Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
eScouter Newsletter                                                          December 2016
In This Issue
Leader's News
Program News
Community Scout Events
Support Scouting
Order of the Arrow
Districts of the Sam Houston Area Council

Aldine Pathfinder

Antares

Aquila

Arrowmoon

Big Cypress

Brahman

Brazos

Copperhead

David Crockett

Flaming Arrow

George Strake

Iron Horse

Mustang

North Star

Orion

Phoenix

Raven

San Jacinto

Skyline

Soaring Eagle

Tall Timbers

Tatanka

Texas Skies

Thunder Wolf

Twin Bayou

W.L. Davis

 

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Winter Camp 2016

Please click   here   to sign up for Winter Camp!

The deadline to sign up without a LATE FEE is December 15th.   If you have not secured your reservations, do so now.   Troops can make a reservation, select the number of Scouts and adults attending, and add the names of individuals to rosters at a later time without incurring a late fee. 

The new merit badge schedule and merit badge sign-ups are available now!

Renewing Your Scouting Membership - Unit Recharters Due December 15th
Every December, all units (packs, troops, teams, crews, posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America issues charters to community organizations to enable them to use the Scouting program under their own leadership as a service to their children, youth, and families. Rechartering is the process of renewing the charter agreement between the BSA and the organization, and renewing the registration of youth and adult members.
Rechartering on time is critical. It is required for Journey to Excellence. It is required for units to continue registration without interruption. It is required to ensure Scouts are registered, critical for receiving rank advancement and other awards, and for insurance coverage.
A representative of each unit completes the paperwork for renewing a charter online. Through the process, chartered organizations, youth member and adult leader information is updated as well as registration fees and Boys' Life subscriptions are collected/paid.
If this is your first time to be involved with recharter, or if you need to brush up on how recharter is done, please click here to learn more.

 Leader's News

Top Leader Basic Training Day 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Cockrell Scout Center

Top Leader Basic Training is for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing Top Leaders.
Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training (8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training (8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Venturing Leader Specific Training (8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Cubmaster Leader Specific (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

Plenty of spots are still available!
Online registration closes Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., o nline registration $5.00
Walk-ins will be accepted on Saturday morning for a fee of  $10.00
Please note: December recharters require that all top unit leaders MUST be trained. Top leaders are Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Coaches, and Advisors.
Click here to register.
Lunch will be available for purchase on registration site. Coffee, drinks and snacks will be offered throughout the day.

Key Leaders Conference - District Leadership Training
January 14, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.
Cockrell Scout Center 
Key Leaders Conference is an annual half-day meeting and orientation for all district committee members and commissioners. The first half of the conference is dedicated to covering the basics of district operations and the role the district plays in supporting units and delivering the Scouting program. Conference participants have an opportunity to meet and interact with other district leaders during the committee breakout sessions.
This is a must attend event if you are involved in delivering district programming and unit service. Click here to register. 

Souper Bowl of Caring - Scouting For Food
One of Scouting's foundational principles is "doing a good turn daily." We encourage all of our Scouts to participate in this tradition of service by joining our annual Scouting for Food Drive in conjunction with the Souper Bowl of Caring. Let's show our community the Scouting value of being HELPFUL by fighting hunger in our area. Scouts will go out on one weekend (Saturday, January 28), place hangers on the doors of their neighbors, and come back the next week (Saturday, February 4) to pick up the food and take it to a local food bank. Door hangers will be available at the Sam Houston Area Council Cockrell Scout Center and Roundtables in early January. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. Make sure your Scouts are a part of it and register now to receive important updates, information and resources. Click here for more information.

Unit End of Year Check List for Journey to Excellence
There are several year-end tasks we must complete to ensure we are delivering a quality Scouting program to our youth members and fulfill our commitment through the Journey to Excellence. This list ensures our leaders are properly trained, our Scouts are properly advancing, and our commitment to service in the community is accurately reported.
Please complete this unit leader check-list, and help us achieve a Quality Scouting year for 2016!

