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Fun with Son for New Scouts 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, September 7, 2016 11:24:00 AM

October 14-16, 2016

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more.


 

Registration

Register for Friday to Saturday

Register for Saturday to Sunday

Registration includes an event patch, activity supplies, snacks and two meals. Register early as sessions fill up quickly.

Volunteer Registration

Fun with Son is run by volunteers. Volunteers help with check-in, run program areas (e.g., BB guns, archery, crafts, rockets), serve in the dining hall, assist with parking and staff the first aid area. Volunteer registration can be done by individuals or unit leaders.

Volunteer Signup

What to Bring

Tent, sleeping bag, pillow, tarp/ground cloth for under tent, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight with fresh batteries, rain gear, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes), toiletries, appropriate clothing for weather, personal medication, BSA Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events) per person, for Saturday / Sunday participants eat lunch before arriving.

Optional: camp chair, cot or sleeping mattress, camera, Scout uniform, battery operated lantern, wet wipes, sunscreen, hat, snacks (do not leave in tent), glow sticks, super hero costume or t-shirt (to wear during dinner), football or soccer ball (to play in campsites during free time)

Friday/Saturday Schedule

Friday: 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Saturday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:00 am to noon - Program

Saturday/Sunday Schedule

Saturday: 12:00 to 2:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  2:00 to 6:00 pm - Program
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Sunday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:30 am - Scouts Own Service

Contacts

Patrick Crow
Fun With Son Chair
 (832) 492-2295
 pmcrow70@gmail.com

Cesiah Molina
Fun With Son Registration
 (713) 756-3398
 cesiah.molina@scouting.org​

Michelle Phillips
Fun With Son Staff Advisor / Program Director
 (713) 756-3308
Michelle.Phillips@scouting.org

 

Cub Scout Camping Reservations Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:21:00 AM

Registration Open for Spring 2017

Bovay Scout Ranch is located three miles south of downtown Navasota, Texas, Bovay Scout Ranch offers each visitor an opportunity to enjoy the wonder and beauty of central Texas. Bovay Scout Ranch is a site to behold with its rolling hills and lakes, campsites surrounded by native Huisach and Bois-d'arc trees and sunsets that are absolutely breathtaking. The ranch's 1,498 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife. 

Registration has opened for:

  • McNair Cub Scout Adventure Campa weekend campout for Cub Scout families at Bovay Scout Ranch. Families will enjoy activities such as BB guns, archery, swimming, sports, crafts, games, BMX biking and eating in the air conditioned dining hall.
  • Family Camping for packs, or Webelos dens. Groups plan their own activities and cook their own food. Campsites, restrooms, and showers are available.

Adventure Camp

McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas and food service in the camp’s air conditioned dining hall. A staff member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.

Adventure Camps may include seeking treasure in the lost mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedal feat at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at the BB gun range, action at the K.S. “Bud” Adams sports field, exploring our camp at the nature center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park (weather permitting).

Registration

Packs, dens and individual families may register as a pack or individually. Pack registration is preferred to keep families together. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions fill up fast.

The fee for camp is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday with vegetarian and turkey patty options), patch and Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. A $100 non-refundable deposit for the group secures a spot.

One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 am leader’s meeting. 

Learn More about Adventure Camp


Family Camping at Bovay Scout Ranch

Family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program. During family camping, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food.  Packs and Webelos dens  can camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. 

Learn More About Family Camping

Bovay Scout Ranch Weekend Camping Reservations

Fall 2016

Spring 2017


Camp Brosig

Packs and Webelos dens can also camp at Camp Brosig.  Camp Brosig is a 92-acre property located four miles north of Sealy, TX. Camp Brosig has 20 campsites, pavilions, restrooms and a few showers. Groups bring their own meals and plan their own activities.

  Learn More About Family Camping       Camp Brosig Online Reservation

 

 

Questions

Geno Aguilar
Cub Scout Camping Registrations
(713) 756-3304
 Geno.Aguilar@scouting.org

Fritz Maxwell
Council Camping Chair
 fritz.maxwell@sbcglobal.net

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch and Camp Brosig Professional Adviser
 (713) 756-3380
 Vincent.Manning@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

New Cub Scout Leader Hints 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, September 3, 2016 10:06:00 PM

Welcome to Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. You’re joining a force of volunteers over a million strong.

Through the dedication of these many volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America remains the foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training in America. To these volunteers, we would like to say thank you for your dedication to Scouting. And, to adults who are not currently Scout volunteers, we invite you to become a volunteer and share in the positive experiences of the Scouting programs.

Leaders have chosen to make an important difference in the lives of youth. With guidance, Scouts will develop character, leadership skills, responsibility and fitness. Cub Scouting's volunteer leaders work with boys and their families to improve their communities by enriching the lives of the families who live there. Cub Scout leaders support the family. They take an active part in helping to strengthen families and their boys by providing a fun-filled, worthwhile program that teaches values. Here is some information to help you through the first months of your Scouting career.

Training

A cornerstone of BSA programs is training, and a variety of convenient training is available for every parent volunteer and leader. Some of these training courses are conducted by different districts, and some by the council; others are available online

The basic training sequence has four phases:

Every leader should take both Fast Start and Youth Protection Training online before the first den meeting. Leaders should then take Leader Specific Training for their position. As a new leader, you can learn all about Scouting and the wonderful adventure your son is about to experience.


Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow

November 5, 2016

Cub Scout Pow Wow is a day of workshops for parents and leaders to help you make sure your son gets the most out of the Cub Scout program! The training is being held at MacArthur Senior High School (4400 Aldine Mail Route, Houston, TX 77039). 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! 

Course Catalog                     Register


About Online Training

There are many training courses that can be taken online at My.Scouting.org.

  • Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training, just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your My.Scouting.org account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to My.Scouting.org, click E-Learning on the left-hand side. Program related trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and general).
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your district training chair.
  • Click on training validation to review what courses you have taken, this includes courses recorded at the council office.

