Friends of Scouting Presentation

Each unit is requested to hold a Friends of Scouting (FOS) presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (e.g., blue and gold banquet, troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need.

The volunteer team working on unit presentations for the spring are gathering dates, help them work efficiently by scheduling your unit's presentation early. The Friends of Scouting campaign is a vital component to the programs and services of the Sam Houston Area Council. The money raised through Friends of Scouting offsets cost of training leaders, operating camps, and our service center, as well as providing other resources to units throughout our council.

Schedule an FOS Presentation


Copperhead District Dinner

January 28, 2017

District Dinner is an opportunity for a night of fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and thank our adult volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Copperhead District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized.  All volunteers in Copperhead District are invited. 

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Scout Fair Kick-off

January 26, 2017

Scout Fair Coupon Books are a brilliant way for units to raise money and prepare Scouts to earn their own way! The Scout Fair Coupon Book offers great savings for the buyer, while Scouts earn commissions for every $10 Coupon Book sold. Buyers support the Scouting program will receive hundreds of dollars in valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Buffalo Wild Wings, Luby's, Fuddruckers, the Houston Astros and many more. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Book sold. Participate at Scout Fair, as either a service unit or booth participant, and earn an additional 10% commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates for additional bonus commissions. In addition, your Scouts will qualify for prizes once they sell 15 Coupon Books. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels. 

The Scout Fair Kick-off meeting is being held on January 26, 2017 at Foundry United Methodist Church (8350 Jones Rd., Houston). Scout Fair is being held May 6, 2017 at Minute Maid Park from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Sign up to Sell Scout Fair Books         Leader Resources       Contacts


Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council. For more information, contact Dawn Venditelli.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Time Location Cost Register
February 12, 2017 Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training 2:00 - 5:30 pm LSC-CyFair Library LRNC 215
9191 Barker Cypress Rd
Cypress, TX 77433
$0 Register
February 12, 2017 Den Leader Position-Specific Training 2:00 - 5:30 pm LSC-CyFair Library LRNC 215
9191 Barker Cypress Rd
Cypress, TX 77433
$0 Register
February 17-19, 2017 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Fri at 7:00 pm -
Sat at 3:00 pm
Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Rd Tomball, TX 77377
$13.50 Register
April 20, 2017 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) 7:00 - 8:30 pm Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center
8440 Greenhouse Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
$0 N/A
May 89, 2017 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) 7:00 - 8:30 pm Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center
8440 Greenhouse Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
$0 N/A

Copperhead District Roundtable

February 9, 2017

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the Copperfield LDS Church (16203 Longenbaugh Dr, Houston, TX 77095) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas, information on events and training opportunities, and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.


Blue and Gold Place Mats

Most packs celebrate Scouting anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the blue and gold banquet.

Free, customizable place mats are available to use at blue and gold banquets to help promote day camp and resident camp. 

In 1914, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell started a Scouting program based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories and targeted at younger boys in Britain. Jungle Safari makes a great blue and gold banquet theme and ties in with the 2017 day camp theme. We have a variety of jungle themed resources available. Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.

Letter Sized Place Mat       Legal Size Place Mat       Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas


Help us promote Scouting

SHAC FacebookThe Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook.  The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.

We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts. 

Learn More          Take our Social Media Survey


Order of the Arrow Meetings

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. All Arrowmen are invited to attend chapter meetings on the last Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Copperhead LDS Church on Longenbaugh. Come get to know each other and lay out the plans for this year. We have new leadership and exciting ideas for this chapter.


The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. This is a great resources for Scouters and parents.

 


Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern.

What are the modifications? Some adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program. 

Learn More            Program Updates


January 28, 2017 (hanger drop off)
February 4, 2017 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," the project begins Saturday, January 28, 2017, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 4, 2017, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. Unit Scouting For Food chair should attend the January district roundtable to pick up your unit's supply of door hangers.

Learn More and Register        Unit Chair Guidebook


February 11, 2017

University of Scouting is an annual training event for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, Venturing, Sea Scouts, Order of the Arrow, district and council leaders and parents. It is an action-packed, fun-filled single day of supplemental training where participants choose from over 130 courses. 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. 

Register          Course Catalog


April 7-9 and April 28-30, 2017

 

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course which helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program. It is intended to help leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources, and in the way they lead their unit-level outdoor and high adventure programs. The course spans two, three-day weekends. The first weekend will be held at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and the second weekend will be held in Galveston.

Register for Powder Horn          Learn More   


July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually search for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose! 

Openings are available for staff members to assist the council in a new initiative for new unit development. The part-time onboarding specialists will guide new Scouting units (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing) through the steps of new unit organization. Through this process, they will assist new chartering organizations in the identification of adult volunteers for new Scouting, assist the new adult volunteers with program planning, budgeting and scheduling, guide the new adult volunteers through district and BSA resources to be trained, and guide the new adult leaders through the start-up of the new unit's programming to ensure the program is launched and the new unit is chartered. Check out the current openings at www.shac.org/employment.


February 24, 2017

Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, or staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) are invited to attend the Baden Powell Fellowship Dinner. During the evening, attendees from the previous year share memories of their leadership training experience through slide shows, stories and regalia presentations. Scouters will be given an opportunity to contribute to the training scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to Scouts and Scouters attending council leadership training courses. The dinner is being held at the Cockrell Scout Center; the cost is $18 per person. 

Learn More and Register


SHAC CSP with car keysHelp ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.