June 2018 eScouter
Top Stories
McNair Cub Summer Camp
McNair Cub Summer/Resident Camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the following school year. From Cub Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. All newly chartered Cub Scout Pack in the Sam Houston Area Council who sign up will receive 25% off registration. McNair Cub Summer/Resident Camp will have four sessions from July 8 to July 21, 2018. Please, click  here  for more information or contact Geno Aguilar (713-756-3304) geno.aguilar@scouting.org - Online Registration is NOW OPEN!
Update on Summer Camp 2019
The Sam Houston Area Council strives to become a leader in camping by having first-class facilities to provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts. In 2012, the Council approved a new Camping Vision Statement: " Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders ." Please click here to view the updates for Camp Strake including the updated future plans and construction timeline.
New Youth Protection Training for All Leaders
Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe, but when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve. Recently the BSA has released an updated youth protection training (YPT) which draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.
This updated training is now available on  my.Scouting .
ScoutsFirst for Help with Questions, Concerns and Reporting:  The ScoutsFirst Helpline also makes it easier for volunteers and families to address dangerous situations. If a leader or parent has a question about a situation, or something they've seen or if they want to report a possible incident, they can contact the Helpline for assistance. In cases of abuse, they should also notify the local authorities. ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871.
ScoutsFirst for Counseling and Support:  The Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing ongoing support to victims and their families, including counseling. We want to help victims heal, on their own terms, with a professional counselor of their choice. Through the ScoutsFirst Helpline, the Boy Scouts of America offers assistance with counseling to any youth member, former youth member, or the family of any youth member who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. To reach the ScoutsFirst Helpline, call (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871, or email  scouts1st@scouting.org . Support is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Additional resources can be found on  Sam Houston Area Council's website  or at  BSA's website .
Leader's News
Grow Scouting! - SCOUT ME IN!!!
3…2…1… BLAST OFF! The countdown to Fall Recruiting is here and with it the Sam Houston Area Council is excited to extend it’s Rocket into Scouting program. Every new Cub Scout who joins through the fall will get a rocket that he or she can launch at their local District Rocket Day! So what can you do now to make sure your Pack is “Go For Launch?”

  1. Recruit your New Member Coordinator – This member of your team will help welcome new Cub Scouts and their families to your Pack
  2. Put Rocket Days on Your Calendar!
  3. Connect with your District Membership Chair now
  4. Start advertising around your neighborhood now
  5. Make sure your attend your District Fall Recruiting Training in August to get your supplies and valuable training resources!

Help your Pack, your District, your Council and the BSA make this an Out Of This World Membership year by making sure your Pack is “Go For Launch!” 
3 Places to get answers to your questions about Family Scouting
After the historic 2017 decision to offer our iconic programs to both to boys and girls in 2018, many people have had questions about what that means and how to introduce those expanded program offerings in their communities.
The three key places where you can find answers to your questions about Family Scouting, including Cub Scouts and the Scouting program for older girls, are as follows:
The Marketing and Membership Hub
Family Friends of Scouting
In 2018, we are asking for your continued support of the Family Friends of Scouting campaign. Family Friends of Scouting is our annual appeal to all Scouting families in which we offer them the opportunity to support the character education and leadership programs that their children participate in. Your gifts to Scouting are very important to our success. The Sam Houston Area Council will invest $250 per youth member in 2018 to provide world-class programming. Please consider a gift at this level to support one Scout. If you can give more, please do. A gift of any amount is appreciated. Your gift to Scouting may be increased through company matching. Click here for more information about company matching gifts. 
If you missed the Family Friends of Scouting presentation for your unit, you can still make a gift to support Scouts. Click here to make an online gift or contact your district’s Family Friends of Scouting Chair and they will ensure your gift is submitted on your behalf. 
Popcorn
The 2018 Popcorn Sale is just a few months away! Scouts have the opportunity pay their own way through the 2018-2019 Scouting year and earn great prizes by selling delicious gourmet popcorn. We are very excited to partner with Trail’s End Popcorn. Trail’s End provides three great ways to sell popcorn; traditional take-order, store front, and through an online sales platform that looks and feels like a GoFundMe page.
Show and Sell ordering will go live on July 1, 2018. Orders will be due on August 1, 2018. Show and Sell popcorn will be picked up on August 18, 2018
On August 14th the Council will be hosting zone-kickoffs and unit kernel trainings. At these events, unit kernels and leaders will have the opportunity to learn about the ins-and-outs of the sale as well as the best tactics for achieving sales goals quickly. Unit kernels and leaders will also be able to pick up all sales materials, and sample popcorn at the kickoffs. 
