eScouter Newsletter July 2016
Cub Scout Summer Camp is a three-night camp out for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade held at McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. From Cub Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Online Registration is NOW OPEN! All newly chartered Cub Scout Pack in the Sam Houston Area Council who sign up will receive 25% off registration. For more information click here or contact Geno Aguilar (713-756-3304) email@example.com
Rocket into Scouting! Fall Membership Recruitment
Thank you for all the hard work with Spring recruitment! Now It's time to get ready for the 2016 Fall Recruitment Campaign. Please check with your District's Calendar, Membership Chair, and/or District Executive to get all the information on District Fall Recruitment Training, which usually happens at your August Roundtable. Here 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 as this can also be a great place to get ideas to help every type of unit to successfully recruit new youth and families this fall.
Remember the earlier you prepare for this the easier it will be to have a successful 2016 Sign-Up Night and change the lives of the youth in your local communities! For a complete checklist to prepare over the summer for a successful Sign-Up campaign visit here.
Fun with Son "Super Scouts Academy"
October 14-16, 2016
Fun with Son is a day of adventure and an overnight campout for our newest Cub Scouts and their families at Bovay Scout Ranch, doing the things Scouts do - shooting BB guns, archery, fishing, Scoutcraft, handicrafts, games, and a memorable campfire! Parents are encouraged to participate right along-side their sons in all the action-packed activities! Admission includes two meals (dinner & breakfast), supplies, snacks and patch. Online registration opens on September 15th. For more information and click here.
Service Opportunity to Volunteer: Fun with Son
Is your troop, team, ship or crew looking for a great service opportunity in which your Scouts will gain leadership skills, character development and team building along with a great outdoor experience? If you said yes, then Fun with Son is your answer!
The Sam Houston Area Council is actively recruiting volunteers from each district to help deliver the Fun with Son Cub Scout camping experience on October 14-15 or October 15-16 at Bovay Scout Ranch for our brand new Cub Scouts. This event is not only fun and exciting, but is also very rewarding for all who help serve our newest members and their families. Scouts and Scout Leaders from Troops, Crews, Teams and Ships throughout the council are encouraged to help with this annual event and can serve in many areas from arts and craft stations, campsite hosts, shooting sports activities, sports and games, rockets, campfire hosts, and so much more!
For more information, please email Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Friends of Scouting
Help the Sam Houston Area Council achieve its fundraising goal! Your Friends of Scouting dollars help provide uniforms to youth, assist with registration fees, and keep camp costs at low levels along with many other ways of supporting the Scouting program. Visit our SHAC website or talk with your district leadership to donate today.
And don't forget about matching gifts, a great way to get your company to support Scouting and to double your donation! Talk with your company to find out what their requirements are for matching employees' donations. Together we can make difference.
2017 National Jamboree
Price has now been reduced to $1975 per participant.
JULY 16, 2017- JULY 28, 2017
The Summit in West Virginia...Live Scouting's Adventure.
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!!!
This will be the trip of a life time. Available to all Venturers and Boy Scout who will be First Class rank by 2017. All food, Jamboree gear, and travel are included. Activities include whitewater, climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, and patch trading, SCUBA, arena shows, and Technology Quest.
For more information, please click here
The Sam Houston Area Council is looking for staff members to assist the council in a new initiative for new unit development. These employees, called "Onboarding Specialists," will guide new Scouting units (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing) through the steps of new unit organization. Through this process, they will assist new chartering organizations in the identification of adult volunteers for new Scouting, assist the new adult volunteers with program planning, budgeting and scheduling, guide the new adult volunteers through district and BSA resources to be trained, and guide the new adult leaders through the start-up of the new unit's programming to ensure the program is launched and the new unit is chartered.
