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Webelos Coyote Extreme 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:42:00 AM

November 11-13, 2016
Bovay Scout Ranch

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme (WCTX) is a weekend campout for 4th and 5th grade Webelos at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast paced fun filled weekend, During this fast paced fun filled weekend Webelos will work on ropes, flag etiquette, knots, nature, first aid and more; while trekking across the ranch to exciting outpost program areas. Webelos will work on more advanced Webelos requirements and will be introduced to the patrol method giving them a unique experience into 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.  WCTX begins on Friday evening and runs through Sunday.  Space is limited, so register early. 


Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s) can register. 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. Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow camp policies and procedures located in the Leader's Guide and the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Registration for Webelos Coyote Xtreme

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Webelos Coyote Xtreme

How are refunds handled?
See the council refund policy.
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 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 cpimco; ca,[ 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.


Geno Aguilar
Webelos Coyote Camp Registration
 (713) 756-3304


Fritz Maxwell
Council Camping Chair


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




Winter Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:33:00 AM

December 26-31, 2016

Winter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Boy Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 31st annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

Learn More

Unit Registration

Winter camp registration is $285 per Scout if registered before December 1, 2016. Units must provide one staff member for every six Scouts attending winter camp. The winter camp staff provided by the unit should register individually, and not with the unit. Units can register two adults at no charge; additional adults are $150 each.

              Unit Registration

Individual Scout Registration

Scouts may attend winter camp even if their troop isn't attending. Scouts have two options:

  1. Scouts attending without a parent/guarding must find another troop to attend winter camp with. The winter camp staff can help Scouts find a troop. The unit hosting the lone Scout will add the Scout to their winter camp registration. The parent/guardian then pays the registration fee to their winter camp troop.
  2. Scouts attending with a parent/guardian should register as a unit. On the online registration form, answer yes to the question, “Do you need to be put in a campsite with another troop to meet leadership requirements?”

Winter Camp Staff

Over 250 staff members are needed to provide the best possible program for the Scouts. Staff positions include serving as a merit badge counselor, service crew member or camp commissioner. Volunteers are also needed to help in the dining hall, trading post, quartermaster store, business office, and program areas. 

              Adult Staff (ages 18+) Registration             Youth Staff (ages 17 and under) Registration        




Kaitlin Craig
Administrative Assistant
(713) 756-3309

Brett Lee
Program Director
(713) 756-3306

Dolly Ortega
Office Assistant
(713) 865-9123





District Committee Training Workshop 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 14, 2016 1:32:00 PM

August 20, 2016

The District Committee Training Workshop meets the basic training for members of the district committee. The workshop also results in a well-coordinated and dedicated group of Scouters committed to achieving the mission of the council and its districts. The workshop also helps initiate a working relationship between council and district personnel.

The training is being held at the Cockrell Scout Center, Room 100-102. The gathering begins at 8:30 am. The training will be held from 9:00 am and will conclude by noon. There is no cost to attend.

Register                   Learn More about District Operations

The training is for all district committee members and commissioners.

  • Activities Committee
  • Advancement Committee
  • At-Large Committee
  • Camping Committee
  • Chartered Organization Representative (COR)
  • Commissioner Staff
  • Finance Committee
  • Key 3: District Chairs and Vice Chairs
  • Membership Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Training Committee

District Committee Scouter's Training Knot

This training counts towards the requirement to attend a District Committee Training Workshop for the District Committee Scouter's Training Award.

Learn More about the Scouter's Training Award


  • Attend a District Committee Training Workshop
  • Review The District manual and discuss your role with your operating committee chair, district chair, or district executive.
  • Complete This Is Scouting training


  • Complete at least two years of registered tenure as a member of a district committee


  • Take part actively in at least six district committee meetings.
  • Be a member of an operating committee that meets at least the Bronze level in a related Journey to Excellence objective in each year used for tenure
  • Participate in at least one additional supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region, or national level.

Venturing Banquet 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:11:00 PM

August 13, 2016
Cockrell Scout Center

The Venturing Banquet is the annual awards banquet where Venturers and leadership will be presented with recognition for their work in the Venturing and Sea Scout programs. During the banquet, the new Venturing Officer’s Association leadership will be announced.

If you are interested in a leadership position in the Venturing Officers Association (VOA), details will be provided soon. Elections will be held on Saturday for the offices of council venturing president, vice-president of program, and vice-president of administration. We will follow the procedures outlined in the VOA By-Laws.  Be sure you bring your VOA nomination form (signed by your crew / ship Advisor). 


The registration fee is $15. After 7/22/16, there is a $10 late fee. Registration closes 8/12/2016.

