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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

Day Camp Registration Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:58:00 AM

Grab your astronaut helmet and space suit and prepare to explore the universe. Day/twilight camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Cub Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade next school year. No matter what camp you choose, you can be sure it will be loaded with an awesome program such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more. 

 

District
(Camp Location)
Register 2021 Dates Time Location Contact  
Apollo
(SE & SW Houston)
Register June 21-24 5:30 - 8:30 pm Robert M. Beren Academy Fred Ponder  
Arrowhead
(West Houston)
Register June 14-18 4:00 - 8:00 pm Long Acre Ranch Rhyan Mays  
Arrowmoon
(Bryan, TX)
Register June 15-17 8:00 - 3:00 pm Camp Howdy Tracey Calanog  
Big Cypress
(Cypress, TX)
Register June 7-10
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Keith Elementary
Holly Householder  
Brahman
(El Campo, TX)
Coming Soon          
Brazos
(Rosenburg, TX)
Register June 8-11 2:00 - 8:30 pm Long Acres Ranch Jake Lilley  
Copperhead
(West Houston)
Register June 21-25 2:30 - 8:00 pm Epiphany Lutheran Church Samantha Stagg  
David Crockett
(Sealy, TX)
Register June 2-4 4:00 - 8:00 pm Camp Brosig Jennifer Cochran  
Flaming Arrow
(New Caney, TX)
Register June 8-10 1:30 - 8:30 pm A.V. Bull Sallas Park Debbie Lamison  
George Strake
(Conroe, TX)
Register June 8-11 1:00 - 6:00 pm The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Spring) Jen Thomas  
Iron Horse
(Spring, TX)
Register June 14-18 3:00 - 8:00 pm Northside Christian Church Merrie Thomas  
Lone Star
(Central Houston)
Register June 14-17 5:30 - 8:45 pm KC Hall (Whitney St.) Kim Morales  
Mustang
(West Houston)
Register June 14-16 3:30 - 7:30 pm Bear Creek Park (Pavilion 6) Kimberly Healey  
Orion
(Tomball, TX)
Register June 8-11 2:00 - 8:00 pm Church of Good Shepherd Victoria Weaver  
Phoenix
(Tomball, TX)
Register June 21-25 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park Christopher Bir  
Raven
(Baytown, TX)
           
San Jacinto
(La Porte, TX)
Register June 21-25 4:30 - 9:00 pm,  Mon-Th
4:30 - 8:00 pm, Fr
Lomax Arena Julie Neil  
Soaring Eagle
(Cypress, TX)
Register June 8-11 3:00 - 8:00 pm St. Timothy Lutheran Church Becca Franco  
Texas Skies
(West Houston/Katy)
Register June 14-18 9:00 am - 3:00 pm American Shooting Center Kendall Mitchell  
Thunder Wolf
(Richmond, TX)
Register June 8-11 3:30 - 7:30 pm

Long Point Ranch

Joanna Ouderkirk  
Twin Bayou
(Southwest Houston)
Register June 7-11 5:30 - 9:00 pm St. Luke's Methodist Church Amber Moncla  

 

Camps are operated and licensed under the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America National Camp Standards and the Texas Department of State Health Services Youth Camp Program Regulations.

#14 SHAC Communication for COVID-19 Response  

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, March 8, 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 fourteenth 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 as best we can.

  • Any units wishing to conduct small-scale meetings or activities should do so only if able to meet specific preventative guidance from the Center for Disease Control and upon consultation with and approval from their chartered organization.
  • All council facilities (including the Cockrell Scout Center), council camps, and scout shops will continue to require the usage of face covering per CDC guidelines.
  • Small council-level meetings (less than 50 people) may be conducted in person only if standards from CDC can be met. Teleconference or online meetings remain the preferred method. All in-person council meetings of 50 or greater persons are cancelled or postponed unless conducted over teleconference or online.
  • District meetings (ex: Roundtables, District Committee Meetings, Commissioner Staff Meetings) may be conducted in person only if standards from the CDC can be met. Otherwise, these meetings should be conducted over teleconference or online.
  • Overnight district and council activities and trainings are allowed for all Scouting programs. These events still must submit a plan to ERM in advance to ensure compliance with all relevant guidelines from the CDC. Only approved district and council events will appear on the council website.
  • Weekend camping for Cub Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch and Camp Brosig is open. Participating packs must follow council policies regarding social distancing and COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch is open on specific weekends with reduced capacity.
  • Weekend camping for Scouts BSA at Tellepsen Scout Camp and Camp Strake reservations are open. Participating troops must follow council policies regarding social distancing and COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • The Cockrell Scout Center remains open for drop off only with hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
  • Any interaction needed with staff members must be conducted through phone and email. If you need assistance determining the appropriate person to contact, please refer to our updated “who to call directory,” or contact the receptionist at (713) 659-8111 during our office hours to be directed to the appropriate person.
  • Field-based staff (District Executives) will be working remotely during this time and are available by phone and email.
  • The 5 Scout Shop locations are open to limited retail traffic (store hours)

