The Sam Houston Area Council is planning a very special 2014 to celebrate 100 years of serving youth in the Sam Houston Area Council. Several events will be a part of the celebration in which you can earn a commemorative patch:
Scouting for Food
A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by the annual Scouting for Food drive. This is when Scouts throughout the council help to fight hunger. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," this project begins as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhood. Scouts then return on the following Saturday to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.
Scout Fair: April 12, 2014
Scout Fair is where Scouts from all over the council unite in one place to display Scouting "fun with a purpose" for all ages! The planning and teamwork involved in booth participation provides great fun and learning opportunities. Scout Fair helps to showcase the Scouting program and values to our community. It provides a recruitment tool for units to use that will increase participation in their programs, and it serves as a fundraiser for Scouts and units, as well as for the council. In 2014, Scout Fair will be a highlight in celebrating our Century of Service!
Camping has always been a very important part of Scouting. It is both an enjoyable and educational experience in one. For those in the Scouting movement, it allows them to bring a variety of skills they have been taught and put them into practice. In addition, the Scouts learn important 'life' skills such as leadership, self discipline, responsibility, hygiene and much more. As Scouts celebrate their centennial, Scouts will encouraged to participate in this important cornerstone of the Scouting movement. To earn the camp participation patch, choose from one of these awesome camp opportunities.
Day camp is a council camp run by districts for Cub Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade. Day camp focuses on earning rank advancements, learning new skills, playing sports and games, crafts, BB guns, archery and making new friends. Many parent volunteers are needed to have a successful camp. Scouts can attend any district’s camp. Camps are typically 4 to 5 days, long and are held during the last 3 weeks in June at varying times. Find a day camp near you.
Resident camp is held during June and July, and is a three-night summer camping program for Cub Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade. Cub Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire, and lots more. Parents are highly encouraged to attend. Advancements supplement those offered at day camp.
El Rancho Cima Summer Camp hosts two individual summer camp experiences, where Boy Scouts can earn merit badges, learn and practice their Scouting skills, follow the Patrol method and work towards advancement. Scouts have a fun time swimming, climbing, shooting and enjoying the Texas Hill Country. Attend either Cockrell River Camp or Walter Hall Horseshoe Bend.
Super Troop is an opportunity for a Boy Scout to attend an extra week of camp or to attend camp individually if he can’t attend camp with his unit. Limited spots are available.
Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience at El Rancho Cima. Older Scouts, Venturers and adults will experience zip lining, a horseback trek, whitewater adventure, rock climbing, rappelling and much more. Scouts can attend during the same week that their unit attends El Rancho Cima, or Scouts can sign up individually. Adults may also attend.
Winter Camp is held each year at Camp Strake between Christmas and New Year's, and is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and for Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by adult Scouters with actual real-life experiences in the field. Registration is due by October 31.
Instilling the value of service to others helps to make our world a better place and leaves a lasting legacy with our youth. Community service, conservation and environmental education have always been deeply woven into the philosophy and programs of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2014, each Scouting unit will serve on a community service or land stewardship project to benefit their local community. Through this council-wide effort, 100,000 hours of service will mark our 100th anniversary.