1. Basic Leader Training Requirement - The goal of the Sam Houston Area Council is training for ALL unit leaders, this helps deliver a quality Scouting program, strengthens units, and ensures membership retention. For information on what is required to be a trained leader, click here and to visit the Sam Houston Area Council training schedule click here.
2. Enter Advancement Records - Advancement in the Boy Scouts of America is a tradition dating from the beginning of the Scouting movement. Internet Advancement allows you to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges and perform the following actions: Select members from your existing roster, Review, update or add ranks, merit badges, and/or awards, Access an online Review Unit Roster feature and the Unit Advancement Summary, Print and Advancement Report with a Unit Awards Summary. Click here for Internet Advancement.
3. Report Service Hours - Has your unit logged in your service hours yet? Any Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, Team, Patrol or Den that has done service to the community should officially log in their hours. Click here to visit the Service Hours Website and to locate your Unit ID, click here.

2017 National Jamboree 
Price has now been reduced to $1975 per participant.
July 16, 2017- July 28, 2017
The Summit in West Virginia...Live Scouting's Adventure.
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!!!
This will be the trip of a life time. Available to all Venturers and Boy Scout who will be First Class rank by 2017. All food, Jamboree gear, and travel are included.  Activities include whitewater, climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, patch trading, SCUBA, arena shows, and Technology Quest.    
For more information, please click  here, or contact Brett Lee at Brett.Lee@scouting.org.

Summer Camp 2017 - REPUBLIC OF CIMA
You will not want to miss what we have planned for summer camp 2017. We are busy updating our program and merit badges list. We will continue to make improvements to our program and facilities. To register, click here
Do not miss out on our 2017 Boy Scout Summer Camp Incentive Program:

1. Any Troop that registers and pays deposit by December 31, 2016, Camp leader will receive a special camp chair.
2. Any Troop that is paid in full by the May 1st, 2017 deadline, each participants will receive a special council shoulder strip that will only be made available to participants attending El Rancho Cima.
3. Troop Flag Streamer for each unit attending El Rancho Cima
4. Special Gift for each Senior Patrol Leader attending El Rancho Cima
5. For Troops that attend El Rancho Cima with a 5% increase over 2016 Scout participation* will be provided with an Ice Cream Party in their campsite.
6. For Troops that attend El Rancho Cima with a 10% increase over 2016 Scout participation* will be provided with 2 tumbler mugs with Special Council Shoulder Patch design.
7. For Troops that attend El Rancho Cima with a 25% increase over 2016 Scout participation* will be provided with 2 steel vacuum sealed mugs.
*If your Troop did not attend El Rancho Cima in 2016, percentage is based on 25% of your December 31, 2016 recharter.
For more information, please contact Brett Lee at  Brett.Lee@Scouting.org

Scout Fair 2017 - Scouts Today. Legends Tomorrow
Scout Fair 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Minute Maid Park.  This year's theme is "Scouts Today. Legends Tomorrw." The Sam Houston Area Council is excited to announce our partnership with the Houston Astros who will be providing our weekly drawing bonus as well as the 217 Bonus Level prize. Scout Fair is an event where scouts from all over the Council unite in one place to display Scouting fun for all ages! 

Friends of Scouting
Happy Holidays Scouting Family! It has been an exciting year for the scouting movement.  Scouts have performed many service project in our communities and Scouting families have participated in quality camping events. What a great year it has been for Scouting making a positive impact on our kids, their siblings, parents and communities. As we kick-off 2017, the Scouting Movement needs YOU to continue to help the Sam Houston Area Council grow and "Do Our Best".  You can help by making a simple donation/pledge to be a Friend of Scouts in 2017 through a financial contribution. Your donation is what makes local scouting successful! Just think about the impact you can make by making a minimum donation of $100 or a gift of up to $1000. As always, your contributions are 100% tax deductible and may be matched by your company. Click here for more information about company matching gifts. Work with your unit to make sure there is a time for someone from the district to come out and tell the story of Scouting to our Scouting families. We are so thankful for whatever you are able to contribute at this time. Thanks for keeping our movement GROWING

University of Scouting
Saturday, February 11, 2017 
"Planting the Seeds for Scouting's Future"
Location - TBD
University of Scouting is designed for ALL adult leaders in the Boy Scouts of America regardless of function or program area. Learn from these sessions and add quality to your program - guaranteed! Discover the opportunities available for meetings and outings. Learn about Council activities to support your program. Visit the Scout Shop for your supplies. Learn more about Scouting's origins and the legacy of learning. Click here for more details.

Wood Badge Adult Leadership Course
Wood Badge is a six-day advanced leadership course offered at Bovay Scout Ranch three times in 2017. This training course is for Scout Leaders involved in all program levels- Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Participants will learn techniques to become better leaders. Click here for more information.
S3-576-17-1 March 17-19 and April 7-9, 2017 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm)
S3-576-17-2 September 8-10 and October 6-8, 2017 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm)
S3-576-17-3 September 14-16 and October 12-14, 2017 (begins Thursday at 7:30 am, ends Saturday at 5:00 pm)

Powder Horn: "ADVENTURE ROYALE!"
April 7-9, 2017 at Tellepsen Scout Camp and April 28-30, 2017 at Galveston Island.
Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six day course to help Scouts (14 and older) and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew, team, or ship. Powder Horn Training brings in many experts, or "consultants," to teach sessions. Participants will be exposed to high adventure activities, resources, new ideas and excitement! Ultimately this will support them to operate a successful high adventure program in their home units. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! The course is already over half full - don't wait to sign up! Click here for more information.

Philmont Training Center
The Sam Houston Area Council would like to invite you to participate in one of the conferences offered at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico, during the summer of 2017!
Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. All registered Scouters are invited to attend training center courses; Council approval is no longer required.
While Scouters are involved in a conference, their spouses and family members are able to enjoy a range of activities led by the Philmont Training Center staff. Philmont's unique blend of Scouting, history, family activities, and the magic of the northern New Mexico mountains will make the conferences a memorable family experience. For more information, click here.

Modifications to Cub Scout Advancement Requirements
Just announced... effective immediately, The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to the Cub Scout Advancement program that will 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. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released several modifications to the current program that will assist us in serving our Cub Scouts. 
Please click here to learn more. For the complete list of modifications, click here.

Boy Scout Requirements: 2016 Transition Period Ends January 1, 2017
On January 1, 2016, a new set of Boy Scout requirements became effective for all who joined Boy Scouts on or after that date, and were included in updated editions of both the Boy Scout Handbook and Boy Scout Requirements. However, for those who were Boy Scouts prior to this year, a transitional process was established for calendar year 2016:
-Those already working on requirements for the Scout badge were given the option to continue using the existing requirements or to convert to the new requirements for Scout only. Thereafter, all further ranks required use of the new requirements.
-Those already working on requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class ranks were given the option to continue using the existing requirements or to convert to the new requirements through First Class. Thereafter, ranks above First Class required use of the new requirements.
-Those working on ranks above First Class have were given the option to continue using the existing requirements or to convert to the new requirements for the rank they were working toward. Thereafter, the remaining ranks, if any, required use of the new requirements.
January 1, 2017 will be the date that all new requirements become mandatory for all ranks, regardless of a Scout's current rank or his progress in completing the requirements for his next rank. Consequently, it is important to encourage Scouts to complete the requirements for the rank they are currently working toward on or before December 31, 2016. This will make their transition to the mandatory new requirements, an easier process.

The Sam Houston Area Council is Now Hiring!
We 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!
Check out our current openings  here.
Interested applicants should send their resumé to our Director of Membership Development, Dustin Dupuis, at  dustin.dupuis@scouting.org

Join the Eagle Scout Hunt!
The SHAC Eagle Scout Association is looking for all Eagle Scouts in our area - active or not. Please encourage any Eagle you know, particularly those not currently active in Scouting, to register at  www.iamaneagle.org to receive more information as plans progress. 

National Eagle Scout Associations's Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award will be presented by the Eagle Scout Association - Sam Houston Area Council (ESA-SHAC) to adult Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life work and their talents with their communities on a volunteer basis.
Nominations must be submitted by an adult who has either served with the nominee or who is otherwise personally familiar with the nominee's record. Individuals may not nominate themselves.
Online nominations must be received by January 15, 2017. Recipients will be selected by a group of Sam Houston Area Council Distinguished Eagle Scouts and Outstanding Eagle Scouts.
Please click here for a list of awardees and the online application.

