Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
Escouter Newsletter                                             Feb. 2014      
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Program News
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 Safety Merit Badge sessions offered at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital on March 22, May 24, July 19, September 20, and November 15.  from 9 AM - 12 PM. The cost is FREE.  flyer  
The Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society will be holding its Annual Gem and Mineral Show March 8-9 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The show is specially oriented for the whole family! A scout booth will help with merit badges.
.Admission is $ 7. Scouts in uniform are Free.  More
 Donate your car or boat to Scouting

Houston Arboretum offers Cub Scout courses on forestry, nature, conservation
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Celebrating a Century of Service 

Four major events will highlight the celebration of the 100th birthday of the Sam Houston Area Council.  

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


Council Patches
Do A Good Turn Daily. A Scout is Helpful. For 100 years Scouts from the Sam Houston Area Council have built upon these principles and followed the tradition of serving others. This year is the 100th Anniversary of our Council and we are focusing on SERVICE - giving back to others. Celebrate this milestone by purchasing your limited edition 100th Anniversary CSPs ($7.50) and Activity Patches ($1.00) as we continue to fulfill our Scout promise. (The additional four segments of the Activity Patch will be provided following each event.) Don't miss your chance to own these keepsakes that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Click here to purchase yours today! You can also stop by the following locations to purchase: Cockrell Scout Center and Stafford, Clear Lake and 1960/Champions Scout Shops. 
 Leader's News      

Scouting for Food, Feb.  1

Today is the day Scouts will pick up doorstep donations.  We have 27% more  units serving in this project to assist those in need!  Logging in your donations will help us reach 100,000 more pounds this year and qualify you for the Scouting for Food segment patch.  The Journey to Excellence (JTE) tool is our way to measure and reward success.  Follow the instructions to make sure your service hours are reported. Find your unit IDEnter service hours here  Print your Service Hours Certificate, present to your district leadership to receive your Scouting for Food segments at your next roundtable. Questions, contact Cesiah Molina 


Friends of Scouting
The money raised through Friends of Scouting helps offset the cost of recruiting, training and providing programming to youth and adults in the Council.  Join us on February 20th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for the Family FOS All-Inners Dinners for a campaign update, fellowship and best practices sharing to help your district achieve success.   


Celebrating a Century of Service

On Saturday, April 12th, 2014 from 10 am - 3 pm, Scouts from 16 counties will unite at SCOUT FAIR 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 special during the "Century of Service" celebration.  Register for your free 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. More info for leaders   Coupon Pack sales begin today!  Register to sell in front of Kroger stores here 



STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

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 2014. If you would like to share your expertise and join the new SHAC STEM committee, please contact  Michelle     more



University of Scouting, Feb. 8 

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! Course Catalog  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. Follow the train(ing) tracks of fun, fellowship, and learning as we celebrate a century of training in Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Davis High School in Aldine ISD, 12525 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77067. Registration 


Baden-Powell Dinner, Feb. 21
Adult Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), or staffed National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) are invited to attend our annual
Baden-Powell Dinner. More information/register


Ten Commandment Hike, Feb. 22  

The Sam Houston Area Council is hosting the 19th Annual Ten Commandments Hike in conjunction with Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath which occur earlier in February.  We will host four different routes: The Museum District Hike will feature some of the older churches in the Museum District southeast of Downtown.  A Kingwood area hike will meander through the wooded areas and view newer sanctuaries with somewhat more modern motifs.  The Southwest Hike is in the beautiful Sugar Land area.  The Downtown Houston Hike, will take place along towering skyscrapers that make Houston so unique.  Participants will enjoy viewing these historic and modern places of worship and hearing 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 9:00AM to 4:00PM. $5.00 per participant.  Register here   For additional information, contact: George Etier, 713-677-4159 email George Etier; 

 Blue & Gold Banquets 
These place mats are perfect for Packs to use during your Blue & Gold banquets to promote Day Camp and Resident Camp.  Customize them with your District's Day Camp information.  Click for Printable PDF

Nominations for Silver Beaver Award
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, the deadline for submission is May 1, 2014. More: 

Purchasing Advancement Awards 
Units will need to turn-in final advancement reports from Internet Advancement in order to purchase advancement awards at Houston area Scout Shops.  Draft-advancement reports will not be accepted, as this indicates that the listed advancements have not yet been posted to the Scout's records.  Be sure to check the bottom of your report to ensure it does not indicate "DRAFT" before going to the Scout Shop.  If you should have any questions please contact the Scout office and ask for assistance with internet advancement. 
rock-pile-lake-sm.jpgTour 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.

