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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. 


(Camp Location)
Register 2021 Dates Time Location Contact  
(SE & SW Houston)
Coming Soon June 21-25 6:00 - 9:00 pm Westbury Methodist Church Jeremy Penner  
(West Houston)
Register June 14-18 4:00 - 8:00 pm Long Acre Ranch Rhyan Mays  
(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
Holly Householder  
(El Campo, TX)
Coming Soon          
(Rosenburg, TX)
Register June 8-11 2:00 - 8:30 pm Long Acres Ranch Jake Lilley  
(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  
(West Houston)
Register June 7-11 3:30 - 7:30 pm Bear Creek Park (Pavilion 6) Kimberly Healey  
(Tomball, TX)
Register June 8-11 2:00 - 8:00 pm Church of Good Shepherd Victoria Weaver  
(Tomball, TX)
Register June 21-25 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park Christopher Bir  
(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.

Roundtable Survey 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:51:00 PM

The Sam Houston Area Council is evaluating the current state of our district roundtable meetings, and we need your input! To help us move forward with a strategic plan to enhance and support our leaders, we are requesting your feedback based on your valuable insight, experience and observations.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. Surveys are due by April 15th. Thank you for your time!

Roundtable Survey

#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 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

Tom Varnell
Scout Executive / CEO


If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at

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. 


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


Lily Garrison
University of Scouting Registration
 (713) 756-3305

Pam Tyllick
University of Scouting Chair




Council Coordinated on April 15, 2021 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:46:00 PM

April 15, 2021  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm  |  Virtual


Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leadership to receive updates from the council. 

Registrants will attend the opening general session and then their chosen breakout session. District vice chairs and assistant district commissioners are asked to attend breakouts where their district is not represented by a volunteer. Register to receive the Zoom link by email and emailed reminders. 



  • District activity and program chairs
  • District advancement chair
  • District chairs
  • District commissioners
  • District finance chairs
  • District membership teams
  • District training chairs
  • Enterprise Risk Management committee

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.

National Youth Leadership Seminar (NYLT) 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:19:00 AM

June 6-11, 2021 (session 1)
June 13-18, 2021 (session 2)

Bovay Scout Ranch 
3450 County Road 317
Navasota, TX 77868

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Scouts in troops, crews and ships with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. 

Unit leaders have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The first step in the BSA youth leadership training continuum is conducted in the home unit (Introduction to Leadership Skills). Scouts who have completed this training may attend. NYLT is held twice a year in December and June.

NYLT is filled with activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and camping in a team and model unit environment. Participants learn and practice skills that are valuable at home, church, school, work and the Scouting unit.

The course is designed for Scouts BSA members who are at least 13 years old, and for Venturers or Sea Scouts who are at least 13 years old and have completed eighth grade. Since a Scout only takes this course once, it is critical for the youth to get the maximum benefit from this experience; therefore, it is essential that they be able to handle the demands of this advanced course, which requires maturity, experience, and proficiency in basic camping skills.

At NYLT, a temporary training unit is formed consisting of youth from troops, crews and ships across the council. This training unit is instructed and led by a highly qualified group of outstanding youth and adult trainers. At the end of this conference, the Scout returns to their home unit with advanced knowledge of leadership skills and patrol/troop/crew operation. 

Learn More and Register


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.


Weekend Camping 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:17:00 AM

Scouts BSA Weekend Camping

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Youth yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

Troops, crews, and ships can camp at Camp Brosig, Camp Strake and Tellepsen Scout Camp

Troop Weekend Camping Reservations:

Cub Scout Overnight Camping

Cub Scouting offers overnight camping opportunities for Cub Scouts through long-term camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized short-term or family camps, and pack overnighters. For more information on Cub Scout camping guidelines click here

Packs and Webelos dens can conduct camp overnighters at Camp Brosig and Bovay Scout Ranch

Cub Scout Overnight Camping:







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. 


Learn More