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Camping Reports due August 31, 2017 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, August 14, 2017 3:32:00 PM

The council conducts an annual camping survey of troops, crews, and ships to determine how many youth participate in long-term camping and high-adventure activities. The information is included in the council's annual report and Journey to Excellence.

The unit leader should complete the short survey by August 31, 2017, for the period of September of 2016 through August of 2017.

Camping Report



For questions, contact your district executive.


Nathan Doherty
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308

Council Coordinated is Thursday 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, August 14, 2017 12:52:00 PM

Council Coordinated
August 17, 2017  |  7:00 pm

Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leadership to receive updates from the council. The event is held at the Cockrell Scout Center at 7:00 pm.

RSVP for Council Coordinated

National BSA Online Survey
August 17, 2017  |  6:00 pm

At the recent BSA National Annual Meeting, the National BSA organization began a conversation about Scouting possibly serving a broader constituency, including the addition of girls to additional elements of our program. This conversation led to a deeper discussion of options that could help us serve the needs of today's families. You are invited to participate in this discussion by attending a special video presentation and providing feedback via an online survey.  

The Sam Houston Area Council will hold this screening and online survey on Thursday, August 17, 2017, starting at 6:00 p.m., before the Council Coordinated Meeting. This screening is open to all adult leaders. All attendees will sign in, view the video presentation, and provide feedback to BSA National via an online survey. There will be no time allotted for discussion in order to ensure that all feedback is provided directly to the National BSA organization, which will ultimately make the final decisions on these issues. Only those present at the screening of the video can participate in the online survey. 

University of Scouting - Fall 

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

September 23, 2017

MacArthur High School in Aldine ISD
4400 Aldine Mail Rte Rd
Houston, TX 77039

University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, Sea Scouts, district and council leaders and parents. It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where participants choose from over 100 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. 



Pre-registration is highly encouraged as classes fill up. Walk-ins are welcome; however, please arrive early, to select classes. Lunches are available for purchase for adults and youth, or you are welcome to bring your own lunch. At checkout, pay with a credit card, electronic check, or PayPal. Council refund policy.

     Registration fee (through 9/21/17) $25
  Onsite registration $30
  Lunch $8 (optional)

   Register        Course Catalog

How to Register - Click on the Register button

Step 1: Select a participant 
Step 2: Select a category (period)
Step 3: Choose a class (click “+” sign)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each period
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule at the bottom of the page
Step 5: Click continue and the bottom of the page 
Step 6: Checkout
Step 7: Payment

Classes that are full will not show.


Check-in begins at 7:00 am. Courses run from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Who should attend? 

There is something for everyone! From new Scouters or parents to Scouters with many years of experience, University of Scouting has something for you!



Melissa Spears
University of Scouting Chair

Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912


Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912

Nathan Doherty
Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308




National Order of the Arrow Sign-Up 

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

July 30 - August 4, 2018
Indiana University

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

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

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


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

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


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

Payment Plan

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

Youth Registration      Adult Application 

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Fun with Son 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:11:00 AM

October 20-21 or 21-22, 2017

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Cub Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more.



Register for Friday to Saturday

Register for Saturday to Sunday

The registration fee is $24 per participant and includes an event patch, activity supplies, snacks and two meals. Register early as sessions fill up quickly.

Volunteer Registration

Fun with Son is run by volunteers. Volunteers help with check-in, run program areas (e.g., BB guns, archery, crafts, rockets), serve in the dining hall, assist with parking and staff the first aid area. Volunteer registration can be done by individuals or unit leaders.

Volunteer Sign-Up

What to Bring

Tent, sleeping bag, pillow, tarp/ground cloth for under tent, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight with fresh batteries, rain gear, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes), toiletries, appropriate clothing for weather, personal medication, copy of the BSA Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events) for every participant. Saturday / Sunday participants should eat lunch before arriving.

