Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council
eScouter Newsletter                                                           February 2017
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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University of Scouting
Saturday, February 11, 2017 
Nimitz Senior High School
2005 W W Thorne Dr.
Houston, TX 77073
"Planting the Seeds for Scouting's Future"
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.

Camp Strake Update


Camp Strake is currently being built at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, in order to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders. Please click  here to view all updates to Camp Strake.

Announcement by the Boy Scouts of America
On January 30, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America announced and released the following statement:

"As one of America's largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.
"While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.
"Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization's local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.
"The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible - all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law."
For more information and frequently asked questions, click here.
 Leader's News

Souper Bowl of Caring - Scouting For Food
One of Scouting's founding 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 pick up the food on Saturday, February 4 and take it to a local food bank. 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.

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 Tomorrow." 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!

Scout Fair Coupon Books Prepare Scouts to earn their own way!
The 2017 Scout Fair Coupon Book offers great savings to the buyer while Scouts earn commissons for every $10 Coupon Book purchased. Buyers receive $100's in valuable savings from partners such as: Kroger, Buffalo Wild Wings, Luby's, Fuddruckers, the Houston Astros and more.
Scouts receive one Book Batted In for every Coupon Book sold. Scouts can redeem Books Batted In for great prizes at Scout Fair and at Houston Area Scout Shops.
Click here to register your unit to sell Coupon Books.

Scout's Got Talent
Do you sing, play an instrument, have a special talent? If so, we are looking for Scouts to perform on the main stage during Scout Fair.
Sign up here. Deadline for submitting video auditions is March 30, 2017.

Friends of Scouting
As we kick-off 2017, we need your help. As many of you know, the foundation of any great organization lies in its people and we have the best people you could ask for in you and those around you. We also know that in order to continue to help the Sam Houston Area Council grow and impact more lives with the Scouting program, we need to grow our resources. Resources come in many forms and in Scouting your gifts of time and talents are foremost to our efforts. However, we cannot continue to grow, reach more youth, and provide world class programs without the financial backing of donors and supporters like you. 

In the coming weeks and months, a volunteer or staff member will likely come visit your unit and ask for your financial support of Scouting for 2017. Your contribution will make it possible for the Sam Houston Area Council to keep our camps at the highest quality this summer, it will allow for us to keep camping and activity prices low, so every kid can afford to participate, and it will make Scouting possible for a child in need who otherwise wouldn't have an opportunity to be part of this program we love so much. If your unit hasn't yet signed up for a presentation, please reach out to your District Executive today, so we can arrange to have a volunteer presenter at your next Blue and Gold banquet or Troop Court of Honor. 

We ask that you please consider making a contribution to the 2017 Friends of Scouting campaign to ensure that the Sam Houston Area Council remains the very best in the country for you, your family, and your neighbors. Thank you for all you do for Scouting and we can't wait to have another outstanding and life-changing year in 2017!!

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.

2017 National Jamboree, Sam Houston Area Council Patches
Patch orders will be taken until May 15th, 2017 Patches will be mailed or available for pick up on May 15th, 2017.
Patches may be ordered separately or in sets. A set consists of all CSP's (each Jamboree
Troop/Crew has its own CSP), Order of the Arrow Flap, Staff Patch and the Backpack Patch.
If you are not a participant, the only way to get the Limited Edition CSP is to order the set.
Click here to order 2017 these patches.

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 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.
2. Troop Flag Streamer for each unit attending El Rancho Cima
3. Special Gift for each Senior Patrol Leader attending El Rancho Cima
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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

2017 Cub Day Camps start June 5, 2017 
Early Registration February 1-March 3, 2017 and receive a limited edition cap.
Late Registration starts, May 7, 2017
For more information, please click  here.

This year, day camp will be a safari adventure.  Free, two-sided place mats are available to use at blue and gold banquets or den meetings to help promote day camp. Download the placements here. Jungle safari makes a great blue and gold banquet theme and ties in with the 2017 day camp theme. A variety of jungle themes resources including an opening, skits, songs, program guide and decoration ideas are available here.

39th Annual Sam Houston Area Council First Aid Meet
Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Houston Fire Department Training Center
8030 Braniff St, Houston, TX 77061 
Please make plans to attend the Sam Houston Area Council First Aid Meet.  Each district is allowed THREE representative teams from Boy Scout Troops within their districts. Patrols will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The cost for the 2017 Sam Houston Area Council First Aid Meet is $25.00 per patrol. The participation fee must be paid in advance by Monday, February 20, 2017. This may be the only opportunity for some Scouts to participate because not all districts have a First Aid Meet. No fees will be accepted at the meet. For more information please click here or call Donna Burke at 713-756-3322. 

