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Shop on Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate to the Sam Houston Area Council 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, February 21, 2015 1:08:00 PM

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a perfect way to support the Sam Houston of America.

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support Sam Houston Area Council by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

 

Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Additional ways to help ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts include: company matching gifts, company volunteer grants or by donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment and yes, even services.

Work at Summer Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, February 21, 2015 6:40:00 AM

Sam Houston Area Council has a great challenge each year to provide Scouts and Scouters who attend our camps with a great camping experience. The Sam Houston Area Council is looking for a few dedicated individuals to serve Scouting by being a staff member at one of the council's camps. The requirements are stiff; the jobs are demanding; the experience is exhilarating.

Staff members must:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Be at least 16 years of age during camp (ages 14-15 can serve as a counselor-in-training).
  • Exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Complete an application

El Rancho Cima Summer Camp Staff Interviews

Summer camp staff interview dates have been scheduled. Applicants for Cockrell River Camp and Horseshoe Bend camp staff must complete an application prior to the interview. Applicants do not need to register for an interview. 

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Cockrell Scout Center from 8:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 4:00 pm (interviews will not be conducted during lunch)
  • Sunday March 29, 2015 at El Rancho Cima from 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Cockrell Scout Center from 8:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 4:00 pm (interviews will not be conducted during lunch)
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch all day (find one of the camp directors who will be attending the OA Arrowman Bash event; the event's registration team will help).

El Rancho Cima Summer Camp Staff application

Bovay Scout Ranch Camp Staff

Bovay Scout Ranch is looking for dedicated volunteers and paid staff to serve Scouting by working at Adventure Camp weekends throughout the year and during Resident Camp in July. Contact Geno Aguilar to request a camp staff application. 

 

For Questions Contact

Tami Kinn
El Rancho Cima and Winter Camp Staff Applications
 (713) 756-3309
 Tami.Kinn@scouting.org

 

 

 

Geno Aguilar
Bovay Scout Ranch Staff Applications
 (713) 756-3304
 Geno.Aguilar@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Scout Day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, February 16, 2015 9:31:00 AM

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. 

March 18, 2015 is Scout Day. Tickets include admission to the Florida Georgia Line concert, NGR Park, carnival area, livestock and horse shows, shopping food, educational exhibits and the rodeo. Scouts can attend a special presentation from 2:00 - 3:00 pm to fulfill some of the requirements for the "Horsemanship" Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, and the "Sports Belt Loop and Pin" for Cub Scouts in the NRG Arena Sales Pavillion.  NRG park opens at 8:00 am and RodeoHouston begins at 6:45 with the entertainment at 8:45 pm. Tickets purchased after February 21 may not be located in the Scouting section for the concert. Scouts with any Florida Georgia Line concert ticket, including season passes holders or tickets purchased for a different section, can participate in the Scouting activities.

Register for Scout Day at the Rodeo

 

 

 


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Register for Powder Horn 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, February 14, 2015 9:45:00 AM

Like Adventure?

Do you have Scouts who are looking to breathe underwater because they have already learned how to filter it? What about Scouts who are ready to maximize their shooting skills? Would you like to expose your troop, crew or ship to rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, canoeing and kayaking, sailing, firefighting, search & rescue, mountain biking? Well, there is a program for you.

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and young adults age 14 and older are eligible to attend; there are no restrictions on attending the course a second time. The course will span two 3-day weekends: weekend #1 will be held on April 10-12, 2015, and weekend #2 will be April 24-26, 2015.

Powder Horn is offered once every eighteen months so don’t miss this chance to replace yawns with enthusiastic screams. Set your sights on a course that maximizes Scouting skills while bringing adrenaline and leadership to unit.  

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day training course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Powder Horn is for ALL youth and adults who enjoy adventures in the great out-of-doors.  If you want to prepare yourself to effectively plan and safely execute an adventure – then register for Powder Horn today.

During the Powder Horn training, participants will be exposed to high adventure activities for older youth in troops, crews, ships and teams.  Participants will be provided with an introduction to the resources and consultants available to guide a high adventure activity, and will be more comfortable offering challenging outdoor activities.

Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program. It is based on the eight core requirements and eighteen electives found in the Venturing Ranger program. It is intended to help leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources, and in the way they lead their unit-level outdoor and high adventure programs.