Register for popcorn sales here .
Register for online sales here .
New Youth Protection Training for All Leaders
Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe, but when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve. Recently the BSA has released an updated youth protection training (YPT) which draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.
This updated training is now available on  my.Scouting .
ScoutsFirst for Help with Questions, Concerns and Reporting:  The ScoutsFirst Helpline also makes it easier for volunteers and families to address dangerous situations. If a leader or parent has a question about a situation, or something they've seen or if they want to report a possible incident, they can contact the Helpline for assistance. In cases of abuse, they should also notify the local authorities. ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871.
ScoutsFirst for Counseling and Support:  The Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing ongoing support to victims and their families, including counseling. We want to help victims heal, on their own terms, with a professional counselor of their choice. Through the ScoutsFirst Helpline, the Boy Scouts of America offers assistance with counseling to any youth member, former youth member, or the family of any youth member who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. To reach the ScoutsFirst Helpline, call (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871, or email  scouts1st@scouting.org . Support is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Additional resources can be found on  Sam Houston Area Council's website  or at  BSA's website .
Hazardous Weather Training
Effective April 30, 2018, NEW Direct Contact Leaders must complete Hazardous Weather training as part of the requirements to be considered trained for their position. Direct Contact Leaders currently trained in their positions will not be required to complete this training although it is highly recommended. This training is available online at any time from My.Scouting.org . Further information can be found here as well as frequently asked questions here .
Wood Badge
This fall, experience the BSA Adult Leadership training that goes beyond Scouting! Wood Badge is BSA's ultimate leadership training for adults. Designed for leaders of all BSA programs - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Sea Scouts - Wood Badge is a fun, challenging, and an inspirational Scouting experience.
You can expect to develop skills in many areas, including leadership theory, team building, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, project planning, and more that can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, and crews to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs. For more information click here .
SHAC 18-2  – September 14-16 and October 5-7 (both weekends begin Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm)
Save the Date! Fun with Family
October 19-21, 2018  
The Super Heroes are back!
Fun with Family on is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch  (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more. Registration opens soon.
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.
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
Be A Scoutreach Volunteer
-Use your experience to help Scouting's neediest youth 
-Help expand Scouting into new parts of Southeast Texas
-Volunteer according to your schedule and availability
Scoutreach is the Sam Houston Area Council's program to build Scouting in traditionally under served communities. 7,000 Scouts participate in this program, which are primarily led by paid employees. Most unit activities are held in elementary and middle schools throughout Houston. The goal of the Scoutreach program is for all participants to have the same experiences and opportunities as those in traditional, volunteer led, programs. Scoutreach parents are not typically available to provide the support enjoyed by traditional volunteer units. Experienced Scout Volunteers are needed to bring the skill components to the Scout's experience.
SHAC's new Scoutreach Volunteer program will fill this gap and ensure a high quality program is delivered to these Scouts. Volunteers are needed to help in ScoutReach Boy Scout Camping and Merit Badge Classes, and Cub Scout Day Experiences. Campout assistance is generally needed for day only classes, although leaders that can stay over night are needed from time to time.
Volunteers must be registered Scouters and have completed youth protection training. Please contact Lionel Jellins at  lionel@jellins.net  to volunteer to let us know your areas of interest and knowledge. Scoutreach will develop a calendar of events where volunteers are most needed and we will be happy to match you with an opportunity to serve. Opportunities will include:
-Spring and Fall Overnight Camping - Teach Tenderfoot through 1st Class Skills
-Spring and Fall Merit Badge Event - Conduct a One Day Merit Badge program
-Pinewood Build and Race Derby - Assist Scouts in building a Pinewood Derby Car, assist in conducting a ScoutReach Wide Pinewood Derby
-Training and Roundtable Events for Program Specialists - Help teach our Program Specialists the skills they need to implement a high quality program.
Scouts with Disabilities
A new year can present some different challenges for Scouts with disabilities. With changes in schedules and routines it is important for both parents and leaders to be prepared for camping experience. To help ensure that both parents and leaders are as prepared as possible the Sam Houston Area Council has a portion of its website dedicated to helping Scouts with Special Needs. Please visit here  for FAQs, resources, other information to ensure that Scouting is accessible and enjoyable to all Scouts.
For specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact  Janet Kelly with the Disabilities Awareness Committee
Enterprise Risk Management Committee
The purpose of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) committee is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. 
