April 14, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area.
Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers.
Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking.
Scout Fair is open to the public and is free; NRG parking is typically $12.
There are hundreds of activities at Scout Fair that the entire family will enjoy. Packs, troops, teams, crews, ships and posts from around the council set up interactive booths to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout leaders. Booths have typically included crafts, games, rope making, orienteering, obstacle courses, first aid activities, art, hobbies, gardening, leatherworking, music, nature activities, outdoor cooking, rope bridges, putt-putt golf, catapults and much more. Scouts and parents work together to set-up and run the booth. For more information regarding booth registration, ideas and rules and regulations, please refer to the Scout Fair leader information. Bring comfortable walking shoes and your camera. Share your Scouting memories with us on social media and remember to tag the Sam Houston Area Council.
Plan your day to capture the many activities at Scout Fair:
- Indoor booths - Visit hundreds of fun, hands-on activities and crafts
- Outdoor booths - Sample dutch oven creations and other camp food delicacies
- Scouting resource booths - Receive information about the council’s exciting programs
- Scout Shop - Shop for all of your Scouting needs
- Fleet - Sea Scouts demonstrate their unique boating opportunities
The Conservation Corner has exhibitors from a variety of businesses, non -profits and city, state, and federal agencies that display information and hands-on activities related to the natural sciences, resource stewardship, and animal science. learn how to have fun in the outdoors while offering service opportunities and ideas to help manage our resources for future generations. Areas of interest on display:
Geology and Natural Resources featuring fossil and mineral identification and hunting, gold panning, conventional and renewal energy exhibits, forestry and an opportunity to have your picture taken with TRex or Smoky Bear.
Area Parks and Museums featuring program and service opportunities as well as live snakes, insects and other critters.
Aquatic Ecology featuring Fishing’s Future Aquatic Ecology Arena with touch tanks with live marine critters, casting area to catch plastic fish, fishing knot tying as well as the ability to work on parts of A Bear Goes Fishing Elective, Fly Fishing, Fish and Wildlife Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Oceanography and Kayak Merit Badges.
The STEM areas feature demonstrations and hands-on activities related to some of the latest exciting developments in science and engineering as well as often overlooked technology that makes modern life possible. Exhibits include demonstrations on robotics, astronomy in the portable planetarium, welding, etc. The University of Houston Atmospheric Science truck will also participate in two instrumented balloon launches from their research instrumented truck. It also offers an opportunity to learn about careers in related areas.
Every pack, troop, team, crew, ship and post is encouraged to host a booth at Scout Fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. The planning and teamwork involved in booth participation provides great fun and learning opportunities. Participate at Scout Fair, with a booth and earn an additional 10% commission when registered by March 31, 2018. Turn in your funds by early bird bonus dates and earn additional commissions. The prize brochure features prizes for various sales levels. Scouts who sell at least 218 Scout Fair coupon book bonus level will receive an additional bonus.
Selling Scout Fair coupon books not only sustains the Scout Fair event and other council programs, it also provides a great fundraising opportunity for your unit and prepares Scouts to earn their own way. Each coupon book sells for only $10 but offers $100's in savings. When Scouts sell 15 or more coupon books, they'll earn the Super Salesman patch, qualify for entry in weekly drawings and earn great prizes from the Scout Fair coupon book prize brochure. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold, with funds turned in on or before April 14, 2018.
A variety of resources are available for leaders:
Coupon Book Turn-in Locations Coupon Books Resources
Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon.
registered by March 31, 2018. Registration between March 25 - 31, 2018, receive 5% commission bonus.
Unit Booth Registration
Booth Set Up: Booths are set up on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 6:00 - 10:00 am. Booth assignments will be posted on council Facebook page no later than Thursday before Scout Fair.
Booth Breakdown: Booths must be set-up by 10:00 am and remain until 3:00 pm, even if you run out of supplies. When one unit begins to tear down early, other units follow. This is disrespectful to the participants who may not have had a chance to visit all the booths. No exceptions will be made. Place trash in receptacles before leaving. For more information regarding booth rules and regulations, please refer to the Scout Fair booth safety guidelines. For questions, contact your district Scout Fair chair or district executive. Units must register for a booth by March 31, 2018.
Booth Safety Guidelines Booth Planning Ideas
Indoor Booths: Indoor booths are free, and are available in two sizes (10'x10' or 10'x20'). Booths will have drapery hung from aluminum tubing. The booths have 8' high drapery across the back and 3' high drapery on the sides. If an activity is too large for a booth, an indoor activity area can be requested (20'x20'). Indoor activity areas have twine tied to 3' high stanchions to define the area. For more information, read the safety guidelines. Register.
Chairs can be rented for $5 each and 6-foot tables for $15; these must be pre-ordered when registering for a booth. Units may bring tables and chairs. Tables and chairs will not be available for rent the day of the event. All materials must be carried; trailers are not be allowed inside. Bring dollies or wagons to carry supplies. Electrical outlets are available for $110 per single outlet (indoor booths only). These outlets are 115 - VAC, 10 amp circuits and will not handle coffee pots or hot plates. Electricity must be ordered when signing up for a booth.
Outdoor Booths: Outdoor booths are free, and are available in one size (20'x20') on pavement. Bring sandbags to hold down canopies; stakes or spikes cannot be used on the pavement. All fires must be in elevated fireplaces. Cooking areas will be designated. Bring your own chairs and tables. For more information, read the safety guidelines. Register.