This course is a fun introduction to skills. Powder Horn does not train you to be an expert, or even to be self-sufficient in any aspect of outdoor skills. Units will most likely still need to find knowledgeable, trained, and certified individuals to provide a safe and exciting outdoor high adventure program.  Flyer

The course has limited slots left for adults and youth.  

Register for Powder Horn

Powder Horn is designed to:

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

Participant Qualifications

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Powder Horn

Why Powder Horn?

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

What is the approach for this training?

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

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

What activities are presented at Powder Horn?

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

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

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

What is the history of Powder Horn?

In 1983, Louise, a 37-year-old very shy woman read in Boy’s Life about an Outdoor Exploring High Adventure training in Lubbock Texas. It was in the spring and if you have ever been in the Texas Panhandle in the spring you know that it can be hot, sunny, rainy, windy, tornado or snowing.  Louise packed her camping gear (bits and pieces borrowed from her 2 scout sons along with a new tent) into her car and headed for Lubbock (2 hours away).  She knew only what she had learned at Wood badge in 1978 about “high Adventure” in the outdoors but had never experienced real high adventure in person.

The course material said it would cover climbing & rappelling, small boat sailing, camping, backpacking, snow skiing, canoe and much more.  After getting lost on the Loop around Lubbock, she finally arrived at the “camp” (a park).  About 8 people showed up from around the country. (They probably came to see what snow skiing in Lubbock was like).

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

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

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

Shy Louise went to one small outdoor training event in Lubbock Texas 18 years ago.  That event changed her life and the life of her husband and their 2 sons.  It will impact the lives of their 7 grandchildren.  She went home and started a High Adventure Explorer Post.  The post had as many as 250 youth.  They went SCUBA diving, snow skiing, water skiing, climbing & rappelling, camping, and much more.  The post was in Boy’s Life 3 times and participated in a training video.  Louise was the chairperson of the outdoor cluster of the National Exploring committee.  She is a dive master, Red Cross instructor, EMT, boat captain, NRA instructor in rifle, shotgun, pistol and black powder and COPE Director.  She will be the first female Course Director in her council for Wood Badge.

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

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

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

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

For Questions Contact:

Alan W. Cross
Powder Horn Course Director
281-451-1146
wa5uzb@gmail.com

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

 

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

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

 

 

 


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Be a part of the World Jamboree 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, February 11, 2015 8:42:00 AM

World Scout Jamboree, Japan 2015 - A Spirit of Unity

July 28 - August 8, 2015
Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan

A few youth spots are still available for the BSA contingent to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree! From July 28, 2015 through August 8, 2015, Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan will be the host for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Find out more information and how you can attend this once in a lifetime event. The deadline to submit an application for the world jamboree is March 31, 2015.

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Cross Road of Culture, and the Peace Program.

Participants will live and learn with fellow Scouts from around the world. They will be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent but will soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That’s right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

Register for the World Scout Jamboree

 

 

 


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Scout Coupon Book Sales and Booths 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, February 1, 2015 12:08:00 PM

Scout Fair Coupon Books Sales

Scout Fair Coupon Books are 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 purchased. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving over $600 in valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Sonic, Bass Pro, Goodyear and more. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Book sold, for funds turned in on or before April 18, 2015. 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 theScout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels.

Contacts and Turn-in Locations

Coupon Book Booths

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 help Scouts:

  1. Discover - by setting goals and seeking locations that would be beneficial to meet their goal;
  2. Connect - by establishing communications to business managers and obtaining permission to hold a booth sale; and
  3. Take action - by building confidence in themselves and their abilities, as they meet people, communicate effectively, and inspire others, discuss goals, deliver the Scout Fair message and make a difference in the world.

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.

Coupon Book Booths at Kroger

Kroger allows units to sell Scout Fair Coupon Books in front of their stores. Units must register to reserve a time and location. Read the Kroger coupon book booth leader letterNote: registrations submitted before 11:59 on February 1, 2015 will be deleted.  Please wait until noon to register.

Register for Kroger Booth

  • Kroger booths will be scheduled in 4-hour blocks.
  • Dates for booths:
  • February 15 – February 20
  • March 1 – March 7
  • March 15 – March 21
  • March 30 – April 5
  • Each unit will be permitted up to four Kroger booths during the initial registration period.
  • After February 15, 2015, units can then register for multiple Kroger booths after every unit in SHAC has been given the opportunity to request at least one booth at Kroger.

Units can sell Coupon Books at other locations given they have permission from store management and follow the store rules and regulations.

