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Corporate Dodgeball Challenge 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, March 6, 2018 7:53:00 AM

May 5, 2018

Competitive Edge Sports

2733 Rayford Rd, Spring, TX 77386

Title Sponsor

At the 8th annual Dodgeball Challenge, everyone becomes a target. Friends. Family. Co-workers. No one will be safe. At the tournament, we will see who amongst us has what it takes to become a true champion. The practicing will be over, the challenges will have long since been made, and the Bengay will flow.

At Competitive Edge Sports, as many as 60 ten-player teams will square off against each other, throwing, blocking, catching, running and dodging their way through the games as they vie for the roar of the crowd, a chance at glory and the Patches O’Houllihan Championship Cup. Teams consist of 10 players with six on the court with up to four alternates. The tournament is for players who are age 18 or over; there are no special co-ed requirements. Team uniforms are encouraged.

The tournament is open to all businesses, clubs and civic groups, and is an exciting day of fun and fast-paced action, fun and team-building. Rise to the challenge and live on in the annals of dodgeball lore! 

Online Registration      Flier / Paper Registration     Tournament Rules     Player Waiver Form

Form your corporate dodgeball team! Appoint a team captain and register your team. Schedule time to practice and prepare for the big day!  Establish bragging rights and raise funds for Scouting! When the final whistle blows, will you have what it takes to be the last team standing? 60 teams will compete for the coveted Patches O'Houllihan Cup and bragging rights!

This event helps the Sam Houston Area Council achieve its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Tentative Schedule*

7:30 am Team check-in Facility entrance
8:15 am Mandatory team captains meeting Main court
8:45 am Opening ceremonies Main court
9:00 am Round robin tournament begins  All courts
11:00 am Round robin tournament concludes All courts
  Sponsorship recognition and morning break  
11:30 am Mandatory team captains meeting Main court
11:45 am Championship tournament beings All courts
1:00 pm Third place game Main court
1:15 pm Championship game Main court
11:45 am  BBQ lunch and awards ceremony Facility entrance
2:00 pm Event concludes  

*All times and order of events is subject to change

Sponsorship & Participation Levels

AV Sponsor $10,000 Two teams; company logo on event banners**
Lunch Sponsor $10,000 Two teams; company logo on food court and event banners**
Ball Sponsor  $7,500 Two teams; company logo on balls and event banners**  
Net Sponsor $5,000 One team; company logo on net and event banners; eight available **
Court Sponsor $5,000 One team; company logo on court and event banners; eight available**
Gold Sponsor $5,000 One team; company logo on event banner and sponsored item banner **
(e.g., transportation, awards, facilities, refreshments.)
Silver Sponsor $2,500 One team; company logo on event banner**
Bronze Sponsor $1,500 One team; company logo on event banner*
Team Registration $1,000 One team
    * Logo on event banner, recognition during event
** Website and printed materials, recognition during event

2016 Welcome Video


2016 Video Highlights

About the Sam Houston Area Council

The Sam Houston Area Council, BSA, serves nearly 50,000 youth in 16 counties of southeast Texas through dedicated service and leadership of nearly 20,000 adult volunteers. Scouting is completely funded by the generosity of our local communities. Your support of Scouting provides programs, services, professional support, as well as year-round outdoor programs - all designed to lead youth to lifelong values, service and achievement.


Event Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

AV Sponsor

 Ball Sponsor


Net Sponsor


Court Sponsor


Silver Sponsor



Bronze Sponsor



Kimberly Davis
Sr. Development Director 



YPT2 - Important Updates 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, March 6, 2018 6:38:00 AM

Five Things You Need to Know About Youth Protection Training 2 (YPT2)

Over the past 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America have instilled the values of the Scout Oath and Law in millions of youth, preparing them to make ethical decisions while facilitating a secure environment for their development. Safe Scouting practices and youth protection are at the heart of the Boy Scouts of America and the Sam Houston Area Council's mission.

In order to continue providing a safe and secure environment for today’s youth, the Boy Scouts of America have developed a new version of the Youth Protection Training program taken by all volunteer and staff. The new training, which is fully supported and endorsed by the Sam Houston Area Council, launched to the public this month.


Here are five things you need to know about the launch of the new YPT2:

1. What is Youth Protection Training 2?

Youth Protection Training 2 (YPT2) is the new youth protection training for the Boy Scouts of America that covers all programs within the Boy Scouts of America. YPT2 is a comprehensive training that covers a variety of best practices for preventing, identifying and dealing with abuse.

2. Who is required to be YPT2 trained?

BSA requires all registered adult leaders and volunteers and any adult who will attend an activity that lasts 72 hours or longer to be YPT2 trained. 

The state of Texas also requires that all adults attending day camp, resident camp or Boy Scout summer camp take Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training.

Find an upcoming classroom facilitated YPT course

3. Is there a deadline for adult volunteers to acquire YPT2 training?

Yes, all registered leaders must complete the new YPT2 training or the classroom facilitated YPT course by October 1, 2018.

YPT courses taken before February 1, 2018, will not count.

4. How do I complete YPT2 training?

Option 1: YPT2 can be accessed by logging into Once logged in, click on the youth protection logo and continue to follow the prompts until the training begins. YPT2 includes three learning modules followed by a 25-question assessment; total time to complete is 60-75 minutes. 

