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Cub Scout Fall Recruiting Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, May 21, 2021 2:24:00 PM

July 28, 2021  |  Virtual

All pack membership chairs, pack leaders, and members of Scouting interested in recruiting are encouraged to register and attend the Fall Recruiting Training to help you begin a successful fall recruiting campaign.

We want to reach out to each potential Scout and their family with a personal invitation to join Scouting, where they will learn positive values, new skills and have fun with friends. Fall is a great time to focus on recruiting new families to the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. Invite a family to join Scouting.

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Sign up to Sell Popcorn 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:29:00 AM

Every Scout should learn the value of hard work and earning their own way. The popcorn sale is the perfect opportunity to teach this valuable life lesson and fund the most exciting year of Scouting ever. The council does all the pre-work to set up the sale, eliminating the need for units to research opportunities, calculating returns, creating sales and promotional materials, managing a relationship with a vendor, etc. The popcorn sale is not just about selling popcorn...It’s also about promoting Scouting!

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council due to the annual popcorn sale. Dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town, and show-n-sell. 

Sign Up to Sell Popcorn (enter council key 576SHAC)                    Learn More

Why Sell?   

• Increase your unit and council income – stays in the local area.
• Meet annual fundraising goals faster than ever before
• Scouts pay for their way for various programs (e.g., summer camp, dues uniforms).
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.  
 Loads of incentives motivate Scouts to sell.                            
• Videos and resources help Scouts learn how to be successful.                                 



 

Contacts

For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.
 

#15 SHAC Communication for COVID-19 Response  

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, May 18, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Dear Scouting Family of the Sam Houston Area Council,

The leadership of the Sam Houston Area Council would like to present this, our fifteenth update, on our response to the COVID-19 outbreak and protocols for Scouting operations going forward. We appreciate your continued patience as we navigate this situation.

  • Unit programming should be conducted under current guidelines from the State of Texas and the CDC with the approval of the unit’s chartered organization and subject to the current COVID-19 protocols of any meeting or activity facility.
  • Effective immediately, all visitors and staff that are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be exempted from wearing a face-covering at all council-owned facilities, including the Cockrell Scout Center and all council camps. The council recommends that those individuals that are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a face-covering where social distancing is not possible, except while eating, drinking, or participating in an activity where face coverings are not feasible, such as aquatics.
  • District and Council meetings and events may be conducted in person and will utilize the same face-covering policy, unless held at a facility that is not council-owned, as those facilities may have additional restrictions that should be followed.
  • Council camps will continue to utilize the COVID-19 Pre-Screening Form.
  • Social Distancing should be followed in all situations where it is feasible.
  • Overnight district and council activities and trainings are allowed for all Scouting programs. All district activities should have an event plan reviewed and approved by the District ERM Committee, and all council activities should have an event plan reviewed and approved by the Council ERM Committee.
  • Effective May 24th, the Cockrell Scout Center will resume normal office hours and operations on Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30 p.m.

Our Enterprise Risk Management Team is working regularly and diligently to determine our plans going forward. If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 response for the Sam Houston Area Council, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at thomas.franklin@scouting.org. The council remains committed to keeping our constituents updated regularly with new information as we have it. We will continue to communicate through three main mechanisms – FacebookEmail, and Council Website. Please consult these regularly for updates.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting

Debbie Rollinson
Council Commissioner

Clay Williams
Chair of the Board

Marvin Smith
Scout Executive / CEO

Contact

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

As this is a constantly evolving situation, please regularly monitor our standard means of communication (FacebookEmail, and Council Website) for updates. 

 

BSA National Statement on COVID-19     Rank Advancement Update  

Fall Wood Badge Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:18:00 PM

Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America's ultimate leadership training designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of Scouters in all aspects of the BSA, whether unit, district, or council level – from assistant den leaders to Scoutmasters, from Cubmasters to Venturing Advisors, from committee members to commissioners. It is a fun, energetic and inspiring course guaranteed to infuse your unit with fun and meaning – all designed to fulfill the mission of the BSA, and ensure our youth is getting everything they are promised from the program.

