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Voice of the Scout - Your Opinion Matters 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, October 6, 2015 8:44:00 AM

Calling all volunteers, parents and Scouts!

How is your Scouting experience? We value your opinion and we are working to provide an excellent Scouting program for you and your family.

Starting October 6, the national council of the Boy Scouts of America will send a link to an email survey to leaders, chartered organization representatives, parents of Scouts, and Scouts over age 14. The survey is called the "Voice of the Scout." Surveys must be completed by October 20, 2015.

The survey happens twice a year. It's important because it's a chance for you to give both the national organization and our council Executive Board and staff your feelings on what works and what doesn't in Scouting. Past feedback has figured into changes like the new Cub Scout advancement program... so your answers will be taken seriously.

This message will be sent to the email address you provided to your unit at recharter or when you filled out your last membership application - so please check whatever email that is during this coming week.

Finally, there will be one question in the survey asking whether you would recommend the Scouting program to others. We understand that everybody has something they wish was done a little better or a little differently; this question is not the forum to express those wishes. Simply put, if your child has enjoyed and benefited from this program, please answer with a "9" or "10" rating. We encourage you to use every other question in the survey to offer your most complimentary or most pointed comments about ways our volunteer and professional staff can make your Scouting experience better.


Council employees share feedback results with commissioner staff and district committee members. This feedback helps the council and the BSA be continuously aware of what members and volunteers want, so we, at every level, can find ways to meet and exceed their expectations. The end goal is to discover what we need to do to, operationally and strategically, to make sure every unit is a great unit while maintaining the values of Scouting.

Please encourage and inform parents about the importance of the Voice of the Scout survey and encourage them to complete it. 

District Committee Members Invited to Council Coordinated 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 1, 2015 7:34:00 AM

Council Coordinated
October 22, 2015, 7:00 pm
Cockrell Service Center

Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leadership to receive the updates from the council. 

RSVP for Council Coordinated!

Breakout sessions:

  • District chair and vice chairs
  • District commissioner, assistant district commissioner and roundtable commissioners
  • Advancement 
  • Camping 
  • Eagle Scout Association 
  • Enterprise risk management 
  • Membership 
  • OA chapter adviser and associate chapter advisers
  • Popcorn Kernal
  • Program and activities
  • Relationships
  • STEM / Nova
  • Training 


Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 1, 2015 4:01:00 AM

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, and is held the 3rd weekend of October. This event utilizes the internet and the numerous devices that are used to get online, from your home computer to iPad tablets, to link Scouts from around the world. Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered in the worldwide Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) - Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) database in 146 countries!

Scouts of any age can take part, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or they can participate in a Scout group at a council wide event. JOTI is an economical way of communicating around the world. The event allows Scouts to "meet" other Scouts from around the world through the Internet and share more information than just "Hi." The exchanges can include such information as name, location of event, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. Another great idea is to use JOTI participation to help fulfill a Citizenship in the World or Computers merit badge requirements!


October 17, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cockrell Scout Center

Scouts of all ages are invited to participate in JOTI, an economical way of communicating around the world. The event allows Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world through the internet and share more information than just “Hi.”

Registration is not required. We will have some shared computers available, or we can show you how to use your laptop or mobile device to connect to

Sessions are typically about 20 to 30 minutes. It’s a lot of fun, and participation is one of the requirements to earn the new “International Spirit Award.” Imagine emailing a Scout in Australia, or saying Hola! to a Cub Scout in Spain!  

Webelos can work on requirement 10D  |  Under the supervision of your parent, guardian, or den leader, connect with a Scout in another country during an event such as Jamboree on the Air or Jamboree on the Internet or by other means. (Webelos Handbook, page 146)

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur’s ham shack. Many times the hams will come to you by setting up at a Scout event. There are many ways to get your Scouts involved in JOTA.


For Questions, Contact

Dan Goetzman
JOTI Chair

Popcorn Blitz Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:58:00 AM

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual Trail's End popcorn sale. Over 73% 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 two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, and selling online to friends and family out of town. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Learn More

Popcorn Blitz Day

Blitz day is a designated day where units are encouraged to sell popcorn during take order as a group by canvasing areas in their neighborhood. Scouts that meet the items sold count indicated by each date will qualify for entry in the drawing for one of three GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition.

  • October 3, 2015 – Sell total 20 items by this date
  • October 24, 2015 – Sell total 40 items by this date
  • November 7, 2015 – Sell total 60 items by this date

To enter into drawing, email screen shot (from your cell phone) of the Scout’s sales form(s) showing the total number of qualifying items sold by 7:00 pm on the designated Blitz dates and email a picture of the forms to Please be sure to indicate Scout’s name, unit type and number and contact phone number to contact in case they win. The winner will be drawn and announced on the council Facebook page the following Monday.

Note: Scouts are not required to participate in Blitz Day to enter drawing. If the required number of items are sold and met by the Blitz Day deadline, a Scout may submit an entry for the drawing.

Why Sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 73% 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, $1,800 club and college scholarships. 


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

Ginger Kern
Popcorn Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374

Dustin Dupuis
Popcorn Sales Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3335

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, September 18, 2015 5:22:00 PM

Time for New Adventures

November 14, 2015

Aldine Senior High School
11101 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77037

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Over 50 classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meeting ideas, field trips, pack committee resources, pack meeting ideas and more. Leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting. Offered only once per year, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! 


