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Advancement Academy Essential for Advancement Chairs 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:58:00 AM

September 27, 2014

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cockrell Service Center

$5 (includes refreshments)

Advancement Academy is a training for unit advancement chairs, committee members, unit leaders and district advancement committee members. Instructors will discuss advancements for all Scouts, training requirements and recent advancement updates and changes. The day begins with an opening general session followed by program specific breakout sessions for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. The program will conclude with a general Q&A discussion on advancement topics. 

This training is a highly recommended program for all district and unit advancement chairs and anyone interested or involved in the advancement process. Lunch will be available for $10 and must be ordered when registering. Copies of the 2013 Guide to Advancement are available at the special discount price of $8, if pre-ordered ($12 onsite). Registration closes on September 20.



Photographic Memories of Scouting Needed for 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Sam Houston Area Council is producing a coffee table book in celebration of the 100th anniversary, and we need your help. We are searching for photographs for this keepsake book within these categories:

  • Historical scenes of Scouting from the past 100 years
  • Multi-generations of Scouting families
  • Interesting community service programs
  • High adventure Scouting experiences

Send your historical memories (with the highest possible resolution of digital copies of photograph) to Bill Penczak , along with descriptions of the people, the activity, the year and place. We will let you know if your memories will be included in this fun and sentimental keepsake of SHAC's first century of service to the Houston community.    

One of the earliest troops in SHAC on a troop hike near the ship channel. The Scouts were seated on mounds made from dirt cast up from the digging near the turn basin. 


SHAC seeks stories for radio commercials 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:39:00 AM

As part of the 100th anniversary of SHAC, we are highlighting Scouts and leaders by featuring them in a series of radio commercials airing on News 92.1FM radio, from now through November. We are looking for Scouts and Scouters who would like to participate in the program and hear yourself on the radio, along with other Scouts and Scouters who make Scouting great in Houston. 

As part of the Century of Service program, SHAC, with generous funding from Hart Energy and production assistance by UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants, is producing a radio campaign airing on News 92.1FM. The radio segments feature interviews with area Scouts, Scouters, SHAC leadership, and community leaders, all talking about how Scouting in Houston has improved their lives, their families, or our community. You can participate in the program and hear yourself on the radio later this year. 

  1. Select one of the interview questions listed below.
  2. Call the SHAC-News92 Hotline at 713-407-3204. Speak slowly and clearly and leave your name, troop or patrol, rank or role, and your age (for Scouts), and your email address. Answer the question of your choice. Feel free to simply tell us about an interesting aspect of your Scouting experience. If you don’t like your answer, call back and leave a new message.
  3. The producers from News92 will select appropriate participants, and edit their comments into a commercial to be aired later this year.
  4. SHAC will send you a notice of when your spot will air, and provide you with a digital copy of your segment.

Listen to a sample of a radio spots:

  • Troop 1631 Scout Tom Ralph talks about how Scouting is teaching him to be a better teacher and leader during an interview captured on a recent campout to Goose Island State Park.
  • Scout leader David Van Kleek has devoted his life to service to others. Listen to how his Scouting experience led to a successful career in the military and in business.

All entries may not be used; calling the line and leaving a message for this program is your approval for SHAC and News92 to use your name and recording of your voice. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Program Manager Bill Penczak.

Scout Questions

  1. Why did you join Scouts?
  2. How has Scouting made you a better student?
  3. How do you balance Scouting with other activities like sports or band?
  4. What have you learned about leadership during your experience in Scouting?
  5. What was your Eagle project and what impact did it make on the community?
  6. Who have been role models for you in Scouting?
  7. How are you different as a person since you’ve been in Scouting?
  8. What impact has Scouting had on your family life?
  9. What’s the most fun thing you’ve done in Scouting?
  10. Tell us about the best camping trip you’ve been on as a Scout

Scouter Questions

  1. Why do you volunteer as a Scout leader?
  2. How have you seen Scouting improve young men’s lives?
  3. How does Scouting help single moms and their families?
  4. Who are some positive role models you’ve experienced in Scouting?
  5. Why should parents encourage their sons to be in Scouting?
  6. What do boys learn besides outdoor skills in their Scouting experience?
  7. What’s the importance of troops being “boy led”?
  8. Tell us about some community service projects your troop has done?
  9. If you are an Eagle Scout, what impact has that had on your career?
  10. How has SHAC made a difference in the Houston community?     

Order Century of Service Patches 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:19:00 PM

During 2014, the Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating 100 years of serving youth. For a century, Scouts have embraced "Do A Good Turn Daily" and "A Scout is Helpful."

Celebrating a Century of Service Patches

Help celebrate a century of service by purchasing limited edition 100th anniversary council shoulder patches (CSP) for $7.50 and activity patches for $1.00, while supplies last. Don't miss your chance to own these keepsakes that will be cherished for a lifetime. Segments can be earned for camp participation and participating in Community Service Day. Patches can be ordered online, purchased at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008-1311), or purchased at one of the five Houston area Scout Shops.

Order Patches!

