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YPT2 - Important Updates 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Six Things You Need to Know About Youth Protection Training 2 (YPT2)

Over the past 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America have instilled the values of the Scout Oath and Law in millions of youth, preparing them to make ethical decisions while facilitating a secure environment for their development. Safe Scouting practices and youth protection are at the heart of the Boy Scouts of America and the Sam Houston Area Council's mission.

In order to continue providing a safe and secure environment for today’s youth, the Boy Scouts of America have developed a new version of the Youth Protection Training program taken by all volunteer and staff. The new training, which is fully supported and endorsed by the Sam Houston Area Council, launched to the public this month.


Here are five things you need to know about the launch of the new YPT2:

1. What is Youth Protection Training 2?

Youth Protection Training 2 (YPT2) is the new youth protection training for the Boy Scouts of America that covers all programs within the Boy Scouts of America. YPT2 is a comprehensive training that covers a variety of best practices for preventing, identifying and dealing with abuse.

2. Who is required to be YPT2 trained?

BSA requires all registered adult leaders and volunteers and any adult who will attend an activity that lasts 72 hours or longer to be YPT2 trained. The updated course debuted in February 2018; if you took Youth Protection Training prior to that, you’ll need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1, 2018.

Update (3/31/18):

We have just been informed by BSA National Council that the State of Texas has ruled that BSA's new online Youth Protection Training will satisfy state law regarding all licensed youth camps.

This means: **If you have completed the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course on or after March 13, 2018, you no longer need to take a classroom-facilitated version of the course in order to camp with your unit at a licensed camp (camps of four or more days).

** If you have not yet taken the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course, you must do so by October 1, 2018... or you won't be able to recharter with your unit at year-end.

3. Is there a deadline for adult volunteers to acquire YPT2 training?

Yes, all registered leaders must complete the new YPT2 training or the classroom facilitated YPT course by October 1, 2018.

YPT courses taken before February 1, 2018, will not count.

4. How do I complete YPT2 training?

YPT2 can be accessed by logging into Once logged in, click on the youth protection logo and continue to follow the prompts until the training begins. YPT2 includes three learning modules followed by a 25-question assessment; total time to complete is 60-75 minutes. Here’s a PDF that outlines the steps.

5. What are the changes?

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth. 

Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.

Changes include:

  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

With these changes, and many more outlined in the documents listed below, as well as the overview video, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth. 

As an advocate and champion for youth protection in Scouting movement, I encourage you to watch the video, become familiar with the resource documents, take the training and spread the word. 

We realize the Oct 1 training deadline will be a challenge for some – but the safety of our children is too important to delay. 

6. What’s updated in this Youth Protection course?

  • Videos from survivors of abuse. “In developing this training, we discussed whether or not to include survivor videos,” Johnson said. “It was the right decision. Their testimony is powerful and highlights how predators work and the tragic impact like nothing else.”
  • Video interviews with psychologists and law enforcement professionals who discuss the root causes of abuse, how to recognize it and how to respond.
  • Three all-new training modules and a test.



If you have any questions about the changes to Youth Protection, please contact the Council Youth Protection Champion, James Yaklin.



STEM Nova Awards 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, May 3, 2018 7:44:00 AM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are considered by many to be the foundation of an advanced society. In many forums - including political, governmental, and academic - the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation's ability to sustain itself. The BSA's STEM initiative gives Scouts and opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences and to be recognized for their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace.

STEM Awards Earned in SHAC





Grand Total

Dr. Luis W. Alvarez (Cub Scouts) 9 42 16 67
Dr. Charles H. Townes (Webelos Scouts) 26 31 16 73
Dr. Bernard Harris (for Bronze Supernova - troops) 3 3   6
Thomas Edison (for Silver Supernova - troops)   2   2
Grand Total 38 78 32 148



Dr. Luis W. Alvarez
(Cub Scouts)

Dr. Charles H. Townes
(Webelos Scouts)

Dr. Bernard Harris
(Bronze Supernova - troops])

Thomas Edison
 (Silver Supernova - troops)

Grand Total

Big Cypress  28 10 1   39   
George Strake  18 2     20   
Orion  1 18     19   
Aquila  2 11     13   
North Star  2 6     8   
Texas Skies    7     7   
Skyline 6       6   
Twin Bayou  1 5     6   
San Jacinto    6     6   
Tall Timbers  1 1 2 1 5   
Iron Horse    2 1 1 4   
Flaming Arrow  3 1     4  
Thunder Wolf  1   2   3   
Phoenix  1 2     3   
Raven  1 1     2   
Soaring Eagle  1 1     2   
Copperhead  1       1   
Grand Total 67 73 6 2 148  


Nova and Supernova Awards

The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.There are awards for Cub ScoutsWebelos ScoutsBoy Scouts and Venturers. These awards are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun. 

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn additional Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch. The patch and the pi devices represent each of the four STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

The Supernova Awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities. For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate.

The Supernova Award program includes earning certain adventures for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts and merit badges for Boy Scouts, plus completing additional, more rigorous STEM related requirements. The Venturing requirements are based on more independent achievement and teaching activities. The Supernova Award is designed to encourage and recognize more in-depth achievement in STEM. The Supernova Awards are medals on neck ribbons.

Requirements and Awards

Instructions on how to implement the awards program and all of the requirements for the award are provided in guidebooks which may either be purchased in the Scout Shop or ordered online via for Cub Scouts (614935), Boy Scouts (614936), and Venturing (614934).  The latest requirements can always be found online at

Forms are available for use to track progress toward completion of the awards. See the appropriate STEM/Nova Program Resources webpage: Cub ScoutsWebelos ScoutsBoy Scouts and Venturing.

Once any of the awards are earned by Scouts, completion of the award is recorded in internet advancement. For those Scouts who have a completed a Supernova medal, the Supernova Award Application can be downloaded and turned in at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W. Houston, Texas 77008) with the internet advancement printout.

All Nova awards (patches and pins) and Supernova medals and certificates are available for purchase through the Scout Shop, after completion of the appropriate paperwork.

Counselors and Mentors

Nova counselor is required to help a Scout complete the requirements for a Nova award. A Nova counselor introduces Scouts to the basic principles of STEM and helps them discover how fun and fascinating science, technology, engineering, and math can be. Each pack and troop should have at least one counselor, possibly several for more active units. 

Supernova mentors are required to help a Scout complete the Supernova award. With a parent’s and unit leader’s help, the Scout must select a council-approved mentor who is a registered Scouter. A Scout may NOT choose their parent or unit leader as a mentor (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth). Scouters with a STEM background may work with Scouts in their unit and encouraged as well to work outside of their own unit. Find mentors through the district STEM representative.

