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Hurricane Harvey Ribbon for Unit Flags 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:13:00 PM


Units who helped with rescues, recovery fundraisers, clean-up and other volunteering efforts after Hurricane Harvey are eligible for a ribbon (2.5" x 24") for their unit flag.

The unit leader or designated unit representative should order the ribbon.

Order a Ribbon













Donna Burke
Hurricane Ribbon Coordinator
 (713) 756-3398

Nathan Doherty
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308

New Volunteer Role 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:19:00 AM


Source: Scoutwire September 12, 2017

As new members join Scouting this fall, many units around the country are ensuring they feel warmly welcomed. What’s the best way to make sure those new members start off on the right foot? Encourage a volunteer to become a New Member Coordinator!

What Is a New Member Coordinator and Why Your Unit Needs One

The New Member Coordinator position is a new role for unit volunteers who will share the benefits of Scouting with new members, coordinate unit recruitment and help guide the joining process for new Scouting families. This volunteer is championed with helping youth and families to make friends, learn the ropes, answer questions, and engage in the fun and purpose of Scouting on day one. But that’s just the start – for a complete detailed explanation of the role read this position description.  

Every unit could benefit by having at least one New Member Coordinator. NMCs promote the benefits of Scouting and help with recruitment, but their most important role is to help new arrivals feel a strong sense of belonging. This warm welcome is the best way to ensure that new members want to stay and experience all that Scouting has to offer.

To learn about this new volunteer position and how to begin training, please visit

Share Your Hurricane Story! 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, September 9, 2017 2:44:00 PM

Make an Impact!

SHAC FacebookTo the countless Scouts who have helped restore the community in the face of Harvey's devastation, we thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do.

If you or a Scout you know has helped make an impact, please share your story, by clicking here or let us know by tagging or messaging our council's Facebook page





BSA Membership Fee Increase 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, September 9, 2017 2:15:00 PM

BSA will increase registration fees by $9 (to $33 per year) effective December 1, 2017.

Source: Boy Scouts of America

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The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

To do this — while delivering the nation’s foremost youth development program — the BSA must remain vigilant in controlling costs. Although we have been successful in reducing our expenditures in many areas, it has become necessary to evaluate our annual membership fees.

Based on feedback from both volunteers and employees, the BSA membership fee will increase to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017. Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting to youth from 7 to 21 years of age. From education to high-adventure experiences you can’t get anyplace else, the BSA provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.

Services include primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development and membership recruiting strategies, and support materials. In 2016 alone, the BSA served 2.3 million youth members through approximately 270 local councils across the United States and its territories.

With the help of all of our volunteers and Scouting parents, we will continue accomplishing incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.

Questions and Answers:

  1. Why are you increasing the membership fee? What is the additional money from the fees going to be used for?

To deliver the Scouting program to our 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the organization to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing our membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017.

Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting.

  1. What is directly contributing to the need for this increase?

There are a variety of factors taken into consideration, all of which have led to an increased cost of doing business.

  1. When will the increase go into effect?

The membership fee change for all registered youth and adult leaders will go into effect

December 1, 2017. This change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships. Note: All November and December 2017 recharters will have to renew at this new rate (since November recharter renewal actually spans from December 1, 2017, to November 30, 2018).

  1. Does the BSA increase membership fees often?

There have been 10 fee increases in the organization’s history. Since 1969, the BSA has increased our fee, on average, every five years. The last membership increase took effect on January 1, 2014, and, prior to that, in 2010.

  1. How much does it cost to be a Boy Scout?

All youth and adults who wish to become a member or leader of the Boy Scouts of America must pay the annual membership fee. Beyond that, families incur additional costs related to uniforms and the activities of their individual units.

  1. Will the fee for Cub Scouts, Exploring, and Venturing/Sea Scouts increase as well?

Yes. This change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships.

  1. Who gets the membership fee?

Local councils collect — and forward to the National Council — membership fees from each youth and adult who wishes to become a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

  1. How is the National Council funded?

The National Council is funded through membership and service fees, investments, Boys’ Life magazine subscriptions, sales of uniforms and equipment, fees from national high-adventure bases, and contributions from individuals.           