Option 2: Take a classroom facilitated YPT class.

5. What are the changes?

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth. 

Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.

Changes include:

  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

With these changes, and many more outlined in the documents listed below, as well as the overview video, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth. 

As an advocate and champion for youth protection in Scouting movement, I encourage you to watch the video, become familiar with the resource documents, take the training and spread the word. 

We realize the Oct 1 training deadline will be a challenge for some – but the safety of our children is too important to delay. 



If you have any questions about the changes to Youth Protection, please contact the Council Youth Protection Champion, James Yaklin.



Cub Scout Day Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, March 5, 2018 8:28:00 AM

Excitement is waiting as Cub Scouts travel the world on a passport to adventure as they learn new skills, and make new friends. Day Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. No matter what camp you choose, you can be sure it will be loaded with an awesome program such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more. Most camps welcome siblings (ages 3+) and Boy Scouts, so you can make this a great summer for your entire family.

Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. Advancements offered at day camp supplements the exciting program offered at resident camp. With 25 different camps to choose from, registered Scouts and their families can find a camp to fit their busy schedules. Camps are run by volunteers. Use the Google map to find a camp near you.

Registration: Registration opens January 1st. The registration fee includes a patch, t-shirt, and program supplies. Registration closes for youth and adults two weeks before the first day of camp.

Promotional Placemats

Most packs celebrate Scouting anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the blue and gold banquet. Free two-sided placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets or pack meetings to help promote day camp and resident camp. 

The council has lots of ideas for blue and gold banquets and pack meetings (e.g., magic, beach). Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.

Promotional Placemats / Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas



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(Camp Location)
Register Cost* 2018 Dates Time Location Contact  
Aldine Pathfinder
(North Houston)
(Southwest Houston)
Register $51.50 June 4-8 6:00 - 9:15 pm LDS Church
(7950 Bissonnet)
Ronald McAdams  
(Bryan, TX)
  $51.50 June 11-15 8:00 - 3:00 pm Camp Howdy Jonathan
Big Cypress
(Cypress, TX)
AM Session
PM Session
$76.50 June 11-14
8:30 am - 2:00 pm (am Session)
3:00 pm - 8:30 pm (pm Session)
Cy-Fair Exhibition Center
Holly Householder  
(El Campo, TX)
Register $76.50 June 11-14, 2018 8:00 am - 3:00 pm El Campo American Legion Raymond Rang  
(Rosenburg, TX)
Register $76.50 June 12-15 2:00 - 8:30 pm Long Acres Ranch Jake Lilley  
(West Houston)
Register $76.50 June 18-22 3:00 - 8:00 pm Epiphany Lutheran Church Rachel Banks  
David Crockett
(Sealy, TX)
Register $51.50 June 4-8 4:00 - 8:00 pm Camp Brosig Ranell Ducas  
Flaming Arrow
(New Caney, TX)
Register $66.50 June 19-21 9:00 - 4:30 pm A.V. "Bull" Sallas Park Denise
George Strake
(Conroe, TX)
Register $66.50 June 12-15 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, T-Wed
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fr
LDS Church-Crighton Ward Callie
Iron Horse
(Spring, TX)
  $61.50 June 11-15 3:00 - 8:00 pm Northside Christian Church Lance
(West Houston)
Register $76.50 June 11 - 15 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Spring Woods Baptist Church Wendy Mancuso  
North Star
(West Houston)
(Tomball, TX)
Register $66.50 June 12-15 2:00 - 8:00 pm Spring Creek Park Adam
(Tomball, TX)
Register $66.50 June 18-22 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park Joseph
(Baytown, TX)
Register $51.50 June 13-16 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Wed-Fr
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sat
LDS Church in Baytown Neal Minson  
San Jacinto
(La Porte, TX)
Register $76.50 June 18-22 4:30 - 9:00 pm Lomax Arena Richard
Service Area
          Lorenzo Jackson
(Central Houston)
Register $66.50 June 11-14 5:30 - 8:30 pm Knights of Columbus
(E. Whitney Street)
Noe Ramirez  
Soaring Eagle
(Cypress, TX)
Register $76.50 June 5-8 3:00 - 8:00 pm St. Timothy Lutheran Church Becca
Tall Timbers
(Conroe, TX)
Register $56.50 June 4-8 1:00 - 6:00 pm (Tues-Th)
1:00 - 8:00 pm (Fr)
Grace Crossing Church Cami Payette  
(Soutwest Houston)
Register $51.50 June 11-15 5:30 - 9:00 pm LDS Church, Dairy Ashford Jason
Texas Skies
(West Houston/Katy)
Register $76.50 June 4-8 9:00 am - 3:00 pm The Cotton Ranch Andi Oldner  
Thunder Wolf
(Missouri City, TX)
Register $76.50 June 5-8 3:00 - 8:00 pm

Elkins High School

Joanna Ouderkirk  
Twin Bayou
(Southwest Houston)
Register $51.50 June 5-8 6:00 - 8:30 pm St. Luke's United Methodist Church Amber Moncla  
W.L. Davis
(Southeast Houston)
Register $41.50 June 5-8 5:00 - 8:30 pm Gregg Elementary School Beverly Johnson  


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.



