Brahman District

The Brahman District serves the Scouting units of Matagorda, Wharton, and Colorado counties of the central coastal Texas area. Download the 2014-2015 Brahman District calendar.

Brahman District Roundtable

September 11 at 7:00 pm

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of every month at the Northside Education Center (707 Fahrenthold St, El Campo, 77437) 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 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.

BeAScout.org

BeAScout.org is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. BeAScout.org 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 myscouting.org 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.

Frontier 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.


FAST Training

September 26-28 at St. John's Retreat Center, 4740 Hwy 36 N, Bellville, TX, 77418

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important Scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality scouting program every Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturer desires. Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council. 
 

Date Time Course Registration
September 27 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm BALOO Register
September 27 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Register
September 27-28 1:30 pm (Sat) - 12:00 pm (Sun) Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Register
September 27 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Register
September 27-28 1:30 pm (Sat) - 12:00 pm (Sun) Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders Register
September 27-27 7:30 pm (Fr) - 11:00 am (Sat) Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Basic Leader Training Register
September 27 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Troop Committee Challenge Register
September 27 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Venturing Leadership Specific Training Register
September 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Youth Protection Training, Classroom Facilitated Register

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. Cost 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.


Cub Scout 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 Scoutlink.net.

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

Boy Scout Camp-o-ree

October 10-11, 2014

The Boy Scout Spring Camporee is a weekend campout for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.


Webelos Woods

October 10-11, 2014

Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots). The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.


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 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.
 


Internet Recharter

Every December, all units (packs, troops, teams, crews, posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Through the process, chartered (sponsoring) organizations, youth member and adult leader information is updated as well as registration fees and Boy's Life subscriptions are collected/paid. A representative of each unit completes the paperwork for renewing a charter online. With internet rechartering, units can indicate returning members, add new members, and update information for an individual or the chartered organization.

• Unit leaders can access Internet Recharter at www.myscouting.org beginning November 1.
• Obtain your unit’s recharter packet from your Commissioner. The access code will be provided.
• Start with the unit’s current information in Scoutnet. Records can be upload information from TroopMaster or PackMaster, but this can really mess up the process if the records are not perfect, so this is not encouraged.
• The final printed roster must be signed by the chartered organization institutional head and the unit leader.
• Turn in the signed roster, payment of fees, and any new members’ applications no later than the December Roundtable. Check with your unit commissioner for details.
• Unit leaders need to plan ahead to get their recharter done early as this time of the year is typically very busy and it takes time to gather information, collect fees, ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT), ensure that top unit leaders are trained and get appropriate signatures. new


Boy Scout Winter Camp

December 26-31, 2014

Winter Camp is held each year at Camp Strake between Christmas and New Years and is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and for Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with actual real-life experiences in the field. Registration is due by October 31.


National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Content is delivered in a unit and small group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Courses are held in June and December. Courses fill up early.


Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For 99 years, the Order of the Arrow 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. OA Chapter meetings are typically held at on the second Thursday of the month at Walter Meyer Scout Houses; Ave J & 5th St.


Upcoming 2015 Spring Events

Boy Scout First Aid Meet - January 24, 2015
The District First Aid Meet is for Boy Scouts. Patrols are tested on their first aid skills and work as a team to solve several first aid scenarios. The top two scoring patrols represent the district at the Council First Aid meet.

Scouting for Food - January 24 & January 31, 2015
Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the "Souper Bowl of Caring.” There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit to the community than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive!

University of Scouting – February 7, 2015
University of Scouting is the one opportunity each year where adult leaders of all program areas come together for a day of fun, fellowship, and learning. Whether you are a new leader or experienced… a commissioner or den leader… a Scoutmaster or Cubmaster… committee member or simply an interested parent… there is something for you at University of Scouting.

Scout Sabbath / Sunday - February
Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath is an opportunity for units are to participate in the religious service of their chartering organization by attending services in uniform, conducting a flag ceremony, speaking about Scouting, and/or formally thanking them for their support throughout the year. Unit should also consider have a recruiting information table in the foyer or hospitality area. This is also a great time to distribute the religious awards earned by Scouts.

District Dinner - February 27, 2015
District Dinner is an opportunity to thank our district volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. All Scouters are invited.

Cub Scout District Pinewood Derby - March 7, 2015
The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every Cub Scout can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Boy Scout District Spring Camporee - March 20-26, 2015
The Boy Scout Spring Camporee is a weekend campout for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.

Scout Fair – April 18, 2015
Scout Fair
is the biggest Scout show in the nation from 11am and 1pm at Reliant Arena. Scouts from Tiger Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts will have a fabulous, fun-filled day mingling with thousands of other Scouts and their families, participating in hundreds of hands-on activities (e.g., climbing walls, craft booths, monkey bridges, rubber band guns, making Gak, meeting astronauts), tasting gourmet camp-fare cooked by Scouts (e.g., cobbler, chili, turkey, bread), and taking home treasured bits of memorabilia.

Scout Fair coupon books are a wonderful way for units to raise money from February 1 – April 18. Coupon books are easy to sell since they only cost $10 and provide $600 in savings. Units get 30% commission on each coupon book sold and can get 40% if the unit has a booth at Scout Fair.

Scout Fair booths: Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon. 

District Day Camp - June 22-25, 2015
Day Camp is full of fun and excitement. Camp is held every night for one week and scouts have the opportunity to make new friends and share all kinds of new experiences. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, nature, crafts and more. Tigers, Wolves, and Bears will work on achievements and electives while Webelos will work on activity badges.