  1. What does the National Council do for Scouting on the local level?

The BSA’s National Council provides program materials and support for approximately 270 local councils that administer the Scouting program, with each covering a specific geographic territory. The following are the key functions of the National Council:

  • Provide training to local council volunteers and staff
  • Maintain a national training center at Philmont Scout Ranch
  • Develop and maintain four year-round national high-adventure bases and execute national events (jamborees, National Eagle Scout Association and Order of the Arrow conferences, and National Council meetings)
  • Continue our leadership role in protecting our youth by providing youth protection resources, training, and criminal background checks for all registered volunteers and staff
  • Provide local councils with program as well as tools for camp and office planning and evaluation, extensive financial counseling, planned giving and fundraising information, and professional personnel support
  • Coordinate a communications network through magazines and literature (handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, brochures, training materials, and professional development training), including providing Scouting magazine to all registered leaders
  • Make available uniforms, equipment, and program supplies
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with chartered organizations that use the Scouting program (religious institutions, civic organizations, labor unions, professional organizations, business, and industry)
  • Serve in a leadership role with Scouting associations in other countries as a member of the World Scout Conference
  • Set and maintain program standards (e.g., advancement, health and safety, etc.) to ensure consistency of the brand throughout councils across the country
  1. With the increase in membership fees, is Scouting still a good value?

The BSA has always taken into consideration the cost of delivering the Scouting program and has worked to keep our fees reasonable.

When you compare the BSA to other youth-serving organizations, we provide unique growth opportunities at a great value. The following are costs associated with other youth activities:

  • Tackle football, $142: In Plano, Texas, second- through sixth-graders who play tackle football pay $140 for a three-month season. That fee doesn’t include equipment. 
  • Youth orchestra, $1,000: Members of the prestigious Los Angeles Youth Orchestra pay $100 to audition, $1,000 annually (if accepted), and must buy their own instruments.
  • Select soccer, $400: In Cleveland, select youth soccer players ages 15 to 18 pay $400 a season, plus $180 for uniforms. 
  • Youth basketball, $525: In Queens, N.Y., boys ages 8 to 13 pay $525 a year, not including uniforms.
  • 4-H program, $25: Participants of the 4-H program in College Station, Texas, pay $25 a year, not including fees for individual activities.

From education to high-adventure, the Boy Scouts of America provides unique growth opportunities at a great value and we want all eligible youth to receive these benefits and participate in Scouting.

Share Your Cub Scouting Pride 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, September 1, 2017 9:24:00 AM

This is the best way to show your Cub Scouting pride on Facebook

Source: August 25, 2017 Bryan Wendell Cub Scouting 10

Share your Cub Scouting pride with friends, family members and that classmate from high school you’ve been meaning to get back in touch with.

With these new Facebook profile picture frames, you can show that you’re a proud Cub Scout mom or Cub Scout dad or part of a proud Cub Scout family.

The fine folks on the BSA’s Cub Scouts team created these frames, and you can add them to your Facebook profile photo in seconds.

The frames serve two equally awesome purposes: one, they tell the world that you’re a big part of this incredible movement called Scouting, and two, they invite your Facebook friends to ask you for more information about joining your Cub Scout pack.

First, see what the frames look like. Then read how to add one to your photo.

Cub Scout profile picture frames: three options

I’m already starting to see these frames pop up on Facebook, which is awesome.

How to add a Cub Scout profile picture frame on Facebook

  1. Head to
  2. Search for one of the following depending on the type of frame you’d like to add:
  • “Scout Fam Profile Picture Frame”
  • “Scout Mom Profile Picture Frame”
  • “Scout Dad Profile Picture Frame”
  1. Select your desired frame and scale your profile photo as needed. This way you can avoid blocking key parts of your photo with the additional graphics. You also have the option to swap in another photo by selecting “Change Picture.”
  2. Select “Use as Profile Picture,” at the bottom of the page to make your changes final. You can set a timeline for how long you’d like to keep this frame on your profile, as well.
  3. Be Prepared for your friends and family to be in awe of your photo’s cool, new look.

