Support the Sam Houston Area Council - Building Stronger...Together

For generations, Scouting has transformed the lives of thousands of youth right here in Southeast Texas.  Scouting is made possible through the generosity of volunteers, families, members of our community and companies who all believe that a strong foundation of character and leadership developed in youth, leads to stronger more productive lives. 

In 2018 the Sam Houston Area Council has launched a $5.4 million fundraising campaign to generate the annual support needed to make Scouting programs happen this year.  There are many ways that you can participate in this campaign, either as a fundraising volunteer, by making a gift to our Friends of Scouting or by simply participating in one of our special events.  Every dollar raised stays right here in Southeast Texas to support the youth in our own communities.

We hope that you will find something that not only excites you but also gives you an opportunity to give back to a program that has shaped the lives of great leaders for well over a century. We need your help in Building Stronger Communities…together!

Friends of Scouting is the Sam Houston Area Council’s annual campaign for individuals and companies to make a 100% tax-deductible gift to support Scouting programs.  The Sam Houston Area Council will invest over $250 in each of our approximately 50,000 youth in 2018 alone.  By making an investment in this campaign you are supporting families who are in need of financial assistance in order to participate, five year-round facilities including four camping properties and the Cockrell Scout Center, and an infrastructure designed to support over 19,000 adult volunteers who bring Scouting to life. Friends of Scouting is the most cost-effective way to support Scouting programs.

Matching Gifts: Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts of America. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. 

Volunteer Gifts: Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Increase Scouting support through your time!


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Special Events

For more information about special events, contact Travis Briner at (713) 756-3370 or
The Topgolf Challenge is a fundraiser to support the council. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one. All proceeds from the event go to support Scouting in the 16 counties supported by the Sam Houston Area Council. Make a difference one swing at a time.
The Sporting Clays Tournament is an annual event to support the Sam Houston Area Council's programs for at-risk youth. Up to one hundred four-person teams can compete in the shotgun shooting game. Prizes are awarded to the top teams in several categories. Participants can bid on live and silent auction items.
The Dodgeball Challenge is a fundraiser that helps the council achieve its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. As many as 60 ten-player corporate teams compete for the Patches O’Houllihan Championship Cup.
The New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout Class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and their guests. The evening is underwritten with generous sponsorships by many Eagle Scout alumni, charter members and patrons.  
The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner is an opportunity to honor an individual for making a distinct difference in the fabric of the greater Houston area. Proceeds benefit the many youth development programs of the Sam Houston Area Council. 
The Celebrating Cultures celebrates and recognizes individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities for at-risk youth in urban and rural areas.

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Endowment gifts ensure the council can continue to offer outstanding programs we now have and also grow to meet the needs of our youth and community for the next 100 years.

Memorials and tributes are a nice way for individuals, businesses, or groups to remember special friends. Special donations in memory or honor of an extraordinary individual will be acknowledged and handled with great care.

Non-cash gifts help ensure the success of Scouting at the Sam Houston Area Council through meaningful gifts such as vehicles, trucks, trailers, boats, stocks, bonds, and yes, even services.
Planned Giving for endowment ensures Scouting will continue building character, fitness, and citizenship for years to come. Learn more about ways to plan a gift and the additional personal income and tax benefits your gift can create. Help ensure Scouting success with meaningful planned gifts. 


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Travis Briner
Director of Development
(713) 756-3370