Candidates must have knowledge of the Scouting programs with an understanding of unit organization. Interested applicants should send their resumé to our Director of Membership Development, Dustin Dupuis, at email@example.com
Make sure your unit's information is correct on BeAScout.org
. We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church in the description. If your unit doesn't have a website, refer them to the district website [preferably the unit's page (e.g., www.raven.shac.org/units
All national and council marketing assets refer parents to BeAScout.org
, so it's very important that this information is updated. Detailed instructions can be found here
Tellepsen Scout Camp patch design contest
We are proudly enjoying our 2nd year of Scouting fun at Tellepsen Scout Camp! We have been so excited to see the thousands of Scouts that have enjoyed the climbing tower, shooting sports, hiking, canoeing, and camping at our newest camp over the last year.
Now that we have enjoyed and experienced all that Tellepsen Scout Camp has to offer, it is time to design a special patch for all of our Scouts to enjoy! We are having a patch design contest for a Tellepsen Scout Camp patch! Send us your ideas or drawings and our patch selection committee will select a winning design that will be announced at the end of the 2016 summer season. Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
by August 1, 2016.
The 2016 Popcorn Sale is almost here! Your scouts have the opportunity pay their own way through the 2016-2017 scouting year and earn great prizes by selling delicious gourmet popcorn. We are very excited to announce our brand new partnership with CAMP MASTERS Popcorn. This new partnership means that your scouts get to sell great popcorn packaged in the tins that many popcorn customers have missed over the last few years, while you can expect an ordering interface that is simple to use and customer service that is responsive to any needs you may have.
Another exciting change for the 2016 sale is training conducted by Michael Beck, a professional sales coach and creator of a program that has helped many units stop worrying about raising funds year-round and concentrate more on the FUN of Scouting. He has helped units across the country increase their sales revenue dramatically (an average of 14 percent). Skills learned apply to all types of fundraisers, including non-council sales. Every unit should send at least one representative and are mandatory for those units participating in show and sell.
These trainings are available:
*July 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, 77008)
*July 23, 2016 at 10:00 am at Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, 77008)
*July 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Foundry United Methodist Church (8350 Jones Road, Houston 77065)
To register for popcorn sales please click here
Summertime Pack Award
What are you doing as a pack this summer? Cub Scouting is best delivered as a year round program. The Summertime Pack Award
is designed to encourage a Pack to be active when school is out for the summer, by doing at least one activity per month in August. The youth and adult members of a Cub Scout Pack are eligible to earn the recognition by participating in a Pack activity each month during this period.
The completed application is submitted to the Cockrell Scout Center for processing - ideally at the end of August. Individual awards may be purchased when the application is turned in.
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.
This award can be an incentive for greater attendance at your summer pack activities. Spread the news and get your pack committee planning or fine-tuning their plans for an active outdoor summer filled with fun!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West, Houston, TX
8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences. Trainer's EDGE brings to life the EDGE model taught in Troop Leadership Training, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, National Youth Leadership Training, and Wood Badge.
Do you train Leaders? Parents? Scouts? Are you someone who has thought about training but you don't know where to begin? Or maybe you have years of experience in training but want to add some pizzazz to it? The Trainer's EDGE is for anyone interested in different training methods. It will equip you with ideas, techniques, and materials for improving presentations by enabling you to select approaches that will communicate your messages most successfully, and with PIZZAZZ!!
This conference is for any Scouter, Boy Scout, or Venturer who will be delivering training in Scouting. To register, please click here
Wood Badge Adult Leadership Course
Wood Badge is a premier adult leadership-training course for the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge was originally presented by the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell, in 1919 as a means of strengthening the Scouting movement throughout the world. The Wood Badge of today teaches contemporary leadership and team development skills in the outdoor setting of Scouting. Aside from teaching new skills, the experience also strengthens Scouting in our units, our districts, and our council. This training course is for Scout Leaders involved in all program levels- Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Participants will learn techniques to become better leaders.
for more information. The next scheduled Wood Badge courses are:
S3-576-16-2 September 8-10 and October 13-15, 2016 (begins Thursday at 7:30 am, ends Saturday at 5:00 pm)
S3-576-16-3 September 16-18 and October 21-23, 2016 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm)
Spanish Language Wood Badge
The Rio Grande Council is hosting an upcoming Wood Badge course conducted in Spanish at Camp Perry at Rio Hondo, TX. The course dates will occur on the weekends of October 6-8, 2016 and October 26-28, 2016.