Jenn Mikes
Council Day Camp Chair

Geno Aguilar
Day Camp Registration
 (713) 756-3304

Tony Hensdill
Day Camp Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3374


Cub Scout Resident Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, March 1, 2018 8:29:00 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.

Resident camp includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.

In addition, the resident camp program will focus on the new Cub Scout program electives:

  • Tiger: Floats and Boats, Rolling Tigers
  • Wolf: Paws of Skill
  • Bear: Salmon Run, A Bear Goes Fishing
  • Webelos: Aquanaut, Into the Woods, Into the Wild       


Registration is a two-step process for adults

Session Registration Step 1
(youth and adults)
Step 2
Session Date Session Time
Session 1 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 8 - 11, 2018 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 2 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 11 - 14, 2018 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 3 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 15 - 18, 2018 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 4 Step 1: Register (youth and adults) Step 2: Register (adults) July 18 - 21, 2018 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am

Costs and Fees

There is a maximum of 180 Cub Scouts per session; sessions fill up quickly.  Only those with full payment, camp roster and Adult in Camp Compliance forms submitted by May 1 are guaranteed a spot. Cub Scouts attending must be members of the BSA and be under the supervision of an adult. One adult for each family is expected. Youth fees are $120 and adult fees are $70, if paid by May 1. All newly chartered Cub Scout packs receive a 25% discount. 

Campers need to bring their own tent and cots. There are a limited number of tents and cots available for rent. Indicate rental requests when making a reservation. Tents are walled, canvas tents on a metal frame attached to a concrete slab, and will accommodate two cots. 

Camp Staff

Bovay Scout Ranch is looking for dedicated volunteers and paid staff to serve Scouting by working at Bovay Scout Ranch for Adventure Camp throughout the year, and Resident Camp during July. The requirements are stiff; the jobs are demanding; the experience is exhilarating. Applications are available here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Resident Camp

How are refunds handled?
See the council refund policy.
Do I have to register with my pack?
Pack reservations are encouraged, so families in the same pack are assigned to the same campsite.  Dens and individual families not able to attend with their pack may make their own reservations, and will be combined with other dens and families from different packs.
What health form do I need to attend Resident Camp?
Every participant must provide a copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B).
What do the fees include?
The Cub Scout fee includes activity supplies, t-shirt, patch and eight meals (dinner on day 1, three meals on days 2-3, and breakfast on Day 4). Adult fees include meals.
What are the adult leadership requirements?
Wolves and Bears should bring at least one family member. Webelos may register one adult for every four Webelos Scouts. Every Scout and child must be under the supervision of a leader, parent or guardian.

Every adult must submit an Adult in Camp State Compliance Form by May 1stThe state of Texas requires that the council complete a background check on each adult attending camp.

Packs must submit the following for each adult at check-in:
1. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B) for each adult 
2. Sexual Offender database check for each adult.  Go to the website, click on name, click agree, search using first name, last name and date of birth, then print. 
2. Copy of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training certificate for each adult (online YPT is not accepted). Find a class near you.  Classes will also be offered on the first day of camp. 
3. One adult per registered group must provide a copy of Hazardous Weather training certificate (taken online at within last two years).
What are the check-in procedures?
Campers should arrive between 2:00-2:45 pm. Campers will be given their campsite assignment to set up camp. A campsite host will greet campers in the campsite and help with check-in procedures. When you arrive, 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 your campsite host. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables, and a fire water bucket.

After everyone in your pack has arrived, the campsite host will escort two adults and all of the Cub Scouts for the required health screening, safety talk, and swim checks. Swim checks will take place from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the water park. Everyone will be checked for swimmer or non-swimmer status. 

Leader check-in.  The designated leader will check in at the registration office in the administration building (approximately one mile past the main gate, on the left) and register the unit. To facilitate a quick registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork:

1. Camp registration confirmation
2. Proof of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) for each adult
3. Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A&B), two copies for each participant. Alphabetized copies in an envelope or notebook (one for campsite, one for camp). 
4. Hazardous Weather training certificate for one adult in your group
5. Copy of Sexual Offender Database Check for each adult

Note:  the adult in Adult in Camp Compliance form required by the state of Texas for each adult and Bovay Camp Roster are to be submitted by May 1.

A mandatory leader’s meeting is held at 7:00 pm on the first day in the Safari Room at the administration building. Every adult should attend except those needed to supervise the Cub Scouts in the campsite. During the leader’s meeting, the key staff will be introduced, information distributed and questions answered.

What are the departure procedures?
Departure is after breakfast on the last day of the session; camp closes at 12:00 pm. The campsite host will assist you in checking out.  Please let them know ahead of time what specific time you will be ready to leave.  On the morning of departure, the camp host will drop off cleaning supplies for the restrooms.  Scouts in each campsite 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 camp host will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, Bovay tents closed, gear and trash removed, and evaluation forms completed.  After passing inspection, the designated leader should proceed to the administration building to sign out, turn in evaluations and pick up medical forms.
What is the schedule?
Tentative schedule:

Day 1

2:00 pm Check-in at the gate. Meet staff at campsite.
3:00 pm Swim checks, safety talks, medical checks.
5:00 pm Pack free time, review rules, establish buddies
5:45 pm Flag ceremony
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Free time for Cub Scouts
7:00 pm Leader orientation (adult meeting)
8:30 pm Campfire
9:30 pm Lights out!!