Optional: camp chair, cot or sleeping mattress, camera, Scout uniform, battery operated lantern, wet wipes, sunscreen, hat, snacks (do not leave food in tent), glow sticks, super hero costume or t-shirt (to wear during dinner), football or soccer ball (to play in campsites during free time), fishing pole/gear

Friday/Saturday Schedule

Friday: 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Saturday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:00 am to noon - Program

Saturday/Sunday Schedule

Saturday: 12:00 to 2:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  2:00 to 6:00 pm - Program
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Sunday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:30 am - Scouts Own Service (Inspirational, inter-faith ceremony of praise and worship)


Monica Cotten
Fun With Son Registration
 (713) 756-3322

Vincent Manning
Fun With Son Staff Advisor 
 (713) 756-3380


OA Day of Service 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:59:00 AM

September 30, 2017

Double Lake Recreation Area 
301 FM 2025 Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331

Order of the Arrow members will be leading a service project on National Public Lands Day. This service opportunity is open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, family members and Venturers. This project will serve to meet the Life Scout conservation project hours. 


The cost is only $5 per person and includes lunch. Registration can be done by individual Arrowman or units (troops, teams, crews, ships). Units may camp; request this during registration.



7:00 am Check-in
8:00 am Safety meeting
3:30 pm Conclude

What to Bring

  • Work clothes (jeans, long sleeve shirt, boots, work gloves, hat)
  • Insect repellant
  • Rain Gear
  • Water Bottle
  • BSA Health and Medical Record (parts A & B for all Scouting events)
  • Optional: loppers, bow saw, shovel


About National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Nearly 200,000 volunteers and park visitors will provide service at 2,520 public land sites in all 50 states. Connect with NPLD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for their newsletter to stay posted! NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds.

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  @colonneh General lodge announcements
  @fallpowwow  OA Fall Pow Wow announcements
      @txconclave  Section Conclave lodge contingent announcements
  @ab137 Arrowman Bash announcements
  @noac NOAC lodge contingent announcements


Event Adviser - Patrick Weisbrod
 (281) 408-5204

Lodge Vice Chief and Service


Associate Lodge Adviser of Service






Webelos Coyote Extreme 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, August 1, 2017 11:24:00 PM

November 10-12, 2017

Bovay Scout Ranch
3450 County 317
Navasota, TX 77868

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme (WCTX) is an annual event for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast paced, fun-filled weekend Scouts will work on advancements and be introduced to the patrol method. Webelos Scouts will learn the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first Boy Scout camp out, such as fire lays, basic knots, lashings, and more. Space is limited, so register early. 

Registration is Now Open

Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s) can register. The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $115 per Webelos Scout and includes four meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), a patch, t-shirt, water bottle and program supplies. The adult fee is $40 per adult and includes four meals. Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow camp policies and procedures located in the Leader's Guide and the Guide to Safe Scouting.


General Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Webelos Coyote Xtreme

What are the leadership requirements?

Webelos should bring at least one family member. Webelos may be under the direction of a Webelos leader, but Webelos leaders may not be responsible for more than one additional “nonfamily member” youth. Every adult must have a copy of their Youth Protection Training certificate taken online at within last 2 years. Every Webelos must be under the supervision of a leader, parent or guardian. Bovay follows all Guide to Safe Scouting rules.

What health form do I need to attend Webelos Coyote Xtreme Camp?
A copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B) must be turned in for every participant.
What do the fees include?
The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $115 per Webelos and includes four meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, t-shirt, water bottle and Webelos program supplies. The adult fee is $40 per adult and includes four meals. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America.
What are the check-in procedures?

Campers may check-in between 3:00 - 10:00 pm on Friday evening or between 7:00 - 9:00 am on Saturday morning. Programs begin on Saturday at 9:00 or 10:00 am and run until 5:00 pm. 

