Webelos Woods

March 6-8, 2015

The theme for this year's Webelos Woods is going to be Boot Camp! Although we will not be holding traditional screaming, demeaning, and demoralizing drills. We are encouraging boots and camouflage! The event is being held at Lake Charlotte Campgrounds/ Cedar Hill Park in Anahuac.

Plans for the event have already started and we are asking  troop leaders to change the skill that your Scouts have traditionally taught to the Webelos. For example; if your Scouts have taught fire building the last several years, change that skill to something else such as maps and orienteering. This is intended to give the scouts a chance to more efficiently learn a different skill (than they have been learning in years past) as well as using the EDGE model to teach that skill.
Webelos leaders/Cubmasters: Please teach your Scouts a boot camp style Scout cadence to shout as they move throughout the camp and be ready to shout those cadences during our camp fire ceremony! Also, be prepared to do some skits/comedy routines!
As always, we need to be as informed as possible regarding the potential attendance to this event. So, we are asking that you RSVP with an estimate of how many Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts will be attending the event. The sooner we know the better the planning will go for the event, as well as budgeting the money to be given directly to the campers experience in the form of prizes and additional amenities. Please RSVP.
You will still need to turn in your paper registrations by Roundtable, February 12, 2015
We are asking that packs please schedule their Arrow of Light Ceremony now so we will know how many participants to expect.

Recharter Deadline is 4pm, Monday, December 15, 2015

In order for your Recharter to be turned in on-time they are due in the council office by 4pm, Monday, December 15, 2015. By not meeting this deadline there is a possibility that your recharter will cancel and your unit will not be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and your tenure as a unit will be lost.  If you need help in meeting this deadline please contact our District Commissioner or our District Executive Mac Garza.  

Raven District 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.



January 15, 2015 7:00 pm Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable
Friends of Scouting dates due from units

Fall Popcorn Sales

August 1 - December 1, 2014

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Traditional take-order sales run from October to November.

Important Dates

December 13 Popcorn Distribution, 8:00am - Noon, Grocer's Supply, 3110 Corder, Houston, TX 77021
January 10  
Top seller's celebration (for council, district & online top sellers)

Unit Recharter

Every December, all units (packs, troops, teams, crews, posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Through the process, chartered (sponsoring) organizations, youth member and adult leader information is updated as well as registration fees and Boy's Life subscriptions are collected/paid. A representative of each unit completes the paperwork for renewing a charter online. With internet rechartering, units can indicate returning members, add new members, and update information for an individual or the chartered organization.

• Unit leaders can access Internet Recharter at www.myscouting.org beginning November 1.
• Obtain your unit’s recharter packet from your commissioner. The access code will be provided.
• Start with the unit’s current information in Scoutnet. Records can be upload information from TroopMaster or PackMaster, but this can really mess up the process if the records are not perfect, so this is not encouraged.
• The final printed roster must be signed by the chartered organization institutional head and the unit leader.
• Turn in the signed roster, payment of fees, and any new members’ applications no later than the December Roundtable. Check with your unit commissioner for details.
• Unit leaders need to plan ahead to get their recharter done early as this time of the year is typically very busy and it takes time to gather information, collect fees, ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT), ensure that top unit leaders are trained and get appropriate signatures. new

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign in which district volunteers make a short presentation explaining how the Scouting program is funded and why financial support is needed to maintain and expand the quality programs and camping facilities during a special meeting (e.g., Blue and Gold, Court of Honor). Unit Leaders: Please schedule your FOS presentation by January Roundtable.

Schedule a FOS presentation

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business and community organizations to support Scouting. The $24 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 . 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 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. 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.

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.

A gift to endowment ensures that the council can continue to offer the outstanding programs we now have and also grow to meet the needs of our youth and community for the next 100 years. The Cockrell Foundation is providing dollar for dollar match of all individual gifts of $500 up to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000 to the endowment.  The council’s permanent endowment ensures that we can offer the outstanding programs and meet the future needs of our youth. For 2014, the James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, B.S.A. and presented by the Sam Houston Area Council for individuals who contribute $500 or more in cash (the Cockrell Foundation will match an additional $500) or securities to the Sam Houston Area Council Endowment. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to the Friends of Scouting Campaign.

