Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
eScouter Newsletter                                                         October 2016
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Order of the Arrow
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Big Cypress




David Crockett

Flaming Arrow

George Strake

Iron Horse


North Star




San Jacinto


Soaring Eagle

Tall Timbers


Texas Skies

Thunder Wolf

Twin Bayou

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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 is open. For more information and click here

Grow Scouting!

It's everybody's business to grow Scouting. Scouts, leaders and parents all have a role in growing membership. We should be sharing with our families, friends and colleagues the fun and exciting experience our members have every week and every month in Scouting. Fall is a great time to invite youth and families to join Scouting and enjoy the great adventures that your unit has planned.

Here some ways you can promote Scouting membership in your community.

School and Neighborhood Newsletters

Write an article for your school and neighborhood newsletters, spotlighting Scouting and all the activities and good things your unit is doing to make an impact in your local community and at your school...include pictures!

School Open House/PTA Meeting

This is a great time to have a booth set up to show off Scouting and explain what your unit does best.

Peer-to-Peer Cards

Give these cards to your Scouts so they can distribute them to their friends with the date, time and location of your next meeting. These cards are available for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing.

Email Invitations (parent to parent)

Ask the families in your unit to send an email invitation to all of their friends that have Scout-age boys. People like to join organizations where they know other people. An email message helps them understand their friends are involved, too.

Social Networking

Ask parents who are on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. to update their status to talk about your unit's website and the activities your Scouts are planning or have completed.

Remember a successful fall recruitment is not just about growing your unit, it is also about giving every youth a chance to be in the Scouting Program! Let's make a difference in our community!

 Leader's News

Sell Popcorn...Blitz Days are Coming
Sam Houston Area Council's annual Popcorn Sale has officially started! Once your unit hosts their unit kickoff, Scouts may begin selling! To assist you in your sale, click here and look under the "resources tab" for tons of materials including the power point presentation from the council kickoff/training held in August. It's not too late to sign up to sell. Contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive to find out how to get started. Every year thousands of Scouts and families participate to earn funds to help maintain and improve their Scouting program. There are also cool new prizes added to the prize program this year, along with bonus prizes that include the $600 Club and $1,800 Club. Scouts learn valuable life lessons, gain self-confidence and have fun developing salesmanship techniques. For every dollar earned, over 70% goes directly to local Scouting. For those with families outside the Houston area, Unit Kernels can set up online sales and encourage friends and family to purchase their favorite flavors and the popcorn will be shipped directly to them.

Popcorn Blitz Days are designated days in which units are encouraged to sell popcorn as a group by canvasing their neighborhood. Every Scout that meet the items sold count indicated for each date will qualify for entry in the drawing for one of three GoPro Hero Sessions.

October 1, 2016 - Sell total 20 items by this date

October 15, 2016- Sell total 40 items by this date

October 29, 2016- Sell total 60 items by this date

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, or contact Brett Lee at

The Sam Houston Area Council is Now Hiring!

We continually search for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!

Check out our current openings here.

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.

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 course 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 Leave No Trace 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.

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.

Wood Badge Jacket & Polo Shirt

If you have taken the journey to attend Wood Badge training, you can now purchase a special keepsake that will preserve your amazing experience! Purchase your very own Wood Badge jacket or polo shirt and wear it proudly!

Jackets are black 100% spun soft polyester fleece with non-pill finish surface with Front-zip pockets, non-roll elastic cuffs. Polo shirts are black Port Authority, silk touch. Both jackets and shirts will have the Sam Houston Area Council Wood Badge logo embroidered on the left, front-side. Logos will not have specific course numbers.

For a limited time, the offer is extended to all past participants of Wood Badge training. Order deadline is October 31st. There will be an opportunity to purchase jackets in the spring. To purchase, please click here

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.

Calling ALL Scouts - Save the Date!

October 28 - 30th
Bovay Scout Ranch
For years the Houston Jewish Committee on Scouting has been sponsoring the Houston area Jewish Scout retreat known as KINUS (Hebrew for "gathering").
Please join us on October 28-30, 2016 where all Jewish (and non-Jewish) Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and their families, in and around the Houston area, are invited to attend a weekend of fun activities combining Scouting skills with Judaism while enjoying delicious (Kosher) meals at beautiful Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, TX.