Council Activities

The Sam Houston Area Council offers a variety of events in which dens and packs are invited to participate.  Districts also offer activities in your area.  Here are a few you will not want to miss:

Fun With Son (October 14-16 2016) is an overnight campout for all new Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Scouts.  Scouts will enjoy participating in BB guns, archery, crafts, games and more. Individual families can register for this event. Encourage your newly registered Scouts to attend.

Scouting for Food (January 28 and February 4, 2017) is our annual Good Turn project. Door hangers are distributed one weekend and the food is collected from doorsteps by Scouts the next weekend.  The food is donated to local food pantries. Your pack leadership will have more details about the event.

Scout Fair (May 6, 2017) is the biggest Scouting extravaganza around! Join thousands of Scouts from all areas of Scouting for a day of fun, activities, crafts, games and food at Minute Main Park. Bring your entire family, a camera and comfortable walking shoes. This is an event you will not want to miss.  Arrive early, bring snacks and enjoy five hours of non-stop activities.


Camping

The Sam Houston Area Council offers many camping opportunities for Cub Scouts.   Packs and districts offer additional camping opportunities.

Day Camp (June) is hosted by districts in your area. Scouts earn rank advancements, shoot BB guns and archery, learn Scout skills, play sports and games and make crafts. Individual Scouts can register for this awesome opportunity.  Day camps are held in June for four to five days and are held at various times during the day. You can attend a camp hosted by any district so find a camp that is convenient to your summer schedule.

Adventure Camp (year round) is a weekend campout for packs, dens and families. Admission includes three meals in the dining hall. Camp staff help parents lead activities such as BB guns, archery, water park and one or two program areas. Check with your pack leadership for more information.

Family Camping opportunities are available for Webelos dens and packs to camp at council camps. Packs organize their own activities. Check with your pack leadership for more information.

Resident Camp (July) is a three-night summer campout where Scouts earn rank advancements and participate in many activities, including the water park, BB guns, archery, crafts and games. Individual Scouts and their parent can register for this event.

               

Hints

Know Then Sew. When you’re properly uniformed, you set an example for your Scouts and have a place to display the awards you receive (patches aren’t just for the boys). Yes, uniforms can be expensive, but many packs, troops, and crews have closets of “experienced” uniforms that you may use. Don’t like to sew? Try Badge Magic (bit.ly/badgemagickit).

Before you start sewing on patches, get things in the right place the first time. The Guide to Awards and Insignia presents detailed information to enable BSA members to wear the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions. The BSA uniform website is also a great resource as well as the uniform inspection sheets:

Get to Know Your Scouts  … You’ll be spending lots of time with them, so find out where they go to school, what they like and dislike, and how you can best contact them (phone, email, Facebook, etc.).  … and Their Parents. What are their hobbies and talents? Who can haul the boys to camp? Any Eagle Scouts in the group? Give every parent a little job and your job won’t seem so big.

Popular Podcasts. Tune into the monthly Cub Cast and Scout Cast audio recordings that delve into topics you’ll find useful, such as recruiting, unit management and much more.

Nights at the Roundtable. Here’s where you’ll find a bunch of Scouters who’ve been in your shoes and are eager to help you be successful. Some of the best discussions happen after the closing, so plan to stay late. Find a roundtable meeting near you.

Stay Current. In addition to your copy of Scouting magazine, check out scouting.org/programupdates for new program-related news that affects you as a leader. Here you’ll find details on the new Venturing and Cub Scouting program, as well as information about 2016 updates to the Boy Scouting program.

Less Taxing. If you itemize your taxes, you can deduct the cost of your uniforms and the miles you drive as a volunteer. You’ll need good records, so start a receipt file and mileage log. For more information, visit bit.ly/scoutingwriteoffs or consult your tax adviser.

Get a Life — or snag your son’s copy when he’s not looking. Boys’ Life magazine content aligns with pack and troop programs, and the jokes are always good for a laugh. For a quick game, create a scavenger hunt where boys look for specific words or pictures in the current issue. 

SHAC FacebookFollow Us. Follow the Sam Houston Area Council on Facebook. Follow the BSA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  Visit Cub Hub at cubscouts.org and follow Cub Scouting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

Meet and Greet: Seek out your chartered organization representative, the volunteer who oversees Scouting at your chartered organization (the school, community group, or religious institution that sponsors your unit). Ask how Scouting supports the organization’s mission and what your unit can do to help. This is especially important if you’re the unit leader or committee chair.

Subscribe to Scouting Magazine. Want to know what’s going on in the Scouting world? Stay in-the-know with the Scouting magazine blog, Bryan on Scouting. You can subscribe to receive each post in your inbox — making sure you never miss a beat.

Find your local Scout Shop to get all of your Scouting supplies. There are five locations to serve you! Find a Scout Shop near you. Visit www.scoutstuff.org when your Scout Shop is closed and have your items shipped directly to your home.

Scout Safely. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. Learn more about integrating health and safety into everything we do.

Council Newsletter. The eScouter is a monthly newsletter containing information about upcoming council events and activities.

Sign Up for eScouter News

Districts and Roundtable

The Sam Houston Area Council is divided into 26 geographic districts. Each district is served by at least one professional staff member -- district executive and/or district director. The district is a division of the council that helps bring Scouting to your local area. Districts focus on membership, unit support, fundraising, training, district activities and promoting advancement and camping. There are a variety of volunteers on the district committee who can help including the district training chair, district advancement chair, district activities chair, and district finance chair. Commissioners are volunteers who help Scout units succeed and can be a valuable resource. Each district has a district executive who is a Scouting professional available to answer your questions and can help explain BSA policies. A good place to meet district volunteers and other leaders in your area is at the district monthly roundtable meeting.

