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National Recharter Update 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:51:00 AM

The council has just been notified this week of two important updates that will affect all registered members during the upcoming recharter cycle.

Update 1

The first update is in regard to an upcoming fee increase to the current registration fee of $33 per registered Scout and Scout leader. The following is an excerpt from the communication we have received from Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive:

“As we evaluate the growing cost of delivering the Scouting program, a vision team of volunteers and staff from across the country is considering the best way forward that will likely require us to implement a national membership fee increase for youth members and adult leaders as of January 1, 2020. This prospective change is being driven by the significant cost increase of the liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. 

We do not know the amount of the increase at this time since this requires National Executive Committee input and approval.

Please know that we are only considering this change out of necessity, and we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. That is why, in anticipation of a likely increase, we are working to establish a donor-funded BSA Registration Assistance Fund to provide financial support to those who need it. This fund will be in addition to the many existing council and unit membership assistance funds.

We recognize the timing of this likely fee increase creates challenges as units have already begun collecting fees for their 2020 registration renewal process. We sincerely apologize and hope you understand that we would not be pursuing this path were it not absolutely necessary to ensure the BSA can continue carrying out its mission to serve youth. We are committed to supporting you through this process and are making necessary adjustments to the online rechartering system to ensure units can carry out the normal yearly process with as few issues as possible.

We commit to providing the new registration fee no later than October 23, 2019, which would take effect on January 1, 2020.”

All traditional units in the Sam Houston Area Council have a December expiration for rechartering. Therefore, this fee increase will apply to the upcoming recharter cycle. Please note that this fee increase is in addition to the local insurance fee change from $1 per member/leader to $3 per member/leader that was recently announced by the council. We apologize for the inconvenience that this late announcement will place on your units, and we are committed to communicating the amount of the new national registration fee as soon as we receive that information from BSA.

In addition, we have been working closely with our partners at Trail’s End, and they have agreed to extend our Show-and-Sell Popcorn campaign by two weeks, with additional replenishments, to allow units more time to raise the funds necessary to recharter in December.

Update 2

The second update from National BSA is that all registered adult leaders must review the Background Check Disclosure and complete the BSA’s new Background Check Authorization. These authorization forms must be submitted with each unit’s recharter this December. No recharters will be able to be processed without this signed form from all registered adult leaders that are being renewed for the 2020 calendar year.

We apologize for the inconvenience that these two announcements will place on your unit and its leadership while you continue to provide a life-changing Scouting program to the youth of Southeast Texas.

Contact

If you have any further questions or need additional information, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at thomas.franklin@scouting.org.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting!

Webelos Coyote Xtreme Registration Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:57:00 AM

November 8-10, 2019

Bovay Scout Ranch
3450 County 317
Navasota, TX 77868

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme (WCTX) is an annual event for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast-paced, fun-filled weekend Webelos Scouts will work on advancements and be introduced to the patrol method. Webelos Scouts will learn the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first camp out with a troop, such as fire lays, basic knots, lashings, and more. Space is limited, so register early. 

 

Registration

Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s) can register. The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $115 per Webelos Scout and includes four meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), a patch, t-shirt, water bottle and program supplies. The adult fee is $40 per adult and includes four meals. 

Learn More and Register

 

 

Contacts

Monica Cotten
Webelos Coyote Camp Registration
 (713) 756-3322
 Bovay Scout Ranch3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868 
 Monica.Cotten@scouting.org

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380
 vincent.manning@scouting.org

 

 

 

Camp Strake 2020 Registration 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, September 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Summer Camp 2020
Camp Strake
Hines Lake Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331

Summer camp is a week-long council-organized overnight camp for Scouts BSA that operates under council-retained leadership. The program provides opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail.

Summer camp will be held at Camp Strake, a first-class and state-of-the-art facility for Scouts and their leaders. Activities will include shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery, sporting arrows), Wild Hex (aerial adventure tower), zip lines, climbing, rappelling, COPE, swimming, biking, merit badge classes and more.

To follow the progress of construction, visit www.shac.org/strake.

Camp Strake has 20 campsites with pavilions and an air-conditioned dining hall, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center, 28-acre lake, aquatics center with a swimming pool and pool house, extensive trail system, basketball court, sports fields, chapel and more.

Registration

Click on a date to register.