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       Previous Updates   Rank Advancement Update  

University of Scouting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, March 6, 2021 7:26:00 AM

April 5-8, 2021 (virtual evening classes)
April 10, 2021 (in-person classes at Camp Strake)

University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for leaders of all program levels, district and council leaders and parents. 

Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you. 


Registration

At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.  How to Register.  How to change a class.

Learn More   Register   

  Virtual In-person
Early Registration (before March 13) $2/class $15
Registration (before April 7) $2/class $25
Late Registration (after April 6 at 10pm) $2/class $35
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)   $40

Contacts

Lily Garrison
University of Scouting Registration
 (713) 756-3305
liliethd.garrison@scouting.org

Pam Tyllick
University of Scouting Chair
 pntyllick@gmail.com

 

 

 

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.

Register        Learn More about Shooting Sports


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.

Register

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. 

Promote Scouting on Social Media 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:59:00 PM

Help promote Scouting on social media by adding a photo frame around your profile picture. Encourage families to Text Cub Scout, Scouts BSA or crew to 31996. They will be sent to www.shac.org/join, a website with all packs listed by school district and links to register online.

To find the frame, click on edit/update your profile picture (or go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes), search for a frame by entering Sam Houston Area Council, then choose one of our four frames.

 

       

Support Scouting with Amazon Smile 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM

(SourceNow you can support Scouting without lifting a finger — or at least not more than one.

AmazonSmile, the simple and no-cost way to donate to the Sam Houston Area Council, now works on the Amazon Shopping app for iPhone and Android.

That means it’s easier than ever to support Scouting anytime, anywhere.

Through its AmazonSmile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice — at no cost to you. You’ll get the same prices, selection and service found on Amazon.com, but now Amazon gives 0.5% of its cut to a good cause.

The Sam Houston Area Council is an eligible AmazonSmile charity. Individual packs, troops, posts, ships and crews are not eligible.

Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Why use AmazonSmile

Sure, I agree that 50 cents on a $100 tablet might not seem like a huge donation. And it’s not a substitute for the generous contributions you regularly make to local Scouting through campaigns like Friends of Scouting. But as any frequent Amazon shopper knows, your purchases add up.

What’s the news here?

Previously, AmazonSmile required the user to shop using their browser — either on a desktop computer or through the mobile browser on a smartphone.

That meant that when you shopped in the official Amazon app, you weren’t contributing to your chosen charity — even if you had already activated AmazonSmile.

By adding AmazonSmile to its official app, Amazon is making the program available anytime, anywhere. So now when you buy a blender from the back seat or a printer from the patio — our council still gets that 0.5%.

How to activate AmazonSmile on your iPhone or Android

Step 1: Join AmazonSmile

If you aren’t yet an AmazonSmile member, sign up at smile.amazon.com using a web browser (mobile or desktop). You’ll sign in with your Amazon credentials, and the site will walk you through the process.

Amazon will ask you to choose your favorite charity. This is where you search for “Sam Houston Area Council.”

Step 2: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your phone

If you don’t have the app already, download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Step 3: Open Settings within the app

Open Settings by tapping the three horizontal lines (aka the “hamburger”) at the top left and tapping “Settings.”

Step 4: Tap AmazonSmile

Step 5: Tap the button for “Turn on AmazonSmile”

You’ll need to follow the three-step setup process. Note that Amazon requires you to turn on notifications to be able to use AmazonSmile on your phone.

Step 6: Make note of your renewal date

Amazon asks that you renew your AmazonSmile donation every six months. This is easy but required. When six months are up, you’ll have to choose your favorite charity again. If you don’t, purchases made until you do will not count.

Step 7: Confirm that AmazonSmile is active before your next purchase

Look for AmazonSmile at the top of the app as you browse. You’ll also see your chosen charity on the confirmation screen.

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