Local Heroes Family Fun Day 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:13:00 AM

October 28, 2018

Houston Police Academy
17000 Aldine Westfield
Houston, TX 77073

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
 

The Houston Police Department (HPD) is hosting the 1st annual local heroes Family Fun Day.

The event will kick-off with a special program, recognizing first responders from police, fire, military, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Attendees will see displays of SWAT vehicles, Mounted Patrol, rescue helicopters and boats, fire trucks, defense demonstrations, public safety presentations, a controlled car chase and a whole lot more!! Participants will get the opportunity to interact with local heroes and learn about their exciting careers. The event is free and open to the general public. Free parking will be available.

Flier

Events

• Driving demo • K-9 demo 
 
• HFD helicopters • Food vendors
 
• SWAT operations demo • HFD ladder trucks
 
• Red Man - self-defense demo • Informational tables
 
• High water rescue vehicle display • Robot presentations


Schedule

9:00 am Special ceremony to recognize local first responders
 
10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 pm    Interactive activities and demos
(top of every hour)

Contact

For more information, contact HPD Public Affairs office at (713) 308-3200.

Family Scouting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Recently, the BSA’s Board of Directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into our iconic Cub Scout program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. This decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows us to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families. 

This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for our iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.

The links below are to BSA’s announcement and additional information regarding Family Scouting.

http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/bsa-expands-programs-welcome-girls-cub-scouts-highest-rank-eagle-scout/

http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/family-scouting

The Sam Houston Area Council will now begin to develop plans on how to implement these decisions as they become effective in 2018 and 2019.  We will keep our stakeholder groups informed using various platforms. 

As we develop these plans to pursue new opportunities to better serve families, we acknowledge the value of the programs of Girl Scouts of the USA respecting their importance in meeting the needs of girls and that our programs can be complimentary in meeting the needs of families with girls.

We are proud of the healthy relationship our Sam Houston Area Council has with our sister organization, the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. We have had ongoing discussions with the executive leadership of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. The leadership of our two organizations are in dialogue on how we can direct each of our resources and proven programs to meet the needs of youth and families in the communities we serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Scoutbook Update 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:17:00 AM

Scoutnet to Sync with Internet Advancement

Attention Scoutbook users,

In the coming weeks, unit leaders who use Scoutbook should look for an email regarding syncing Scoutbook and Internet Advancement. Troops in the Sam Houston Area Council have already started receiving them and all Scoutbook units should receive an email by the end of October. After following a few simple steps, units will no longer need to use Internet Advancement and can just use Scoutbook!  

Troop Update          Pack Update         What is Scoutbook?

Advancement Sync for Troops

Source: www.scoutbook.com/mobile/blog/77/advancement-sync/

Scoutbook is currently rolling out the Scoutbook Advancement Record Sync with ScoutNet to troops.  When your troop is approved by the system to activate the sync, the Scoutbook Unit Admins for your unit will be notified and given instructions.  It will be a few weeks before all troops are turned on.

NOTE: The sync must be activated for your troop by a currently registered Key 3 member who is also set up in Scoutbook as a unit administrator.  Often the key 3 member is not familiar with Scoutbook so it may be advisable for another Scoutbook unit admin to work closely with the Key 3 member who is going through the steps to activate the sync for your troop.  Once the troop is activated in the sync, any unit administrator can conduct Scoutbook administrative tasks going forward.

Quality assurance testing is still being conducted for the pack rollout.  It will be a few weeks before we begin rollout with the packs.

Here are some things you can do to prepare your unit to be ready for the sync:

  1. Make sure all Scouts on the roster are registered in the unit and have their current BSA Member ID in their profile. A unit key 3 member (unit leader, chartered organization representative or unit committee chair) can go to Member Manager at http://my.scouting.org and download a unit roster which has the member ID and registered name for each Scout. NOTE: For the membership ID to be accepted by Scoutbook, the Scout's first name or last name must be exactly as it appears in the first name or last name field in your council's system. If you have problems, please contact your council registrar and ask them which name is in which field. 
  2. Make sure there are no duplicate Scouts on your roster in Scoutbook.
  3. The person who will be setting your unit up for the sync must be a unit key 3 member (unit leader, chartered organization representative or unit committee chair) and a Scoutbook unit admin. They will need to verify their My.ScoutingTools login credentials so they should check that they can log in at http://my.scouting.org and they are listed as a key 3 member.
  4. Make sure there are at least 3 Scoutbook unit admins in your unit, and that they have logged into Scoutbook at least once.

A user guide on activating the sync is here:  http://bit.ly/2ynvKJ7  If you have any questions about the sync, send an email to: scoutbooksync@gmail.com 

Guide to the Sync            Scoutbook User Guide

Questions

Do you have a question or comment? The best place to post it is on the Scoutbook Forums.  We have volunteers monitoring the forums daily.  The Scoutbook forum can be found at this link: www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums

Scoutbook Questions 


Advancement Sync for Packs

Scoutbook is currently conducting quality assurance testing for the Scoutbook Advancement Record Sync with ScoutNet to packs.  When your pack is approved by the system to activate the sync, the Scoutbook Unit Admins for your unit will be notified and given instructions.  It will be a few weeks before all packs receive notification.

Packs Should Prepare

Scoutbook is a few weeks away from rolling out packs; however, please prepare now. 

  1. Make sure all Scouts on the roster are registered in the unit and have their current BSA Member ID in their profile. A unit key 3 member (unit leader, chartered organization representative or unit committee chair) can go to Member Manager at http://my.scouting.org and download a unit roster which has the member ID and registered name for each Scout. NOTE: For the membership ID to be accepted by Scoutbook, the Scout's first name or last name must be exactly as it appears in the first name or last name field in your council's system. If you have problems, please contact your council registrar and ask them which name is in which field. 
  2. Make sure there are no duplicate Scouts on your roster in Scoutbook.
  3. The person who will be setting your unit up for the sync must be a unit key 3 member (unit leader, chartered organization representative or unit committee chair) and a Scoutbook unit admin. They will need to verify their My.ScoutingTools login credentials so they should check that they can log in at http://my.scouting.org and they are listed as a key 3 member.
  4. Make sure there are at least 3 Scoutbook unit admins in your unit, and that they have logged into Scoutbook at least once.

What is Scoutbook

What is Scoutbook?

Scoutbook is a web application designed for mobile devices. Scoutbook delivers a suite of easy-to-use Web-based tools that are helpful to Scouts, parents and unit leaders. It enables units to better communicate, update records, track advancement and manage activities.

Which Scouting programs does Scoutbook support?

Scoutbook currently is designed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout. and Venturing units.

Who can register as a Scoutbook user?

Although any adult leader or Scout can register, Scoutbook is designed specifically for registered unit leaders, registered Scouts, and parents or guardians of registered Scouts.

How do I subscribe?

Visit Scoutbook.com to register.

How much does Scoutbook cost?

There are several pricing options starting at $10 a year. Full pricing information is available at Scoutbook.com.

Is training available?

Yes. Training resources are available once you are logged in at Scoutbook.com, and additional training is in development.

Who can see my information?

Scoutbook is a secure platform that provides a safe way for parents, Scouts, and leaders to record, track, and manage their Scouting experience. Personally identifiable information will be kept secure. Unit leaders can see Scout advancement information as well as training data on other unit volunteers.

Can I port my third-party unit-management vendor data to Scoutbook?

There will be no need to port data from other third-party vendors because Scoutbook will link to all unit membership data.

Can I still use other third-party unit-management vendors once Scoutbook launches?

Although Scoutbook will be made available to all units, they may continue to choose other third-party applications. However, Scoutbook will be the only unit-management system fully integrated with the BSA database.

How do Scoutbook and Commissioner Tools fit into My.Scouting and Commissioner Tools?

Scoutbook is a unit-management web application that will become the one-stop shop for Scouts, parents, and unit leaders to record and manage their Scouting experience. This tool will provide unit members a way to track advancements, unit activities, and unit communications.

Commissioner Tools is a module within My.Scouting Tools, which allows volunteers and employees to evaluate unit health and identify units in need of assistance. Commissioners will continue to use Commissioner Tools to monitor the health of their units, but should expect the data to become more robust as more Scouts and unit leaders engage with Scoutbook.

Questions

Where do I go for answers to technical questions related to Scoutbook?