• Week 1: June 7-13, 2020 (full)
• Week 2: June 14-20, 2020 (full)
• Week 3: June 21-27, 2020 (full)
• Week 4: June 28- July 4, 2020 (full)
• Week 5: July 5-11, 2020 (full)
Week 6: July 12-18, 2020
Week 7: July 19-25, 2020

 

Fees and Payment Schedule

The registration fee will be $350 per Scout and $150 per adult. The fee includes meals, a patch, and all program supplies.

• $30 per Scout due by September 2, 2019.
• Half of final payment due January 15, 2020.
• Final payment due May 1, 2020.

Leader's Guide

The full program will be published in the online leader’s guide that will be available in November. 

Camp Staff

Camp staff is an experience that is truly unforgettable. It is a chance to spend your whole summer working at a beautiful camp while teaching kids and having fun. Every day is fully rewarding to you as a staff member and to the campers in whose lives you have made a difference. Camp work is often demanding as we keep a packed schedule running the campers we serve; but the opportunities, rewards and experiences available to you on camp staff are endless. Serving on camp staff is the best way to spend a summer. Staff week is May 31 - June 6, 2019.

Camp Staff

Camp Strake Location

Camp Strake is located on 2,816 acres between New Waverly and Coldspring near the community of Evergreen, Tx. Lake Livingston is 10 miles east of the property. The camp is a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Houston and close to I-45 and the Grand Parkway.  Camp Strake is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest and has the Lone Star Hiking Trail close to one corner of the property.

       

Programs

  • 20 campsites with pavilions
  • Air conditioned dining hall with 450 person capacity
  • Camp Headquarters building
  • Large program pavilion
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center
  • Merit badge pavilions
  • Shooting Sports Complex with rifle, shotgun, and archery range, including a sporting arrows course
  • Climbing pavilion with restrooms
  • Wild Hex Complex
  • Zip line
  • Climbing and rappelling tower
  • Bikes and all-terrain vehicle ATV area
  • Aquatics Center with a swimming pool and pool house
  • Aquatics Center with lake (28-acre lake being created), observation deck and canoe storage
  • Aquatics training pavilion
  • Sport fields
  • Extensive trail system
  • Order of the Arrow ceremony site
  • Arena for 1,200 people
  • 1 chapel for 250 people
  • 1 chapel for 100 people
  • Modern restrooms and shower houses
  • 40 summer camp staff huts

Camp Strake Progress

We are excited to show the progress of Camp Strake as of August 2019. For more pictures and information, visit www.shac.org/strake.

Wild Hex Complex


  Zipline


Dining Hall 


Camp Headquarters Building


Staff Site 


Climbing Pavilion


Merit Badge Pavilion


Grand Pavillion


Check-in Building

Contacts

LDS: Continue the Legacy 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, August 30, 2019 8:01:00 AM

Source. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that starting on January 1, 2020, it will shift the focus of its youth programs toward serving an increasingly global membership. That means the LDS church will no longer charter Scout units beginning in 2020 and beyond.

Following is some information for the thousands of LDS families who love being a part of the Scouting adventure and want to continue their journey and for the other BSA Scouters who want to help them do that.

A path to stay in Scouting for LDS families

The long-standing relationship between the BSA and the LDS church won’t continue in a formal capacity, but it certainly will live on in LDS families where Scouting has become a strong and vibrant tradition. Some LDS families have a multigenerational Scouting tradition. Others share a newly discovered passion for Scouting. All who want to continue their Scouting journey are more than welcome to do so.

“All youth, families and leaders are encouraged to continue their active participation and financial support of Scouting … ,” the LDS church in its joint statement with the BSA expressed that it will continue to support Scouting even after its official partnership has ended.

“While the church will no longer be a chartered partner of BSA or sponsor Scouting units after December 31, 2019, it continues to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law and expresses its profound desire for Scouting’s continuing and growing success in the years ahead,” according to the statement.

For LDS church members looking for a new Scouting home

Source. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can explore the BSA’s unit locator tool, found at BeAScout.org to find a new Scout unit. Families can enter their zip code, and the site shows the closest Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships. (This is a good reminder to unit leaders to make sure your BeAScout pin is up to date!)