Roundtable is a monthly program offered by districts that gives leaders hands-on experience and provides a forum for leaders to offer and receive help from their fellow Scouters. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of Roundtable is to give leaders program ideas, information on upcoming events and trainings, 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.

 

District
(click for website)
Roundtable Meetings Roundtable Location Areas served

Aldine Pathfinder

1st Thursday of month,
6:45 pm
MO Campbell Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd.,
Houston, 77032
Aldine ISD

Antares

2nd Tuesday of month,
6:30 pm
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West,
Houston, 77008
North Forest ISD, Houston ISD north, 5th Ward, select schools in Lamar ISD and Fort Bend ISD

Aquila

2nd Thursday of month,
7:30 pm
Bellaire United Methodist Church
4417 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, Meyerland and Braes Oak

Arrowmoon

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
2814 Welsh Ave,
College Station, 77845
Anderson-Shiro, Bryan, Caldwell, College Station, Madisonville County, Navasota, Richards

Big Cypress

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Cypress United Methodist Church
13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd.,
Cypress, 77429
Cypress, Bridgeland, Fairfield

Brahman

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Northside Education Center
707 Fahrenthold St,
El Campo, 77437
Matagorda, Wharton, and Colorado counties

Brazos

1st Thursday of month,
7:30 pm
Rosenburg LDS Church
139 Pecan Park Dr,
Rosenberg
Lamar ISD, Needville ISD

Copperhead

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Longenbaugh Chapel
16203 Longenbaugh Dr,
Houston
Southern boundaries of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD between Clay Rd and West Rd and west of Eldridge Pkwy N

David Crockett

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
St. John's Lutheran Church
520 N. Holland,
Bellville, 77418
Bellville, Brazos, Brenham, Burton, Hempstead, Sealy, Somerville and Waller

Flaming Arrow

1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Humble LDS Church
19618 Atasca Oaks Dr,
Humble, TX
Splendor, New Caney, Huffman and Humble ISD

George Strake

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00
North Montgomery County Community Building
600 Gerald St.,
Willis, TX
Conroe (north of San Jacinto River), Huntsville, Montgomery, New Waverly, Trinity and Willis ISD

Iron Horse

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Church
16331 Hafer Rd,
Houston, 77090
Spring and Klein ISD (East of Kuykendahl)

Mustang

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
12955 Memorial Dr,
Houston, 77079
Spring Branch ISD and Houston ISD (north of Westheimer and outside Loop 610)

North Star

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Sugar Land United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd,
Sugar Land
Fort Bend ISD (north of US 59)

Orion

1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Church of Good Shepherd
715 Carrell St,
Tomball, 77375
Tomball and Magnolia ISD

Phoenix

1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Klein LDS Center
16535 Kleinwood Dr,
Spring, 77379
Klein ISD (west of Kuykendahl)

Raven

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Woodforest Presbyterian Church
15330 Wallisville Rd,
Houston, 77049
Houston ISD (east side), Barbers Hills ISD, Galena Park ISD, Goose Creek ISD, Channelview ISD, Crosby ISD, Sheldon ISD

San Jacinto

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
House of Prayer Lutheran Church
14045 Space Center Blvd,
Houston, 77062
Clear Creek ISD, LaPorte ISD, Deer Park ISD, Pasadena ISD

Skyline

1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West,
Houston, 77008
Houston ISD: Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Acres Homes, the Heights, Independence Heights, Northside, downtown, Magnolia, Denver Harbor, Wallisville Rd, Port of Houston

Soaring Eagle

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Church
10055 West Rd,
Houston, 77064
Cy-Fair ISD (eastern areas)

Tall Timbers

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Grace Crossing Church
105 FM 1488,
Conroe, Tx
Conroe ISD (south of San Jacinto River): The Woodlands, Oak Ridge and Shenandoah

Tatanka

2nd Thursday of month,
7:30 pm
LDS Church
3450 S Dairy Ashford Rd,
Houston, TX  77082
Alief ISD

Texas Skies

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Church-Katy Stake Center
1603 Norwalk Dr,
Katy, 77450
Katy ISD and Royal ISD

Thunder Wolf

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
FirstMethodist Church of Missouri City
3900 Lexington Blvd
Fort Bend ISD (south of US 59)

Twin Bayou

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
St. John The Divine Church
2450 River Oaks Blvd,
Houston, 77019
West University, Tanglewilde, River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Neartown, Galleria, Tanglewood and Westchase

W.L. Davis

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Buffalo Soldiers Museum
3816 Caroline St.,
Houston 77004
Houston ISD (South Region): inner city of Houston, Third Ward, Sunnyside, Hiram Clarke Area

 

Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers. The objectives of roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas; to update information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and to offer an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. Roundtables inspire, motivate, and enable adults to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.

There are typically separate sessions for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturing leaders. The Cub Scout roundtable provides information about the upcoming month’s planned program theme, while the Boy Scout and Venturing roundtable sessions explore a particular activity or area of interest. In both sessions, leaders are encouraged to share their questions, their successes and their failures (usually the latter is the most instructive!). Helping you, the Scouting leader, is the sole purpose of roundtable.

Who should attend? Everybody! Roundtable is designed for all leaders – Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos leaders, committee members, assistant Scoutmasters, den leaders; every Scouting position has a place at roundtable. In the Cub Scout session, there are separate break-out programs for den leaders, Webelos leaders, Cubmasters, and pack administration. Whether you’ve been in Scouting for 40 years, or just signed up last week, roundtable has a lot to offer you.