The designated leader will check in at the registration office in the administration building (approximately 1 mile past the main gate on the left) and register the unit or group. Registration lines can be a long on busy weekends so please be patient. To facilitate a quicker registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork: 
1. Camp roster, two copies;
2. Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult;
3. Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A and B) for each participant, two copies alphabetized in an envelope or notebook (one to keep in campsite and one to turn in during registration);
4. Camp registration confirmation (printed receipt);
5. Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the unit (taken online within past years).

When registration is complete, the staff will assign campsites and campers may then proceed to their campsite. When you arrive at your campsite, please inspect your campsite and any rental equipment (cots or tents) to make sure there are no safety issues or prior damages. If your cots or tents have any problems please report it immediately to staff. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables and a red fire water bucket. Distribute wristbands to all youth and adults. Everyone must wear their designated wristbands at all times. Wristband colors determine which rotation schedule the Scout should follow. Please follow the specified rotation schedule as the program is designed for a specific number of youth at each outpost.

What are the departure procedures?

Departure is after breakfast on Sunday. Camp is closed at 11 a.m. On the morning of departure, the campmaster will drop off cleaning supplies at the restrooms. Follow the written instructions on cleaning assigned showers and restrooms. Scouts should conduct a “police line” where Scouts stand within arm’s length of each other and walk the entire campsite picking up all trash. The campmaster will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed. After passing inspection, proceed to the administration building to sign out and pick up paperwork.

What is the schedule?
Tentative Schedule:


3:00 – 10:00 pm: Check-in at the administration building, camp set up, dinner on own, pack free time

8:00 pm: Leader's meeting in Safari Room


7:00-9:00 am: Late check-in at the administration building, camp set-up, breakfast on own

9:00 or 10:00 am – noon: Program

12:00 pm: Lunch in dining hall

1:30 – 5:00 pm: Program

6:00 pm: Dinner in dining hall

7:00 pm: Pack free time in campsites


8:00 am: Breakfast in dining hall

9:00 am: Camp breakdown / check-out

11:00 am: Camp closed

Note:  You will receive the final rotation schedule at check-in. Schedules vary based on camp attendance.

What do we need to bring to Webelos Coyote Xtreme?

Bring:  Tent (if not requested when registering); sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress (if not requested when registration); toiletries (e.g., shampoo, toothbrush, deodorant); water bottle; towel and wash cloth; sunscreen; insect repellent; swimsuit; clothes appropriate for weather; rain gear, extra clothes; Scout uniform (determined by pack); closed toed shoes (tennis shoes) and extra pair; flashlight with fresh batteries; personal medication; first aid kit, one per registered group; Annual Health and Medical Form, Part A & B, required for every participant; small trash bags for restrooms; 55 gallon trash bags for campsite; camper release form, for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp. All items should be marked with name and unit number.

Optional:  Alarm Clock; battery operated lantern; bicycle and bike helmet; book of faith; camera; camp chair; Cub Scout handbook; fishing gear; glow sticks (great to keep track of your kids at night and to play games); lockable footlocker; money for trading post; shower shoes; snacks (do not keep in tent); sports drinks or flavor packets for water (to help keep Scouts hydrated); sunglasses

Adults also need to bring a copy for camp: 
1. Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult;
2. Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the group (taken online within past years).
3. Camp Roster for the group

What NOT to bring to camp:  Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

Where can I find camp policies?
Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must be familiar with the Leader’s Guide which includes council policies and procedures, and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
How are refunds handled?
See the council refund policy.


Geno Aguilar
Webelos Coyote Camp Registration
 (713) 756-3304
 Bovay Scout Ranch3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380




Earn the Solar Eclipse Patch 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, July 31, 2017 4:41:00 PM

Here’s how to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch

Source: Scouting Magazine: June 27, 2017

A total solar eclipse is a rare event. A total solar eclipse whose path crosses right over the heart of the United States? Even rarer.

