Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
Escouter Newsletter                                            April 2014      
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Leaders News
Program News
Community Scout Events
Support Scouting
Order of the Arrow

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Microsoft Galleria Store Free Advancement Sessions:
Safety Merit Badge sessions offered at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital on  May 24, July 19, September 20, and November 15.  from 9 AM - 12 PM. The cost is FREE. 

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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 William Billard (left) and Alexander Bering (R) of New Faith Troop 601     
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. We our celebrating our 100th Birthday!  Several activities are planned:
- At 2 p.m., Kroger will provide a gigantic cake and Blue Bell is creating Scout Crunch, an ice cream flavor just for our party.
- Help us break the Guinness World Record for "The Most Signatures on a Birthday Card." The record stands at slightly less than 6,000.
- 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!

Unit Leaders:  We are asking that all units participate in the Scout Fair Opening Ceremony this year by providing one or two Scouts with the American flag and unit flags.  We will start assembly at 9:15 and enter the Main Stage at 9:45.  We will have the flags in rows in front of the stage and around Main Stage.  Get more information  at the Scout Fair Check In/Commissioners Booths.  We are looking forward to seeing you there

Register here for unit service service at the event. More info for leaders


Selling Scout Fair Coupon Packs?  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


Week 5 - Oliver Bowling

Pack 776 in George Strake District
Week 6 - Shaylin Amador
Pack 449 in  Iron Horse District
Week 7 - Adrian Moore
Pack 1005 in Soaring Eagle District


Week 8 (March 28th)
Kyle Burleigh
Troop 111 in Phoenix 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 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


Strake Scout Shop Now Open 

As a part of the ongoing plan to relocate Camp Strake to its new location in Evergreen, Texas in 2016, a new Scout Shop named in honor of the Strake family to serve the northeast section of the council opened on March 31, 2014.  This new Strake Scout Shop, which consists of 3,000 square feet, is located in Conroe at the intersection of I-45 and S.H. 105 in The Crossroads Center. This new shop has replaced the old Scout Shop at Camp Strake, which is now permanently closed. 

Bill Bomely, BSA Supply Group - Houston Territory Manager, said, "The new Strake Scout Shop is one of the finest in America with the newest Scout Shop designs and it carries an expanded line of merchandise." 

The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.  The shop will be closed on Sundays.  More information about the grand opening and specials offered at the Strake Scout Shop to follow.  


Friends of Scouting

Packs, Troops and Crews not yet scheduled for FOS unit presentations should contact your district executive or 713.756.3318.  All Friends of Scouting volunteers (presenters, schedulers, chairmen) are invited for an evening of Recognition, Instruction and Motivation!  The ALL IN-er Dinner will be held, Thursday April 24, Council office, 6:30 pm   RSVP here

Spring Membership

Congratulations to all the Cub Scouts who have taken the next step and crossed into Boy Scouts!  April is not too late to recruit brand new Tiger Cubs and get them involved in the program. Host a rally and invite your local school. If possible schedule "Boy Talks" for kindergarteners. Please remember that if you need help with scheduling, materials, and ideas you can contact your District's membership team or District Executive.

Now that recharters are complete, and crossover is wrapping up, it is a great time to organize a "Dropped Scout Call Night." This can be done by checking your current unit's roster and reaching out to youth who have dropped out or haven't been attending in a while. Boy Scout Troops can get involved and call boys who did not crossover from Cub Scouts or may still be looking for a Troop to call home. The call night is also a great idea for Venturing Crews too. If you need assistance with getting current rosters or organizing your call night you can contact your District Committee and District Executive for help.
With so much fun to come in the summer months we should try to get as many youth involved as possible!
Benno Dunn, 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

horse-saddle.jpgEl 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.  Summer Course information
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.



Silver Beaver Award Nominations due May 1

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 


doctor.jpgEnterprise Risk Management

In preparation for the summer camp season, we are rolling out a new, simplified annual health and medical record effective March 1, 2014. Thanks to you, your volunteers, your parents, and your unit leaders for providing constructive feedback on how we could make the record easier to use while still collecting the information needed to make sure our Scouts are ready for their experience. To learn more, we invite you to participate in a webinar on April 4 at 1 p.m., Central. On April 4, log on


In order to provide better care for its members and to assist them in better understanding their own physical capabilities, the Boy Scouts of America recommends that everyone who participates in a Scouting event have an annual medical evaluation by a certified and licensed health-care provider-a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Providing your medical information on this four-part form will help ensure you meet the minimum standards for participation in various activities. Note that unit leaders must always protect the privacy of unit participants by protecting their medical information  more


American Red Cross classes for First Aid and CPR Training
Brazos District Health and Safety Committee conducting American Red Cross classes: Wilderness First Aid class on 4/5.  Adult/Child CPR/AED and First Aid certification.  Certifications are valid for two years.  

  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. Register
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. Trading Post is open on some weekend camping dates. 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).  More on Summer Camp for Boy Scouts


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



Last Winter Camp in Conroe, Register now

This will be the last event at Camp Strake in Conroe.  Registation will open today.  Space is very limited and will fill up extremely fast.  Get your reservation in today.  For more information



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  


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 



New Eagles honored, 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
Astros Scout Day, June 29
Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers
Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX 
1:10 PM
Tickets $10 and up. The first 2000 Scouts will be mailed a Scout Day Patch with this offer. For groups of 20 or more or questions contact: Brent Broussard 713-259-8316
For less than 20 tickets go    Password:scout 
Buffalo Soldiers Scout Day, April 20
Join us at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum opening up just for Scouts on April 20, 2014 to include guided tours and the opportunity to review advancement requirements for the Heritages Belt Loop and American Cultures Merit Badge. Includes re-enactment of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. 12:30pm - 4pm. $3 Scouts / $5 adults. Call 713 942 8920 for tickets. Program conceived by the African American Committee on Scouting  Upcoming dates: July 20, 2014, October 19, 2014, Jan 18, 2015
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

AmazonSmile donates to Councils
Through its new AmazonSmile program, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible purchase to the 501(c)(3) public charitable organization of your choice. It costs you nothing and is a great additional way to support Scouting. The one-time setup takes just a couple of seconds and you get the same prices, products and service you're used to when shopping at Amazon. Instructions

3_piggy_banks.jpgIt'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
This is a chance for Arrowmen from all across the council to come together for food, fellowship and FUN! There will be Video Games, American Indian Activities, a Brotherhood Ceremony, great food and much more! Detailed information about the event and a link to the registration site can be found at Please register and encourage your friends to do the same. See you on April 4th!
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

Colonneh Lodge Golden Ticket