Because Roundtable is by, for, and about YOU, every job is made easier by sharing the load, and roundtable takes on the job of creating and presenting your program. Sure, you can make your own program from scratch, but you certainly don’t have to! Roundtable is loaded with ideas and demonstrations of all kinds. Got a particular problem you just can’t work out? Attend roundtable and ask questions – draw on the years of Scouting experience made available just for you. Roundtable is open to all adults involved with any BSA program. Registered leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

Discuss topics of interest, both formally and informally with other leaders
• Learn about upcoming district and council events and programs
• Meet and exchanges ideas with other leaders
• Information on advancement and training programs
• Fellowship with other leaders
• Learn more about BSA
• Updates on policy/procedure changes
• A place to have your questions answered
• Have fun and make some great friends

 

Questions

The pack is a group of 1st - 5th grade dens. Each pack has several volunteers who can help and answer questions. The cubmaster is a volunteer who provides leadership, emcees the monthly pack meeting and plans and carries out the pack program. The pack committee chair is a volunteer who presides over the monthly pack committee meetings and recruits adults to perform administrative functions of the pack.

The district is a division of the council that helps bring Scouting to your local area. Districts focus on membership, unit support, fundraising, training, district activities and promoting advancement and camping. There are a variety of volunteers on the district committee who can help including the district training chairdistrict advancement chair, district activities chair, and district finance chair. Commissioners are volunteers who help Scout units succeed and can be a valuable resource. Each district has a district executive who is a Scouting professional available to answer your questions and can help explain BSA policies. A good place to meet district volunteers and other leaders in your area is at the district monthly roundtable meeting.

The information in this blog is located at www.shac.org/leader-guides.  Consider bookmarking the page for future reference.


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Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, September 3, 2016 11:02:00 AM

November 5, 2016

MacArthur Senior High School
4400 Aldine Mail Route
Houston, TX 77039

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. Participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! Find additional training courses being offered around the council.




Registration

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

      Early bird registration fee $20 (before October 14, 2016)
  Registration fee $25 (October 15-31, 2016)
  Onsite registration $30
  Lunch $8 (optional)

Course Catalog             Register

Schedule

Check-in begins at 7:00 am. The opening ceremony begins at 8:15 am, and courses run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Who should attend? 

There is something for everyone! From parents to new Scouters to Scouters with many years of experience, Cub Scout Leaders Pow Wow has something for you!

 

Questions

Joe Stewart
Cub Leader Pow Wow Co-Chair
 (281) 850-1842
 jstewart444@gmail.com

Jamie Durham
Cub Leader Pow Wow Co-Chair
 (281) 658-1948
 Jamie@durhamemail.com

 

Cesiah Molina
Cub Leader Pow Wow Registration
 (713) 756-3398
 Cesiah.Molina@scouting.org

Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912
 bennodunn@yahoo.com

 

Michelle Phillips
Program Director and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308
 Michelle.Phillips@scouting.org

 

 

Powder Horn 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 1, 2016 9:07:00 PM

April 7-9 and April 28-30, 2017

Registration is now open for Powder Horn. Powder Horn is offered once every year, so do not miss this chance to attend. ​The course has a limited capacity and fills up early, so don’t wait to register!  ​

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course which helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship.

Do you have young adults in Venturing who are looking to breathe underwater because they have already learned how to filter it?  What about Boy Scouts who are ready to maximize their shooting skills?  Or Sea Scouts wanting to sail in a different country?  Would you like to expose your troop, crew or ship to rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, firefighting, search and rescue, trekking in a different countries, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, wilderness first aid, astronomy, shooting sport (e.g., rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 1860 baseball, wilderness survival, NYLT, Sea Scouts, the Kodiak Challenge, the Hornaday award, Messenger of Peace, living history, Leave No Trace, vendors, Jamboree, event planning, tying flies, scuba diving, and more?

The course spans two, three-day weekends:

  • Weekend #1 is April 7-9, 2017  (Tellepsen Scout Ranch)
  • Weekend #2 is April 28-30, 2017  (Galveston)

Set your sights on a course that maximizes Scouting skills while bringing adrenaline, new activity ideas and leadership to your unit.  Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.  It is based on the eight core requirements and eighteen electives found in the Venturing Ranger program.  It is intended to help leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources, and in the way they lead their unit-level outdoor and high adventure programs.

Powder Horn trainers do not train you to be an expert, or even to be self-sufficient in any aspect of outdoor skills.  Unit leaders will still need to find knowledgeable, trained, and certified individuals to help provide a safe and exciting outdoor high adventure program.

Registration

Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and young adults age 14 and older are eligible to attend; there are no restrictions on attending the course a second time. The cost is $275 per person.  Powder Horn is offered only once every year, so do not miss this chance to attend.

Register for Powder Horn            Powder Horn Flyer

Powder Horn is designed to:

  1. Expose participants to high adventure activities for older youth in troops, crews, ships and teams.
  2. Provide an introduction to the resources and consultants available to successfully lead Scouting units through a program of high adventure.
  3. Help adult and young adult leaders feel comfortable offering challenging outdoor activities while balancing fun with safety, health, and responsibility.

Participant Qualifications

  • Be a registered adult or a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing Scout or Sea Scout who is at least 14 years old. For young adults between the ages of 14 and 17, the course director requests that the applicant, their parent, and a unit leader have a conversation around maturity, expectations, and the Powder Horn experience.
  • Youth must have completed the required leadership training for the unit in which they are registered (Introduction to Leadership Skills or National Youth Leadership Training).
  • Submit a copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A, B, C). 
  • Adults must be trained for their position
  • Complete the following online trainings at My.Scouting.org
    • Youth Protection Training (YPT)
    • Venturing Youth Protection Training (YPT)
    • Hazardous Weather
    • Safety Afloat
    • Safe Swim Defense
    • Climb on Safely

Frequently Asked Questions About Powder Horn

Why Powder Horn?

Many Scouting leaders face the dilemma of having a strong desire to provide challenging and fun outdoor programs to meet the needs of their older youth members, but lack the knowledge and/or resources to do so. Powder Horn responds to the quandary with an exciting new training opportunity that exposes Venturing, Varsity Scout, Boy Scout leaders, and youth leaders ages 14 and up to a wide range of outdoor/high adventure activities. More importantly, Powder Horn provides its participants with valuable resource and contacts to assist them in delivering the promise of Scouting’s high adventure to youth.

