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Pack Summer Checklist 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:22:00 AM


We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign is going to be Rocket Into Scouting.

The Rocket Into Scouting program is designed to take your recruiting efforts to new heights. With a focus on fun, this program invites families in your community to experience the adventures that only Scouting can offer. The program leverages an activity that kids love (building and launching rockets) while showing parents that Scouting will foster their child’s creativity, initiative, and sense of wonder.

Newly recruited Scouts will receive a rocket patch and a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. The council will provide support materials (rockets, fliers, yard signs, training) to help your pack have a successful fall recruiting campaign. 

Pack Recruitment Resources         District Membership Chairs     Unit Membership Checklist

Here are eight things you can start doing now to prepare for a successful fall recruiting campaign:

1. Recruit a unit membership chair/coordinator

Assign an adult to serve as the unit membership chair. The unit membership chair is appointed by the committee chairman to help ensure a smooth transition of new Scouts into the unit and orientation for new parents. They are responsible for recruiting campaigns and for year-round recruitment, growth and retention.

2. Contact your school

Contact your school or chartered organization to schedule a boy talk/sign up event dates. It's not too early. Build a good working relationship with school personnel. If there are school access challenges, a positive relationship, grounded in shared values and respectful of the role the school staff serves in the organization, is the first thing Scouters need to appreciate and act on. As a counterpart to the appreciation for schools and school staff, helping school staff and leadership understand what Scouting does for young people is of value as well. Commitment to meeting the needs of youth is shared by both constituencies. 



3. Attend Fall Recruitment Training

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the district fall recruitment training in August. The unit membership chair and pack leaders should attend. Find the dates and location at

4. Set recruiting goals

Determine your pack fall recruitment goals to properly plan for recruitment materials and rocket patches.

5. Promote

Promote your pack recruitment efforts thru church, school, and community newsletters and social media sites. Also, plan to attend school open house, PTA/PTO meetings to promote recruitment and participation.

6. Order fall recruiting flyers

Request fall recruiting flyers. Order fall recruiting flyers by going to Please order at least two weeks before your sign up event.

7. Verify unit information on district website

Verify the unit contact information on your district website. There is a unit page on the toolbar of every district website.  Please make sure your unit’s information is correct.  There is a link at the top of the page to submit corrections to the webmaster.  The information on this page is important as this information shows up in internet searches. Also, fill out our social media survey, so we can help promote your unit.

9. Update

Make sure your unit’s information is correct on is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. Is your unit information up to date or do you have the unit leader from three years ago as your contact?

We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church in the description. If your unit does not have a website, refer them to the district website (preferably the unit’s page, for example, 

The following registered leaders in your unit have the ability to update your unit's meeting location and contact information:

(A) Unit Leader: this means your Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Crew Advisor or Skipper
(B) Unit Committee Chair
(C) Chartered Organization Representative

Here’s what you need to do to update your unit's pin - the whole process should take less than 10 minutes:

  • Step 1. Log onto your account at “” and select “BeAScout” from the Unit Tools section on the left-hand menu. A new page will be displayed: There are two "tabs" on this window, and you should be on "Unit Pin Management" - if not, then click the "Unit Pin Management" tab. 
  • Step 2. Take a moment to look over the Unit Pin Management screen: If at any time you are lost, look for the "Help" link in the upper right-hand corner of the page for help.  Also, note that the "Google Pin Preview" section, in the bottom-right area of the page, will display what will appear on the Google map.  It will change as you enter/edit information in these steps. 
  • Step 3. Check the "Unit Description" - this box contains a combination of your unit name and your chartered organization. If that the information is incorrect then reach out to your district executive (DE) for assistance. 
  • Step 4: If your Scout unit has a website, enter the web address (URL).  Otherwise, enter your district website, preferably the unit’s page on the district website (e.g., You can always edit this field later if your unit establishes a website.
  • Step 5. Update the Alternate Unit Description: many units opt to type their unit type and number followed by their meeting location (example: "Pack 867 - Lincoln Elementary")
  • Step 6: Make sure the Pin Status says "Active" if you want your pin visible to perspective Scouts and parents on the map. 
  • Step 7a: Select your primary contact. The primary contact will receive all emails from prospective Scout parents, so be sure to let the person know that they will be responding to all parent leads. If the fields in this section are "grey" then you must check the "Contact Person" box in the "Fields Displayed on Google Pin" section at the bottom-left side of the page.  If the person is already a registered adult leader in your Scout unit, then their name will be selectable from a list.  Once selected, all information is automatically provided in this section's fields. 
  • Step 7b: Also be sure to check all the information with the primary contact volunteer and edit fields that are no longer current (e.g., phone number, email address). It is very important that you keep this information up-to-date as volunteers and contact information will change over time.
  • Step 8. Enter the location where your unit holds its meetings (address information). This address will dictate where your unit pin will appear on Google Maps.  Note that it may be helpful to enter the name of your meeting location "address 1" and the street address on "address 2"