Pre-registration is highly encouraged as classes fill up. Walk-ins are welcome; however, please arrive early, to select classes you would like to take. Lunches are available for purchase, or you are welcome to bring your own lunch. 

2015 Cub Leader Pow Wow Registration                 2015 Cub Leader Pow Wow Course Catalog  


Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. An opening ceremony is held at 8:15 a.m. Courses run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Who should attend?  

There is something for everyone! From the Scouter or parent in the first year of Cub Scout leadership, to the Scouter with many years of experience, Cub Scout Leader's Pow Wow has something for YOU!




Chris Green
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Chair
 (713) 412-0349

Cesiah Molina
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Registration
 (713) 756-3398


Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912

Michelle Phillips
Program Director  (713) 756-3308

Webelos Coyote Extreme and Cub Scout Camping 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, September 18, 2015 12:01:00 AM

Webelos Coyote Extreme

November 13-15, 2015
Bovay Scout Ranch

 Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme is a specialty Adventure Camp weekend for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast paced fun filled weekend, Webelos Scouts work on Arrow of Light requirements, while trekking across the ranch to exciting outpost program areas. Webelos Scouts are introduced to the patrol method giving them a unique experience into the importance of team work and an introduction to Boy Scouts. Space is limited, so register early. 

Register for Webelos Coyote Extreme

Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s) can register. The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $115 per Webelos and includes four meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, t-shirt, water bottle and Webelos program supplies. The adult fee is $40 per adult and includes four meals. Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow Bovay’s policies and procedures located in the Leader's Guide and the Guide to Safe Scouting.



 Learn more         Register for Webelos Coyote Extreme

Adventure Camp

McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas and food service in the camp’s air conditioned dining hall. A staff member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.

Conducted at the McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch, McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camps may include: seeking treasure in the lost mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedal feat at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at the BB gun range, action at the K.S. “Bud” Adams sports field, exploring our camp at the nature center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park (weather permitting).

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Conveniently located just 60 minutes from downtown Houston, Bovay Scout Ranch can be found just three miles south of Navasota on the east side of Highway 6 on County Road 317.

Learn more about Adventure Camp

Register for Adventure Camp

Packs, dens and individual families may register as a pack or individually. Pack registration is preferred to keep families together. Dens and families that register individually will be combined with dens and families from other packs. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions fill up fast.

The fee for McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday with vegetarian and turkey patty options), patch and Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America. A $100 non-refundable deposit for the group secures a spot.

One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 am leader’s meeting. To ensure your camp reservation, registrations, including all fees, must be complete thirty (30) days prior to the camp date. For your convenience, Bovay offers limited quantities of patches, snacks, beverages, and t-shirts for sale in the camp store called Trader Vics.

Register for Adventure Camp:

Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow Bovay’s policies and procedures located in the Leader's Guide and the Guide to Safe Scouting. Click on a date to register:

Family Camping

When a boy and his family join Cub Scouting, they join an organization that values the fun and excitement of experiencing the outdoors. Each Cub Scout pack is encouraged to provide its youth members with enriching, positive outdoor activities. Family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program. During family camping, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food. The council has additional camping opportunities that include a fun, advancement based program: Day Camp, Resident Camp and Adventure Camp.

Adherence to the BSA's health and safety policies found in the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Guidelines are required. In addition, careful program planning will assure a positive experience for your pack, the Cub Scout and his family.

If you are not camping at a council camp, then you must complete a Pack Overnight Site Approval Form.

Family camping or pack overnighters are "pack-organized overnight events involving more than one family from a single pack, focused on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities and conducted at council-approved locations. If nonmembers (siblings) participate, the event must be structured accordingly to accommodate them. BSA health and safety and youth protection policies apply. In most cases, each youth member will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. In all cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult." (Guide to Safe Scouting)

"At least one adult on a pack overnighter must have completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) to properly understand the importance of program intent, youth protection policies, health and safety, site selection, age-appropriate activities, and sufficient adult participation." Find a BALOO training course near you. "At least one adult must complete Hazardous Weather training" which is available online." All registered adults must have completed BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT). At least one registered adult who has completed BSA Youth Protection training must be present at all events and activities. Youth Protection Training is valid for two years from the date completed." YPT is available online.

"The tour and activity plan is an excellent tool, that should be included in preparation for all activities, even those not requiring it. It guides a tour leader through itineraries, travel arrangements, two-deep leadership, supervision qualifications, and transportation."

Packs and Webelos dens may camp at one of our council camps:   

Bovay Scout Ranch

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Bovay has year round camping program opportunities for pack overnighters and Webelos dens. Conveniently located 60 minutes from downtown Houston, Bovay Scout Ranch can be found just three miles south of Navasota on the east side of Highway 6, on County Road 317. During family camping weekends, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food. Campsites, restrooms and showers are available; however, the program areas and dining hall are not available during family camping.

