Sam Houston Area Council
2016 Annual Report

Leading Youth to Lifelong Values, Service and Achievement, Throughout Our Diverse Community.

Each year, the Sam Houston Area Council produces an annual report. This report is an overview of our accomplishments and provides an outline of the services provided to the 16 counties we serve. 

The council achieved the silver level status for 2016 in the National Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence performance program.


Our Leadership

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, 2016 was another exciting year for Scouting in Southeast Texas.

The Sam Houston Area Council served approximately 50,000 youth during 2016 through our Scouting, Exploring and school-based Learning for Life programs.  Our Scouting programs continue to offer varied opportunities to teach youth, enabling their strength of character, develop self-confidence, helping them grow in their leadership abilities, and duty to God. Fostering their talents and inspiring them with service projects and citizenship activities is how we help our community, nation and world become a better place.

In November, a special event called “Eagles Among Us” honored the 100th anniversary of Eagle Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council.  Our special guest, Rex W. Tillerson, former BSA National President (and now U.S. Secretary of State) delivered the keynote address.  This event capped a year in which a new class of 1,112 Scouts joined the council’s ranks of Eagle Scouts.

Camping is a foundation of Scouting and our Scouts and their leaders spent over 68,000 nights of camping at our camp properties in 2016.  The Sam Houston Area Council plans to be a leader among Scout organizations by having first-class, well-maintained camping facilities that provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts. Our vision is to provide “Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.” 

Part of this vision was realized in October at a special ground-breaking ceremony for our new Camp Strake. The future camp will be located on a rural site adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest near the community of Evergreen, Texas, which is between New Waverly and Coldspring. Camp Strake, scheduled to open in summer 2019, will offer state-of-the-art facilities and memorable experiences for Scouts and their leaders.  

Community service and Scouting go hand in hand.  Our Scouts and volunteers gave back with nearly 415,000 hours of community service during 2016.  They collected over 200,000 pounds of food during the annual Scouting for Food/Souper Bowl of Caring in February, food that was distributed to needy families throughout our 16-county area.

As a key measure of our membership strength, quality programming, community service and financial health, the Boy Scouts of America recognized our Council with Silver Level status in the national Journey to Excellence program.

All these successes in 2016 were made possible by tireless efforts from approximately 18,000 volunteers and adult leaders.  Thanks to your support and to their commitment to Scouting, we continue to lead youth to life-long values, service and achievement.

Richard A. Eichler
Chair of the Board

Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell 
CEO/Scout Executive


2016 Officers and Executive Committee

Richard A. Eichler
Chair of the Board
Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner
Rodney W. Eads
Immediate Past Chair
Thomas O. Varnell
CEO/Scout Executive
Charles E. Schneider
Steven D. Oldham
Assistant Treasurer
Nelson R. Block
Legal Counsel
Daniel D. Domeracki
Vice Chair - Development
J. Webb Jennings, III
Vice Chair - Endowment
Paul Jukes, Ph.D.
Vice Chair - Exploring
Brian W. Foster
Vice Chair - Field Operations
Allen D. Brown
Vice Chair - Finance
 William L. Peel, Jr.
Vice Chair - Sales & Marketing
Deborah A. Rollinson
Vice Chair - Membership Operations
Lionel R. Jellins
Vice Chair - Membership Relationships
Diane M. Cannon
Vice Chair - Program
Alberto Santos, Jr.
Vice Chair - Real Estate
George A. DeMontrond, III
Vice Chair
William J. Carr William H. Caudill
David E. Creasey Charles D. Davidson Stewart W. Gagnon Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr.
W. David Harris Judge Edith H. Jones Victor H. Koosh Roger C. Mosby
Stephen D. Strake Howard T. Tellepsen, Jr. Frank D. Tsuru John B. Walker
David M. Weekley Theodore J. Wojnar, Jr. Susan E. Yeldell  


