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District Committee Members Invited to Council Coordinated 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, October 20, 2014 12:55:00 PM

Council Coordinated
October 23, 2014, 7:00 pm
Cockrell Service Center

Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leadership to receive the updates from the council. 


Positions invited: 

ctivities chair
advancement chair
ssistance district commissioners
camping chair
Community Service Day chair
​district chair
district commissioner
district communications committee (w
ebmaster and social media) 
district vice chairs
Eagle Scout Association committee
enterprise risk management chair
membership committee members

OA chapter adviser and associate chapter advisers
program chair
relationships c
ommittee chair
Roundtable Commissioners (Boy Scout and Cub Scouts)

Sign up for Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, October 17, 2014 2:37:00 PM

November 8, 2014

Davis High School
12525 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77067

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! Flyer 

Schedule: Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m., Opening ceremony is 8:15 a.m. Courses run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Who should attend?  There is something for everyone! From the Scouter or parent in the first year of Cub Scout leadership, to the Scouter with many years of experience, Cub Scout Leader's Pow Wow has something for YOU!


Lunches are available for purchase, or you are welcome to bring your own lunch. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Classes do fill up. Walk-ins are welcome; however, please arrive early, to select classes you would like to take.

View the course catalog for the schedule of classes.

Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, October 6, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Schlitterbahn Galveston Scout Day

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... Cub Scout Day where you can work on your Swimming advancement! It's all at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark...

All Cub Scouts receive an opportunity to participate in requirements for the Swimming Loop and Pin, with all-day park admission and a FREE Schlitterbahn Scout Day patch

A certificate indicating all requirements completed will be presented to those who complete a circuit of the required swimming activities for Cub Scout advancement in swimming. The circuit runs from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, exclusively for Cub Scouts. The park is open to the public 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Event admission is $18.00 + tax per person, all ages. SAVE $10 off the full gate price of $27.99 + tax. Guests and groups also have the option to enjoy a specially discounted catered lunch together (advance purchase required). Additional meal options and packages are available.  Registration 

Athletics Merit Badge and the Battle of the Piney Woods

November 1, 2014

Special offer of discounted price of $20 for Boy Scouts to attend the Battle of the Piney Wood classic game with Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State on November 1. Scouts will be able to participate in the pre-game Athletics Merit Badge out on the Houston Texans field, will also meet former Houston Texan JJ Moses and receive authentic patch per Scout. Contact Cameron Walker at 832-667-2103 or to secure your seats today!    

Boy Scout Safety Merit Badge

November 15, 2014

Boy Scouts can work on the Safety Merit Badge at the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital on July 19, September 20, and November 15 from 9 am - 12 pm. The cost is FREE.  For more information, contact Cary.   

Geology at Houston Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, & Fossil Show

November 8 and 9

The Houston Gem, Jewelry, Mineral & Fossil Show at Humble Civic Center (8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX) will host sessions to meet requirements for:

  • Webelos Geologist pin
  • Partial requirements for Boy Scouts Geology Merit Badge

Classes last about 2-3 hours; allow extra time for visiting the show. Program consists of eight stations, many with different options for various badge types. Instruction includes presentations, activities, and access to materials and experts at show. Saturday sessions will be every hour, from 10am-4pm, Sunday sessions will be every hour from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission tickets available at the door: $7 adults, $6 students with ID, children under 12 free. Scout badge program free with show admission. RSVP required- first come, first served (limited to 50 Scouts per session). RESERVATIONS TAKEN ONLY BY E-MAIL at Please include: Date/time, pack/troop number, the number and level of Scouts attending, contact person's name, e-mail and phone number. All reservations will be confirmed by reply email.

Houston Rockets Basketball Skills Camp and Game

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Work on your basketball skills with members of the Houston Rockets staff and attend a Houston Rockets game!!!  The Houston Rockets Basketball Skills camp will be from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and then attend the game that night!!!  Ticket pricing for this event are $22, $29, and $44.   For more information, Contact Melissa at 713-758-7231.  Flyer

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers a variety of classes of Scouts.

  • Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos can spend the night at the museum during the Scout Adventure Night!  Scouts can all have an exclusive adventure through the Museum exhibit halls, with activities and late-night flashlight super safari through our giant new paleontology hall. Also included are special programs in the Burke Baker Planetarium, where Scouts have a clear night adventure under the stars!
  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on belt loops and pins during two-hour classes.
  • Webelos can work on the Engineering, Forester, Geologist, Naturalist and Scientist during two-hour classes.
  • Boy Scouts can attend the museum's Summer Scout Academy will offer 31 different merit badge- including 4 eagle-required badges - during week-long summer scout classes at HMNS!

The Health Museum

The Health Museum offers a variety of classes for Scouts. Private classes can also be scheduled for groups of 10 or more Scouts on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Webelos can work on the Forester, Geologist, Traveler, Citizen, Readyman, Scientist, Fitness, and Aquanaut badges.
  • Boy Scouts can work on 21 different merit badges.


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a variety of classes for Scouts. Scouts investigate the nature sanctuary with a naturalist and learn about the fascinating ecology of the forest. All of our Scout programs are conducted by staff naturalists and use our nature sanctuary as a field laboratory for hands-on explorations!

  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on some outdoor advancements during their Cub Scout Workshops.
  • Webelos can work on the Naturalist and Forester badges
  • Boy Scouts can work on the Bird Study merit badge and conduct Eagle Scout projects.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo offers a spend the night at the zoo for a unique, after-hours experience which includes interactive activities, touchable animals, pizza dinner, Scout advancements on certain nights, and a continental breakfast!  

Weather Center Houston

The Weather Center Houston offers the Boy Scout Weather merit badge.

Armand Bayou Nature Center

The Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a variety of classes for Scouts. 

  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on several outdoor advancements.
  • Webelos can work on the Naturalist and Forester badge.

Watch for additional Scout Days to be announced soon:

  • Monster Jam Scout Day
  • Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters
  • Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston
  • Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

For more information, contact:

Shane Burks
Marketing/Communications Director
(713) 756-3301

Photographic Memories of Scouting Needed for 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:41:00 AM

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. 


Order Century of Service Patches 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:19:00 PM

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."

Celebrating a Century of Service Patches

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 Day. Patches can be ordered online, purchased at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008-1311), or purchased at one of the five Houston area Scout Shops.

Order Patches!

Camp Participation

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:

  • The Venturing Summit is the end-of-the-summer activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program.  Make it a full weekend, just a day, or a night and a day activity. Venturers can camp, or just enjoy a long summer day.
  • 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.

Community Service / Land Stewardship 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. 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. On November 15, 2014, each unit is encourage to conduct 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.

Community Leaders: Please submit projects that you would like to be considered for Community Service Day. We will distribute the project requests to each of our 27 districts, and you will be contacted by an interested local Scout unit.

Unit Registration

Register for Community Service Day 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:59:00 PM

Day of Service

Celebrating a "Century of Service"

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 16½ 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.

Unit Information: Each district will have a person designated as a district community service day coordinator, whose role will be to encourage units to sign up for projects, as well as answer questions units may have regarding service projects. Each unit should identify a unit Community Scout Day chair. More information can be found in the leader packet.

Unit Registration

Community Leaders: Please submit projects that you would like to be considered for Community Service Day. We will distribute the project requests to each of our 27 districts, and you will be contacted by an interested local Scout unit.

Community Leaders: Submit a project

Service Projects: Projects that are eligible for this day of service are similar to those that a unit would perform at any other time. Food drives, clothing drives, service projects at schools or churches, Eagle Scout projects, park projects, etc. would all be acceptable projects. We also encourage units to involve churches or schools other groups to participate with their service project. All of those members hours will also count as part of the service hours for that day. Only service hours performed on November 15, 2014 will count for that day, even if the project takes several days to complete.

Project List and Assignments

For units that may not be able to identify a project they want to participate, we plan to have a list of projects recommended by local community organizations. Additionally, the Service Project page has additional projects that units can consider.