In addition to family camping, Bovay Scout Ranch also has three programs which includes a fun, advancement based program, and meals: Resident Camp, Adventure Camp and Webelos Coyote Xtreme Camp

Bovay Scout Ranch 2015 Leader's Guide             Roster


Bovay Scout Ranch Weekend Camping Reservations

Packs and Webelos dens, troops, teams, crews and ships can camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. Read Sam Houston Area Council's camp policies below, and then click on the date to make a reservation:


Camp Brosig

Camp Brosig is a 92-acre property located four miles north of Sealy, TX in Austin County.  Brosig has 20 campsites, pavilions, restrooms and a few showers.  Ranger or campmaster support may not be available at this camp.  Packs and Webelos dens, troops, team, crews and ship can camp at Camp Brosig.  

Brosig Leader's Guide                   Reservation Form



For Questions Contact

Fritz Maxwell
Council Camping Chair

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch and Camp Brosig Professional Adviser
 (713) 756-3380





Fun with Son for new Cub Scouts 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, September 16, 2015 8:44:00 AM

Option 1: October 16 - 17, 2015 (Friday night to Saturday at noon)

Option 2:  October 17 - 18, 2015 (Saturday at noon to Sunday morning)

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more.


Registration closes October 14, 2015. Registration includes an event patch, activity supplies, and two meals.

Register for Friday to Saturday

Register for Saturday to Sunday

Fun with Son is run by volunteers.

Volunteer Staff Registration


Parent Guide

A parent guide will be available in early October.

What to Bring

Tent, sleeping bag, pillow, tarp/ground cloth for under tent, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight with fresh batteries, rain gear, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes), toiletries, appropriate clothing for weather, personal medication, BSA Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events) per person, for Saturday / Sunday participants eat lunch before arriving.

Optional: camp chair, cot or sleeping mattress, camera, Scout uniform, battery operated lantern, wet wipes, sunscreen, hat, snacks (do not leave in tent), glow sticks, super hero costume or t-shirt (to wear during dinner), football or soccer ball (to play in campsites during free time)


Friday/Saturday Schedule

Friday: 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Saturday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:00 am to noon - Program

Saturday/Sunday Schedule

Saturday: 12:00 to 2:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  2:00 to 6:00 pm - Program
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Sunday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:30 am - Scouts Own Service


Rebecca Navarro
Fun With Son Registration
 (713) 756-3305

Colleen Austin
Fun With Son Chair


Michelle Phillips
Fun With Son Staff Advisor / Program Director
 (713) 756-3308


New Cub Scout Leader Hints 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, September 5, 2015 9:22:00 AM

Welcome to Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. You’re joining a force of volunteers over a million strong.

Through the dedication of these many volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America remains the foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training in America. To these volunteers, we would like to say thank you for your dedication to Scouting. And, to adults who are not currently Scout volunteers, we invite you to become a volunteer and share in the positive experiences of the Scouting programs.

Leaders have chosen to make an important difference in the lives of youth. With guidance, Scouts will develop character, leadership skills, responsibility and fitness. Cub Scouting's volunteer leaders work with boys and their families to improve their communities by enriching the lives of the families who live there. Cub Scout leaders support the family. They take an active part in helping to strengthen families and their boys by providing a fun-filled, worthwhile program that teaches values. Here is some information to help you through the first months of your Scouting career.


A cornerstone of BSA programs is training, and a variety of convenient training is available for every parent volunteer and leader. Some of these training courses are conducted by different districts, and some by the council; others are available online

The basic training sequence has four phases:

Every leader should take both Fast Start and Youth Protection Training online before the first den meeting. Leaders should then take Leader Specific Training for their position. As a new leader, you can learn all about Scouting and the wonderful adventure your son is about to experience.

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow

November 14, 2015

Cub Scout Pow Wow is a day of workshops for parents and leaders to help you make sure your son gets the most out of the Cub Scout program! The training is held a Houston-area high school. Over 50 classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meeting ideas, field trips, pack committee resources, pack meeting ideas and more. Leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting. Offered only once per year, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! 

                 Register for Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow               Course Catalog 

About Online Training

There are many training courses that can be taken online at

  • Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training, just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to, click E-Learning on the left-hand side. Program related trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and general).
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your district training chair.
  • Click on training validation to review what courses you have taken, this includes courses recorded at the council office.

Council Activities

The Sam Houston Area Council offers a variety of events in which dens and packs are invited to participate.  Districts also offer activities in your area.  Here are a few you will not want to miss:

Fun With Son (October 16-19, 2015) is an overnight campout for all new Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Scouts.  Scouts will enjoy participating in BB guns, archery, crafts, games and more. Individual families can register for this event. Encourage your newly registered Scouts to attend.

Scouting for Food (January 30 and February 6, 2016) is our annual Good Turn project. Door hangers are distributed one weekend and the food is collected from doorsteps by Scouts the next weekend.  The food is donated to local food pantries. Your pack leadership will have more details about the event.

Scout Fair (April 16, 2016) is the biggest Scouting extravaganza around! Join thousands of Scouts from all areas of Scouting for a day of fun, activities, crafts, games and food at NRG Arena.  The event is free of charge (~$12 for NRG parking) and you do not need to register.  Bring your entire family, a camera and comfortable walking shoes. This is an event you will not want to miss.  Arrive early, bring snacks and enjoy five hours of non-stop activities.