Like all Wood Badge courses, participants at Spanish Wood Badge will learn new leadership skills and how to apply them to their pack, troop, team, or crew; leave with a better understanding of Scouting's values; and revitalize their commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience. Please check here
for more information.
Ready ... Aim ... Fire! Announcing the New Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards!
Take aim at fun and excitement with the new Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards. The awards will be offered in three disciplines: BB guns, archery, and slingshots.
With rank-specific requirements and insignia, there is incentive for boys to earn the awards year after year at camp. Our youth members consistently list shooting sports as one of their most-desired outdoor activities. With these new awards, Cub Scouts will hit the bull's-eye with fun! Award patches and pins are available at all Houston area Scout Shops. For Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards Requirements, resources, and additional information click here
Join the Eagle Scout Hunt!
The SHAC Eagle Scout Association is looking for all Eagle Scouts in our area - active or not. We are planning a networking event in late September - more details to follow. Please encourage any Eagle you know, particularly those not currently active in Scouting, to register at www.iamaneagle.org
to receive more information as plans progress.
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection Training every two years is a requirement for all leaders to be registered with the BSA. 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 websites of neighboring districts and click here
for more information.
Tour and Activity Plans
Don't forget to turn in your tour plans for your unit's events. Sam Houston Area Council recommends a Tour and Activity Plan be submitted for all activities. Tour and Activity Plans are submitted online at MyScouting.org. For more information, click here
If your unit is planning to host 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. For more information please click here.
Do you consider the "OUT" in ScOUTing to be an important part of the BSA program? Have you enjoyed weekend camping at any of the Sam Houston Area Council camps? Would you be willing to help others get the same enjoyable experience? Can you commit just two weekends per year to helping others? If so, then the new SHAC Campmaster Corps is the place for you!
Teams are now being formed for Camp Brosig, McNair Cub Adventure Camp and Tellepsen Scout Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. For more information click here.
Enterprise Risk Management
The purpose of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) committee is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner.
The Sam Houston Area Council Enterprise Risk Management Committee (ERM) will be holding First Aid Classes and Wilderness First Aid Training with ERM Committee. For more information, click here
To view the LDS safety website, please click here
Read about Texas Trailer Inspection updates here.
To view the ERM Guide for Units, which includes revisions to the Tour and Activity Plan, please click here
To learn more about Incident Reviews, click here (scroll down to the bottom of the page). There are three documents that walk you through real-life incidents that have happened in Scouting. It provides you with key points (lessons learned) and discussion questions.
For information regarding general health & safety questions, please click here
For more information about Enterprise Risk Management, including First Aid/CPR/AED trainings, please click here
| Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring|
McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch
You are invited to explore and enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the east Texas rolling hills and lakes at McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. McNair Cub Adventure Camp has a variety of camping opportunities for everyone from Cub Scouts to Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews. McNair Cub Adventure Camp has year round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps and the new Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme Adventure Camp. McNair Cub Adventure Camp has a great swimming pool and an air conditioned dining hall (closed on Weekend Camping dates). The Trading Post will be open on some Weekend Camping dates.
Click here to see the BOVAY Video
McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch is an overnight, full program camp for all family members. Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas that is subject to change and food service in the camp's air conditioned dining hall (The kitchen offers a Vegetarian and Turkey patty supplement as requested). All the program activities are open every session during Cub Resident Camp. A staff member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities. Pack, Dens, and individual families may register. For more information click here.