Storm Assistance 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 31, 2017 3:27:00 PM

Recovery Guide

The United Way's After the Storm guide contains resources to help you begin to recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

After the Storm: Recovery Guide


If you or someone you know needs help, call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Disaster Clean-Up

If you need assistance with cleanup after the storm, call 1-800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 to be placed on the list. Disaster recovery organizations will contact you if they are able to help you with clean-up efforts in your area.

Disaster Volunteers Needed

Contact the United Way at for more information. and are both experiencing high traffic. If you are unable to load either site, please keep trying!

  • American Red Cross is seeking volunteers. Volunteer positions include warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution, and administrative support. Those interested in volunteering can register at
  • BakerRipley is recruiting volunteers to help at the shelter at NRG Center. Click here to sign up. 
  • The Houston Food Bank needs volunteers. Find out how to help.
  • Volunteer Houston is connecting individuals with disaster volunteer opportunities.To learn more, visit

*If you live outside the Houston area or in another state, please create an account and sign-up for opportunities through Volunteer Houston. The conditions in the Greater Houston area are still changing and it is not safe for people to travel to and through many areas. Please wait for local officials to approve travel before planning to arrive to our community.  


To find a shelter, visit for a listing of current open shelters.


The Sam Houston Area CouncilBoy Scouts of America is committed to helping the cleanup effort in Southeast Texas. All Scouts and Scouters interested in these efforts are encouraged to participate.

Crisis Cleanup

If your unit is planning to assist with cleanup efforts for our fellow citizens affected by Hurricane Harvey, please visit for information about cleanup opportunities. Your unit will need to register if this is the first time using the site.

United Way of Greater Houston's 2-1-1 Helpline

If you need help finding assistance the United Way of Greater Houston assistance helpline, 2-1-1, is the number to call when you don't know who to call. The United Way of Greater Houston's trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services. 

Making an Impact - Share your Story!

SHAC FacebookTo the countless Scouts who have helped restore the community in the face of Harvey's devastation, we thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do. If you or a Scout you know has helped make an impact, please share your story, by clicking here or let us know by tagging or messaging our council's Facebook page


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The Boy Scouts of America is currently working on a website to help units across the country be able to identify a unit in need in Texas impacted by the hurricane.  A link will be posted when it is available.

Earn the Recruiter Strip 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, August 25, 2017 8:57:00 AM

No one is a better recruiter for Scouting than a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer who is enjoying the fun and educational activities that Scouting has to offer.

Scouts who recruit a friend into Scouting can earn the recruiter patch.  

The embroidered cloth strip can be purchased from the Scout Shop, and is worn on uniform below right pocket.

Success Stories

Last year, Luke was the only 2nd grader to show up at his pack’s join Scouting night, so they weren’t going to have a Wolf den.  He went out and recruited four friends to join Scouting.  He basically recruited an entire Wolf den!

Darrius was the only 4th grader returning to his pack this fall, so he was challenged him to get out and bring in some more Webelos.  He brought 11 more Webelos!

Not only did they earn they earn the recruiter patch, but they get to hang out at Scout meetings with their friends. Great job, Luke and Darrius!

Encourage your Scouts to bring a friend to your next meeting.


Why Scouting


For almost 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to 

  • Try new things. 
  • Provide service to others. 
  • Build self-confidence. 
  • Reinforce ethical standards.

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. 

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

Benefits of Cub Scouting


As a worldwide brotherhood, Scouting is unique. It is based on the principles of loving and serving God, of human dignity and the rights of individuals, and of recognizing the obligation of members to develop and use their potential. It is a movement dedicated to bringing out the best in people. Cub Scouting doesn't emphasize winning as an end result, but rather the far more demanding task of doing one's best.

