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Register for Community Service Day 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:59:00 AM

Day of Service

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 16½ 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

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 Leaders: Submit a project

Service Projects: 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.

Project List and Assignments

For units that may not be able to identify a project they want to participate, we plan to have a list of projects recommended by local community organizations. Additionally, the Service Project page has additional projects that units can consider.

Once units have identified a project, units register the project, indicating what service project they plan to participate. After the project is complete, units must report their project on the Journey to Excellence website. After the project has been reported, units can then collect the segment for the centennial patch.

For Questions Contact:

Dennis Olheiser
Community Service Day Chair
(281) 831-0787

Michelle Phillips
Community Service Day Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308

Glenn Buckley
Council Conservation Committee Chair
(936) 273-0098

David Foil
Conservation Committee Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3319

Only 20 spots left for NYLT 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:21:00 AM

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The first step in the BSA Youth Leadership Training continuum is conducted in the home unit. Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers who have 1) completed this training and 2) reached the age of thirteen but are not yet eighteen (for Venturers not yet twenty one), may participate.

Unit leaders have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The purpose of NYLT is not to assume that role, but rather support it. The NYLT week is filled with activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and camping in a team and model unit environment. Participants learn and practice skills that are valuable at home, church, school, work and the Scouting unit.

The course is designed for youth members 14 years of age. However, at a unit leader's discretion, they may approve a Scout at 13 years of age to attend NYLT. Since a Scout only takes this course once, we want them to get the maximum benefit from this experience; therefore, it is essential that they be able to handle the demands of this advanced course, which requires maturity, experience, and proficiency in basic camping skills.

At NYLT, a temporary training unit is formed consisting of youth from Venturing crews, Boy Scout troops and Varsity teams across the council. This training unit is instructed and led by a highly qualified group of outstanding youth and adult trainers. At the end of this conference the Scout returns to their home unit with advanced knowledge of leadership skills and patrol/troop/team/crew operation. Check out the Scouting Magazine article on NYLT featuring the Sam Houston Area Council and video made during a winter course held at Bovay Scout Ranch.  Note that some program elements which have changed since the video was produced.

Requirements and Expectations:

  1. Be at least 13 years of age, but not yet 18 by day one of the course. For Ventures, be at least 13, but not yet 21 by the end of the course)
  2. Live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law at all times.
  3. Be able to attend the entire course: day one begins at 1:00 PM (check-in starts at noon) and Day Six ends around 4:00 PM
  4. Attend the mandatory orientation meeting.

Orientation Meeting

There is a mandatory orientation for all participants and person's on the wait list. The Orientation meeting is held at the Cockrell Service Center (2225 North Loop West at TC Jester).  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your chosen session to check in. Please have all fees and paperwork finalized before the orientation meeting in order to ensure a speedy check-in. If you have questions about the orientation meeting, contact Cesiah at 713-756-3398.

Click on one of the session below to register for the mandatory orientation meeting: 

2014 NYLT Winter Course Orientation - Session 1 November 30, 2014 1:00 - 2:30 pm
2014 NYLT Winter Course Orientation - Session 2 November 30, 2014 4:00 - 5:30 pm

NYLT Registration

The fee for NYLT training is $225. Payments of cash or check may be submitted, but must be received at the Cockrell Service Center (P.O. Box 924528, Houston, Texas 77292) within seven business days of online registration.

Registration is complete and the youth's name is placed on the permanent roster when the following have been completed:
  1. online registration is submitted
  2. fees paid in full
  3. participant attends orientation meeting
Please read the FAQs below before registering for NYLT on December 26 - 31, 2014 at Bovay Scout Ranch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the NYLT policies?
Fee Refunds – Refunds are in accordance with the Council Refund Policy available at   
Equipment Damage – Should council equipment or property be damaged by participants during the course, where damage occurs from other than normal or expected use, it shall be the responsibility of the participant (s) involved (and their guardians) to pay for the cost of the damage.
Course Completion – To successfully complete the course and receive the certificate and patch, a participant must attend the full course including closing ceremony.  Anyone arriving late or leaving the course early will not be eligible for completion.
Medication – All medication containers must be labeled with participant’s name, medication name, dosage & schedule for the medication.  Send only enough medication for the course duration.  Most pharmacies will prepare a second container for you with the prescription label so only the required medication can be sent with the Scout. In addition, please complete the Medication Form above.  Each participant may keep inhalers and sting kits.
Rescheduling - Your placement in a course if for that course and week only. If a scheduling conflict develops, and you wish to move to another course and week, we will make every effort to accommodate that request. However, if the other course has a wait list, you will be placed at the bottom of that wait list as a new registrant. We will not remove a confirmed registrant from a course to replace them with a transfer request. All requests must be in writing. You may send an email request to
What should be brought to NYLT?