2016 Board of Directors

 John W. Allen W. Reynard Alton Robert David Ausmus*  James D. Beesley* 
Michael L. Behounek* Daniel G. Bellow Judge Alfred H. Bennett Meherwan P. Boyce, Ph.D.
William H. Breetz, Jr.  Mark A. Bricker*  Jesse A. Burgos Victor Burk
Lytle D. Burns Charles A. Calderwood  John Castellano Hershell W. Cavin
Bryant L. Chapman* Felix Chevalier William E. Chiles Daniel J. Churay
Tony L. Council   Chris Daniel Rod Desroches Mark D. Dieckmann*
Dan O. Dinges  Nick Dockum* Raul Dominguez Cornelius Dupre' II
Jeffrey B. Early  James C. Flores Michael Fossum  Lex Frieden 
O. Duane Gaither, II Adrian Garcia Raymond T. Garcia Sergio Garza
Robert W. Gibbs, Jr. Christopher K. Green* Dominique Guinand-Vargas Florencio Gutierrez, Jr.
John P. Hansen*  Bernard A. Harris, Jr., Ph.D. Sheriff Ron Hickman Shad A. Higdon 
Bruce Hillegeist* Gary A. Hinners* Judge David Hittner Michael Holthouse
Harold S. Hook Roger F. Hoover* Howard W. House James Huguenard
David A. Jackson, Ph.D.*   Carl A. Joiner* Brent M. Jones James J. Kleckner
David R. Klein Marc J. Krebs Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee William B. Lee, Ph.D.
C. James Looke, III J. Kent Marsh* William D. Marsh* Michael W. Mathena*
Wilburn McDonald Randy Allen McQuay* Claudia Mollerup-Madsen Kent Ross Nuttall* 
Daniel G. Ownby  Michael L. Patrick Charles Penland  Marc-Emmanuel Portal, Ph.D.
T. J. Raguso  Christopher J. Pappas  Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.   Stephen M. Redding 
Albert L. Richey  Judge Russ Ridgway Robert H. Roy, Jr. C. Bari Saunders 
 Stuart L. Schroeder* Richard A. Shappard Nathaniel Shelton, Jr., DVM*  Wendel Skolaski
Charles M. Sledge Ann A. Stanislaw  Samuel E. Stubbs David Sweeney*
Richard E. Tauber  Trent D. Tellepsen Howard M. Tomlinson*  S. Nick Vellani
Arden L. Walker, Jr. Judson B. Walker William H. Wallace W. Lane Ward
Robert Weeks John Wilkirson Matthew Woodruff*  Ellis R. Wyms*
William A. Young, Jr., Ed.D.      
 *District Chairman


2016 Honorary Life Board

Robert J. Allison, Jr. John W. Anderson Victor G. Beghini Ernest H. Cockrell
James H. DeNike  Orville D. Gaither Emmett A. Humble Walter E. Johnson
Douglas G. MacLean Rollie S. McGinnis Bobby S. Shackouls L. E. Simmons
Marvin L. Smith George W. Strake, Jr.    


2016 Advisory Board

Norlyn L. Allison Judge George H. Boyett Sonia Clayton John Crafton
Robert E. Creager Louis B. Cushman Dr. James M. Douglas  David L. Ferris Ph.D.
Arthur R. Gralla, Jr.  Terry B. Grier, Ph.D. Robert L. Hargrave Les Hiller 
Robert L. Hilsher  Jerry W. Ison Wayne D. Johnson Vernon T. Jones, Jr.
Michael Kasecky Steven R. Knowles David Lattin Rev. William A. Lawson
George S. Littell Mike Narvaez Steve Payne Daniel H. Pears 
Jack P. Randall Brian G. Smith J. Steve Taylor Alfred C. Warrington, IV 
Walter T. Weathers, III Clay C. Williams     

Our Youth

“I have seen my child grow in mind and spirit through Scouting.  He has learned how to speak with adults and in front of a group, and has learned leadership skills that will be useful later in his life.” - Boy Scout parent

49,729 Total youth served in 1,776 units

27,247 Cub Scouts in 748 packs

Cub Scouting is a year-round program for boys in the 1st through 5th grade. The program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of boys and their families through fun and challenging activities promoting education, character development and physical fitness. Members meet weekly in small groups called dens. Once a month, all the dens meet together as a pack. Cub Scouts work on award requirements at meetings and with their families. Many Cub Scout packs schedule camping trips or attend summer resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. During the summer, many individual Cub Scouts attend a district day camp.

