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Free Place Mats for Blue and Gold Banquets 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:26:00 AM

It's a jungle out there. This year, day camp will be a safari adventure. Cub Scouts and their families will go wild, learn new skills, and make new friends. Day camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade for the 2017-2018 school year. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more. 

Free, two-sided place mats are available to use at blue and gold banquets and den meetings to help promote day camp. Download a place mat below next to your district.

A jungle safari makes a great blue and gold banquet theme, and ties in with the 2017 day camp theme. We have a variety of jungle themed resources availableFollow us on Pinterest for more ideas.

Jungle Themed Blue and Gold Resources         Follow us on Pinterest

Registration opens February 1, 2017. The early registration discount ends March 13, 2017; register closes May 6, 2017.

(Camp Location)
Place Mats 2017 Dates Time Location Contact
Aldine Pathfinder
(North Houston)
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June 5-9 5:00 - 8:00 pm Texas Serenity Academy Hannah
(Bryan, TX)
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June 12-16 8:00 - 3:00 pm Camp Howdy Allyson
(Southwest Houston)
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June 5-9 6:00 - 9:15 pm Longfellow Elementary Ronald
Big Cypress
(Cypress, TX)
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June 5-8
AM Session:
8:30am - 2:00pm
PM Session:
3:00 - 8:30 pm
Cy-Fair Exhibition Center
(El Campo, TX)
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June 12-15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm El Campo American Legion Denise
(Rosenburg, TX)
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June 6-9 2:00 - 8:30 pm Fort Bend County Fairgrounds Jennifer
(West Houston)
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June TBD 3:00 - 8:30pm CyFair ISD Science
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David Crockett
(Sealy, TX)
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June 6-9 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Camp Brosig Dee Dee
Flaming Arrow
(New Caney, TX)
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June 20-22 9:00 - 4:30 pm A.V. "Bull" Sallas Park Mac
George Strake
(Conroe, TX)
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June 12-16 8:30 am -
1:30 pm, M-Wed
6:00 pm -
8:00 pm, Fr
Carl Barton Junior Park Lorie
Iron Horse
(Spring, TX)
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June 12-16 3:00 - 8:00 pm Northside Christian Church Eve 
(West Houston)
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June 12-16 9:00 am - 2:00 pm   Jennifer
North Star
(West Houston)
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June 12-16 12:30 - 6:30 pm Brazos Bend Elementary John
(Tomball, TX)
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June 13-16 2:00 - 8:00 pm Spring Creek Park Adam
(Tomball, TX)
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June 19-23 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park Albert
(Baytown, TX)
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June 11-17 5:45 - 9:15 pm LDS Church in Baytown Valerie
San Jacinto
(La Porte, TX)
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June 5-9 4:30 - 9:00 pm Lomax Arena David
(Central Houston)
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June TBD 5:30 - 8:30 pm St. Pius X High School Colleen
Soaring Eagle
(Cypress, TX)
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June 6-9 1: 8:00am-1:30pm
2: 3:00-8:30pm
TBD Jennifer
Tall Timbers
(Conroe, TX)
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June 5-9 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Grace Crossing Church Vaughan
(Soutwest Houston)
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June 12-16 5:30 - 9:00 pm LDS Church,
3450 S Dairy Ashford
Texas Skies
(West Houston/Katy)
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June 5-9 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Houston Farm and Ranch Susan 
Thunder Wolf
(Missouri City, TX)
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June 13-16 3:00 - 8:00 pm Elkins High School Susan
Twin Bayou
(Southwest Houston)
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June 12-15 6:00 - 9:15 pm Longfellow Elementary Sherry
W.L. Davis
(Southeast Houston)
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June TBD 5:00 - 8:30 pm Gregg Elementary School Felecia


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.





Sherry Diekmann
Council Day Camp Chair 

Geno Aguilar
Day Camp Registration
 (713) 756-3304


Vincent Manning
Day Camp Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380


Division Reorganization 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:46:00 AM

To streamline services and better serve the youth and volunteers, the divisions are being reorganized.

The council now has 25 districts organized into five divisions.

The North Division includes Aldine Pathfinder, Iron Horse, Orion, Phoenix and Tall Timbers Districts. 
The East Division includes Flaming Arrow, Raven, San Jacinto, Skyline and W.L. Davis Districts. 
The South Division includes Aquila, Brazos, North Star, Tatanka, Thunder Wolf, and Twin Bayou Districts.
The West Division includes Big Cypress, Copperhead, Mustang, Soaring Eagle and Texas Skies Districts.
The Frontier Division includes Arrowmoon, Brahman, David Crockett and George Strake Districts.

Membership Challenge Winners 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:46:00 AM

In December, we announced the 2016 Membership Challenge. We had 383 entries that met the challenge. 

The following units were randomly selected to receive four tickets to the Super Bowl’s “NFL Experience” on January 28, 2017:

  1. George Strake – Troop 491
  2. Texas Skies – Pack 353
  3. Aldine Pathfinder – Troop 358
  4. Arrowmoon – Troop 967
  5. Tall Timbers – Pack 1414
  6. Mustang – Pack 598
  7. San Jacinto – Troop 268

Tickets will be presented to the units during January roundtable.


