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

Quick Links


Summer Scout Academy for Boy Scouts at HMNS...week long classes. see flyer
all Scout classes

Safety Merit Badge sessions offered at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
July 19, September 20, and November 15.  from 9 AM - 12 PM. The cost is FREE.
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1940 Air Terminal Museum launches its

Aviation Merit Badge Workshops. Located at William P. Hobby Airport.  Scouts will learn about the forces of flight, types of engines, and functions of aircraft instruments
and control surfaces. With guided tours.  Scouts 12 years+

Cost: $20 for Scouts, $10 for Chaperones June 20 and July 18


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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Celebrate 100 years of Service...

Bovay Scout Ranch 
Celebrate 100 years of Service and attend Bovay Scout Ranch this summer.  All resident camp participants will receive the camp segment to help complete the Centennial Patch.  For newly chartered Cub Packs, receive a 25% discount.  Register Now online or contact Geno Aguilar at 713 756 3304.  Special offer for unit leaders... if 50% of your unit's recharters attend Resident Camp, you'll receive a Bovay Scout Ranch Centennial Back Pack...

Earn Camp Segment at other Council camps...
-    Day Camp for Cub Scouts
-    El Rancho Cima Summer camp (Boy Scouts)
-    Camp Strake Winter Camp (Boy Scouts)
-    Rough Riders (Boy Scouts and Venturers)
-    Venturing Summit (Venturers)

Community Service / Land Stewardship Day
On November 15th, Scouts across the council can participate in a Day of Service with a goal of providing 100,000 hours of service to benefit their local communities.  Scouts can earn the final segment of the Centennial Activity Patch with this event.  To get ready, identify a unit Day of Service Chair.  More information / register

Leader's News
Robert Gates, New BSA National President 
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council today elected Dr. Robert M. Gates, former secretary of defense and former director of central intelligence, as the organization's national president. In this volunteer role, Dr. Gates will lead the National Executive Board, which guides the Boy Scouts of America as it serves 2.5 million youth members, for two one-year terms. He is the 35th president of the BSA, following telecom pioneer and co-owner of the Seattle Mariners Wayne Perry. Click here to view Dr Gates remarks at the 2014 National Meeting
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 

Earn a Summertime Pack Award
What are you doing as a pack this summer?  A pack can qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award certificate and streamer by planning and conducting three pack activities-one each in June, July, and August. Want greater attendance at your summer pack activities?  Mention the Summertime Pack Award! Qualifying packs receive a colorful streamer for their pack flag. Dens with an average attendance of at least half their members at the three summer pack events will be eligible for a colorful den participation ribbon. Boys who participate in all three pack events are eligible to receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin, which they can wear on the right pocket flap of their uniform. A Cub Scout who actively participates in his pack's summer activities and earns the Summertime Pack Award each year earns a different pin that matches the neckerchief slide of his program level.  MORE    Don't forget to turn in your tour plans for your units summer events.  For guidelines and other information regarding Tour Plans please visit this page



Thank you for all the hard work with Spring recruitment! So many youth will get the chance to experience Day Camp and Summer Camp for the first time thanks to you. Get the latest on the 2014 Fall Recruitment Campaign...please check on the training event scheduled for your area on your District's Calendar or ask your Membership Chair, and/or District Executive. You will be able to get the most up-to-date information, and pick up your Unit's recruitment materials. All units are encouraged to attend training and get ideas to help every type of unit successfully recruit new members this fall. Remember the earlier you prepare for this, the easier it will be to have a successful 2014 Campaign and change the lives of the youth in your local communities.  
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 

Trainers EDGE, July 19
The Trainer's EDGE uses contemporary training techniques and emphasizes the importance of experiential learning, or "learning by doing." Most of the sessions not only demonstrate good training methods, but also give participants a chance to interact and actually practice what they have learned. The purpose of the Trainer's EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. This course is intended to "train the trainer" on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media. This conference is for Scouters who will be delivering training to adult leaders as well as to the young people in Scouting. ALL TRAINERS, including pack trainers, should participate in a trainer development conference. Click here to register
Wood Badge Leader's 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. More

SHAC 14-2 - July 28 - August 2 (Monday to Saturday, week-long course)
SHAC 14-3 - September 26-28 & October 24-26, 2014
SHAC 14-4 - October 16-18 & November 13-15, 2014

Recording Service Hours
Has your unit served in a project to benefit others this year? Did you participate in Scouting for Food, or several other projects already in 2014? Chances are, the answer to this question is yes. Every unit does service whether they realize it or not, many of the awards and advancements the boys can earn have service built into them from the Wolf and Bear ranks all the way up to Life and Eagle. Many units do annual clean ups or service projects for their charter organization or the school that they are associated with. If your unit has performed a service project, make sure and enter that service into the Journey to Excellence tracker. It is important for all of our units to track their service so that as a Scouting movement we can report on our positive impact. Check these instructions how to enter your hours.

