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Ten Commandments Hike 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:01:00 PM

February 20, 2016

The Sam Houston Area Council is hosting the seventeenth annual Ten Commandments Hike in conjunction with Scout Sunday. This year we will host two separate hikes.

  • North Hike (Kingwood area) starts at Strawbridge United Methodist Church (5629 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood 77345)
  • Downtown Hike starts at Christ Church Cathedral located at (1117 Texas Avenue, Houston 77002)

Participants will enjoy viewing these historic and newer places of worship and hearing a brief presentation at each stop of the history of the building, the distinctive nature of their religious belief and a brief explanation of one of Ten Commandments. The hike includes an event patch for each participant. All Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, adult leaders, siblings, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, Sunday School Classes, confirmation classes, or other interested youth and their parents, and friends are welcome!   


The event costs $5.00 for each participant and includes a patch.



Each hike begins promptly at 9:00 am. Please arrive by 8:30 am and check-in.  

  • Downtown Hike: 4.9 miles and take approximately 5.5 hours* (5 houses of worship)
  • Museum Hike: 5.2 miles and takes almost 7 hours* (10 houses of worship)
  • North (Kingwood) Hike: 5 miles and takes approximately 6 hours*

*These are estimates, based on the usual routes, which are sometimes modified because of road repairs/construction.

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes (this is a walking event)
  • Scouts should wear their complete uniform
  • Clothing appropriate for weather (e.g., jacket, umbrella, rain gear)
  • Water bottle
  • Sack lunch (labeled with name)
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Personal first aid items
  • Day pack or backpack to carry personal items

Each participant is required to provide their own sack lunch. A shuttle service to deliver the lunches to the noon stop will be available at check-in so please consider appropriate packaging or container and identification for the lunches. The event is a "rain-or-shine event."

Advancement Opportunities

For Cub Scouts, the hike can be used to fulfill advancement requirements. Here are some ideas:

  • Tiger: My Family's Duty to God #1, 2, 4
  • Wolf: Duty to God Footsteps #1
  • Bears: Fellowship and Duty to God #2b, d
  • Webelos: My Family's Duty to God #2b and Duty to God in Action #2b


George Etier
Ten Commandments Hike Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 677-4159

Report Scouting for Food Service Hourse 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:58:00 PM

Scouting for Food was a huge success.  Units are encouraged to report their Scouting for Food results 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


Rebecca Navarro
Scouting for Food Unit Registration
 (713) 756-3305

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



Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, February 3, 2016 4:08:00 PM

Cub Scout shooting sports programs may be conducted only on a district (e.g., district event, day camp) or council level (e.g., adventure camp, resident camp). Archery, BB gun shooting, and slingshot shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or to council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. All shooting ranges in the Cub Scout program must be supervised by a qualified range master who is at least 18 years of age and who meets the minimum requirements. See specific qualifications and training requirements for Cub Scout shooting sports range masters in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, No. 430-938.

New Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Awards

Cub Scouts earn the shooting sports awards in the following order:

1. Rank-level patch. Choose a discipline: BB gun, archery, or slingshot. Complete the Level 1 requirements for that discipline.
2. Discipline device (pin). Complete the Level 2 requirements for the same discipline in which the patch was earned.
3. Additional discipline devices. Earn pins for the remaining disciplines by completing the Level 1 and Level 2 requirements in those disciplines. (NOTE: Both Level 1 and Level 2 requirements must be completed for each successive discipline.)

Shooting Sports Requirements


Venturing Challenge 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:14:00 AM

February 26-28, 2016

The Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout at a Bovay Scout Ranch. This event is intended to be an opportunity for the youth to bring prospective Venturers and Sea Scouts to a council-wide activity. The weekend is filled with games, movies, crew against crew competitions, campfire program. Venturers can camp Friday night and Saturday or just attend Saturday only.

The registration fee is $10 for all participants. You can register as a unit or as an individual. All participants must be at least 14 years old. The registration fee includes a patch, and lunch on Saturday.  T-shirts are available for $12. 

Register          More Information

Venturing Forum

April 19, 2016

Venturing Forums are held three times a year, and are a great resource and fun opportunity for your entire Venturing crew.  Each forum includes a chance to get to know fellow Venturers from across the council and features a program packed with ideas and opportunities for your crew to take advantage of and implement into its annual program plan. The council’s youth Venturing officers take the lead in driving this program and making it a great experience for both the youth and adults in the Venturing program.  Bring the whole crew or ship – and prospective Venturers!  Venturing Forums are held at the Cockrell Scout Center at 7:00 pm. 



About Venturing

Venturing is a youth development program in Sam Houston Area Council for young men and women 14 years of age (and in the 9th grade) through 20 years old. Venturing provides positive experiences to help young people mature and become responsible and caring adults. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development, citizenship, and physical fitness. Sea Scouts is a youth development program for young men and women 14 years of age (and in the 9th grade) through 20 years old with a special interest in aquatic activities.

Each Venturing crew has its own special interest, often including (but not limited to) outdoors activities, sports, arts and hobbies, religious life, or aquatics. These activities, plus service projects, ceremonies, and friendly competition, help youth to learn the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Consultants from the community play an important part in Venturing. Through positive peer group interaction and adult mentoring, youth also learn honesty, responsibility, and respect.