Become a STEM NOVA Counselor

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Can be a parent or scout leader
  • Be able and willing to work with Scout-age youth
  • Be comfortable with high school math and science
  • Knowledgeable in a STEM topic(s) and be willing to research STEM topics unfamiliar to you
  • Provide current certification in Youth Protection Training
  • Complete BSA adult registration form (no charge, position code 58)
  • Submit Nova counselor Information to council
  • Be approved by council
  • Complete Nova Counselor Training (highly recommended;
    available at University of Scouting or online NOVA Counselor Self Study Guide

Become a STEM NOVA Mentor

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • NOT the parent or unit leader of the Scout (some exceptions)
  • Be able and willing to work with Scout-age youth over many months
  • Expert in STEM topic(s) by vocation, hobby, or education
  • Provide current certification in Youth Protection Training
  • Complete BSA adult registration form (no charge, position code 52)
  • Submit Supernova Mentor Information to council
  •  Be approved by council
  • Complete Supernova Mentor Training (required); 
    Classes are available at University of Scouting or online Supernova Mentor Training Guide


STEM orientation courses are intended to be used to provide an orientation for Scouts, Scouters, and parents about Scouting, the STEM program and the STEM opportunities in Scouting. STEM orientation course can be found online

Youth Protection Training    Supernova Mentor Application STEM/Nova Counselor Information Form (SHAC)

  STEM Orientation Course    STEM Training

STEM Resources

STEM Events

Houston Museum of Natural Science STEM/NOVA Day

Scouts@HMNS is proud to host our fourth annual STEM/Nova Day in September for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families! Scouts will have access to the Museum at a discounted rate while working towards requirements for Nova Awards. Scouts have the opportunity to work on certain STEM/Nova Awards during their visit to HMNS.

Learn More

Houston Zoo Nova WILD! Overnight

During this memorable experience, Scouts investigate how plants and animals interact with each other through the food cycle and compare survival strategies of the fittest. Also discussed are how humans impact the environment and can help protect it! This program is well suited for Cub Scouts working towards the Nova WILD! Award, but is great fun for any den or pack, whether you intend to go on to complete the award or not.

Learn More

Scout Days

Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer classes that work on STEM Nova award requirements and STEM-related merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts.


Find Supernova counselors and mentors contacts, and council STEM committee contacts.

New 'Scout Me In' Campaign 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, May 2, 2018 7:31:00 AM

The BSA Launches Historic ‘Scout Me In’ Campaign Inviting Girls and Boys to Experience Adventures Through a Cub Scout’s Point of View

‘Scouts BSA’ Also Unveiled as the Name of the Program for Older Boys and Girls to Ensure All Youth Are Welcome and Can See Themselves in Scouting


Irving, Texas – May 2, 2018 – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history today by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.

Learn More About Family Scouting         Join Scouting

The Scout Me In creative shifts the perspective by showing what it’s like to be a Scout from a kid’s point of view. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action – from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime – where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life.

“Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” said Stephen Medlicott, National Marketing Group Director of Boy Scouts of America. “That’s why we love ‘Scout Me In’ – because it speaks to girls and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want you to join!’”

The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country. It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be ‘Scouts BSA,’ and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.”

The new Scout Me In recruitment campaign and creative approach was created by award-winning Dallas agency Johnson & Sekin, who also led efforts in the naming process supporting Scouts BSA.

The Cub Scout and Scouts BSA program launch, led by Golin, will encompass a fully integrated strategy that spans paid, owned and earned channels. “Scouting is deeply woven into the fabric of American life,” said Chris Sekin, Managing Partner of Johnson & Sekin. “It is a privilege to work with the organization to usher in its newest era that now includes all of our country’s youth and families.”

“We are excited to partner with the BSA to expand its impactful programs that are relevant to all families,” said Caroline Dettman, Golin’s Chief Creative and Community Officer. “We are thrilled that the mission and goal of the BSA’s programs to instill character and leadership is now a powerful promise for boys and girls alike.”

 Scout Me In Logos         Scout Me In Campaign Assets

Name of Program

Source. The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America, and the Cub Scouts — its program serving children from kindergarten through fifth grade — will keep its title, as well.

But the Boy Scouts — the program for 11- to 17-year-olds — will now be Scouts BSA.

Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh predicted that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as Scouts, rather than adding "boy" or "girl."

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

Hazardous Weather Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, April 27, 2018 6:22:00 PM


Effective April 30, 2018, new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. And here is one story about why this is so important.

Imagine as a leader with a group of excited Scouts you arrive at a council camp for a camporee on a rainy Friday afternoon. Saturday morning is filled with the sounds of Scouts participating in the scheduled activities, only to have the weather turn blustery with sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts up to 48 mph. The trees of the heavily forested area start swaying madly back and forth.

As a leader, what would you do? Would you continue with the camporee or evacuate the camp?

This was exactly the situation experienced earlier this year at Pacific Harbors Council’s Klondike Derby held at Camp Thunderbird. According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds of about 30 mph with gusts up to 48 mph were recorded near the camp between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. It soon became apparent to leaders that conditions had become unsafe and, around midmorning, with input from the council representative and Camp Thunderbird’s ranger, leaders decided to evacuate the camp.

“We made sure that we followed the Boy Scout Guide to Safe Scouting and our hazardous weather training to ensure that all Scouts and adults made it home safe,” said Barb Dyer, Klondike committee chairwoman. “It was the right decision to cancel Klondike. While it’s disappointing that the boys couldn’t have the fun-filled weekend that was planned, I’m eternally grateful that safety is first with the BSA.”

A good decision it was, as several large trees and branches dropped on or near Scout campsites during the storm. No injuries were reported, but it could have turned out differently. Rebecca Ledford, an adult leader with Troop 4100, shared a photo of her son’s tent, which had been impaled by a heavy fallen branch — right where his pillow was.

On Sunday morning the “all clear” was given for Scouts and leaders to return to retrieve their belongings and break down their campsites.

This course is available around-the-clock in the BSA Learn Center by logging in to your account on

Hazardous Weather Training           FAQ’s 

Camp Development March 2018 Update 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Camp Development for the 21st Century

March 2018 Update

The Sam Houston Area Council (“council”) has the vision to become a leader in camping by having first-class facilities that are well maintained and provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts.  In 2012, the council approved a new Camping Vision Statement: Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.”

To achieve this vision, the council has a properties master plan.  This plan is modified from time to time based on need and situational events.

In developing the plan, the following are key principles that drive decisions:

  • Exemplary – first-class facilities, maintained to meet today’s standards;
  • Program Impact – delivering high-quality programs associated with quality facilities – basically driving towards achieving the goals of the Camping Vision Statement;
  • Impact – maximizing the use and access based on location to our camps by as many Scouts as possible;
  • Efficiency – being a good steward of resources and eliminating redundancy; and
  • Sustainable – a long-term solution for ongoing operating and maintenance costs and the long-term maintenance of facilities.


The current plan includes the development of new camps including the new Tellepsen Scout Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch (near Navasota, Texas) that opened in 2015, the new Camp Strake (near Evergreen, Texas) planned to open late 2019 and a new Janis and George Fleming Cub World at Bovay Scout Ranch (near Navasota, Texas), which will open in a few years.  It also comprises making improvements to Camp Brosig (near Sealy, Texas) and McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch (near Navasota, Texas). Please view the Camp Strake Video for additional information about the exciting plans for Camp Strake.