 


Scout Fair Participation Patch

Scouts that attend Scout Fair, participate at Scout Fair or sell Scout Fair Coupon Books will receive a participation Scout Fair participation patch. Unit leaders will receive the participation patch from their district professional at Scout Fair.  The unit leaders will district the patches to participants.

 

2015 Paw Prints

Scouts earned one Paw Print for every Coupon Book sold. Paw Prints come in denominations of ten paw prints, five paw prints and one paw print. Prizes in the Scout Fair prize brochure begin at the 15 Paw print level. Please note that the telescope (a level 40 prize) has been discontinued. If you accumulate less than the designated prize levels, Paw Prints can be redeemed at the Prize Den located at the Winner’s Circle Booth at Scout Fair on April 18. This is a one-day only opportunity. Paw Prints do not have cash value and expire August 31, 2015. Combining of sales between Scouts is not allowed.



*Note: The telescope (level 40 prize) has been discontinued 

Scout Fair Prizes and Super Salesman Patch

Scouts who sell 15 Coupon Books will receive a super salesman patch (one per Scout), and can choose from many awesome prizes.

New this year… the participation patch and the Super Salesman Patch are interlocking patches. No combining of sales between Scouts.


2015 Weekly Drawings

Scouts who sell 15 Coupon Books will receive the super salesman patch and will be entered into the weekly drawing for an annual family membership to the Houston Zoo. A total of 10 weekly drawings will be held every Friday at 4PM beginning February 6 – April 10, 2015. Scouts can enter multiple times to increase their chances of winning. The weekly drawing entry is located on the money turn-in envelope. Winners will be posted on our Facebook page. Drawing prizes are distributed at Scout Fair on April 18, 2015.

2015 Council Top Sellers

The three Scouts who sell the most coupon books in the council will receive:

  • 1st Place Seller – $800 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • 2nd Place Seller – $600 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • 3rd Place Seller – $350 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors


2015 Bonus Prize

Scouts who sell at least 215 Scout Fair Coupon Books will receive the prizes at the 215 level and an additional bonus: a Wild Wink overnight at the Houston Zoo, a fun-filled after-hours experience! The overnight will include interactive activities during a twilight zoo tour, touchable animals, pizza dinner and continental breakfast for the bonus prize winner and a chaperone, as well as a family four pack for each bonus prize winner to visit the zoo.

 

For Questions:

For questions, contact your district Scout Fair Coupon Book coordinator.

 

Ginger Kern
Scout Fair Coupon Sales / Scout Fair Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374
 Ginger.Kern@scouting.org

Rebecca Navarro
Scout Fair Unit / District / Council Booth Sign Up
 (713) 756-3305
Rebecca.Navarro@scouting.org

Chad Srader
Merit Badge Midway Exhibitors
 (713) 756-3372
Chad.Srader@scouting.org

Marty Sepulveda
Dir. of Field Service / Scout Fair Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3371
Martin.Sepulveda@scouting.org

 

 

 


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Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, January 19, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Science Engineering Fair of Houston

March 1, 2015
University of Houston Main Campus, Cullen Performance Hall (map)
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

The Science Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) provides a unique and beneficial science educational service to public and private junior and senior high school students in grades 7-12 from 22 surrounding counties. 

Boy Scouts are invited to view the 2015 science fair projects on Sunday, March 1 from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. This is a free event. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with student researchers, ask questions, and experience STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at its best.

Event Parking: Campus visitors may park in the surface lots 16B or 16D for free, in the TDECU stadium parking garage for visitors for a small fee. UH Campus Map.

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SEFH Judges Needed: The fair needs Scouters to assist in judging the science projects on Saturday, February 28. It takes between 400-600 volunteer judges for this event! Judges are required to have a college degree and have knowledge in the category they judge. Please consider volunteering as a judge and helping to encourage this generation of students to continue their passion for scientific research. This is also an opportunity for Scouters to get project and/or program ideas for youth in their units. For more information on judging, please visit the SEFH website (in the application put Boy Scouts in the company/affiliation).


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. 

March 18, 2015 is Scout Day. Tickets include admission to the Florida Georgia Line concert, NGR Park, carnival area, livestock and horse shows, shopping food, educational exhibits and the rodeo. Scouts can attend a special presentation from 2:00 - 3:00 pm to fulfill some of the requirements for the "Horsemanship" Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, and the "Sports Belt Loop and Pin" for Cub Scouts in the NRG Arena Sales Pavillion.  NRG park opens at 8:00 am and RodeoHouston begins at 6:45 with the entertainment at 8:45 pm.  If you order before February 21, you have the option to sit with other Scouts (subject to availability).