For more information, contact your district executive.

University of Scouting Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, January 6, 2017 4:49:00 PM

February 11, 2017

Location: TBD

Planting the Seeds for Scouting's Future

University of Scouting is an annual training event for Cub Scout, Boy ScoutVarsityVenturing, Sea Scouts, Order of the Arrow, district and council leaders and parents. It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where participants choose from over 130 courses. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you.

Register          Course Catalog

Youth courses include Chaplain's Aid Conference, Troop Guide Conference, Den Chief Conference and much more. Webelos, whose parents are attending University of Scouting, can attend Basic Aid Training (First Responder Adventure).


Check-in and registration opens at 7:30 am. Classes start at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm.


Registration opens in December.


Registration Fee 

Walk-in Fee

Scouts     $21.50 $30
Adults $21.50 $30
Lunch  $8 (optional)  


You may purchase lunch for $8.00 or bring your own. If you purchase a lunch, please sign up for a lunch period at 11:00 am or 12:00 pm. Lunch is included for youth registered in one of the all-day courses and is noted in the course description.


Joe Stewart
University of Scouting Co-Chair
 (281) 850-1842

Jamie Durham
University of Scouting Co-Chair
 (281) 658-1948

Lily Garrison
University of Scouting Registration
 (713) 756-3305

Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912

Michelle Phillips
Program Director and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308


Sign up to Sell Scout Fair Coupon Books 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, December 31, 2016 1:19:00 PM

At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers. Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking. Bring comfortable shoes and your camera. Open to the public. Admission is free (area parking fees apply).

The Scout Fair Leader's Guide contains important information, including changes for 2017.


Selling Scout Fair Coupon Books is a brilliant way for units to raise money and prepare Scouts to earn their own way! The Scout Fair Coupon Book offers great savings for the buyer, while Scouts earn commissions for every $10 Coupon Book sold. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving hundreds of dollars in valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Buffalo Wild Wings, Luby's, Fuddruckers, the Houston Astros and many more. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Book sold, for funds turned in on or before May 6, 2017. Participate at Scout Fair, as either a service unit or booth participant, and earn an additional 10% commission. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. In addition, your Scouts will qualify for prizes once they sell 15 Coupon Books. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels. 

Sign up to Sell Coupon Books    

Coupon Book Store Front Selling

Coupon Book booths are direct sales opportunities which generally are located at retail stores, businesses, organization sponsored events, farmers markets, sporting events, or parking lots where Boy Scout unit’s have permission to set up a table/booth to sell Scout Fair to the public. Booth sales are a joint responsibility; parents and Scouts should be included in planning, decision-making, and participation. Scout Fair Coupon Book booths also help Scouts expand their sale goals and encourage them to go beyond friends and family for making sales. Before contacting a business, read the Coupon Book booth selling guidelines at businesses

Kroger allows units to sell Scout Fair Coupon Books in front of their stores. Units must register to reserve a time and location. Kroger booth registration will open on February 1, 2017. The link will be posted at noon on our council Facebook page.

Scout Fair Poster               Leader's Guide                     Prize Brochure


Scout Fair Dates

January 26, 2017 Scout Fair Kickoffs
February 1, 2017 Scout Fair coupon book sales begins
March 9, 2017 Deadline to turn-in coupon book sales for 5% bonus commission. Consult your district website for turn-in locations.
April 6, 2017 Deadline to turn-in coupon book sales for 3% bonus commission
April 21, 2017 Deadline to sign-up for a booth or as a service unit to receive 10% participation commission
April 27, 2017 Deadline to turn-in coupon book sales for 1% bonus commission
TBD Deadline to turn-in coupon book sales to receive commission check at Scout Fair
May 6, 2017 Scout Fair set-up (7:00 - 10:00 am).  All booths must be set up by 10:00 am.
May 6, 2017 Scout Fair; deadline to receive full commissions on all sales


Tony Hensdill  
Coupon Book Sales
 Coupon Book Information
 (713) 756-3374



Baden Powell Dinner 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, December 12, 2016 3:33:00 AM

February 24, 2017
Cockrell Scout Center

Gathering is at 6:00 pm
Opening Ceremony at 6:30pm
Dinner served at 6:45pm

Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, or staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) are invited to attend the Baden Powell Fellowship Dinner.

During the evening, attendees from the previous year share memories of their leadership training experience through slide shows, stories and regalia presentations. Scouters will be given an opportunity to contribute to the training scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to Scouts and Scouters attending council leadership training courses. Dress is field uniform or business casual.


The dinner is $18 per person. The gathering begins at 6:00 pm, and the opening ceremony begins at 6:30 pm.




Cesiah Molina
Baden Powell Dinner Registration
 (713) 756-3398

Michelle Phillips
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308






Cub Scout Program Updates 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, December 1, 2016 3:40:00 PM

Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility

Source: Scouting Magazine, posted on November 30, 2016 by 

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters.

The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern.

What are the modifications? Some adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program.