The Sam Houston Area Council offers many camping opportunities for Cub Scouts.   Packs and districts offer additional camping opportunities.

Day Camp (June) is hosted by districts in your area. Scouts earn rank advancements, shoot BB guns and archery, learn Scout skills, play sports and games and make crafts. Individual Scouts can register for this awesome opportunity.  Day camps are held in June for four to five days and are held at various times during the day. You can attend a camp hosted by any district so find a camp that is convenient to your summer schedule.

Adventure Camp (year round) is a weekend campout for packs, dens and families. Admission includes three meals in the dining hall. Camp staff help parents lead activities such as BB guns, archery, water park and one or two program areas. Check with your pack leadership for more information.

Family Camping opportunities are available for Webelos dens and packs to camp at council camps. Packs organize their own activities. Check with your pack leadership for more information.

Resident Camp (July) is a three-night summer campout where Scouts earn rank advancements and participate in many activities, including the water park, BB guns, archery, crafts and games. Individual Scouts and their parent can register for this event.



Know Then Sew. When you’re properly uniformed, you set an example for your Scouts and have a place to display the awards you receive (patches aren’t just for the boys). Yes, uniforms can be expensive, but many packs, troops, and crews have closets of “experienced” uniforms that you may use. Don’t like to sew? Try Badge Magic (

Before you start sewing on patches, get things in the right place the first time. The Guide to Awards and Insignia presents detailed information to enable BSA members to wear the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions. The BSA uniform website is also a great resource as well as the uniform inspection sheets:

Get to Know Your Scouts  … You’ll be spending lots of time with them, so find out where they go to school, what they like and dislike, and how you can best contact them (phone, email, Facebook, etc.).  … and Their Parents. What are their hobbies and talents? Who can haul the boys to camp? Any Eagle Scouts in the group? Give every parent a little job and your job won’t seem so big.

Popular Podcasts. Tune into the monthly Cub Cast and Scout Cast audio recordings that delve into topics you’ll find useful, such as recruiting, unit management and much more.

Nights at the Roundtable. Here’s where you’ll find a bunch of Scouters who’ve been in your shoes and are eager to help you be successful. Some of the best discussions happen after the closing, so plan to stay late. Find a roundtable meeting near you.

Stay Current. In addition to your copy of Scouting magazine, check out for new program-related news that affects you as a leader. Here you’ll find details on the new Venturing and Cub Scouting program, as well as information about 2016 updates to the Boy Scouting program.

Less Taxing. If you itemize your taxes, you can deduct the cost of your uniforms and the miles you drive as a volunteer. You’ll need good records, so start a receipt file and mileage log. For more information, visit or consult your tax adviser.

Get a Life — or snag your son’s copy when he’s not looking. Boys’ Life magazine content aligns with pack and troop programs, and the jokes are always good for a laugh. For a quick game, create a scavenger hunt where boys look for specific words or pictures in the current issue. 

SHAC FacebookFollow Us. Follow the Sam Houston Area Council on Facebook. Follow the BSA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  Visit Cub Hub at and follow Cub Scouting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

Meet and Greet: Seek out your chartered organization representative, the volunteer who oversees Scouting at your chartered organization (the school, community group, or religious institution that sponsors your unit). Ask how Scouting supports the organization’s mission and what your unit can do to help. This is especially important if you’re the unit leader or committee chair.

Subscribe to Scouting Magazine. Want to know what’s going on in the Scouting world? Stay in-the-know with the Scouting magazine blog, Bryan on Scouting. You can subscribe to receive each post in your inbox — making sure you never miss a beat.

Find your local Scout Shop to get all of your Scouting supplies. There are five locations to serve you! Find a Scout Shop near you. Visit when your Scout Shop is closed and have your items shipped directly to your home.

Scout Safely. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. Learn more about integrating health and safety into everything we do.

Council Newsletter. The eScouter is a monthly newsletter containing information about upcoming council events and activities.

Sign Up for eScouter News

Districts and Roundtable

The Sam Houston Area Council is divided into 26 geographic districts. Each district is served by at least one professional staff member -- district executive and/or district director. The district is a division of the council that helps bring Scouting to your local area. Districts focus on membership, unit support, fundraising, training, district activities and promoting advancement and camping. There are a variety of volunteers on the district committee who can help including the district training chair, district advancement chair, district activities chair, and district finance chair. Commissioners are volunteers who help Scout units succeed and can be a valuable resource. Each district has a district executive who is a Scouting professional available to answer your questions and can help explain BSA policies. A good place to meet district volunteers and other leaders in your area is at the district monthly roundtable meeting.

Roundtable is a monthly program offered by districts that gives leaders hands-on experience and provides a forum for leaders to offer and receive help from their fellow Scouters. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of Roundtable is to give leaders program ideas, information on upcoming events and trainings, and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.


