Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
Escouter Newsletter                                             Mar. 2014      
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Program News
Community Scout Events
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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. 
The Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society will be holding its Annual Gem and Mineral Show March 8-9 at the Pasadena Convention Center. A scout booth will help with merit badges. 
.Admission is $ 7. Scouts in uniform are Free.  More 

Earn Your Segment Patches for

Celebrating A Century of Service

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



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.

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.

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Celebrating a Century of Service at SCOUT FAIR
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. New this year, help serve those in need by bringing 2 cans of food to Scout Fair for the Houston Food Bank and help ring in the next century of service!


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  Sign up no later than Monday, March 31, 2014.  All units signing up to participate after March 31st will be given Service Unit Participation opportunity ONLY! Scout Fair offers great tasting food to sample and you'll meet lots of our partners on the Merit badge Midway. More info for leaders


Selling Scout Fair Coupon Packs?  EARLY BIRD EXTRA 5% Bonus Commission Extended to March 6th!   Participate in a Scout Fair Booth and earn an additional 10% commission!! Register to sell Coupon Packs in front of Kroger stores here


Mar. 7 - Mar. 27.....Extra 3% commission
Mar. 28 - Apr. 3.....Extra 1% commission


CONGRATULATIONS! Our Weekly Drawing Winners won a BEST BUY $100 GIFT CARD for selling at least 15 Coupon Packs in a week.


Week 1 - Drayton Kinder

Troop 484 in Flaming Arrow District
Week 2 - Daniel LeCheminant
Pack 449 in  Iron Horse District
Week 3 - Nathan Swartwout
Pack 870 in Bayshore District


Week 4 - Oskar Oberg

Troop 993 in Mustang District

Don't forget to submit the form for the weekly drawing for every 15 Scout Fair Coupon Packs sold.  Scouts will earn the Super Salesman Patch and be eligible for the weekly drawing. The drawings occur every Friday - April 11th with the prizes distributed at Scout Fair on April 12th. Increase your chances to win...for every 15 Coupon Packs sold, you qualify for one entry!

Leader's News

New Strake Scout Shop

As a part of the ongoing plan to relocate Camp Strake to its new location in Evergreen, Texas in 2016, a new Strake Scout Shop, named in honor of the Strake family, will serve the northeast section of the Council beginning March 31, 2014. The Strake Scout Shop will consist of 3,000 square feet in Conroe at the intersection of I-45 and S.H. 105 in The Crossroads Center. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. The shop will be closed on Sundays


The Scout Shop at Camp Strake will permanently close at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in preparation for the new Strake Scout Shop that will have a soft opening on Monday, March 31. A grand opening and dedication ceremony will occur in early April. Our new Strake Scout Shop will more than quadruple the floor space of the current Scout Shop at Camp Strake.


"The new Strake Scout Shop will be one of the finest in America with the newest Scout Shop designs and it will carry an expanded line of merchandise with more days of operation than the current Scout Shop at Camp Strake, " stated Bill Bomely, BSA Supply Group - Houston Territory Manager.


More information about the grand opening and specials offered at the Strake Scout Shop to follow.



Scouting for Food Results...Amazing! 
Our annual Scouting for Food effort was a great success! Huge thanks to all of our Scouts and leaders that worked so hard on this project to help fight hunger in our community. We had 10,810 Scouts and Leaders from 468 units serve in this project to collect 248,250 pounds to assist those in need! Our Scout Slogan is "Do a Good Turn Daily!" As Scouts, we are reminded to continue to serve others. The Journey to Excellence (JTE) tool is our way to measure and reward success. Service Hour Reporting is a key component for JTE. To reach JTE "Gold" status for Journey to Excellence, Cub Scout Packs and Sea Scout Ships must report four service projects each year. Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams and Venturing Crews must report six service projects each year. Follow the instructions to make sure your service hours are reported. Find your unit ID. Enter 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 Dinner, April 24