Required Personal Items:

  • Complete BSA Field Uniform: Boy Scout: khaki/ Venturing: green shirt, gray pant; Sea Scouts: chambray
    • Uniform shirt with proper patches (1 to 2)
    • Uniform pants or shorts (1 to 2)
    • Uniform socks (3 pair)
    • Uniform BSA belt and buckle
  • Shoes: 2 pair (1 pair suitable for hiking and 1 extra pair; no open-toed or sandals except shower shoes)
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Light jacket in summer, heavy jacket in winter
  • Change of clothing: pants, shirts, underwear, socks
  • Backpack for all gear (no footlockers/suitcases)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground cloth
  • Lightweight tent for camping (10'x10' or smaller)
  • Water bottle or canteen (2)
  • Mess kit: plate, bowl, cup, knife, spoon
  • Flashlight (spare batteries & bulb)
  • Compass
  • Boy Scout knife (no sheath knives)
  • Chapstick, sun screen, insect repellent (no aerosol)
  • Prescribed or required medication in ziplock bag with name on bag (only enough for the 6 days) – left with adult staff member
  • Pens or pencils/notepad
  • Winter courses:  warm jacket and sweatshirt or sweater
  • Annual Medical and Medical Record, Parts A, B, C

Each participant will receive two NYLT t-shirts during check-in

Recommended Personal Gear:

  • Foam sleeping pad
  • Bathing - 2 towels, soap/container (a ziplock works)
  • Hygiene products:  toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, comb, etc.
  • Powder to prevent chaffing (e.g. Gold Bond)
  • Personal first aid kit – basic – band aids, etc.
  • Watch/alarm clock

Optional Personal Gear:

  • Small rug or mat for tent floor
  • Pillow
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Clothesline/clothespins
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera ( no cell phones)
  • Musical instrument (no electronics)
  • Shower shoes (don't have to be closed toed)
  • Religious book(s)

Please do not bring food, electronics (cell phone, game devices), hiking staves or poles, matches, lighters or any item that results in fire. Merit badge and OA sashes are not needed.  Mark  all personal gear and equipment with youth’s name. Count the number of large items left with the youth and be sure you have the same number of items on pickup day.

All clothing must be "Scout appropriate" meaning t-shirts and caps with Scouting themes from activities such as summer camp, Camporees, high adventure outings and also troop-specific wear are appropriate. Clothing which promotes businesses, entertainment groups/individuals, sports or teams, or schools and etc. are not appropriate for this course.

Remember: “Dress for the weather, Pack for the season”

What are the NYLT course objectives?
NYLT Objectives:
1. Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the troop program.
2. Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal development and how those elements relate to being a leader.
3. Guide the participants through the stages of team development.
4. Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
5. Give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops and teams.
6. Have fun and experience Scouting at its best.
What is the course overview?
The course models a month in the life of a unit – three meetings (one each day for the first three days) leading to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp). The course uses the patrol method and presents model Leader Council meetings.

The training unit challenges the youth early in the week to present their "Quest for the Meaning of Leadership" at the end of the week. The challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development. This gives teams and individual Scouts hands on, practical application of the leadership skills and concepts presented to them during the course.

Throughout the course, the staff models the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of the course is to fill the Scout's “Toolbox of Leadership Skills” with knowledge, practice and understanding of when and how to use these skills.

The course begins with the teams finding their team vision and ends with the individuals refining a personal vision of how to put the skills learned into action at their home unit.
What does the course fee cover?

The fee provides for all meals (dinner day one through lunch on day 6), program material, facility expenses, program equipment, insurance, two NYLT T-shirts, patrol cap, and NYLT notebook.

Do I have to attend the orientation session?
Yes.  If there is a wait list for a course, then Scouts who are registered for a course but do not attend the orientation will lose their place on that course. This creates an open position, which will be filled by a Scout on the wait list who has attended orientation
What type of tents will be used during the course?

The participants will bring their own lightweight tent (10'x10' or smaller)  This may be the same tent used for the outpost hike.