When Scouting can help nurture courage and kindness and allow boys to play, to laugh, to develop their imaginations, and to express their feelings, then we will have helped them grow. We want boys to become useful and stable individuals who are aware of their own potential. Helping a boy to learn the value of his own worth is the greatest gift we can give him.

Cub Scouting Is Fun

Boys join Cub Scouting because they want to have fun. For boys, however, fun means a lot more than just having a good time. "Fun" is a boy's code word for the satisfaction he gets from meeting challenges, having friends, feeling good about himself, and feeling he is important to other people. While the boys are having fun and doing things they like to do, they also learn new things, discover and master new skills, gain self-confidence, and develop strong friendships. 

Cub Scouting Has Ideals

Cub Scouting has ideals of spiritual and character growth, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The Scout Oath is a pledge of duty to God and family. The Scout Law is a simple formula for good Cub Scouting and good citizenship. The Cub Scout motto, "Do Your Best," is a code of excellence.  Symbols, such as the Cub Scout sign, Cub Scout salute, and the Living Circle, help boys feel a part of a distinct group and add to the appeal of belonging to a widely respected organization.

Cub Scouting Strengthens Families

The family is an important influence on our nation's youth. There are many different types of family structures in today's world. Scouting is a support to all types of families as well as to organizations to which families belong. We believe in involving families in the training of youth, and we are sensitive to the needs of present-day families. Cub Scouting provides opportunities for family members to work and play together, to have fun together, and to get to know each other a little better.

Cub Scouting Helps Boys Develop Interests and Skills

In Cub Scouting, boys participate in a broad array of activities. Cub Scouts develop ability and dexterity, and they learn to use tools and to follow directions. Recognition and awards encourage them to learn about a variety of subjects, such as conservation, safety, physical fitness, community awareness, academic subjects, sports, and religious activities. These interests might become a hobby or even a career later in life.

Cub Scouting Provides Adventure

Cub Scouting helps fulfill a boy's desire for adventure and allows him to use his vivid imagination while taking part in skits, games, field trips, service projects, outdoor activities, and more. A variety of adventure themes let a boy play the role of an astronaut, clown, explorer, scientist, or other exciting character. Boys find adventure in exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and gaining a greater appreciation for our beautiful world.

Cub Scouting Has an Advancement Plan

The advancement plan recognizes a boy's efforts and achievements. It provides fun for the boys, teaches them to do their best, and helps strengthen understanding as family members work with boys on advancement requirements. Badges are awarded to recognize advancement, and boys like to receive and wear these badges. The real benefit comes from the worthwhile things the boy learns while he is earning the badges, as his self-confidence and self-esteem grow.

Cub Scouting Creates Fellowship

Boys like to be accepted as part of a group. In Cub Scouting, boys belong to a small group called a den where they take part in interesting and meaningful activities with their friends. The Cub Scout den and pack are positive places where boys can feel emotionally secure and find support. Each boy gains status and recognition and has a sense of belonging to this group.

Cub Scouting Promotes Diversity

In Cub Scouting, boys may learn to interact in a group that may include boys of various ethnicities, income levels, religions, and levels of physical ability. By having fun together and working as a group toward common goals, Cub Scouts learn the importance of not only getting along, but also of working side by side with other boys of different races, classes, religions, cultures, etc.

Cub Scouting Teaches Duty to God and Country

The BSA believes that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God, and encourages both youth and adult leaders to be faithful in their religious duties. The Scouting movement has long been known for service to others. Scouting believes that patriotism plays a significant role in preparing our nation's youth to become useful and participating citizens. A Cub Scout learns his duty to God, country, others, and self.

Cub Scouting Provides a Year-Round Program

Cub Scouting has no specific "season"—it's a year-round program. While spring and summer pack activities are informal and there are many activities that Cub Scouts do outdoors, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the fall and winter: the pinewood derby, blue and gold banquet, skits, stunts, craft projects, and indoor games help to round out an entire year of fun and activities.

Cub Scouting Is a Positive Place

With all the negative influences in today's society, Scouting provides your son with a positive peer group who can encourage him in all the right ways. Carefully selected leaders provide good role models and a group setting where values are taught and help to reinforce positive qualities of character.