On Aug. 21, 2017, the solar system serves up a special treat. Aug. 21 is a Monday, but those Scouts and Venturers who are still on summer break should plan a big celebration. Like all the best celebrations, this one comes with its own patch.

There won’t be another total solar eclipse over the United States until 2024. After that, you must wait until 2045. In other words, when Aug. 21 arrives, make sure you’re ready.

How to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch

  1. Locate a site suitable for viewing the eclipse. Search Google for “eclipse viewing” and the name of your city or town to find events near you.
  2. Describe how to safely view the eclipse.
    • Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look directly at these tips from NASA on how to view the eclipse safely.
  3. Discuss with your group what you saw and felt during the eclipse.
    • Post your comments and eclipse photos on social media using the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017.
  4. Do the following:
    • Cub Scouts: Discuss what a solar eclipse is with your leaders.
    • Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts: Draw a diagram of the positions of the moon, earth, and sun to show how the solar eclipse occurs.
    • Venturers: Research Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s 1919 experiment and discuss how it confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
  5. Ask your unit leader to buy the 2017 Solar Eclipse patch.

Winter NYLT Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:19:00 AM

December 26 - 31, 2017

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The first step in the BSA Youth Leadership Training continuum is conducted in the home unit. Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers who have 1) completed this training and 2) reached the age of thirteen but are not yet eighteen (for Venturers not yet twenty-one), may participate. NYLT is held in December and June.

Unit leaders have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The purpose of NYLT is not to assume that role, but rather support it. The NYLT week is filled with activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and camping in a team and model unit environment. Participants learn and practice skills that are valuable at home, church, school, work and the Scouting unit.

The course is designed for youth members 14 years of age. However, at a unit leader's discretion, they may approve a Scout at 13 years of age to attend NYLT. Since a Scout only takes this course once, we want them to get the maximum benefit from this experience; therefore, it is essential that they be able to handle the demands of this advanced course, which requires maturity, experience, and proficiency in basic camping skills.

At NYLT, a temporary training unit is formed consisting of youth from Venturing crews, Boy Scout troops and Varsity teams across the council. This training unit is instructed and led by a highly qualified group of outstanding youth and adult trainers. At the end of this conference, the Scout returns to their home unit with advanced knowledge of leadership skills and patrol/troop/team/crew operation. NYLT is held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).

NYLT Flier

Requirements and Expectations

  1. Be at least 13 years of age, but not yet 18 by day one of the course. For Venturers, be at least 13, but not yet 21 by the end of the course.
  2. Live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law at all times.
  3. Be able to attend the entire course: day one begins at 1:00 pm (check-in starts at noon) and day six ends around 4:00 PM
  4. Attend the mandatory orientation meeting.
  5. Unit leader approval

Orientation Meeting

December 3, 2017  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm

There is a mandatory orientation for all participants and every youth on the wait list. The orientation meeting is held at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West). Please arrive at least 30-minutes early to check in. Please have all fees and paperwork finalized before the orientation meeting in order to ensure a speedy check-in. All registered participants will receive an email with orientation registration instructions as the date nears. If you have questions about the orientation meeting, contact Lily Garrison at 713-756-3305.


The fee for NYLT training is $225. The fee includes two t-shirts and one neckerchief; extra t-shirts can be ordered. Payments of cash or check may be submitted but must be received at the Cockrell Scout Center (PO Box 924528, Houston, Texas 77292) within seven business days of online registration. Before registering, read the FAQs below before registering and have the unit leader information (name, address, phone, and email) available. For registration questions, please contact Lily Garrison at 713-756-3305. Courses fill up early.