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What is the approach for this training?

Experts or "consultants" teach the courses and introduce participants to a variety of high adventure activities in our area. Participants do not become experts in an activity; participants will learn how to help their unit’s youth leaders find and recruit experts in activities that the Scouts may enjoy.

Participants will experience activities such as climbing or shooting sports or shoot a skeet course, and will learn where to go to find those who can teach these skills to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Under no circumstances is any Powder Horn participant required to participate in an activity they are uncomfortable with.  Participants may choose to just observe and learn - "Challenge by Choice."

What activities are presented at Powder Horn?

Participants will experience at least ten activities from the following list:

Astronomy, ATV, aquatics, backpacking, camping, canoeing, cave exploring, challenge events (COPE), climbing/rappelling, conservation, cycling - road/mountain, ecology, emergency preparedness, equestrian, expedition planning, extreme sports, fishing, first aid, geocaching, historical reenactment / living history, hunting, kayaking, Leave No Trace (LNT), lifesaving, motor boating, mountain biking, orienteering, outdoor living history, personal watercraft, plants and wildlife, sailing, sailboarding, search and rescue, SCUBA, shooting sports, snorkeling, space exploration, wilderness first aid, wilderness survival, and winter sports.
What are the learning objectives?

1. Learn what resources are available to support a high adventure program.
2. Learn where to find the resources.
3. Learn how to use the resources.
4. Learn how to safely do a high adventure program.
5. Learn what is involved with different high adventure disciplines.

What is the history of Powder Horn?

In 1983, Louise, a 37-year-old very shy woman read in Boys' Life about an Outdoor Exploring High Adventure training in Lubbock, Texas. It was in the spring and if you have ever been in the Texas Panhandle in the spring you know that it can be hot, sunny, rainy, windy, tornado or snowing.  Louise packed her camping gear (bits and pieces borrowed from her two Scout sons along with a new tent) into her car and headed for Lubbock (two hours away).  She knew only what she had learned at Wood Badge in 1978 about “high adventure” in the outdoors but had never experienced real high adventure in person.

The course material said it would cover climbing and rappelling, small boat sailing, camping, backpacking, snow skiing, canoe and much more.  After getting lost on the loop around Lubbock, she finally arrived at the “camp” (a park).  About eight people showed up from around the country. (They probably came to see what snow skiing in Lubbock was like).

Louise promptly lost her car keys.  Thinking she had locked them in the trunk of the car, a state trooper tried to pick the lock.  He succeeded in screwing up the electronic system and finally getting the trunk open.  About that time, Louise found her keys in her pocket!

After a supper (of sorts) the group pitched their tents and settled in for the night.  It rained and rained and rained and the wind blew, lightning struck and Louise got wet and cold.  The next day was somewhat better.  Small boat sailing, canoe and yes snow skiing (cross country skiing on the grass).  A wall and ladder were used for climbing and rappelling.  Backpacking and other outdoor skills were covered.  Then everyone loaded up and went for showers at a local high school (oops!! Someone forgot to turn on the hot water heater). The showers felt really good even if they were so cold!!  The crew then moved to a Scout camp (Camp Haynes) where they pitched their tents at 2:00 A.M.  Cold, hungry and tired Louise settled in for the night.  Like a good Scout, Louise had ten essentials for survival including tea bags and a little camp stove and water.  Louise began to shake—shake like she had never shaken before.  She had read about hypothermia and was afraid that was what she had because of the cold showers and long day.  She knew that she had to get warm, but Louise could not light the fire that could save her life because she was shaking too much.  Desperate, she crawled out of her tent and went to the first tent.  Wayne, a man in his 70’s was sound asleep. Louise woke him and told him her problem.  He soon realized the danger and made her some tea.  Louise was soon sound asleep. Wayne knew that he had saved her life and felt very good as he dozed off.  The short night was soon over.  Wayne and Louise never forgot that night.

The next day was better.  250 foot cliffs and slow rappels made the day great.  Soon the shy Louise was enjoying herself, but was unaware of what she was learning would help hundreds and possibly thousands of youth in Exploring and now Venturing.

Shy Louise went to one small outdoor training event in Lubbock, Texas 18 years ago.  That event changed her life and the life of her husband and their 2 sons.  It will impact the lives of their 7 grandchildren.  She went home and started a high adventure Explorer post.  The post had as many as 250 youth.  They went SCUBA diving, snow skiing, water skiing, climbing & rappelling, camping, and much more.  The post was in Boys' Life three times and participated in a training video.  Louise was the chairperson of the outdoor cluster of the national Exploring committee.  She is a dive master, Red Cross instructor, EMT, boat captain, NRA instructor in rifle, shotgun, pistol and black powder and COPE director.  She will be the first female Course Director in her council for Wood Badge.

You should realize what a really small training program in Lubbock Texas has done for Louise.  It changed her life.  Much like the new Powder Horn course can change the life of the Venturing crew advisor.  It gives that advisor the opportunity to “taste” high adventure.  It gives them the confidence they need to find experts and resources to help them provide experiences for their youth.  

Incidentally, Louise is Donna Louise Cunningham, one of the authors of the Ranger Guidebook and the first course director for Powder Horn.  She currently serves on the Venturing Outdoor Committee. 

The first adult training done to see if there was a possibility to do Explorer adult outdoor training was done in Amarillo, Texas in September 1997. Participants came from Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Texas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.  It was such a success that the outdoor committee decided to pursue the syllabus.  Larry and Donna Cunningham were given the responsibility of developing the syllabus.  Then, in March of 1998, Exploring was moved to Learning for Life. Venturing was born.  We were hard pressed to develop literature to have ready by August 1, 1998 when Venturing was officially announced at the All Hands Conference in Nashville.  