Day 2 / 3
7:00 am Chapel service (Day 2), Sunrise hike (Day 3)
7:50 am Flag ceremony
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Program
12:00 pm Lunch / quiet time / den time
2:00 pm Program
5:00 pm Free time
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Game night (Day 2), Campfire (Day 3)
8:30 pm Stargazing
9:30 pm Lights out

Day 4
7:45 am Flag ceremony
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Break camp, campsite inspection, equipment return
11:00 am Camp closed

You will receive the final schedule during check-in.

What do we need to bring to Resident Camp?

Bring:  Tent (if not renting from camp); sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress (if not renting from camp); 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 & Medical Form, Part A & B, required for every participant two copies alphabetized in two notebooks). Mark all items 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:  Hazardous Weather training certificate, one adult per registered group; Bovay Camp Roster, one per registered group, two copies; Leader’s Guide, one copy per group; Camper Release Form, for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp; Adult in Camp Compliance form submitted to SHAC by May 1st; copy of Sexual Offender database check; BSA unit membership roster; proof of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training, one per adult.

What NOT to bring to camp: alcohol, electronics, firearms, guns and ammunition, Illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

Where can I find Bovay Scout Ranch policies?
Bovay Scout Ranch policies and procedures are located here.


Geno Aguilar
Bovay Scout Ranch Registration
(713) 756-3304
 Bovay Scout Ranch: 3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868
 Resident Camp Reservations
 Resident Camp Feedback
 Cub Scout Camping

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



Two-Deep Leadership 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:42:00 AM

What’s the difference between ‘two-deep leadership’ and ‘no one-on-one contact’?

Source: Scouting Magazine

While no Scouter questions the value of Youth Protection training and policies — we all agree on the need to keep young people safe — some Scouters have asked for clarification about implementation.

Many of those questions are about policies requiring two-deep leadership and prohibiting one-on-one contact. On occasion, those separate policies get confused and intermingled.

So I checked with the Youth Protection team for clarification.

Essentially, it boils down to this: At least two adults are required on every BSA outing. During that outing, there should be no one-on-one contact between an adult and a youth. The “no one-on-one contact” rule also applies to leaders interacting with youth outside of the Scouting program where grooming of youth, parents and other adults could occur. Parents and youth are advised to follow this and other Youth Protection policies for the overall safety of all involved.

But there might be moments when just one leader is present with two or more Scouts. That’s fine, as long as the situation doesn’t involve one adult and one youth. (Of course, if we’re talking about a Scout with his or her parent/guardian, that’s always OK.)

For example, let’s say Troop 451 is driving to a campout. There are nine Scouts and three adults on the trip. The first SUV might have two adults and five Scouts. The other would then have one adult and four Scouts. Is this a “two-deep leadership” violation? No. (I covered this back in 2015.)

What about if there are only two adults present on a campout of eight Scouts, and one group wants to go hiking while the other stays at camp to fish?

While Youth Protection policies don’t expressly forbid it, it’s not the recommended approach because of health and safety concerns. What if the adult on the hike gets injured? What if the adult back at camp has an emergency? In those situations, it would be helpful to have a second adult present. Many troops in that situation would want at least four leaders: two to go on the hike and two to stay at camp.

For a closer look at this important subject, here’s what the Youth Protection team said:

What do ‘two-deep leadership’ and ‘no one-on-one contact’ mean?

While sometimes the Youth Protection policies may seem to be confusing, they really aren’t. Therefore we’d like to provide the following in hopes of clarity on the actions of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact.

From the Youth Protection website, let us provide the following:

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse

The BSA has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. Parents and youth using these safeguards outside the Scouting program further increase the safety of their youth. Those who serve in positions of leadership and supervision with youth outside the Scouting program will find these policies help protect youth in those situations as well.

  • Two-deep leadership is required on all outings. A minimum of two registered adult leaders — or one registered leader and a participating Scout’s parent or another adult — is required for all trips and outings. One of these adults must be 21 years of age or older.
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. In situations requiring a personal conference, such as a Scoutmaster conference, the meeting is to be conducted with the knowledge and in view of other adults and/or youth.
  • The policies of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members also apply to digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact takes place in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication.

Why are these policies in place, and how do they differ?

Safety from all forms of abuse, including sexual abuse and injury from accidents, is crucial for all Scouting programs. Requiring a minimum of two adults participating allows for more supervision so that leaders can take a break and still have more than enough supervision present.

The “no one-on-one contact” rule (which, remember, includes digital communications, such as text, emails and gaming) is a core component of combating the “grooming” of a youth for sexual abuse.

An abusive adult will seek to have a one-on-one relationship with a youth separate from adults, parents and peers which includes inappropriate conversations, and seeking to being alone with a youth. This typically occurs in and out of Scouting program activities when a leader seeking to sexually abuse a child seeks to separate the child from appropriate adult.

While similar to two-deep Leadership in some ways, “no one-on-one” specifically states that adult/youth interactions is not appropriate without another adult — preferably a Youth Protection-trained leader — being present.

Additionally, our Health and Safety team strongly recommends a minimum of two adult leaders on all outings in case of injury to a youth or an adult. This is so aid can be sought without putting youth at risk.