Registration is complete and the Scout's name is placed on the roster when the following have been completed:
  1. Online registration is submitted
  2. Fees paid in full
  3. Participant attends orientation meeting


What are the NYLT policies?
Fee Refunds - Refunds are in accordance with the council refund policy available at
Equipment Damage – Should council equipment or property be damaged by participants during the course, where damage occurs from other than normal or expected use, it shall be the responsibility of the participant(s) involved (and their guardians) to pay for the cost of the damage.
Course Completion – To successfully complete the course and receive the certificate and patch, a participant must attend the full course including closing ceremony.  Anyone arriving late or leaving the course early will not be eligible for completion.
Medication – All medication containers must be labeled with participant’s name, medication name, dosage & schedule for the medication.  Send only enough medication for the course duration.  Most pharmacies will prepare a second container for you with the prescription label so only the required medication can be sent with the Scout. In addition, please complete the Medication Form above.  Each participant may keep inhalers and sting kits.
Rescheduling - Your placement in a course if for that course and week only. If a scheduling conflict develops, and you wish to move to another course and week, we will make every effort to accommodate that request. However, if the other course has a waitlist, you will be placed at the bottom of that wait list as a new registrant. We will not remove a confirmed registrant from a course to replace them with a transfer request. All requests must be in writing. You may send an email request to
What should be brought to NYLT?

Required Personal Items:

  • Complete BSA Field Uniform: Boy Scout: khaki/ Venturing: green shirt, gray pant; Sea Scouts: chambray
    • Uniform shirt with proper patches (1 to 2)
    • Uniform pants or shorts (1 to 2)
    • Uniform socks (3 pair)
    • Uniform BSA belt and buckle
  • Shoes: 2 pair (1 pair suitable for hiking and 1 extra pair; no open-toed or sandals except shower shoes)
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Light jacket in summer, heavy jacket in winter
  • Change of clothing: pants, shirts, underwear, socks
  • Backpack for all gear (no footlockers/suitcases)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground cloth
  • Lightweight tent for camping (10'x10' or smaller)
  • Water bottle or canteen (2)
  • Mess kit: plate, bowl, cup, knife, spoon
  • Flashlight (spare batteries & bulb)
  • Compass
  • Boy Scout knife (no sheath knives)
  • Chapstick, sun screen, insect repellent (no aerosol)
  • Prescribed or required medication in ziplock bag with name on bag (only enough for the 6 days) – left with adult staff member
  • Pens or pencils/notepad
  • Winter courses:  warm jacket and sweatshirt or sweater
  • Annual Medical and Medical Record, Parts A, B, C

Each participant will receive two NYLT t-shirts during check-in

Recommended Personal Gear:

  • Foam sleeping pad
  • Bathing - 2 towels, soap/container (a ziplock works)
  • Hygiene products:  toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, comb, etc.
  • Powder to prevent chaffing (e.g. Gold Bond)
  • Personal first aid kit – basic – band aids, etc.
  • Watch/alarm clock

Optional Personal Gear:

  • Small rug or mat for tent floor
  • Pillow
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Clothesline/clothespins
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera ( no cell phones)
  • Musical instrument (no electronics)
  • Shower shoes (don't have to be closed toed)
  • Religious book(s)

Please do not bring food, electronics (cell phone, game devices), hiking staves or poles, matches, lighters or any item that results in fire. Merit badge and OA sashes are not needed.  Mark  all personal gear and equipment with youth’s name. Count the number of large items left with the youth and be sure you have the same number of items on pickup day.

All clothing must be "Scout appropriate" meaning t-shirts and caps with Scouting themes from activities such as summer camp, Camporees, high adventure outings and also troop-specific wear are appropriate. Clothing which promotes businesses, entertainment groups/individuals, sports or teams, or schools and etc. are not appropriate for this course.

Remember: “Dress for the weather. Pack for the season.”

What are the NYLT course objectives?
NYLT objectives:
1. Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the troop program.
2. Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal development and how those elements relate to being a leader.
3. Guide the participants through the stages of team development.
4. Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
5. Give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops and teams.
6. Have fun and experience Scouting at its best.
What is the course overview?
The course models a month in the life of a unit – three meetings (one each day for the first three days) leading to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp). The course uses the patrol method and presents model leader council meetings.

