Flaming Arrow District Roundtable

February 1, 2018  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the first Thursday of the month (except July) at the Kingwood LDS Church (4021 Deerbrook Dr, Kingwood) at 7:00 pm to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas, information on upcoming events and trainings, and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.


District Recognition Dinner

January 19, 2018

The Recognition Dinner is an opportunity for a night of fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and thank our adult volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Flaming Arrow District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized. All volunteers in Flaming Arrow District are invited! The registration fee is $16.50 for the first Scouter and $15 for each additional Scouter. The late fee is $25 and begins 1/15/18. 

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Scout Fair Coupon Book Kick-off

January 25, 2018   l   7:00 - 8:00 pm

Scout Fair KickoffScout Fair coupon books sales are a brilliant way for units to raise money and prepare Scouts to earn their own way! The Scout Fair coupon book offers great savings for the buyer, while Scouts earn commissions for every $10 coupon book purchased. At the Scout Fair Kickoff, unit leaders receive training and materials. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. Leaders will also receive information on prizes and how their unit can participate at Scout Fair to earn an additional 10% commission. The kickoff meeting is being held at 7:00 pm at Woodforest Presbyterian (15330 Wallisville Rd., Houston, TX 77049). Each unit should send at least one representative. For more information, contact Jeff Hammonds.

RSVP for Kick-off and Sign-up to Sell Coupon Books       Learn More about Coupon Books


District First Aid Meet

January 27, 2018

The First Aid Meet is an event that challenges Scouts abilities to perform first aid in simulated real-life situations. Boy Scout patrols compete in practical first aid problems, displaying hands-on skills from the Boy Scout Handbook, First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet and current American Red Cross guidelines. The top three scoring patrols represent the district at the council First Aid Meet. The district first aid meet is being hosted by Troop 1922. The cost is $21.50 for the first patrol and $20 for each additional patrol; registration includes breakfast tacos and coffee/juice. Patrols are made up of five to eight Scouts. After 1/24/18, the cost is $25 per patrol (breakfast not included). Registration closes 1/26/18. There is no onsite registration. The event is being held at Lakeside United Methodist Church (14303 West Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77044).

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Webelos Do Your Best

February 16-18, 2018

Webelos sitting in front of camp fireWebelos Do Your Best is a weekend campout designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. Activities typically include knot tying, orienteering, archery, BB guns, Frisbee golf, and scavenger hunts, just to name a few. On Saturday evening, there will be a flag retirement ceremony and Arrow of Light Ceremony. The event is being held at Camp Brosig (1893 Trenckman Road, Sealy, TX 77474)

Registration is a two-step process. Step 1: The unit leader or Webelos den leader is to RSVP with estimated numbers for planning purposes by January 15, 2018, for planning purposes. Campsite and program assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Step 2: Payment is typically completed by the unit leader or Webelos den leader and is only done online. The registration fee is $7 for Webelos Scouts, $11 for Webelos Scouts who are also participating in the Arrow of Light Ceremony. Webelos den leaders and parents are $4. There is no onsite registration.

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Pinewood Derby

March 24, 2018  |  1:00 - 5:00 pm

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race. Win or lose, Scouts will take pride in having done their best. Scouts learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things they will remember for life.

The district pinewood derby is being hosted by Pack 1775 (Huffman). Three cars will be invited per pack, which will include your top three speed finishers.  We are asking that a representative from each pack (e.g., derby chair, Cubmaster, committee chair), sequester these cars following your individual races without further modifications or adjustments.         

Scouts who placed first, second or third in their pack's pinewood derby can participate in the district pinewood derby. The registration fee is $11.50 for the first car and $10 for each additional car. The Cub Scout is not required to be at the event if a conflict in schedules happens; however, Scouts should try to be at the event. The event is being held at A.V. Bull Sallas Park (21681 McCleskey Rd, New Caney, TX 77357).

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Friends of Scouting

FOS CSPFriends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $33 registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other activities. None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign.

Friends of Scouting helps:

  • Recruit and train youth and leaders
  • Provide assistance to those in need
  • Keep camps and activities affordable
  • Enhance programming and facilities
  • Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders

Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24 percent of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values.

Unit Leaders: Each unit is requested to hold a FOS presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the blue and gold banquet or a troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Please sign up for a presentation.

 Donate               Sign up for FOS presentation


January 27, 2018 (hanger drop off)
February 3, 2018 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," the project begins Saturday, January 27, 2018, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 3, 2018, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. A Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful. Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. 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. The unit representative should register the unit for Scouting for Food.

Register        Learn More          Unit Chair Guidebook


The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. 
This is a great resource for Scouters and parents.

The Scouting Trail: January 2018


February 10, 2018    |   8:00 am - 2:00 pm

The first council-wide opportunity to learn Scoutbook will be conducted at the Cockrell Scout Center from 8:00 – noon for basic users, and from 1:00 – 2:00 for merit badge counselors. The training will begin with a general session, followed by breakouts specializing in user areas (parents, unit leader, advancement chair). Following a lunch break (bring your own), the training will continue with an orientation on how to use the merit badge counselor functions in Scoutbook (for troops). This training is free and open to any registered adults in the council and parents of Scouts. Please register for the appropriate breakout session so we can plan workspaces accordingly. 

Register for Scoutbook Training       Learn More


April 6-8 and 20-22, 2018

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course which helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Would you like to expose the Scouts in your troop, crew or ship to rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, firefighting, search and rescue, trekking in a different countries, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, wilderness first aid, astronomy, shooting sport (e.g., rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 1860 baseball, wilderness survival, NYLT, Sea Scouts, the Kodiak Challenge, the Hornaday award, Messenger of Peace, living history, Leave No Trace, vendors, Jamboree, event planning, tying flies, scuba diving, and more? Powder Horn is offered once every year, so do not miss this chance to attend.  Set your sights on a course that maximizes Scouting skills while bringing adrenaline, new activity ideas and leadership to your unit.  Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.The first weekend is being held at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and the second weekend in Galveston.

Learn More             Register 


Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days


SHAC CSP with car keysHelp ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching 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, have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  

Job Openings

 


SHAC FacebookThe Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook.  The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.

We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts. 

Learn More          Take our Social Media Survey