Register for the Banquet


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.

Learn More

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.



Never Miss a Post 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, July 12, 2016 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.

Help spread the word about Scouting on Facebook



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.

Sam Houston Area Council
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2015 Annual Report 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Each year the Sam Houston Area Council produces an annual report. This report is our overview of accomplishments and provides an outline of the services provided to the 16 counties we serve. 

Dear Friends of Scouting,

Thanks to you, 2015 was another positive year for Scouting in southeast Texas. Camping is a critical element of Scouting. The Sam Houston Area Council plans to become a
leader in camping by having first-class, well-maintained facilities that provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts. The Sam Houston Area Council’s camping vision is to provide “Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.”

The first portion of this vision was realized in 2015 when Tellepsen Scout Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch was opened. In its first year, nearly 2,200 Scouts and Venturers visited Tellepsen Scout Camp, where they experienced the wonders of the outdoors, climbed the Council’s highest climbing wall and took aim at its biggest shooting range. Additional segments of the camping visions are included elsewhere in this annual report.

During 2015, the Sam Houston Area Council served over 57,000 youth in our Scouting, Exploring and school-based Learning for Life programs. Our Scouting program continues to offer varied opportunities to teach youth, enabling them to be strong in character, have self-confidence and grow in their leadership abilities. Fostering these
talents, along with service projects and citizenship activities, is how we are helping our community, nation and world become a better place. As a measure of our membership, quality programming, community service and financial health, the Boy Scouts of America recognized our Council with Silver Level status in the national Journey to Excellence program.

All of our successes in 2015 were made possible through the tireless efforts of our nearly 19,000 volunteers and adult leaders. Thanks to their commitment to southeast Texas, we are able to continue to lead youth to life-long values, service and achievement. The following pages highlight the 2015 accomplishments of the Sam Houston Area Council. Letter from Leadership Council achieved Silver Level Status for 2015 in the National Boy Scouts of America Performance Program Journey to Excellence

View the Full 2015 Annual Report

Richard A. Eichler
Chairman of the Board

Brian W. Foster
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell
CEO/Scout Executive

Fall Recruiting Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, June 16, 2016 3:43:00 PM

The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Begin your planning by attending the district's fall recruiting training in August. Involve all your pack leaders in recruiting by inviting everyone to the training! The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack, including flyers.


Pack Checklist     Recruitment Resources     Table Tents and Signs



District Membership Chair
(click or right click name to email)

2016 Fall Recruiting Training


Request Join Scouting Flyers

Aldine Pathfinder Edna Crawfoot July 6 at 6:45 pm MO Campbell Education Center, rm 104
1865 Aldine Bender Rd., Houston, 77032
Request Flyers
Antares   August 9 at 7:00 pm Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West, Houston, 77008
Request Flyers
Aquila Sherry Dieckmann August 11 Bellaire United Methodist Church
4417 Bellaire Blvd.,
Bellaire, TX 77401
Request Flyers
Arrowmoon Roberta Pugh August 6 TBD Request Flyers
Big Cypress Shannon Eppling August 11 at 7:00 pm  Cypress United Methodist Church
13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd.,
Cypress, 77429
Request Flyers
Brahman Mendy Sthulman August 11 Northside Education Center
707 Fahrenthold St,
El Campo, 77437
Request Flyers
Brazos Sandra Luckett August 4 at 7:30 pm LDS Church
139 Pecan Park Dr., Rosenberg, 77471
Request Flyers
Copperhead Stephanie Hardin August 11 at 7:00 pm  Copperfield LDS Church
16203 Longenbaugh Dr, Houston, 77095
Request Flyers
David Crockett Lea Rollins August 11 at 7:30 pm St John Lutheran Church
520 N. Holland
Request Flyers
Flaming Arrow Terry Vaughn August 11 at 7:00 pm Humble LDS Church
19618 Atasca Oaks Dr,
Request Flyers
George Strake   August 11 at 7:00 pm North Montgomery Community Center
600 Gerald St,
Willis, 77378 
Request Flyers
Iron Horse Lance Campbell  August 11 at 7:00 pm LDS Church
Hafer Rd,
Houston, TX 77090
Request Flyers
Mustang John Tobin August 11 at 7:00 pm Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, 77079
Request Flyers
North Star Betty Goon August 11 at 7:00 pm Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd,
Sugar Land, 77478
Request Flyers
Orion Melissa Spears August 18 TBD Request Flyers
Phoenix Jennifer Burton August 4 at 7:00 pm Klein LDS Center
16535 Kleinwood Dr,
Spring, 77379
Request Flyers
Raven    Brad Womack August 11 at 7:00 pm Wooster Baptist Church 
7007 Bayway Dr.
Baytown, 77520
Request Flyers
San Jacinto Dominique Vega August 11 at 7:00 pm  House of Prayer Lutheran Church
14045 Space Center Blvd, 77062
Request Flyers
Skyline Jonathan Morgan August 4 at 7:00 pm Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West, Houston, 77008
Request Flyers
Soaring Eagle John Brogan August 11 at 7:00 pm LDS Church
10055 West Road, 
Houston, 77064
Request Flyers
Tall Timbers Hannah Wilems August 11 LDS Glen Loch Ward Building
27707 Glen Loch Dr.,
The Woodlands 77381
Request Flyers
Tatanka Michael Robinson August 25 at 7:00 pm Saint Justin Catholic Church
13350 Ashford Point Dr, Houston 77082
Request Flyers
Texas Skies Steve and Dawn Slezak August 11 at 7:00 pm LDS Church-Katy Stake Center
1603 Norwalk Dr,
Katy, 77450
Request Flyers
Thunder Wolf Debbie Theiin August 18 TBD Request Flyers
Twin Bayou Ken Coons August 11 St. John The Divine Church
2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, 77019
Request Flyers
W.L. Davis Ann Castillo August 11 at 7:00 pm Buffalo Soldiers Museum
3816 Caroline St.,
Houston 77004
Request Flyers