Friends of Scouting gifts help offset the cost of recruiting, training and provide ongoing program support to youth and adults in the Council.
FOS VOLUNTEERS -  Join us Thursday, April 24;  6:30 Dinner - 7:00 Program -8:00 District Huddles for the Family FOS ALL IN-er Dinner.
The dinner and program will provide a campaign update, fellowship and help your district achieve success.  See you then - please RSVP 

Spring Membership

Please join us at the Council Coordinated Meeting 7pm Thursday, March 27th at the Cockrell Service Center for more information on membership recruitment.  Here are some suggestions to get started:

For Cub Scout Packs:
This is a perfect time to get with your District Executive and District Membership Team to plan your Packs' Spring Rallies. They can help you get flyers, rally materials, and new ideas for your spring recruitment efforts. Also you can visit the Cub Scout recruitment page. Summer activities such as Day Camp, Twilight Camp, and Resident Camps can help excite new boys with fun activities and build excitement and interest for the fall program. Remember that reaching out into the Schools, Residential Communities, and local businesses to advertise your Spring Rally can help reach and impact more youth.

 For Boy Scout Troops:
Plan a Spring Open House. You can contact your District Executive for a list of all the Webelos who might be looking for a Troop to join to continue their Scouting journey and haven't found that perfect place. If your local Schools allow, plan to have 5th grade lunch visits to advertise your Open House. If you need ideas, flyers, and materials for your open house you can contact your District Executive and District Membership Team.

For Venturing Crews:
Emphasize peer-to-peer recruitment.  Encourage your members to invite a friend to a meeting or an the Venturing Rendezvous on March 15th at Camp Strake in Conroe, TX. This event is designed for all Venture Crews to interact and see all the activities offered in this Program.  
Benno Dunn, New Council Training Chair
We are excited to announce Benno Dunn as our new 2014 Council Training Chair. Benno has been active on the Council Training Committee for several years. He has served on many training staffs of the BSA including service on the training teams for Mustang and Texas Skies Districts, several Wood Badge staffs and as Wood Badge course director, several NYLT staff positions and as NYLT course director, Philmont Training Center staff; in addition to many Council Training events. Benno's contact information is: email: Cell: 281-413-9912

Jack Metcalfe to Receive Silver Antelope Award
The prestigious Silver Antelope Award, the highest Regional Honor, will be presented at the Annual National Meeting in Nashville, TN May 21 to 24, 2014 to SHAC's very own Jack Metcalfe. Jack has served numerous roles including Woodbadge Course Director, Commissioner, Golden Arrow (now Twin Bayou) District Training chair and district committee member, Trainer extraordinaire, Wilderness Survival instructor, Powderhorn staffer and International Scouter. In his 61 years as a Scout and Scouter, Jack has touched many lives and still continues to do so. Heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to a very deserving Scouter.    


2014 Council 36th First Aid Meet Winners
The 2014 36th COUNCIL FIRST AID MEET was Saturday, February 15, 2014 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer at Edloe St. Each district was allowed two representative teams from Boy Scout Troops. There were 18 Patrols representing 12 districts. 
Best Score in Mega Scenario
Aquila District Roadkill Patrol Troop 549 - 37 out of 40 possible points
First Place - Sharks Patrol Troop 1456 Texas Skies District 
Second Place - Roadkill Patrol Troop 549 Aquila District 
Third Place - Arrowman Patrol Troop 222 - Aquila District 

El Rancho Cima Horse Committee 
Do you have a passion for horses?  We are looking for you!  If you are interested in serving on the Horse Committee, please contact Brett Lee at 713-756-3306 or 

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.



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.  



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. 