A question from a Scouter, annotated

Below I have included an email I received from a Scout volunteer in New York.

The Scouter’s words are in black. The Youth Protection team’s responses are in red.

In our troop, and at summer camp with other troops, it seems nobody understands Youth Protection consistently. The most common misunderstanding is that two adults must always be present with any number of Scouts. 

This causes our Troop leadership to require at least four adults on each campout, so two can remain in camp while two others go off on activities with the boys, for instance. That’s great.

It seems like the policies of Two Deep, and No One-on-One get confused and intermingled, when in fact they are generally related, but different policies. See the explanation above.

My understanding is, as long as Two Deep is practiced for the overall campout or event, it is always OK for a single adult to be with Scouts as long as there is more than one boy present. Not quite, we prefer to have a minimum of two adults as your previous paragraph described.….

For instance, if half the Scouts stay in camp with one adult, and half go on a hike the the other adult, that is OK. Not a good idea, especially for Health and Safety reasons listed above. If the Scout leader were sick or injured, there would be no adults present. 

 I also understand it is OK for a single adult to be with a single Scout, as long as they are in view of others. For instance, at summer camp, an adult could take a boy to the infirmary, as long as they were in view of others during that time. True, given this example.

Or an adult and boy could canoe together, if they were in the proximity of other Scouts and adults. True, given this example.

I have put together the following summary of the Youth Protection policies that I am hoping may clarify things for those in our troop who don’t quite understand it. I would appreciate it if you would review it and tell me if you feel it is accurate and appropriate for me to share with other leaders. 

Two Deep Leadership

A minimum of two adults: at least one adult a minimum of 21 years old, and at least one adult who is a registered leader, is required for all trips and outings. Correct.

One-on-One Contact 

One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 

The following exceptions and situations are allowed:

– One Scout with his parent/guardian. No problem 

– One adult with two or more Scouts. That depends on the situation. For example, traveling to and from program activity, Scouting meetings and especially outside of Scouting it is not a good practice to have one adult with two Scouts, as the sexual abuser can and will use this as an opportunity to have singular access to Scouts.

– One adult with one Scout in view of other adults and/or youth. Seems OK, given the examples above. 

– Two adults with one or more Scouts. Excellent.  

Scout Fair Information 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:25:00 AM

April 14, 2018

NRG Arena

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area.

Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers.

Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking.

Scout Fair is open to the public and is free; NRG parking is typically $12.

There are hundreds of activities at Scout Fair that the entire family will enjoy. Packs, troops, teams, crews, ships and posts from around the council set up interactive booths to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout leaders. Booths have typically included crafts, games, rope making, orienteering, obstacle courses, first aid activities, art, hobbies, gardening, leatherworking, music, nature activities, outdoor cooking, rope bridges, putt-putt golf, catapults and much more. Scouts and parents work together to set-up and run the booth. For more information regarding booth registration, ideas and rules and regulations, please refer to the Scout Fair leader informationBring comfortable walking shoes and your camera. Share your Scouting memories with us on social media and remember to tag the Sam Houston Area Council

Plan your day to capture the many activities at Scout Fair:

  • Indoor booths -  Visit hundreds of fun, hands-on activities and crafts
  • Outdoor booths - Sample dutch oven creations and other camp food delicacies
  • Scouting resource booths - Receive information about the council’s exciting programs
  • Scout Shop - Shop for all of your Scouting needs
  • Fleet - Sea Scouts demonstrate their unique boating opportunities

The Conservation Corner has exhibitors from a variety of businesses, non -profits and city, state, and federal agencies that display information and hands-on activities related to the natural sciences, resource stewardship, and animal science. learn how to have fun in the outdoors while offering service opportunities and ideas to help manage our resources for future generations. Areas of interest on display:

Geology and Natural Resources featuring fossil and mineral identification and hunting, gold panning, conventional and renewal energy exhibits, forestry and an opportunity to have your picture taken with TRex or Smoky Bear.

Area Parks and Museums featuring program and service opportunities as well as live snakes, insects and other critters.

Aquatic Ecology featuring Fishing’s Future Aquatic Ecology Arena with touch tanks with live marine critters, casting area to catch plastic fish, fishing knot tying as well as the ability to work on parts of A Bear Goes Fishing Elective, Fly Fishing, Fish and Wildlife Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Oceanography and Kayak Merit Badges.

The STEM areas feature demonstrations and hands-on activities related to some of the latest exciting developments in science and engineering as well as often overlooked technology that makes modern life possible. Exhibits include demonstrations on robotics, astronomy in the portable planetarium, welding, etc. The University of Houston Atmospheric Science truck will also participate in two instrumented balloon launches from their research instrumented truck. It also offers an opportunity to learn about careers in related areas.

Leader Information

Every pack, troop, team, crew, ship and post is encouraged to host a booth at Scout Fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. The planning and teamwork involved in booth participation provides great fun and learning opportunities. Participate at Scout Fair, with a booth and earn an additional 10% commission when registered by March 31, 2018. Turn in your funds by early bird bonus dates and earn additional commissions.  The prize brochure features prizes for various sales levels. Scouts who sell at least 218 Scout Fair coupon book bonus level will receive an additional bonus.

