Registration for Twilight Camp is Almost Over!

June 10 - 13, 2015

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1010 Birdsong Dr., Baytown 77521)

Don't miss out on the fun and adventure of this year's Hometown Heroes Twilight Camp. The program is based on the NEW Cub Scout Program that will offer advancement along with BB's, Archery, games, crafts, woodworking and a whole lot more. Come join in the fun by registering today!

Register for Twilight Camp

Twilight Camp Orientation

The Texas Department of State Health Services requires all twilight camp staff members and any adult attending camp must complete the Twilight Camp Orientation in order to attend this years camp.  We have several upcoming courses:

  • May 31, 2:00pm - First United Methodist Church Mont Belvieu, 10629 Eagle Dr, 77523
  • June 1, 7:30pm - Woodforest Presbyterian Church, 15330 Wallisville Rd, 77049
  • June 6, 10:00am (Boy Scouts)    11:00am (Adults)  - First United Methodist Church Mont Belvieu, 10629 Eagle Dr, 77523
  • June 9, 6:00pm - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1010 Birdsong, 77521

For additional information contact Valerie Richardson

Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is designed to help you 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. After each section of material, participants will answer questions about that section’s topic. This course must be completed by all registered leaders, and is highly recommended for parents and other adults working with youth.

The Texas Department of State Health Services requires all camp staff members (volunteer and paid) plus any adult attending a camp complete a Classroom Youth Protection Training in order to attend a licensed including day camp (Cub Scouts), summer camp (Boy Scouts), winter camp (Boy Scouts), resident camp (Cub Scouts). 

We have several upcoming courses:

  • June 1, 6:30pm - Woodforest Presbyterian Church, 15330 Wallisville Rd, 77049
  • June 6, 10:00am - First United Methodist Church Mont Belvieu, 10629 Eagle Dr, 77523
  • June 9, 6:00pm - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1010 Birdsong, 77521

Please register with  Donna Bernelle

Find additional courses being held around the council. Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training is good for two years from the date of completion. FAQ's for Classroom Facilitated YPT.


Raven District Roundtable

June 11, 2015, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at Wooster Baptist Church (7007 Bayway Dr. Baytown, Texas 77520) 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 events and training opportunities, 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.



Annual Planning

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance, that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders. After Program Preview, units should conduct an annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), units can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures.  Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! 


The  East Division Program Guide contains valuable information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. Additional resources can be found here. Leaders who want a meaningful, exciting, and comprehensive youth program that achieves the objectives of the Scouting program will find this format ideal. The result is a well-managed, well-financed unit. Recognizing this, the BSA recommends the following plan:

1.  Plan your complete annual program (Cub Scout resourcesBoy Scout resourcesVenturing resources, district calendar)
2.  Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve the program.
3.  Identify the amount of product (e.g., popcornScout Fair Coupon Books) that will need to be sold per youth member to reach the income goal.
4.  Get commitments from parents and youth.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Tired of the same weekend trips, going to the same places, doing the same thing and want something new for your Scouts? Check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife calendar for something new and exciting. 

Like, share and comment on the posts to help promote Scouting through social media. Help us promote Scouting through social media by inviting the parents and Scouters in your unit to join our page. Sam Houston Area Council Facebook page. Let us know what council events you are “Going” to and “Share” our events.

Help 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.

Upcoming 2015 Spring Events

Camp-o-ree - April 10 - 12, 2015

The district camp-o-ree is a weekend campout for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. 

Laid Back Weekend - April 24-26, 2015
Laid Back Weekend is an opportunity for packs and troops to camp, sit back, relax, and visit with other units. Activies include fishing, games, bb, archery and more.

OA Arrowmen Bash - May 1 - 3, 2015
OA Arrowmen Bash is a weekend event that allows Order of the Arrow members to recommit themselves to the principles of our order, brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. Friday night is an opportunity for fellowship. Saturday morning focuses on service to camp and Saturday afternoon and evening is filled with food, fun, and fellowship (e.g., games, activities, competitions, pow wow).

Program Preview - May Roundtable
Program Preview is held during May Roundtable. The district program for next year will be revealed. The SHAC Program Guide will be given to units. The Program Guide contains information about council and district programs, descriptions and calendars and is an essential tool for unit leaders. The SHAC Toolkit contains valuable resources for units including the Scouting Trail, a monthly handout describing upcoming council events.

Merit Badge Day - May 16, 2015
Merit Badge Day is is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on all or most of the requirements for up to XX merit badges. Classes are taught by adults with experience in the field.

New Eagle Scout Reception - May 17, 2015
New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout Class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and three guests. The evening is underwritten with generous sponsorships by many Eagle Scout alumni, charter members and patrons.  Eagle Scouts are encourage to join the SHAC Eagle Scout Association.

Twilight Camp - June 10-13, 2015
Twilight Camp is full of fun and excitement. Camp is held every night for one week and scouts have the opportunity to make new friends and share all kinds of new experiences. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, nature, crafts and more. Tigers, Wolves, and Bears will work on achievements and electives while Webelos will work on activity badges.

Boy Scout Summer Camp - June/July
Sam Houston Area Council hosts two individual summer camp experiences where Boy Scouts can earn merit badges, learn and practice their Scouting skills, follow the patrol method and work towards advancement while having a fun time swimming, climbing, shooting and enjoying the Texas hill country. Attend either Cockrell River Camp or Walter Hall Horseshoe Bend.

National Youth Leadership Training - June
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Content is delivered in a unit and small group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Courses are held in June and December. Courses fill up early.

Resident Camp - July
Resident Camp is a three-night summer camping program for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade at Bovay Scout Ranch. Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire, and lots more.  From Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Scouts attending resident camp are also encouraged to register for day camp, as the advancements offered at Resident Camp add to those offered at Twilight Camp.