Camp Strake has had a construction schedule with a plan for opening in summer 2019 for Boy Scout summer resident camp.  However, due to unfavorable weather conditions for construction, including multiple significant rainfall events since the 2nd quarter of 2016 that delayed the initial groundbreaking and site clearing, and Hurricane Harvey in the 3rd quarter of 2017, which affected the timing for acquisition of a critical federal permit -- construction is behind that schedule. 

Aerial View of Tsuru Scout Camp

Because of the impact our unfavorable weather has had and continues to have on construction progress, we are at risk of not having the Tsuru Scout Camp finished by May 2019 in time for Boy Scout summer resident camp.  Therefore, rather than trying to rush the construction beyond what is practical and risk not having the Tsuru Scout Camp completely operational for summer 2019, the decision has been made to cease planning to conduct the 2019 Boy Scout summer resident camp at Camp Strake.  The timing of the decision and announcement will allow troops to make alternative summer resident camp plans for 2019.

Plans remain to open Camp Strake later in 2019.  The opening date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances.  Additional information will follow in the coming months regarding the timeline and commissioning plans.  

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Camp Development –  March 2018 Update (“FAQ”) below for information about the Camping Vision Statement, properties master plan, schedules and plans for Boy Scout summer resident camp during summer 2018 and 2019. 

For additional information about Camp Strake (e.g., design plans, construction schedule, periodic updates), please reference


Donations are a major source of funding to develop capital improvements in the properties master plan. The council is in the midst of a major gifts campaign called Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign, which will dedicate more than $21 million for this purpose. The Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign is an initiative to unleash the potential of our programs and camp properties to best serve the needs of Scouting families in the 21st century. Please refer to the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions - Updated March 2018

General Camp Development

What are the Sam Houston Area Council’s plans for camp development?

In 2012, the Sam Houston Area Council (“Council”) approved a new Camping Vision Statement: Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.”

Our vision is to become a leader in camping by having first-class facilities that are well maintained and to provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts.

To achieve this vision, the council has a properties master plan.  This plan is modified from time to time based on need and situational events.

The plan includes developing new camps such as the Tellepsen Scout Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch (near Navasota, Texas) that opened in 2015, the new Camp Strake (near Evergreen, Texas) that is currently scheduled to open no later than end of 2019, and a new Janis and George Fleming Cub World at Bovay Scout Ranch (near Navasota, Texas), which will open in a few years.  It also comprises making improvements to Camp Brosig (near Sealy, Texas) and McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch (near Navasota, Texas).   

Are there any metrics/standards being used to measure how the council achieves the Camping Vision Statement?

Yes.  They are below.


  • Do the camps provide the opportunity to fulfill the aims and methods of Scouting?
  • Are facilities and programs safe and well maintained and meet today’s standards?
  • Are all program needs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing) based on the defined role of the camp being met? 
  • Are the numbers of participants utilizing the programs at an appropriate level and increasing over time?
  • Are the programs fun, creative and educational?
  • Are the camps appropriately located for their intended use?


  • Does the camp operate within a board approved budget?
  • Is the property environmentally sound for future generations?

21st Century Youth

  • Are programs that are conducted attractive and exciting for today’s youth?
  • Are the programs that are conducted leading youth to lifelong values, service and achievement?


  • User (youth and adult) feedback will be sought as a confirmation of their experience.


  • Well maintained – “routine maintenance and major maintenance is conducted as scheduled and needed.”
  • Environmentally sound for future generations – “the camp and its facilities are designed, managed and maintained in a manner that balances program use with sustainability.”
  • Attractive and exciting for today’s youth – “incredible facilities and fun and/or intense outdoor programs that expand the limits of what youth can do."

Camp Strake

Where is the location of the new Camp Strake that is being constructed?
The new camp is located near the community of Evergreen, Texas, between New Waverly and Coldspring, and is about 75 miles from Houston. It is near Highway 150.  Scouts and Scouters will be able to easily get there by taking Interstate 45 or Highway 59.  It is about a thirty-minute drive from the entrance of the original Camp Strake. 

How many acres does the new Camp Strake have?
The property includes 2,816 acres and is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest. 

Why was this site selected?
The Evergreen site was selected because it is in the heart of our target area, met our site selection criteria, which included convenient location and protection from urbanization and encroachment, and allows for expansion for programs in the future.  It is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest, the Lone Star Hiking Trail is adjacent to the property, and the site will have easy access after the completion of the Grand Parkway.  

What will the new Camp Strake look like?

The new Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders and will have two distinct sections:

  • A Scout camp named the Tsuru Scout Camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Boy Scouts / Future Older Girl program and Venturers;
  • The Leadership Institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Boy Scouts / Future Older Girl program and Venturers. 

The Scout camp for Boy Scouts and Venturers will have the following facilities:

  • 20 campsites with pavilions
  • Air-conditioned dining hall with 450 person capacity
  • Camp headquarters building
  • Large program pavilion
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center
  • Merit badge pavilions
  • Shooting Sports complex with rifle, shotgun and pistol ranges and for archery, including a sporting arrows course
  • Climbing pavilion with restrooms
  • Low ropes course
  • Zip line
  • Climbing and rappelling tower
  • Bikes and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) area
  • Aquatics Center with a swimming pool and pool house
  • Aquatics Center with lake (28-acre lake being created), observation deck and canoe storage
  • Aquatics training pavilion
  • Sports fields
  • Basketball court
  • Extensive trail system
  • Order of the Arrow ceremony site
  • Arena for 1,200 people
  • 1 Chapel for 250 people
  • 1 Chapel for 100 people
  • Modern restrooms and shower houses
  • 40 summer camp staff huts

The Leadership Institute will have the following facilities:

  • Leadership Training Center
  • 4 dormitories with 32-person capacity each
  • 4 cabins with 8-person capacity each
  • Arena for 100 people
  • Chapel for 100 people
  • 2 Training pavilions
  • Training campsite
  • Shower houses
When will the new Camp Strake open?

Camp Strake is currently under construction.  It has had a construction schedule with a plan for opening in summer 2019 in time for Boy Scout summer resident camp. However, due to unfavorable weather conditions for construction, including multiple significant rainfall events since the 2nd quarter of 2016 that delayed the initial groundbreaking and site clearing, and Hurricane Harvey in the 3rd quarter of 2017, which affected the timing for acquisition of a critical federal permit -- construction is behind that schedule. 

Because of the impact our unfavorable weather has had and continues to have on construction progress, we are at risk of not having the Tsuru Scout Camp finished by May 2019 in time for Boy Scout summer resident camp.  Therefore, rather than trying to rush the construction beyond what is practical and risk not having the Tsuru Scout Camp completely operational for summer 2019, the decision has been made to cease planning to conduct the 2019 Boy Scout summer resident camp at Camp Strake.  The timing of the decision and announcement will allow troops to make alternative summer resident camp plans for 2019.

Plans remain to open Camp Strake later in 2019. The opening date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances. Additional information will follow in the coming months regarding the timeline and commissioning plans.
Why is it taking until 2019 to open the new Camp Strake since the land was purchased back in 2013 and 2014?

There are many things that go into the development of a project of this size and it takes time to accomplish them all. Just imagine, during many of our programs throughout the year, Camp Strake will be the largest community in San Jacinto County.    