  • Step 9. Type special announcements, up to 133 characters, in the box under Special Announcements. We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church.

  • Step 10. Check the Google PIN preview - this is a preview of what will appear on the map. Parents will only be able to see what is in this box, so please review it carefully for accuracy. 

  • NOTE: There is an option to change the icon from a Scouting map symbol representing your unit type to something else. Please DO NOT change the unit logo icon.
  • Step 10. Once you are done, click the “SAVE” button and your information will be uploaded.

That’s all you need to do to set up your unit for Be sure to do this as soon as possible so your unit will get recruiting leads.

New Sales Training Course 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:52:00 AM

July 21 and 23, 2016

This sales training will help participants learn how to increase unit fundraising efforts. The training is being conducted by Michael Beck, a professional sales coach and creator of a program that has helped many units stop worrying about raising funds year-round and concentrate more on the FUN of Scouting. He has helped units across the country increase their sales revenue dramatically (an average of 14 percent).

Skills learned apply to all types of fundraising including popcornScout Fair coupon  books and unit money-earning projects. Every unit should send at least one representative.

July 21, 2016 7:00 pm Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop W, Houston, 77008
July 23, 2016 10:00 am Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop W, Houston, 77008
July 23, 2016 2:00 pm Foundry United Methodist Church
8350 Jones Road, Houston 77065

Build Stronger Units 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:22:00 AM

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance, that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders. After Program Preview, units should conduct an annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), units can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures.  Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! 

The Program Guide contains valuable information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. 

Additional Resources

Leaders who want a meaningful, exciting, and comprehensive youth program that achieves the objectives of the Scouting program will find this format ideal. The result is a well-managed, well-financed unit. Recognizing this, the BSA recommends the following plan:

  1. Plan your complete annual program.

2.  Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve the program. Identify the amount of product (e.g., popcorn, Scout Fair Coupon Books) that will need to be sold per youth member to reach the income goal. Attend the new Sales Training in July.

3.  Get commitments from parents and youth.

Day Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:26:00 PM

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. Late registration fees begin two weeks before camp. Late registrants are not guaranteed a patch. Adults must register at least two weeks before camp starts. Please register early to help staff plan a great camp.

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

There are 26 camps offered around the council at various times. Registered Scouts can attend any camp. Use the Google map to find a camp near you.


District Registration 2016 Dates Time Location
Aldine Pathfinder Register June 13-16 5:00 - 8:00 pm Texas Serenity Academy
Antares Register June 7-10 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Scarborough Elementary 