During 2014, the Sam Houston Area Council is celebrating 100 years of serving youth. For a century, Scouts have embraced "Do A Good Turn Daily" and "A Scout is Helpful." Help celebrate a century of service by purchasing limited edition 100th anniversary council shoulder patches (CSP) for $7.50 and activity patches for $1.00, while supplies last. Don't miss your chance to own these keepsakes that will be cherished for a lifetime. Patches can be ordered online, or purchased at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008-1311) or one of the five Houston area Scout Shops.

Order Patches!

Upcoming 2015 Spring Events

Scouting for Food - January 24 & January 31, 2015
Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.” There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit to the community than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive!

District First Aid Meet - January 10, 2015
Boy Scout Patrols are tested on their first aid skills at the District First Aid meet. Patrols work as a team to solve several first aid scenarios. The top two scoring patrols represent the district at the Council First Aid meet.

Scout Sabbath / Sunday - February 1 and 7, 2015
Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath is an opportunity for units are to participate in the religious service of their chartering organization by attending services in uniform, conducting a flag ceremony, speaking about Scouting, and/or formally thanking them for their support throughout the year. Unit should also consider have a recruiting information table in the foyer or hospitality area. This is also a great time to distribute the religious awards earned by Scouts.

University of Scouting – February 7, 2015
University of Scouting is the one opportunity each year where adult leaders of all program areas come together for a day of fun, fellowship, and learning. Whether you are a new leader or experienced… a commissioner or den leader… a Scoutmaster or Cubmaster… committee member or simply an interested parent… there is something for you at University of Scouting.

District Dinner - February 12, 2015
District Dinner is an opportunity to thank our district and unit volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Raven District's outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized. All Scouters are invited.

Ten Commandments Hike - February 15, 2015
The Ten Commandments Hike is open to Scouts, Scouters and families of all ages. Participants hike to ten places of worship and hear a spokesperson from the religious organization explain the history of the building, distinctive nature of that organization’s religious beliefs and a brief explanation of one of the ten commandments. The hike includes an event patch for each participant. All Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, adult leaders, siblings, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, Sunday school classes, confirmation classes, or other interested youth and their parents, and friends are welcome!

Webelos Woods - March 6-8, 2015
Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday morning, Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots) and during the afternoon local Boy Scout troops teach basic Boy Scout skills. The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.

Venturing Rendezvous - March 14-16, 2015
The Venturing Rendezvous is a weekend campout activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program. The weekend is filled with games, movies, competitions, campfire and much more.  Make it a full weekend, just a day, or a night and a day activity. The Venturing Rendezvous offers a chance to relax, do as much, or as little as you want, visit with old friends and make new friends, enjoy meals prepared for you, and of course, engage in a lot of fun activities. Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women 14 years of age (and in the 9th grade) through 20 years old. Venturing provides positive experiences to help young people mature and become responsible and caring adults. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development, citizenship, and physical fitness.

Pinewood Derby - March 21, 2015
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. 

Scout Fair – April 18, 2015
Scout Fair is the biggest Scout show in the nation from 11am and 1pm at Reliant Arena. Scouts from Tiger Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts will have a fabulous, fun-filled day mingling with thousands of other Scouts and their families, participating in hundreds of hands-on activities (e.g., climbing walls, craft booths, monkey bridges, rubber band guns, making Gak, meeting astronauts), tasting gourmet camp-fare cooked by Scouts (e.g., cobbler, chili, turkey, bread), and taking home treasured bits of memorabilia.

Scout Fair coupon books are a wonderful way for units to raise money from February 1 – April 18. Coupon books are easy to sell since they only cost $10 and provide $600 in savings. Units get 30% commission on each coupon book sold and can get 40% if the unit has a booth at Scout Fair.

Scout Fair booths: Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon.

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 22-26, 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.