Why does each Scout have to bring a backpacking tent? Can’t several Scouts from the same troop share?

The tent is used for one night of the program called the ”outpost camp”. This outpost camp is by patrol. Patrol assignments are made to enhance learning during the course.  Consequently, in most cases participants will not be in patrols with anyone from their home.

What merit badges will be offered?

The purpose of NYLT is leadership training in the context of a model troop and patrol. No merit badges will be offered.

When is parent’s night?

The five and a half day schedule of NYLT is very full, from early morning until bed time each night. There are no scheduled times for parental visits.

Can Venturers and Sea Scouts attend NYLT?

Venturers and Sea Scouts, both male and female, meeting the age requirements (13-20) may apply for the course. To ensure privacy and high Scouting standards, strict coed camping rules will be enforced.

Are scholarships available?
A limited number of partial fee scholarships are available.  Scholarships are granted based on need.

The participant needs to register online and choosing the mail box option when checking out.  Then, a participant should complete a request for a NYLT Scholarship Application and email the application to or fax to 713-865-9199, Attn: Cesiah Molina.    Scholarships must be applied for and approved prior to the registration becoming final.

Summer Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:39:00 AM

Cub Scout 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. 


El Rancho Cima, located 15 miles west of San Marcos, TX has a variety of summer programs for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts. The camp is 2,680 acres of mountainous terrain covered by an umbrella of cedars and hardwoods. Boy Scouts can earn merit badges, learn and practice their Scouting skills, follow the patrol method and work towards advancement, while having a fun in the Texas Hill Country.  Activities include swimming, climbing and even a high adventure program to challenge older Scouts.

  • Cockrell River Summer Camp is located on the banks of the Blanco River among native pecan and cypress trees. During summer camp, aquatics are the biggest draw to Cockrell River Camp, including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, just to name a few.
  • Horseshoe Bend Summer Camp is held in the shadows of Sentinel Peak and Fortress Mountain. During summer camp, Horseshoe Bend is the hub of the western program. Activities include horseback riding, backpacking, climbing, swimming, and much more.
  • Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience. Senior Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults will experience zip lining, a horseback trek, whitewater adventure, rock climbing, rappelling and much more.
  • Super Troop is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to attend an extra week of Boy Scout summer camp, or to attend camp individually if a Boy Scout can’t attend camp with his unit. Limited spots are available.

Cockrell River Camp

Cockrell River Camp has 14 campsites shaded by 75-year old native pecan and black walnut trees. The Blanco River provides campers with 1.5 miles of unique swimming, canoeing, rowing, and fishing opportunities. A state-of-the-art .22 rifle and five-stand shotgun range, and 40 foot climbing and rappelling tower, make for an unforgettable experience.

Cockrell River Camp is located in El Rancho Cima, just two miles from the main gate. The breath-taking views are endless, as you make your way down towards your campsite on the Blanco River. Each campsite has its own spectacular view of the river. The Blanco River provides unique swimming, canoeing, rowing, and kayaking opportunities. On a hot summer's day, relief is just steps in the 68 degree year-round Blanco River.

The rifle, shotgun, and archery range will provide any novice shooter a chance to learn and become an expert marksman and gives experienced shooters a new challenge. 

Register for 2015 Summer Camp
Cockrell River Camp 

Week 1 6/14 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 6/21 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5 - 7/11/2015 Register
Week 5 7/12 - 7/18/2015 Register
Week 6 7/19 - 7/25/2015 Register
Year Round Weekend Camping Register


Horseshoe Bend

Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has a variety of programs including a range with eight rifle shooting stations and two shotgun shooting stations, horse riding, and numerous hiking trails. Horseshoe Bend has an exciting program that Scouts and leaders won't forget.

Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend is located a half mile inside the main gate of El Rancho Cima. At Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend, life is a little more laid back, as in the days of the Old West. Transportation is a little different from city life, with over 40 horses from which to choose. Scouts may encounter may cowboys who will always greet you with a friendly "Howdy."

During summer camp, Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has a variety of unique programs that include horseback riding, rodeo, trips to the meadow, and of course, the spectacular hike to Sentinel Peak. The merit badge program includes shooting sports, ecology, conservation, aquatics (pool only), handicrafts and much more. 