Messengers of Peace

Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young people to work toward peace. Scouts from around the world share what they've done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities. Any project that has a significant impact on the community will qualify. Messengers of Peace projects include unit-level projects, William T. Hornaday Award, and Eagle Scout service projects-any projects undertaken within a Scouting context that impact peace. Your project qualifies if it meets this definition of peace. No one beyond the unit has to approve a project's Messengers of Peace status.

Report Messengers of Peace to the Journey to Excellence tracker as you would service projects. Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a qualifying project is eligible to wear a Messengers of Peace ring patch around the World Crest on his or her uniform. To purchase these ring patches, a unit representative should take the unit certificate to the local Scout shop or council service center. instructions  



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


Congratulations Eagle Scouts 

Adams Award Finalists left to right: Hunter Zachary Werlla, Nathan Edward Seago, Thomas Andrew Jurica, Michael Osborn, Christopher Flinn Gable

The Sam Houston Area Council honored the Harold S. Hook Eagle Class of 2013 on Sunday, May 18. More than 1600 Boy Scouts, families and guests celebrated this milestone with 250 Eagle Scouts and six community leaders who received the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. 

The Class was named for Harold S. Hook because of his outstanding service to Scouting and our community. A former Chairman and CEO of American General Corporation, he was also president of the National Boy Scouts of America, a recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo Awards and is a Distinguished Eagle Scout.

Thomas Jurica, class of 2013-14 from Troop 99, received the Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award for the Sam Houston Area Council. The youngest son of eight children, he has been home-schooled throughout his academic career. For his Eagle Project, he chose to build a playground in memory of his friend George Belton. He challenged himself to raise $7,000 to complete the project. Instead, he raised more than $28,000. The playground stands today on the campus of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and is named the St. George Playground.

Congratulations to our six NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipients: Daniel G. Bellow, Eagle Class of 1965; Jack M. Webb, Eagle Class of 1950; David J. Bradley, Eagle Class of 1962; O. Duane Gaither II, Eagle Class of 1976; Tomas Garcia II, MD, Eagle Class of 1963; and Donald Orville Jansen, Eagle Class of 1958.

Special thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Eagle Scout Michael Garfield. Mark your calendar for the 2014 class reception on May 17, 2015. 


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.  


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.


Enterprise Risk Management

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 

   Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring
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   


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 



Rough Riders at Hamman High Adventure Base
Experience Sam Houston Area Council summer camp program for older Scouts and Venturers. This will be the week you talk about for the rest of your life!  Experience the longest zip line in Texas, the council's only COPE course, blacksmithing, back-country camping, black powder shooting and a specialty menu fit for a king.  NO ADULT PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED as our staff covers the two-deep leadership policy of the BSA.

Only a few spots remain.  Secure your reservation for this summer. 


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   



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 

Scout Days, Scout Nights
Astros Scout Day, June 29
Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners
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 
See flyer for more information

Scout Night, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Friday, July 18 at 7:30pm
Reliant Stadium

Scouts and their families SAVE $7!
Scout Prices: $27, $21 & $12

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey   Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage.  Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance.  Come one hour early to meet our animals and performers at the All Access Pre-Show - FREE with your ticket!  Each Scout will receive a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Scout Patch.

For information or to order groups of ten or more, please contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at 

Purchase individual tickets here. Use the password BSCT.  Note that service and handling fees will apply for online purchases.  After purchasing online, to receive your patches call Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at   Deadline to order is Fri, July 11. 



Schlitterbahn, Oct. 25
Event Admission is $17.00 + tax per person, all ages. SAVE $11
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 advancment circuit runs from 9 - 1 for Cub Scouts. The park is open to the public 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. More 

Support Scouting      

Dodgeball Challenge, June 7

Sponsored by Anadarko Petroleum & Noble Energy  


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). Open to all businesses, clubs and civic groups. We encourage team uniforms and promise an exciting day of fun and fast-paced action, and team-building. 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
The Order of the Arrow is the scouting national honor society. We have several exciting activities and opportunities coming up in the coming months
Lone Star Fellowship
The annual Lone Star Spring Fellowship otherwise known as CONCLAVE is coming up in a few short months! Colonneh lodge is working hard this year and trying to have the biggest attendance we have ever had at CONCLAVE. Our goal is to get 750 arrow men to come out for this weekend full of games, adventures, parties, shows, and fun. This first class event is being held at Texas State University on July 18th- 20th. Registration is open on For
American Indian Weekend, Aug. 15-17
American Indian Weekend is an opportunity for Boy Scouts and Venturers to learn more about the American Indian culture and expand your dance and craft skills at Bovay Scout Ranch.  August 15-17.  more

The Summit 
OA Troop Team Representative Summit is a training experience for OA troop/team representatives and their advisers at the Cockrell Scout Center. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop/team representative adviser.  August 17

Houston Trade-O-Ree, August 22-23
Take this opportunity to buy, sell, and trade Scout memorabilia at the Cockrell Scout Center. All proceeds from this inaugural event go to help send youth, in need of assistance, to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. August 22-23more

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. Check out the new patches too!