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Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, August 14, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Fishing Merit Badge Class at Bass Pro Shop - Katy

September 2015

Boy Scouts can sign up to take the Fishing Merit Badge at one of five classes being offered (September 1, September 10, September 15, September 24, and September 29). Scouts may register at the Katy Bass Pro Shop customer service desk or by phone at (281) 644-2200. The store is located at 5000 Katy Mills Circle - Suite 415, Katy, TX 77494. Each class is limited to 10 Boy Scouts. Scouts need to bring a blue card signed by your Scoutmaster.  The class begins promptly at 6:00 pm and finishes no later than 9:00 pm.  The only item not covered during this session is: #9 (Catch at least one fish and identify it. If regulations and health concerns permit, clean and cook a fish you have caught. Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it.).  Requirement #9 can be done prior to the class, but please bring in pictures. If you have any questions, contact Michael Scherer, 832-202-5221.

Scout Day with the Astros

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Join the Houston Astros celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! To order tickets click here, password: Scout. For orders of 20 or more and to save on service charges contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316.  The first 2000 Scouts will receive a Scout Day Patch. To receive a patch orders must be made through link or as part of a Scout group through this offer. For more information contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or

Registration Form

STEM Day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

September 26, 2015

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a STEM/Nova day from 9 am to 1 pm.  Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts and their families will have access to the museum at a discounted rate, and can work on some of the requirements for the Supernova Awards!

Stop by the check-in table in the museum’s grand hall that morning to discover what requirements you can meet and to access the special pricing.

  • Permanent Exhibit Halls, Planetarium and Butterfly Center will be $3.50 per person
  • Giant Screen Theater movies will be $5 per person
  • Special Exhibits will be $5 to $7 per person

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.

Buffalo Soldier Scout Days

Sunday, September 20 and 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. 

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.



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.


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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Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, August 9, 2015 5:18:00 PM


Colonneh Lodge attended the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. In the midst of the centennial celebration, National Chief Alex Call, stepped onto the stage and dared all 15,000 Arrowmen to take part in a movement that could change the world: #DareToDo.

Up to NOAC, the centennial had been about celebrating the first 100 years of the OA. In his remarks, Alex began a pivot to the future: “we must also plot the course of what we will do and what we will be in the future. When we leave here in the next couple days, we will leave with the responsibility of laying the foundation for our next century of service.”

Alex dared all in attendance to take part in the #DareToDo movement. Accepting the #DareToDo is simple: make a difference in the lives of others by doing one act of service, and posting about it on social media, every day for 100 days. Arrowmen post their act through a photo or post to their social media with the hash tag #DareToDo. All of the Arrowmen in our lodge are challenged to participate in #DareToDo, and to encourage all of their friends (Scouting and non) to accept the dare as well.

Acts do not need to be monumental – the dare is all about getting everyone doing small acts of service consistently.

DareToDo also has a website,, as well as social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which will highlight some of the acts of service posted using the hashtag. The website also includes an interactive map to see the spread of the movement across the world. Arrowmen and their friends are encouraged to follow these accounts for inspiration, and to encourage others participating in #DareToDo.

Website              More Information

"Our love is evident in the service that our movement has provided.

For the feeling of love, the feeling of kindness that we demonstrated to others as we served.

We can live out the admonition of the OA through everyday acts of service.

A small singular act can sometimes have impacts far beyond what we see in the moment.

With just 100 days to make a difference, there's no time to waste to get started.

We have the opportunity to capture the attention of hundreds of millions."

Sign up for Advancement Academy 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:04:00 PM

Advancement Academy

September 12, 2015

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West, Houston, 77008

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. There will be a working lunch followed by additional breakout sessions. 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 $8 and must be ordered when registering. Copies of the Advancement Guide are available at the special discount price of $10, if pre-ordered ($12 onsite). 

Register                      Course Descriptions



8:30 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 2:00 pm
   Opening    Cub Scout Advancement Delivering Adventure How Cub Scouting Works - Other Awards a Cub Scout, Den or Pack can earn Getting the most from Internet Advancement

Working Lunch


Q&A on Advancement Issues

Including Scouts with Disabilities Essentials in Serving Scouts with Disabilities
Boards of Review Before Eagle Scout Scoutmaster Conferences Judgment Call - Active, Responsibility, Scout Spirit The Merit Badge Process in the Troop Effective Troop Advancement
Life to Eagle Scout Process Eagle Scout Project Workbook Eagle Scout Project Coach, Fundraising and Other Issues The Eagle Scout Application and Verification Special Circumstances Appeals, Extensions
Venturing Recognition Venturing Summit Project Boy Scout Advancement in a Venturing Crew Council / District Venturing Summit Board of Review Representative Training
Including Scouts with Disabilities Essentials in Serving Scouts with Disabilities Introduction to STEM The Eagle Scout Project - Hornaday Project Connection Getting the most from Internet Advancement



Cessiah Molina
Advancement Academy registration
 (713) 756-3398


Karen O'Toole
Council Advancement Chair
 (926) 203-2592

Michelle Phillips
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308



Fall Recruiting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:55:00 PM

Scouting Makes the Most of Right Now!

The Build an Adventure campaign, with its inviting, aspirational, and fun imagery helps parents understand that Scouting makes the most of the little time they have to impact the lives of their children, while appealing to youth using fun, family, and friends.

We want to reach out to each potential Cub Scout and his family with a personal invitation to join a pack within our council, where they will learn positive values, new skills and have fun with friends. YOU are the driving force that can give every youth the opportunity to Be A Scout! The council-wide fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. 

Fall Recruiting Guide

Recruiting Tools

The council provides Join Cub Scouting envelopes containing: New Parent Orientation Guide, flyer, promotional cards, Cub Scout applications and a Boys' Life Mini Magazine.

Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a mini flashlight for joining. For more information, contact your district membership chair.



2015 Incentive

Yard Sign

Fall Recruiting Ideas

Ideas on how to produce a successful rally:

  • School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).
  • Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.
  • Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.
  • Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.
  • Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.
  • Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.
  • Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.
  • Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.
  • Have Cub Scouts wear their uniform on the day of the rally.
  • Plan a second event to invite prospective Cub Scouts (e.g., pack meeting invite)—use the second chance flyers.

Make your plans early to ensure that your pack has a great fall recruiting campaign – ask someone to join Cub Scouting today!

Recruiting Resources


For more information, contact your district membership chair or district executive.

Build Stronger Units 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00:00 PM

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance, that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders. After Program Preview, units should conduct an annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), units can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures.  Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! 

The Program Guide contains valuable information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. 

Additional resources can be found here.

Leaders who want a meaningful, exciting, and comprehensive youth program that achieves the objectives of the Scouting program will find this format ideal. The result is a well-managed, well-financed unit. Recognizing this, the BSA recommends the following plan:

  1. Plan your complete annual program.

2.  Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve the program.

3.  Identify the amount of product (e.g., popcorn, Scout Fair Coupon Books) that will need to be sold per youth member to reach the income goal.

4.  Get commitments from parents and youth.