Certification Required  - If your unit is planning on hosting an event that requires certification (Shooting, Boating, Swimming, Climbing, etc.) you must provide certification information on your TOUR PLAN and present a copy of the certification to the Ranger / Campmaster before beginning the activity. 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. 2014 Spring Course & Summer Course  information
SHAC 14-1 - March 7-9 and April 4-6 (Friday to Sunday course)
SHAC 14-2 - July 28 - August 2 (Monday to Saturday, week-long course)


National Youth Leader Training (NYLT)
Registration for our summer course at Camp Strake is now OPEN. NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he/she must KNOW, and what he/she must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. Summer 2014 course dates:

14-1 & 14-2: June 8-13, 2014.
14-3 & 14-4: June 16-21, 2014.

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 a long-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. more here
Enterprise Risk Management 
Enterprise Risk Management Guide For Units - 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.

  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 a year-round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps and the new Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme Adventure Camp October 10-12, 2014Bovay Scout Ranch has a great swimming pool and an air-conditioned dining hall (closed on Weekend Camping dates).  BOVAY Video 

 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
Weekend Unit Camping at Bovay

Troops, Teams, Crews, Packs or Webelos Dens can enjoy the amazing beauty of Bovay Scout Ranch rolling hills, trails and vast open spaces.

Units that plan to schedule Shooting Sports Activities need to read the new Shooting Sport Manuel and complete a Tour Activity Plan.  see shooting sports updates   Clean campsites, restrooms and showers are available; units may design their own program activities and provide their own meals during these weekends. register   


Wanted: Camp Bovay Seasonal Camp Staff  

Bovay Scout Ranch is looking for Seasonal Camp Staff to work weekends.  
Job consists of working closely with youth and parents at different program areas we call outpost. 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   application 



Bovay Scout Ranch Summer Resident Camp

Celebrate 100 years of Service by attending Bovay Scout Ranch Summer Resident Camp and receive your centennial patch segment.Newly chartered Cub Scout Packs...Sign up to attend the 2014 Bovay Scout Ranch Summer Resident Camp and receive 25% off. Registration now available  Please contact Geno Aguilar (713-756-3304) for more information. ATTENTION UNIT LEADERS...If 50% of the youth that your unit Re-charters attends the 2014 Resident Camp, receive one Bovay Scout Ranch Back Pack with the 100th Anniversary logo.  



Wkd Camp at El Rancho Cima

Want to camp at El Rancho Cima all year around? Well now you can... Take advantage of the cooler weather and visit a "different" El Rancho Cima.  Enjoy horseback rides, canoeing, the shooting ranges and on some weekends the ZIP LINES.  For more information contact Tami Kinn at 713-756-3309  More information  




Summer Camp at El Rancho Cima

Earn the Camping Segment Patch as part of the 2014 centennial activities.This summer at El Rancho Cima, it's the  60th Anniversary of Cockrell River Camp and 40th Anniversary of Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend!!  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)    


Reserve for Rough Riders Camp    Reserve Cockrell River Camp    Reserve Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend 



El Rancho Cima Summer Staff 

If you are interested in being part of the best Summer Camp Staff in the country, please follow the link below to apply to work at Cockrell River Camp, Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend or Hamman High Adventure Base. More


Eagle Scout Alumni Service Day

Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is just the beginning of lifetime of service. This is the perfect opportunity to give back (and meet fellow Eagles) in the area you call home. The spring project is at Memorial Park doing conservation work. Work will begin at 9 am and go to 1 pm with lunch being provided. More  


meat-sandwich.jpg New Requirement for Eagle Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge is required to obtain Eagle Scout rank. Scouts beginning the merit badge prior to Jan. 1 may use the current requirements. A Scout who has already earned the merit badge will not have to re-earn it with the revised requirements    
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 




23rd World Scout Jamboree - Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan (July 28-Aug 8, 2015)

Eligible participants must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a Boy Scout or Venturer and have been born between July 27, 1997 and July 28, 2001. These age ranges are set by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and are not negotiable. For more information including Staff, Registration and Payment, click here 