Summer Camp Staff needed at Cub Scout Summer Camp
Cub Scout Summer Camp at McNair Cub Adventure Camp has a great working environment. Staff duties consist of working closely with youth and parents at different program areas called outpost. The Camp will furnish a summer Uniform, food, and lodging. Positions available include Camp Staff and Kitchen Support/Cooks. For more information contact Vincent B. Manning at 713-756-3380 email@example.com
or Geno Aguilar at 713-756-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend Camp Staff needed at McNair Cub Adventure Camp
McNair Cub Adventure Camp is looking for 2016 Weekend Camp Staff. Staff duties consist of working closely with youth and parents at different program areas called outpost. The Camp will furnish T-Shirt, Uniform, food, and lodging. Positions include Camp Staff (Male and Female) and Kitchen Support/Cooks. For more information contact Vincent B. Manning at 713-756-3380 email@example.com
or Geno Aguilar at 713-756-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tellepsen Scout Camp
Get ready for fall camping at our newest Scout camp! Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that accommodate 48 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30'x40' pavilion. One shower and restroom facility is available for every two campsites. It is the home of the council's largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five stand shotgun range, 8 shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range. The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet and 41 feet. Weekend Camping is available to troops, teams, ships and crews. For more information and registration, please click here.
Camp Brosig Weekend Camping
Camp Brosig is a 92 acre property located 6 miles north of Sealy, TX and is available to all registered units for weekend camping year round. With 20 campsites, a large covered pavilion and meeting room available for your use, it is the ideal place to hold your next event. Kitchen facilities are available for an additional fee. The camp was made possible through a bequest from Alva Brosig in 1981 and was dedicated on April 17, 1982. For more information and registration click here.
El Rancho Cima Weekend Programs
You can camp at El Ranchop Cima on the weekends. Take advantage of the cooler weather and visit a "different" El Rancho Cima. Take advantage of Hiking, the Shooting Ranges, Camping and on certain weekends, the Zip Line. For more information contact Kaitlin Craig at 713-756-9123 or click here.
Sea Scout Base - Galveston
Looking for an on-the-water "High Adventure" experience at one of the nation's premier state-of-the-art facilities? Then look no further, than Sea Scout Base - Galveston (SSBG), located on the nation's third coast in Galveston, Texas!!!
2 great High Adventure experiences are lined up for the summer of 2015 that only require a crew of 6 participants 13 years of age or older, traditionally made up of 4 youth & 2 adults.
-The Galveston Nautical Adventure offers the perfect mix of small boat sailing, kayaking, big boat sailing and crew-to-crew competition.
-The SCUBA Certification Adventure offers the chance for a crew to pick up their PADI Open Water Certification, which serves as a great first step toward other diving experiences in the future for your unit!
Plus if you know any Cub Scouts/Webelos out there hoping to dive into some fun, The Cub Scout Splash Weekend offers a truly unique adventure for them as well!!!
United Way of Greater Houston's 211 Helpline and THRIVE
2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE
If you need help finding child care, food stamps, care for an aging parent or a haven from domestic violence, 2-1-1 is the number to call when you don't know who to call. The United Way of Greater Houston's trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services. The 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE answered a record 957,600 calls for help in 2015. Basic needs, like food, utilities and health care, topped the list of requests last year, followed by rent assistance and help finding shelter.
Additionally, other resources such as United Way THRIVES's workforce development offerings, financial coaching and education opportunities and financial products and services can be accessed through 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE.
Scout Days, Scout Nights
Scout Day with the Houston Astros
Sunday July 24 vs. Angels and Sunday August 28 vs. Rays
Join the Houston Astros celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! To order tickets contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or Broussard@astros.com.
Scout Night at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME
Friday, July 22 at 7:30pm
Scouts and their families SAVE up to $5!
Scout Prices: $29, $19 & $13
It's time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America's favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you've never seen before and that can't be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals, like our big cats! It's time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! 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.
Can't come Scout Night? Scout discount and patch available for all performances!Order Your Tickets Today:For information or to order groups of ten or more, please contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at email@example.com. Or purchase tickets online by clicking here:Use the password TXGRP. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to order tickets is Friday, July 15.
Summer Scout Program at HMNS
The Summer Scout Program
at the Houston Museum of Natural Science features week-long classes for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts! Every class will earn requirements toward advancement! See our complete schedule and register online with this interactive PDF
. We look forward to seeing you this summer! For regular updates on what's going on with Scouts@HMNS, sign up for our newsletter by emailing email@example.com
Scout Night with the Sugarland Skeeters
August 5, 2016 7:05p.m.