16,341 Boy Scouts in 735 troops

Boy Scouting is an exciting leadership and character development program for young men who are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. With the support of adult leaders, youth learn self-confidence and develop personal values guided by the ideals found in the Scout Oath and Law. The merit badge program develops skills in addition to and beyond the classroom. Members usually meet once a week as an entire troop, and then have a group activity once a month – typically a weekend camp-out. Scout troops are encouraged to attend a week of summer and winter camp each where they will work on merit badges and enjoy other activities. Boy Scouts also organize and take part in community service projects, benefiting neighborhoods, schools, churches and more.


1,593 Venturers and Sea Scouts in 209 crews and ships

Venturing is a program for young men and women 14 years of age or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and are under 21 years of age. Through this youth-led program, members enjoy wilderness survival camping, emergency preparedness, high adventure camping, search and rescue training and more. They work in groups to learn teamwork, leadership, respect and responsibility. Sea Scouting is organized to promote better citizenship and to improve members’ boating skills and knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills and service experiences. Typically, a Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship will meet at least once a month, along with a monthly event or trip.


1,761 Explorers in 65 posts

Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women ages 14 through 20. Exploring units, called posts, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as law enforcement, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity. This program, which gives youth a practical learning outlet, aligns Scouting closely with the business community in law enforcement, medical, fire fighting, engineering, aviation, science, law, government and public service.

2,692 Learning for Life Participants in 14 groups

The Learning for Life Curriculum is designed to help our youth develop social and life skills and helps them formulate positive personal values. It prepares them to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential. Learning for Life also enhances a teacher's capacity to increase youth learning by using a fun and relevant curriculum. Youth build a greater understanding of real world situations and how to negotiate them. The Learning for Life Champions program provides students with mental disabilities additional help in developing social and personal, life and self-concept skills to help them achieve greater self-sufficiency.


95 STEM Scouts in 5 Labs

In 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council participated in a national pilot program called STEM Scouts. A coed program of the Boy Scouts of America, STEM Scouts offers a Scouting experience with less emphasis on the outdoors. STEM Scouts follows the Scout Oath and Law with the goal of producing young men and women who are leaders, who display confidence, realize their skills and limitations, are respectful of others’ opinions, are problem solvers in all aspects of life, look for opportunities to serve others, are good citizens, and demonstrate integrity in all phases of life.


Reaching More Lives

Scoutreach is the Sam Houston Area Council's initiative to provide an opportunity for all young people to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background. The programs include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. Scoutreach gives special leadership and emphasis to economically-challenged youth via non-traditional methods. Through caring, well-trained, paid leadership, and with neighborhood partners who will provide a safe, regular meeting place, Scoutreach delivers a Scouting program to our most needy youth in the inner-city neighborhoods of Southeast Texas.  This program encourages parental involvement, but is fully subsidized through the council's annual operating budget. In 2016, this amounted to a total of $2,157,043.


2016 Highlights

“My son gets introduced to leadership opportunities, skill development, exposure to many different career and hobby options, confidence building, and development of self-sufficiency.” - Boy Scout parent


Youth Served and Volunteers

  • 49,729  Total youth served in 2016
  • 45,181 Youth registered in Scouting programs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing
  • 1,761 Youth participants in Exploring program
  • 2,692 Youth participating in school-based Learning for Life programs (includes special needs)
  • 95 Youth participants in STEM Scout program
  • 18,640 Registered volunteer adult leaders


  • $11,969,543  Operating expense
  • 2.1% Excess revenue over operating expense
  • $1,154,168 New permanently restricted endowment gifts
  • $241 Estimated dollar amount to support a youth in Scouting, Exploring, or Learning for Life
    *Numbers reflected are unaudited


  • 68,681 Days camped at council properties


  • 1,112 New Eagle Scouts
  • 22,117 Cub Scout ranks earned
  • 9,019 Boy Scout ranks earned
  • 41,856 Merit badges earned
  • 414,571 Community service hours preformed by Scouts and leaders


Ground-Breaking at Camp Strake

On October 20, 2016, members of the Strake family and representatives from the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Camp Strake. Camp Strake is currently being built at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, close to the community of Evergreen, in order to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders. 