Compare Camp Strake to a university campus or small city. Each have features such as roads, power, water, sewer, buildings and other amenities, which require permitting from the local, state and/or federal levels -- some of which take considerable time. Camp Strake is just like constructing a university campus or small city. 

Additionally, unfavorable weather conditions for construction have caused the project to fall behind its original construction schedule.

Following are some highlights about Camp Strake when the project is completed:

  • 4 miles of roads
  • 11.7 miles of trails
  • 122 vertical structures
  • Over 150,000 square feet of facilities
  • 3 Chapels
  • 20 Campsites with pavilions
  • Aquatics Center with a swimming pool and pool house
  • 28-acre lake for non-motorized boating, swimming and fishing
  • 12 Modern restrooms/shower houses
  • Air-conditioned dining hall with a 450-person capacity
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center
  • Shooting Sports complex with rifle, shotgun and pistol ranges and for archery, including a sporting arrows course
  • Climbing tower and COPE course
  • 19 Training/Merit badge pavilions
  • Administrative (camp headquarters) building
  • Arena for 1,200 people
  • 40 Summer camp staff huts
  • Training center
  • 4 (32-person capacity) dorms
  • 4 (8-person capacity) cabins
  • Wastewater treatment plant

Following are some of the processes and projects that have gone into and will continue to go into the development the camp:

  • Program requirements established by Camp Strake Project Definition Team
  • Master planning by architect based on program requirements
  • Land study for infrastructure including roads, power, water, sewer and lake, etc.
  • Endangered species and archeological studies conducted as required
  • Design completed by Camp Strake Design Team with architect after multiple focus group meetings involving Scouts, leaders, and special user groups such as climbing, shooting sports, etc.
  • Budget developed and approved by Board of Directors
  • Construction documents for all infrastructure features and 122 vertical structures completed by architect
  • Contractor(s) selected by Camp Strake Construction Committee
  • Required permits obtained from local, state and federal agencies
  • Site work including creation of new 28-acre lake
  • Infrastructure (roads, power, water and sewer) constructed
  • Multiple permits at the local, state and federal levels
  • Vertical structures (122) constructed
Additionally, the creation of a new lake requires obtaining state and federal permits that take considerable time.  After the permits are obtained and the site work for the lake is completed, it then takes many months for the lake to fill with rainwater.
Can I go see the new Camp Strake site now?
No, not at this time. While we are very anxious for everyone to see the new Camp Strake, it is an active construction site and therefore it is not safe for visitors. Additionally, because of contractual agreements with our contractors doing the work there, we are required to restrict visitor access.

In the meantime, we will provide updates including photographs of the work in progress at

Camp Strake Progress

Will there be opportunities to see the Camp Strake before it is fully constructed and opened?

We think there will be, but none have been scheduled yet due to the construction schedule. We plan to seek help with service projects in developing the 11.7 miles of hiking trails on the property. A plan for that will be developed and announced later.




Where can I get additional information about Camp Strake and keep up with its construction?
Information about Camp Strake is on the council’s website. Periodic updates on the progress of construction will be posted there. Please reference

Camp Strake Progress

What will we do if we use all the space at Camp Strake

The site for Camp Strake was selected because it contains 2,816 acres and provides ample space for expanding programs and adding campsites for weekend camping for Boy Scouts/Venturers for years to come. The Tsuru Scout Camp and Leadership Institute areas are only impacting about 500 acres, so we have ample space for future expansion.

Also, the property is already master planned with a site for a future Cub World.

Summer Camp 2018 and 2019

What are the council’s plans for Boy Scout summer resident camp in summer 2018 and 2019 until the new Tsuru Scout Camp at Camp Strake can open?

Our plans are not to conduct Boy Scout summer resident camp at one of our camp properties and instead assist our Boy Scout troops to find a suitable summer resident camp at another council’s camp to meet their needs. 

There are many other local council camps in the Texas region.  We have partnered with the Capitol Area Council headquartered in Austin, Texas for troops to consider their Boy Scout summer camp program at Lost Pines Scout Reservation, located in Bastrop, Texas. 

The Capitol Area Council has expanded their Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp seasons in 2018 and 2019 to accommodate our troops. 

Also, we will continue to provide campership assistance for our Scouts in need to participate in a Boy Scout summer resident camp program if they attend the Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp in 2018 or 2019.

Why not plan to open in summer 2019 even if the Tsuru Scout Camp is not completely constructed?
The primary reasons are: 
  1. We want to provide the best experience possible and having a fully operational camp is the best way to do that.
  2. If the camp is not fully constructed by that time, it would mean it is still an active construction site.  An active construction site would be unsafe for campers and would include restricted areas.  Also, it would not be prudent or cost effective to pause construction and require our contractors to come back two months later to complete their projects.
How would my troop register for Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp at the Lost Pines Scout Reservation for summer 2018, and how would my Scout/s in need of campership assistance apply for it?
The link to the Capitol Area Council’s website page for Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp is

Once their registration for summer resident camp 2018 and 2019 is open, just register for a session with them just as you would any other camp.

The application for your Scout(s) that need campership assistance will be conducted through the Sam Houston Area Council.  Please contact the Support Services Department at the Council for additional information regarding that application process.

For all Scouts that we provide a campership to attend Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp in summer 2018 or 2019, we will pay the Capitol Area Council directly on behalf of your troop.

Can my Scouts who need campership assistance apply for a campership if my troop is attending summer resident camp at any other camp other than Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp?
No. We are only providing campership assistance for our Scouts whose troops are attending summer resident camp in 2018 or 2019 at Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp.
Why is that?

While we will promote all local councils’ camps in the Texas region for your troop to consider attending in summer 2018 or 2019, we decided to pair up with a camp close to Houston that had the ability to increase capacity at its camp and for simplicity in processing campership assistance that we will continue to provide to our Scouts in need.  

The Capitol Area Council’s Lost Pines Scout Reservation is located outside of Bastrop, which is approximately 125 miles and about a two-hour drive from Houston.

Why not conduct Boy Scout summer resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch utilizing Tellepsen Scout Camp in summer 2018 or 2019 like we have been doing for Boy Scout Winter Camp?

That was considered but decided not to for reasons such as:

  • Cub Scout Resident Camp is conducted in June and July at the McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. This would conflict with scheduling a Boy Scout resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch because each program would need to use the dining hall at the same time.
  • Because of the scheduling conflict and use of the dining hall, a Boy Scout summer resident camp program could not be scheduled until late July, which historically has had the lowest demand for summer camp sessions.   
  • Rather than planning to conduct one or two week-long sessions of Boy Scout resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch, utilizing Tellepsen Scout Camp that would have to be held in late July that we anticipate the demand would be low, we determined it would be more helpful and effective to find a suitable summer resident camp at another council’s camp to meet their needs.
  • Lack of ability to conduct the standard summer aquatic programs.

Camp Strake Programs

Will Boy Scout resident camp be held at Camp Strake?

Yes.  Camp Strake will be home to our summer resident camp programs for our Boy Scouts / Future Older Girl program and for our Boy Scout winter resident camp program. 