The first national Powder Horn course was conducted in September 1999, 50 people attended the first course in the Philmont backcountry at Hunting Lodge.  Cimarroncito was used as a program area,  as well as Webster Parks, and Aspen Springs for the overnights. 

Contacts

Amy Taylor
Powder Horn Course Director
(281) 974-9981
 shacpowderhorn2017@gmail.com

 

Cesiah Molina
Training Registration
 (713) 756-3398
 Cesiah.Molina@scouting.org

 

Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912
 bennodunn@yahoo.com

 

Michelle Phillips
Program Chair and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308
michelle.phillips@scouting.org

 

 

Annual Report 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Each year the Sam Houston Area Council produces an annual report. This report is our overview of accomplishments and provides an outline of the services provided to the 16 counties we serve. 

Dear Friends of Scouting,

Thanks to you, 2015 was another positive year for Scouting in southeast Texas. Camping is a critical element of Scouting. The Sam Houston Area Council plans to become a
leader in camping by having first-class, well-maintained facilities that provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts. The Sam Houston Area Council’s camping vision is to provide “Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.”

The first portion of this vision was realized in 2015 when Tellepsen Scout Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch was opened. In its first year, nearly 2,200 Scouts and Venturers visited Tellepsen Scout Camp, where they experienced the wonders of the outdoors, climbed the Council’s highest climbing wall and took aim at its biggest shooting range. Additional segments of the camping visions are included elsewhere in this annual report.

During 2015, the Sam Houston Area Council served over 57,000 youth in our Scouting, Exploring and school-based Learning for Life programs. Our Scouting program continues to offer varied opportunities to teach youth, enabling them to be strong in character, have self-confidence and grow in their leadership abilities. Fostering these
talents, along with service projects and citizenship activities, is how we are helping our community, nation and world become a better place. As a measure of our membership, quality programming, community service and financial health, the Boy Scouts of America recognized our Council with Silver Level status in the national Journey to Excellence program.

All of our successes in 2015 were made possible through the tireless efforts of our nearly 19,000 volunteers and adult leaders. Thanks to their commitment to southeast Texas, we are able to continue to lead youth to life-long values, service and achievement. The following pages highlight the 2015 accomplishments of the Sam Houston Area Council. Letter from Leadership Council achieved Silver Level Status for 2015 in the National Boy Scouts of America Performance Program Journey to Excellence

View the Full 2015 Annual Report

Richard A. Eichler
Chairman of the Board

Brian W. Foster
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell
CEO/Scout Executive

Recruiting Checklist 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, August 6, 2016 8:22:00 AM

 

We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign is going to be Rocket Into Scouting.

The Rocket Into Scouting program is designed to take your recruiting efforts to new heights. With a focus on fun, this program invites families in your community to experience the adventures that only Scouting can offer. The program leverages an activity that kids love (building and launching rockets) while showing parents that Scouting will foster their child’s creativity, initiative, and sense of wonder.

Newly recruited Scouts will receive a rocket patch. Scouts who join in September will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. The council will provide support materials (rockets, fliers, yard signs, training) to help your pack have a successful fall recruiting campaign. 

Pack Recruitment Resources         District Membership Chairs     Unit Membership Checklist

Here are eight things you can start doing now to prepare for a successful fall recruiting campaign:

1. Recruit a unit membership chair/coordinator

Assign an adult to serve as the unit membership chair. The unit membership chair is appointed by the committee chairman to help ensure a smooth transition of new Scouts into the unit and orientation for new parents. They are responsible for recruiting campaigns and for year-round recruitment, growth and retention.

2. Contact your school

Contact your school or chartered organization to schedule a boy talk/sign up event dates. It's not too early. Build a good working relationship with school personnel. If there are school access challenges, a positive relationship, grounded in shared values and respectful of the role the school staff serves in the organization, is the first thing Scouters need to appreciate and act on. As a counterpart to the appreciation for schools and school staff, helping school staff and leadership understand what Scouting does for young people is of value as well. Commitment to meeting the needs of youth is shared by both constituencies. 

 

 

3. Attend Fall Recruitment Training

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the district fall recruitment training in August. The unit membership chair and pack leaders should attend. Find the dates and location at shac.org/membership-contacts.

4. Set recruiting goals

Determine your pack fall recruitment goals to properly plan for recruitment materials and rocket patches.

5. Promote

Promote your pack recruitment efforts thru church, school, and community newsletters and social media sites. Also, plan to attend school open house, PTA/PTO meetings to promote recruitment and participation.

6. Order fall recruiting flyers

Request fall recruiting flyers. Order fall recruiting flyers by going to shac.org/fall-recruiting-flyers. Please order at least two weeks before your sign up event.

7. Verify unit information on district website

Verify the unit contact information on your district website. There is a unit page on the toolbar of every district website.  Please make sure your unit’s information is correct.  There is a link at the top of the page to submit corrections to the webmaster.  The information on this page is important as this information shows up in internet searches. Also, fill out our social media survey, so we can help promote your unit.

9. Update BeAScout.org

Make sure your unit’s information is correct on BeAScout.org.  BeAScout.org is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. Is your unit information up to date or do you have the unit leader from three years ago as your contact?

We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church in the description. If your unit does not have a website, refer them to the district website (preferably the unit’s page, for example, www.raven.shac.org/units). 

The following registered leaders in your unit have the ability to update your unit's meeting location and contact information:

(A) Unit Leader: this means your Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Crew Advisor or Skipper
(B) Unit Committee Chair
(C) Chartered Organization Representative

Here’s what you need to do to update your unit's pin - the whole process should take less than 10 minutes:

  • Step 1. Log onto your account at “MyScouting.org” and select “BeAScout” from the Unit Tools section on the left-hand menu. A new page will be displayed: There are two "tabs" on this window, and you should be on "Unit Pin Management" - if not, then click the "Unit Pin Management" tab. 
     