Selling Scout Fair coupon books not only sustains the Scout Fair event and other council programs, it also provides a great fundraising opportunity for your unit and prepares Scouts to earn their own way. Each coupon book sells for only $10 but offers $100's in savings. When Scouts sell 15 or more coupon books, they'll earn the Super Salesman patch, qualify for entry in weekly drawings and earn great prizes from the Scout Fair coupon book prize brochure. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold, with funds turned in on or before April 14, 2018.

A variety of resources are available for leaders:

      Coupon Book Turn-in Locations     Coupon Books     Resources


Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon.

Booth Registration

registered by March 31, 2018. Registration between March 25 - 31, 2018, receive 5% commission bonus. 

Unit Booth Registration

Booth Set Up: Booths are set up on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 6:00 - 10:00 am. Booth assignments will be posted on council Facebook page no later than Thursday before Scout Fair.

Booth Breakdown: Booths must be set-up by 10:00 am and remain until 3:00 pm, even if you run out of supplies. When one unit begins to tear down early, other units follow. This is disrespectful to the participants who may not have had a chance to visit all the booths. No exceptions will be made. Place trash in receptacles before leaving. For more information regarding booth rules and regulations, please refer to the Scout Fair booth safety guidelines. For questions, contact your district Scout Fair chair or district executive. Units must register for a booth by March 31, 2018.

 Booth Safety Guidelines          Booth Planning Ideas

Indoor Booths: Indoor booths are free, and are available in two sizes (10'x10' or 10'x20'). Booths will have drapery hung from aluminum tubing. The booths have 8' high drapery across the back and 3' high drapery on the sides. If an activity is too large for a booth, an indoor activity area can be requested (20'x20'). Indoor activity areas have twine tied to 3' high stanchions to define the area. For more information, read the safety guidelines. Register.

Chairs can be rented for $5 each and 6-foot tables for $15; these must be pre-ordered when registering for a booth. Units may bring tables and chairs. Tables and chairs will not be available for rent the day of the event. All materials must be carried; trailers are not be allowed inside. Bring dollies or wagons to carry supplies. Electrical outlets are available for $110 per single outlet (indoor booths only). These outlets are 115 - VAC, 10 amp circuits and will not handle coffee pots or hot plates. Electricity must be ordered when signing up for a booth. 

Outdoor Booths: Outdoor booths are free, and are available in one size (20'x20') on pavement. Bring sandbags to hold down canopies; stakes or spikes cannot be used on the pavement. All fires must be in elevated fireplaces. Cooking areas will be designated. Bring your own chairs and tables. For more information, read the safety guidelines. Register.



Coupon Books Unit leader or district Scout Fair representative
Prizes Unit leader or district Scout Fair representative
Scout Fair participation patches Unit leader or district Scout Fair representative
Unit Booth Registration Donna Burke







Tony Hensdill  
Council Coupon Book Sales
 Coupon Book Information
 (713) 756-3374

Donna Burke
Unit / Council Booth Sign Up
 Booth Information
 (713) 756-3398

Nathan Doherty
Community Exhibitors
 (713) 756-3308

Brandon Lewis
Scout Fair Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3319



Sporting Clays Tournament 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:20:00 AM

April 26, 2018

Westside Sporting Grounds
10120 Pattison Rd, Katy, TX

Sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the gunner in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds, or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats. Sporting clays is exciting and challenging. The shooting grounds are laid out in stations (also called stands) with each station representing one type of bird or a combination of game: a rabbit and a grouse.

Join us for the annual sporting clays tournament to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's Scouting programs for at-risk youth. This year, the council will invest over $250 in each of our Scouts. Our programs are building stronger citizens by fostering close family relationships through parental invovlement in Scouting. Schlumberger is the title sponsor. 


Register          Brochure

Donate Auction Items

The Cory Kruse, one of Aguila's pro shooters, will attend the event

The Sam Houston Area Council is grateful for the continued partnership with Aguila Ammunition. They have renewed their support as our Ammunition Sponsor.

Team Sponsorship Levels

The tournament uses a four-person team format. Teams can be made up of male, female, youth, adult, pro class shooters, beginner shooters, or a combination.

Gold Sponsor $15,000 Supports a one-year program for an in-school Scouting unit (40 youth) Base Package* plus a full-page ad in the program booklet, website listing, sponsor banner, mulligans for each shooter, shooting game tickets for each shooter, vendor tent and additional four-person team (eight shooters total), Premier Shooter gifts, one raffle ticket book per shooter, and underwriting of a silent and live auction item with recognition.
Eagle Team  $10,000 Supports a program for a ScoutReach^ unit for one-year (25 youth) Base Package* plus a full-page ad in the program booklet, website listing, sponsor banner, mulligans for each shooter, shooting game tickets for each shooter, vendor tent and additional four-person team (eight shooters total).
Life Team $7,500 Supports a program for a ScoutReach^ unit for ½-year (25 youth) Base Package* plus a ¾-page ad in the program booklet, website listing, sponsor banner, mulligans for each shooter, shooting game tickets for each shooter.
Star Team  $5,000 Supports 20 youth with a one-year Scouting program Base Package* plus a ½ page ad in the program booklet, website listing, sponsor banner.
Tenderfoot Team  $3,000 Supports 12 youth with a one-year Scouting program Base Package* plus a ¼-page ad in the event program, website listing, station sponsor sign.
Scout Team $2,000 Supports eight youth with a one-year Scouting program Base Package* which includes four-person team, golf cart, company name in the event program and shooter gift.
First Class Shooter $500 Supports two youth with a one-year Scouting program One individual shooter.

