Roundtable 

January 10, 2019  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

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. Follow us on Facebook.


Arrow of Light Ceremony

December 15, 2018

The highest rank and award in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light. The Soaring Eagle District Order of the Arrow chapter is conducting a special Arrow of Light ceremonies for fifth grade Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light. The Webelos den leader should sign up the Scouts for the ceremony. This is the last ceremony that will be conducted in traditional Indian regalia. The Webelos den leader should sign up the den for the ceremony. The event is being held at Champion Forest Baptist Church (16518  Jersey Dr, Jersey Village, TX 77040). Check-in begins at 5:15 pm and the ceremony begins at 6:00 pm. 

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Award Nominations

Due January 11, 2018

Nominate Scouters who have served youth above and beyond the call of duty at the unit and district level for special awards. This is an opportunity to help recognize and thank leaders and volunteers that helped the unit succeed in delivering a great Scouting program. All nominations are confidential. To avoid possible disappointment, do not notify the nominee of this action. Awards are presented to volunteers at the Soaring Eagle District Awards Reception. Nominations can be submitted online or paper nominations can be submitted at roundtable or emailed to John Brogan, jtbrogan001@gmail.com and/or Pablo Canovas, phcan007@gmail.com.

Family of the Year Award 

family of the year graphicThe family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth and adult ensures Scouting success.  Parents who volunteer as leaders provide vital support for their children, and the character development of Scouting’s youth make a parent’s job a bit easier and more fulfilling. The Family of the Year Award recognizes a family within the district who has made a significant contribution to their unit, community, and district.

Online Nomination for Family of the Year Award           Paper Nomination Form

Partners in Scouting Award 

partners in Scouting award sign Scouts and Scout units rely on the support of community partners to provide a successful program. Community partners consist of businesses, churches, individuals, schools, and service organizations. Community partners contribute facilities, human resources, and financial resources in order to support Scouting. The Partner in Scouting Award recognizes an outstanding entity or individual in the community that generously supports Scouting in the Soaring Eagle District.

Online Nomination for Partners in Scouting Award         Paper Nomination Form

Soaring Eagle Award

saplingMany Scouters make a significant impact to Scouting, but their service may not be well known throughout the district. Their work is important and directly affects the quality of scouting at all levels.  The Soaring Eagle Award recognizes Scouters who have excelled in service to Scouting.  Although consideration for the Soaring Eagle Award is primarily given to a Scouter’s service within a unit, service at the district level is also taken under consideration.

Online Nomination for Soaring Eagle Award           Paper Nomination Form

District Award of Merit 

District Award of Merit The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by councils. The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. The award is made available annually on the basis of one for each 25 traditional units or fraction thereof. The district need not present all the awards to which it is entitled each year. It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. A professional Scouter or council employee may not receive this award based on employment service. However, a professional Scouter or employee who also serves as a volunteer Scouter may be eligible, based on volunteer service.

Online Nomination for District Award of Merit            Paper Nomination Form


District Awards Reception

February 7, 2019  |  7:00 pm

The District Awards Reception is an evening of fellowship and gratitude as we acknowledge our adult volunteers for their hard work and dedication. Outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will be recognized. All volunteers in Soaring Eagle District are invited to attend.

The District Awards Reception will be held in lieu of the February roundtable at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (10055 West Road, Houston, Texas 77064). A formal program will begin in the chapel at 7:00 pm. The group will retire to the Cultural Hall immediately after the program for mingling, refreshments, and a special presentation.

Please show your Scouting spirit by wearing your BSA field uniform and bringing your unit flag for display. There are no registration fees for attending this special event. 

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The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. This is a great resource for Scouters and parents.

The Scouting Trail: December 2018


The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. An enhanced Youth Protection Training course debuted in February; all Scouters who took Youth Protection Training prior to February 2018 need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1, 2018.

The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.

Finally, beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection Training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.

The BSA is serious about fighting child abuse, and you’re an important part of that fight. Thanks for your vigilance and dedication. To take the new online Youth Protection Training, please visit www.my.scouting.org.

YPT Updates     Take YPT     Learn More about Youth Protection


January 26, 2019 (hanger drop off)
February 2, 2019 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Souper Bowl of Caring, the project begins Saturday, January 26, 2019, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 2, 2019, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

A Cub Scout and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.

Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. The unit representative should register the unit for Scouting for Food.

Learn More        Unit Participation Sign-up


Scout Fair coupon books are a brilliant way for units to raise money and prepare Scouts to earn their own way! The Scout Fair coupon book offers great savings for the buyer, while Scouts earn commissions for every $10 coupon book purchased. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving hundreds of dollars in valuable savings from partners. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold, for funds turned in on or before April 6, 2018. Participate at Scout Fair with a booth and earn an additional 10% commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. In addition, your Scouts will qualify for prizes once they sell 15 coupon books. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels. 

Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners and pick up free offers. The unit leader should sign-up the unit to sell Coupon Books.  The kick-off meeting for the unit representative is being held on January 24, 2019.

 Learn More      Sign Up to Sell Coupon Books


District Committee Meetings

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.


Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days


SHAC CSP with car keysHelp ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching 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, have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  

Job Openings

 


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