  • Step 2. Take a moment to look over the Unit Pin Management screen: If at any time you are lost, look for the "Help" link in the upper right-hand corner of the page for help.  Also, note that the "Google Pin Preview" section, in the bottom-right area of the page, will display what will appear on the Google map.  It will change as you enter/edit information in these steps. 
     
  • Step 3. Check the "Unit Description" - this box contains a combination of your unit name and your chartered organization. If that the information is incorrect then reach out to your district executive (DE) for assistance. 
     
  • Step 4: If your Scout unit has a website, enter the web address (URL).  Otherwise, enter your district website, preferably the unit’s page on the district website (e.g., www.raven.shac.org/units). You can always edit this field later if your unit establishes a website.
  • Step 5. Update the Alternate Unit Description: many units opt to type their unit type and number followed by their meeting location (example: "Pack 867 - Lincoln Elementary")
     
  • Step 6: Make sure the Pin Status says "Active" if you want your pin visible to perspective Scouts and parents on the map. 
     
  • Step 7a: Select your primary contact. The primary contact will receive all emails from prospective Scout parents, so be sure to let the person know that they will be responding to all parent leads. If the fields in this section are "grey" then you must check the "Contact Person" box in the "Fields Displayed on Google Pin" section at the bottom-left side of the page.  If the person is already a registered adult leader in your Scout unit, then their name will be selectable from a list.  Once selected, all information is automatically provided in this section's fields. 
     
  • Step 7b: Also be sure to check all the information with the primary contact volunteer and edit fields that are no longer current (e.g., phone number, email address). It is very important that you keep this information up-to-date as volunteers and contact information will change over time.
     
  • Step 8. Enter the location where your unit holds its meetings (address information). This address will dictate where your unit pin will appear on Google Maps.  Note that it may be helpful to enter the name of your meeting location "address 1" and the street address on "address 2"

  • Step 9. Type special announcements, up to 133 characters, in the box under Special Announcements. We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church.

  • Step 10. Check the Google PIN preview - this is a preview of what will appear on the map. Parents will only be able to see what is in this box, so please review it carefully for accuracy. 

  • NOTE: There is an option to change the icon from a Scouting map symbol representing your unit type to something else. Please DO NOT change the unit logo icon.
     
  • Step 10. Once you are done, click the “SAVE” button and your information will be uploaded.

That’s all you need to do to set up your unit for BeAScout.org. Be sure to do this as soon as possible so your unit will get recruiting leads.

Conservation Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, August 5, 2016 4:53:00 PM

“The Boy Scouts of America has adopted the principles of Leave No Trace, which are easy to learn and apply. Every outing and activity should be conducted with Leave No Trace in mind. As young people mature, we will enjoy an increasingly beautiful environment because of the impact of their training in Leave No Trace. As members of the Boy Scouts of America, we should be good stewards of our environment through knowledgeable use of resources.

We all must take responsibility for our decisions when we use the outdoors, and we should treat the environment with respect so future generations can enjoy the outdoors as we do today.” -Teaching Leave No Trace (BSA No. 21-117). 

Several conservation courses are taught at Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow in November and University of Scouting in February. There are two unique training opportunities:

BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course

October 14 - 16, 2016

This 16-hour, overnight course is for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. Completion of this course or another recognized Leave No Trace Trainer course is required for a youth to hold the Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in their unit. Each BSA Trainer course is taught by a recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator, so your Trainer standing is recognized nationally by BSA’s partner, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Participants receive a Leave No Trace Trainer card from BSA, BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course Guide, and Leave No Trace Trainer certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Register for Outdoor Ethics Trainer Course

 

Outdoor Ethics Master Educator Course

October 28-30 and November 10-13, 2016

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is a five-day, five-night course conducted over two weekends.  This is the first time this course has ever offered in our council. The course will be held at Camp Brosig, outside of Sealy, Texas. 

The Master Educator course is the summit of Leave No Trace training and may be taken by individuals, ages 18 and up who wish to be accredited as Master Educators by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended.  Master Educators form the pinnacle of Scoutings outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics and techniques into their unit programs.

Graduated LNT Master Educators will be able to organize and teach the 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainers Course, the BSA Leave No Trace 101, and Outdoor Ethics Orientation, LNT awareness workshops and facilitate all of the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. The registration fee is $250 and includes course materials and all meals.

Register for Outdoor Ethics Master Educator Course
 


Contact

For more information, contact the council conservation committee.

Webelos Coyote Extreme 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:42:00 AM

November 11-13, 2016
Bovay Scout Ranch

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme (WCTX) is a weekend campout for 4th and 5th grade Webelos at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast paced fun filled weekend, During this fast paced fun filled weekend Webelos will work on ropes, flag etiquette, knots, nature, first aid and more; while trekking across the ranch to exciting outpost program areas. Webelos will work on more advanced Webelos requirements and will be introduced to the patrol method giving them a unique experience into the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first Boy Scout camp out such as fire lays, basic knots, lashings, and more.  WCTX begins on Friday evening and runs through Sunday.  Space is limited, so register early. 

Registration

Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s) can register. The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $115 per Webelos and includes four meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, t-shirt, water bottle and Webelos program supplies. The adult fee is $40 per adult and includes four meals. Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow camp policies and procedures located in the Leader's Guide and the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Registration for Webelos Coyote Xtreme

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Webelos Coyote Xtreme

How are refunds handled?
See the council refund policy.
What are the leadership requirements?

Webelos should bring at least one family member. Webelos may be under the direction of a Webelos leader, but Webelos leaders may not be responsible for more than one additional “nonfamily member” youth. Every adult must have a copy of their Youth Protection Training certificate taken online at www.myscouting.org within last 2 years. Every Webelos must be under the supervision of a leader, parent or guardian. Bovay follows all Guide to Safe Scouting rules.