While the original construction schedule was to have it completed by May 2019 in time for the 2019 Boy Scout summer resident camp, due to unfavorable weather conditions for construction, including multiple significant rainfall events since the 2nd quarter of 2016 that delayed the initial groundbreaking and site clearing, and Hurricane Harvey in the 3rd quarter of 2017, which affected the timing for acquisition of a critical federal permit -- construction is behind that schedule.

Because of the impact our unfavorable weather has had and continues to have on construction progress, the decision has been made to cease planning to conduct the 2019 Boy Scout summer resident camp at Camp Strake.  The timing of the decision and announcement will allow troops to make alternative summer resident camp plans for 2019.

Plans remain to open Camp Strake later in 2019.  The opening date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances.  Additional information will follow in the coming months regarding the timeline and commissioning plans.  

Also, Boy Scout winter resident camp will move to Camp Strake from McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch.  The current schedule for that to occur is December of 2019.  The opening date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances.  Additional information will follow in the coming months regarding the timeline and commissioning plans.
What types of programs will be offered at Boy Scout summer resident camps at Camp Strake?
The Boy Scout summer resident camp programs at Camp Strake – both during the summer and winter – will be the opportunity to show the full range of what Camp Strake has to offer. Current plans for these programs include:
  • A fully-trained staff engaged to deliver the best possible program experience
  • Exceptional food service in a new, state-of-the-art and air-conditioned dining hall
  • Unique staffed program experiences in "Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience" (COPE), aquatics (lakefront and pool-based), shooting sports, climbing, STEM and ecology, and Scouting skills
  • Exciting backcountry opportunities in hiking, biking, and ATV programs
  • Impressive camp-wide events, including campfire programs at a spirit-filled 1,200 person arena
  • Comfortable camping facilities that will include pavilions in each campsite, modern and convenient restroom/shower facilities, and direct access to key program areas
  • Between summer and winter camps, over 75 unique merit badges will be offered, in addition to a comprehensive First Class emphasis program.
What programs will Camp Strake offer for weekend camping for Boy Scouts and Venturers?

Camp Strake will offer a full range of program opportunities for unit-led outdoor experiences. During a weekend, a troop or crew will have the opportunity to utilize the aquatics programs at the new lake and pool, experience a state-of-the-art shooting sports program, seek adventure in climbing and COPE activities, or explore the vast network of trails, including the Lone Star Hiking Trail in the Sam Houston National Forest, through hiking and backpacking programs.


What types of programs will be offered at the Leadership Institute at Camp Strake?
The Leadership Institute at Camp Strake will serve as the council’s primary site for our pinnacle training opportunities for youth and adults – Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). It will also serve as a facility to accommodate basic and supplemental training, as well as a venue for planning meetings and retreats for Scouting groups.

We also are planning for it to be the site for some BSA area-wide and regional training courses.


Cub World at Bovay Scout Ranch

Will there be a new Cub World at Camp Strake?
Not at this time.  However, there will be a new Cub World named the Janis and George Fleming Cub World developed at the Bovay Scout Ranch instead of Camp Strake.  It is planned to be constructed in a few years.

Why is the Janis and George Fleming Cub World going to be at Bovay Scout Ranch instead of Camp Strake?
Primarily, there are two reasons. First, we already have facilities for Cub Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch, and there is ample room for expansion utilizing the existing resources for our Cub camping program.

Second, is more cost-effective. We already have some infrastructure in place at Bovay Scout Ranch to support incorporating a new Cub World. At the new Camp Strake, the infrastructure, including roads, sewer, water, etc., would have to be constructed to support a Cub World there.

When will the new Janis and George Fleming Cub World at Bovay Scout Ranch constructed?
No schedule has been developed at this time. However, it is an important project and plans are being developed to construct the first phase as soon as all the necessary funding is secured.

The first phase of development includes six campsites, each with a pavilion, three restrooms/showers and two program elements. Additional phases will be added as funding is secured.

Will there ever be a Cub World at Camp Strake?
There could be. Camp Strake has the space and is master planned for a Cub World. The necessary demand for another Cub World and the funding to develop it will determine that timing.


Bovay Scout Ranch

What are the plans for McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch?

Following are the planned projects by priority:

  • First Group of Projects
    • Roadway renovations
    • Restroom (Field Sports area)
    • Refurbish and repair existing buildings
  • Second Group of Projects
    • Parking lot expansion
    • Electrical extension into campsites
    • Storage facility at lake front
    • Pool renovation
    • Storage/Check-out building for the BMX Track
    • Nature Building Renovation (concrete floor)
  • Third Group of Projects
    • Storage facility at lake front
    • Expand pool features
When will these projects at McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch be completed?
Projects will be completed as soon as the needed funds are raised and collected through the Leaders of Tomorrow campaign.


Camp Brosig

What are the plans for Camp Brosig?

The plans for Camp Brosig are to continue to make improvements to it as soon as the needed funds are raised and collected through the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign.

Following are the planned projects:

  • Road repairs
  • Camp entrance
  • 2 shower/restroom facilities
  • BB gun range (Cub Scouts)
  • Archery range (Cub Scouts)
  • 2 program pavilions
  • Campsite pavilions (carport style)


Our camps have not always been well maintained. How will the council maintain our new camps and the improvements that are being made now?
For the first time in our council’s history, we have an endowment with sufficient resources to maintain Camp Strake into the future. We are in the process of building an endowment for Bovay Scout Ranch that in time may have sufficient resources to maintain it over time, as well.

The resources of the council are limited. We are thoughtful and take seriously our charge to use those resources wisely to provide Scouting programs to an increasing number of youth. That is our mission. It is important that we eliminate redundancies in properties and have efficient and sustainable camp operations.

The way we will maintain our camps requires us to not have more camp properties than we need based on usage, demand, and sustainability. Also, we desire and are striving to an adequate endowment for the camps that we need based on usage and demand.
How many camp properties and acres of land will the council own and operate after Camp Strake is completed?

Our council will own and operate three camp properties with a combined total of 4,395 acres. 

  • Bovay Scout Ranch / 1,245 contiguous acres and an additional separate 242 acres.  It includes:  
    • McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp
    • Future Janis and George Fleming Cub World
    • Tellepsen Scout Camp
  • Camp Brosig / 92 acres
  • Camp Strake / 2,816 acres. It includes:
    • Tsuru Scout Camp 
    • Leadership Institute (to be named)
What is the history of camp properties that the council closed and sold?

The council’s first camp was Camp Masterson. It was located twenty-one miles from Houston near Shelton. The land, consisting of 20 acres, was donated to the Council in 1925. It was closed and the land was given back to the Masterson family heirs in 1927.

Camp Hudson was the Council’s second camp. It was located in Houston on what is known today as Memorial Drive. The land for it, consisting of 100 acres, was donated to the Council in 1925 and 1928. It was closed and the land was sold in 1973.

The council’s third camp was Camp Strake. It was located in Conroe about 38 miles from Houston. The land, consisting of 2,359 acres, was purchased in 1943. In 2012, it was decided to relocate Camp Strake to a rural area. This resulted in the land of the original Camp Strake to be sold in 2013, with a lease back from the buyer for the use of the land through 2014.

