March 2020 eScouter
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Scout Fair 2020
Join us Saturday, April 4, 2020 at NRG Arena for our exciting Scout Fair. This year we are partnered with Topgolf to “Tee Up with Scouting”! The Sam Houston Area Council is excited to announce that Topgolf will be providing weekly drawing winners along with 220 Top Sellers with a special bonus prize. The 2020 Coupon Book is bigger and better with new partners. The $10 book is a great way for Scouts to fundraiser while learning to earn their own way. Scout Fair is an amazing event where Scouts from all over the council come together to unite in one place and show off their Scouting skills. Come out an enjoy the fair. As always, the event is free, parking costs per vehicle. Sign up to host a booth at the event  here , or for information about selling coupon books click here .
New and improved this year - JOIN THE FUN FACT ACTIVITY AT SCOUT FAIR -win prizes from fishing poles to drones through this scavenger-hunt activity that rewards Scouts and families for visiting a variety of booths, from conservation to STEM to scoutcraft.
Saturday, May 9
Camp Strake Open House
Please plan to join us for an open house at Camp Strake on Saturday, May 9th. More details will follow. For more information about Camp Strake, please click here .
Family Friends of Scouting
As we begin 2020, we are asking for your continued support of the Friends of Scouting Campaign. 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 program that they believe so much in. Your gifts to Scouting are crucial to our success as one of the largest and most successful Boy Scout Councils in America. The Sam Houston Area Council will spend $250 per youth member in 2020 to guarantee our youth are getting the best program possible. Please consider helping us offset that cost by making a contribution at this level, or more. Any gift of any amount is greatly appreciated and will ensure that the Sam Houston Area Council can continue to offer the world class programming that you have come to know. As always, your contributions are 100% tax deductible and may be matched by your employer. Family Friends of Scouting dollars that are contributed in the Sam Houston Area Council are always used locally within our Council to be able to continue offering our great program. For more information and to donate, please click  here   . If they haven’t already, a district volunteer will be contacting your unit to schedule our annual Friends of Scouting presentation for 2020. We appreciate your help in making sure that we are able to tell the Scouting story and the vast impact of our program to your unit’s families and in offering them a chance to support our annual Friends of Scouting campaign.
Leader's News
Super Troop
Is your troop not going to Camp Strake in 2020 but you want to go? Super Troop may to the answer for you!
Super Troop is a temporary troop made up of Scouts from around the council and is a fantastic opportunity for Scouts to attend an extra week of summer camp, attend camp individually if they can't attend with their unit, or for those Scouts who just like to camp. Super Troop is staffed each week by experienced volunteer Scouters. There will be two Super Troops in 2020; July 12-18, 2020 and July 19-25, 2020. For more information or to register please click here .
Camp Staff
Camp staff is an experience that is truly unforgettable. It is a chance to spend your whole summer working at a beautiful camp while teaching kids and having fun. Every day is fully rewarding to you as a staff member and to the campers in whose lives you have made a difference. Camp work is often demanding as we keep a packed schedule running the campers we serve; but the opportunities, rewards and experiences available to you on camp staff are endless. Serving on camp staff is the best way to spend a summer. For more information, please visit our Camp Staff page by clicking here.
2020 District Day Camp / Twilight Camp
Put on your Spacesuits and get ready to elevate into the best week of the summer at a Day/Twilight Camp that's “2020 A Scout Odyssey.” Camps will be full of fun and excitement. Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade for the following school year may attend. Scouts will make new friends and share all kinds of new experiences such as earning shooting BB guns and archery, learning new skills, playing sports and games and making crafts. Each Scout will receive a T-shirt and patch. To register, please click here . Day Camp advancements supplements the exciting program offered at Bovay Scout Ranch Resident Camp.
Wood Badge
March 13-15 and 28-29, 2020
Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America's ultimate leadership training designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of Scouters in all aspects of the BSA, whether unit, district, or council level – from assistant den leaders to Scoutmasters, from Cubmasters to Venturing Advisors, from committee members to commissioners. It is a fun, energetic and inspiring course guaranteed to infuse your unit with fun and meaning – all designed to fulfill the mission of the BSA, and ensure our youth is getting everything they are promised from the program. Click here for more information.
University of Scouting
March 21, 2020-Scouting for Knowledge
University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for leaders of all program levels, district and council leaders and parents. It is an action-packed, fun-filled day of training. Participants choose from over 100 courses led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, University of Scouting will help you be a better leader.  To Register, please click here .
Powder Horn 2020
Seeking New Adventures!
Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course that helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship.
The course spans two, three-day weekends:
Weekend #1 is April 17-19, 2020 ( Bovay Scout Ranch , Navasota, TX)
Weekend #2 is May 1-3, 2020 ( Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve , Houston, TX)
Learn more by clicking here – early-bird discount until March 1
Summer NYLT
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Scouts (13 and older) in troops, crews and ships with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. June 7-12 or June 14-19, 2020 at Bovay Scout Ranch. For more information, please click here .
