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Eagle Scout Service Project Coach Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, December 19, 2014 8:05:00 AM

The advancement education presentation, “Eagle Scout Service Project Coach,” is now available online from the Boy Scouts of America in both English and Spanish.

The training is intended to encourage more troop leaders to serve as district- or council-designated Eagle project coaches.

The slide deck and presenter's notes are available for download.

The Eagle Scout Service Project Coach

This PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes is designed for Eagle Scout service project coaches who have been designated by councils or districts to provide guidance to Scouts whose service project proposals have been approved. It delivers the basic knowledge and skills needed to get started. It can also serve as a refresher for veterans. It is intended as an instructor-led presentation to project coaches of any experience level and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Download PowerPoint Presentation Download Presenter's Notes 

 

Merit Badge Counselor Newsletter 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, December 19, 2014 7:13:00 AM

The Boy Scouts of America's National Advancement Committee is starting a new e-newsletter just for merit badge counselors.

It's called Counselor’s Compass.

If you'd like to subscribe, send an email to merit.badge@scouting.org with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. Include your name, email address, and council in the message text (we're Sam  Houston Area Council 576).

 

 

New Cub Scout Program Webcast on January 17, 2015 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, December 15, 2014 5:25:00 PM

Hey, did you hear there’s a new Cub Scout program launching June 1, 2015?

If so, you know it’ll be more exciting for boys and easier to implement for unit leaders.

But you probably still have questions about how it’ll work. There’s good news: You can get many of those questions answered by watching a special webcast on Jan. 17.

The webcasts will cover the coming changes, how to prepare and when resources will be available. Sessions are position-specific, but anyone in any role who has an interest in the new Cub Scout program is welcome to attend. No login or special registration is required. Just click the link below at the times listed, and you’re all set.

If you can’t make any of these sessions, don’t worry. They’ll be recorded for later viewing.

Cubmaster Webcasts:

8 am (Central) Saturday, January 17, or
3 pm (Central) Saturday, January 17

Den Leader Webcasts:

9:30 am (Central) Saturday, January 17, or
4:30 pm (Central) Saturday, January 17

LDS-Specific Considerations*:

11 am (Central) Saturday, January 17, or
6 pm (Central) Saturday, January 17

* It is recommended that those interested in the LDS
session view one of the role-specific sessions first.

View the webcasts: www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil
(No login is required.)

 

 

Service Hours and Journey to Excellence 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, November 23, 2014 5:02:00 AM

All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in service projects. A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Anyone can get involved in a Good Turn.

Did you know that your unit can earn points towards the Journey to Excellence program just for logging your units community service hours online? That’s right your unit can earn up to 200 extra points if you log your service hours online. All types of service projects can be entered into this system including the Good Turn for America projects such as the shelter drive, food drive, and blood drive. Units may also enter their service hours for community projects that they took on as a unit. Please log all service hours. Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

All service hours for 2014 should be logged no later than December 31, 2014.

What hours should be logged?

  • Any service hours performed by your unit for individuals or organizations in the community
  • Service hours performed by your unit to support your chartered organization
  • Scouting for Food hours
  • Volunteering on Community Service Day or similar events
  • Eagle Scout project hours

"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Check out your scorecard

Internet advancement allows units to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges. Units should make sure all advancements are submitted by December 31, 2014, so proper Journey to Excellence (JTE) advancement statistics will be accurate for your unit and district.

Summer Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:39:00 AM

Cub Scout 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. 

 

El Rancho Cima, located 15 miles west of San Marcos, TX has a variety of summer programs for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts. The camp is 2,680 acres of mountainous terrain covered by an umbrella of cedars and hardwoods. Boy Scouts can earn merit badges, learn and practice their Scouting skills, follow the patrol method and work towards advancement, while having a fun in the Texas Hill Country.  Activities include swimming, climbing and even a high adventure program to challenge older Scouts.

  • Cockrell River Summer Camp is located on the banks of the Blanco River among native pecan and cypress trees. During summer camp, aquatics are the biggest draw to Cockrell River Camp, including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, just to name a few.
  • Horseshoe Bend Summer Camp is held in the shadows of Sentinel Peak and Fortress Mountain. During summer camp, Horseshoe Bend is the hub of the western program. Activities include horseback riding, backpacking, climbing, swimming, and much more.
  • Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience. Senior Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults will experience zip lining, a horseback trek, whitewater adventure, rock climbing, rappelling and much more.
  • Super Troop is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to attend an extra week of Boy Scout summer camp, or to attend camp individually if a Boy Scout can’t attend camp with his unit. Limited spots are available.
     