Silver Beaver Recipients Announced 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, August 21, 2017 9:22:00 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 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 1,500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner.

The Silver Beaver awards will be presented at the Council Recognition Reception on November 28, 2017.

2017 Silver Beaver Recipients

Recipient District
Robert Ausmus Orion / Soaring Eagle
Russell Carman Tall Timbers
Michael Cawley Phoenix
Patricia Chapela Iron Horse
Donna Coselli Texas Skies
Joseph Dante Texas Skies
Ray Duerer Orion
Cynthia Edwards W.L. Davis
Kerin Farrell Phoenix
Sergio Fernandez Phoenix
Robert Fuglaar Brazos
Joan Gorney Orion
Dana Harkey Mustang
Roger Hoover Thunder Wolf
Richard Lipham Big Cypress / Copperhead / Iron Horse
Eugene Manuel Big Cypress
Bill Peel Council board
Angela Repman Raven
Timothy Richard Thunder Wolf
Bob Roy Council board
David Rudzinski Thunder Wolf
Douglas Sivula Tall Timbers
Wendel Skolaski Council board
Steve Strake Council board
Carl Soderland San Jacinto
Howard Tomlinson David Crockett
Thien Tran Big Cypress
Tina Turner North Star
Kelley Whitehead Raven



For more information, contact the council recognition committee.




Scouting is for Families Like Mine 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, August 21, 2017 7:10:00 AM
Scouting promotes amazing character development. With the guidance provided by Scout leaders and volunteers, the Scouting program teaches vital life skills that help young people grow into the future leaders of our nation.

And if you’re a Scouting parent, you know Scouting also brings families together, helping moms and dads make the most of the time they have with their kids.

Between juggling full-time careers and raising kids, time is a single parent’s – or any parent’s – most precious commodity. Scouting makes the most of the little time parents have with their children. 

“Scouting is Like Family”

A single mom with two jobs, a daughter and one adventure-seeking Cub Scout, Becky, definitely has her hands full. But one change in her family’s dynamic has made all the difference – Scouting.

Becky enrolled her son in a Spanish-speaking Cub Scout program, and now as he transitions into Boy Scouts, she shares the remarkable impact Scouting has made on not just her son but her whole family. Watch the video below to hear Becky’s touching testimonial and find out why she believes Scouting “is not just a club, it’s a family.”

National Order of the Arrow Sign-Up 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:12:00 AM

July 30 - August 4, 2018
Indiana University

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 8,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!

During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.

Arrowmen attend with our lodge contingent, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending the conference.


Due to expected high interest coupled with capacity constraints at Indiana University, the National Order of the Arrow Committee instituted a delegation size limit. Colonneh Lodge has been allotted 57 slots for youth members. A waitlist will be used for those registering after our initial slots are filled and Colonneh Lodge will request additional slots based on interest from our Arrowmen to attend NOAC 2018.

In addition to a limitation of contingent size, a 3:1 youth to adult ratio is being enforced.  Therefore, adults interested in attending NOAC 2018 with Colonneh Lodge will be required to fill out an application to attend as an adult contingent member. A selection process similar to 2015 will be used to determine those adults that will be able to attend NOAC 2018 with Colonneh Lodge.


The contingent fee for Colonneh Lodge members attending NOAC 2018 will be $800 plus the cost of travel. The anticipated cost of travel is $500 per person. Colonneh Lodge will subsidize youth contingent member fees by $200 for a total fee of $1,100 for youth and $1,300 for adults.

Payment Plan

The payment plan will work on an installment basis. A $200 non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of registration and there will be 9 monthly payments beginning October 1, 2017, with the final payment due on June 1, 2018. Anyone registering after October 1, 2017, will need to pay the deposit and all past due monthly payments at the time of registration. Failure to keep the payment schedule may result in the forfeiture of your contingent spot. Any refunds will be subject to the SHAC refund policy.

Youth Registration      Adult Application 

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