What health form do I need to attend Webelos Coyote Xtreme Camp?
A copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B) must be turned in for every participant.
What do the fees include?
The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $115 per Webelos and includes four meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, t-shirt, water bottle and Webelos program supplies. The adult fee is $40 per adult and includes four meals. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America.
What are the check-in procedures?

Campers may check-in between 3:00 - 10:00 pm on Friday evening or between 7:00 - 9:00 am on Saturday morning. Programs begin on Saturday at 9:00 or 10:00 am and run until 5:00 pm. 

The designated leader will check in at registration office in the administration building (approximately 1 mile past the main gate on the left) and register the unit or group. Registration lines can be a long on busy weekends so please be patient. To facilitate a quicker registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork: 
1. Camp roster, two copies;
2. Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult;
3. Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A and B) for each participant, two copies alphabetized in an envelope or notebook (one to keep in campsite and one to turn in during registration);
4. Camp registration confirmation (printed receipt);
5. Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the unit (taken online within past years).

When registration is complete, the staff will assign campsites and campers may then proceed to their campsite. When you arrive at your campsite, please inspect your campsite and any rental equipment (cots or tents) to make sure there are no safety issues or prior damages. If your cots or tents have any problems please report it immediately to staff. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables and a red fire water bucket. Distribute wristbands to all youth and adults. Everyone must wear their designated wristbands at all times. Wristband colors determine which rotation schedule the Scout should follow. Please follow the specified rotation schedule as the program is designed for a specific number of youth at each outpost.

What are the departure procedures?

Departure is after breakfast on Sunday. Camp is closed at 11 a.m. On the morning of departure, the campmaster will drop off cleaning supplies at the restrooms. Follow the written instructions on cleaning assigned showers and restrooms. Scouts should conduct a “police line” where Scouts stand within arm’s length of each other and walk the entire campsite picking up all trash. The campmaster will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed. After passing inspection, proceed to the administration building to sign out and pick up paperwork.

What is the schedule?
Tentative Schedule:

Friday

3:00 – 10:00 pm: Check-in at the administration building, camp set up, dinner on own, pack free time

8:00 pm: Leader's meeting in Safari Room

Saturday

7:00-9:00 am: Late check-in at the administration building, camp set-up, breakfast on own

9:00 or 10:00 am – noon: Program

12:00 pm: Lunch in dining hall

1:30 – 5:00 pm: Program

6:00 pm: Dinner in dining hall

7:00 pm: Pack free time in campsites

Sunday

8:00 am: Breakfast in dining hall

9:00 am: Camp breakdown / check-out

11:00 am: Camp closed

Note:  You will receive the final rotation schedule at check-in. Schedules vary based on camp attendance.

What do we need to bring to Webelos Coyote Xtreme?

Bring:  Tent (if not requested when registering); sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress (if not requested when registration); toiletries (e.g., shampoo, toothbrush, deodorant); water bottle; towel and wash cloth; sunscreen; insect repellent; swimsuit; clothes appropriate for weather; rain gear, extra clothes; Scout uniform (determined by pack); closed toed shoes (tennis shoes) and extra pair; flashlight with fresh batteries; personal medication; first aid kit, one per registered group; Annual Health and Medical Form, Part A & B, required for every participant; small trash bags for restrooms; 55 gallon trash bags for campsite; camper release form, for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp. All items should be marked with name and unit number.

Optional:  Alarm Clock; battery operated lantern; bicycle and bike helmet; book of faith; camera; camp chair; Cub Scout handbook; fishing gear; glow sticks (great to keep track of your kids at night and to play games); lockable footlocker; money for trading post; shower shoes; snacks (do not keep in tent); sports drinks or flavor packets for water (to help keep Scouts hydrated); sunglasses

Adults also need to bring a copy for camp: 
1. Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult;
2. Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the group (taken online within past years).
3. Camp Roster for the group

What NOT to bring to camp:  Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

Where can I find cpimco; ca,[ policies?
Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must be familiar with the Leader’s Guide which includes council policies and procedures, and the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Contacts:

Geno Aguilar
Webelos Coyote Camp Registration
 (713) 756-3304
 Geno.Aguilar@scouting.org

 

Fritz Maxwell
Council Camping Chair
 fritz.maxwell@sbcglobal.net

 

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380
 Vincent.Manning@scouting.org

 

 

 

Silver Beaver Recipients Announced 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1:00:00 AM

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver Award recognition was established.

The Silver Beaver Award recipients will be presented their award at the Council Recognition Reception on October 25, 2016, at the Chapelwood United Methodist Church (11140 Greenbay, Houston TX 77024) at 7:00 pm. Congratulations to these very deserving Scouters.

 

The 2016 Silver Beaver Recipients are:

Recipient District
Susie Becvar Phoenix
Bill Breetz Council
Walter Brookhart Mustang
David Brown Orion
Rodger Brown Skyline
Simone Brown Skyline
Victor Burk Council
Michael Campbell Iron Horse
Neal Farmer Soaring Eagle
Duane Gaither Council
Karan Garske San Jacinto
Stephen Greenwade Tall Timbers
Susan Hansen Mustang
Kevin Henao Tall Timbers
Magdaleno Jaramillo Orion
James Kennedy Phoenix
Walter Luckett Brazos
Denise Milby Orion
Michael Narvaez Phoenix
Guy Allen Parker Thunder Wolf
Mark Randall Iron Horse
William Repman Raven
Mike Sheets Big Cypress
Stephen Sheward Tall Timbers
Steve Smallwood Orion
Gordon Start Aquila
Bob Steubing Big Cypress
Bobby Ray Williams, Jr. David Crockett
Richard Williams Arrowmoon
Danny Wilson Aldine Pathfinder
The Sam Houston Area Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to W. A. Childress and to E. A. Hudson. Beginning with those first two awards, more than 1500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner. Nominations for the Silver Beaver award are due annually on May 1. Download a complete list of Sam Houston Area Council Silver Beaver recipients.