Once families have identified a few nearby units, here are a few more steps:

  1. Visit more than one unit. “You might find that one suits your family more than another one, even if it’s a bit farther away,” she says. “Not all units Scout the same way.”
  2. Visit your top unit more than once.
  3. Take the family and a friend to the unit meeting.
  4. Ask questions and get contact information. “Getting contact information from their New Member Coordinator means that you can ask questions when you get home,” Mayfield says. “Not all questions come to mind while at the meeting.”

For community packs and troops welcoming LDS church members

Source. All packs and troops should have a New Member Coordinator (learn more here and on Scouting Magazine’s ScoutCast podcast.)

“It’s a relatively new position — but one that is extremely valuable,” Mayfield says. “This person, or group of people, can have a variety of responsibilities and can help new families feel welcome when they arrive for meetings or events.”

She offers these reminders about the New Member Coordinator:

  • The New Member Coordinator doesn’t wear a uniform because a new family might feel more comfortable being welcomed by someone in casual clothing. The BSA has a whole line of New Member Coordinator accessories to help you be identified.
  • Provide new families with a welcome packet that includes information about the unit, meetings, outings, fundraising, membership, uniforming and more.
  • Sit with the new family during the meeting, get their contact information and invite them back for the new meeting. “I hand them my business card with my information and get their cell number and text them a thank you right away,” Mayfield says.

Beyond the importance of a New Member Coordinator, Mayfield offers three more tips:

  • Keep your website and social media accounts up to date. When families who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are looking for a new unit, they’ll likely scout you out online.
  • Be warm, welcoming and willing to talk. Latter-day Saints understand the aims and methods of Scouting, but because of the unique nature of their involvement, there are some aspects of Scouting they haven’t experienced. For example, they might be less familiar with recruitment strategies or fundraising projects.
  • Welcome people the way that you welcome them. For Mayfield, that’s baking. “I’ll make cookies, cupcakes and even cakes to welcome people,” she says. “There’s nothing quite like the personal touch of having a treat delivered to your door.”

Recruiting Scouts currently enrolled in LDS units

Source.  Community-based packs and troops may recruite youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS youth are encouraged to remain in their Latter-day-Saint-sponsored Scouting unit through December 31, 2019.

BSA volunteers may provide a church-approved flyer for recruiting Latter-day Saints boys to their packs and troops. The flyers must be provided to bishops and branch presidents, who will direct them to be posted on bulletin boards in church meetinghouses through 12/31/19. Those flyers are not to include images that identify the church or quotes from church leaders.

BSA recruiting of church members should be done directly with families and not in church meetinghouses.


About the BSA and the LDS church

Source. Throughout the BSA’s relationship with the LDS church, LDS Scouts have benefited from the BSA’s life-changing programs. Hundreds of thousands of LDS young men have become Eagle Scouts.

The BSA, in its official statement, said, “we jointly express our gratitude to the thousands of Scout leaders who have selflessly served over the years in church-sponsored Scouting units and wish the church all the best as it prepares to introduce the new program in 2020.” The BSA has begun working with all of its councils to help ensure a smooth transition for the many LDS families who will continue their Scouting journey.


Three Reasons our Family will Still be in Scouting in 2020 

. Last year The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it would discontinue its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America and introduce a worldwide youth program in 2020. While our family fully plans to embrace the new Church Child and Youth Development Initiative, we also intend to continue our participation in Scouting. Here’s why:

Reason #1: Structure.

The Boy Scouts of America has been around for over a century, and the BSA has proven its worth as a structured program. This structure is a remarkable support to both Scouting leaders and Scouting families. Regular quality activities, handbooks full of information, and leader specific trainings all provide a tried and true ladder guiding youth to leadership, character, citizenship and fitness.

BSA programs—Cub Scouting thru Venturing—are based and built on age-appropriate activities, like stepping stones. My Cub Scout learns to handle a pocket knife, my Boy Scout earns the Woodcarving Merit Badge. My younger son takes a mile hike with his den, my older son hikes for 30 miles with his troop. You get the picture. My children are benefitting from a program shaped and tested for decades, with applicable achievements for each group, and all under an umbrella of specially trained leaders. Scouting is a safe place to learn and grow.

Additionally, I love that Scouting youth have requirements—steps that must be followed—and hard tasks to complete. As humans, we rarely choose to over-extend ourselves, but the organization of Scouting gently and consistently compels youth to climb higher, be better, and accomplish hard things. In a world becoming increasingly wishy-washy and self-centered, I find the structure of Scouting remarkable and helpful to my parenting efforts.

Reason #2: Skills.

Scouting is all about skills—building fires, camping, backpacking, tying knots, pitching tents, cooking, swimming, lifesaving, first aid. The list of Scouting skills is endless! Take a glance at the 137 merit badges offered to understand the full gamut of opportunities available to Scouts. Where pushing buttons with thumbs has become an all-to-common society staple for youth, I am grateful for skills taught through the BSA programs.

“Outing” is a key component of Scouting. Leave the lethargy and apathy at the door and step into adventure: rock-climbing, rappelling, canoeing, biking, rafting… the list goes on and on.vAnd the fun isn’t just for the older youth. Last week our Cub Scouts learned and played the iconic game of marbles. Imagine seven 9-year-olds, squealing, laughing and cheering as their marbles rolled across the dirt. And in the preceding weeks our Cub Scouts hiked, whittled with pocket knives, cooked over a fire, constructed with carpentry tools, pitched tents, conducted science experiments, practiced safety, and built contraptions with simple machines. Scouting is all about skills.

The skills lead me to Reason #3: Substance.

Scouting is chock-full of substance. Let’s face it; there are a million and one extra-curricular options for kids today. But I can’t think of another activity, club, pastime, team or sport based on Duty to God, Country, and Family. Each week I watch Cub Scouts raise their arms in the Scout Sign and recite the century-old Oath and Law—promising to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind…the iconic list goes on.

When any youth commits to Scouting values, we’ve won a battle for our future. Like I’ve said before, our time as a family is precious, yet the substance—the values and character-building opportunities—offered through BSA programs put Scouting at the top of our extra-curricular list.

And my fourth point—if I may have one—is Patriotism.

No one does patriotism like the Boy Scouts of America. Two weeks ago I stood with over 100 other observers at a campfire. The sky was crystal clear. The stars shone brightly. The full moon came up over the ridge. The fire glowed orange and red. It couldn’t have been a more picturesque evening. Around the campfire stood eight solemn Boy Scouts. With all the respect they could muster, they displayed a flag, tattered and torn. Then, while the audience watched, they shared history in broken and emotional tones, before respectfully retiring the flag in the flames.

The audience was completely silent, engulfed in the emotion of the moment. My 12-year-old son was one of the boys by the fire. Four of his younger siblings watched him participate in that sacred event. It was worth gold to me to know that he had set a standard of respect for our family as he handled the American flag that evening. Yes, no one does patriotism like the Boy Scouts of America.

Will the partnership between the Church and the BSA end in December? Yes. But for our family Scouting will go on. The structure, skills, substance and patriotism offered by the BSA are—in my mind—indispensable. It is my belief that Scouting will compliment—not compete with—any other extra-curricular activity, including the forthcoming Church initiative.

Our family looks forward to another century of citizenship, fitness, leadership, and character through the Boy Scouts of America. In 2020 we will Still be Scouting.


Former National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist on the BSA-LDS Relationship

Source. The Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) share a deep commitment to developing young boys into strong, moral, ethical men.  I believe the bond between the BSA and the LDS Church is as strong today as it began back in 1913 when the Church became the first sponsor of a local Scouting unit.

This week, the Church announced it will no longer offer Venturing and Varsity programs to older boys, rather refocusing its programming for young men around local Church activities that promote spiritual and personal growth and development.  As we all know, we offer a variety of programs from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to STEM Scouts and Venturing, and our chartered partners are in the best position to decide which programs most appropriately meet the needs of the youth they serve. We recognize that not all programs are a perfect fit for all partners. As we continue to work closely with all of our partners, the Boy Scouts of America will ensure that no boy who wishes to join the Scouting movement will miss out on the positive life opportunities of being a Scout.

The Church will continue Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. In nearly all cases, Varsity and Venturing participants registered at local Church wards are also registered in Boy Scouts. I know Church families and young men are thrilled to see this important partnership continue.

Those of us in the Scouting community who also belong to the LDS Church understand the mutual respect and passion we share for developing young men as we see it firsthand every day. Our relationship dates back to the very beginning of the Scouting movement and in 2013 the Church proudly celebrated 100 years of Scouting.  We look forward to another century of partnering with an institution so deeply committed to values and the development of young men.