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 



Enterprise Risk Management

BSA's Commitment to Safety   


Risk Zone:  Transporting Scouts     


Scouting Safely Resources   


Scouting Health &Safety Trainings


  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring
Color Run, May 3
Color Runs are truly the latest and greatest fad with all ages and athletic abilities.  Splash Me Dash is an un-timed race where participants walk/run/skip along a 3K or 5K course while being splashed with
colorful powder from head-to-toe as they help raise money for their organization. This event is open to all ages, shapes, sizes and athletic
abilities.  To learn more Color Runs, Check out the FAQ page to answer any questions you may have about what the product is made of, what to wear, will it stain my cloths, etc.
Time: 9am to 11am in the Fall Creek Community, 77396. This event will assist the BSA/Learning for Life Special Needs Program. For registration, contact 

New Online Registration for Cub Scout Day Camp  
Put on your space suits, find your oxygen masks and get ready to BLAST into the best week of the summer at a Day/Twilight Camp that's out of this world. Camps will be full of fun and excitement. Scouts entering 1st - 5th grade for the 2014-2015 school years 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 scout will receive a T-shirt and patch. Registration online
Bovay Scout Ranch  
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, 2014 Bovay 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.  



Get Away to 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 

Online Application    Interviews will be held on Saturday March 1 and March 22 from 9am - 1pm at the Sam Houston Area Council, BSA 2225 North Loop West, Houston Texas 77008. Specific interview times will not be assigned this year. You will sign in upon arrival and wait for your name to be called. With a first come, first serve method, be prepared to wait your turn. If you have questions regarding your interview or about working at Summer Camp, feel free to contact the appropriate Camp Director for the Camp you want to work at listed below.  You can apply on-site before your interview. Cockrell River Camp

Walter Horseshoe Bend


note interviews for Rough Riders will be scheduled at a later date.  Contact  Mary "Omega" Stringer; Rough Rider Camp Director at 361-876-8990.



Sea Scout Base - Galveston

If you are looking for an amazing adventure for your Boy Scout, Venturing or Sea Scout unit this summer - look no further than Sea Scout Base Galveston.  Contact Brett Lee at 713-756-3306 or brett.lee@scouting.orgmore 


Program ads for New Eagle Scout Reception 
It is time to recognize the 2013 Class of Eagle Scouts a the New Eagle Scout Reception.  We will present the Adam's Project of the Year Award to the Eagle Scout with the most outstanding leadership project.  On May 18, we will be holding a reception to honor all nearly 1,100 Eagle Scouts who have earned the rank of Eagle. Purchasing a tribute ad in the event program. Sponsorships also available.  more  

Eagle Scout Alumni Service Day, March 8

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. This 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  


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   Read more here 

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
horse-saddle.jpgRodeoHouston Scout Day, Mar. 19 
Reliant Park Opens at 9 a.m.
Tickets start at $10! (includes admission to
Advancement Opportunity, from 2-3pm, access to Reliant Park for carnival, livestock and horse shows, shopping food and educational exhibit and the rodeo) 

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.  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 


Dodgeball Challenge, June 7

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, friends. family. co-workers will challenge each other to prove what it takes to become a true champion.  At Competitive Edge Sports, 60 ten-player teams will square off against each other, throwing, blocking, catching, running and dodging their way through the games as they vie for the roar of the crowd, a chance at glory and the Patches O'Houllihan Championship Cup. Teams consist of 10 players (6 on court with up to 4 alternates; age 18 or over; no special co-ed requirements). More at 


The Cockrell Foundation Match
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.  More

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
Register for Arrowman Bash! April 4-6, 2014 at Camp Strake
OA Trail Crew - March 8-11 - El Rancho Cima

This is the 2nd year of OA trailcrew during spring break. Let's do some service for those trails at El Rancho Cima that you have enjoyed but more important make it better for the scouts who have not yet enjoyed the experience. 3 Days and 4 nights of truly living the spirit of the order with your fellow Arrowmen. Check-in starts Friday night March 7 and ends Saturday morning. We will provide service Saturday - Monday March 8-9, 2014 and leave on Tuesday March 11, 2014 after a closing feast   More 


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 click here for more details 

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