Bobcat Day

October 8, 2016

All new Cub Scouts and their parents are invited to their first district Scouting event. Cub Scouts will play games to help them earn their first rank of Bobcat, make a craft and enjoy the critter-filled special event. Parents will get an overview and Q&A on the Scouting program and a chance to meet district leaders and see Scouting in action through the services of the Boy Scout and Scouter volunteers implementing the Bobcat Day program for their new Cub Scouts. The event is being held from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at LDS Church on West Rd (10055 West Rd, Houston, 77064).

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Popcorn Sales

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Jenny Ausmus. The council is using a new vendor for popcorn the year, Camp masters.

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Roundtable 

October 13, 2016

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting held the second Thursday of the month (except July) at 7:00 pm at the LDS Church (10055 West Rd, Houston, 77064) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.


Fall Recruiting

The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Begin your planning by attending fall recruiting training. Involve all your pack leaders in recruiting by inviting everyone to the training! The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack. We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign will be Rocket Into Scouting. Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining. Scouts who join in September will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. For more information, contact John Brogan.

         Learn More          Request Fall Recruiting Fliers          Checklist


District Committee Meeting

October 4, 2016

District committee meetings are typically held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the LDS Church (10055 West Road). Consisting of chartered organization representatives (CORs) and elected district committee members, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district. The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.


Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council. 

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Time Location Cost Contact Register
9/27/16 Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training  6 - 9:30 pm LDS Church
10055 West Road Houston, Texas 77064
$0 Bob Steubing Register
9/30/16 -
10/1/16
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Fri at 6pm - 
Sat at 7pm
New Kentucky Park
21710 FM2920, Hockley, TX 77447
$21.50 Bob Steubingt Register
10/8/16 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) 9am - 2pm Christ the Redeemer Church
11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, TX 77065
$11.50 Alicia Rodenberger
Big Cypress District
Register
10/8/16 Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training 9 - 11:00 am Christ the Redeemer Church
11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, TX 77065
$0 Alicia Rodenberger
Big Cypress District
Register
10/8/16 Den Leader Position-Specific Training 9 - 11:00 am Christ the Redeemer Church
11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, TX 77065
$0 Alicia Rodenberger
Big Cypress District
Register
10/8/16 Merit Badge Counselor Orientation 9 - 11:00 am Christ the Redeemer Church
11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, TX 77065
$0 Alicia Rodenberger
Big Cypress District
Register
10/8/16 Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position-Specific Training 9 - 11:00 am Christ the Redeemer Church
11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, TX 77065
$0 Alicia Rodenberger
Big Cypress District
Register

Recharter Training Workshop

October TBD, 2016

Every unit should send at least one representative to Recharter Training. The training is being held during November roundtable at TBD.

Every December, all units are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Units are to complete the internet recharter and submit the signed paperwork by December roundtable. Some important things to remember:

  • Plan ahead to get recharter done early, as this time of the year is typically very busy. It takes time to gather information and collect fees and signatures
  • Ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT) 
  • Ensure the top unit leader (i.e., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Varsity Coach) has completed BSA training for his or her position
  • Submit internet advancements and service hours by December 31st
  • Read the important information at www.shac.org/recharter

   More Information      Journey to Excellence


Put your unit on the map

Calling all unit leaders: now is the perfect time to put your unit is on the map at www.BeAScout.org with a Google pin! Update your unit information with your new unit leaders, and make it EASY for new Scouting families to find you.

  • Sign into MyScouting
  • Under “Unit Tools” select BeAScout
  • Select “Unit Pin Management”
  • Update your unit information

If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the unit leader or committee chair.


Help us promote Scouting

SHAC FacebookThe Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook.  The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.

We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts. 

Learn More          Take our Social Media Survey


April 7-9 and April 28-30, 2017

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course which helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program. It is intended to help leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources, and in the way they lead their unit-level outdoor and high adventure programs. The course spans two, three-day weekends. The first weekend will be held at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and the second weekend will be held in Galveston.

Register for Powder Horn          Learn More   


October 14-16, 2016

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more. Registration includes an event patch, activity supplies, snacks and two meals. Register early as sessions fill up quickly.

Learn More         Register for Friday to Saturday         Register for Saturday to Sunday


October 14-16, 2016

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a 16-hour, overnight course to train participants, ages 14 and up, to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs.

 Learn More        Register for NLT Course     

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course 

October 28-30 and November 10-13, 2016

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is a 5-day course conducted over two weekends. Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended. Graduated LNT Master Educators will be able to organize and teach the 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainers Course, the BSA Leave No Trace 101, and Outdoor Ethics Orientation, LNT awareness workshops and facilitate all of the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. 

 Learn More        Register for LNT Master Educator Course         


November 5, 2016

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Over 50 classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meeting ideas, field trips, pack committee resources, pack meeting ideas and more. Leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting. Participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! The training is being held at MacArthur Senior High School (4400 Aldine Mail Route Houston, TX 77039).

Course Catalog              Register               Learn More


July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)


ToolBank logoThe Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts.