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2014 Silver Beaver Recipients 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, July 25, 2014 11:03:00 AM

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver Award recognition was established. The Silver Beaver Award recipients will be presented their award at the Council Recognition Reception on October 28, 2014, at the Chapelwood United Methodist Church (11140 Greenbay, Houston TX 77024) at 7:00 pm. Congratulations to these very deserving Scouters.


The 2014 Silver Beaver Recipients are:

Recipient District
Jeff Allen Mustang
Donna Bernelle Raven
Rhonda Bill Phoenix
Henry Bunting Mustang
Douglas Caesar Copperhead
David Capehart Aldine Pathfinder
Pauline Curnutt Mustang
Mark Danheim Soaring Eagle
Vincent Donart Thunder Wolf
Jamie Durham Phoenix
Kelly Faga Big Cypress
Adrian Garcia Council
Henry Garcia Antares
Melanie Garrett David Crockett
David Gibson Phoenix
Chryl Goetzman David Crockett
Roy Green Raven
Gilbert Guerrero Skyline
Alice Hamilton Flaming Arrow
Richard Harrison Brazos
Kim Icenhower Thunder Wolf
David Jackson W.L. Davis
Kevin Meier Soaring Eagle
Deborah McKinney W.L. Davis
Robert Mendoza Eagle Trail
Art Mowad Tall Timbers
Jeffrey Neuman Tall Timbers
Carl Privette Raven
Stephen Randolph Orion
Amy Taylor Phoenix
The Sam Houston Area Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to W. A. Childress and to E. A. Hudson. Beginning with those first two awards, more than 1500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner. Nominations for the Silver Beaver award are due annually on May 1. For a complete list of Sam Houston Area Council Silver Beaver recipients, click here.

Fall Cub Camping Dates Released 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:24:00 AM

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. 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.

Adventure Camp

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 Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch, 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).

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 Adventure Camp is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), 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. Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow Bovay’s Policies and Procedures, and the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Adventure Camp Registration

Weekend Camping at 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. Campsites, restrooms and showers are available; however, the program areas and dining hall are not available during family camping.

Bovay Scout Ranch Weekend Camping

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."

Read Sam Houston Area Council's camp policies, and then click on the date below to make a reservation for Bovay Scout Ranch.  Packs and Webelos dens may also camp at Camp Strake or Camp Brosig.

Weekend Camping at Camp Strake

Camp Strake is nestled in the Piney Woods of East Texas 40 miles north of Houston and south of Conroe, in Montgomery County on I-45. Packs and Webelos dens can camp at Janis and George Fleming Cub World in one of the 14 wooded campsites. Spread out over 100 acres in Camp Strake among stands of tall pine and oak, it is sure to be a boy’s dream of an outdoor adventure come true.  

Each campsite consists of a 30 x 40 covered pavilion, running water, and a fire ring area for cooking and campfires and range in capacity from 50 to 150 people. There are restroom and shower facilities centrally located throughout the camp. The cost is $2.00 per person for SHAC units. Packs and Webelos dens can also reserve the program building to hold a den or pack meeting, the Huck Fin raft area for fishing, the tee pee area to hold small meetings, and Ceremony Island to hold a meeting or Arrow of Light ceremony. Cub World also has two lakes for fishing, a large sports field, fort, pirate ship, obstacle course and hiking trails. See the FAQ's below for more information on which areas require a reservation.

Read Camp Strake's policies below, and then make a reservation for Camp Strake Cub World.


Weekend Camping at 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, Webelos dens, troops, teams and crews can camp at Camp Brosig. Reservation Form


NYLT Staff Search 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:54:00 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 in the next step by accepting the challenge of the council level National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT Staff

After participation in an NYLT course, a Scout may apply to serve on staff. If you enjoyed NYLT, and you want to make sure other Scouts have the same rewarding experience, then staffing may be for you. Attending National Youth Leadership Training was a positive step in learning leadership skills for a successful Scouting career, but leadership skills learned in NYLT can also be used in other aspects of your life: school, church, home and your future professional career.  It is a lot of fun, but also requires dedication to hard work and preparation. Conducting a National Youth Leadership Training course takes a great deal of planning, plenty of inspiration, and the enthusiastic participation of manydedicated people. The rewards for participants, staff, and the Scouting movement are tremendous.

If you are interested in staffing, please attend one of the NYLT youth staff search opportunities. The process consists of a five-minute presentation on some aspect of Scouting and a five-seven minute interview. All candidates will be evaluated by experienced NYLT youth staffers and the results will be shared with future course directors. 

Register for the NYLT youth staff search:


Wood Badge: Special Announcement 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, July 3, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Wood Badge course 14-3 will accommodate hearing impaired individuals whose hearing aids have a manual t-coil control. Participants with this set up will be able to hear directly from the audio loop system. Those who have questions or are in need of other types of hearing loss accommodation can contact the course director, Janet Kelly.

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Upcoming Courses

SC-576-14-2 July 28 - August 2, 2014 - week-long course.  We only have a few spots left!
SC-576-14-3 September 26-28 & October 24-26, 2014.
Course 14-3 will be accessible to those with hearing loss.*
SC-576-14-4 October 16-18 & November 13-15, 2014

All fees are due with registration.  Each Wood Badge course is limited to 48 participants.  Male/ female/ youth/ adult participation may be further limited by housing requirements. Per National guidelines, any course not having 30 fully paid participants 30 days prior to the start of the course is subject to cancellation.

Wood Badge is the premier adult leader training program in Scouting. The program highlights personal and unit level leadership development with courses in team building, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs. Wood Badge is a fun, challenging and inspirational Scouting experience for all leaders who wish to improve their leadership skills.

Wood Badge is a six-day advanced training program which gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.

Wood Badge provides participants with firsthand knowledge regarding how teams develop and achieve excellence. Participants take part in an active learning process through involvement in planning, development, presentation and assessment. Participants will enjoy a world-class learning experience that will strengthen their long-term commitment to Scouting.

Who may attend?

All registered adult Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Sea Scouts, and Venturers and Sea Scouts over age 18, who meet the following eligibility requirements may attend Wood Badge:

  1. Be registered adults of the Boy Scouts of America (there is no minimum tenure requirements).
  2. Have not previously attended a Wood Badge course.
  3. Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position. (see FAQs)
  4. Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions. (see FAQs)
  5. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. A BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Parts A, B, C) is required for all participants.
  6. Attend all sessions. There are no make-up opportunities. If an attendee has to miss any of the sessions they will be dropped from the course and will be asked to return another course to attend the entire program. This includes attendance at any patrol meetings during the intervening week between the two weekends.


Register for Community Service Day 

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

Celebrating a "Century of Service"

November 15, 2014

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

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

Unit Registration

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

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

Community Leader submit a project

Sign up for Popcorn Sales 

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

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

Unit sign-up!                 Scout registration 

Why Sell?

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

Popcorn Training

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

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


2014 Products

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

2014 Scout Prizes

$600 Bonus Club


Sell $600 in popcorn
and receive the ZX Crossbow

$1,800 Club Bonus

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

College Scholarships

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


Top Sellers

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

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