Baden-Powell Fellowship Dinner
Friday, February 24, 2017
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008
Gathering at 6:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 6:45 p.m.
The Sam Houston Area Council is honored to host our annual Baden Powell Dinner. This is a special time each year where we celebrate the many accomplishments and highlights of our recent Wood Badge & National Youth Leadership Training Courses. All Adult Scouters who have attended or staffed Wood Badge or National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) are invited to attend. Come see old friends, reminisce and reflect on your awesome experiences. Find out about the next courses and get information to share with other Scouters you think would enjoy the experience and benefit from it as much as you did! Click here to register.

National Youth Leadership Training Registration is NOW OPEN!
June 4-9, 2017 or  June 11-16, 2017
Bovay Scout Ranch
Leadership is a key factor in the development of a Scout. One of the most valuable things Scouting offers youth members is the opportunity to be a leader and to develop his\her leadership skills. The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course provides an exceptional opportunity to do just that.
NYLT is an intensive six-day training experience for Senior Patrol Leaders, Assistant Senior Patrol leaders, Patrol leaders, Crew leaders and other youth leaders as well as prospective Troop/Crew leaders. For the Scout who desires to be a better and more effective leader NYLT is an unparalleled opportunity!
Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give skills and confidence. This course fills up very quickly so make plans now. For more information, please click here and be a part of it!

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. THERE ARE STILL A COUPLE OF SPOTS OPEN - don't wait, they will be gone soon! Click here for more information.

Philmont Training Center
Leaders are invited to participate in one of the conferences that will be offered at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico, in the summer and fall of 2017. Trained leaders play a very important role in the success of Scouting in the lives of youth.
At these conferences leaders will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with Scouters and trainers from across America. The conference faculty, selected by regions and national committees, consists of some of the most talented and skilled men and women in Scouting. While participants are involved in a conference, their spouses and their family members will be able to enjoy a variety of activities led by the PTC staff. There will also be plenty of time for you to enjoy participating in activities with them.
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 about all PTC conferences, click here.  

BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course
April 21-23, 2017 -Camp Brosig
Are you and your Scouts following proper Leave No Trace principles? As members of the Boy Scouts of America, we should be good stewards of our environment through knowledgeable use of resources. We all must take responsibility for our decisions when we use the outdoors, and we should treat the environment with respect so that future generations can enjoy the outdoors as we do today. Let's do our part to leave a legacy for the next generation.
Be sure to attend the BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course on April 21-23 at Camp Brosig in Sealy, TX. This 16-hour, overnight course is for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting's outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. Individuals planning trips to National High Adventure Bases, camp staff members, unit leaders and those in District or Council training positions are urged to attend. For more information, please click here. To register, please click here.

Spanish language Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader Training courses
Spanish versions of leader position-specific training courses are now available. Both Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader position-specific training courses can be found on the scouting.org website. Please visit here to view these exciting new training courses.

Jewish Scouting Committee
A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. The religious emblems program was instituted to give recognition to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers who demonstrate religious growth.
The Houston Jewish Scouting Committee invites Scouts in 1st - 9th grades who are Jewish to earn a Jewish Scout award. These awards encourage Scouts to explore connections between Judaism and Scouting, while fostering more community spirit. Groups will be meeting to earn the Maccabee, Aleph and Ner Tamid awards in early 2017. Learn more and find out how to register hereLearn more about other religious awards here and here

Ner Tamid Award
The Houston Jewish Scouting Committee invites Scouts to earn the Ner Tamid award.The Ner Tamid Award is one of the 4 national Jewish Scout awards. It is open to 11-14 year old Scouts, although it is best earned when a Scout has become (or is becoming) a bar mitzvah!
To see a list of requirement, click here.
For further information, please contact Lisa Stone.

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 

New Eagle Reception for Eagle Scout Class of 2016
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Crowne Plaza - Reliant 
Houston, Texas
1:00 p.m. Registration Begins
2:00 p.m. Formal Program Begins
3:00 p.m. Reception & Networking
Please join the Sam Houston Area Council's annual reception for those who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2016. This is a FREE event to the Scouting community to help recognize the new Eagle Scout Class.
For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

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. 