(click for website)
Roundtable Meetings Roundtable Location Areas served

Aldine Pathfinder

1st Thursday of month,
6:45 pm
MO Campbell Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd.,
Houston, 77032
Aldine ISD


2nd Tuesday of month,
6:30 pm
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West,
Houston, 77008
North Forest ISD, Houston ISD north, 5th Ward, select schools in Lamar ISD and Fort Bend ISD


2nd Thursday of month,
7:30 pm
Bellaire United Methodist Church
4417 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, Meyerland and Braes Oak


2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
2814 Welsh Ave,
College Station, 77845
Anderson-Shiro, Bryan, Caldwell, College Station, Madisonville County, Navasota, Richards

Big Cypress

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Cypress United Methodist Church
13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd.,
Cypress, 77429
Cypress, Bridgeland, Fairfield


2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Northside Education Center
707 Fahrenthold St,
El Campo, 77437
Matagorda, Wharton, and Colorado counties


1st Thursday of month,
7:30 pm
Rosenburg LDS Church
139 Pecan Park Dr,
Lamar ISD, Needville ISD


2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Longenbaugh Chapel
16203 Longenbaugh Dr,
Southern boundaries of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD between Clay Rd and West Rd and west of Eldridge Pkwy N

David Crockett

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
St. John's Lutheran Church
520 N. Holland,
Bellville, 77418
Bellville, Brazos, Brenham, Burton, Hempstead, Sealy, Somerville and Waller

Flaming Arrow

1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Humble LDS Church
19618 Atasca Oaks Dr,
Humble, TX
Splendor, New Caney, Huffman and Humble ISD

George Strake

2nd Thursday of month,
North Montgomery County Community Building
600 Gerald St.,
Willis, TX
Conroe (north of San Jacinto River), Huntsville, Montgomery, New Waverly, Trinity and Willis ISD

Iron Horse

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Church
16331 Hafer Rd,
Houston, 77090
Spring and Klein ISD (East of Kuykendahl)


2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
12955 Memorial Dr,
Houston, 77079
Spring Branch ISD and Houston ISD (north of Westheimer and outside Loop 610)

North Star

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Sugar Land United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd,
Sugar Land
Fort Bend ISD (north of US 59)


1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Church of Good Shepherd
715 Carrell St,
Tomball, 77375
Tomball and Magnolia ISD


1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Klein LDS Center
16535 Kleinwood Dr,
Spring, 77379
Klein ISD (west of Kuykendahl)


2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Woodforest Presbyterian Church
15330 Wallisville Rd,
Houston, 77049
Houston ISD (east side), Barbers Hills ISD, Galena Park ISD, Goose Creek ISD, Channelview ISD, Crosby ISD, Sheldon ISD

San Jacinto

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
House of Prayer Lutheran Church
14045 Space Center Blvd,
Houston, 77062
Clear Creek ISD, LaPorte ISD, Deer Park ISD, Pasadena ISD


1st Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West,
Houston, 77008
Houston ISD: Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Acres Homes, the Heights, Independence Heights, Northside, downtown, Magnolia, Denver Harbor, Wallisville Rd, Port of Houston

Soaring Eagle

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Church
10055 West Rd,
Houston, 77064
Cy-Fair ISD (eastern areas)

Tall Timbers

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Grace Crossing Church
105 FM 1488,
Conroe, Tx
Conroe ISD (south of San Jacinto River): The Woodlands, Oak Ridge and Shenandoah


2nd Thursday of month,
7:30 pm
LDS Church
3450 S Dairy Ashford Rd,
Houston, TX  77082
Alief ISD

Texas Skies

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
LDS Church-Katy Stake Center
1603 Norwalk Dr,
Katy, 77450
Katy ISD and Royal ISD

Thunder Wolf

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
FirstMethodist Church of Missouri City
3900 Lexington Blvd
Fort Bend ISD (south of US 59)

Twin Bayou

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
St. John The Divine Church
2450 River Oaks Blvd,
Houston, 77019
West University, Tanglewilde, River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Neartown, Galleria, Tanglewood and Westchase

W.L. Davis

2nd Thursday of month,
7:00 pm
Buffalo Soldiers Museum
3816 Caroline St.,
Houston 77004
Houston ISD (South Region): inner city of Houston, Third Ward, Sunnyside, Hiram Clarke Area


Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers. The objectives of roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas; to update information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and to offer an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. Roundtables inspire, motivate, and enable adults to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.

There are typically separate sessions for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturing leaders. The Cub Scout roundtable provides information about the upcoming month’s planned program theme, while the Boy Scout and Venturing roundtable sessions explore a particular activity or area of interest. In both sessions, leaders are encouraged to share their questions, their successes and their failures (usually the latter is the most instructive!). Helping you, the Scouting leader, is the sole purpose of roundtable.

Who should attend? Everybody! Roundtable is designed for all leaders – Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos leaders, committee members, assistant Scoutmasters, den leaders; every Scouting position has a place at roundtable. In the Cub Scout session, there are separate break-out programs for den leaders, Webelos leaders, Cubmasters, and pack administration. Whether you’ve been in Scouting for 40 years, or just signed up last week, roundtable has a lot to offer you.

