Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
eScouter Newsletter                                                               August 2016
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Order of the Arrow
Districts of the Sam Houston Area Council

Aldine Pathfinder




Big Cypress




David Crockett

Flaming Arrow

George Strake

Iron Horse


North Star




San Jacinto


Soaring Eagle

Tall Timbers


Texas Skies

Thunder Wolf

Twin Bayou

W.L. Davis


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Rocket into Scouting! Fall Membership Recruitment

We hope everyone has had a great summer break! Now is the time to kick your Fall Recruitment Campaign into high gear.

All Cub Scout Packs should check with their District's Fall Recruitment Chair, Membership Chair, or District Executive to get the date/time/location for their Fall Recruitment Training. At the Fall Recruitment Training you will learn fun and exciting ways to run your Sign-up Nights, open houses, and other recruitment events. Also, your pack will be able to pick up all of the latest and greatest 2016 recruitment materials. This is a great opportunity to learn and share secrets to success.

New in 2016 - Every new Cub Scout that joins between August 1st and September 30th will receive a free Estes Model Rocket! Be sure to make plans to attend your district Fall Recruitment Training to learn more about this new incentive.

Remember a successful fall recruitment campaign is not just about growing your units, it is also about giving every youth a chance to be in the Scouting Program!

For a complete checklist for a successful Sign-Up campaign visit here
 Leader's News

The 2016 Popcorn Sale is here! 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. Also, an improved ordering interface that is simple to use and customer service that is responsive to any needs you may have. 

On August 16th the Council will be hosting zone-kickoffs and unit kernel trainings. At these events, unit kernels and leaders will have the opportunity to learn about the ins-and-outs of the sale as well as the best tactics for achieving sales goals quickly. Unit kernels and leaders will also be able to pick up all sales materials, sample prizes, and delicious Camp Masters Popcorn. 

All trainings will take place on August 16th:

South Division (Brazos, North Star, Twin Bayou, and Thunder Wolf) 
7:00 pm at Parkway United Methodist Church (5801 New Territory Boulevard, Sugar Land 77479)

East (Flaming Arrow, Raven, San Jacinto) 
7:00 pm at Woodforest Presbyterian Church (15330 Wallisville Rd, Houston, 77049)

West (Big Cypress, Copperhead, David Crockett, Soaring Eagle, Texas Skies) 
7:00 pm at Cypress United Methodist Church (13403 Cypress North Houston Rd, Cypress, TX 77429)

Central (Aquila, Anteres, Aldine Pathfinder, Mustang, Skyline, Twin Bayou, W.L. Davis) 
7:00 pm at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, 77008)

North (Tall Timbers, Iron Horse, George Strake, Phoenix)
7:00 pm at Klein UMC (5920 FM 2920 Road, Spring, TX 77388)

Texas Skies and David Crockett: 7:00PM Location TBD

Arrowmoon: 7:00 pm at LDS Church College Station (2815 Welsh Ave, College Station, 77845)

Brahman: 6:30 pm at Northside Education Center (707 Fahrenthold St, El Campo, 77437)

To register for popcorn sales please click here

Fun with Son "Super Scouts Academy" 
October 14-16, 2016

Bovay Scout Ranch
Fun with Son is a day of adventure and an overnight campout for our newest Cub Scouts and their families at Bovay Scout Ranch.  At Fun with Son, Scouts can enjoy 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 to get started!

Winter Camp 

Be a part of the Winter Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. Registration is now open! Space is very limited and will fill up extremely fast. We will offer Merit Badges that are hard to find at Resident Camp. Get your reservation in today. For more information please click here

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.

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, patch trading, SCUBA, arena shows, and Technology Quest.    
For more information, please click here.

Now Hiring Onboarding Specialists

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 units. Onboarding Specialists will assist new adult volunteers with program planning, budgeting, and scheduling.  As well as guiding new adult volunteers through district and BSA resources and 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

Please make sure your unit's information is correct on We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church in the description. If your unit does not have a website, refer them to the district website [preferably the unit's page (e.g.,].

All national and council marketing assets refer parents to, so it's very important that this information is updated. Detailed instructions can be found 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!

Trainers EDGE

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cockrell Scout Center

8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.


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 Pizsazz!
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.

This conference is for any Scouter, Boy Scout, or Venturer who will be delivering training in Scouting. To register, please click here.

Advancement Academy

Saturday, September 10
Cockrell Scout Center
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Sam Houston Area Council will be holding the fourth annual Advancement Academy on Saturday, September 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cockrell Scout Center. Every unit's advancement chair is highly encouraged to attend the Advancement Academy to learn all about the latest updates and information regarding Scout Advancement. Cost is $5.00 and lunch will be available for a small fee. Your personal copy of the Guide to Advancement will be available for purchase at a special price. Look for registration to open mid-August.

Outdoor Ethics Trainer Course

October 14-16, 2016
Camp Brosig
Are you and your Scouts following proper Leave No Trace principles? Be sure to attend the Outdoor Ethics Course on October 14-16, 2016 at Camp Brosig in Sealy, TX. We encourage adults to take this couse as there is a need for adult Leave No Trace trained leaders to offer Leave No Trace courses to their units. Individuals planning trips to National High Adventure Bases, Camp Staff members, Unit Leaders and those in District or Council training positions are urged to attend. For more information, please click here. To register, please click here.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

October 28-30, 2016
The Sam Houston Area Council Leave No Trace Master Educator Course The Master Educator course is the summit of Leave No Trace training and may be taken by individuals, ages 18 and up who wish to be accredited as Master Educators by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.  The 16-hour LNT Trainers Course is NOT a prerequisite for participation in this course.  Master Educators form the pinnacle of Scouting's outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics and techniques into their unit programs. Graduates of the LNT Master Educators Course will be able to organize and teach the 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainers Course, the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course, and the upcoming Outdoor Ethics Orientation Course.  They will also be able to conduct LNT Awareness Workshops and facilitate all of the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. Please click here for more information.