*All shooters will receive a lunch, refreshments, reception, recognition item, and the opportunity to participate in shooting games and the live and silent auction. The base package includes a four-person team, golf cart, company name in the event program.

^Scoutreach is an after-school Scouting program for our youth right at their school. The Scouts receive all of the same opportunities as a traditional unit, including monthly campout, summer camp, pinewood derbies and community service. Qualified volunteers, call the Scoutreach Corps, assist paid program specialists with teaching providing Scouts with high-quality Scouting experiences in elementary, middle schools, and community centers throughout the greater Houston area. Sam Houston Area Council is committed to making Scouting accessible to youth that may not be able to join a traditional unit. 

Auction Items

Auction items can be donated. Team Sponsors can also underwrite silent and auction items.

Non-shooting Sponsorships

Raffle Gun Sponsor $10,000 Sponsor 10 guns to be given away for the gun raffle, recognition in the event program, website listing, sponsor banner.
Shooter Gift Sponsor $10,000 Underwrites shooter gifts that will be presented to each team, recognition in the event program, website listing, sponsor banner.
Beverage Sponsor $10,000 Recognition in the event program, website listing, sponsor banner.
Food Sponsor $10,000 Recognition in the event program, website listing, sponsor banner.
Ammo Sponsor $7,500 Recognition in the event program, website listing, sponsor banner.
Raffle Sponsor $5,000 Sponsor multiple raffle items and name recognition with those items, recognition in the event program, sponsor banner.
Course Sponsor $3,500 Recognition in the event program; banner placed on course; logo on all course score cards and golf carts.
Square Gun Sponsor $1,500 Underwrites square game gun with name recognition.
Contribution only   For those who wish to contribute, but can't participate

Shooting Rules

  1. All guns remain unloaded at all times, until in the shooting cage and pointed downrange.  Load only when station is clear and safe.
  2. Treat all guns as though they are loaded, never pointing at anything you do not wish to destroy.
  3. Actions open or the breech cracked to show the gun is unloaded, until you are ready to use it.
  4. Never load more than two shells at a time for Sporting Clays Tournament or other shotgun games.
  5. Be aware of what’s beyond the target. If there’s any doubt, don’t shoot.
  6. After shooting all your targets make sure your action is open BEFORE you turn around to step out of the cage.
  7. Shot sizes larger than 7½, 8 or 9 are not allowed. No dram equivalent of more than three drams, or more than 1½ ounce of shot will be allowed.
  8. Use the proper gauge ammunition in your gun. Don’t improvise or carry shells of different gauges together.
  9. Absolutely no consumption of alcohol will be allowed on the course, including spectators.
  10. Eye and ear protection is mandatory for everyone on the course, including spectators.
  11. No unsupervised children on the range.
  12. No unleashed dogs on the range.
  13. Never load or touch the trap machines for any reason.
  14. Personal carts, gators, rhinos, mules, and other modes of transportation such as those listed are welcome. Four wheelers and motorcycles are not allowed on, or around the course.
  15. Stay on the pathways both in vehicles and walking.
  16. Any activity deemed unsafe will not be tolerated.


Tournament organizers will use the Lewis class scoring system for scoring the event.

Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place for the following classes: A, B and C.

Team and individual team member awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place in each of these classes.


Tentative Schedule

Every shooter will be provided one flight and 100 clays. During the event, a delicious lunch and light dinner will be provided. A silent and live auction will be held after dinner.

9:30 am Check-in and shooting games open
10:00 am Silent auction opens
11:30 am Lunch service starts
12:15 pm Shooting games close
12:30 pm Safety talk and instructions
12:45 pm Shooting event starts
4:00 pm Reception starts (15 minutes after last shooter finishes)
5:00 pm Silent auction closes
5:15 pm Live auction and gun drawings
6:00 pm Awards presentation 




Live And Silent Auction

There are large live and silent auctions at the event. Around $75,000.00 worth of merchandise will be auctioned off. In the past, items in the auction included golf outings, hunting trips to local lodges, a week at a Colorado condo with airfare, a week in Napa Valley and the California Redwoods with airfare, a dove hunting trip to Argentina with airfare, and much more. It is truly an auction that you will not want to miss.

Raffle Packages: $100 and $250 raffle packages are available; raffle items typically include guns (of all types), art work, golf certificates, restaurant gift certificates, and much more. Come prepared to participate in a top flight raffle and you may go home with a new shotgun of your dreams!

 Auction Donation Form


Where does the money go?