Disabilities Awareness Committee
The following are tips from the Disabilities Awareness Committee regarding effective leadership techniques for Scouts (with special needs):
* Maintain eye contact during verbal instruction (please note that for some Scouts with autism, they may find it difficult to look you in the eye.)
* Make directions clear and concise. Be consistent with instructions
* Simplify complex directions. Give one or two steps at a time
* Make sure the Scout comprehends the instructions before beginning the task
* Allow time for the Scout to "process what you say"
* Repeat instructions in a calm, positive manner, if needed
* Help the Scout feel comfortable with seeking assistance
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact the Disabilities Awareness Committee here

Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection Training every two years is a requirement for all leaders to be registered with the BSA. The classroom version (per Texas law) is required within the past 2 years for all adults participating in a long-term camping experience in the State of Texas. (This includes day camp scheduled over consecutive days, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp, summer camp, and winter camp.) Adults must complete the test with a score of 70% or higher to be considered trained and will receive a training card. A copy of each test will be on file for two years. Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training will be available in districts leading up to summer camp and day camp. You may also check websites of neighboring districts and click here for more information.
  
Tour and Activity Plans
Don't forget to turn in your tour plans for your unit's events. Sam Houston Area Council recommends a Tour and Activity Plan be submitted for all activities. Tour and Activity Plans are submitted online at My.Scouting.org. For more information, click here.

Certification Required
If your unit is planning to host an event that requires certification (Shooting, Boating, Swimming, Climbing, etc.) you must provide certification information on your Tour Plan and present a copy of the certification to the Ranger / Campmaster before beginning the activity. For more information please click  here.


Enterprise Risk Management
The purpose of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) committee is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. 
The Sam Houston Area Council Enterprise Risk Management Committee (ERM) will be holding First Aid Instructor Classes on Saturday, December 17.  For more information, click here.
Safety Moments are exactly what the name implies: opportunities to prepare for an activity, review safety measures, and report incidents correctly. Topics of this new series include incident reporting helps, safe use of medication in Scouting, the tour and activity plan, weather-related safety, winter activity, and winter sports. 
Read about Texas Trailer Inspection updates  here .
To view the ERM Guide for Units, which includes revisions to the Tour and Activity Plan, please click  here.
To learn more about Incident Reviews, click  here  (scroll down to the bottom of the page).  There are three documents that walk you through real-life incidents that have happened in Scouting.  It provides you with key points (lessons learned) and discussion questions.
For information regarding general health & safety questions, please click here.
For information about creating an emergency preparedness plan, click here.
For more information about Enterprise Risk Management, including First Aid/CPR/AED trainings, please click here
For First Aid Instructor Training and suggestions or comments please contact  yeldellse@yahoo.com and hfuglaar@hotmail.com
   Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring
   

McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch
Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Bovay Scout Ranch has a variety of camping opportunities for everyone from Cub Scouts to Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews. Bovay Scout Ranch has year round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps. Conveniently located just 75 minutes from downtown Houston. 
McNair Cub Adventure Camp is a weekend campout for Cub Scouts and their families. Admission covers three meals in the air conditioned dining hall, the Scout's activity supplies and a camp patch for the Scouts. Activities typically include BB guns, archery, BMX bikes, dino dig, lost mine, nature center, and more. McNair Cub Adventure Camp certified trained staff members provide the program supplies and lead the activities. Packs, Dens and individual families may register. For online registration, please click here.  
McNair Cub Adventure Camp date are: February 24-26, 2017, March 03-05 & 24-26, 2017, April 07-09 & 28-30, 2017, May 19-21, 2017

Weekend Unit Camping
Troops, Teams, Crews, Packs, or Webelos Dens can enjoy the amazing beauty of Bovay Scout Ranch rolling hills, trails and vast open spaces. Clean campsites, restrooms and showers are available; units may design their own program activities and provide their own meals during this type of weekends. Please click here for online registration.

Tellepsen Scout Camp
Get ready for camping at our newest Scout camp! Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that accommodate 48 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30'x40' pavilion. One shower and restroom facility is available for every two campsites. It is the home of the council's largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five stand shotgun range, 8 shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range. The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet and 41 feet. Weekend Camping is available to troops, teams, ships and crews.  For more information and registration, please click here.

Camp Brosig Weekend Camping
Camp Brosig is a 92 acre property located 6 miles north of Sealy, TX and is available to all registered units for weekend camping year round. With 20 campsites, a large covered pavilion and meeting room available for your use, it is the ideal place to hold your next event. Kitchen facilities are available for an additional fee. The camp was made possible through a bequest from Alva Brosig in 1981 and was dedicated on April 17, 1982. For more information and registration click here

El Rancho Cima Weekend Programs
El Rancho Cima is available on the weekends. Take advantage of the cooler weather and visit a "different" El Rancho Cima. Take advantage of Horseback rides, canoeing, the shooting ranges and on some weekends the zip lines. For more information, contact Geno Aguilar at 713-756-3304 or click here .

Venturing
Click here to find all the Venturing news including n ew officers elections, v enturing forums,  Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) recipients, u pcoming events calendars, and Crew Committee Challenge Training. Crew Committee Challenge is intended to provide Venturing crew committee members with the basic information they need to help manage a crew. The training takes about two and a half hours to complete. 

Next Venture Forum - January 24, 2017

Venturing Camping - is available for crews at Camp Brosig, Tellepsen Scout Camp and El Rancho Cima. The Getaway at El Rancho Cima is a program available for units who are camping at El Rancho Cima. Units can shoot rifle and shotgun, ride the horses, or zip down the longest zip line in Texas. 

Sea Scouts 
Sam Houston Area Council is blessed with an abundance of water, and water activities are what Sea Scouts are all about. SHAC's fleet of 19 ships can be found sailing large cruising craft on Galveston Bay, racing on Clear Lake, sailing smaller boats on nearby lakes, and paddling with canoes and kayaks on our many bayous.
Sea Scout units, called ships, are coed for youth 14 to 21. Sea Scouting builds character through high adventure. As a Sea Scout, you can learn to sail, to row, and to keep a boat in shape. You can cruise local waters or go sailing on long cruises far from home. You can learn to dive, and you will be active in camping, social events, tours, regattas, excursions, and seamanship contests. For more information, please click here.

United Way of Greater Houston's 211 Helpline and THRIVE
2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE
If you need help finding child care, food stamps, care for an aging parent or a haven from domestic violence, 2-1-1 is the number to call when you don't know who to call. The United Way of Greater Houston's trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services. The 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE answered a record 957,600 calls for help in 2015. Basic needs, like food, utilities and health care, topped the list of requests last year, followed by rent assistance and help finding shelter.
Additionally, other resources such as United Way THRIVES's workforce development offerings, financial coaching and education opportunities and financial products and services can be accessed through 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE.

Scout Days, Scout Nights

Scout Day at The Harlem Globetrotters 
Tuesday, December 27 at 7:00pm
NRG Arena
Special Scout Offer
$18.50-$30.50 tickets
For information or to order groups of ten or more, contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at christina@texasgrouptickets.com  or purchase tickets online by clicking  hereuse the CBSCOUT code.
Includes Official Harlem Globetrotters Scout Patch!  PLUS Exclusive Pre-game Meet and Greet for the First 100 Scout Tickets Purchased For Scout Day! Can't come on Scout Day? Get your discounted tickets and patch for one of our other games! Choose from Monday, December 26 at 2:00pm or 7:00pm.  

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to a city near you during their 2017 World Tour. The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.
Deadline to order tickets is Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Scout Night at Monster Jam
Saturday, February 11 at 7:00pm
NRG Stadium
Exclusive Scout Offer
SAVE up to $10 on tickets plus FREE Monster Jam Scout Patch and FREE Pit Party PASS!
Scout ticket prices are $27 or $17 based on seating location.
For information or to order groups of ten or more, contact Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at christina@texasgrouptickets.comOr purchase tickets online by clicking here, use the password BSCOUT under "Offer Code". After purchasing tickets online, call Christina at 281-367-9717 or email at christina@texasgrouptickets.com to request patches. 

Monster Jam® is the perfect sports entertainment brand that mixes racing, showmanship, the ultimate fan connection and accessibility into one incredible show. Featuring the world's most famous 1,500 horse power Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam events are the only place where fans will see legendary behemoth machines, including: Grave Digger, Max D, Man of Steel, El Toro Loco, Batman and many more, compete in jaw-dropping spectacles.
Free Pre-event Pit Party Pass with your ticket: The Pit Party is your opportunity to get an up close look at the amazing trucks of Monster Jam and receive autographs from your favorite Monster Jam drivers. The Monster Jam Pit Party will take place from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm. No Pit Party admission after 5:00 pm.
Deadline to order tickets is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Support Scouting      


Eagles Among Us
In 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating 100 years of Eagle Scouts in our Council.  On Wednesday, November 2, a special evening showcasing the history of Eagle Scouts in our council was held at the Hilton America.  Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation served as the key note speaker.  
Proceeds of the event benefit the many youth development programs of the Sam Houston Area Council. For more information, please click here.

