August 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 .
Membership
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 www.shac.org/join 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 www.shac.org/join 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 www.shac.org/recruiting 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
Saturdays and Sundays in August
Tellepsen Scout Camp
Scouts in troops can participate in one-day merit badge classes held at Tellepsen Scout Camp on Saturdays and Sundays in August. 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
Family Friends of Scouting
As we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hoping to see our Scout meetings return to some sense of normalcy with their venues, days, and times of their meetings. With this we will begin to restart our annual Family Friends of Scouting campaign to ensure that we are able to offer the same, or more, resources to our local communities that we have in the past. Please see the below video that offers a great overall explanation of our annual Friends of Scouting Campaign. 
We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to complete the annual Friends of Scouting presentation for 2020. Please expect a communication from one of our district volunteers or Scouting professional to see how we can best assist you and fit into your schedule. If you would like to financially support Scouting now, you can always click here . 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.
Popcorn
The Trail’s End popcorn fundraiser is a great way for Scouts to fund their adventure. The Trail’s End selling app is improved from last year, Scouts can accept credit cards on all sales with no transaction fees. The online sale is already up and running. Register your Scout to sell online! For more information, please click here .
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.
The membership fees will take effect August 1, 2020, for new members in the 2020-2021 program year. For renewing members, the new fee will take effect on October 1, 2020. The updated unit charter fee will take effect August 1, 2020, for all new and rechartering units.
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 Jamboree Update 7/14/2021
It is with great disappointment we announce that the 2021 National Jamboree has been postponed. For further information please click here for the postponement Frequently Asked Questions.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
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. 
Powder Horn - October 22-25, 2020
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.
Learn more by clicking  here .
Wood Badge - Dates for the next course will be announced soon
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-Early November 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.
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  yeldellse@yahoo.com  or Mike Narvaez  coachmike19@gmail.com
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 .
For an update on National BSA's Consideration of Bankruptcy, 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
Saturdays and Sundays in August
Tellepsen Scout Camp
Scouts in troops can participate in one-day merit badge classes held at Tellepsen Scout Camp on Saturdays and Sundays in August. Please click here for more details.
National Jamboree Update 7/14/2021
It is with great disappointment we announce that the 2021 National Jamboree has been postponed. For further information please click here for the postponement Frequently Asked Questions.
Venturing
SHAC Venturing
SHAC Venturing Calendar 2020:
September 23, 2020 – Venturing Committee Meeting, at the at 7:00 p.m.
Be sure to follow SHAC Venturing on Instagram , Facebook , Twitter, or SHAC Venturing
Sea Scouts Fleet
The Sea Scout Fleet Committee Zoom meeting, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. 
Sea Scouting builds character through high adventure. Join for the water, stay for the fun
Resources, Events and Activities. Learn more by clicking here .
National Jamboree Update 7/14/2021
It is with great disappointment we announce that the 2021 National Jamboree has been postponed. For further information please click here for the postponement Frequently Asked Questions.
Scouting Opportunities
Scouts@HMNS is continuing with our Summer Scouts program as scheduled. However, we have implemented additional health and safety procedures for the safety of our scouts and staff. You can read more about these modifications by clicking here . We are also offering virtual options for those looking to earn badges from home! For a list of our virtual offerings for scouts, click here. Virtual STEM Nova Day at HMNS, September 19th – 20th! For more information, please click here !
Support Scouting
Amazon Smile
Shop at smile.amazon.com . Same products, same prices, same services as the Amazon you know. Choose the Sam Houston Area Council as your favorite charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. It is just that easy to make a difference.
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 .
Find out more at samhoustonbsa.org