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations throughout the country. Participants can expect to develop skills in many areas, including leadership theory, team building, problem-solving, communication, project planning and more.  These skills can be taken back to packs, troops, crews and ships to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.  Scouters will find these skills invaluable in their business and personal lives as well.

Wood Badge consists of two parts: 

  • The course begins with five full days of group training usually held over two weekends - the first weekend is Friday through Sunday, and the second is Saturday and Sunday. 
  • The second part of the course requires participants to apply the skills they learned by completing a five-part plan (called a “ticket”) over the following 18 months, leading towards the individual participant’s vision of a better Scouting future.

Requirements for attending Wood Badge:

  1. Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and age 18 or older.
  2. Have completed the basic position-specific training courses for their Scouting role.
  3. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All participants are required to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record. Parts A, B, and C are required which includes a physical. Part C is required for everyone, including people who are not present for more than 72 hours.

Wood Badge Flier

Individuals who have attended Wood Badge, a different version of Wood Badge training, or who did not complete the course my attend Wood Badge provided that (1) they agree to write and work a Wood Badge ticket; and (2) they agree not to wear Wood Badge beads while they are attending the course.

Registration

The registration fee is $275 and covers meals and training materials. A minimum (non-refundable) deposit (10%) is due with registration, and then full payment is due 45 days before the start of the course.  Each Wood Badge course is limited to 48 participants. Per national guidelines, any course not having 30 fully paid participants 30 days prior to the start of the course is subject to cancellation.

Course C3-576-21-1: Weekend 1:   October 15-17, 2021 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm in cabins or personal tents), and
  Weekend 2:   October 30-31, 2021 (begins Saturday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm in personal tents)

                                                                          Register         Learn More about Wood Badge

Course Format

As stated above, the course is held over two weekends. Both weekends are camping activities where the participants provide tents and other personal camping equipment. During the first weekend, all meals are provided.  During the second weekend, participants cook their own meals in smaller groups called patrols.    

Wood Badge Staff  

The Wood Badge course staff members contribute to the growth of each participant, the strength of all the participants' units, and the improvement of all those units' communities. Staffers make a big difference in the lives of many people, even though many of them never know you exist. Staff members also benefit directly by growing in leadership and in an understanding of Scouting. Staffers make new friends -- serving together on Wood Badge creates a deep bond. Moreover, the Wood Badge program is very rich, so every time you staff, you learn more about what it offers. If you are interested in serving on Wood Badge staff, please complete an application.

 Wood Badge Staff Application

Wood Badge Fleece Jacket 

You’ve taken the journey to attend Wood Badge training, now purchase a special keepsake that will preserve your amazing experience! Purchase your very own Wood Badge jacket and wear it proudly! Jackets are black 100% spun soft polyester fleece with a non-pill finish surface and will have the SHAC Wood Badge logo embroidered on the left, front side of the jacket. Front-zip pockets. Warm, lightweight, comfortable, and highly breathable. Logos will not have specific course numbers. All jackets ordered will be mailed for an additional $10 charge as they are not available for pick-up at the council office. All current and past participants of Wood Badge may order a jacket. 

Wood Badge Jacket Order

Contacts

Lily Garrison
Wood Badge Registration
 (713) 756-3305
liliethd.garrison@scouting.org
Marcy Brown
Wood Badge Coordinator
 (713) 664-5206
 mbrown.shac.woodbadge@gmail.com

 

Brendan Cronin
Professional Staff Advisor for Wood Badge
 (713) 756-3308
brendan.cronin@scouting.org

Keeping the Cub Scout Adventure Program Relevant for Today's Families 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:57:00 PM

Source. Every year, Cub Scout Adventures are reviewed to identify trends and determine interests of our youth, den leaders and Cub Scout families. In our ongoing efforts to keep the Cub Scouting Adventure program relevant to today’s families, Cub Scout elective Adventures are reviewed for both content and popularity. The most recent review has identified 19 elective Adventures that do not meet the standards of youth and den leader engagement, with the lowermost being earned by less than 3% of eligible youth. They will be retired effective May 31, 2022. The retiring of these adventures allows Cub Scouting to be more agile as the BSA makes continuous improvements to the program.