Eagle Class of 2019
Scouts whose paperwork for Eagle Scout Boards of Review, conducted in 2019, turned in before March 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM will be invited to the 2019 Eagle Scout reception on May 3. Any paperwork received after that date, for an Eagle Scout Board of Review that took place in 2019, will not receive the invitation to the Eagle Scout reception, and may not be recognized on the council Eagle Wall within the appropriate year.
Note that this does not affect the date the youth earned Eagle Scout, but only effects when that youth will be recognized on our council's Eagle Wall and whether or not he gets an invitation to be a part of the 2019 Eagle Scout reception. 
If you have questions please contact either Jennifer Ausmus or Brendan Cronin
Eagle Wall at Cockrell Scout Center 
To help honor the accomplishments of the young men who earn the Eagle Scout rank annually, our Sam Houston Area Council maintains a wall with the names of all Eagle Scouts in front of the Cockrell Service Center. During the 3rd quarter of 2020 the Sam Houston Area Council plans to add the names of the young men who earned their Eagle Scout rank in 2019. In order to ensure that the names on the wall appear correctly it is important that every Eagle Scout and his family read the procedures below. Please note that a postcard with similar instructions will be sent shortly in the mail to each 2019 Eagle Scout as well. 
Procedures to Verify Name Spelling on Eagle Wall: 
  • Go to the Sam Houston Area Council's Eagle Wall website, click here.
  • Click on the 2019 Eagle Scouts button
  • Check the spelling of the Eagle Scout’s name (note the column NAME ON WALL is how the Eagle Scout's name will appear on the wall)
  • If the scout's name is spelled/displayed correctly then no additional action is needed
  • If the scout's name is NOT spelled/displayed correctly, then click on the Submit Corrections to the Eagle Scout Wall button on the Sam Houston Area Council's Eagle Wall website
  • Follow the procedure to submit a name change
  • Please go all the way through the procedures and hit Checkout
  • There is no fee to submit a change
  • When you have gone through the entire procedure you will receive an email that looks like a receipt from Doubleknot, the council online event registration system (make sure to check spam and/or junk folders).
The deadline to submit corrections is May 31, 2020. Corrections received after this date may not appear on the Eagle Wall when the 2019 names are added in the 3rd quarter of 2020. 
Should you have any questions about this process please contact either Jennifer Ausmus or Brendan Cronin
Congratulations to the winners of the 42 nd annual Council First Aid Meet 
This year we had a great turnout-26 patrols from around our Council competed February 8 at the Houston Fire Department Training Academy Center. Our number of patrols participating in this event continues to grow.
2020 First Aid Meet Results:
Highest Mega Scenario Score of 44
Troop 1314 Flaming Norwhals Patrol – Aquila District
Overall winning patrols-
1 st place - Troop 1314 Flaming Norwhals patrol-Aquila District
2 nd place - Troop 30 Beaver patrol-Lone Star district
3 rd place - Troop 30 Silver Foxes patrol-Lone Star district
Nominations Now Open for Philmont 2020!
The Sam Houston Area Council is now accepting nominations for its Houston Philmont Crews treks for the summer of 2020. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young men that will be 14 or older by June 23, 2020. 
Houston Philmont Crews is a program established for Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council that would like the unique opportunity to experience the most celebrated of high-adventure and backpacking in a Scouting environment. The Philmont experience can be a life changing event and this program is being offered to Scouts that meet certain requirements and would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend because of financial challenges. For eligible Scout youth all fees, use of ultra-light equipment, backpacking clothes, food and transportation will be provided. A personal commitment to participate in all meetings and training activities from Scouts chosen is mandatory. A financial commitment of $100 is required to participate. To apply, or nominate a Scout: Contact Sam Houston Area Council Michael Moore at or (713) 865-9154.
National Scout Jamboree
July 21-30, 2021
Live Scouting’s Adventure
Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together for a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. The result is the national Scout jamboree. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website .
Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories.
The jamboree is the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience. For more information and to register, please click here .
Youth Protection Training
The new Youth Protection curriculum came online two years ago, which means that those who took the training soon after it was published will need to take it again-and should do so long before recharter season.
You can find out more information about YPT here and you can go to to take online YPT.
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
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. 
Enterprise Risk Management 2020 First Aid Trainings:
  • Adult & Child First Aid/CPR/AED Blended Learning: Cost per person: $40 - March 14, April 18, May 2, 2020
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA): Cost per person: $90* - Saturday / Saturday - May 16 & 30, 2020
Click here for registration information for these trainings
All Classes will be held at Cockrell Scout Center, 2225 N Loop West, Houston, TX 77008
*Class fees include lunch
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, weather-related safety, winter activity, and winter sport.