Come enjoy another fun and exciting opportunity with your fellow scouts for a sleepover at Constellation Field!
Enjoy a special pregame parade, post game fireworks, midnight snack, a movie on the Texas sized video board and much more!
To purchase tickets, please contact Sunny Okpon at 281.207.9120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scout Day at Bellaire Coin Show
Bellaire Civic Center
7008 South Rice Avenue
Bellaire, Texas 77401
Saturday, August 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 8 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Scouts with uniforms get in free, other admission $3, Free Parking
Rare U.S. Coins, Gold & Silver Bullion, World and Ancient Coins, Paper Money, Medals and Tokens, Silver Dollars, Supplies, Books, and much more.
Coin Collection Merit Badge workshop after children's auction. Active duty armed forces personnel free admission with ID.
Please register at email@example.com for more information, please, click here.
Wet 'n Wild Scout Day
Saturday, August 27th
"Splash into Safety" and join Wet 'n Wild for Scout Day. A section of the park opens at 9:00 a.m. (an hour early) exclusively for Scouts to see lifeguards in action with lifesaving rescues, first aid practice and skills you can use every day. Select attractions will open at 9:30 a.m. for the scouts and their families. The Scout Day special event ticket will also include lunch in one of the private pavilions and a souvenir patch. This special event ticket must be pre-purchased.
Pre-Purchased Ticket Price: $33.99 each, plus tax
Deadline: Pre-purchase by August 15, 2016
To Purchase Tickets call: (281) 355-3300 ext. 113 or ext. 114
For more information about Wet 'n Wild Splash Day call (281) 355-3300 ext. 103
|Support Scouting |
2016 Dodgeball Tournament - a huge success!
The 6th Annual SHAC Corporate Dodgeball Tournament, sponsored by Anadarko Petroleum, was held on June 4th with over 400 participants vying for the championship cup. Congratulations to Deloitte, Archrock and Birds Eye View Optometry, who won 1st - 3rd, respectively.
The tournament raised over $160,000 for SHAC Scouting programs. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their great support -
Title Sponsor - Anadarko Petroleum
Ball Sponsors - Grant Thornton, Schlumberger and Savage
Court Sponsors - Archrock, Core Labs, Deloitte, ERA Helicopters, Technip and C-Innovations
Net Sponsors - Frank's International, Superior Energy, W-Industries, Edison Chousett and Seacor Marine
40th Annual SHAC Golf Classic
Wednesday, October 5th
The 40th Annual SHAC Golf Classic, sponsored by KPMG, will be held on Wednesday, October 5th at BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress. The tournament concludes with a reception and great silent auction.
At last year's tournament, we had a lucky player drive off with a new truck from Classic Chevrolet. There is still time to register a team and there are multiple sponsorship opportunities available as well. Visit here for more information and to register.
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. Click here for more information. Please contact Victoria Ochiche at Victoria.Ochiche@scouting.org at 713-756-3314 for additional support.
Do You Work With ExxonMobil?
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 contact Victoria Ochiche at Victoria.Ochiche@scouting.org
at 713-756-3314 regarding 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. Click here
for more information.
|Order of the Arrow|
The Order of the Arrow is the Scouting National Honor Society. For 99 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. For more information, contact your OA chapter.
The lodge has a variety of tools to communicate with Arrowmen including text messages, electronic newsletters, Facebook and more. Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters can sign up for the OA Troop Representative newsletter. Learn more by clicking here
Pay Your Dues Online
Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually. An active member in Colonneh Lodge is someone who is a currently registered Scout or Scouter in the Sam Houston Area Council with current dues paid. With active membership, you are entitled to attend all functions of the lodge appropriate for your honor level. It also entitles you to wear your OA flap. Technically, if you don't pay your dues, you are not a member, and the flap should be removed from your uniform. For more information please click here