Camp Participation

Camping has always been a very important part of Scouting. It is both an enjoyable and educational experience in one. For those in the Scouting movement, it allows them to bring a variety of skills they have been taught and put them into practice. In addition, the Scouts learn important 'life' skills such as leadership, self discipline, responsibility, hygiene and much more. As Scouts celebrate their centennial, Scouts will encouraged to participate in this important cornerstone of the Scouting movement. To earn the camp participation patch, choose from one of these awesome camp opportunities:

  • The Venturing Summit is the end-of-the-summer activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program.  Make it a full weekend, just a day, or a night and a day activity. Venturers can camp, or just enjoy a long summer day.
  • Winter Camp is held each year at Camp Strake between Christmas and New Year's, and is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and for Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by adult Scouters with actual real-life experiences in the field. Registration is due by October 31.

Community Service / Land Stewardship Day: November 15, 2014

Community Service Day is an opportunity for units to perform a community service project, conservation project, project for their chartered organization, or participate in an Eagle Scout project. Instilling the value of service to others helps to make our world a better place and leaves a lasting legacy with our youth. Community service, conservation and environmental education have always been deeply woven into the philosophy and programs of the Boy Scouts of America. On November 15, 2014, each unit is encourage to conduct a community service or land stewardship project to benefit their local community. Through this council-wide effort, 100,000 hours of service will mark our 100th anniversary.

Community Leaders: Please submit projects that you would like to be considered for Community Service Day. We will distribute the project requests to each of our 27 districts, and you will be contacted by an interested local Scout unit.

Unit Registration

Register for Community Service Day 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:59:00 PM

Celebrating a "Century of Service"

November 15, 2014

Community Service Day is an opportunity for units to perform a community service project, conservation project, project for their chartered organization, or participate in an Eagle Scout project. The Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating a "Century of Service" in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, we will log-in more than 100,000 hours of service across the 16 1/2 counties we serve. The Sam Houston Area Council will be reaching out to the communities in our area, notifying them of this day of service and encourage them to recommend projects in which units can participate.

Unit Information: Each district will have a person designated as a district community service day coordinator, whose role will be to encourage units to sign up for projects, as well as answer questions units may have regarding service projects. Each unit should identify a unit Community Scout Day chair. More information can be found in the leader packet.

Unit Registration

Service projects that are eligible for this day of service are similar to those that a unit would perform at any other time. Food drives, clothing drives, service projects at schools or churches, Eagle Scout projects, park projects, etc. would all be acceptable projects. We also encourage units to involve churches or schools other groups to participate with their service project. All of those members hours will also count as part of the service hours for that day. Only service hours performed on November 15, 2014 will count for that day, even if the project takes several days to complete.

Community Leaders: Please submit projects that you would like to be considered for Community Service Day. We will distribute the project requests to each of our 27 districts, and you will be contacted by an interested local Scout unit.

Community Leader submit a project

Sign up for Popcorn Sales 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:49:00 PM

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Online sales begin August 1, 2014. Register your Scout to earn more money by selling popcorn online. Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24, 2014.

Unit sign-up!                 Scout registration 

Why Sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 70% stays in the local area.
• Pay for your entire Scouting program.
• Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way.”
• The prize program motivates Scouts.
• There are loads of incentives: $600 club, $1,800 club and college scholarships.
• For additional revenue, sell online to friends and family out of town.     

Popcorn Training

At the popcorn training, unit leaders will receive, sales materials, training, leader tools and dinner. Seats are limited. Two people per unit can attend. Register for this training at the link above when signing up your unit.

September 15 Northwest 7:00 pm Foundry United Methodist Church (8350 Jones Road, Houston 77065
September 17 Council office 7:00 pm Cockrell Service Center (2225 North Loop West, Houston, 77008)
September 22 Northeast 7:00 pm Sheraton North Houston Hotel (15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Houston 77032)
September 23 Southwest 7:00 pm Safari Texas Ranch (11627 FM 1464, Richmond, 77407)
September 24 Southeast 7:00 pm Cullen's Upscale American Grille (11500 Space Center Blvd, Houston, 77059)    


2014 Products

Chocolate Lovers Tin $55         Large Caramel Corn with nuts $20
Sweet and Savory Collection $45   Unbelievable Butter Microwave $20
Cheese Lovers Collection $35   Butter Lite Microwave $20
White Cheddar Popcorn $25   Jalapeno Cheddar $15
Kettle Microwave $25   Kettle ready-to-eat $15
Chocolatey Caramel Crunch $25   Small Caramel Corn      $10

2014 Scout Prizes

$600 Bonus Club


Sell $600 in popcorn
and receive the ZX Crossbow

$1,800 Club Bonus

Sell $1,800 in popcorn and receive a Hexbug Scarab XL.

College Scholarships

Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face or combination) in any calendar year receive 6% of their total sales invested in their own college scholarship account. That is $0.06 of every dollar they sell! Once Scouts are enrolled, 6% of their sales each year will be added to their account. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time. Online sales count!


Top Sellers

The top seller in every district will receive a trophy and the GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera. The top three sellers in the council will receive a trophy and an Amazon gift card:

  • First place - $600
  • Second place - $400
  • Third place - $200