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New Sales Training Course 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, July 1, 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

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

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

2016 Fall Recruiting Training

Location

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 Bellville
Request Flyers
Flaming Arrow Terry Vaughn August 11 at 7:00 pm Humble LDS Church
19618 Atasca Oaks Dr, Humble
Request Flyers
George Strake   August 11 at 7:00 pm North Montgomery Community Center
600 Gerald St, Willis, 77378 
Request Flyers
Iron Horse   TBD TBD 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 18 TBD 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

Brahman

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

 

Products

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. 

Resources

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
popcorn@shac.org

Tony Hensdill
Field Development Director
 (713) 756-3374
 tony.hensdill@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Scout Days 

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

Scout Night at the Circus

July 22, 2016

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Circus XTREME. It's time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America's favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you've never seen before and that can't be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals, like our big cats! It's time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Come one hour early to meet our animals and performers at the all access pre-show - free with your ticket! Each Scout will receive a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Scout patch. The event is held at NRG Stadium at 7:30 pm. Scout prices are $29, $19 and $13.  If you can't attend on Scout Night, the Scout discount and patch are available for all performances! Purchase tickets and use the password TXGRP. Note that service and handling fees will apply for online purchases. After purchasing online, to receive your patches call Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at christina@texasgrouptickets.com. For information or to order groups of ten or more, please contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at christina@texasgrouptickets.com. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, July 15.


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 Broussard@astros.com.


Typhoon Texas Scout Day

July 20, 2016

Typhoon Texas is a new water park opened in Katy, TX, in May 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 tara.hlavinka@typhoontexas.com.


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 sokpon@sugarlandskeeters.com.


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.


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.  

Learn More


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 ssalazar@bayouland.org 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 aburchett@iflyworld.com.


Contact

For more information, contact:

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

 

 

 


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

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 1, 2016 1:08:00 PM

Amazon Smile

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

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

 

Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

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

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. Scouts who join in September will also receive 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 shac.org/membership-contacts.

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 shac.org/fall-recruiting-flyers. 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 BeAScout.org

Make sure your unit’s information is correct on BeAScout.org.  BeAScout.org 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, www.raven.shac.org/units). 

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 “MyScouting.org” 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., www.raven.shac.org/units). 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 BeAScout.org. Be sure to do this as soon as possible so your unit will get recruiting leads.

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.

Scoutbook Web Application 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, April 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 Scoutbook.com to register.

How much does Scoutbook cost?

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

Is training available?

Yes. Training resources are available once you are logged in at Scoutbook.com, 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 Scoutbook.com forums.

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
Social Media Channels

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Help spread the word about Scouting on Facebook

 

Like Us.

 

Engage.

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.