Register for Scout Day at the Rodeo


Beach and Bay: Come Out to Play

March 21, 2015
Galveston Island State Park

The Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) are hosting a day to play the beach at Galveston State Park from 10:00 am 4:00 pm.  The fees for the park are waived. Planned activities include beach and bay explorations led by Galveston Bay Area Chapter Master Naturalists & FoGISP Volunteers, interpretative nature walks, raptor exhibition, kayaking experience, learning how to cast a fishing line, guided bird watching, nature learning center, sea turtle obstacle course, crafts, touching live sea creatures in the touch tank and more. http://fogisp.wordpress.com


Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo

Saturday, March 28, 2015
10 am to 4 pm 
Lone Star College-Montgomery (3200 College Park Dr., Conroe, 77384)

Come learn eco-friendly tips that can help bring balance to your backyard -- and your life! Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo & Spring Fling is designed to help families learn a little about the land on which they live — and how to best take care of it — through hands-on clinics, live demonstrations and children’s activities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a nature lover or outdoor enthusiast. It doesn’t matter if you’re an urban homeowner or a rural landowner. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got just one tree in your yard or thousands of them. Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo & Spring Fling has got you covered.

We’ve got free, hands-on clinics and live demonstrations that will teach you how to nourish your plants, trees and wetlands, attract wildlife to your property and protect yourself from wildfire. And don’t forget to take your little ones to the Family Adventure Zone where they can climb a rock wall, take a peek at a live screech owl and learn how to kayak. At the expo, you’ll play for a day but learn for a lifetime.  


Texas A&M Merit Badge University

April 11, 2015

Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity is hosting a Merit Badge University for Boy Scouts at Texas A&M in College Station. Over 30 merit badge classes are being offered, including some Eagle Scout required badges. This event is for SHAC registered Scouts; there is a cap of 300 Scouts. For more information, visit their website

About Alpha Phi Omega

For over 70 years, Alpha Phi Omega has continued its commitment to the Boy Scouts of America, and was founded on the principles of Scouting. Even though a Scouting background is no longer required for membership into the fraternity; the fraternity maintains a rich Scouting membership which usually includes several Eagle Scouts. 

The purpose of the MBU is to allow Scouts the opportunity to visit a college town, and to give Scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges in a college academic environment. Scouts also get access to resources that they would normally not have available to them on the local troop level. It is an opportunity for Scouts to work with university faculty and students. 


National Weather Service Skywarn Classes

The National Weather Service Houston/Galveston office offers free Skywarn classroom and webinar training courses on how to spot and report severe weather. Scouters are invited to attend. Upcoming training sessions are posted here.

 

 


Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge

May 23, 2015
September 5, 2015

Soar to new heights this year in science, math, and history with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum's Aviation Merit Badge Workshop. Located at William P. Hobby Airport, these exciting one-day programs serve as an excellent introduction for youth to aviation while helping them earn their Aviation Merit Badge*. Scouts will learn about the forces of flight, types of engines, and functions of aircraft instruments and control surfaces. Guided tours of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and presentations by career speakers will also inform participants of commercial aviation’s rapid growth and various job opportunities available in the Houston Area.  Flyer.  Registration Form.


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
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

For more information, contact:

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

 

 

 


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Free Placemats for Blue and Gold Banquets 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, January 9, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Free, customizable placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets to help promote day camp. Enter the date and location of your district day camp before printing.

2015 Cub Scout Day Camp

Cub Scout Day/Twilight Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Scouts can attend any district’s camp that best suits their schedule. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. Advancements offered at Day Camp supplements the exciting program offered at Resident Camp.

At camp, Cub Scouts will salute those heroes who help keep us safe and secure each and every day. Can only adults be heroes? Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! Sometimes a hero is obvious, the policeman who risks his life to protect us from violence or the fireman who pulls people out of burning buildings. Some people around us seem like regular people, but they are heroes because they used to be soldiers in the military and served our country to keep us free. Heroes  are all around us. You never know when or where emergencies will arise. Scouting teaches us how to handle these situations. We don’t expect to get hurt, and don’t expect to need first aid, but we are prepared just in case. Do Your Best! One person can make a difference. One person who helps can change someone’s world. Maybe one day the hero will be you or your Cub Scout.

 


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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