Venturing crews can be coed, all-male, or all-female. The chartered organization and the leadership make that decision. The special interest is determined by the chartered organization and by the interests and capabilities of the youth and adults in the crew or ship.

The Sam Houston Area Council, BSA, serves nearly 60,000 youth in 16 counties southeast Texas area through dedicated service and leadership of nearly 20,000 adult volunteers. Scouting is completely funded by the generosity of our local communities. Your support of Scouting provides programs, services, professional support, as well as year-round outdoor programs - all designed to lead youth to lifelong values, service and achievement.


SHAC Corps 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:35:00 PM

SHAC (Scouts Helping At Camp) Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. The Order of the Arrow is leading this opportunity, but this service project is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Campers only need to bring their personal camp gear. Camp is providing the food and a special council shoulder patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas for activities. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individual Arrowmen (OA members) may register for this free event.

           February 19-21, 2016 Bovay Scout Ranch
  May 20-22, 2016 El Rancho Cima
  September 9-11, 2016 Camp Brosig


Register for SHAC Corps

The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the event

Food count: Please revise any attendance counts before the Monday prior to the event. Food is ordered based on these numbers. Accurate attendance counts are needed for sufficient food ordering, but we do not want to waste food either.

Specialized Skills: If you have any adults with specialized skills (e.g., electrician, mechanic, plumber), please let Tami know. Camp may be able to utilize these adults for special projects needed at camp.

What To Bring

  • work clothes (jeans, boots)
  • work gloves
  • personal camping gear (tent, sleeping bag)
  • sunscreen, water bottle
  • personal items
  • snacks (optional)
  • Annual Health & Medical Form for each participant

Tentative Schedule

  • Friday night: check-in 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm and campsite set up.
  • Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – service to camp; 6:00 pm – dinner, evening program, movie.
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - interfaith service and check-out


OA Service Corps
SHAC Corps Questions

Kaitlin Craig
Office Assistant
(713) 865-9123

Brett Lee
Staff Adviser
 (713) 756-3306




Resident Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, January 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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 camp.

Learn more about Resident Camp

Resident camp includes activities such as seeking treasure in the Lost Mine, high speed pedal action at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, shooting on the BB gun range, action at the K.S. “Bud” Adams Sports Field, exploring camp at the nature center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park. The resident camp program will focus on the new Cub Scout program electives:

  • Tiger: Floats and Boats, Rolling Tigers
  • Wolf: Spirit of the water, Adventure in coins
  • Bear: Salmon Run , A Bear Goes Fishing
  • Webelos : Aquanaut, Earth Rocks

Scouts will also learn to say the Scout Oath in American Sign Language! In addition, guided nature hikes, and an evening astronomy programs set resident camp apart as an outstanding way to make memories with your sons and grandsons! 

Resident Camp Registration

Click on the session below to register.

Register Session Date Session Time
Session 1 July 10 - 13, 2016 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 2 July 13 - 16, 2016 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 3 July 17 - 20, 2016 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 4 July 20 - 23, 2016 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 5 July 24-  27, 2016 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 6 July 27 - 30, 2016 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am

Baden Powell Dinner 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:06:00 AM

February 19, 2016
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, staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), or staffed National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) 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.

Baden Powell Registration




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

Michelle Phillips
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308






Blue and Gold Placemats 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, January 1, 2016 11:26:00 PM

Free, customizable placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets and den meetings to help promote day camp.

Letter Sized Placemats              Legal Sized Placemats

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. 

There are 26 camps offered around the council at various times. Registration opens in February. 


District 2016 Dates Time Location Contact
Aldine Pathfinder June 6-8 5:00 - 8:00 pm Texas Serenity Academy Caroline Rudisill
Antares June 7-10 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Scarborough Elementary 