The land for the new Camp Strake, consisting of 2,816 acres, was purchased in two separate transactions. The first in 2013 and the second in 2014.

The council’s fourth camp was El Rancho Cima. It was purchased in 1954 using funds raised from a capital campaign. It is located near Wimberley, Texas about 30 miles south of Austin and 45 miles north of San Antonio. It was approximately 185 miles from downtown Houston, resulting in a drive time from that location of plus/minus four hours on a Friday evening.

In May 2015, flooding caused significant damage and loss to the Cockrell River Camp at El Rancho Cima resulting in its closing. In the ten plus years prior to the May 2015 flood, there had been other flooding. After months of diligent analysis by a special task force of the Council’s Board of Directors in 2015, it was decided to eventually close El Rancho Cima and sell the property. The camp was closed in 2017 and the property is being marketed to be sold.

The Hudson Scout Reservation was another of the council’s camps. It was located about 120 miles from Houston near Centerville, Texas. The land, consisting of 3,190 acres, was purchased in 1974. It was closed and the land was sold in 1991.

The Hamman Scout Camp was another of the council’s camp properties. It was located seven miles southwest of the city of Bandera, Texas, which is approximately 250 miles from downtown Houston. The land, consisting of 965 acres, was donated to the Council in 1987 and was sold in 2017.



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Calling All 2017 Eagle Scouts 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:16:00 PM


Eagle Scout Wall

To help honor the accomplishments of the young men who earn the Eagle Scout rank annually, the Sam Houston Area Council maintains a wall with the names of all Eagle Scouts in front of the Cockrell Service Center.  During the 3rd quarter of 2018, the Sam Houston Area Council plans to add the names of the young men who earned their Eagle Scout in 2017.  In order to ensure that the names on the wall appear correctly, it is important that every Eagle Scout and his family read the procedures below.  Please note that a postcard with similar instructions are being mailed to each Eagle Scout as well.

Procedures to Verify Name Spelling on Eagle Wall

1. View the list of 2017 Eagle Scouts   
2. Check the spelling of the Eagle Scout's name (note the column NAME ON WALL is how the Eagle Scout’s name will appear on the wall)

  • If the Scout’s name is spelled/displayed correctly then no additional action is needed
  • If the Scout’s name is not spelled/displayed correctly, submit corrections to the Eagle Scout Wall.
  • Follow the procedure to submit a name change

3. Please go all the way through the procedures and hit checkout; there is no fee to submit a change

4. When you have gone through the entire procedure you should receive an email from Doubleknot, the council online event registration system, with your order (make sure to check spam and/or junk folders)

The deadline to submit corrections is May 31, 2018.  Corrections received after this date may not appear on the Eagle Wall when the 2017 names are added in the 3rd quarter of 2018.

2017 Eagle Scouts       Submit Corrections to the Eagle Scout Wall 

SHAC Eagle Scouts (1914-2017)

Eagle Scout Wall Contacts

Donna Burke
Eagle Scout Coordinator
 (713) 756-3398

Nathan Doherty
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308

Cub Scout Day Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, March 5, 2018 8:28:00 AM

Excitement is waiting as Cub Scouts travel the world on a passport to adventure as they learn new skills, and make new friends. Day Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. No matter what camp you choose, you can be sure it will be loaded with an awesome program such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more. Most camps welcome siblings (ages 3+) and Boy Scouts, so you can make this a great summer for your entire family.

Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. Advancements offered at day camp supplements the exciting program offered at resident camp. With 25 different camps to choose from, registered Scouts and their families can find a camp to fit their busy schedules. Camps are run by volunteers. Use the Google map to find a camp near you.

Registration: Registration opens January 1st. The registration fee includes a patch, t-shirt, and program supplies. Registration closes for youth and adults two weeks before the first day of camp.

Promotional Placemats

Most packs celebrate Scouting anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the blue and gold banquet. Free two-sided placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets or pack meetings to help promote day camp and resident camp. 

The council has lots of ideas for blue and gold banquets and pack meetings (e.g., magic, beach). Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.

Promotional Placemats / Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas



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(Camp Location)
Register Cost* 2018 Dates Time Location Contact  
Aldine Pathfinder
(North Houston)
(Southwest Houston)
Register $51.50 June 4-8 6:00 - 9:15 pm LDS Church
(7950 Bissonnet)
Ronald McAdams  
(Bryan, TX)
Register $61.50 June 11-15 8:00 - 3:00 pm Camp Howdy Jonathan
Big Cypress
(Cypress, TX)
AM Session
PM Session
$76.50 June 11-14
8:30 am - 2:00 pm (am Session)
3:00 pm - 8:30 pm (pm Session)
Cy-Fair Exhibition Center
Holly Householder  
(El Campo, TX)
Register $76.50 June 11-14, 2018 8:00 am - 3:00 pm El Campo American Legion Raymond Rang  
(Rosenburg, TX)
Register $76.50 June 12-15 2:00 - 8:30 pm Long Acres Ranch Jake Lilley  
(West Houston)
Register $76.50 June 18-22 3:00 - 8:00 pm Epiphany Lutheran Church Rachel Banks  
David Crockett
(Sealy, TX)
Register $51.50 June 4-8 4:00 - 8:00 pm Camp Brosig Ranell Ducas  
Flaming Arrow
(New Caney, TX)
Register $66.50 June 19-21 9:00 - 4:30 pm A.V. "Bull" Sallas Park Denise
George Strake
(Conroe, TX)
Register $66.50 June 12-15 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, T-Wed
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fr
LDS Church-Crighton Ward Callie
Iron Horse
(Spring, TX)
Register $61.50 June 11-15 3:00 - 8:00 pm Northside Christian Church Lance
(West Houston)
Register $76.50 June 11 - 15 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Spring Woods Baptist Church Wendy Mancuso  
North Star
(West Houston)
Register $76.50 June 26-29 4:00 - 8:00 pm, T-Th
1:30 - 8:00 pm, Fr
Long Acre Ranch Steven Forde  
(Tomball, TX)
Register $66.50 June 12-15 2:00 - 8:00 pm Spring Creek Park Adam
(Tomball, TX)
Register $66.50 June 18-22 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park Joseph
(Baytown, TX)
Register $51.50 June 13-16 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Wed-Fr
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sat
LDS Church in Baytown Neal Minson  
San Jacinto
(La Porte, TX)
Register $76.50 June 18-22 4:30 - 9:00 pm Lomax Arena Richard
Scout Reach 
Houston Service Area
Register $26.50 June 5-8 4:00 - 8:00 pm Mickey Leland College Prep Academy Ronald George
Scout Reach 
Service Area
Register    June 13-15 4:00 - 8:00 pm TL Pink Elementary Lorenzo Jackson
(Central Houston)
Register $66.50 June 11-14 5:30 - 8:30 pm Knights of Columbus
(E. Whitney Street)
Noe Ramirez  
Soaring Eagle
(Cypress, TX)
Register $76.50 June 5-8 3:00 - 8:00 pm St. Timothy Lutheran Church Becca
Tall Timbers
(Conroe, TX)
Register $56.50 June 4-8 1:00 - 6:00 pm (Tues-Th)
1:00 - 8:00 pm (Fr)
Grace Crossing Church Cami Payette  
(Soutwest Houston)
Register $51.50 June 11-15 5:30 - 9:00 pm LDS Church, Dairy Ashford Jason
Texas Skies
(West Houston/Katy)
Register $76.50 June 4-8 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Robert King Elementary Andi Oldner  
Thunder Wolf
(Missouri City, TX)
Register $76.50 June 5-8 3:00 - 8:00 pm

Elkins High School

Joanna Ouderkirk  
Twin Bayou
(Southwest Houston)
Register $66.50 June 4-7 5:30 - 9:00pm St. Luke's United Methodist Church Amber Moncla  
W.L. Davis
(Southeast Houston)
Register $41.50 June 5-8 5:00 - 8:30 pm Gregg Elementary School Beverly Johnson  


Camps are operated and licensed under the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America National Camp Standards and the Texas Department of State Health Services Youth Camp Program Regulations.