More information is available on the Scoutbook.com forums.

 

 

Questions

Where do I go for answers to technical questions related to Scoutbook?

More information is available on the Scoutbook.com forums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:54:00 PM

December 26-31, 2017

Winter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Boy Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 32nd annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868), just 3 miles outside of Navasota, TX. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

Registration

The cost for each Boy Scout to attend Winter Camp is $295. Each troop must pay a $295 deposit upon registration of their troop. In addition, to secure spots for individual Scouts, the troop must pay a deposit of $125 per Scout by October 31, 2017. Any troop registering after this deadline will need to pay the deposit for each Scout at the time of registration. This deposit may be transferred to another Scout in the same troop but is not refundable.

Adult Fees

Each troop is allowed to register up to two adult leaders (at least one of which must be 21 or older, with all other adult leaders aged 18 or older) at no cost. All additional adult leaders may be registered at a cost of $150 per adult. Those adults serving on staff will not be charged a fee. The two free adults, as described above, are in addition to those adults serving on staff.

Unit Registration

Units must provide one staff member for every six Scouts attending winter camp. The winter camp staff provided by the unit should register individually, and not with the unit. Every unit can register two adults at no charge; additional adult registration fees are $150.

Register        Adult in Camp Compliance Form

The state of Texas requires that the council conduct a criminal background check and sex offender database check on every adult who will be at camp. All adults attending winter camp must submit an Adult in Camp Compliance form on or before December 1, 2017, to allow sufficient time for the background checks to be completed. 

Individual Scout Registration

Scouts may attend winter camp even if their troop isn't attending. Scouts have two options:

  1. Scouts attending without a parent/guarding must find another troop to attend winter camp with. The winter camp staff can help Scouts find a troop. The unit hosting the lone Scout will add the Scout to their winter camp registration. The parent/guardian then pays the registration fee to their winter camp troop.
  2. Scouts attending with a parent/guardian should register as a unit. On the online registration form, answer yes to the question, “Do you need to be put in a campsite with another troop to meet leadership requirements?”

Deadline for Outstanding Balances

All outstanding fees must be paid on or before December 1, 2017. Any troops not paying the full balance by that date risks having their registration canceled and all deposits being forfeited.

Refund Policy

Winter camp registration is $285 per Scout, if registered before December 1, 2017. A $15.00 late fee will be applied for all Scouts registered after December 1, 2017.

Winter Camp Staff

Over 250 staff members are needed to provide the best possible program for the Scouts. Staff positions include serving as a merit badge counselor, service crew member or camp commissioner. Volunteers are also needed to help in the dining hall, trading post, quartermaster store, business office, and program areas. 

Staff meeting: All winter camp staff should attend the staff meeting on November 2, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Cockrell Service Center.

Staff work weekend: Staff are highly encouraged to help set up camp during the staff work weekend on December 10 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at Bovay Scout Ranch.

Adult Staff

Adult staff (ages 18 or older on December 31st) need to register online, and then submit the following forms to dolly.ortega@scouting.org by November 15, 2017:

Registration is a two-step process:

Step 1: Register                        Step 2: Adult in Camp Compliance Form (submit by December 1st)

The state of Texas requires that the council conduct a criminal background check and sex offender database check on every adult who will be at camp. All adults attending winter camp must submit an Adult in Camp Compliance form on or before December 1st, to allow sufficient time for the background checks to be completed. 

Youth Staff

Youth staff (ages 17 and younger on December 31st) need to register online, and then submit the following forms to dolly.ortega@scouting.org by November 15, 2017:

Register

Parent's Guide

Scouts are expected to strive to achieve the above aims while living the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.

What to Bring

Coming soon

Camp Program 

Learn more about the exciting program and merit badges begin offered at winter camp.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication

Scouts who require medication should bring enough of the medication to last throughout camp. BSA National Camping Standards (HS-508) states the following rules apply to storage and administration of medication:

All prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications must be stored under lock (including those requiring refrigeration), except when in the controlled presence of medical staff or a troop’s adult leader who is responsible for administration and/or dispensing medications. Locked refrigerated storage is available in the health lodge.

An exception to the above requirements may be made for a limited amount of medication to be carried by a camper, leader, parent, or staff member for life-threatening conditions, including epinephrine injector, heart medication, and inhalers, or for a limited amount of medication approved for use in a first-aid kit. The winter camp medical staff shall advise the acting Scoutmaster as to whether a medication falls under this exception.

Special Medical Needs

If a Scout has special needs, please let your unit leader know. Camp staff will do whatever they can to accommodate. The troop leader will notify the camp staff of any requests with the troop’s registration.

Buddy System

All Scouts should adhere to the buddy system throughout camp. No Scout should ever be found wandering through camp alone. We recognize that this can be difficult if the Scout has not scheduled classes with fellow members of their troop. We encourage troops to attempt to pair Scouts in classes as much as possible. If this is not feasible, the Scout should walk with other Scouts in his class to the location of the merit badge class. Due to the number of Scouts and the short amount of time between classes, this should be a relatively simple exercise.

Youth Leaving and Returning

We highly encourage parents to allow youth to remain on camp property the entire time camp is in session. This reduces unnecessary traffic in and out of camp and allows youth to have the complete residential camp experience with their troop.

Youth will only be allowed to check out from camp prior to final checkout by an adult authorized on Part B of the Scout’s BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. Please ensure that parents in your troop have included all authorized adults on this form. Without this authorization on the form, only an adult from the Scout’s troop registered for camp or the parent signing the form will be allowed to remove the child from camp prior to final checkout.

No one, including a Scout leader or parent, will be allowed to leave camp with a person under the age of 18 without having checked out at the Winter Camp office and receiving a ticket which will be taken by security just before you reach the exit of the camp.

During checkout the last day of camp, adult leaders will receive exit tickets for all youth in their troop from their camp commissioner once they have successfully checked out.

Lost and Found

If any lost items are found, they should be turned in at the Winter Camp office as soon as is reasonably possible. Likewise, if anyone from your troop has lost an item while at Winter Camp, check with the Winter Camp office to determine if it has been returned there.

Lost items will be kept in the Winter Camp office through the end of Winter Camp. Any items left at Bovay Scout Ranch after the end of camp may be disposed of as determined at the discretion of the Camp Director, including being donated to a non-profit organization, returned to the council office, thrown in the trash, etc. Sam Houston Area Council, nor its staff, shall be held responsible for any lost items not claimed by the end of Winter Camp.

To assist us in returning items to their rightful owner, please ensure that all items your troop brings to camp have the owner’s name and troop number marked on them.

Questions

Parents of campers should contact their troop leaders with questions about winter camp. Many of the adult leaders attending winter camp are quite experienced and can answer questions.

 

Program

 

Merit Badges

The highlight of any camp is the program offered at that camp. In addition to numerous merit badge classes offered at Winter Camp, we have an energetic program staff that is dedicated entirely to planning great activities all week long.

Dozens of different merit badges will be offered including approximately half of the Eagle Scout required merit badges.

Best of all, many of our merit badges are taught by adults with decades of experience in the field the merit badge aims to cover. 

Five class periods will be scheduled for Scouts to earn merit badges, work on skills toward the trail to First Class rank or participate in an activity period.

Registration for merit badges will open on December 1, 2017, at 9:00 am. Please be aware that some classes have extremely limited space due to facilities or equipment (examples include Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Archery, and Welding). Please do not sign up a Scout for a merit badge that they have already started with another counselor or that they have already earned. This is unfair to other Scouts who wish to begin the process of earning the merit badge at Winter Camp.

Please keep in mind that, on occasion, we may need to cancel merit badge classes based on lack of interest or due to unavailability of merit badge instructors. Scouts should be flexible in their goals for earning merit badges while at Winter Camp. While it is rare that we must cancel a class, it has happened.

Once a merit badge class is full, Scouts will not be allowed to register for the class.

 2016 Merit Badges   

Rank Emphasis

For Scouts working on requirements toward Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class ranks, we offer classes designed to teach Scouts the skills necessary to complete these requirements. Our counselors will not sign off on the requirements, as that is left to the troop Scoutmaster and/or those the Scoutmaster has designated as adult leaders permitted to sign off on rank advancement requirements. Instead, the classes are there to merely teach basic Scoutcraft skills needed to advance in these initial ranks.

Classes are scheduled in such a manner that Scouts working toward Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class will also have an opportunity to take at least one or two merit badges.

Field Activities

Winter Camp isn’t all merit badges and rank advancement. Our dedicated program staff has planned an outstanding array of field activities for Scouts to participate in during their activity period. Examples of such events include dodgeball, ultimate, volleyball, and much more.

In addition, we will have a tent near the activity area in which Scouts may play a variety of board games and card games with other Scouts. We also have a geocaching challenge that changes each and every day. Keep an eye out on the camp newsletter for the geocaching hint of the day!

Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. 

At Winter Camp, we will offer those Arrowmen who are members of Colonneh Lodge, and who have served their troops for at least 10 months since their Ordeal ceremony, the opportunity to seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow by completing a Brotherhood ceremony. The Brotherhood ceremony will take place on the evening of December 28th. Announcements will be made in camp concerning the time and location of the Brotherhood walk and talk, as well as the time for the Brotherhood ceremony that evening.

Any interested Arrowmen should sign up for the Brotherhood ceremony at the Winter Camp office. Arrowmen seeking Brotherhood membership should also ensure that their dues are current with Colonneh Lodge, as that is a requirement of achieving Brotherhood membership.

As a celebration of the importance of Order of the Arrow to our Scout camps, and to celebrate those Arrowmen who are furthering their commitment to their troops through sealing their Brotherhood membership in the Order of the Arrow, all Arrowmen are encouraged to wear their OA sash with their uniform to evening assembly and at dinner on December 28th. Any Arrowmen who are Brotherhood or Vigil members are also welcome and encouraged to attend the Brotherhood ceremony that evening to welcome those Arrowmen who seek to strengthen the ties of brotherhood by sealing their membership. 

Scouts Own Service

A Scout is Reverent. The location and time of the Scouts Own Service will be announced at camp. We will celebrate the blessings given to us by God through a selection of songs, discussion, and a little bit of fun.

Evening Activities

Skit Night

Skit Night is on December 27th and isn’t just about being entertained by our program staff and your fellow Scouts – it’s also a competition to show which troop has the best skit!

Moreover, our program staff will be carefully evaluating your skits to determine which are best. Awards for first, second and third place skits on each skit night will be awarded at the closing campfire at the end of the week. In addition, the best skits from each skit night will be asked to perform that skit for the closing campfire. Snacks will be provided so you will have something to munch on while enjoying the skits

Movie Night

On December 28th, make your way to the dining hall for some entertainment and watch a movie on the big screen!

In addition to a great movie chosen by our staff, you will also enjoy some great movie theater snacks.

Theme Night

On the evening of December 29th, everyone will gather in the activity field for a theme night party. This is always the most popular event at Winter Camp, as it involves a number of competitions and activities. Just follow the music from our very powerful sound system to the festivities!

Our theme this year is Pirate – think of movies great stories that portray pirates with a variety of personalities, situations, and costumes.

Competition awards for first, second and third place will be announced at closing campfire:

  • Costume Competition – Scouts wishing to participate should come prepared with a Scouting appropriate costume based on the theme for this year. We’ll allow your imagination to determine how best to fit your costume to this year’s theme. Please be aware that this is an individual competition. While troops are welcome to coordinate their costumes, such coordination shall not be taken into account in judging the costumes for prizes.
  • Patrol/Troop Flag Competition – Come prepared to design a troop or patrol flag (this is left to the discretion of the troop’s Senior Patrol Leader, based on the number of Scouts from your troop attending Winter Camp) based on this year’s theme.
  • Patrol/Troop Design Competition – Each year we ask troops or patrols (again, up to SPL depending on number of Scouts from your troop in attendance) to build an object at camp based on the theme. It could be a vehicle, a plane, a space ship, a trophy – who knows? Use whatever materials you have on hand.
  • Scoutmaster Cookoff – This is a competition for the adult leaders in camp. The acting Scoutmaster, with the assistance of any willing adults from their troop, may choose to test his or her outdoor culinary skills to produce the best dish. Dishes will be judged starting at 8:30 pm sharp at the dining hall, so come prepared to serve your dish to our panel of judges at that time. The identity of the judges will be kept secret until the judging begins. Dishes will be judged based on the following criteria: Taste, Aroma, Appearance, Creativity, and Relation to Theme.

Closing Campfire

What better way to cap off a week of Winter Camp than to come together around a campfire for an evening of songs, skits, awards presentation.  The location will be announced at camp.

Troop Recognition

In addition to the awards that a troop may earn at Theme Night or the individual advancement that Scout may earn at camp, there are various opportunities for a troop or individual to earn additional recognition at Winter Camp.

Iceberg Award

An annual tradition, the Iceberg Award is earned by troops at Winter Camp by participating in various activities in camp, participating in service projects, acting as the color guard or leading the camp in prayer at camp assemblies, and performing duties as assigned by their Camp Commissioner. A troop receiving the Iceberg Award has exemplified Scout Spirit and contributed to making Winter Camp a better place for everyone.

Additional information about earning the Iceberg Award can be obtained by contacting your Camp Commissioner.

Patch Segments

As in prior years, Scouts can earn various segment patches to go around their event patch, which all campers at Winter Camp receive. The various segments are:

  • Iceberg – all members of a troop earning the Iceberg Award will receive this segment
  • Service – all members of a troop earning the Service Award will receive this segment
  • Pirate – any Scout completing all Geocaching challenges will earn this segment based on this year’s theme

Winter Camper Award

Although not part of the Winter Camp Program, it is possible to earn the Sam Houston Area Council Winter Camper Patch while at Winter Camp (if the weather cooperates!) Registered Scouts and Leaders qualify when they have met the following criteria of:

Camping three days and two nights at a Scouting activity with temperatures of 42.5 degrees Fahrenheit or less. We will report official temperatures in your checkout packet and let you know if the members of your troop qualify for the Winter Camper Patch. Patches may then be purchased for $3 each by a troop from the Cockrell Scout Center (at the front desk, not the Scout Shop).

 

Unit Leader Informational Meeting

December 6, 2017   |   6:00 - 8:00 pm

All troops should send at least one leader, preferably the acting winter camp Scoutmaster to the informational meeting. Critical information about camp will be provided and questions answered. The meeting will be held at the Cockrell Scout Center, which is located at 2225 North Loop West, Houston, Texas 77008.

Mission Statement 

Winter Camp is a Boy Scout resident camp run by volunteers designed to:

  • Strengthen troops through the patrol method – Many activities and competitions are designed to encourage troops to work through the patrol method to participate in various activities throughout camp and to reinforce through week-long exercise the principles of the patrol method taught at weekly troop meetings throughout the year.
  • Provide opportunity for individual advancement – Through an extensive number of opportunities to earn merit badges, while being instructed by Scouters who work in fields related to the merit badge subject, Scouts can expect to receive an in-depth treatment of the subject matter that could lead to a better appreciation for the subject and possibly influence their future education and career decisions. In addition, through instruction in traditional Scoutcraft, newer Scouts are prepared through the rank emphasis program to return to their troop and excel in meeting and exceeding the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.

Scouts and Scouters alike are expected to strive to achieve the above aims while living the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.

Youth Protection

As a residential camp accredited by the Boy Scouts of America, we closely follow all youth protection policies set forth by the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, the State of Texas has enacted statutes and regulations concerning youth protection which also apply to our camp. No exceptions to these policies may be made.

Two-Deep Leadership

It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that trips and outings may never be led by only one adult. At least two adult leaders, one of whom must be 21 years or older, are required for trips or outings. It is the responsibility of the chartered organization of any Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Scout Team to inform the committee and leadership of the unit that sufficient adult leaders are provided on all trips and outings.

While we recognize that Winter Camp presents many troops with unique challenges concerning this requirement. Adult leaders may rotate in and out as needed so long as there are two adult leaders from each troop on property at all times.

When such rotations occur, adults must check in and out of the Winter Camp office so that our staff is made aware of the identity and contact information for all adult leaders for each troop in camp.

Texas Youth Camp Safety and Health Act

In order to protect the health and safety of youth attending residential camps in the State of Texas, the Texas legislature has enacted the Texas Youth Camp Safety and Health Act. While many portions of this statute concern the facilities and staffing of a youth residential camp, portions of this law affect troops directly.

All adults coming to camp, whether working on staff or not, must complete the Adult in Camp Compliance form no later than December 9, 2017. Completing this form allows council office staff to complete a criminal background check on each adult in camp (regardless of time spent in camp).

Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Pursuant to the Texas Youth Camp Safety and Health Act, all adults coming into contact with youth in camp must have completed a youth protection training that includes administration of an exam consisting of at least 26 questions concerning the training provided. The adult must have passed the exam by correctly answering at least seventy percent (70%) of the questions on the exam. The exam must be kept on file by the organization providing the training and a card will be issued to the person successfully completing the training. This training shall remain valid for two years from the date of completion, as reflected on the card.

A copy of your card must be provided to the council office on or before December 1st. Copies of the cards may be sent in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) to Dolly.Ortega@scouting.org. If you have an adult leader attending camp who has yet to complete training by this date, please advise Dolly Ortega at the address above when you e-mail the cards for your adult leadership. As soon as the adult completes their training, they should e-mail a copy of the card to Dolly Ortega at the address above.

Due to the fact that the online BSA youth protection training system does not meet the above examination requirement, online BSA Youth Protection Training (YTP) cannot be used to satisfy this state law.

Find upcoming Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Trainings at www.samhoustonbsa.org/training-schedule#ypt.

Classroom Facilitated YPT

Merit Badge Add/Drop

This year we are continuing the procedure for add or drop merit badges in camp. Once merit badge registration opens, that registration system will remain open to allow you to add or drop merit badges on your own until December 19, 2017, after which time the merit badge registration system will close.

It is important that you take the time to sit down with your Scouts and advise them before selecting merit badges for camp. Due to the large number of Scouts in camp, open spaces in classes will be at a premium once everyone arrives in camp.

Any adds or drops can be made after that time by submitting an add/drop form (found at the end of this guide) to the Winter Camp office at Bovay Scout Ranch on December 26, 2017, before 5:00 pm. The following rules will apply:

  • Only one form may be turned in per unit.
  • The form must be signed by the acting Scoutmaster for the troop
  • The form must be filled out completely.
  • Schedules will not be reprinted for troops making changes in camp.
  • No changes will be accepted after 5:00 pm on December 26th.

Our merit badge instructors will be advised not to allow any Scouts to take their class unless they are listed on the roster.

Staffing

One of the many unique aspects of our Winter Camp is the fact that our entire staff is composed of volunteers. We do not hire Scouts or adults to teach merit badges or run our kitchen. We rely upon volunteers to take time away from work and their families in order to provide an outstanding program for the hundreds of Scouts in camp each year.

In order to be able to provide adequate staff for our camp, we require all troops attending Winter Camp to have at least one person from that troop on our staff for every six Scouts registered for camp, or any portion thereof.

For example, if a troop is bringing just four Scouts to camp, they need one person from the troop to serve on staff for Winter Camp. If a troop is brining eight Scouts to camp, they need to provide two people to serve on staff.

For troops bringing up to 12 Scouts, this shouldn’t pose a major issue, as each troop should be bringing at least two adults to camp to meet two-deep leadership requirements. 

Rest assured that any adult leader who agrees to staff at Winter Camp will not have their ability to supervise and advise their troop adversely affected. The greatest need for most staffers is during times when most Scouts are busy at merit badge classes or enjoying activity period.

Prospective staff members must be at least 15 years of age (certain staff positions may have more stringent age requirements). Interested persons may apply for staff by going to the following link: http://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2017-winter-camp-staff-application/2185672

Applications are subject to approval by the camp director and must be submitted on or before November 15, 2017.

Health, Medical and Safety Issues

Health Lodge

The Health Lodge is located along the breezeway in the administrative building next to the dining hall. The Health Lodge is staffed by personnel trained to handle minor accidents and illnesses. The Health Lodge will be open continuously during camp. For minor injury or illness bring the Scout/adult to the Health Lodge for treatment. The Buddy System should be followed at all times. For a major injury (broken bones, unconsciousness, unsure), send a runner to the Health Lodge and medical staff will come to the Scout or adult. Please do not move a Scout or adult with a major injury!

Special arrangements for treatment of more serious cases have been made with physicians and hospitals in Navasota. If such treatment is required, the camper's parent(s) will be notified by telephone, and their desires concerning further treatment will be respected.

BSA Annual Health and Medical Record

All persons coming to Winter Camp, whether youth or adult, and regardless of the amount of time spent in camp, must have a completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record consisting of Parts A, B and C. The form must be completed in its entirety and must contain all applicable signatures. 

BSA Health and Medical Record

Based on incomplete forms we have seen in the past, the following are the most common errors or omissions made in BSA Annual Health and Medical Records submitted to our staff in prior years:

  • Part A is missing immunizations or is missing dates for the immunizations. Please complete the form rather than attaching an immunization record alone. Incorporating the information into the form speeds up the process of evaluating the form itself at check-in.
  • Part B is not signed by the adult participant or by an adult or guardian (for youth). In order to be able to treat youth in camp for more than immediate life-threatening conditions, our medical staff must have signed consent of a parent or guardian of a youth as contained in Part B. Also, adults who cannot otherwise consent due to incapacity must have signed this page in order for our medical staff to provide more than stabilization treatment.
  • Part C of the form signed by a physician during 2017. The physician’s examination must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017. Undated Part C’s will not be accepted, even if signed by the physician. Therefore, ensure that the physician completing Part C dates the form when he or she signs it.
  • Using an outdated form. BSA issued an updated form in 2014. We will not accept any part of the medical form that is not the 2014 printing. To ensure you are using the correct form, use the form available at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx.

Please carefully review all BSA Annual Health and Medical Records prior to check-in. Give yourself ample time so that any errors or omissions may be corrected by the parents of the youth or the adult to whom the form belongs.

When bringing forms for check-in, please do not bring the form in a binder or plastic sheeting. Parts A, B and C should be stapled for one person. This will allow us to efficiently review and file the forms. We do not have the room to store troop binders.

Do not provide original forms. While we will do our best to return forms to those requesting the return of the medical forms, it is best to provide copies. These forms are destroyed after camp.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication

Scouts and adults who require medication should bring enough of the medication to last throughout camp. BSA National Camping Standards (HS-508) states the following rules apply to storage and administration of medication:

All prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications must be stored under lock (including those requiring refrigeration), except when in the controlled presence of Medical Staff or a troop’s adult leader who is responsible for administration and/or dispensing medications. Locked refrigerated storage is available in the Winter Camp Health Lodge.

An exception to the above requirements may be made for a limited amount of medication to be carried by a camper, leader, parent, or staff member for life-threatening conditions, including epinephrine injector, heart medication, and inhalers, or for a limited amount of medication approved for use in a first-aid kit. The Winter Camp Medical Staff shall advise the Acting Scoutmaster as to whether a medication falls under this exception.

Special Medical Needs

If you have one or more members of your troop who have special medical needs, such as refrigeration for medicine, please ensure that information is included in the online registration. CPAP machines must be battery powered, as power outlets close to campsites are scarce. We will, however, do what we can to meet reasonable requests to accommodate requests timely submitted through your troop’s registration.

Trips to the Doctor or Hospital

In the event that a camper requires the attention of a doctor or the services of a hospital, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. The responsibility of the unit leadership is to provide transportation for unit member(s) requiring services from a doctor or hospital.
  2. One adult leader from the unit will accompany the unit member(s) requiring services from a doctor or hospital and is asked to carry insurance forms in for completion. He must obtain the individual's health record from the Health Officer before going to the doctor or hospital.
  1. Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be immediately notified by the Camp Health Officer of any serious illness or injury. If parents will not be at home during the week of camp, have them advise you where they can be located.
  2. The camp will provide transportation ONLY when a unit has none available.
  3. Directions to doctor's offices and hospitals will be available at the Health Lodge.
  4. All cases requiring outside medical care must be cleared by the camp Health Officer. This is an agreement with the local health services facilities, insurance company, and a claim procedure.
  5. Check back in with Health Officer upon return to camp and return health form.

Any clarification of the above procedures may be obtained by discussing them with the Health Officers on duty at the Health Lodge.

Council Insurance

The Sam Houston Area Council Accident and Sickness Insurance plan covers your registered Scouts and adult leaders while at camp. (Please register parents staying with your troop as a member of your troop committee). This coverage does not include SHAC LDS units (LDS troops should contact their church for insurance forms for camp) or units from out of council. Out-of-council units should bring a claim form from their council.

The plan is with Health Special Risk, Inc. and is excess coverage. The first $300.00 or less of coverage will be paid by Health Special Risk, Inc. Charges above $300.00 should be filed under the family’s major medical insurance. Health Special Risk, Inc. will then pay all charges not recovered under any other insurance. Families without insurance will receive instructions from Health Special Risk, Inc., but in any event up to $7,500 of coverage for sickness or injury is provided (Special coverage limits cover dental and transportation). The camp will file the initial claim at the time of treatment. All patients must be referred to the physician or hospital by Camp Health Personnel.

Weather Appropriate Clothing

Youth and adults alike are expected to come to camp prepared for variable weather. Although temperatures average between 40 to 60 degrees most years in Winter Camp, temperatures have been known to dip as low as 19 degrees and rise as high as 80 degrees. 

Buddy System

All Scouts should adhere to the buddy system throughout camp. No Scout should ever be found wandering through camp alone. We recognize that this can be difficult if the Scout has not scheduled classes with fellow members of their troop. We encourage troops to attempt to pair Scouts in classes as much as possible. If this is not feasible, the Scout should walk with other Scouts in his class to the location of the merit badge class. Due to the number of Scouts and the short amount of time between classes, this should be a relatively simple exercise.

Smoking Policy

Per BSA national policy, smoking by youth at any Scouting event shall not be tolerated. If a youth is caught smoking at Winter Camp, the youth’s parents or guardians will be contacted by phone and shall be required to pick the youth up from Bovay Scout Ranch immediately.

Smoking by adults is not permitted in any tent, pavilion or building. Smoking is also not permitted in the dining hall at any time.

While we highly discourage smoking while in camp, adults who choose to do so must not smoke within sight of any youth. Moreover, in the event of a burn ban, smoking may be prohibited on Bovay Scout Ranch property entirely. Please check with the Winter Camp office to determine whether such a burn ban is in place.

Transportation

BSA National Vehicle Insurance Requirements

Each Troop is responsible for safe transportation to and from camp and meets the BSA National Insurance requirements as laid out in the current version of the Guide to Safe Scouting (www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf).

Use of Vehicles / Trailers In Camp

Upon arrival at Bovay Scout Ranch, drivers of vehicles will be provided parking passes. Drivers are required to write their name and cell phone number on the parking pass itself and keep it visible on their dashboard at all times the vehicle is present on Bovay Scout Ranch property. The name and phone number on the parking pass will allow our security staff to contact you in the event the vehicle needs to be moved or if any other issues with the vehicle arise.

Vehicles without proper parking permits found on Bovay Scout Ranch property may be towed at owner’s expense.

Under no circumstances should a vehicle or trailer enter the campsite itself at any time. Entry of vehicles into the campsite could leave unsightly ruts in the campsite and could possibly damage plumbing located close to the surface.

Parking areas are provided at designated locations for leaders who drive vehicles. Only camp vehicles are permitted beyond the parking lot on camp service roads.

Immediately after the unloading of troop and Scout equipment on the first day of camp, please remove all vehicles to designated parking spaces. Vehicle Permits will be distributed at check-in along with maps designating parking locations for various vehicles.

Vehicles should not be moved from these parking areas during camp unless the driver is leaving camp or has specific permission to move the vehicle (e.g., staff members given permits to use vehicles to transport equipment each day). This is a necessary measure due to the heavy use of roads by pedestrians, including hundreds of Scouts moving back and forth to merit badges and other activities.

Troop trailers are to be parked off of the service road in the available parking areas in front of each campsite.

The speed limit in camp is 20 mph on blacktop roads (unless otherwise posted) and 10 mph on gravel or dirt roads.

Drivers who continue to violate rules regarding the operation of vehicles in camp will be asked to leave camp immediately.

Camp Arrival and Check-in

Troops will not be allowed to enter Bovay Scout Ranch before 1:30 pm on December 26th. Troops are asked not to line up on the road entering \ before this time, as an excessive number of vehicles and trailers could cause a line of vehicles to overflow onto the Highway 6. This presents a safety hazard for your youth and leaders, as well as other drivers on the road.

There are two methods through which check-in by a troop may be accomplished: early check-in at the Cockrell Scout Center, or on-site check in at Bovay Scout Ranch.

Early Check-In

Troops may check in several weeks before camp begins. By checking in early, a troop will be provided with a pass that they will present at the security checkpoint they reach when first arriving in camp. Troops that have checked in early will then be allowed to proceed immediately to their campsite, or if they have changes to their check-in information, they will be allowed access to an express check-in line available only to those who have checked in early. This line will be intended only to update an existing early check in with minor changes to the troop’s roster.

Early check-in will be offered at the following times:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cockrell Scout Center
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the McNair Adventure Camp Dining Hall at Bovay Scout Ranch

In order to be eligible to participate in early check-in, each troop must have the following:

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (including Parts A, B & C) for each person attending camp (youth and adult)
  • Classroom Youth Protection Training Card completed in 2016 or 2017 for every adult attending camp 
  • BSA Hazardous Weather Training Certificate completed in 2016 or 2017 for every adult attending camp 
  • An Adult in Camp Compliance Form must have been previously turned in (due no later than December 9, 2017) for every adult coming to camp. 

On-Site Check-In

Upon arriving in camp, troops that have yet to check in should park and then the acting Scoutmaster should proceed to the dining hall at Bovay Scout Ranch. There will be a line for troops who have not participated in early check-In. Members of our staff will examine your paperwork and ensure that everything is complete.

In-Camp Troop Leaders Meeting

On the first evening of Winter Camp, December 26th, we will hold a meeting of all acting Scoutmasters and senior patrol leaders from each troop. The meeting will be held at 8:00 pm in the dining hall. During this meeting, the key staff members will emphasize important health and safety rules and make important announcements. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the key staff at this time. Refreshments will be served at this meeting, including cookies, punch and coffee.

Leaving and Returning

For the safety of all in camp, procedures have been implemented for leaving and returning to camp while camp is ongoing.

Adults Leaving and Returning

Scouters (aged 18 or older) may leave camp and return as needed, but we do ask all Scouters to make efforts to keep trips in and out of camp to a minimum. Due to the large number of campers on property during Winter Camp, excessive vehicular traffic presents a possible danger to pedestrians using the roads to move between merit badge classes or going to the dining hall. Adults should check in and out with the Winter Camp office so that we are aware of who is on property at all times. In the event of an emergency, we must be able to account for all campers.

Youth Leaving and Returning

We highly encourage parents to allow youth to remain on camp property the entire time camp is in session. This reduces unnecessary traffic in and out of camp and allows youth to have the complete residential camp experience with their troop.

Youth will only be allowed to check out from camp prior to final checkout by an adult authorized on Part B of the Scout’s BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. Please ensure that parents in your troop have included all authorized adults on this form. Without this authorization on the form, only an adult from the Scout’s troop registered for camp or the parent signing the form will be allowed to remove the child from camp prior to final checkout.

No one, including a Scout leader or parent, will be allowed to leave camp with a person under the age of 18 without having checked out at the Winter Camp office and receiving a ticket which will be taken by security just before you reach the exit of the camp.

During checkout the last day of camp, adult leaders will receive exit tickets for all youth in their troop from their camp commissioner once they have successfully checked out.

Meals

At the end of camp each year, we collect surveys from our troops in order to determine what we do well, and more importantly, where we can improve. Without fail, year after year, our kitchen staff receives very high marks for extraordinary camp food! We can say, without any exaggeration, that we serve the best camp food you have ever eaten at a Boy Scout camp.

All menus have been reviewed by a certified dietician and are designed to provide active and healthy boys with the nutrition and calorie intake needed for low-temperature camping.

The first meal served will be dinner on December 26th, so troops should make plans to eat lunch before arriving at Bovay Scout Ranch that afternoon. A “grab and go” breakfast is served the morning of December 31st as troops prepare to check out and depart.

Breakfast and Dinner

Due to the number of campers at Winter Camp and the limited capacity of our dining hall, Breakfast and Dinner are served in shifts. You will be advised prior to your arrival at camp as to which meal shift your troop is assigned to – Shift A or Shift B.

Shift A eats Breakfast and Dinner prior to morning and evening assembly. Shift B eats Breakfast and Dinner after morning and evening assembly. You will remain assigned to this shift for the entirety of Winter Camp.

In addition to the items on the menu for dinner each evening, there will always be a salad bar, including a soup of the day served at the end of the salad bar.

Also, as is the custom at all Boy Scout residential camps, all campers are expected to wear their Boy Scout Field Uniform (commonly referred to as the “Class A” uniform) to each dinner.

Lunch

Lunch is picked up from the dining hall and brought back to the troop to be eaten in their campsite. Troops should send only enough people to carry the food back to their campsite, and no more than that. Sending additional people only makes it more difficult to get through the line when it comes time to distribute lunch.

During the lunch period, there is also ample time for rest and relaxation, as there are no activities taking place. We encourage Scouts to take this time to fellowship with members of their troop and other troops in their campsite, get some rest, and perhaps work on some of their merit badge requirements.

Special Dietary Needs

In the event anyone in your troop has special dietary needs, please ensure this information is included in the group form that is part of your troop’s registration in Doubleknot. All such requests must be in the system by November 15, 2017, in order to ensure they are included in our camp food order. 

Lost and Found

If any lost items are found, they should be turned in at the Winter Camp office as soon as is reasonably possible. Likewise, if anyone from your troop has lost an item while at Winter Camp, check with the Winter Camp office to determine if it has been returned there.

Lost items will be kept in the Winter Camp office through the end of Winter Camp. Any items left at Bovay Scout Ranch after the end of camp may be disposed of as determined at the discretion of the Camp Director, including being donated to a non-profit organization, returned to the council office, thrown in the trash, etc. Sam Houston Area Council, nor its staff, shall be held responsible for any lost items not claimed by the end of Winter Camp.

To assist us in returning items to their rightful owner, please ensure that all items your troop brings to camp have the owner’s name and troop number marked on them.

Check-out

Because of the large number of troops and the compressed time frame in which check out occurs, please read this section carefully to ensure a smooth checkout process. Your cooperation will ensure that we are able to help you get on the road back home as quickly as possible.

Checkout on Evening of December 30th

A number of troops traditionally choose to leave Bovay Scout Ranch on the evening of December 30th. While we encourage all troops to remain for the entire event, we understand that some troops wish to leave the evening before Winter Camp ends.

As soon as your troop has determined that it wishes to check out early, please notify the camp commissioner’s office immediately. This will assist the camp commissioners in coordinating timely checkouts that evening.

  • The first step for a troop packing up to leave on December 30th is to have their camp completely broken down, packed in the troop trailer or otherwise moved to the front of the campsite.
  • The troop should also carefully police their campsite to ensure that it is left in better condition than it was found. If any tables or other items were moved by the troop, they should be returned to their original location.
  • The troop should send someone to the camp commissioners office to notify them that they are ready for a camp inspection. Also, ensure you pick up your checkout packet at the Winter Camp office at this point if you have not yet done so. Please be patient awaiting inspection of your campsite, as our camp commissioners are in high demand by troops attempting to check out of camp at this point.
  • Once a Camp Commissioner has inspected the campsite and determined that it is in good condition, he or she will provide you with passes which will allow you to take your vehicles out of their parking areas and drive them carefully to the front of your campsite. You will also be provided tickets for each youth in your troop which will authorize you to remove the youth from camp. You will also need the pass and tickets to exit the camp that evening. Do not attempt to drive your vehicle to your campsite prior to receiving the pass and tickets from the camp commissioner.
  • Please be mindful of the fact that camp vehicles and other troops attempting to pack are trying to get past you on the road. Ensure your vehicle is pulled as far off the road as is possible without pulling into your campsite.
  • Again, please do not drive into the campsite or move your trailer into the campsite – you must remain on the paved road or in a parking space.
  • Once the vehicles are loaded, the troop must return the vehicles to a valid parking area or immediately leave camp.
  • Only retrieve medical forms from the Health Lodge once you are ready to depart camp. If you remain in camp, we will not have medical forms for you or your Scouts.

Under no circumstances, however, will a troop be allowed to check out on December 30th unless they have been cleared by a camp commissioner to load up their vehicles by 5:00 pm on December 30th. In that event, all vehicles must either be back in the parking lots of out of camp by 5:30 pm in order to ensure that roads are cleared before pedestrian traffic picks up at dinner time.

Troops who have packed and returned their vehicles to a designated parking area may remain in camp through the conclusion of the closing campfire. The troop, at that time, should immediately and safely leave camp.

Check-out on December 31th

Since most pedestrian traffic will have greatly diminished by the last day of camp, check-out procedures are simplified from the early check-out procedure.

  • Breakdown camp, pack the troop trailer, and move items to be loaded in vehicles to the front of the campsite.
  • The troop should carefully police their campsite to ensure that it is left in better condition than it was found. If any tables or other items were moved by the troop, they should be returned to their original location.
  • The troop should send someone to the Camp Commissioners office to notify them that they are ready for a camp inspection. Also, ensure you pick up your checkout packet at the Winter Camp office at this point if you have not yet done so. Please be patient awaiting inspection of your campsite, as our Camp Commissioners are in high demand by troops attempting to check out of camp at this point.
  • Once a Camp Commissioner has inspected the campsite and determined that it is in good condition, he or she will provide you a pass allowing your troop to exit camp, as well as tickets for the youth in your troop to allow you to remove them from camp property. You may now retrieve your vehicles and load remaining items.
  • Please be mindful of the fact that camp vehicles and other troops attempting to pack are trying to get past you on the road. Ensure your vehicle is pulled as far off the road as is possible without pulling into your campsite.
  • Again, please do not drive into the campsite or move your trailer into the campsite – you must remain on the paved road or in a parking space.
  • If you so choose, you may now pick up medical forms for your troop from the Health Lodge. Any forms left behind will be destroyed.
  • You’re all set to head home – drive safe!

Schedule

Service Troops Report

Time

26-Dec

27-Dec

28-Dec

29-Dec

30-Dec

31-Dec

6:30 am   Reveille
6:45 am   Service troops report  
7:00 am   Shift A breakfast  Pick-up breakfast
7:45 am Staff report Morning assembly - SM / SPL meeting Service projects
8:00-10:15 am Shift B breakfast 
9:15-10:15 am Activity / Advancement Period 1 Troop check-out

10:40-11:40 am

Activity / Advancement Period 2  
12:00-12:35 pm Lunch pickup at dining hall   
12:40-1:15 pm Lunch and rest  
1:30·2:30 pm Troop check-in
and set-up
Activity / Advancement Period  3  
2:50 -3:50 pm Activity / Advancement Period 4  
4:10-5:10 pm Activity / Advancement Period 5  
5:30 pm Service troops report
5:45 pm Shift A dinner  
6:30 pm Evening assembly  
6:45 pm Shift B dinner   
8:00 pm SM I SPL meeting
(dining hall)
Skit Night Movie Night Theme Night Closing  
10:00 pm Quiet time in campsites   
11:00 pm TAPS  

 

Trading Post

The trading post will be located in the same building as the Winter Camp offices. Just look for the signs above the door!

The trading post will be stocked with an assortment of collectable items and camp essentials.

Hours for the trading post can be found on the doors to the trading post.

Snack Shack

Feeling a little hungry in the middle of the day? Need a pick-me-up before dinner? Stop by the Snack Shack! Our friendly staff will have an assortment of snacks and drinks for you to pick from.

Contacts

Parents of campers should contact their troop leaders with questions about winter camp. Many of the adult leaders attending winter camp are quite experienced and can answer questions.

Council Contacts

Dolly Ortega
Winter Camp Registration
(713) 865-9123
dolly.ortega@scouting.org

Nathan Doherty
Winter Camp Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308
 nathan.doherty@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:51:00 PM

December 26 - 31, 2017

Bovay Scout Ranch 
3450 County Road 317
Navasota, TX 77868

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. 

Unit leaders have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The first step in the BSA youth leadership training continuum is conducted in the home unit (Introduction to Leadership Skills). Boy Scouts, and Venturers who have completed this training may attend NYLT that is held twice a year in December and June.

NYLT 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 and Boy Scout troops 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. 

NYLT Flier

Requirements and Expectations

  1. Be at least 13 years of age, but not yet 18 by day one of the course. For Venturers, 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.
  5. Unit leader approval

Orientation Meeting

December 3, 2017  |  1:00 - 4:00 pm

There is a mandatory orientation for all participants and every youth on the wait list. The orientation meeting is held at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West). Please arrive at least 30-minutes early to check in. Please have all fees and paperwork finalized before the orientation meeting in order to ensure a speedy check-in. All registered participants will receive an email with orientation registration instructions as the date nears. If you have questions about the orientation meeting, contact Nathan Doherty at 713-756-3308.

Registration

The fee for NYLT training is $225. The fee includes two t-shirts and one neckerchief; extra t-shirts can be ordered. Payments of cash or check may be submitted but must be received at the Cockrell Scout Center (PO Box 924528, Houston, Texas 77292) within seven business days of online registration. Before registering, read the FAQs below before registering and have the unit leader information (name, address, phone, and email) available. For registration questions, please contact Nathan Doherty at 713-756-3308.

Register

Registration is complete and the Scout's name is placed on the roster when the following have been completed:
  1. Online registration is submitted
  2. Fees paid in full
  3. Participant attends orientation meeting

Forms

What are the NYLT policies?
Fee Refunds - Refunds are in accordance with the council refund policy available at www.shac.org/forms#refunds.
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 waitlist, 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 Lily.Garrison@scouting.org.
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 several Scouts from the same troop share the same tent?

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 choose the mail box option when checking out; then submit a scholarship request. Scholarships must be applied for and approved prior to the registration becoming final.

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. 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 many dedicated people. The rewards for participants, staff, and the Scouting movement are tremendous.

There are opportunities for those who have completed the course to become a staff member for NYLT. If Scouts are still active in Scouting, are highly motivated, are hard working, and would like to be considered for a position on a future NYLT staff, they may sign up for a youth staff search interview.

Staff interviews are being conducted on August 19 and 26, 2017 at St. John the Divine Church (2450 River Oaks Blvd. Houston, 77019) from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please RSVP for an interview.

NYLT Staff Application      NYLT Staff Information       RSVP for Staff Interviews

Leadership Training Scholarship Fund

Partial-fee scholarships are available for Scouts and Scouters to help offset the course fees (up to 50%) for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and Wood Badge. Gifts to the leadership training scholarship enable Scouts and Scouters to receive leadership training so they can in turn help develop character, citizenship, and fitness in lives of hundreds of young people. Scholarships for Scouts and Scouters who are currently unable to attend training because of financial circumstances are only available because of the generous donations from people like you. One hundred percent of the funds collected through this scholarship go into the scholarship fund. The scholarships are granted based on need. Applications for scholarships can be found under the FAQs.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

NYLT Contacts

Karen Stancik
NYLT Coordinator
 nylt.shac@gmail.com

Nathan Doherty
NYLT Registration
 (713) 756-3308
 nathan.doherty@scouting.org

 

Nathan Doherty
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308
 nathan.doherty@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

Rocket Days for new Scouts 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, September 29, 2017 6:49:00 AM

Rocket with Scouting!

Boys who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket patch and a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at a fall event.

Scouts are encouraged to attend their own district's rocket day, but can attend any event that fits their schedule. Scouts can also launch their rocket at Fun with Son, a campout for new Scouts being held October 20-22, 2017. 

Distribute the promotional placemat / activity sheets below to Scouts to remind them about the event. The half-day flier can be attached to the rockets.

2016 Photos

District
(click for website) 

2017 Date

Location

Event /
Registration Link

Event Description

Promotional Placemat

Aldine Pathfinder November 4 Aldine / Spring Branch Cuboree Cuboree is a weekend campout. Cub Scouts will enjoy outdoor games and more.  Placemat /
Flier
Aquila October 28 Houston
(Braeswood area)
Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
Arrowmoon October 14 College Station Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket!

Placemat /
Flier

Big Cypress October 28 Cypress Bobcat Day At Bobcat Day, new Cub Scouts will play games to help them work on Bobcat rank, make a craft, and launch their rocket.  Placemat /
Flier
Brahman November 5 Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado Counties Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
Brazos November 11  Richmond\Rosenberg Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
Copperhead October 28 Cypress-Fairbanks Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
David Crockett October 28 Brenham
Camp Happy Hollow
Cuboree Cuboree is an action-packed day for Cub Scouts. Scouts will enjoy outdoor games and activities in an outdoor camp setting.  Placemat /
Flier
Flaming Arrow October 21

Humble

Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
George Strake November 4 Conroe Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
Iron Horse October 28 Spring / Klein Bobcat Rocket Dayl At Bobcat Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket and work on the Bobcat badge! Area packs will be hosting booths with lots of fun activities. Placemat /
Flier
Mustang   Spring Branch Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
North Star November 11 Fort Bend Cub Carnival At the Cub Carnival, Cub Scouts will enjoy a variety of fun activities. Placemat /
Flier
Orion October 7 Tomball Bobcat Day Bobcat Day is a free event for new Scouts to work on the Bobcat badge. Activities typically include archery, games, crafts, launching their rocket and more. Placemat /
Rocket Flier /
School Flier
Phoenix October 28 Spring Cuboree At the cuboree, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket and work on the Bobcat badge! Area packs will be hosting booths with lots of fun activities. Placemat /
Flier
Raven    November 3 Baytown Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
San Jacinto October 28

Pasadena

Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
Skyline October 7 NW Houston
(290 and Mangum area)
Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
Soaring Eagle October 14 Cy Fair Bobcat Day At Bobcat Day, new Cub Scouts will play games to help them work on Bobcat rank, make a craft, and launch their rocket.  Placemat /
Flier
Tall Timbers November 4 Woodlands / 
Conroe
Cub Scout Fun Day At Cub Scout Fun Day new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Area packs will be hosting booths with lots of fun activities. Placemat /
Flier
Tatanka November 11 Alief Cub Carnival At the Cub Carnival, Cub Scouts will enjoy a variety of fun activities. Placemat /
Flier
Texas Skies November 4 Katy Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
Thunder Wolf October 14 Sugar Land /
Missouri City
New Scout
Adventure Day
At the New Scout Adventure Day, new Cub Scouts will launch their model rocket and participate in outdoor activities and games. Placemat /
Flier
Twin Bayou October 7 SW Houston Rocket Day At Rocket Day, new Cub Scouts will be able to launch their rocket! Placemat /
Flier
W.L. Davis October 14 Sugar Land /
Missouri City
New Scout
Adventure Day
At the New Scout Adventure Day, new Cub Scouts will launch their model rocket and participate in outdoor activities and games. Placemat /
Flier
    

Council Rocket Launch Support Team

Council Rocket Day Chair Leslie Melton      
Council Activities Chair Dennis Olheiser      
Council Membership Chair Debbie Rollinson      
Council Membership Staff Advisor Dustin Dupuis      
Director of Field Service Martin Sepulveda      
Council Vice Chair of Program Diane Cannon      

First Aid Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:12:00 AM

The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them.  Objectives of the Enterprise Risk Management programs are to educate the adult leadership in the available programs through training courses online as well as in a classroom setting. Information is also available in the Guide to Safe Scouting and on the BSA Scouting Safely website.
 

BSA Scouting Safely Training Site   |   Bullying Prevention   |  Climb on Safely   |  CyberChip
First Aid   |   Hazardous Weather    |   Safe Swim Defense    |    Safety Afloat 
Trek Safely   |   Youth Protection Training

Upcoming First Aid Courses

The council offers are a variety of first aid training courses throughout the year at a discounted price to Scouters. 

First Aid/CPR/AED: Would you know what to do in a cardiac, breathing or first aid emergency? The right answer could help you save a life. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, our First Aid/CPR/AED courses give you the skills to save a life.First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training is universally recognized for its effectiveness. It can help ensure that everyone from the Boy Scout working on a First Aid merit badge to a Scouter leading a unit on a high-adventure trek is fully prepared.

First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course: This course will train instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This is a blended learning course consisting of online content, a pre-course skill session and classroom segments. Prerequisites: Possess a current basic-level American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification or equivalent and be at least 16 years of age on the last day of the instructor course. Complete online classes prior to attending the classroom activities (instructions will be sent with registration confirmation).