Click here to view recent Safety Alerts.
Click here for Incident reporting information.
Click here for Safety moment topics.
Click here f or Emergency Preparedness Resources.  
For suggestions or comments please contact  yeldellse@yahoo.com  or Mike Narvaez  coachmike19@gmail.com
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Exploring
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 Cub Scouts, Boy Scout Troops and Venturers. Bovay Scout Ranch has year round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps. 
McNair Cub Adventure Camp
McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout 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 more information, please click here .
World Scout Jamboree
July 22 - August 9, 2019
The 24th World Scout Jamboree is an educational event that brings together the world's young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills. The jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past world jamboree programs, such as the Global Development Village, the World Scout Centre, a special sustainability initiative, and the socialization elements that allow participants to make lifelong friends from around the world. To learn more, please click here .
Exciting Exploring opportunities!
The Sam Houston Area Council is excited to announce several Exploring opportunities kicking off this month! Exploring is career education for young men and women, ages 14-20. These students receive hands-on experience and determine if a career field is right for them. They will also get to fellowship with others sharing their same interests. Exploring can be the first step in identifying career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment. Please share with your units. See descriptions & contact information below:
New Law Enforcement Programs
Law Enforcement Career Exploring offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program  promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.
  • Spring Branch ISD Police Department, 9009 Ruland, Houston, TX. For more information contact Officer Garcia at Cindy.Garcia@springbranchisd.com or 713-984-9805. 
  • Texas Medical Center Police Department, 2151 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX. For more information contact Lt. Meier at SMeier@tmc.edu or at 281-414-6023
The Health Museum- Health Care Exploring
Are you interested in a career in the medical field? Health Care Career Exploring is a hands-on program where you will learn from medical professionals who work in the healthcare industry every day. You will learn about various areas of the healthcare field, including Healthcare Administration, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Microbiology, and Dentistry. 
Katy Christian Ministries- Social Services Exploring
Are you interested in a career in Social Services? Social Services Career Exploring is a wonderful enriching program where you will participate in a wide variety of hands-on projects to give you a real feel for whether this career is the right one for you. You will be able to participate in many community engagement activities that are vital in this field. You will also network with professionals who work in these careers every day. Furthermore, you will learn about the educational requirements for a career in Social Services and will receive tangible advice on steps you could take now to prepare and position yourself for a successful career in the field of Social Services.
  • Katy Christian Ministries, 5504 1st St., Katy, TX. For more information contact: Tammi Biel at tammi.biel@ktcm.org or 281-391-5261
Houston Forensic Science Center- Science Exploring
The HFSC Explorer program will give students an introduction to forensic science and some of the disciplines that fall under that umbrella. You will get to experience firsthand what it’s like to be on the cutting edge of scientific discoveries and what it takes to have a career in Forensic Science. Register and attend the Open House & Orientation either on June 2 or June 16 and learn more! Click here to register for the open house.
  • Houston Forensic Science Center at Lt. Barry McDermott Crime Scene House 1620 Crockett Street, Houston, TX. For more info, contact Adam Whitman at info@houstonforensicscience.org
The Estes Law Office- Law & Government Exploring
Does the field of Law & Government peak your interest? The Estes Law Office in Fort Bend County will strive to support and guide students interested in the field of law. The most popular careers in this field include: attorney, judge, paralegal, court reporter, and city manager. Explorers will get to experience firsthand what it’s like to serve as an attorney, conduct legal research vital to the success of a case, meet with attorneys, participate in a mock trial competition, and so much more!
  • The Estes Law Office 716 S. Union Street, Richmond, TX. For more information contact Tammy Galvan at 281-238-5400.

Please contact Michelle Phillips at michelle.phillips@scouting.org if you have any questions or need additional information. 
Venturing
Click here to find all the Venturing news including, Venturing Forums, upcoming events calendars, and Crew Committee Challenge Training. 
Venturing Leadership Award deadline is June 1, 2018
Venturing Banquet is August 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at the Cockrell Scout Center
Want to Know More?
Follow the SHAC VOA on Twitter @shacventuring
Instagram @shacventuring
Or FaceBook @ SHACVenturing
Sea Scouts Fleet
Next Sea Scouts Fleet Meeting: June 20, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cockrell Scout Center 
2018 Sea Scouts Minto Rendezvous – September 7-9, 2018 – Registration is open! Click here
Contact: Royal B. Freas, rbfreas@UTMB.EDU for more information.