Cockrell River Camp

Cockrell River Camp has 14 campsites shaded by 75-year old native pecan and black walnut trees. The Blanco River provides campers with 1.5 miles of unique swimming, canoeing, rowing, and fishing opportunities. A state-of-the-art .22 rifle and five-stand shotgun range, and 40 foot climbing and rappelling tower, make for an unforgettable experience.

Cockrell River Camp is located in El Rancho Cima, just two miles from the main gate. The breath-taking views are endless, as you make your way down towards your campsite on the Blanco River. Each campsite has its own spectacular view of the river. The Blanco River provides unique swimming, canoeing, rowing, and kayaking opportunities. On a hot summer's day, relief is just steps in the 68 degree year-round Blanco River.

The rifle, shotgun, and archery range will provide any novice shooter a chance to learn and become an expert marksman and gives experienced shooters a new challenge. 

Register for 2015 Summer Camp
Cockrell River Camp 

Week 1 6/14 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 6/21 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5 - 7/11/2015 Register
Week 5 7/12 - 7/18/2015 Register
Week 6 7/19 - 7/25/2015 Register
     
Year Round Weekend Camping Register

 
 


Horseshoe Bend

Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has a variety of programs including a range with eight rifle shooting stations and two shotgun shooting stations, horse riding, and numerous hiking trails. Horseshoe Bend has an exciting program that Scouts and leaders won't forget.

Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend is located a half mile inside the main gate of El Rancho Cima. At Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend, life is a little more laid back, as in the days of the Old West. Transportation is a little different from city life, with over 40 horses from which to choose. Scouts may encounter may cowboys who will always greet you with a friendly "Howdy."

During summer camp, Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has a variety of unique programs that include horseback riding, rodeo, trips to the meadow, and of course, the spectacular hike to Sentinel Peak. The merit badge program includes shooting sports, ecology, conservation, aquatics (pool only), handicrafts and much more. 


Register for 2015 Summer Camp
Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend

Week 1 6/14 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 (LDS Week) 6/22 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5 - 7/11/2015 Register
     
Year Round Weekend Camping Register


 


Rough Riders

Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience for older Scouts with activities such as zip lining, horseback riding, water adventures, rock climbing, rappelling and much more. Older Scouts can attend Rough Riders while their unit is attending summer camp. Participants can also sign up individually. 

Discover some of the forgotten land of El Rancho Cima during the Rough Rider program, and spend a week of summer on the historic Devil's Backbone. Rough Riders is an experience designed to challenge the senior members of your troop and crew and prepare them for other high adventure base camps. At the Hamman High Adventure Base at Iron Wheel Mesa, troops, teams and crews will have the advantage of going through the ever growing COPE course which includes:

  • Calamity Jane - a 65 foot climbing tower with a 1,500 foot zip-line
  • Little Sure Shot - a 2,000 foot zip-line ride over the Blanco River
  • 4 high elements
  • 6 low elements
  • Work on leadership and teamwork skills

From base camp on the mesa, participants will take a horseback trek down custom trails to and from three back country sites and cookout and camp overnight and:

  • Shoot black power rifles at Rocky Gulch
  • Experience the heritage of El Rancho Cima's early inhabitants through activities such as tomahawk throwing at Homestead Meadows
  • Learn about metal working at the forge, located right on the Blanco River

Register for 2015 Rough Riders

Week 1 6/14/15 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 6/21/15 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28/15 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5/15 - 7/11/2015 Register
 

Cub Scout Resident Camp

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 / Twilight Camp.

Resident Camp includes activities such as: seeking treasure in the Lost Mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedal action at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at Fort Bluebell’s BB gun range, action at the K.S. “Bud” Adams Sports Field, pow wow at the Indian Village, exploring camp at the Nature Center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park.

Resident Camp Registration

Register Session Date Session Time
Session 1 July 8 - 11, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 2 July 12 - 15, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 3 July 15 - 18, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 4 July 19 - 22, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 5 July 22 - 25, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 6 July 26 - 29, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 7 July 29 - August 1, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am

Upcoming Scout Days 

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

Scout Night at Monster Jam

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at NRG Stadium

Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

The Pit Party is your opportunity to get an up close look at the amazing trucks of Monster Jam and receive autographs from your favorite Monster Jam drivers. The Monster Jam Pit Party will take place from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm. No Pit Party admission after 5:00 pm.