Council Membership Committee

Council Membership Chair Debbie Rollinson      
Council Membership Staff Advisor Dustin Dupuis      
Assistance Director of Field Service Michael Moore      
Director of Field Service Martin Sepulveda      

It's Time for Popcorn 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, June 6, 2016 7:21:00 AM

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

The council is using a new vendor for popcorn the year, Camp masters.

Sign up to sell popcorn

Why Sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 70% stays in the local area.
• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.
• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $650 club, $2K club. 


Popcorn Kickoff

August 16, 2016

At the popcorn kickoff, unit leaders will receive, sales materials, training, and leader tools. Every unit should send at least one leader. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernelSign up for training when signing up to sell popcorn.

District Popcorn Kernel Contacts

  Districts Date / Time Location

North Training

George Strake, Iron Horse, Orion, Phoenix, Tall Timbers August 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
16535 Kleinwood Dr, Spring 77379

South Training

Brazos, North Star, Tatanka, Thunder Wolf August 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Parkway United Methodist Church
5801 New Territory Boulevard, Sugar Land 77479

East Training

Flaming Arrow, Raven, San Jacinto August 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Woodforest Presbyterian Church
15330 Wallisville Rd, Houston, 77049

West Training

Big Cypress, Copperhead, David Crockett, Soaring Eagle, Texas Skies August 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Foundry United Methodist Church
8350 Jones Rd, Houston, 77065

Central Training

Aquila, Aldine Pathfinder, Antares, Mustang, Skyline, Twin Bayou, W.L. Davis August 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop W, Houston, 77008

Arrowmoon Training

Arrowmoon August 16, 2016
7:00 pm
LDS Church College Station
2815 Welsh Ave, College Station, 77845

Brahman Training


August 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Northside Education Center
707 Fahrenthold St, El Campo, 77437



Chocolate Treasures Tin $55
3- Way Premium Tin $45
3- Way Cheesy Tin $35
Mauve Variety Tin $30
22 pack Movie Theater Butter $25
Supreme Caramel with Almonds and Pecans $25
Chocolatey Drizzled Caramel with Nuts $25
Trail Mix $20
Cinnamon Crunch Tin $20
14 pack Extra Buttery Roasted Summer Corn $15
Mauve Sea Salt Tin $15
12 pack Kettle Corn $15
Gourmet Mauve Popping Corn Jar $10
Caramel Corn Tin $10

Ways to Sell Popcorn

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell:

1. Take Order Sales 

Take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after unit kick off on August 16, 2016 through November 1, 2016. Customers choose the product(s) he or she wishes to buy and writes the order on the order form. Scouts should collect the money when the popcorn is ordered (checks should be made out to the unit). Popcorn will be picked up by units on November 19, 2016.

Sign up to sell popcorn                 2016 Popcorn Kernel Guide

2. Show-n-Sell

Show-n-sell is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. All units are eligible to participate if they agree to the terms stated in the commitment order form. Dens, packs, or troops can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Units must agree to use show-and-sell to grow and not replace traditional take order sales. The product bundle includes: 72 Caramel Popcorn Tins, 32 14 packs of microwavable roasted summer corn, 24 mauve sea salt tins, 24 Supreme Caramel Corn Tins, 8 bags of Trail Mix, 12 22 packs of Movie Theater Extra Butter Microwave, and 2 3-Way Cheesy Tins. Unsold popcorn is rolled into traditional sales

Unit leaders must attend a sales training to register for show-n-sell.