Jenn Mikes
Council Day Camp Chair

Geno Aguilar
Day Camp Registration
 (713) 756-3304

Tony Hensdill
Day Camp Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3374


Cub Scout Resident Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, March 1, 2018 8:29:00 AM

Resident camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the following school year. From Cub Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Cub Scouts attending resident camp are also encouraged to register for day camp, as the advancements offered at resident camp add to those offered at day camp.

Resident camp includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.

In addition, the resident camp program will focus on the new Cub Scout program electives:

  • Tiger: Floats and Boats, Rolling Tigers
  • Wolf: Paws of Skill
  • Bear: Salmon Run, A Bear Goes Fishing
  • Webelos: Aquanaut, Into the Woods, Into the Wild       


Registration is a two-step process for adults

Session Registration Step 1
(youth and adults)
Step 2
Session Date Session Time
Session 1 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 8 - 11, 2018 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 2 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 11 - 14, 2018 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 3 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 15 - 18, 2018 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 4 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 18 - 21, 2018 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am

Costs and Fees

There is a maximum of 180 Cub Scouts per session; sessions fill up quickly.  Only those with full payment, camp roster and Adult in Camp Compliance forms submitted by May 1 are guaranteed a spot. Cub Scouts attending must be members of the BSA and be under the supervision of an adult. One adult for each family is expected. Youth fees are $120 and adult fees are $70, if paid by May 1. All newly chartered Cub Scout packs receive a 25% discount. 

Campers need to bring their own tent and cots. There are a limited number of tents and cots available for rent. Indicate rental requests when making a reservation. Tents are walled, canvas tents on a metal frame attached to a concrete slab, and will accommodate two cots. 

Camp Staff

Bovay Scout Ranch is looking for dedicated volunteers and paid staff to serve Scouting by working at Bovay Scout Ranch for Adventure Camp throughout the year, and Resident Camp during July. The requirements are stiff; the jobs are demanding; the experience is exhilarating. Applications are available here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Resident Camp

How are refunds handled?
See the council refund policy.
Do I have to register with my pack?
Pack reservations are encouraged, so families in the same pack are assigned to the same campsite.  Dens and individual families not able to attend with their pack may make their own reservations, and will be combined with other dens and families from different packs.
What health form do I need to attend Resident Camp?
Every participant must provide a copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B).
What do the fees include?
The Cub Scout fee includes activity supplies, t-shirt, patch and eight meals (dinner on day 1, three meals on days 2-3, and breakfast on Day 4). Adult fees include meals.
What are the adult leadership requirements?
Wolves and Bears should bring at least one family member. Webelos may register one adult for every four Webelos Scouts. Every Scout and child must be under the supervision of a leader, parent or guardian.

Every adult must submit an Adult in Camp State Compliance Form by May 1stThe state of Texas requires that the council complete a background check on each adult attending camp.

Packs must submit the following for each adult at check-in:
1. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B) for each adult 
2. Sexual Offender database check for each adult.  Go to the website, click on name, click agree, search using first name, last name and date of birth, then print. 
2. Copy of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training certificate for each adult (online YPT is not accepted). Find a class near you.  Classes will also be offered on the first day of camp. 
3. One adult per registered group must provide a copy of Hazardous Weather training certificate (taken online at within last two years).
What are the check-in procedures?
Campers should arrive between 2:00-2:45 pm. Campers will be given their campsite assignment to set up camp. A campsite host will greet campers in the campsite and help with check-in procedures. When you arrive, 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 your campsite host. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables, and a fire water bucket.

After everyone in your pack has arrived, the campsite host will escort two adults and all of the Cub Scouts for the required health screening, safety talk, and swim checks. Swim checks will take place from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the water park. Everyone will be checked for swimmer or non-swimmer status. 

Leader check-in.  The designated leader will check in at the registration office in the administration building (approximately one mile past the main gate, on the left) and register the unit. To facilitate a quick registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork:

1. Camp registration confirmation
2. Proof of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) for each adult
3. Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A&B), two copies for each participant. Alphabetized copies in an envelope or notebook (one for campsite, one for camp). 
4. Hazardous Weather training certificate for one adult in your group
5. Copy of Sexual Offender Database Check for each adult

Note:  the adult in Adult in Camp Compliance form required by the state of Texas for each adult and Bovay Camp Roster are to be submitted by May 1.

A mandatory leader’s meeting is held at 7:00 pm on the first day in the Safari Room at the administration building. Every adult should attend except those needed to supervise the Cub Scouts in the campsite. During the leader’s meeting, the key staff will be introduced, information distributed and questions answered.

What are the departure procedures?
Departure is after breakfast on the last day of the session; camp closes at 12:00 pm. The campsite host will assist you in checking out.  Please let them know ahead of time what specific time you will be ready to leave.  On the morning of departure, the camp host will drop off cleaning supplies for the restrooms.  Scouts in each campsite 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 camp host will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, Bovay tents closed, gear and trash removed, and evaluation forms completed.  After passing inspection, the designated leader should proceed to the administration building to sign out, turn in evaluations and pick up medical forms.
What is the schedule?
Tentative schedule:

Day 1

2:00 pm Check-in at the gate. Meet staff at campsite.
3:00 pm Swim checks, safety talks, medical checks.
5:00 pm Pack free time, review rules, establish buddies
5:45 pm Flag ceremony
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Free time for Cub Scouts
7:00 pm Leader orientation (adult meeting)
8:30 pm Campfire
9:30 pm Lights out!!

Day 2 / 3
7:00 am Chapel service (Day 2), Sunrise hike (Day 3)
7:50 am Flag ceremony
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Program
12:00 pm Lunch / quiet time / den time
2:00 pm Program
5:00 pm Free time
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Game night (Day 2), Campfire (Day 3)
8:30 pm Stargazing
9:30 pm Lights out

Day 4
7:45 am Flag ceremony
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Break camp, campsite inspection, equipment return
11:00 am Camp closed

You will receive the final schedule during check-in.

What do we need to bring to Resident Camp?

Bring:  Tent (if not renting from camp); sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress (if not renting from camp); 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 & Medical Form, Part A & B, required for every participant two copies alphabetized in two notebooks). Mark all items 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:  Hazardous Weather training certificate, one adult per registered group; Bovay Camp Roster, one per registered group, two copies; Leader’s Guide, one copy per group; Camper Release Form, for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp; Adult in Camp Compliance form submitted to SHAC by May 1st; copy of Sexual Offender database check; BSA unit membership roster; proof of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training, one per adult.