Sales and Onboarding

In 2016, the council received a remarkable opportunity to directly impact the growth of membership and units through a gift restricted for creating a new sales department. This sparked the creation of our new Sales and Onboarding Department, which includes sales associates, new unit onboarding specialists and customer service representatives.  The council is making great strides in changing our culture to become both a service and sales organization.

Exploring Program Cultivation Luncheon

In October, the Sam Houston Area Council hosted a luncheon to highlight the Exploring program in Southeast Texas. In attendance were representatives from over 20 law enforcement administrations who were invited to attend by Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. The key note address was given by R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Commissioner Kerlikowske is head of the largest federal law enforcement agency and second largest revenue collecting source in the federal government and also serves as chairman of the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. In his address, Commissioner Kerlikowske spoke about the importance of young people’s involvement in Exploring. The event introduced the Exploring program to law-enforcement organizations from our area.

 Scouts in Action

“I enjoy being exposed to experiences that I never would've gotten without Scouts and I've made friends that I will have for a lifetime.” - Boy Scout youth

Scouting for Food

The value of serving others was practiced by the Scouts of the Sam Houston Area Council by participating in the service project Scouting for Food.  Partnering with the Souper Bowl of Caring and area food banks, over 17,000 Scout leaders and Scouts collected over 200,000 pounds of food.  The food was then distributed to those in need in our area. The Cockrell Scout Center served as the kickoff location for this year's Souper Bowl of Caring campaign.




  • Cody Atkins and Nicholas Latiolas received the Honor Medal awarded for demonstrating unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to himself.
  • Blage Ledbetter and Joe Paneitz received the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms awarded to those who have demonstrated both unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at extreme risk to self.

Cody Atkins
Honor Medal

Nicholas Latiolas
Honor Medal

Blage Ledbetter
Honor Medal with Crossed Palms

Joe Paneitz
Honor Medal with Crossed Palms


Scout Fair

In April, Scouts were able to “Take Flight with Scouting” at our annual Scout Fair. This year's Scout Fair, held at NRG Arena, is the largest gathering of Scouts and leaders in the Sam Houston Area Council.  Thanks to a partnership with iFLY Indoor Skydiving, our Scouts were able to sell over 153,000 Scout Fair Coupon Book to help fund their programs.





Outdoor Learning

“Scouting has allowed me to be a part of a team, learn leadership skills, camping and the many merit badge skills. I have been able to go camping with friends at places I would never have an opportunity to visit.” -Boy Scout youth

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Scouts yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

The Sam Houston Area Council operates three camp properties in Texas. Through the initiatives of the Leaders of Tomorrow campaign, the Sam Houston Area Council strives to have camp properties that best serve the needs of Scouting in the 21st century.

Bovay Scout Ranch 

Scouts head to Bovay Scout Ranch, located three miles south of Navasota. The 1,488 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife with several lakes teaming with a variety of fish. Nature study, bugs, animal tracks and conservation are vital elements of the camp program. George Lake offers paddle boating, sailing, canoeing, and rafting. The water park is the center of swimming and fun activities. Scouts also enjoy field sports, BMX, archery and rifles. There are two camps at Bovay Scout Ranch:

McNair Cub Adventure Camp - 15,054 total campers

  • Resident camp is a three-night campout for Cub Scouts and includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM, exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.
  • Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members and includes an exciting variety of activities at several program areas and food service in the camp’s air conditioned dining hall. A staff member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.

Tellepsen Scout Camp – 6,033 total campers

  • Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that can accommodate 48 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30 feet x 40 feet pavilion and one shower and restroom facility for every two campsites.
  • Tellepsen Scout Camp 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 gun range, eight 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, where campers are able to climb the council’s highest climbing wall. 


Camp Brosig – 6,373 total campers

Camp Brosig is available for weekend camping year-round. With 20 campsites, a large covered pavilion and meeting room are available, and are used regularly for district camp-outs. This 92-acre property is located six miles north of Sealy, Texas in Austin County. 