Funds raised from the annual Sam Houston Area Council BSA Sporting Clays Tournament go to support the Scouting program in the greater Houston Area. Scouting teaches self-reliance, strength of purpose and conviction of character. These are the values that have guided the Sam Houston Area Council over the years. While there are many youth organizations, including sports, service clubs, fitness and educational programs that help young people, Scouting goes above and beyond by providing activities that:

  • Allows boys to try new things
  • Features a learn-by doing approach
  • Provides service to others
  • Reinforces ethical standards
  • Builds self-confidence and leadership
  • Scouting is filled with fun, adventure and values that last a lifetime.  Men who were Scouts for five or more years as boys are more likely than men with no Scouting to:

- Graduate from college (35% versus 19%)
- Earn higher annual household incomes ($80,000 versus $61,000)
- Have lifelong friendships (89% versus 74%)
- Attend religious services (87% versus 77%)
- Believe helping other should come before one’s own self interest (92% versus 83%)
- Over the past 16 years this event has raised close to $2 million dollars to support the Scouting program in the Greater Houston area.
- Graduate from high school (91% versus 87%)

TV Segment

Modern Shooter, which airs on the Sportsman Channel, featured the Sam Houston Area Council Sporting Clays Tournament. 

Committee Members


Mike Kasecky – Schlumberger
Steve Leyh – Leyh, Payne & Mallia, PLLC


Rick Benavides - SKB Shotguns
Michael Blake - NorthStar Equipment
Bob Burns  - Volunteer
Dan Bowen – Haworth
Greg Carter - Global Drilling
Stephen Carter - Amegy Bank
Greg Christmann – Green Bank
Harold Christmann – Christmann & Company
Mark DeVaney – Amegy Bank
Cletus Dodd – Greenbriar Partners
Kristi Drawe – TxAT/Aguila Ammunition
Jeff Early - Northern Trust Bank
Don Fernbach – Forney Construction
Ken Fickes – Harris County
Jim Goolsby – Tauber Oil Company

Shad  Higdon – Deloitte & Touche LLP
Harris Huguenard - Jackson Walker LLP
Gary Jones – Knight Oil Tools
Harry Leach – Capital Certified Development Corp.
Ryan Murphy - Cobalt International
Margarita Posadas - Volunteer
Bob Roy - CenterPoint Energy
Steve Ryan - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Wendel Skolaski - Cadence Bank
Jim Slack - Slack & Co.
Steve Slezak – Schlumberger
Richard Tauber – Tauber Oil Company
Karen Tellepsen - Volunteer
Dave Weaver – Petrolink


Council Contact

Kimberly Davis
Sr. Development Director 


Sporting Clays Tournament Sponsors

Title Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor



Ammunition Sponsor

Eagle Sponsor



Ann Stanislaw

Cynthia & Hershell Cavin 

Life Sponsor


Franklin Meyers

Northern Trust





Philmont Council Contingent 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, February 2, 2018 10:48:00 PM

Council Contingent

Each year the council sends several contingents of Scouts and Scouters to Philmont Scout Ranch. This is a great opportunity for units who have youth who want to attend Philmont but not enough youth to fill the minimum Philmont crew size requirement. Participants must meet the Philmont Scout Ranch health requirements and be a registered Scout (ages 14 or older) or Scouter. 

The cost to attend with the council contingent in 2018 is $1,750 (paid in three installments) and includes Philmont fees, transportation to and from Philmont, and food. Let us know if you are interested in attending. 

The link is an interest survey and does not commit a person to going or not going to Philmont.  If you express interest then someone from the council will contact you in regards to making a commitment.  

2018 Council Contingent Interest Form    


About Philmont

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base. Its 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps provide an unforgettable adventure in the high country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails.

Learn More



Monica Cotten
Office Assistant
(713) 756-3322


Brandon Lewis
Director of Support Service
(713) 756-3319





University of Scouting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:12:00 PM

March 24, 2018

Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
1700 Gregg St, Houston, TX 77020

University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, Sea Scouts, district and council leaders and parents. It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where participants choose from over 100 courses. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you. 


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

     Registration fee $25
  Onsite registration $30
  Lunch $8 (optional)

  Register           Course Catalog

How to Register - Click on the Register button

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

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

Classes that are full will not show up.


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

Who should attend? 

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



Jeanne Gebo
Powder Horn Registration

Larry Myers
University of Scouting Chair


Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912

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




World Scout Jamboree 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, January 11, 2018 2:02:00 PM

July 22 - August 9, 2019

The 24th World Scout Jamboree is an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills. The jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past world jamboree programs, such as the Global Development Village, the World Scout Centre, a special sustainability initiative, and the socialization elements that allow participants to make lifelong friends from around the world.

Unlike any other youth event, the World Scout Jamboree invites you to surround yourself in diverse global cultures by joining your new Scouting friends at a single destination for 12 unforgettable days. The jamboree experience extends beyond your home—and beyond the boundaries of our countries—to create a global adventure that will last a lifetime! The event is being held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The United States, Canada and Mexico are hosting the event.

It is specifically designed for young people ages 14 to 17 years old from National Scout Organizations, which are members of WOSM.

There are three ways to be a part of the USA contingent. Scouts whose birthdays fall between July 22, 2001, and July 21, 2005 (age 14-17 by the time of the jamboree), have the unique opportunity to join the contingent as a youth. Scouters born before July 22, 2001, may apply to be either an adult leader or an IST (International Service Team, a.k.a. staff member).

The USA contingent has 10,000 spots available. Join the mailing list to express your interest in the 2019 World Scout Jamboree - USA Contingent. You will receive occasional emails about going to the WSJ, how to register and important deadlines. 

USA Contingent WSJ Website         Join the USA Contingent Mailing List         WSJ World Website