Some families may want one last chance to earn these Adventures, and some den leaders may have already made plans for the upcoming program year.  To help with that transition, these Adventures will be available until the end of the 2021-2022 program year.

The affected elective Adventures, which will be retired effective May 31, 2022, are as follows:

  • Family Stories, Rank: Tiger, SKU: 619922
  • Earning Your Stripes, Rank: Tiger, SKU: 619925
  • Tiger Tales, Rank: Tiger, SKU: 619930
  • Tiger Theater, Rank: Tiger, SKU: 619931
  • Collections and Hobbies, Rank: Wolf, SKU: 619940
  • Grow Something, Rank: Wolf, SKU: 619944
  • Hometown Heroes, Rank: Wolf, SKU: 619947
  • Motor Away, Rank: Wolf, SKU: 619950
  • Beat of the Drum, Rank: Bear, SKU: 619958
  • World of Sound, Rank: Bear, SKU: 619960
  • Make it Move, Rank: Bear, SKU: 619963
  • Robotics, Rank: Bear, SKU: 619968
  • Looking Back Looking Forward, Rank: Webelos/AOL, SKU: 619978
  • Maestro, Rank: Webelos/AOL, SKU: 619979
  • Project Family, Rank: Webelos/AOL, SKU: 619997
  • Build My Hero, Rank: Webelos/AOL, SKU: 619992
  • Adventures in Science, Rank: Webelos/AOL, SKU: 619989
  • Fix It, Rank: Webelos/AOL, SKU: 619975
  • Movie Making, Rank: Webelos/AOL, SKU: 619982

The listed elective Adventures are still part of the Cub Scouting program until May 31, 2022. After that date, these Adventures will be retired, and the Adventure loops and pins will no longer be available. Earned Adventures will be archived in Scoutbook and Internet Advancement. The Adventure will appear as earned but will no longer be able to be marked as completed after May 31, 2022.

Resident Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, April 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM

Resident camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the 2021-2022 school year. In addition to opening and closing campfires, two different themed weekends are being offered.  

During sessions 1 and 3, Scouts will have the opportunity to seek treasure in the mine, dig for dinosaur bones on an archeological quest, hone canoeing and fishing skills on the lake, shoot archery and BB guns, explore camp searching for animal tracks, splash in the waterpark, and work towards the STEM NOVA Wild! award.

During sessions 2 and 4 Scouts will have the opportunity to canoe, shoot archery and BB guns, hike around camp, splash in the water park, and learn more about the STEM award program.

Learn More and Register

New Scout Executive/CEO Selected 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, March 1, 2021 5:00:00 PM

The Sam Houston Area Council is excited to announce the selection of Marvin D. Smith as our new Scout Executive/CEO. Marvin was selected after an extensive, nationwide search, completed by a Selection Committee of Sam Houston Area Council Board Members. Marvin will replace Tom Varnell who will be retiring on March 31st after a 36-year career with the Boy Scouts of America. 

Marvin is a warm, committed Scouter with a proven track record of success, who will be an excellent leader for the council as we navigate our many challenges in 2021. Marvin currently serves as area director for the Central Region, where he supports eight council Scout executives across Illinois and Wisconsin. 

Pictured L to R: Daniel G. Bellow, Executive Vice Chair; Lionel R. Jellins, Vice Chair - ScoutReach & Diversity; Marvin D. Smith; Clay C. Williams, Chair of the Board; Deborah A. Rollinson, Council Commissioner; Ron Timmons, Area Director

Marvin began his Scouting career as a district executive in Denver in 1998. He moved to Memphis to serve as field director in 2003, and later moved to Cleveland, OH, where he served as director of field services and chief operating officer from 2008 to 2014. Marvin was promoted to Scout executive and CEO of the Tukabatchee Area Council in Montgomery, AL in 2014, and through the next four years, Marvin increased camping revenues, raised capital funds to renovate assets, and launched new fundraising events. 

