Antares District Leadership

Fall Popcorn Sales

August 1 - December 1, 2014

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Online sales begin August 1, 2014. Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24, 2014.

One representative per unit should attend the council's popcorn training in September. Sales materials and dinner will be provided. Sign up your unit.

Why Sell?
• Increase unit and council income – 70% stays local.
• Pay for entire Scouting program.
• Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way.”
• Trail’s End prize program motivates Scouts.
• Loads of incentives – $600 Club, college scholarships.
• Sell online to those friends and family to earn more income and prizes. Register your unit and Scouts now for online accounts.
• Sales materials and resources provided at council popcorn trainings held in September.

Important Dates:

August 1 - November 24 Online popcorn sales (count toward Scout rewards)
September Popcorn Training
October 1 - November 24 Traditional take-order popcorn sales
December 1 Unit orders due on Trail's End website
December 13 Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
December 13 Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
January 10 Top seller's celebration (for council, district & online top sellers)

Cub Scout Fall Recruiting

The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. For resources, visit the council and national websites. 


Ideas on how to produce a successful rally:

  • School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).
  • Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.
  • Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.
  • Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.
  • Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.
  • Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.
  • Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.
  • Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.
  • Have Cub Scouts wear their uniforms on the day of the rally.
  • Plan a second event (e.g., pack meeting) to invite prospective Cub Scouts. Use the second chance flyers. is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. has a Google pin for every unit. Is your unit information up to date, or do you have the unit leader from three years ago as your contact?  Unit leaders can update your unit information to make it EASY for new Scouting families to find your unit by logging into and looking under Unit Tools, selecting BeAScout, and then clicking on "Unit Pin Management."

SHAC Program Guide

The Program Guide is a great resource for district and unit leaders and is available electronically. A copy of SHAC's Program Guide is distributed to each unit at May Roundtable. This guide include next year's district and council calendars, as well as information on all the fun events for the upcoming year.

Central Division Program Guide

Planning ahead allows units to generate new ideas, find resources, and Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! SHAC has a variety of leader resources and toolkits to help with planning.

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

September 1 - November 17, 2014

Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA, but only youth members are elected. Assistant Scoutmasters under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes. New members are voted on by every youth member of the troop present at the election - not just the OA members.

Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, the OA troop/team representative and the unit leader. Schedule your unit election and request the election forms.

SHAC Advancement Academy

September 27, 2014 at Cockrell Scout Center

Every unit advancement chair is highly encouraged to attend the Advancement Academy to learn all about the advancement for all program levels from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The event is free if pre-registered by September 20. Lunch will be available for a small fee. The 2013 Guide to Advancement will be available for purchase at a special price.


Celebrating a Century of Service Patches

During 2014, the Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating 100 years of serving youth. For a century, Scouts have embraced "Do A Good Turn Daily" and "A Scout is Helpful." Help celebrate a century of service by purchasing limited edition 100th anniversary council shoulder patches (CSP) for $7.50 and activity patches for $1.00, while supplies last. Don't miss your chance to own these keepsakes that will be cherished for a lifetime. Segments can be earned for Camp Participation and participating in Community Service / Land Stewardship Day. Patches can be ordered online, or purchased at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008-1311) or one of the five Houston area Scout Shops.

Order Patches!

Radio Commercials

As part of the 100th anniversary of SHAC, we are highlighting Scouts and leaders by featuring them in a series of radio commercials airing on News 92.1FM radio, from now through November. We are looking for Scouts and Scouters who would like to participate in the program and hear yourself on the radio, along with other Scouts and Scouters who make Scouting great in Houston.

As part of the Century of Service program, SHAC, with generous funding from Hart Energy and production assistance by UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants, is producing a radio campaign airing on News 92.1FM. The radio segments feature interviews with area Scouts, Scouters, SHAC leadership, and community leaders, all talking about how Scouting in Houston has improved their lives, their families, or our community. You can participate in the program and hear yourself on the radio later this year.  


SHAC Seeks your Photographic Memories of Scouting

Sam Houston Area Council is producing a coffee table book in celebration of the 100th anniversary, and we need your help. We are searching for photographs for this keepsake book within these categories:

  • Historical scenes of Scouting from the past 100 years
  • Multi-generations of Scouting families
  • Interesting community service programs
  • High adventure Scouting experiences

Send your historical memories (with the highest possible resolution of digital copies of photograph) to Bill Penczak , along with descriptions of the people, the activity, the year and place. We will let you know if your memories will be included in this fun and sentimental keepsake of SHAC's first century of service to the Houston community.    

One of the earliest troops in SHAC on a troop hike near the ship channel. The Scouts were seated on mounds made from dirt cast up from the digging near the turn basin. 

SHAC Fun with Son

October 17-19, 2014 at Bovay Scout Ranch and Camp Strake

Fun With Son gives newly registered Cub Scouts and their families an opportunity to experience and overnight campout and exciting activities such as BB guns, crafts, archery and more! Fun With Son is held at both Bovay Scout Ranch and at Camp Strake.

Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)

October 18, 2014

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is an opportunity for Scouts to "meet" other Scouts from around the world through the internet. Scouts of all ages are invited to participate. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or they can participate at the Cockrell Service Center from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Registration is not required. We will have some shared computers available, or we can show you how to use your device with WiFi to connect to

Sessions are typically about 20 to 30 minutes. It’s a lot of fun, and participation is one of the requirements to earn the new “International Spirit Award.” Imagine emailing a Scout in Australia, or saying Hola! to a Cub Scout in Spain!  Flyer

SHAC Council Coordinated

October 23, 2014

Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leaders to receive updates from the council at the Cockrell Service Center. Breakout sessions are typically offered for: district chair, district vice chair, district and assistant district commissioners, Boy and Cub Scout Roundtable staffs, Order of the Arrow, Eagle Scout Association, and the following committees: membership, program, activities, advancement, training, camping, popcorn, religious emblems coordinator, enterprise risk management, and communications.

SHAC Recognition Reception

October 28, 2014

The Council Recognition Reception is held annually to honor the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award and Heroism Awards. Join your fellow Scouters in recognizing the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer Scouter. We want to celebrate and appreciate every hard-working volunteer that makes Scouting within the Sam Houston Area Council one of the best experiences in a young person's life.

OA Fall Pow Wow

October 31-November 2, 2014

OA Fall Pow Wow is Colonneh Lodge’s premier event for Order of the Arrow members. It is a combination of activities such as exciting games, sports, ceremony and dance classes, regalia building activities, competitions, pow wows, shows and more for three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss the annual Vigil Honor call out following the Saturday evening show.

SHAC Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Training

November 8, 2014

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. Offered only once per year, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas!

Community Service Day

November 15, 2014

Community Service Day is an opportunity for units to perform a community service project, conservation project, project for their chartered organization, or participate in an Eagle Scout project. The Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating a "Century of Service" in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, we will log-in more than 100,000 hours of service across the 16 1/2 counties we serve. The Sam Houston Area Council will be reaching out to the communities in our area, notifying them of this day of service and encourage them to recommend projects in which units can participate.