Arrowmoon Register June 13-17 8:00 - 3:00 pm Camp Howdy
Aquila Register June 6-10 6:00 - 9:15 pm Longfellow Elementary
Big Cypress Register for AM
Register for PM
June 6-9
AM Session: 8:30am - 2:00pm
PM Session: 3:00 - 8:30 pm
Cy-Fair Exhibition Center
Brahman Register June 13-16 8:00 am - 3:00 pm El Campo American Legion
Brazos Register June 7-10 2:00 - 8:30 pm Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
Copperhead Register June 13-16 3:00 - 8:30pm CyFair ISD Science Research Center
David Crockett Register June 7-10 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Camp Brosig
Flaming Arrow Register June 21-23 1:30 - 8:00 pm A.V. "Bull" Sallas park
George Strake Register June 13-17 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, M-Wed
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fr
Carl Barton Junior Park
Iron Horse Register June 13-17 3:00 - 8:00 pm Northside Christian Church
Mustang Register June 13-17 3:00 - 8:30 pm CyFair ISD Science Research Center
North Star Register June 7-10 12:30 - 6:30 pm Brazos Bend Elementary
Orion Register June 7-10 2:00 - 8:00 pm Spring Creek Park
Phoenix Register June 20-24 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park
Raven Register June 13-16 5:45 - 9:15 pm LDS Church in Baytown
San Jacinto Register June 6-10 4:30 - 9:00 pm Lomax Arena
Skyline Register June 13-16 5:30 - 8:30 pm St. Pius X High School
Soaring Eagle Register June 7-10 1: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
2: 3:00 - 8:30 pm
LDS Church, 12310 Hampton Dr
Tall Timbers Register June 13-17 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Grace Crossing Church
Tatanka Register June 13-17 5:30 - 9:00 pm LDS Church, 3450 S Dairy Ashford
Texas Skies Register June 6-9 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Pattison Elementary School
Thunder Wolf Register June 7-10 3:00 - 8:00 pm Elkins High School
Twin Bayou Register June 6-10 6:00 - 9:15 pm Longfellow Elementary
W.L. Davis Register June 8-10 5:00 - 8:30 pm Gregg Elementary School


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

Register for Resident Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, March 29, 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

Unit Websites and Social Media 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, March 28, 2016 9:56:00 AM

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.

Sam Houston Area Council
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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. 


Select 'Post in News Feed'.

Select the ‘Post in News Feed’ option on the ‘Liked’ button. 


Studies show that page posts typically reach a small amount of their total followers. Facebook uses algorithms to determine which stories appear in a user’s Newsfeed. Just liking a page doesn’t guarantee that it will show up in your feed. Engaging (i.e., clicking, liking, commenting, tagging, and sharing) with a page’s content makes it more likely that you’ll see it.

Does Scouting Work? 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, March 6, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Source:  Scouting Wire

For 106 years (as of this week) Boy Scouts of America has been the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, helping young people to be “Prepared. For Life.” We know it, parents know it, Scouts and Scouters know it – but we wanted scientific proof that Scouting positively impacts character development in youth. So we got it and shared it on Scouting Wire.

Scouting Builds Positive Character

To recap, a research team from Tufts University worked with the Cradle of Liberty Council to measure the character attributes of both Scouts and non-Scouts. The project, which was funded by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Dr. Richard M. Lerner, surveyed nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts to better understand character development of Scouts. After a two-and-a-half-year period, the study proved Scouting builds positive character and prepares young people for life.

Add This New Video to Your Toolkit

We packaged up some helpful tools to further show the value of Scouting in Resources to Help You Prove the Value of Scouting – but now we’ve got one more asset to add to your council’s toolkit!

Internet users – especially millennials- are consuming more video content than ever, so it’s important to reach potential Scouting families via the medium that’s most engaging and interesting to them. The video below showcases the study’s findings in a brief, animated summary that’s easy to understand and fun to watch. It’s the perfect recruiting tool to highlight why Scouting is the right choice for any parent seeking valuable experiences for their children.

Watch the video for yourself and then share in your councils and social networks. You can share the video from YouTube and download it via the Marketing and Membership Hub

Jamboree Update 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, March 2, 2016 2:45:00 PM

July 19-28, 2017 

Live Scouting’s Adventure

The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree.

The price is now more affordable and Scouts will enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. Scouts will not want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.


The National Scout Jamboree is Scouting’s flagship event. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories.

Council Contingent  

The council will take over 300 members to the national jamboree as part of the council contingent. The contingent will head to the Summit for 10 days of activities ranging from shooting sports, mountain biking, zip-lining, rock climbing, white water rafting and more!  Registration is a two-step process.