The training unit challenges the youth early in the week to present their "Quest for the Meaning of Leadership" at the end of the week. The challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development. This gives teams and individual Scouts hands-on, practical application of the leadership skills and concepts presented to them during the course.

Throughout the course, the staff models the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of the course is to fill the Scout's “Toolbox of Leadership Skills” with knowledge, practice, and understanding of when and how to use these skills.

The course begins with the teams finding their team vision and ends with the individuals refining a personal vision of how to put the skills learned into action at their home unit.
What does the course fee cover?

The fee provides for all meals (dinner day one through lunch on day 6), program material, facility expenses, program equipment, insurance, two NYLT t-shirts, patrol cap, and NYLT notebook.

Do I have to attend the orientation session?
Yes. If there is a wait list for a course, then Scouts who are registered for a course but do not attend the orientation will lose their place on that course. This creates an open position, which will be filled by a Scout on the wait list who has attended orientation
What type of tents will be used during the course?

The participants will bring their own lightweight tent (10'x10' or smaller) This may be the same tent used for the outpost hike.

Why does each Scout have to bring a backpacking tent? Can several Scouts from the same troop share the same tent?

The tent is used for one night of the program called the outpost camp. This outpost camp is by patrol. Patrol assignments are made to enhance learning during the course. Consequently, in most cases participants will not be in patrols with anyone from their home.

What merit badges will be offered?

The purpose of NYLT is leadership training in the context of a model troop and patrol. No merit badges will be offered.

When is parent’s night?

The five and a half day schedule of NYLT is very full, from early morning until bed time each night. There are no scheduled times for parental visits.

Can Venturers and Sea Scouts attend NYLT?

Venturers and Sea Scouts, both male and female, meeting the age requirements (13-20) may apply for the course. To ensure privacy and high Scouting standards, strict coed camping rules will be enforced.

Are scholarships available?
A limited number of partial fee scholarships are available.  Scholarships are granted based on need.

The participant needs to register online and choose the mail box option when checking out; then submit a scholarship request. Scholarships must be applied for and approved prior to the registration becoming final.

NYLT Staff

After participation in an NYLT course, a Scout may apply to serve on staff. If you enjoyed NYLT, and you want to make sure other Scouts have the same rewarding experience, then staffing may be for you. It is a lot of fun, but also requires dedication to hard work and preparation. Conducting a National Youth Leadership Training course takes a great deal of planning, plenty of inspiration, and the enthusiastic participation of many dedicated people. The rewards for participants, staff, and the Scouting movement are tremendous.

There are opportunities for those who have completed the course to become a staff member for NYLT. If Scouts are still active in Scouting, are highly motivated, are hard working, and would like to be considered for a position on a future NYLT staff, they may sign up for a youth staff search interview.

NYLT Staff Information       


NYLT Contacts

Karen Stancik
NYLT Coordinator

Lily Garrison
NYLT Registration
 (713) 756-3305


Nathan Doherty
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308

Never Miss a Post 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:09:00 PM

To keep up with the latest council news, like us on Facebook.

How to Never Miss a Post

Once you've liked our council's Facebook page, click the arrow next to the "Liked" button and select "See First" under "In Your News Feed." This way, you'll always see our latest posts and Scouting news at the top of your timeline - no matter what time of day you visit Facebook.

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Click, like, comment, and share our posts. 


Mention the council in your posts. 

Type "@Sam Houston Area Council" and then select the council from the list that appears.


Share Memories.

Share your Scouting memories with us by sending photos and videos.  You can post them on our wall or send them to us as a message. You may just see them posted on our wall.


Invite Friends.

Invite your Scouting friends to Like our page. 



The Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of communications through websites and on social media through Facebook.  The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.

Share your unit social media sites

While we are currently focused on Facebook, we have plans to expand to other types of social media. 

We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts. 

Would you like your unit website to be listed on your district website?  If so, please complete our social media survey.

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