Register for 2015 Summer Camp
Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend

Week 1 6/14 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 (LDS Week) 6/22 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5 - 7/11/2015 Register
Year Round Weekend Camping Register


Rough Riders

Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience for older Scouts with activities such as zip lining, horseback riding, water adventures, rock climbing, rappelling and much more. Older Scouts can attend Rough Riders while their unit is attending summer camp. Participants can also sign up individually. 

Discover some of the forgotten land of El Rancho Cima during the Rough Rider program, and spend a week of summer on the historic Devil's Backbone. Rough Riders is an experience designed to challenge the senior members of your troop and crew and prepare them for other high adventure base camps. At the Hamman High Adventure Base at Iron Wheel Mesa, troops, teams and crews will have the advantage of going through the ever growing COPE course which includes:

  • Calamity Jane - a 65 foot climbing tower with a 1,500 foot zip-line
  • Little Sure Shot - a 2,000 foot zip-line ride over the Blanco River
  • 4 high elements
  • 6 low elements
  • Work on leadership and teamwork skills

From base camp on the mesa, participants will take a horseback trek down custom trails to and from three back country sites and cookout and camp overnight and:

  • Shoot black power rifles at Rocky Gulch
  • Experience the heritage of El Rancho Cima's early inhabitants through activities such as tomahawk throwing at Homestead Meadows
  • Learn about metal working at the forge, located right on the Blanco River

Register for 2015 Rough Riders

Week 1 6/14/15 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 6/21/15 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28/15 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5/15 - 7/11/2015 Register

Cub Scout Resident Camp

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 / Twilight Camp.

Resident Camp includes activities such as: seeking treasure in the Lost Mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedal action at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at Fort Bluebell’s BB gun range, action at the K.S. “Bud” Adams Sports Field, pow wow at the Indian Village, exploring camp at the Nature Center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park.

Resident Camp Registration

Register Session Date Session Time
Session 1 July 8 - 11, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 2 July 12 - 15, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 3 July 15 - 18, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 4 July 19 - 22, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 5 July 22 - 25, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 6 July 26 - 29, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 7 July 29 - August 1, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am

Camp Strake Closing Ceremony 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, October 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

On December 31, 2014, the current location of Camp Strake will be closing. The Sam Houston Area Council is hosting a Camp Strake closing ceremony on December 13, 2014 for all Scouts and Scouters.

From 3:00 - 6:00 pm, Scouts and Scouters can tour the property on their own and take pictures of this historic camp. At 6:30 pm, a closing ceremony for Camp Strake will be held at Eagle Summit.

Note: This is last opportunity for Scouts and Scouters to visit Camp Strake. Visitors will not be allowed to visit Camp Strake or Cub World during Winter Camp.

About Camp Strake

Nestled in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Camp Strake is located 40 miles north of Houston and just south of Conroe, Texas in Montgomery County.  Camp Strake was acquired in 1942, and covers 2,175 acres.  In March 1944, the camp was dedicated and named in honor of George and Susan Strake, who paid off the note for the purchase of the land. This property has many sections and is used for multiple purposes. 

Camp Strake is moving to a rural site in the Sam Houston National Forest, between New Waverly and Coldspring near the community of Evergreen in order to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders.

Camp Strake Garage Sale 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, October 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Camp Strake Garage Sale

December 6, 2014

Camp Strake will be hosting a garage sale at the Camp Strake maintenance yard from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The sale is open to the public. There will be tools, equipment, Boy Scout camping items and much more. 

Sign up for Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, October 17, 2014 2:37:00 PM

November 8, 2014

Davis High School
12525 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77067

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! Flyer 

Schedule: Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m., Opening ceremony is 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!


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

View the course catalog for the schedule of classes.

Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, October 6, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Athletics Merit Badge and the Battle of the Piney Woods

November 1, 2014

Special offer of discounted price of $20 for Boy Scouts to attend the Battle of the Piney Wood classic game with Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State on November 1. Scouts will be able to participate in the pre-game Athletics Merit Badge out on the Houston Texans field, will also meet former Houston Texan JJ Moses and receive authentic patch per Scout. Contact Cameron Walker at 832-667-2103 or to secure your seats today!    

Boy Scout Safety Merit Badge

November 15, 2014

Boy Scouts can work on the Safety Merit Badge at the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital on July 19, September 20, and November 15 from 9 am - 12 pm. The cost is FREE.  For more information, contact Cary.   