Because Roundtable is by, for, and about YOU, every job is made easier by sharing the load, and roundtable takes on the job of creating and presenting your program. Sure, you can make your own program from scratch, but you certainly don’t have to! Roundtable is loaded with ideas and demonstrations of all kinds. Got a particular problem you just can’t work out? Attend roundtable and ask questions – draw on the years of Scouting experience made available just for you. Roundtable is open to all adults involved with any BSA program. Registered leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

Discuss topics of interest, both formally and informally with other leaders
• Learn about upcoming district and council events and programs
• Meet and exchanges ideas with other leaders
• Information on advancement and training programs
• Fellowship with other leaders
• Learn more about BSA
• Updates on policy/procedure changes
• A place to have your questions answered
• Have fun and make some great friends



The pack is a group of 1st - 5th grade dens. Each pack has several volunteers who can help and answer questions. The cubmaster is a volunteer who provides leadership, emcees the monthly pack meeting and plans and carries out the pack program. The pack committee chair is a volunteer who presides over the monthly pack committee meetings and recruits adults to perform administrative functions of the pack.

The district is a division of the council that helps bring Scouting to your local area. Districts focus on membership, unit support, fundraising, training, district activities and promoting advancement and camping. There are a variety of volunteers on the district committee who can help including the district training chairdistrict advancement chair, district activities chair, and district finance chair. Commissioners are volunteers who help Scout units succeed and can be a valuable resource. Each district has a district executive who is a Scouting professional available to answer your questions and can help explain BSA policies. A good place to meet district volunteers and other leaders in your area is at the district monthly roundtable meeting.

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Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 3, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Safety Merit Badge at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

October 17, 2015
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital will host several opportunity for Boy Scout troops or individuals to fulfill the requirements for the Safety Merit Badge. This program includes an interactive, educational component and tour of the emergency and trauma services of the hospital. A light breakfast is provided. All sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Location: 6411 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030. Cost is $25 registration fee per Scout. Any Boy Scout (at least 10 years of age) can participate. Each session is limited to 20 Scouts. Prerequisite work must be completed prior to arrival to the facility. To register, contact 713-222-CARE (2273) or by clicking here. For questions, contact the Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator, via email: or via phone: 713.704.0108.

Scout Night with the Houston Rockets

October 2015

It's time for Houston Rockets basketball as they kick off the 2015-2016 season! Support the duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard and the rest of the Rockets as they move through the pre-season and into a brand new year.  

Wednesday, October 7th vs. Dallas Mavericks: Game time is 7:00pm at Toyota Center.

Saturday, October 17th vs. Miami Heat: Game time is 7:00pm at Toyota Center.

Monday, October 19th vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Game time is 7:00pm at Toyota Center.

All Scouts, as well as their family and friends will receive a special offer for all preseason games! Order your tickets online here, enter promo code: SCOUT or by contacting contact Melissa Barousse at 713-758-7231 or

Bike Around the Bay

Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bike Around the Bay is the annual cycling event hosted by the Galveston Bay Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for Galveston Bay. Each year over 1,000 cyclists participate.  Scouts are asked to help lead recycling and waste management efforts are various sites around Galveston Bay. For more information please contact Emily Ford at

Open World Air Hockey Championship  

Saturday, October 17

The Open World Air Hockey Championships is inviting all Sam Houston Area Council Scouts to come play for fun and competition.  Special group rates to register. There will be trophies/prizes for the highest finishing members from each troop, highest finishing leaders and highest finishing members from the entire Houston area.  Air Hockey is fun for kids of all ages and grown-ups too!  To get enough trophies/prizes we will need to sign up soon.  For more information, please click here or contact Tim Weissman at (832) 444-9623 or

Legends Sports Complex Scout Day

Saturday, October 24

Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands,TX is hosting a 24 obstacle, 2+ mile adventure obstacle course race. This race is all about honoring our men and women in arms and, if registering as a team, working as a unit to overcome adversity and physical challenges. To register please visit here and include the discount code BOYSCOUTS50 to receive a $25 off per participant discount. This offer is also extended to any scout family members that would like to participate as well! For more information, please contact Aaron Stark (281) 907-4207 or visit

Schlitterbahn Fall Scout Day

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Join us for Scout Day at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark on Saturday, October 31, 2015. All Scouts receive an exclusive use of the Wasserfest tower attractions from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. before it opens to the public on this special day, with all-day park admission (until 5:00 pm) and a Schlitterbahn Scout Day patch. You must be a member of a Scout unit to participate. Event admission is $17.00 + tax per person, all ages. SAVE $10.99 off the full gate price of $27.99 + tax. For more information, please click here.

Dewberry Farm - Scouts Weekends

October 31- November 1 and November 7 - November 8

Dewberry Farm, located at FM 362 and Morrison Road in Brookshire, TX, is family entertainment at its very best with 35+ attractions, 10 yummy eateries, Pumpkins galore and acres and acres of fun! It's a South Texas family tradition to visit Dewberry Farm each fall for pumpkin picking and to explore the giant cornfield maze. This would be a great unit activity for your Scouts this fall. Admission is $6.00 plus tax, for Scouts, leaders and immediate family. For more information, please click here.

Scout Day at Houston SPCA

Saturday, November 7

The Houston SPCA will hold its first Scout Day this Fall. We are excited to invite Cub Scouts seeking requirements for adventure pins as well as Boy Scouts seeking their Dog Care Merit Badge to join us on November 7, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for a fun-filled day of working on activities required for advancement. There is limited space available for this program, pre-registration is required. Please e-mail for more details or to register for this program.