Step 1: Register for Jamboree with SHAC              Step 2: Register for Jamboree with National 

The jamboree is open to Boy Scouts and Venturers who meet the participant qualifications on a first come first serve basis. A Boy Scout must have completed the 6th grade, or will be at least 12 years old and a First Class Scout by July 1, 2017, but not have reached his 18th birthday by August 1, 2017

Scouts will be assigned to a jamboree troop consisting of 36 Scouts and four adult leaders. Every Scout will be a member of a patrol within the troop. Contingent members will be required to attend some troop meetings (as scheduled by the jamboree troop Scoutmaster), submit a completed jamboree medical form signed by a licensed physician and indicating compliance with specified immunizations and attend a contingent meeting (date TBD).

The projected cost to attend the jamboree is $1,975 and covers transportation, admission fees, meals, lodging, insurance and most patrol and troop equipment. There are additional expenses that include uniforms and personal gear, spending money, and memorabilia items. Review the payment schedule for additional information.

Please note these important items: After registering with the Sam Houston Area Council for the jamboree, contingent members will also need to complete a more involved online application with the National Council (BSA ID number will be needed). All participants will have to sign and agree to live by a jamboree code of conduct in order to be accepted into the contingent

Adult Leadership: Qualified adult leaders are needed to serve as jamboree troop Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters and crew Advisors. The anticipated cost is $1,975 and includes transportation, admission fees, meals, lodging, insurance and most patrol and troop equipment. Leaders must be approved by the national jamboree committee and complete jamboree Scoutmaster training. Please contact Brett Lee for more information.

Jamboree Staff

Registration to serve on jamboree staff is open. Serving on staff is a rewarding experience that lets you help make a young man or young woman’s jamboree experience one they’ll never forget. It’s not all work, though. You’ll get plenty of time to enjoy the jamboree fun. Visit the jamboree website for more information.Volunteer staff may select to work the entire jamboree or the first or last half of the jamboree. The registration fee does not include transportation; staff ages 16-25 through July 18, 2017 pay half price to work the entire jamboree:

  • Session 1 (July 15-29, 2017 is $850)
  • Session 2 (July 15-22, 2017 is $425)
  • Session 3 (July 22-29, 2017 is $425)

Register to Serve on Staff          Order of the Arrow members can staff through Operation Arrow

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. 


The excitement of the jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are dialing in around other parts of the Summit. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning.


Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, March 1, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Welding Merit Badge

June 10-11, 2016

The American Welding Society is sponsoring a Welding Merit Badge workshop. This opportunity is limited to 30 Scouts, ages 15 and over. Limited space means that is first come-first serve basis. A fee of $20 will be collected to cover the welding safety equipment (the Scout will keep jacket, gloves and glasses). The workshop is being hosted by Elite Pipe Welding Academy (7119 Village Way, Houston, TX 77087) on June 10th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (orientation; pizza and drinks provided) and June 11th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (hands-on welding and fabrication; lunch and drinks provided).  For more information, contact John Husfeld at or by phone at 832-876-6097. 

Register for Welding Merit Badge

Scout Day with Astros

Sunday, July 24, 2016 vs. Angels
Sunday, August 28, 2016 vs. Rays

Join the Houston Astros celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! Please wear your uniform. See the flyer for more information or contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or


Typhoon Texas Scout Day

July 20, 2016

Typhoon Texas is a new water park opening in Katy in May of 2016, and will be hosting a Scout Day. Scout Day specials start at $25 a person and include admission, meal, fun patch and private pick-nick area.  For more information about Scout Day at Typhoon Texas, please contact

Battle of the Piney Woods

October 1, 2016

Scouts are invited to watch Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State at a special discount. Tickets are $20 per seat and include a commemorative event patch. Scouts can participate in a pregame football experience on the field with Houston Texans ambassador JJ Moses. Drills will include a 40 yard dash, vertical jump, pass routes and more. The event is limited to 200 participants and is being held at NRG Stadium. For more information, contact Cameron Walker at 832-667-2103. 