The changes, which take effect today (Nov. 30, 2016), were approved by the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

The fine-tuning reflects the BSA’s three-step approach to new programs: Launch. Learn. Modify.

Here’s a quick look at what you need to know. 

Cub Scouting’s fall 2016 modifications, an overview

  • First of all, you won’t need to buy any new materials. The new requirements will be posted in a free addendum available at This will supplement the handbooks in current circulation and for sale online and in Scout shops.
  • While the overall feedback from den leaders about the new Cub Scout program has been very positive, some den leaders said a number of the new adventures had requirements that were too difficult for dens to complete within the Scouting year. 
  • The number of new Cub Scouts is up in many areas of the country, but rankadvancement rates have not kept pace, meaning the BSA’s team of volunteers and staff advisers wanted to react quickly to eliminate what might have become a roadblock for some dens.
  • A national volunteer task force developed a solution: Make more of the adventure requirements optional, giving dens more flexibility to match their unique needs.
  • The modifications are designed to ensure that adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year. This means they are achievable by all Cub Scouts, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.
  • Most of the modifications involve the number of requirements that must be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within the limited time available to many dens. This is done while retaining the rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs adapted to their needs.
  • The changes increase den-level customization. Units that can handle more content, perhaps because they meet more often or for longer periods, can — and should! — keep the optional requirements part of their program. On the other hand, those that have struggled to finish the requirements will welcome these changes as a way to meet their needs.
  • With the modifications, dens should be able to complete one adventure in approximately two den meetings.
  • The transition should be seamless, with leaders able to use revised requirements as the den begins any new adventure.

Where to find the new requirements

Simply log on to I suggest making it one of your bookmarks

Scouting for Food 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, November 28, 2016 1:55:00 PM

January 28, 2017 (hanger drop off)
February 4, 2017 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," the project begins Saturday, January 28, 2017, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 4, 2017, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.
A Cub Scout and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting Spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.
Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America.


Unit Registration for Scouting for Food

The unit representative should register the unit for Scouting for Food

Unit Registration                  Unit Chair Guidebook

Unit Scouting For Food chair should attend the January district roundtable to pick up your unit's supply of door hangers. If you are unable to attend roundtable, please contact your district professional or district Scouting for Food chair.  All participating Scouts will receive a Scouting for Food patch. The unit Scouting for Food coordinator can pick up the patches at the March district roundtable.

Reporting Service Hours

Units are encouraged to report their Scouting for Food collection projects on the Journey to Excellence website. This helps provide the community an accurate report on the great service and dedication our Scouts are showing throughout the Sam Houston Area Council.


For questions, contact your district Scouting for Food chair or district professional.


Additional Contacts

Dennis Olheiser
Scouting for Food Council Chair
(281) 831-0787


Cesiah Molina
Scouting for Food Unit Registration
 (713) 756-3398

Michelle Phillips
Scouting for Food Staff Advisor / Program Director
 (713) 756-3308



Earn the Recruiter Strip 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, November 7, 2016 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

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.

Scouting Apps 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, November 5, 2016 3:26:00 AM

Boys’ Life Magazine and Scouting Magazine Apps 

Source:  Scouting Newsroom Blog

Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines have two official mobile apps. Both apps can now be downloaded directly to your mobile device to make the world of Scouting available at your fingertips. 

Boys’ Life has been delivering fascinating and fun content to readers on ink and paper for decades, but new technology brings a new level of content. Readers will still get all the content they love — Scouts in Action, jokes, cartoons and super Scouting outings — plus access to new multimedia content such as videos, slideshows and easy social media sharing.

Downloading the app is as easy as typing “Boys’ Life magazine” into the search box of any app store, including Apple, Google Play and Amazon Kindle. Readers can also sport the new version of the classic publication on their wrist — Boys’ Life is available for Apple Watch too.

Both apps are free to download and once you open either app, you can elect to purchase an annual subscription for either magazine.

Current subscribers to the print version of Boys’ Life will receive the digital subscription for free. To access the app, all you’ll need to do is input your account number, which can be located on your magazine’s address label. Those who are not subscribed can buy a digital subscription though the app, or they can subscribe at the half-price “Scout rate” using special promo code FBTW0216 on the Boys’ Life website.

Find the Scouting magazine app on any app store simply by searching “Scouting magazine USA” or try “BSA” (the UK Scout Association has already published its Scouting magazine). Subscriptions to the digital Scouting — which includes the entire 103-year Scouting archive — are available via in-app purchase for just $4.99 a year.

Boys’ Life and Scouting magazine apps offer access to more than a century of content. (Photo credit: Scouting magazine)

Decades of Scouting Literature at Your Fingertips

Digital subscribers of Boys’ Life can buy almost any single copy dating to the very first issue, published March 1, 1911. Scoutingmagazine subscribers will have direct access to all of that publication’s content from 1913 to today. This means with the apps, you’ve got every issue of each magazine ever produced, right in your pocket.

Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines publish quality information and entertainment for a wide variety of audiences, and you don’t have to be a registered Scouter to subscribe.

The release of the apps makes anywhere, anytime, any place an opportunity to read your favorite Scouting publications.