What NOT to bring to camp: alcohol, electronics, firearms, guns and ammunition, Illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

Where can I find Bovay Scout Ranch policies?
Bovay Scout Ranch policies and procedures are located here.


Geno Aguilar
Bovay Scout Ranch Registration
(713) 756-3304
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Two-Deep Leadership 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:42:00 AM

What’s the difference between ‘two-deep leadership’ and ‘no one-on-one contact’?

Source: Scouting Magazine

While no Scouter questions the value of Youth Protection training and policies — we all agree on the need to keep young people safe — some Scouters have asked for clarification about implementation.

Many of those questions are about policies requiring two-deep leadership and prohibiting one-on-one contact. On occasion, those separate policies get confused and intermingled.

So I checked with the Youth Protection team for clarification.

Essentially, it boils down to this: At least two adults are required on every BSA outing. During that outing, there should be no one-on-one contact between an adult and a youth. The “no one-on-one contact” rule also applies to leaders interacting with youth outside of the Scouting program where grooming of youth, parents and other adults could occur. Parents and youth are advised to follow this and other Youth Protection policies for the overall safety of all involved.

But there might be moments when just one leader is present with two or more Scouts. That’s fine, as long as the situation doesn’t involve one adult and one youth. (Of course, if we’re talking about a Scout with his or her parent/guardian, that’s always OK.)

For example, let’s say Troop 451 is driving to a campout. There are nine Scouts and three adults on the trip. The first SUV might have two adults and five Scouts. The other would then have one adult and four Scouts. Is this a “two-deep leadership” violation? No. (I covered this back in 2015.)

What about if there are only two adults present on a campout of eight Scouts, and one group wants to go hiking while the other stays at camp to fish?

While Youth Protection policies don’t expressly forbid it, it’s not the recommended approach because of health and safety concerns. What if the adult on the hike gets injured? What if the adult back at camp has an emergency? In those situations, it would be helpful to have a second adult present. Many troops in that situation would want at least four leaders: two to go on the hike and two to stay at camp.

For a closer look at this important subject, here’s what the Youth Protection team said:

What do ‘two-deep leadership’ and ‘no one-on-one contact’ mean?

While sometimes the Youth Protection policies may seem to be confusing, they really aren’t. Therefore we’d like to provide the following in hopes of clarity on the actions of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact.

From the Youth Protection website, let us provide the following:

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse

The BSA has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. Parents and youth using these safeguards outside the Scouting program further increase the safety of their youth. Those who serve in positions of leadership and supervision with youth outside the Scouting program will find these policies help protect youth in those situations as well.

  • Two-deep leadership is required on all outings. A minimum of two registered adult leaders — or one registered leader and a participating Scout’s parent or another adult — is required for all trips and outings. One of these adults must be 21 years of age or older.
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. In situations requiring a personal conference, such as a Scoutmaster conference, the meeting is to be conducted with the knowledge and in view of other adults and/or youth.
  • The policies of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members also apply to digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact takes place in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication.

Why are these policies in place, and how do they differ?

Safety from all forms of abuse, including sexual abuse and injury from accidents, is crucial for all Scouting programs. Requiring a minimum of two adults participating allows for more supervision so that leaders can take a break and still have more than enough supervision present.

The “no one-on-one contact” rule (which, remember, includes digital communications, such as text, emails and gaming) is a core component of combating the “grooming” of a youth for sexual abuse.

An abusive adult will seek to have a one-on-one relationship with a youth separate from adults, parents and peers which includes inappropriate conversations, and seeking to being alone with a youth. This typically occurs in and out of Scouting program activities when a leader seeking to sexually abuse a child seeks to separate the child from appropriate adult.

While similar to two-deep Leadership in some ways, “no one-on-one” specifically states that adult/youth interactions is not appropriate without another adult — preferably a Youth Protection-trained leader — being present.

Additionally, our Health and Safety team strongly recommends a minimum of two adult leaders on all outings in case of injury to a youth or an adult. This is so aid can be sought without putting youth at risk.

A question from a Scouter, annotated

Below I have included an email I received from a Scout volunteer in New York.

The Scouter’s words are in black. The Youth Protection team’s responses are in red.

In our troop, and at summer camp with other troops, it seems nobody understands Youth Protection consistently. The most common misunderstanding is that two adults must always be present with any number of Scouts. 

This causes our Troop leadership to require at least four adults on each campout, so two can remain in camp while two others go off on activities with the boys, for instance. That’s great.

It seems like the policies of Two Deep, and No One-on-One get confused and intermingled, when in fact they are generally related, but different policies. See the explanation above.

My understanding is, as long as Two Deep is practiced for the overall campout or event, it is always OK for a single adult to be with Scouts as long as there is more than one boy present. Not quite, we prefer to have a minimum of two adults as your previous paragraph described.….

For instance, if half the Scouts stay in camp with one adult, and half go on a hike the the other adult, that is OK. Not a good idea, especially for Health and Safety reasons listed above. If the Scout leader were sick or injured, there would be no adults present. 

 I also understand it is OK for a single adult to be with a single Scout, as long as they are in view of others. For instance, at summer camp, an adult could take a boy to the infirmary, as long as they were in view of others during that time. True, given this example.

Or an adult and boy could canoe together, if they were in the proximity of other Scouts and adults. True, given this example.

I have put together the following summary of the Youth Protection policies that I am hoping may clarify things for those in our troop who don’t quite understand it. I would appreciate it if you would review it and tell me if you feel it is accurate and appropriate for me to share with other leaders. 

Two Deep Leadership

A minimum of two adults: at least one adult a minimum of 21 years old, and at least one adult who is a registered leader, is required for all trips and outings. Correct.

One-on-One Contact 

One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 

The following exceptions and situations are allowed:

– One Scout with his parent/guardian. No problem 

– One adult with two or more Scouts. That depends on the situation. For example, traveling to and from program activity, Scouting meetings and especially outside of Scouting it is not a good practice to have one adult with two Scouts, as the sexual abuser can and will use this as an opportunity to have singular access to Scouts.

– One adult with one Scout in view of other adults and/or youth. Seems OK, given the examples above. 

– Two adults with one or more Scouts. Excellent.  

Philmont Council Contingent 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, February 2, 2018 10:48:00 PM

Council Contingent

Each year the council sends several contingents of Scouts and Scouters to Philmont Scout Ranch. This is a great opportunity for units who have youth who want to attend Philmont but not enough youth to fill the minimum Philmont crew size requirement. Participants must meet the Philmont Scout Ranch health requirements and be a registered Scout (ages 14 or older) or Scouter. 

The cost to attend with the council contingent in 2018 is $1,750 (paid in three installments) and includes Philmont fees, transportation to and from Philmont, and food. Let us know if you are interested in attending. 

The link is an interest survey and does not commit a person to going or not going to Philmont.  If you express interest then someone from the council will contact you in regards to making a commitment.  

2018 Council Contingent Interest Form    


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