September 2020 eScouter
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SHAC Communication for COVID-19 Response
The leadership of the Sam Houston Area Council would like to present our responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and protocols for Scouting operations going forward. For more information, please click here.
Scouting has emerged as a program that can stay the course. This is a great time to advertise for all of the wonderful activities your unit will do in the coming months! Local advertising on social media sites like Facebook and Nextdoor should drive interested parents to your page where they can inquire directly to unit leaders about when they can join local scouting units. Also new this year is the “Text to Join” feature, in which interested families can text “Cub Scout” to 31996 and will be taken to the new landing page to find their local Cub Scout Pack. Other brand new Digital resources are available as well.
If you are a leader in a Cub Scout Pack, sign up to take the Council’s Fall Recruiting Training this Wednesday, August 5th. You can register to attend this virtual training by visiting and registering to attend. Please click below to see the new Scout Talk video. To read more about our new resource click here.
Merit Badge Days
September 12, September 26, October 17, and November 21. 
Camp Strake
Scouts in troops can participate in one-day merit badge classes held at Camp Strake Please click here for more details.
Safety moment
Camping is a long-honored tradition for many families, including the BSA family. Timing, supplies, and location should be determined ahead of time so you can make the most of your camping experience. For more information, please click here.
Leader's News
Help your Scout earn their own way, while maintaining social distancing! Trail’s End Popcorn offers online sales! Scouts can sell to friends and family all over the nation to help fund their program. Online selling is easy! Scouts can earn funds for their unit, and points towards the new prizes program with more rewards levels than ever before. To start selling online go to Trail’s to sign up. Create an account and start sharing!
Summer Camp 2021
It’s not too soon to start planning to attend Camp Strake during the summer of 2021. Come be part of the first year of summer camp programs at amazing first-class Camp Strake! Program areas include shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery, sporting arrows), climbing, rappelling, swimming, STEM, biking, boating, and more. Each week of camp is limited to approximately 300 participating Scouts. This number affords the ability to offer an exciting program while meeting participant and unit needs. Troops will be able to register online starting in September. Troops that had their reservations cancelled for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic will have the first opportunity to sign up for 2021. We look forward to seeing you there! To learn more about Camp Strake, please click here.
2020 BSA National Membership fee increase
The value of Scouting is undeniable for those within the program and the greater public, and we are committed to continuing to offer this unmatched opportunity to young people and families nationwide.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has worked to keep the membership fee as low as possible. Unfortunately, operating costs have continued to rise and COVID-19 has compounded the need to increase the fee to maintain the program.
To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the updated national membership fee is
  • $66 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants
  • $42 for Exploring participants
  • $42 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee
  • one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing
These fees do not include the council insurance fee of $4 for all registered Scouts and leaders.
For more information, please visit here.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - November and December 2020
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Scouts 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. Please monitor the NYLT page on the council website for further information about winter 2020 NYLT courses. 
Wood Badge - March 2021
Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America's ultimate leadership training, and consists of A:  five full days of group training, usually held over two weekends, and B: completion of a 5-part plan of action (called a “ticket”) over the following 18 months. For more information and upcoming course dates please click here.
University of Scouting- Fall 2020 online (early November) and in person classes November 14, 2020
University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for leaders of all program levels, district and council leaders and parents.  Consult this page for more information.
Winter Camp
Winter camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. Winter camp will be held at the new Camp Strake (Hines Lake Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331). Camp will run from December 26-31. Over 60 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp. Registration is coming soon. For more information please click 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. 
All scheduled activities for SHAC have been canceled through September 30, 2020 – with that, we are working to find a new date for your class. 
Emergency Preparedness Awareness Resources: Hurricane Season (June-October) 
Visit the Enterprise Risk Management page by clicking here.
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
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection Training (YPT) is designed to help keep youth safe from abuse. During YPT, participants learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. This course must be completed by all registered leaders, and is highly recommended for parents and other adults working with youth. 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. 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.
Cub Scouts
Cub Scout Sports Days
This fall we will be conduction several one day cub scout events. More information is coming soon.
Scouts BSA
Merit Badge Days
September 12, September 26, October 17, and November 21. 
Camp Strake
Scouts in troops can participate in one-day merit badge classes held at Camp Strake Please click here for more details.
SHAC Venturing
Venturing Forums – Venturing forum is to provide training, information, and motivation to Venturing adult leaders and crew officers. The Forum should be considered supplemental training to Venturing Leader Specific Training, and is an outstanding opportunity to continue the Venturing leader training and education.  Full calendar can be found here.

Venturing Committee Zoom Meeting – September 23, 2020
For Zoom information, contact: Chris Green
Venturing Forum – October 15, 2020
Save the Date for Venturing Challenge – February 19-21, 2021
Be sure to follow SHAC Venturing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or SHAC Venturing
Sea Scouts Fleet
The Sea Scout Fleet Committee Zoom meeting, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. Contact: Tony Scharp for Zoom meeting information.
September 11-13, 2020 – Minto Regional Rendezvous - Cancelled
Sea Scouting builds character through high adventure. Join for the water, stay for the fun
Resources, Events and Activities. Learn more by clicking here.
Scouting Opportunities
Houston Museum of Natural Science Scout Programs
Scouts classes at HMNS. For more information on our in-person or virtual classes click here!
Virtual STEM Nova Day at HMNS, September 19th – 20th! For more information, please click here!  
Support Scouting
Amazon Smile
Activate AmazonSmile on Your Mobile Phone to Support Scouting. With a few simple steps, adding this no-cost feature can help support Scouting with every eligible purchase. To learn more, please click here.
Sporting Clays Tournament
October 8, 2020
Greater Houston Sports Club
6700 McHard Rd.
Houston, TX 77053
Help support Scouting by participating in the Annual Sporting Clays Event. This exciting and challenging shotgun clay shooting event is a great team competition that supports the Scouting program. For more information, please click here.
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 over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. For more information, contact your OA chapter.
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