Florida Sea Base Lottery Registration Set to Open

The lottery for 2015 high adventures at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base opens January 15. We'd love to have you here next year to experience the adventure of a lifetime! Below are key points to remember as you register. Access to the Sea Base lottery is obtained through the Sea Base website



New Eagle Scout Reception, May 18

The hard work is done, now reap the rewards. Eagles and their families do not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be recognized by two accomplished Eagle Scouts: Outstanding Eagle Scout Scott Parazynski, MD and Eagle Scout Sam Malone. Scott Parazynski, medical doctor, former astronaut, physician and inventor will be our guest speaker. Currently he serves as the Director and Chief Medical Officer of UTMB's Center for Polar Medical Operations in Galveston. Sam Malone, radio and talk show host for 700 AM KSEV radio and KHOU Channel 11 will be the emcee for the program. This event is free for Eagles and their Families .  Event details
Scout Days, Scout Nights


Houston Rockets vs Detroit Pistons 

Saturday, March 1

7:00 PM at Toyota Center

Tickets $20 and up...


For the first 150 tickets purchased, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Basketball Skills Workshop to fulfill some of the requirements to earn a Sports Merit Badge, a Basketball Loop or a Sports Pin. Be sure to wear your Scout uniform to the game!  Print Flyer
Call: Melissa Ezell @ 713-758-7231 Fax: 713-758-7343 Email:
horse-saddle.jpgRodeoHouston Scout Day, Mar. 19
Reliant Park Opens at 9 a.m.
Tickets start at $10! (includes admission to
Advancement Opportunity, Reliant Park, rodeo, concert, carnival, livestock and horse shows, shopping, food, and educational exhibits)

RodeoHouston begins at 6:45 p.m. Entertainer Florida Georgia Line begins at approximately 8:45 p.m. Attend a special presentation to fulfill some of the requirements for the "Horsemanship" Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, and the "Horseback Riding Sports Belt Loop and Pin" for Cub Scouts   More 
Schlitterbahn Scout Day, March 29

Event Admission is $18.00 + tax per person, all ages. SAVE $10
All Cub Scouts receive an opportunity to participate in requirements for the Swimming Loop and Pin, with all-day park admission and a FREE Schlitterbahn Scout Day Patch. The circuit begins at 9:00 a.m. exclusively for Cub Scouts. The park is open to the public 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.mMore
Support Scouting      

Sporting Clays, April 24th

Join the 18th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament at the Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve in Simonton, TX scheduled for Thursday, April 24th to support the Sam Houston Area Council's Scouting programs for at-risk youth. Each 4-person team registered before March 1, 2014 will be entered into a drawing to win FOUR (4) Browning Maxus 12 gauge shotguns - one for each member of your team!  Remember that payment is not due at the time you register, so don't delay!  The drawing will be held at the event.  Need not be present to win.  To register, contact Charlie Tinsley at 713-756-3370 or 


Over $1 Million Raised for Endowment in 2013
The Sam Houston Area Council, BSA is excited to announce that the Cockrell Match Program was a big success. A special thank you to the 66 plus volunteers who gave their time and talents to promote the Cockrell Match Program to the Scouting Community. During 2013, 135 donors gave $297,451 to Endowment. All gifts to Endowment which include The Cockrell Foundation Match totaled $2,681,080, an increase of 63.1% over last year.
The Cockrell Foundation has renewed the Cockrell Match Program for 2014.  Thanks to the generosity of The Cockrell Foundation, gifts from $500 up to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Take advantage of this program now until December 15th, 2014


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 Exxon 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 


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. More 

Order of the Arrow
Colonneh Lodge Golden Ticket
 Your ticket to lodge events and unlimited ordeal staffing!  The Golden Ticket is your access pass to lodge events and unlimited ordeal staffing. For one low price of $137 receive $200 of event registration value plus a limited quantity Golden Ticket patch. Please visit for more details on The Golden Ticket.
2014 Ordeal Registration Online
Visit the Colonneh Lodge web site ( today and register for your 2014 ordeal. All youth and adults elected in 2013 must complete an ordeal in order to become a member of the Colonneh Lodge Order of the Arrow. Register for your ordeal today to secure it on your calendar!

Pay Your Dues Online

Don't forget to pay your dues! It's quick and easy online. Visit the Colonneh Lodge web site ( to pay your dues for this year. While you're at it, pay a few years in advance and rest easy knowing your membership is paid up.