National Youth Leadership Training Registration is now open!

December 18-23, 2016
Bovay Scout Ranch
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for youth members. Leadership skills and experiences can be used in home troops and other situations that demand leadership of self and others. Join us this year at Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, TX the week of December 18-23. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give skills and confidence. This course fills up very quickly. For more information, please click here.

Stem Chiefs Wanted

The Sam Houston Area Council is recruiting Science Enthusiasts, Techies, Engineering Gurus, and Math Experts for new Stem Chief corps!

The SHAC NOVA Programs Committee is looking for Boy Scouts who have earned a Supernova Award as a Cub Scout or have earned any Nova Awards as Boy Scouts or Venture Scouts to serve the Council in a STEM Leadership Position. This new pilot corps of STEM involved Scouts will be called "Stem Chiefs". Similar to the responsibilities of a Den Chief, these scouts will assist the Council, districts, packs, and troops with STEM content in their scouting activities. The first opportunities will be presenting STEM at the SHAC "Fun With Son" event at Camp Bovay and the Houston Museum of Natural Science STEM Day on September 24.

The SHAV NOVA Committee asks any Boy Scout or Venturer who would like to be a part of this exciting new Leadership Position to contact the committee or Elizabeth Alexander at

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.

Click here 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.

2016 Recipients for Silver Beaver Award

Tuesday, October 25
Chapelwood United Methodist Church
The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer for distinguished service in the area. Join us for the Awards Reception on Tuesday, October 25 at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. For a list of recipient and more information, please click here.

Save the Date...Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow 
Saturday, November 5th
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
location TBD
Experience a day of fun learning the tools and resources to help your Cub Scouts have the BEST Scout Program possible! Pow Wow is a training convention that takes place in a festive atmosphere designed for pack leaders. Cubmasters are encouraged to take all Cub Scout leaders to this learning extravaganza. Come out to learn new things, share ideas and see what the other packs are doing. We will be offering over 50 sessions to choose from! For more information, please click here.

Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards for Cub Scouts and Leaders Have Been Retired

The June 2015 launch of the new Cub Scouting program fundamentally changed Cub Scout advancement requirements. The knowledge, skills, and attributes acquired through the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards have been incorporated into, and made an integral part of, the new Cub Scout Adventures.

To avoid redundancy, the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards have been retired and will no longer be available for Cub Scouts and Cub Scout leaders to earn. The adult content will be incorporated into the revisions being made to BALOO training and will be released soon.

Disabilities Awareness Committee
Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The BSA's policy is to treat members with disabilities as much like other members as possible. It has been traditional however, to make some accommodations in advancement if absolutely necessary. By adapting the environment and/or our instruction methods, most Scouts with disabilities can be successful in Scouting.

The Sam Houston Area Council Disabilities Awareness Committee actively aligns with Boy Scouts of America's National Disability Awareness Committee. It is the purpose of the committee to help parents and Scouting volunteers to improve their understanding, knowledge, and skills related to including and serving the special needs population.

For more information or assistance please contact:

Committee Chair: Janet Kelly

Phone: (281) 636-3199 (text only)

Committee Vice Chair: Alyssa Hightower

Phone: (713) 269-2680

Disabilities Training Chair: Pam White

Phone: (713) 828-4528

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 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 For more information, click here.

Certification Required
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.

Campmaster Program 
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.

Please find videos that can help educate unit leaders on Lightning Safety, Drowsy Driving and Physical fitness for adults.
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
For First Aid Instructor Training and suggestions or comments please contact and
   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 Scouts and Venturers. 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 can 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.

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 "outposts." The Camp will furnish T-Shirts, Uniforms, 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 or Geno Aguilar at 713-756-3304 or 

Tellepsen Scout Camp
Get ready for 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
El Rancho Cima is available on the weekends. Take advantage of the cooler weather and visit a "different" El Rancho Cima. Take advantage of hiking, shooting ranges, camping and, on certain weekends, the zip line. For more information contact Kaitlin Craig at 713-756-9123 or click here.
-Activities available at Cockrell River Camp include shooting ranges, camping (staff site and parade ground on top of hill),  climbing tower, canoeing (reopening this fall), primitive camping along the river 
-Activities available at Hamman High Adventure Base at Iron Wheel Mesa include Round House, camping, tower zip line (selected weekends only)
-Activities available at Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend include camping, climbing tower, shooting ranges, district camporee sites available

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 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  

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

Scout Night with the Sugarland Skeeters
August 5, 2016 7:05 p.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

Scout Day at Bellaire Coin Show
Bellaire Civic Center

7008 South Rice Avenue

Bellaire, Texas 77401

Saturday, August 6 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Sunday, August 7 - 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 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

Scout Day and Merit Badge College at Rice University
November 5th, 2016 

Rice Owls vs Florida Atlantic University Football game 

Scouts will have the opportunity to earn requirements for the Scholarship Merit Badge, take a Tour of Rice University and See the Rice Owls take on Florida Atlantic University.

For more information, please contact Matthew Brandsema at (713) 348-8256 or

Support Scouting      

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 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 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.

Lodge Communications
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

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