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.

More Information


Bayou Land Conservancy

Bayou Land Conservancy is now offering free workshop opportunities for Scouts to help you earn advancement requirements in a unique manner while having a hands-on experience outdoors. We would like to invite Scouts to come out and enjoy the prairie while providing stewardship! Please contact Savannah Salazar at (281) 841-8582 or for more information and to register.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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

  • Tigers, Wolves, and Bears can earn the Astronomy, Geology, Science, and Weather Belt Loops and Pins in 2-hour classes. Two classes can be taken in one day and entrance to the general exhibits is included. Classes are offered through the school year on Saturdays.
  • Engineer, Forester, Geologist, Naturalist and Scientist activity badges can be earned by Webelos in two-hour classes on Saturdays through the school year. The Engineer, Into the Woods, Earth Rocks, Into the Wild, and Science adventure badges will be introduced in the summer and fall of 2015. Two classes can be taken in one day and entrance to the general exhibits is included.
  • Boy Scouts and Webelos can attend the museum's Summer Scout Academy! A total of 28 different merit badges are offered, including four Eagle Scout required badges during summer classes. Two or three badges with similar topics are grouped together in each week-long class. Registration opens in February.
  • 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 a special program in the Burke Baker Planetarium, where Scouts have a clear night adventure under the stars!

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.
  • The Gigglin' Marlin Dive & Swim (4502 Almeda Drive) are hosting swimming related courses for Scouts through the museum. 


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.

For more information, contact:

Shane Burks
Marketing/Communications Director
(713) 756-3301




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Scoutbook Web Application 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, February 22, 2016 12:00:00 AM

What is Scoutbook?

Scoutbook is a web application designed for mobile devices. Scoutbook delivers a suite of easy-to-use Web-based tools that are helpful to Scouts, parents and unit leaders. It enables units to better communicate, update records, track advancement and manage activities.

Which Scouting programs does Scoutbook support?

Scoutbook currently is designed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout. and Venturing units.

Who can register as a Scoutbook user?

Although any adult leader or Scout can register, Scoutbook is designed specifically for registered unit leaders, registered Scouts, and parents or guardians of registered Scouts.

How do I subscribe?

Visit to register.

How much does Scoutbook cost?

There are several pricing options starting at $10 a year. Full pricing information is available

Is training available?

Yes. Training resources are available once you are logged in at, and additional training is in development.

Who can see my information?

Scoutbook is a secure platform that provides a safe way for parents, Scouts, and leaders to record, track, and manage their Scouting experience. Personally identifiable information will be kept secure. Unit leaders can see Scout advancement information as well as training data on other unit volunteers.

Can I port my third-party unit-management vendor data to Scoutbook?

There will be no need to port data from other third-party vendors because Scoutbook will link to all unit membership data.

Can I still use other third-party unit-management vendors once Scoutbook launches?

Although Scoutbook will be made available to all units, they may continue to choose other third-party applications. However, Scoutbook will be the only unit-management system fully integrated with the BSA database.

What is Scoutbook’s relationship to ScoutNET?

We expect to integrate Scoutbook seamlessly into the BSA’s new membership system later this year.

How do Scoutbook and Commissioner Tools fit into My.Scouting and Commissioner Tools?

Scoutbook is a unit-management web application that will become the one-stop shop for Scouts, parents, and unit leaders to record and manage their Scouting experience. This tool will provide unit members a way to track advancements, unit activities, and unit communications.

Commissioner Tools is a module within My. Scouting Tools, which allows volunteers and employees to evaluate unit health and identify units in need of assistance. Commissioners will continue to use Commissioner Tools to monitor the health of their units, but should expect the data to become more robust as more Scouts and unit leaders engage with Scoutbook.

Can I renew my unit’s charter from Scoutbook?

Not at this time. However, we are exploring this and many other exciting features as a part of our longer-term roadmap.

Where do I go for answers to technical questions related to Scoutbook?

More information is available on the forums.