2014 to be included in the program. This event will take place in the Grand Ball Room of the Crown Plaza Hotel located at the corner of Loop 610 and Kirby Dr., Houston, Texas.  A reception in the Eagles' honor will begin at 2:00 pm with the program following from 3-4:00 pm.  This year's Guest Speaker will be Dr. Scott Parazynski,  a 2012 Outstanding Eagle Scout Recipient, Astronaut, Mt. Everest Climber, Physician, Innovator, and Public Speaker.  To learn more about Astronaut Scott Parazynski visit his website at  Special Opportunities for photos on the day of the event will be available


d  Scout Days, Scout Nights


Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic, Dec. 8
Game starts at 6:00 p.m. Tickets $15 and up. No service charges or handling fees either online or by 713.758.7321.  Log on  and use code SCOUTNIGHT.. more info
Texas Bowl
December 27 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25 an include a pre-game Athletics Merit Badge session to fulfill some of the requirements (subject to your Merit Badge Counselor's approval).  More
The Harlem Globetrotters
Sunday, January 26 at 2:00pm
at Reliant Arena. Special Scout Offer
$16-$25 tickets PLUS Exclusive Pre-show Meet & Greet for the first 100 Scout ticket holders.  All Scout ticket holders receive an Official Harlem Globetrotters Scout Patch!  More
Advance Autoparts Monster Jam, Feb. 1
Show starts at 7:00pm at Reliant Stadium. Exclusive Scout Offer: $11 tickets plus FREE Monster Jam Scout Patch and Pit Party! Online tickets, use code BSCOUT    For information or to order groups of ten or more, contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email More
Support Scouting      


Endow by Dec. 15 

 All gifts to Endowment will be included in the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign providing essential resources for future needs in Capital and Endowment through 2016.  From now until December 15, all individual gifts in the amount of $500 - $25,000

with a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000 made to

Endowment will be matched

one for one by The Cockrell Foundation.  Gifts to the Sam Houston Area Council's permanent endowment ensure that our Council will continue to offer the outstanding programs we currently have and allow for growth to meet the future needs of our youth and communities. Endowment gifts allow individuals to make a financial commitment with a long term view to the work of the Council.  Check out the Mobile App  Thank you for your support and commitment to the youth of the Sam Houston Area Council.  We need you in our camp!



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


Do you work with Exxon Mobil?
ExxonMobil foundation allows districts and sub-districts in the council to establish accounts.  If you are employed by Exon Mobil and would like to apply for VIP grants please call 713-756-3318 on how to proceed.  Volunteer grants help districts achieve their Friends of Scouting goal 

Order of the Arrow

This year is the 75th Anniversary of the Colonneh Lodge and Pow Wow (Nov 1-3) is our Big Birthday Bash at Camp Strake!!
We decided a long time ago that Pow Wow needs to be the biggest and best Lodge event ever! To fulfill this goal, we invite all former Lodge Officers, Lodge Advisers, and Scout Executives. We also want to celebrate our 75th Anniversary with past and present members, and future members!  Therefore, for the first time ever, any Boy Scout or Adult Leader registered in Sam Houston Area Council can attend Pow Wow for the day!

Registration is now open for all dues-paid Colonneh Lodge members! There is a limited number of spots available for Colonneh members, and as soon as those spots are gone, any Boy Scout or leader in SHAC can sign up! We're very excited to celebrate our 75th Anniversary with Colonneh Lodge members past, present, and future!

The 2013 Pow Wow promises to be the biggest and best lodge event we've ever seen. The entire weekend, Nov 1-3, will be one long celebration event.
* Sports
* Inflatables
* Video Games
* Shooting Sports
* Special Guests
..and YOU!!

Sign-up today and get Be Prepared for a weekend of OA fun with your brothers. register here