In 2018, Marvin was promoted to his present position of area director of Area 7. In his current capacity, he has supported the delivery of Scouting’s mission to more than 80,000 youth members through councils with a combined budget of over $30 million. Like the Sam Houston Area Council, these councils span a wide range of demographics and highly diverse communities. Marvin’s role as area director lent him a unique vantage point to witness different council initiatives and practices to address membership and fundraising challenges. His experience will benefit our own council for years to come.

Marvin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Marvin and his wife, Danielle, have three children- their adult son, Kendrick; Javari, a college student; and Zoie, a high school student.

First Aid & Shooting Sports Training 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, February 13, 2021 3:17:00 PM

In Scouting events and activities, the BSA’s primary consideration is the safety of its youth and adult members.

Shooting Sports Training

The BSA, in consultation with other organizations, has created specific guidelines for shooting sports. The shooting sports committee is providing rifle training and instructor certification to prepare those individuals who will serve in a leadership or supervisory role in the various shooting sports activities. 

NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) is held on Friday night and the discipline-specific basic training and instructor training (rifle, shotgun or pistol) are held on Saturday. These training courses allow leaders to run a shooting sports event at a troop, crew, ship, district, or council event and to teach the Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge.

Cub Scouts can shoot BB-gun rifles, slingshots, and archery in a council or district event only and is not approved as a unit event. BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified range master.

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First Aid Training

The council offers are a variety of first aid training courses throughout the year including First Aid/CPR/AEDFirst Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course, and Wilderness First Aid.

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Youth Safety | Ongoing Commitment 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:46:00 AM

The safety of children in our programs is the most important priority of the Boy Scouts of America. 

The BSA’s safeguards highlighted below are key parts of our multilayered approach to help keep kids safe.

These measures were informed by respected experts in the fields of child safety, law enforcement, and child psychologyand are among the strongest safeguards found in any youth-serving organization. 

 

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Returning to Scouting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, October 16, 2020 9:19:00 AM

The Steps You Can Take Right Now to Help You Return to Scouting Activities 

(Source) While many Scout units have a desire to return to Scouting activities, they have questions about how to do so safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During the recent webinar on how to hold meetings safely during COVID-19, attendees received tips on the key steps they can be taking right now to find a safe way to return to their meeting activities.

Step 1: Check your local requirements to see if you can meet. The safety requirements vary greatly around the nation, so it’s vital to check on what your local government requires and abide by those regulations. The BSA SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist has been specifically created to help you guide you through this as you build a framework for getting back to your Scouting activities. 

Step 2: Call the families in your Scout unit to see how they’re doing. Check in by phone to connect personally with these families. Listen to their responses and gauge their readiness to return to Scouting activities. If laws in your community permit meeting, and you’ve met the other requirements of the SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist, spend some time talking about your process and the intention to return to Scouting activities safely. 

Step 3: Connect with other leaders and families to find solutions for ways the unit can meet safely. Currently, some traditional meeting places for Scout units are not available because of the pandemic, but there may be other viable, safe options for meeting that can be discussed. Some of these options may be outdoors using social distancing. Other options may be virtual. Be sure to use the guidance for Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities when meeting virtually.  

Step 4: Engage your chartered organization. Especially if you’re having difficulty finding a meeting place, talk with your chartered organization to see what other options they might be able to provide. While a meeting room might not be available, perhaps the parking lot, a field, or a park could be a safe alternative. Whatever the proposed location, the chartered organization should be made aware of the issue and brought into the discussion.

Step 5: Reach out to the school in your community. If you’re used to working with your local school for a recruiting night, meeting space or otherwise, connect with them to talk about ways your Scout unit could be of service and assist them during this time. 

Step 6: Make sure you’ve updated your BeAScout pin and are using all of the available easy-to-use online registration tools. As you get back to Scouting, help new families find and join your unit without ever needing any paper to change hands. 

Though the times remain uncertain, Scouts and Scouters are resilient, and following the above steps can help you to Be Prepared and ease the process of getting back to Scouting quickly and safely whenever local requirements allow it.