Note: Equivalent First Aid, CPR, AED and WFA training from the following nationally-recognized organizations: American Red Cross (ARC),  Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) meet the BSA training requirements. Other courses accepted by the BSA are listed here and here (page 2). BSA does not accept online CPR classes.

Date Course Location Contact Time Cost Register
October 22, 2017 First Aid/CPR/AED Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 8:30 am - 3:00 pm $35 (includes lunch) Register
October 28-29, 2017 First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 8;00 am - 5:00 pm both days $65 (includes lunch) Register
November 4, 2017 First Aid/CPR/AED Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 8:30 am - 3:00 pm $35 (includes lunch) Register

Attend our Celebrating Cultures Event 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, September 22, 2017 8:11:00 AM

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Buffalo Soldiers Museum
3816 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004

6:00 - 8:00 pm​

The Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America recognizes that the diversity of Southeast Texas makes our community and our Scouting programs strong and special. The values, skills, and leadership learned in Scouting benefits all boys and all communities. The council wants all families of every culture to know that their sons are welcome in Scouting.

This community and business leader networking event will celebrate African-American, Asian and Hispanic cultures, and highlight the wonderful and unique food, beverages, dress and customs of these prominent cultures in Southeast Texas.

The Boy Scouts of America serves approximately 50,000 youth in Southeast Texas with programs that build character, prepare youth for careers, teaches outdoor skills, and develops our future leaders. In 2017, Houston has been named the most diverse city in America, and Scouting is reaching out towards both under-served and emerging communities all over our area.

All proceeds will support the development of Scouting programs in Southeast Texas. Come out and taste the global cultures of our area and enjoy entertainment from around the world, all in one place.

You will have a great time, and help us ensure that all youth are given a chance to live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tickets are $25.

Purchase Tickets

 

Contact

Kimberly Davis
Sr. Development Director 
713-756-3312
 kimberly.davis2@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

Disaster Relief 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:07:00 PM

Disaster Relief: How to Request Help

If your Scouting unit has been affected by the recent storms and has lost items crucial to serving the youth in your community, the Scouting family is here for you. Nationwide, fellow Scouts are looking for ways to help and we now have a resource to connect those in need with those looking to do a good turn and lend a hand. 

Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Register for lost items by filling out your contact information here
  2. Your information will be populated into a separate Google Doc which will be sent out to the Scouting community wishing to assist.
  3. From there, other units from around the country, who are looking to adopt a unit in need, will have the opportunity to connect with those units needing help.

The Scouting family is here to support you as relief efforts continue in your communities. With the help of your fellow Scouts, we hope to get you back to serving the youth in your community as soon as possible. For more information about this program, please contact Jessica Everdale.

Additionally the Sam Houston Area Council will continue to assist with providing uniforms and Scout handbooks for those in need, including those who have lost these items as a result of Hurricane Harvey. To apply to receive this assistance, please click here.

Disaster Relief: How to Help

Source: Scoutwire: September 21, 2017

When disaster strikes, the Scouting community rallies to help those in need. The summer of 2017 has brought some of the worst weather in recent memory. Thousands of Scouting units have been or will be affected and it is up to us, the Scouting family, to do a good turn and lend a helping hand. Here are a few ways you can make an immediate impact.


Help a neighborhood Scouting unit:

Other councils/packs/troops looking to support Scouting units in need can purchase new items so that they can resume activities as soon as possible.

  To help a Texas/Louisiana Scouting unit in need, click here.

Contact information will be provided so you can reach out directly to the affected Scouting units and arrange for shipment/delivery of goods.


Help a local BSA council:

Donate online to a special BSA fund established to help those councils most affected by the recent natural disasters. All donations will be used to help rebuild and restore BSA facilities and programs.


Other ways to help:

To provide immediate support for food and shelter needs in the area, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and the BSA encourage you to donate directly to the American Red Cross and/or Salvation Army:

  • American Red Cross: Donate online, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Salvation Army: Donate online; by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY; or via mail to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta GA 30301

We thank you for your continued support of the Boy Scouts of America and for helping the Scouting family through these troubling times.


Share your Stories

SHAC FacebookFinally, if your unit has helped restore the community in the face of Harvey's devastation, we thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do. If you or a Scout you know has helped make an impact, please share your story, by clicking here or let us know by tagging our council's Facebook page. Units who helped with rescues, recovery fundraisers, clean-up and other volunteering efforts after Hurricane Harvey are eligible for a ribbon for their unit flag. For more information, please click here.


Recovery Guide

The United Way's After the Storm guide contains resources to help you begin to recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

After the Storm: Recovery Guide

 

If you or someone you know needs help, call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Disaster Clean-Up

If you need assistance with cleanup after the storm, call 1-800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 to be placed on the list. Disaster recovery organizations will contact you if they are able to help you with clean-up efforts in your area.

Disaster Volunteers Needed

Contact the United Way at volunteerharvey@unitedwayhouston.org for more information. 

Redcross.org and volunteerhouston.org are both experiencing high traffic. If you are unable to load either site, please keep trying!

  • American Red Cross is seeking volunteers. Volunteer positions include warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution, and administrative support. Those interested in volunteering can register at redcross.org/volunteer.
  • BakerRipley is recruiting volunteers to help at the shelter at NRG Center. Click here to sign up. 
  • The Houston Food Bank needs volunteers. Find out how to help.
  • Volunteer Houston is connecting individuals with disaster volunteer opportunities.To learn more, visit www.volunteerhouston.org.

*If you live outside the Houston area or in another state, please create an account and sign-up for opportunities through Volunteer Houston. The conditions in the Greater Houston area are still changing and it is not safe for people to travel to and through many areas. Please wait for local officials to approve travel before planning to arrive to our community.  

Shelters

To find a shelter, visit www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter for a listing of current open shelters.

Clean-up

The Sam Houston Area CouncilBoy Scouts of America is committed to helping the cleanup effort in Southeast Texas. All Scouts and Scouters interested in these efforts are encouraged to participate.

Crisis Cleanup

If your unit is planning to assist with cleanup efforts for our fellow citizens affected by Hurricane Harvey, please visit www.crisiscleanup.org for information about cleanup opportunities. Your unit will need to register if this is the first time using the site.

United Way of Greater Houston's 2-1-1 Helpline

If you need help finding assistance the United Way of Greater Houston assistance helpline, 2-1-1, is the number to call when you don't know who to call. The United Way of Greater Houston's trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services. 

 


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The Boy Scouts of America is currently working on a website to help units across the country be able to identify a unit in need in Texas impacted by the hurricane.  A link will be posted when it is available.

MyScouting App 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, September 18, 2017 7:04:00 PM

The myScouting app puts training, rosters and commissioner tools at your fingertips

Source: September 18, 2017: Scouting Magazine

Scouters, now you can carry more of the tools you need to do your job everywhere Scouting takes you.

The myScouting app, the BSA’s official app to help leaders facilitate the Scouting program, has a refreshed look and all-new features.

The app is free and available now for Android devices (Android 4.4 KitKat or higher), as well as iPhones and iPads (iOS 9.0 or higher). Just search “myScouting” in your device’s app store.

When you open the app, you’ll log in with your myScouting username and password. The app will show you the tools available to you based on your Scouting position.

You’ll see your member ID, how many days remain until your Youth Protection training expires, links to resources and much more.

Other noteworthy features of the myScouting app include:

  • An organization roster so you can see all active adult members registered under your governance — down to the unit level. You can filter by Youth Protection trained status, position trained status and more. You can easily update this information, too, and even call or email directly from your device. And of course you can update your own contact info — address, phone number, email — right in the app as well.
  • A training center that lets you complete Youth Protection training and other online trainings right from your device. You can also view, save and send completed training certificates in the app.
  • Commissioner tools so commissioners can complete unit assessments, track roundtables, and view and track commissioner assignments.
  • Calendar and announcements pages so Key 3 members can share updates with members registered under their governance.
  • A resources page with links to the latest BSA material, such as the Guide to Advancement or Handbook for District Operations.

The new app supports both English and Spanish. There’s also a night-mode feature that darkens the screen — so you won’t keep your spouse awake when you’re working on Scouting late at night.

Behind the scenes

The app is the work of the BSA’s information delivery group. An array of volunteer beta testers offered their feedback on ways to improve the user experience.

Have some feedback to share? You can do so from within the app.

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