The African American Committee on Scouting assists in providing the Scouting program to 16 counties in Southeast Texas, with particular attention to the needs and interests of the African American youth and leaders. A key focus is to grow membership within the African American community and help the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC) to better reflect the multicultural demographics of the area it serves.
The African American Committee on Scouting was reorganized in February 2011 to include six subcommittees:
Finance- To provide financial support for African Americans Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council
Community Relationships - To build connections with other African American organizations and generate awareness for African American Scouting
Communications- To generate awareness for new programs and initiatives produced by the AASC
The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Luncheon honors distinguished Scouts and organizations that have placed special emphasis on Scouting in support of African American Scouting initiatives in Harris and surrounding counties. The awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Cockrell Scout Center, 2225 North Loop West, Houston, TX, honoring the Buffalo Soldiers Organization, Raquel Collins, Nolan & Glennie Gordon, Harry Johnson, Sr. and Willie Iles. Proceeds will support: Summer Camp Scholarships, the Council Uniform Bank, expansion of Scouting into our more challenging neighborhoods, and the Council's 12-Person Vans for Scout transportation.
Sponsorship Opportunities start at $1,500 for organizations and $75 for individuals. Contact: Charic Daniels, Solicitations Chair, 832-618-9946 or Dwayne Jones, West Division Field Director, Sam Houston Area Council, 713-756-3357
Contacts: Ms. Charic Daniels, Solicitations Chair, 832-618-9946 OR Mr. Dwayne Jones, Field Director, Sam Houston Area Council, 713-756-3357
On September 27th, the Sam Houston Area Council honored Anthony Chase, President, ChaseSource; Eric Mullins, Co-CEO, Lime Rock Resources; UPS, Gulf South District (Stefan Wilson); and Marion Edwards, Distinguished Scouter. The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award honors distinguished Scouts and organizations that have put a special emphasis on increasing diversity, inclusion and support with respect to African American youth.
With Honorary Chair J. Downey Bridgwater, Luncheon Chair, Jene Guess-Cash and Sponsorship Chair, Charic M. Daniels, the luncheon drew 261 guests and $60,000 in gross proceeds. A proclamation was given to each honoree by The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee. The luncheon was produced by the African American Committee on Scouting, chaired by Lionel Jellins. Funds raised will support high adventure camp scholarships for at-risk African American Scouts; merit badge classes in the key areas of budget/finance managment, science/technology/engineering, citizenship and salesmanship; and provide uniforms, equipment, Scout books and camping opportunities. Special thanks to the Luncheon Committee: Apollo Woods, Dallas Jones, James Flodine, Marcus Smith, Claudia Demore, Karen Franklin and Dwayne Jones
Houston's Butler Stadium was filled with the UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS BIG TOP on August 13, 2012. Scout Troops from W.L.Davis District pitched tents and shared survival skills/information with patrons of the UniverSoul Circus.
From July 9-12, the Committee participated at the NAACP national convention supporting it with Flag colorguard ceremonies and had presence with an Expo booth. The staff received inquiries for joining Scouting and fielded general questions.
Here is a calendar that includes events of specific interest to the African American community is being developed by the Committee. All Scouts are encouraged to participate in events created by the Committee.