  • July 21, 2016, at the Cockrell Scout Center at 7PM
  • July 23, 2016, at the Cockrell Scout Center at 10AM 
  • July 23, 2016, at Foundry United Methodist Church at 2P      

Show-n-sell popcorn is picked up on August 20, 2016 at location TBD. Pick up times: TBD. The show-n-sell campaign runs from August 20 - October 1, 2016Commitment forms are due by August 1, 2016.

3. Online Popcorn Sales 

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $650 club, $1800 club and scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer. The advantages of online sales is that the Scout doesn't have to collect money or deliver products. Online sales run from August 1 - November 19, 2016.

Sales will be credited to a Scout's unit and the council in his name. Every Scout must create a new account to sell online. To register your Scout, enter the Scout's date of birth, select Sam Houston Area Council and then select your district and unit. If you do not know what district or unit you belong to or if your unit is not listed, please contact your unit leader or district executive. 


Camp Masters Quality

Fundraising for the Future with CAMP MASTERS Popcorn

Important 2016 Dates

August 1 - November 19,  2016 Online popcorn sales period
August 1, 2016 Show-n-sell orders due
August 16, 2016 Popcorn kickoff for unit popcorn kernel
After unit kick off through November 19, 2016 Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
August 18, 2016 Show-n-sell unit popcorn pick up and distribution 
August 16 - October 1, 2016 Show-n-sell sales period
October TBD, 2016 Show-n-sell postdated check cashed
October 1, 2016 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 20 items total)
October 15, 2016 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 40 items total)
October 29,, 2016 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 60 items total)
November 1, 2016 Unit orders due online by 4:00 pm
November 19 2016 Popcorn distribution (see district website for location)
November 19, 2016 Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
November 19, 2016 Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
November 19, 2016 2K club membership form due 
January 7, 2017 Top Seller's BASH (for council top three sellers and $2K club members)
February 15, 2017 Online commissions issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit

For Questions Contact

For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Popcorn Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374

Tony Hensdill
Field Development Director
 (713) 756-3374





Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Sugar Land Skeeters

August 5, 2016

The Sugar Land Skeeters are an American professional baseball team located in Sugar Land, Texas. The Skeeters are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is an independent league. Enjoy a fun and exciting opportunity with your fellow Scouts for a sleepover at Constellation Field! Enjoy a special pregame parade, post-game fireworks Texas-sized snacks, a movie on the Texas-sized video board and much more! The game begins at  7:05 pm. To purchase tickets, contact Sunny Okpon at 281.207.9120 or

Wet 'n Wild Scout Day

August 27, 2016

"Splash into Safety" and join Wet 'n Wild for Scout Day. A section of the park opens at 9:00 a.m. (an hour early) exclusively for Scouts to see lifeguards in action with lifesaving rescues, first aid practice and skills you can use every day. Select attractions will open at 9:30 a.m. for the Scouts and their families. The Scout Day special event ticket will also include lunch in one of the private pavilions and a souvenir patch. This special event ticket must be pre-purchased. Pre-purchased tickets are $33.99 each, plus tax. The deadline to purchase tickets is August 15, 2016. To purchase tickets, call (281) 355-3300 ext. 113 or ext. 114. For more information about Wet 'n Wild Splash Day call (281) 355-3300 ext. 103.

Scout Day with Astros

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​

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. 

Sea Base Galveston

Sea Scout Base is a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art seaside facility in Galveston, Tx. Explore the diverse natural wonders of the Texas Gulf Coast marine environment. Master the maritime skills needed to navigate the open ocean. Discover the value of teamwork when working with your crew and meet old friends and new ones.  Cub Scouts can attend Splash Weekends to earn requirements towards the new aquatics program and a variety of STEM / Nova classes. Boy Scouts can attend weekend adventures and summer high adventure activities. Adventures include a variety activities such as kayaking, small boat sailing, big boat sailing, beach volleyball. scuba diving, crew-to-crew competition, STEM/Nova courses and more.  

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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.

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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.

iFly Scout Programs

iFLY offers special rates and programs for Scout outings! STEM summer camp programs are available for Scout groups of 20 or more and participants will receive a special iFLY patch.  All Scout programs that fly before June 30, 2016 will also receive a free video. To reserve your space or for more information, contact iFLY Houston at (281) 295-1761 or


For more information, contact:

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




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Update Your Pin at 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, June 2, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Unit Leaders:

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.

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.