El Rancho Cima – 4,370 total campers (includes 3,120 weekend)

El Rancho Cima is located on the Devil’s Backbone in the Texas Hill Country near Wimberley, Texas. It is the home for three very unique camps for Boy Scouts and Venturers: Cockrell River Camp, Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend, and Hamman High Adventure Base at Ironwheel Mesa. The Rough Riders program at the Hamman High Adventure Base includes a sky bridge to a 1,000 ft. and a 2,000 ft. zip line. Scouts enjoy overnight horseback treks, black powder shooting and rock cliff rappelling in the outback of El Rancho Cima. A COPE course tests their leadership skills. The Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has the Carole and Jim Looke Equestrian Center along with swimming pool facilities. Programs include the Native American Village, Cowboy Camp, horseback riding, kayaking courses, archery, rifles and a six-stage shotgun shooting range in the Walter Shooting Sports Complex.


Day Camps – 6,017 total campers

Cub Scout day camps are held throughout the council in June. The camps depend heavily on parents and leader volunteers to spearhead the programming. Cubs Scouts participate in shooting BB guns and archery, playing sports and games, making crafts, learning Scout skills, participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and earning rank advancements.


Camp Strake

In October of 2016, a special ground-breaking ceremony for Camp Strake was held. The future Camp Strake will be located in a rural site adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest located near the community of Evergreen, Texas, which is between New Waverly and Coldspring.

Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders and will have two distinct sections:

  1. Scout camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Boy Scouts and Venturers, and
  2. Leadership Institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Boy Scouts/Venturers.

The camp’s schedule is to open in the summer of 2019. That date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances. For additional information about Camp Strake (design plans, construction schedule and periodic updates) please visit



Producing Leaders

“Scouting helps build good character traits and learn how to be self-sustaining and achieve goals.” - Boy Scout parent

Eagle Scouts

On May 15, 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council held the New Eagle Scout Reception for the Eagle Scout Class of 2015. The 2015 Eagle Scout class was named in honor of H. Palmer Melton, the first Sam Houston Area Council Eagle Scout.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable by a Scout. The accomplishment is recognized worldwide and is seen as a positive achievement throughout an individual’s lifetime. The 2015 Eagle Scouts Class consisted of 1,014 new Eagle Scouts.

All Scouts are required to perform a service project in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. A Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. The Eagle Scout Class of 2015 completed over 139,000 hours of community service during their collective service projects.

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is presented to Eagle Scouts who have achieved extraordinary national-level recognition, fame, or eminence within their field, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was presented to Sam Houston Area Council Honorary Life Board Member L.E. Simmons.

L.E. Simmons
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a prestigious recognition given to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to the following individuals:

Justice Jeff Brown
Eagle Class of 1978

Dr. Glenn Buckley
Eagle Class of 1960

Dan Domeracki
Eagle Class of 1968
Lamar Evans
Eagle Class of 1950



Trey Jackson
Eagle Class of 1981

Dr. Don Leever
Eagle Class of 1966

William H. Wallace
Eagle Class of 1965

Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award recognizes a young man who has demonstrated excellence in their Eagle Scout service project. The award program of the National Council is designed to recognize the valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award was presented to Mattison Gibson. Mattison's Eagle Scout project consisted of building two additional walls and modifying existing walls of a climbing tower at a camp for disabled children.

Mattison Gibson

Honoring Volunteers

“I have learned from other Scouts and other people around me. This is very valuable to me because it can help me in ways that I can use in life. I can pass this down to younger generations and not just Scouts.” - Boy Scout youth

Council Recognition Reception


The Sam Houston Area Council is grateful to our nearly 19,000 volunteer adult leaders. On October 25, the Sam Houston Area Council hosted the annual Council Recognition Reception. The reception is held to honor adult volunteers who have received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader, and other distinguished awards.

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. This is the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader.