Buffalo Soldier Scout Days

Sunday, November 15
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Buffalo Soldiers Museum has an exciting opportunity for Scouts on several days.  The Museum has offered to include guided tours and the opportunity to review advancement requirements for the Heritages Belt Loop and American Cultures Merit Badge. The Scout Days also include re-enactments of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The cost is $3 for Scouts and $5 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets Call (713) 942-8920. This program was conceived by the African American Committee on Scouting. 

IWF World Weightlifting Championships 

November 20 - 28, 2015

Houston is proud to partner with the United States Olympic Committee and USA Weightlifting to host the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships, which will be held in the United States for the first time in over 40 years. For nine exciting days and nights, an estimated 600 competitors from over 188 affiliated National Federations from all five Olympic continents are expected to participate in this International Olympic Committee sanctioned qualifying event for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games.

The week of November 20 - 28, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Please click here for more information and to reserve your tickets now! Enter the code "SCOUT" to receive 10% off the normal ticket price. 

Jesse Jones Tree Planting Service Project

November 21, 2015

Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center needs help planting trees to help with reforestation from the previous year’s drought.  Jesse Jones Park has a day set aside for Boy Scouts and Webelos to help. The service project will be held from 9:00 am - noon. Bring your own tools; trees will be provided.  The park is located at 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338. The is a great opportunity for Boy Scouts to work on services hours, and for Webelos to work on a part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award. For more information, contact Ruth Bauer-Garcia at 281-446-8588, or visit Reservations are required and open on November 11, 2015.

Houston Children's Museum Camp-in

January 22-23, 2016

Cub Scouts can spend the night at the Houston Children's Museum.  Cub Scouts will have the museum all to themselves Friday night. They will explore the museum’s incredible interactive exhibits, have a late-night snack, sleep in one of the museum galleries, enjoy continental breakfast the following morning, and receive a voucher to return to the museum again during normal operating hours (the next day or another day of your choosing).

More Information about the Houston Children's Museum Camp-in

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


Houston Museum of Natural Science

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

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

The Health Museum

The Health Museum offers a variety of classes for Scouts. Private classes can also be scheduled for groups of 10 or more Scouts on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Webelos can work on the Forester, Geologist, Traveler, Citizen, Readyman, Scientist, Fitness, and Aquanaut badges.
  • Boy Scouts can work on 21 different merit badges.
  • The Gigglin' Marlin Dive & Swim (4502 Almeda Drive) are hosting swimming related courses for Scouts through the museum. 


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a variety of classes for Scouts. Scouts investigate the nature sanctuary with a naturalist and learn about the fascinating ecology of the forest. All of our Scout programs are conducted by staff naturalists and use our nature sanctuary as a field laboratory for hands-on explorations!

  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on some outdoor advancements during their Cub Scout Workshops.
  • Webelos can work on the Naturalist and Forester badges
  • Boy Scouts can work on the Bird Study merit badge and conduct Eagle Scout projects.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo offers a spend the night at the zoo for a unique, after-hours experience which includes interactive activities, touchable animals, pizza dinner, Scout advancements on certain nights, and a continental breakfast!  

Weather Center Houston

The Weather Center Houston offers the Boy Scout Weather merit badge.

Armand Bayou Nature Center

The Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a variety of classes for Scouts. 

  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on several outdoor advancements.
  • Webelos can work on the Naturalist and Forester badge.

Watch for additional Scout Days to be announced soon.

For more information, contact:

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




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High Adventure Programs for Older Scouts 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 3, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Scouting captures the interest of older Scouts (typically ages 14 and up) who seek challenge and variety through diverse high-adventure and outdoor opportunities. Scouting not only provides adventure but also emphasizes values through ideals that reinforce God, country, and personal growth.

Nobody offers more exhilarating or a wider variety of high adventure for young people than the Boy Scouts of America. Through high adventure experiences, The Boy Scouts of America leaves lasting memories with youth and fosters development in character and leadership. There are many exciting options for Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews.

Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico provides an unforgettable adventure along its hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West—horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history—with exciting challenges for today—rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and rifle shooting—in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving outdoor fun. 

Unit Trek Registration:  Troops and crews of seven to 12 members can register for a 12-day or 7-day trek during the summer, fall or winter. Due to the popularity of expeditions, registration entries are taken online during the month of November, two years preceding the summer you would like to reserve for your unit. Due to the popularity of the cavalcade program (trekking on horseback), a lottery is conducted in late January, a year and a half preceding the summer you would like to reserve for your unit. 

2017 Philmont 12-Day and 7-Day Trek Registration is open from October 28, 2015 through November 18, 2015.

2017 Registration Instructions           Registration Portal

Council Contingent Expeditions:  Every council has a guaranteed number of pre-approved council contingent crew reservations each summer. These units do not participate in the Philmont lottery. Council contingent crew participants typically come from different troops.

2016 Council Contingent Philmont Trek Request

Summit High Adventure Base

The Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base offers eleven programs at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Programs activities include BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, zip lines, canopy tours, challenge courses, climbing, shooting sports and more.