Once units have identified a project, units register the project, indicating what service project they plan to participate. After the project is complete, units must report their project on the Journey to Excellence website. After the project has been reported, units can then collect the segment for the centennial patch.

For Questions Contact:

Dennis Olheiser
Community Service Day Chair
(281) 831-0787

Michelle Phillips
Community Service Day Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308

Glenn Buckley
Council Conservation Committee Chair
(936) 273-0098

David Foil
Conservation Committee Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3319

Popcorn Information 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:49:00 PM

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Register your Scout to earn more money by selling popcorn online. Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24, 2014.

Scout registration     Leader Guide    Deadlines    Resources    Prizes

Why Sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 70% stays in the local area.
• Pay for your entire Scouting program.
• Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way.”
• The prize program motivates Scouts.
• There are loads of incentives: $600 club, $1,800 club and college scholarships.
• For additional revenue, sell online to friends and family out of town.

Online Popcorn Sales

August 1 - November 24, 2014

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $600 club, $1800 club and scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase Trail's End products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. The advantages of online sales is that the Scout doesn't have to collect money or deliver product.

Sales will be credited to a Scout's unit and the council in his name. Every Scout must create a new account to sell online. To register your Scout, enter the Scout's date of birth, select Sam Houston Area Council and then select your district and unit. If you do not know what district or unit you belong to or if your unit is not listed, please contact your unit leader or district executive. View the step by step guide to creating an account or visit the Trail's End FAQ page for help with creating an account

   Scout registration         

Because is a website geared towards children, many under the age of 13, they require customers to enter their birth date before making a purchase to ensure our site remains 100% COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant. This information is not saved and cannot be viewed by Trail’s End staff.

Important Dates

October 1 - November 24 Traditional take-order popcorn sales
December 1 Unit orders due on Trail's End Website
December 13 Popcorn distribution (see district website for location)
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, and online top sellers

2014 Products

Chocolate Lovers Tin $55         Unbelievable Butter Microwave (18 pack) $20
Military Donation - Gold Level $50   Butter Light Microwave (18 pack) $20
Sweet and Savory Collection $45   Carmel Corn with Almonds $20
Cheese Lovers Collection $35   Jalpaeno Cheddar Cheese $15
Chocolatey Carmel Crunch $25   Kettle Corn $15
Military Donation - Silver Level $30   Classic Carmel Corn $10
White Chocolatey Pretzels $25   Small Caramel Corn      $10
Kettle Corn Microwave (18 pack) $25      


Military Donation

The Military Donation allows customers to support the military and Scouting at the same time. Customers can choose to donate $55 (gold level) or $35 (silver level) worth of popcorn for our troops when ordering online, or $50 or $30 for take-order sales. Trail's End sends various Trail's End products to men and women in the military, their families and veterans' organizations. There are no shipping and handling charges associated with Military Donations. Over 2,000 tons of popcorn treats have been shipped to hundreds of locations around the world! Military donataions count toward Scout rewards.

Since customers who purchase a military donation don't receive actual product in exchange for payment, the purchase should be 100% tax deductible. As always, recommend that the customer double check this with their tax professional, as tax laws often change. Resources: ad, flyer, product flyer

2014 Scout Prizes

$600 Bonus Club


Sell $600 in popcorn
and receive the ZX Crossbow

$1,800 Club Bonus

Sell $1,800 in popcorn and receive a Hexbug Scarab XL.

College Scholarships

Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face or combination) in any calendar year receive 6% of their total sales invested in their own college scholarship account. That is $0.06 of every dollar they sell! Once Scouts are enrolled, 6% of their sales each year will be added to their account. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time. Online sales count!


Top Sellers

The top seller in every district will receive a trophy and the GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera. The top three sellers in the council will receive a trophy and an Amazon gift card:

  • First place - $600
  • Second place - $400
  • Third place - $200


For Questions Contact

Ginger Kern
Popcorn Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374


Nathan Doherty
Popcorn Sales Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3358