Geology at Houston Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, & Fossil Show

November 8 and 9

The Houston Gem, Jewelry, Mineral & Fossil Show at Humble Civic Center (8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX) will host sessions to meet requirements for:

  • Webelos Geologist pin
  • Partial requirements for Boy Scouts Geology Merit Badge

Classes last about 2-3 hours; allow extra time for visiting the show. Program consists of eight stations, many with different options for various badge types. Instruction includes presentations, activities, and access to materials and experts at show. Saturday sessions will be every hour, from 10am-4pm, Sunday sessions will be every hour from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission tickets available at the door: $7 adults, $6 students with ID, children under 12 free. Scout badge program free with show admission. RSVP required- first come, first served (limited to 50 Scouts per session). RESERVATIONS TAKEN ONLY BY E-MAIL at Please include: Date/time, pack/troop number, the number and level of Scouts attending, contact person's name, e-mail and phone number. All reservations will be confirmed by reply email.

Houston Rockets Basketball Skills Camp and Game

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Work on your basketball skills with members of the Houston Rockets staff and attend a Houston Rockets game!!!  The Houston Rockets Basketball Skills camp will be from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and then attend the game that night!!!  Ticket pricing for this event are $22, $29, and $44.   For more information, Contact Melissa at 713-758-7231.  Flyer

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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

  • 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 late-night flashlight super safari through our giant new paleontology hall. Also included are special programs in the Burke Baker Planetarium, where Scouts have a clear night adventure under the stars!
  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on belt loops and pins during two-hour classes.
  • Webelos can work on the Engineering, Forester, Geologist, Naturalist and Scientist during two-hour classes.
  • Boy Scouts can attend the museum's Summer Scout Academy will offer 31 different merit badge- including 4 eagle-required badges - during week-long summer scout classes at HMNS!

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:

  • Monster Jam Scout Day
  • Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters
  • Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston
  • Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

For more information, contact:

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

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. 


Popcorn Information 

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. Register your Scout to earn more money by selling popcorn online. Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to November 24, 2014.

Scout registration     Leader Guide    Deadlines    Resources    Prizes

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.

Online Popcorn Sales

August 1 - November 24, 2014

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $600 club, $1800 club and scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase Trail's End products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. The advantages of online sales is that the Scout doesn't have to collect money or deliver product.

Sales will be credited to a Scout's unit and the council in his name. Every Scout must create a new account to sell online. To register your Scout, enter the Scout's date of birth, select Sam Houston Area Council and then select your district and unit. If you do not know what district or unit you belong to or if your unit is not listed, please contact your unit leader or district executive. View the step by step guide to creating an account or visit the Trail's End FAQ page for help with creating an account

   Scout registration         

Because is a website geared towards children, many under the age of 13, they require customers to enter their birth date before making a purchase to ensure our site remains 100% COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant. This information is not saved and cannot be viewed by Trail’s End staff.

Important Dates

October 1 - November 24 Traditional take-order popcorn sales
December 1 Unit orders due on Trail's End Website
December 13 Popcorn distribution (see district website for location)
December 13 Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
December 13 Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
January 10 Top seller's celebration for council, district, and online top sellers

2014 Products

Chocolate Lovers Tin $55         Unbelievable Butter Microwave (18 pack) $20
Military Donation - Gold Level $50   Butter Light Microwave (18 pack) $20
Sweet and Savory Collection $45   Carmel Corn with Almonds $20
Cheese Lovers Collection $35   Jalpaeno Cheddar Cheese $15
Chocolatey Carmel Crunch $25   Kettle Corn $15
Military Donation - Silver Level $30   Classic Carmel Corn $10
White Chocolatey Pretzels $25   Small Caramel Corn      $10
Kettle Corn Microwave (18 pack) $25      


Military Donation

The Military Donation allows customers to support the military and Scouting at the same time. Customers can choose to donate $55 (gold level) or $35 (silver level) worth of popcorn for our troops when ordering online, or $50 or $30 for take-order sales. Trail's End sends various Trail's End products to men and women in the military, their families and veterans' organizations. There are no shipping and handling charges associated with Military Donations. Over 2,000 tons of popcorn treats have been shipped to hundreds of locations around the world! Military donataions count toward Scout rewards.

Since customers who purchase a military donation don't receive actual product in exchange for payment, the purchase should be 100% tax deductible. As always, recommend that the customer double check this with their tax professional, as tax laws often change. Resources: ad, flyer, product flyer

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


For Questions Contact

Ginger Kern
Popcorn Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374


Nathan Doherty
Popcorn Sales Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3358