Click here for Safety moment topics.
Click here for a listing of resent Safety alerts.
Click here for Incident reporting information.
For suggestions or comments please contact  or Mike Narvaez
Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, 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, Scouts BSA Troops and Venturers. Bovay Scout Ranch has year round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps. For more information, please click here .
McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch
Please reserve your attendance now for McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch by clicking here . 2020 Spring Adventure Camp dates are open.
You are invited to explore and enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the east Texas rolling hills and lakes at McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. McNair Cub Adventure Camp has a variety of camping opportunities for everyone from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA Troops and Venture Crews. With year round camping program opportunities for all levels of Cub Scouts including Weekend Adventure Camps and the new Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme Adventure Camp. McNair Cub Adventure Camp has a great swimming pool and an air conditioned dining hall (closed on Weekend Camping dates). For more information click here .
Weekend Unit Camping
Units that plan to schedule Shooting Sports Activities need to read the new Shooting Sport Manual. 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. The Trading Post will be open on some Weekend Camping dates. For more information click here .
March 25, 2020 - Venturing Committee Meeting
April 14, 2020 - Venturing Form
August 8, 2020 - Venturing Banquet 
Follow the SHAC VOA on Twitter @shacventuring
Instagram @shacventuring
Or FaceBook @ SHACVenturing
Sea Scouts Fleet
The Sea Scout Fleet meeting, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Cockrell Scout Center.
Sea Scouting builds character through high adventure. Join for the water, stay for the fun
Resources, Events and Activities. Learn more by clicking here.
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Training – Saturday, March 21, at South Shore Marina, 2500 So. Shore Blvd., League City. The Auxiliary will train adult members in navigation, boat safety, weather, communication and other things. For more information the youth should send their names to Neal Farmer at .
SHAC Sea Scouts have been invited on Saturday, March 28, to talk about Sea Scouts and attend a tour of the Houston Maritime Museum, Contact:
Scout Fair – April 4 at NGR Arena – The Sea Scouts plan to have a ship simulator at Scout Fair, presented by the America’s Boating Club. Also, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will bring a small USCG ship to display with the sailboats that the SHAC fleet will display at Scout Fair.
Sail Daze – will be on Saturday, May 2, at Lake Houston’s Deussen Park, 12303 Sonnier St. Plans include sailboat races, and trying to pick up a greased watermelon out of the lake while sailing. For more information, contact Peter Cushman after 4 p.m. at 281-389-2422, or email .
For more Sea Scout reference information:
SHAC Facebook page: SHAC Sea Scouts: For up-to-the-minute details.
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. 2-1-1 can also be a needed resource for hurricane season.
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 Days at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Take a scout class at our HMNS Sugar Land location during Spring Break! Classes are from 9:30 to 2:30 on March 11th – 13th.  Citizenship in the Community (11th), Citizenship in the Nation (12th), Communications (12th), Citizenship in the World (13th), Family Life (13th), Personal Management (13th) and First Aid and Environmental Science are two day classes on March 11th – 12th.  
Need plans for the summer for your scouts? Check out the week-long Summer Scout Classes at The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Scouts BSA, Webelos, Bears, Wolves, and Tigers can earn merit badges or adventures while enjoying the environment of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Saturday scout classes for Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos can work towards Adventures in two-hour classes. Entrance to the general exhibits is included for the scout and one parent/chaperone. 
There are 19 merit badges available during the school year for Scouts BSA at HMNS, including five Eagle Scout required badges: Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Family Life and Personal Management. 
Like us on our Scouts@HMNS Facebook page here or visit here for more information.
Scouts Night at the Houston Roughnecks
March 7th, 2020, 1:00 p.m. & March 22nd, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
The Houston Roughnecks would like to extend a special discount offer to all Scouts in the Houston area! Join in on the fun and action to watch your Houston Roughnecks go against the Seattle Dragons or DC Defenders.
A special Houston Roughnecks patch will be available with the purchase of each Scout ticket. Patch to be picked up at TDECU Stadium, the day of the game. To purchase tickets, please click here .
Badge Workshops at Moody Gardens  
Don’t just earn it, Learn it! Scouts ages 11-17 are eligible to participate in our merit badge workshops. Scouts can choose one of two workshops offered each month. Please email, visit our website here , or call 409-683-4320 for more information and registration.
Workshop price is just $30 per Scout
$30 Day Pass For family of participating Scouts. (valid only day of workshop)
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Bird Study, Insect Study
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2020 - Mammal Study, Environmental Science
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Reptile & Amphibian Study, Emergency Prep
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - Nature Study, Forestry
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - Sustainability, Weather
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 - Oceanography, Landscape Architecture
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 .
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