  • The Summit Experience program provides an introduction to all components of the SBR Adventure Zone;
  • Focused Programs allow Scouts and Venturers to focus primarily in one particular area of the SBR’s adventures and concentrate on developing their skills in that focus area while still having some time for elective choices, and;
  • Advanced Programs provide the opportunity to reach advanced skill levels in a single high adventure skill set.

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Florida Sea Base

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program in Florida that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your troop or crew.

Sail to the Bahamas, go snorkeling or SCUBA diving, enjoy beach camping and more. Scouts can be certified in SCUBA at the base.

Scouting's most complete aquatic facility offers a complete variety of water activities from scuba diving to sailing "Tall Ships." All participants have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, and fish among the most beautiful coral reefs in the northern hemisphere.

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Northern Tier

Northern Tier is the Boy Scouts of America’s gateway to adventure in the Great Northwoods. In the summer, Scouts from Northern Tier’s three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba. In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the OKPIK cold-weather camping program, the BSA's premier winter high adventure program. Fall programming is also available.

Whatever your plans, Northern Tier staff will outfit your crew with state-of-the-art camping equipment as well as a highly trained staff member called an "Interpreter."

Summer Adventures         Winter Adventures 


Sea Scout Base Galveston Adventure!

Sea Scout Base Galveston is an awesome place to spend your summer on the water! From summer adventures to weekend learning programs, they are here to help you plan your next Texas adventure!

  • Galveston Nautical Adventure: Sail 23' keelboats and 40' schooners, race against other crews, kayak the bayou, take in a scavenger hunt and festive luau, all while learning the latest Sea Scout techniques. 
  • Gulf Coast Sailing AdventuresThis adventure is designed to take you off base for a "Live Aboard" experience aboard a Sea Scout Base Galveston sailing vessel.
  • Privateer Adventure: Enjoy three days of kayaking along the bayou, learning swimming, sailing and lifesaving skills, enjoy a game of beach volleyball and a scavenger hunt, and dance the night away at a festive luau. 
  • Scuba Certification Adventures: A week of adventure await Scouts with a tast for the sea where you will earn certification from the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). 

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Swamp Base

Atchafalaya Swamp Base is a national conservation and high adventure recreation base in Louisiana. Swamp Base offers week-long high adventure treks through the Atchafalaya Swamp. The primary excursion of the high adventure program is Swamp Trek. Catering to Boy Scouts, Venturers, Varsity Scouts, Sea Scouts, and registered leaders, trek crews of Scouts will spend six days and six nights in Louisiana, canoeing 60-miles through the Atchafalaya Swamp.

Designed to highlight adventure and the vastness of the swamp, Swamp Trek includes challenging tests of endurance and survival skills with specific lessons about the wetlands, cultures, and communities of South Louisiana, while at the same time promoting ecological conservation through an assortment of service learning activities.

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2017 National Scout Jamboree 

The National Scout Jamboree is a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff in West Virginia that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. 

The jamboree is the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience. Activities include: whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, amazing shows, zip-line challenge courses and more.

The jamboree is open to Boy Scouts and Venturers who meet the participant qualifications on a first come first serve basis. 

Learn More and Register


OA High Adventure

OA High Adventure Programs are a unique opportunity for Order of the Arrow youth members to spend two weeks at a high adventure base for a life changing experience. Arrowmen spend part of their time performing service and then take part in a crew-designed adventure. The OA Summit Experience is for those Arrowmen ages 14-17; all other programs are for Arrowmen ages 16-20.

  • OA Wilderness Voyage: Canadian Odyssey
  • OA Ocean Adventure
  • OA Summit Experience
  • OA Trail Crew at Philmont
  • OA Wilderness Voyage

Learn More


Philmont Individual Programs

In addition to regular expeditions for crews of seven to 12 members, Philmont offers several special programs that are available to individuals and smaller groups:

  • The Trail Crew Trek Program (TCT) is an exciting new program at Philmont Scout Ranch. This 14-day experience will help prepare participants to develop a path that will help them achieve the William T. Hornaday Silver Award upon return to their homes. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
  • The Rayado Trek program is a challenging and selective program for older Scouts and Venturers who have mastered basic outdoor skills. Rayado is unparalleled for developing outdoor leadership, group dynamics, wilderness problem-solving, and advanced outdoor skills. Participants will experience more of Philmont's backcountry and will have program opportunities not available to expedition campers. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 15 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
  • The Roving Outdoor Conservation School (ROCS) is an exciting program for Scouts and Venturers who have an interest in conservation and natural resource management. Each crew will participate in activities in some of the following areas: forestry, fire ecology, fisheries management, wildlife management, geology, watershed management, and range management. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
  • The OA Trail Crew program is a 14-day experience for Arrowmen to join together in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the trails at Philmont. Under the direction of the Philmont conservation department, experienced Philmont staff members with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants. Arrowmen must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
  • Ranch Hands is a program for Scouts and Venturers who have knowledge of horsemanship and horse care and want to expand their skills and experience. After an eight-day work session, the Ranch Hands crew embarks on an eight-day Cavalcade under the leadership of a horseman and wrangler. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
  • The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is the ultimate in training experiences for youth leaders. It is conducted for older Scouts and Venturers who have the potential for being on the staff of the council junior leader training or youth leader training conference. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 14 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.