Scouting Works

Today’s relationship between Scouting and the Church is strong because we know our programs work well together. We see the results of young men who have gone through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and the impact these programs have on their families and communities.

A Tufts University study of kids ages 6-12 found that youth who participate in Scouting for even a short period of time exhibit strong moral values and positive character attributes, allowing them to embrace new opportunities, overcome obstacles and become better prepared for future success.

I have always appreciated the BSA’s commitment to supporting the Church, and all of its religious partners, in every way possible. The Church has always been able to run its Scouting programs according to its beliefs and standards, and at a core level, the Church’s goals to shape young men matches the BSA’s own moral and ethical mission. That commitment has not changed, and we continue to view Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts as programs that effectively serve the young men and families in the LDS Church.

The Value of Service through Scouting

Over the past century, the LDS Church has made Scouting an integral tool in shaping young men’s outlook on community. In 2016, Scouts commitment to community service nationwide surpassed 15 million hours. What an amazing accomplishment for our Scouting community and for our youth. I can’t help but be moved by the countless instances where a Boy Scout’s selfless service made a big impact on a neighbor’s life or helped improve his community in a very real and personal way.

Scouting Continues to Shape Tomorrow’s Leaders

In addition to service, it is clear that young LDS men who participate in Scouting gain valuable lessons in leadership that begin in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts that ultimately shape their path to adulthood. Countless Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts are currently serving their Church mission in locations across the globe and I know each are putting the values and lessons learned at their local Boy Scouts Troop, or on a Scouting camping trip or outing, to good use. Those of us active in the Scouting community recognize, and I believe the LDS Church agrees, that Boy Scout programs set up our youth participants for success.

Former LDS Church President Gordon Hinckley once said, “If every boy in America knew and observed the Scout Oath, we would do away with most of the jails and prisons in this country. This program builds boys, builds their futures, leads them on the right path so they can make something of their lives.  Every man or woman who helps a boy along the road of life not only does a great thing for him but does a great thing for society as a whole.”

I know President Hinckley’s message rings true today. I look forward to working with you, the larger Scouting community, and the LDS Church to offer programs that serve our young men and their families.

— Charles


Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Fun with Family 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, August 26, 2019 4:17:00 PM

October 11-13, 2019

Fun with Family is an overnight campout for newly registered Cub Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more.

Registration

The registration fee is $24 per participant and includes an event patch, activity supplies, snacks and two meals. Register early as sessions fill up quickly.

Friday to Saturday     Saturday to Sunday

 

Volunteer Registration

Fun with Family is run by volunteers. Volunteers help with check-in, run program areas (e.g., archery, crafts, rockets), serve in the dining hall, assist with parking and staff the first aid area. Volunteer registration can be done by individuals or unit leaders.

Volunteer Staff Registration

What to Bring

Tent, sleeping bag, pillow, tarp/ground cloth for under tent, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight with fresh batteries, rain gear, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes), toiletries, appropriate clothing for weather, personal medication, copy of the BSA Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events) for every participant. Saturday / Sunday participants should eat lunch before arriving.

Optional: camp chair, cot or sleeping mattress, camera, Scout uniform, battery-operated lantern, wet wipes, sunscreen, hat, snacks (do not leave food in tent), glow sticks, super hero costume or t-shirt (to wear during dinner), football or soccer ball (to play in campsites during free time), fishing pole/gear

Friday/Saturday Schedule

Friday: 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Saturday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:00 am to noon - Program

Saturday/Sunday Schedule

Saturday: 12:00 to 2:00 pm - Check-in, Camp set up
  2:00 to 6:00 pm - Program
  7:00 pm - Dinner
  8:30 pm - Campfire
Sunday: 7:00 am - Breakfast
  8:30 am - Scouts Own Service (Inspirational, inter-faith ceremony of praise and worship)

Resources

Contacts

Monica Cotten
Fun with Family Registration
 (713) 756-3322
 monica.cotten@scouting.org
 Bovay Scout Ranch: 3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868
 Fun with Family Feedback

Vincent Manning
Fun with Family Staff Advisor 
 (713) 756-3380
vincent.manning@scouting.org

 

Geofencing and Recruiting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, August 23, 2019 5:11:00 PM

We want to reach out to each potential Cub Scout and their family with a personal invitation to join a pack within our council, where they will learn positive values, new skills and have fun with friends. This site will give you the resources that you need to ensure that you can reach every potential Scout and Scouting family and help to change even more lives. YOU are the driving force that can give every youth the opportunity to Be A Scout!

We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign is going to be Rocket Into Scouting. The Rocket Into Scouting program is designed to take your recruiting efforts to new heights. With a focus on fun, this program invites families in your community to experience the adventures that only Scouting can offer. The program leverages an activity that kids love (building and launching rockets) while showing parents that Scouting will foster their child’s creativity, initiative, and sense of wonder.

Sign-Up Night Resources    Promotional Resources   Social Media   BeAScout.org   District Contacts / Order Fliers

Advertise using Geofencing

Geofencing is a method of geographically targeting a specific audience using Facebook. Units with public, organizational Facebook pages can set up a Join Scouting Night event with a geofence that targets a specific audience (e.g., parents) around a specific location (e.g., within 3 miles of a school).  

The cost is minimal (~$1 per day, for about two weeks), and the "boosted" event information is shown to the audience who enters into the geographical area in the real world while they are also on Facebook. It’s easy. It’s hyper-local, and it doesn’t rely on someone else passing out fliers or other material. While this doesn't replace recruitment fliers, it is simply one additional tactic to strengthen recruitment efforts.
 



 

 Learn More about Geofencing     Watch Video   

First Aid Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:41:00 AM

First Aid

First Aid/CPR/AED: First aid training gives participants the information and skills needed to help during many emergency situations. First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) trainings are universally recognized for their effectiveness. It can help ensure that everyone from the Scout working on a First Aid merit badge to a Scouter leading a unit on a high-adventure trek is fully prepared. This blended learning course includes an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skills session. The online portion (~two hours) must be completed before attending the in-class portion.  

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).

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Course prerequisites: Minimum age 14; current certification in an adult CPR course; completion of AED training.  Certification: Organizations and individuals may provide students who successfully complete the 16-hour curriculum a certificate of completion of a class that meets the criteria of the Boy Scouts of America for Wilderness First Aid. The content of this course may not deviate, either through additions or deletions, from the approved curriculum. Who is this for? Youth and adult Scout leaders are encouraged to take this first-aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculums fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take. The BSA requires at least one person (two preferred) per unit to be WFA-certified for certain high-adventure camp and backcountry experiences. This certificate will be valid for two years.

The trainings are being held at Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W., Houston, Texas 77008).

Date Course Time Cost Register
September 14, 2019 First Aid/CPR/AED 8:30 - 10:15 or
11:00 - 12:15 (if the 8:30 class fills up) 
$41.50 Register
September 21-22, 2019 First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course 8:00 am - 5:00 pm $86.50* Register
October 12, 2019 First Aid/CPR/AED 8:30 - 10:15 or
11:00 - 12:15 (if the 8:30 class fills up) 
$41.50 Register
November 9-10, 2019 Wilderness First Aid 9:30 - 5:00 (Saturday and Sunday) $91.50 Register

 

Contact

For more information, contact Gidget Swift.

2019 Silver Beaver Award Recipients 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:00:00 PM

2019 Silver Beaver Award Recipients

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver Award recognition was established.

The Sam Houston Area Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to W. A. Childress and to E. A. Hudson. Beginning with those first two awards, more than 1,500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner. Nominations for the Silver Beaver Award are due annually on May 1st

Congratulations to the 2019 Silver Beaver Recipients.

2019 Silver Beaver Recipients

Richard Arnold, Jr.  
Molly Benitez  
Raul Benitez  
Kenneth Berntsen  
Matthew Bordelon  
John Brogan  
Rebecca Capt  
Julius Court  
Edna Crawfoot  
Sherry Dieckmann
Nick Dockum  
Richard Hermes  
Nathan Jensen  
Patrick Martin  
Swee Ng  
Constance Oubre  
Samuel Randolph  
Victor Rollinson  
Bill Scott  
Joseph Stewart  
Dennis Williams  
Tamara Williams

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Council Recognition Reception

November 19, 2019, 7:30 pm

Chapelwood United Methodist Church
11140 Greenbay St., Houston TX 77024

The Council Recognition Reception is held annually to honor the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award and Heroism Awards. Join your fellow Scouters in recognizing the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer Scouter. The William H. Spurgeon III Award and Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards are also presented.