Tickets are $11 tickets and include a FREE Monster Jam Scout patch and pre-event Pit Party! Purchase tickets online (use the password BOYSCT under “offer code”). Note that service and handling fees will apply for online purchases.  After purchasing online, contact Christina (281-367-9717) to receive your patches. For more information, or to order groups of ten or more, contact Christina (281-367-9717). The special Scout offer is valid on super value seats and not available with any other offer. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, January 9, 2015.


Scout Day at The Harlem Globetrotters

Sunday, January 25 at 2:00pm at NRG Arena

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating more than eight thrilling decades of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Having played more than 24,000 games in 120 countries and territories over the past 87 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have seen and accomplished almost everything in their illustrious history. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents.

Tickets are $16-$28 and includes an official Harlem Globetrotters Scout patch! An exclusive pre-game meet and greet is available for the first 100 Scout tickets purchased for Scout Day! Purchase tickets online (use the password SCOUT).  Note that service and handling fees will apply for online purchases.  After purchasing online, contact Christina (281-367-9717) to receive your patches and get information on opportunity to participate in the meet and greet, For more information, or to order groups of ten or more, contact Christina (281-367-9717). The Scout discount is valid on seats regularly priced $41/$32/$20, and is not available with any other offer. Deadline to order tickets is Friday, January 16, 2015.

Can’t come on Scout Day? Get your discounted tickets and patch for one of their other games!  Choose from Friday, January 23 at 7:00pm or Saturday, January 24 at 2:00pm or 7:00pm. For more information, or to order groups of ten or more, contact Christina (281-367-9717).


Scout Day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

March 18, 2015

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation, and was organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry.

Save the Date: March 18, 2015 is Scout Day. Tickets typically include admission to the carnival, livestock and horse shows, shopping food, educational exhibits and the rodeo. Scouts can attend a special presentation to fulfill some of the requirements for the "Horsemanship" Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, and the "Horseback Riding Sports Belt Loop and Pin" for Cub Scouts.


Houston Museum of Natural Science

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

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

The Health Museum

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

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

 


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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

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

Houston Zoo

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


Weather Center Houston

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


Armand Bayou Nature Center

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

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


Watch for additional Scout Days to be announced soon:

  • Scout Day at the Astros
  • Scout Day at Schlitterbahn
  • Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

For more information, contact:

Shane Burks
Marketing/Communications Director
(713) 756-3301
 Shane.Burks@shac.org

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

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

Sam Houston Area Council is producing a coffee table book in celebration of the 100th anniversary, and we need your help. We are searching for photographs for this keepsake book within these categories:

  •  
  • Historical scenes of Scouting from the past 100 years
  • Multi-generations of Scouting families
  • Interesting community service programs
  • High adventure Scouting experiences

Send your historical memories (with the highest possible resolution of digital copies of photograph) to Bill Penczak , along with descriptions of the people, the activity, the year and place. We will let you know if your memories will be included in this fun and sentimental keepsake of SHAC's first century of service to the Houston community.    

One of the earliest troops in SHAC on a troop hike near the ship channel. The Scouts were seated on mounds made from dirt cast up from the digging near the turn basin. 

 

Popcorn Information 

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

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

Scout registration     Leader Guide    Deadlines    Resources    Prizes

Why Sell?

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


Online Popcorn Sales

August 1 - November 24, 2014

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

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

   Scout registration         

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


Important Dates

October 1 - November 24 Traditional take-order popcorn sales
December 1 Unit orders due on Trail's End Website
December 13 Popcorn distribution (see district website for location)
December 13 Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
December 13 Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
January 10 Top seller's celebration for council, district, and online top sellers




2014 Products

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


 


Military Donation

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

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


2014 Scout Prizes

$600 Bonus Club

 



Sell $600 in popcorn
and receive the ZX Crossbow

$1,800 Club Bonus

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

College Scholarships

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

 

Top Sellers

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

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

 


For Questions Contact

Ginger Kern
Popcorn Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374
 Ginger.Kern@scouting.org

 

Nathan Doherty
Popcorn Sales Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3358
 Nathan.Doherty@scouting.org