2016 Golf Classic
80 players supported the Sam Houston Area Council's 2016 Golf Classic held on October 5th, at BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress. The event generated over $60,000 in direct support of Scouting programs. We would like to recognize our major sponsors who included KPMG, Schlumberger, Wells Fargo, Bill Chiles and Ramsey Popcorn Co. A very special thanks to our Tournament Chairman, Hershell Cavin, as well as committee members, Adam Oglesby, Bill Young, Steven Lorch, Raul Dominguez and Claudia Mollerup-Madsen.

It's a Match Gift!
Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts - these gifts are known as "Matching Gifts." Additionally, some companies will make contributions on behalf of volunteer time given to Scouting. Click here for more information.  Please contact Victoria Ochiche at  Victoria.Ochiche@scouting.org at 713-756-3314  for additional support.
 
Do You Work With ExxonMobil?
ExxonMobil Foundation allows districts and sub-districts in the Council to establish accounts.  If you are employed by Exxon Mobil and would like to apply for VIP grants please contact Victoria Ochiche at Victoria.Ochiche@scouting.org at 713-756-3314 regarding how to proceed.  Volunteer grants help districts achieve their Friends of Scouting goal. 

Send a Memorial or Tribute
Are you looking for a unique way to recognize those close to you? Give a Memorial ("in memory of") or Tribute ("in honor of") so that those extraordinary individuals in your life will be acknowledged. Click here for more information. 

Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the Scouting National Honor Society.  For 99 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. For more information, contact your OA chapter.

Colonneh Lodge 2017 Lodge Officers
At Colonneh Lodge's Fall Pow Wow event elections were held for the 2017 lodge officers.

Left to right: Evan Blackledge (Vice Chief Service), Blain Blanchard (Vice Chief Administration), Clayton Bill (Chief), Ethan Roberts (Vice Chief Membership), Tyler Green (Vice Chief Chapter Operations), Seth Griffith (Vice Chief Program).
Congratuilation to our new officers.

The Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow
Each year Colonneh Lodge choses a select few that embody the purpose of the Order of the Arrow. These individuals are true examples of servant leadership.  The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.
The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following:

*Lodge
*Order of the Arrow
*Scouting community
*Scout Camp

Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.  Any member of the Order of the Arrow registered in Scouting and in good standing in a regularly chartered lodge is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor provided that, at the time of the recommendation, the individual has been a Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years. A lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their registered Arrowmen once a year, through the Vigil Honor petition, found in the annual re-charter packet. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination."

T his year the Vigil circle grows by 27 deserving scouts and scouters. Many are worthy, few are called:

Youth
Christian Arnold - Iron Horse
Evan Blackledge - Arrowmoon
Erich Bordelon - San Jacinto
Matthew Bowen - Tall Timbers
Hunter Burcaw - Texas Skies
Jose Chapela - Iron Horse
Hank Clemmons - Raven
Benton Cole - Orion
Mark Czarny - Tall Timbers
Tyler Green - Raven
Kaleb Green - Raven
Jacob Hamrick - Brazos
James Klein - San Jacinto
Spencer Lampkin - Tall Timbers
Zachary Lawrence - Brazos
Ethan Roberts - Phoenix
Jonathan Skobel - Tall Timbers

Adult
Richard Arnold - Iron Horse
Matthew Bordelon - San Jacinto
Patricia Chapela - Iron Horse
Rita Ferguson - Skyline
Eric Furler - Twin Bayou
Kim Groce - San Jacinto
Heather Harden - Tall Timbers
James Ray Jones, Jr - George Strake
Steve Martinez - Antares
Denise Milby - Orion
John Quezada - Iron Horse
Jim Woods - Orion

Lodge Communications
The lodge has a variety of tools to communicate with Arrowmen including text messages, electronic newsletters, Facebook and more. Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters can sign up for the OA Troop Representative newsletter. Learn more by clicking here

 
Pay Your Dues Online
Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually.  An active member in Colonneh Lodge is someone who is a currently registered Scout or Scouter in the Sam Houston Area Council with current dues paid. With active membership, you are entitled to attend all functions of the lodge appropriate for your honor level. It also entitles you to wear your OA flap. Technically, if you don't pay your dues, you are not a member, and the flap should be removed from your uniform.  For more information please click here