Advancement Resources
One of the highlights in Scouting is advancing from rank to rank. To advance, a youth member must fulfill specific requirements, usually including active participation, skill achievement, service to others, and leadership experience. Advancement is a key component in the Scouting program. It provides opportunities for youth to learn and grow, to develop character and to become good citizens. It is fun with a purpose. For more information please find the following links to the most current resources and materials of interest for Scouters who are involved in the administration of advancement.  Advancement Resources web page and  Advancement Educational Presentations

Scouter Code of Conduct
We ask our Scouts to follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Adult leaders, though, are held to an additional standard.
It is called the Scouter Code of Conduct. To read more about the 10 standards for adult behavior, please click 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. 
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
Unit Weekend Camping: Troops, Teams, Crews, Packs, or Webelos Dens can enjoy the amazing beauty of Bovay Scout Ranch rolling hills, trails and vast open spaces on the weekends. Clean campsites, restrooms and showers are available; units may design their own program activities and provide their own meals during this type of weekends. Online registration can be found here.
If you have any questions/inquires please feel free to contact: Geno Aguilar 713-756-3304 or Vincent B. Manning 713-756-3380

Venturing
Click here to find all the Venturing news including new officers elections, venturing forums, Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) recipients, upcoming 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 Challenge Camping - February 24-26, 2017 @ Duke Energy at Bovay Scout Ranch

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.

Want to Know More?
Follow the SHAC VOA on Twitter @shacventuring
Instagram @shacventuring
Or FaceBook @ SHACVenturing

Sea Scouts 
2017 Sea Scout Academy - In 2002, the leaders of the Sam Houston Area Council Sea Scout Fleet launched a new event called Sea Scout Academy. Classes based on Sea Scout advancement were taught to about 35 youth from our council that first year. Fast forward to the 2017 Sea Scout Academy held on Martin Luther King Weekend at Sea Scout Base Galveston. This year 280 Sea Scouts from 29 ships across Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois representing ten councils pursued advancement opportunities on six different tracks ranging from Apprentice to apprenticing on the Elissa.

First Aid Training for Sea Scouts
First Aid training will be offered at Cockrell Scout Service Center for Sea Scout youth and adult leaders on February 25, 2017. Register here

Sail Daze 2017
The SHAC Sea Scout Fleet is hosting their annual small boat sailing event on April 22. If you are a Sea Scout, a Venture or a Boy Scout age 14 or older, make plans to get wet and spend the day on the water in small sailing craft. Check back next month for times and location.  

-Area 3 Sea Scout CPR/First Aid event
Saturday February 25, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
For more information, contact: Art Mowad artmowad@hotmail.com

For more information regarding Sam Houston Area Council Sea Scouts, please click here.
For information regarding Texas Sea Scouts, please click here.  
For information regarding Southern Region Sea Scouts, 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 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.

Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge Workshops
Sunday, February 26, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Rosenberg Railroad Museum
1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg, TX 77471
$25 - Reservation required

Scouts will learn about the history of railroading, its place in modern society, careers in railroading, and hobbies related to railroading.  There are no pre-requisites to complete! The class will cover all the requirements necessary to earn the Railroading merit badge.  
A Rosenberg Railroad Museum Volunteer who is trained in YPT and is a BSA Merit Badge Counselor, will direct each badge workshop. We will have blue cards for all participants and also be available to sign any blue cards the boys may have already opened and brought with them. Participants do not need to purchase or bring the badge book(s).
Please visit here, or call 281-633-2846 for more information or to reserve your space in one of the workshops.

Sam Houston State University - Scouts@SAM 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Sam Houston State University is hosting Scouts@SAM 2017. Scouts will be able to earn requirements for unique merit badges from university professors. For more information please click here.

Scout Skills Clinic and Night with the Houston Rockets
Wednesday, March 15th
Toyota Center
Scout Skills Clinic 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rockets game 7:00 p.m.
Join The Houston Rockets us for our annual Scout Clinic with the Houston Rockets! For the first 150 tickets purchased, Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in the Basketball Skills Workshop as well as earn your very own Houston Rockets badge.
Bring out your family and friends to watch James Harden and the rest of the Houston Rockets take on the L.A. Lakers.
Purchase your tickets:
By contacting Melissa Barousse at 713-758-7231 or email: melissab@rocketball.com
Or visiting here using promo code: Scout
Support Scouting      

Sporting Clays
The 21st Annual Sporting Clays Tournament will be held at Westside Sporting Grounds in Katy on April 27, 2017. We are excited to announce that Schlumberger is continuing as our Title Sponsor and Aguila Ammunition is continuing as our Ammunition Sponsor. Dave Miller, the Guiness Book of World Records shooter, will be attending as our Guest Shooter and offering his expertise to the highest bidder.
The tournament runs from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with lunch, auction, raffles and reception. We expect over 400 attendees to join us. This is a fun shoot and is designed for any and all interested participants, no matter your shooting ability.
For more information and to register for the tournament, please click here

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.

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