Malik Nelson
Arrowmoon June 13-17 8:00 - 3:00 pm Camp Howdy Allyson Sweeney
Aquila June 6-10 6:00 - 9:15 pm Longfellow Elementary Mary Welch
Big Cypress
June 6-9
AM Session: 8:30am - 2:00pm
PM Session: 3:00 - 8:30 pm
Cy-Fair Exhibition Center
Holly Householder
Brahman June 27-30 8:00 am - 3:00 pm El Campo American Legion Denise Kopecky
Brazos TBD 2:00 - 8:30 pm Fort Bend County Fairgrounds Jennifer Carlisle
Copperhead TBD 3:00 - 8:30pm Houston Farm and Ranch Raphael Poirrier
David Crockett June 7-10 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Camp Brosig Dee Dee Michel
Flaming Arrow June 21-23 1:30 - 8:00 pm A.V. "Bull" Sallas park John Carter
George Strake June 13-17 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, M-Th
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Fr
Carl Barton Junior Park Lorie Thornton
Iron Horse June 14-17 1:00 - 8:00 pm Northside Christian Church Leana Skinner
Mustang June 13-17 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Houston Farm and Ranch Jennifer Mikes
North Star June 14-17 12:30 - 6:30 pm Cornerstone Church  Angie Lopez
Orion June 14-17 2:00 - 8:00 pm Spring Creek Park Adam Chojnacki
Phoenix June 20-24 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park Albert Robb
Raven June 13-16 5:45 - 9:15 pm LDS Church in Baytown Valerie Richardson
San Jacinto June 6-10 4:30 - 9:00 pm Lomax Arena Thadd Bowers
Skyline June 13-16 5:30 - 8:30 pm St. Pius X High School Colleen Tautfest
Soaring Eagle June 7-10 1: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
2: 3:00 - 8:30 pm
LDS Church, 12310 Hampton Dr Bobby Ausmus
Tall Timbers June 6-10 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Grace Crossing Church Clysta Maggart
Tatanka June 13-17 5:30 - 9:00 pm LDS Church, 3450 S Dairy Ashford Jason Hoffart
Texas Skies June 6-10 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Houston Farm and Ranch Steve Slagel
Thunder Wolf June 7-10 3:00 - 8:00 pm Elkins High School Susan Driever
Twin Bayou June 13-16 6:00 - 9:15 pm St. Anne Catholic Church, Scout House,
2140 Westheimer Rd, 77098
Jenny Johnson
W.L. Davis June 8-10 5:00 - 8:30 pm Gregg Elementary School Doris Thornton


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.




For Questions Contact:

Leslie Melton
Council Day Camp Chair

Geno Aguilar
 (713) 756-3304


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

Service Project Resources 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, January 1, 2016 1:02:00 PM

Doing service projects together is one way that Scouts keep their promise "to help other people." While a Scout should do his best to help other people every day, a group service project is a bigger way to help people. While you're giving service, you're learning to work together with others to do something that's good for your community.

Community service is a very important part of Scouting in which units perform community service projects, conservation projects, projects for their chartered organization, or participate in an Eagle Scout project.

Service projects may help the natural world, the community, or the chartered organization.

Civic Service Project Ideas


Houston Community ToolBank

The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts.

Learn More

How to borrow tools

  1. Follow the link on the Houston ToolBank website to complete the membership application.
  2. Provide proof of your organization’s nonprofit status or charitable mission.
  3. Submit a Tool Order online; pay the Tool Handling Fee online (or upon pickup).
  4. Confirm your pickup time with ToolBank staff.  All visitation is by appointment.
  5. Pick up your tools at the ToolBank.
  6. Have a super project! Tools may be borrowed for up to 8 weeks.

About the ToolBank

The Houston Community ToolBank was founded in 2012, and is the fifth affiliate of ToolBank USA. The first affiliate, the Atlanta Community ToolBank, has been lending tools since 1992 and equips roughly 50,000 volunteers and nonprofit employees with tools every year. The success of a ToolBank is measured largely by tool borrower satisfaction.

The result is a deliberate focus on customer service and accountability. These values foster community trust in the ToolBank, and empower charitable organizations to increase their overall impact through the use of ToolBank tools. ToolBank USA was founded in 2008 by a generous grant from the Home Depot Foundation to export the ToolBank model across the country. Please visit for a listing of ToolBank locations, and for information on how to build a ToolBank in your community.

Reporting Service Hours

Units are encouraged to report their service 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.

Why Community Service Is Important

Scouting has a unique opportunity and responsibility to teach better citizenship to American youth.

  1. Community service projects are the most important way to teach good citizenship because they are an active involvement in which most all of a youth’s senses are engaged, not a passive condition of only listening.
  2. Many youth are finding it increasingly difficult to find meaning and satisfaction in life. Young people are seen as a liability on the family budget instead of an economic asset as in the early part of the 20th century. Youth may see the world as a place that is already shaped, is beyond their influence, and where they are, for the most part, not needed. One of the great contributions of Scouting service projects is to provide youth with major areas of life which they can shape and where their ideas are listened to and valued. Service projects are activities that make youth feel competent and capable.
  3. Amid an atmosphere of cynicism for public life and government office, Scouting service projects can help youth have a more positive experience in civic participation.
  4. More than any past generation, today’s youth need good adult role models outside of the home. Scouting provides additional role models of law-abiding citizens involved in their communities. Scouting members learn to take responsibility in the civic arena by working side by side with these role models.
  5. In a cultural environment that places heavy emphasis on material things, Scouting service projects place emphasis on the value of human individuals and “helping other people at all times.”
  6. One of the most important functions of a good Scout unit is giving youth a much-needed sense of belonging. Unit service projects deepen this function by giving not only youth members, but the entire unit a greater sense of belonging to their communities.
  7. Service projects help foster community pride.

Camp Development Plan for the 21st Century 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, December 22, 2015 10:36:00 AM

The Sam Houston Area Council has the vision to become a leader in camping by having first-class facilities that are well maintained and provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts. In 2012, the council approved a new Camping Vision Statement: Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.”

To achieve this vision, the council has a properties master plan. 
• Developing the new Camp Strake
• Building a new Janis and George Fleming Cub World
• Improving Camp Brosig and McNair Cub Adventure Camp
• Discontinuing operations that have low usage, are not meeting financial plan and/or are not sustainable.

Learn More