Recharter Time is Coming

To help facilitate the recharter process this year both November and December's Roundtable meetings primary focus will be aiding our district units with whatever help, assistance, or resources they may need. We want Raven District to be 100% turned-in with no errors at the conclusion of the December cutoff date. For more information, visit the council's internet recharter page.    

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.



December 11 7:00 pm Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable
Recharters due

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 1 to November 24, 2014.

Important Dates:

October 1 - November 24 Traditional take-order popcorn sales
December 1 Unit orders due on Trail's End website
December 13 Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
December 13 Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
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 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

SHAC College of Commissioner Science

December 6, 2014

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is  to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner.

This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. Any adult leader that is curious about the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend.

National Youth Leadership Training

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 very early.

Cockrell Matching Gifts

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.

Service Hours

All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in service projects. A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Anyone can get involved in a Good Turn. SHAC has a list of service opportunities for units, Scouts working on their Eagle Scout projects and Scouts working on the Hornaday award.

Attention all units!  Did you know that your unit can earn points towards the Journey to Excellence program just for logging your units community service hours online? That’s right your unit can earn up to 200 extra points if you log your service hours online. All types of service projects can be entered into this system including the Good Turn for America projects such as the shelter drive, food drive, and blood drive. Units may also enter their service hours for community projects that they took on as a unit. Please log all service hours. Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

What hours should be logged?

  • Any service hours performed by your unit for individuals or organizations in the community
  • Service hours performed by your unit to support your chartered organization
  • Scouting for Food hours
  • Volunteering on Community Service Day or similar events
  • Eagle Scout project hours

Donate to Scouting

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.


Help us promote Scouting through social media. Like and Share our stories to help attract more people to our page. Let parents know about our page. Sam Houston Area Council Facebook page and XX District Page. Let us know what council events you are “Going” to and “Share” our events.

SHAC Special Events

The Sam Houston Area Council hosts seven special events throughout the year to fund various Scouting programs and to recognize the outstanding individuals that provide those programs including the Friends of Eagle Clays in February, Sporting Clays Tournament in April, New Eagle Scout Reception in May, Corporate Dodge Ball Tournament in June,  Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Luncheon in September, Golf Classic in October, and The Centennial Gala in October.

SHAC Financial Planning Seminars

"Be Prepared" is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. In an effort to help Scouting families and supporters prepare for the future, the endowment committee of the Sam Houston Area Council offers the following complimentary educational seminars. These seminars are for educational purposes only. Your information will remain confidential and there is no financial commitment. Learn about the benefits and the importance of having a will or trust and how it can support your loved ones or organizations close to your heart during the Wills and Trusts Seminar. CPA’s, attorneys, and CFRE’s are invited to attend the CPE, CLE, and CFRE Course.

Scout Days

Our community partners frequently offer discounts on events and/or advancement education. Check the Scout Days webpage frequently for the latest opportunities for events such as: the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, Astros Scout Day, Scout Night, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Schlitterbahn Galveston Scout Day, Monster Jam Scout Day, Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters, Scout Day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and merit badge classes.

Weekend Camping

Packs: When a boy and his family join Cub Scouting, they join an organization that values the fun and excitement of experiencing the outdoors. Each Cub Scout pack is encouraged to provide its youth members with enriching, positive outdoor activities. Family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program. Packs and Webelos dens may camp at one of our council camps: Bovay Scout Ranch, Camp Strake, Camp Brosig

Troops and crews: Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Troops and crews can camp at one of our council camps: El Rancho Cima, Bovay Scout Ranch, Camp Brosig, Camp Strake.  At El Rancho Cima, troops and crews can reserve weekend campsites, shooting ranges, climbing and rappelling tower, horse rides, zip lines and canoes.

Cub Scout Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas and food service in the camp’s air conditioned dining hall. A staff member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities. Packs, dens and individual families may register as a pack or individually. Pack registration is preferred to keep families together. Dens and families that register individually will be combined with dens and families from other packs.

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.