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For more information, contact the council recognition committee

Leave No Trace Trainer Course 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:06:00 PM

October 18-20, 2019

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is an overnight course for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to guide units in developing a culture that effectively demonstrates responsible outdoor choices that reduce impacts of Scouting activities. 

Leave No Trace Trainersoutdoor ethics guides, and outdoor ethics advisors are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting-edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. 

The event is being held at Camp Brosig in Sealy, TX from Friday at 6:00 pm to Sunday at 11:00 am.

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National BSA's Consideration of Bankruptcy Update 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, June 1, 2019 1:55:00 PM

What I Need to Know about Scouting in Sam Houston Area Council 

SHAC Facts 

  • Sam Houston Area Council (“SHAC”) is incorporated in the State of Texas as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The National BSA organization is a separate corporation. 
  • Founded in 1914 and serves a sixteen (16) county area in the Houston Region. 
  • Recognized as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, holds GuideStar’s Gold Star for transparency and the 4-star rating (highest rating) from Charity Navigator with an average score of 93% for fiscal responsibility and transparency. 
  • Expansive and Growing Market Reach serving approximately 46,000 youth through a volunteer network of approximately 16,000 volunteers. 
  • Over 1,100 Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout every year.
  • Scouts and leaders annually contribute 450,000 plus service hours, estimated at a value of over $7 million.

National BSA’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Considerations 

PowerPoint Presentation

  • Primary Reason for National BSA’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Considerations  
  • Driver is the number of claims for alleged sex abuse incidents that occurred in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that have come forward after some states in the past recent years extended the statute of limitations for such claims. 
  • We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children. 
  • We care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. 
  • We believe victims, we support them, we will cover the expense for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward
  • We steadfastly believe that one incident of abuse is one too many and we are continually improving all of our policies to prevent abuse. 
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is a financial restructuring and reorganization.
  • It is not a total liquidation — National BSA is not going out of business. 
  • It would create a trust for all victims to be fairly compensated. 
  • It would ensure that the BSA has a long and bright future and that all local and national programming will continue uninterrupted. 
  • BSA’s plan is to have all local councils across the USA discharged from any current filed claims and possible future claims. 
  • In response to and in preparation for anything that might happen regarding National BSA’s bankruptcy considerations, SHAC’s Board of Directors is doing its due diligence to research and act accordingly to protect SHAC’s assets. 

Nationwide Leader in Youth Protection

  • BSA’s Youth Protection
  • Developed and began implementing new youth protection policies and training in 1980s.
  • Examples include:
  • Leadership Selection
         ⇒ Completion of application including a criminal background check and mandatory Youth Protection training
         ⇒ Volunteer Screening Database check 
  • Required Training
       ⇒ Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA registered volunteers 
  • Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for Volunteers
       ⇒ Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies 
       ⇒ Mandatory Report of Child Abuse 
  • Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse
       ⇒ Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities 
       ⇒ One-on-one contact between adult leaders and youth members is prohibited both inside and outside of Scouting. 
  • Policies and training are working and are best practices for youth-serving organizations. 
  • 90% of all claims for alleged sexual abuse incidents occurred prior to 1987 ― before BSA’s development and implementation of current youth protection policies and required training. 
  • In 2018, there were five known victims of sexual abuse in BSA’s Scouting programs nationwide at a time when there were 2.2 million youth in our programs. 

Opportunities for All 

  • Legacy programs for boys have not changed. 
  • Innovative Family Scouting program of Cub Scouts with gender-specific dens welcomed over 1,500 girls in SHAC in 2018 and iconic Boy Scouts program remains the same but has changed the name to Scouts BSA and now includes gender-specific troops for girls with 386 girls enrolled in SHAC as of May 31, 2019. 

Commitment to At-Risk Youth 

  • Since the early 1970s, SHAC has invested millions of dollars to impact the lives of youth in the inner-city areas of the Houston Region through initiatives such as ScoutReach
  • In 2019, SHAC will invest $2.4 million in ScoutReach to serve approximately 9,400 youth – primarily at approximately 50 elementary campuses within the Houston Independent School District. 

Financial Strength and Stability 

  • SHAC is one of the strongest councils in the BSA from the perspectives of fiscal health, program quality, board and volunteer dedication and staff commitment and talent. 
  • Every dollar contributed to SHAC stays in SHAC – 87% of every dollar contributed to SHAC is invested in programs and services.