District Operations

District Committee   |  Activities Committee    |   Advancement Committee
  Camping Committee    |   Day Camp Committee    |    Finance Committee 
  Membership Committee   |   Training Committee

This page is a resource for district volunteers. For questions and comments, email: DistrictOps@SHAC.org.   

Key Leaders Conference

January 12, 2019

Key Leaders Conference is an annual half-day meeting for district leadership at the Cockrell Scout Center. 

Register for Key Leaders Conference

Council Coordinated

April 19, 2018

Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leadership to receive the updates from the council and is held at the Cockrell Scout Center at 7:00 pm.  Future Dates: August 16, 2018, October 18, 2018, April 25, 2019

Register for Council Coordinated


  • The SHAC Toolkit has great resources to provide to units including the SHAC Scoop, and The Scouting Trail.
  • The SHAC Program Guide is provided annually to units at May Roundtable. The Program Guide contains the council and district calendars and a CD of council and district flyers.

District Committee Resources

District Activities Committee Resources


Doubleknot provides online registration payment services to non-profit organizations. The executive board of the Sam Houston Area Council has made the decision to use Doubleknot as its primary registration tool for all district events. The use of Doubleknot improves efficiency and transparency while providing a standard customer interface with our Scouting families.

Rocket Day Resources

  • Rocket Day website
  • Rocket Day Guidelines contains information to help districts prepare for a successful district launch day. The activities committee works closely with the membership committee on this event
  • Rocket Day Program Ideas - districts are encouraged to have supplemental events at rocket day (e.g., BB guns, archery, sports, games, crafts, Bobcat activities, pack booths, STEM activities)
  • Rocket Day Flier. The flier is to be distributed to Scouts with the rocket. There are two per page and the flier can be customized with the district Rocket Day date, time, location, website and what to bring.
  • Rocket Day Supply Order for the district rocket day chair to order engines and rocket launchers.          



District Advancement Committee Resources

  • Advancement Chair Orientation
  • Advancement Chair Job Description
  • Advancement Work Plan is the monthly report that the district advancement chair provides to the district committee.
  • Advancement Educational Programs has several presentations that will enhance the Scouting advancement program.
  • BSA Advancement Resources
  • BSA Advancement News
  • Guide to Advancement 2017 helps council and district advancement committees understand and implement the advancement programs and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America. This replaces the previous Advancement Committee: Policies and Procedures.
  • Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application (page 17 of the Eagle Scout service project workbook) must be used by Scouts to obtain approval for Eagle Scout project fundraising or securing donations of materials for their Eagle projects. This is necessary in all circumstances except when all contributions are from the candidate, their parents or relatives, unit or chartering organization, parents or other members of their unit, or the beneficiary of the project. Scouts should submit the fillable form to the council for consideration. The Scout should also print a copy and include it with their project plan. Within two business days, the Scout will receive an e-mail response either seeking additional information or providing project funding approval. When approved, a copy of the approval email is to be included with the fundraising application as a part of the Scout's project plan. Save the application to your computer before emailing to the application to eagleprojects@shac.org.
  • Service Project Guidelines contains age guidelines for tool use and work at elevations or excavations.
  • Service Project Planning Guidelines can be utilized for all Scouting service projects including Eagle Scout service projects. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.
  • The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts.
  • Event Chairs Guide to Planning an Event is a tool for event chairs (e.g., Merit Badge University) and includes information on council budget procedures.
  • SHAC Advancement Site

Merit Badge Counselors

District Camping Committee Resources

The camping and outdoor program committee (COPC) is a critical leadership group entrusted with safely delivering the outdoor adventure that youth and adults expect and that lead to self-discovery and character development. The committee plans and oversees the council outdoor program and the facilities that are needed to support the program. Under the COPC’s leadership, all elements of the Scouting outdoor program collaborate to understand the market needs, develop relevant programs, and deploy facilities and resources to most effectively meet demands of increasingly diverse youth and adult populations. 

The COPC is responsible for one of the most important and visible council operations. It oversees the success of the outdoor program, large property investments, significant annual operating expenditures and revenue opportunities, and quality components that attract youth and adult involvement. The council camping committee typically meets the second Tuesday of the month. See the council calendar for specific dates.

  • Camping Committee Work Plan is the monthly report that the district camping chair provides to the district committee.
  • Camping and Outdoor Program Committee Guide is designed to help districts offer a balanced outdoor program that delivers the promise of Scouting—from Cub Scouting to Venturing and Sea Scouting. The new publication emphasizes integration of partner committees (conservation, COPE/climbing, aquatics, shooting, properties, maintenance, risk management, and health and safety) to achieve the program goals of the council.
  • Event Chairs Guide to Planning an Event is a tool that includes information on council budget procedures. Many camping chairs work closely with the activities chairs to help conduct events like the camporee.
  • Scouting Safely and BSA's Commitment to Safety       


Day Camp Committee

The district day camp chairs and day camp program chairs meet several times per year at the Cockrell Scout Center.  See the day camp calendar for specific dates.

Day Camp Committee website    


District Finance Committee Resources


District Membership Committee Resources



District Training Committee Resources