The theme this year is "Kinus Goes Green" with activities focused on how Jews have made an impact in saving our earth, as well as helping scouts complete requirements towards the Sustainability Merit Badge.

To register click here.

For more information, please contact

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow 
November 5, 2016

MacArthur Senior High School

4400 Aldine Mail Route

Houston, TX 77039


It's time to blast off and explore the "SCOUTING GALAXIES" of Cub Scouts!

Join us at Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow and 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

Wood Badge Adult Leadership Course
Wood Badge is a six-day advanced leadership course offered at Bovay Scout Ranch three times in 2017. 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.

S3-576-17-1March 17-19 and April 7-9, 2017 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm)

S3-576-17-2September 8-10 and October 6-8, 2017 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm)

S3-576-17-3September 14-16 and October 12-14, 2017 (begins Thursday at 7:30 am, ends Saturday at 5:00 pm)


April 7-9, 2017 at Tellepsen Scout Camp and April 28-30, 2017 at Galveston Island.

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six day course to help Scouts (14 and older) and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew, team, or ship. Powder Horn Training brings in many experts, or "consultants," to teach sessions. Participants will be exposed to high adventure activities, resources, new ideas and excitement! Ultimately this will support them to operate a successful high adventure program in their home units. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here for more information.

Advancement News

Advancement News is the official e-letter of the Boy Scouts of America national Advancement Team and the national Advancement Committee. The intent is to support and clarify procedures found in the Guide to Advancement, announce various changes and updates in advancement, and to assist advancement committees in making decisions that can help increase the rate of advancement.

Advancement News is designed for council and district advancement chairs and their committees, unit advancement coordinators, advancement staff advisors, and Eagle processors. However, any Scouting volunteers or professionals who may find the News helpful are encouraged to subscribe. Click here for the latest issue.

Join the Eagle Scout Hunt!
The SHAC Eagle Scout Association is looking for all Eagle Scouts in our area - active or not. Please encourage any Eagle you know, particularly those not currently active in Scouting, to register at to receive more information as plans progress. 

Disabilities Awareness Committee
The following are tips from the Disabilities Awareness Committee regarding effective leadership techniques for Scouts (with special needs):

* Maintain eye contact during verbal instruction (please note that for some Scouts with autism, they may find it difficult to look you in the eye.

* Make directions clear and concise. Be consistent with instructions

* Simplify complex directions. Give one or two steps at a time

* Make sure the Scout comprehends the instructions before beginning the task

* Allow time for the Scout to "process what you say"

* Repeat instructions in a calm, positive manner, if needed

* Help the Scout feel comfortable with seeking assistance

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact the Disabilities Awareness Committee here

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.
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 information about creating an emergency preparedness plan, 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
Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Bovay Scout Ranch has a variety of camping opportunities for everyone from Cub Scouts to Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews. Bovay Scout Ranch has year round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps. Conveniently located just 75 minutes from downtown Houston. 
McNair Cub Adventure Camp is a weekend campout 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. Activities typically include BB guns, archery, BMX bikes, dino dig, lost mine, nature center, and more. McNair Cub Adventure Camp certified trained staff members provide the program supplies and lead the activities. Packs, Dens and individual families may register. For online registration, please click here.  

Weekend Unit Camping
Troops, Teams, Crews, Packs, or Webelos Dens can enjoy the amazing beauty of Bovay Scout Ranch rolling hills, trails and vast open spaces. Clean campsites, restrooms and showers are available; units may design their own program activities and provide their own meals during this type of weekends. For online registration, please click here

Webelos Coyote Trail Extreme Camp

November 11-13, 2016
Webelos Coyote Trail Extreme Camp is a specialty weekend campout for 4th and 5th grade Webelos. Scouts will work on Webelos skills (e.g., knots, flag etiquette, first aid, navigation), and be introduced to the patrol method giving them a unique experience into the importance of team work and other skills they will need on their first Boy Scout campout (e.g., Outdoors, Camping, lashings). Scout fees include four meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner and Sunday breakfast). Activity supplies, t-shirt, patch, and water bottle. Adult fees include meals only. Cost: $115 for Webelos and $40 for adults. For more information and registration, please 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 Program Director, Camp Staff (Male and Female), and Kitchen Support/Cooks.  For more information contact Vincent B. Manning at 713-756-3380 or Donna Burke (713) 756-3322 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 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!!!