For resources, events, activities and 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. Annually, the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE answers over 957,600 calls for help. 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
Houston Astros Scout Day and Parade
Sunday, June 24th
1:10 p.m.
Parade time: TBD
Watch the Houston Astros take on the Kansas City Royals and participate in a pre-game parade. For ticket and parade information, please contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or broussard@Astros.com
Typhoon Texas Scout Days
Typhoon Texas is excited to announce it's 2018 Scout Days and packages for June 16th and July 21st.
Scout Day Prices
Scout Supreme- $29.99
Includes: Admission, Hamburger Meal, Typhoon Texas Fun Patch, unlimited drink pass
Season Pass Holder - $15.00
Includes: Hamburger Meal, unlimited drinks & Typhoon Texas Fun Patch
For more information, please contact Andrew Boettcher at  andrew.boettcher@typhoontexas.com . To purchase tickets, please click here .
Welding Merit Badge
Saturday, June 9th - Orientation - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Betchel WPTC 7208 Harms Rd.Houston, TX 77041
Sunday, June 10th - Hands on Welding and Fabrication - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Elite Welding Academy, 7119 Village Way Housotn, TX 77041
Lunch and drink will be provided
This opportunity is limited to 30 Scouts, ages 14 and over.
Limited space means that it is first come-first serve basis.
Only (5) five scouts per Troop. A fee of $20 per scout will be collected to cover the welding
safety equipment. The Scouts will be able to keep the welding jacket, gloves and glasses. Long sleeve shirts, full length pants and closed shoes are required. For more information, please click here .
To register please contact: crenfro2@eliteweldingacademy.com or call 713-640-1794.
For Scout questions or additional information contact:
John Husfeld at aws2john@yahoo.com or call 832-876-6097
Baybrook Mall Microsoft Store Youth Summer Camps
Scouts of all ages are invited to attend Youth Summer Camp workshops at the Baybrook Mall Microsoft Store. These camps are 100% FREE and are geared toward offering additional learning development in STEM, Robotics, Code and Windows application workshops.
The passion of Microsoft is to empower youth to achieve more, through the use of technology. While striving to make STEM, Robotics, Code and Windows application workshops fun and exciting! For more information and to register, please click here .
ARRL Field day
June 23 and June 24
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. For more information, please click here .
The ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA, representing over 170,000 FCC-licensed Amateurs. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.
Scout Day at The Harlem Globetrotters 
Sunday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Berry Center
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).
Special Scout Offer $18.50-$33.50 tickets
Includes Official Harlem Globetrotters Scout Patch!PLUS Exclusive Pre-game Meet and Greet for the First 100 Scout Tickets Purchased For Scout Day!
Contact Christina 281-367-9717 or email at christina@texasgrouptickets.com for groups of ten or more or use the CBSCOUT code online here .
Scout Night at Marvel Universe Live
Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
NRG Stadium
Scouts unite! Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow and the Guardians of the Galaxy unite in a race against time to defeat Loki in an epic quest to defend the universe from evil. Marvel's mightiest heroes face off against some of the most threatening villians in the Marvel Universe.
Exclusive Scout Offer, SAVE up to $10 on tickets! Scout ticket prices are $27, $22 or $17 based on seating location.
Contact Christina 281-367-9717 or email at christina@texasgrouptickets.com for groups of ten or more or use the TXGRP code online here .
Can’t come on Scout Night? Get discounted tickets for one of our other performances. 
Scout Days at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Still need plans for the summer. Try our weeklong Summer Scout classes at our Hermann Park and Sugar Land locations. Boy Scouts, Webelos, Bears, and Wolves can earn Merit Badges or Adventures while exploring the exhibits of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Save the Date! STEM Nova Day at HMNS on September 22 nd from 9: a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Bear, Wolf, and Webelos STEM/Nova Awards: Fearful Symmetry and Uncovering the Past.
Boy Scouts STEM/Nova Awards: Let it Grow! and Shoot!
Cub Scouts and Webelos, looking to get an early start on your STEM/Nova Award? Participate in our annual STEM/Nova Overnight to get a head start on your Out of this World STEM/Nova Award. Visit hmns.org/overnights for additional information. 
Like us on our Scouts@HMNS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ScoutsHMNS
Support Scouting
Donate your vehicle or boat
To donate a car, truck, RV, trailer, boat or motor to the Sam Houston Area Council, please visit One Car One Difference, found here . For more information about One Car One Difference, the Boy Scouts of America's Vehicle donation program, please click here .
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the Scouting National Honor Society. For 101 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 .
Find out more at samhoustonbsa.org