2016 Silver Beaver Recipients
Susie Becvar Karan Garske Mark Randall
Bill Breetz Stephen Greenwade William Repman
Walter Brookhart Susan Hansen Mike Sheets
David Brown Kevin Henao Stephen Sheward
Rodger Brown Magdaleno Jaramillo Steve Smallwood
Simone Brown James Kennedy Gordon Start
Victor Burk Walter Luckett Bob Steubing
Michael Campbell Denise Milby Bobby Ray Williams, Jr.
Neal Farmer Michael Narvaez Richard Williams
Duane Gaither Guy Allen Parker Danny Wilson

William H. Spurgeon Award

The William H. Spurgeon Award for contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program was presented to Robert Weeks.


Robert Weeks
William H. Spurgeon Award


Multicultural Awards Luncheon

The Multicultural Awards Luncheon, held on October 19, was an event conducted to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities to African American, Asian American and Hispanic American communities.


Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds—this is in fulfillment of Whitney Young’s dream of justice and equality for all. The 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award was presented to both Susan Alexander and David Jackson.

Susan Alexander
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
David Jackson
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award


Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth. The 2016 Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service award was presented to John “Jack” Metcalfe.


John "Jack" Metcalfe
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award



iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award for outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic/Latino youth. The 2016 iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award was presented to The Harris County Sheriff Department and Alberto “Beto” Santos, Jr.

Harris County Sheriff Department
iScouting!... Vale la Pena!
Alberto "Beto" Santos, Jr.
iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

Financial Support

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting, the annual giving campaign of the Sam Houston Area Council, received 10,473 gifts which totaled $2,694,663.

Product Sales

The Sam Houston Area Council has two product-oriented fundraisers that help fund unit programs. 

  • The popcorn sale, which takes place in October and November, netted $867,291 in sales. 
  • The Scout Fair Coupon book, which featured coupons for Kroger and other retail partners, netted $637,624 in sales. Units who participate in the sale receive 33% of the generated funds.

Eagles Among Us

In 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council celebrated 100 years of Eagle Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council. On November 2, 2016 a special evening showcasing the history of Eagle Scouts in our council was held at the Hilton Americas. Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation served as the key note speaker.  The event generated net proceeds of $330,955 to support Scouting.



New Eagle Scout Reception

The New Eagle Scout Reception was held at the Crowne Plaza Houston and generated $82,668 in net proceeds. The event honored the 1,014 Eagle Scouts of the H. Palmer Melton Eagle Scout Class of 2015.

Multicultural Awards Luncheon

The Multicultural Awards Luncheon is an event to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities for under-served youth in urban and rural areas. The net proceeds of the event totaled $34,453. The Honorees included: Jack Metcalfe “Asian-American Spirit of Scouting Award;” Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Beto Santos “Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award;” Susan Alexander and Dr. David Jackson “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.”

Corporate Dodgeball Challenge

The 6th Annual Corporate Dodgeball Challenge, sponsored by Anadarko, was held at Competitive Edge Sports in Spring, Texas.  The event generated $151,484 in net proceeds.

United Way

The Sam Houston Area Council received $1,382,187 in support from our United Way partners, which included United Way of Greater Houston, Montgomery County United Way and United Way of Greater Baytown & Chambers County.

Sam Houston Area Council Golf Classic

BlackHorse Golf Club hosted the 40th Annual Sam Houston Area Council Golf Classic.  The event garnered $60,416 in net proceeds.

Sporting Clays Tournament

The 20th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament was held at Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve.  The event generated $289,000 in net proceeds.

Cockrell Foundation Matching Gifts

Since 2010, The Cockrell Foundation has matched contributions to endowment for individual gifts from $500 to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000. In 2016, 76 donors gave $352,663 to the endowment. The Cockrell Foundation matched these gifts with their own contribution of $352,663 to the endowment.

Leaders of Tomorrow

In October 2014 the Sam Houston Area Council launched the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign. The Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign is designed to produce the funding to unleash the potential of our programs and camp properties to best serve the needs of Scouting families. The goal of the campaign is $43 million to provide exemplary, sustainable, outdoor experiences and creative learning for 21st century youth. As of December 31st, the campaign has achieved $25 million, which represents 58% of the goal.



Financial Statement


Click here to view the 2016 Sam Houston Area Council Auditor's Report.








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