-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

Houston Dynamo Scout Night
Saturday, October 8 at 7:15 p.m.

Join your fellow Sam Houston Area Council Scouts for a Fall night of family, friends, and fun as the Dynamo take on US Men's National Team Stars Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones.

Each scouting family will receive a special-edition Dynamo patch, discounted tickets, and a fireworks show immediately following the game. 
Scout night packages start at $25/person. To secure your participation and inquire about seat locations, please call Stephen Sanders at 713-276-7528.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 
October 14-16, 2016

Scoutings' largest world-wide event, known as Jamboree on the Air is coming up the weekend of October 14-16, 2016. Over one million scouts participate in a typical year, along with more than 20,000 amateur radio operators staffing over 11,000 stations. Details about this year's JOTA are available here.

Universal Technical Institute Merit Badge Fair
October 15, 2016
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) will be hosting a Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 beginning at 8:00am - 4:30pm located at the Houston, TX campus.  Under the supervision of Merit Badge Counselors, our UTI licensed Automotive and Collision Instructors will be conducting hands-on, classroom and lab instruction for scouts to earn a merit badge. For more information, please click here.

Schlitterbahn Scout Day

Saturday, October 29, 2016

9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Please plan to attend Scout Day at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark on Saturday, October 29, 2016. All Scouts receive an Exclusive use of the Wasserfest tower attractions from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. before it opens to the public on this special day, with all-day park admission and a FREE 2016 Schlitterbahn Scout Day Patch.. You must be a member of a Scout Group to participate.

-Event Admission is $17.00 + tax per person, all ages. SAVE $10.99 off the full gate price of $27.99 + tax.

-Exclusive Use of Wasserfest before it opens to the public! (9:00-10:00 a.m.)

-Special Low Price-Pay only $17.00 + tax. SAVE $10.99 off All-Day General Admission.

-FREE Chaperone Admissions-1 free for every 10 purchased.

-FREE Parking!

-FREE Use of Tubes & Lifejackets.

-Picnics Welcome-Bring your own picnic inside the park.
-Catered Lunch Option-Add a catered meal to your day for only $7.99 + tax per person.

For more information, please click here.

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

Rice Owls vs Florida Atlantic University Football game 

Scouts will work towards completing requirements for the Scholarship Merit Badge and then attend the Rice vs FAU football game at Rice Stadium. In addition, participating Scouts will also receive the opportunity to partake in our pre-game Anthem Buddies where they will stand on the field during the playing of our National Anthem.

For more information, please contact Matthew Brandsema at:

(713) 348-8256 or

To register scouts and purchase additional family tickets, please click here and enter Promo Code: bsa2016

Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 2.

Scouts should meet at Reckling Baseball Park at 11:00 a.m.

Scouts Registration Fee-$20.00

Includes: Merit Badge Course, Ticket for Rice vs FAU Football Game, One (1) $5.00 food voucher,  Scout Leaders and additional family tickets-$15.00
Support Scouting      

Mutlicultural Awards Luncheon
October 19, 2016

Cockrell Scout Center

12:00 - 1:00 pm
The Multicultural Awards Luncheon is an event to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities for at-risk youth in urban and rural areas. For more information and to attend, please click here.

Eagles Among Us

November 2, 2016

Hilton Americas

In 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating 100 years of Eagle Scouts in our Council. Please join us for a special evening showcasing the history of Eagle Scouts in our council.  Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation will be the keynote speaker.  

Proceeds benefit the many youth development programs of the Sam Houston Area Council. For more information, please click here.

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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